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October 14, 2009 In This Issue Family In Need Widow Medical Need New Devotion Series Homeless Mother and Daughter Installation of Pete Imlah Thrivent Giving Special Appeal Update Comfort Dog Ministry Update Bayou Kids Cancer Victim Needs Assistance Clothing Needed for Refugees Prayer Books Outreach Opportunities Kenya Mission Congregational Preparedness Training offered free Your Donations Make A Difference Feed the Children of Haiti Warehouse Space Needed Bilingual Bibles Warm Clothing and Blankets Needed New Bible Study Classes Comfort Dogs available for Church Functions

Family in Need of Car and Short Term Rent Assistance Request from Pastor Mark Schultz, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Illinois Dr. Samuel Mills has been leading worship and Bible study with Love Community Fellowship, a non-denominational gathering using space at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle. Now he is returning to his home country of Ghana to teach at the University of Ghana. He will also be ministering in the area of Bible education. Trinity is giving him some support in that effort but he has an additional personal need. While he returns to Ghana to teach for 6 months, his family will be remaining here so as to not disrupt the care and schooling of his autistic son. He is in need of rent assistance of $900 per month and a car during the period he will be away in Ghana. Click here to donate If you have a car to donate or loan to this family please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email

Widow Needs Assistance with Medical Insurance Request from Pastor Steve Lockman, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Flint, Michigan I have a member who is need of assistance. Her husband was called Home last month. She was just informed by his former employer that in order to maintain her health insurance she will need to pay a $442 per month premium. Before her husband died the insurance premium was $119 per month. She is not able to pay both her mortgage payment and her health insurance. Her doctor has told her that due to her own health she will need to apply for Social Security and disability. Our congregation does not have the resources to help her with ongoing expenses. Any assistance would be a blessing to her. In His service,Pastor Steve Lockman To Donate, click here

Thanksgiving Baskets for Mobile Alabama Refugee Family In Need Lutheran Early Response Team Training Ministry To People With Disabilies In Critical Need Ethiopian Child Needs Specialized Medical Operation Ethiopia Seminary Ethiopia Missions Malaria Initiative Stories Still Seeking Support... Warehouse Space Needed Items Available to a Ministry Items NEEDED for a Ministry... Items Free for the Asking Vehicles Needed to Help Individuals Van Repairs Bayou Presentation Youth Summit Evangelism Idea Exchange Spirit of Life Chorus Performance Schedule Family Fall Fest The Life of Dorothy Day Benefit Concert for Troops 120th Anniversary Phils Friends Banquet Upcoming Events How To Support LCC

New Devotion Series Starting Tomorrow A new six part devotion series titled Friends with God starts Thursday, October 15th. Click here to sign up for our free online devotions

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Homeless Mother and Daughter in Need of $1,200 for Housing Request from Pastor David Barber and Thomas Amato, Chairman Board of Elders, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Glenview, Illinois

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We are working with a family, Tina (about 40 years old) and her mother Carla (names changed, about 70 years old), who are living in their car at a north suburban Chicago shopping center and nearby office park parking lot. Their dog Lucky, a miniature American Eskimo, lives in the car with them. They have been living in their car since September 2008. Right now they are living off of Carla's social security check to buy food (in rationed amounts), gas for their car and to pay for doing laundry and take daily showers and buying other necessities. Both Tina and her mom appear undernourished. They returned to their hometown of Chicago about a year ago after having lived in the Boston, Massachusetts area for eight years. They lost their home in foreclosure in 2008.

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Tina and her mom have been resourceful when it comes to trying to get out of their present situation. However, without a home address she is having a hard time getting a job. Prospective employers are put off when she tells them that she lives in her car. Initially, members of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glenview, put some gas in their car and gave them a food gift card. Immanuel's objective in helping Tina has been to get them into housing before the weather turns much colder. Tina has found a home to share in an outlying community to the Chicago suburbs. However, Tina and Carla do not yet have the funds for a security deposit and first month's rent. They also need money for a brake job on their car. Immanuel Lutheran Church leadership has committed to fund the first month's rent ($500) for the house they want share. Tina is seeking an additional $500 for the security deposit and $450 to get the brakes on their car repaired. (They will also need tires for the car to make it through the winter.) Any assistance for Tina and Carla would be a tremendous blessing to them as they put their lives back together. Click to donate to this fund...

A Service of Celebration! RETURNING TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN Installation Service for Pete Imlah - Director of Mission and Outreach at Lutheran Church Charities On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Pete Imlah will be installed as the Director of Mission and Outreach for Lutheran Church Charities. The service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 1100 Linneman Road, Mt Prospect, IL immediately after their 10:30AM Reformation Service. St. John is Pete's home congregation where he was baptized and went to parochial school. St. John is also where Tim Hetzner met Pete when Tim served St. John (1980-1982) - Pete was a member of the Youth Group at the time. A reception will be held after the service. All are welcome to attend the church service at 10:30AM and the installation. President Dan Gilbert of the Northern Illinois District will be doing the installation. Any correspondence or cards can be sent to Lutheran Church Charities, 333 W Lake St., Addison IL


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Immediate Response Needed to take advantage of this Matching Program Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has a GIVING PLUS program that LCC has benefited from in the past where they will match your gift to LCC $1 for every $2 donation, up to $300. Thrivent is phasing out the program and their pot of money will be gone before the end of the year. For those Thrivent Members who have used GIVING PLUS for Lutheran Church Charities 12/31 "Remember Us Last" year end appeal, in order to get Thrivent funds, those gifts will have to be made soon while there is still matching dollars available. You can do this by downloading a Thrivent Giving Plus Form and sending it in to LCC, 333 W Lake Street, Addison IL 60101 or by calling our office at 866-455-6466

LCC Announces "Send a Spoken Prayer"

Special Appeal Brings Hope - Healing - Determination to Win Neighborhood To Christ What Satan tried to stop - God Blessed!!

