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Disaster Response
Coal City Update Print E-mail
Coal City Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) from Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, IL and St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, IL along with LCC staff members Joel Moritz and Ken Cupples continue the relief efforts in the Coal City area following the tornadoes on June 22nd. Under the leadership of Ed Borman the team was able to log 80 hours for three homes. All of the homes were related to the secretary of the local Presbyterian Church in Coal City.

To read the original story, please CLICK HERE

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:05
Our Savior Lutheran Church (Washington, IL) to Dedicate Building Addition and Celebrate Rally Day- August 30th, 2015 Print E-mail
Tornado Update LCC received the following email from Our Savior Lutheran Church:
"Our Savior Lutheran Church and Preschool, 1209 Kingsbury Road, Washington, Illinois has three reasons to celebrate on August 30th. First, the building addition and remodeling that was approved November 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. has moved forward despite the tornado that tore through their Washington neighborhood an hour after the voter's meeting approved it. The church building was damaged, but not structurally, so the congregation was able to provide shelter, food, restrooms, prayer and work teams for many weeks after the tornado with the assistance of Lutheran Church Charities. Although ground broke a month later than anticipated, in August 2014, the building has moved forward.

Second, the major portion of the 14,000 sq. ft. addition is finished and ready to fill with activities for children, youth, and adults….

The third reason to celebrate is the conclusion of the education year and the kickoff celebration for Fall programs, new worship times and the new education year. The current Sunday School teachers will be honored, new teachers introduced and Sunday School awards will be handed out during the morning worship services.

Our Savior Lutheran Church and Preschool invites their neighbors and the community to come and celebrate with them on this special day. Traditional Worship begins at 8:15 a.m. Building Dedication and special treats will follow at 9:35 a.m. and the morning will conclude with a Contemporary Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.

The congregation will also celebrate 50 years of ‘Knowing Christ Personally and Making Him Known to Others’, on November 1, 2015. “

Please contact Rev. Tom Heren if you have any questions or need more information:
Our Savior Lutheran Church and Preschool
1209 Kingsbury Road, Washington, IL 61571
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:48
Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) Trainings Registration Open! Print E-mail
L.E.R.T. A reminder to all Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) certified members or those interested in becoming LERT certified that the fall trainings are open for registration. LCC has two basic training sessions in September for those interested in joining the mission field of disaster and crisis response:

Upcoming Basic LERT Trainings

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

295 W. Sauk Trail | Frankfort, IL 60423

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church

855 Lee St. | Des Plaines, IL 60016

To register for the basic LERT Training

For more information call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you are currently certified and have not yet updated your LERT status through deployment, there are 11 Advanced LERT courses scheduled from August through November:

Upcoming Advanced LERT Trainings

Tarp and Patch - Harry Dietz, Instructor
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

195 Nesler Rd | Elgin, IL 60124

Muck Out/Flood Clean-up - Rich Roth, Instructor
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

195 Nesler Rd | Elgin, IL 60124

For all a list of all trainings, CLICK HERE

To register for an advanced LERT trainings, CLICK HERE

All classes are on Saturdays with registration opening at 8:30 AM and ending around noon. Join us in continuing to share Christ's Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation through Disaster Response.

To download the LERT brochure or the bulletin insert to advertise LERT trainings at your church CLICK HERE

For Congregational Preparedness Training information and registration CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:29
Help is Needed for Central Illinois District (CID) Hit by Tornadoes Print E-mail
storms Saturday, July 18, LCC LERT members joined with CID LERT in response to the destruction caused by a storm on Monday, July 13. LERT volunteers assisted in removing felled trees and debris. The Lutheran Church of St. John, Quincy was the location for the CID Disaster Response base of operation. Over 60 LERT members and local residents joined in the efforts. The CID Disaster Response Coordinator, Stephen Born, was grateful for all LCC LERT members who were able to help.

The next workday scheduled for Quincy, IL is THIS SATURDAY, July 25th. The Lutheran Church of St. John's address is 3340 State Street, Quincy, IL.

If you are available to assist, please register here or contact Stephen Born at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We are waiting for updates of cleanup in Cameron, IL and Delavan, IL from the July 16th tornadoes. Further information can be obtained from Stephen Born.

To donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by local and national disasters, please CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:53
Help is Needed for Central Illinois District (CID) Hit by Tornadoes Print E-mail
CID Tornadoes

Tornado Relief Efforts
Help is Needed for Central Illinois District (CID) hit by Tornadoes Again Last Night and Last Monday

Update - July 18, 2015 - LCC staff and volunteers are working hard clearing trees and debris in Central Illinois home damaged by tornadoTornado after tornado this year - why does God allow these to happen? That is a question I am often asked. Only God can answer that question - BUT THIS I KNOW. In the midst of every disaster there are hundreds of people who suffer - and as Christians we are called to "Be Jesus" to those who suffer - by sharing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. Doing this requires action!
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17
In every disaster there are some common needs:
     Prayer - both personally and with people in the midst of the disaster
     Volunteers - to help with clean-up
     Resources - to help get individuals and families through the immediate crisis and help them rebuild

tree downed by tornadoLCC has been invited by CID DR Director, Stephen Born, to partner with the CID Disaster Response Teams in responding to the recent tornadoes that they have had, primarily in Quincy, Illinois (Monday) and Cameron, Illinois (last night).

In Quincy alone, over 50 LCMS families, as well as many others in the community, were affected. They sustained home damage and loss, trees are down, and debris needs to be cleaned up.

Our point church that we are working out of is:
     The Lutheran Church of St John with Pastor Stephen Hayden.
     3340 State Street
     Quincy, IL 62301

A work day is scheduled for this Saturday, July 18th, starting at 9AM at St John. To volunteer CLICK HERE

The city of Cameron, with a population of 600, was severely devastated last night by the tornadoes that touched down around 7:30PM. The city is closed to all people except utility workers. Disaster response volunteers are monitoring the situation and will be taking work request orders as residents are allowed back into the town.

So what can you do to "Be Jesus" to those suffering? You can help by:

  • Praying for those in Cameron, Quincy and surrounding areas affected by the tornadoes, as well as the first responders and many volunteers assisting
  • Donate online - LCC Disaster Relief Fund
  • Donating by mail (please put "CID Tornadoes" in the memo line):
         Lutheran Church Charities
         3020 Milwaukee Ave
         Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Donate by phone: 866-455-6466

Thank you for your support to serve those who are suffering and in need.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:01
Chainsaw Crews Deployed to Aid Those Affected by the Recent Tornadoes in Coal City, Sublette and Braidwood Print E-mail
storms Chainsaw crews were again deployed this past week to aid those affected by the recent tornadoes in Coal City, Sublette, and Braidwood, Illinois. Ken Cupples (LCC Disaster Response Coordinator) and Ed Boerman (LCC chainsaw instructor/certifier) have been the respective point people for areas LCC has been invited to. After nearly 300 hours of work on over 50 downed trees, we have currently closed our work in Sublette. Ed Boerman’s contact through local officials has still been sending jobs to the Braidwood teams, but the remaining jobs are of a technical nature outside of our expertise.

As the next few weeks and months pass, LCC will remain in correspondence with our contacts and offer assistance when a need arises. We thank all of the LERT volunteers for their patience, involvement and participation in sharing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Christ. LERT volunteers should continue to be vigilant in watching emails if future requests for LERT crews arise.

To donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by local and national disasters, please CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:21
Disaster Response Update on Coal City, Braidwood and Sublette Print E-mail
storms Having been directly hit by a tornado in 2013, the village of Coal City is well organized and handling this recent damage from a tornado in stride. Because they are a rural community of closely knit people, they have not requested the help of outside volunteers. The weekend following the tornado, an LCC supporter/volunteer and her daughter were in Coal City and witnessed the LCC Food Service volunteers at work.
“…. my daughter Anna and I were in Coal City a couple of weeks ago and saw LCC volunteers there helping to cook meals. They were some of the most caring and cheerful volunteers working among the individuals and I really appreciated seeing them.”
Later in a phone conversation she went on to say how LCC LERT Trained Volunteers were able to bring a sense of calm and peace in the midst of a lot of chaos and confusion.

LCC deployed volunteers to two small nearby towns of Braidwood and Sublette, IL two days last week. Ed Boerman, LCC chainsaw instructor/certifier, was the point for teams each day in Braidwood, cutting down trees and cleaning up brush. On July 7th, Ed and another chainsaw crew continued their work in Braidwood removing trees. Ken Cupples, LCC Disaster Response Coordinator, was point of crews who removed 20 large trees from a farm in Sublette, IL. The owner was much appreciative and amazed that a small team of eight could remove that many trees. Ken will be leading a chainsaw crew Thursday and Friday, July 9th and 10th. He will also be assessing a couple of other sites those days.

To donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by local and national disasters, please CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:57
Update on Disaster Relief Efforts in Coal City, IL and Surrounding Area Print E-mail
storms On the evening of June 22nd, Coal City and the surrounding villages were struck by a tornado causing a significant amount of damage. This is the second tornado to hit this town in the last two years. Ken Cupples, LCC Disaster Response Coordinator, had “boots on the ground” the following days. He found most of the immediate needs of the survivors to have been met. Coal City and Braidwood have constructed an excellent and thorough disaster response plan since the 2013 tornado. LCC has respected the wishes of the towns’ CERT to encourage all volunteers through the United Way based in Braidwood.

Many LERT volunteers did join the hundreds of others the first weekend open. Trinity, Lisle members came in with a hot dog stand and fed many residents and volunteers at a local Coal City church. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams visited with survivors and volunteers this past week. Ed Boerman, LCC’s Chainsaw Training Director/Instructor, had signed up LCC chainsaw crews as available to help with downed trees. AmeriCorps is currently speaking with Ed Boerman about the possibility of deploying LERT certified chainsaw operators into Braidwood. Once we know the needs, a notification will come through email with specifics and the meeting location for whoever is able to work.


LCC is the NID Disaster Response Coordinator and respects the wishes of local governmental authorities. At this time, our Disaster Response Team members are continually offering our LERT volunteers to help in this recovery. Authorities of the affected areas have noted our offerings and they have asked us to wait until they contact us to respond. The CERT of Coal City/Braidwood is accepting individual volunteers but are still restricting large groups coming without their approval or invitation.

Any LERT volunteers who wish to help may do so at the Diamond Banquet Hall in Braidwood, Illinois 60416 (on Hwy 113). We ask that LERT members to continue to monitor their email for alerts and updates from the LCC Disaster Response Team on this particular disaster. Thank you for your patience and willingness to help in this time of need.

To help support LCC’s Disaster Relief efforts, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 12:28
Update on June 22nd tornadoes in Coal City, IL Print E-mail
storms LCC’s Disaster Response Director, Ken Cupples, has been on the scene since the tornadoes touched down. He has met with all the key players that are involved with the city and their disaster response efforts. He has walked the streets in the affected areas and talked with homeowners about any needs they may have.

Here is where we are:

Coal City was hit with a similar situation 2 years ago. As a result they have in place a very thorough DR plan.

The city has asked United Way to coordinate all volunteers coming into the city. Since there is no LCMS church in town, the closest LCMS church is 10 miles away, and since LCC has not received any requests from families for assistance for cleanup at this point, it was decided that the best way for us to respond is by working through the great organization they already have in place.

storms IF you want to help, here is what you can do:

At 8 am on Friday and/or Saturday go to the Diamond Banquet Hall in Braidwood, Illinois 60416 (on Hwy 113). Sign in there to volunteer. Workers and chainsaw people are needed.

If you have any questions you can contact LCC DR Director Ken Cupples at 815-791-1646 (cell).

If there happens to be too many volunteers and not enough work – another option would be to volunteer either Friday or Saturday at Lutheran Church Charities’ new Location where we just moved. We are now located at 3020 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook IL (St. John Church in the Woods) Our location is in the middle of the forest preserve and we have plenty of outside chainsaw and landscaping that needs to be done. If you would like to do this, please contact Joel Moritz at 847-287-1801 (cell) or Phil Bandy at 847-363-2162 (cell).

Please keep everyone in Coal City and the surrounding area in your prayers.

Peace and Healing in Christ Jesus,
The LCC Disaster Coordination Team

  • Tim Hetzner
  • Dianna Bonfield
  • Joel Moritz
  • Sherry Bolosan
  • Roger Pollock
  • Ed Boerman
  • Ken Cupples
  • Derek Kowalczyk

Help support the Disaster Response work of LCC DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:52
LERT Training “Helping Children Cope After a Disaster” Print E-mail
LERT On Saturday, May 30, 25 volunteers consisting of LERT credentialed, K-9 and Kare-9 handlers, and other volunteers attended a LERT Advanced Training workshop on Helping Children Heal After a Disaster. This particular workshop is one of the new advanced trainings offered by LCC and was held at the new LCC Headquarters and Ministry Center in Northbrook, Illinois. A special thank you to LCC volunteers Dr. Lauren Wellan, Professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education at CUC, and Licensed Professional Counselor, LERT Volunteer and Comfort Dog Handler, Kathleen Terzinski.

If you as an individual, a group, or a congregation have found your special niche in Disaster Response please contact Dianna Bonfield of the DDRT at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and tell her about it.

To donate to LCC's Disaster Responds Outreach Ministry CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:40
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