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February 15, 2012

In This Issue

Featured Stories Volunteers Needed to Help Organize Big Day of Families in Need Serving (formerly 1 By Youth) Cosponsored by Disaster Response LCC Ministry Needs Mission Opportunities LCC is once again cosponsoring Big Day of Serving International Ministry (formerly 1 By Youth) in partnership with Group Cares LCC Ministry Resources based in Loveland, Colorado. Last year's event brought Tim's Pick of the Week over 600 youth and adult volunteers into Chicago's Upcoming Events Austin neighborhood for a single day of transformational How To Keep LCC Serving

Tim's Pick of the Week

service. This year we hope to top 1000 volunteers. With the enthusiastic cooperation of Chicago Aldermen Emma Mitts and Jason Ervin, the event will have a lasting impact on residents in need. Marcia Turner is leading the team organizing this year's event with support from Tim Kurth and other LCC staff. Marcia is looking for volunteer leaders to help her put this life changing day of service together. Meetings will be limited to only what is absolutely necessary and she hopes to have the team together by the end of February. Help is needed in tracking and coordinating projects, sourcing donations from area businesses, managing the logistics of the day and other tasks related to seeing the event is a big success like it was last year. LCC is also accepting financial contributions to help defray the costs of the event. If you're interested in joining Marcia's team contact Tim Kurth at (866) 455-6466 or email him     Click here to donate to the Big Day of Serving 

Immanuel Joplin Identifies Need for Skilled Volunteers and Dates to Serve

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

Trent Davis, the Director of Disaster Response for Immanuel in Joplin, has sent out a list of dates when construction skilled volunteers are needed. These are one week blocks with a week being from Tuesday through Saturday. If your church can assemble a team of skilled workers for any of these dates please register at our website or contact Dona Martin at (866) 455-6466 or   Here are the dates when teams are needed: The following weeks we could use up to an additional 20 skilled volunteers each day: 3/6 - 3/10 4/3 - 4/7 6/26 - 6/30 7/17 - 7/21

Click here for more information or to register your team  

The following weeks we could use up to an additional 40 skilled volunteers each day: 2/28 - 3/3 3/27 - 3/31 4/10 - 4/14 4/24 - 4/28 5/1 - 5/5 5/8 - 5/12 5/15 - 5/19 6/12 - 6/16

Here are Ways to Help Our Ongoing Haiti Relief Efforts

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

Physical Needs Latrines for the Lutheran schools - $500 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 

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

Ministry Quicklinks   Newsletter Archive / Printable Format

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  

Bible Classes

Radio Ministry-click here to learn more Hosting Haitian Christian Music Group for U.S. Tour - click here to learn more 

Daily Devotions Prayer Requests

Attention Thrivent Members: There's Still Time to Direct 2011 Dollars to LCC - Help Us Meet Our Expanding Ministry Needs

To Donate Ministries We Support

Thrivent has reported that a significant amount of the Thrivent Choice dollars allocated for members in Chicagoland have NOT been directed. The deadline for directing 2011 dollars to Lutheran Church Charities is March 31, 2012. We are asking Thrivent members to take advantage of this opportunity and help LCC respond to the ever-increasing needs. Thrivent Choice is the charitable giving program through which Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members are able to direct Thrivent charitable funds. Eligible members can designate Choice Dollars, based on insurance premiums, contract values, and Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership, which are then directed by the member to Lutheran organizations. To direct Thrivent Choice dollars please call 1-800-847-4836 and announce the topic "Thrivent Choice" when asked or go to the website: Thrivent Choice Dollars ( Direct dollars to LCC and let's not leave any money from 2011 on the table! We are deeply grateful for your support.   The process for designating Thrivent Choice dollars is simple. Click this link to go direct to the Thrivent Choice page. Once there you can log-in or, if you haven't before, register. Then you can click the red 'Get Started' button to walk through the process of designating your Choice Dollars to LCC. If you would prefer to do this by phone you can call Thrivent at (800) 847-4836 and say 'Thrivent Choice' when prompted.     If you would like additional help with this process, please call Rich Martin at LCC (866) 455-6466 and he'll walk you through the online process (plan to be in front of your computer when you call).   Click here to designate Thrivent Choice dollars to LCC 

