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March 16, 2011 In This Issue

Featured Stories Opportunities in Haiti Families in Need Ministry Needs K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Tim's Pick of the Week Upcoming Events How To Support LCC

Tim's Pick of the Week

LCC Keeping Close Contact with Missionary on the Ground in Japan - Help Needed Help Lutheran Churches in Japan as they share the hope of Christ in the midst of terrible devastation.

Missionary Jenae Siebarth (pictured below) spoke by Skype with LCC's Rich Martin from her home in Japan on Tuesday morning. While Jenae is safe, there are millions left without power, reliable water, shelter, or food sources. Maximize the impact of your donations through LCC as 100% of every dollar donated goes to our Lutheran Church partners in Japan as they serve their countrymen with the Gospel in their desperate hour of need. Please continue to check our website, www.LutheranChurchCharities.org for current updates. Click here to donate to the Japan Relief Fund Click here to read Jenae's updates and prayer requests from Japan Click here to read the original appeal

Click to hear the interview (video, approx 3 min.) 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 For more information about LCC and its human care ministry, please contact LCC staff at:


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Christians Attacked by Muslims in Ethiopia - 59 Churches Burned and Thousands Displaced Thousands of Muslim extremists reportedly set fire to 59 churches and at least 28 homes in Jimma (zone), in western Ethiopia in the past week. More than 4,000 Christians in the area have been displaced as a result of the attacks, according to the Jimma Times. Police have arrested 130 people in connection with the church burnings, the newspaper reported.

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Through our partners there we have learned the attacks in western Ethiopia resulted in the death of a Mekane Yesus (the Lutheran Church in Ethiopia) member and at least 12 of the church's buildings in the region were damaged Church burned by extremists or destroyed by fire. The attacks reportedly began after Muslims accused a Christian of desecrating the Quran by tearing up a copy.

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While the attacks have subsided, there is much work ahead to restore the Christian ministries affected. 100% of your gift to LCC will go to our ministry partners in Ethiopia as they share the grace and forgiveness of Christ with their attackers and rebuild their churches. Click here to donate to the Ethiopia Church Fire Fund Click here to read the original appeal

Click here to join our mailing list and receive free email College Students Working Haiti daily devotions Update: The Mission Team has arrived safely in Jacmel. On Monday the team began the week working on the Guest House in Jacmel. The Guest House is being built for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Haiti by a partnership between the Ohio District and LCMS World Relief and Human Care. When completed it will be used to house Missionaries and Mission Teams working in Haiti. LCMS World Relief and Human Care provided scholarships for the students to cover their expenses while in Haiti.

"Send a Spoken Prayer"

Watch our website www.LutheranChurchCharities.org for pictures and updates as they continue work in College students take a break to play Jacmel and then distribute shoes and relief soccer supplies in a tent city.

LCC's "Send a Spoken Prayer" e-Card site is available. To learn more, Click Here

Please continue to pray for them as them bring the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to those in need in Haiti Click here to view photos from this trip Click here to donate to the Haiti Shoe Fund Click here for a video and hear one of the college students describe how God worked through the Haitian people to change her outlook on life.


New Disaster Response Training Scheduled For April LCC partners with St. John Country Club Hills to offer Congregational Preparedness Training to all congregational leaders in the NID. The training is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd from 8 AM to 11 AM. Registration cost is $20 per person. Registration can be paid by credit card online at time of registration or by cash or check at the door. 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 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?" Click here to register for the CPT training on April 2, 2011. For more information, call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org. The following Saturday, April 9th, LCC partners with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Freeport to present a LERT Training. Registration and Coffee begins at 9 AM with class starting at 9:30 AM sharp to 12 PM. Lunch is included. Registration is $20 and helps cover the cost of the training materials, meal, and the LERT T-shirt, which is required to be worn in a disaster response situation. Registration can be paid by credit card online at time of registration or by cash or check at the door. This training will prepare team members for credentialing and will focus on the safety, work, and ministry of Lutherans as Early Responders. Click here to register for LERT training on April 9, 2011. For more information, call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org.

