Housing Assistance Needed for Family of Five after Father's Battle with Covid-19 Results in Lung Transplant
LCC received the following request from Senior Pastor Jerry Hays, St. Peter, Schaumburg, Illinois, to aid a family in need:
A family from Missouri is relocating to Illinois due to the medical needs of the father; after having been diagnosed with COVID-19, he received a lung transplant at Northwestern Hospital. As a requirement of the surgery, he must be within 50 miles of the hospital for one year.
His wife and children will be making the move in December, depending on his progress and discharge from his current rehab center. This family is in need of a two-bedroom place to live while in Illinois ($1500 or less) and assistance with everyday living expenses.
Senior Pastor Jerry Hays
St. Peter, Schaumburg, Illinois
If you have or know of a place that falls within the family's needs, please email Nikki Deacon at ndeacon@LutheranChurchCharities.org, or if you would like to donate to this family, follow the link below.
Your Generous Donations Help Rebuild Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Seminary after Catastrophic Flooding
LCC received the following thank you letter from J. Michael Wyss, Vice President, Master Builder Center, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama for donations received to support the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Seminary in Ethiopia:
Dear Saints at LCC,
We at the Master Builder Center (MBC) thank you for your very generous donations that will support the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Seminary as that school rebuilds from the devastating flood that recently occurred. Your prayerful support will help the seminary shine the Good News of Jesus Christ to the lambs, our seminary students, families, and churches so that they can celebrate God's great love shown to us in Christ, our Savior.
Thank you again for your generous support of MBC’s mission to positively impact the lives of the pastors, children, families, and communities in Ethiopia. May the Good Shepherd guide your ways as you walk with Him. You are His lambs, but also by your work with MBC and your other actions, you are His shepherds. Let His light shine in all you do.
Your servant in Christ,
J. Michael Wyss, Vice President
First Rummage Sale Fundraiser to Benefit Maternity Home is a Huge Success Thanks to Donors and Volunteers
This past week the Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries (RLOM) Expansion Committee received donations, prepared and set up for its first-ever rummage sale fundraiser on October 22 & 23 for the new maternity home that will be opened in the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS.
All week long donations poured in from generous donors. A special thank you to Our Savior, Carol Stream, Illinois, for hosting the rummage sale in their gymnasium. Donations filled every inch of table space and overflowed onto the floor below each of the tables. A special thank you to LCC volunteer Lois Prokosch of Immanuel, Elmhurst, Illinois, who used her special talent of organizing rummage sales to help RLOM do this fundraiser; and to her friends who came to help her.
On Friday and Saturday, we served over 500+ shoppers to raise funds for the new RLOM Maternity Home. For a first-time fundraiser of this size and magnitude, it was considered a great success. Funds raised from this event to support these women and their babies are still coming in, so we do not yet have a total.
Besides the funds raised, this event blessed the maternity home in many other ways:
God not only blessed the RLOM maternity home but also, through this event, new partnerships were established with the following ministries that benefited by the items we were not able to sell at the rummage sale:
We also want to thank our corporate sponsors for their donations that made this event possible:
An extra special thank you to the 51+ volunteers whose countless hours of service made possible the success of this rummage sale:
And last but not least, a special thank you to all the donors who donated items for the rummage sale. Thank you for your generosity that touched many lives for the kingdom of God!
Your Donations Delivered to St. Mark’s, St. Charles, Illinois, for Mother of Three in Desperate Need of Financial Assistance
LCC sent your donations to Rev. Jim Buckman, Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Chaplain with the United States Air Force Illinois National Guard for Lt. Masoud, an Illinois National Guardsman, whose family escaped from Afghanistan.
Thank you to all that have donated. The need for this family is great and ongoing. Please prayerfully consider supporting Lt. Masoud, who risked his life to serve our troops in Afghanistan, as he takes care of his family who made it safely to the United States. He is grateful for the support that he has received.
Lutheran Church Charities held a L.E.R.T. chainsaw training and service event workday at Walcamp in Kingston, Illinois, on October 22-23, 2021. On Friday evening, the Basic LCMS Chainsaw class was co-led by LCC/LCMS Chainsaw Certified Instructors Marty Johnson and Pete Springmire.
