LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Showed the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ to the People of Colorado - Your Support is Still Needed! Print E-mail
Tim Hetzner presents Pastor Kent Schnegelberger with money for flood victims The K-9 Comfort Dog team that deployed to Colorado was busy working with Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins, Colorado and Messiah Lutheran Church and School in Longmont, Colorado to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who have affected by the flooding. They arrived on Monday and started working with people in the community right away! They remained in the greater Ft. Collins area through Sunday, September 29th, 2013. They were blessed to meet the teacher from Colorado who had issued the original invite to the K-9 Comfort Dogs.

K-9 Comfort Dogs and preschool at Messiah Lutheran School Longmont COThanks to your fast responses and generous donations, Thursday morning, September 26th, Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, presented Pastor Kent Schnegelberger of Messiah Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado money to help the families in his church affected by the flooding - including his preschool director who was without power and stranded at her house with her family and parents. Many families are low or no-income and lost their homes completely. There is still a very large need for your support to help them rebuild.

The rest of the week, the team met with local first responders and many of the displaced families. They worshiped at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greely, CO and left for Chicago late Sunday night. We thank God for safe travels and we keep the people of Colorado in our continued thoughts and prayers.

Click here to view photos of the Colorado Flooding Relief K-9 visit Click here to donate to the Colorado Flooding Relief Fund
Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Deploy to Colorado Print E-mail
Colorado Flooding

Help be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to those who Suffer

Watching the flooding in Colorado for the last several weeks has my heart breaking knowing how many children, families, and individuals have been displaced from their homes. There was little we could do in the beginning because in most places the water was still rising. The water is now going down and some people are now getting back into their homes only to find that much of what they have has been destroyed. Add to that the water and sewer issues they face.

I received the message below yesterday and knew NOW was the time to go (the names are left out at this time for confidential reasons:
Good morning and greetings from Colorado.

I teach at L----- and I am going to assume you have followed some of the news stories about the recent flood. At least one quarter of the little town of L---- was literally washed away about ten days ago, displacing many families but especially our students. My assistant principal gave me the go-ahead to contact you and see if you would be willing to visit with our students? Both we and the L---- elementary school have been moved to an old school as we are currently without water/sewer and will be for at least four months. Everyone is still in shock and basically we are starting the year over again in a foreign place.

Even those of us not directly affected by the flood are experiencing shock, stress, and grief. Who do I contact to arrange a visit by the Comfort Dogs?

I couldn't help but remember the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut who were displaced from their school - different reason - but just as emotionally challenging. We were there for them with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs (and still have a Comfort Dog in the school every day it is open). I knew we had to be there for the children, teachers and parents in Colorado.

Please read the below and keep everyone in your prayers and consider giving your support to those who suffer.

Tim Hetzner, LCC

Tim Hetzner
President, Lutheran Church Charities

K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploying to Colorado to Aid Flood Victims

Colorado flooding Record breaking flood waters in Colorado have caused loss of life, property losses nearing $2 billion, and many people that are still missing. LCC President Tim Hetzner has been monitoring the situation with ministry partners Rev. Glenn Merritt, LCMS Director of Disaster Response.

Over the past several days invitations have been extended to have the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visit schools and families affected by the flooding. Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins, with Pastor Tim Runtsch, has invited the Comfort Dogs to work through the church in Ft. Collins to serve the people and communities that are suffering. Along with God's people at Redeemer, we will also work with all of our surrounding churches that need assistance. LCC staff, volunteers and K-9 Comfort Dogs are leaving at 6 am Tuesday, September 24th to be in Colorado Tuesday morning.

How you can help:

Help Support Families In Need!

Colorado Flooding Thousands of people have been displaced and thousands have lost their homes. It will be a long time before some residents will even be allowed back into their homes. In the town of Lyons officials have been telling people it may be up to six months before they are allowed to return to their homes due to contaminated water and severely damaged infrastructure. You can help support these and other families by donating to help in supplying some of their basic needs. With LCC's "Dollar in, Dollar Out", 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the families. Click here to donate to the Colorado Flooding Relief Fund

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel to Colorado

Colorado Flooding Responding to crisis when called is not something we can wait to do. LCC never goes into a area without being invited. We have two invites, one from a school that had to relocate all of the children to a new location in a nearby town (see message above). The other is Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft Collins, Colorado. LCC is currently making travel arrangements for K-9 teams responding to this disaster. LCC NEVER charges those we serve - we pick up all of our own transportation, food, and lodging expenses because of the donors outside of the area who support our Mission of bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those we serve. Click here to donate to the K-9 Travel Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
Passing of the Leash Ceremony for K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage, IN Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah On Sunday, September 22nd, LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin and Dianne Bonfield held the Passing of the Leash Ceremony with Pastor Tim Engel and handlers for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage IN. This now is their third LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, now alongside of K-9s Prince and Barnabas, as well as a LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Rosie. We praise God for the Outreach efforts of Holy Cross in their touching lives with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
Beloved K-9 Comfort Dog Handler Passes on to Meet her Heavenly Father Print E-mail
Liz Fischer It is with sadness that we share the passing of "Liz" Fischer, K-9 Handler of "Butter" from St. John's Lutheran Church in Algonquin, Illinois.

Liz was instrumental in beginning the K-9 Ministry at St. John's. Liz and Butter were familiar faces in the community and a regular contributor to the K-9 web page with the "Butter Report." Her son, John, is also a handler for Butter.

Visitation for Liz will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 4-8 pm at the Willow Funeral Home, 1415 West Algonquin Road, Algonquin, Illinois.

The funeral will be on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11 am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 Jefferson Street, Algonquin, Illinois. There will also be a one hour visitation at St. John's before the funeral, at 10 am.

We pray for Liz's family and friends as they mourn her passing and we will miss Liz but will be with her again at the Great Banquet in Heaven with our Lord!

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
Donation to Comfort Dog Ministry Print E-mail
jim dunn On Wednesday, September 11th, Jim Dunne and the folks at Promo Products Association came to the LCC offices in Addison, IL and dropped off a check of funds that were raised at their charity golf outing. Thank you Jim and all those at PPAC that chose LCC's K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry for one of the holes during the outing!
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