As Christians, we not only care for the spiritual life of others but we care for the whole person. As we experience subzero extreme cold weather, and we reach out to care for the physical need of others to keep warm, below are some resources to be aware of in your ministry.
There are warming centers set up across the State of Illinois. Here is the link of where to go to find local information:
A number of municipalities that host homeless shelters and warming centers are planning on keeping them open 24/7. Contact your local jurisdictions for more information.
County and municipal partners are posting information. Here is an example from Lake County and Naperville:
Updated information on local weather can be found here:
Travel information can be found through your county Department of Transportation. Here is the link to the Illinois Department of Transportation:
Preparedness information on pipe bursts can be found here:
Winter Preparedness tips:
Lastly, keep in mind that extreme cold could cause disasters that displace residents. This information can be a helpful resource to share with those in need.
LCC was so blessed to have 14 affiliates from 6 different states represented during the additional handler training on January 26 – 27. LCC is happy to welcome these wonderful individuals who have been called to go out and serve their home communities to share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
The handlers spent a lot of time learning new skills and building their knowledge about the ministry. Each handler worked with either their affiliate’s dog or with a LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in training.
LCC welcomes the following new handlers to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry:
Lutheran Church Charities is honored to welcome the following veterans to the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry:
Chuck Lowell, U.S. Navy, 1970 – 1976
Immanuel Lutheran Church – Charleston, Illinois
Kare 9 Rachel
Deb Andersen, U.S. Army, 2009 – 2017
St. Matthew Lutheran Church – Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
Kare 9 Malachi
Doug Samuel, U.S. National Guard, 1983 – 1997
Concordia University Wisconsin – Mequon, Wisconsin
Kare 9 Sage
Lutheran Church Charities is also honored to welcome the following to the LCC K-9 Police Ministry:
Marita Kelly, Officer, Suffolk Co. (NY) Probation (Ret.)
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church – Loudon, Tennessee
Police Ministry Dog Jewel
Many people had been understandably dreading this day for months, but one counselor shared that she knew she would be able to relax when she heard the dogs were coming back. Through tears, she could not say thank you enough.
Comments such as these were shared on social media:
"You have no idea what comfort you brought our children.”
“Such love and support that these faces provided in our darkest hour.”
“In the days immediately following, talking about and loving on these dogs were the first/only smiles I saw from my daughter…God bless you and the work you do.”
“This is an amazing ministry!”
In addition to the love the dogs provided, the handlers were genuinely thanked for their presence. One teacher said “I still don’t have the words to describe the blessing you were to me (and many more) that week. Thank you for following God’s calling for you and touching lives all over!”
We pray for continued healing in this community. Everyone who deployed to Benton, Kentucky, has a special place in their heart for the people who live there. We will never forget you.
Carlos Baez from the Lord of Life LERT team in La Fox/Elburn heads up Lord of Life Lutheran Church Safety Ministry. They have been working for the last year on ways to make sure their church is a safe place for members of the congregation. With that in mind, they have been working with the Kane County Sheriff and the Fox River Countryside Fire Department to develop a plan for emergencies.
As part of this planning process, they have scheduled a training session for their Safety Ministry, Church Staff, and other interested parties, including the LERT team at their church.
They would like to invite any interested LERT team or LCMS church members to attend this training. It will be very informative on intruders, what 911 needs from you when you call them, and training on Stop the Bleed, which would be good for LERT team members working on chainsaw teams.
Saturday February 16th
9:00am – 1:00pm
Lord of Life Church
40 W 605 Route 38
Elburn, IL (LaFox)
Please reply to Carlos Baez at firstname.lastname@example.org with your RSVP for this event or make any inquiries.