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Lutheran Urban Kingdom Expansion (LUKE) Installs 6 Called Pastors and a Deaconess Print E-mail
LUKE Lutheran Urban Kingdom Expansion (LUKE) is a Chicago-based urban ministry renewal initiative that is a collaborative effort of the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF), the Life Spring Network, the LCMS Northern Illinois District, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, IL. Its mission is to partner with Lutheran CLEF congregations in urban Chicago and unite them together toward building holistic, transformational disciple-making communities who are living on mission with God through Word and Sacrament ministry. Participating Chicago, IL congregations include Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church, Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, Jehovah El Buen Pastor Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church (N Menard Avenue), and St. Paul Lutheran Church (Dorchester Avenue). As urban ministry catalysts, each of the partners is committed to using their unique skills and experiences in providing support, resources, leadership, mentoring, communication, coordination, and training while living in the Spirit and following the Spirit's leading in all they do.

The command to "go and make disciples" is as relevant and as necessary today as when it was first issued by our Lord.

For more information contact the Northern Illinois District Office at (708) 449-3020.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:35
LCC Kare-9s Invited to Fisher House Barbecue Print E-mail
Fisher House On Saturday, August 1, 2015, an LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry team of LCC staff member Beth Nielsen with Luther Comfort Dog, Alex Brooks with Kare-9 Buck, Veteran Raleigh & Linda Showens with Kare-9 Spike, as well as LCC staff members Jim Morrison and Norm Gotsch, attended a barbecue for the residents and families of Fisher House. This event was sponsored by Amvets Post 269.

Started by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, the Fisher House program provides a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. The homes provide free temporary lodging so military and veterans’ families can be close to their loved ones during a medial crisis. Each Fisher House is located on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers in the United States, as well as locations in Europe.

The LCC Kare-9s, veterans, and LCC Staff were all given a tour of this beautiful facility that resembles a luxurious hotel. All necessities are provided, including private rooms, a gourmet kitchen, and meals prepared within the facility. Food, finances, and various other items are donated to Fisher House Foundation, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Kare-9 Buck did a lap visit with a paralyzed veteran in a wheel chair. The veteran’s mom helped him pet Buck, which, according to his mom, “really brightened up his spirits”. The staff and other residents really enjoyed interacting with the LCC Kare-9 dogs. Let us all pray for our military personnel that gave so much so we can enjoy our freedoms.

Help support our Kare-9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:26
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. Luke’s (Itasca, IL) Vacation Bible School Print E-mail
St. Luke The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to attend Vacation Bible School at St. Luke Lutheran Church and School (Itasca, IL) on Monday, July 13th. After the visit, LCC received this nice email from Melody Rissman of St. Luke:
The visit was WONDERFUL! The kids really took to the visit and made the understanding of missions and helping others more real to the young ones. I know my daughter still talks about them and when I remind her to give money to God, she equates that with the dogs. So many other children were incredibly positive about them and it made this year’s VBS so much more important and special to them and hopefully their good experiences will add to their ministering to other kids.
We thank St. Luke Lutheran Church and School for the invitation and we’re glad the children enjoyed the dogs.

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:02
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend “Coal City Strong” Print E-mail
Coal City On Sunday, August 2, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to the "Coal City Strong" benefit in Manhattan, IL. “Coal City Strong” was a benefit concert for the victims of the tornadoes that ravaged Coal City, IL. Rueben, Shami (St. John Lutheran Church and Early Learning Center - Darien,IL), Samuel (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Lockport, IL), Darlin (Mount Greenwood Lutheran Church - Greenwood, IL), and Angel (St John's Lutheran Church - La Grange, IL) Comfort Dogs helped bring smiles and comfort to the crowds!

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:56
4th Annual LCC K-9/Kare-9 National Conference a Success! Print E-mail
Tim On Thursday, July 30th and Friday, July 31st, over 70 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs, as well as 200+ handlers, ministry workers, veterans, and LCC staff attended the 4th Annual LCC K-9/Kare-9 National Conference at Harper College. Everyone did “Come. Sit. Pray.”, as well as participated in a multitude of sessions, including but not limited to such topics as:
  • The Anatomy of Tragedies, Travesties, and Traumatic Situations
  • Serving Those Who Served
  • Creating a Caring House of Worship
  • Come. Sit. Pray.
  • Back to Basics K-9 Training
  • Invisible Wounds of War
Dog Tired and many more! LCC staff member Rich Martin and LCC President Tim Hetzner introduced the attendees to the conference and discussed an overview of the past year, the growth of the K-9 Ministries, and the importance of keeping our eyes focused on what matters: Jesus Christ. A keynote presentation by Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association, captivated the audience on Thursday afternoon.

Kare-9 The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry partners and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry veterans took part in breakout sessions and enjoyed meals with each other, all the while learning more about the ways they can spread the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those in need. With the development of the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry over the past year, military and veteran outreach and support was a big segment of this year’s conference. Veterans Chaplain Craig G. Muehler CAPT, CHC, USN, Major General James Mukoyama, Joe Palmer, Richard Skinner, and LCC staff member Josh Homp engaged the audience in ways to support our veterans and told of personal stories that brought many of the conference attendees to tears. These stories, along with the keynote presentation, breakout sessions, fellowship, and over 70 Golden Retrievers in the same location all culminated in the best K-9 Conference to date!

LCC would like to thank everyone who attended the conference and the 66 volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make the conference another overwhelming success!

Click here to support the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

Help support our Kare-9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 13:00
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