You Can Help Six Inner-City Students at Christ the King Stay in School
Christ the King (CTK) Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Illinois, has been a beacon of light in the Bronzeville community since 1949. Over the years, Pastor John Brazeal and Principal Geri Brazeal have poured into the community to share the hope in Jesus Christ and life-changing education for families in this low-income area of Chicago.
The school opened in 1973, providing a Christ-centered, family environment that encourages learning, growth, and development for children who face the pressures of living in a low-income, high crime area.
The school serves children from 3 years old through 8th grade. It is a way to reach the future generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, to pave a path for better education, and a way out of poverty.
For the past 50 years, Pastor John, Geri, and the staff of CTK have impacted the lives of hundreds of children and their families with the gospel of Christ's love and forgiveness, giving them hope, a purpose, and a future. Christ the King has a long history of teaching children their worth in Jesus and helping them make positive decisions as they face the pressures of the inner-city.
The long-time, experienced school teachers and staff are so passionate about offering a well-rounded education that many are working on a volunteer basis to help keep the education cost as low as possible. The church and school leaders do everything possible to trim the cost of school, but families continue to struggle with the rise in the cost of living.
Pastor John and Principal Geri have reached out to Lutheran Church Charities, seeking $15,000 in scholarships to subsidize tuition costs for six students.
Your support in Christ the King Lutheran School will help these six students continue their life-changing education and they will experience the love of Christ through your generosity.
I want to take the time to express my gratitude for the scholarship that was given to my daughter, Brooklyn, for the previous school year. I am writing this letter in hopes of receiving some assistance for this school year.
Christ the King Lutheran School is and continues to remain a strong pillar within our neighborhood. Christ the King has provided a solid foundation for so many children over the years, including myself. Being that I had such a great, insightful experience.
It is my dream for my daughter to also experience the fantastic teachers and a nurturing environment. Since my daughter has started attending Christ the King, I've witnessed her thrive. She's always excited to go to school to interact with the teachers, as well as with her peers. I've seen so much growth, and I would like for her to continue her education at Christ the King.
If given the opportunity to receive a scholarship, it would be a great help as I would be able to afford the tuition. Being able to keep Brooklyn enrolled in Christ the King would mean so much to both Brooklyn and myself. Receiving a scholarship would allow Brooklyn to continue to thrive in such a nurturing environment, learn, grow, and build meaningful relationships, just as I did when I attended the school.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
I am writing this letter seeking a tuition scholarship for Kayla. She has been attending Christ the King School since August 2022. As of August 21, 2023, Kayla has been enrolled as an eager-to-learn kindergartner.
What attracts our family to Christ the King are the low student-teacher ratios, which I believe highly benefits Kayla's student achievement. I am also ecstatic that at the age of 4, Kayla is already developing her relationship with God.
Unfortunately, our family has several additional financial obligations and outstanding debts that must be paid over the next 2-3 years. I would love for Kayla to continue her education at Christ the King; however, I am in need of tuition assistance for her to remain enrolled this year.
I appreciate your help and understanding in this matter.
My name is Donte, and I am writing this letter to apply for the consideration of tuition assistance.
My grandpa was laid off, and my grandmother has been paying all the bills, but we were not able to pay the full amount on our bills. My grandpa being laid off has put a real strain on our budget, making it hard for us to buy groceries and other household essentials.
I am asking for assistance with my tuition so some of the burden can be lifted off my grandmother. Any help that can assist me and my family would be very helpful and greatly appreciated
My name is Shuntia, and I am writing to you to request financial assistance for my daughter, Harley. I currently don’t have a steady job and am unable to make the tuition payments.
My daughter loves going to Christ the King Lutheran School. She enjoys playing with her classmates and building relationships with her teachers. If Harley gets this scholarship, it will help both of us tremendously because she can continue to go to a school that she likes. Harley will build healthy relationships with her teachers and classmates and can continue to learn in an environment that she knows is safe and welcoming.
As her mother, I won’t have to worry about her education. I know that she’ll be in good hands learning from all her teachers.
Please prayerfully consider sponsoring a child, $2,500 for a year of schooling, or donate as you are able, that they may have hope for their future!
Your generous donation will enable Christ the King to continue the ministry of Christ-changing lives through their dedicated staff.
Last week, the Palatine L.E.R.T. team helped clear a Prince of Peace member’s 90-year-old mother's home front and back yard of overgrown brush, trees, and limbs. The family could not do this work themselves nor afford to hire a professional tree company.
