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51 Participants Attend Basic LERT Training Print E-mail

LERT Training

THANK YOU to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in LaFox, Ilinois for hosting the Basic LERT Training on Saturday, January 30, 2016. 51 participants from the following NID congregations were trained: St. Mark, St Charles; St Peter, Hampshire, the Cross/Helmar Team of Yorkville, and Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox. Lord of Life Lutheran Church added 33 new members to their team, increasing their membership to 62. This training brings our Northern Illinois District team of LERT credentialed volunteers to nearly 1,100!

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 08:47
LCC President Travels to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to Bring Comfort Print E-mail
10,000 Lakes LCC President Tim Hetzner traveled with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Zina, Hannah, and Jacob and their handlers to the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes” - Minnesota - on January 29-31. The mission, “To Bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ” to everyone they met.

The team was invited by Pastor Pat Simmons from St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Top Dog, Dianne Williams.

The LCC team traveled with the future K-9 Ministry team for St Michael’s and met with people at the Presbyterian Assisted Living Center in Bloomington, as well as dispatchers and police officers at the Bloomington Police 10,000 LakesDepartment who had just experienced a tragic accident involving city workers. The team also visited with individuals and their families in hospice, veterans in hospice and rehabilitation centers, and visited with Ruth, a retired professor at the University of Minnesota, who collaborated to invent the “Gentle Leader” lead for canines. 10,000 Lakes Ruth, a long time member of Hetzner’s “WORD” Bible Study, is a member at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edina, Minnesota.

On Sunday, the teams visited with members of Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington and St Michael’s and shared the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at their Mission Fair.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 20:25
K-9s Celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week Print E-mail
National Lutheran School Week LCC K-9s shared love and comfort as they participated in NLSW across the Synod. Here are some of our K-9s doing what they do best!

Dora Comfort Dog (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee)
Dora spent time reading and visiting students at Our Redeemer Lutheran School

Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois)
Zippy enjoyed meeting with a couple of great friends in Mrs. Gross’ Kindergarten Class

National Lutheran School Week Pax Comfort Dog (St Paul Lutheran, Fort Worth, Texas)
Pax had a great visit with the father of a former St. Paul Lutheran student a hospital in Southwest Fort Worth.

Tara and Zina (LCC)
Sasha (In Training)
Visited: Good Shepherd Pre-School, Elgin

National Lutheran School Week Tara (LCC) Eve (St. John’s Lutheran Lombard, IL)
Isaiah (Holy Cross, Portage, IN)
Visited: Immanuel Lutheran School, Elmhurst, IL

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 20:25
LCC Staff Attend ALMA Conference Print E-mail
ALMA Conference LCC staff members Dianna Bonfield and Jeanine Weintz attended the annual ALMA (Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies) Conference in St. Louis on January, 28-29, 2016. ALMA is dedicated “To connecting and equipping Lutheran for God’s Mission”. The Keynote speaker, The Rev. Gregory P. Seltz from the Lutheran Hour, presented a message entitled “Christian Confidence when Worldviews Collide”.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:37
A Golden Opportunity Print E-mail
A Golden Opportunity As the LCC K-9 ministries continue to grow, so do the many mission-minded individuals receiving dog handler training and instruction. On January 30 & 31, a new training class of 19 spent concentrated hours learning proper dog handling, directional commands, and clearly defining our missions focus. Training included in-depth class instruction as well as handlers and their dogs passing the Canine Good Citizen Certification necessary to qualify as an approved LCC K-9 handler. Our K-9 staff works diligently to ensure all handlers are completely versed in the tenets of the program.

Training included a trip to a local nursing home. The sea of 15 golden retrievers, accompanied by the smiling faces of the handlers, were a welcome sight to Alden Estates employees, residents and visitors. The sheer delight people derived from the visiting dogs is inexpressible. Wheelchair-bound people stroked and hugged dogs as the canines lay gently across their laps. Residents shared heartwarming stories; from reminiscing about the pets they once loved, to memories from a 92-year-old veteran as he recalled his time served in WWII. Prayers were offered, tears were shared, and ministry happened all because a Comfort Dog opened a path to a heart.

LCC has a golden opportunity (pun most certainly intended) to minister to hearts where love and compassion can reach into the lonely and darkened places, shining the light of Christ.

LCMS Ministry Participants
Atonement Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Mequon Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury, Connecticut
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, Grayslake, Illinois
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox, Illinois
Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
North Shore Ministry, Lake Forest, Illinois
Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fremont, Nebraska
To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:37
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