Help 1 By Youth Make a Difference The 1 By Youth day of service scheduled for Saturday, May 7 is a massive event designed to rally 1,000 or more Christian youth and their adult leaders for a single day of transformational service in a single neighborhood. To make this happen we'll need approximately 100 volunteers to work 'behind the scenes' in preparation for and during the event. Click here for more details


Lenten Resource Three Days and Three Nights: How Can That Be?

Tim is available to do a LIVE Presentation to your Church or Group If Jesus was crucified on Friday and the tomb was empty on Sunday morning, where do we get three days and three nights? Join Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, as he answers this puzzling question. Tim also looks at the "apparent" contradictions in the Gospels surrounding the Passion Narrative of Jesus and shows how when understanding the historical background the "apparent" contradictions disappear! Click here for online ordering To schedule Tim for a Three Day Three Nights presentation, call 866-455-6466 or email him at LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Help Support Former Iraqi Muslim Attend Seminary Request by Rev. Hicham Chehab, Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship & Missionary for Chicagoland Lutheran Muslim Mission Association (CLMMA) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Waleed, a former Iraqi Muslim, is planning to pursue ordination from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri through the Ethic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT )program. We need your prayers and donations in order to meet the challenges we have in providing for his living expenses here in Chicago as well as his tuition and education fees. This month marks the third anniversary of Salam Arabic Fellowship in Chicagoland. We are planning to expand our ministry by using Waleed to plant a sister church for Salam in the North side of Chicago. Also, we will incorporate more Farsi in our ministry in order to accommodate more Iranians who do not speak Arabic. Click below to read the amazing story of how God called Waleed to faith through Lutheran Hour Ministries. Click here to read Waleed's story Click here to donate to education fees Click here to donate to living expenses

Thank You from Grace Christian Academy LCC received the following email from Grace Christian Academy To LCC and its newsletter readers: Just wanted to say thanks for your support of Grace's "Battle of the Praise Bands II". It was a great event, filled with music and fellowship. The highlight was having the Grace children sing "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" accompanied by musicians and singers from ALL the praise bands! As you can see by the picture, it made for a very crowded stage. Although "Praise and Promise" of Concordia, Berwyn came in first with the most votes, the real winner was our school as over


$1100 was raised for our Scholarship program. Thanks to all who attended, participated and supported us with prayer. Hope to see you at our banquet and live auction on April 10!

Fill the Bus for Haiti Immanuel Lutheran Church - Richton Park, along with their community members, made a commitment to help the children of Jeremie, Haiti, in particular the 30 orphaned children living with Pastor Isaac Jacquet. They have decided to do this by purchasing a preowned school bus that will be used as a shipping container. Filling this bus with the many needed items will involve anyone wishing to participate. The cost of this project is substantial and will be funded through donations and fundraising events. The kick-off for this fundraiser will be a FREE concert on Saturday, March, 19th at Rich South High School, 5000 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, 60471. Concert begins at 3pm. The concert will feature Immanuel's Children's Choir and a presentation by FERNANDO JONES of the BLUES KIDS FOUNDATION (see www.BluesKids.com). Following the concert, a short DVD (six minutes) will be shown to introduce you to the orphans in Haiti. Tickets will go on sale that day for Immanuel's annual "HAM DINNER" to be held on Saturday, April 30th . All proceeds will go to "Fill The Bus". Free samples will be available. For more information call Immanuel Lutheran Church at 708-748-0558. Click here to donate

Affordable Christian Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling Services Available! What if you really need help - you need a counselor Christian therapist to talk to - or have substance abuse issues you need to deal with but your insurance won't cover it or you just can't afford to pay the costs for therapy out of your own pocket? Good News! For a limited time (until 6/30/11), the Meier Clinic in Wheaton, IL is offering a low sliding scale fee for all new clients who make an appointment with Klaus Mehrl. Klaus has served as a parish pastor in the LCMS for 25 years and is completing his graduate studies in professional counseling. He is a certified substance abuse counselor with the State of Illinois and is also a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist Candidate. Meier Clinics recognizes and utilizes Christian principles and tools in the healing process along with sound psychological practices. For more information about the programs and services offered at the Meier Clinics, please call: (630)653-1717 or (800)848-8872 or visit www.meierclinics.org. Meier Clinics 2100 Manchester Road Suite 1510 Wheaton, IL 60187 For more information about Pastor Mehrl, please visit his website at www.hope-foryou.com.


