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Short Courses /Small Group Bible Studies Available! Print E-mail

Are you looking for small group Bible studies that are in-depth, biblically sound and challenging? Then consider these new offerings from WORD. Each course is a stand alone Bible Study ranging in length from one to ten weeks. Each session has been divided into two parts so the courses can be adapted to study times ranging from 45 to 90 minutes. These courses are provided free of charge to your small group by Lutheran Church Charities.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Contact Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and tell us which course you’re interested in, or  fill out the form online now...
    Small Groups - Indicate Your Interest Here
  2. Let us know when you plan to start and approximately when you expect to finish

Let us know when you plan to start and approximately when you expect to finish. There is no charge for the use of the materials. The refundable deposit amount (listed below) will only be charged if the materials are not returned

We hope that you enjoy being part of WORD and that we are able to help you develop a deeper understanding of the Biblical text and your relationship with this Galilean named Jesus.

Class Topic Duration Deposit Amount
James 5 - 10 Sessions $250
Philippians 6 - 12 Sessions $250
Jude 1 - 2 Sessions $150
Jonah 3 - 6 Sessions $150
Proverbs 10 - 20 Sessions $350
Know That God Exists 1 - 2 Sessions $150
Esther 5 - 10 Sessions $250

Your class members can register online for access to study questions and other support materials. They can also view each session online. This is a real benefit for members who travel or have to miss a session.

When you finish with the materials simply return them to Lutheran Church Charities.

Download the HOST AGREEMENT for the Short Courses

To Get Started

Call the Lutheran Church Charities office toll-free at (866) 455-6466, or click here to fill out the online form to Indicate Your Interest.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:29
2015 LCC K-9/Kare-9 Conference Print E-mail

Kare-9 Military Ministry Breakout Sessions

Creating a Caring House of Worship
The General will share how his team is helping congregations create an atmosphere of caring for the Military and what you can do in your congregation to support our military men and women.
Presenter: James H Mukoyama, Jr., Major General (Retired) U.S. Army, President/CEO, Military Outreach USA

Invisible Wounds of War
Many wounds of war are easily seen. Joe will tell us about those which cannot be seen. A must for understanding and reaching veterans with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.
Presenter: Joseph Palmer, U. S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Executive Director, Military Outreach USA

My Story
Don’t miss this gripping personal account from a career Navy Veteran of his invisible wound.
Presenter: Richard Skinner, Senior Chief, Master-at-Arms, USN (Retired), LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry

Serving Those Who Serve
Learn about current programs and activities of our LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces and how individuals and congregation can support our Armed Forces.
Presenter: Craig Muehler, Capt, CHC, USN (Retired), Director LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces

University Life and the Veteran
As men and women return from active military duty, they are returning to college and university. Hear about the unique challenges facing them.
Presenter: Eduardo Garza, Concordia University Wisconsin, Director of Veterans Services

K-9 Comfort Dog Breakout Sessions

Anatomy of Tragedies, Travesties, & Traumatic Situations
Back by request! In addition to some practical advice and thoughts to consider before getting involved in any tragic event or disaster, Rev Hein will be devoting time on the topic of “Caring for Those Who Care”. This is an important session for those handlers who deploy. Marie Payes will offer advice and counsel to handlers on “Surrounding Yourself with Support”, designed to help ensure that all of our K-9 handlers have a supportive network in place when they return from deployment or difficult situations.
Presenters: Rev Mark Hein & Marie Payes

Back to Basics K-9 Training
Enjoy this hands-on breakout session where handlers and their K-9’s work in groups on basic commands that are the foundation for obedience and behaviors because, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
Presenters: Alex Brooks - Jeanne Moore – Hannah McGinnis

Becoming a Dual-Vested K-9 Ministry
With over 22 million Military Veterans currently in the United States and an expected 1 million more over the next 5 years, ministry opportunities abound. With 22 American veterans committing suicide each day there is an urgent need to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to the men and women who have served our country. Learn how your K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry can expand and become “dual-vested”.
Presenters: Tim Hetzner – Jim Morrison – Josh Homp

Come, Sit, Pray
Learn how to eliminate the awkwardness of handling your K-9 and starting a conversation. Hear from experienced handlers and prayer warriors on a person’s readiness to pray. Get new ideas for starting or continuing your journaling. Share your personal “God moments”.
Presenter: Anastasia

