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Lutheran Church Charities operates with a policy where 100% of the money donated to a specific need goes toward that need. The transaction costs will be paid by LCC administrative funds, not from a percentage off of the donation.
Ministries In Need
St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park Reaches Out To Serve Educational Request Print E-mail
broken lawn mower Vicar Roney Riley of St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park reached out to the Automotive Technology Department at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools. This department teaches students who are interested in learning how the functions and repair of small engines.

If you have a lawnmower that doesn't work and are about to throw away, please make arrangements for pickup/drop-off with Vicar Roney Riley. They hope to forge a relationship with the school, staff and students as they begin to plant a church in the Maywood/Broadview, IL area.

To donate, please contact Vicar Roney Riley by phone at (708) 366-3226

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:23
 
Ministry In Mission Requests Funds to Build Haitian Orphanage Print E-mail
Orphanage foundation being laid in Haiti On March 10, 2014, LCC staff member Dona Martin received the following message from Jackie Rychel of Ministry in Mission:
Dear Friends and Haiti Mission Supporters,
[The flyer] is an introduction to Ministry in Mission.

MnM is an incorporated nonprofit, intended to serve in the US and Haiti and wherever the Lord's work may take us. Currently we are raising money and asking for teams to come to Haiti to help build an orphanage. The story is in the document attached.

I ask that you will prayerfully consider the need and join us in supporting 30+ children and their caregivers, to a healthier sustainable future.

Please take a look at the website http://www.ministryinmission.org/.
Jackie Rychel
Click here to donate to Ministry In Mission Click here for a document detailing the outreach Click here to visit Ministry In Mission's Website
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:54
 
Recovery in Moore, Oklahoma is a Slow, Painful Journey Print E-mail
St. John's Lutheran Church in Moore, Oklahoma Monday, March 17th, LCC received a telephone update from St. John's Lutheran Church in Moore Oklahoma about the recovery progress following a devastating Tornado on May 20th, 2013. Rebuilding is continuing in Moore for those who had insurance and people are moving back into their homes. Others are still living in temporary housing as they deal with insurance procedures. Others have had to find or are still trying to find more permanent housing. Al Cardwell, the Recovery Site Manager, is waiting for word when we can recruit volunteers to help with the construction of 6 new Habitat homes. Right now, progress is hung up so it seems it may be late spring before we can bring in volunteers. As soon as they receive word, they will be contacting LCC to appeal for volunteers.

Even though it appears that the recovery phase is moving right along in Moore, this is going to be a long, slow journey. Weekly, several people come to St. John’s to seek assistance for needs that are the result of trauma from the tornado of May 20th, 2013. These needs are not so visible or easy to address — some are physical, financial, economic or job related, emotional or spiritual. St. John’s is continuing to give out the Linen “Welcome Home” Packs, but right now they have 12 packs ready to be handed out; so they have asked that we no longer ask for the Linen “Welcome Home” Packs. When people come to St. John for help, the Spiritual Care Ministry at St. John’s takes the time to pray for people and share words of comfort and hope from the Scriptures with people and give them a Bible. The other most desired need is your daily prayers for the tornado survivors and the volunteers and staff from St. John who minister to them.

On Saturday April 12th, the Saturday before Holy Week, St. John’s is having a follow-up to their CHRISTmas CARES – MOORE event. They will host the Moore Hope Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 12th. From 11 am to 3 pm, it will be a FREE community event with hot dogs, inflatable games for kids, and Christ Cares Easter Bundles (for the first 250 tornado victim individuals or families). For this event they would like to be able to hand out to families with children a book produced by Concordia Publishing House entitled I Will Not Be Afraid, which helps children deal with the aftermath of a trauma.

They are also asking for Bibles that have been personalized or cash donations to buy Bibles and their volunteers would personalize them. The Bibles would be handed out on April 12 the Moore Hope Easter Celebration and also on May 20 the Tornado Anniversary Remembrance.

Even though they cannot at this time use the help of volunteer teams they still first of all need your prayers for the Tornado survivors and the church staff who minister to them. You, your team or congregation can also assist by collecting funds for the children’s books or Bibles or donate personalized Bibles and personalized Easter card. Cash donations for the children’s books and bibles or the personalized Easter Card need to be sent to Lutheran Church Charities office before APRIL 1st.

