Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, and our L.E.R.T. members responded to a request to assess the damage and help homeowners in the Chicago suburbs after strong storms over the weekend.
L.E.R.T. volunteers helped an LCMS congregation member cut and remove a tree that was split in half and fell across their front yard and the neighbor’s driveway. The homeowners appreciated the much-needed assistance at no cost and responding with such willing hearts of service.
LCC thanks the following L.E.R.T. volunteers for their hearts to serve: Bob Royce, Ken and Vicki Kiviranta from St. Peter, Schaumburg, and Jim Beckley from Prince of Peace, Palatine, Illinois.
The L.E.R.T. volunteers were happy to serve and show the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those in their congregations and communities affected by recent storms.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
L.E.R.T. Mercy in Action
This past weekend, the McHenry County L.E.R.T. utilized the boom lift and rigging to help two families with chainsaw work.
The first was to trim some branches that were hanging too low over the driveway and street. The other was to remove a large leaning walnut tree that was dangling dangerously over the roofs of two homes.
L.E.R.T. volunteers Alan Holm, Bruce Preston, and Ron Jones had help from the homeowners and family members. This was a large job to complete safely and the homeowners were impressed with the professional assistance and willingness to serve.
Kind Words for LCC
Lutheran Church Charities received a note of thanks from Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Mid-South District for the financial support LCC provided to help those affected by the tornadoes in East Tennessee.
Please accept our gratitude for your gift to help those affected by the tornadoes in East Tennessee.
Sadly, several lives were lost and hundreds of structures damaged. While the LCMS congregations escaped with only minor damage, members and workers suffered significant destruction. Damage assessment is ongoing and reports are continuing to come in. Plans are currently underway to prepare for long-term recovery efforts.
Thank you for the witness you have made. With contributions such as yours, we will be able to help our hurting communities with emergency food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities. We appreciate your reaching out at a critical time of need with special assistance and concern. Your generosity will impact positively so many lives that have been disrupted and will certainly be a blessing to them.
May God richly bless you for being a part of this important effort.
Please keep our brothers and sisters in your prayers as they prepare to rebuild following this tragedy.
Executive Director for Business and Finance
The Mid-South District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
LCC K-9 Ministry Welcomes New Handlers
Six affiliate ministries attended the Replacement Handler training on June 27-28. The handlers spent a lot of time learning new handling skills and building their knowledge about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Each handler worked with either their affiliate’s dog or with a LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training.
LCC is blessed to welcome these wonderful individuals have been called to go out and serve their home communities to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those in need.
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 Kare 9 Military Ministry:
St. Andrews – Park Ridge, Illinois
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Myra
Mike Lawrence – US Navy (1965 – 1971)
Zion – Marengo, Illinois
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Samson
Jeff Schulman – Marine Corps (1985-2013)
Your Donations Make a Difference
Thank you to David and Donna Hoffman for a donation of a walking cane and walker for an individual in need.
Mercy Hearts with Thin Blue Line
Westlake Christian Academy
On June 29 and 30, the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry visited the children attending the Fun n’ Sun Day Camp at Westlake Christian Academy in Grayslake, Illinois.
Kare 9 Dogs Asher (Faith Lutheran – Lake Forest, Illinois), JoJo (Living Christ – Arlington Heights, Illinois), and Blitz, Brandy Brutus, Flex and Nigel (LCC Squad) with their veteran handlers brought joy, love, and comfort to the campers.
Peace Lutheran Church – Columbus, Nebraska (in process) is sharing the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ by reaching out to the law enforcement officials and first responders of Columbus.
On Wednesday, June 30, they took pizza, dessert, and drinks into their local city police department, and the city and county call center. While there they explained their upcoming LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to the police chief and several of his officers. The chief expressed interest with the team to potentially work with their police staff chaplain. They also plan to reach out to their county sheriff department and city fire department in the near future.