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November 11, 2009  

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Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Joins and Supports Face of Crisis - Extra Mile Ministries K9 Crisis Response Team

Please join us in praying for everyone touched by the shooting incident at Fort Hood Army Base on Thursday, November 5, 2009. LCMS Chaplain Rev. Ralph Buchhorn, Please e-mail your Executive Director of Face of Crisis has been in contact articles/photos/graphics to with local people near the base and they are keeping him LCC@ updated as things happen. We are currently monitoring the LutheranChurchCharities.org situation closely to determine how we can best respond with our K9 Chaplain/Comfort Dog teams. Deadline for submission is Monday by Noon. At this point, our tentative plan is to put a team together that will respond as the aftermath sets in. Your financial and prayer support is necessary if we are to make this In This Issue response a reality. Funds are needed for travel and lodging of the handlers and Comfort Special Appeal - Fort Hood Dogs. Bag Mat Donation   LCC Bag Mat Project Please consider helping us to bring the Mercy and Benefit Concert Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation Compassion of Jesus Christ to those in our armed Thanksgiving Baskets for services affected by this Mobile Alabama Church Professional Retreat tragedy. Dollar per Dollar your Mission Fair at St. Matthew donation will go to this response. Lutheran Church Pete Leaves for Kenya Charities is supporting this Careers for Christ Conference mission outreach by providing Comfort Dog Ministry Update the funds to help Extra Mile Widow Medical Need Ministries respond as well as Homeless Mother and Daughter LCC's Parish K-9 Comfort Haiti Missions Update dogs.  Kara Needs Stem Cell   Treatment Face of Crisis - Extra Mile Ministries K9 Response Team is a ministry directed by LCMS Pastor Rev LERT Training Silent Auction Items Needed Ralph Buchhorn.  LCC K-9 Comfort dogs and handlers will respond to the Fort Hood tragedy by Thrivent Giving working with and under Face of Crisis direction.  To Warehouse Space Needed learn more about Face of Crisis or to donate to them Bilingual Bibles directly go to New Bible Study Classes www.FaceOfCrisis.org Comfort Dogs Available for   Church Functions Thank you for helping to Make A Difference to the Ethiopia Seminary families and Armed Service men and women!

Cars Needed for Immigrant Families Ethiopia Missions Stories Still Seeking Support... Items Available to a Ministry

Serving Together, Serving Christ, so we can serve others IN HIS NAME, Tim Hetzner, President, LCC Click here to donate


Items NEEDED for a Ministry... Items Free for the Asking Vehicles Needed to Help Individuals Van Repairs Feed the Invisible Guest Program Tim's Pick of the Week Job Seekers and Employers Servant at Heart Business Directory Spirit of Life Chorus Performance Schedule Arise! Cry Out! LEGO Club 120th Anniversary Phils Friends Banquet Candy Cane Lane Troop 92 Scout Breakfast Upcoming Events How To Support LCC

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Bag Mats for the Homeless Delivered to St. Matthew, Chicago On Thursday, November 5th, Ed Strunk, LCC volunteer and member of Immanuel Lutheran, Palatine, delivered Bag Mats for the Homeless that were made by members of Immanuel's  50's Plus. The mats were delivered to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago. The mats will be handed out to the homeless that they serve through their soup kitchen and other community outreaches.

LCC Bag Mat Project - Sleeping Mats for Homeless Immanuel Lutheran, Palatine ABC-7 Chicago (Channel 7) recently visited Immanuel Palatine to do a story on their involvement with the Bag Mat Project for their special segment "Live Green with ABC-7". The story aired on Friday, November 6th during the 5PM news broadcast and during their Saturday morning broadcast on November 7th. Click here to see the video of the story by ABC7 Chicago 

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The new sleeping mat ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois, provides another option to dispose of all those unwanted plastic bags and at the same time reach into the community with a loving act in Christ's name. Each Friday, women from Immanuel's 50s Plus group gather to transform plastic shopping bags into sleeping mats for the homeless.   Click here for the rest of the story Click here to view instructional video  

LCC connects needs with resources, working with more than 400 congregations to help Christians "Make a Difference in People's Lives and in God's Kingdom" To meet our staff, click here

Benefit Concert to Assist the Families of Our Armed Forces Immanuel Lutheran, Palatine

On Saturday, November 7th a benefit concert was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in For more information about LCC Palatine to raise support for families of the and its human care ministry, please military. The Rejoice Singers presented the contact LCC staff at: musical "Our Flag Was Still There" - a multimedia presentation along with a children's LCC@LutheranChurch choir and Immanuel's adult choir. The concert was well attended. Charities.org Thank You to all who came and supported our military families. You have Made a More... Difference in their lives!

