Ms. O’Day and the wonderful men on the Disaster Response team came to the house and were just wonderful in how they worked so hard and transformed it all beautifully. Ms. O’Day gave me the lovely quilt from the ladies in the church and I am so pleased from the moment she handed it to me. Larry [Zagorski] told me the ladies “sew and pray.” I can picture that in my mind. It makes for a nice picture, too – the ladies sewing and praying.
I want to thank the ladies and to again thank Larry and each one on the team. You did a splendid job. They came here through my niece’s church, Messiah Lutheran Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. May God bless you always!
Trinity Lutheran Church – Taylorville, Illinois
Lutheran Church Charities received the following proclamation from the CCSD 21 Board of Directors last night along with the City of Prospect Heights. and Red Cross.
A Message of Thanks from the Board of Education
September 20, 2018
On July 18, 2018 hundreds of residents of the River Trails Condominium Complex lost their homes when a catastrophic fire broke out. Included among the residents impacted by the tragic fire were dozens of children attending Frost Elementary and Homes Middle Schools in CCSD 21.
Out of the tragedy of the fire came an amazing display of community kindness and support. Municipalities, community agencies, and individuals came together to support those affected. Donations of time, clothing, supplies, and dollars flowed into the community in an hour of great need.
For the dozens of CCSD 21 students and families left homeless after this tragic event, the support from community was critical in returning to stable living environments and ensuring readiness to return to school.
From rehousing to medical and mental health support, and from donations of school supplies to ensuring the basic needs of living were met, the community came together and got it done.
The Board of Education therefore extends the deep appreciation and admiration to all of the municipalities, community agencies, residents, faculty, and staff who stepped forward to provide comfort and support to those impacted by the River Trails Condominium Complex Fire. The collective action and support in the days and weeks after the fire eased an unimaginable burden and supported our students and their families in their recovery.
With Sincere Gratitude,
Phil Pritzker, President
The Board of Education of CCSD 2
LCC received the following letter from the Northbrook Police Department on July 25, 3018:
Dear Lutheran Church Charities:
Thank you for thinking of the members of the Northbrook Police Department and for dropping off the food recently. It was shared with the entire department.
It was a very nice gesture and enjoyed by all. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and support.
We remain committed to serving the community.
Roger L. Adkins
Chief of Police
Northbrook Police Department
"..and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also - not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.." 1 Peter 3:21
Praise the Lord! Zayd became God’s child through baptism this past Sunday, June 10, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Pastor John Brazeal thanks everyone for the prayers and assistance they have been giving Grandma Kenny and Zayd. Thank you for making it possible for him to stay at Christ the King where he learns about Jesus his Savior and how to be a disciple of Christ. After the service, Zayd said, “Please thank Jacob Comfort Dog and show him that I made it into God’s family.”
After being abandoned by his mentally ill mother, third grader Zayd was placed in the care of his 80 year old great grandmother. Along with Christ the King, LCC has helped to raise money to assist her with tuition and school supplies, and the cost of raising a child to pay for food, clothing, medical care, and keeping Zayd in the nurturing Christian School at Christ the King. Zayd is very excited about becoming part of God's family and so are we.
Through Principal Geri Brazeal, Zayd sent the following message to Tim Hetzner, LCC President / CEO:
“When I get older, I will help you with all the jobs at Lutheran Church Charities and I want you to train me to have a Comfort Dog to help other people."
LCC received the following email from Geri Brazeal, Principal, Christ the King Lutheran Church & School in Chicago, Illinois:
Dear Friends of Lutheran Church Charities and Jacob,
I want to thank you for helping me. Pastor B [Rev. John Brazeal, Christ the King – Chicago, Illinois] said you guys bought me new clothes and also paid my tuition. I am happy I can stay at Christ the King. I also found out you bought me a birthday present. I can do my homework on my Google docs with it. I never ever had a Chrome Book before. Thank You.
I would like you to pray for my mom so she gets better. I miss her. I would like you all to come to my baptism; I will let you know when my grandma comes back. My teacher will tell you, and bring LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jacob and the other comfort dogs.
Your friend, Zayd
Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and update on Meagan. She is doing well. She turned 8 years old in November. Still serving out God’s Will he has set for her. She is enjoying her bed and chair for the living room. This coming year, we have set a lot of therapy for her. She has had a lot of hip trouble from the stroke she had, otherwise she has been healthy. She enjoys eating Hershey bars and the doctor told me to give her as much as she wants; whatever makes her happy. She loves music as this seems to keep her happy. Anything that plays musical sounds. Thank you all for all your help. I hope everyone at Lutheran Church Charities has a blessed year in 2018.
Be Blessed – Merry Christmas,
Scott, Luellen, Ryan, Madison, McKenzie and Meagan