The Penzol Family Thanks LCC Donors for Their Generous Support
Lutheran Church Charities received a letter from Stephanie and Shane Penzol on April 25, 2018. LCC donors have generously supported the Penzol family as these two young adults put their life on hold to take care of their mother during her battle with cancer and manage expenses after her death. They are now able to manage working and begin taking college courses again.
Thank you for blessing us with all of your kind hearts. Love is a very special bond that allows people to be able to connect with one another. But when losing someone you love is happening, it can also bring painful sorrow. Our mother, Kathryn, was a beautiful God loving soul. We are so proud to have been her children and got to experience as much life as we could with her. She was a single mother who had one absolute belief in life ... that was the belief in unconditional love. She believed that if you had unconditional love with your faith and family that a truly blessed full life was possible. That is something we will always carry in life.
We believe her love was spread to all of you and touched your souls. The donations you gave us allowed us to be able to take care of both our mother and our home without worry on our hearts. We cannot express how much appreciation and gratitude we have for you. We pray for our mother every day and ask for her to bless each and every one of you. Because of you, we were able to stay in the home that all the memories of our childhood with her are from. It helped us cope with the pain and the loneliness sometimes. In our painful situation we had selflessly chosen to take care of our sick mother above everything in our lives. We dropped out of college to have that time with her because we knew that school was always going to be there, but our mother might not be. That precious time we got to have with her was worth more than anything to us. But we know that our mom was also a selfless person and she wouldn’t want us to still keep our lives on pause for her.
Now we will be able to continue on with our dreams in life with her in our hearts. With your donations, we will be able to go back to school and continue our education to accomplish our dreams like our mother had wanted. We would also like to thank the Hanson Family. It was fate by God that our mother would create a love bond with Diane and Scott Hanson. God knew the future he was creating for us and we believe in our hearts that is the reason they met our mother 20 years ago and became our family. Love connected us with them which then connected us to all of you. The connection of love is one of God’s greatest creations. We pray for love and happiness to all of you. And we truly, from the bottoms of our hearts, thank you for everything you have done for us and the future we will be able to create for ourselves with your donations. Love and God bless!
Stephanie & Shane Penzol
Human Being Kind Fundraiser for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs
Following the LCC K-9 Ministries deployment to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after the mass shooting, a student began selling Human Being Kind stickers to raise money to help students struggling mentally and physically. She designated the funds for two purposes, to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and to provide financial support to victims and families.
“There are no words to express the sorrow that we are all feeling, but I hope that these donations will help in some small way.” - Sophie
LCC thanks Sophie for her kind and generous heart. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with the Parkland, Florida community.
Donation of T-Shirts to St. Matthew’s Soup Kitchen Helps Families in Need
Thank you to LCC volunteer Cynthia Beyers who delivered a box of 50 T -shirts to the LCC office that will be taken to St. Matthew’s soup kitchen and handed out to children and adults in need of clothing.
LCC Thanks Donors for their Continued Generosity
Financial assistance from donors was sent to support the following appeals:
LCC K-9 Ministry Thanks Chops Shop for Generous Donation
In the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Chops Shop, a local family printing and embroidery business, raised funds to support those helping at the school and in the community.
Through the sale of t-shirts, magnets, and wristbands on their website, they raised $2,000. On Friday, March 2, Wilfrid Stride, his son, Adrian, and daughter, Sandra, came to the high school to present their check to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
Prior to the presentation, Tess Stride, Wilfrid’s daughter-in-law, had explained, “We had several people praying about where our donation should go. That same day, I saw a picture of dogs and their people with a link that said you were all donation based. God really placed you in our path so we could help. I'm so glad we were able to relieve some of the financial burden for all those who came to help.”
Wilfrid Stride, whose trademark lamb chop sideburns inspired the company name, affirmed that the family wanted their donation to provide direct support to help the students at the school. The Stride family was assured that their donation would allow LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams to serve people in need with the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ.
Thank you Chops Shop and the Stride Family for your generous donation to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and commitment to help your community.