Mrs. B. was in tears and was very grateful for all the help. She expressed her thanks for everything the team had done! It was a blessing! Another family member sent a note of thanks to the following LCC staff and Palatine L.E.R.T. volunteers for their willing service: Jim Beckley, Richard and Bonnie Habegger, Steve MacKay, Kathy O’Day, Marta Rees and Todd Sloan.
"I just wanted to let you know how thankful we are for all the hard work you have done. The yard looks amazing! Cannot remember when it looked so good. Thanks for everything!"
All consider it a blessing and privilege to serve.
Rev. Chris Singer, LCC President/CEO, and Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, continue to work with Emmanuel Lutheran Church leaders as they navigate the Maui wildfire recovery process and minister to those affected. They meet weekly on Zoom with church and school leaders.
Last week, the leaders reported that they are continuing to supply the community distribution sites in Lahaina and Kula based on specific requests. They have also been able to provide gift card assistance to eight teachers from Main Prep Academy in Lahaina who totally lost their homes, as well as other families referred to them from the family assistance center
Hearts of Mercy & Compassion for Maui
Through a strong partnership with Orphan Grain Train, LCC will be sending 120 Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC) to Maui.
Thank you to Tim Laabs, HMC Project Manager, and our HMC volunteers and partners who cut wood, painted, glued, packed, and are driving the hearts and markers to Orphan Grain Train’s facility in Norfolk, Nebraska, from Fort Collins, Colorado, and from Northbrook, Illinois.
More updates to come once they arrive in Maui. Please pray for clear shipping channels and delivery to Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School.
Lutheran Church Charities is continuing to support Emmanuel Lutheran Church leaders as they navigate this recovery process and minister to those affected by this devastating fire.
Becky Soppe, MS, LMHP, a GracePoint team counselor from Omaha, Nebraska, specializing in family and youth ministry, is now in Maui, providing spiritual and emotional care on behalf of Emmanuel Lutheran Church at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Hawaii VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) assigned this shelter to Emmanuel to serve families staying there.
Becky led spiritual and emotional care training to Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) certified volunteers so they would be knowledgeable and comfortable ministering to survivors. She has also been available to meet with Emmanuel students and staff as requested. She arrived last Wednesday and will be available until this Friday. Her expertise has been invaluable to Emmanuel and survivors.
Providing Tuition Assistance for Emmanuel School Families
Lutheran Church Charities is providing tuition assistance for Emmanuel Lutheran School families that are now struggling to make their payments due to loss of income from the fire destroying their place of business.
In addition, many families have taken in and are supporting other family members who have lost everything, increasing their household size and expenses. Emmanuel did not want to lose any family at a time when they need the most support.
Your generous donations make it possible for the school to operate effectively, providing continued education and ministry to struggling and hurting families.
Emmanuel Lutheran School has also continued to provide requested items needed to the community distribution points for survivors in Lahaina and Kula, Hawaii.
You Can Continue to Be There with LCC
The congregation of Emmanuel and the people we have met and minister to extend heartfelt “Mahalo nui” for prayers and financial support sent on their behalf.
The greatest need is for financial donations to help the people of Maui. They do not have the ability to take in any more donations of items. If you are so moved by this disaster, please donate generously so that we can help survivors with this unfathomable loss.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for all of the communities affected by these wildfires as well as for the local first responders, LCC staff, and volunteers that help during the long recovery process. Be there with LCC to show them the love and presence of Jesus!
Lutheran Church Charities is ready to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. We only go where we are invited and we never charge those we serve.
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national and local districts of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Persis (King of Kings - Glenpool, Oklahoma) and her team attended the conference and presented how they responded to a local disaster in Oklahoma with their church’s L.E.R.T. team. They also shared what the LCC K-9 Ministry teams have done and can do in other areas of the country after a disaster in partnership with local L.E.R.T. teams.
While attending the conference, L.E.R.T. team member Christel Springmire assisted Forged by Fire, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization (RSO), to cook and serve southern food for Concordia Seminary students at the annual Jambalaya Fest they host.
Kathy O’Day, Anna Piro, Marty Johnson, and Pete Springmire spoke with seminary students about what LCMS L.E.R.T. is and how its program and volunteers can be the church and serve those affected by a disaster. For many seminary students, this is their first introduction to L.E.R.T.
Share the Comfort Event
During the conference, Rev. Chris Singer was invited to speak at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Missouri, about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Disaster Response, Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, and Human Care ministries.