Opportunities in Haiti Help Make A Difference Update from Sue Gross, Haitian Lutheran Mission Project LCC has received the following update from Sue Gross from Christ Lutheran Church in Orland Park who is currently in Haiti with her Mission Team. They are running an eyeglass and medical clinic in Jeremie. Among other things, they are training local Haitians to administer basic health care to school children and the elderly, as well as teaching hygiene to children and prenatal care to expectant mothers. Please continue to pray for them as they show Christ's Love and Compassion to the people in Haiti. Dear Friends Of Haiti Today we were blessed to serve over 200 people at our medical and eye glass clinic held in Jeremie. We were visited by people who remembered us from last year and came to thank us for returning. Verlande was the young lady who had both legs crushed in the earthquake last year. We prayed with her one evening after church last year in her home. She made a remarkable recovery and spent much time with us the last two days. Although she is still in much pain she is walking again. Things are changing in Jeremie. Pastor's Church is growing and many local people are receiving us with open arms. The school in Jeremie that several of you helped build is open and serving about 176. Tomorrow we will go to Dame Marie, this is the school that we sponsor through Trinity Hope's Feeding Program Click here to donate to the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund

Help Provide Clean Drinking Water for All Our Lutheran Schools in Haiti LCC, in partnership with LCMS World Relief and Human Care, is raising money to put a Hydraid® BioSand water filter in each of the 82 Lutheran Schools in Haiti. The cost of each filter is $185.00 and will provide clean drinking water for all the students in the school. Hydraid® BioSand water filters are a simple filter with no moving parts. The filter combats the leading causes of death and disease in the developing world by reducing parasites, bacteria and viruses found in contaminated water. "Part of our plan is to place larger HydrAid filters in each of the schools, therefore providing fresh water for the students. Using the Lutheran Schools as a setting, parents of students will be invited to attend a water sanitation class which includes the opportunity to obtain one of the family-sized filters." Glenn Merritt, LCMS WR-HC. Help Make A Difference for an entire school. Click here to donate


UPDATE: Haiti: All We Want for Christmas is a Toilet!

Request from Susan Gross, Haitian Lutheran Mission Project LCC received the following update from Sue Gross:

First Toilet Built Because of Your Support! Thank you for Making A Difference Toilets are being built in Jeremie, Haiti to prevent the spread of Cholera and other diseases. The first of several was built at the Dame Marie Lutheran School. There are 34 schools in Pastor Isaac's district and he hopes, eventually, to have a toilet built at each location. Thank you so much for the donations he has received so far. Sue Gross The Haitian Lutheran Mission Project These children are asking for a TOILET for Christmas. Yes, that must sound strange to most of us but it is true. Cholera is invading the country of Haiti. Clean water and toilets are needed to prevent thousands of deaths. Click here to read Pastor Isaac's letter Click here to donate

Thanks to Your Generous Support, We Were Able to Provide Assistance to the following: Haiti Disaster Relief Haiti Shoe Fund Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Aurora IL - Homeless Family Fund St Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton IL - Housing Assistance Fund

Families in Need Help Make A Difference

Single Mother of Five Fleeing Abusive Situation Needs Vehicle to Work Request from Pastor Brian Davies, Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, Grayslake, Illinois

Our congregation has been working with a woman and her four children (5th one is due any time) who recently sought refuge near us after fleeing a physically abusive situation. We have helped her get running water for her new place of residence, as well as providing beds, furniture, clothes and other needed items. After helping her enroll her children in school, we have now also provided an avenue for her to begin working again so that she can build her life here. Her last great need is a vehicle. She told us that she had stopped going to church a couple of years ago because she had lost hope. She said this was the first time she saw a church really doing what the Bible says we should do. If you


have been waiting to donate a vehicle, here's a great, real need that a vehicle would immensely bless. Thanks for considering this need, and please join me in praying that God would continue to provide for her and her children! If you have a car to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Single Man in Need of Transportation for Work

