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Comfort Dogs Visit Arnold Palmer and Winnie Palmer Hospitals in Orlando Print E-mail
Arnold Palmer House Pictured are LCC Comfort Dog Susie and her friends Phoebe, Barnabas, Myelah, Jacob and Sasha outside the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, with Jeanine who arranged the visit. Susie, Phoebe and Sasha visited Arnold’s, while the other 3 dogs visited Winnie's.

From Brad Schroeder about the Comfort Dogs June 16th visit to Arnold Palmer and Winnie Palmer’s hospitals in Orlando

We had the joy of visiting many of the staff on the floors of the hospital, along with a number of children patients. Susie and I visited with a few children in the oncology ward. To see these little ones battling cancer was heartbreaking. At the same time it was heartwarming as they petted Susie and had a smile on their little faces. The other children we were blessed to meet loved Susie as we walked the wards.

The staff were so happy to meet and pet our dogs. These people treat these little ones every day and you can see they give their hearts to these children. I was humbled by their love and dedication to the kids. They are heroes.

We then greeted many children and parents in the cool Disney walkway. They loved our dogs and each of us handlers were so blessed to be there. I think we all shed a tear as we saw these children, many battling for their lives, loving our dogs.

I will remember this visit forever as one of love and awe. We are fortunate to have our health. I thank Jeanine and her staff for having us there and making the visit incredible. They are wonderful and care so much for the kids.

The other group that visited Winnie's were also thrilled and humbled by their time with staff and the children

I thank God for giving us these dogs and the opportunity to serve these children. Please keep Jeanine, all the staff and all the children in your prayers. God has a purpose for us all, today it was to bring a little happiness to the kids and the wonderful staff. Brad and Susie

From Jeanine Clapsaddle who organized the visit for the hospitals

It was such a great day with Susie, Phoebe, Sasha, Barney, Jacob and Mahlah! They brought great comfort to so many people- everyone from patients and parents, nurses, doctors, and administrators. There are no words to thank you for the gifts of your time and compassion. As Helen Keller once said, people may not remember what you did or what you said but they will remember the way that you made them feel. We will remember you for offering us a few moments of peace.

Our thoughts are with you as you process all that you have witnessed and absorbed in your time here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:25
 
Honoring the Code Print E-mail
Honoring the Code A free resource for veterans, active service members or immediate family members

A dramatic follow-up to Invisible Scars - the groundbreaking film about PTS.

Throughout American history, soldiers have prepared to defend our nation. Most have served during times of peace, but many have fought in wars throughout the world to protect our freedom. A great number of these warriors return home with traumatizing injuries, some are readily observable but many are the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and moral injury.

While awareness about PTS has made great advances during the last few years, moral injury is a relatively new term for most returning warriors and the agencies involved in helping them. Its role in the startling and rarely discussed suicide rates among veterans demands a response from our nation.

Honoring the Code breaks through the silence - providing vital information regarding moral injury.

"This is an extremely important film. It has the potential to address one of the major problems among our military community, which is the suicide rate. This film is a powerful documentary to educate people about moral injury." - Jim Mukoyama, Major General (Retired) U.S. Army, President/CEO of Military Outreach USA

To read more about Military Outreach USA CLICK HERE

For more information about Honoring the Code, CLICK HERE

If you are a veteran, active service member, or immediate family member and would like a free copy of Invisible Scars and/or Honoring the Code, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:47
 
Join LCC President Tim Hetzner as He Teaches Live on Mondays - WORD - The Book of Romans - Study of the Bible Print E-mail
WORD Romans: Embracing and Living Out the Gospel of Grace

We are conditioned to think of the Gospel in terms of ‘the gospels’ of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but in my estimation, there is no statement of the Gospel more clearly and logically presented by the apostle Paul than in the Book of Romans – The Gospel of Grace. Romans is written only about 30 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. I hope you desire to study this book as much as I do to teach it. I pray that you will never be the same for having done so.

“This Epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest Gospel, and is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.” Martin Luther

This is an in-depth study of the Biblical text.

WORD WORD Bible Study Classes are non-denominational and are open to anyone regardless of church affiliation (or lack of). This is a safe environment to study the Bible – no church membership solicitation will be allowed!

This 30-session class starts Monday, September 12, 2016 at Harris Bank in Palatine at 6am, St Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods at 9:30am and 7:00pm. If you cannot attend the LIVE class, again this year we will be video recording the class each week (enroll as "Internet" to receive access). Those attending the LIVE classes are automatically enrolled in the online course.

Register Now
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 14:49
 
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
and
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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