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Last Wednesday LCC sent out a special appeal to help Pastor Kalonji who was robbed and beaten while taking some items to a member in Chicago. By the overwhelming Christian support of so many - Pastor Kalonji is even more determined to serve his church community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! THANK YOU for MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

To learn more, Click Here Dear Tim, I write to thank Lutheran Church Charities for sharing with the brothers and sisters in the Lord about my misfortune of Monday, September 28 and the support you have raised. God has truly worked through this tragedy to show me and my family His unfailing love for us. I have received a lot of phone calls, email and text messages, cards and personal visits as a result of the special appeal letter you sent out. And the financial donation to me and my congregation, personally delivered today by LCC's new Director of Missions and Outreach, Pete Imlah, could not speak louder about the love of the brothers and sisters in the Lord for me and their support of the ministry at Zion. I truly thank everyone for the many ways through which you have expressed your love and support to me. My family and I still need your prayers as we recover from both injuries and the shock from me being robbed at gun-point. As for my recovery, I am doing fine. I had the staples removed from the cut on my head yesterday (Monday, October 5) and also was in

court for the preliminary hearing by the judge. The seventeen years old boy who robbed me was brought to court from jail; it was truly sad to see him smile during the hearing as though he truly did not care about what he did to me and about his being incarcerated. I would like to end by thanking LCC, Dianna Bonfield and volunteers for transporting the computer tables and office furniture from Lisle, Illinois, and delivering them to Zion's Community Center when I could not do it last Wednesday. THANK YOU and GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU! Pastor StĂŠphane Kalonji Zion Lutheran Church (9901 S. Winston Avenue, Chicago)

Original Appeal: Late Monday (Sept. 28) night, Rev. Stephane Kalonji at Zion Lutheran Church in Chicago was beaten and robbed at gunpoint while he was delivering food and other needed items to one of his members. He suffered head injuries that required hospitalization and 9 staples in his head. I talked with Pastor Kalonji a few minutes ago and he is at home recovering. He lost money, his credit cards, drivers license and other items. His estimated loss, with hospital bills and all, is around $1000. Pastor Kalonji was scheduled to pick up furniture from a corporate donor yesterday through Lutheran Church Charities but because of his injuries was not able to make it. LCC has arranged volunteers and rented a truck to take care of that today. The donated items are being used for the outreach center that Zion has started. Pastor Kalonji is as determined as ever for the need for outreach with the Gospel to his neighborhood and is more motivated now than ever to proceed forward. Click here to donate to the Rev. Kalonji Assistance Fund

Comfort Dog Ministry Update At LEA Teachers Conference Tim Hetzner, Pete Imlah and LCC Comfort Dog Howe attended the LEA Teachers Conference in Merrillville , Indiana last Thursday, October 8th. While at the conference they were joined by Pastor Tim Engle and LCC Comfort Dog Feurst (Holy Cross, Portage, Indiana) Pastor Bob Hauter and LCC Comfort Dog Bojangles (St. Paul, Kouts, Indiana) and Susan Magruder and LCC Comfort Dog Darlin (Celebration Ministries, Park Forest, Illinois)

At Grace, Northbrook On Sunday October 11th LCC Comfort Dog Strudel was placed at Grace Lutheran Church in Northbrook. Pete Imlah spoke at the service and is pictured here with Pastor Robert Graul and Diane Moody, Parish Coordinator. LCC Comfort Dogs Tara, Howe and Zina were also there to celebrate with Strudel and the members of Grace.

At Zion, Marengo and Concordia, Machesney Park On

Wednesday October 7th LCC Comfort Dogs Howe, Star, Tara, Zina and Olympia visited Zion Lutheran Church in Marengo and Concordia Lutheran Church in Machesney Park. At Zion they attended the chapel service where Tim Hetzner spoke about the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Ministry. After the service they had the opportunity to meet and spend time with the students. After chapel at Zion the Comfort Dogs visited the students at Concordia, Machesney Park. Pete Imlah spoke to the students about the Comfort Dog Ministry.

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LCC Takes Care of the Bayou Kids The following article appeared in the Bayou Grace Community Services Newsletter After a short talk with John LeBlanc, Ms. Dianna Bonfield, Deaconess and Volunteer Coordinator for Lutheran Church Charities, had a great idea. Why not send the kids of the 5 Bayous a little care package from Lutheran Church Charities? She got the ball rolling with the help of former teacher and LCC volunteer Ruth Beierwaltes. Due to their efforts, Bayou Grace received a package of love from LCC. Aside from books to read at the daycare centers that Bayou Grace's Project Learn/Family Literacy program have adopted, the package contained coloring books and even colors to distribute to the kids. Thanks to Dianna and Ruth for all their hard work and such a special gift. Click here to read the rest of the newsletter

Now That The Cold and Flu Season Has Arrived The table below can be used as a quick reference to determine if what you have is just a cold or if it's the flu.

Symptom Fever

Cold Fever is rare with a cold.