Request from Pastor Loy Schlote, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Joliet, Illinois We are working with a man who was connected to our congregation when he was younger. About 5 months ago he was released from prison. He was able to enroll in a rehabilitation program at Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora. He is nearing completion of a program to help retrain men and reintegrate them into society. He has the opportunity to work delivering papers but does not have a vehicle or the ability to buy one right now. If someone has a van (or any vehicle large enough to use to deliver papers) that they could donate to him it would be such a blessing as he continues to work to put his life back together. If you have a car to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org

Single Mom of Two in Need of Financial Assistance Request from Pastor Brian Truog, Cross Lutheran Church, Yorkville

A single mom of two grade school age children is struggling to pay bills - especially rent. She is unable to work because of chronic health problems. Her two children also have health problems, especially the 10-year-old son who has ulcerative colitis. Due to lack of child support and mounting medical bills, she struggles to pay the basic bills of rent, phone, etc. Any assistance would be such a blessing to this young family. Click here to donate

Other Stories Still Seeking Support Ebenezer, Chicago in Need of Boiler Repair Urban Children's Choir Looking for Volunteers Housing and Car Repairs Needed for Single Woman and Her Mother Nine-Year-Old Ethiopian Boy Needs Surgery in the United States Washer and Electric Dryer Needed Request from Rev Abraham Mengesha, EECMY-CES President of the Lutheran Church in Ethiopia Help Lutheran Hour Ministries Build Wells in Ghana - Each Well Costs $3,300


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. 2847 Approximately 119 Canvas Laptop bags with business logo on the side. (SBP Strategic Business Partners) 2846 Mauve colored Wardrobe with 2 doors on left side to close off closet for hanging clothes and one door on right to close off 4 shelves for storing clothing 2845 Light pine corner wardrobe with 4 open shelves on each side 2844 White 2 drawer night stand 2843 maple sewing cabinet ( no sewing machine) 2842 Small oak writing desk Has 7 drawers ( two of which are file drawers) and two leather & oak chairs and a desk lamp 2841 gold brown and orange early american style high back sofa 2840 Heavy Oak wood coffee table & matching end table and Lamp 2839 Maple wood rocking chair and throw blanket 2838 Mauve colored Entertaiment center Two doors on right side to close off TV and 4 storage drawers on Left 2836 Maple, Starck Spinet Piano with Bench. Needs to be tuned (Photos available) 2835 Large 50" Mitsubishi Big Screen Television in light wood cabinet with door closure. Incudes a VHS. (Photos available) 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

Ministry Needs Help Make A Difference

Help Crossways International Bring the Word of God to Christians in the Philippines and Make A Difference to Thousands of Lives Tim Hetzner - President of Lutheran Church Charities comments: This training can literally impact thousands of lives with the saving message of salvation in Jesus Christ. This is a very important country to support the Christian Church by helping them Get the Story Straight and Get the Story Out. Click here to read the request Click here to donate


Four Homes of Mercy in Bethany, Israel in Desperate Need Recently, I was in contact with Four Homes of Mercy in Bethany, Israel. Because of the current situation in the Middle East, and in Israel and Palestine in particular, they are in desperate need of support to be able to continue their ministry of serving those children and adults with physical and emotional disabilities. Their staff has not been paid in months and yet they continue to serve those that are "the least of these". Bethany is where Jesus always stayed when he was in the area of Jerusalem, and his reason was it was the poorest of the poor that lived there (Simon the Leper). Can you consider helping this Christian Mission that I have been connected with for well over 20 years. To donate click here and God Bless you!

Tim Hetzner President, Lutheran Church Charities

Help a Congregation Located in a Prime Mission Field in Los Angeles

Request from Pastor ST Williams, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, California Update: LCC sent your donations to St. Paul and received the following from Pastor Williams: The St. Paul family is so grateful for your prayers and liaison blessings of LCC. We had a Consecrated Stewards Celebration this past Sunday. Your gift was one of the many blessings we gave Thanks and Praise to God for. Peace and blessings always! Thank you again for your partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the all the nations of the world

In March 2011, St. Paul will celebrate its 86th year of Word and Sacrament Ministry in the City of Los Angeles (South-Central). The Celebration is entitled "we have come this far by faith" Romans 3:21-24.

