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“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.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 15:18
LCC is Developing a New Ministry Start with Veterans Helping Veterans Print E-mail
Veteran Lutheran Church Charities is trying to identify all active military personnel, veterans, reserves and National Guard.

If you currently or have served in the military, we would like to speak with you and share LCC's new ministry start of Veterans Helping Veterans. Please fill out the short form below. LCC - Sharing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who suffer.

Thank you,
Tim Hetzner
President of Lutheran Church Charities
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Manna Garden Initiative Print E-mail
Manna Logo Mission Statement:A faith-based movement to engage, equip, educate, and connect individuals, organizations, and churches passionate about addressing the food needs in our community to transform people’s lives.

One year ago, five Christian congregations and the Christ Together organization met at Faith Lutheran to share in the mutual concerns about the food desert that exists in east Lake County and the community health problems that have come about as a result. This led to the undertaking of the Free Farmer’s Market, which was first held on July 29, 2011, and ran every Friday for ten weeks. For these weeks, 20,000 pounds of food were donated and over 1,500 people came through the door at Trinity A.M.E. Church in south Waukegan to receive help and encouragement.

Free Farmers Market

Now, Manna Garden Initiative has grown to involve 15 Christian congregations and the Free Farmer's Market runs every Friday from July through September. A draft program has been prepared to develop at least 15 community gardens and two farm sites. The locations will be in south Waukegan, North Chicago, and central Lake County. The largest of these gardens is located at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in north Waukegan. A smaller garden, built in collaboration with the Lake County Forest Preserve District, is located in south Waukegan at Oak and McKinley Streets. Several other smaller gardens have also been constructed around the area.

These various facilities will result in growing a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. The work will be done by people recruited from the community, especially those who need the fresh food. The produce from these gardens will be available to the volunteers who did the work, donations will be made weekly to local food pantries, and some portion will be delivered to Farmer’s Markets.

Free Farmers Market The growing activities will be paralleled by an educational program possibly involving instructors who are certified Master Gardeners and/or faculty members at College of Lake County or Univ. of Illinois or the Chicago Botanic Garden. Education will focus on providing information about sustainable organic gardening/farming and achieving a more healthy diet and lifestyle. Besides the diet aspects, the project entails various vocational opportunities associated with urban agriculture. As resources become available, it is hoped that a garden education center can be developed for programs that would be planned throughout each year.