"Send a Spoken Prayer"

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

Rev Roger Pollock Visits Joplin, Missouri Delivers Donations

Rev Roger Pollock recently visited Joplin, Missouri. While there he delivered your donations of gift cards to Jeremy Schamber, principal of Martin Luther School.   Click here for more photos from Rev Pollock's trip    Click here to donate to the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund

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Tim Hetzner Speaks at Christ the Rock, Rockford

Last Sunday, February 12, Tim spoke at the Sunday morning services at Christ the Rock Lutheran Church in Rockford. He also led the mid-hour adult Bible Study. He was joined by Comfort Dogs, Howe, Star and Chewie as well as handlers Vida Johnston, Tranetta McComb and Lynn Buhrke. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the congregation. The Comfort Dogs were able to meet and greet the members and then visited with the children during their Sunday School class. Download and MP3 of Tim's talk here 

Immanuel Batavia LERT Training Draws Local Police and Fire Representatives

On Saturday, February 11 Tim Kurth of LCC presented the basic Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training at Immanuel Batavia. A great group of people attended the training which drew the attention of local police and fire officials interested in learning more about LERT.   The LERT training prepares congregational teams to respond to disasters locally, regionally and nationally and provides the credentials required by FEMA to enter a disaster zone. Batavia police and fire departments look forward to the assistance the Batavia LERT team can provide their community in the event a disaster strikes.     If your church would like to host a LERT training please contact Dianna Bonfield at (866) 455-6466 or for more details.

Phyllis Wallace Visits LCC

On Friday, February 10th, Phyllis Wallace visited with Tim Hetzner and the staff at LCC as we talked about ways we can work together to Further God's Kingdom. This is a picture with Phyllis and some of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Click here for more information about Phyllis Wallace.

LCC and K-9 Comfort Dogs Participate in Concordia Chicago Mission Week

Dog Fund

LCC staff and comfort dogs spent Valentine's Day on the campus of Concordia University Chicago sharing the love of Jesus Christ with students. Invited to be part of the annual Mission Week at CUC, the K9 Comfort Dogs were once again popular with the students who came by the LCC display. This year, as last, Concordia DCE students are playing a key role in organizing The Big Day of Serving (formerly 1 By Youth) event coming to Chicago on May 5 and cosponsored by LCC. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort

Tim Hetzner Appears as Guest on Family Shield Ministries Radio  

On Friday, February 10, LCC president Tim Hetzner was the guest on Family Shield Ministries, hosted by Kay L. Meyer, founder and president.   Family Shield Ministries is a weekly radio program that has been aired since 1996. Until November of 2010 it was an hour-long program. It is now a half-hour program aired on 50 radio stations in 25 states, as well as on Satellite/Internet sites that can be heard throughout the United States and the world. The program addresses family life, spiritual growth, prayer, and learning to witness. It is a production of Family Shield Ministries. Program guests are members of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Christian leaders with knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of areas related to Christianity and family ministry.   Download the MP3 of the broadcast here 

LERT Training Available - Two Scheduled for March, One in May  

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Freeport, Illinois is hosting LERT training on Tuesday, March 13th from 5:30 pm until 9 pm. Registration and a light dinner will begin at 5:30 pm followed by a three hour class from 6-9 pm.     St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois is hosting LERT training on Thursday, March 15th from 5:30 pm until 9 pm. Registration and a light dinner will begin at 5:30 pm followed by a three hour class from 6-9 pm.      Living Waters Lutheran Church in Peoria, Illinois is hosting LERT training on Sunday, May 20th from 2:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Registration will begin at :00 pm followed by a three hour class from 2:30-5:30 pm.  

