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Good Shepherd Congregation of Des Plaines, Illinois, Seeks to Be a Blessing to Other Congregations and Ministries as It Closes Its Door
This past week seven LCC volunteers assisted Good Shepherd, Des Plaines, Illinois, in sorting and packing the contents of their church as it prepares to close. A special thanks to Mike Calato, Karen Rehnberg, Jen and Rob Fosness, Anna Overchuck, Eileen and Bob Desiron, and LCC staff member Wayne Kolweier for taking time out of their schedules to help sort and pack.
Over three days, eight congregations were the recipients of all kinds of resources for their ministries. The ministries helped and blessed by Good Shepherd's generosity include:
During this most difficult experience of closing your congregation, a special thank you to all the members of Good Shepherd and Pastor Jeffery Leichman for stepping out and being a blessing to other congregations and ministries in sharing Jesus with those who are hurting and in need.
This past week Fred and Kathy Vanstrom of the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry squad picked up a donation of household items and small appliances and delivered them to the Midwest Veterans Closet that freely passes those donations on to military families and veterans and their families that are in need.
Thank you to Fred and Kathy Vanstrom for facilitating the Price medical donation pick up by the staff of Batavia Rehab & Health care this past week.
On Easter Sunday, food was distributed to 100 families in Haiti.
LCC received the following email from our mission partner, Lophane Laurent:
Blessings to you, my friends from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to thank you so much in my people's name for helping them in that hard time and sadness where many people lose their jobs and parents cannot feed their families. You can imagine what you are doing when you support Mission Haiti to continue sending money to do the food distribution. That means a lot for us in Haiti. Thanks please to all of the members of LCC and especially our sponsors and donors for helping to feed this week 100 families and especially that they will be able to have a special meal Sunday. May God bless you and your families and your ministries. My family and I wish you all a happy Easter. Yes, Jesus is Risen Indeed! Alleluia
Serving Jesus with joy,
Christ the King, Chicago, Distributes Groceries to Those In Need
Because of the partnership with “Put Your Hands Together” Food Pantry and Outreach, where Christ the King, Chicago, Illinois, receives food donations, Pastor John Brazeal, in partnership with a pastor from a neighboring church, delivers groceries each week to tent city residents in need.
The bags packed by staff and students of Christ the King Lutheran School are a great way to teach how “to love your neighbor.”
The two pastors set up tables on the corner of 63rd and Evans in Chicago, Illinois, where people in need drive up or walk up and take a bag of food for the week.
Christ the King, Chicago, Thanks LCC Donors for Generous Contributions Towards Students' Tuition
On Thursday, April 1, LCC volunteer Bob Morris delivered donations to Christ the King, Chicago, Illinois, for students' tuition.
Because of LCC's kind donors, not only are the students getting an education from teachers who care, but more importantly they are becoming friends with Jesus. Reason to rejoice this EASTER: He has risen and lives with us.
Pastor John and Geri Brazeal
Principal, Christ the King Lutheran School
LCC Thanks Good Shepherd, Des Plaines, for Donations
On Monday, April 5, Miss Lilly Streich, a member of Immanuel Palatine, Illinois, and music major at Luther College in Decora, Iowa, picked up voice training books and sheet music/songbooks from Good Shepherd, Des Plaines, Illinois, to add to her library.
Thank you, members of Good Shepherd. Even though it's a sad experience closing down your beloved congregation, your donations will serve other congregations, missions, ministries, and individuals like Lilly, who is preparing to serve God through the use of her musical talents
LCC Thanks Donors for supporting Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillside, Illinois’ “Put Your Hands Together” Food Pantry
Last Friday, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield delivered donations received to the Put Your Hands Together Food Distribution Ministry (PYHT) of Immanuel Hillside. PYHT coordinated the packing and shipping of the food collected for the LCMS Texas District Food Collection for the month of March. On Friday, the 53-foot semi-trailer arrived in San Antonio and dropped off the food at the Disaster Response warehouse for distribution to those in need still recovering from the recent winter storm.
