As a community of faith we deeply care about helping people find healing and wholeness in their lives. Faith Lutheran Church supports several recovery and counseling programs that meet regularly on our church campus. Faith House is a ministry of Faith Lutheran Church which was created to provide comfortable, attractive, low cost housing in a safe environment to help ease the financial burden faced by patients who visit Houston’s Medical Center for extended medical care. Church should be a place where God can touch and heal the broken places in our lives. Faith Lutheran Church is here to help.
We have a variety of Healing Group opportunities at Faith. Feel free to look around and discover more!
- Christian Community Service Center (CCSC)
- Faith House
- First Place for Health
- Lutheran World Relief Quilters
- Recovery Programs (Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Cornerstone, Palmer Drug Abuse, GreySheeters, Narcotics Anonymous)
- Helpful Links
Christian Community Service Center (CCSC)
The Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) is an award-winning, community-based, nonprofit organization that serves the needs of the inner-city, southwest Houston community. The mission of the Christian Community Service Center is to serve the poor, hungry, disabled and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic and cultural differences. CCSC was created out of faith, and founded in the belief that we are all called to help all God’s children heart-to-heart and hand-to-hand. CCSC was incorporated in 1980 and since that time has grown to encompass a coalition of 43 local churches united in service, including Faith Lutheran Church.
Faith Lutheran Church members actively support the mission of CCSC by contributing financially and donating generously to a variety of food, clothing and special needs drives that are held throughout the year. Faith Lutheran Church serves as the host site for CCSC’s large and popular “Back-to-School” event. The annual Back-to-School event, which is held in our Faith Center gymnasium, provides school supplies, school uniforms, shoes and gently worn clothing to over 6,000 underprivileged children and their families every August. Each year, Faith Lutheran Church members also lovingly make beautiful doll cradles and quilts to be distributed at CCSC’s annual “Jingle Bell Express” along with many other toys, books and monetary donations.
Many of our church members also volunteer regularly at CCSC Emergency Services Southwest (Food Pantry), and the Sunshine Resale Shop. For more information about the vital and life-changing services provided by the Christian Community Service Center, please visit www.ccschouston.org.
First Place for Health
Started in 1981 as a ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church, First Place for Health is a reliable, proven method of weight loss and healthy living. It continues to grow as a strong church program. First Place for Health has groups in over 12,000 churches across the country—with over a half million members!
The tremendous success of First Place for Health is due to its biblical approach to weight loss and overall health management, which puts Christ first and improves every area of a person’s life. This Christ-centered, balanced weight-loss and healthy living program has guided hundreds of thousands of people to a healthy lifestyle and a closer walk with the Lord.
What’s unique about First Place for Health?
• Christ-centered priorities: Bible study, prayer and Scripture memory
• Choices for health: Addressing the whole person—emotions, mind, body & spirit
• Community: Support and accountability through small groups
First Place for Health offers a series of Bible Studies. These studies address many issues of everyday life and provide opportunities for growth in Christ. Members complete a weekly Bible study which—combined with prayer and Scripture reading—helps to impart God’s strength, empowering members to overcome temptation and make long-lasting lifestyle changes. For more information about the First Place for Health program, visit www.firstplaceforhealth.com.
Faith Lutheran Church is pleased to offer the First Place for Health program on our church campus every Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Men and women from the Bellaire and greater Houston community who want to improve their overall health and energy level while studying how God’s word can guide them are invited to participate in the First Place for Health small group at Faith Lutheran Church. For questions, contact group leader Mardi Mayerhoff at (713) 203-1875.
Lutheran World Relief Quilters
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1945 to respond to the needs of communities devastated by World War II. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, LWR works to reduce poverty and injustice by helping communities increase and expand the resources they need to live productive, healthy and empowered lives. To learn more about Lutheran World Relief, visit www.lwr.org.
Members of Faith Lutheran Church actively support the work of Lutheran World Relief through financial contributions and through the sharing of their time and talents. One dedicated group of members is our “Faithful Quilters” group that meets most Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM to sew quilts for LWR’s “Project Comfort.” Every year, countless Lutheran groups and individuals join their hearts and hands in sewing quilts and assembling layettes and health, school and sewing kits to be distributed to people in need by Lutheran World Relief. Through their love and commitment to these projects, they turn ordinary items into tangible symbols of extraordinary love for people who may feel they’ve been forgotten by the world.
Faith Lutheran Church supports several recovery and counseling programs that meet regularly on our church campus, including:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. For more information, visit www.aahouston.org. To view the five-day-a-week AA meeting schedule at Faith Lutheran, enter zip code 77401 and select “Faith American Lutheran Church.”
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. In Al-Anon, members do not give direction or advice to other members. Instead, they share their personal experiences and stories, and invite other members to “take what they like and leave the rest”—that is, to determine for themselves what lesson they could apply to their own lives. An Al-Anon meeting takes place at Faith Lutheran Church every Sunday at 7:00 PM. For more information, visit www.houstonalanon.org.
Cornerstone Recovery is a unique teen-based, 12-step recovery program, based on positive peer pressure and a drug and alcohol free environment. In addition to counseling services, the program offers 12-step meetings for parents and teens, as well as staffed functions every weekend. Cornerstone’s uniqueness is its combination of peer group involvement and the various activities which show the kids that recovery can be fun. Cornerstone Recovery meetings are held at Faith Lutheran Church every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more information, visit www.cornerstoneteamcounseling.com.
Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP)
The Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP – pronounced “Puh-Dap”) has been providing free substance abuse recovery services to youth ages 12-25 and their parents in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area since 1971. The program provides 12-step support group meetings, crisis intervention, client assessments and referrals, individual and family counseling sessions, drug-free social and recreational activities, and community education and prevention programs. For more information, visit www.pdaphouston.org.
GreySheeters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for GSA membership. Our primary purpose is to stay abstinent and help other compulsive overeaters to achieve abstinence. GreySheeters Anonymous meetings are held at Faith Lutheran Church every Saturday at 9:00 AM. For more information, visit www.greysheet.org.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization that offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. NA does not focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held at Faith Lutheran Church every Tuesday at 6:30 PM. For more information, visit www.na.org.
The following links provide further information about addictive illnesses. Each of these also contains links to programs dedicated to helping the family/friends of addicts:
Help for family and friends of addicts
Food and eating disorders
- A Nurse’s Guide to Eating Disorders