Opportunities to serve Christ and His Kingdom

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;
and love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

The following are some of the many opportunities for serving the Lord and our neighbors in love, as a witness to how Christ has loved you.

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 For more information, contact   the individuals below.
Click the links below to learn more and get involved
 Addiction & Recovery
 Pastor Lance Irey
  •  ARK - Advancing Recovery in the Kingdom
    • If you are in need of help in dealing with addiction(s), know someone who is, or just want continued support in your own recovery, you are encouraged to join our open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous every Saturday morning. We have resources for other addictions available as well.

      Led by Pastor Lance. who is in recovery himself, this is a time of caring and support for those in need. He can be contacted at 1lirey@christcm.com or 714-708-3731

 Community and Social Services

  • Goodwill
    • Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.
  • Lutheran Social Services
    • The agency continues to show a passion for Christ and HIS Church by the delivery of social services that affect outreach and social justice. This passion continues throughout the LSS-CCC ministry by doing work that:
    Improves the quality of life for people with limited options 
    Promotes mental, physical and spiritual healing 
    Encourages human growth and development 
    Provides continuums of care for those in need
  • Mika
    • The purpose of Mika’s Volunteer Department is to offer opportunities to act, love and walk within the community of Costa Mesa. As an extension of our mission and vision, our volunteers play an important role in how we serve our community. Volunteers represent Mika in the neighborhoods and programs they serve, and the relationships developed are the key element to transformation in our city.

  • Habitat for Humanity
    • Seeking to put love and faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County brings people together to build homes, community and hope. Email Kathleen Meyer for more information.
  • Thrivent Builds Repairs
    • Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity hopes to mobilize nearly 500,000 Thrivent Financial members to help change lives and build homes with families in need. In 2013, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity will contribute nearly $7 million to help build 113 affordable houses across the United States. More than 100 local Habitat affiliates will build these homes alongside members of Thrivent Financial and other community volunteers.


  • Mika ESL
    • Volunteer to help others in our community learn English through Mika in Costa Mesa.
  • Papua New Guinea - Supporting with prayer and finances 30 Living Word Schools, for 1000 Haruai, Kobon and Minimib children and a literacy program for adults. Email Nancy Kuhlman for more information.

  • China Mission - Southwestern China, providing short-term mission opportunities in English teaching, water and hygiene projects. Email Pastor Mike for more information.
  • Companion Hospice
    • To provide comfort, compassion and caring to patients and families experiencing a life-limiting illness. We affirm life and treat dying as a special and unique part of the life process. The patient and family are empowered and comforted physically, emotionally, and spiritually in order to retain their dignity and integrity. Companion Hospice is committed to honor patient's wishes in regards to their final phase of life.
  • Free Wheelchair Mission
    • Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope. Our mission is "to provide the transforming gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in developing countries, as motivated by Jesus Christ."
    • At Horizon, our Mission is to provide caring and personal support to those impacted by pregnancy. We offer pregnancy-related services, training programs, and counseling to meet the needs of the mother, the father and the unborn child.
  • Knots of Love
    • Our mission at Knots of Love is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss by knitting and crocheting caps with love. These beanies are delivered free of charge to patients across the country. We hope for a day when our services will no longer be needed, but until then our recipients continually tell us that our beanies not only provide warmth as they go through treatment but also provide them an incredible amount of dignity during the most challenging time of their lives.
  • Red Cross
    • The American Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties is one of Southern California’s leading non-profit agencies.Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to disaster preparedness and response; health, safety and aquatics classes; the Lifeline program for independent seniors; youth service programs as well as educational and informational presentations to thousands of residents and business each year.

