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June 15, 2011

In This Issue

Featured Stories K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Looking to be in an in-depth Bible Study? Does Your Church Want to Host a Study? Ministry Needs Your Small Group? Mission Opportunities International Ministry   LCC Ministry Resources Tim's Pick of the Week How To Keep LCC Serving

Tim's Pick of the Week

Over 150 weeks of In-Depth Bible Studies available on DVD Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, has led over 40 Biblical Studies Trips to the Middle East over the past 30 years.  Learn his insights into the Biblical Text, the Culture and Customs of the People, the History and Archeology of the land - but MOST OF ALL - discover the MIND-METHOD-MANNER and MINISTRY of our Lord Jesus Christ.   All Courses are available on DVD and also on the Internet.  Become a host site for Word Among Us Studies and find Answers in the Bible for Life's Many Difficulties and Questions!

LCC has many resources available to congregations, businesses, and individuals. Click here to visit our website and learn more   

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


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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

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

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

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First Batch of Care Carding and Gift Cards Delivered to Immanuel, Second Batch on the Way!

LCC staff member, Tim Kurth, delivered the first batch of Care Cards, as well as a check for the purchase of gift cards, to Immanuel last Friday. Staff member Marie Payes left yesterday for Joplin with LCC Board Member, Leah Collister, and K-9 Comfort Dog, Tara. Upon arrival she will deliver the second batch of Care Cards as well as another check for the purchase of cards.     LCC is sending your donations for the purchase of gift cards to Immanuel so that the cards can be purchased through Martin Luther School's Scrip Program. The Scrip Program DOES NOT CHARGE a fee for the purchase of a card. The card is issued for the full amount you order. In addition, a percentage of that amount is paid to the school through the Scrip Program.     Of course your donation is passed through LCC - dollar for dollar. Your gift provides a tangible way to demonstrate the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to people in need in Joplin and helps the folks at Martin Luther School with funds to help repair the damage done to their facility from the tornado and put their facility back in shape for the coming school year. If you would like to make a donation toward the work being done at Immanuel, one family at a time, please consider purchasing a card through this program. The stores that the gift cards will be purchased for are: Home Depot, Lowe's, Target and Walmart/Sam's. Thank you for considering making a gift in this way and in Making A Difference.

Click here to donate for the purchase of gift cards. Click here to donate to the Joplin Disaster Relief Fund.


"Send a Spoken Prayer" Lutheran Church Charities - UKANDU Chicago 2011 - NOW is the Time - Help Support All the Servant Youth

Working in 20 Different Locations 11 Churches - 6 States - 235 Adults and Youth to Make A Difference LCC's "Send a Spoken Prayer" e-Card site is available.   To learn more, Click Here  

 

UKANDU Chicago

On June 19-25, Lutheran Church Charities will be hosting the UKANDU Chicago Mission Trip. This is the ninth summer that this mission trip will bring in youth and adults to serve our inner-city Chicago churches, schools, and individuals. The theme this year is "NOW Is The Time" which is based on 2 Corinthians 2:6 "I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation." Now is the time to let your voice be heard in all of the earth. Now is the time for this generation to rise and be God's glorious church, the true hope for the nation. Now is the time will focus on the urgency to get right with God today and to be the people and

church that God desires of us.     Two hundred thirty-five individuals (140 youth and 95 adults) will be participating in the UKANDU Chicago Mission Trip. They are coming from 11 churches from six different states. These participants will be hosting nine different VBS's in Lutheran churches around the city of Chicago and at St Paul Lutheran Church in Skokie, doing construction, painting and landscaping at 20 different Chicago Lutheran churches and school, and six different individuals homes. UKANDU Chicago will be staying at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Melrose Park where each day the participants will have a worship service in the morning and evening, be fed breakfast and dinner, make sack lunches for their work sites, have a quiet time for reading the Bible and meditation, and sleep on classroom floors. On Wednesday night, the mission trip participants will enjoy a night on Lake Michigan watching fireworks, and on Thursday night, Concordia University Chicago will host the team for a special dinner, campus tour, and worship service.     Your prayers for the mission trip are desired. For safe travel, great attitudes, servant hearts, protection, and for the Holy Spirit to stretch, empower and touch each participant and recipient in a mighty way.   

