On Saturday, September 29, LCC held a Basic LCMS LERT training for new and recertifying team members at Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, Illinois. Led by Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, there were a total of 17 in attendance from the following churches and LERT teams:
Illinois LERT Teams
Wisconsin LERT Team
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 to those suffering and in need.
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.