Your Donations Make a Difference
THANK YOU TO LCC VOLUNTEERS S FOR DELIVERING OFFICE FURNITURE TO CHRIST THE KING
Last week, LCC volunteers Al Krodel, Fran Vacari, Mike Flaherty, and Bob Desiron delivered office furniture to Christ the King Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Illinois. Pastor John Brazeal opened the doors of the church and joined the volunteers in unloading the box truck full of furniture.
The furniture helps Christ the King upgrade their computer lab adding more storage space, and providing computer desks for the teachers.
It is amazing that right when we are trying to improve the building's usefulness and ambiance to attract people along comes a furniture gallery full of things to help update part of the computer room to general office space.
Thanks for being Jesus' hands and feet!
John and Geri Brazeal
THANK YOU TO LCC VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS
A special thank you to LCC volunteers Mary Aspegren, Bob Desiron, Mike Flaherty, Al Krodel and Frank Vacari, who donated their time to pick up donations. St. John, Mount Prospect, Illinois, was the first pick up site, and then the home of LCC donor Ariel Chen in Lake Bluff, Illinois, who donated a bedroom suite and other furniture.
On Monday, October 26, the same volunteers delivered furniture to the school and parsonage of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois.
Working together, we can make a difference in the lives of people and in the Kingdom of God.
THANK YOU TO LCC VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS
A special thank you to LCC volunteers Jeff Boberg, Mike Calato, Bob Desiron, Marty Dzik, Mike Flaherty, Rich Habegger, Mike Kostecki, Mike and Roger Plummer, and Sam Woodson who have made numerous donation pick-ups and deliveries over the past month and a half.
Just this past Friday, LCC volunteers picked up a piano, table and chairs from donors Jesus and Arlinda Nunez, and table and chairs from Doris and Woody Perry. All donations were passed on to the Midwest Veterans Closet that will help to furnish a home for homeless veterans.
Thank you to Jinene Dunne, Christine Rogers, the D’Amico Family, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Glenview and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines for their donations that will make a difference in the lives of many people and the Kingdom of God.
MIDWEST VETERANS CLOSET IS GRATEFUL FOR YOUR IN-KIND DONATIONS
Over the past month, LCC has passed through several donations of household items to the Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago, Illinois. This month we will be passing through furniture and appliance donations.
Mary Carmody, Executive Director, Midwest Veterans Closet, sent a thank you letter for the donations and the work of LCC.
Thank you for your donation to the Midwest Veterans Closet, where it is Veterans Day EVERY DAY! Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for your kind and generous donation. Your caring support of the active-duty military, Veterans, and families living in our community is greatly appreciated.
There is no doubt that the need is great. At-risk Veterans may live in your neighborhood, or may even be a family member or friend's neighbor. Yes, these Veterans are folks just like us, who never thought they would be in a situation where they would need a hand-up. But, because of you and folks like you, this year, these Veterans, once proud soldiers, and current military members will have weather appropriate apparel and things they need. These items may include a warm jacket, thermal underwear, boots, gloves, hat, hooded sweatshirt, scarf, dishes, pots and pans, a bed, furniture, and even a job, housing, and automobile! In 2019 we served them with 207,432.2 Ibs. of food from our Food and Nutrition Resource Center.
We are truly grateful for your compassionate support and hope that you will continue to partner with us in our commitment to Impact Veterans Lives.
With warm regards,
Midwest Veterans Closet
PASTOR HESHAM SHEHAB THANKS LCC DOnors FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF HIS MINISTRY kitchen
Donations were presented to Pastor Hesham Shehab, to aid in the ministry for Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard, Illinois.
Your donations help Pastor Shehab and volunteers to assist Middle Eastern Christians and Muslim converts with their every day needs, and to share the hope and salvation that comes through Jesus Christ.
LCC THANKS donors FOR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO "comedor san mateo" soup kitchen
LCC's Ministry Director Nikki Deacon and LCC volunteer Bob Morris presented donations to Pastor Cesar Sifuentes, of “Comedor San Mateo” Soup Kitchen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, and his wife Elly.
Thank you for helping St. Matthew’s to be the hands and feet of Jesus, reaching out and feeding the hungry and homeless in their community.
LCC THANKS SHERRY CHAMBERS FOR A GENEROUS doNATION TO THE LCC K-9 COMFORT DOG MINISTRY
On Thursday, September 3, Sherry Chambers presented Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, with a generous donation to LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry in honor of her uncle, Edward Karge, who loved the comfort dogs.