Jehovah El Buen Pastor Evangelical Lutheran Church Receives Donated Freezer
On Saturday, February 3, an upright freezer was delivered to Jehovah El Buen Pastor Evangelical Lutheran Church (JBPELC) to be used in its ministry as it reaches out to the community around them. Pastor Fernando Gomez, Leo Salgado, the church and school trustee, and three young men who were playing basketball in the gym helped move the freezer into the building.
JBPELC, like so many other ethnic ministries, faces the challenge of trying to reach out to neighborhoods changing due to redevelopment. The renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods for upper- or middle-income families or individuals, raises property values but often displaces low-income families and small businesses. The challenge for Pastor Gomez and the congregation is find ways to reach out to the changing community, to the lower income families who make up the most of the congregation, and to the new neighbors in the neighborhood.
Talking with Pastor Gomez, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield had a chance to learn about the ministry the church is doing, the opportunities, challenges, disappointments, and the hopes and dreams of the congregation for the future in serving our Lord and the people He loves and died for.
Every Saturday, JBPELC has a food pantry that serves the community which they would like to enlarge. They are equipped to give out dry and can food, they have refrigerators for foods that need refrigeration, and freezers for meat and other frozen food products. They operate a parochial school grades K-8. On weekends, they rent out the parish hall and the gym to be used by community groups. One of the hopes and dreams for the near future is to develop a youth ministry program.
With a heart for reaching and getting to know their new neighbors around them, JBPELC is planning on implementing a prayer ministry at Jehovah/El Buen Pastor this spring which will incorporate a scheduled prayer walk around the community to meet their new neighbors and pray for their concerns.
Please lift up Pastor Gomez and the congregation in your prayers as they grow in reaching out with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to all of those around them.
LCC K-9 Ministry Teams Working Together to Help Others through Gift Card Donations
This past weekend, the LCC K-9 Ministry held a handler training with people from 12 different congregations from 9 different states. Handlers from Christ the King – Memphis, Tennessee (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Job) collected $1,625 in gift cards that were handed to LCC, who in turn gave them to Rev. Dale Snyder of Our Redeemer – Wichita Falls, Texas (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Elijah) to be given to families still suffering from the flooding this summer. God works in amazing ways!
LCC Gives Rev. Dale Snyder Financial
Assistance for Families Who Lost
Everything During Hurricane Harvey
Tim Hetzner, LCC President / CEO, also presented Rev. Dale Snyder and his wife with financial assistance from LCC donors to continue helping families still recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey.
Our Students in Myanmar Celebrate Christmas
Because of your generous donations, LCC was able provide food and clothing for the 70 students that we support in Myanmar. We received pictures and the following email from Pastor Charles Edwards:
Greetings from Yangon, Myanmar:
I have attached some group pictures for you and for the donors. My church members give their best wishes and thanks to LCC and all donors. Again, thank you for your love and kindness.
Helping a Displaced Family from Puerto Rico
Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Jose and Ema Ortiz, along with 2 of their 3 children, age 17 and 4, relocated from Puerto Rico to the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. For seven hours, Jose and his family waited out the terrifying storm that totally decimated the tiny island of Puerto Rico. They huddled together in a corner listening to the howling fierce winds, pounding torrents of rain, and the sounds of crashing debris. More fortunate than most, they had a cinderblock brick home and, by God’s grace, emerged with no loss of life or serious injuries. The reality of the devastation set in when they saw how most of the homes in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico were flattened or no longer there. Things became worse when the people realized there was little or no food, clean drinking water, fuel, or electricity. When Jose learned that the pharmaceutical company where he managed the warehouse laid off all its employees indefinitely, they decided to permanently relocate their family back to the United States where they once lived.
Barb Albert, a former neighbor and member of St. Paul on Canfield in Chicago, Illinois, realized the Ortiz family had moved back to the area with no possessions. So Barb and her aunt, Jennifer Boberg, spoke to the congregation about helping the Ortiz family. With compassionate hearts, the congregation rallied and found donations of household goods to furnish an apartment for them. Jose secured a job from the same company where he had worked previously for six years, as well as getting his 17 year old daughter a job on a different shift. With their combined paychecks, the family of four was living in a one bed studio hotel room with a furnished kitchenette. Paying $400 dollars a week for rent and trying to buy food, the family was barely making ends meet. St. Paul contacted Lutheran Church Charities to ask if we could assist with an appeal for the first month’s rent, security deposit, furniture, and helping the family find a better living arrangement.
