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LCC Staff and Volunteers Help Clean Up After St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods’ 25th Annual Pig Roast Print E-mail
Pig Roast Sunday, August 9th, 28 LCC volunteers helped clean up following the St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods 25th Annual Pig Roast. Over the past 10 years, LCC has been conducting this servant event. For the volunteers and LCC staff, it is a fun time of fellowship over a complementary meal and a chance to meet and visit with one another before taking down the tables and tents. This year there was an exceptional group of volunteers who finished cleaning up early and were on their way home before 6 pm. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who came out to help.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:31
Lutheran Urban Kingdom Expansion (LUKE) Installs 6 Called Pastors and a Deaconess Print E-mail
LUKE Lutheran Urban Kingdom Expansion (LUKE) is a Chicago-based urban ministry renewal initiative that is a collaborative effort of the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF), the Life Spring Network, the LCMS Northern Illinois District, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, IL. Its mission is to partner with Lutheran CLEF congregations in urban Chicago and unite them together toward building holistic, transformational disciple-making communities who are living on mission with God through Word and Sacrament ministry. Participating Chicago, IL congregations include Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church, Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, Jehovah El Buen Pastor Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church (N Menard Avenue), and St. Paul Lutheran Church (Dorchester Avenue). As urban ministry catalysts, each of the partners is committed to using their unique skills and experiences in providing support, resources, leadership, mentoring, communication, coordination, and training while living in the Spirit and following the Spirit's leading in all they do.

The command to "go and make disciples" is as relevant and as necessary today as when it was first issued by our Lord.

For more information contact the Northern Illinois District Office at (708) 449-3020.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:35
Short Courses /Small Group Bible Studies Available! Print E-mail

Are you looking for small group Bible studies that are in-depth, biblically sound and challenging? Then consider these new offerings from WORD. Each course is a stand alone Bible Study ranging in length from one to ten weeks. Each session has been divided into two parts so the courses can be adapted to study times ranging from 45 to 90 minutes. These courses are provided free of charge to your small group by Lutheran Church Charities.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Contact Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and tell us which course you’re interested in, or  fill out the form online now...
    Small Groups - Indicate Your Interest Here
  2. Let us know when you plan to start and approximately when you expect to finish

Let us know when you plan to start and approximately when you expect to finish. There is no charge for the use of the materials. The refundable deposit amount (listed below) will only be charged if the materials are not returned

We hope that you enjoy being part of WORD and that we are able to help you develop a deeper understanding of the Biblical text and your relationship with this Galilean named Jesus.

Class Topic Duration Deposit Amount
James 5 - 10 Sessions $250
Philippians 6 - 12 Sessions $250
Jude 1 - 2 Sessions $150
Jonah 3 - 6 Sessions $150
Proverbs 10 - 20 Sessions $350
Know That God Exists 1 - 2 Sessions $150
Esther 5 - 10 Sessions $250

Your class members can register online for access to study questions and other support materials. They can also view each session online. This is a real benefit for members who travel or have to miss a session.

When you finish with the materials simply return them to Lutheran Church Charities.

Download the HOST AGREEMENT for the Short Courses

To Get Started

Call the Lutheran Church Charities office toll-free at (866) 455-6466, or click here to fill out the online form to Indicate Your Interest.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:29
4th Annual LCC K-9/Kare-9 National Conference a Success! Print E-mail
On Thursday, July 30th and Friday, July 31st, over 70 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs, as well as over 200 handlers, ministry workers, veterans, and LCC staff attended the 4th Annual LCC K-9/Kare-9 National Conference at Harper College. Everyone did “Come. Sit. Pray.”, as well as participated in a multitude of sessions, including:
  • The Anatomy of Tragedies, Travesties, and Traumatic Situations
  • Serving Those Who Served
  • Creating a Caring House of Worship
  • Come. Sit. Pray.
  • Back to Basics K-9 Training
  • Invisible Wounds of War
Dog Tired and many more! LCC President Tim Hetzner and LCC staff member Rich Martin introduced the attendees to the conference and discussed an overview of the past year, the growth of the K-9 Ministries, and the importance of keeping our eyes focused on what matters: Jesus Christ. A keynote presentation by Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association, captivated the audience on Thursday afternoon.

Kare-9 The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry partners and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry veterans took part in breakout sessions and enjoyed meals with each other, all the while learning more about the ways they can spread the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those in need. With the development of the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry over the past year, military and veteran outreach and support was a big segment of this year’s conference. Veterans Chaplain Craig G. Muehler CAPT, CHC, USN, Major General James Mukoyama, Joe Palmer, Richard Skinner, and LCC staff member Josh Homp engaged the audience in ways to support our veterans and told of personal stories that brought many of the conference attendees to tears. These stories, along with the keynote presentation, breakout sessions, fellowship, and over 70 Golden Retrievers in the same location all culminated in the best K-9 Conference to date!

