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Making A Difference Newsletter - 11-10-2010 - Lutheran Church Charities

November 10, 2010 In This Issue

PLEASE HELP OUR CHURCHES CARE FOR THOSE DISPLACED WITH THE CURRENT EFFECTS OF HURRICANE TOMAS Medications and Disaster Relief Aid on Their Way to Haiti Today! Help Bring Desperately Needed Water Purification Filters to Haitian Families Nurses Desperately Needed In Haiti Two LERT Training Sessions Completed Last Week Items Needed for Salam Arabic Fellowship Thank You Trinity for a Wonderful Concert! Faith Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama Cholera Outbreak in Haiti Medical Costs for Special Needs Woman Your Donations Make A Difference Comfort Dog Update A Continuing Reformation in Africa Family In Need of $3,900 for Funeral Expenses Housing Needed for Winter for Woman and Her Mother Help Needed to Read Prescriptions of Eye Glasses for Haiti Clinic Help Lutheran Hour Ministries Build Wells in Ghana Congregational Preparedness Nikki Berg and Her Twin Daughters New Boiler Needed Ohio District of the LCMS Supports Building Homes

PLEASE HELP OUR CHURCHES CARE FOR THOSE DISPLACED WITH THE CURRENT EFFECTS OF HURRICANE TOMAS Our churches and schools in Haiti have opened their doors to help provide for the families - who lost their homes with the earthquake and now have lost their tents. Please consider helping our Lutheran Churches in Haiti as they reach out with the MERCY and COMPASSION of CHRIST in providing the needed food and shelter for these suffering families.

Click here to read the original appeal and current updates Thank you for being the Body of Christ in Action - with Mercy and Compassion. In a hurting world - that is the ONLY THING THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Click here to donate to the Haiti Relief Fund

Your Donations at Work in Haiti This Past Week THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HAITI from those in need. LCMS Building Homes and Hope in Haiti

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Medications and Disaster Relief Aid on Their Way to Haiti Today! Yesterday John Peterson from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox stopped by the LCC offices in Addison to pick up the medications that were donated for Haiti. John Peterson and Gary Kessler left yesterday to deliver aid from LCC. While in Haiti they will be treating children for basic illnesses. They will also be delivering donations of over $10,000 for Disaster Relief and Shoes for Haiti donations to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti which will then be distributed to those in the greatest need following the disastrous rains from Hurricane Tomas. Your generous donations continue to show the Mercy and Compassion of our Lord to the people of Haiti. Thank you for Making a Difference!

Prayer Requests Click here to donate to the Haiti Medical Fund - money will be wired to Haiti

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Help Bring Desperately Needed Water Purification Filters to Haitian Families Lutheran Church Charities is collecting donations to purchase water purification filters for families in Haiti. Each filter costs $30 and will provide a family of six with clean water for five years, as long as the filter is cleaned with a water/beach solution. One of the first places your donated purification filters will be delivered is to Pastor Isaac and his orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti. For more information about these filters, visit www.lutheranchurchcharities.org Click here to donate to purchase Haiti Water Filters for families!

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Nurses Desperately Needed In Haiti to Train Haitians on Basic Medical Skills March 3-12, 2011

Lutheran Church Charities is partnering with Linda Arnold of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, Illinois and the Haitian Lutheran Mission Project to put together a special medical mission team of RNs.

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This team will be teaching local Haitians who are interested in becoming nurses but do not have the opportunity to get the proper training. There is a great need for medical assistants in the Jeremie hospital and the village medical clinics. Participants need to be RNs who are grounded in their Christian faith, comfortable teaching basic first aid, hygiene, and disease prevention to large and small groups. Participants should be in good health and able to handle the rugged conditions of the journey. This trip will involve traveling to remote mountain villages in the back of a pickup truck and teaching through an interpreter, outdoors in extreme heat and less than sanitary conditions. Our dates are not firm but the last week of February or the first week of March are being considered. The trip will last about 10 days and the cost will be $2,000.00 per person. If you are interested in being part of this unique team and want to Make A Difference in the lives of people and in the Kingdom of God click here to register. For more information please contact Tim Hetzner at 866-455-6466 or LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Two LERT Training Sessions Completed Last Week This past week LCC President Tim Hetzner led two LERT training classes; one at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights and one at St. John's Lutheran Church in Country Club Hills. Thirty-one individuals from 22 different congregations completed the course to become certified LERT Volunteers for LCC.

