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Disaster Response
LERT Training - March 10, 2015 Print E-mail
lert When disaster strikes this year, there will be another 23 people to help. Tuesday evening 15 Kare-9 volunteers and spouses as well as some newer LCC staff members and their spouses participated in the initial LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) training to assist in disaster and emergency situations around the country. This LERT training included ways introduced the LERT rookies in the various ways they may need to care for those caught in disasters as well as how to protect themselves, emotional and spiritually, during and after deployment.

If you have any questions about LERT training or how to launch a Disaster Response Outreach Ministry at your church contact Dianna Bonfield at LCC with questions or to book your LERT training. Call (866) 455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To donate to LCC's Disaster Response Outreach Ministry CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 19:53
LCC Volunteers Move Entire Warehouse in 2-1/2 Hours! Print E-mail
LCC warehouse Last Saturday, 33 LCC volunteers helped us move materials used in our disaster response deployments into our temporary warehouse space at the St Paul Ministry Center in Aurora. Because of the number of volunteers, we were able to unload 3 semi-trucks in just 2-1/2 hours!

The volunteers came from 15 churches: Cross, Yorkville; Immanuel, Belvidere; St. Peter, Schaumburg; St. John, Wheaton; Peace, Lombard; King of Glory, Elgin; Immanuel, Palatine; Calvary, Elgin; St. John’s, Lombard; St. Luke, Montgomery; St. John’s, LaGrange; St. Peter, Gilberts; Good Shepherd, Elgin; Trinity, Lisle; and St. Peter, Arlington Heights.

Special thanks to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Aurora for lending us the use of warehouse storage space on a temporary basis as we continue to look for new donated space. Additional thanks to Thompson Rentals for the use of 3 pallet jacks for unloading the semi-trailers, and to Boerman Moving and Storage for loaning us a driver plus the use of a semi-tractor to move the 3 semi-trailers from Elgin to Aurora then coming back this week to move the trailers to the loading dock for unloading.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:25
LERT Training Prepares People to Help in Disasters Print E-mail
LERT LCC is delighted to welcome 51 newly trained LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) volunteers who completed the LERT Basic Training last Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church of North Plato in Hampshire, Illinois. LERT certification is necessary for those volunteers who want to help out in times of disaster including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, fire, and the like.

Participants in last week’s LERT training came from the following congregations: Calvary, Elgin: Good Shepherd, Elgin; Holy Cross, Cary; Immanuel, DeKalb; Immanuel, Lindenwood; Messiah, Wauconda; Prince of Peace, Palatine; St John, Union; St John, Wheaton and St. Peter, Hampshire. That brings the total number of LERT trained volunteers up to 1,332.

This training session added two new LERT Teams to the LCC family. With the addition of the teams at St. Peter Hampshire, and St. John in Union, Illinois LCC now has a total of 48 Disaster Response teams in the Northern Illinois District.

If you have any questions about LERT training or how to launch a Disaster Response Outreach Ministry at your church contact Dianna Bonfield at LCC with questions or to book your LERT training. Call (866) 455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To donate to LCC's Disaster Response Outreach Ministry CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:26
Got a New Year's Resolution? Complete Yours By Helping Others in Need During Times of Disaster Print E-mail

2015 Basic LERT Certifications Dates Have Been Set


Due to federal guidelines, volunteers responding to a disaster should be trained and certified. LCC is providing training for Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) throughout our district. Should a disaster strike these teams would be put on call and may be asked to deploy in 72 hours or less to the disaster site.

This training will prepare team members for credentialing and will focus on the safety, work, and ministry of Lutherans as Early Responders.

So, are you interested in joining LCC in ministry through disaster response? LCC has finalized several opportunities for you to become LERT certified in order to become the hands and feet of Christ to those in need. The four scheduled dates are February 21, April 25, September 19 and September 26 from 9 a.m.- Noon at various locations.

The three-hour training takes you through the fundamental guidelines and procedures of disaster response. The fee is $35, which covers instruction, the training manual, LERT ID card and LERT vest.

Walk-ins are accepted but space is limited. Sign-up today to join us in spreading the mercy, compassion, proclamation and presence of Christ in the midst of chaos.

Click Here for More Information or to Register

2015 Advanced LERT Certifications Dates Have Been Set

DR Already have your Basic LERT credentials? Looking to expand your preparedness as a disaster response volunteer? Well you're in luck, the 2015 Advanced LERT Training schedule has been posted online here.

LCC is offering 18 training sessions throughout 2015 at various locations all over the Northern Illinois District. To attend these advanced trainings you must have completed the LERT Basic Training (with the exception of Emotional & Spiritual Care).

The advanced courses offered this year include: Chainsaw Certification, Muck Out & Flood Clean-up, Tarp and Patch, Mold Remediation, and Emotional & Spiritual Care.

The cost for each training session is $20. Walk-ins are accepted but space is limited. Broaden your capabilities for opportunities to share Christ's Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation amidst turmoil. Sign up today.

You MUST be Basic LERT certified to participate in the advanced trainings.

Click here for more information or to register
Click here for a printable list of dates and sessions
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:33
Chainsaw Clean-up in Columbia, Mississippi Print E-mail
MS Disaster Shortly after Christmas the small town of Columbia, Mississippi received a present it did not want...a tornado! Hundreds of trees fell on and around homes, too much for the town's small crews to handle. Pastor Ed Brashier, the Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, asked if LCC could send a crew to help.

On the Sunday after the New Year a team of 16 LCC LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) chainsaw operators arrived. In a week they cleared away more than 300 trees that had been downed or damaged while 4 bobcats hauled away the debris.

