BABY CARE KITS
for Lutheran World Relief
The Baby Care Kit Ministry is a part of Lutheran World Relief’s outreach to babies and small children to give them a good start in life. Shop garage sales and resale stores for low cost children’s clothing sizes 6 months through 2 years. Hem receiving blankets and prepare baby quilts for shipment and distribution by Lutheran World Relief. Work sessions are held twice a month.
This team arranges for fellowship functions when there is a death in the congregation.
Contact: Ephraim Danforth,
CanCare is a network of trained volunteers including cancer survivors, family members of cancer survivors and medical professionals who provide emotional support to others facing cancer. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Cancer patients are matched with a CanCare volunteer for one-on-one emotional support. If you would like to become a CanCare volunteer, please contact Donna Hirst, CanCare Volunteer and Living Word’s representative on CanCare’s Board of Representatives.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Living Word has Care Teams who make a commitment to visit once a month those in our congregation in need of this love Jesus commands of us. Those they visit are generally homebound (although some may be recovering from an illness or accident and the need is temporary) and are of a variety of ages.
This is where you come in! Won’t you please consider joining the Care Team Ministry by making these visits to listen, to share, and by serving Communion? There is training to prepare you but the most important gift you will bring to those you visit is your open, loving, servant heart. You will be the face, the voice, and the heart and hands of Jesus. There can be no greater calling.
Contact: Emmanuel Jackson,
Provide administrative assistance (sorting medicine samples, answering the phone) so the medical staff can focus on patient care. The clinic offers free medical services to the uninsured in Katy. Spanish translators are needed also.
An opportunity for caring adults to co-lead age specific small groups for the Confirmation Ministry that meets on Sunday nights. This is a school year long commitment.
COUPONS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES OVERSEAS
Many church members contribute coupons weekly (both cut and uncut). Volunteers trim them if necessary and then they are sent overseas.
Contact: Daryl Lombard, , 248-459-7178
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
To assure that the church buildings, records and assets are secured and prepared in the event of a natural disaster. The team will work with the Director of Church Operations to review and update procedures, and insurance coverage each year prior to the start of hurricane season.
Contacts: Mick Will,
John Hopkins, , 281-392-2300
THE GATHERING PLACE
This ministry provides respite care for people suffering from memory loss, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. Living Word’s Care Team is a part of a network of churches organized by Interfaith Care Partners, an educational, nonprofit, servant organization to congregations, and it is they who help us identify and compassionately respond to individuals and families whose lives are challenged by this disabling condition. We host monthly Gatherings at Living Word on the third Thursday of the month from 10 am to 1:30 pm in the Gathering Place. We visit, sing, play games, do crafts, exercise, listen, share a meal, and experience God’s love through our relationships with each other as volunteer servants with our precious care partners. Our team meets at 8:15 am the morning of The Gathering to setup and decorate the space. Each month, volunteers dedicate their time, service, and compassion to our care partners and this ministry.
Contact: Mary Lou Volan, , 281-578-9878 or Rochelle Lamport, , 832-646-4344
GREETING CARD MINISTRY
We create and mail out greeting cards for the ill, those who have recently had surgery or are hospitalized, those who are experiencing bereavement, or for the arrival of a new baby.
Contact: John Hopkins,
KATY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Supported by a coalition of Katy area churches, a food pantry, resale shops, job assistance, domestic abuse and other services are available to those in crisis. Volunteers can sort donations at the resale shops.
Contact: KCM Administration Office, 281-391-5261
KRAUSE CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER
Serve as a caring mentor in a licensed residential facility for emotionally disturbed girls, age 11-17. The center is located off of Pin Oak Drive, south of I10.
LITERACY COUNCIL OF FT. BEND COUNTY
Living Word provides a site and enlists volunteer tutors to teach literacy classes for the Literacy Council of Ft. Bend County. If you are interested in training to be a tutor, contact Terri Stuart, Executive Director, for information about when and where the next training will be held.
Contact: Terri Stuart, Executive Director,
LIVING LEGACY ENDOWMENT FUND
How can you help extend the work of Living Word for future generations? Consider a gift to our Living Legacy Endowment Fund. The mission of the fund is to provide funding for new and expanding ministries at Living Word, assistance in our local community, and church support of national and global mission.