Click here to register for the LERT training  

Registration is $20 and helps cover the cost of the training materials, meal, and the LERT Safety 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 

Comfort Dog Update K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Trinity Burr Ridge for Chapel The LCC Comfort Dogs attended the chapel service at Trinity Lutheran School in Burr Ridge on Wednesday, February 8. Tim Kurth presented the story of the Good Samaritan and invited students to act out the parable as he talked about how God gives us animals to help minister to those in need. K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia, Star, Tillie, Gunnar and Chewie along with their handlers, Dona Martin, Tranetta McComb, Dick Bernard, Gail Grebasch and Jon Weerts, and Lynn Buhrke were all there to greet the students. The Comfort Dogs are available to visit your church or school function.

K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Staff Participate in Mission Sunday at Trinity Roselle LCC was invited to participate in Mission Sunday at Trinity Roselle on Sunday February 12th. Staff included Marie Payes along with Dona and Rich Martin accompanied by K9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Tara. Trinity has had a long history of being mission focused. Tara and Olympia greeted both new and old friends from previous visits. Thanks to Trinity for making this a special day.

Moses the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Visits Home Office As LCC prepares to welcome our newest trained Golden Retrievers later this month there are more just getting started with training. Last week Ruthie stopped by and this week Moses came to visit. It's always a treat for our veteran dogs to welcome the new puppies. Moses, as you can see, has a bit of European Cream Golden Retriever in him. He'll be ready for service later this year. Trainer Mary Trapp accompanied Moses on his visit. Click here to schedule a K-9 Comfort Dog visit Donate to the K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Ministry

Thanks to Your Generous Support, We Were Able to Provide Assistance to the following: Christ the King - Funeral Assistance Fund St Paul (Boca Raton) - Surgery Assistance Fund Bethesda Lutheran Church - Food Outreach

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.  2903 Twin Bed Extra Long Mattress and Box Spring (No soil - like new), golden oak entertainment center 46"W x 20"D x 64"T - TV opening 35 1/2", 92" Sofa and 72" love seat (tan and black)- Houndstooth pattern 2902 (2) boxes and (1) can of assorted sockets and socket set pieces, paint roller, (2) hack saws, (1) grease gun, mason's hammer, claw hammer, hatchet, Army cot replacement canvas, (2) caulking guns, tube of acrylic caulk, (2) small measuring tapes, 10' measuring tape, 36" pry-bar, 16' motorized measuring tape, router, 16" laser level, scoup shovel, manual week wacker, extension pole for paint rollers, (2) tubes lithium grease, (1) socket set, universal joint socket set, one drill chuck, small level and (2) small sets of assorted sockets and drivers 2901 computer desk with hutch - storage above with area for keyboard and monitor, one drawer, adjustable shelves 2900 Plastic Children's chairs with metal legs for kids (14" high). (30) Gold and (11) Dark Gold in color 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

Do More Than "Make A Wish" - Make A Difference in the Name of Christ

Receive full Kelley Blue Book value for your IRS charitable deduction as your car is given to a family in need and never sold by LCC

LCC regularly receives requests for vehicles to help families in need. We cannot keep up and are hoping that you will consider donating your vehicle through LCC to meet these needs. Any car, van, or SUV in good working order will be gladly accepted and passed through to people in need. You'll get the full value of your car for charitable donation credit. We cannot overstate the need for vehicles.   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... Pastor and Family in Desperate Need of Vehicle  Faith Lutheran Church in Prescott, Michigan Seeks Van for Disabled Man  Van Needed for Jesendys Hygiene Ministry  Member of New Song, Aurora in Need of Car   Pastor in Need of Van for Outreach Ministry in Chicago  Cargo Van or Pick-up Truck Needed for Food Pantry at Zion Lutheran Church  Click here for the complete page listing the needs 

If you have a vehicle to donate,  please contact or call 866-455-6466

Families in Need Help Make A Difference Geri Brazeal of Christ the King Chicago Appeals for Assistance for Funeral Costs

Geri Brazeal, wife of Pastor John Brazeal (pictured) at Christ the King in Chicago, who are both dear friends of LCC, are seeking assistance to cover the funeral costs for one of their most dedicated volunteers. The request came as part of a thank you note for a general gift to their ministry that recently came through LCC to Christ the King. Please consider making a gift and help Christ the King help a grieving family in their time of loss. Geri writes...