We are seeking partners and fellow laborers of the Gospel who have a desire to come along side an urban/inner city congregation and assist with the financial deficits the church is facing under this present economic downturn. This will help sustain the future of the mission and ministry as he along with the members work under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring fulfill the Great Commission in the City of Los Angeles and the world. Click here to read more from Pastor Williams Click here to donate


Help Bring See Through the Scriptures to Haiti and the Dominican Republic Crossways International's See Through the Scriptures (STS) has been translated into French and Spanish, and has been used in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for a number of years - taught mainly by a Lutheran pastor who has conducted numerous training events for clergy and teachers. As you can well imagine, the people who live in these two countries have little or no money - more so than ever before as a result of the 2010 earthquake. Crossways International does not have access to the funding needed to provide the required materials. However, copies of the STS materials can be produced in the Dominican Republic for $2 each. We would love to be able to provide Christians in these two nations with one (better, two) thousand copies of STS. Please, can you help us do this? A personal note from Dr. Harry Wendt, President, Crossways International Chloris and I would love to be able to write out a check to fund the above projects. However, we live on a limited income, and give about 25% of it each year to CI's mission and other charitable causes. Sad to say, CI has been badly hurt by the present economic downturn. Can you come to our aid, or make suggestions regarding possible sources of funding? To date, CI's ministry has helped about 3,000,000 people around the world - and requests for access to our written/graphic materials continue to come in. Rest assured that our goal remains: "To reach the most people with the Best Message for the least cost." Click here to donate

Malaria Initiative Update: LCC received the following email from a Pastor in Ghana who received treatment for Malaria from Dr. Busse during her recently medical mission trip to Ghana. The results have been wonderful! Below is now another testimony on the value this treatment can bring to the Christian Church - at pennies a dose. This is all being done to provide the Christian Church another tool to touch lives with mercy and compassion and healing - in the name of Christ. I am very very happy to write to inform you that your malaria treatment I received in Kumasi when you came to Ghana works well and it is better than any other treatment I have ever received for malaria. Malaria kills many many children in Ghana as well as adults. I will be very happy if you can come to Bawku to help us. We are hoping and praying to see you. Ever since I received the treatment I never experience malaria again at all. COME AND HELP US TO BE FREE FROM MALARIA! Pastor Celtus Alale Bawku Lutheran Mission West Africa, Ghana For more on the Malaria Initiative, click here 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


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

Items Available to a Ministry 2837 (50) like-new Lutheran Worship Hymnals. Books are imprinted with church name. 2836 Maple, Starck Spinet Piano with Bench. Needs to be tuned (Photos available) 2835 Large 50" Mitsubishi Big Screen Television in light wood cabinet with door closure. Incudes a VHS. (Photos available) 2833 Yamaha Stereo Receiver 2822 several hundred 90-minute audio tapes 2821 Sony Master tape duplicator w/two slave units that allows duplicating of 11 tapes at one time For More items, click here to view the latest updates on our DONATE Web Page...


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. 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. Here are some of the most recent requests, but we have others that are still waiting for some word... Single Man in Need of Reliable Transportation for Work Single Man in Need of Reliable Transportation Car Needed for Pastor in Florida Van Needed for Faith, Stickney 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

LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Comfort Dog Update LCC Comfort Dogs at St Patrick's Day Parade in Palatine On Saturday, March 12th, the LCC Comfort Dogs were invited by the Outreach Board of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine to participate in the Palatine St Patrick's Day Parade festivities . This was the city of Palatine's first St Patrick's Day Parade and Immanuel Lutheran Church had a tent set up outside the Palatine Train Station and offered free hot cocoa to those passing by. As chilly as it was on Saturday, many individuals found warmth from the hot cocoa and Comfort Dogs Butter, Leo, Tara, and Tillie - who were present. LCC appreciates the invitation from Immanuel Lutheran Church and we commend you on your outreach efforts during this event. We also want to say thank you to the handlers who - even though it was so cold greeted folks, shared about the K-9 Comfort Dogs and pointed people to the Immanuel tent.


