Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning

Eaton.Elizabeth 2014septELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., will continue their conversation on racism – a violation of God’s intention for humanity – in another live webcast January 14,  at 8 p.m. (CST). Eaton and Horne will be joined by other ELCA members who bring various perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. As with the previous webcast, this one will be grounded by two commitments. One is this church’s proclamation of Christ and the confidence this good news brings to set us free from the captivity of racism. The second is this church’s enduring commitment to address the complexity of racism and end discrimination.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service June 21

lutheran immigration and refugee service logoOn Refugee Sunday, Linda Hartke, President and CEO of LIRS will preach at both morning services. All are invited to join Linda after the 10:50 a.m. worship for lunch and conversation in the parish hall.  A sandwich lunch will be provided for $5.00, along with iced tea and lemonade, for those who  mailto:ctk@ctkelc.orgby Friday, June 19.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Justice (LIRS)
Who is Linda Hartke

Our Mission offering for the month of June is LIRS
In 1939, Lutherans all across the United States banded together to reach out to assist Lutheran refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Creating Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to organize their efforts, they welcomed these new Americans and walked with them as they began their new lives in the United States.

Seventy six years later, LIRS has directly resettled over 500,000 migrants and refugees in the U.S., extending the love and hospitality of this great nation.


Service Opportunities this Weekend

We have three great ministry opportunities this weekend.

Saturday, May 9, 7:30 a.m.-noon:
food bank may 9Join the fun and faithful volunteers going to THE HOUSTON FOOD BANK.  Members and friends of all ages (including children as young as 8 years old accompanied by an adult) are invited to join this enthusiastic group as we perform a wonderful service, burn calories, build muscles, and make new friends all at the same time.  The group leaves the church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and returns about noon. For more information and to RSVP, contact Justin and Yuricel.

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m.-on:
benchJoin members and friends in a WORKDAY at Christ the King Church on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. to help refinish the courtyard benches. The group will work as long as needed and folks can come and go as their time permits. All refinishing materials will be provided, but volunteers should bring their own work gloves.  No prior woodworking experience necessary!  Questions?  Contact David Jurgens.


Sunday, May 10 after both services:
bread for the world logoWe will host a BREAD FOR THE WORLD and TEXAS IMPACT offering of letters and postcards after both Sunday services.  Please take a few moments to write a letter or postcard to our elected officials to advocate on behalf of the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act and/or to urge expansion of Medicaid coverage in Texas.  Women and children are hardest hit by poverty and hunger. How fitting that we remember the world’s most vulnerable on Mother’s Day!  Information, sample letters, writing materials, and stamps will be provided.  Check out or
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Christ the King Church families pledge $2.3 million to capital appeal additional commitments sought

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As commitments continue, pledges to Christ the King Lutheran Church’s Build Us Up, Send Us Forth Capital Appeal have exceeded $2.3 million through the public phase of the campaign.

Commitments have been received from 200 families for an average of $11,500 for the three-year Appeal. Nearly $1 million was pledged during the week leading to Palm Sunday.

“With approximately 150 households still to pledge, we can anticipate that more commitments will be forthcoming,” said Russell and Stephanie Post, chairs of the campaign.

“We understand that Spring Break and other responsibilities may have prevented some families from reaching a conclusion about their participation in the Appeal. We will continue to receive commitments through the Easter season and will announce final totals at the end of the season,” they said. “The campaign response team will continue to reach out to members and answer remaining questions.”

The $3-million, three-year Appeal, which was approved by the congregation, has three principal elements:


  • We are renewing our worship space to match our commitment to discipleship.
  • We are building a garden for remembrance and meditation to embrace the whole cycle of life.
  • We are reducing our debt and strengthening our financial foundation so that we may be sent forth in service.


The campaign will fund long-needed repairs to the nave, addressing both structural and cosmetic concerns; remodeling of the outdated sacristy; replacement of the 35-year-old heating and air conditioning system; and construction of a Paradise Garden and Columbarium, a space that would combine a peaceful place for prayer and meditation with a resting place for members and their families’ remains.

The Appeal dedicates 25 percent of all commitments to long-term debt reduction. A principal payment at the conclusion of the Appeal when combined with regular payments over the course of this campaign would reduce long-term debt from the current level, about $1.75 million, to approximately $900,000. Following this debt payment, the church’s annual debt service would be reduced to less than 10 percent of the annual budget. These savings—about $120,000—are funds that can be invested each year in ministry work within the congregation, in the community and globally.

The Appeal will also provide funds for a new parking lot on the south side of the church property, repairs to the bell tower and the west parking lot, and creation of a new maintenance fund that will be set aside to address critical physical plant issues as they arise.

As in earlier campaigns, the congregation will share the proceeds with the broader Church. In this Appeal, the congregation will support “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” which is seeking to raise nearly $200 million to support companion churches around the world, world hunger, youth ministry, congregational renewal and planting new churches, and more. Five percent of the funds raised will be directed to the ELCA campaign.

Video: In Celebration of 70 Years: Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX

This video of the history of Christ the King Lutheran Church honors our legacy as the people of God in this place for the past 70 years. The video includes the history of our founding, and traces the development of our worship traditions and spaces, as well as our traditions of music, the Bach Society, education ministry, healthcare ministry, and service and care ministry. Below is the link, and the password in case you need it.
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