Flu Fever is usually present and characteristically high (100-102째 F) typically lasting 3 to 4 days.

A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) Coughing cough is often present, but is usually mild to moderate.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing, dry) cough is common with the flu, but can become severe.

Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Aches and pains are common with the flu, and are often severe.


This chart is for general educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. The information in this table should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health. Always consult your doctor with questions about your individual condition(s) and/or circumstances.

See the full chart on the Lutheran Church Charities Web Site

Cancer Victim Needs Assistance with Medical Bills Request from Pastor Galen Sollie, Peace Lutheran Church, Plainfield, Illinois We are working with a family in need of assistance with medical bills. The son is battling inoperable brain cancer and the family is being overwhelmed with bills. To Donate, click here.

Clothing Needed for Refugee Family Request from Hicham Chehab, POBLO Missionary We need clothing for a new refugee family of five. The sizes needed are woman's XL, man's large, woman's medium, and a girl of 10y. Used clothing is welcome.

Prayer Books Needed for Tabor Community Outreach Event Request from Shirley Franke, Executive Director, Tabor Lutheran Church, Chicago Tabor Lutheran Church in Chicago is planning a Health Fair and Outreach Event for their community on October 17th. Tabor is a mission congregation that serves a very poor community. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse with close to 50 languages spoken. They are in need of small prayer books to be handed out at the event. If you have prayer books to donate or know of a possible source please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email

Reaching Out to Your Community with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ in Ways that Don't Cost Money! We are in hard economic times. "Times are terrible" many say. But just think what a blessing God has given us! The door is wide open for the Church to be the Church. Jesus showed us by his life that we are to be the church that "Does Feet" (John 13). People say that they would "do" evangelism, they would reach out to people in need, but their church simply does not have the money right now to do it, things are tight! Dear Christian brothers and sisters, it doesn't take money to touch those in need and pain - it takes you and your willingness to follow Jesus' example. If you would like a staff member of LCC to come out and share ways for you and your church to reach your members and community - without money - contact us at 866-455-6466 or email We would be more than happy to come and work with you! By the way, we can even bring our K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs with us. This also will NOT cost you!

UPDATE - $3,000 raised, $1,000 still needed! Support for Mission Trip to Kenya Request from Peter Imlah, Director of Mission and Outreach, Lutheran Church Charities Dear Friends in Christ, I have been given an opportunity to join with Salem Lutheran Church, Tomball, Texas ( on a mission trip to provide a prescription eyeglass clinic to people in need in Kenya, Africa, November 12-22 2009. I am really excited about this opportunity to minister in Kenya. During Salem's last trip to Kenya in May they were able to serve and share the Gospel Message with more than 15,000 people at 5 different locations! The November trip will cost me just over $3,500 (not including passport and shots), with the biggest portion coming from airfare. This is a big number, but I believe our God is bigger than that hurdle. Any support would be appreciated. I would love the opportunity to partner with you in this endeavor. If I have 50-100 people partner with me I would get where I need to be quite easily (many hands make for light work). If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to email me at I believe that the Lord speaks to us through our brothers and sisters in Christ and I would appreciate your input. Click here to donate...

Churches Partner With LCC To Provide Congregational Preparedness Training LCMS Human Care and World relief has put together the training and tools needed for a congregation to develop a plan for being prepared if a disaster hits. Not only that - LCC and the District Disaster Response Team are trained and willing to take your congregation through the plan. This takes about 3 hours with key leaders of your church. Members of LCC and the District Disaster Response team will continue to consult with you congregation, helping you through each of the various aspects to have a plan in place. LOCATIONS: ●

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Your Donations Make A Difference Six members of Faith Lutheran Church, Carpentersville & Deaconess Intern Becky Antio of Immanuel Palatine volunteered two hours Sunday afternoon to glean apples with Gleaners for the Lord. They were able to pick over 700 lbs of apples at Royal Oak Farm in Harvard. Faith will be giving out bags of fresh apples to their shut ins and other families in the congregation in need and will also donate apples to Fish, the local food pantry they support. At Immanuel the apples will be used by Good Samaritan Ministries to be given out to people in need of food.

LCC Volunteer Dawn Odoi brought in donations of new toys from the Bloomingdale Police department's Kids in Need Program along with a personal donation of Christmas decorations and a donation of Baby furniture and clothing from Kim Walsh. Part of the Baby clothes and the playpen from the Walsh donation went to a single mom and her baby.

Ten bags clothing and shoes were donated by Matt Vilumis and his family to help clothe those in need.

Left to Right Mr. Angel Pagan assisted Pastor Jean Bingue who picked up donations of clothing and toys from the Walsh , Villumis and Zender families to give out to refugee families in their community. They also received a corporate donation of food that had been picked up earlier in the day by LCC Volunteer Bill Fiel

Pastor Richard Gizynski picked up bags of winter clothing and coats that had been collected to meet the need shared in a recent appeal for Ebenezer Lutheran Church Chicago as they minister to people in need in their community.

Pastor Michael Guymon of Zoar Lutheran Church droped off the donation of a weed whacker which helped to meet a requested need for one of the ministries.

