LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gideon and His Team Support the Community in Burnsville, Minnesota, After Tragic Loss of Three First Responders
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Teams Bring Love to Osage High School, Missouri, After Teen Killed in Crash
Last Friday, a horrible tragedy happened in the community of Osage Beach, Missouri, when four teenagers were in a serious car accident. Moses Claxton, a sophomore student at Osage High School, was killed when the vehicle struck a tree. Moses was only 16 years old. Moses’ parents are staff members at Osage High School, where he also attended. Moses’ loss is felt by his parents, brothers Sawyer and Gideon, friends, teachers, and all those who knew and loved Moses and his family.
“Friends, family, and strangers alike were charmed by his gentle grace and generosity that belied an adventurous and fearless streak.” Two other students injured in the car accident on Friday were taken to the hospital with severe injuries, and a fourth teenager with mild injuries. We pray for these three young people for God’s healing, courage, and strength as they move forward after this tragedy.
We are incredibly thankful for your support, which makes it possible for us to BE THERE where we are needed most. Your donations are making a tangible difference in the lives of the people our dedicated teams of volunteers are able to help during tragedies like this. The love, healing, and comfort we are able to provide are a direct result of your generosity.
Lutheran Church Charities is always recruiting new volunteers to help train these amazing animals. We will have more puppies arriving soon and need more volunteers to nurture and train them. If you are interested in joining us on this mission, please contact LCC at k9trainers@LutheranChurchCharities.org for further information or visit our website.
Last week, 12 new handlers from seven affiliate churches across six states joined the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry staff for Handler Training at LCC Headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois.
These dedicated individuals immersed themselves in learning new handling skills and deepening their understanding of the ministry's mission. They diligently trained with their affiliate's comfort dog or with LCC's K-9 Comfort Dogs in training.
We are thrilled to welcome these compassionate individuals who have answered the call to serve their communities, spreading the message of the mercy, compassion, and presence of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Cornerstone - Carmel, Indiana, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Magdalene
Trinity - Toledo, Ohio, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Claudia
First Good Shepherd - Las Vegas, Nevada, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lois
Immanuel - St. Charles, Missouri, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zillah
Rev. Ryan Taylor
King of Glory - Williamsburg, Virginia, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Solomon
St. Luke's - Oviedo, Florida, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Moriah
St. Paul's - Des Peres, Missouri, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tabby
Lutheran Church Charities is honored to welcome Brian Kastl, (U.S. Army) to the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry.
Also last week, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry conducted an intensive Top Dog Training session welcoming leaders from six LCMS affiliates. Each LCC K-9 Ministry team has a leader, known as Top Dog, who guides, motivates, encourages, and manages the team.
“If God has called you to lead, let nothing stand in the way of the privilege you have to serve Him and to serve His people through applying the gift, the resources, and the opportunity He has provided to you.” George Barna, Leaders on Leadership
Eight leaders traveled from California, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin to Lutheran Church Charities in Northbrook, Illinois, to enhance their skills in guiding, motivating, and managing their teams. The training equips these individuals to serve God and His people through the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry effectively. The training not only provided knowledge about their roles but also fostered a sense of unity among the leaders, turning strangers into a close-knit family bonded by their shared mission.
Please welcome LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry’s new Top Dogs:
Brookfield Lutheran - Brookfield, Wisconsin
Emmanuel - Clovis, California
Immanuel - East Dundee, Illinois
Our Savior - Louisville, Kentucky
St. Luke’s - Federal Way, Washington
St. Matthew - Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
St. Michael’s - Bloomington, Minnesota
Pastor Marty Marks of Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb, Illinois, is grateful for your financial assistance for Danika and her family during their time of need. We are sharing an update that Rev. Marks received from Danika.
My at-home treatment of oral chemotherapy and hormone blockers is going okay. Because I am stage four and the cancer had gotten into the marrow of my right arm, they have to watch for cancer in my blood. We are praying that the cancer is gone. God is holding me, and your support is very much appreciated.
God has given me my new calling of being a cottage baker! I recently launched a small business out of my kitchen, providing baked goods to what is, so far a small, but loyal client base. My sales, so far, are covering the kids’ swim and gymnastics classes that we have been blessed to be able to keep them in for normalcy, but I’m hoping to build my customer base so that I can also help cover car payments.
We are looking at getting a third-row vehicle to support the direction that our family will be going in over the course of the next ten years that we will likely have the vehicle that we will be getting with your generous donations. We are hoping to get to at least $8,000 for a down payment to get our monthly payments into something manageable with our current income, and so far have raised just over $5,000 towards our goal.
We are absolutely grateful for Lutheran Church Charities putting this fund together for us!
Thank you for your generous support.
We ask that you prayerfully consider donating towards the down payment for a vehicle and help make a difference for Danika and her family.
Lutheran Church Charities is partnering with Faith Lutheran Church in Carpentersville, Illinois, to open a third Hospitality House. The congregation made the decision to use their parsonage to provide housing for an out-of-state family in need. The father has severe complications from Covid and needs a double lung transplant, and the nearest hospital that can perform the procedure is in Chicago. In order to be eligible for the surgery, the family must live within 50 miles of the hospital.