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses Director Rich Martin, accompanied by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Emma & Ruthie (LCC Staff), presented a purple Mercy Heart to Sherry Chambers in memory of her uncle.
LCC THANKS donors FOR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROVIDE FOOD FOR HAITIAN SCHOOL CHILDREN
Because of your generous donations LCC was able to send funds to Haiti to buy food for the children we support through a scholarship program.
We received pictures and this note from Lophane Laurent:
Blessings to you from our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Today it is an honor for me to thank you for your efforts to raise more money to support these poor children receiving a food kit with rice, oil, spaghetti and milk. Today we shared food for one month with 40 kids.
Since you know how their situations are, their parents lost their jobs, most of them don't make $40/month so you can imagine what a blessing you sent to them. I want to thank all of the members of LCC and especially our good donors who never stop supporting this program and special thanks to my brother Tim who came to Haiti and spent time after the earthquake and visited a big tent city and decided to give a better life to those children.
In the name of the parents and also and in my personal name, I say you thank you and may God continue blessing you and your families and activities.
We love you so and we will continue praying for you all!
LCC THANKS MEMBERS FROM ST. JOHN NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS, FOR GENEROUS DONATION
Charlene Lemke presented a generous donation on behalf of members from St. John Lutheran Church in Northbrook, Illinois, to Vida Johnston, LCC Director of Operations, to continue the mission and ministries of Lutheran Church Charities.
In 2014, St. John’s opened its building to LCC to train future comfort dogs for its K-9 Ministry. In 2015, St. John deeded the building and property to LCC and continued to hold worship services in the church. That summer, LCC moved its headquarters to the Northbrook property. In 2019, St. John Lutheran Church closed with members attending the last worship service on Easter Sunday.
LCC THANKS donors FOR PROVIDING TODDLER YOGA MATS
A special thank you to LCC volunteer Kathleen Engstrom for another donation of 572 toddler yoga mats and to Bob and Eileen Desiron who drove to Racine, Wisconsin to pick up the donation.
For one of our larger schools this donation enabled them to save $6,000.00 that they did not have to spend from their already stress school budget. For day care, preschool, kindergarten, and first and second grade teachers it allowed them to create safe social distance spaces for their students on the classroom floor and allowing them to create the social distance space when they move the classroom outdoors.
Lutheran Church Charities was able to pass this donation of toddler yoga mats on to the following schools and ministries in Illinois:
• Calvary, Wood Dale Baby Bank
• Immanuel Lutheran School, Hillside
• Immanuel Lutheran School, Palatine
• St. John Lutheran School, Lombard
• St. Matthew Lutheran School, Hawthorn Woods
• St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn
• St. Peter Lutheran School, Schaumburg
• Trinity Lutheran School, Roselle
LCC THANKS donors FOR PROVIDING 150 KIDS YOGA MATS
On Tuesday, August 4, one hundred and fifty (150) yoga mats were brought to the Disaster Response for Families with Children workshop for children’s use after a disaster or to assist a school with COVID-19 preparations.
As of Thursday, August 6, all the mats were delivered to the following Lutheran schools:
RETIRED POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS & FRIENDS RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY IN MEMORY OF DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE (RET.) ANDREW WHOWELL
Retired law enforcement, firefighters, business owners, and friends recently gathered to honor and remember Andy Whowell, retired Deputy Chief of Police, Arlington Heights Police Department, after 30 years of service to his community. Following his retirement in 2017, Andy continued to serve his community in many volunteer activities. Andy passed peacefully at his home on December 1, 2019.
On July 8, 2020, over 30 participants attended the first Annual Andy Whowell Memorial Golf Outing at Villa Olivia Golf Course in Bartlett, Illinois, in fellowship and to raise funds for charities he loved and supported. One near to his heart was volunteering at Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) and serving as a law enforcement handler with LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Susie from St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where he was a member, and LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Jacob (LCC Staff).
Andy was a person of great faith and is remembered for the well-being and compassion he showed to everyone he met. The first Annual Andy Whowell Memorial Golf Outing raised $1,725 for the LCC K-9 Police Ministry.
On Saturday, August 1, donations were presented by Ray Cowin, Retired Chicago Police Lieutenant, to Tim Hetzner, Lutheran Church Charities President/CEO. Also present were Andy’s wife Ingrid, his son Matthew, Stephanie Keller with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois), and Corporal Terri Albright, Community Resource Unit for the DuPage County Sheriff Department and law enforcement handler for LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois).
