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November 18, 2009  

K-9 Crisis Response to Ft. Hood Shootings Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Responds Do you have an article to submit to the LCC Newsletter?

Please join us in praying for everyone touched by the shooting incident at Fort Hood Army Base on Thursday, November 5, 2009. We are currently monitoring the situation closely to determine how we can best respond with our LCC Parish K-9 Comfort Dog teams.

Please e-mail your articles/photos/graphics to At this point, our tentative plan is to put a team together that LCC@ will respond as the aftermath sets in. Your financial and prayer support is necessary if we are to make this response a reality. Funds are needed for travel and lodging of the Deadline for submission is handlers and LCC Comfort Dogs. Monday by Noon.

In This Issue

Special Appeal - Fort Hood Pete Arrives in Kenya Van Repairs LCC Bag Mat Project Volunteers Needed Family in Need of Medicinal and Utility Assistance Refugee Family Single Mother of Two Facing Eviction Life Saving Education for Orphans in Kenya Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless and Unemployed Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation Thanksgiving Baskets for Mobile Alabama Car Needed for Ministry Beautiful Feet Conference Your Donations Make A Difference Comfort Dog Ministry Update Widow Medical Need Homeless Mother and Daughter Woman Facing Eviction Haiti Missions Update Thrivent Giving Warehouse Space Needed Bilingual Bibles New Bible Study Classes Comfort Dogs Available for

Please consider helping us to bring the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ to those in our armed services affected by this tragedy. Dollar per Dollar your donation will go to this response. Thank you for helping to Make A Difference to the families and Armed Service men and women! Serving Together, Serving Christ, so we can serve others IN HIS NAME, Tim Hetzner President, LCC Click here to donate

LCC Staff Member Pete Imlah Arrives in Kenya Pete Imlah, Director of Mission and Outreach for LCC arrived safely in Kenya on Friday, November 13th for a 10 day mission trip. We received the following update from Pete: Things are going well. We saw about 215 people today. God was moving in a mighty way. I was blessed with the chance to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the area top police officer. He committed his life to the Lord today. He knows Jesus but had never totally surrendered his life completely to him. We prayed together and then he had me share with his three subordinates.

Church Functions Cars Needed for Immigrant Families Stories Still Seeking Support... Items Available to a Ministry Items NEEDED for a Ministry... Items Free for the Asking Vehicles Needed to Help Individuals 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 Phils Friends Banquet Troop 92 Scout Breakfast Candy Cane Lane Troop 92 Scout Breakfast Poverty Forum A German Christmas Christmas Concert Upcoming Events How To Support LCC

Prayer Wall Post a prayer, or pray for others!

What an honor God blessed me with. 58 gave their lives to Jesus yesterday. The church is one of 6 churches in this town. There has been a Lutheran presence there now for 2 years. It's a farm community and the pastors and evangelists rotate every 2 weeks around to other Lutheran Churches. Watch our website for more updates from Kenya. Click here to see pictures from Kenya...

LCC Van Repair! $400 needed for repairs

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. One of our 15 passenger vans needs its air pump and belts replaced. The estimated costs for the repairs is $400.00. 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!

LCC Bag Mat Project - K-LOVE Interview Immanuel Lutheran, Palatine

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Deaconess Suzanne Fingerle of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine was interviewed by K-LOVE radio (94.3 FM in Chicago) about Immanuel's 50's Plus involvement in the LCC Bag Mat Project. The interview will air (nationally) several times on Wednesday, November 18th, in more than 200 cities across the country, reaching more than five million people. LCC will post a link to the interview on our website when it is available. Click here to view instructional video

Immediate Need for Volunteers to Help Rehab Home for Two Seniors Request from Pastor John Brazeal, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Chicago

Christ the King has obtained two apartments that they will use for housing two seniors who would otherwise be homeless. While doing the rehab they discovered a serious crack in the For more information about LCC stack pipe that runs from the bathroom into the basement. The and its human care ministry, please whole pipe from the roof to the basement needs to be contact LCC staff at: replaced. They are in immediate need of volunteers who can LCC@LutheranChurch


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do plumbing to help replace the pipe. They also need volunteers who can help put down new floors and help with painting. They are hoping to be able to move the seniors in before Christmas. If you are available any time between now and December 13th and can help the members of Christ the King rehab these two apartments please call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email

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I have a family that needs help with medication and utility bills. The amount needed is around $ 550. The head of the family has a pacemaker, and his Medicaid application is pending. He recently had the heart surgery and could not work. He has four children. They all come to Salam Fellowship. Click here to donate 

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Refugee Family Needs Rent Assistance Request from POBLO Missionary, Hicham Chehab We have a refugee family of four that needs assistance with rent. The family arrived three months ago and the head of the family found only a part-time job that can barely put bread on the table. Their rent is $800 a month. Click here to donate 

LCC Announces "Send a Spoken Prayer"

