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Flint Water Crisis - St Paul Lutheran Church and School Needs Your Help! Print E-mail
LCC received the following email from Jeffrey B. Walsh, Pastor of St Paul Lutheran Church and School in Flint, Michigan requesting assistance:
Flint Water Greetings to you in Christ Jesus!

In April 2014, the Flint water source was changed because of financial concerns. While the source passed tests for quality, the chemicals added to keep the water clean caused the leeching of the pipes (of lead and lead solder) into the water of many homes, businesses and churches.

Our water at St Paul was noticeably orange (because of our cast iron pipes), and we made several changes to how we used water. While we were assured of pure water coming from the source, we chose to allow our parents to send bottled water with the children. Our cook brought in water or purchased water for all cooking and drinking.

In September of 2015 we were notified that some people had been exposed to lead poisoning through the water and that young children were at the most risk. At that point we closed all of our drinking fountains, put up water coolers next to them and had our water tested. In October, our water source was changed back to Detroit water, but that did not change the damage to the pipes that is the reason for lead in the water.

Our latest water tests show that we have some lead in our water system. That is why we are getting bids on a water filtration system for our church and school. We will also need to replace our school dishwasher.

We are grateful for the many churches and schools who have and are now donating water bottles to us. Yet, we need to look into a permanent solution with a water filtration system. Flint Water

St. Paul Lutheran School is the last remaining LC-MS school in Flint. We are a multicultural school working to share Jesus with our community and our world. We have just over 100 students in Preschool through 8th grade, and a toddler program.

St Paul Lutheran Church is a congregation that worships 240 each Sunday. We work to impact our community through Mobile Food Pantries, a food closet, a reading program in our public elementary school, and help with Franklin Avenue Mission in Flint.

Thank you for reading this story and considering us for help.

In Christ,
Jeffrey B. Walsh, Pastor
St Paul Lutheran Church and School

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:07
 
Fire Causes Injuries and Damage at LCC Supported Haiti Orphanage Print E-mail
Haiti Orphanage Fire broke out at the Center of Refuge Orphanage in Jacmel Haiti on February 2, 2016.

Roussemie Lucien, director of the orphanage, and her brother, Gimey, have suffered substantial burns to their arms and have been treated in a local hospital. The will recover at the John 3:16 Guesthouse. Andle Prevot is supervising their IV and antibiotic treatment. There was also substantial damage to the orphanage building.

While the children of the orphanage are safe, volunteers are busy preparing meals and distributing food while Roussemie and Gimey recover. The damage to the structure will be in excess of $14,000.

The Orphanage is sponsored by Ministry in Mission, an LCMS RSO non-profit ministry started and operated by St. Mark Lutheran Church in Chesterland, Ohio, with the help of Pastor David Luecke from Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Royalton, Ohio and Lutheran Church Charities. LCC continues to provide quarterly support for the children. Ministry in Mission helps coordinate mission trips for individuals or groups that are looking to serve people in the name of Jesus Christ.

Haiti Orphanage Please consider making a monetary donation to help get the repairs completed as quickly as possible.

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EVERY DOLLAR you donate through LCC for this ministry will go directly to the orphanage. Dollar in/Dollar Out.

On behalf of Lutheran Church Charities and those at the Center of Refuge Orphanage and Ministry in Mission, we thank you for your support!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:45
 
Passing of the Leash Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Lois and her team were officially welcomed into the First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, Nevada family by The Rev. Steve Cluver on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

The three-day intensive training weekend included handler and caregiver teams from both First Good Shepherd in Las Vegas and First Lutheran in Yuba City, California. The joint training weekend combined the teams for Comfort Dogs Lois and Rueben. Comfort Dog Rueben will be placed in Yuba City next Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Passing of the Leash

LCC K-9 staff members Rich Martin, Dona Martin, Jeanne Moore and Teresa Gray led a training and handling curriculum which was enriched with focus on ministry within the community.

The teams made school and senior living visits as well as spent time on the streets off of Las Vegas Blvd meeting people and offering to pray.

God brought together the Comfort Teams and a mom whose son had missed over 60 days of school due to unknown illness which causes excruciating pain. The team prayed for this child and his mother as they are traveling to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles this week. The family requested a home visit and Comfort Dog Teams Lois and Luther fulfilled the request.

During the service at First Good Shepherd in Las Vegas, Pastor Cluver thanked LCC for coming to the aid of his home congregation, Calvary Lutheran in Watseka, Illinois. Cluver’s father is still a resident of Watseka and a member at Calvary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:40
 
LERT Volunteers Receive Certification Print E-mail
LERT Volunteers LERT volunteers (18) completed their Mucking Out and Flood Clean-Up Certification on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Course instructor, Richard Roths, brought much to the table as he served many years as a FEMA instructor. A special thank you to Roths for his time and talent.

Participating LCMS NID Congregations:
Trinity, Roselle
St. Peter, Schaumburg
Good Shepherd, Elgin
St. Peter, N. Plato
St. John, Green Valley

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:41
 
51 Participants Attend Basic LERT Training Print E-mail

LERT Training

THANK YOU to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in LaFox, Ilinois for hosting the Basic LERT Training on Saturday, January 30, 2016. 51 participants from the following NID congregations were trained: St. Mark, St Charles; St Peter, Hampshire, the Cross/Helmar Team of Yorkville, and Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox. Lord of Life Lutheran Church added 33 new members to their team, increasing their membership to 62. This training brings our Northern Illinois District team of LERT credentialed volunteers to nearly 1,100!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:39
 
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