Community Garden Volunteer Opportunity November 21
Have a green thumb? Come work from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the EcoTone Community Garden located in the heart of the historic Third Ward at 3616 St. Charles St. EcoTone Community Garden serves a historically African American residential area of Houston. You will be joined by students involved with Houston Lutheran Campus Ministry and you will get to meet the garden’s founder, Chef Tarsha Gary, recipient of the 2010 Texas Blazing Star Award from The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Come equipped with gloves, a good work ethic, and dressed in clothes that can get dirty. We will meet at Christ the King at 9:30 a.m. and depart for the garden as a group. If you have questions, contact Pr. Brad Fuerst,
Celebrate Bike Donations with Refugee Families, freewheels Houston
Make plans to attend freewheels houston’s inaugural celebration picnic when used bicycles donated by members of the congregation are distributed to recently resettled refugees on Saturday, November 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at Burnett Bayland Park at 6000 Chimney Rock.
The picnic—part of the Christ the King Festival weekend—is an opportunity for members of the congregation to meet and develop friendships with some of the refugees who have arrived in Houston this year. Burnett Bayland Park is in the Gulfton neighborhood where many refugees and immigrants reside.
Lunch entrees will be provided. Members of the congregation and refugee families are encouraged to bring a side dish.
freewheels houston is a new ministry of the congregation—a program to help refugees gain more freedom of movement to new jobs, English-language classes, shopping and other destinations.
Refugee Services of Texas (RST), an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, is identifying people among its clients who would benefit from having a bicycle. The bicycle project will provide practical assistance and the picnic is a way to introduce refugees to new people and places in Houston.
Each recipient will receive a helmet, a lock, lights and a flat-tire changing kit. Volunteers from BikeHouston, the city’s bicycle advocacy organization, will provide safety orientations and route planning.
freewheels houston is grateful for the support of members of the congregation who donated bicycles and other resources as well as the Southwest Houston Chapter of Thrivent Financial, which made a generous grant. Rice Bikes, Bike Barn, BikeHouston and Tour De Hood also have provided resources for the project.
If you have questions, please contact Bill Mintz.