On Saturday, January 29, the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry was a part of Veteran Appreciation Night at the Stevenson High School vs. Barrington High School Hockey game in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs Blitz (LCC Squad), Brutus (LCC Squad), and Nigel (LCC Staff) and their veteran handlers were a part of pre-game ceremonies honoring veterans. The event was sponsored by VFW Post 2022 from Schaumburg, Illinois.
On Saturday, January 29, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah (Redeemer - Fort Collins, Colorado) and their handlers were honored to be invited to the service at Atonement Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colorado, to comfort those mourning the loss of beloved pets in the Marhsall Fire, including dogs, cats, horses, goats, ducks and many smaller animals.
The LCC K-9 Ministry team gave the families a small Heart of Mercy & Compassion with their pet’s name written on it. Many of those who lost their precious pets in the Marshall Fire feel alone and heartbroken, but on Saturday, Cubby and Devorah were there to love and comfort them as they released some of the sadness they were carrying.
One of the Marshall Fire victims found great comfort in having the names of her beloved cats placed on the Heart of Mercy & Compassion as a reminder that their love is always with her. We thank God for blessings us with these amazing animals He gave us to love and who love us back unconditionally.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Luke 12:6
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
On Saturday, January 29, nine LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers from Wisconsin joined together to serve with love and compassion the family and friends of 15-year-old Libby Wollner at her Celebration of Life Visitation in Hartland, Wisconsin. Libby leaves behind her parents, Ben and Jen Wollner, and her brothers, Clayton and JP.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Candace (LCC Staff), Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin), Dora (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Hagar (Faith - Appleton, Wisconsin), Lila (Beautiful Savior - Mequon, Wisconsin), Mary (St. Paul's - Janesville, Wisconsin), Rhoda (Prince of Peace - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin), Sage & Zoey (Concordia University Wisconsin - Mequon, Wisconsin) were sought out by Libby’s friends and family for a moment of comfort as they prepared for their final good-byes. During these difficult times, sometimes all we can do is be there to love them and to pray.
Please pray for Libby’s family to feel the loving arms of Jesus to give them strength, peace, and healing during this challenging time.
Financial Assistance Needed for Increasing Medical Expenses
LCC received a request from Pastor Warren Schilf, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois, for financial assistance for a single woman they are assisting:
Last year, Marilynn notified her family she was diagnosed with Type 3 kidney disease. In the last year, she has gone to Stage 4 with Stage 5 reaching total kidney failure. She has been placed on the kidney transplant list as well as a pancreas transplant list.
She is currently on twice-daily kidney dialysis and is not able to work. She needs financial assistance for her medical expenses to prepare for the hopeful transplant.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
Pastor Warren Schilf
Immanuel Lutheran Church
If you are so moved, please prayerfully consider donating to help Marilynn with her increasing medical expenses.
Urgent Financial Assistance Needed For Christ The King Lutheran Church And School In Chicago, Illinois
$6,000 Needed to Replace Broken Computers
For decades, Christ the King Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Illinois, has been a staple of their community, serving children through their school, the elderly through their food deliveries, and their neighbors through Word and Sacrament ministry. When COVID struck, Rev. John Brazeal and his wife Geri had to adapt to continue making a difference in the lives of their community.
They were able to pivot to remote teaching for their students and online worship for their members, reaching far more people than they have before. This past week multiple computers broke down that were at the core of their ministry, including Geri’s computer, which holds all of the school and church records.
They are in great need of $6,000 for multiple computers to keep their ministry thriving as they touch the lives of countless individuals in the south side of Chicago. If you feel moved, please join in partnership with the life-changing ministry of Christ the King by donating to help fund these needed devices
Your Donations Will Help Salam Christian Fellowship, Lombard, Illinois, Support Refugees from Muslim Countries
Furniture Donation Will Support Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard, Illinois
Refrigerator Donation Will Bless Chicago Hope Church
Your Donations Help Support Refugee Family from Afghanistan
LCC staff member Wayne Kolweier delivered a check with your donations to Maree Garchow, Office Administrator at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest in support of the Afghanistan refugee family that Faith Lutheran is assisting.
When the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry receives a request to be present for the hurting, we know that God is at work.
On Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin), Hagar (Faith - Appleton, Wisconsin), Lila (Beautiful Savior - Mequon, Wisconsin), Mary (St. Paul's - Janesville, Wisconsin), Rhoda (Prince of Peace - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin), and Zoey (Concordia University Wisconsin - Mequon, Wisconsin), with their handlers and ministry partners, were present at the visitation and funeral for Tim Reed. He is now at peace and in the loving arms of our Lord. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry teams shared God’s love, comfort, and light during this very difficult time for Tim’s three beautiful daughters, his strong and caring wife, his friends, and his community.
A Heart of Mercy and Compassion and cross was requested for the family and friends to share messages of love, memories, and prayers.
Please keep this young family in your prayers as they continue to grieve. We pray they feel God’s strength, love, and healing presence to move them through when grief floods their hearts.