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LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Visits “The Moving Wall” Print E-mail
Moving Wall The LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry visited "The Moving Wall” from August 20th through August 24th in Lockport, IL. The wall showed the names of those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam conflict. Veteran Bob Royce (with Kare-9 Blitz), veteran Keith & Judy Stanton, veteran Ward Dittmar (with Kare-9 Butch), veteran Fred Vanstrom (with Kare-9 Flex), veteran Brad Schroeder (with Kare-9 Susie), LCC staff members and veterans Jim Morrison (Brutus) and Norm Gotsch, as well as Pastor Mark Hein (with Comfort Dog Samuel), attended the event. Pastor Hein led the ceremony with an opening prayer, which was followed by the Kare-9 group speaking to several military personnel and their family members. It was discovered that some of the veterans were in Vietnam during the same time as a few of the LCC Kare-9 veterans. Officers of the Chicago Police Department, people playing bagpipes, politicians, and dignitaries from the area were present as well. The wall was very impressive despite the fact that it is the condensed version that is modeled after the wall in Washington, DC. Brad Schroeder describes the experience:icipants were appreciative.
We have met many people who have visited the Wall. Some have just come as they have never seen the Wall before. Many have come because they know a family member or friend who's name is on the Wall. Lots of Vietnam vets have come, undoubtedly knowing a name or names on the Wall.

One lady with a walker viewed the Wall with her family and then stopped to sit down. She bowed her head and she cried. As Susie and I walked by, Susie put her head on the lady's lap. The lady's sons name was on the Wall…

It has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended. When we view the Wall containing 58,300 names of men and women who gave their all for their country there is emotion even though it was many years ago. For some, the loss of a loved one still has pain and grief. It is nice to see that these men and women who died for their country are not forgotten and are getting the recognition they so justly deserve. We must never forget them, as they served with honor and gave their lives for freedom. Also, there are hundreds of thousands of Vietnam vets that struggle each day with horrible memories that just won't go away. Please pray for them, that somehow they find peace from our Lord that they can hold onto.

The LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry spoke to several families and veterans, and they enjoyed very much petting and visiting with the dogs.

Help support our Kare-9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 13:28
“River of Life” VBS leads to 8 Baptisms Print E-mail
River of Life LCC received the following message from former LCC staff member James Kirschenmann:
“We held VBS at St. Paul's College Hill (St. Louis, MO) for the first time in as long as anyone here can remember... July 27-30 we went through LHF’s (Lutheran Heritage Foundation) "River of Life VBS" curriculum. There were 18 students in that class. 8 of them came through the saving waters and joined the Body of Christ on August 23, 2015, with still more requesting to be baptized soon. Praise be to God!”
This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for LHF supplying the Vacation Bible School materials. The materials and their experience at VBS greatly helped give the students an understanding of Holy Baptism as a sacrament. Rev. Matt Heise, Executive Director at LHF, helped St. Paul’s College Hill while he was a field worker and attending the seminary in St. Louis.

LCC would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to these students and pray that their journey in faith is abundant and fruitful.

To read more about St. Paul, please CLICK HERE

To donate to the St. Paul Vicar Fund, please CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 15:18
LCC President Tim Hetzner Begins Live In-Depth Bible Class on the Books of Galatians - Ephesians - Starts Monday, September 14 Print E-mail
Tim at WORD Join LCC President Tim Hetzner as he teaches live on Mondays - WORD - The Books of Ephesians - Galatians – study of the Bible.

The Cost of Freedom
The Books of Galatians - Ephesians

This course is designed as an expository study of the Epistle to the Galatians and Ephesians, taking you through the entire book with cross-references to other portions of Scripture. The purpose is to assist you in gaining a greater comprehension of the biblical teaching contained in the Epistle to the Galatians and Ephesians, with an emphasis on practical application.

This is an in-depth study of the biblical text.

You will begin by exploring a portion of Galatians with the help of a series of exploratory questions. There will then follow an in-depth study of the passages, guided by an expositional commentary on the text. You should prepare for this study by asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind and open your heart to receive not only the teaching of Scripture but Christ Himself as He is presented in the Scriptures.

WORD Bible Study Classes are non-denominational and are open to anyone regardless of church (or lack of) affiliation. This is a safe environment to study the Bible – no church membership solicitation will be allowed!


This 30-session class starts Monday, September 14th at Harris Bank in Palatine at 6AM, St Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods at 9:30AM and 7:00PM. If you cannot attend the LIVE class, again this year we will be video recording the class each week (enroll as "Internet" to receive access). Those attending the LIVE classes are automatically enrolled in the online course. To enroll, call 866-455-6466 or click here to register.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 11:36
Mark Your Calendar for the Lutheran Heritage Tour and Christkindl Markets Print E-mail
Heritage Tour Join LCC President Tim Hetzner on this annual, spiritual, and fun trip! Start your celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by touring the Czech Republic and Germany visiting Prague - Dresden - Erfurt - Wartburg Castle - Eisenach - Wittenberg - Eisleben - Berlin. From November 28 to December 8, 2015. Size is limited so sign up soon!

Click here to register for this trip

Click here for the Travel Brochure

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 07:22
Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) Trainings Registration Open! Print E-mail
L.E.R.T. A reminder to all Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) certified members or those interested in becoming LERT certified that the fall trainings are open for registration. LCC has two basic training sessions in September for those interested in joining the mission field of disaster and crisis response:

Upcoming Basic LERT Trainings

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

295 W. Sauk Trail | Frankfort, IL 60423

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church

855 Lee St. | Des Plaines, IL 60016

To register for the basic LERT Training

For more information call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you are currently certified and have not yet updated your LERT status through deployment, there are 11 Advanced LERT courses scheduled from August through November:

Upcoming Advanced LERT Trainings

Tarp and Patch - Harry Dietz, Instructor
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

195 Nesler Rd | Elgin, IL 60124

Muck Out/Flood Clean-up - Rich Roth, Instructor
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

195 Nesler Rd | Elgin, IL 60124

For all a list of all trainings, CLICK HERE

To register for an advanced LERT trainings, CLICK HERE

All classes are on Saturdays with registration opening at 8:30 AM and ending around noon. Join us in continuing to share Christ's Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation through Disaster Response.

To download the LERT brochure or the bulletin insert to advertise LERT trainings at your church CLICK HERE

For Congregational Preparedness Training information and registration CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:29
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