Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM CDT
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM CDT

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
18220 Upper Bay Road
Houston, TX 77058

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Steve Fruendt  (817) 946-6735

Holy Cow Smokers is a ministry whose purpose is to spread our love for Christ through sharing our faith and food with people we meet.  By outreaching to our communities near and far, we will continue to grow the reach of God's Word and our ministry's work.  We hope that the people we share our faith, food, and love for Christ with, will be transformed into missionaries we have become by continuing to do God's work.Financial Support for LOG HCS

Disaster Relief to Houston

#1 RULE OF DISASTER RESPONSE:  Be flexible and patient.

The Holy Cow Smokers Disaster Relief and Lamb of God Lutheran Church in partnership with the Texas District - Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (GDLC) Houston would like to invite you to volunteer your precious time, September 14 - 17. Our volunteers will spread the mercy and love of Jesus Christ to the community by preparing and distributing hot BBQ meals throughout the affected area. Volunteers will be needed to prepare and distribute the meals, and provide spiritual care.

If you are not able to travel to Houston to assist on-site, please consider a financial donation to support the Holy Cow Smokers Ministry.  We are also in need of cookie/brownie donations.  Contribute or Sign Up by clicking on the appropriate button below.  Feel free to come to LOG on Thursday morning to help load the vehicles and send us off with your prayers.

You do NOT have to be LERT certified or be a Certified Food Handler.

SIGN UP INFORMATION:  Due to space restrictions, only 40 volunteers needing housing during the deployment will be accommodated.  Volunteers may choose to stay offsite.  There are very limited hotel rooms available near GDLC.

MEAL PREPARATION AND DISTRIBUTION:  Tasks will include set up, cooking, meal preparation, distribution, and kitchen cleanup. All meal prep volunteers should bring a head cover, ie. baseball cap, scarf, etc.


  • Thursday, September 14:  8am   Prepare to depart from LOG to arrive at GDLC in the afternoon
  • Friday, September 15:       9am - 12pm: meal prep and distribution
  • Saturday, September 16:   9am - 12pm: meal prep and distrubtion
  • Sunday, September 17:     9am - 12pm: meal prep and distrubtion; depart after cleanup
  • Sunday, September 17:     8pm - Post Deployment clean up & organization at LOG

All volunteers will receive breakfast (if there is a breakfast cook team) a BBQ meal for lunch, pizza dinner on Thursday.  At this time, dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday may be on your own.

OTHER RELIEF TASKS:  The main focus of this deployment is meal preparation and distribution.  If volunteer’s desire and after meals are distributed there may be opportunities to assist other relief operations in the area.

THE HOUSING: GDLC has room to house 40 volunteers in their fellowship hall or gym of the school. Bring an air mattress and bedding. Men’s and women’s showers are available on site. Bring toiletries.  (think camping).  The church has water, electricity, air conditioning, and a commercial kitchen.  Should you decide to stay elsewhere; the cost you incur will be your own responsibility.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES: RV’s are welcome but there are no hookups at GDLC.

SUPPLY LIST:  Please bring these items with you:

  • Completed medical information form
  • Comfortable, clean clothing
  • Personal Items
  • Hat (all food handlers must wear a hat, hair net, or head cover to comply with code)
  • Sunglasses
  • Foldable Chair
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (water will be provided)
  • Bug Spray 

RELEASE FORM:  All volunteers need to complete this form and bring with them to the site.

In Christ, 

 Steve Fruendt