Feeding Children in Haiti LCC received the following e-mail from John

Hall, President of Trinity/Hope in

Lebanon, Tennessee. Trinity/Hope has been working for the last 10 years to provide a noon meal for the children in 53 Christian Schools in 7 geographic districts. Thank you to all who have supported the ministries in Haiti. Your generous donations continue to bring the Hope and Compassion of Christ to the children and their families. Dear friends, Sometimes you get an email that you just have to share. Here is one such email. It is to Keith Logan (the feeding program administrator for Jeremie) and me. It is from Lophane Laurent, our feeding program manager for all of Haiti. It is a summary of his trip to the area around Jeremie (a particularly distant and poor section of Haiti where we have just started the first feeding programs in the area for four schools.) Pastor Isaac is the ordained Lutheran Pastor who leads the district as its president and Popo is our feeding program director for the area. Below is the section pertaining to the start of this program as written by Lophane.

Dear Brothers, Peace and Grace to you from our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. How are you doing? How are your families? Hope you are well with God and that the same for my family. Brothers, this district is very far, but, when I saw the children, for me it not far because there is many children there who suffer hungry. In all schools I visited all the children where

happy to see and they sung for me like welcome Trinity/Hope. Brothers I was surprised to saw how poor the people are who live there. In each school I went I was sad to see the children, most of them came to school because they know in this school they can find something to eat. I have a child who came to me and aid: Mr. the manager, when Pastor Isaac and Popo told us in September we are going to eat we think this is a dream, but in Jeremie this is the first we go to school at the beginning of the school year just to see if yes there is a program in our school, when we came to school we saw there is something in the kitchen we said this is a dream, because there is many organization when they came here in Jeremie they said they will send food for us, it was not true, this is the reason why when they told us we are going to eat to this year, we said this is a joke, but now Trinity/HOPE changes everything, we see it's not a dream, it's true, since September 7th, we started feeding by one of the best and good organization in Haiti. Brothers, I can tell you [even] I was surprised to see how the program make a big impact in children's life. You couldn't imagine this, the teachers too told me, Mr. the Manager, know we are going to teach well because THERE IS FOOD at school.

Some of you support these four schools specifically but most give so the children in other areas are fed as well, but wherever your gift is directed, the message of what you are providing for all of these children is the same. Your gifts give them hope like they have never dared to have and witness in a mighty way of the HOPE eternal! Blessings, John [Click to contribute to the Food For Haiti Fund]

Can You Help LCC Find Free Warehouse Storage For Our Ongoing Ministry? In order to be able to respond to disasters swiftly, it is imperative that we operate in a state of preparedness. To be able to do that, it is important that we have our vehicles and equipment stored in a location and environment that will enable us to move quickly. For the other parts of our ministry, we need: ●

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Work space for our volunteers that is a climate controlled environment Has short term storage space for donations till they can be picked up in a few days. A space large enough where we can drive in and store our Disaster response RV and trailers for immediate DEPLOYMENT. A cargo bay allowing us the ability to load semi-trailers would also be nice and useful feature.

If you know of someone who owns or has available warehouse space that isn't being currently used, please contact Tim Hetzner at Lutheran Church Charities. We understand that use of the warehouse would not be permanent and that the owner would have the full rights to regain their facility if it was to be rented or sold. LCC would carry the insurance on the space we are using. Please contact Tim Hetzner, President of LCC at (866) 455-6466 if you know of someone. This would be a tremendous Help in meeting the increased demands LCC faces. Help us to continue to - by the Grace of God - Make A Difference in People's Lives and in God's Kingdom!

Continuing Need for Bi-Lingual Bibles for Outreach to Muslim College Students Request from POBLO Missionary Hicham Chehab Dear Friends, College years are times of transformation. So we need to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost at such a pivotal stage in the lives of People. POBLO-Chicago's student ministry is reaching out to Muslims at Community Colleges. More Bibles and Evangelism material are needed. Please consider donating to this cause so that we can answer the call for the Mission of God. In God's Peace Hicham [ Click Here to Donate Now ]

Warm Clothing and Blankets Needed LCC has received the following requests for warm clothing and blankets: From Pastor Richard Gizynski, Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Chicago: Ebenezer is once again looking for partner churches in our annual winter coat and blanket drive. We seek any winter coat, male or female, adult or children, new or gently used of all sizes. We can also accept hats, gloves and scarves. In addition we seek blankets of any size or material, from infant to king. Please, no clothing. If any church would like to partner with us please contact Pastor Rich Gizynski at 773-2165288. From Hicham Chehab, POBLO Missionary: Dear Friends, The cold is coming and some refugees need blankets and warm clothing for winter. If you have any, please contact me at 630-6661930 or email Donations can also be dropped off at St. John Lombard, Peace Lombard, or Trinity Roselle.

In God's Peace, Hicham

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LCC Staff and Comfort Dogs available for Church Functions and School Chapels! For more information on scheduling LCC and the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs for an event or chapel at your church, contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email To help support the growing Ministry of the Comfort Dogs click here... To find out information on how your congregation can get one of the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Click here Click here for some Photo Albums showing some of the many places the dogs have brought comfort.... And click here for the Dog Blog, featuring "Tara's Twitter"

Thanksgiving Baskets for Mobile Alabama Request from Pastor Tillahun Menedo, Faith Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama Again this year the Evangelism Committee at Faith Lutheran Church, Mobile is attempting to serve the needs within our own congregation and the local community, especially at this time of the year and at this critical time in our economy. We are so thankful for your past support for this project and give all the Glory and Praise to God. We are in the process of soliciting funding for our annual Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy and are seeking your help. We are planning to construct 6 baskets and anticipate the cost of each basket to be about