Personalized Bibles can be sent to:
St. John's Lutheran Church
Attention Judy Cregan
1032 NW 12th St
Moore, OK 73160

Click here to donate to St. John's Lutheran Church Easter/Anniversary Events
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 17:42
 
Ministry Evangelist Seeking Support for 2014 Conference Print E-mail
Miss Heidi holding her dog LCC received the following letter from Salam Christian Fellowship Pastor Hicham Chehab:

Dear Friends,

At Salam Christian Fellowship, we have a joyful burden; make disciples of all nations. This is why we are planning to send Miss Heidi to participate in the Lutheran Hour Ministry Conference, in Detroit, Michigan, in July 2014. Heidi is helping at Salam Ministry in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the Iranian and Iraqi populations in the Midwest. This will encourage her, help her grow more in Christ, and learn more ways of evangelism. The cost of registration, accommodations, and travel would be around $500.

Please consider prayerfully supporting our sister in Christ with this mission trip.

In God's Peace

Hicham Chehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship
Click Here to Donate for LHM Conference Assistance Click Here to Read More About Salam Christian Fellowship
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:20
 
URGENT REQUEST - St. Matthew's Soup Kitchen in Chicago is in Great Need of Your Support During These Frigid Days and Higher Costs of Food and Bills Print E-mail
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen LCC received the following request from Pastor Julio Loza from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, home of the El Comedor Soup Kitchen, a ministry partner of LCC:

St. Matthew Lutheran Church El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen building has been pounded by heavy snow and freezing weather and caused damage in the building. Even during below zero temperatures, the soup kitchen's volunteers continue to cook and serve hot meals to the homeless, unemployed, seniors and poor families. The cost of food has increased: a pound of chicken that was $.69 a pound is now $.99 a pound. The gas bills have been so high it caused an overdraft in our checking account. Again, St. Matthew, a self-supporting mission, faces hard times like many other Americans.

We ask our mission partners, friends and fellow Lutherans to help us as in the past to overcome our financial needs to continue a ministry of Christ's love and compassion to the hungry in Chicago. I pray that the Lord will bless your efforts to assist St. Matthew's mission of faith.

In Christ,

Rev. Julio Loza

Click here to donate to St. Matthew's El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:55
 
Haven Source Seeks Volunteers for Their Ministry in Assisting Clients in Re-Establishing Stable Financial Situations Print E-mail
Haven Source needs volunteers "In one weekend alone in December, two clients from Barrington called in immediate need of our services."

Unemployment, foreclosure, and personal debt continue to be a challenge that is affecting many in our community. Haven Source, a non-profit organization started at St. Matthew Lutheran Barrington, Illinois, assists individuals and families in re-establishing stable situations both financially and spiritually through a unique one-on-one mentor program. As clients are guided through the free program, they identify issues, develop and implement action plans for improving their situation, and regularly measure progress. Haven Source strives to meet the needs of a growing clientele and is seeking interested individuals to join this 100% volunteer organization. In addition to mentors to guide individual clients through the program, other immediate needs include system programming, data entry, marketing and administrative assistance.

If volunteering through this established program may be in your future, please consider attending a Haven Source informational session held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church library on February 1st at 10:00 a.m. No special skills or experience are required. If interested, please register to attend the informational session by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 847-829-1015.

  • When: Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:00am
  • Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 720 Dundee Ave, Barrington, IL 6001
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: havensource.org
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:16
 
Voice of Care Needs Your Help to Keep Vital Chaplaincy Alive for Children and Adults with Disabilities Print E-mail

Support Ministry Has a New Website, Eager Volunteers, and Booming Mission Field but Funds have Dwindled Dangerously

LCC received the following request from Lori Solyom of Voice of Care:
Voice of Care Ministry Voice of Care, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod ministry that helps equip churches to nurture people with disabilities and their caregivers in their walk with Chris, has good news and bad news to share.

The good news:

  • Christ is born!
  • Voice of Care has a beautiful new web site thanks to a mission grant from the LWML - www.voiceofcare.org
  • Voice of Care’s Advent Special Needs Camp at Walcamp was an uplifting time for both participants and staff, as volunteer Amanda Van de Kamp shared, “Those we were there to serve, truly ended up serving us!”