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Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009 Beginning at 10:00 am St. Matthew Lutheran Church 24500 N. Old McHenry Rd. Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047

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If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran and/or service person and will be spending the day alone, please feel free to invite them. We also invite senior citizens who would be alone for the holiday, to join us in hosting our veterans and families. St. Matthew Lutheran Church Krueger Hall Worship service begins at 10 am FREE Appetizers and Dinner to follow, starting at 11 am until we are done having FUN!!!! We will be watching football as well! Please RSVP TODAY! Susan Stewart 847-209-2696

LCC Announces "Send a Spoken Prayer"

There is limit of 150 people so call NOW! The church is located on Old McHenry Road between Quentin and Midlothian Roads.

Thanksgiving Baskets for Mobile Alabama Request from Pastor Tillahun Menedo, Faith Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama LCC's "Send a Spoken Prayer" e-Card site is available. To learn more, Click Here  

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


Church Professional Retreat 40 DCEs (Director of Christian Education) and Youth Workers joined together in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the yearly Church Professional Retreat. Pete Imlah, Director of Mission and Outreach for Lutheran Church Charities was the Bible Study Leader and Dr. Craig Oldenburg from California was the Larger Group Leader. LCC's K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Tilly and Darlin also attended the conference providing comfort to those church workers who attended the retreat. This retreat was attended by church workers from the Northern Illinois District, Central Illinois District, South Wisconsin District and Iowa East District.

LCC Attends Mission Fair at St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods In an effort to expose their congregation to various Mission Ministries, St Matthew in Hawthorn Woods held a Mission Fair this past weekend. More and more congregations are doing this to expose their members to various ministries. If you ever would like help in planning a Mission Fair contact Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466. Our staff would love to work with you in setting one up!

Pete Leaves for Kenya Pete Imlah, Director of Mission and Outreach for LCC leaves on Thursday, November 12th for a 10 day mission trip to provide a prescription eyeglass clinic to people in need in Kenya, Africa. Watch our website www.LutheranChurchCharities.org for Pete's updates from Kenya.

Careers for Christ Conference, CUC Pete Imlah spoke at Concordia University, Chicago last Friday night, November 6th. He was invited to be the Keynote speaker at Concordia's Careers for Christ Conference. Pete shared with the Junior and Senior High School students about what it means to answer the call to ministry as well as sharing his own journey since graduating from Concordia. LCC Comfort Dog Tilly attended the conference with Pete and was on hand to meet the students.


Comfort Dog Ministry Update

Comfort Dogs Visit Milestone, Rockford   On Tuesday, November 3rd LCC volunteer and Comfort Dog handler Tranetta McComb and LCC Comfort Dog Star joined Deaconess Jana Peters with Voice of Care on Jana's weekly devotion at Milestone. Milestone is a residence for adults with disabilities in Rockford. 20 residents and staff joined Jana for the devotional time and then spent time visiting with Star.      

Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Lombard   On Wednesday, November 4th, LCC Comfort Dogs Howe, Zina, Olympia and Tilly attended the chapel service at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Lombard. Tim Hetzner spoke on the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Ministry. After the service the dogs (and handlers) visited with the students and faculty.       

Celebration Ministries

LCC Comfort Dog Darlin has been busy working with Christine Rechsteiner, Campus Ministry Coordinator at Celebration Ministries in Park Forest. They were at the Victory Center with the PreSchoolers as they got ready for trick-ortreating. They also attended Park Forest's Safe Halloween. Then they visited Just a Day Away in Steger (a work training sight for people with disabilities, pictured left) Christine talked about Darlin's job and responsibilities.

