On January 24, 2021, beloved Pastor Ken Krause of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Rockford, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly. The requested Hearts of Mercy & Compassion were signed by the members of Pastor Krause’s churches and have been presented to each congregation as a reminder of the love of Jesus has for each of us and in honor of Pastor Krause.
The hearts featured Pastor Krause’s confirmation verse Revelation 2:10 ”Be faithful, even to the point to death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown,” as well as Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!"
To support Pastor Krause’s church communities, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bekah, Kye (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois), and Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) served to bring a comforting presence to the grieving staff and students of Resurrection Lutheran Church & School, Concordia Lutheran School, and Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.