Outreach

Outreach  Mission Statement:

 To be God’s hands and presence in the community beyond our doors;

for by serving others, we serve Christ (Matthew 25:40)

Aviva Children’s Services: Lynn Speth is in charge of this ministry, which provides backpacks and collects school supplies to be distributed by Aviva Children’s Services every summer. Aviva is a not-for-profit agency that works to improve the quality of life for children who are victims of neglect, abuse and poverty and are in the care of Child Protective Services.  The parish also responds to other year round needs, upon request. For example, at Christmastime, this ministry provides gift cards for children in transitional housing.  Contact: Lynn at 520-742-9511 or lynnspeth@gmail.com. (Read more about Aviva’s mission at: www.avivatucson.org.)

Blessings from the Heart/Border Ministries: This group, which makes regular trips to deliver much-needed supplies to Queen of Angels House, an orphanage in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, receives in-kind and tax deductible financial support from many members of our congregation. Our next trip is scheduled for November 7. For more information and a list of most-requested items, please contact Vicki Willan at 520-887-1435 or blessings_heart@juno.com.  (Learn more at: www.blessings-heart.org.)

Episcopal Relief & Development: ER&D is currently collecting funds for the people of Houston and parts of southeastern  Texas after record-breaking floods in mid-April left thousands stranded. A concurrent collection will help to support victims of a massive earthquake in Ecuador during this same period. For more information about the work of this organization and how you can give, contact Deacon Linda Hale at 509.439.3945.

Laundry Love: On the last Thursday of each month–and, now, also on the 4th Sunday–Laundry Love provides fellowship and financial and material assistance to those who need help in keeping their clothing clean. A partnering laundry facility is the host for this ministry’s work. The group needs volunteers! If you can assist or want to know more, please contact the church office or Jonathan Moy at 815.505.3071 or jcmoy2003@yahoo.com.

Interfaith Community Services:  The ICS building is adjacent to the lower parking lot in the Christ the King complex.  Every month, our church collects food donations for the ICS Food Bank and we also help the organization by charging them only $1 a year for rent!  Contact Ellen Bowlby, our parish representative for ICS,  at 520-744-0590 or ellenbowlby@aol.com.   (More information may be found at: www.icstucson.org)

Primavera: This is Christ The King’s longest running Outreach ministry. A group of volunteers from the parish meets on the first Sunday of the month to prepare and deliver a meal for the men of the Primavera Shelter. In addition to their own hard work with the preparation, they collect muffins, brownies and other baked goods from parishioners to distribute with the meal.  Contact: Marianne Parmenter at 520-293-9737.   (Information on Primavera may be found at: http://www.primavera.org/index_nonflash.html.)

San Carlos Apache Nation:  At Thanksgiving and Christmas, Christ the King joins in with others in the Diocese to provide contributions of food and/or money to provide a holiday meal for members of the impoverished San Carlos Apache Nation. (Information on the nation: http://www.sancarlosapache.com/home.htm)

Tucson House Bingo : On the third Friday of each month, volunteers from Christ the King provide an afternoon of bingo and lighthearted fun at Tucson House, a low-income senior apartment house at 1501 North Oracle where many of the residents are disabled, have limited resources or aren’t able to get out and about. We gather at Tucson House at 2:30, bringing small prizes and snacks, and leave shortly after 4:00.  Regular team members include Jane Gray, Linda Gray, Ellen Bowlby and Jackie Thames. If you are interested in helping with this activity, please contact Jane at jgraycj@yahoo.com.

United Thank Offering: United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that strives to address compelling human need through grants to projects that alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally, within the Anglican provinces, dioceses, and companion dioceses.  Christ the King sponsors a UTO campaign each Spring. Contact: Vicki Willan at 520-887-1435 or vwillan@msn.com.  (More complete information is at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering.)

Worker Sisters of the Holy Spirit/Worker Brothers of the Holy Spirit: Members of this canonically recognized order make a lifetime commitment to grow in the fruits of the Spirit. The group is currently at work raising money to purchase water purification pills for Haitian families. Contact Ginny Berkey at 520-818-2953 or mollysnonna@gmail.com— or visit www.workersisters.org.