Night to Shine is a beautiful, unforgettable prom night centered on God's love for individuals with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 8, 2019, 655 churches from around the world came together to host Night to Shine events for approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers. Organized through the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine events, hosted by churches, create an amazing event which celebrates the uniqueness of each individual guest. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were honored to participate at Night to Shine events to share comfort and love to attendees and volunteers.
Here’s a few of the LCC K-9 Ministry teams who participated in the 5th Anniversary Night to Shine celebrations!
What a night to remember at Tim Tebow's Night to Shine. Everyone was dressed so fancy and having a fabulous time. We were all honored to participate!
LCC thanks our LCC K-9 Ministry teams for sharing the love of Jesus Christ to all attendees!
These adorable golden retrievers have already started to bond with their new volunteer apprentice trainers. Follow them on Facebook on their journey to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
Lutheran Church Charities is always recruiting new volunteers to help train these amazing animals. We will have more puppies arriving soon and need more volunteers to nurture and train them. If you are interested in joining us on this mission, please contact Megan mglowacz@LutheranChurchCharities.org or Becky bkolzow@LutheranChurchCharities.org for further information or visit our website.
Generosity from LCC Donors Continues to Help Students at Palm Bay Prep Academy Affected by Hurricane Michael
The school itself sustained much damage. They are a K – 12 charter school. They had to demolish their gym and one of the wings that had 18 classrooms. The remaining building still needs much repair. She said most of the students are behind where they should be academically, with most still showing signs of trauma and uncertainty.
The school district of Panama City has lost 5,000 students and have had to close 3 schools, laying off 320 teachers and staff. Palm Bay Academy has lost 55 students and will be facing possible layoffs next school year as well because of the loss of housing and jobs in their community.
Dr. Fontaine wishes to express her deepest appreciation for helping her students as they continue to recover from the effects of Hurricane Michael.
Helping individuals throughout the community recover from Hurricane Michael
LCC thanks the LERT team members who traveled to Florida to bring the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Your dedicated service brought hope to those still recovering from Hurricane Michael.
Please join LCC and our LERT teams as we continue to pray for those impacted by the storm.
Are you a first responder or do you work as a security officer at a church, school, or other location?
Since creating NAMI P.D. CONNECT, we have achieved tremendous success in educating security personnel about more effective strategies for handling mental health concerns. We know that these situations can be very frustrating, and often times it may seem as if there are very little options as to what can be done. This training aims to fill in some of those gaps, empowering you to feel more certain and assured when responding to mental health situations. Throughout these sessions, we provide an overview of what mental illness is, how to best interact with someone who is exhibiting symptoms of a mental illness, and what practical resources are available to use as referrals for individuals and family members.
All sessions will take place at:
9:00am – 11:30am
Community Center, NAMI DuPage
115 N County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Attendance at all 4 sessions is not required for participation, but highly recommended.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
What is Mental Illness?
Learn more about the prevalence of mental illness, common diagnoses, and the common signs and symptoms.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Mental Health & Recovery
Hear firsthand from two speakers who have mental illness and are currently in recovery while learning about recovery options for people including therapy and medication.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
De-Escalation: Action Plan for Communicating Effectively
We will work through a very practical action plan which you can follow when handling a mental health call.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Connect with representatives from the Mental Illness Court Alternative Program (MICAP), the State’s Attorney, Gateway (Substance Use), and NAMI DuPage.
If you have any questions please contact Sara Hynes at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (630) 752 - 006
A Brief History of the USS Lexington
The USS Lexington, commissioned in 1943, set more records than any other Essex Class carrier in the history of naval aviation. The ship was the oldest working carrier in the United States Navy when decommissioned in 1991. An Essex-class carrier, Lexington was originally named the USS Cabot. During World War II, final construction was being completed at Massachusetts’ Fore River Shipyard when word was received that the original carrier named USS Lexington, CV-2, had been sunk in the Coral Sea. The new carrier’s name was changed to Lexington.
After training maneuvers and a shakedown cruise, Lexington joined the Fifth Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The Fifth Fleet was established April 26, 1944, at this time it was Central Pacific Force. During World War II, the carrier participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater and spent a total of 21 months in combat. Her planes destroyed 372 enemy aircraft in the air, and 475 more on the ground. She sank or destroyed 300,000 tons of enemy cargo and damaged an additional 600,000 tons. The ship’s guns shot down 15 planes and assisted in downing five more.
The Japanese reported Lexington sunk no less than four times! Yet, each time she returned to fight again, leading the propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost.” The name is a tribute to the ship and the crew and air groups that served aboard her.
After the war, LEXINGTON was briefly decommissioned (1947-1955). When reactivated, she operated primarily with the Seventh Fleet out of San Diego, California. Although not involved in actual combat, Lexington kept an offshore vigil during tensions in Formosa, Laos, and Cuba.
In 1962, she sailed into Pensacola, Florida, and began training operations, eventually being officially designated CVT-16, Navy Training Carrier. Corpus Christi, Texas, is privileged to be selected as the permanent home to this national treasure.