The scale of this endeavor is large; and will require the active participation of many organizations and volunteers. Certain foundations and organizations have indicated that they are very interested in possible participation. For volunteers from Faith Lutheran, Waukegan Community Church, Trinity A.M.E. and other congregations, the interaction with so many other organizations is a blessing in itself. This creates the opportunity to increase our Gospel witness in new and exciting ways.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:15
Salam Christian Fellowship Middle Eastern Food Extravaganza Print E-mail
Salam Christian Fellowship Middle Eastern Food Extravaganza On Sunday, March 2nd, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield joined Salam Christian Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois for a dinner hosted at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia, Illinois. Friends, family, donors, and congregations throughout the Northern Illinois LCMS District were invited for a special meal, bringing a great variety of home-cooked middle eastern dishes for everyone's enjoyment. For more information on the Salam Christian Fellowship, click here
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:28
Chicago Lutheran Fellowship - New Ministry Launches for Young Adults in Chicagoland Print E-mail
Chicago Lutheran Fellowship LCC received the following announcement for Chicago Lutheran Fellowship from Pastor James Kellerman, Pastor at First Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chicago:
Are you a young adult, whether single or married, who would like to meet fellow young LCMS Lutherans who live, work, or worship in Chicago? Would you like to be part of a network of Lutherans who gather periodically for social activities, informal Bible studies, and service activities? If so, we have just the group for you, Chicago Lutheran Fellowship. The group will kick off officially with our first social activity at the end of February, where we will get to know each other a little bit and plan some of the activities to follow. If you are interested, email Brent Habitz (the coordinator) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or join our Facebook group, Chicago Lutheran Fellowship.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:12
Christmas is Not Only a Time to Celebrate It's a Time to Pray for the Persecuted Church Around the World Print E-mail
Salam Christian Fellowship and Peace Lutheran Lombard Christmas Prayer Service Salam Christian Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois and Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois hosted a Christmas Prayer Service for the persecuted church around the world. In attendance were people of nine different nationalities. Many who have come as immigrants and refugees from Middle Eastern countries, African countries, the Philippines. Before the service there was a presentation from Roy Oksnevad, the director of the Muslim Ministry Program at Wheaton College through the Billy Graham Center. Roy shared with everyone the latest news and circumstances of the persecuted church around the world. He encouraged everyone to pray for strength, courage and boldness of the Christians in these countries. As everyone prayed, scriptures and hymns were read and sung in Arabic, Farsi and English. A special thank you to Heidi, a refugee from Iran and member of the Salam Christian Fellowship, Roy and Kay Fick from Cyrus Ministries, Wasco, IL, and Roy and Darla Oksnevad of the Muslim Ministry Program at Wheaton College.
Texas Mission Group on Human Care Needing Support to Provide Children in Texas and Mexico with School Supplies Print E-mail
Request from Chris Hill of Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care:
Lutheran MissionsEach summer, we distribute over 1000 backpacks full of school supplies and hygiene kits to students in El Paso and our nine mission sites in Juarez and Northern Mexico. Currently, we are short almost 300 backpacks to complete this year's distribution which began in August. We have some supplies to fill them, but are short backpacks, markers, scissors and glue for the school supplies, and shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and washcloths for the hygiene kits. We will accept cash donations to purchase the supplies locally.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:10
St. Matthew's Chicago - Celebrating 26 Years of Their Soup Kitchen Print E-mail
marlie St. Matthew Lutheran Church located at 2108 W. 21st St., Chicago, on Saturday July 20 at 12 p.m. will celebrate its 26th anniversary of the El Comedor Soup Kitchen for the homeless and unemployed with a special meal organized by Maria Leal and her volunteers.

Pastor Julio Antonio Loza and guests pastor Matthew Troester will be in charge of the devotions emphasizing on the Gospel of St. Luke story about Jesus showing compassion for the hungry and feeding the five thousand.

his mission of love and compassion has been started with free-will donations from mission partners and some Lutheran churches, especially St. Paul Lutheran Church at Matteson that has faithfully provided financial support.

Because of the financial problems that our nation continues to face, the homeless and unemployed continue to remain a growing segment of our society that needs our help to survive and hope for better days to come. St. Matthew continues with the efforts to feed the hungry in Chicago’s Pilsen Community. St. Matthew thanks God and its mission partners who continue to support the effort to help the poor and the hungry in Chicago.

We take this opportunity to alert our donors to continue to send donations to St. Matthew’s address. We are having some problems with the PO Box number given in the last mailing so please continue to use the St. Matthew address.

We ask for your prayers and support to St. Matthew’s faith mission.

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Salam Christian Fellowship Celebrates Five Years in Ministry Print E-mail
celebrating Salam Christian Fellowship To celebrate its fifth year of its mission to Muslims and Arabs, Salam Christian Fellowship hosted a Middle Eastern Food Extravaganza on the campus of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Batavia, Illinois. After a sumptuous meal of Middle East cuisine, guests had the opportunity to witness through personal testimonies the power of God’s saving grace at work changing lives. Guest who attended came from congregations in Illinois, Michigan Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas. Twenty five Lutheran congregations were represented, one Christian congregation and some representatives of Wheaton College. Represented also were the following Lutheran ministry entities: Lutheran Church Charities, LWML Central Illinois District, The Northern Illinois District-LCMS and the West Mission Lutheran Fellowship.

