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October 12, 2011

In This Issue

Featured Stories Help a Family Rocked by a Horrific Crime Families in Need Disaster Response This past weekend a young pregnant mother and her unborn child Ministry Needs were killed in a brutal and unimaginable attack. The victim, Maritza Mission Opportunities Ramirez-Cruz, has a daughter attending St. Martini Lutheran International Ministry School in Milwaukee. Krista Parker nee Mayyou (pictured), who LCC Ministry Resources grew up at and whose family still attends Immanuel Palatine, is a Tim's Pick of the Week teacher at St. Martini and sent this appeal to LCC...   Upcoming Events   How To Keep LCC Serving "My name is Krista Parker and I am the 5th grade teacher at St. Martini Lutheran School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our St. Martini family has been rocked by a terrible tragedy this past weekend. The mother of one of our K4 students (Ashley) was brutally murdered over the weekend. Maritza Ramirez-Cruz was around 8 months pregnant. A woman by the name of Annette Morales-Rodriguez offered to give Maritza a ride home. Annette then beat Maritza, and cut the fetus from her uterus... Ashley's family is devastated by this horrible act. They have no money for food, rent, or to get to Puerto Rico to give their mother and still born sibling a proper burial. We on behalf of the family are asking for any donations possible: money, gift cards for food or clothing, Walgreen's gift cards, or anything possible to help this family with their needs. I know this is very short notice, but the sooner we could get these donations, the better for the family. Any help will be greatly appreciated."  

Tim's Pick of the Week

LCC has established a fund and all donations will go dollar for dollar to St. Martini to help during this most difficult time. Click here to donate and thank you for sharing the mercy and compassion of Christ with Maritza's family.

Gracie Goes to Davenport, Iowa - Joins the Staff at Trinity Church and School

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

K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Gracie traveled to Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday, October 11 where she will join the staff of Trinity Lutheran Church and School. Accompanied by LCC President Tim Hetzner, staff members Rich and Dona Martin and fellow Comfort Dogs Olympia and Chewie, Gracie met the caregivers and handlers who will work with her at Trinity.   LCC staff took 15 people from Trinity through handler training in preparation for the 'passing of the leash'. In preparing to receive Gracie Trinity developed a full Ministry Plan charting a course for the use of the K-9 Parish Comfort Dog in their church and school. Principal Bill Meyer and the staff are excited to welcome Gracie and look forward to many years together as she provides a bridge for ministry.     If you would like to add a full time Comfort Dog to your ministry, please contact us at 866-455-6466 and talk with Tim Hetzner.

Devotion Series - Pastor, Reorder Your Priorities   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

The four-part devotion series entitled Pastor, Reorder Your Priorities began today. Click here to sign up for our free online devotions   Click here for our archive of Daily Devotions      

For more information about LCC and its human care ministry, please contact LCC staff at: LCC@LutheranChurch More...

Resurrection Lutheran Church in Crown Point, IN Welcomes LCC President Tim Hetzner and Comfort Dog Howe

On Sunday, October 10 Tim Hetzner spoke at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Crown Point, Indiana. Pastor Robert Breitbarth and his congregation invited Tim to speak about the work of Mercy and Compassion of LCC in general with a special emphasis on our K-9 Parish Comfort Dog ministry. Comfort Dog Howe accompanied Tim for the morning. The congregation presented a generous donation to LCC Comfort Dog Ministry in support of our ongoing Mercy ministry. If you would like Tim or another member of the LCC staff to speak at your church, please call 866-4556466 or email

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Good Samaritan Ministries in Palatine Donates Van to LCC

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Good Samaritan Ministries, located at Immanuel Lutheran in Palatine, recently donated a van to LCC. The van is equipped to handle wheelchairs and can also be used for disaster response and to transport donations. LCC thanks Good Samaritan for this generous donation that will be put to good use sharing the Mercy and Compassion of Christ!

St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods Supports Ministry of LCC


On Monday, October 10 Helen Burnidge and Delores Crisara presented Tim Hetzner with a check for the ongoing ministry of Lutheran Church Charities. St. Matthew sponsors a pig roast every August and part of the proceeds each year goes to support a ministry involved with missions. Thank you members of St. Matthew for your generous support!

