Christ the King Lutheran Church members have a long history of both serving the impoverished and hungry and advocating on behalf of “the least of these.” (Matt. 25:45) We serve in many different ways and through different programs. You may contact Director of Congregational Care BeverlyDavis@ctkelc.org for more information about volunteering.
Bread for the World / ELCA World Hunger Appeal / Feed the Homeless / Food Collection Basket / Houston Food Bank / Meals on Wheels and Animeals / SEARCH Homeless Services / Snacks after Sunday services
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger. Christ the King Lutheran Church has been a covenant church of BfW for many years and many within the congregation are individual members. Bread for the World works with both political parties to craft and adopt legislation that has helped millions of people in the U.S. and abroad lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. We host an Offering of Letters every year, usually on Bread for the World Sunday in October and on Mother’s Day.
ELCA World Hunger Appeal: Christ the King members continue to be a leader in financially supporting the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. The World Hunger Appeal responds to hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world by addressing root causes. Through a comprehensive program of relief, development, education and advocacy, people are connected to the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Between 70-75% of ELCA World Hunger funds are spent internationally, and 20-25% percent are spent domestically. ELCA World Hunger Appeal responds to Christ’s call to “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37), serving with compassion people who are most vulnerable, paying focused attention to the full participation of women and the needs of children. Many members contribute to the Appeal throughout the course of the year and our December Mission Offering.
Feed the Homeless: Christ the King members and friends, particularly young adults, meet in the church kitchen at 5:45 PM on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month to make sandwiches and prepare meals, and then deliver them to downtown homeless individuals. Volunteers are welcome to help with meal preparation, downtown delivery, or both. Just show up any second or fourth Monday!
Food Collection Basket: A basketis available in the narthex for depositing non-perishable food items for Christian Community Service Center. Items may be dropped off on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings year round.
Houston Food Bank: Members and friends volunteer to help sort and package food at the Houston Food Bank on second Saturday mornings of odd-numbered months (Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept., Nov.). Volunteers meet at the church to carpool to the Food Bank at 7:30 am and return about noon. You don’t have to sign up for all six Saturdays. Come on those days you are able. Children over ten are welcome to come with an adult.
Meals on Wheels and AniMeals: We dedicate one of our monthly mission offerings to Meals on Wheels of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston which provides nutritional support to help seniors and disabled individuals stay independent and in their own homes. AniMeals provides pet food to those individuals who are pet owners so that they do not need to share their limited food and resources with their pet companions. Pet food may be dropped off in the basket in the narthex on Saturday evenings and Sundays year round.
SEARCH Homeless Services: Members and friends volunteer at SEARCH Homeless Services every third Wednesday morning of the month to assist with breakfast service and lunch preparation for homeless clients. To volunteer contact Director of Congregational Care BeverlyDavis@ctkelc.org.
Snacks after Sunday services:Snacksare provided by volunteers after each Sunday worship service. Donations for the snacks go to alleviating hunger through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.