LCC Comfort Dogs Get A Special Treat A special thank you goes out to the kindergarten students and their teacher Amanda Fritz at St Paul Lutheran School in Bourbonnais, Illinois for the special dog treats. Amanda Fritz contacted Pete Imlah and shared that she and the students wanted to do something very special for the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs. As part of their Lutheran Schools Week festivities the kindergarten class made homemade dogs snacks as their service project. On Monday, March 14th LCC received a box of dog treats and the Comfort Dogs Loved Them!!!! Thank You!!!

LCC Comfort Dog Shami Visits Lace Elementary School On March 10, Shami the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dog of St. John Lutheran Church in Darien, paid a visit to Lace Elementary School. She came with two express purposes, to inspire kids to read and spread her special kind of comfort and joy. The visit was arranged by St. John handler, Heather Conard, whose son is a student at Lace. From 8:30 to 9:45am pairs of third graders were afforded the opportunity to come and read to Shami. Time had to be limited to 5 minutes so that a maximum number of students could participate. Although time was short, each student left with a sense of accomplishment and a winning smile on their face. It was then off to 4th grade classroom visits. Each class greeter her with a rousing shout of, "SHAMI!" Shami's visit to Lace also provided the opportunity to PR St. John's upcoming Easter Eggstravaganza which will take place on April 16th from 9am - noon. This community event is geared towards kids and families with and Easter egg hunt, plenty of games and, of course, some good ole' fashion K-9 Comfort! Click here to schedule a K-9 Comfort Dog visit

Donate to the K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Ministry

Now Available: Join Tim Hetzner this fall as he leads a CHRISTKINDL MARKETS trip to the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, November 27 to December 5, 2011 December is the time for the Christkindl Markets (Advent Markets) in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Literally translated, the street fairs are Christ-child markets. They happen in nearly every city and village, large and small. They are always cause for celebration and for shopping, for some roasted sausage, music on the streets and the insides of centuries-old churches, and, of course, some hot, spiced wine. Let this be an invitation to focus on Advent and the Coming of Christ in bringing in the Christmas Season. Tim Hetzner President, Lutheran Church Charities Click here for more information on this trip


Join LCC Staff Member Tim Kurth on a Mission Trip to Kenya As the newest member of the Lutheran Church Charities staff I am pleased to invite you to join me on a shortterm mission trip to Kenya this coming August. Together we will serve the neediest children in that country bringing them help and hope in the name of Jesus. Working with Kenyan folks I've known for over a dozen years means the projects will be meaningful and wellprepared. This is a combination medical/construction trip so we are looking specifically for doctors and nurses to join us. If you are not able to join the team please consider sponsoring someone from your church and encourage others to become sponsors, as well. Click here for more details...

Help us Feed People in Need

In Disaster Response and Outreach Events Because Christians do food well - and food is always needed in a Disaster Response situation and other outreach events, LCC is looking for a FOOD WAGON that we can cook and serve food from. Needs to be portable - can be a pull trailer or mobile unit. If you know of anyone who has one they would like to donate, or if your group would like to help purchase one that would be shared with our NID congregations and beyond, please contact Tim Hetzner at LCC at 866-455-6466.

Thrivent Choice - 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.

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! Tim Hetzner

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 866-455-6466

Looking for Ways to Share the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to Those in Your Church and Community?

Free seminar or one-hour lecture by Tim Hetzner 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" Mercy and Compassion Ministry, 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 Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, 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!