"Send a Spoken Prayer"

LCC Staff Attends Pastor's Wives Retreat

On Friday, October 7 LCC Staff members Marie Payes and Vida Johnston joined the NID Pastor's Wives Retreat at Marriot Suites in Downers Grove. LCC has been proud to be a sponsor of the retreats since they began six years ago. The retreat provides a wonderful opportunity for the attendees to make new friends, share and encourage each other.

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Thank you to LCC Chainsaw volunteers, Ed Boerman, Al Krodel, Helmut Mueller and Bill Martin who this past Saturday assisted members of Prince of Peace, Waukegan, to remove the last of the trees damaged by the storms in July that passed through the Chicago Area.

Dan Greg receives a check of your donations from Pastor Doug Swanson, St. John Lutheran Church, Darien, Illinois for his Eagle Scout project for St. Matthew in Chicago.

Thank you to the members of Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights who purchased two new sewing machines for the Haiti project.

Pastor Richard Heinz, St. John's Lutheran Church and School, Chicago receives a check of your donations for the repair of the church/school elevator. He is pictured with several of the "elevator riders"

Comfort Dog Update

Chewie and Tillie at Concordia, Machesney Park   On Wednesday, October 5 LCC Comfort Dogs Chewie and Tillie along with LCC volunteers Lynn Buhrke, Dick Bernard and Linda Colberg visited Concordia Lutheran Church and School, Machesney Park. Lynn Buhrke did the chapel talk. After chapel all the students had time to visit with the dogs.  

          Handler Training at Living Christ, Arlington Heights   LCC Comfort Dog JoJo has been placed at Living Christ Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights. Last Wednesday, October 5, LCC held a training session at the church for JoJo's handlers and caregivers. Handler Training is part of the LCC K-9 program when a dog is placed in a congregation. The training covers the spiritual aspect of the ministry, K-9 etiquette, care of the dog and hands on training with the dog. Everyone at Living Christ is excited about the new outreach opportunities that JoJo will open up.

Faith Picks Newest LCC Comfort Puppy!   LCC Comfort Dog Faith works with Pastor Kelly and Linda Todd at Christ Lutheran Church in Goodrich, Michigan. Linda has extensive experience in training Leader Dogs for the blind. Linda has volunteered to do the initial training for LCC's newest Comfort Puppy in Training! Faith went with Linda to meet our new boy and gave him the sniff of approval. Linda will start his training in the next few weeks.   Click here to schedule a K-9 Comfort Dog visit

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Consider Joining Tim Hetzner on a Superb Advent Germany Tour! Several Spots Open as of Today!    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 Hetzner Teaches Live Class - The New Testament - Started September 12 - It's Not Too Late to Register

Join Tim Hetzner as he teaches live on Mondays - Word Among Us - The New Testament study of the Bible.     Starting with an overview of the history and culture of First Century Palestine he will then journey through the entire New Testament.   Classes will look at the Bible in the context of history, culture and customs of the people at the time, as well as the archeological evidence.     Classes are non-denominational and are open to anyone regardless of church (or lack of) affiliation. This is a safe environment to study the Bible - no church membership solicitation will be allowed! The course is also available to be taken by Internet.     This 30 session class started Monday, September 12th at Harris Bank in Palatine at 6AM, St Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods at 9:30AM and 7:30PM but you can still join. To enroll, call 866-455-6466 or click here to enroll online.