$40.00. To God be the Glory that this project will be a success again this year and will bless each recipient of these baskets with a meal for Thanksgiving that they otherwise may not have had. We do all of this in the name of Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We thank God for any considerations that you may give to this request and may God continue to bless you and your effort to provide assistance to all of the needed. Click here to donate to the Mobile Alabama Baskets Fund

Refugee Family Needs Assistance with Utility Bills Request from POBLO Missionary Hicham Chehab Dear Friends, I have an Iraqi refugee family of four that needs help in paying utility bills that amount to $ 250, gas and electrical bills. The cold is coming and they will not be able to make it if the services are disconnected. In God's Peace Hicham Donate to the Iraqi Refugee Utility Fund

LCC Offers Lutheran Early Response Team Training Tim Hetzner to Lead Training Session In order to better manage these volunteers and resources, FEMA is currently finalizing a guideline on credentialing volunteers for largescale disasters. The federal guidelines are expected to indicate that volunteers responding to a disaster should be trained and certified. Over a year ago LCC began plans to establish and provide training for Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) through out our district. Should a disaster strike these teams would be put on call and may be asked to deploy in 72 hours or less to the disaster site. This training will prepare team member for credentialing and will focus on the safety, work, and ministry of Lutherans as Early Responders. Future LERT Training workshops are scheduled for these dates and locations: â—?


Saturday, Oct. 24th at Friends in Christ Lutheran Church, Morris Illinois; 9AM to NOON Tuesday, Oct. 27th at Celebration Ministries at Hope


Lutheran Church, Park Forest Illinois; 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM A light meal will be provides for a $5 donation. Thursday, Oct 29th at St. Peter, Lutheran Church, Schaumburg. Illinois; 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM A light meal will be provided for a $5 donation.

If you are interested in serving as a LERT member but were not able to attend the first training session click here to register for one of the above sessions or for more information, call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466

Ministry To People With Disabilies In Critical Need Every week Voice of Care [] reaches with spiritual care hundreds of precious children and adults who have severe developmental disability. These people are in 16 care facilities throughout northern Illinois, places that have no relation with any church. The funding this ministry needs in order to continue must come from Christians who have a heart for reaching in Christ people with disabilities and those who care for them. At this time, the need for funds to cover chaplain salaries, travel and other basic ministry expenses in especially severe. To Donate to Voice of Care, Click here

Ethiopian Child Needs Specialized Medical Operation Request from Rev. Tilahun Mendedo, Faith Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama Tamirat Berhanu is a wonderful child of Christ and one of the children in Master Builders Center project. He is 10 years old but already in 7th grade. He lost his dad to HIV and his mom has no income at all except the $25 she receives from MBC every month. She uses this fund to help Tamirat and other siblings in the house. Tamirat needs to have a pediatric cystoscopy, but there are not any doctors in Ethiopia that can perform this procedure. We are looking for help in obtaining funds so that he can be treated in South Africa or Israel. Another option is for an urologist in the US to be able to perform this operation. Please donate here to the Ethiopian Child Medical Fund

Help train a Pastor in the rapidly growing Lutheran Church in Ethiopia Interview with Bruk Ayele - Dean, Lutheran Seminary in Ethiopia With over 5.5 Million members, keeping up with trained pastors is a challenge. Consider supporting a seminary student for $1500 a year. Watch the interview Tim Hetzner did with Pastor Bruk Ayele in Ethiopia. Help Make A Difference in a open mission field! Donate now!

Cars Needed for Immigrant Families Request from POBLO Missionary, Hicham Chehab Dear Friends, We have several Iraqi refugee families that we are working with who need reliable transportation. One is a family of four, also a family of six and a single mother. They have arrived here with very little and need transportation in order to work. The donation of a car would be a tremendous blessing and witness to these families. Please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email if you have a vehicle to donate

LCMS Pastor starts Orphanage in Ethiopia Rev. Tilahun Mendedo and his family have started a Lutheran orphanage in Ethiopia - where he was born. Pastor Mendedo is currently serving at Faith Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Mobile, Alabama.

To find out how you can help the orphanage grow in helping many of the street children in Ethiopia, please watch the video here. To support a child for one month the cost is only $25 which provides food, clothing, and education for the child ($300 for a year) Donate to the orphanage through LCC. Download the Master Builders Center Newsletter Download the Master Builders Center Flyer

Working Together with God Connecting the Dots The Lutheran Church in Ghana - Pastor Paul Fynn Deaconess Hannah Bart-Plange LWML Lutheran Church Charities

The Malaria Initiative Can deadly malaria fever be treated for one third of one penny? Can a pastor fit treatment for 500 suffering people in his shirt pocket? WARNING #1: You may not believe this story. That's a normal reaction, don't worry. WARNING #2: If you do not believe this story, you will be... wrong. (Thank the Lord!) Welcome to an African adventure - right here in Northern Illinois! Hannah's temperature skyrocketed to 104 degrees last Thursday evening. After 4 days of wrangling a 'flu' with Tylenol and chicken soup, we rushed our special guest from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana to the ER Pictured: Deac. Hannah Bart-Plange (center) being interviewed by Dr. Susan Busse (right) at Central DuPage Hospital. She was so weak and Rebekah Lifkin (left) that she could barely open her mouth to have her temperature taken. We were very, very scared.