The fourteen first-time chainsaw operators received individual instruction and guidance from advanced team leaders as they began to safely practice felling, cutting trees and limbs, and serving with chainsaw team members.
These L.E.R.T. team volunteers came from the following Illinois and Wisconsin churches:
One of the participants from Wisconsin sent the following note of thanks after the training:
Just a word of thanks for another great chainsaw training session at Walcamp. I know that many of the new cutters were impressed with the training, the camp and especially the people. As always, everything was professionally done.
It was good to see all of you and the group again and especially to get to know the people from other Wisconsin teams. We look forward to serving with LCC again in the future!
Cherry Valley Elementary School in Rockford, Illinois, is mourning the loss of one of its students, who was a kind and thoughtful friend to many.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah & Kye (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois), Mary (St. Paul's - Janesville, Wisconsin), and Samson (Zion Lutheran - Marengo, Illinois) were asked to be at the school on Monday as they shared the news with the students.
There were tears and sadness as they processed this heartbreaking news. The K-9s absorbed the tears and the quiet moments of sadness as the students thought about their dear friend Ben.
As the time moved forward that day, the students and teachers began to share sweet moments of their time with Ben and his sweet and gentle smile.
Ben’s classmates and teachers were able to share their love for Ben by signing messages on the Hearts of Mercy & Compassion to be given to Ben’s family.
Please keep Ben’s family, friends, and teachers in your prayers for God’s comfort, peace, and healing.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses Ministry Welcomes Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana to the Ministry
Pastor Alex Duff's and Suburban Bethlehem’s, Fort Wayne, Indiana, vision to be an outreach ministry around the community is electric! The team of builders and painters have completed their first run of Hearts and Crosses and are excited to serve those who are suffering and in need.
Partnering in ministry with nearby Holy Cross Lutheran Church, home of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jared, both churches will provide the love and hope of Jesus through presence and prayer along with these physical and spiritual symbols.
Thank you, Suburban Bethlehem, for your passion to partner in this meaningful and growing ministry and for a job well done on your first production run, which united many church volunteers and put their woodworking, painting, and assembly skills to use.
In September, Peace Lutheran Church, Fremont, Indiana, joined LCC staff for handler training. The team was very excited to meet their new LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dove 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.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dove will serve as their handlers’ bridge so they can be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
K-9 Comfort Dog Dove’s Bible verse is Mark 1:10-11 “Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’”
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 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry handlers have heard that call:
Hope Korte, Charla Cygan, Steve Cygan, Pam Hall, Chad Korte, Stephanie Paradine, Amber Vonderau, Travis Vonderau
The Peace, Fremont, Indiana, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry team was commissioned on Sunday, October 17. They were joined and supported by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Anna & Claudia (Trinity - Toledo, Ohio), Naomi (Holy Cross - Indianapolis, Indiana), and their ministry teams.
It was a day filled with joy, smiles, and excitement for God’s plans for their team and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dove to go out into the community to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
God is with them as they begin this new journey as part of the LCC K-9 Ministry.
CHRIST THE KING STUDENTS & PARENTS ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
$3,000 Provides a Year of School for Students in Need
Your Donations Helped to Raise $46,381
In the Bronzeville community of Chicago, Christ the King Lutheran Church and School has stood for 47 years as a big beacon of hope for the people around them. Pastor John Brazeal, Principal Geri Brazeal, the school staff, and members of the congregation have been sharing the life-changing love and grace of God in Jesus Christ and a quality education for the children of the families they serve.
Christ the King pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students Haley and Morgan joined Pastor John and LCC staff member Nikki Deacon on Friday, October 15, to receive the latest scholarship donation check delivery to Christ the King Lutheran School.
Having just sung "Jesus Loves Me" during their Friday worship service, the students got to see first-hand how the Lord is working to support them in their education at Christ the King.
Overwhelmed with gratitude Pastor John and Principal Geri are thankful for your continued support to their mission and ministry in the city of Chicago.
We are getting close to fulfilling the goal!
Tuition is $3,000 per year. If you’re not able to donate the full amount, any amount you’re able to give is investing in a great ministry where the students learn their value in Jesus, the importance of giving back to the community, and earn a great foundation of education.
Your generous donation will enable Christ the King to continue the ministry of Christ-changing lives through their dedicated staff and provide hope for the future of their students.