Kathy O'Day, Director of Disaster Response for LCC, was asked to join Rev. Brian Davies at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, Grayslake, Illinois to recognize seven new LERT trained volunteers during both Sunday morning worship services. Kathy also led a class between services on what a LERT volunteer does to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Rev. Davies encouraged members of the congregation to become LERT certified so they can become a LCC LERT team in the Northern Illinois District. Approximately 25 people attended the class and were very interested to hear how they, as the church, can respond to those in their congregation, community and beyond affected by a disaster. Many indicated they would like to become LERT certified and form a tea
It was a very informative and hands-on training. Groups were able to train with harnesses, safety equipment, and rigging to practice safe operation of the boom lift and rigging techniques while using the lift. LCC is equipping advanced chainsaw LERT team members with effective and safe knowledge vital for LERT volunteers to utilize when removing trees after storms.
This past weekend, the McHenry County LERT removed a large tree from a family member’s home in Hanover Park, Illinois. Alan Holm used his advanced chainsaw tree climbing skills along with ground support from McHenry LERT members. The team included Bruce Preston, Ron Jones, John Boelter, Brian Boelter, and Dennis Holm.
The family was very appreciative of McHenry LERT’s hard work.
On Saturday, June 2, LCC held a Basic LCMS LERT training for new and recertifying team members at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake, Illinois, led by Kathy O’Day, Director of Disaster Response. There were a total of 14 people in attendance from the following churches and LERT teams in Illinois:
Lord of Glory, Grayslake
Prince of Peace, Palatine
St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods
St. James, Chicago
It is good to see how the 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.