Click here to read how she was healed! Please Help Deaconess Hannah! YOU can participate in showing Christ's Mercy in this amazing story too! ●

$2000 = Dcs. Hannah's personal bank loan to come to America. With her teacher's salary of $4000/yr, this loan will take over a year to pay back. Let's give her a hand with that! $500 = Food and travel expenses while she's in the US for one more month.

Click here to donate to Hannah's travel expenses

$3600 = OUCH. Medical Bills = 1 ER Visit + 2 Blood Tests. We are filing lots of paperwork with CDH and hope to have this bill reduced. Any remaining funds will go directly to ELCG outreach efforts in the rural villages of Ghana.

Click here to donate to Hannah's medical expenses $0 - There was no charge for the new treatment LCC doctors gave Hannah to end her malaria fever.

It is our fervent prayer that members of the Body of Christ across the globe may soon join us in using this new treatment as The Great Physician opens doors, bringing the gospel to new places and new faces we have not been allowed to reach before. Rebekah Litfin LWML President, St. John Wheaton Unto the Lord be the Glory for great things He has done! Unto the Lord be the Glory for great things He will do! (Ghanian Song of Praise) Click here to Help Finance and Cover the Expenses of the Malaria Initiative

Click here to watch an interview with Deaconess Hannah...

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PABLO - Jeremiah Baechler Dentures for Iranian Convert Mission to Haiti - Eyeglasses Needed Family of 3 in Need of Housing - Schaumburg Shipping Costs for Ghana Supplies Family of Five in Financial Need Open Doors in Haiti - Bible Study materials Needed Orphans in Kenya

Free to a Ministry - Toys and Preschool Equipment This is to be given out as a complete lot, not individual items. Lot of preschool toys, and supplies available from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in West Dundee, IL. If interested please call the church at (847) 426-7311. Items available are: ●

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25 new various title hard cover Eric Carle children's books 75 pc new wood tinker toys multi play table (sand/water) play work bench w/tools & screws play kitchen pots & pans play dough art academy kit talking microscope 3 bins of duplos (used) 2 buckets of lincoln logs (used) 2 buckets of alphabet blocks (used) 1 bucket colored blocks (used) approx 200 various children books ages pre-k-2nd grade (gently used)

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kids big tape measure 10-12 teacher work books helping heroes dollhouse people visual explorers colored optical panels primary bucket balance energizer pooh bear flashlight 1pk 8 1/2×11 kindergarten diplomas 2pks 8 1/2 × 11 teacher letter head (for computer) 1-8 1/2 × 11 award certificates w/ alphabet border 37ft number deco trim Leap Frog junior explorer globe 4 child craft chalk/slate boards

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2532 - 1 Cassette Player, 1 remote foot switch & head phones 2531 - 2 cassette tape erasers 2530 - 343 blank cassette tapes 2529 - 20 choir robes (blue with gold sashes) 2527 - 60+ Sparton Foam Soap dispensers for bulk soap 2526 - Commercial Refrigerator 54"W x 80"Tx34"D 2382/2383 - (2) Basketball Standards - One needs minor repair (welding) work. 2384/2385 - (2) Christmas Trees approx. 15-18 feet tall 2328 - 150 LW (1941) Hymnals 2311 - 8 drums & 10 bottles of ink for a Savin #3360 Duplicator 2300 - Wooden teacher's desk, formica top; 59.5"wide; 29.5"deep, 30.5" high 2296 - 6 ft tall, very narrow standing shelf unit for VCR storage; imitation walnut HYMNALS AVAILABLE... check the web site listing for the latest updates... For More items, click here to view the latest updates on our DONATE Web Page...

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Washing Machine Garage Door Opener for double-wide (2-car) single door Gas-Powered Weed Wacker

If you have items to donate contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities. org

New Items Free for the Asking LCC works THROUGH churches and is not a Direct Service Ministry. To request an item on our "Free for the Asking" list please contact your Church and ask that they call us (866-455-6466) requesting an item. Arrangements will then be made to connect the item with you. If you are not a member of a Christian Church then please call LCC to place you in contact with one of our LCMS churches who can assist you. ●

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2557 - Baldwin Model Electronic Organ Model 3ET, 2 manuals, 35 note keyboards, 25 note foot pedal kayboard Amplification 130 watts total 2553 - Brother MFC 7150C or MFC7160C Multi-Function Fax Machine, Color Printer, Scanner 2551 - Window air conditioner 2550 - Olympic weight set with bench 2548 - Kraft Bubble Mailer 12.25 x 17.125 EZ-2 open Teare Strim, Self Sealing Closure 25 envelopes per box 2532 - 1 Cassette Player, 1 remote foot switch & head phones 2531 - 2 cassette tape erasers 2530 - 343 blank cassette tapes 2527 - 60+ sparton Foam Soap dispensers for bulk soap

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2526 - Commercial Refrigerator 54"W x 80"Tx34"D 2522 - refrigerator 2521 - electric cook top 2521 - Item 2521b 18" dishwasher 2516 - Motorized single bed (controls to lift the head & foot) plus a massager 2498 - Brass & Glass ceiling light fixtures (12"H x 8" Dia.) For More Items Available, click here to view the list on our DONATE page...