Lutheran Church Charities is grateful to our generous donors and food contributors for showing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need in Texas.
Please prayerfully consider a donation to the LCC Texas Disaster Response Fund to help individuals, families, and churches during the long recovery process.
A special thanks to LCC volunteer Lyle Elliott for picking up and delivering a prescription to an individual with a disability
Last Friday, LCC received a request for assistance from a local area disabled man requesting financial help to refill his medical prescription and someone to pick it up and deliver it.
Because of our dedicated volunteers, within a few hours of receiving the call, we were able to purchase and deliver the prescription. A special thanks to LCC Volunteer Lyle Elliott, who picked up the prescription and delivered it.
Thank You for Your Donations to Chicago Hope Church
Last Friday, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield delivered an assortment of donations to Jeanine Kelly of Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois. The donations will be passed on to Pastor Jason Pankau of Chicago Hope Church, Trinity's mission plant.
LCC Thanks Donors for Financial Assistance for Families Affected by the Tornado in Fultondale, Alabama
Thank you to LCC Volunteer for a Donation Pickup
Special thank you to LCC volunteer Bob Desiron for doing a spur-of-the-moment donation pickup on Friday, March 12, from GiveNKind, a new not-for-profit resource for our ministry partners.
GiveNKind donated 3,000 lbs. of food in Farm to Family boxes, 1,200 pairs of new socks, two suitcases, several backpacks, and six boxes of prepackaged cups of tea. These donations were delivered to Chicago Hope Church who gives them out to serve those in need in the community around them.
Thank you to LCC Volunteers for Donation Delivery to Christ the King, Chicago
A special thank you to LCC volunteers, Bob Desiron and Frank Vicari, for delivering a stove for the Senior House and a refrigerator for Christ the King's outreach ministries. For more than ten years, Christ the King has operated a Senior House that provides a home for seniors who fall through senior public housing cracks.
Christ the King's outreach ministry has immensely grown during the Coronavirus pandemic by helping to feed families in the neighborhood through the Churches Pantry. Working in the tent cities of Chicago, Christ the King provides hot meals to the homeless in their community. The donation of a freezer will help Christ the King expand the selection of food they can offer people.
A special thank you to Salam Christian Fellowship/St. John, Schaumburg for sharing these appliances with their sister congregation.
Thank You For Your Donations to Support St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas, Outreach Ministry to Ethiopian Refugees
LCC received a thank you note from Sandi Grupe, Director of Christian Education (DCE), Mission Specialist, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, Texas, for the donations to help St. Paul’s outreach ministry to Ethiopian refugees.
I want to communicate our deepest appreciation to you and to those individuals and congregations that have reached out to care for this community. Your amazingly quick response enabled us to immediately provide relief to many households that were struggling with food and bills after losing one week's pay due to the winter storm.
The gratitude and songs of thanksgiving offered up by the Anyuak community are resounding throughout the community! Ogal Boro offers these words on behalf of all of the families: "The Anyuak community of Gambella, Ethiopia under St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, Texas gives high thanks. The blessing, love, peace, and strength of the Almighty God be with the Church and all congregations. Amen."
Throughout COVID, our ministry to immigrants and refugees has grown through the Anyuak community to many different people groups and religious backgrounds, most significantly Muslims. Our relationship with apartment management has moved more slowly! After receiving four March rent checks from St. Paul, the manager called me this week to ask St. Paul to collaborate with her on some hopes she has for the community including family/parent outreach, more structured opportunities for children, and help from the Anyuak members in building relationships and identifying leaders within the different people groups that reside there.
The Lord definitely had something much bigger in mind through the seemingly devastating events of this past month. Thank you for your support and for your continued prayers as the Gospel is boldly proclaimed throughout the world from right here in our own backyard! As the Anyuaks so beautifully sings in their heart language "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!" Psalm 150:6
Peace to you,
Sandi Grupe, DCE
Mission Specialist, St. Paul Lutheran Church
Fort Worth, Texas
Please prayerfully consider donating to help St. Paul’s outreach ministry to Ethiopian refugees.