Contact: Jerry Haus, Living Legacy Committee Chairman,
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE SOUTH (LSSS)
Provides help, healing and hope to children, elderly and the poor in the name of Jesus Christ.
Contact: Diane Covert, , 713-647-9860
Living Word's Men's Ministry brings men together to serve, connect and support each other in their faith journey.
NEW MEMBER WELCOME MINISTRY
Be a part of the team that helps with the new member orientations. Meet and greet our newest members, help set up and serve the meal, or be a “ministry connector” and help them identify and share their gifts, skills and interests in ministry.
Assist with various tasks in the church office as needed such as answering the phone, receptionist duties, preparing mailings, data entry and other general office duties.
In 1 Timothy 2:1, St. Paul writes: “I urge that supplications, prayer, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men.” This team is the spiritual alarm system of the church that communicates and takes prayerful action on behalf of individuals, the congregation, the nation and the world.
Spiritual gifts of faith, prayer and mercy are the foundation of this type of service. Confidentiality is imperative. Participants should have a well developed personal prayer life and a commitment to praying for others. The time involved is a minimum of 10 minutes a day, depending on the number of requests.
Contact: Carol Schaudt, , 281-578-1251
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
“That their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love.” Colossians 2:2
Prayer shawls are made by volunteers who combine knitting and crocheting into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. The group meets twice a month to pray for the recipients, share God’s Word, and join their hearts in fellowship.
In many different faith traditions over the centuries, prayer shawls are symbolic of being wrapped in the embrace of a loving God. Many prayers and blessings are woven into every shawl. Anyone who knows someone who is facing a long-term illness, has experienced a loss or is undergoing surgery and recovery is invited to take a shawl to that person. They are stored in the church lobby, with a notebook to sign so the recipient will continue to be lifted up in prayer. Yarn is also available with pattern suggestions.
Testimonial: “The large, soft shawl is a gift that I will use daily. The chemotherapy that I am currently taking makes me feel cold all of the time. God has blessed me with your prayers for healing and peace.”
Contact: Diann House, , 281-398-3558
Help to create a positive atmosphere for worship and gatherings by maintaining an attractive and clean facility that is welcoming to all. Team members may choose to only do repairs within their scope of expertise (ex. electrical or plumbing repairs, painting, landscaping, etc).
Contact: John Hopkins, , 281-392-2300
QUILTS for Lutheran World Relief – Piecemakers
Create quilts that are used for warmth, protection and shelter by those less fortunate throughout the world! Help is needed to cut fabric from templates, sew pieces together making a quilt top, and meeting with others to tie the tops with middles and backs. Help is also needed to sort donations of sheets, small blankets, and fabric and to size for use as middles. Kits are available for ladies who prefer to sew at home. Watch for announcements in CONNECT for specific meeting days and times.
Contact: Dee Hodgdon, , 281-646-9838
SCHOOL KITS for Lutheran World Relief
Help with shopping sales, raising funds, and assembling school bags filled with school supplies for shipment to the LWR warehouse. These kits are sent all around the world to help bring a sense of normalcy to children and adults whose lives are ravaged by war and natural disasters.
Contact: Nancy Tuttle, , 281-578-6267
Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. These lay people are carefully selected and undergo 50 hours of specific training as well as participating in monthly continuing education. The Stephen Minister, also known as the Care Giver, is carefully matched with a hurting person of the same gender, referred to as the Care Receiver. They are trained to work with hurting people who still have coping skills. Stephen Ministry is comprehensive care. As close, confidential, and trusting relationships are established, the Care Giver is also trained to offer spiritual care, which is often overlooked in the healing process. The Stephen Minister makes a significant time investment in training, continuous education, and time preparing for and meeting with their Care Receiver. Stephen Ministry is a wonderful servant opportunity to help hurting people through Christ.
Contact: Sue Carlson, , 281-610-4609
SUPPORT THE TROOPS
Collect, sort and ship items to military serving in hostile areas. Packing events are announced in CONNECT.
Contacts: John Hopkins, , 281-589-2513