LCC Ministries Present and Continuing to Serve the Waukesha Community with Compassion Following Christmas Parade Tragedy
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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 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.
On Saturday, November 13, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, California) and his ministry team organized a special training event at Yuba County Superior Court for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Aaron & Gomer (St. John’s - Napa, California), Rahab (St. Andrew - Stockton, California), Lois (First Good Shepherd - Las Vegas, Nevada), and Micah (Light of the Valley - Elk Grove, California) and their ministry teams.
The training focused on working with the District Attorney’s office and the Victims Advocate Department, learning how to assist in the courtroom. The handlers and dogs were able to simulate the courtroom experience.
The local Sea Cadet group also attended the session. Many thanks to Deputy District Attorney J.J. Stark-Modlin and Victim Advocate Olivia Kelly for joining the teams on their day off.
On Friday, November 19, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jael (Trinity - Hobart, Indiana) and LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs Brutus (LCC Squad) and Nigel (LCC Staff) visited The Pointe at Morris to meet the residents and staff.
The K-9s were on hand to bring their own special love and comfort to the senior residents. They met many wonderful people and even spent some time with a couple of military veterans.
Cubby and Devorah Comfort Dogs and their handlers spent time comforting about forty-five 1st and 2nd-grade students. The students and staff were full of questions, and the staff was very interested in all the work that the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry does to serve others. The kids enjoyed sitting on the floor and just petting and hugging Cubby and Devorah. The team left each classroom a mini stuffed LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and mentioned that if they felt sad about their teacher, they could see the stuffie and pet it if needed.
It was a great visit to bring a bit of comfort to the students and staff at Zion who are still mourning the loss of their teacher.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Joining them in their celebration were LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Boaz (Christ the King - Lake Ozark, Missouri), and Noah (Timothy - St. Louis, Missouri) with their ministry teams. God's blessings on LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Thomas and his ministry team as they share God's love with others.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is happy to welcome the following handlers from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Concordia, Missouri:
Debra Demel, Katie Frerking, Beth Kruse, Sam Moore, Vickie Pottschmidt, Renee Ravanelli, Andrea Schmidt.
The following LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their ministry teams served at Central Lutheran Church:
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Anna and Claudia (Trinity - Toledo, Ohio)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Caleb (Immanuel - Valparaiso, Indiana)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dove (Peace - Fremont, Indiana)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jared (Holy Cross - Fort Wayne, Indiana)
There were many moments that day where you could see God at work through these handlers, ministry partners, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. So many of the children noticed the cross and fish symbol on Claudia's vest and were excited to know she went to church and school. One of the teachers cupped Claudia's face in her hands and stared at her with tears in her eyes!
A young girl from third or fourth grade quietly said to the handler, "I really needed Jared today." Then she went on to say that she was having a "sad day." The way she said it so quietly and softly but with such palpable emotion demonstrated the incredible comfort the dogs bring to those hurting.
Mr. Weber's fourth-grade son came into the gym, and the dogs and handlers circled the boy with love. He looked so happy! Grinning from ear to ear. He petted two or three dogs at a time, hugging many of them. It was so heartwarming as he had not talked much, let alone smiled since his father passed away. The focus was entirely on him and his aunt, who was with him.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
Before the LCC K-9 ministry teams could even make their way to the Siena College Student Union, they were greeted by the students at the entrance. So many smiling faces were seeking the love and attention of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
"It was tremendous, and we can't thank the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team enough! The students came by in droves to spend time with the dogs, and it was exactly what we needed."
- Dyann, Assistant Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development | Siena College
A Heart of Mercy & Compassion was brought as well for the students and staff to sign their messages and prayers. It will be presented to Dominic's parents later this week.
People often say, "I cannot believe you came here for us. Why did you come?"
"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ..." Philippians 2:1-30
The handlers and ministry partners left Siena College with so many blessings in return:
"Seeing the smiles on the students' (and staff) faces was such a lift for me personally. Even though I have a lot going on personally, my day was made by serving others. My heart is full – even though it was a VERY long day, I was so uplifted myself. It's kind of hard to explain how serving others makes such a difference in our own lives….." Handler for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lydia
"A God moment for me was watching Dyann watching the kids smiling and then her coming down to have her moment with Lily and seeing her release some of her stress"
Handler for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lily
"A God moment for me was when two of the students realized Leah was the dog that had made regular weekly visits to their high school. They both said it was like having a 'little piece of home' with them."
Handler for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Leah
"A God moment for me was the young woman that was afraid to pet the dogs. But when she sat down next to me and trusted me to guide her to work through her fear."
Handler for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Abraham
The following LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their ministry teams serve at Sienna College:
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Abraham (Trinity - Hicksville, New York)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Leah (Immanuel - Danbury, Connecticut)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lily (Good Shepherd - Old Bridge, New Jersey)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lydia (Messiah - Lynnfield, Massachusetts)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Maggie (Christ the King - Newtown, Connecticut)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Their Ministry Teams Visit Students in West Aurora, Illinois, School District 129
20 LCC K-9 Ministry Teams — 16 Public Schools — 9,000 Students
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited the Aurora School District for the first time in February 2018, after the horrific Henry Platt Company shooting. Then in December 2020, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs deployed again to visit with the District but this time virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighteen LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs from ten different states visited each classroom through a virtual visit. Although those were fun visits on Zoom, it was wonderful to arrange in-person visits with the students and staff this year.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Benjamin (LCC Staff)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Brutus (LCC Squad)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dove (Peace - Fremont, Indiana)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Eunice (LCC Staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah (LCC Staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Isaiah & Jael (Trinity - Hobart, Indiana)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Kye (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Levi (Immanuel - East Dundee, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Mary (St. Paul - Janesville, Wisconsin)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Nigel (LCC Staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity - Roselle, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Asa
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Beloved
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Moriah
LCC never goes where we are not invited. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry NEVER charges those we serve.
Last week the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs served the Security Forces (Military Police) at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada, after the death of one of their airmen.
James Colip, Master Sgt., Section Chief, Operations Security Forces, invited the LCC K-9 Ministry to visit with each of the Security Forces shifts the week of October 25-28 to ensure the airmen had time to spend with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers.
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, California) and his veteran handler and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gomer (St. John’s - Napa, California) with his handlers and ministry partner traveled by vehicle 12 hours from California to Las Vegas to join LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Lois (First Good Shepherd - Las Vegas, Nevada) and Salome (Faith Community - Las Vegas, Nevada) to serve the Security Forces Unit at Nellis. Each day these four K-9 ministry teams visited the different shifts on the base to share the mercy, compassion, and presence of Jesus Christ with this hurting unit.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog handlers and ministry partners noticed a real difference in how the airmen responded to the first day they were there and then on subsequent visits. Many were hesitant to interact with the team at the beginning of that initial visit, but when the Comfort Dogs and their handlers returned the following night, those same individuals sought them out as they were returning from their shifts. The handlers and ministry partners were able to continue the conversations they had started the day before.
The K-9 ministry teams felt like we made some real connections there. Master Sergeant Colip of the Military Police expressed a desire to continue having the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visit the base in the future and told the team he considers them "part of the unit." This deployment reinforced how the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs provide a bridge for us to share the mercy and compassion of Christ.
Something that handlers shared was how many people noticed that the Comfort Dogs' vests say "Please Pet Me" and commented about how they loved that since the dogs they work with serve a very different purpose, and they aren't able to interact with them in that way.
Please keep our activity duty military and their families that support them in your prayers and thoughts. We pray Salome and Lois Comfort Dogs, and their teams will be able to continue to visit with these brave men and women.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
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