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Register Online - Click Here Looking to Host a Bible Study? WORD AMONG US Bible Studies

Lutheran Church Charities In-Depth 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

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

Tim's Pick of the Week Legends of Luternia: The Prince Decides by Thomas Sabel With the help of an ex-mercenary turned pastor, an over-educated, priggish dragon, and a map that continues to change, Prince Ulrik turns the tables on the evil Mage who sent him on a quest doomed to failure to regain the throne and restore the faith. The quest forces Ulrik to decide which is more important-duty to the crown or the love of a comfortable home he has always known. Legends of Luternia: The Prince Decides is a Christian fantasy set in the land of Luternia where the prince's adventures lead him to discover the importance of God's Word and Sacraments. With a subtle hand, Thomas Sabel guides the reader into the importance of the church in the Christian's life. The Author Thomas Sabel developed The Prince Decides from campfire stories told on family vacations. He is a Lutheran pastor who divides his time


serving a small parish in Otis, Indiana, teaching at Indiana UniversityPurdue University at Fort Wayne and Ivy-Tech Community College, and writing. His work has appeared in various professional and literary journals. He lives with his wife and two sons in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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 Follow the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs on Facebook - you do not need to have a Facebook account to view photos and updates!

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

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!

Spirit of Life Chorus Series SPIRIT OF LIFE CHORUS is a 100+ member ecumenical Christian concert chorus performing in church sanctuaries and auditoriums throughout the northern Illinois area. Formed in the fall of 1989 with 17 charter members, today, SPIRIT has grown to over 100 singers and musicians. Our solid, musical reputation of dynamic concerts with strong emotional appeal is 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. The members of THE SPIRIT OF LIFE CHORUS cordially invite you to "Open Arms Are Inviting You" as we present a wide variety of spiritually uplifting music as we conclude our twenty-first year of proclaiming His glory. Come join us this spring and enjoy the diversity of our program as we stand in His presence and sing His praises. See you at the concert! Lombard Sunday, March 13th Christ the King Catholic Church 1501 Main St, 60148 Concert time: 4:30 p.m.

Arlington Heights Sunday, March 20th Faith Lutheran Church 431 S. Arlington Heigths Rd., 60004 Concert time: 4:00 p.m.

Woodstock Sunday, March 27th First United Methodist Church 201 W. South St, 60098 Concert time: 4:30 p.m.

Carol Stream Sunday, April 3rd Our Savior Lutheran Church 1244 W. Army Trail Rd., 60188 Concert time: 4:30 p.m.

Des Plaines Sunday, April 10th Immanuel Lutheran Church 855 Lee St, Concert time: 4:30 p.m. This is a benefit for the Immanuel Lutheran School

Wood Dale Sunday, May 1st Holy Ghost Catholic Church 254 Wood Dale Rd Concert time: 4:30 p.m.

Click here for the full schedule


Open House at Saint Luke Lutheran School Sunday, March 20 from 12:00 pm -1:30 pm Monday, March 21st from 9:00 am - 10:30 am Saint Luke Lutheran School 410 S. Rush Street Itasca, IL Saint Luke Lutheran School, Itasca, is hosting an open house on Sunday, March 20th, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm, and Monday, March 21st, from 9:00-10:30 a m. Saint Luke is a fully accredited school that offers full day child care and quality education, Preschool - 8th Grade. If you are looking for a school that is Christ centered, academically strong and respectfully operated you need to visit. If you can't attend one of our open house dates take advantage of our weekly "Drop In and Learn More" days, Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 am, or check us out on our website saintlukeitasca.org or call 630-773-0396.

Career Fair and Seminars Friday, March 25 from 1-4 pm St. John School Gym 4231 W. 183rd St. Country Club Hills, IL Across the street from the City Complex of Country Club Hills and Amphitheater · Seminars on franchising, start your own business plus resume and cover letter writing · Resume help from Governor State University · Military recruiters - Army, Army National Guard and Air Force and others · Colleges and Universities - South Suburban, Governor's State University, The Illinois Institute of Art, DeVry University, Moraine Valley · Hospitals and Temporary Agencies · Local businesses, including Illinois State Police · And more! For further information: Pat Couch 708-799-6770 Or Teena Dorn 708-957-4491 St. John Office 708-798-4131