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LCC now has over 250 volunteers trained and LERT ready - qualifying them to serve as Lutheran Early Responders to a disaster. In addition to the training, Tim painted the big picture of the opportunity that disasters offer for Christians to demonstrate the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus through service to those in need. If you are interested in being trained please watch the newsletter and website www.LutheranChurchCharities.org - for upcoming LERT classes or contact Dianna Bonfield at Dianna@LutheranChurchCharities.org to schedule a training at your church

Items Needed for Salam Arabic Fellowship Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab, Salam Arabic Fellowship, Lombard, Illinois

Salam is in need of the following items for families served by Salam: - a combo DVD/VHS player to use in their Bible Studies - a twin size mattress - desk top computers Please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org if you have any of these items to donate.

Thank You Trinity for a Wonderful Concert! PIPES BUILT for PRAISE, God-pleasing Music for Sundays and Special Times A Benefit Concert to Support the Work and Ministries of Lutheran Church Charities

On Sunday, November 7, Trinity Lutheran Church of Roselle, Illinois hosted a special benefit concert for Lutheran Church Charities - PIPES BUILT for PRAISE, God-pleasing Music for Sundays and Special Times, featuring Trinity Organist Gary Lichthardt performing on the unique Rieger organ, along with the Trinity Brass Ensemble.

It was a wonderful concert filled with music that honored and praised our Lord. The concert was well attended and followed by a cheese and dessert reception. The staff of LCC sends a heartfelt Thank You to the music ministry at Trinity for hosting this outstanding benefit concert for Lutheran Church Charities! Your support helps us to continue our mission to bring the Mercy, Compassion and Proclamation of our Lord to those in need! Click here to donate to LCC

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Faith Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama

One of the Katrina Churches the NID was assigned to help when Katrina hit five years ago. Help them reach those in need in their community this Thanksgiving. 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 six baskets and anticipate the cost of each basket to be about $50.00. 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

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti With the recent, devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti, shoes are needed. Because of your generous donations LCC has been able to provide thousands of children with shoes to protect them from mud-related parasites and diseases.

Please contribute now if you are moved to help! Thank you for your compassion for these children. Click here to view more photos Click here to read the original appeal

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$1,000 Needed for Medical Costs for Special Needs Woman

Request from Pastor Matthew Gunia, Zion Lutheran Church, Lyons, Illinois and Faith Lutheran Church, Westchester, Illinois I would like to request help for a community member that I am working with who has some medical issues. She is 27 years old and is a special needs person. She does not have health insurance and developed a yeast infection two months ago. The infection wasn't treated properly and ended up turning into a kidney and bladder infection. She's been scraping up money and visiting the doctor and getting prescriptions here and there, but because of the cost she hasn't been consistent enough so the infection has not cleared. She's lost quite a bit of weight. She is in need of money to pay for her doctor visits and prescriptions to get the infection knocked out or possibly a doctor who would be willing to treat her pro-bono. She has had many challenges in her life and is very skeptical. She has a lot of trouble believing that someone would actually help her without expecting something in return. She knows and trusts me, but is positive that any help she may get will have strings attached. Any help would be such a blessing and such a witness to her about the Body of Christ. Click here to donate

Your Donations Make A Difference From Pastor Stephane Kalonji, African Immigrant Ministry, Chicago: Thank you for the support given to Josephine; I delivered the check to her on Sunday, November 7th. Josephine and the children are very thankful for this gift. I pray and hope that there will be more donations toward the goal of raising $1,650 to help this widow and her children for the next three months. Thanks again to LCC for publicizing this need and those who contributed to help.