Two days before Christmas Eve, the family got a lead on an apartment in the complex where they used to live. On Wednesday, December 27, with the help of an LCC donor, Jose was able to pay the 1st month’s rent and security, sign the lease for the apartment, and move to a spacious 2 bedroom apartment they could afford. The following morning, LCC Staff member, Dianna Bonfield, and LCC volunteers Jim Beckley (Prince of Peace – Palatine, Illinois), Jeff Boberg and Joe and Adam Sienkiewicz (St. Paul – Canfield), moved furniture and household goods for the family to their apartment. On January 2, Dianna Bonfield and Jim Berkley will pick up more furniture.
The Ortiz family is still in need of a twin size mattress, blanket and sheets and queen size sheets. If you wish to donate these items, please contact Dianna Bonfield at the LCC office 224-257-4371
Thank you to Darlene and Larry Neumann for making a difference in the lives of the Ortiz family who lost everything in Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico. And a special thank you to LCC volunteers James Beckley and Rob Fosness who picked up a donation of a table, chairs, and living room furniture and delivered it Jeff Boberg who is storing it until the move in date for the Ortiz Family.
Thank You for Your Christmas Gifts to Four Homes of Mercy, Bethany Israel
Because of your generous donations, LCC was able to respond to Four Homes of Mercy’s Christmas requests by sending funds to provide food, physical therapy, water, support for the nursing staff, and gifts for the residents. The work that is done by Four Homes of Mercy is important and ongoing. Please consider a gift to support them as they continue to reach out “to the least of these” with the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ.
CLICK HERE to Read the Four Homes of Mery's Christmas Newsletter
Donation to Lovell VA Center
On Friday, November 3, the Lovell VA Center was the recipient of two matching arm chairs. After hearing about the partnership LCC has with the VA through Military Outreach USA to help veterans exiting homelessness, Ron and his wife Karen specifically requested their donation be directed to the VA program. LCC thanks Ron and Karen for their donation to care for veterans who bravely served our country.
LCC Thanks Donors for Financial Assistance for 3rd Grader at Christ the King
Lutheran Church Charities thanks donors for their generous gifts in providing immediate assistance to help a great grandmother care for her 3rd grade grandson. Your donations are helping with his tuition costs, medical care, and other daily needs such as food and clothing. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
Donation of Masks for Disaster Response
Lutheran Church Charities received a donation of 10 cases of N-35 masks to use in flood damaged homes from Karen Ann Kowalczyk, SELC District Disaster Coordinator from Hazelton, Pennsylvania. She brought them to the recent SELC District convention in Cleveland, Ohio and Dr. Doug and Nona Schipull brought them for LCC. Karen shared that the reason she sent the donation to LCC was that “we share in the blessings as we work together to do the Lord's work.” These masks are greatly appreciated and will definitely be used in the next local flood recovery.
Thank you Wayne Stone
LCC thanks Wayne Stone from Lord of Glory in Grayslake, Illinois, for his generous donation to the LCC K-9 Ministry. Wayne and other members had fun watching the NCAA Final Four Tournament where they all agreed that no matter who won the friendly wager, they would donate their winnings to a charity. Wayne is a veteran handler for LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois). LCC thanks Wayne for his military service and for designating his winnings to support the LCC K-9 Ministry.
LCC Donors Provide Financial Assistance for 3rd Grader
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Lutheran Church Charities delivered financial assistance to Pastor John Brazeal of Christ the King Lutheran Church and School (Chicago, Illinois) for a third grade boy who attends Christ the King Lutheran School. His 80 year old great grandmother had to unexpectedly take him in after his mother abandoned him. Please continue to pray for Pastor Brazeal as he shows the love of Jesus to this family in need.
Salam Christian Fellowship volunteer, Chris Kulpa (in blue jacket), with the help of the two staff members from the moving company, loaded a donated matching sofa and arm chair, along with a donated writing table and bed frame, to give out through their ministry to Christian and Muslim refugees from Middle Eastern countries.
A special thank you goes out to the donor of the sofa, and to the donors who donated a French love seat. Your donations are making a difference in someone's life in Jesus’ name.
