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  • January 11, 2012 In This Issue

    Featured StoriesDisaster Response

    Ministry NeedsMission OpportunitiesInternational Ministry

    LCC Ministry ResourcesTim's Pick of the Week

    Upcoming EventsHow To Keep LCC Serving

    Tim's Pick of the Week

    LCC has many resources

    available to congregations,businesses, and individuals.

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    Pastor Lintvedt of Beautiful Savior O'Fallon,Illinois Appeals for Vehicle for Single Mom withPuppet Ministry Karen Anders and her son, Timothy, provide manyblessings to congregations around the Midwestthrough their puppet ministry. Recently the vanthey use for their ministry, as well as everydayuse, failed and can't be repaired. Pastor VernonLintvedt of Beautiful Savior where the Andersattend has asked LCC to help find a replacementvan. This van will help Karen and Tim continuetheir ministry without interruption. If you have avehicle that could bless this family and ministry orknow someone who does, please call the LCCoffice at (866) 455-6466 for details on making thedonation. LCC allows full Kelley Blue Book value for your charitable donation.

    Reverend Bruce Ray of Lutheran Day Nursery inChicago Needs Washer and Dryer for the Ministry Reverend Bruce Ray of the independent Lutheran DayNursery in Chicago contacted LCC for help with aspecific need for a washer and dryer. He writes... My name is Rev. Bruce Ray and I am Executive Director ofLutheran Day Nursery, a 100 year old ministry in Chicagothat provides affordable childcare and early childhoodeducation to at-risk families. We are currently in desperateneed of a new washer and dryer to wash sheets andblankets and one of my staff recommended that I contactLutheran Church Charities. Please let me know if LCC maybe able to assist us in promoting our needs. Thank you. If you have a washer and/or dryer that are in good workingorder and would like to help meet this need, please contact the LCC office at (866) 455-6466 and ask for Dianna Bonfield or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org

    Trinity Urbana Mission Team Reports from Haiti

    Earlier this week LCC received pictures fromSydney Kessa, our in-country Coordinator, ofthe Trinity Lutheran Urbana MissionTeam arriving in Haiti. The team from Trinityreturned to Jacmel Haiti this week. Their firsttrip to Haiti was last year. This team has beenvery supportive in the building efforts in thetown of Beaudouin near Jacmel and thisweekend they will celebrate the dedication ofthe new homes and church that have been

    built there. Trinity's work this year includes working on finishing the new Guest House

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    and working with the children at the church and nearby school. Keep this team in yourprayers. Another team from Luther Memorial Shorewood, Wisconsin isscheduled to depart for Haiti this weekend as the Trinity team heads home. If you wouldlike to schedule a mission trip to Haiti through LCC, please contact Dona Martin at (866)455-6466 or LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org for all the details. Click here forphotos from this trip Click here to donate to Haiti Relief

    LCC Passes RV Donation Through to On The EdgeMinistry

    The Neely family, Durnice, Ruby and their son,Mike, recently donated a 32' Pace Arrow byFleetwood RV to LCC. We had word that OnThe Edge Ministry could benefit from just sucha vehicle. On Saturday, January 7, formermissionary, founder and President of On theEdge Ministry, Howard Robbins, who is also aLERT trained volunteer who serves on the St.John Wheaton team, received the RV.Howard first worked with LCC on disasterresponse when he served on a team thathelped with flood recovery in Cedar Rapids,

    Iowa. This past fall he completed the LERT basic training at St. John. The RV donatedby the Neelys will be refitted to provide sleeping quarters for volunteers.

    Pastor Kenety Gee of Chatham Fields LutheranChurch Thanks Donors for Supporting ChicagoUrban Children's Choir