Thanks to Your Generous Support, We Were Able to Provide Assistance to the following: Zion Lutheran Church, Lyons - Medical Need Fund NID - Prison Ministry Fund Lord of Life, LaFox - Haiti Medical Fund Haiti Motorcycle Fund Haiti Disaster Relief Fund Haiti Shoe Fund

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Comfort Dog Update Top Gun Comes To Walther Lutheran High School During this past summer Doug and Gail Grebasch approached Pete Imlah about the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs. Doug was the principal at St Paul Lutheran School in Melrose Park and Gail is the school counselor at Walther Lutheran High School. Both Doug and Gail saw the value, benefit and the impact that a comfort dog could have on their students, faculty, staff, families, and those outside their schools. Mission plans where written, boards were consulted, and much prayer went into how funds would be raised and how the schools and church would utilize this tool. This past Labor Day, Doug was called home to be with his Heavenly Father. This was a heavy blow to both St. Paul Lutheran Church and School and to Walther Lutheran High School. The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs were called in the following day to bring comfort to the students and staff members. Gail Grebasch wanted to honor her husband and continue down the path to place a K-9 Parish Comfort Dog to be used as a bridge to bring the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ to students, staff members and their families. On Wednesday, November 10th, Top Gun "Gunnar" will be placed at Walther Lutheran High School. Top Gun is a 7-month-old European Cream Retriever. He is a fully-trained service dog who can be found in the guidance office at Walther. Top Gun will also be used at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School and at Walther Academy. The purpose of placing a K-9 Comfort Dog at Walther is to assist in sharing with students the comfort found only in the cross of Jesus Christ, the acceptance Jesus has for all His children, the forgiveness Jesus has earned for all His children, the confidence Jesus has for all His children, and the love that Jesus has for all His children. Gunnar's true AKC name is Honors Top Gun Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations"

Hope, Tillie, and Prince at St. Paul Menard On Wednesday, November 3rd, the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs were at St Paul Lutheran Church and School in Chicago. During the chapel Pete Imlah shared with the students that God has called them to love and serve Him and others. After the chapel, classroom visits were made so the students could ask questions about the K-9s and pet them. Pastor Tim Engel from Holy Cross in Portage Indiana brought Prince with him and he also shared with the students how he uses Prince to reach his community with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

Tillie Heads to Concordia University Texas November 11-13 Pete Imlah and Dianna Bonfield will be accompanying LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tillie to the Beautiful Feet Student Mission Conference in Austin Texas. The theme of this year's conference is Love in Action. This conference has a strong focus on getting students from all of our Concordia Universities, Colleges, and Seminaries excited and involved in becoming missionaries to the people in their community, the people at their schools, and throughout the world. We are called to go and tell people about that gift that we have received though Christ Jesus and move into mission action every day. Lutheran Church Charities will have a booth at the conference to share about the many different mission opportunities of Lutheran Church Charities. Click here to schedule a K-9 Comfort Dog visit

Donate to the K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Ministry

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A Continuing Reformation in Africa

Report from Rev. Robert Rahn, Lutheran Heritage Foundation In the previous report we centered our attention on activities in Sudan. In Part 11 of this "Continuing Reformation" report we focus on the other countries covered: Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. Click here to read Part II of Rev. Robert Rahn's report on Africa (pdf). Click here to donate to the ongoing work of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation in Sudan

Family In Need of $3,900 for Funeral Expenses

Request from Pastor Timothy Speckman, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Flint, Michigan I recently conducted a funeral for a lifelong Lutheran; her family is devastated both emotionally and financially. Patricia was taken home following a two-year battle with cancer and her family is unable to pay the remainder of the funeral expenses. Initially, the family was turned down by a funeral home and another facility accepted the responsibility even though they were uncertain of receiving payment. The outstanding balance is $3900. The Flint Area's unemployment rate is one of the worst in the nation and the members of her family are struggling with job loss and are unable to contribute. Any assistance that you could offer the least of these would be a tremendous blessing to this family and a well deserved thanks to the funeral home. Click here to donate

Housing Needed for Winter for Woman and Her Mother

Requested by Pastor Gerald Menk, Faith Lutheran Church, Lake Forest, Illinois The leaves are falling and cold weather is coming. A woman and her mother are in need of housing during the winter months. They are willing to help in any way, for example cooking or babysitting children in exchange for a room in a house. Your prayers and any assistance you can offer will be a blessing. If you have a room available please call the church office at (847) 234-1868

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Help Needed to Read Prescriptions of Eye Glasses for Haiti Clinic The Haitian Lutheran Mission Project will be traveling to Haiti once again in March 2011. We found the need for eye glasses so great in the Jeremie area that we decided to repeat the clinic in 2011. We are looking for eye glass professionals that are willing to read the prescriptions of the glasses we have collected. Please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org if you can help with this project before February 2011.