How Can You Help Prayer Warriors  

Financial Support needed for supplies click here to donate Power Wash Decks - We have been asked to repair and stain five different decks that need to be power washed before the mission trip week, by June 12th so they have a week to dry before the mission team will stain them. If Wheelchair ramp that needs to be you or your church group could help us out power-washed please contact Pete Imlah at Pete@LutheranChurchCharities.org or 866-455-6466    

       


UKANDU - Participating Churches Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO Bethel Lutheran Church, Morton, IL Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie, WI   Emmaus Lutheran Church, Dorsey, IL   Faith Lutheran Church, Oak Ridge, TN   Immanuel Lutheran Church, East Dundee, IL

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Springfield, IL Our Savior Lutheran Church, Washington, IL Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN St. John Lutheran Church, Newhall, IA   Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL

A Word from the President Challenging Times - Challenging Needs Challenging Opportunities! We are experiencing Challenging times - on many fronts. The recent months have been a challenge for Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response as we work in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, while at the same time doing all the others things LCC does locally and Internationally. Our increased Disaster Response outreach, with the cost of staff, transportation, K-9 Comfort Dogs being deployed and on the ground, supplies, etc along with the acknowledgement of donations from so many places has tapped out LCC financially! LCC is coordinating registration of all volunteers going into Alabama and Joplin for out LCMS Churches in the US. What a blessing the number of people who want to serve. The door to Share the Mercy and Compassion of Christ has never been more open - to touch hurting lives with the very thing that a DISASTER CANNOT destroy - Jesus Christ!

Consider Helping

LCC does Dollar In/Dollar Out giving - where the whole amount of the donation goes to the cause! We are committed to continue to do this or close! Our administration costs are only covered by those who choose to donate specifically to Administration. We are not funded by any outside source - or state or Federal funds. Because LCC proclaims Jesus Christ in ALL that we do - we are NOT qualified for Federal Funds for our Disaster Response efforts. During these Challenging Times, if you can help AFTER giving to the needs of others, we would be very thankful for your support! Thank you for Making A Difference in People's Lives and God's Kingdom with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ. Tim Hetzner President Lutheran Church Charities  

You are my refuge in the day of disaster. Jeremiah 17:17   Click here to donate  

Jeremy Schamber Principal Martin Luther School

Jason Glaskey DCE Immanuel Lutheran Church

Rev. Gregory Mech Pastor Immanuel Lutheran Church

Click here to view these testimonies and more from Joplin, Missouri


Urgent Appeal - Immanuel Joplin Calling for Doctors and Nurses Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin is doing incredible work serving their members, neighbors and the entire city. They are providing food, water, clothing and medical care. The medical clinic being run out of their school building is dependent on volunteer doctors and nurses. Pastor Gregory Mech and the leadership at Immanuel have asked us to put out this appeal asking doctors and nurses licensed in Missouri or NLCA licensed compact state nurses to consider coming to Joplin and serving in the clinic. Any doctors in the areas of primary, family and general practice medicine and nurses licensed in Missouri and able to donate even a day or two of their time would play a crucial role in keeping the medical clinic open and available to the community. The clinic is administering tetanus shots, doing wound care and addressing respiratory distress caused by the massive amounts of airborne debris from the rubble, among other things. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical/ vocational nurse (LPN/VN) to have one multi¬state license in a primary state of residency (the home state) and to practice in other compact states (remote states), while subject to each state's practice laws and discipline. For more information go to https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm   Physicians and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are not included in this compact. They must apply in each state in which they practice. In addition, it is recommended that physicians not practice outside of their specialty area without additional and specific liability insurance. Today's legal climate in the United States makes practicing outside one's specialty area risky. Specialties needed include primary, family and general practice medicine.   If you are a medical professional and can donate some of your time to help Immanuel, please register with Lutheran Church Charities who is coordinating volunteers for Joplin. Note specifically that you are a doctor or nurse so that we can assign you to work in the clinic. Thank you for considering this request to share the mercy and compassion of Christ with the people of Joplin.   Click here to register

