As “The Village Church with a Global Mission,” Christ the King Church lives out our mission by collaborating within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and through many organizations that have a global impact:
Christ the King Lutheran Church members have a long history of serving the impoverished and the hungry, the homeless and the disenfranchised. We also have a long history of advocating on behalf of “the least of these.” (Matt. 25:45). We can make a difference when we raise public awareness and encourage our global leaders to make smart and effective policy decisions. Consider supporting the Millennium Campaign, becoming a ONE Lutheran member, joining Bread for the World, or supporting any number of ELCA advocacy efforts.
Do you really want another “thing” for Christmas or your birthday? Is there someone you want to remember with a gift, but they’re hard to shop for? What do you give the person who already has everything? Try alternative gift giving. Christ the King Church encourages and offers opportunities for members and friends to engage in alternative gift giving. At our annual Service and Care Fair, part of our Christ the King Festival every November, members and friends have the opportunity to give a gift in honor of their loved ones by contributing to one or more of our Service and Care ministries. Additionally, church members have participated in purchasing gifts through Heifer International, through the Lutheran World Relief Gifts or through ELCA Good Gifts.
Companionship with the Church in Central African Republic and Peru
Christ the King Lutheran participates actively in our synod’s companion synod relationships with the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Peru (ILEP) and of the Central African Republic (EEL-RCA). In these partner relationships, we walk together as Christians in shared mission in the world, supporting each other through prayer and in ministry, and by learning about each other through travel and other means of communication.
Christ the King Church has specifically supported the EEL-RCA ministries of education, health care and women’s development. We have welcomed two bishops and other visitors from the EEL-RCA and so far, two of our members have traveled to the Central African Republic (CAR). Click here for more information about the relationship with the CAR and the Gulf Coast Synod’s support. One month a year, this partnership is the focus of a mission offering. Get involved with CAR. Practice your French!
In Peru, Christ the King Church is developing a partnership with four small Lutheran congregations in the town of Trujillo. A youth trip, led by our Youth Director Tim Lenz and several other adults was the first connection with Trujillo and there has since been three other trips to get to know these congregations better. Travel to Peru is relatively easy to arrange and our synod has several trips a year. For more information about the Peru companionship, see http://www.gulfcoastsynod.org/JusticePeruTrips.html. One month of the year, Peru is the focus of our mission offering. Please join our congregation’s Peru Team. Spanish speakers are especially welcome!
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) End Malaria Campaign
The ELCA has set a goal of $15,000,000 by 2015 to eradicate malaria in our eleven companion synods in Africa. To partially accomplish this goal, each synod is being asked to partner in this effort by raising funds towards this goal. Our synod, the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast synod, has eagerly accepted this challenge and has set a goal of $150,000 to be attained by June 2013. And within our synod, Christ the King Church has been chosen as a “first responder” because of our strong leadership in the synod, our current commitment to and awareness of the needs in global mission, and our ability to accomplish great things.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Disaster Response
ELCA Disaster Relief helps to bring God’s comfort, healing and renewal to those affected by disasters. And when the dust settles and the headlines change, Disaster Response stays to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. The ELCA is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in humanitarian assistance and development. By working with and through agencies such as ACT, Lutheran World Relief, Church World Service, and Lutheran World Federation, the ELCA Disaster Response is able to ensure that relief and assistance will be provided efficiently and effectively by organizations already on the ground and working in the various world communities. Christ the King Lutheran Church members have contributed thousands of dollars to the relief efforts in Indonesia, Haiti, Chile, and most recently Japan.
Fair Trade Coffee
Equal Exchange coffee (offered through the Lutheran World Relief Coffee Project) is offered for sale every Sunday. Coffee is big business; it’s one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world. But for the majority of small-scale coffee farmers, the benefits are few. Micah 6:8 calls us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly. The LWR Coffee Project closes the gap between our parish and the kind of communities in which LWR works. Fair trade shares the bounty of the coffee trade with those who grow the crop, helping them build a better future for themselves and their communities. Look for the coffee display near the coffee table after both Sunday services. Members also support our local fair trade store, Ten Thousand Villages located at 2424 Rice Blvd., only two blocks from our congregation. By using fair trade products in our parish and homes, we guarantee that farmers will earn the income they need to feed their families, educate their children, seek medical care and improve their communities.
Christ the King Church is a ONE Lutheran congregation. ONE is a grassroots advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives and improving futures. Backed by a movement of over 2 million ONE members and 100 of the world’s leading non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran World Relief, ONE achieves change by holding world leaders accountable for the commitments they’ve made to fight extreme poverty. ONE campaigns for better development policies and more effective aid and trade reform. It supports greater democracy, accountability and transparency to ensure policies to beat poverty are implemented effectively. ONE doesn’t ask for money; ONE asks for your voice.