Thursday, May 9, 2013
Comfort Dogs thanked for service with a new van, spa treatment.
Our own local celebrity dog, Ladel, from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, was on Good Morning America, yesterday. The Comfort Dogs, based out of Lutheran Church Charities in Addison, have been busy providing love and comfort in Boston, Newtown and wherever needed. Yesterday, the Comfort dogs were in the spotlight on Good Morning America’s You’re Not Dreaming. The dogs received treats, and spa gift certificates. Hertz will provide the dogs with a free van for one year to get the dogs where they are needed. Here’s what Ladel had to say on her Facebook page, Ladel Comfort Dog, after the show: “We were all given these special tags! I've never considered myself a hero, but this made me feel pretty special!” Watch the Good …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Five bands to compete; proceeds benefit St. Matthew Lutheran Church’s Youth Group.
St. Matthew Battle of the Bands to be held tonight at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods, from 6 - 11 p.m. Five bands will be competing for cash prizes. Tickets are $10 for VIP Seating and $5 general admission. Proceeds will benefit the St. Matthew Lutheran Church’s Youth Group. E-mail any questions to email@example.com or contact Alec Brady at 847-909-5549, or Penny Brady at847-847-7742 for more information.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Comfort Dogs provide a light in the darkness says Lauraine Morajda.
Lauraine Morajda accompanied Ladel, a Comfort Dog from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods to Newtown CT and Sandy Hill Elementary School. Read about Morajda's experiences in Newtown in this Q&A: How did you get involved with the Comfort Dog ministry? Being recently retired gave me the opportunity to move in new directions. It has afforded me the time to be of stronger service to my church, St. Matthew’s, and my community as well. I enjoy working with and helping people … hopefully, giving “just a little bit extra” to make things a “little bit better” wherever I can. That’s why the Comfort Dog ministry is a perfect fit for me. I’ve found my niche. And, Ladel, St. Matthew’s Comfort Dog is amazing. Her name, Ladel, is …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Q&A with Comfort Dog Ministry from Hawthorn Woods: "Dogs created a bridge to help bring people back from a dark period and place back into a place where they can begin the healing process."
Ladel, a Comfort Dog from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods returned from Newtown, CT, after a three-day visit, where she helped spread some joy and comfort to children and adults recovering from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Ladel lives with Pastor Tim Kinne and his wife, Deb. Ladel traveled to Newtown with three handlers, Deb Kinne, Lauraine Morajda and Kylie Yocum. Read about their experience in this Q&A with Deb Kinne: How many dogs went to Newtown? Nine full grown and one puppy in training. One dog turned 1 year old while we were in Connecticut and she is almost ready to be "placed." The puppy is just 9 weeks old and, you can imagine, he was pretty popular! Which places did you visit? Ladel visited …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Ela Historical Society to hold a Cemetery Walk, Saturday, at St. Matthew's Church.
The Ela Historical Society, along with St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, will host a cemetery walk at the church, Saturday, Aug. 4. Tours are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The walk will bring back memories from the past about the families that started the church and made the Ela area grow. St. Matthew's is the oldest church in Lake Zurich area; its cornerstone was laid in 1863. The church was founded by the many German settlers who came to the area. In 1864, the congregation voted that each member receive a free lot in the cemetery. Non-members could buy a lot for $5. In 1885, members discussed whether a suicide could be buried in the cemetery. They decided to bury the person outside the cemetery fence. As the cemetery …
Saturday, November 6, 2010
A Country Christmas features handmade crafts, personalized ornaments, baked goods.
A November wonderland of holiday and seasonal décor greeted shoppers Saturday, Nov. 6 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where A Country Christmas Craft and Gift Show began its two-day run. The sale, a benefit presented by the church's Ladies Aid organization. If you missed out on it today, don't worry, it continues from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, in the church basement, 24500 N. Old McHenry Rd., Hawthorn Woods. There is no admission fee. "I come every year," said shopper Chris Horn, of Vernon Hills, who paused while a volunteer sales associate personalized the decorations she'd selected from hundreds of displays. Horn said her anticipation of the sale was evidenced Friday evening during a family discussion about weekend plans. When …
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Get an early start on holiday season shopping at St. Matthew Lutheran Church this weekend
It was seven weeks before Christmas and all through the land, people began searching for ways to make the holidays grand. Those who visit St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods this weekend will find a selection of holiday decorations, gifts, crafts and baked goods designed to get holiday preparations off to a good start. "This is a big bazaar," said Janet Schockmel, president of St. Matthew's Ladies Aid, the organization sponsoring A Country Christmas Craft and Gift Show, an annual fundraiser for the church. "We take in about $12,000 to $13,000. It's not that we just put out a few little items. We work on this all year long." The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7 in …
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Teeter on the edge of a bottomless pit, feel the panic as the walls close in at church’s fundraising Halloween attraction
If the bottomless pit doesn't send a fear-induced adrenaline rush through your system, maybe the macabre operating room will do it. Or the room full of clowns, their staring, cartoonish eyes and ghoulish grins made even more menacing with the artful placement of fluorescent colors and black light. Those are just two of a dozen or so scenes set by the crew at St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 24500 N. Old McHenry Road in Hawthorn Woods, where the church is presenting its 19th annual Haunted House this Halloween season. The freaky fun got started last weekend when the haunted house for adults opened up. This weekend and next, both the adult house and the kiddie house will be open for business. "The big difference is the adult house has 45 to 50…