Help Lutheran Hour Ministries Build Wells in Ghana - Each Well Costs $3,300

Request from Rev. John Donkoh, Director of Lutheran Media Ministry, Ghana, West Africa Lutheran Media Ministry, part of Lutheran Hour Ministries, is based in Ghana, West Africa. Rev. John Donkoh, Director of Lutheran Media Ministry, is raising support to build Bore Holes, or wells, in different towns in Ghana as a tool for ministry. They are not only reaching out to fellow countrymen, but also to the widows that the government has forced to live as outcasts in (L to R) Gary Kessler, Rev. John Donkoh, places called Witch Camps. The goal of Tim Hetzner these wells is to provide clean water, and to display the love and compassion of Christ to those who need it. Gary Kessler (Member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, La Fox, Illinois) has been working with Rev. John Donkoh to spread the word about this ministry and help gain support. Click here to watch a video of Gary Kessler and Rev. John Donkoh discussing this project To support Lutheran Media Ministry's efforts please click here to donate.

Disasters Can Hit Anytime Anywhere, Therefore LCC Will Continue To Offer 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 your congregation, helping you through each of the various aspects to have a plan in place. Congregational Preparedness Training (CPT) addresses questions like "Do we have a contingency plan in the event that the pastor becomes a victim of a disaster?" or "In the

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Making A Difference Newsletter - 11-10-2010 - Lutheran Church Charities event that a tornado is bearing down on our church on Sunday morning during worship service who should be the person to say we need to evacuate the sanctuary and where is the safest place for all these people to go?" Having recognized that God often uses disaster to open doors for his Church to do ministry, participants address questions like "What are some ways that our congregation can offer Christ's comfort to the community after a disaster?" or "What happens to the church budget - can designated funds be used in times of crises?" If you are interested in scheduling a CPT session, Click here to fill out the CPT interest form. If you are interested in scheduling a CPT session please contact Dianna Bonfield at 866455-6466 or email Dianna@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Nikki Berg and Her Twin Daughters, Ella and Lina Request from NID President Rev. Dan Gilbert

With the sudden death of her husband, Rev Darrel Berg, a special fund has been set up with Lutheran Church Charities to help Nikki and her two-year-old twin daughters, Ella and Lina, with living expenses. Any financial assistance would be greatly appreciated to help them at this difficult time. Help show the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to the Berg family. To contribute please click here or send your gift to LCC at 333 W Lake St, Addison IL 60101 and mark you check Berg Fund, or call LCC at 866-455-6466 and talk with Tim Hetzner.

New Boiler Needed at St. Paul Lutheran School Dorchester Request from Sara Boedecker-Johnston, Principal, St Paul Lutheran School, Chicago

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran School at 7621 South Dorchester in Chicago is facing an unexpected and significant expense. During a routine maintenance inspection this week, we were told that the boiler has cracked and must be replaced. The cost for a new boiler is $20,000, an amount that cannot be squeezed out of our already lean budget. With inclement Chicago weather just around the corner, we must act quickly to ensure that our students can continue to learn in a warm, safe building. We are seeking prayers and monetary assistance from individuals and congregations. St. Paul serves 90 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade on the south side of Chicago in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. Over 90% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch and receive financial assistance to attend school. Your support at this crucial time will help us fulfill our mission: bringing children to know Jesus Christ while providing a quality, academic education in a safe, disciplined environment promoting social, mental, physical and spiritual growth. Click here to donate

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Ohio District of the LCMS Supports Building Homes and Hope in Haiti Project Pastors at the Ohio District Church Worker Conference showed support for the Building Homes and Hope in Haiti project by adopting the initiative in the Ohio District. The project is well under way in Jacmel and Leogane, Haiti, building homes in a village that will center around a Lutheran Church, school, medical clinic and guesthouse to house American missionaries. The Ohio District is committed to guesthouses to be built in villages devastated by the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Representatives from the district will partner with LCMS World Relief and Human Care to provide a guest house where missionaries can stay as they work with Haitian laborers to build homes. Click here to donate

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

The Gospel is Still the Best Way to Counter Terrorism!