LCC would like to thank everyone who attended the conference and the 66 volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make the conference another overwhelming success!

Click here to support the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 07:40
2015 LCC K-9/Kare-9 Conference Print E-mail

Kare-9 Military Ministry Breakout Sessions

Creating a Caring House of Worship
The General will share how his team is helping congregations create an atmosphere of caring for the Military and what you can do in your congregation to support our military men and women.
Presenter: James H Mukoyama, Jr., Major General (Retired) U.S. Army, President/CEO, Military Outreach USA

Invisible Wounds of War
Many wounds of war are easily seen. Joe will tell us about those which cannot be seen. A must for understanding and reaching veterans with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.
Presenter: Joseph Palmer, U. S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Executive Director, Military Outreach USA

My Story
Don’t miss this gripping personal account from a career Navy Veteran of his invisible wound.
Presenter: Richard Skinner, Senior Chief, Master-at-Arms, USN (Retired), LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry

Serving Those Who Serve
Learn about current programs and activities of our LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces and how individuals and congregation can support our Armed Forces.
Presenter: Craig Muehler, Capt, CHC, USN (Retired), Director LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces

University Life and the Veteran
As men and women return from active military duty, they are returning to college and university. Hear about the unique challenges facing them.
Presenter: Eduardo Garza, Concordia University Wisconsin, Director of Veterans Services

K-9 Comfort Dog Breakout Sessions

Anatomy of Tragedies, Travesties, & Traumatic Situations
Back by request! In addition to some practical advice and thoughts to consider before getting involved in any tragic event or disaster, Rev Hein will be devoting time on the topic of “Caring for Those Who Care”. This is an important session for those handlers who deploy. Marie Payes will offer advice and counsel to handlers on “Surrounding Yourself with Support”, designed to help ensure that all of our K-9 handlers have a supportive network in place when they return from deployment or difficult situations.
Presenters: Rev Mark Hein & Marie Payes

Back to Basics K-9 Training
Enjoy this hands-on breakout session where handlers and their K-9’s work in groups on basic commands that are the foundation for obedience and behaviors because, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
Presenters: Alex Brooks - Jeanne Moore – Hannah McGinnis

Becoming a Dual-Vested K-9 Ministry
With over 22 million Military Veterans currently in the United States and an expected 1 million more over the next 5 years, ministry opportunities abound. With 22 American veterans committing suicide each day there is an urgent need to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to the men and women who have served our country. Learn how your K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry can expand and become “dual-vested”.
Presenters: Tim Hetzner – Jim Morrison – Josh Homp

Come, Sit, Pray
Learn how to eliminate the awkwardness of handling your K-9 and starting a conversation. Hear from experienced handlers and prayer warriors on a person’s readiness to pray. Get new ideas for starting or continuing your journaling. Share your personal “God moments”.
Presenter: Anastasia

Exploring Specialized K-9 Ministries
This session features panel discussions on:

  • prison ministry with Don Moeller and the Hall County Nebraska Corrections Center
  • working in public schools with Eric Bohm principal of Pontiac HS
  • visiting people with developmental and intellectual disabilities with Samantha Kehl, Clearbrook Center
Learn how these specialized areas began, the expectations, and how they are performing.
Presenter: Dona Martin

Golden Health
Learn the latest on golden health issues such as the K-9 influenza, ticks and other critters. Ask the doctors questions you have about your golden. All this and more!
Presenters: Dr Glen Redeker & Dr Erin Redeker-Goelitz

Helping Children Heal after Disasters
Dr. Wellen will be presenting a session that was developed as part of LERT advanced training. This session was presented as a stand-alone session in May and was given high marks. Dr. Wellen is the program leader for the masters of arts and the EdD/PhD in early childhood education. Reading education, early childhood education and oral histories are among Dr. Wellen’s areas of research interest.
Presenter: Lauren Wellen, EdD

K-9s & Handlers in Crisis Response
What’s your readiness to deploy? Preparing for deployment, LCC’s protocol, opening doors before the crisis happens, SOP on the ground and the nature of deployments, and how to be effective in completing the mission to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, & Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those in need.
Presenter: Rich Martin

Maximizing your Social Media Reach
Can you emoji? #need to learn? #@LutherComfortDog – BTW how about Instagram? Twitter? Dana and David are in the sphere to teach you and answer questions on getting a further reach on your social media efforts.
Presenters: Dana Yocum & David Marks

Top Dog Panel – Leading your K-9 Ministry
Share your best practices, effective ministry plans, dual-vesting, scheduling, and more. This will be covered in an extended session for Top Dogs led by your peers. This highly requested session has been added based on previous conference feedback.
Presenter: Rich Martin

We’re expecting!
For congregations waiting for their K-9 placement. We will discuss what they can be doing now and what to expect before placement. Bring your ministry plans with so you can share and learn what other K-9 affiliates are doing.
Presenter: Rich Martin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:43
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