LCC Sends Christmas Presents of Food for Children in Haiti's Tent City
With your donations, Lutheran Church Charities provides scholarships for children in the tent city in Haiti. For many of them, the only good meal they have is at school so when school is on break, they don't get fed. This Christmas, LCC also sent them a Christmas present of food for their families to ensure that they continue to get the food they need on a daily basis.
We received this email from Laurent Lophane in Haiti:
“Blessings to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to thank each of you for continuing to support the scholarship program and give a chance to these kids to have a better Christmas by giving them food for a week with their families. There is no word to explain what that means to them. We will continue praying for LCC and your ministry and your families. In the name of the children, I want to thank you and wish you a happy New Year 2018 in Jesus Christ. Please thank all the sponsors.”
St. Andrew Lutheran School
in Park Ridge, Illinois
A special thank you to the children of St. Andrew Lutheran School in Park Ridge, Illinois who raised $1,750 for St. Matthew's Soup Kitchen Ministry in Chicago, Illinois. This year, instead of hosting a holiday store where they had coffee mugs, key chains, jewelry, etc. for the children to buy as Christmas gifts for their family members, the P.T.L. (Parent Teacher League) decided to do a Christmas gifting project that would be a blessing to St. Matthew Lutheran Church. The children donated money to St. Matthew’s soup kitchen, thereby blessing many who were less fortunate, and sent a special card in honor to the people they were helping.
Donations presented for
penzol family children
On Sunday, November 5, LCC delivered a check to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Antioch, Illinois as they continue to minister to the Penzol children after the death of their mother earlier this summer. LCC and Beautiful Savior thank the many generous donors for their continued support of this family. Pictured: LCC staff member Deb Baran, Diane Hanson, family friend and mentor for the children, and Pastor Menk, vacancy pastor.
your donations support Sylvie makobe
On Sunday, November 5, LCC delivered a check to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Antioch, Illinois for Sylvie Makobe and her children to help her to get her nursing degree. Your generous support has made this possible. Pictured: LCC staff member Deb Baran, Pastor Menk, vacancy pastor, and Sylvie Makobe, and her sons.
Stand Up For Stan
Ronda and Anthony Russo stopped by LCC on Monday, November 6, to process the donations from the “Stand Up For Stan” benefit held Sunday, November 5. Thank you to all of the donors who supported this benefit.
Your Donations Make A Difference
A special thank you to LCC volunteer Larry Geyer (right) who delivered a check for the Soup Kitchen to Pastor Ceasar Sifuentes (center) of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Accompanying Pastor Sifuentes is Senior Antioco, one of two people who attended the soup kitchen for 3 years and also heard the Gospel, the Bread of Life, as well as nourishment for their bodies. On Sunday, October 22, Senior Antioco and another regular at the soup kitchen were baptized. This past Sunday, October 29, they both were confirmed as new members of St. Matthew. Thank you for your donation and for making it possible for those who attend the St. Matthew soup kitchen and hear the Gospel proclaimed.
LCC receives donation from St. Matthew
Once again, Lutheran Church Charities was designated the Mission Partner Recipient as part of funds raised from St. Matthew's Annual Pig Roast. LCC President / CEO Tim Hetzner graciously accepted the donation. The annual event was preceded by an outdoor worship service followed by a delicious meal. LCC thanks St. Matthew for your generous donation.
Thank You from LCC
LCC recently received a request for help from Pastor Robert Demchuk of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The congregation has a buyer for their building and they have contracted with a liquidation company to sell the contents of the building with the exception of the sacred items like the communion ware and other items the congregation will continue to use. Some items like hymn books, Sunday school materials and banners will not go in the liquidation sale and they have asked to list them on LCC website under “Free to a Ministry.” Even though the congregation is selling the building, organ and other items the congregation is not closing. The ministry of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd will continue and will, in essence, become a church without walls.
In the process of trying to find volunteers to assist the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, LCC received a phone call from Pastor Cory Estby at Zion in Grant Park, offering assistance to help their sister congregation which is only 30 minutes from their church. A team of 7 volunteers (4 adults and 3 high school youth) met Pastor Demchuk at the church on Sunday afternoon, October 15, to complete the 'box-up' of materials which will be made available in "Free to a Ministry" through Lutheran Church Charities.
