Lutheran Church Charities Welcomes Emmanuel – Baltimore, Maryland, and Christ Lincoln – Lincoln, Nebraska, to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
On February 13-15, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, joined LCC staff for handler training. Each church was very excited to meet their new LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and to become part of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. The new handlers and caregivers spent many hours training in ministry and in handler skills.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is one of presence. When the Lord calls, we must go and serve Him. Isaiah 6:8 tells us, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me.’”
The following new handlers to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry have heard that call:
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Handlers
Emmanuel – Baltimore, Maryland
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Handlers
Christ Lincoln – Lincoln, Nebraska
LCC is honored to include the following individual to the LCC K-9 Police Ministry:
Patrick Donnelly, Officer, Baltimore (MD), 1993 – 1996
LCC is also honored to include the following individual to the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry:
Larry Ruwe, United States Marine Corp, 1969 – 1973
We extend a heartfelt thank you for their service and to all of our volunteer handlers for their dedication to the LCC K-9 Ministry.
Kind Words for LCC
Ms. O’Day and the wonderful men on the Disaster Response team came to the house and were just wonderful in how they worked so hard and transformed it all beautifully. Ms. O’Day gave me the lovely quilt from the ladies in the church and I am so pleased from the moment she handed it to me. Larry [Zagorski] told me the ladies “sew and pray.” I can picture that in my mind. It makes for a nice picture, too – the ladies sewing and praying.
I want to thank the ladies and to again thank Larry and each one on the team. You did a splendid job. They came here through my niece’s church, Messiah Lutheran Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. May God bless you always!
Old St. Patrick’s Church
Judy asked Victor that day if he would like Luke to put his front paws on his lap. “Oh yes,” he said. Luke settled into his lap. It was so beautiful. They snuggled for a while. “Settle boy,” Victor told Luke.
Not a single rose was given to Victor but this visit will stay in Judy’s heart for a long time
Night to Shine is a beautiful, unforgettable prom night centered on God's love for individuals with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 8, 2019, 655 churches from around the world came together to host Night to Shine events for approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers. Organized through the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine events, hosted by churches, create an amazing event which celebrates the uniqueness of each individual guest. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were honored to participate at Night to Shine events to share comfort and love to attendees and volunteers.
Here’s a few of the LCC K-9 Ministry teams who participated in the 5th Anniversary Night to Shine celebrations!
What a night to remember at Tim Tebow's Night to Shine. Everyone was dressed so fancy and having a fabulous time. We were all honored to participate!
LCC thanks our LCC K-9 Ministry teams for sharing the love of Jesus Christ to all attendees!
These adorable golden retrievers have already started to bond with their new volunteer apprentice trainers. Follow them on Facebook on their journey to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
Lutheran Church Charities is always recruiting new volunteers to help train these amazing animals. We will have more puppies arriving soon and need more volunteers to nurture and train them. If you are interested in joining us on this mission, please contact Megan mglowacz@LutheranChurchCharities.org or Becky bkolzow@LutheranChurchCharities.org for further information or visit our website.
Generosity from LCC Donors Continues to Help Students at Palm Bay Prep Academy Affected by Hurricane Michael
The school itself sustained much damage. They are a K – 12 charter school. They had to demolish their gym and one of the wings that had 18 classrooms. The remaining building still needs much repair. She said most of the students are behind where they should be academically, with most still showing signs of trauma and uncertainty.
The school district of Panama City has lost 5,000 students and have had to close 3 schools, laying off 320 teachers and staff. Palm Bay Academy has lost 55 students and will be facing possible layoffs next school year as well because of the loss of housing and jobs in their community.
Dr. Fontaine wishes to express her deepest appreciation for helping her students as they continue to recover from the effects of Hurricane Michael.
Helping individuals throughout the community recover from Hurricane Michael
LCC thanks the LERT team members who traveled to Florida to bring the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Your dedicated service brought hope to those still recovering from Hurricane Michael.
Please join LCC and our LERT teams as we continue to pray for those impacted by the storm.
Are you a first responder or do you work as a security officer at a church, school, or other location?
Since creating NAMI P.D. CONNECT, we have achieved tremendous success in educating security personnel about more effective strategies for handling mental health concerns. We know that these situations can be very frustrating, and often times it may seem as if there are very little options as to what can be done. This training aims to fill in some of those gaps, empowering you to feel more certain and assured when responding to mental health situations. Throughout these sessions, we provide an overview of what mental illness is, how to best interact with someone who is exhibiting symptoms of a mental illness, and what practical resources are available to use as referrals for individuals and family members.
All sessions will take place at:
9:00am – 11:30am
Community Center, NAMI DuPage
115 N County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Attendance at all 4 sessions is not required for participation, but highly recommended.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
What is Mental Illness?
Learn more about the prevalence of mental illness, common diagnoses, and the common signs and symptoms.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Mental Health & Recovery
Hear firsthand from two speakers who have mental illness and are currently in recovery while learning about recovery options for people including therapy and medication.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
De-Escalation: Action Plan for Communicating Effectively
We will work through a very practical action plan which you can follow when handling a mental health call.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Connect with representatives from the Mental Illness Court Alternative Program (MICAP), the State’s Attorney, Gateway (Substance Use), and NAMI DuPage.
If you have any questions please contact Sara Hynes at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (630) 752 - 006