Jordan Aubey Continues His Recovery in Winfield

Update: LCC staff member Marie Payes and Comfort Dog Tara visited with Jordan at his parents' home in Winfield again last Sunday. Marie reports that Jordan is recovering well and is in good spirits. His girlfriend, Erin, is in for a visit and Jordan was able to attend the outdoor service at Our Savior on Sunday afternoon.   Jordan will stay in Winfield for another four weeks and then return to Joplin to begin physical therapy. The television station where he works is holding his job open for him and will secure an apartment for Jordan Aubey with his girlfriend, Erin him in Joplin.   Since Jordan lost everything in the tornado, LCC will be working with Jordan to help replace furniture and household items that he needs. Please continue to watch the newsletter and our website for a list of needed items over the next few weeks.   Click here to donate to the Jordan Aubey Recovery Fund  Click here to donate to Tornado Relief in Joplin, Missouri  Click here for Jordan's extended account of his harrowing ordeal and God's mercy  Click here for the interview with Reverend Dennis Aubey and his wife, Bea


You Continue to Make A Difference in Joplin Focus Turns to Long Term Clean-up and Recovery Volunteers Welcome  You are my refuge in the day of disaster. Jeremiah 17:17 Immanuel Joplin is settling in for the long haul as they face the reality of the ongoing cleanup.  Some volunteer teams are now turning their attention to cleaning up the property and buildings of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School.  This is crucial as they move the relief center into containers provided by Orphan Grain Train. The move will allow the school to reclaim their gym and classrooms to prepare for the coming school year.  With two elementary schools and at least one parochial school destroyed by the tornado, Martin Luther School is prepared to welcome new students as they serve the community.  Of course there is still much cleanup and support to be given to Immanuel members and neighbors. 

Immanuel members John (back row middle) and Caroline (foreground in pink shirt) Pierce gather with friends in front of the remains of their home. To the left in the background is the tub where they rode out the tornado with their son.

The LCC Comfort Dogs continue to rotate down to Joplin providing much needed care to those still reeling from the disaster. Tim Kurth of the LCC staff had the opportunity to lead a survivors' discussion group on Saturday, June 11 with Comfort Dogs Ladel and Magic onhand to assist in the small discussion groups.  Financial contributions are vitally important as the work continues in Joplin.   Click here to donate to Tornado Relief in Joplin, Missouri  Donate to K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry - Joplin Outreach  Click Here to Volunteer in Joplin, Missouri 

LCC Continues to Deploy Volunteers to Alabama

Teams are continuing to form for the ongoing disaster recovery work going on in Alabama. All teams work under the direction of Reverend Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Volunteer Coordinator. Ed reports that there are some areas that are recovered sufficiently to require only professional skilled workers. However, he still has places where volunteer teams can make a difference. LCC continues to take registrations for groups that want to help with recovery efforts in the south. There is a size limit of 20 people for each team based on Pastor Eric Hollar (front) leads his lodging availability. second team from Bethel Lutheran,   Claremont, North Carolina. He was a We thank all the volunteers who continue to pastor in Biloxi, Mississippi when Katrina consider the needs in Alabama even as new hit. He has a heart for helping and wants disasters take over the news headlines. If you'd to pay it forward for all the help he like to schedule a group to help with disaster received when disaster his church and recovery in Alabama, please contact Dona home. Martin at 866-455-6466 or DonaMartin@LutheranChurchCharities.org.     All donations toward this effort go dollar-for-dollar to our Lutheran Churches in support of their work to share the mercy and compassion of Christ through the recovery work.   Click here to read a letter from Pastor Noon, Holy Cross Lutheran Church  Click Here to Donate - Click Here to Volunteer  Click here to view photos from the Southern District


