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Pilger Nebraska Update Print E-mail
Pilger UPDATE: July 14, 2014

Since the dual tornadoes ravished the little rural community of Pilger, Nebraska, thousands of volunteers descended on the town bringing hope and assistance to clean up after the tornadoes. Within a two-week period of time, volunteers helped families salvage what they could, demolished remaining buildings and removed debris. By July 1, when all the disaster response groups that brought in the volunteers left, all that remained of Pilger were the foundation slabs where structures once resided.

Working through St. John Lutheran Church and with the Community of Pilger, Lutheran Church Charities continues to recruit and send teams of volunteers to bring hope and assist now with the reconstruction of any remaining structures. During the first two weeks in July, volunteer teams finished walking the fields picking up debris. As of this weekend the crops have grown too high to continue the walking of the fields.

Volunteer groups are still needed in Pilger. Volunteers will no longer be doing debris clean- up for they have now moved into the reconstruction and rebuilding phase. Volunteers are needed in three different areas. These areas include: helping repair damaged homes so that residents will be able to move back in, helping to prepare the cleared sites for the contractors to come in a begin rebuilding, and helping to landscape and build a memorial using the materials from the buildings that were destroyed.

New housing options have opened up for volunteers.

For teams that don't mind roughing it there is tent camping at the park in Pilger, which is right next door to the pool house where there are restrooms and showers.

In Pilger, four blocks from the pool house, a Bunkhouse has been set up (Orphan Grain Train has brought in one of their volunteer housing containers). The Bunkhouse can sleep a total of 12 people. It consists of two units that are equipped with electricity, air conditioning, heating and three sets of bunk beds.Volunteers staying at the bunkhouse have access to the restrooms and showers at the pool house as well. At the bunk house, grills are allowed for cooking meals but no open flame pits.

Another option that is now available is for groups from out of state is to stay at Our Savior Lutheran Church. To get in contact with them please use the following information:

Rev. Kenneth Weander Jr.
2500 W. Norfolk Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701-4427
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If you're not sure you want to sleep on the floor, and have to "rough it" for the time you are there, you may still want to consider a hotel or motel.The following towns are 45 minutes or less from Pilger: Wisner, West Point, Wakefield, Pender, Oakland and Norfolk.

We do not charge for our services. We are Christians and offer our services in the name of Jesus Christ. We are serving through St John, Lutheran Church in Pilger. Even though the church's building and the parsonage no longer exist, please call St. John at 402-396-3478 the day before departing for further instructions and update of your arrival time.

For further questions contact Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Click here to register as a volunteer
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:30
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Bring Healing to Teens Grieving After Loss Print E-mail
 St. John's On Sunday evening, July 6, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Angel (in-training), Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Dora (in-training), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Lily (in-training), Luther (LCC), Mercy (in-training), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Tara (LCC), and Zippy (Trinity, Roselle) were at a special youth service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois.

On Thursday, July 3, 16-year-old Lija Hyssong, a member at St John's and UKANDU Chicago participant, was called home to Jesus. The Sunday evening service, led by Pastor Pete Imlah, was a time of healing through sharing stories, laughing and crying together, and singing some songs. The theme song from last week's UKANDU Chicago trip was "Lift My Life Up" by Unspoken. The lyrics of this song are incredible, and speak to Lija's life and faith.

Click Here to Listen to the Song on YouTube
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 11:33
LCC LERT Chainsaw Workers Needed at Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, Illinois Print E-mail
Chainsaw volunteer crew at work Earlier this week, seven tornadoes touched down in the southern part of our district.

This afternoon, LCC received a call from Pastor Eric Gauss of Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville asking for additional chainsaw teams to assist the LERT Volunteer Team from their church. They have 60 trees that need to be removed from properties of four of their members and the property of Peace Lutheran Church in Morris, Illinois.

Yorkville, Illinois Cross Lutheran Church Pastor Erik Gauss

We know it is a holiday tomorrow, but if you are free and can help out as a chainsaw member, please click here to register as a volunteer.

We will be meeting at Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville at 8:00am on Friday, July 4, 2014. You will meet with Cathy Braden to check in and be assigned a job location.

Thank you for your consideration!

Click here to Register as a Volunteer Donate to LCC's Disaster Relief Fund
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 17:48
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Eddie, Along with LCC President Tim Hetzner, Featured on NTV in Nebraska Print E-mail
Eddie On Tuesday, July 1, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Eddie (Peace Lutheran, Grand Island, Nebraska) made an appearance on ABC affiliate NTV's Good Life morning talk show. Eddie and his handlers, Don and Connie Moeller, talked about how they shared the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ to Pilger and the surrounding areas after the storm that struck there two weeks ago.

The Pilger area was devastated by a twin vortex storm system on Monday, June 16. There is currently work still being done in the fields to help farmers remove debris before the crops grow too high. If you would like to help walk the "Mercy Fields" of Nebraska you can register by clicking the link below.

Click here to view Part 1 of the NTV story
Click here to view Part 2 of the NTV story
Click here to view LCC President Tim Hetzner's interview on NTV
Click here to register as an individual to help clean up farmers' fields
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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:08
LCC Hosts Caregiver Training Print E-mail
caregivers LCC continues in its growth of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry as caregivers from Timothy Lutheran Church, St Louis Missouri; Atonement Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio; and St Mark Lutheran Church, Edmond, Oklahoma came to Addison for three days of training this week. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Directors Rich Martin, Dona Martin, and Anastasia led each day's training covering all the aspects of K-9 training. LCC President Tim Hetzner led devotion and met with the group on the ministry opportunities with their new K-9 ministry. LCC welcomes our new K-9 ministry partners!
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