Zion Lutheran Church – Hinsdale, IL


MILITARY OUTREACH (click here for information)

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MILITARY OUTREACH GREATER CHICAGO is a faith-based volunteer organization that serves our active military, veterans and their families by connecting them with individuals and faith communities committed to providing help and hope.  MOGC exists to encourage, engage, educate and equip individuals and churches in the Chicago metropolitan area to provide a support role to active military, veterans and their families impacted by the visible and invisible wounds of military service, aiding these heroes in their adjustment to civilian life.

Our ministry here at Zion has been designated as military-friendly.  A military-friendly church is a congregation with a culture welcoming those in active military service, veterans and their families.  These churches are committed to providing spiritual support and practical care to all military members, and seek to exemplify Paul’s command to his friends in the young church in Rome: “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves…Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:10-13). One of the ways we do that here at Zion is to routinely pray for our current military service people and their families.  If you would lie more information about Military Outreach Greater Chicago (MOGC) please visit their website at:


As part of this new ministry here at Zion we want to identify our families who have active duty military members and who include military veterans.  We also welcome anyone in the congregation that would like to get involved with this new ministry.  These are people with a heart for our service families and will shape this ministry for the glory of God, and to the service of those who have given and continue to give to this great nation of ours.

If you are interesting in getting involved please contact Pastor Klein at pastor.jay.klein@gmail.com.  We will begin holding informational meetings in the near future, and we are expanding the MOGC network by working with other churches in and around our community.  Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for us.

The LCC Kare-9® Military Ministry is a ministry by veterans for veterans. We strive to serve our military, veterans and their families. In order to do this to the best of our ability we place a dog – named after a K-9 that gave its life in the service of our country – with a veteran.

The dogs begin training as puppies and are trained alongside their veteran. When entering the program the dogs are known as recruits. Upon completion of basic training, they are full-fledged Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, or Marines.

The Kare-9® Military Ministry dogs visit many places, including VFWs, VA hospitals, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Care Centers, homes of veterans that are home bound, Expos, Vet Clinics, Yellow Ribbon Ceremonies and various other activities to help spread the mercy and compassion of Christ Jesus.

LCC never charges those we serve. We are able to do that with the support of donors. If you would like to help us, click here.

Become a Veteran/Kare-9® Military Ministry team sponsor. If you would like more information on how to sponsor a Kare-9® Military Ministry team, please contact Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466 or email him atTimHetzner@LutheranChurchCharities.org or Beth@LutheranChurchCharities.org

On the 11th day of November 11th Month) at the 11th hour World War I ended. In 1938 the 11th of November became a legal holiday – a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I. On June 1, 1954, November 11th was established as a day to honor American Veterans of all wars. It became Veterans Day.  Military Outreach USA is sponsoring an event that will not only honor but also provide help to some of those Veterans.