Families in Need Help Make A Difference Family of Five Lost Home - Need Financial Assistance Request by Vicar Steven Warren, Zion Lutheran Church, Chicago

Family Facing Eviction because Landlord is being Foreclosed Request from Pastor Rich Heinz, St. John's Lutheran Church & School, Chicago

Young Iranian Man Needs Help to Pay for Medication Request by Rev. Hicham Chehab, Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship & Missionary for Chicagoland Lutheran Muslim Mission Association (CLMMA) Pastor in Need of Financial Assistance Request from Rev Dan Gilbert, President of the Northern Illinois District  

Cars Needed for Liberian Refugee Families

Requested by Pastor Bob Weinhold, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, Sycamore, Illinois

Our congregation is working with a group of 11 refugees from Liberia, Africa in assisting them to settle in the Sycamore area. Nine of them have been here for three weeks. As part of this group there are three adults that are seeking training and employment. Soon they will need vehicles for transportation. If anyone has a vehicle to donate it would be such a blessing and witness to these families as they start their new life in Sycamore. If you have a car to donate please contact LCC at 866-4556466 or email 


Disaster Response Disaster Response Trainings Scheduled For Fall 2011  

This past Wednesday Zion Hinsdale hosted a LERT training for volunteers wanting to do Disaster Response. We now have 28 new certified LERT Volunteers to add to the ministry. Zion Lutheran is our newest Lutheran Early Response Team starting with 21 members which brings us to a total of 30 teams for Northern Illinois District. The other persons trained will be joining other teams closer to where they live.   During the months of October and November LCC will be partnering with three other congregations to host LERT training programs. If you or someone you know would like to take the 3 hour training and get credentialed as a Lutheran Early Response Team member please register for one of the following classes.   The Central DuPage Chapter of Thrivent will host LERT Training on Thursday, October 27th at St. John Wheaton. Registration and a light supper will begin at 5:30 pm with class from 6 pm to 9 pm.   Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carol Stream will host LERT training on Saturday, November 12th.  Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:30 am with class from 9 am - 12 noon.     Click here to register for LERT Training     Registration is $20 and helps cover the cost of the training materials, meal, and the LERT vest, 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. For more information, call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email

With LCC CARE CARDING You Can 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 more information    If you are unable to do a CARE CARD but would like to contribute to the purchase of gift cards, click here to donate.


Martin Luther School Principal Jeremy Schamber Reports Latest from Joplin

Two people I've met recently are emblematic of the ongoing recovery in Joplin. Kevin was at the edge of the storm and his house was heavily damaged but not destroyed. He has neighbors still living with him who lost everything. Emily lost her home completely and what's left must be torn down. Her husband took the insurance check and left for California without her. She's now left to rebuild her life on her own. Although these are very tragic situations for both Kevin and Emily, it has given Pastor Mech and me the awesome opportunity to minister to His children.   Click here to read more    Click here to donate to Tornado Relief in Joplin, Missouri  Click Here to Volunteer in Joplin, Missouri 

Special Appeal - Texas Wildfires!

I just received the word from a friend of mine, whom I have known for years. She and her husband are both LCMS Church Workers Gwen and Phil Hohle. They are currently at Concordia University - Austin Texas. Let's see what we can do to help the churches with families who have lost their homes by fire! Thank you for your compassion and mercy in bringing the Presence of Jesus Christ to them in their time of need. LCC will work with the Texas District and individual congregations that have families that have suffered loss.

Tim Hetzner President Lutheran Church Charities Click here to read original appeal

Alabama Recovery Continues - Volunteers Still Needed

Reverend Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, has sent us an update on the progress of recovery in Alabama. Click here to read   Click Here to Donate to Disaster Relief in Alabama     Click Here to Volunteer in Alabama 

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 or call 866-455-6466

Other Stories Still Seeking Support Elevator Repairs Needed at St. John's, Chicago Lutheran Man in Need of Pro Bono Criminal Legal Counsel and Representation  Request from Northern Illinois District President to Help District Pastor  Kenyan Pastor Needs Replacement Vehicle for Ministry and Family  Help bring See Through the Scriptures to Haiti and the Dominican Republic  Help support former Iraqi Muslim attend seminary 


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.   Pictured: 1930 Cable Nelson baby grand piano - good shape, needs a little TLC and a tune-up (item #2877) 2886 (6) new still in the boxes LUMARK, MOTION ACTIVATED, Motion Sensors, Installs to one or more existing lights, adjustable settings, 3 in 1 * Motion Activated * Night time on * Standard Floodlight Applications: Wide Area Coverage Cooper lighting LMS240W White 2885     2 1/2 boxes of Post-it Brand picture paper, Matte finish, super sticky, print, peel and stick practically anywhere. 20 sheets 8.5X11 inches for inkjet 3M 2884     Fabric, four cushion long couch - cream in color with light floral pattern. Skirt reaches the floor 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 English New Testaments Needed for Salam Outreach to Students

Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab, Salam Arabic Fellowship, Missionary, POBLO- Chicago  

Salam Arabic Fellowship needs paperback English copies of the New Testament for the student ministry at College of Dupage and Morraine Valley Community College. NIV, or other modern translations are preferable. Our student ministry has given out more than 300 copies of the Bible to college students over the past four years, not to mention tracts and Christian books. God's Word sows seeds of faith in the hearts of people and would never return empty! At this time we are looking to give away copies of the New Testament only. We have found that to be the most effective outreach to the students.     If you have copies of the New Testament to donate contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email     Click here to donate for the purchase of New Testaments

Support the Chicago Urban Children's Choir

The Chicago Urban Children's Choir seeks to ignite the full potentials of youths from diverse backgrounds through the transformative power of music and inspire a spirit of discipline and personal excellence. We are running to raise money for the choir. Please support us in the Chicago Marathon. Dr. Adam Murphy, Urologist Northwestern Memorial Rev. Thomas Johnson, 1st St. Paul Chicago Rev. Kenety Gee, Chatham Fields Chicago Click here to see their brochure

Help Fund Eagle Scout Project to Benefit St. Matthew Chicago

Request from Pastor Doug Swanson, St. John Lutheran Church, Darien, Illinois

A member of our congregation, Dan Greg (pictured), is a Life Rank Boy Scout with Troop 101 out of Darien. Dan's father, Mark, has been involved with repair work at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago for the past several years. Dan would like to do his Eagle Scout project at St. Matthew. He wants to "enhance the appearance of the community center to help enrich the community and those who wish to walk through those doors." Pastor Julio Loza has approved the work subject to Dan obtaining funding for the project. The cost for the materials will be about $1,250.00. This is a great Eagle Scout project that will benefit a sister congregation in Chicago that serves the poor and homeless in their community. Any assistance will be a blessing for St. Matthew. Click here to donate  Click here for Dan's proposal 

Pastor in Need of Van for Outreach Ministry in Chicago

Request from Pastor Samuel Shin, Tabor Lutheran Church, Chicago

I am a Lutheran pastor in Chicago serving at Tabor Lutheran Church, focusing on the ethnic outreach ministry. I need a van to be able to pick up and drop off people as part of our outreach to the community. I do not have a personal car that I can use. If you have a van that you can donate to this ministry it would be a real blessing to this community.   Thank you and God's blessing to you!   Pastor Samuel Shin     If you have a vehicle to donate please contact LCC at 866455-6466 or email 

Cargo Van or Pick-up Truck Needed for Food Pantry at Zion Lutheran Church, Chicago Request from Pastor Stephane Kalonji, Zion Lutheran Church, Chicago

Since its opening in June, Zion Lutheran Church's Food Pantry has been serving individuals and families with food bags every Thursday, from 4:00p.m to 6:00p.m. and any day and time in case of emergency. Each week the number of those coming to receive food has been growing. Zion's members have contributed their vehicles for the food pick up from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, but we are no longer able to pick up all the food boxes due to the limited transportation available. We therefore need help with a Cargo Van or Pick-up truck for the food pantry. And since more and more food items are being sold (at a discounted price) by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, we're asking for financial assistance so we can purchase the food items that our clients greatly need. Thank you for your help!     If you have a vehicle to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email     Click here to donate to support Zion's food pantry

Items Available to a Ministry

Reed Organ Available Ten stop antique reed organ available to a congregation. The instrument, of solid oak construction, and lovingly waxed and polished, has been in the same family since it was built in the late 1800's. Although modest in volume by today's standards, it might well serve a smaller congregation in providing support for its liturgy and hymnody. Currently in storage for the last several weeks, this organ, operated by mechanical bellows using pedals, has been played until recently.  A bench is included. 2892 Gulbrandsen organ (Dark Brown Wood) with bench. No external speakers, a couple of the stops do not work. 2891 (2) metal folding chairs (has Mt. Calvary printed on the back) 2890 (1) Altar crucifix (brass) and (1) Altar cross (brass) - Photos available upon request 2889 Full silver Communion Set (common cup) Photo available upon request 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   New Believers, New Starts in Cambodia!