One of the home owners commented, "I don't know what I would have done if the Lutherans hadn't showed up. I would NEVER have gotten all this cleaned up."

But the clean-up was not exclusively an LCC operation, the Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church of Columbia housed our team and provided hot showers and meals. As Ed Boerman, the team leader of the LCC chainsaw team said, "It was a rewarding experience knowing that God had brought us all together to work and serve together...we were there to make a difference and we did."

Donate to LCC's Disaster Relief Fund to help in Mississippi View Pictures of the Clean-up
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:19
Urgent Help Needed for Damage from Storms Print E-mail

LCC Disaster Response Responds to Tuesday's Tornadoes that Touched Down in Mississippi and Other Southern States

Mississippi tornado

Ed Brashier and Tim HetznerImagine having your home destroyed or severely damaged two days before Christmas. That is the situation in Colombia, Mississippi and the surrounding area. LCC Disaster Response, working with Rev Ed Brashier (Director of Shepherd's Heart Disaster Response Ministry), with the support of the Southern District of the LCMS, are responding to individuals and families who have suffered loss from the tornadoes.

Although it is Christmas, Jesus Christ and Christmas are all about giving the greatest gift one could ever receive, and that is Jesus Christ. Being the arms and feet of Jesus this Christmas to those who suffer is showing the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to those in need this Christmas.

Mississippi tornadoPlease keep everyone in your prayers as volunteers are deployed to go to Colombia, Mississippi (working through St John's Lutheran Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) to serve!

Click here to donate to LCC's Disaster Relief Fund to help in Mississippi
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:54
LCC Deploys Chainsaw Crews to Mississippi to Help with Tornado Cleanup Print E-mail
chainsaw On Sunday morning, January 4, a group of LERT volunteers departed for Columbia, Miss., to help in the clean-up efforts after tornado damage. The chainsaw crew of 14 headed by LCC Leader Ed Boerman made the trip to aid in the recovery after the storm caused extensive damage and claimed five lives. They spent Monday cleaning 40 trees from 1 property. The team consists of members from St John, Hillsboro (IN); Trinity, Lisle; St John, Wheaton; Lord of Life, LaFox; St Peter, Schaumburg; Immanuel, Danville; Immanuel, Belvidere and Cross, Yorkville. We pray for the safe travel and protection as this group spreads God's mercy and compassion.

Further updates to the situation in Columbia will be shared as it arrives. To help with the recovery and relief efforts, you may go to the link below. Any questions about this or future disaster relief deployments, contact the LCC office a 866-455-6466 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are able to help deploy as a chainsaw operator, click here to register.

Donate to LCC's Disaster Relief Fund to help in Mississippi
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:30
Desperate NEED - LCC is Losing Our Disaster Response Warehouse Print E-mail

We Need Your Help in Locating a 2000 sq. ft. Warehouse

For the past 10 years the Lord has opened the doors and provided for free just the right kind and size of storage that we have needed for the work that LCC does - particularly with our Disaster Response Equipment.


Recently. we received word from the property management company that has provided warehouse space for us for the past four years for free that the tenant that we share space with is moving and the property management company needs to paint and carpet the facility before they can market it. For that reason they are gave us only two weeks after Thanksgiving to relocate.

If you know of anyone who might be willing to donate the use of 2000 square feet of warehouse space that can accommodate warehouse shelving that LCC may use to store our Disaster Response equipment and supplies, as well as office furnishings and supplies for the ministries of LCC, please contact LCC toll-free at 866-455-6466 or via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to talk with Tim Hetzner, Joel Moritz or Dianna Bonfield. The donated space can be used as a tax write-off and good public relations for the donor.

Thank you for your help!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:32
St. Mark's Lutheran Church Hosts Sheltering Exercise Print E-mail
St. Marks St. Mark's Lutheran Church, in conjunction with the St. Charles Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross, hosted a functional sheltering exercise on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

The exercise consisted of welcoming 30-40 "clients" that had been displaced by fictional severe weather in St. Charles. The "clients" were given a script of their role when they registered. Cots were set-up; food, water, and coffee were available to simulate how food service would be handled in the shelter.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church is an approved Red Cross shelter, which is a testament to the church's commitment to the community. The exercise served as an opportunity to practice and refine the procedures before an actual emergency happens and the shelter would need to be opened and staffed.

LCC Adds 34 People to LERT Teams in Two Training Sessions Print E-mail

26 Members Trained at Cross, Yorkville

On Saturday, November 15, Cross Lutheran Church, Yorkville hosted a Basic Training session.

There were 26 people from 11 different churches in attendance. Churches represented were: St. James - Chicago; Immanuel - Hinkley; Peace - Plainfield; Helmar Lutheran - Newark; St. Luke - Montgomery; St. John - Glendale (WI); St. John - Wheaton; Immanuel - Danville; Trinity of Freistadt - Mequon (WI); St. Peter - Arlington Heights; and Cross - Yorkville.

We are thankful that all took the time out of their weekend to prepare themselves to spread the comfort of Christ in times of disaster.

8 Members Trained at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle

On Tuesday night, November 17, LCC trainer Ed Boerman and Trinity Lutheran of Lisle hosted a Basic LERT Training. Eight people attended who were otherwise unable to attend the sessions they were originally registered to attend.

LCC is thankful to Ed and Trinity for helping to accommodate and train those who had an interruption of their schedules. We pray for these new LERT members and look forward to working with them in aiding those in greatest time of need.

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