Donna Williams, Kansas District Disaster Response Coordinator has extended an invitation to Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) chainsaw members to return to Linwood, Kansas to help their LERT volunteers complete work for a few remaining homeowners still recovering from the EF-4 tornado that struck in June, devastating the towns of Linwood and Bonner Springs.
Eight LERT chainsaw members from St. John in Wheaton, Illinois deploy this week to begin work with the Kansas LERT volunteers, Pastor Jason Boetcher from Trinity Family in Faith and Pastor Robert Weinkauf from Risen Savior Lutheran Church. They will be bringing and utilizing heavy equipment to complete the tornado recovery work in Linwood.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meals costs. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response was invited to Christ Lincoln Lutheran Church in Nebraska to lead a Basic Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training.
Kathy will also meet with Rhonda Harris, Christ Lincoln LERT coordinator, Pastor Anthony Gerber from Trinity Fremont and Remkea Ockander from Good Shepherd Fremont. These three LCMS Nebraska churches have been aiding in the flood recovery that has been ongoing since this March.
Project Restore was created at Good Shepherd in Fremont as an effort to make a real and tangible difference in people’s homes and lives. They intend to be there as long as it takes to rebuild, restore, and make the future bright for the people of Nebraska.
But they need your help to make this happen. Good Shepherd is a receiving site for groups and churches from around the country, who wish to help their brothers and sisters in Christ recover from massive flooding.
If you are interested in helping, please visit https://www.goodshepherdlutheranchurch.org/project-restore-signup
LCC never charges those we serve. We are able to do that with the support of donors. If you would like to help us, please consider a donation to LCC Disaster Response Fund.
As the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K-9 Ministry continues to grow, we are pleased to announce the addition of Rev. James Kirschenmann, Assistant to the Director of K-9 Ministries reporting to Richard Martin, Director, K-9 Ministries.
Rev. Kirschenmann previously worked at LCC before entering the seminary program in St. Louis, Missouri. He was involved in the beginning of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry when it launched in 2008 with four comfort dogs. His other role included IT support.
He brings to LCC a business background and a heart to serve! Prior to joining LCC, Rev. Kirschenmann served as pastor in an ethnically diverse area of St Louis.
"In this transition, I find assurance in knowing that God has a plan, and I am 'straining toward the goal' in following His lead. We are excited to learn what God will reveal in this next step of our journey," shared Rev. Kirschenmann.
We welcome Rev. Kirschenmann and his wife Kathie as we continue to grow and carry out our mission to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
On Saturday, October 19, Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) celebrated the national book launch for Extraordinary Dogs with author John Schlimm, photographer Liz Stavrinides, and many faithful followers who came to have their books autographed by the authors and “pawtographed’ by the Comfort Dogs.
Extraordinary Dogs honors the work of more than fifty working dogs and canine ambassadors from across the United States: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Search and Rescue dogs, and bomb-detecting TSA dogs. Twenty LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are featured in the book and share many ministry moments from crisis and disaster deployments such as the Boston Marathon bombing, Superstom Sandy, and the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They also share heart-warming stories of visits throughout the local communities in which they serve every day.
At the book launch event, attendees had an opportunity to meet the authors and receive love from some of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs featured in the book. One little girl especially pulled at our heartstrings as she took time to sit, talk with, and hug each K-9 present.
On Sunday, October 20, the Extraordinary Dogs national launch celebration continued with a sidewalk Meet & Greet and book signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois.
Extraordinary Dogs is available on Amazon.
LCC is truly blessed to have 20 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs featured in this beautiful photo book! Thank you to everyone who came to the national launch event to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
LCC never charges those we serve. We are able to do that with the support of donors. If you would like to help us, please consider a donation to LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund.
The Southwest region LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs & K-9 Comfort Dogs recently returned from their Fall Veteran Trip. The K-9s visited The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple and Waco, Texas to deliver over 100 handmade quilts to thank our veterans for their service.
The K-9s also visited Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas - the largest active-duty, armored US military base in the world. We met a young soldier that we were able to pray over before his deployment next week. We also welcomed back a soldier with family ties to LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gabriel.
What a privilege to thank our active duty military!
The following K-9s provided love and comfort during their Fall Veteran Trip:
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Abner (Bethany - Austin, Texas)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gabriel (Messiah - Houston, Texas)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Phoebe (St. Paul - Fort Worth, Texas)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Elijah (Our Redeemer - Wichita Falls, Texas)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Martha (Bethany - Austin, Texas)