George & Shary Frahm (pictured) are LCMS Missionaries recently commissioned at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine. Through this commissioning, Immanuel is partnering with the Frahm's in providing support for their Cambodian mission. Together, we are seeking other congregations throughout the LCMS to join in this effort to support the "Angels Dormitory project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia."   Click here to read more

Short Term Mission Opportunities 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    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

Carly Stevens, Executive Director MOST Ministries

Malaria Initiative The LCC Malaria Initiative provides treatment for malaria and research in multiple countries to combat the spread of Malaria.   For more on the Malaria Initiative, click here   Visit their web site: or E-mail:  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 Scholarship a Child in Myanmar

Because of your Donations Two of 10 Students have Received Scholarships

Strict regulations in Myanmar (formerly Burma) make it difficult for children to advance to a University education. Without specialized schooling outside of the inadequate public school system most poor children never get the chance for higher education which can lift their family out of poverty.   The National Lutheran Church of Myanmar is trying to change this and needs your help to sponsor children in the 11th grade (the final step prior to University). Because of your generous donations two children have already received scholarships. LCC received the following email from Rev. Charles Edwards:     Greetings from Myanmar. In our church there are many students but in grade 11 (entrance control by the government directly) there are 10 students. They are very clever but they are from the very poorest families. Their parents can not support them due to their poverty. Our church is trying to give scholarships but we are also facing and struggling for finical difficulties. Two months ago Lutheran Church Charities(LCC) gave scholarship to 2 students and they are now studying hard. Our church decided to send a prayer request to all our connections. Please pray for them. Our church believes that through your faithful prayers God will certainly help them in wonderful ways. Again, please pray for them.     Blessings. Rev. Charles Edwards, Pastor     Click here if you would like to make a donation to help one of these young students 

Excitement for a Latrine in Haiti - Puts things here in the US in perspective

Update: Because of your generous donations another latrine is under construction in Thomonde Haiti.

LCMS World Relief and Human Care, along with Lutheran Church Charities, are trying to put a latrine and water filter system in each of our 82 Lutheran Schools in Haiti. Our first latrine has been completed and dedicated! It is touching to see such excitement in having a latrine! To dedicate it! It puts our situation in the US with our economic worries in perspective. Imagine not having any washroom facilities, which is the case for each of our Lutheran Schools in Haiti! To see their excitement to have a latrine! We will continue to build these for each of the schools as money comes in! Consider Making a Difference to a Lutheran School by providing a latrine! Only $500 to build. A water filter is only $185. Thank you to those who have donated so far to make this exciting event happen   LCC received the following email from Laurent Lophane in Haiti along with pictures of the new latrine:   "Peace and Grace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I went this morning at Colminy where I inaugurated the latrine. The committee of the church and the school were happy for this big gift, you know this latrine is the first one in this area. I want to thank each of you in their name, those people were really in need, may God bless you and your ministry and your activities also."   View more photos Click here to donate to the Haiti Latrine Fund Click here to donate to the Haiti Lutheran School Water Filtration Fund Click here to donate to the Haiti Family Water Filter Fund  

Sewing Machines Needed to Train Pastor Isaac's Orphans in Haiti so they can Work and Support Themselves! Request From Sue Gross, Haiti Lutheran Mission Project

On our last visit to Haiti we became aware that some of the Orphans we still remember as small children are growing quickly. Some of them will soon be out on their own trying to make a living and supporting their own families. We are concerned that even though they have an education, jobs are in very short supply and it will be difficult for them to survive. Next summer we hope to restart sewing classes so that those ready to leave the orphanage will be able to support themselves by making items that we will bring back to the States to sell. For this project to start we are asking for donations of portable sewing machines. We can send these machines on the bus when we ship it and it will not cost any extra freight. Please consider dusting off that machine you no longer use and donating it to those who will put it to good use.   If you have a machine to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email    Click here to donate for the purchase of a sewing machine  

