Comfort Dogs Bring Peace to Prairie Central High School After Suicide
Earlier this week LCC received a call we never like. Dan Casillis, principal at Prairie Central High School in Fairbury, IL, asked LCC to bring some Comfort Dogs to the school because of a suicide. We worked with the Rev. Mark Miller, president of the Central Illinois District, and Rev. Mark Gruden of Trinity Lutheran in La Rose, IL and St. John Lutheran in Washburn, IL to put together a team to share the Mercy, Compassion and Presence of Jesus with those students who were hurting and grieving their classmate.
According to Rich Martin, team leader, “The kids were surprised and felt very special that the school and LCC would provide such an amazing service. Social workers and school psychologist also appreciated the assistance. Principal Dan Casillas thanked the team and Pastor Gruden closed us all in prayer."
On the Table with Chicago Community Trust Hosts Kare-9 Ministry Dogs
On May 12th, military veteran members of the Kare-9 team led LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs Flex and Butch at the On The Table gathering at Concordia Lutheran Church in Chicago. On The Table is a philanthropic element of The Chicago Community Trust. On this night numerous On The Table meetings were held throughout the Chicago area
The Kare-9 team members joined twenty Christians who work to serve their community and those in need. The purpose of these meetings is to bring ideas and experiences together and place them "on the table' to discuss how they can be used to benefit our communities. The Kare-9 team members shared our ministry to the military members of our communities.
The Kare-9 Team members were invited by Karen Blair and hosted by Rev. Martin Oerting.
Kare-9 Teams Attend Gold Star Families Brunch at Willow Creek
LCC Kare-9 Ministry Dogs attended the first annual Gold Star family ceremony held at Willow Creek Community Church. Various speakers were featured at the brunch including a mom who lost her son to suicide upon his return from the war. A memorial wreath ceremony was held outside where a wreath was placed in the lake and yellow roses were placed there by families in remembrance of their loved ones. The event was closed with the playing of Taps and prayer.
Willow Creek staff and the Gold Star members attending appreciated the attendance by the LCC Military Ministry Dogs, Blitz with veteran Bob, Flex with veteran Fred, and Susie (St Peter Arlington Heights) led by veteran Brad.
Peanut Butter and Comfort Dogs – a Sticky Situation
LCC Comfort Dogs want to thank Julie Suter, a student in Tim Hetzner’s WORD class on Monday nights, for always bringing in jars of peanut butter for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for their Kongs (a plastic toy). Julie – know that you are loved (and licked)!!!