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 one 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, freewheelshouston.org. You may also donate online to Freewheels Houston.
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Christ the King Church has contributed both money and volunteers to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Members have collaborated with area Habitat chapters (Houston and Ft. Bend), on builds in other states and countries, and with Thrivent Builds.
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 and Rita disaster relief effort. We support Upbring through a monthly mission offering and through attendance at the Astros game on Lutheran Day at Minute Maid Park each summer.
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 meals on second Thursdays of the month 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.
SEARCH Homeless Services pursues a mission to provide hope, create opportunity, and transform lives. the King Lutheran Church has collaborated with SEARCH for many years. Since 1989, this organization has been the central station for homeless person to begin their journey from the streets backs into jobs and safe, stable housing. SEARCH connects the resources and those who need them together in a one-stop shop. We dedicate one of our monthly mission offerings to support its programs which include a resource center, mobile outreach program, adult learning center, employment services, community-based housing, medical and dental services, counseling , and daycare. Presently, church members partner with members of B’rith Shalom Synagogue to serve breakfast and prepare and serve lunch every third Wednesday of the month. SEARCH’s accredited daycare, House of Tiny Treasures, receives a portion of our annual Nursery Guild Tag Sale proceeds.