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LCC thanks Denise Goelitz of Kitten KaPoodle Mobile Pet Grooming For providing free grooming for LCC's Comfort Dog, Star. Denise operates a mobile grooming shop. She services clients in a 20 mile radius of Elgin. First time clients receive $5.00 off with another $5.00 off for each additional animal groomed. Call 224-678-8767 or e-mail KittenKapoodle@live.com Thank you Denise for taking care of Star!


Widow Needs Assistance with Medical Insurance Request from Pastor Steve Lockman, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Flint, Michigan Partial Need Met - Thank you to those who have donated to this ongoing need.    Pastor Lockman pictured (right) receiving check from LCC 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

Homeless Mother and Daughter in Need of $1,000 for Housing Request from Pastor David Barber and Thomas Amato, Chairman Board of Elders, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Glenview, Illinois UPDATED AS OF 11/1/2009: Tina and Carla (names intentionally changed) want to thank each of the donors for contributions received so far by Immanuel Lutheran Church, on their behalf. (pictured Thomas Amato receiving check from LCC) These funds combined with the major portion of Carla's November social security check, will be used to get the long needed brake job done on their car this week. Once the brakes have been repaired, they will need approximately $800 to replace the tires on their car. Though Tina and Carla were in housing for the last three weeks, thanks to a gift from Immanuel Lutheran Church, they will again be in their car tonight. About three weeks ago, with the funds provided by Immanuel Lutheran Church, we were able to get Tina and her mom into a house-sharing arrangement in a northern suburb after having lived in their car for about a year. This arrangement appeared to be working out fine, until last week, when the owner notified Tina that he had decided to move back into his parents' home and rent out his entire house. So Tina and Carla will be back living in their car again unless we find them another home. If anyone in the north or northwest suburbs of Chicago has housing available that they wish to share with Tina, her mom and her small dog, he/she can contact Tom Amato at Immanuel Lutheran Church (847.724-1034). Again, any assistance for Tina and Carla would be a tremendous blessing to them as they put their lives back together, especially as the colder weather is upon us.   Click to donate to this fund...


Woman Facing Eviction- Immediate Need for $1,169 Request from Pastor Dave Hudak, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Schaumburg, Illinois Yolanda lives in the Schaumburg area in a rented apartment. She was working two jobs in order to make ends meet, but recently lost her part time job. As a result of this uncertainty, her son is now living with his father in Florida. She recently received information that she would be evicted from her apartment if she could not come up with $1,169 in back rent. While Yolanda is not a member of St. Peter, she does have roots in the Lutheran Church back in Puerto Rico. We are also assisting her with food from our food pantry at this time. I would appreciate any help that could be offered to Yolanda at this time. Click here to donateÂ

Thanksgiving Greetings from the Haitian Lutheran Mission Project, Christ Lutheran Church, Orland Park LCC received the following update from Sue Gross, Haitian Lutheran Mission Project, Christ Lutheran Church, Orland Park Although in this economy we may feel we are having to do without some of the things we consider necessities, Thanksgiving might be a good time for us to re-evaluate what is really important and what we might be able to give up permanently to give glory to GOD. I am not asking any of you to starve your families so that you can support Pastor Isaac's Ministry but there might be a little luxury in your life you can do without so that someone else can feed his child more than 5 kernels of corn a day. Does your family go out for dinner occasionally? Instead of taking them out for pizza once a month have pizza at home and sponsor an orphan for $25.00 a month with the money you save by eating at home. Let the children know that they are feeding a child that has nothing by giving up their night out. To read the entire article, click here. Click here to contribute to the Food For Haiti Fund Click here to contribute to the Haiti Schools Fund Click here to contribute to Isaac's Orphanage, Haiti

Nine Year Old Girl with Cerebral Palsy Needs Stem Cell Treatment Request from Pastor Dan Dierks, Peace Lutheran Church Schererville, Indiana Kara is a nine year old girl with Cerebral Palsy. She lives in Dyer, Indiana and is a member of Peace Lutheran Church. She suffers from Cerebral Palsy because of a stroke that occurred prior to her birth. She is unable to walk on her own and has limited use of her left arm. She also suffers from seizure disorder, for which she takes medication daily.