Comfort Dog Update

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Working Hard in Joplin, Missouri LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their trained handlers/care providers have been, and continue to, work hard through Immanuel Lutheran in Joplin, Missouri. The Comfort Dogs help people talk and share about what has happened - a very important part of the healing process. LCC's trained handlers listen, pray, comfort, and share the compassion of Jesus Christ with those suffering. LCC Comfort Dogs Hope, Shami, Tillie and Olympia were on hand the first week followed by Magic and Ladel. Tara and LCC Staff member Marie Payes arrived in Joplin yesterday. LCC will continue to send Comfort Dogs and their handlers to Joplin to help with the emotional and spiritual welfare of those affected by the tornado and those volunteering.   Donate to K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry - Joplin Outreach    

K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs at Zion Bensenville

On Sunday, June 12, at the request of Reverend Stephen Heuser, the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs attended the church picnic at Zion Lutheran Church in Bensenville. Those in attendance got to greet and pet the K-9 Comfort Dogs along with participating in fun games for all ages and great food!       Click here to schedule a K-9 Comfort Dog visit

Donate to the K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Ministry

LCC Launches CARE CARDING MAKE A DIFFERENCE in a Tangible Way   So many people want to help the people of Joplin, Missouri in a meaningful way - but are not sure what to do. Here is an opportunity to provide Mercy and Compassion and Help to an individual or family right now!   Click here for instructions   Lutheran Church Charities will then send a thank you and charitable receipt to the return address you place on the card. Lutheran Church Charities will personally deliver the cards unopened to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin, Missouri for their members and staff to personally hand out to families and individuals who are in need.              


This is a tangible way to show the Love of Jesus Christ to someone in need - and help them spiritually and physically! To those who already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ - this shows them the support of the Body of Christ. To those who do not - it shows them the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ through his church - the Body of Christ. For questions contact Tim Hetzner at Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466 or LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org.   If you are unable to do a CARE CARD but would like to contribute to the purchase of gift cards, click here to donate.

Ever Consider Being Part of a Disaster Response Team - a LERT Team? New Training Sessions Have Been Scheduled Two Dates to Choose From   On Thursday evening, July 7th, LCC partners with Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa to present LERT Training. Registration with a light supper will be at 5:30 pm. Class will be from 6 to 9 PM. On Saturday morning, July 9th, LCC partners with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere to present LERT training. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Class will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Click here to register for the LERT training at Trinity Genoa or Immanuel Belvidere   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 July 7th or July 9th.   For more information, call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org 

LCC Needs Chainsaws for Disaster Recovery One of the greatest challenges faced by communities hit with tornadoes and hurricanes is the removal of fallen trees. Those involved in disaster response know you can never have too many chainsaws! If you have a chainsaw that is in excellent condition and would like to donate it for our disaster response work, please contact Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org. New saws would be preferable. You can make a contribution for a saw and case, which runs Recommended Chainsaw: Husqvarna between $700 and $750 or purchase one to 359 20" with the Powerbox carrying case donate. The chainsaw we recommend is the Husqvarna 359 20" with the Powerboxtm carrying case. All saws will become part of the permanent collection of LCC in support of our disaster response efforts. Click Here to Donate


Travel Trailers Needed for Disaster Response Work

Request from Rev Ed Brashier - Associate Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gardendale, AL and Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator

LCC is in need of a donation of 1-4 travel trailers, the kind you can pull with a car or truck and live in, to be used down south for the longer term recovery efforts because of the tornadoes and flooding. If you or someone you know has a travel trailer in livable and moving condition and would like to donate it to LCC so it can be used to house longer term volunteers, please contact Tim Hetzner at 866-455-6466 or email Tim at TimHetzner@LutheranChurchCharities.org Thank you.    Rev Ed Brashier

New Congregational Preparedness Training Scheduled For June 30th

The NE Kane County Chapter of Thrivent is hosting a Congregational Preparedness Training on Thursday evening, June 30th, from 5:30 PM to 9 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 195 Nesler Rd, Elgin, IL 60124. Registration and a light supper begins at 5:30 with the workshop beginning at 6PM until 9 PM     Click here to register for Congregational Preparedness Training     LCMS World Relief and Human Care 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 three 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.     To schedule a training Register Now, or for more information contact Tim Hetzner or Dianna Bonfield at LCC at 866-455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org 

Looking for a VBS? Wanting to Let Others Know about Yours?   

