LCC Lutheran Early Response Teams Help Northern Illinois Residents with Damage from Recent Ice Storm
On Wednesday, February 22, the Northern Illinois area experienced a freezing rain storm that left a quarter to a half inch of ice on roads, homes, trees, and power lines causing widespread power outages. It also caused a lot of damage and downed trees and limbs on roofs, yards, and roads.
Helping Missionary Serving in Belize
Gary Kessler, GEO Missionary to Belize, contacted LCC Disaster Response from Belize to ask if we would look at the roof of his home here in Northern Illinois that had sustained some damage from large falling limbs in the ice storm.
A L.E.R.T. volunteer from St. John-Wheaton went to his home the same day as his request. He was able to remove several limbs from the roof and patch a small hole so there would be no leaking. We sent pictures of the repair and clean-up to Gary upon completion.
The following note of thanks was received:
Sue and I cannot thank you enough. Being so far from home, you can imagine how this incident was weighing on our minds. As we serve others here, you have served us back home. What beautiful Christian symmetry. Much love to all our friends at LCC.
God's richest blessings to you all,
Gary and Sue Kessler
GEO Missionary to Belize
Assisting Widow with Large Tree Damage
A congregation member and widow from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Elburn received assistance from L.E.R.T. volunteers utilizing chainsaws and heavy equipment. They removed a large limb of a tree that had split and fallen across the front of her home and roof. She was very thankful for the help and compassion shown to her by the team as they worked at her home.
Serving Pastor and His Family with Tree Damage
Pastor Blackford from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Elburn had a large tree in his front yard that had split in half during the ice storm. L.E.R.T. volunteers carefully felled the damaged half that was still standing, and cut and moved all tree debris to the curb. He and his wife were very appreciative of our response to make his yard safe for his children and to protect his home from damage.
Willing Hearts and Hands Help Deaconess with Uprooted Trees
A Deaconess in Belvidere had two uprooted trees and many limbs come down in their backyard during the ice storm. Five L.E.R.T. volunteers cut and stacked all of the wood from these trees into firewood length and put limbs into a burn pile. The hard work completed by willing hearts and hands to serve a sister in Christ was greatly appreciated.
Helping Crystal Lake Neighborhood Hit Hard During Storm
One neighborhood in Crystal Lake had several homes that experienced tree damage. LCC L.E.R.T. volunteers were able to help nine homeowners clear downed trees, limbs, and dangerous hangers from their properties. All were grateful for the willingness of these volunteers to serve them on a cold and snowy day.
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LCC Kare 9® Military Ministry Dogs Abraham & Beloved (Trinity - Hicksville, New York), and Leah (Immanuel - Danbury, Connecticut) were honored to serve at a Yellow Ribbon Event in Groton, Connecticut this past Saturday, February 25th. The event welcomed back members of the Connecticut Air National Guard 103 Air Wing Bradley who were recently deployed to Eastern Africa.
The Yellow Ribbon event has speakers and representatives of agencies which assist and educate troops on resources and support available to returning service members.
The Kare 9s and their veteran handlers greeted service members between their breakout sessions. Conversations containing words of appreciation and dedication were both given and received.
On Saturday, February 25, LCC Kare 9® Military Ministry Dog Obadiah (Christ Lutheran - Scituate, Massachusetts) participated in a DOD-Sponsored Yellow Ribbon Event hosted by the 143rd Air Wing of the Rhode Island Air National Guard (ANG).
The event hosted approximately 350 ANG members, along with family members, who were either about to deploy overseas or who had recently returned from overseas unit assignments.
Obadiah and his team were privileged to meet and greet these "Citizen-Soldiers" and provide a measure of comfort and an opportunity to discuss the impact of forward deployment on the military family of today.
LCC K-9 Ministry Teams and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry Serve East Lansing, Michigan, Following MSU Mass Shooting Tragedy
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Thank you for supporting the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry at Michigan State University
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministries were invited by Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy, Bishop & President, English District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Rev. David A. Davis, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Michigan District President, Rev. Curt Dwyer, Lead Pastor, and Rev. James Robinson, Campus Ministry Pastor, at Martin Lutheran Chapel in East Lansing, Michigan, and Pastor Trevor Sutton at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Haslet, Michigan, to be present last week throughout the community.
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry provided three hearts and crosses, one cross for each of the young students killed, and placed them at the memorial site.
The students, parents, faculty, and community are numb, devastated, and in shock and are still trying to comprehend the violence that struck this Michigan State University community. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers spent time sitting with many affected, letting them gently pet and receive love and comfort from the K-9s.
The MSU community is in need of our support, love, presence, and prayers as they begin their journey of grief and healing. Each hour a gentle hug, a kind word, and a prayer for God’s comforting presence are needed. We pray for the MSU community, the families, and the loved ones of Brian Fraser, Alexandria Verner, and Arielle Anderson. We lift up the five others critically injured for strength, healing, comfort, and rest so they may go home soon to their families and friends.
You may not even be home yet but wanted to express my thanks to you, the team, and especially the "pups" for coming to East Lansing this past week and specifically to the Friendship House on Friday.
The visit meant so much to our international student community, and I only wish more of them would have felt comfortable to come here. I can see now that the healing process for our entire community, and especially our international community, is going to be a long process.
God Bless all that you do!
Friendship House MSU
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry never charge those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. We know that comfort is needed to help this shocked and devastated community and the first responders who serve them.
The LCC K-9 Ministry welcomed two new puppies to our training facility at Northbrook, Illinois, last week. The puppies are named Olive and Rejoice.
Olive and Rejoice will begin their journey of training to be an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog. These two beautiful additions will train alongside LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in training Zion. Through time, patience, repetition, consistency, love, and guidance from the volunteers who help train them, one day, Olive and Rejoice will serve as a bridge to reach those who are suffering or in need.
Olive and Rejoice are already a delight to have as part of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in training. We ask that you keep the volunteers and these new puppies in your prayers, asking for God’s continual guidance and encouragement as Olive and Rejoice begin this new journey.
"But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I will trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”
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"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near."
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LCC Grows and Strengthens Relationships at the Best Practices Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
LCC staff, K-9 Comfort Dogs, and their ministry teams were exhibitors at the Lutheran Church Charities table, offering care, prayers, and sharing the mission of the LCC ministries with attendees and their families. Rev. Chris Singer, LCC President & CEO, was a keynote speaker.
Those attending were: Rev. Chris Singer, President & CEO; Lynda Streich, LCC Board of Directors; Deaconess Dianna Bonfield – Human Care Services & Volunteer Coordinator; Tim Laabs – Project Manager, Hearts of Mercy and Compassion; Dona Martin – Sr. K-9 Coordinator In-Process Churches; Deaconess Kathy O’Day – Director of Disaster Response.
LCC K-9 Ministry teams:
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron
(St. John’s - Napa, California)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lois
(First Good Shepherd - Las Vegas, Nevada)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Micah
(Light of the Valley - Elk Grove, California)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Reuben
(First Lutheran - Yuba City, California)
This is an inspiring conference to attend and a great way to share the powerful ministry work of LCC.
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