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Disaster Response
Desperate NEED - LCC is Losing Our Disaster Response Warehouse Print E-mail

We Need Your Help in Locating a 2000 sq. ft. Warehouse

For the past 10 years the Lord has opened the doors and provided for free just the right kind and size of storage that we have needed for the work that LCC does - particularly with our Disaster Response Equipment.


Recently. we received word from the property management company that has provided warehouse space for us for the past four years for free that the tenant that we share space with is moving and the property management company needs to paint and carpet the facility before they can market it. For that reason they are gave us only two weeks after Thanksgiving to relocate.

If you know of anyone who might be willing to donate the use of 2000 square feet of warehouse space that can accommodate warehouse shelving that LCC may use to store our Disaster Response equipment and supplies, as well as office furnishings and supplies for the ministries of LCC, please contact LCC toll-free at 866-455-6466 or via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to talk with Tim Hetzner, Joel Moritz or Dianna Bonfield. The donated space can be used as a tax write-off and good public relations for the donor.

Thank you for your help!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:32
St. Mark's Lutheran Church Hosts Sheltering Exercise Print E-mail
St. Marks St. Mark's Lutheran Church, in conjunction with the St. Charles Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross, hosted a functional sheltering exercise on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

The exercise consisted of welcoming 30-40 "clients" that had been displaced by fictional severe weather in St. Charles. The "clients" were given a script of their role when they registered. Cots were set-up; food, water, and coffee were available to simulate how food service would be handled in the shelter.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church is an approved Red Cross shelter, which is a testament to the church's commitment to the community. The exercise served as an opportunity to practice and refine the procedures before an actual emergency happens and the shelter would need to be opened and staffed.

LCC Adds 34 People to LERT Teams in Two Training Sessions Print E-mail

26 Members Trained at Cross, Yorkville

On Saturday, November 15, Cross Lutheran Church, Yorkville hosted a Basic Training session.

There were 26 people from 11 different churches in attendance. Churches represented were: St. James - Chicago; Immanuel - Hinkley; Peace - Plainfield; Helmar Lutheran - Newark; St. Luke - Montgomery; St. John - Glendale (WI); St. John - Wheaton; Immanuel - Danville; Trinity of Freistadt - Mequon (WI); St. Peter - Arlington Heights; and Cross - Yorkville.

We are thankful that all took the time out of their weekend to prepare themselves to spread the comfort of Christ in times of disaster.

8 Members Trained at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle

On Tuesday night, November 17, LCC trainer Ed Boerman and Trinity Lutheran of Lisle hosted a Basic LERT Training. Eight people attended who were otherwise unable to attend the sessions they were originally registered to attend.

LCC is thankful to Ed and Trinity for helping to accommodate and train those who had an interruption of their schedules. We pray for these new LERT members and look forward to working with them in aiding those in greatest time of need.

LCC Welcomes 27 Newly Certified Chainsaw Crew Volunteers From The Iowa West District Print E-mail
LERT This past Saturday, Mr. Ed Boerman, LCC Chainsaw Instructor, trained and certified 27 new chainsaw volunteers who will serve on the chainsaw crews as chainsaw operators or drag crew members .

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! To all the Iowa West District LERT Volunteers who completed the Chainsaw Certification.

The addition of these 27 new crew members from the Iowa District brings our chainsaw crew number to 235 nationwide. We would like to thank all of those who have dedicated their time to become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:11
LERT Chainsaw Teams Deploy to DeKalb Print E-mail
Dekalb On Saturday, November 1, 15 Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) chainsaw crew members from seven congregations met at Immanuel Lutheran in DeKalb, Illinois, to assist in tree removal.

Logging over 70 hours total and saving thousands of dollars, members from Trinity, Lisle; Cross, Yorkville; Our Savior, Washington; Immanuel, Belvidere; Peace, Lombard; St. Peter, Gilberts and Immanuel, DeKalb set out to remove hazardous trees from the church grounds.

We are thankful for those who came out to help Immanuel and update their LERT status through this event. Immanuel DeKalb, is not only active in their neighborhood, but has a wonderful outreach to students attending Northern Illinois University.

Our prayers are with Immanuel as they continue their mission of connecting people to Jesus Christ.

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LCC Chainsaw Crews Work at St. John Northbrook Print E-mail
Northbrook On Saturday, October 25, chainsaw crews from five NID congregations met to hone their skills and help out at St John Lutheran Church in Northbrook, Illinois. Members from Immanuel (Belvidere), Trinity (Lisle), St John (Wheaton), Cross (Yorkville), and Peace (Lombard) logged a total of 54 hours removing a number of trees both near the church and the parsonage saving thousands of dollars.