Single Mother of Two Facing Eviction Request from Pastor Brian Davies, Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, Grayslake, Illinois

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Jana is a mother of two children, a 3 year old and an infant. Although her family is Muslim, her three year old attends our Gloryland Christian Preschool. Recently, Jana's husband left her, and Jana is left without a job, money, and soon a place to live, as she is scheduled to be evicted on November 25th. Her husband is also about to take her vehicle away. Her child is now on scholarship with our preschool, and our food pantry is helping, but we are looking for help in providing a vehicle, living expenses, and a place to live. We are looking for about $1500 to help Jana's immediate needs and help her avoid eviction. Any help of either a car or monetary donations will be a blessing to this family. Click here to donate If you have a car to donate please call LCC at 866-455-6466 or email Click here to donate 

Life Saving Education for Orphans in Kenya$6,000 Needed Update from Jacob Fraher, concerning the work of Pastor Dennis Meeker in the slums of Kenya A few years ago, LCMS Pastor Dennis Meeker and his wife, Deaconess Lorna (serving Springs of Life Lutheran Church Kibera, Kenya), started taking in orphans who had no one to provide for them. The conditions some of these children were living in were absolutely horrifying. They were relocated to the Meeker's home and given the love and care every child deserves. Below is the latest update from Pastor Meeker. Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya! My wife, Deaconess Lorna, and I are serving in an area known as Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. It is estimated that over 1,000,000 people are packed in a 1.5 square mile area, most of them living on less than $1 per day. Scattered throughout this impoverished area are thousands of orphans. We have started a ministry named Compassionate Social Care Ministries. CSCM is our way of getting support to the children we find in desperate need. If a child's parents die and there is no one to take the child in, he or she is left to the streets or alone in what they once knew to be their home. Children drop out of school because no one is willing or able to pay their school fees and struggle to feed themselves or their siblings. CSCM pays the school fees of over 100 children who otherwise wouldn't be in school. The economic recession has hit everyone hard and we are certainly feeling it over here in Kenya. In January 2010, school fees are due, and, by the looks of the situation, my wife and I will have a crisis on our hands. I cannot bear the thought of withdrawing these children who have no one else to provide for them from school enrollment because we are not able to pay their school fees. We are sending out this emergency appeal in an effort to allow all our children to remain in school. If a handful of churches took up an offering, we would get that much closer to meeting our $6,000 goal by January. Also, individuals have the opportunity to pay the school fees of specific children ($35 a month). We cannot do this alone! Please read more about our ministry at our website We continue to serve and love by the cross of Christ. Rev. Dennis Meeker Click here to donate

St. Matthew / El Comedor Popular To Serve Thanksgiving Dinner For Homeless and Unemployed Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 12 noon St. Matthew Lutheran Church El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen 2108 W. 21st St. Chicago, IL 60608-2608 On Tuesday, November 24, at 12:00 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church's El Comedor

Popular Soup Kitchen located at 2108 W. 21st. St., in Chicago, now a self supporting faith mission, under the leadership of Maria Luisa Leal and her volunteers will serve a turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with a Mexican touch with tortillas and chocolate sauce, to the homeless and unemployed and their families, gifts of hygiene kits will be given. Because of the dramatic increase of unemployment and homeless people St. Matthew's faith mission expects a larger number of hungry persons to be fed with the turkey dinner. The Rev. Julio A. Loza, Pastor at Iglesia San Mateo and the Rev. Matthew Troester of St. Paul Lutheran Church at Matteson will participate with Thanksgiving prayers in Spanish and English. Click here to donate to this ministry

Don't spend Thanksgiving Day Alone Join us for a FREE Thanksgiving Feast!

Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church 24500 N. Old McHenry Road Hawthorn Woods, IL Date: Thursday, November 26, 2009 {Thanksgiving Day} Time: Appetizers at 11:00 am Dinner Buffet around 12:00pm We also offer a Thanksgiving Day Worship service at 10 am This Dinner is open to anyone who wants to attend, tell your friends. We just don't want anybody to spend Thanksgiving Day Turkeyless! Please R.S.V.P for the dinner by Sunday, November 22nd {Seating limited to 200} Call Sue Stewart At: 847-209-2696

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

Car Needed for Arabic Outreach Ministry Request from POBLO Missionary, Hicham Chehab Dear Friends, Could you please spread the word that we need a small car for the ministry that would save gas? We are doing more than 150 miles a day, and it would make a difference if it is a small car. If you have a car to donate please call LCC at 866455-6466 or email

Beautiful Feet Conference, Concordia University Chicago Last Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday (November 12-14) Lutheran Church Charities staff members Tim Hetzner, Maria Payes and Dianna Bonfield along with K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs, Howie, Zina and Tara hosted a display at the Beautiful Feet Conference at Concordia University Chicago. The conference drew students from all of the Concordia Universities throughout the United States to look at and reflect on the various opportunities for missions that God puts before the church under the theme "Beautiful Feet"