LCC thanks Pastor Estby and members from Zion for coming to the aid of a sister congregation and sharing the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of the Jesus Christ in their time of need.
Passed - Through Donations
On Saturday, October 14, LCC Staff member Dianna Bonfield passed-through donations to Pastor Hesham Shehab of Salam Christian Fellowship. Donations provided rental assistance, purchase of Arabic Bibles, and money to assist with asylum fees. Thank you for your support and assistance in helping Salam in its ministries to these individuals
Donated Furniture for Refugees
Working through Immanuel Lutheran Church- Bartlett, Illnois secretary Julie Sawusch, LCC connected Pastor Hesham Shehab & Ammar Kurwi of Salam Christian Fellowship with members of Immanuel- Bartlett who donated furniture which went to homes of refugees who Salam is ministering to.
Check Delivered for Family in Need
On Saturday, October 14, LCC Staff member Dianna Bonfield met with Mr. Rick Sohn, member of Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois to deliver a check from an appeal made on behalf of a family they were ministering to. Thank you for your donations that enabled the members of Peace to show this family the love, compassion, peace and proclamation of Jesus Christ during their time of need.
Thank You Concordia University Chicago
Lutheran Church Charities extends a heartfelt thank you to Concordia University Chicago for their support of LCC’s Care Carding for hurricane relief. CUC student and staff generosity provided more than $1,300 for hurricane relief during CUC’s Ten Days of Care Cards. On Monday, September 25, CUC’s Paige Craig, Director of Alumni Relations, and Allison Back delivered nearly 60 gift cards to Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO and Joshua Gale, LCC Executive Director.
Forty Children Sponsored in Haiti
Due to your generous donations, LCC is able to sponsor 40 children from the tent city in Port au Prince, Haiti again this school year. LCC received a note of thanks from Laurent Lophane:
Blessings to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the name of the parents and the kids, and especially in my name, I say to you thanks so much because without you guys our 40 kids would not be able to go to school again this year. Great thanks to all of the members of LCC and our sponsors.
Thank you from LCC
Thank you to volunteers Ron and Karen for delivering quilts, prayer shawls, and spiritual care kits to Immanuel Lutheran Church – Palatine, Illinois to go on the semi-truck of supplies heading to Tomball, Texas to distribute to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Women’s Shelter for Abused Women Blessed with Your Donations
LCC Executive Director Rev. Joshua Gale presented Pastor Shehab of Salam Christian Fellowship with a check for the Women's Shelter for Abused Women. Your generous donations are helping others see the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ in their time of need.
Donations Presented to Pastor Robert Portier for Gatlinburg Fire Disaster Recovery
LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield delivered donations to Pastor Robert Portier of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sevierville, Tennessee to help his community with recovery efforts remaining from the fires in December 2016. LCC thanks its many generous donors who continue to help this community.
Donations Presented to Support Sylvie Makobe
On Sunday, August 6, LCC delivered a check of continued support to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Antioch, Illinois as they minister to Sylvie Makobe and her children to help her to get her nursing degree. Sylvie starts back to school again this week. Your generous support has made this possible. Pictured: Andy Gruen, Elder at Beautiful Savior, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield, Sylvie Makobe, Pastor Menk, Sylvie’s sons, and LCC staff member Maggie Hansa
Donations Presented for Penzol Family Children
On Sunday, August 6, LCC staff members Maggie Hansa and Dianna Bonfield delivered a check and car to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Antioch, Illinois as they continue to minister to the Penzol children after the death of their mother earlier this summer. LCC and Beautiful Savior thank the many generous donors for their continued support of this family. Stephanie and Shane are truly thankful and blessed by the generosity of others. To date, the financial support as well as recently receiving a donated car from LCC generous donors has shown them the love of Jesus in their darkest hours. Pictured: Andy Gruen, elder at Beautiful Savior receiving check and vehicle title from LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield, Diane Hanson is a close family friend and mentor for the children of Katherine Penzol, Pastor Menk the vacancy pastor, and LCC Staff member Maggie Hansa. Diane Hanson delivered the car to Stephanie Penzol. Stephanie and her brother, Shane, will now have transportation vs. walking this winter to their jobs.