    The following note of thanks was received byLCC this week. Your donations continue tomake a difference and they are muchappreciated. Pastor Gee writes... As we begin 2012; we at Chicago UrbanChildren's Choir thank everyone for yourprayers and support. God is blessing us. As ayoung choir we had two successful events lastyear. One was our very first concert. Thevenue; Chatham Fields Lutheran Church was

    full and people generously made donations to our pleasant surprise. Then on November23, 2011, we were invited by the City of Chicago to sing at the city's annual ChristmasTree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza with our City Mayor Rahm Emanuel and otherdignataries, including Mr. Santa and Mrs. Claus in the crowd. Our Mission statement: The Chicago Urban Children's Choir seeks to ignite the fullpotentials of youths from diverse backgrounds through the transformative power of musicand to inspire a spirit of discipline and personal excellence. As we go into this new year we want to let everyone know that we are available to singat your church. We are also looking congregations with Children/youth choir to partnerand perhaps do appearances together. Please consider inviting the Chicago Urban Children's Choir to your church sometimesthis year and we will be glad to join you in worship. Please contact Pastor Kenety S. Geeof Chatham Fields Lutheran Church: kenety@att.net or (773) 723-3661. Thank you somuch and may the blessings of the Lord continue to be with you and your ministry. Rev. Kenety S. Gee

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    Pastor Marky Kessa, President of LutheranChurch in Haiti Makes Special Request toReplace Vehicle and Repair Worship Space Late last night LCC received an urgentrequest from our friends and ministry partnersin Haiti. Reverend Paul Touloute, President ofthe Southern District of Haiti, has toreplace or repair his vehicle that has brokendown. The cost to replace transportation forPastor Touloute is $4000. Reverend Gergens Edouard serves in theNorthern District of Haiti. His church isworshiping in an aircraft hangar that is in needof repairs. It will take $2000 to repair the facility where they worship every Sunday andhave prayers and Bible study throughout the week. It will also allow them to fix musicalinstruments. President Kessa writes, "...please if you could help that will be a blessing forthe ELCH." Click here to donate for car replacementClick here to donate for church repairs

    LCC Staff and Comfort Dog Magic Highlight LERTat St. John Wheaton Time and Talent Fair

    LCC was invited to the Time and Talent Fairat St. John Wheaton last Sunday tohighlight the LERT ministry there. St. Johnhosted a LERT training last October andlaunched their team. Tim Hetzner, Tim Kurth,and Dianna Bonfield along with Rich andDona Martin with K-9 Comfort Dog Magicattended the event. Many ministries wererepresented at the fair as Pastor Scott Bruzek

    and the staff of St. John encourage members to become involved at church and in thecommunity.

    Pastor Doug Swanson Requests Rent Assistancefor a Member Pastor Doug Swanson of St. John Lutheran Church inDarien, Illinois is seeking rental assistance to help a member ofthe congregation stay in her apartment. We praise God thatregular employment has recently been obtained but will notbegin in time to cover January's rent, leaving her at risk of losingher apartment. The church has already contributed $150 of the$950 necessary to cover this month's rent. Any assistance thatcan be offered would a true blessing of the New Year. Click here to donate

  • Outpouring of Prayers and Financial Support forLittle Meagan Seals Family Continues Into theNew YearDonations for Family Still Being Accepted To date more than one hundred donations from 16 states coast to coast have beenreceived by LCC, combined, and used to purchase the special wheelchair, stationarychair and special iPad the Seals received just before Christmas... or forwarded dollar fordollar to Lord of Life in Elburn, Illinois so the Seals can pay some of Meagan'smedical bills and expenses.

    Curt Berg (left) Director of Care Ministries, and SeniorPastor, Rev. Phil Ressler at Lord of Life, joyfully showthe most recent check received last week as a resultof Lutheran Church Charities' appeal. Members of the congregation will be taking the checkto the Seals later this week. LCC will continue tracking the ongoing story ofmiracle baby Meagan and posting updates here.

    Tara, one of the LCC staff K-9 Comfort Dogs, had anexciting and memorable day visiting the Seals familyand little Meagan on Tuesday. Meagan, to theamazement of her mother Luellen, reached out on herown to touch and pet Tara. This simple action broughttears to LuEllen's eyes as it is unusual for Meagan toreach out like that. Not only that but it happened againlater in the visit. The whole family enjoyed the visit fromTara accompanied by LCC staffer Marie Payes. Thevisit ended with Meagan's sisters, Madison and McKenzie, playing ball with Tara on thefront lawn while Meagan rested in her mother's arms. Click here to donate for Meagan's ongoing care

    Click here for Meagan's Facebook page

    Reverend Robert Rahn of Lutheran Herit