With humility and giving all glory to God Pastor Hicham Chehab and five members of Salam Christian Fellowship shared how Jesus saved them. For some it was through the words and friendship with a Christian that God had put in their lives. To some Jesus first appeared to them in a dream and led them to Hicham and Mona Chehab or other fellow Muslims who are now believers in Jesus who could explain the scriptures to them. And yet for another, like Shaker, it was through a miraculous healing where Jesus appeared to him after unsuccessful cancer surgery and treatment that left him disabled and in constant pain.

Through its members and supporters of Salam Christian Fellowship, God is bringing many Middle Eastern Muslims and Arabs to the saving grace of Jesus Christ through evangelism in a caring fellowship. Pastors and leaders of the churches and ministry supporters voiced that the focus of the Salam Christian Fellowship is to develop a word and sacrament ministry among Muslims that is based on the word of God offered in a spirit of love and humility while meeting their spiritual and temporal needs in a Biblical way. Most Muslim immigrants are refugees who have nothing when they arrive in Chicago. The Salam Fellowship is a new “community” the Chicago land area that provides them with support and encouragement from people who show them the true love and grace of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

As part of the Lord’s Kingdom God has opened wide the door for us to share in this ministry to many who do know Jesus. Salam Christian Fellowship provides fellow believers a variety of opportunities to share in the ministry by:

  • By being part of the daily prayer support system
  • Driving members to appointments and fellowship functions
  • Teaching adult or children’s Bible Studies
  • Assisting with Saturday Fellowship services
  • Providing job training and search support
  • Collecting or moving furniture and household items
  • Assisting with cultural assimilation

For others who may not be able to assist in the ministry in a physical way it is possible be part of the ministry. They can be stewards of the Lords financial resources to support the operating expenses for Salam. Gifts of any amount will help these people make the transition to life in the US and a new life in the grace of Jesus Christ. Financial resources help to provide food for the Fellowship gathering after each of the two Saturday weekly worship services or for:

  • Medications
  • Special Travel
  • Monthly Food Stipends
  • Clothing
  • Greeting Gifts
  • Rental Assistance
  • Doctors and medical expenses
  • Used Furnishings
  • Gas for Salam cars

For all who gathered to rejoice in the work the Lord is doing through Salam Christian Fellowship it was truly an evening of inspiration and celebration here and above.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 18:49
LERT Team from Trinity Lisle Returns to Henryville for Weekend of Service Print E-mail
Henryville Henryville Team leader Ed Boerman and LERT members from Trinity Lisle traveled back to Henryville, Indiana on Friday, October 19 for a weekend of service. They helped with home construction as volunteers rush to finish homes for families displaced by the March 2 tornado before cold weather sets in. Teams are still being welcomed in Henryville.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 19:34
LCC and MOST Ministries Met to Partner and Advance Ministry Print E-mail
LCC and MOST Ministries This past week Tim Hetzner, Tim Kurth, and Rich Martin from LCC met with Carly Stevens, Director of MOST Ministries, and past Directors Don and Gayle Sommerfeld, to discuss ways to support one another in ministry and short term missions. MOST Ministries is committed to impacting the world for Jesus Christ through short term missions by "Empowering the Found in Reaching the Lost." They are also an RSO (Recognized Service Organization) of the LCMS.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2011 19:10
The Christ of Christmas Brings Arab Christians of Several Lands and American Christians Together in Worship and Christmas Dinner Print E-mail
This past Saturday, Christmas Day, 10 LCC volunteers and LCC Staff Member Dianna Bonfield assisted Pastor Hicham Chehab in hosting a traditional American Christmas Dinner for members of Salam Christian Fellowship at Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard.

At 11 am, Peace held a bilingual Arabic /English Christmas Day worship service. Following the service, Arab worshipers and some members of Peace sat down to a typical Christmas Day dinner. The menu consisted of roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, green bean casserole, and a fruit salad. Dessert consisted of brownies, pies, and cookies. LCC volunteers Linda Colberg, Tammy Rak, Gayle Sommerfeld and Dianna Bonfield prepared the turkeys, stuffing and desserts. Others volunteers from the Helm Family, Sommerfeld family, Irene Ontiveras and Kendalle Tanner help setup, decorate, prepare other parts of the meal, serve, and clean up.