Help Support our Lutheran Outreach Efforts in Lebanon Lebanon is one of the few countries in the Middle East that still has a Christian population. It is a strategic country to reach Muslims in the Middle East. The Lutheran Church has been actively involved in Gospel outreach in Lebanon since the 1950's. Because of Mission cutbacks, support is desperately needed to continue bringing the Gospel to those of the Islamic faith. Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, will be traveling to Lebanon to meet with our Lutheran Missionaries there to help share the story of the work that is going and can be done! They are desperately in need of our support and prayers during this time of unrest in the Middle East. If we want to effectively fight terrorism, we need to use the only weapon that will make a difference - the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please help our fellow Christians in Lebanon continue to proclaim the Gospel and serve those in need with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ. To help, send your support to: Lutheran Church Charities, 333 W Lake St, Addison IL 60101 or call LCC at 866-455-6466 or click here for online donations. Dr. Rev. Bernie Lutz shares a brief history of Middle East Lutheran Ministry (pdf) LCMS Pastor Hicham Chehab shares why he asked LCC to Get Involved (video - 1:50) LCMS Pastor Hicham Chehab describes the need in Lebanon, with introduction by Pete Imlah, LCC's Director of Mission and Outreach (video - 4:22) Click here to view more videos from Pastor Hicham Chehab's interview Click here to donate

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Help Make A Difference in Haiti and Get People Out of Tents

Join LCC in Helping LCMS World Relief and Human Care in Building Homes and Hope in Haiti Lutheran Church Charities has been asked by LCMS World Relief and Human Care to coordinate all volunteers for the "Building Homes and Hope for Haiti" housing project. It is our intent to help groups and individuals that wish to volunteer for this worthwhile mission to help them plan a successful trip and to coordinate when and where groups will be going to help the churches in Haiti. If you would like to take a group to Haiti for the Building Homes and Hope project, please click here to fill out the group application form. Once your group application has been accepted we will notify you confirming your group, dates and location. At that point each member of your group will fill out their application and be placed in your group and we will give you materials for your preparation for your trip. Thank you for your compassion in helping the people of Haiti as we together work together as the people of God! Please call Tim Hetzner at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org with any questions. Click here for a video on the Building Homes and Hope in Haiti project

Puppeteers Needed for Ministry Outreach Do you have experience or would you like experience being a puppeteer? LCC is looking to raise up a few new puppet teams. These teams will be equipped to assist in disaster relief efforts by providing a safe area and message of hope to the children in the affected community. Practices will be held once a month at Celebration Ministries in Park Forest, Illinois. Junior High - Adults are welcome. Please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org with questions and for more information.

How to Conduct a Successful Mission Fair LCC's Newest Resource FREE for Congregations! Has your church considered hosting a Mission Fair for your congregation? For your Community? Tim Hetzner and staff of LCC have put together an online resource that can help you do this. It is a step by step guide on how to plan a successful Mission Fair - along with sample letters and everything you will need. In fact, if you are planning a Mission Fair, LCC will help you promote it - all free of charge. Request your copy of HOW TO CONDUCT A SUCCESSFUL MISSION FAIR here or call Lutheran Church Charities at 866455-6466

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Vehicle Donations Needed for Families in Need LCC has received numerous requests from churches for vehicles for families in need of reliable transportation. The need for cars and vans to provide a means for getting to work, school and medical appointments has never been higher. If you have a working car or van please consider donating it to LCC for one of these families.

All vehicles that are donated to LCC go directly out to families or individuals through our congregations. NO vehicles are sold. If you have a vehicle to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Looking for Ways to Share the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to Those in Your Church and Community? We are in hard economic times. "Times are terrible" many say. But just think what a blessing God has given us to share the Mercy and Compassion of Christ! 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 with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ - without money - contact us at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org. 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!

