Several areas in Illinois and neighboring states have recently experienced the effects of heavy rain and flooding. Our LCC L.E.R.T. teams are ready to assist with pumps and providing flood buckets to affected residents as needed.
But we need your help!
If you reside in the Northern Illinois District, please consider assembling flood buckets that can be given to your church’s L.E.R.T. team or delivered to Lutheran Church Charities for distribution as needed. Lutheran Church Charities will supply the labels for the buckets after assembled.
If you live outside the Northern Illinois District, please contact your LCMS District Disaster Coordinator to see if they would like any flood buckets made for possible use in your area and to acquire labels.
Please CLICK HERE for Flood Bucket assembly instructions. You must call Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, at 224-257-4372 to arrange a day and time to make a safe delivery of buckets. Again, we appreciate your help assembling flood buckets for the Northern Illinois District or for your hometown districts.
Pastor Mazariegos and Vida y Fe are requesting financial support of $3000 to bring their audio and visual needs up to a standard that can reach the masses more effectively. This equipment includes a new camera, tripod, cables, a video switch, and cases to house the equipment safely.
Accessing this equipment will help further Vida y Fe’s ministry to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Hispanic communities in the far west suburbs of Chicago and to individuals thirsting for the message of Christ in their own native tongue throughout the world. This is truly seeking to embody Acts 1:8, to be Christ’s witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.
Please prayerfully consider donating to support this growing, Christ-centered ministry as they continue to share the Gospel to a hurting world desperate, now more than ever, to hear the hope of Christ.
LCC Thanks Our Donors for Their Compassionate Hearts and Generosity
The coronavirus has brought a greater need for food because of the loss of income for families. Last week around 135 bags were given out when the pantry planned on 70.
If you wish to donate food, there are some specific instructions to follow. Please contact the pantry at 630-903-8173 for instructions and to arrange delivery times.
CLICK HERE for a list of needed items.
Additional donations were presented to Pastor Greg Hoffman of St. Paul in Rochelle, Illinois for a family who lost everything when their home burned down to the ground on February 14. The family of six found a temporary home for rent and the funds will help them in the rebuilding process. The current need is met.
The family is grateful and feels blessed from the gifts of God's people with hope of a new home.
Thank you to all at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois, who helped make crocheted bag mats from plastic grocery bags for the homeless.
On Saturday, May 16, a group of volunteers met up with Pastor Jason Pankau of Chicago Hope Church and filled his vehicle with 33 sleeping mats for the homeless that their congregation serves. Thank you for your time and this donation that will make a difference in people’s lives and gives the members of Chicago Hope the opportunity to be Jesus to people who are suffering and in need.
LCC is Hiring Administrative Support in the Finance Department
The Administrative Support position provides support for the LCC Finance Department. The individual will have excellent organizational and verbal skills for phone and office reception, knowledge and use of MS Office/Outlook 2016: Excel, Word including mail merging, QuickBooks entry.
This is a full time staff position at our headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois.
Interested parties should send resumes to LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org
Haiti is considered the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country and, according to the Portland Press Herald, doesn’t have any resource to fight back the coronavirus epidemic as the virus spreads inside the densely populated nation of roughly 11 million people.
According to the United Nations, some 35% of Haitians lack basic drinking water services and two-thirds have limited or no sanitation services, making it extremely difficult for people to regularly wash their hands as recommended to deter the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, there is the real risk that growing food insecurity will result in famine.
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) continues to work through our Haiti Mission Partners to send emergency funds to Haiti during the current health crisis.
Please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to enable Lutheran Church Charities to continue to send emergency funds to Haiti to help provide food for Haitian adults and children.
Thirty dollars will buy enough rice, oil, maggi, canned fish, spaghetti, and soup to feed one person two meals a day for three weeks.
Your Donations Needed to Respond to Growing Requests for Hearts & Crosses!
Lutheran Church Charities’ Hearts of Mercy and Compassion, Crosses for Losses (HMC) Ministry provides hearts and crosses to families and friends who have suffered loss or serious illness of a loved one. We rely solely on donations to cover the cost of materials to make them and shipment to get them where they are needed.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville, New York Delivers Mercy Hearts
Soon after the Governor removed restrictions, Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Hicksville, New York, home of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Abraham, had boots and paws on the ground delivering comfort and compassion. They have been in the epicenter of the coronavirus with over 39,837 positive cases in his county of Nassau and 38,164 in the neighboring Suffolk County. Abraham Comfort Dog has been seen participating in birthday and graduation parades but he couldn't wait to go back out and thank first responders, call center operators, nurses, doctors and anyone who he could just give a hug to. Here are just a few of the visits he made with his handler this past week:
Please join LCC in praying for individuals, families, essential workers, and first responders as they adjust to a new normal in the hardest hit area of New York.
First Responders at Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Given Comfort & Prayer
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Cubby and her handler (Redeemer – Fort Collins, Colorado) were invited to Windsor Severance Fire Rescue to bring a little comfort to this crew who experienced the tragic drowning of a 13-year-old boy on May 7. The team honored them with Essential Workers are our Heroes signs at their station last week. They also signed a Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses Mercy Heart in honor of Mason that will be presented to his family. Please pray for this family and continue to pray for all frontline workers and first responders as they selflessly continue to do what they have been called to do – to serve others.
Redeemer Lutheran Church Comforts Family on Memorial Day
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Cubby and two of her handlers (Redeemer – Fort Collins, Colorado) presented a Mercy Heart to the family of Garrett, a 28-year-old young man who is remembered for his goofy sense of humor and his big heart! His mother, Barbara, is a ministry partner with Redeemer’s in process team for their second LCC K-9 Comfort Dog. They were blessed to spend time with Barbara, her son Michael, his wife Selam and her grandson Marcus. Cubby Comfort Dog gave hugs and comfort to everyone while they talked, laughed, cried, and prayed together. Barbara remarked, "Thank you so much for this wonderful remembrance of Garrett – it means so much!" May God grant peace to his family during this time of grief and sadness.
Click HERE to read all the ways the Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses Ministry has served this year.
Your Donations Make a Difference in Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ
Our hearts are made of the highest quality wood and produced with caring Christian hands. Material production and shipping costs for hearts are approximately $30 each. We need your help in sharing the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
Help Us Reach Out with Hearts of Mercy & Compassion
Are you interested in having LCC provide a Heart of Mercy & Compassion for a loved one? There is no charge for the hearts. The hearts are made by caring Christian hands and provided with presence and prayer.
Is your church interested in becoming a mission partner? CLICK HERE to request information.
Click HERE to learn more about the Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses Ministry.