LCC is posting a Vacation Bible School schedule on our website again this year. Many people use LCC as a source for information on church activities. Send us the time, date, location and description of your VBS program and we will include it on our website. VBS is such a wonderful outreach to bring the Compassion of Christ into the community that we want to take every opportunity to tell folks what you're doing. Just e-mail the information and contact person's name to LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org. Click here to see VBS listings for 2011 


Families in Need Help Make A Difference Request from Northern Illinois District President to Help District Pastor Request from Rev. Dan Gilbert, President of the LCMS Northern Illinois District

A rostered LCMS pastor in good standing is currently without a call. His name and information has been circulated to other district presidents and to appropriate congregations within the NID as well. Although he has been working "odd-jobs" on a part-time basis, the financial needs of the family are not being met. Prayers and financial offerings for this family through LCC would be very appreciated.

Click here to donate

Single Mother of Two in Need of Car for Work

Request from Pastor Erik Gauss, Interim Senior Pastor, Cross Lutheran Church, Yorkville, Illinois

We received a request for assistance through our Community Bridges ministry for a single mom with 2 children who currently is in need of a vehicle. The mom is unemployed but is actively seeking employment and needs a vehicle to get to job interviews and needs transportation to get children to and from school and other activities. The donation of car would be such a blessing to this family.   If you have a car to donate please contact LCC at 866-4556466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org 

Pastor Seeking Support for Colleague to Attend Conference

$800 and $900.   Click here to donate 

 

Pastor Brian Banke of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington is seeking support for a colleague to attend a conference that will benefit church planting and domestic missionary activity. The Fivetwo Wikiconference in Katy, Texas takes place June 21-24 and deals directly with effectively planting and mobilizing churches in a Postmodern and Pluralistic society. Pastor Banke is seeking donors to cover the costs of a Midwest based fellow pastor to attend this conference. The conference fee is $199. With travel costs and lodging the total expense for the event is estimated at between


Single Man Needs Rent Assistance

Request from Rev. Reuben Baerwald, Emeritus, St. Mark Lutheran Church, St. Charles, Illinois I am working with a middle aged man who is separated from his family and living alone. He needs temporary assistance to pay his room rent and for food while he continues to look for a job. Any assistance would be a blessing for this man as he works to start a new life.

Click here to donate

Your Donations Make A Difference Wednesday, June 8, Pastor Chehab and Omid Khamsi of Salam Arabic Christian Fellowship picked up a van load of clothing for the members of the fellowship. Many of the members of Salam are recent refugees from the Middle East and are having a hard time finding jobs and making ends meet since they have come to this country. They are very appreciative of your help.

Wednesday evening, LCC volunteers donated their time to pick up a corporate donation from Landrum and Brown, Inc of lateral files and other office equipment. One of the recipients of the donation is the Adoptions Department of Lutheran Child and Family Services.

Farshid Afrazie, his wife Yasamine, their two-year-old daughter and newborn son were the recipients of some of the household items and furniture. To the right of Farshid's family are Yasamine's parents and two sisters who were also recipients of some of the furniture.


LCC volunteers Sharon Flaherty and Roberta Sarkauskas assisted LCC staff to prepare for upcoming LERT training sessions by assembling LERT Manuals.

