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Lessons from an Ol' Comfort Dog Print E-mail
Kare 9 and K-9 Teams LCC President Tim Hetzner and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare 9 Military Ministry were invited by Pecatonica High School for Tim to be the speaker a their Baccalaureate Service. Tim's topic was "Lessons Learned from an Ol' Comfort Dog". Some of the golden nuggets were: "Bark Less" and "If you want what you cannot see, dig until you find it". These and 13 other golden nuggets were shared. LCC worked through Rev Terry Theiss a St John Lutheran Church in Pecatonica. LCC wishes the class of 2016 God's best.

The K-9 Ministry Team included:
Comfort Dogs:
Jonah (LCC), Adeena (St. John Lutheran, Burlington, IL)
Kare 9 Military Dogs: Britta and Spike
Handlers: Vicky Pientok, Shar & Dave Farran, Keith & Judy Stanton, Joyce & Dale Sasse, and Raleigh & Linda Showens

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:00
Army Chaplain Headlines May "22" Event Print E-mail
22 What is life like for a Military Chaplain? Army Chaplain Patty Jenkins shared her story with the veterans, their families and guests at the monthly 22 event, hosted by the Kare 9 Military Ministry, on May 22, 2016. The event is designed to raise awareness of the estimated 22 US military veterans that commit suicide each day.

Chaplain Jenkins told her story of becoming an Army Chaplain while she was searching for a renewed passion for ministry, and it has developed into the ministry she had always hoped for. Chaplain Jenkins related of how caring for her soldiers has fulfilled her maternal instincts in a way she hadn't expected.

Approximately 55 people enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by volunteers.

Those participating in this month’s event:
Presentation of Colors-Marvin Hanks (US Navy Veteran) and Fred Vanstrom (US Army Veteran) Pledge of Allegiance - Kevin Kilgore (US Navy Veteran)
National Anthem - Ted Mueller ( US Army Veteran)
Opening Prayer - Jim Morrison (US Army Veteran)
Greeting and Introductions - Jim Morrison (US Army Veteran)
Missing Man Table Ceremony - Keith Stanton (USAF Veteran)
Guest Speaker - Chaplain (CPT) Patty Jenkins - Battalion Chaplain 863rd EN BN
Closing Prayer - Norm Gotsch (US Navy Veteran)

We invite you to attend this significant event on the 22 of every month. If interested, please contact Jim Morrison at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 866-455-6466.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 19:47
K-9’s Invited to Wildland Firefighter Foundation Family Fire Weekend Print E-mail
Wildland Vicky Minor, Director of Wildland Firefighter Foundation (founded in 1999) contacted Lutheran Church Charities and invited the comfort dogs to attend Family Fire Weekend, May 21-22, 2016. Team Reuben from Yuba City, CA, Team Moses from Cairo, NE, and Team Aaron from Napa, California shared the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of our Lord to the community of courageous wildland firefighters and their families. In attendance were 120 people, including 19 children. These families came together this weekend to honor fallen wildland fire fighters from across the nation. They came to support and be supported.

During the first day, time was spent listening to families share emotional stories and memories of their loved ones. The families celebrated the heroism of those who died or were injured in the line of duty. The dogs also joined the children on a tour of the smoke jumpers' training facility and one of the jump planes. The children also learned about the special parachutes the smoke jumpers use. The two-day commemoration culminated in a march to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation Memorial Gardens led by the Interagency Honor Guard. The comfort dogs and their humans were there to accompany the families as they left flowers on their loved ones' memorial markers. The dogs provided furry shoulders to cry on and hug. After kneeling down and hugging Reuben Comfort Dog, a helicopter crash survivor later said, "It was amazing how a dog licking my face gave me the courage to stand up and do this" (go into the memorial gardens).

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 19:48
The Glories of Ireland - July 31-August 12, 2017 Print E-mail
Dublin, Waterford, Ring of Kerry, Galway, Derry and more! Ireland trip
Dear Friends,

“I am of Ireland,
And the Holy Land of Ireland,
And time runs on,” cried she.
“Come out of charity,
Come dance with me in Ireland.”

These words of the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, speak to the hearts of all people who have wished to visit his native land. My invitation to you is one of welcome . . . to encounter the hospitality, the history, the culture of a people who have given so much to the world and who have received so much from the world.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

I look forward to traveling with you, experiencing the glories of the Emerald Isle, with some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Europe, the historic sites, the quaint villages and the cities. With a smaller traveling group, we will have many advantages to enjoy together as well as the benefits that go along with it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or write.

Tim Hetzner
President Lutheran Church Charities

Click here for the Travel Brochure
Click HERE to notify us of your interest in this trip
Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2016 12:02
Join Tim Hetzner on a Biblical Study Tour of Israel and Jordan - April 9-22, 2017 Print E-mail
Trip highlights include: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Tiberias, Caesarea-by-the-Sea, Jericho, Masada, Mt. Nebo, Bethany Beyond Jordan, Petra, Wadi Rum (Bedouin Camp), Jerash, Bethany (Four Homes of Mercy) Holy Land - Jordan trip
Dear Friends in Jesus,

Join me on this specially designed Biblical Study Journey tailored for those who want to go and walk where Jesus walked and not go inside of every church! Smell the air, see the land, feel the atmosphere where Jesus did his teaching and read the stories in their settings of where they happened. This is a Spiritual Journey. Explore the Fifth Gospel - the Land.

Through visits to the scriptural sites, enriching experiences, prayer and reflection, we will deepen our appreciation of and gain new insights into the land, its people, culture and life, as well as the political and religious milieu from our Lord's time to the present age.

Consider joining me on my 30th visit to the Middle East where I have been leading Biblical Study Journeys for the last 35 years. Space will be limited to 20 people. Please make your reservations as soon as possible - first come basis. Only those interested in studying the Bible and being on a spiritual pilgrimage should sign up.

Tim Hetzner
Founder of WORD Bible Studies
President of Lutheran Church Charities
Click here for the Travel Brochure
Click HERE to notify us of your interest in this trip
Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2016 07:40
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