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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel to Nashville, IL to Offer Comfort to Plane Crash Survivor 7-year-old Sailor and Community Print E-mail
Group Updated 3:50 p.m. Friday, January 9 - LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dogs thank Pastor Matthew Wietfeldt of Trinity-St. John Lutheran School for the honor and privilege of being a source of comfort today during the funerals at his church for Marty, Kim, and Piper Gut​zler. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NIV)

Updated 9 p.m. Thursday, January 8 - The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited with the students at Trinity-St. John Lutheran School in Nashville before going to the Nashville Middle School to be with the community during the wake for the parents and sister of 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler. On Friday they will visit with the students at the middle school then will be at Trinity Lutheran Church to be available to the community before, during, and after the funeral service. We lift up this community and the family and friends of the Gutzler family during this very difficult time. We are called to bring Jesus - his refuge and strength - a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

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LCC Just Deployed 12 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, 16 Handlers from Four States, and Staff to Nashville, Illinois for little 7-year-old Sailor and the Community

Gutzler familyA family, a church, and a community have asked for our help to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering from the plane crash that left little 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler an orphan, Trinity-St. John Lutheran Church missing almost an entire family, and a community struggling with grief.

Today LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams from four states will be there at the request of Pastor Matthew Wietfeldt, Pastor at Trinity-St. John to be present at the wake, public and Lutheran schools, and funeral for the family. Please keep those who are traveling in your prayers as well as all people who have been affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.

LCC K-9 Comfort DogsPictured are handlers Phil and Brenda Burden from Island Lutheran in Hilton Head, South Carolina with the LCC Staff Team from Illinois that left from LCC Headquarters in Addison, Illinois:

  • Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities
  • Martin with Joel Moritz
  • Olympia with Brenda and Phil Burden
  • Tara with Jim Morrison
  • Luther with Rich Martin
  • Ruthie with Dona Martin
  • Kare-9 Buck with Alex Brooks

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

You can contribute by:
Donating online:
     LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Donating by mail (please put "K9 Travel Fund" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 West Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466

Here are the teams that will meet the LCC team in Nashville on Thursday:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:55
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe To Attend Funeral of Senior Pastor Print E-mail
Phoebe The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas. The Senior Pastor died unexpectedly and they requested a K-9 to be at the funeral. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe (St. Paul, Fort Worth, TX) will be attending the funeral on Wednesday. We ask that you keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers.
New Top Dogs Trained Print E-mail
Top Gun In military aviation, the best and the brightest are referred to as Top Guns, in LCC's Comfort Dog program, we call them "Top Dogs". Three days this week a whole new class of Top Dogs received the specialized training necessary to lead golden retrievers how to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ to those hurting and in need. Coming from as far away as South Carolina with the desire to help others, these new Top Dogs went to Target to practice what they have learned.

The new Top Dogs came from: North Shore Ministries at Faith Lutheran in Lake Forest, IL; Trinity in Toledo, OH; First Lutheran in Yuba City, CA; Immanuel Lutheran from Washington, MO; St Michael's in Bloomington, MN; Immanuel in Des Plaines, IL; Island Lutheran in Hilton Head, SC; and Immanuel in Belvidere, IL.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 18:56
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Healing to Community After Death of Student Print E-mail

On Friday, January 2, a senior at University High School in Normal, Illinois committed suicide. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Samuel (LCC), Shami (St. John, Darien) and Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago/St. Paul, Mattson) as well as Comfort Dogs in-training Aaron and Asher, along with their handlers, visited with students and staff at University High School trying to help them cope with the self-inflicted death of one of their own.

Our team was met with smiles, tears and lots of love. The handlers and dogs helped, for as the day progressed the brave game faces tumbled, stories and even some laughter could be heard around the auditorium and lounge. At the end of the visit, both staff and students expressed gratitude for the Comfort Dogs being present during this tough time.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:45
Your Support in Action - Making A Difference in People's Lives and God's Kingdom Print E-mail
Tragedy seems to be the norm more and more these days. Over the past couple of weeks several communities have been struck with devastating loss of life. The communities of Rockford, Ill., Washington Court House, Ohio, and Normal, Ill., have been rocked with tragic losses of young life. Through your support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been deployed to those affected areas to help bring Jesus' Mercy and Compassion in this time of need.

Rockford, Illinois

Lewis LemonAfter a classmate and his family were killed by a friend of the family, Rev. Allan Buss at Immanuel, Belvidere requested a visit by our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to Lewis Lemon Elementary School in nearby Rockford. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John, Burlington), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Gracie (Trinity, Davenport, IA), Tara (LCC) and their handlers responded with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ and were a visible help to the students who were trying to adjust to their loss. Keep them in your prayers.

AuburnImmanuel Belvidere also asked for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams to visit with students at Auburn High School, also in Rockford, where a freshman girl was killed by gunfire. Comfort Dogs Hannah (LCC), Bekah and Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Zippy (Trinity, Roselle), Kare-9 Flex (Veteran Fred) and Comfort Dogs in-training Angel and Anna, along with their handlers, were visible examples of God's caring for them.

Combined with the death of a student at Lewis Lemon Elementary, this community has had three students murdered during the holiday break. Please keep the families, students, staff and community in your prayers during this difficult time.

Washington Court House, Ohio

OhioThree brothers and their grandmother were killed in a house fire on Christmas Day in Washington Court House, Ohio. Atonement Lutheran in Columbus requested visits by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus with those who were hurting. On Monday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rosie (Atonement, Columbus, OH), Mercy (Our Savior, Louisville, KY), and Barnabas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) with Tabby Comfort Dog in-training went to two schools in Washington Court House to provide comfort and mercy to students who lost friends in the fire. Combined with counselors from the schools and surrounding area, students and staff have begun to comprehend this awful tragedy. Staff member Lisa Hesson showed her appreciation by commenting on Rosie Comfort Dog's Facebook page: "As a staff member of Washington Court House Middle School, I want to thank you for all you did to help our kids deal with such a tragic loss. Your efforts were very much appreciated!"

LCC never charges those we serve and rely on the support of others to help cover transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

You can contribute by donating to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund which will help offset the costs of bringing comfort to those in need.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:55
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