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Comfort Dogs


Lessons from an Ol' Comfort Dog Print E-mail
Kare 9 and K-9 Teams LCC President Tim Hetzner and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare 9 Military Ministry were invited by Pecatonica High School for Tim to be the speaker a their Baccalaureate Service. Tim's topic was "Lessons Learned from an Ol' Comfort Dog". Some of the golden nuggets were: "Bark Less" and "If you want what you cannot see, dig until you find it". These and 13 other golden nuggets were shared. LCC worked through Rev Terry Theiss a St John Lutheran Church in Pecatonica. LCC wishes the class of 2016 God's best.

The K-9 Ministry Team included:
Comfort Dogs:
Jonah (LCC), Adeena (St. John Lutheran, Burlington, IL)
Kare 9 Military Dogs: Britta, Butch and Spike
Handlers: Vicky Pientok, Shar & Dave Farran, Keith & Judy Stanton, Joyce & Dale Sasse, and Raleigh & Linda Showens

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:59
 
LCC Needs Your Help to Make the 2016 Conference Successful! Print E-mail
Conference Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is finalizing plans for the K-9/Kare-9 Conference on July 28-29, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. We’re excited to announce a record-breaking number of attendees as well as new preconference events.

To succeed…we need your help! LCC is looking for 90 volunteers to serve in various capacities beginning Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, July 30.

Listed below are the specific areas where volunteers are needed:

  • Anywhere you need me
  • Dog walker/doggie daycare
  • Food service
  • Greeter/guide
  • Host/greeter – breakout session
  • Host/greeter – outside pet relief area
  • Host/greeter – vendor display
  • Host/greeter – volunteer/presenter lounge
  • Preparation of participant gift bags
  • Registration desk
  • Set up/tear down of canopy tents at LCC
  • Set up and clean up for welcome barbeque
  • Van driver/assistant

We will try to accommodate your conference preferences; however, you may be assigned to other areas as needed.

The specific days and time slots when volunteers are needed include:

Saturday, July 23: 9 am until set up completed
Sunday, July 24: 1 pm until set up completed
Tuesday, July 26: 9 am–1 pm; 1:30 pm–4 pm
Wednesday, July 27: 8 am–10:30 am; 11:30 am–1 pm
Thursday, July 28: 7 am–12:30 pm; noon–5 pm; 4:30 pm–6 pm
Friday, July 29: 7:30 am–12:30 pm; noon–5 pm; 4:30 pm–6 pm; 8 pm–9 pm
Saturday, July 30: 9 am–1 pm; 1:30 pm–4 pm

If you would like to volunteer at the K-9/Kare-9 conference, please click on the link below to access the online registration form. Volunteers are asked to register NO LATER THAN June 15, 2016.

LCC has witnessed your passion for serving God with open hearts and hands. So we invite you to join us in making the 2016 conference a rewarding experience for everyone. You will personally witness how God touches and changes peoples’ lives in extraordinary ways through the K-9/Kare-9 Ministry.

CLICK HERE to Register to Volunteer
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:23
 
K-9’s Invited to Wildland Firefighter Foundation Family Fire Weekend Print E-mail
Wildland Vicky Minor, Director of Wildland Firefighter Foundation (founded in 1999) contacted Lutheran Church Charities and invited the comfort dogs to attend Family Fire Weekend, May 21-22, 2016. Team Reuben from Yuba City, CA, Team Moses from Cairo, NE, and Team Aaron from Napa, California shared the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of our Lord to the community of courageous wildland firefighters and their families. In attendance were 120 people, including 19 children. These families came together this weekend to honor fallen wildland fire fighters from across the nation. They came to support and be supported.

During the first day, time was spent listening to families share emotional stories and memories of their loved ones. The families celebrated the heroism of those who died or were injured in the line of duty. The dogs also joined the children on a tour of the smoke jumpers' training facility and one of the jump planes. The children also learned about the special parachutes the smoke jumpers use. The two-day commemoration culminated in a march to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation Memorial Gardens led by the Interagency Honor Guard. The comfort dogs and their humans were there to accompany the families as they left flowers on their loved ones' memorial markers. The dogs provided furry shoulders to cry on and hug. After kneeling down and hugging Reuben Comfort Dog, a helicopter crash survivor later said, "It was amazing how a dog licking my face gave me the courage to stand up and do this" (go into the memorial gardens).