For the 180 people from Peace and other churches, those from Salam Christian Fellowship who worshiped together, and to the 80 people who stayed for dinner, it was a very special and unique Christmas day; worshipping, sharing Christmas dinner together, and meeting brothers and sisters in Christ from other cultures and countries yet adopted into one family because of Jesus who made us one.

Pictured (top photo):
From Left to Right front row: Pastor Hicham Chehab, Ms. Tammy Rak, Miss Rebecca Helm, Irene Ontiveras
2nd Row L to R Miss Sarah Helm, Ms Linda Colberg, Mr. Don Sommerfeld and Mrs. Gayle Sommerfeld
3rd Row L to R Mr. David Helm, Andrew Helm, & Kendalle Tanner

A Way of Forgiveness Print E-mail
by Adriane Dorr, The Lutheran Witness, September 2010
From studying lslam to studying Lutheranism, from being a sniper to being a pastor, Rev. Hicham Chehab bears witness to the fact that our Lord has a good plan and a good purpose for each life

China is ours. India is ours. Islam is our religlon. The world is our homeland. . . . We prefer death to humiliation. Sweet is death in the cause of Allah. Chanting these words, 13-year-old Muslim militia-man-in-training Hicham Chehab had a one-track mind: practice revenge and retaliation toward anyone who was Christian. Converting to Lutheranism was the farthest thing from his mind. That he would one day become an LCMS pastor was unthinkable...
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Last Updated on Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:41
LCC and UKANDU Came and Did! And Made an Impact on Chicago and Vacinity! Print E-mail
UKANDU200 youth and adults from five different states came to the Chicago area last week on a mission of hope and encouragement to Chicago area churches, schools, and individuals. One student shared, "I came here thinking that I could help out the people of Chicago, which I did. But I wasn't expecting to get so close to God myself, as I did this week."

The theme of the week long mission trip was "Follow Me - What does it really mean to follow Jesus?" As the participants focused on the Word of God regarding the call of Jesus to follow Him, they worked side by side with others living out their faith. They shared the Love and Compassion of Jesus Christ through service, prayer and sharing words of hope and encouragement. Another student shared, "I came into this trip not knowing what to expect. My faith has struggled a lot but I know this week my faith has been strengthened and I desire to put God first."
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 August 2010 10:24
LCC AND UKANDU Summer Youth Missions in Chicago Print E-mail

"FOLLOW ME" June 20-26, 2010

UKANDU Inner-City Chicago Mission Trip celebrates its 8th year serving the Chicago area Lutheran Churches and School. Under the leadership of Pete Imlah (LCC's Director of Mission and Outreach) over 180 high school youth and adults from nine churches and five different states will be coming to Chicago June 20th for a week long mission of hope and encouragement. Eight years ago UKANDU had a goal of coming alongside Inner-City Chicago Churches and School to help and encourage pastors and teachers who are making a difference in tough areas. They wanted to do things that parishes hadn't been able to do for themselves due to lack of resources and/or manpower. Last summer a new twist was added which had UKANDU participants doing an ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) in the neighborhoods they are serving. This was an effort to help the local churches reach out in their neighborhoods to point people to Jesus Christ. This was a great success and will be an even great emphasis this summer.

This summer UKANDU will be housed at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park and then traveling to over 20 different location each day during the week. UKANDU teams will be participating in things like hosting 7 different Vacation Bible Schools, paint classrooms and hallways, build a church nursery, landscaping, build a playground, and working inside the homes of United Cerebral Palsy clients. The theme of this year's mission trip is "Follow Me". Each morning, noon and evening participants will be challenged to dig deeper into the call of Jesus to His followers to follow Him.

Pete Imlah is always looking for new opportunities for UKANDU to serve. If your inner-city congregation, school, or ministry has a need or if you would like to participate in this summer please contact Pete at (866) 455-6466 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To help with food and material costs, you can donate by clicking here.

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