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 Transportation for Work Single Man in Need of Reliable Transportation for Work    Single Man in Need of Reliable Transportation 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

Faith Led Feet - A New Opportunity to Put Your Faith in Action Lutheran Church Charities is creating a new page,"Faith Led Feet", on our web site that will help Christians who are involved in activities for a charitable cause as an expression of their faith to spread the word.   Our hope is to give individuals from Christian congregations a place to announce their participation in all the great causes out there as a way of sharing and spreading Christ's love to the sick and less fortunate among us. The Faith Led Feet webpage will provide those actively involved and those who are moved to prayerfully and financially support them, a central, secure place to invite others to join them.  


Here's how it works: an individual participating in a fundraising walk-a-thon or other charity event or activity submits a simple online form at the LCC website. Once completed, their activity is listed for everyone to see. We do the work of spreading the word to potential supporters complete with links to event websites where donations can be made. One stop at the LCC website connects you to our network of Christians passionate about reaching out with the compassion and mercy of Jesus Christ. You can send your friends and relatives to the LCC website to read your brief testimony and commit to supporting you financially and in prayer. If you're participating in an upcoming event for a charitable cause that will make a difference in the lives of others, consider letting LCC help you spread the word. Click here to fill out the application form to get started. There is no cost and LCC does not collect any money as part of this service. Click here to view postings on the Faith Led Feet page.

Other Stories Still Seeking Support Help bring See Through the Scriptures to Haiti and the Dominican Republic Help support former Iraqi Muslim attend seminary Still Point Theatre Collective needs $1,000 to continue the Persephone Project Car and financial help needed for homeless single mom 35-year-old Ethiopian Man in Need of Medical Treatment Help Crossways International Bring the Word of God to Christians in the Phillipines and Make A Difference to Thousands of Lives  Scholarship a Child in Myanmar  Urgent Need for Medical Assistance Help Support our Lutheran Outreach Efforts in Lebanon Christians Attacked by Muslims in Ethiopia - 59 Churches Burned and Thousands Displaced College Students Launch Appeal for One of LCC's Own in Haiti 

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.   2873 Savin 3350 Duplicator 2872 3-5 drawer black lateral file cabinets for drawings (ie. architectural dawings or art work). Measures 16"T with four drawers 4'W x 3"D 2871 Cream colored retractable screen (wall hanging) 2870 (2) office chairs on wheels and (2) black side chairs 2869 Slotted mail bin (sits on top of counter). Mesurs 5'W x 14"D x 33"H 2868 Table and 4 chairs wrought iron outdoor set 2867 3 drawer low boy dresser, approx. 60 inches long 2866 Recliner Lounge chair, faux suede fabric 2865 Convertible sofa bed,queen,chenille type fabric 2864 Used twin size mattress & boxspring - good condition 2863 twin/full bed frame Click here for the full list of Items Free for the Asking  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 Ebenezer, Chicago with VBS Community Outreach!

Request from Pastor Richard Gizynski, Ebenezar Lutheran Church, Chicago Ebenezer is again planning on holding its annual Vacation Bible School during the week of August 8-12. Last year we were able to serve over 100 children from the neighborhood, and we hope to do the same this year. However, we can only accomplish this goal with some support. Our proposed budget is $1500. This includes all cost related to the VBS for 100+ children, a daily meal for each child during the week, and a VBS/community open house picnic the following Sunday. Financial support is needed and any offerings would be deeply appreciated. Our theme is "Pandamania". If any congregation doing this theme and has any leftover materials and/or decorations, their donation would also be appreciated. We also need and welcome any volunteers who would be willing to serve as crew leaders, shepherding the children from one activity station to the next. No experience necessary, just a love and joy for children who want and need to hear the Gospel. Our VBS hours are in the afternoon from 12:30 until 4:00 PM. Whether you could help out for one day or the whole week, any assistance would be a blessing. Any and all wo are able to help can contact Pastor Rich Gizynski at 773-216-5288. Click here to donate  

Lockers Needed

Submitted by Aaron Landgrave, Principal, Trinity Burr Ridge   Trinity Burr Ridge is in need of six lockers for their school- 60" high, 12" wide and 12" inches or so deep. If you have any lockers you are no longer using, please contact the principal Aaron Landgrave at trinityprincipal@comcast.net or call (708) 839-1444.