To OFFER an item for this section, or to get a Receipt for an item you have donated, CLICK HERE for the NON-MONETARY DONATION FORM

Vehicles Needed to Help Individuals and Ministries All vehicles that are donated to LCC go directly out to families or individuals through our congregations. NO vehicles are sold. Photo: Jennifer's daughter had medical needs that required a vehicle with a Lift. This donated van helped to meet that need Here are some of the most recent requests, but we have others are are still waiting for some word... ● ● ● ● ●

Family of Four in Need of a Vehicle in Itasca Minivan needed for Hispanic Ministry in California 15 Passenger Van needed for Salam Arabic Church Single Mother Needs Car for Work Egyptian Refugee Family in need of Transportation

Click here for the complete page listing the needs

If you have a vehicle to donate, please contact LCC@LutheranChurchCharities. org or call 866-455-6466

LCC uses only Donated Vehicles to do our pick ups and deliveries of food, clothing and other items. Consequently, they have a tendency to break down more often. Would you consider helping us get the needed repairs to our vehicles? If so - please click here to make a donation.

STOP is not a word LCC uses often... But sometimes we have to COME to a STOP! Thank you for helping us so that Together with You, We Can Continue Making A Difference!

COME LORD JESUS, BE OUR GUEST ... You recognize this prayer written by Martin Luther ...

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest And let thy gifts to us be blessed. Amen If we really mean this prayer and want Jesus to be our Guest - wouldn't we feed him also? Consider becoming a part of LCC's individual challenge and FEED THE INVISIBLE GUEST AND MAKE HIM VISIBLE program to help feed the hungry. Click here for more details | Click here to donate now | Click here for a Bulletin Insert

Tim's Pick of the Week Book Of Bible Charts Maps & Time Lines by Rose Publishing The bestselling Rose Book Of Bible Charts, Maps & Time Lines was the 2007 #1 Bible Reference book sold in Christian bookstores! Rose Book Of Bible Charts, Maps & Time Lines is an outstanding study, teaching and pastor reference resource for understanding biblical dates, geography, events, and much more. Compare Bible times and now at a single

glance. Look inside the Tabernacle and Solomon's Temple. Compare religions. There are literally thousands of facts to enrich one's Bible study, understanding, and teaching. Here is a sampling of the content found in this bestselling book: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Full-color Bible Charts Overviews of the Old and New Testaments The Creation Maps that compare Bible and modern times The Holy Land: The Middle East; Where Jesus Walked Paul s Journeys Detailed illustrations of the Tabernacle, Temple and High Priest The Tabernacle Palm Sunday to Easter Biblical and historical Time Lines Christian History Timeline Bible Time Line How We Got the Bible Christianity, Cults & Religions Denominations Comparison Islam & Christianity

Job Seekers and Employers - Connect Online! Christians contact us frequently who are looking for employment - either because the company they are with has downsized, closed or has had layoffs. If you are looking for people to hire and would like to consider a fellow Christian for a position, please check here Job seekers can post their resumes, and employers can post job openings. Access to Expanded Job Listings through National Labor Exchange...

Servant at Heart Lutheran Church Charities' On-Line Christian Business Directory Looking for a Christian business? Lutheran Church Charities has an on-line Christian Business Directory called Servant@Heart. This on-line directory allows: ● ●

Christians businesses to advertise their services without cost. Others to seek out Christian businesses.

Each member of the directory has their church and pastor identified in their listing. Search at to find Christian businesses or to have your business listed. You can also go to or call (866) 455-6466. It is the people of God working together that fully allows God to build for His Kingdom!

Bayou Preservation Presentations in the Chicago Area Courtney Howell, Executive director of Bayou Grace Community services and Diane Huhn, Environmental Outreach Volunteer Coordinator will be speaking on "Southern Louisiana costal land loss, restoration and protection and the human impact" It sounds like a mouthful, but it may be one of the most significant things you learn about all year. Don't miss these opportunities! Chicago area presentations: Wednesday October 14th: Concordia University Chicago : In the OPRF Room of the Koehnke Community Center at 7:30 pm Thursday October 15th: Northern Illinois University: Montgomery hall auditorium (Terwilliger hall) 7pm Friday October 16th: St. John's Lutheran Church, LaGrange, Illinois (47th St. and Brainard Ave.) 6pm Sunday October 18th: Immanuel Lutheran Church, DeKalb, Illinois (511 Russell Rd.) 2pm All events are open to the public and you are encouraged to bring ALL interested parties, even children! Presentations will be approximately 1 hour. There will be a question and answer period included in each hour presentation. Please contact Pastor Marty Marks, Immanuel Lutheran in De Kalb at 815-756-6669 with any questions you may have - and spread the word! The following video will help you to understand. and have lots more information on the topic

Youth Summit - "Yes, We Have A Voice" October 16, 2009 Bethel-Imani Lutheran Church 6201 South Sangamon Chicago Please come out on Friday, October 16, 2009 and express your feelings about issues that concern you; i.e. education, family, gangs, jobs, church, etc. Bring friends and family, "This is Your Time". Any questions, please contact Whirly Wallace (773) 406-1360. RSVP Friday, October 2, 2009. Pastor Reverend, Dr. Raymond Legania Telephone Number (773) 487-8136

Evangelism Idea Exchange An NID Outreach Network Event Congregation leaders are encouraged to learn and share what's working and what isn't in evangelism at a district-wide networking event. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 St. Paul Lutheran Church 100 S. School Street Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Guest Speakers: Bruce Collet, Director of Outreach at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, will talk about what worked in the past and why it won't work now. Rev. Greg Finke, Senior Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, will share what they've learned about incarnational outreach and how it can work here. â—? â—?

Opening Devotion starts at 9 a.m. Day wraps up by 3 p.m.