Several golf event participants and friends of Andy also attended: John Lawlor, Arlington Heights Public Works, Ken Galinski, Retired Arlington Heights Police Officer, and Tim Barrett, Retired Arlington Heights Police Officer.
Lutheran Church Charities was blessed by Andy’s servant heart and thanks his friends and family for their generous donation to the LCC K-9 Police Ministry in his honor. We continue to pray for his family, friends, law enforcement peers, and the many lives he touched.
THANK YOU IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH AND LCC VOLUNTEERS
Thank you to LCC volunteers Eileen and Bob Desiron who delivered donations of music books from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, Illinois to Christ the King Lutheran School in Chicago for their music program.
Later that same day, Eileen and Bob delivered food and books to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago for their soup kitchen. These donations will help each of these churches continue to serve their community.
Thank you to David and Donna Hoffman for a donation of a walking cane and walker for an individual in need
On Thursday, June 25, David and Donna Hoffman, members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, delivered a new walking cane and a like-new walker to fill the need for an individual who has been physically impaired after a stroke several years ago. These items will be a great help with mobility and make daily activities safer for that individual. Thank you to David and Donna Hoffman for touching the lives of hurting people in Jesus' Name.
Helen Roenfeldt of Mission: Haiti thanks Lutheran Church Charities' donors for financial support to help Haitian adults and children
Helen Roenfeldt of Mission: Haiti extends her thanks to LCC's donors for continued financial support to help Haitian adults and children during the current humanitarian and health crises. The funds will be used to purchase food, water filtration, beds for the elderly, and goat cooperatives.
We thank you all so very much for your care and concern for our brothers and sisters who need our prayers, encouragement, and assistance so very desperately. We thank God when we think of the wonderful donors and staff of LCC and their dedication to the fullness of the Gospel and our call to love one another.
God Bless You all and keep you safe.
Because of Christ,
Sue Gross of Haitian Lutheran Mission Project (HLMP) thanks LCC donors for financial support to help raise funds to increase the teachers' salaries in Haiti
"I want to thank LCC donors to help the HLMP pay the 49 teachers who depend on us to feed their families. We do have to remember that God is still in control and he will not abandon those who are faithful."
LCC Thanks Donors and Volunteers for a Generous Donation and Help
(This week, 44 cases of snack boxes of individually wrapped snacks were delivered to Lutheran Church Charities and St. John, Mount Prospect, Illinois. The snack boxes will be used by our Disaster Response teams on deployment and the LCC Food Service Ministry for K-9 training events. St. John will be using their allotment for their community outreach ministry.
LCC extends special thank you’s to:
Jayne Siou of Put Your Hands Together Food Pantry of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillside, Illinois, who contacted LCC with this donation.
Jan Boerman and Amy Narot of Trinity, Lisle, Illinois who loaded, unloaded, and transported the donation. Thank you to Lori Trinche of Trinity, Burr Ridge, Illinois for her time to help load the boxes.
Boerman Moving & Storage for providing the truck to transport the donation.
LCMS Mid-South District THANKS LCC DONORS FOR CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO HELP WITH Chattanooga tornado recovery efforts
Angela Fowler, Executive Assistant to the District President for Business and Finance, LCMS Mid-South District, extends her thanks to Lutheran Church Charities for continued support for the Chattanooga tornado recovery efforts. This was where one of the large tornado outbreaks occurred on Easter Sunday. Angela told Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response that the Mid-South District, through generous donors, has been able to give grants to many families of Good Shepherd and First Lutheran Churches to assist with tree removal, home repair and replacement of household items.
Due to the pandemic, volunteer disaster response was limited to small local groups only, so families needed to pay for much more than they normally would have had to after a disaster. All of the prayers and support are very appreciated and considered a blessing by each of the recipients.
Christ the king, Chicago, ILLINOIS, THANKS LCC DONORS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT to help with parsonage roof repairs
Donations were presented to Pastor John Brazeal of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, to help cover repair cost of the parsonage roof which sustained a lot of damage from extensive storms.
FAMILY IN FAITH, GLENDALE HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS, THANKS LCC DONORS FOR THEIR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD PANTRY
Donations were presented to Pastor Stephen Kass of Family in Faith Lutheran Church in Glendale Heights, Illinois, to help support their Neighborhood Food Pantry that continues to operate following the necessary guidelines due to COVID-19. The pantry serves anyone living in DuPage County and is open one day a week providing essentials, non-perishable food items, and pet food.