Items Available to a Ministry 2873 Savin 3550 Duplicator 2856 Hammond Commodore Series 300 Organ Wood is in excellent condition, teak color, includes bench. Was serviced about a year ago. Two manuals/keyboards, full foot pedals, many stops. 2849 (100) HS98 Hymnals 2848 (175) Lutheran Worship Hymnals 2837 (50) like-new Lutheran Worship Hymnals. Books are imprinted with church name. 2835 Large 50" Mitsubishi Big Screen Television in light wood cabinet with door closure. Incudes a VHS. (Photos available) Click here for the full list of Items Available to a Ministry    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 


Mission Opportunities Help Make A Difference   Short Term Mission Opportunities MOST Ministries  

Carly Stevens, Executive Director MOST Ministries

Lutheran Church Charities endorses MOST Ministries as a valuable partner in Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in works of service to others in places throughout the world. We have worked with MOST in the past and endorse and support this ministry. If you are interested in Short Term Mission opportunities, please click here to find out what currently is available. Or you may go directly to their website at www.MostMinistries.org   We thank God for the ministry and partnership of MOST Ministries and encourage those who are interested to be involved with them in serving others.   Thank you,   Tim Hetzner President Lutheran Church Charities

New SUMMER Trips to Haiti for College Students Scheduled!   New trip dates are set for college students looking to make a difference in Haiti this summer. For those who weren't able to make our Spring Break trips here's another chance to join us in Haiti to build a guest house that will welcome other workers for years to come The cost for these trips have been underwritten by the LCMS so you pay only the $150 trip registration fee, one hotel night in Florida on the way to Haiti, and secure your own airfare to Port Au Prince, Haiti. All expenses once you arrive in Haiti are covered by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. You must be enrolled in college in order to qualify for this trip. That includes graduating high school seniors who will be freshmen in the fall. Don't miss this chance to change lives through our ongoing work in Haiti. Invite friends and put your own group together. Contact Dona Martin at  DonaMartin@LutheranChurchCharities.org or 866-455-6466. Choose from these dates and remember to add a travel day to the beginning of the trip as an overnight layover in Florida is required.  Click on a date to register:  July 16th to 23rd  July 23rd to 30th Click here to view photos from a 2011 Spring Break trip     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.   Click here to watch a short video of college students passing out shoes in a tent city in Jacmel during a recent Spring Break Mission Trip. 


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

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


International Ministry Mission Teams Travel to Haiti Mission teams continue to travel to Haiti to work on the Building Homes and Hope in Haiti project as well as to run medical clinics, Vacation Bible Schools and eye glass clinics. Recently, mission teams from Illinois, California, Missouri and Ohio worked in Leogane and Jacmel. Currently, a mission team from St. Peter Lutheran Church in Napoleon, Ohio, led by Jackie Rychel, is working on the Guest House in Jacmel. Later this month a team of 14 from Prince of Peace in Palatine, Illinois will be traveling to Jacmel. Watch our newsletter and website - www.LutheranChurchCharities.org - for updates on the teams' activities.

"Fill the Bus" is Rolling Along!

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 pre-owned school bus that will be used as a shipping container. The "Fill the Bus" kicked off with a concert and recently a ham dinner held at the church. The next event is June 25 at the Richton Park Homeowners picnic at Pierce LCC's Puppet Ministry, led by Christine Park. Followed by Immanuel Fest at Immanuel, Rechsteiner, performed at the Immanuel Richton Park on Saturday August 13.   Richton Park ham dinner in April   The cost of this project is substantial and will be funded through donations and fundraising events.     Call the church office at 708-748-0558 for more information on the upcoming events. You can also contribute to the "Fill the Bus for Haiti" project at the link below. Every dollar of your donation goes directly to "Fill the Bus".     Click here to donate  


Support Needed For Summer Project - "Building Haiti from the Inside Out"

