LCC Ministries Present and Continuing to Serve the Waukesha Community with Compassion Following Christmas Parade Tragedy
We only go if invited and NEVER charge those we serve
LCC K-9 Ministries
On Tuesday, November 23, and Wednesday, November 24, Candace, Charity, Mary, Sage, and Zoey Comfort Dogs and their handlers spent time at the “Friends and Family Resource Center” at Carroll University Campus Center to support the hurting community of Waukesha. It was an honor to serve the families and those who came to assist them.
The students, families, faculty, and community members gathered together at Saturday’s bonfire to draw strength and comfort from one another. The Waukesha High School students and their families sought comfort and love from the Comfort Dogs. During these times of loss and hurt, all we can do is show up with love and let those who are hurting know we are there for them.
Hagar, Rhoda, and Samson Comfort Dogs and their handlers spent time with each class at Beautiful Savior Lutheran School. Monday was the first time the students had been back to school since the parade crash. Having the Comfort Dogs there brought a happy distraction during a very difficult time. The K-9s spent time giving the students much love and attention as they continue to process and heal from this tragedy that affected their hometown.
"The dogs are just doing their jobs in essence," said Gary Kilvinger, Lutheran Church Charities handler for Charity Comfort Dog. "That's what they're trained to do, to bring this calmness to people's lives."
When the school counselor saw the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs arrive Monday morning, she breathed a sigh of relief. "People have dogs, but these dogs bring another level of comfort I have never seen. Your dogs helped in so many ways. Your teams are amazing."
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry was honored to serve these two schools and their compassionate and dedicated teachers and principals.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Mary, Rhoda, Sage, Samson, Zoey, and LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dogs Candace, Charity, Eve, and Julia were there to love and comfort these brave men and women who give of themselves, their skills, and knowledge to help in difficult times. God gives us each other to lean on, love, and pray with when we are hurting.
Please keep the Waukesha community and the first responders who serve them in your prayers as they continue to heal.
LCC received the following update from Deaconess Lori Wilbert after she received your generous donations:
Classes at Stateville continue through the mail with the full support of prison staff enabling the work and ministry to continue until they re-open in the Spring of 2022 to community programs and chaplains.
Many thanks to all of the individuals and churches who continue to support this work after 34 years!
PYHT has started its pre-holiday food drive for Christmas, adding special food distributions for people in need. They expect to serve at least 100 individuals/families again this year with no holiday grant funding.
Please prayerfully consider helping PYHT cover the cost of a full meal box.
Full Meal Box: $15
Their goal is to raise $2,000 to cover the cost of the meal boxes, Christmas Devotional, and reusable grocery bags.
On Tuesday, November 30, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs Brutus (LCC Squad) and Nigel (LCC Staff) and their veteran handlers were called out to Troy Hofer Elementary School in Shorewood, Illinois.
The Kare 9s were deployed to bring comfort and compassion to 300-plus students and staff after the sudden death of their beloved crossing guard, who was known to all as “Grandpa.”
Thank you, St. Matthew, for your passion for assisting in this meaningful and growing ministry of sharing mercy, compassion, love, and hope of Jesus through presence and prayer.
LCC K-9 and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses Ministry Teams Continue to Serve the Community
In less than 24 hours, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited by Pastor Peter Schmidt from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Waukesha and were present at the Waukesha Candlelight Vigil that night.
LCC K-9 and HMC Ministry teams served with open hearts to listen to the hurting, bringing them hope, comfort, and prayer. The hearts/crosses are placed at the Veterans Park memorial site for people to sign and leave condolence messages, pray, and pay their respects to the five lives lost so far. Additional hearts/crosses were left with Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Candace (LCC Staff), Charity (Brookfield Lutheran – Brookfield, Wisconsin), Mary (St. Paul – Janesville, Wisconsin), Rhoda (Prince of Peace – Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin), Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois), and Zoey (Concordia University Wisconsin – Mequon, Wisconsin), along with their ministry teams were present at the vigil to help bring comfort and hope to all who are grieving.
Pewaukee School District: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity and Rhoda and their teams visited teachers and staff on Monday, November 22, in preparation for the students to return to class on Tuesday.
Waukesha Emergency Service Group: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs invited to the Friends & Family Resource Center at Carroll University Campus Center this week to be a calming presence for anyone who is in need of counsel or help.
Hales Corner Lutheran Church: LCC K-9 Comfort Dog attended prayer service on Tuesday, November 23, to comfort those who are grieving.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran School: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will visit each classroom to comfort students and staff on Monday, November 29.
Waukesha Police Department & Dispatch: On Monday, November 29, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will visit night shift officers, dispatch, and support staff that responded to the parade tragedy to thank them for their service and comfort them as they continue to process what they experienced that night.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassions Ministry never charges 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.
Because of your generous donations, we have met our goal of providing food during the Christmas break for our students in the Tent City in Port-au-Prince.
Your gifts will allow the students and their families to be fed over the holiday. Thank You!
Last week, 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. 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.
Your Donations Help Put Your Hands Together Food Ministry Provide Holiday Meals for Families in Need
Last week, LCC staff member Nikki Deacon delivered a check with your donations to Jayne Siou, Program Director, Put Your Hands Together Food Ministry (PYHT), Immanuel, Hillside.
Thanks to your support Jane and her team of volunteers could prepare Thanksgiving meal bags for those in need. The food was distributed on Tuesday, November 23, during PYHT's special holiday food giveaway event.
Lutheran Church Charities Welcomes 13 New Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) Certified Members
Concordia University Chicago, River Forest
Our Savior, Chicago
St. John, Wheaton
It is good to see how the disaster response ministry is continuing to grow with volunteers willing to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ in service to those suffering and in need.