The coronavirus has brought a greater need for food because of the loss of income for families.
Thank you to all at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois, who helped make crocheted bag mats from plastic grocery bags for the homeless.
On Saturday, May 16, a group of volunteers met up with Pastor Jason Pankau of Chicago Hope Church and filled his vehicle with 33 sleeping mats for the homeless that their congregation serves. Thank you for your time and this donation that will make a difference in people’s lives and gives the members of Chicago Hope the opportunity to be Jesus to people who are suffering and in need.
LCC Thanks Our Donors for Their Compassionate Hearts and Generosity
Donations were presented to Carol A. Christen, Principal of Lutheran High School in Metairie, Louisiana.
Your generous support will help Carol cover the payroll for the staff. When Carol learned that she would be receiving a donation from LCC, she burst into tears.
LCC Thanks Our Donors for Their Compassionate Hearts and Generosity
LCC’s Rev. James Kirschenmann presented donations to Michelle La Velle, Northern Illinois District Staff to help the district assist two families, an elderly couple and a single mom, with financial hardships due to COVID-19. Your generous donations enable us to continue to serve individuals and families in need who are struggling during the pandemic.
Salam Christian Fellowship Thanks Donors for Support In Challenging Times
LCC’s Rev. James Kirschenmann presented donations to Rev. Hicham Chehab, Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard, Illinois. The funds will provide much need financial relief for those being served in his ministry. Rev. Hicham shared how his ministry is reaching out to Muslims as far away as California and bringing people into a relationship with the Messiah for Muslims.
Our Redeemer Thanks Donors for Support of Single Mom in Need
Pastor Rod Krueger of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Prospect Heights, Illinois thanks LCC donors for their generous financial support of a single mom with two special needs adults. Your support is helping her with expenses while she recovers from a car accident.
Thank you Thrivent Member Network - Nebraska Region for your support of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs apprentice trainer program!
Thrivent Member Network - Nebraska Region organized a Facebook promotion for “National Puppy Day” on March 23, 2020 supporting LCC’s apprentice trainer program in Nebraska. They donated $1 to that program for every photo someone posted in the comments section of their original post.
We are thrilled to report the results!
Thrivent Member Network - Nebraska Region Facebook post:
"RESULTS UPDATE: National Puppy Day Like for Donations = $747 for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs apprentice trainer program in Grand Island, NE.
THANK YOU to all that commented, liked, shared, and followed our Facebook post and page! We had so much fun seeing photos of your puppies/kitties/critters while they helped you work from home."
Thank you to the churches, donors and volunteers who donated and put together items for the residents affected by tornadoes in Tennessee
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Beecher, Illinois and Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) Illinois, put together 30 flood buckets with cleaning supplies at their Spring Rally. They donated them to LCC for the L.E.R.T. volunteers to give to tornado affected residents in Tennessee on their deployment. The buckets were picked up by the Good Shepherd, Frankfort L.E.R.T. volunteers and blessed by Pastor Kevin Hahn before being sent with L.E.R.T. volunteer Joel Powless.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hermitage, Tennessee will be placing them for distribution in their community food pantry as affected residents come for food and now much needed cleaning products.
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, Illinois put together 70 bags with children’s items, such as coloring books, crayons, books and a small toy for children affected by the tornado. Emmanuel Lutheran Church began giving them to affected families in their Early Childhood Center and will continue to use as they serve families in need.
All of these donations are greatly appreciated and show the mercy and compassion of Christ to those suffering and in need.
PASTOR KARL FAY THANKS LCC DONORS FOR CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR FAITHFUL CONGREGATION MEMBERS BURDENED WITH MEDICAL EXPENSES
Additional donations were presented by LCC staff member Debra Baran to Pastor Karl Fay of Prince of Peace, Palatine, Illinois to support a couple burdened with ongoing and extraordinary medical concerns and expenses. They are extremely grateful and thank all for the financial support and continued prayers in this difficult time.
PASTOR greg hoffman THANKS LCC DONORS FOR CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR a family of six who lost everything in a house fire
Pastor Greg Hoffman of St. Paul in Rochelle, Illinois presented more donations from LCC to a family who lost everything when their home burned down to the ground on February 14. The family of six still lives in a hotel room and the funds will help in their rebuilding process. The family is grateful and feels blessed from the gifts of God's people with hope of a new home.