LCC to Furnish Guest House in Haiti   Last October work began on the Guest House in Jacmel, Haiti. Part of the Building Homes and Hope in Haiti project, which partners LCMS World Relief and Human Care and Lutheran Church Charities, the Guest House will be used to house mission groups working in the area. The walls are up and the interior work has begun. Many items are still needed before the Guest House opens this fall so we are having a "Guest House Shower". If you or your group would like to be a part of the "shower" and help furnish the Guest House you can make a donation for any item(s) on the list. LCC will arrange for all donations, Dollar per Dollar, to be sent to Haiti to purchase the items. This is a great opportunity for individuals, congregations, mission teams or organizations to be part of a project that will have a lasting impact in Haiti.   Thank you to Jackie Rychel and the Ohio District for all their work overseeing the construction and furnishing of the guest house.     If you have any questions regarding items on the list, please email Jackie Rychel at    Click here to read the list of items     Click here to donate to furnish the guest house in Haiti   

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.   Read more... Click here to donate 

LCC Ministry Resources Tim's Pick of the Week

Radical Islam: What You Need to Know by: Jim Denison        Why Do They Still Hate Us?     On September 11, 2001, America learned that we were at war with an enemy unlike any we have ever fought. Ten years later, the War on Terror continues with no end in sight. Our enemy is not a nation or an army but a global movement which will stop at nothing short of world domination. Its soldiers embrace death in its cause as their highest honor and greatest reward.     One radical Muslim declared, "Young men must be sacrificed. Throats must be slit and skulls must be shattered. This is the path to victory." Why do radical Muslims hate us? How will the death of bin Laden affect this global conflict? What will it take to win the longest war in America's history?     Jim Denison answers these critical questions with insights born of a career spent engaging the Muslim world. An expert on world religions, he has lived and traveled among Muslims for more than 30 years. He explains the mind and motives of radical Islam, telling you what you need to know about the greatest threat our nation has ever faced.  

Looking to be in an in-depth Bible Study? Does Your Church Want to Host a Study? Your Small Group?  

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 MINDMETHOD-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!      For more information and registration, Click Here...    To find out more information contact Tim Hetzner at 866-455-6466 or email at 


Hot Dog Cart and Grill Available for Ministry Events Thanks to Thrivent and Generous Donors

Thanks to the generous contributions of LCC donors and a grant from The Northwest Cook County Thrivent Branch, LCC has acquired a commercial grade food service cart and a large gas grill. Both of these are mounted on trailers and can be picked up to be used by your church for picnics, festivals, and other events where food is served. LCC plans to use this food prep equipment as part of our disaster response in order to feed volunteers and victims of disaster. When there is no disaster related activity the cart and grill are available for churches and schools in the Northern Illinois District. If you would like to use one or both of these for an upcoming event, please contact LCC or click below to complete a request form. LCC always looks for ways to resource your ministry in unique and creative ways.   Click here to fill out a reservation form  

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

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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


Faith Led Feet - An Opportunity to Put Your Faith in Action

Lutheran Church Charities has created 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.   Click here to read more.

Walcamp 2011 Golf Outing  

Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:00 am Shot-gun start/1:30 pm Buffet Dinner; cash bar available Ruffled Feathers Golf and Country Club  Lemont, Illinois    Day includes:  range balls before the 9am shot-gun start  18 holes of golf with GPS carts   fantastic buffet dinner after you finish cash bar

Prizes - Guaranteed! Someone will win A trip for 2 to Vegas A trip for 2 to Myrtle Beach $175/golfer or $660/foursome Limited number of spaces available. To register, please call 815-784-5141

The Churches of Circuits N-3 & N-2 Present "the Event"

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 9 am-3:30 pm St. Peter Lutheran Church 111 W. Olive Street Arlington Heights, Illinois

