LCC Welcomes 50 New LERT Trained Volunteers at St John's Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Illinois Print E-mail
On Saturday, April 5, 2014 LCC welcomed 50 new Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteers. LCC Disaster Response staff member Roger Pollock led the training and was assisted by other LCC staff and volunteers. LCC has now trained over 1000 LERT volunteers that are ready to go and serve following a natural or man-made disaster similar to the work being done in Washington, Illinois following the November 2013 tornado. We thank St. John's Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Illinois for hosting this event. Click here to learn more about LCC Disaster Response LERT Trainings Click here to donate to the LCC Disaster Response Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 10:07
Tornado Recovery Efforts in Washington, Illinois Print E-mail

Volunteer for Relief Efforts in Washington IllinoisIf you are in need of relief assistance in Washington, click here to fill out a Request for Help form or call Lutheran Church Charities toll-free at (866) 455-6466

Registration is now open for the May Phase 2 workday in Washington, Illinois. It will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Our Savior Lutheran Church, Washington, Illinois and the surrounding people has been tremendously grateful for all the volunteers that have shown them love, compassion, and given the gift of their time to help them after the November 2013 tornado. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers! If you are able to help on May 10th please register HERE. Please arrive at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 8:30am. If you have any questions please contact Sherry at (866) 455-6466 or email Sherry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our Savior Lutheran Church
1209 Kingsbury Rd
Washington, IL 61571
(309) 444-4030


Click here to register as an individual

What can you do to help?

  • PRAY - Pray for all those experiencing loss from the tornadoes and those who are trying to help those who have suffered loss.
  • Volunteer - see links above to register to help
  • Support - Our Savior Lutheran, Pastor Heren and his family, and the others in the area who are in need of financial assistance as they try to clean up and rebuild.
  • Donate - 25-gallon tubs to be sent down with LERT teams as they help collect belongings of the people whose homes were damaged.
  • Care Cards - Here is an opportunity to provide Mercy and Compassion and Help to an individual or family right now! Click here for more information
  • Cards and Notes of Encouragement - to be posted on the wall at the church
  • Spiritual Care Kits (2-gallon bag including a Bible, Devotional, Notebook, Pen and a Cross or something to hang in a room) to give out to families
  • Prayer Shawls to give out to people in need

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 11:21
Update: Pecatonica, Illinois Parents of Six Children Lose Home to a Fire Print E-mail
The Wolf Family gathered at St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, Rockford, Illinois St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois held a benefit lunch for the Wolf family. LCC staff members Marie Payes, Vida Johnston and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara attended the event and brought a donation check for the family. The benefit was well attended by members of St. Paul Lutheran Church as well as many people from the community. Aaron and Lorrie Wolf asked that we convey their thanks to all of the people who have donated:
"We are just so humbled and thankful - we are overwhelmed with gratitude for all the wonderful people who are searching for ways to help us, making sacrifices for us. We just want to say thank you to everyone and ask for your prayers for wisdom and discernment so that we can honor God as we see what he has in store for us."

While this family is still in an emotionally and financially disadvantaged situation given the events they have endured, they express deep gratitude to those who have reached out and shown their compassion.

Click here to see the original appeal Click here to donate
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:35
Single Woman of Six Children in Need of a Van Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Mark Carlson of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio

LCC received a request from Pastor Mark Carlson of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio:
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,

Dawn Ogle is a woman our congregation has been ministering to who is in need of a van to carry 7 passengers. She has fallen on hard times due to a devastating house fire. Dawn is a grandmother caring for her six grandchildren whose mother passed away. We are so blessed that the Lord has been drawing Dawn into the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering congregation as she is now attending our Adult Instruction Class to become a Confirmed Member and we are planning to baptize her six grandchildren.

Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Mark Carlson

If you have a working van please consider donating it to LCC for this single mother. All vehicles that are donated to LCC go directly out to families or individuals through our congregations. NO vehicles are sold. If you would like to donate call LCC at 866-455-6466 and we will help with the details.

A Special Thank You from Micah's Family Print E-mail
Micah's new van The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs ministry would like to send a big ‘thank you’ to all who donated to and increased awareness about the ‘LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for Micah’ Fund.

Micah is a young boy who fell out of a two-story window when he was 1 year old. He was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury, seizures, blindness, and quadriplegia. Micah is fed through a feeding tube and is cared for by nurses during the day and by his mom at night.

On July 18th, 2013, Ladel visited Micah and his family. When he was placed on Ladel, his eyes opened wide and he began to joyfully squeal. Lauraine, Ladel's handler, explained that Micah was feeling Ladel's fur, hearing Ladel breathe and her heart beat.

As he got older and grew more, his mom began having a tougher and tougher time getting him in and out of her car. Because of this, the family was in desperate need of a handicap-accessible van.

Thanks to your generous donations, enough money was raised for Micah’s mom to obtain a handicap-accessible van. The family joined members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Barrington, Illinois), its Special in God’s Eyes program, and Ladel Comfort Dog this morning to thank St. Matthew and everyone who donated.

Click Here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:52
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