Lunch and materials are provided in the $30 per person registration fee ($25 per person in groups of five or more) Register and pay online at

Spirit of Life Chorus Performance Schedule The Spirit of Life Chorus is a 100+ member ecumenical Christian concert chorus performing in church sanctories and auditoriums throughout the northern Illinois area. Our concert series this fall is entitled "A Baby Changes Everything". Imagine Mary and Joseph as their baby was born. Do you think their son changed their lives? History tells us the answer, and what a change He has all our lives. With music and the spoken word, our concert this year is filled with the wonderful and glorious sounds of Christmas! We hope to see you at one or more of our 2009 Fall Concert Series. The schedule is listed below: ARLINGTON HEIGHTS Saturday, October 17th Lutheran Home 800 West Oakton St.; 60004 Concert time: 6:30 p.m. NILES Sunday, October 25th St. John Lutheran Church 7429 Milwaukee Avenue; 60714 Concert time 4:00 p.m. BATAVIA Sunday, November 1 Immanuel Lutheran Church 950 Hart Road; 60510 Concert time: 4:00 p.m.

St. Luke Family Fall Fest Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 Lutheran Church of St. Luke 410 S. Rush Street, Itasca, IL 6 - 8:30 p.m. Get in the Spirit & join us for an evening of Fun and Fellowship! Admission is free*! The night will include free Games (with prizes), a Trick or Treat Trail, Hayrides, and a Bonfire for all ages. Concessions including Hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Hot Dogs, Nachos & Delicious Homemade Baked Goods will be available for

purchase. Wear your costume and experience a great night with family and friends! *Although admission is free, a free-will donation will be appreciated to help cover the cost of the event and help to support our National Youth Gathering Trip this summer.

Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day Grace Lutheran Church in Evanston has recently started the "Courage Fund" - they are opening up in faith to raise $75,000 for people who are hurting during this economic crisis. In conjunction with the COURAGE FUND, I will be doing HAUNTED BY GOD: THE LIFE OF DOROTHY DAY at Grace Lutheran. PLEASE COME ! Thank you! Lisa Wagner-Carollo, Still Point Theatre Collective WHEN: Sunday, October 25, 2009 WHAT: A Project to Raise Funds for Protein for Food Pantries --- in conjunction the COURAGE FUND of Grace Lutheran Church. Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day Question and Answer Session with Lisa Wagner-Carollo follows WHERE: Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South Boulevard, Evanston, IL TIME: 7:00 pm seating - No reservations, first come, first served, doors open at 6:30 pm SUGGESTED DONATION: $12 or "pay what you can"

Benefit Concert to Assist the Families of Our Armed Forces Concert to be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 7:00 PM Immanuel Lutheran Church 200 N. Plum Grove Road Palatine, Illinois 60067 A benefit concert is being given to raise funds to support the families of the military on Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 200 N. Plum Grove, in Palatine. The RejoiceSingers will present the musical "Our Flag Was Still There" - a multimedia presentation along with a children's choir and Immanuel's adult choir. A chaplain, recently returned from service in Iraq, will be participating as well. This powerful program is open to the public. For information contact: Lutheran Church Charities or Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palatine (847) 359-0139.

120th Anniversary Concert Sunday, November 15, 2009 3:00 PM First Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1649 W. LeMoyne, Chicago In celebration of the 120th anniversary of its building and the 138th anniversary of the congregation, First Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chicago will hold a special concert and hymn sing on Sunday, November 15, 2009, at 3 p.m. Michael Waal, organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, will be the organist and Laura Schmuldt, director of music at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Cary, will be the vocalist. The theme will be "Through the Church Year," and will feature works from every season of the church year, including works by Bach, Buxtehude, Bender, and Bunjes. A free will offering will be collected. Proceeds from the concert will go towards capital improvements. First Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 1649 W. Le Moyne, the corner of Le Moyne and Paulina Streets, in the East Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. It is located approximately five blocks from the North Avenue exit of the Kennedy Expressway. Please note that the posters sent out to many of the Chicagoland congregations incorrectly give the date as November 13; it should read November 15.

Phil's Friends 2nd Annual Celebration of Hope Dinner November 20, 2009 6:30 PM Reception 7:15 Dinner Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

Upcoming Events - Click Here for a complete listing of Upcoming Events Bayou Preservation Presentation Youth Summit Evangelism Idea Exchange Trinity 150th Anniversary Celebration Family Fun Fest Haunted By God Apologetics Seminar Fundraiser:Hope for Tina 120th Anniversary Concert Phil's Friends Dinner

October 14, 15, 16, and 18, 2009 October 16, 2009 October 17, 2009 October 18, 2009 October 23, 2009 October 25, 2009 Oct 26-30, 2009 November 8 -2 pm November 15, 2009 November 20, 2009

Various Locations Bethel-Imani Lutheran, Chicago St. Paul, Mount Prospect Trinity Lutheran Church, Tinley Park, Illinois St. Luke, Itasca, Illinois Grace, Evanston Jacksonville, Arkansas Merionette Park - Chicago First Immanuel, Chicago Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

How To Support Lutheran Church Charities All contributions go dollar per dollar to the causes listed in this newsletter. If you would like more information on how to help or if you have items to share please contact or send contributions to LCC, 333 West Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101 or contribute at our web site at or call us for credit card donations at LCC's office at (866) 455- 6466

October 14, 2009 - Making A Difference Newsletter  

Weekly Newsletter from Lutheran Church Charities

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