Motorcycles Needed to Help Pastors in Haiti Spread the Gospel When Tim Hetzner traveled to Haiti in March 2010 he purchased several motorcycles for the pastors to use for transportation. Because of the terrible condition of the roads, motorcycles are the most efficient means of transportation for many of the pastors who must travel many miles between the different churches that they serve and to get to their members.

More motorcycles are desperately needed. A new motorcycle costs $1,000 and is an important tool that helps the Laypastor Gabriel Jules pastors to minister to their members and spread the Gospel throughout Haiti. Pictured are two pastors that have been helped because of your support. Click here to donate Pastor Reliere Augustn

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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

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Malaria Initiative `Malaria Initiative' is a non-profit corporation formed by Susan Busse M.D., Thomas Hesselink M.D., and John Peterson, to bring spiritual and medical treatment to those suffering from Malaria, working with Lutheran Church Charities. A treatment of acidified sodium chlorite at a cost of less than $00.01 USD. per dose has proven to be very promising in preliminary laboratory and field trials. We have been working in Uganda, Sierria Leone, Ethiopia, and Ghana to improve our working relationship in these countries to further the treatment of Malaria using this particular treatment. Our goal is to spread the Message of Christ and bring a useful and inexpensive treatment for Malaria; Malaria being the number one infectious killer world wide. We are currently working at gathering more scientific data from sites that have Malaria patients, to track them along with their progress, and to document the results of the treatments so we can publish in medical journals. We are supporting a PhD. student doing thesis work at Western Michigan University on this promising treatment. Malaria Initiative is looking to get help financing the above stated goals so they may travel to train personnel and fulfill all our commitments. The three principals have taken no payment for their services, all have volunteered their services and funded much of the costs out of pocket along with donations from generous donors. Visit their web site: www.malaria01.org or E-mail: malaria01@yahoo.com Click here to view a video about this project Click here to donate

LCC in Need of Snow Plow LCC has a need for a snow plow. The truck that it will go on is a 2000 Ford F250 Super Duty. For more information or if you have a plow to donate please call LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Thrivent Choice - Watch Your Mailbox - and Help Support Making A Difference Through Lutheran Church Charities Thrivent Choice is the new charitable grant program through which Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members are able to direct Thrivent charitable funds. Eligible members are designated Choice Dollars, based on insurance premiums, contract values, and Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership which are directed by the member to Lutheran organizations. If you are an eligible member, watch your mailbox in August for program details from Thrivent to know how to designate your Choice Dollars either online or by using a toll-free phone service. A direct gift from Thrivent Choice is the replacement for Thrivent's past matching gift programs. Over the years Lutheran Church Charities has benefited from Thrivent's matching gifts and relied on them for our Disaster Response work, our Parish K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and operational expenses to continue to offer our Dollar In-Dollar Out Giving. So, when choosing a recipient for your Choice Dollars, please remember Lutheran Church Charities as a beneficiary.

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Making A Difference Newsletter - 11-10-2010 - Lutheran Church Charities You can donate your choice dollars to Lutheran Church Charities in two ways, by going to www.thrivent.comand then go to Thrivent Choice Dollars and following the directions to give on line or by calling 1-800-847-4836. Thank you for supporting Lutheran Church Charities through your Thrivent Choice Dollars. If you run into any problems please call LCC at 866-455-6466 Your support is so very important for us to continue to Make a Difference to those in Need with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ. THANK YOU Tim Hetzner President, Lutheran Church Charities

Tim's Pick of the Week Breaking the Islam Code By J.D. Greear World events won't let North Americans ignore Muslims anymore. Whether those Muslims are villagers in Iraq or neighbors down the street, Breaking the Islam Code offers everyday Christians profound insight into the way Muslims think and feel. J.D. Greear's ability to communicate challenging heart truth, plus his expertise in Christian and Islamic theology and two years' experience in a Muslim-dominated area, make him the perfect author for this empowering, insightful, reader-friendly book. It transcends traditional apologetics, focusing on helping Christians understand what is deep in Muslims' hearts, behind their theology---which will lead to friendship and effective communication of the gospel respectfully turn many of the primary objections into opportunities to share the faith avoid unnecessarily offending Muslims they're interacting with Readers will be excited that sharing Christ with Muslims is something they can do---as everyday Christians in their own cities, campuses, and workplaces.