Dear Friends,     We are indeed grateful that the Lord moved someone to donate to our ministry. The church council has chosen to use this gift to help defray the cost of the funeral of one of the volunteers who cooked lunches for our school. We are in the process of collecting donations to cover the cost of her funeral ($4200).     She died last week after complications following the amputation of her leg. There were circulation problems due to her advanced age and diabetes. She had financial problems so there was no insurance.   Your gift is indeed a timely blessing to assist this family in their time of need.     I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13   Geri     Click here to donate  

District President Dan Gilbert Appeals for Support for Pastor and His Family

LCC has received an appeal from District President Dan Gilbert. A pastor and his family are in need of financial assistance as they make the transition into ministry in the LCMS. They have been Spirit led to pursue the course even though it has meant sacrificing regular income during this time. They ask for your prayerful support and, if the Spirit so leads you, temporary help with living expenses. LCC has already provided some assistance for immediate bills and will continue to support the family in this transition as the Lord provides through your contributions.   Click here to support this pastor 

Pastor Lintvedt of Blessed Savior O'Fallon, Illinois Appeals for Vehicle for Single Mom with Puppet Ministry Karen Anders and her son, Timothy, provide many blessings to congregations around the Midwest through their puppet ministry. Recently the van they use for their ministry, as well as everyday use, failed and can't be repaired. Pastor Vernon Lintvedt of Blessed Savior where the Anders attend has asked LCC to help find a replacement van. This van will help Karen and Tim continue their ministry without interruption. If you have a vehicle that could bless this family and ministry or know someone who does, please call the LCC office at (866) 455-6466 for details on making the donation. LCC allows full Kelley Blue Book value for your charitable donation.

Disaster Response Call for Alabama Tornado Clean-up Volunteers Temporarily Suspended

Reverend Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Coordinator, has alerted LCC that the city of Clay, Alabama, is asking volunteers to take a two week break and allow the city to clear debris from the streets. Piles of limbs and debris, some more than 10 feet high, placed along the streets by teams have severely restricted movement through the affected area. City crews need room to move through and clear what has already been done before allowing volunteers to continue. LCC will stay in touch with Pastor Ed and let volunteers know when they are welcome to return. Watch here for all the latest updates.   Click here to donate to Tornado Relief in Alabama    Click here for photos from Alabama 

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.

Other Stories Still Seeking Support Tragic Car Accident Takes Life of Pastor's Wife and Two Children Urgent Request to Support Family Suffering Through Devastating Loss  Short-Term Missionary Hannah Kiefer Seeks Assistance for One-Year Service  Meagan Seals Miracle Baby   Pastor Doug Swanson Requests Rent Assistance for a Member  Reverend Robert Rahn of Lutheran Heritage Foundation Seeks Support for Sudanese Seminary  Pastor Marky Kessa, President of the Lutheran Church in Haiti Makes Special Request to Replace Vehicle and Repair Worship Space  Pastor Hicham Chehab Requests Help for Woman Needing Dental Work 


Ministry Needs Help Make A Difference Laptop Needed for Catechism Teacher at St. Matthew, Chicago

Request from Pastor Julio Loza, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Chicago

St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago has 25 Catechism students, some of them have learning disabilities. Nelly Bordonoba is the teacher who has shown concern and Christian love to teach the students who have learning problems, one of them, Manuel, 12 years old has attended worship services with his parents for almost 10 years. Nelly is in great need of a working lap top computer, to prepare Catechism lessons for her special students. Please help us locate a mission partner willing to donate a laptop computer for Nelly, it will be a big blessings for St. Matthew's mission of love and compassion in Chicago's Pilsen

neighborhood. If you have a laptop to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email 

