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Devastating Fire Takes the Life of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Chicago, IL) Parishioner Print E-mail

Children in Critical and Serious Conditions; Father Treated for Burns

In the early morning of Friday, July 10th, a destructive fire took the life of Korissa Valdivia Chupp and left her two children in serious and critical conditions. Firefighters at the scene found the children clustered in their mother’s arms. The two children, Jerry (6 years old) and Kiara (2 years old), suffered burns and are now in intensive care at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Their father, Tony, suffered minor burns on his hand and his foot. Because he inhaled lots of smoke in his attempt to save his family, he has lung problems. He is expected to continue with treatment for his lungs.

Last April, funds were raised through LCC for this family after their apartment burned down and they lost all of their possessions.

LCC never charges those we serve. To see the original appeal, CLICK HERE.

Tony has been a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in the Pilsen community of Chicago since age 7. He assists with bilingual worship services (English/Spanish) at the church. This tragedy has caused a lot of grief to the relatives and members of St. Matthew. Please keep all those affected in your prayers as they cope with this horrific tragedy and consider donating to help this family

LCC never charges those we serve. Please keep all those affected in your prayers as they cope with this horrific tragedy and consider donating to help this family. To donate CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:54
Help is Needed for Central Illinois District (CID) Hit by Tornadoes Print E-mail
CID Tornadoes

Tornado Relief Efforts
Help is Needed for Central Illinois District (CID) hit by Tornadoes Again Last Night and Last Monday

Update - July 18, 2015 - LCC staff and volunteers are working hard clearing trees and debris in Central Illinois home damaged by tornadoTornado after tornado this year - why does God allow these to happen? That is a question I am often asked. Only God can answer that question - BUT THIS I KNOW. In the midst of every disaster there are hundreds of people who suffer - and as Christians we are called to "Be Jesus" to those who suffer - by sharing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. Doing this requires action!
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17
In every disaster there are some common needs:
     Prayer - both personally and with people in the midst of the disaster
     Volunteers - to help with clean-up
     Resources - to help get individuals and families through the immediate crisis and help them rebuild

tree downed by tornadoLCC has been invited by CID DR Director, Stephen Born, to partner with the CID Disaster Response Teams in responding to the recent tornadoes that they have had, primarily in Quincy, Illinois (Monday) and Cameron, Illinois (last night).

In Quincy alone, over 50 LCMS families, as well as many others in the community, were affected. They sustained home damage and loss, trees are down, and debris needs to be cleaned up.

Our point church that we are working out of is:
     The Lutheran Church of St John with Pastor Stephen Hayden.
     3340 State Street
     Quincy, IL 62301

A work day is scheduled for this Saturday, July 18th, starting at 9AM at St John. To volunteer CLICK HERE

The city of Cameron, with a population of 600, was severely devastated last night by the tornadoes that touched down around 7:30PM. The city is closed to all people except utility workers. Disaster response volunteers are monitoring the situation and will be taking work request orders as residents are allowed back into the town.

So what can you do to "Be Jesus" to those suffering? You can help by:

  • Praying for those in Cameron, Quincy and surrounding areas affected by the tornadoes, as well as the first responders and many volunteers assisting
  • Donate online - LCC Disaster Relief Fund
  • Donating by mail (please put "CID Tornadoes" in the memo line):
         Lutheran Church Charities
         3020 Milwaukee Ave
         Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Donate by phone: 866-455-6466

Thank you for your support to serve those who are suffering and in need.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:01
Katie Comfort Dog Placed and Already Spreading Comfort in the Fremont, NE Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash On Sunday, July 12, Katie Comfort Dog was officially placed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska. Katie was warmly welcomed to Trinity. She will be serving the Fremont community with her handlers to spread the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

It wasn’t long after Katie got to Fremont until she started to comfort. Katie’s handler received an email from Eddie Comfort Dog’s (Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Nebraska) handler, asking if Katie could visit a local family who lost not only their home, but also their belongings and their family pet, in a destructive fire. After hearing about their story, Trinity raised $250 for the family and presented them with a credit card gift card when Katie visited. Please keep this family in your prayers as they recover from this tragedy.

Click here to support the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:24
Emma Can Hear Now But Her Family is Struggling with Medical Bills Print E-mail
Emma Pastor Marc Cohen, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Barrington, Illinois has been counseling a family with a young daughter who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It’s been one year since the diagnosis. She has undergone two major surgeries including a spinal fusion and shunt to prepare her for the surgery that would remove the tumor. She had lost her hearing, but can now hear again. Her vision was also affected, and she continues to have headaches and sinus problems. Her family feels extremely blessed that Emma’s MRI has come back okay and that she has returned to playing. While these are really positive signs, her family is in a large amount of debt from medical bills that continue to put a lot of strain on the family.

Please pray for Emma and her family during this stressful time. If you can help, please contribute to Emma’s Medical Bills. And remember 100% of all donations to a special fund like this go to the fund – dollar-in, dollar-out.

Click Here to Donate towards Emma's Medical Bills

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:21
LCC Hosts Training for 24 New Handlers, Caregivers, and Ministry Helpers from 6 Ministries in 5 States! Print E-mail
Training Last week, LCC was blessed to host a training for 24 new handlers, caregivers, and ministry helpers from 6 ministries in 5 states! This was the first time that two of the churches met the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog that will be placed and will serve with their congregations. Attending this training were:
  • Immanuel - Danbury, CT with Addie Comfort Dog
  • Lord of Glory- Grayslake, IL with Asher Comfort Dog
  • Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI with Dora Comfort Dog
  • North Shore Lutheran Ministry - Lake Forest, IL with Asher Comfort Dog
  • St. Paul's - Des Peres, MO with newly placed Tabby Comfort Dog
  • Trinity - Toledo, OH with newly placed Anna Comfort Dog
We thank these wonderful people for taking the time to learn to become ministry teams with their LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and how they can use the dogs as a bridge to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.

Follow the dogs on Facebook!

Click here to support the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:44
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