Exploring Specialized K-9 Ministries
This session features panel discussions on:

  • prison ministry with Don Moeller and the Hall County Nebraska Corrections Center
  • working in public schools with Eric Bohm principal of Pontiac HS
  • visiting people with developmental and intellectual disabilities with Samantha Kehl, Clearbrook Center
Learn how these specialized areas began, the expectations, and how they are performing.
Presenter: Dona Martin

Golden Health
Learn the latest on golden health issues such as the K-9 influenza, ticks and other critters. Ask the doctors questions you have about your golden. All this and more!
Presenters: Dr Glen Redeker & Dr Erin Redeker-Goelitz

Helping Children Heal after Disasters
Dr. Wellen will be presenting a session that was developed as part of LERT advanced training. This session was presented as a stand-alone session in May and was given high marks. Dr. Wellen is the program leader for the masters of arts and the EdD/PhD in early childhood education. Reading education, early childhood education and oral histories are among Dr. Wellen’s areas of research interest.
Presenter: Lauren Wellen, EdD

K-9s & Handlers in Crisis Response
What’s your readiness to deploy? Preparing for deployment, LCC’s protocol, opening doors before the crisis happens, SOP on the ground and the nature of deployments, and how to be effective in completing the mission to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, & Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those in need.
Presenter: Rich Martin

Maximizing your Social Media Reach
Can you emoji? #need to learn? #@LutherComfortDog – BTW how about Instagram? Twitter? Dana and David are in the sphere to teach you and answer questions on getting a further reach on your social media efforts.
Presenters: Dana Yocum & David Marks

Top Dog Panel – Leading your K-9 Ministry
Share your best practices, effective ministry plans, dual-vesting, scheduling, and more. This will be covered in an extended session for Top Dogs led by your peers. This highly requested session has been added based on previous conference feedback.
Presenter: Rich Martin

We’re expecting!
For congregations waiting for their K-9 placement. We will discuss what they can be doing now and what to expect before placement. Bring your ministry plans with so you can share and learn what other K-9 affiliates are doing.
Presenter: Rich Martin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:43
LCC President Tim Hetzner Speaks at the 2015 LWML National Convention Print E-mail
Tim Hetzner speaking to LWML National Convention This past week, LCC staff members Tim Hetzner and Dianna Bonfield attended the 36th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) held June 25th -28th in Des Moines, IA. Tim was asked to be a guest speaker and update the attendees on how the LWML Grant has impacted the LCC Kare-9 Military and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministries.

On Thursday, Tim and Dianna were at the LCC display booth and were joined by LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jessy of St Paul’s - Concordia, MO with her handlers, Jill Kusel and Renee Ravanelli. On Friday and Saturday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gracie of Trinity, Davenport, IA and her handler, Jan Bremer, joined Tim and Dianna to greet people attending the convention.

Jessy and Gracie warmly greeted conventioneers to the LCC booth and helped handlers and staff explain LCC’s mission and ministry of proclaiming the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ to the hurting world. On Friday evening, conventioneers were invited to A Bountiful Bash – a Party with a Purpose. They had the opportunity to visit exhibitors and learn about all the ministries they could get involved with. During the visit to the LCC booth, attendees had the opportunity to register for a drawing of an LCC Comfort Basket. Congratulations to Julie Keck of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas! Julie and her husband, Keith, are retired US Air Force Veterans and members of Faith Lutheran Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

Click here to support the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs
Click here to support the ministry of the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs
Click here to learn more about LWML
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 09:16
Athletic Uniforms Available Print E-mail
Athletic Uniforms St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Chicago Heights has a variety of athletic and cheerleader uniforms available for donation. Some have logo’s on them some do not. There are 33 different styles in sizes for grade school children. All are green and white.

If you are interested please contact the church office at 708-754-4493 for more information

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 08:29
South Wisconsin District Convention Welcomes LCC Print E-mail
South Wisconsin District Convention The South Wisconsin District (SWD) held its convention June 7-9 this week. LCC President Tim Hetzner, staff member Rev. Roger Pollock, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther attended the convention at Concordia University Wisconsin. This year’s theme was “Walk humbly with our God”. Pictured is SWD President Rev. Dr. John Wille with CUW’s own Zoey Comfort Dog.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:08
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