LCC Emergency Assistance Fund LCC gets requests daily concerning people who need assistance, and it is increasing because of the current economic times we are living in. LCC works through our churches to provide assistance by making the need known - and dollar per dollar we give the money to a church to help the family or individual. However, we receive some requests that are emergencies, and money is needed that day or the next day and we can't always get the need out in our weekly email newsletter first. Would you consider making a gift to our LCC Emergency Assistance fund so that when these emergency needs occur we can help (through our churches) quicker? This is an important way for the Body of Christ to share the Mercy and Compassion and Proclamation of Christ. To contribute please click here Thank you for continuing to Make A Difference!

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Items Needed by Ministries We have received the following requests for items from Trinity Lutheran Church/El Buen Pastor in Chicago: Communion ware - visitation set 6 or 8 foot folding tables If you have items to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email us at LCC@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"

Other Stories Still Seeking Support Woman and Her Mother in Need of Temporary Housing Widow in Need of Help to Pay Rent Food Pantry Building Project Building Wells in Ghana Historic St. Matthew Makes an Urgent Appeal

Items Available to a Ministry 2813 Kimbell Spinet Walnut Colored Piano with Bench 2809 Small, electric organ 2808 Wurlitzer 950 electronic theatre organ 2806 (60) metal folding charis 2805 Good Friday, Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday banner - deep purple velvet with black and yellow gold star and a white star 2804 One felt Reformation Banner that says, "Sola Scriptura and Fides Gratia" in the shape of a cross 2803 One Christmas Banner (off white w/brown manger, gold embellished star that says "The Word Was Made Flesh" 2802 One Lenten Set - altar, pulpit, lecturn parament and banner 2801 (5) 8 ft x 8 ft office cubicles For More items, click here to view the latest updates on our DONATE Web Page...

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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. 2813 Kimbell Spinet Walnut Colored Piano with Bench 2809 Small, electric organ - two manual organ (each manual has a range of 2 1/2 octaves); the swell has twelve stops on it and the grand has five stops 2808 Wurlitzer 950 is an electronic theatre organ with genuine internal Leslie rotating speakers. Solid wood console and bench, 53-1/2" wide x 46" tall (55" including music stand) x 29-1/2" deep (42" w/pedals), Three Manuals, all C - C: Orbit Synthesizer Keyboard: 2 octaves Upper and Lower Keyboards: 5 octaves each Pedals: 2 octaves 2807 Chair and a 1/2, light green denim color (slightly smaller than a love seat) 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 that are still waiting for some word... Car Needed for Nigerian Immigrant Van Needed for Faith, Stickney Truck Needed for Sexton at First Saint Paul's, Chicago Cars Needed for Immigrant Families 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

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

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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' Online Christian Business Directory Looking for a Christian business? Lutheran Church Charities has an online Christian Business Directory called Servant@Heart. This online 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!

Holiday Craft Shows It's that time of year! We know that many churches host Holiday Craft shows as fund raising events. If your church is planning a craft show we would love to advertise it on our webpage! Just submit the details to LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org and we will include it on our webpage. Click here for a listing of Holiday Craft Shows.

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TONIGHT! Starfield w/ Riley Armstrong - The Saving One Tour Concert Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Cross Lutheran Church 8609 State Rt. 47 Yorkville, IL 60560 Doors Open at 5:30 PM Concert begins at 6:30 pm Admission is $5 Purchase online at starfieldonline.com for an extra $1 processing fee Call 630-553-7335 for more information

Auction at St. John's Lutheran Church & School, Lansing, IL Saturday, November 13, 2010 St. John's Lutheran Church & School 18100 Wentworth Avenue Lansing, IL Doors Open at 5 PM Buffet 6:30-7:30 PM Silent Auction Begins Immediately Oral Auction Starts at 7pm $15/Adults Only Tickets are not available at the door, please purchase in advance. For information or to purchase tickets call the church office at 708-895-9240

