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December 7, 2021

Supplies For Emergencies

Two tremendous gifts for LOMC to use in emergencies:

Thrivent Action Team
Dan Dilbeck organized an Action Team to purchase and organize supplies that can be used in emergencies. The Action Team allowed LOMC to purchase first aid kits, lanterns and batteries that will be used throughout LOMC. To organize your own team for LOMC visit this page.

Amazon Charity Wish List
From an unknown donor, we received this incredible emergency EMT backboard to be used with head, neck and spine injuries. We hope to never use it but we are glad to have it on-hand for emergencies (replaces an old board). To see our Amazon Charity Wish List visit this page.

Emergency Supplies from Thrivent Action Team
EMT Backboard

 

 

November 19, 2021

Donation from Grace Lutheran (Westchester, IL)

We received a very generous $15,000 donation from the closing of Grace Lutheran Church of Westchester, IL (Chicagoland). We are always sad to see the closing of a congregation yet the funds from the closing can be a very important help to other churches and organizations. Our Gift Acceptance committee has designated $10,000 be put into our capital fund and $5,000 into our scholarship/grant fund.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1928 as a mission church, and was the first church to be established after the formation of The Village Of Westchester.

November 4, 2021

Donation from Freedom Lutheran (Oregon, IL)

We received over $1,700 in donations from the closing worship of Freedom Lutheran Church of Oregon, IL. We are always sad to see the closing of a congregation yet the funds from the closing can be a very important help to other churches and organizations. Freedom started their ministry holding their first worship service in LOMC’s Dody Lodge and then moving to our Hospitality Center and then the Moline Dining Hall. Freedom eventually held worship services in town (Oregon, IL) and returned to LOMC’s Hospitality Center for their closing worship.

Freedom Lutheran held a very wonderful closing worship featuring many local ELCA rostered leaders including Bishop Jeffrey Clements. Members from Freedom attended along with other special guests and the service included liturgy, personal stories and call for hope.

LOMC was very thankful to receive not only a generous donation from the people of Freedom Lutheran but an altar cross, processional cross, baptismal font and several Bibles to be used in LOMC’s ministry.

 

 

October 28, 2021

Concrete Pad For Maintenance

The maintenance building near the entrance of LOMC received a much-needed concrete pad inside the buildings. The new pad allows maintenance staff to work on vehicles without having to lay on the bare ground. The concrete pad was paid for by a generous donation that will help improve LOMC’s ability to serve others!

In the process of preparing for the new concrete pad, we have also been able to clean and organize the maintenance building! Things are looking great as we continue to sort and clean.

October 20, 2021

Geneva Lutheran Donation

The congregation of Geneva Lutheran made the important decision to give back to several organizations this month. Throughout the pandemic the congregation was able to maintain, sustain and go financially beyond the norm and they decided to give back. LOMC identified a few very needed projects and the top priority is replacing two (one defunct, one leaking) water heaters that primarily provide hot water to our dishwashing machine. With enormously generous funds from the Geneva Lutheran, LOMC will be able to complete a project over a year in the making.

We will be pleased to install two on-demand, energy efficient water heaters able to keep up with demand for dish washing and hand washing. We are so extremely thankful for the simply amazing help from our friends at Geneva Lutheran. The congregation of Geneva has a long history of being active at LOMC and we treasure our relationship!

Geneva Lutheran website…

October 13, 2021

Freedom Tree Surprises

Thanks to a Thrivent Action Team sponsored by Dan Dilbeck we were able to add puzzles, games and replace a fire grate. Marander and Dody Lodges will both receive a special edition of Monopoly and two small puzzle games. The fire grate in Marander was damaged by heat and the Action Team allowed us to replace the grate and make experiencing a fire safer and more enjoyable. Pop corn poppers are were also purchased to allow guests at LOMC to enjoy popping corn over a campfire or in a fireplace.

Thrivent Member? Learn how you can support LOMC…

 

October 7, 2021

Bottle Filler Station

A huge thanks to the Elkay Family Foundation and the work of DeAnna Clutter who enabled LOMC to receive a brand new Elkay bottle filler station for the Moline Dining Hall. The Clutter family are long supporters of LOMC and DeAnna, through her work at Elkay, was able to help us apply for this wonderful addition to the Dining Hall. Guests, campers and visitors will be able to use the standard drinking fountain and also fill up reusable water bottles with filtered water. This is an amazing gift!

Elkay Family Foundation website…

 

October 7, 2021

Thrivent Choice for October 2021

Typically each month, Thrivent sends grant funds to non-profits through their Thrivent Choice Dollars program. Thrivent members choose LOMC as their preferred organization to send their Choice Dollars. The dollars cost Thrivent members nothing and it benefits LOMC and other non-profits greatly!

The following folks helped LOMC receive over $70 through Thrivent Choice in October:

  • Rob Gieraltowski
  • Thomas Gould
  • Fernando Mercado
  • Stella Schroeder

Thrivent Choice Information

 

September 20, 2021

Pandemic Progress

Your support has helped LOMC stay open, ministering and improving. Without so many people supporting LOMC through: donations, service work, Thrivent Choice Dollars, Thrivent Action Teams, helping promote LOMC in churches and so much more… we cannot imagine where things would be for the LOMC ministry.

Since the pandemic you have helped LOMC:

  • With providing needed funds to keep LOMC going. With all your donations we have continued to pay staff, limit staff reductions, pay all the bills, welcome guests and keep ministry flowing. Thank you for your monetary donations!!!
  • