Posted: June 21, 2022
“How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?” 1 Thessalonians 3:9
Your faithful and generous donations have made this all possible! We are happy to share the good news that the final payment for the wheelchair-accessible van has been made. Just in time! Pastor Willig begins outpatient neuro-rehab this week and will be using the van on a consistent basis to get to his therapy sessions and many doctor appointments.
CLICK HERE to watch the heartfelt message from Pastor Mark and Paula Willig – You are a blessing from God!
The wheelchair-accessible van fund has been met. If you are so moved, please prayerfully consider donating to the Accessible Van Maintenance fund to help LCC and Friends in Christ continue to serve the Willigs. Your prayers and support are truly appreciated!
Posted: May 24, 2022
$1,200 REMAINING – LET’S DO THIS!
Lutheran Church Charities is assisting Friends in Christ Lutheran Church in Morris, Illinois, to help raise funds for an accessible wheelchair van for their pastor, Rev. Mark Willig.
YOUR DONATIONS CAN HELP US ELIMINATE THIS FINANCIAL BURDEN!
Pastor Willig is working very hard on his rehab. The van has been a tremendous blessing to him and his wife, Paula.
It will be used to travel to outpatient neuro-rehab when Pastor Willig is strong enough to consistently travel the distance to get there as well as many doctor appointments.
Your donations have made a difference. We are so close to removing this financial burden for the Willigs!
Posted: May 18, 2022
Accessible Van Helps Pastor Mark Willig Participate In Confirmation Sunday!
$6,352 WILL PAY OFF THE VAN!
Pastor Willig was so happy to have the accessible van so that he could participate in Confirmation Sunday at Friends in Christ Lutheran Church.
Pastor Willig shared, “It has been a half year of struggle to learn to talk, move, communicate and begin to walk. My involvement was limited, but I was able to be there and be a part of the confirmation for three young people this month.”
Being there to bless the students he taught meant so much to him and his wife, Paula.
Posted: May 10, 2022
“It means so much after spending my life as a pastor, to have the church and LCC donors support me like this. It is an amazing blessing!” Pastor Mark Willig
HELP US ELIMINATE THIS FINANCIAL BURDEN!
Help LCC pay off the balance of the van for Pastor Willig, who has faithfully served others during his thirty-nine years in ministry.
If you are so moved, please donate generously to help LCC and Friends in Christ serve the Willigs. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated!
LCC received the following request from Pastor Hesham Shehab, Salam Christian Fellowship, Lombard, Illinois:
On January 18, LCC received a request from Pastor Michael Liese, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Brimfield, Illinois, for financial assistance for a family in need that St. Paul is assisting:
Mark is a former Lutheran School teacher and principal, and his wife, Susan, daughter of a Lutheran pastor, is a nurse. They have two children.
On Sunday, January 9, Susan suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and required emergency surgery. After surgery, Susan seemed to have lost her ability to speak and suffered a loss of movement in her right arm. Mark will be Susan’s full-time caregiver during her long road to recovery and will not be able to work until she is better.
They will need financial assistance to cover extensive medical bills and mortgage, utilities, and household expenses of approximately $3,500 a month.
Lord have Mercy!
Pastor Michael Liese
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Update: Since Susan’s stroke, Mark and his family have been struggling financially. Last week Mark learned that the insurance company is cutting off payment of medical and therapeutic treatments for Susan. Mark is appealing it, but that means the coverage will only be extended to April 26.
From then on, they will be relying on Mark’s part-time income, savings, and the gifts of others. Mark has applied for Social Security permanent disability, but that will not kick in for several months.
Please continue to pray for Susan’s restoration and healing and for the family as they struggle to care for and support her.
Thank you for your donations received so far. If you feel so moved, please prayerfully consider supporting Mark, a former church worker, and his family as they care for Susan.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
Update: LCC sent a check with your donations to Pastor Ed Maanum of First Lutheran in Knoxville, Tennessee, in support of LCMS Pastor Emeritus Larry Rockemann and his wife Jean who lost their home in Sevierville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, March 30 due to wildfires.
They are overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity, and for including them in your prayers:
"Into our lives over these weeks, the Lord has poured gold: pure gold. You, our dear brothers and sisters, are that gold that He has poured into our broken hearts. Your words and hugs, your notes and emails, your boundless kindness and generosity--your help--it was all pure gold poured out on us by God through you."
CLICK HERE to read the full letter from Pastor Larry and Jean Rockemann.
LCMS Pastor Emeritus Larry Rockemann and his wife Jean lost their home in Sevierville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, March 30. Wildfires and unrelenting winds completely destroyed their home. Fortunately, they were not at home; however, nothing remains.
Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, spoke with Rev. Rockemann about what happened and LCC will be working through his church, First Lutheran in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Pastor Ed Maanum, to provide Dollar Per Dollar support to help Rev. Rockemann and his wife.
In reflecting on his family's tragic loss, Rev. Rockemann shared the following while serving as a guest pastor: “'Loss.' 'Lost.' I had just preached on the Luke 15 gospel appointed for the Sunday before the fire. What the father 'lost' in the parable, Jesus told. What God lost in the beauty and preciousness of His creation, He lost us. He lost me. How did His heart feel when He experienced that loss? The answer is in a manger and upon a cross. 'In the fullness of time…' God's 'loss' is present upon the cross. The whole lot of it—the sum total of it—all of it—upon the cross. 'It is finished.'”
During his many years of ministry, Rev. Rockemann served at Concordia University Chicago, Illinois; Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bristol, Connecticut; Vice-President of Student Services and Director of Placement, Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri; Lutheran Life Communities, Arlington Heights, Illinois; and most recently, Director of Development and Church Relations for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation. He is well-known and well-loved for his pastoral heart and his public proclamation of God's Word.
Please prayerfully consider donating to help these faithful servants through a difficult time of loss and rebuilding.
Only $13,525 Remaining! Your Donations Are Helping LCC to Pay off Wheelchair Accessible Van for Pastor Mark Willig
OVER THREE-FOURTHS OF THE WAY THERE – HELP US ELIMINATE THIS BURDEN!
Last week, Pastor Michael Liese, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Brimfield, Illinois, and the church treasurer Brianna Hartley received a check with your generous donations that are making a difference in the life of a nurse who suffered a stroke. Susan is making some progress, but it is slow going and she will be moving to a long-term care facility to continue with her recovery. Her husband Mark will be unable to work while caring for her full-time.
Their need for help is great and ongoing. If you feel so moved, please prayerfully consider donating to help Mark provide for his family while he cares for his wife.
Your Donations Help Four Siblings of Damari, Tragically Found Dead, Who Are Being Raised By Single Aunt
Pastor Jim Buckman shared with the church the story of Delonya and how, through the generosity of LCC's donors, they can provide the help she needs.
After the service, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield transferred boxes of food from Put Your Hands Together Food Distribution Ministry of Immanuel, Elmhurst, Illinois, to Delonya's car.
Arrangements are being made by LCC to deliver beds and dressers that Delonya needs for the children.
Thank you for your donations received so far to help Delonya. If you feel so moved, please prayerfully consider donating to continue to support Damari's aunt as she raises his four siblings.
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