Kara participates in therapies in school and at a pediatric clinic, and though much progress has been made, it is slow. Surgery was offered as the only option to help Kara with her physical and orthopedic impairments, and continued therapy the best option to help her become more independent. Because of the unavailability of other treatment programs in the United States, Kara's family has decided to take her to China for stem cell treatment. In this five-week program, Kara would receive stem cell injections, paired with a rigorous therapy program. The treatment will be given at The Wu Stem Cells Medical Center in Beijing, China (www.unistemcells.com) beginning December 14, 2009 and continuing into January 2010. Our anticipated hope is to see global improvement in Kara's abilities, physically and mentally, and the treating doctor feels very confident we will see these results. Kara is covered under insurance; however, her insurance will not cover any portion of the treatment in China (or anywhere out of the country, for that matter). Because of this, Kara's family will have to pay out-of-pocket for the treatment and all associated costs, equaling approximately $30,000. Any help financially or, even more, with prayer, would be most appreciated. Click here to donate

Fourth Group Completes LERT Training Twenty four new individuals completed the LERT training course hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Illinois on Tuesday November 3rd. These 24 participants, along with the 105 who completed the three earlier training sessions, will be certified by LCMS World Relief and Human Care Services and will be allowed to respond in the event of a state or federally declared emergency. This workshop was the last one scheduled for this year. If you are interested in taking the training, watch for future training dates after the first of the year.

Silent Auction Items Needed for Fundraiser The Bakery House, a ministry for homeless men in Gary, Indiana is in need of items for a Silent Auction. The Auction and Fund Raiser Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crown Point, Indiana. Rebuilding the Breach Ministries, which owns and operates the Bakery House, is an ad hoc ministry of Lutheran Churches in the Northwest Indiana area. The facility currently houses 32 men, and teaches them basic Lutheran beliefs, and lifestyle and employment skills. For information Email Dennis Hodges at wdh.2016@att.net, or call (219) 887-1351. Visit their website


Thrivent Giving Plus being Phased Out!

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

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: 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 BiLingual 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

Looking to be in a Bible Study? This Fall, Does Your Church Want to Host a Study? Your Small Group? Indicate Your Interest Here

Register Online - Click Here Looking to Host a Bible Study? WORD AMONG US Bible Studies Lutheran Church Charities InDepth Bible Studies - WORD AMONG US - May be your Solution!

Free for Congregations! If you would like to be a host site click here   IF you would like to join an existing class click here  If you would like to take a course by internet - Click here  

Short-Format Courses

James: 5-week course Philippians: 5-week course Jude: 1-week course Jonah::3-week course Proverbs: 10-week course Know that God Exists:     1-week course Esther: 5-week course

Classes Forming Now! Cover to Cover Year 1 St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods St. John, Country Club Hills St. Paul, Matteson Cover to Cover Year 2 Trinity, Lansing The Gospel of John St. Paul, Thornton Philippians Lord of Life, LaFox St. Paul, Winfield James Trinity, Huntley Pueblo, Colorado Jonah Shepherd of the Hills, Onalaska, Wisconsin Proverbs St. Luke, Itasca

Long-Format Courses Cover To Cover: A Journey Through The Bible 60-week course The Gospel of John 31-week course Apocalypsis Jesu Christus: The Book of Revelation 30-week course

For more information and registration, Click Here...   To Find out more information contact Tim Hetzner at 866-455-6466 or email at WAU@LutheranChurchCharities.org 


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 LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org 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"  

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 LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org  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

Other Stories Still Seeking Support Family in Need of Car and Short Term Rent Assistance Ethiopian Child Needs Specialized Medical Operation Voice of Care Handicapped Ministries POBLO - Jeremiah Baechler Mission to Haiti - Eyeglasses Needed Shipping Costs for Ghana Supplies Open Doors in Haiti - Bible Study materials Needed

Items Available to a Ministry Lutheran Books of Worship (copyright 1978) 10 bin sorter with stapler Collator series 300/400 with corner stapler 2600 upright Rippen piano, model Cantabile, serial # 194416 2590 Black Steel Advent Wreath with plastic electrified candles 2589 Pulpit (Lamb of God design) 2587 Altar: black square tube steel with marble facing - with Trinity symbol 2532 - 1 Cassette Player, 1 remote foot switch & head phones   For More items, click here to view the latest updates on our DONATE Web Page...