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 19:48
 
The LCC K-9 Ministry Continues to Grow Print E-mail
LCC’s K-9 Ministry hosted Top Dog Training for new affiliates that will be joining the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry on May 9-11, 2016. Training involved 3 intense days for the newest members of the K-9 Ministry: Tricia Major, Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO; Jennifer Weber and Suzanne Black, Christ Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ; Judy Adams, Christ the Shepherd - Alpharetta, GA; Henry Barrington, Trinity, Lutheran - Auburn, IL; Randy Newsome, The Rock - Seward, NE; and Sue Kessler, Lord of Life Lutheran - Lafox, IL.

Top Dog Training

The newest Top Dogs learned the mission of LCC: “To share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering or in need.” Those who attended were also given opportunities to role-play various situations they may encounter once the K-9 Comfort Dog is placed, and learned the importance of building a strong team through different games and scenarios. The Top Dog trainees also spent time in prayer, an important aspect of the ministry.

LCC looks forward to seeing how God works through the K-9 Ministries in these congregations and their communities.

Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. Isaiah 49:13

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:51
 
For All The Saints Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Offer Comfort after Tragic Deaths of High School Students

Heartbreaking tragedy struck in two different states at two high schools and the LCC and affiliate K-9 Comfort Dog teams were called upon to bring compassion, presence and comfort to the families, students, faculty and friends of the three students who died in these sad accidents.

Saint Paul Lutheran High School | Concordia, Missouri

St Paul High School “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it: if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” - 1 Corinthians 12:26

On May 10, 2016, while on their senior trip, two Saint Paul Lutheran High School (Concordia Missouri) male students drowned while swimming in Table Rock Lake. Their bodies were recovered by the Missouri Sate Highway Patrol water division sometime around 8:30 or 9:00 that evening. The Saint Paul family is extremely saddened by this tragedy.

K-9 Comfort Dogs: Noah (Timothy Church Lutheran - St. Louis, Missouri), Esther (Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Collinsville, Illinois) Jackson and Louie (Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School - Joplin, Missouri), Sheba (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School - Washington, Missouri) and Jessy ( St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Concordia, Missouri) were available throughout the week for students, faculty and staff. A memorial service was held for family and friends at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, MO on Friday, May 13, 2016.

On behalf of the LCC family, we offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for all, especially the families and the students, faculty and staff of Saint Paul Lutheran High School.

Fisher High School | Fisher, Illinois

Fisher High School With great sadness, Fisher School Superintendent Barbara Thompson requested the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to Fisher High School today in Fisher Illinois after a weekend auto accident took the life of Justin Unzicker, a senior. LCC staff members Dan Fulkerson and Jeanne Moore, apprentice trainer Elaine Mortensen, K-9 Handler Nancy Carroll (Holy Cross - Portage, Indiana),and Pastor Karl Gibbs from Our Savior Lutheran in Milford, Illinois accompanied K-9 Comfort Dogs Silas, Barney, Jeremiah, and Gideon. Our Savior is currently in the process of implementing a K-9 Comfort Dog ministry.

On behalf of the LCC family, we offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for all, especially the families and the students, faculty and staff of Fisher High School.

Thoughts From LCC Staff Member Who Initially Met Comfort Dogs Amidst Tragedy at Her High School

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the two boys who passed away last week, but in particular the class mates of those two young men. My high school went through a very similar tragedy with one of the members of my sophomore class, Eli, drowning in Lake Michigan while on a mission trip. That was a very difficult thing for my little Lutheran high school but the Comfort Dogs came to help us grieve his loss. That was my first experience with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and 5 years later I now work side by side with those dogs in an effort to spread the comfort and presence of Jesus Christ that was brought to our school when it seemed darkest. And I carry the memory of Eli with me every day. So to those touched by this horrible tragedy, please know that there are people out there who share your pain and are praying for you and know that the memories of Isaac and Shijian can continue to live on through you. I am so sorry for your loss. - Hannah McGinnis LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Staff Trainer and Handler

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:04
 
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