Voice of Care Requests Help With Special Needs Camp Scholarship

Voice of Care is a ministry to developmentally challenged people and those who care for them within our Northern Illinois District. Caring for those with special needs is a 24/7 responsibility that comes with financial challenges, many doctor and therapy appointments and more. Families rarely get breaks as few people are equipped to care for their special needs children and so provide time off. Voice of Care addresses many of these concerns by providing scholarships for the Special Needs Camp program held at Walcamp in Kingston, Illinois each summer. In order to make this camp accessible to everyone, Voice of Care scholarships cover some or all of the cost for families in need. LCC is cooperating with Voice of Care to help provide this year's scholarship fund. Your gift will make it possible for families to send their developmentally challenged child or adult child to camp. This is a memorable event for the child and provides a much needed respite for the family.     Click here to donate for Voice of Care Camp Scholarships   Click here to read a mother's story of Ellen's trip to camp  Click here to learn more about Voice of Care 


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 

LCC in need of Video Editors for Missions Lutheran Church Charities receives frequent requests from ministries and missionaries asking for help producing short videos on their mission or ministry. Although LCC has all the equipment and a studio, we simply do not have the staff time to do all the editing jobs that are asked of us. If you have the skills and would like to volunteer to help a missionary or someone working to go on the mission field tell their story we would like to talk with you. Anyone interested in volunteering for projects is asked to please contact Dana Yocum, Tim Kurth, or Tim Hetzner at

Items Available to a Ministry 2900 Plastic Children's chairs with metal legs for kids (14" high). (30) Gold and (11) Dark Gold in color 2897 Risograph GR 3750 printer (black & white printing only) 2881 (22) Lutheran Worship Hymnals (Blue) located in Hampshire, Illinois 2879 72" x 72" Sauder Oak wall unit  2873 Savin 3350 Duplicator  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

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 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

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

Click here if you would like to make a donation to help one of these young students 

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

NIV Bible Closeout Sale    

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 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!   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

Click here to learn more

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.

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

Theological Conference on Apologetics

February 18, 2012   Valley Lutheran High School Saginaw, Michigan   February 25, 2012    Holy Cross  Jenison, Michigan   

The Michigan District, LCMS is excited to offer three identical Theological Conferences in 2012 for youth, congregation members, and church workers. The conference will help participants understand how to defend their faith through what history has given from an archeological perspective, the cultural aspect, and the challenge of Islam. Click here for more information and to register 

Immanuel Palatine Hosts A Heritage of Hymns Festival

Sunday, February 26, 4 pm Immanuel Lutheran Church 200 North Plum Grove Road Palatine, IL 60067  

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine will be hosting A Heritage of Hymns Festival on Sunday, February 26th, beginning at 4 p.m. Concert-goers are invited to join with several choirs, a brass ensemble and the handbell choir in singing beloved hymns of faith, including A Mighty Fortress, Beautiful Savior, Love Divine and many more. Click here for full brochure 

Saint Luke Lutheran School, Itasca - Open House and Registration Sunday, February 26, 12-2 am Monday, February 27, 9-11 am Saint Luke Lutheran School 410 South Rush St Itasca, IL 60143  

Mark your calendars! On Sunday, February 26, 12-2 pm and on Monday, February 27, 9-11am Saint Luke Lutheran School, Itasca is hosting an Open House. Saint Luke offers full day Kindergarten, five day Prekindergarten, morning and afternoon Preschool and Prekindergarten classes and individualized instruction to challenge each student 1st-8th grade. We are Christ centered, academically strong, and a place where your child matters most. To meet the needs of families, St. Luke also offers before and after school care, 6:30 am-6:00 pm. Our teachers look forward to meeting you on February 26 at Saint Luke. ( - 630-773-0396)

4th Annual Voice of Care Benefit Concert

March 31, 2012 Hyatt Hotel  1400 Corporetum Drive Lisle, Illinois   You are invited to an evening of music and dance.   Live music provided by The New Invaders - - Playing the best of the 60's  

Tickets: $30 Price Covers:  Appetizers, desserts and refreshments Silent Auction: held to raise additional funds for the future of Voice of Care - In Christ with person developmentally challenged!   For more information or to order tickets, click here.

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 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  

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