Spirit of Life Chorus The 100 voice SPIRIT OF LIFE CHORUS will present our Fall 2010 concert series, "Ring The Bells, Immanuel Has Come". What a marvelous story to be told, the coming of a Savior. Our offering this season will tell the story of the hope and anticipation from ancient times, to the hope and wonder we experience today. The musical selections are typical SPIRIT in style. They are spiritually uplifting, motivating and exciting! Our musical goal is to bring each member of the audience just one step closer to God; one step closer to HIS presence in our lives. So please join us for these free concerts as we stand in HIS presence and sing HIS praises. The SPIRIT OF LIFE CHORUS is a 100+ member ecumenical Christian concert chorus performing in church sanctories and auditoriums throughout northern Illinois. Since 1990, SPIRIT has had a solid, musical reputation of dynamic concerts with strong emotional appreal performed from the heart of each member. "SPIRIT" style music is presented with a joyous dedication to bringing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to all who listen. We hope to see you at one or more of our 2010 Fall Concert Series. The next three concerts are: DES PLAINES Sunday, November 14th Christ Church 1492 Henry Ave., 60016 Concert time: 4:00 p.m.

LOMBARD Sunday, November 21st St. Pius X Catholic Church 1025 East Madison Street, 60148 Concert time: 4:00 p.m.

CAROL STREAM Sunday, November 28th Lutheran Church of the Master 580 North Kuhn Road, 60188 Concert time: 4:30 p.m.

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"New Horizons in the New Testament" Seminar by Dr. Paul Maier Saturday, November 20, 2010 St. Paul Lutheran Church 8601 Harrison Munster, IN 46321 Dr. Paul L. Maier will present a seminar for the Northwest Indiana and Northern Illinois area on Saturday, November 20, entitled, "New Horizons in the New Testament." Dr. Maier, Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, is one of our country's leading authorities on the biblical world and a widely acclaimed author and speaker. His seminars add a fresh dimension to the Scriptures, illuminating them with important evidence from archaeology and secular history. For more information contact the church office at 219-836-6270.

Thanksgiving Dinner - Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 25, 2010 St. Matthew Lutheran Church 24500 N. Old McHenry Rd. Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047 Don't want to make a turkey for only a few people? Members of the community are cordially invited to attend St. Matthew's 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Day). Appetizers will be served at 11:00 a.m., followed by a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner around 12:00 p.m. Guests are also invited to attend the Thanksgiving Day Worship Service beginning at 10:00 am. Seating is limited to 200 guests. Please R.S.V.P by Sunday, November 21. Call Sue Stewart at 847-209-2696 or email stmattsrsvp@gmail.com. There is no charge for this dinner. Come spend the day with us and have fun!

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lyons, Illinois to hold a Christmas concert Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Saturday, December 4, 2010 7930 Ogden Ave Lyons, Illinois, 60534 Concert Time: 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend; all are welcome. The musical selections will have the Nativity of Jesus Christ as its central focus. Christian religious music, hymnody, and music inspired by the Nativity will be performed. A brief spoken introduction will be presented before each musical piece to introduce the music's history, musical characteristics, and theological emphases. All who attend the concert are invited to the church basement after the concert for an opportunity to meet the musicians and fellow concert-goers. Cookies and punch will be provided free of charge. For more information, please contact the offices of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 708.447.4499. Office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For e-mail inquiries, please e-mail the Zion Church office at zionevlutheranoffice@yahoo.com or the Rev. Matthew Gunia at matthew.gunia@yahoo.com.

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Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 8:00 and 9:30 AM St. Peter Lutheran Church 111 W Olive Arlington Heights, IL St. Peter Lutheran Church choir, handbell choir and instrumentalists will present a traditional service of beloved traditional scripture readings interwoven with 26 carols that include just a touch of Handel and Bach! The service will consist of a continuous flow of carols accompanying the scripture readings. Arrangements include choir, vocals and congregation participation. For more information visit www.stpeter-ah.org

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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 TimHetzner@LutheranChurchCharities.org or send contributions to LCC, 333 West Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101 or contribute at our web site at http://LCC.LutheranChurchCharities.org or call us for credit card donations at LCC's office at (866) 455- 6466

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