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Remaking The World (RTW) Veterans Center Given New Life Thanks to Your Gifts Print E-mail
Remaking the World On Thursday, January 14th, LCC granted RTW co-founder Ms. Arnetha Gholston-Habeel with checks from your gifts to keep the RTW Veterans Center open and operating. RTW is an outreach center located on the near south side of Chicago dedicated to aid and feed homeless veterans and others with hot meals daily. They continue to serve 4500 meals a month without any government support due to their open door policy to all in need. LCC thanks you for your continued support of RTW and hopes to continue or friendship with them through your gifts and backing.

Please help veterans and their families stay fed and warm through your gift to RTW CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:26
 
Great is Thy Faithfulness Print E-mail
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, all Lutheran Early Response Teams had been deployed out to muck out homes in Watseka, IL. Around that time, a woman named Elizabeth came to Calvary Lutheran Church after receiving terrible news. The rental house where her family lived was being condemned because it posed a danger to her family and was unsafe to live in. She needed to move out by Monday, leaving only Sunday to move out all the furniture and belongs. She rented a storage unit and had a small trailer her land lord loaned to her. Her husband and sons worked the weekend so they could not help. She went to the Red Cross which told her they could not help her and said to try the Lutheran church.

volunteers in Watseka When Elizabeth arrived at Calvary, she was at her wits end due to not knowing what to do. After talking with her, Lutheran Church Charities staff member Dianna Bonfield asked the LERT team if they could possibly stay a little longer to help. Without any hesitation, they all said yes and signed back in. They donned their work gloves, grabbed a hand truck from the tool trailer, and headed to her house. The next two teams joined them to move the furniture and items to storage. The twelve volunteers loaded, moved, and unloaded all of her furniture and the majority of boxes leaving only a few small things for her family to move the following day.

Elizabeth left Calvary experiencing the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Christ through the loving service of the volunteers who let her know that there was hope and God loved her.

Bible in Watseka While in Watseka, IL, Lutheran Church Charities staff members and volunteers have continued to encounter men and women who remain strong in their faith and their resolve. The community remains hopeful as they clean up and recover from the effects of the flood waters that have devastated their town. As our photographers went from home to home documenting progress and encouraging homeowners, we were struck by the presence of this Bible. Here was a garage filled to capacity with household items that had been water drenched and were now air drying as best they could. Yet there amid the damage and ruin sat the Bible; a symbol of hope. God's Word is eternal. It does not wash away in floods but rather lives on in the heart of man, woman, and child.

sunset in Watseka As our staff wrapped up from another long weekend of coordinating restoration and cleaning efforts, the Lord blessed us with a magnificent sunset as we set out on the 2+ hour drive back home. As surely as the sun rises and sets, as God's children we can trust the unending love of the Lord; His mercies are new every morning. No matter what we face in life, one thing remains; the faithfulness of the mighty God we love and serve.

Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hast provided, great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24

Click here to give a financial gift to help in Watseka, Illinois Click here for more information on how you can send a "Care Card" to someone affected by flooding To view a thank you letter from a Watseka resident, CLICK HERE Click here to register to volunteer to help in Watseka, Illinois View photos from the January 16th work day
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View photos from the January 2nd work day
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:52
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Comfort Students and Faculty After Deadly Shooting Print E-mail
St Paul Lutheran School A deadly shooting killed two neighborhood teens in the front of St Paul Lutheran School in the Grand Crossing Neighborhood of Chicago last week. The shooting occurred after the school day had ended as children and staff were heading home. LCC was in touch with Principal Robyn Jacks-Dubose of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School (76th and South Dorchester in Chicago) and arranged a visit with the students and staff at the school the following day. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, Martin, Olympia, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Sheba, along with LCC Staff Rich & Dona Martin, Dan Fulkerson, and Hannah McGinnis, were a welcomed surprise for the kids and staff. Pastor Jeffrey Howell was also present and concluded the visit in prayer. Please continue to lift up these children and their faculty in your prayers.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 13:21
 
Veterans Sleeping Well Thanks to Your Generous Gifts! Print E-mail
Military Outreach USA Thanks to your generous gifts, 100 beds are being delivered to veterans in need in Chicago through Military Outreach USA. LCC would like to thank everyone who gave to help those who have served our country so selflessly.

To see the original appeal, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 13:23
 
Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) Assist in Holly Springs, Mississippi Following Tornado Print E-mail
Mississippi tornado Less than two weeks after the destructive tornado that decimated Holly Spring, Mississippi, Lutheran Early Response Teams departed to aid in the rebuilding of this town. LERT members teamed up with Rev. Ed Brashier, the Disaster Response Coordinator for the Southern LCMS District, to clean up after the disaster. The group was able to complete work with chainsaws while ministering to some of those affected by this horrible event.

Jean Warfel of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hampshire, IL), describes the LERT team’s impact on the area and their carving of crosses on tree stumps:

Mississippi tornadoAll of us thought making a cross from a tree stump was a great idea, so a couple of our chainsaw guys carved one on the properties we worked at. We felt is a beautiful thing to leave each family that we did chainsaw work and cleanup for to remind them that someone cared enough to help in their time of need, sharing Christ's love as He showed us to do.

One family was at what was considered "ground zero" of the tornado. They saw it touch down and come up their long driveway towards their house. The house was on a slab (no basement). It was completely demolished, but each family member survived. There was a pastor, his wife, their daughter and her children. We did not have the opportunity to meet these homeowners. A car was in their garage at the time the tornado hit. They had recently paid the car off. It was heavily damaged with the windows blown out. On December 23rd, the pastor's wife had purchased Christmas gifts. The gifts were in the trunk of this car, and even though it was ravaged, the trunk and gifts were intact. Most of the rest of their earthly belongings were gone, but these Christmas gifts were spared. God works in amazing ways!

Please continue to keep this community in your prayers as it continues to rebuild. Click here to give a financial gift to help in Holly Spring, Mississippi Click here for photos from Holly Spring, Mississippi
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:17
 
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