Ready to get wild about VBS? Join us for Group's VBS U Training Event

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Immanuel Lutheran Church 200 North Plum Grove Rd Palatine, IL Contact: Deaconess Brenna Nunes or Diana Broj at 847-359-1549 or youthdeaconess@ilcp.org At PandaMania VBS U you'll learn the tricks of the trade from Group's VBS veterans. This totally hands-on training gives volunteers pointers on everything PandaMania VBS. Bring all your key leaders! From fundraising, recruiting, decorating to clean-up, pack-up and follow-up...you'll learn to plan, coordinate and pull off your church's best VBS ever! Come network with other VBS leaders and earn your degree in everything PandaMania! Bonus: · Exclusive giveaway for participants · Raffles for FREE Group products


Advance Registration: Group publishing offers a discounted rate of $18 per person if you register in advance. Hurry, the late registration fee is $25 per person and applies one week prior to the event. Register Online: Visit Group's VBS website www.groupvbsu.com

Love and Logic Returns to St. John's Algonquin St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church 300 Jefferson St. Algonquin, IL Love and Logic returns to St. John's with the following: February 26th - Love and Logic for the Single Parent March 12th - Parenting Teens with Love and Logic April 5th - May 10th - Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Please call the church office to get more information and pre-register @ 847-658-9300.

Wonder Full World - a Travel-Themed Retreat for Women Sunday, April 10, 2011 Our Savior Lutheran Church 1244 West Army Trail Rd. Carol Stream, IL Wishing you could get away for a mini-vacation? We've got your ticket! Wonder Full World is an unforgettable travel-themed retreat the women of Our Savior are doing together, and you're invited! It includes worship, Bible study, and laughter. At Wonder Full World we'll "travel" to each of the seven continents and explore wonders of a woman's heart, such as "I wonder if I matter to God" or "I wonder where God is when life is hard." We'll find the answer to each of these questions in the Bible and discover more of God's amazing love for us. Register now--Registration is $30 until April 1, and it includes lunch and dinner. See the website for more information: oursavior.com, call or email Karen Beckley, kbeckley@oursavior.com; 630-4833143x120. Mark the date - April 10 - the retreat begins at noon, and runs until around 7:30 pm.

Banquet and Auction - Grace Christian Academy April 10, 2011 Skylite West Banquets 7117 Ogden Ave. Berwin, IL Join us in the fun as we raise $35,000 for the Scholarship Fund at our FIRST EVER LIVE AUCTION! Watch Us Grow! Reservations are required to attend. Tickets are $40 per person, or save $25 and reserve a table of ten for only $375! Contact Diane at 773-762-1234 ext. 6 for more information, or to make a donation to our auction.


Little Lambs to Host Art Show and Dinner 2011 Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 4-7 pm Concordia Lutheran Church 3144 South Home Ave Berwin, IL While the Sistine Chapel in Rome has a permanent exhibit of art by Michelangelo, Raphael, DaVinci, and Botticelli, Berwyn's Concordia Little Lambs Preschool will host a special one night showing of their creative endeavors. The school's Art Fair and Dinner 2011 is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at their church facility located at 3144 South Home Avenue. A meal of spaghetti, salad, rolls, and dessert will be served. The cost of tickets for the event will be $10 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under eat for free. A family pass can be purchased for $25.00. A raffle will also be held. All proceeds will go to benefit the Preschool Program and Scholarship Fund. Little Lambs Preschool has a long-standing reputation of quality Christ-centered preschool education in Berwyn and its surrounding communities. It is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Tuition assistance and multiple-child discounts are available. Call 708-795-7963 to arrange for a school tour, to secure more information, or to enroll. Click here for event flyer

Afternoons in the Arts - A Fine Arts Camp June 27 - July 1st from 9 am - 12:30 pm St. John's Lutheran Church and School 505 S. Park Rd. LaGrange, IL A creative program that encourages and challenges kids' artistic expression through music, movement, drama and visual arts while nurturing their relationship with Jesus. Experienced, professional teachers provide a positive and caring environment. Early registration by June 1st: $125 ($100 each additional child per family) After June 1st: $150 ($125 each additional child per family) Register online at www.SJLaGrange.com/arts

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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://www.LutheranChurchCharities.org or call us for credit card donations at LCC's office at (866) 455- 6466


March 16, 2011 - Making A Difference Newsletter