Fire Burns Home of St. Matthew's Staff Member Tony Valdivia Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Julio Loza of St Matthew Lutheran Church (home of the El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen LCC supports) in the Pilsen Neighborhood in Chicago

EASTER is NEW LIFE - Please consider sharing that New Life in Christ with a family who is hurting. Just this week, the two flat apartment building where Tony Valdivia, a lay assistant at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, and his family lived, burned down causing the loss of all their belongings. Tony, his wife Korissa, and their two children, 1-1/2 year-old daughter Kiara and six-year-old son Tony Jr., were not in the apartment at the time of the fire. For that they and we are thankful. However, the family did not have renter's insurance and have lost everything, including their appliances that they had purchased and just paid off.

Tony has been a member of St. Matthew since age 7. He is now in his mid-twenties and assists with bilingual worship services (English/Spanish) at St. Matthew's mission of faith. He also teaches a confirmation class. When not serving at St Matthew, Tony works as a manager of a fast food restaurant. Korrissa, his wife, just completed her training and is a certified nail technician. In January she had back surgery. She is still receiving physical therapy and is unable to work. Once she has completed her therapy she is hoping to find a job and help support the family financially.

The family has found very short-term temporary shelter in the home of friends. They are looking for another apartment as soon as they can, but need $1,600 to cover the first month's rent and security deposit. They also need financial assistance to replace their lost possessions.

Lutheran Church Charities joins with Pastor Loza and the congregation of St. Matthew to request your prayers and financial support for the family as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

So consider this Easter of Bringing a New LIFE gift to this family who are truly Servants of Our Lord.

You can contribute by:
Donating online: click here
Donating by mail (please put "Valdivia Family Fund" in the memo line):
        Lutheran Church Charities
        333 West Lake Street
        Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466 Click here to donate to help the family with rental assistance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:00
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Return to Boston for 2014 Marathon Print E-mail

LCC Continues to Bring the Mercy and Compassion of Christ as Boston Strong Moves On

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs It's been a year since the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs began preparing for their work in Boston after the marathon bombing. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have returned to Boston three times in the past year working with survivors, first responders, families, and students. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs' work continues as Boston and the world await this year's running of the Marathon.

This year, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Luther, Hannah, Rufus, Addie, and Maggie will be greeting people in Boston, and have a tentative schedule established, available at the link provided below. The First Lutheran Church of Boston will host the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs so please stop by. They are located at 299 Berkeley Street in Boston.

LCC K-9 Comfort DogsAt the Hynes Convention Center, they will be visiting the public alongside Bantry Bay Publishing, the company who facilitated publication of the book If Not for the Perfect Stranger - written about the lives of victims and heroes alike, who had risen to the challenge of helping those they saw most in need following the tragic events during the 2013 marathon.

Please consider supporting the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs' travels, as they continue to touch lives in Boston and beyond.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund Click here to see the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs' Tentative Boston Schedule
Click here to "Like" the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs on Facebook
Click here for more information on the book If Not for the Perfect Stranger
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:35
Member with Severe Medical Problems Needs $3,000 to Avoid Eviction Print E-mail
Rev Dan Gilbert and Rev Ed Ungemach Request from Northern Illinois District President Dan Gilbert and Pastor Ed Ungemach, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church & School, Antioch, Illinois

Faith has a member who is in desperate need of financial assistance. John is on the verge of a divorce. His marriage began to disintegrate over John’s inability to hold a job because of ulcerative colitis and a degenerative hip condition. Each time John has a significant attack his doctor holds him out of work for long periods so his employers won’t keep a job open.

In early February John finally landed a permanent job that he thought of as his “dream job”. Unfortunately, within a few weeks of landing this job, during his training period, John had another attack of ulcerative colitis so severe that he ended up in ICU for a number of days. His ten-day hospital stay totaled to more than $40,000 and he again lost his job as his doctor did not clear him to return to work before his new employer told him he could no longer continue because of lack of availability.

Currently, John’s most grievous need is to secure his condominium which will go into foreclosure at the end of the month if he does not come up with funds. A minimum of $3,000 is required by the end of April to pay off the back debt and bring him current on his mortgage payments. His mounting medical bills are also a concern but the immediate need is to secure his home.

As his congregation we have come up with some preliminary assistance for John but his need is so dire and great that we cannot meet it by ourselves. If you are able to help John it would be such a blessing for him as he continues to work to put his life together.

Click here to donate
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:23
Volunteering in Washington, Illinois - Saturday, April 12, 2014 Print E-mail
Washington, IL There is still much tornado clean up work to be done in Washington, Illinois and the weather is fabulous! Over 100 volunteers are registered and at Our Savior Lutheran Church to work in the neighborhood. Please keep the volunteers and Washington residents in your prayers as the rebuilding continues. View images
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 15:20
LCC Kicks off Second LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Top Dog Training on Monday, April 7, 2014 Print E-mail
April 2014 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Top Dog Training We kicked off our second LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Top Dog Training today with representatives from Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon, Illinois, Trinity Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, St John Lutheran Church in Napa, California, Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Loudon, Tennessee, and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Old Bridge, New Jersey! During this three day training, these future Top Dogs will learn all about having an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at their churches. They get hands on training with current K-9 Comfort Dogs during this process. We are excited to partner with these wonderful congregations as we expand the reach of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry across the country! Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 16:51
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