Lutheran Church Charities is partnering with Faith Lutheran Church in Carpentersville, Illinois, to open a third Hospitality House. The congregation made the decision to use their parsonage to provide housing for an out-of-state family in need. The father has severe complications from Covid and needs a double lung transplant, and the nearest hospital that can perform the procedure is in Chicago. In order to be eligible for the surgery, the family must live within 50 miles of the hospital.
The family, Mr. and Mrs. Jensen and their five adopted children, are devout Christians who have always been generous and sacrificed for others. They are now in need of assistance and are relying on their Christian family to help them during this season of life. This partnership between Lutheran Church Charities and Faith Lutheran Church is a wonderful example of how communities can come together to support those in need.
How You Can BE THERE for the Family
Faith Lutheran Church is a very small congregation that is doing as much as possible to make the Hospitality House ready for the family. They have been working hard to make progress by connecting with local organizations for donated supplies and services and hosting fundraisers while church members contribute their own resources to make this house a welcoming home.
Despite their efforts, the church is struggling with the cost of supplies needed for repairs. They are now seeking financial contributions from generous donors like you to continue their mission. Their goal is to raise $2,000 to install new flooring in the kitchen, bathrooms and living room.
Please join us in supporting Faith Lutheran by making a financial contribution and be a part of this great ministry. Your support will go a long way in making the Hospitality House a welcoming home for the Jensen family. Please consider making a donation today and help Faith Lutheran Church continue their important work. Let's come together as a community and make a difference in the life of this family in need!
Thank You to the Helpers
Lutheran Church Charities extends its heartfelt gratitude to Faith Lutheran Church for their unwavering commitment to answering God's call to help this family in need. We commend the pastor, church members, and Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) from Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frankfort, and McHenry County for their hard work in restoring the home to a livable condition. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Inland Consultation for providing free mold and mildew testing services to ensure the safety of the family. Thank you for your selfless acts of kindness and generosity.
LCC received a request from Pastor Bryan A. Reeves of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park, asking for help in assisting the Nichols family during their time of need
Please prayerfully consider donating to help the Nichols family. Any contributions towards repairing their roof would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way in easing their burden. Let's come together to support this family in need.
Thank You for Your Generosity
Rev. David Nelson, Interim Pastor, Saint Luke Church, Chicago, Illinois, is grateful for your financial assistance for Marcia and her family. Your support has made a significant difference in helping her maintain her property and financial stability.
Marcia and her family have been members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Luke in Chicago for over 60 years. She currently finds herself in a challenging financial situation and is struggling to meet the financial obligation of paying the first installment of her 2023 property taxes.
However, the current bill is more than her current resources allows her to handle. As someone who has always faithfully met her financial obligations throughout her life, does not want to fall behind on something as important as her property taxes.
It is her deepest desire to stay in her home but is fearful that she will not be able to
do so without, once again, calling on your gracious assistance.
Thank you for taking the time to consider her request
Dr. David C. Nelson, Interim Pastor
Saint Luke Church, Chicago
We ask that you prayerfully consider donating to this cause and help make a difference in Marcia's life. Every donation counts and will go towards ensuring that Marcia and her family have a safe and stable home. Thank you for your generosity and compassion.
The LCC Human Care Ministry team collaborated with Pastor Todd Roberts at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Norridge, Illinois, to provide essential furniture for a disabled adult who recently moved into an independent living apartment.
We want to share a heartfelt thank you to individual donors and Junkluggers, who provided the furniture. We are also grateful to the volunteers who picked up and delivered the furniture.
Thank you for making Richard’s dream of having his apartment a reality.
726 Proms, in 56 Countries, on 6 Continents, and in all 50 of the United States
The Night to Shine event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and centered on God’s love, is a prom night experience that celebrates people with special needs aged 14 and older. On February 9, 2024, hundreds of churches from all over the world came together to make this event a huge success.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams have been participating in this event for years and were honored to share comfort and love to attendees and volunteers once again this year. The Comfort Dogs brought joy and love to everyone they met, making the Night to Shine event an unforgettable experience for all.
We are excited to share some of the highlights.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hope (Faith - Marietta, Georgia) and her team added to the love of Jesus that was shown to the participants as they were showered with smiles and encouragement from dozens of volunteers.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin) and Rhoda (Prince of Peace - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin) were happy to greet everyone! They took their place in a special room where attendees could visit at anytime throughout the evening. We had the BEST time and were honored to be included in such a significant evening!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Gideon (St. Michael’s - Bloomington, Minnesota), Elijah (Our Redeemer - Wichita Falls, Texas), and Pax & Phoebe (St. Paul - Fort Worth, Texas) met new friends and were honored to serve at the event again this year. They shared that it was exciting to see the event more than double in size! Our job was to station in the sensory room and be available for those who needed a quieter environment. We were so excited to see the faces of the attendees as they arrived and as the night progressed, they enjoyed good food, great fun and made many memories.
Thanks to You, They Were Able to BE THERE
Anna Piro shared the team's sentiment, "We all worked well together, falling into the tasks at hand. As you can imagine, there has been much joy and laughter throughout our trip with each other and those we worked with. Belize was good to us, and we have loved the people we met at Camp Concordia and Good Shepherd."
The Northern Illinois District and Lutheran Church Charities thanks each of these volunteers for their willing service in Belize. The Lutheran Mission Belize posted the following thanks on their Facebook page: "We are so grateful for the hard work of these Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteers this past week! They took down damaged and diseased trees in several locations throughout Belize, including at Camp Concordia. They have been a blessing!"
Please prayerfully consider donating to help with costs accrued on this LERT mission trip to Belize that served those in need.
Thank You for Your Generosity
In December 2023, Pastor Kurt Schilling of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Wisconsin and his wife Paulina suffered an unimaginable loss when they lost their four children - Daniel, Fabian, Lilian (9th grade), and Daniela (4th grade) - in a car crash. Paulina is originally from Ecuador, and Pastor Schilling was the children's stepfather.
Shortly after the accident, Pastor Steve Kline of Shepherd of the Hills in Greenville, Wisconsin, and a friend of Pastor Schilling reached out to LCC requesting Hearts of Mercy & Compassion and crosses to honor the children's memory. LCC was honored to provide Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, as well as crosses in memory of the children.
We were deeply moved to see our crosses carried high in front of each casket during the funeral procession in Ecuador, where the children were laid to rest. We pray for comfort and strength for the Schilling family during this difficult time, and we stand ready to provide support and care to anyone experiencing such a heart-wrenching loss.
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Lutheran Church Charities Welcomes Nine New LERT Certified Members and a New Northern Illinois District Team
There were a total of 19 in attendance from the following teams or churches in Illinois:
Christ the Rock, Rockford
St. John, Union
St. Paul, Rockford
It is good to see how the LCC 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.
CLICK HERE to learn more about getting trained to serve as a LERT volunteer.