PASTOR KARL FAY THANKS LCC DONORS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR FAITHFUL CONGREGATION MEMBERS BURDENED WITH MEDICAL EXPENSES
First donations were presented by LCC staff member Marta Rees to Pastor Karl Fay of Prince of Peace, Palatine, Illinois to support a couple burdened with ongoing and extraordinary medical concerns and expenses.
your donations bring relief to the philippines
Thanks to your generous donations LCC was able to send support to the Philippines as they recover from the damage caused by Typhoon Ursula and an earthquake We received this report from Tim Sivesind (Lord of Life, La Fox, Illinois) who helped distribute the relief:
Greeting in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
It was an honor to help distribute funds to Typhoon Ursula and earthquake victims in Mindanao through your generosity. The earthquake in Mindanao actually did more damage than the typhoon in Leyte. Pastor Edwin, one of the pastors here in Maasin City, told me that there were many churches that were badly damaged in Mindanao.
My wife and I went to Naval with 2 pastors from Southern Leyte to the Island of Biliran to distribute funds to Ursula victims there. We met with a pastor from Naval and gave checks to the victims, they were very grateful for the help provided. It was an awesome experience to be a small part of the process. Pastor Edwin did an excellent job of organizing the distribution. I hope we can help again sometime.
Thank you again for your generosity.
PASTOR greg hoffman THANKS LCC DONORS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR a family of six who lost everything in a house fire
A first check of donations for the family was presented by LCC volunteer, Bob Morris to Pastor Greg Hoffmann and Parish Nurse, Marcy Schnorr at St. Paul, Rochelle, Illinois. The family is currently staying in a hotel room and is still in need of long-term financial assistance until everything is finalized with their insurance and rebuilding begins.
christ the king thanks donors and lcc volunteers for furniture donation and delivery to a congregation member in need
LCC volunteer Bob Desiron delivered a box truck loaded with furniture for Timona Liddel, member of Christ the King, Chicago, Illinois. Bob was met by Pastor John Brazeal, two congregation members, and five students from Christ the King School who helped unload the furniture and carry it to the 12th floor. Thank you to the donors and the volunteers for making it possible, and for being the hands and feet of Jesus.
thank you to lcc volunteers for making three donation pickups in one day to serve two congregations
Thank you to LCC volunteers (pictured left to right) Richard Habegger, his wife Bonnie, and Bob Desiron for making three donation pickups in one day that met the needs of two families and congregations of Christ The King, Chicago, Illinois and Immanuel, Des Plaines, Illinois.
pastor ROD KRUEGER thanks LCC donors for FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR TWO FAMILIES IN NEED
Donations were presented by LCC Staff member, Dianna Bonfield to Pastor Rod Krueger of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Thank you for your donations to support two families.Their financial needs have been met!
pastor eric stefanski thanks donors for a gracious gift
Dear friends in Christ Jesus,
I had the privilege of receiving LCC’s very generous gift to my family from the hand of Jason Glaskey, Top Dog for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Louie (Immanuel Lutheran - Joplin, Missouri), and to share with one another how much the work done and gifts given by the supporters of LCC have meant to both of us. Our parish’s central heating unit came as a donation through LCC, as did our previous organ (destroyed when a vehicle crashed through the wall of our church), and the partnership with LCC in training and connecting with those in need of a comfort dog visit (and especially after their team’s van was riddled with gunfire!) mean the world to Jason and everyone at Immanuel. Thank you so much for your extraordinarily gracious gift to us and all you do to meet the needs of so many!
Pastor Eric Stefanski and Family
“Comedor San Mateo” Soup Kitchen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church thanks donors for continued support of their ministry
Donations were presented by LCC Volunteer Bob Morris to Pastor Cesar Sifuentes of “Comedor San Mateo” Soup Kitchen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Your donations enable Pastor Sifuentes to do the important work of St. Matthew as they continue to reach out and serve those in need in their community.
NEED MET - Your generous donations provide financial assistance with rent for a young family who is going through some tough times
Sincere thanks to LCC donors for being living examples of Christ's love to this young family who found themselves in a difficult situation. Their generous gifts allowed me, as this family's Pastor, to place into their hands a very tangible reminder of what the free and unconditional love of Christ and His church looks like.
This young mom was absolutely overwhelmed with emotion at the presentation of the gift, and kept commenting about how it was such a clear answer to prayer.
I would also like to share the good news that the husband/father has been hired for a new job, which will hopefully last until his regular job begins again in the spring. Yet another answer to prayer! Isn't our God just awesome??!!
This family is incredibly thankful for the outpouring of love and support!
Blessings and peace to you!
Pastor Karl Gibbs
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carrollton, Missouri