  • Mercy House
    • Mercy House Ministries was founded for the purpose of aiding single pregnant women who need support. Our home is a place of safety and peace where each woman can focus on her emotional and spiritual growth during this most important time. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and developing a positive and healthy environment for her child is the goal of our program. This includes becoming a part of a local church, facilitating spiritual discipleship and providing training in the life skills necessary for successful and productive living. We are the Lord’s hands extended.  Expressing His love and mercy, we invite women to partner with Him in the next steps of their lives.  As they move from crisis to creative, beautiful living we see the cycle of loss broken and can forever change the future of two lives.
  • Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter
    • For almost three decades, OCIS has evolved into a multifaceted transitional housing program addressing the tangible and intangible needs – from shelter to counseling. As one of the oldest and largest shelters in Orange County, OCIS serves more than 1,000 individuals each year. OCIS is a transitional housing program with supportive services such as intake and assessment, case management, nutrition, employment service (through collaborators), adult education (through collaborators), training in budgeting and money management, and assistance in securing permanent housing.
  • Precious Life Shelter - Los Alamitos
    • Precious Life Shelter, founded in 1989, was developed to meet an ever-growing need to provide shelter for pregnant women who are homeless. The program was designed to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women preparing to meet the future challenges of supporting a family. Our program includes career planning, life skills development, health and nutrition education, instruction in childbirth and parenting, and weekly case management Professional counseling and drug diversion and counseling are provided as needed. The goal of Precious Life Shelter is for each woman to regain stability and become self-reliant.
  • Rescue Mission
    • To minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our Community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities.
  • Share Ourselves
    • Share Our Selves was established to provide for the most serious concerns of the poor residing in Orange County – food, clothing and emergency financial aid for housing, transportation, prescriptions and children's needs. In 1984, the mission of SOS expanded to include medical care and 1987 expanded further to include dental care. The Comprehensive CARE Center opened in 2005 to provide mental health and counseling services. In September of 2010, SOS partnered with El Sol Academy, a charter school in Santa Ana, to open the SOS-El Sol Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is a school-based clinic that provides social services, screening and urgent care to the students and their parents.

    • Our food distribution program is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the neighboring community and serve the less fortunate. Those of you who have had the opportunity to volunteer have experienced the joy of giving. The recipients of your efforts have repeatedly said how much they appreciate what we are doing, and how they feel our Lord is at work at our church. If you would like to volunteer your time, join us on the second Saturday of every month from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Please come and feel the joy for yourself.
  • CLCS Food Pantry
    • You might be surprised to learn how often the community comes to Christ Lutheran in need of food and help. Our food pantry is always in need of staples, canned goods, and more. Contact Debbie Line at 949-631-1611.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
    • We are working to eliminate hunger in Orange County. We solicit and coordinate donations, grants, fundraising, food drives, food rescue, harvesting and volunteers to supply food, education and advocacy for the hungry through non-profit partners and direct feeding programs. We constantly seek innovative cost effective ways to reach people.
  • Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
    • Our mission is simple: To feed a daily nutritional meal to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the mentally challenged, the physically challenged, the senior citizens and most important of all – the children. We provide this meal to our guests in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere.
  • Stop Hunger Now
    • Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 14 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

  • Community SeniorServ
    • Our mission is to improve the quality of life for older adults, persons with disabilities and their families by creating a safety net of health, nutrition and supportive services designed to enhance their independence, well being and dignity.
 Young People

  • Orange County Teen Challenge
    • Orange County Teen Challenge provide housings, Christian discipleship, substance abuse rehabilitation and vocational training for those who need hope today.
  • Student Mentor
    • Through StudentMentor.org’s innovative national mentoring program based on its pioneering technology platform, college students can conveniently find and collaborate with mentors from diverse industries and professions to achieve their academic and career goals.
  • SOY: Save Our Youth
    • Save Our Youth (SOY) is a youth violence prevention center serving the low income Westside community of Costa Mesa. SOY was founded in 1993 by concerned mothers who were losing sons and daughters to a growing culture of gang violence. We operate in the after school hours and serve youths in grades 8– 12 in the Newport Mesa School District.  Our programming includes a community health and fitness program, a female empowerment program (SOY Girls), sports teams, recreational and educational field trips, social activities, and our scholarship program. Our overall mission is to prevent youth violence and nurture our teen community to make positive decisions in life.
 Ongoing Christ Lutheran Missions Check out the many mission opportunities at Christ Lutheran on the CLCS Missions page. Local, national and global serving opportunities include: