Joel presented Top Dog Ric Durham with Kezia Comfort Dog’s ministry vest. He also presented an LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry vest to Veteran Ministry Partner, Joni Mercer, and an LCC K-9 Police Ministry vest to former law enforcement officer and handler, Patrick Donnelly.
Joining in the celebration were LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Addie and Leah (Immanuel – Danbury, Connecticut), Lily (Good Shepard – Old Bridge, New Jersey), Luke (Christ the Shepard – Alpharetta, Georgia), and Amos (Our Saviors Way – Ashburn, Virginia) and their handlers.
We welcome Kezia Comfort Dog and her team as the first LCC K-9 Ministry located in the State of Maryland as they share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
LCC NID LERT Teams Make Third Trip to Panama City, Florida, to Continue Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts
LCC NID LERT teams have been invited by Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, to return for the third time to Panama City, Florida, to provide continued chainsaw assistance to those affected by Hurricane Michael. Eleven LERT certified chainsaw team members with heavy equipment will be deploying March 2 - 10 to Trinity Lutheran Church in Panama City.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Angel & Charity teams shared:
Teachers and counselors bring small groups of 4-6 students at a time to spend time with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. We saw lots of smiles and the Comfort Dogs got lots of hugs. Several students even asked if the dogs were there to protect them from a shooter. The Comfort Dogs were clearly needed. The teachers and staff were very appreciative!
Please join LCC in keeping the Henry Pratt Company employees, students, teachers, school staff, first responders, and the community in your prayers for continued healing in Aurora.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Teams Deploy to Comfort Individuals Impacted by the Shooting in Aurora, Illinois
LCC President / CEO Tim Hetzner Delivers Essential Supplies
from LCC Donors & Learns of On-Going Financial Needs
Four Homes of Mercy in Bethany Israel cares for 68 mentally and physically disabled children and adults. They are always in desperate need of resources to care for those who cannot care for themselves. While there, Tim Hetzner learned that the staff has not been paid in three months.
Thank you for your help in helping those who Jesus cares for.
President / CEO
Lutheran Church Charities
LCC K-9 Ministry Teams Comfort Law Enforcement, Military, Family and Friends of Milwaukee Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
The Wisconsin Honor Guard Association reached out to Patrick Quinn, LCC K-9 Police Ministry Coordinator, to invite LCC K-9 Police Ministry and LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry teams to the visitations of Officer Rittner. Teams met with Matthew's family members, law enforcement personnel from all over the United States, military members, and others who came to pay their respects.
Matthew was a son, brother, husband, father, soldier, and police officer who dedicated himself to serving others, and who saved lives. Matthew is survived by his wife, and young son.
"Well done, good and faithful servant!" Matthew 25:21
The following LCC K-9 Ministry Teams were blessed to serve:
LCC K-9 Police Ministry:
Shiloh (Christ Our Savior – Dixon, Illinois)
Charity (Brookfield Lutheran – Brookfield, Wisconsin)
Dora (LHSA of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry:
Brutus (LCC Squad)’
Rhoda (Prince of Peace – Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin)
Two days after the funeral, an email was sent to Patrick Quinn from Matthew's fellow Marine and police officer, Josh Horton, who wrote:
"It was a pleasure to meet you guys, and thank you so much for coming to spend time with us all, and to help comfort Matt's Marine and Police teammates during this difficult time. We all very much appreciated the thought and time you took to be there.