The bad news:

  • Voice of Care is in desperate need of funds to pay their chaplains - whose vital ministry leading worship and devotions at 20 different facilities is often the only regular Christian experience for many of the adults and children they serve.
  • A gift of any size before the end of the year will help toward keeping this life-changing outreach going and Voice of Care in operation. If you are able to help in any way, visit www.voiceofcare.org or call Voice of Care Executive Director, Deaconess Kris Blackwell at 630.234.1491.

About Voice of Care Voice of Care’s mission to equip the Church to nurture people with disabilities and their caregivers in their walk with Christ is effected through chaplaincy, congregational training and resources, special needs camp programs, and is supported by volunteer service and the financial gifts of individuals, churches, and businesses. For more information, visit www.voiceofcare.org or call 630.231.3862.

Click here to donate to Voice of Care Ministry
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 15:24
 
Christ Was Born Homeless and Now Dwells in Our Hearts Print E-mail

Christmas Dinner for the Homeless at El Comedor Soup Kitchen

LCC received the following note about a Christmas dinner for the Homeless in Chicago from Pastor Julio Loza of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, the home of El Comedor Soup Kitchen:
El Comedor Soup Kitchen Christmas Dinner St. Matthew Lutheran Church, located at 2108 W. 21st Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608, through El Comedor Soup Kitchen will provide a Christmas Dinner for about 300 homeless and low income families in Chicago's Pilsen Community on December 19th at 12:00 noon. The devotions will be shared by Pastor Julio Loza and Pastor Matthew Troester of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Matteson, Illinois.

Christmas songs will be sung in English and Spanish to express the joy that will fill our hearts sharing the message of Christ born in a manager. Gifts also will be given to the homeless and on Christmas Eve gifts will be given to the children of the community. We will appreciate your kind financial support to these events because Jesus born homeless now dwells in our hearts.

I wish you a most blessed Christmas.

Pastor Julio Loza

If you would like to help support St. Matthew Lutheran Church for their Christmas dinner and/or for their weekly meals, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 15:41
 
Vehicle Needed - His Arms Orphan Project in Kenya Print E-mail
Van Needed for His Arms Kenya LCC received the following request for support from Nancy Rowe of His Arms Kenya:

His Arms Orphan Project in Kenya (registered in Kenya as His Arms Children's project) is in great need of a used van for our ministry. We currently have no vehicle and instead rent some transportation each time a team from the USA visits at a cost of more then $1000 each time. We also do much walking while in Kenya to visit our children that live in about a 30 mile radius. If we had a used van, we already have a driver, we could see that our ill children got to the area hospital or clinic in more timely manners. We could use the van for trips for our children as incentives for good grades, etc, by allowing some to go with our Coordinator to area larger cities and visit and have dreams encouraged for a better life! If we had this van, we could use it to transport our supplies that we buy monthly for our children, which currently must be hired out. Plus if we had a van, the children might be able to perform for area churches, groups encouraging their self-esteem. The Van is estimated to cost $15,000.

For more information, please contact our USA coordinator, Nancy Rowe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See our website at www.hisarmskenya.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HisArmsKenya to read more about us.

Asante Sana! THANK YOU!

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Travel to Western Kenya on a Mission Trip - His Arms Orphan Project in Kenya Print E-mail
Travel to Kenya with His Arms Kenya LCC received the following invitation for travelers on a mission trip from Nancy Rowe of His Arms Kenya:

We would like to invite fellow travelers to join us for a Spiritual Journey Short Term Mission Trip to Western Kenya in April, 2014. We leave April 23 with most travelers returning May 5th to the USA. This is our 9th Mission trip for His Arms Orphan Project since 2005. During this trip we will work with the orphans that are part of www.hisarmskenya.org.

We will put on activities/crafts similar to VBS programs. We do home visits, pray with people in their humble home settings. Each trip we also work with the local HIV group that gathers for support. In addition we carry on other activities that are utilizing the talents of the travelers. Often these include going into the local schools and speaking on various issues. Or meeting for women's empowerment events. This time should we have such talented travelers, we hope to erect some book shelves for the many books we have had donated. The travelers each are responsible for their round trip tickets to Kenya which this year should be about $1500 or so, depending on when the ticket is booked. The travelers are also responsible for their room/board/transportation cost while in Kenya which is usually about $20 per day. Each traveler is also encouraged to involve their local congregations in fundraising for our project and for various projects we will take part in while on the ground in Kenya. If you are interested in hearing more about our upcoming Mission trip, email Nancy Rowe, our USA coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please prayerfully consider this opportunity.

 
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