Faith, Life, Mission   You are invited to something so special, it can only be called: "the EVENT" Join with congregational members from 14 area churches Hear from our NID District President Dan Gilbert Attend a wide array of interesting and informative seminars conducted by area pastors and others Enjoy a luncheon fellowship View exhibitor's materials from many Synod/District ministries Lutheran Church Extension Fund Lutheran Church Charities   Thrivent   Lutheran Hour Ministries Lutheran Child and Family Services WheatRidge   Shop for spiritual gifts for yourself or others at the Concordia Publishing House "store"

St. John's Algonquin Ministry Fair

Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2011 St. John's Lutheran Church 300 Jefferson Street Algonquin, Illinois   St. John's Lutheran Church & School in Algonquin is holding their first Ministry Fair on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th.     The Ministry Fair is open to the community and offers an opportunity for visitors to learn about the different programs and services St. John's offers.  

St. John's will also offer a taste of "Angel Food Ministries" and "Marketday" during the fair.     The Ministry Fair will follow the Saturday 5:30 pm service and the Sunday 8:00 am and 10:30 am services.     St. John's is located at 300 Jefferson Street in downtown Algonquin. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 847-658-9300.   

Christian Art Show  

Disconnected from church? Do you know a friend or neighbor who has been away from church? Do you have a family member who is uncomfortable with the more formal parts of worship life and the Christian faith? A safe way to open conversation would be to invite them to view an art display on Jesus' parables located at the Chestnut Court Shopping Center on the southeast corner of 75th Street & Lemont Road (Unit 194 between Edible Arrangements and the New China Buffet). Artists from the Greater Chicago area have submitted their work in this month-long display.     This exhibit will be open the following dates and times:   Friday, October 14 from 6 pm to 9 pm Saturday, October 15 from 10 am to 6 pm     The atmosphere is non-threatening: people may come and view and leave; may pause and meditate and pray; or may converse as they desire. It's our prayer that God Himself will speak through these pieces of art and that the Holy Spirit will move hearts for His Kingdom.     This opportunity is sponsored by the Woodridge Sanctuary community ( and the Downers Grove Immanuel Lutheran Church community (   

Family Fall Festival

Saturday, October 22, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Saint Luke Lutheran Church and School  410 S. Rush St.  Itasca, Illinois 

Saint Luke Lutheran Church and School invites you to their "Family Fall Festival" Saturday, October 22, 5:00pm - 9:30pm. Come enjoy Hayrides, games for all ages, food and beverages and a fright walk fan fun for the whole family. starting at 7:30pm. Police and Fire Department will be on hand promoting safety awareness. Admission and games are free. Fright walk $5.00. For more information visit our website   

You're Invited to a celebration of Rev. Robert Rahn's 50 years in the Holy Ministry and the kick-off to LHF's 20th year in mission  

Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm St. John Lutheran Church 300 Jefferson Street Fraser, Michigan Preacher: Rev. Wallace Schulz    A traditional German dinner and program (with featured speaker Rev. Anssi Simojoki) will follow.  Click here for more information    RSVP by Monday, October 24th at 800-554-0723

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Music to Move Our Next Generation Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine Begins Monthly Concert Series on October 2nd  

Sunday November 6th Immanuel Lutheran Church 200 North Plum Grove Road  Palatine, Illinois 

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine began a series of monthly benefit concerts on Sunday, October 2nd, at 4 p.m. The inaugural Music to Move Our Next Generation concert includes more than 15 vocal and instrumental performances from members and friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church. A reception will follow the concert, providing guest with an opportunity to meet the performers.   The Music to Mover Our Next Generation concerts are free and open to the public. All proceeds from a free-will offering will be used for the restoration and renewal of the church's impressive 2,000-pipe Wicks organ.     A second concert, featuring The Bruce Blanck trio and professional vibraphonist Bob Wessberg, a member of Immanuel, is planned for Sunday, November 6th at 4 p.m. The concert will open with student musicians from Immanuel Lutheran School.   Immanuel Lutheran Church & School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station.   For more information about Immanuel Lutheran's Music to Move Our Next Generation Benefit Concert Series, call the church office at 847-359-1549 or visit

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

October 12, 2011 - Making A DIfference Newsletter  

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