Your Donations Make A Difference Last week LCC volunteers were out picking up and delivering donations. Thank you to Bob Waterman and Gary Kessler who loaded and delivered the 12 ft trailer full of donations.      Also a special thank you to the crew of Ray Bogaert, Mike Kinyon, Don & Andrew Leschman and Helmut Mueller who picked up a dining room set from Dr.Susan Busse and delivered it to the North Campus. ---------------------------------------Bethesda Lutheran Church in Chicago received a donation of clothing for their Haitian ministry that was picked up by Rev Jean Bingue and one of members of the Haitian ministry. ----------------------------------------

Last week two members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Harrison, Arkansas drove in to pick up an organ donated by Mark and Dori Chianakas, members of St. John, Algonquin and a Carrier furnace donated by Bob and Sandy VanHam, members of Peace, Lombard. Pastor Eric Stefanski of Holy Trinity saw the items available in the newsletter. The furnace in their church is over 30 years old and needs replacing and the church organ was also showing signs of wear. It was a blessing that we were able to connect a need for a church in Arkansas with items here in Chicago.  

Your Donations Make A Difference Thanks to Your Generous Support, We Were Able to Provide Assistance to the following: St Matthew L.C., Chicago - Soup Kitchen St. Peter L.C., Schaumburg - Yolanda Rent Assistance Emanuel L.C., Flint, MI - Widow Medical PABLO Ministries - Bilingual Bibles Peace L.C., Plainfield - Kara Stem Cell Treatment Christ the King, Chicago - Christ the King Fund Trinity L.C. , Bloomington, IL - Kenya Mission Trip, Charlotte, MI

Comfort Dog Ministry Update At St. Paul, Chicago Heights The LCC Comfort Dogs attended the chapel service at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights on November 11th. Pete Imlah spoke at the service about the Comfort Dog Ministry and then the dogs visited with the students.

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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

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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 donate

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

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

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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

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

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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"

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

Other Stories Still Seeking Support Nine Year Old Girl with Cerebral Palsy Needs Stem Cell Treatment Help Train Pastors in Ethiopia LCMS Pastor Starts Orphanage in Ethiopia 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

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. 2614 - Rugged Lark 4 Plus Scooter [click for more details] 2608 1 1/2 yr old Premier Stove with above fan 2607 6 yr old GE Refrigerator-White 2606 portable sewing machine in a case 2599 GE Black Stove. 30" wide slide in, 4 burner gas with self cleaning over 2598 wooden trundle bed with mattress and bolster pillow 2597 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 or call 866-455-6466  

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 Purpose and Power in Retirement: New Opportunities for Meaning and Significance Hardcover By: Dr. Harold G. Koenig

Dr. Harold G. Koenig, with expertise in the fields of geriatrics, mental health, and religion, explains that the notion of retirement was in fact a marketing tool developed in the post-World War II period. Continuing today, society's image of retirement is based largely on myths, such as: things will get better when you retire-you'll be able to do everything you wanted to but couldn't when you worked. In fact, these beliefs can be harmful, leading to emotional issues, identity crises, and problems with physical health. Koenig illustrates how having a purpose motivates and energizes people in their retirement years. And he shows how striving for goals in itself brings meaning, satisfaction, and a sense of reward to retirement years.

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!

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: 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.

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

Swing Back in Time to the 60's Friday, November 20, 2009 7- 10 pm Marriott Hotel 4800 Hoffman Blvd. Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 You are invited to an evening of music and dance for people of all abilities to benefit the ministry of Voice of Care. Friday, November 20th, 2009. 7-10pm at Marriott Hotel, 4800 Hoffman Blvd. Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. Music by: New Invaders. Tickets: $25.00 which includes appetizers, dessert, music and refreshments. Call Voice

of Care at 630-231-3862 to reserve a ticket. Click here for more information

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.

Upcoming Events - Click Here for a complete listing of Upcoming Events <

Spirit of Life Chorus Phil's Friends Dinner Evening of music and dance to benefit the ministry of Voice of Care Candy Cane Lane and The Gingerbread House Cookies, Crafts and More Bazaar Troop 92 Pancake Breakfast St. Matthew serves Thanksgiving Dinner to Homeless and Unemployed Thanksgiving Dinner ENOUGH Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty - Community Forum A German Christmas "Liederfest" (Hymnfest) Christmas Concert

Various dates, Nov 22 through Dec 6 November 20, 2009 November 20, 2009

See Schedule Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace Marriott Hotel, Hoffman Estates, IL

November 21, 2009

Faith Lutheran, Arlington Heights

November 22, 2009 November 24, 2009

St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods St. Matthew, Chicago, IL

November 26, 2009 November 22 - 3 pm

St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods Faith Lutheran, Lake Forest

December 6, 2009 St. John, Chicago December 13 - 6:30 pm St. John's, La Grange

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