Ways to Help with LCC Disaster Response
Hurricane Isaac Disaster Relief
Southern Indiana District
Joplin, Missouri Tornado Relief
Response to Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma
Lutheran Church Charities and the Northern Illinois District and Beyond Respond to Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma
Early reports of many fatalities, injuries, and severe damage are coming in from Moore, Oklahoma where a massive tornado cut a two-mile wide path through this town of 56,000 people.
The best ways to assist with devastation on this scale always takes time to sort out. At this time only approved emergency responders are permitted to enter Moore. No specifics have yet been shared on what needs to be done and the process through which help will be received. However, the most immediate need is cash assistance.
Lutheran Church Charities - working through the District President of the Northern Illinois District - will be collecting money to help Pastor Mark Muenchow from Messiah Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City minister to the families in the community who have suffered loss. All donations for this disaster...dollar for dollar...will be directed to the most pressing needs as determined by Messiah Lutheran.
We will continue to monitor the situation for additional help that they may need, stay in contact with our churches in Oklahoma, and share updates as they become available.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have received an invitation from Pastor Muenchow and Messiah Lutheran Church, and are on standby and will deploy to Oklahoma as early as tomorrow. We are waiting for word when it is safe to enter the area. Please keep all in your prayers.
LCC never charges those we serve and we rely on donors to help cover our expenses. Click here if you would like to help cover travel expenses for our K-9 Comfort Dog team.
How to Help
1. Pray - for those who have lost loved ones, for those who lost property and belongings, for the Pastors, relief workers, volunteers, and all others serving those who have been displaced by the tornadoes.
2. Pray - Pray for Messiah Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
3. Contribute to Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Relief.
Thank you for Making A Difference in the name of Christ to those suffering loss.
Lutheran Church Charities
Rev Dan Gilbert
Northern Illinois District
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:28
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage IN Hosted a Chainsaw Training and Certification Event
Holy Cross Lutheran Church requested Mr. Ed Boerman, the NID Chainsaw Trainer, to conduct the first chainsaw training and certification for the Indiana District. On Saturday, May 11, eighteen LERT volunteers received their Chainsaw Certification. Those in attendance represented the following congregations: Holy Cross in Portage IN, St Paul in Bremen IN, Trinity Lutheran Church in Hobart IN, Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park IL, and Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher, IL.
The LERT Chainsaw Team currently has 132 chainsaw-certified members from the Northern Illinois District, Central Illinois District, and the Indiana District NW Region.
Welcome to the 20 New LCC LERT Credentialed Volunteers
On Sunday, May 5, Calvary Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois and Lutheran Church Charities staff partnered to train 20 new LERT volunteers.
There were four churches represented from the Northern Illinois District. LCC welcomes the new LERT team of 10 from Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin. Also welcoming new members to their teams are: Lord of Life Lutheran Church, La Fox, Immanuel Belvidere, and St John Wheaton.
Since LCC started the LERT Ministry in 2008 we have now trained 914 LERT Volunteers within 50 Teams.
For this Spring we have two more training session coming up. There is a training Saturday, May 18th, at Salem Lutheran Church in Homewood, and another is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th, at Lord Of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox.
Click here to register for LERT training
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:34
LCC Disaster Response and K-9 Comfort Dogs Respond to Flooding in Northern and Central Illinois
Lutheran Church Charities is closely monitoring the flooding situation in Northern and Central Illinois and have been in contact with numerous churches and pastors. We are putting our LERT volunteer teams on standby to help when we are notified that they are needed. An LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team is at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Illinois to provide comfort to flood evacuees in central Illinois. For further information please call the office at 866-455-6466 or email
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 10:57
LCC Responds to Today's Events in Boston
Tim Hetzner, President of LCC, has been in contact with the New England District President, Rev. Tim Yeadon. We have an LCMS church three blocks from today's bombings in Boston, First Lutheran Church of Boston, Rev. Ingo R. Dutzmann.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited in to serve those affected by today's tragic event. LCC Comfort Dogs Addie and Maggie (pictured), serving Newtown, Connecticut and Sandy Hook Elementary School, are ready to deploy as soon as the situation allows. Other LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will follow.
Please keep all in your prayers.
Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:48
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LCC deploys volunteers from across the United States on a weekly basis. If your congregation would like for LCC to help coordinate and/or recruit members for your team or announce when your congregation deploys a team, contact Lutheran Church Charities
or email: LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org
or speak to Dona Martin
or email: DonaMartin@LutheranChurchCharities.org
with the information about your congregation's team.