The family, Mr. and Mrs. Jensen and their five adopted children, are devout Christians who have always been generous and sacrificed for others. They are now in need of assistance and are relying on their Christian family to help them during this season of life. This partnership between Lutheran Church Charities and Faith Lutheran Church is a wonderful example of how communities can come together to support those in need.
How You Can BE THERE for the Family
Faith Lutheran Church is a very small congregation that is doing as much as possible to make the Hospitality House ready for the family. They have been working hard to make progress by connecting with local organizations for donated supplies and services and hosting fundraisers while church members contribute their own resources to make this house a welcoming home.
Despite their efforts, the church is struggling with the cost of supplies needed for repairs. They are now seeking financial contributions from generous donors like you to continue their mission. Their goal is to raise $2,000 to install new flooring in the kitchen, bathrooms and living room.
Please join us in supporting Faith Lutheran by making a financial contribution and be a part of this great ministry. Your support will go a long way in making the Hospitality House a welcoming home for the Jensen family. Please consider making a donation today and help Faith Lutheran Church continue their important work. Let's come together as a community and make a difference in the life of this family in need!
Thank You to the Helpers
Lutheran Church Charities extends its heartfelt gratitude to Faith Lutheran Church for their unwavering commitment to answering God's call to help this family in need. We commend the pastor, church members, and Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) from Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frankfort, and McHenry County for their hard work in restoring the home to a livable condition. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Inland Consultation for providing free mold and mildew testing services to ensure the safety of the family. Thank you for your selfless acts of kindness and generosity.
LCC received a request from Pastor Bryan A. Reeves of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park, asking for help in assisting the Nichols family during their time of need
Please prayerfully consider donating to help the Nichols family. Any contributions towards repairing their roof would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way in easing their burden. Let's come together to support this family in need.
Thank You for Your Generosity
Rev. David Nelson, Interim Pastor, Saint Luke Church, Chicago, Illinois, is grateful for your financial assistance for Marcia and her family. Your support has made a significant difference in helping her maintain her property and financial stability.
Marcia and her family have been members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Luke in Chicago for over 60 years. She currently finds herself in a challenging financial situation and is struggling to meet the financial obligation of paying the first installment of her 2023 property taxes.
However, the current bill is more than her current resources allows her to handle. As someone who has always faithfully met her financial obligations throughout her life, does not want to fall behind on something as important as her property taxes.
It is her deepest desire to stay in her home but is fearful that she will not be able to
do so without, once again, calling on your gracious assistance.
Thank you for taking the time to consider her request
Dr. David C. Nelson, Interim Pastor
Saint Luke Church, Chicago
We ask that you prayerfully consider donating to this cause and help make a difference in Marcia's life. Every donation counts and will go towards ensuring that Marcia and her family have a safe and stable home. Thank you for your generosity and compassion.
The LCC Human Care Ministry team collaborated with Pastor Todd Roberts at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Norridge, Illinois, to provide essential furniture for a disabled adult who recently moved into an independent living apartment.
We want to share a heartfelt thank you to individual donors and Junkluggers, who provided the furniture. We are also grateful to the volunteers who picked up and delivered the furniture.
Thank you for making Richard’s dream of having his apartment a reality.
726 Proms, in 56 Countries, on 6 Continents, and in all 50 of the United States
The Night to Shine event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and centered on God’s love, is a prom night experience that celebrates people with special needs aged 14 and older. On February 9, 2024, hundreds of churches from all over the world came together to make this event a huge success.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams have been participating in this event for years and were honored to share comfort and love to attendees and volunteers once again this year. The Comfort Dogs brought joy and love to everyone they met, making the Night to Shine event an unforgettable experience for all.
We are excited to share some of the highlights.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hope (Faith - Marietta, Georgia) and her team added to the love of Jesus that was shown to the participants as they were showered with smiles and encouragement from dozens of volunteers.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin) and Rhoda (Prince of Peace - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin) were happy to greet everyone! They took their place in a special room where attendees could visit at anytime throughout the evening. We had the BEST time and were honored to be included in such a significant evening!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Gideon (St. Michael’s - Bloomington, Minnesota), Elijah (Our Redeemer - Wichita Falls, Texas), and Pax & Phoebe (St. Paul - Fort Worth, Texas) met new friends and were honored to serve at the event again this year. They shared that it was exciting to see the event more than double in size! Our job was to station in the sensory room and be available for those who needed a quieter environment. We were so excited to see the faces of the attendees as they arrived and as the night progressed, they enjoyed good food, great fun and made many memories.
Thanks to You, They Were Able to BE THERE
Anna Piro shared the team's sentiment, "We all worked well together, falling into the tasks at hand. As you can imagine, there has been much joy and laughter throughout our trip with each other and those we worked with. Belize was good to us, and we have loved the people we met at Camp Concordia and Good Shepherd."
The Northern Illinois District and Lutheran Church Charities thanks each of these volunteers for their willing service in Belize. The Lutheran Mission Belize posted the following thanks on their Facebook page: "We are so grateful for the hard work of these Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteers this past week! They took down damaged and diseased trees in several locations throughout Belize, including at Camp Concordia. They have been a blessing!"
Please prayerfully consider donating to help with costs accrued on this LERT mission trip to Belize that served those in need.