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LCC Kare-9s and Veterans and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Meet and Greet Crowds at Independence Day Parade Print E-mail
4th of July The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs were well represented at Immanuel Lutheran Church's (Des Plaines) Independence Day Pancake Breakfast and Des Plaines Parade. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in attendance were Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity – Roselle), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Pax, JoJo Comfort Dog (Living Christ - Arlington Heights), Darlin Comfort Dog (St. Paul - Matteson), Bekah Comfort Dog, and Kye Comfort Dog (Immanuel – Belvidere). Riding in the parade were Kare-9 Flex with Veteran Fred, Kare-9 Butch with Veteran Keith, and Kare-9 Brutus with Veteran Jim. The crowds took great joy in greeting and loving all the LCC Dogs!

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Click here to support the ministry of the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 12:59
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
St. Peter - Joliet - August 3-7 Print E-mail
Camp Discovery St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church
310 N. Broadway
Joliet, IL 60435
Date: Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Program: Camp Discovery - Jesus at Work Through Us
Ages: 3 and older

At Camp Discovery children will have fun as they explore the Bible, make new friends, sing songs around the campfire, make crafts, and enjoy tasty treats, while learning how Jesus works through them in their everyday lives. Join us for a camping adventure that will make a lasting impact! FREE program!

To register online for Camp Discovery CLICK HERE.

Questions? Call the Church Office at (815) 722-3567, ext. 301.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 08:37
Kare-9 Squad Celebrates Their First Birthday Print E-mail
Birthday Celebration On Monday, June 29th the Pizza Hut on Willard Ave in Freeport, IL held a 1 year birthday party celebration for several of the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs. The dogs were brought into the restaurant and people and kids petted them as they visited their tables. We also had chairs set up outside to greet customers as they arrived for dinner. In a generous show of support, the waitresses gave up their tips for their shift to help raise money for the Kare-9 Dogs. Customers also gave donations to the ministry while coming in and out of the Pizza Hut. Thank you to everyone who donated to help further this ministry of veterans serving our military, veterans, and their families.

Attending this event were: Bob & Barb Royce (“Blitz”), Marv & Yoshiko Hanks, (“Brandy”), Dale & Joyce Sasse (“Britta”), Keith & Judy Stanton (“Butch”), Fred & Kathy Vanstrom (“Flex”), Raleigh & Linda Showens (“Spike”), Ward Dittmar, Chuck & Diane Sorn, and LCC staff members Alex Brooks (“Buck”), Jim Morrison (“Brutus”), and Norm Gotsch.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:43
Phase 2 - Illinois National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Print E-mail
National Guard On Saturday June 27, Kare-9 Britta, Flex and Brutus attended the Illinois National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (Phase 2) in Springfield, IL. The military personnel, who have returned from deployment in the last 60 days, enjoyed meeting and petting the Kare-9s. We will be invited to return for Phase 3 of the program.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:52
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