Next Groups Deploying in Joplin, Missouri
- 12/10/2012 - Trinity Lutheran Church - Winfield, KS
- 1/2/2013 - Trinity Lutheran Church - Garden City, KS
- 1/7/2013 - Chicago Area Mission Partnership
- 3/22/2013 - Marked Tree High School - Marked Tree, AR
Thank you to these groups who have already volunteered and served in Joplin:
Alive in Christ - Columbia, MO
Ascension Lutheran Church - Portland, OR
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - Plymouth, MN
Bethany Luthearn - Alexandria, VA
Camp Wartburg - Waterloo, IL
Celebration Ministries - Park Forest, IL
Chicago Area Mission Partnership
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Brownsburg, IN
Christ Lutheran - Norfolk, NE
Christ Lutheran Church - Peoria, IL
Christ Memorial - St Louis, MO
Christ the King Chapel - Mt Pleasant, MI
Crown of Life Lutheran - Colleyville, TX
Emmanuel (Soest) Lutheran - Fort Wayne, IN
Emanuel Lutheran - Hutchinson, KS
Faith Community - Las Vegas, NV
Faith Lutheran - Bentonville, AR
Faith Lutheran - Branson, MO
Faith Lutheran - Jefferson City, MO
Faith Lutheran - Richmond, MO
Faith Lutheran - St. Louis, MO
Faith Lutheran - Troy, MI
Federated Church - Erie, KS
First Baptist Church - Texas
First English Evangelical Lutheran Church - Spencer, IA
Global Compassion - Albert City, IA
Good Shepherd - Collinsville, IL
Good Shepherd Lutheran - Tulsa, OK
Grace Lutheran - Little Rock, AR
Grace Lutheran - Menomonee Falls, WI
Grace Lutheran - Versailles, MO
Gracious Savior Lutheran - Edwards, CO
Holy Savior Lutheran - Lincoln, NE
Holy Shepherd - Haslet TX
Immanuel Lutheran - Davenport, IA
Immanuel Lutheran - Memphis, TN
Immanuel Lutheran - Palatine, IL
Immanuel Lutheran - Sweet Springs, MO
Immanuel Lutheran - Wentzville, MO
Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS
King of Kings - Chesterfield, MO
King of Kings - Kansas City, MO
Living Christ Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, IL
Living Word Lutheran Seward, NE
Luther North College Prep - Chicago, IL
Lutheran High School - Kansas City, MO
Lutheran High School - Orange, CA
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection - St Louis, MO
Messiah Lutheran - Independence, MO
Messiah Lutheran - Midland, MI
Mt Calvary - Marysville, KS
Northridge Presbyterian Church - Dallas, TX
Our Redeemer - Bloomington, IL
Our Redeemer Lutheran - Wauwatosa, WI
Our Savior - Bettendorf, IA
Our Savior - Louisville, KY
Our Saviour - Jackson, MN
Park View Lutheran - Eldridge, IA
Peace Lutheran Church - Robbinsdale, MN
Pointe of Hope Lutheran - Blue Springs, MO
Riverbend Church - Austin, TX
Salem Lutheran - Affton, MO
Salem Lutheran - St. Louis, MO
St. David's Anglican Church (ACNA)- Durant, IA
St. James Evangelical - New Haven, MO
St James Presbyterian Mission - Jenks, OK
St. John - Arnold, MO
St. John - Ellisville, MO
St. John - Sycamore, IL
St John's Lutheran Church - Conover, NC
St John's Lutheran Church and School - Denver, CO
St. John's - Lexington, KY
St. John's - Mexico, MO
St. John's - Warrenton, MO
St. John's - Westboro, MO
St. John Lutheran - Darien, IL
St. John Lutheran - Ellisville, MO
St. John's Lutheran Church - Burlington, IL
St. John's Lutheran Church - Galveston, TX
St. John's Lutheran Church - Lombard, IL
St. Luke - Dix Hills, NY
St. Marks - Eureka, MO
St. Martin's - Winona, MN
St. Matthew Lutheran Church - Hawthorn Woods, IL
St. Matthew Lutheran - Lee's Summit, MO
St. Matthews - Mapleton, IA
St. Paul Lutheran - Batavia, NY
St. Paul Lutheran - Des Peres, MO
St. Paul Lutheran - Jackson, MO
St. Paul's Lutheran - Sedalia, MO
St Peter Lutheran - Riceville, IA
St. Peters - Humboldt, KS
The Mid-South Dist LCMS -Cordova, TN
Thrivent/Calvary Lutheran - Kansas City, MO
Suntken Family - Cedar Rapids, IA
Timothy - St. Louis, MO
Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church - Waltham, MN
Trinity Lutheran - Columbia, MO
Trinity Lutheran - Des Moines, IA
Trinity Lutheran - Garden City, KS
Trinity Lutheran - Janesville, MN
Trinity Lutheran Church - Jefferson City, MO
Trinity Lutheran - New Haven, MO
Trinity Lutheran - Utica, MI
Word of Peace Lutheran Church ELCA - Rogers, MN
Zion Lutheran - Decatur, IN
Zion Lutheran - Fremont, WI
Zion Lutheran - Grant Park, IL
Zion Lutheran - Hiawatha, IA
Zion Lutheran - Hinsdale, IL
Zion Lutheran - Rockville, MO