As “The Village Church with a Global Mission,” Christ the King Lutheran Church lives out our mission by collaborating with many local agencies. You may contact director of Congregational Care BeverlyDavis@ctk.org for more information about volunteering.
CanCare Cancer Support Network offers one-on-one long-term emotional support to cancer patients and family members at no charge. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors and their families. As a cancer ministry program of our congregation, CanCare matches those who are struggling with cancer and/or their family members, with trained survivors of the same type of cancer and treatment. We have congregants who have both provided care and received care from CanCare.
The Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) is our congregation’s primary means of responding to the needs of our immediate community’s poor, hungry, homebound, disabled and otherwise needy. We support CCSC through one of our monthly mission offerings, through our weekly food collections, and through collaboration on a number of programs: Emergency Services, Gethsemane Food Pantry, Jingle Bell Express, Back to School, JobNet, Martha’s Way, Vision Care Project, and the Sunshine Resale Shop. A food collection basket is available in the narthex on Sundays.
Freewheels houston provides used bikes donated by generous Houstonians to refugees and other recent arrivals who need transportation to new jobs, school and other destinations. More than 300 men, women and children have received bikes—and freedom of movement—from Freewheels since its launch in 2015. Freewheels is a ministry of Christ the King Lutheran Church in partnership with BikeHouston, Bike Barn, Rice Bikes, Refugee Services of Texas, YMCA International, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. Refugees are ambitious, courageous, family-oriented survivors who have escaped civil war and other desperate situations in their home countries and are eager to start new chapters in their lives and provide for their families in a safe community. Freewheels Houston relies on people to donate bikes and volunteers to ensure the bikes are safe and reliable. If you want to help repair bikes or have a bike to donate, please visit our website.
The Hospitality Apartments provides free temporary housing (from two weeks up to three months) and a safe, welcome, comfortable, supportive environment for families in need who are receiving medical treatment in the Texas Medical Center. Christ the King Church has financially supported the Hospitality Apartments for over 30 years. Christ the King Church members also sponsor an occasional dinner for the residents and volunteer on special projects.
Lutheran Port Ministry—The Houston International Seafarers’ Center provides a “home away from home” for seafarers visiting the Port of Houston. Recognizing that all human persons are a gift of God, the mission of the chaplains and Committee for Ministry of the Port of Houston is to carry out a ministry of presence, outreach, witness, worship, service, and advocacy to, with and for seafarers and their families from around the world. We contribute financially to the Lutheran Chaplaincy and participate in the annual “shoeboxes for seafarers” program which provides personal items and small gifts for sailors during the Christmas holidays.
Upbring is the social service arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It serves nearly 35,000 children, elderly, and poor in Texas and Louisiana. In our immediate area, the Krause Center in Katy specializes in treating abused, neglected, and troubled girls, ages 11-17. Upbring was also a prominent partner in the Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Harvey disaster relief efforts. We support Upbring through a monthly mission offering.
Montrose Grace Place, a safe and welcoming shelter for homeless and vulnerable youth of all sexualities and gender identities, was opened in 2010 by Grace Lutheran Church in the Montrose neighborhood to provide nourishment, healthy relationships and hope for the future. Christ the King Church members assist by cooking and serving meals on second Thursdays of even number months and by providing financial assistance, as well as clothing, toiletries and other in-kind items. Additionally, volunteers are invited to lead an activity, such as beading, painting, writing or playing games. For more information, please contact Rebecca Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEARCH Homeless Services SEARCH is an interfaith, non-profit organization founded in 1989 to respond to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Houston. Christ the King is part of SEARCH’s Council of Congregations representing diverse ethnic, social, and spiritual backgrounds and offering critical support for individuals and families who are homeless.
A core group of congregation members provides a monthly social event for SEARCH clients (and their neighbors) living at the Perry Street Apartments (a New Hope Housing project and one of SEARCH’s “The Way Home” partners). In order to decrease social isolation and provide a comfortable way to help foster relationships among the Perry St. residents, all are invited to a monthly coffee hour to visit with their neighbors and write cards to family and friends. Christ the King members provide the all-occasion cards. All are welcome to join us any third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. to have coffee, provide snacks and visit with our neighbors in Houston’s Third Ward. We also provided monetary support to SEARCH programs, including proceeds from our May tag sale to the House of Tiny Treasures, SEARCH’s accredited day care for homeless children.
The Luther League creates kits for congregational members and friends to give to people in need of a reminder of God’s love. Each pack has food, water, lotion, hand wipes, and an information sheet. These “Luther Packs” are located in the narthex for anyone to take and give to anyone in need of a helping hand.