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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.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:44
Update on Disaster Relief Efforts in Coal City, IL and Surrounding Area Print E-mail
storms On the evening of June 22nd, Coal City and the surrounding villages were struck by a tornado causing a significant amount of damage. This is the second tornado to hit this town in the last two years. Ken Cupples, LCC Disaster Response Coordinator, had “boots on the ground” the following days. He found most of the immediate needs of the survivors to have been met. Coal City and Braidwood have constructed an excellent and thorough disaster response plan since the 2013 tornado. LCC has respected the wishes of the towns’ CERT to encourage all volunteers through the United Way based in Braidwood.

Many LERT volunteers did join the hundreds of others the first weekend open. Trinity, Lisle members came in with a hot dog stand and fed many residents and volunteers at a local Coal City church. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams visited with survivors and volunteers this past week. Ed Boerman, LCC’s Chainsaw Training Director/Instructor, had signed up LCC chainsaw crews as available to help with downed trees. AmeriCorps is currently speaking with Ed Boerman about the possibility of deploying LERT certified chainsaw operators into Braidwood. Once we know the needs, a notification will come through email with specifics and the meeting location for whoever is able to work.


LCC is the NID Disaster Response Coordinator and respects the wishes of local governmental authorities. At this time, our Disaster Response Team members are continually offering our LERT volunteers to help in this recovery. Authorities of the affected areas have noted our offerings and they have asked us to wait until they contact us to respond. The CERT of Coal City/Braidwood is accepting individual volunteers but are still restricting large groups coming without their approval or invitation.

Any LERT volunteers who wish to help may do so at the Diamond Banquet Hall in Braidwood, Illinois 60416 (on Hwy 113). We ask that LERT members to continue to monitor their email for alerts and updates from the LCC Disaster Response Team on this particular disaster. Thank you for your patience and willingness to help in this time of need.

To help support LCC’s Disaster Relief efforts, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 12:28
$780 Will Provide Relief from the Hot Haitian Summer for a Family with a New Baby Print E-mail
Kessa Marky LCC received the following request from Jackie Rychel, the Executive Director of Ministry in Mission, from Pastor Marky Kessa, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti. Nathan Prevot has been a familiar face to many mission teams working in Jacmel, Haiti at the First Lutheran Church. Nathan has shared his talent with many and is the organizer of the "God's Plus" musical group. He is now studying to become a Pastor in Haiti.

Dear brothers and sisters,

I choose to write to you on behalf of Nathan family, his wife going to have a baby soon. They live without power and July, August and September are very hot in Haiti.

I am looking for your help so his wife and new baby have a way to provide some power:

  • $400 for two batteries
  • inventor = $ 100
  • solar panel = $210
  • regulator = $ 70
The total is $780 since Nathan is able to do the work himself. With this equipment, the family will have light and fans for the whole day and night.

Please try to do anything you could do for this family
Rev. Marky Kessa

To help provide electricity for Nathan’s family, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:54
UKANDU - They Sure Did! Print E-mail
Before and After
Before and After
This week, over 300 youth and adult leaders from LCMS churches around the country come to Chicago for a week of service and worship. It is a great opportunity for the youth to be the hands of feet of Jesus for those in need. This year, LCC was blessed to have a group of 9 teenagers and 4 adult leaders work on the exterior property at LCC's new headquarters at St John Lutheran Church in Northbrook, Illinois. What a wonderful gift we received, evident in the before and after pictures below, just a few examples of the many improvements to the property. To view more images of the teens at work at LCC CLICK HERE
Before and After
Before and After

Thank you to UKANDU Chicago, and the following congregations for sharing their youth and adults with us this week!

  • Bethlehem, Sun Prairie, WI
  • Redeemer, Rochester, MN
  • Abiding Savior, St. Louis, MO
  • St John, Newhall, IA
  • Our Redeemer, Iowa City, IA
  • St John's, Lombard, IL

CLICK HERE to learn more about UKANDU Chicago and follow them on Facebook.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 11:42
Kare-9's and their Veterans Visit the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall Print E-mail
Veterans Traveling Wall On Thursday, June 4th and Saturday, June 6th the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry, represented by Kare-9 Britta and Veterans Dale and Chuck, Kare-9 Butch and Veterans Keith and Ward, Kare-9 Blitz and Veteran Bob, Kare-9 Flex and Veteran Fred, Kare-9 Brandi and Veteran Marvin, and Kare-9 Brutus and Veteran Jim, attended ceremonies at Cabela's in Hoffman Estates featuring The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall. Known as "The Wall that Heals", this 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 who died throughout its duration.

The Kare-9's brought compassion and mercy to the many veterans and their families attending the display. Many smiles, hugs and gestures of peace were shared by all.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:13
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