God is ever present and visible in the people of Haiti. The 1st Lutheran Church of Jacmel has more than tripled in believers since the earthquake the previous year. College students from Building Homes and Hope trips were asked by Pastor Marky Kessa to teach an ESL (English as a Second Language) course this summer. The project goal, "Building Haiti from the Inside Out", is to continue to encourage, support and enable our brothers and sisters in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through education and outreach in Jacmel, Haiti. In recent conversations with Pastor Marky Kessa, he has identified 100 youth who would benefit from the ESL program. As a way to help build communications, the project also includes teaching people designated by Pastor Marky how to use computers, projectors, website design, and other graphic media to document and keep people globally informed of God's work in Haiti by providing updates on the current conditions of Churches, orphanages and schools. Your help is needed now in touching the lives of 100 youth with the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ by supporting these students in their mission. Help cover the costs of travel expenses for seven weeks - $6,865 which includes: food, lodging, ground travel, school supplies, airfare and technology - cost $6,523 which includes projector, DSLR camera, and computer.   To donate equipment you can click here to see a list the specific equipment being requested.   Click here to donate to send the students to Haiti   Click here to donate to the cost of the equipment needed 

Haiti - The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful!

Update from LCC President Tim Hetzner, on returning from Haiti I have returned from a week in Haiti. I was there with a group of college students from various colleges. What a joy to see the willingness of college students give up their spring break to spend a week serving the people of Haiti. It gives a renewed sense of hope for the Christian Church. It also confirmed to me what younger people are looking for in their walk and relationship with God - they meet God in serving and showing Mercy and Compassion to those in need.      Click here to read the rest of the update 


Here are Ways to Help Our Ongoing Haiti Relief Efforts Physical Needs Water Filters - School Version - $185 - Home Version - $35 Building Homes and Hope in Haiti Shoes - $5 Motorcycles for Pastors - $1,000 Support College Students Volunteering in Haiti - $150 Goats - $50 each General Disaster Response Donations Spiritual Needs Staff Workers in the Tent Cities - $200 a month Bibles in French - $6 each Luther's Small Catechism in Creole - $5 each See Through the Scriptures manuals in French - $2 each Developing Projects Radio Ministry - click here to learn more Hosting Haitian Christian Music Group for U.S. Tour - click here to learn more

Christian Education Projects in the Philippines Help the Lutheran Church of the Philippines (LCP) move toward establishing 100 new church and school ministries by the year 2017 to reach more people with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ!  Rev. James Cerdenola is the LCP President.   The Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) is one of the oldest partner churches of the LCMS and ELCA. It has 92 churches, many mission stations, 28 ordained pastors and a large number of lay leaders. LCMS World Mission works with the LCP to share the Gospel message through educational seminars for local pastors and expanded church planting efforts.  Your support is needed for the LCP to continue to grow and build to its capacity so that it will be able to respond to and engage the mission opportunities before them, and therefore be able to reach its goal of planting 100 new congregations and training hundreds of lay evangelists by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.   Click here to read about some of the current projects of the LCP   Click here to donate 

     


LCC Ministry Resources Ministry Resources Available to Congregations    Looking for Ways to Share the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to Those in Your Church and Community?      How to Conduct a Successful Mission Fair  

Click here to learn more about these and other Ministry Resources available from LCC

LCC Staff and Comfort Dogs Available for Church Functions and School Chapels! Click here to learn more!

Servant at Heart - Online Christian Business Directory Looking for a Christian business? Lutheran Church Charities has an online Christian Business Directory, Servant@Heart. This online directory allows:  - Christians businesses to advertise their services without cost.  - Christians looking for employment a place to post their resume - Christians with job openings a place to post those opening  - Others to seek out Christian businesses and employees

Click here to learn more 

     


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 

Tim's Pick of the Week   Father's Day gift ideas from Christianbook.com

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

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

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

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  

June 15, 2011 - Making A Difference Newsletter  

Weekly Newsletter from Lutheran Church Charities

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