Items NEEDED for a Ministry A larger lawn tractor or ATV with a plow blade or snow blower equipment in working or repairable condition A heavy duty pickup truck with or with out plow equipment, in working or repairable condition 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. 2608 2607 2606 2599 2598 2597

1 1/2 yr old Premier Stove with above fan 6 yr old GE Refrigerator-White portable sewing machine in a case GE Black Stove. 30" wide slide in, 4 burner gas with self cleaning over wooden trundle bed with mattress and bolster pillow nativity set

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 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 Bible Tabs Bible Tabs make learning easy and enhance your study time. Tabs are precut, self-adhesive, permanent and are printed on both sides. LCC's bookstore has a wide range of styles to choose from!

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 www.servantatheart.org.    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 ServantAtHeart.org to find Christian businesses or to have your business listed.  You can also go to www.LutheranChurchCharities.org or call (866) 455-6466.  It is the people of God working together that fully allows God to build for His Kingdom!

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 made....in 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: DES PLAINES - Sunday, November 15th Christ Church 1492 Henry Avenue; 60016 Concert time: 4:00 p.m. WOOD DALE - Sunday, November 22nd Holy Ghost Catholic Church 254 Wood Dale Road Concert time: 4:00 p.m. CAROL STREAM - Sunday, November 29th Lutheran Church of the Master 580 North Kuhn Road ; 60188 Concert time: 4:30 p.m. ROSELLE - Sunday, December 6th St. Walter Catholic Church 201 West Maple Avenue ; 60172 Concert time: 4:30 p.m.

Parent and Child Hand in Hand Thursday, November 12, 2009 9:30 am - 11:00 am Faith Lutheran Church 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd.  Arlington Heights, IL Celebrating Thanksgiving is the theme for the Parent and Child Hand in Hand class that will be held at Faith Lutheran Church,


431 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL on Thursday, November 12, 2009, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Parent and Child Hand in Hand classes are designed for parents (or grandparents or other caregivers) and two and "young" three year old children as an introduction to the pre-school experience in a Christian environment. There will be Learning Centers for both the child and parent to explore as well as planned activities that promote growth and meet the child's developmental needs. Parents have an opportunity to connect with other parents while children are at play and during informal discussions based on child development topics. Pre-registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. There will be a $5.00 charge per child to cover costs of materials. To receive an information packet and/or to enroll, please call 847253-4839 or e-mail clambs@sbcglobal.net.

Arise! Cry Out! Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd.  Arlington Heights, IL Arise! Cry Out!, a nationwide day of prayer sponsored by Moms in Touch International will be hosted by Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This event which will take place at over 600 sites internationally. Women of all walks of life and faith traditions are invited to join together with the sole focus of praying for children. It is not affiliated with any particular church or denomination. This will be a concentrated time of reflection and interaction with like-minded women. Women who participate will take away a lingering awareness of God's involvement in their own lives, as well as the lives of children. There is also a powerful experience of joining with others who share the same desire that children are under God's constant supervision and care. It is possible to pre-register by going to the web-site www.momsintouch.org, but walkins are welcome for all or part of the program. A $5.00 contribution to defray costs is suggested but not mandatory. For more information call Margie Mayfield at 847-2534919 or Deb Hallman at 847-394-0553.

LEGO Club Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:00 am - 11:00 am Faith Lutheran Church 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd.  Arlington Heights, IL LEGO CLUB will meet on Saturday, November 14, 2009, 9:00 - 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights. This is an intergenerational experience for friends, neighbors, children and adults to join in a morning of creativity and play. Enter the church through the doors at the top of the ramp on the south side of the church. Free admission. Call 847-259-4839 for more information.

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 www.PhilsFriends.org

Candy Cane Lane and The Gingerbread House Cookies, Crafts and More Bazaar Saturday, November 21, 2009 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd.  Arlington Heights, IL   Candy Cane Lane awaits children at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights on Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program will feature crafts and activities. It will coincide with the Women of Faith Gingerbread House sale and allow parents and caregivers to shop while children enjoy creative time. Free admission. Call (847) 253-


4839 for more information. The Gingerbread House Cookies, Crafts and More Bazaar will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights on Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Women of Faith will be selling cookies by the pound, baked goods, candies and other treats and crafts. Vendors will be selling candles, jewelry, ornaments, crafts and more to benefit ministries. Stop by to shop for unique gifts or to enjoy a snack of cookies and coffee at the "Cookie Cafe." Candy Cane Lane will feature crafts and activities for children. This is a great opportunity to shop for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free admission. Call (847) 253-4839 for more information.