St John, Northbrook has opened their doors to LCC as a training facility for both the LCC K-9 and Kare-9 Comfort Dog ministries. We thank all who came out to help those who continue to support the ministries both at LCC and in their neighborhood.

Volunteer Crews Needed in Pilger, Nebraska for Construction Blitz Next Week - November 8-9 Print E-mail
Pilger Your help is needed to make urgent repairs on family homes damaged by the tornado before winter arrives.

Each team is mandated to have one licensed contractor on site. The group's size will be determined by the contractor on the site.

Jobs include roofing, siding, window installation, carpet and other flooring, HVAC, carpentry, repairs, plumbing, and electrical work. Teams are required to bring their own tools for the type of work they will be doing.

At online registration, contractors must submit a copy of valid, current contractor's license. All teams will be responsible for their own housing and meals. Once a team registers, your name will be passed on to Becky Peterson, the Disaster Response Coordinator in Pilger, who contact you to work out the details for the work weekend.

Register a team and contractor(s) Each person on the team must fill out a personal registration form Register Here
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:24
Moore, Oklahoma - Eighteen Months After the Tornado Print E-mail
Moore A year and a half has passed since Moore, Oklahoma was devastated by a tornado. On Tuesday, October 14, LCC received the following update from Al Cardwell of St. John's Lutheran Church in Moore:
Over 8,000 families were affected by the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013, and over 1,600 homes were damaged or destroyed.

On the evening of the 20th, St John's, Moore, held a meeting to see how they could assist the families in Moore in the relief effort. During this meeting St John's members set a plan in motion. However, at that time none of the members at St John's had been through the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Disaster relief program so the District Disaster Response Coordinator (DDRC) was called and another meeting was held on the morning of the 21st, to establish a structure and a plan of attack to assist the families of Moore.

On the 22nd, the LCMS staff and the LCC K-9 Comfort dogs, along with the DDRC, were in the affected area talking with the families that had lost their homes about the Gospel and gave whatever comfort they could give, which at the time was just spiritual guidance and some monetary gift cards to help them through the onset of the tornado relief.

At this time these families were told that if there was anything we could do for them, St John's was here for them. Little did we know what was ahead in the days and weeks to come and the amount of people that would be involved with this relief effort...continue reading the update

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LCC Trains More Lutheran Early Response Teams - Bringing Total to Nearly 1,300 Print E-mail
LERT St. James This past Saturday, October 4, St. James Lutheran Church - Chicago, hosted a Basic Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training session.

Twenty-seven volunteers from ten congregations completed the training and were certified and received LERT ID cards.

Congregations that were represented: St. James, Chicago; Prince of Peace, Palatine; St Peter, Gilberts (Dundee); St. Paul, Matteson; Gloria Dei, Chicago; Holy Cross, Portage, Indiana; Edison Park Lutheran Church; Grace Lutheran, River Forest; and Concordia Lutheran, Chicago.

We now have 1256 LERT credentialed volunteers. Thank you for all that you do to be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 07:37
LCC Staff and Volunteers Attend 2014 Lutheran International Disaster Response Conference Print E-mail
Conference This past week, LCC staff members Dianna Bonfield, Joel Moritz, Derek Kowalczyk, and volunteers Ed Boerman and Mike Flaherty attended Standing with Mercy in Times of Disaster, the 2014 Lutheran International Disaster Response Conference at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from September 23-26.

One of the highlights of the conference this year was the opportunity to meet the Presidents and some of the pastors from some of the countries where we responded to disasters in the past years.

Some of the countries represented were: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Lebanon, the Middle East, Mexico, the Philippines and Taiwan. Another highlight was to meet in person some of the people from local disasters in other districts that have only been reached by phone and to get an update from them about what is happening at the present time in those areas.

There were District Presidents, District Disaster Response Coordinators (DDRC) and District Disaster Response Team (DDRT) members from areas LCC has worked in the last few years, including: New England - Sandy Hook and Boston Bombing; New York - Hurricane Sandy; Texas District - plant explosion in West, Texas; Moore, Oklahoma & Oklahoma District office - tornado clean up; Joplin, Missouri - tornado clean up; Arkansas - tornado clean up; Colorado District - fires and floods; Nebraska District - tornado clean up in Pilger, Nebraska; and the South Wisconsin District - tornado clean up.

(Pictured above is DDRC Derek Lecakes of the Atlanta District with LCC staff members Joel Moritz and Dianna Bonfield)

As in all the disasters we respond to, people are the most important thing, listening to them and supporting them in their recovery; so too it was with this conference. There were a lot of papers and reports presented but the contact with people with whom we have worked with and ministered with was the most important part of the conference.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:51
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