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast on November 22nd   Sunday, November 22, 2009 7:30 am - 10:45 am St. Matthew Lutheran Church 24500 N. Old McHenry Rd. Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047 Troop 92 from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods is sponsoring a community all-youcan-eat pancake (and more) breakfast on Sunday, November 22nd from 7:30 AM-10:45 AM in the St. Matthew gym. In addition to pancakes, French toast, sausage, fruit, coffee cake, coffee, orange juice and milk will be served. The cost is $4.50 for ages 5 and above. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mr. Mackelfresh at 847-809-4374. The church is located on Old McHenry Road between Quentin and Midlothian Roads.

ENOUGH Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty - Community Forum   Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 3:00 PM Faith Lutheran Church 680 W. Deerpath Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

For more than forty years, humankind has had the knowledge, tools, and resources to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet at the start of the twenty-first century, 25,000 people a day - and nearly six million children a year - die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases.  Malnutrition kills more Africans than AIDS and malaria combined.   Hear the story of world hunger from Roger Thurow.  Hear what we could do to address this issue, join us and participate in a community forum.    Click here for more information or call (847)234-1868.

A German Christmas "Liederfest" (Hymnfest) Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:00 PM St. John Lutheran Church


4939 W. Montrose Chicago, Illinois 60641 St John Lutheran Church, 4939 W Montrose in Chicago, will be conducting an all German Christmas "Liederfest" (Hymnfest) December 6, at 7:00 p.m. The program will begin with familiar Christmas folk music and then move into the Christmas celebration with readings and hymns to celebrate our Savior's birth. St John is conveniently located on the northside, in the heart of Chicago, three blocks west of highway 90/94 and has good parking facilities. Everyone is welcome, but especially people of German descent who wish to revive a rich, old tradition with their family. Refreshments will be served after the program. For additional information, call 773-736-1112

Christmas Concert at St. John's La Grange   Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:30 PM St. John Lutheran Church 47th Street & Brainard Ave. La Grange, Illinois 60525

"These are the Days..." is the theme of the annual Christmas Concert presented by St. John's Lutheran Church and School, 505 S. Park Rd. La Grange, IL 60525 on Sunday, December 13th at 6:30 pm. Under the direction of Mr. David Christian, this evening of music will feature St. John's adult and children's choirs and ensembles, orchestra and two handbell choirs. St. John's is delighted this year to also feature guest organist, Michael Wolniakowski, master organist and teacher at Lyons Township High School in the choral music department. The music performed at this year's concert will expand various time periods and styles, reiterating the timeless yet prevailing significance of the birth of Jesus. Familiar music and carols which have been a part of our Christmas tradition for generations will be heard. Yet, as the theme suggests, embodied in the evening's repertoire will be the compelling message that the hope of Christmas is for "these days," leaving the audience with forward thrusting joy and peace to last beyond the holiday season.

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Various dates, See Schedule Nov 15 through Dec 6 November 12, 2009 Faith Lutheran, Arlington Heights

LEGO Club November 14, 2009 Arise! Cry Out! November 14, 2009 120th Anniversary Concert November 15, 2009 Phil's Friends Dinner November 20, 2009 Candy Cane Lane and November 21, 2009 The Gingerbread House Cookies, Crafts and More Bazaar Troop 92 Pancake Breakfast November 22, 2009 Thanksgiving Dinner November 26, 2009 ENOUGH Why the World's Poorest Starve November 22 - 3 pm in an Age of Plenty - Community Forum A German Christmas "Liederfest" (Hymnfest) December 6, 2009

Faith Lutheran, Arlington Heights Faith Lutheran, Arlington Heights First Immanuel, Chicago Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace Faith Lutheran, Arlington Heights St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods Faith Lutheran, Lake Forest St. John, Chicago


Christmas Concert

December 13 - 6:30 pm St. John's, La Grange

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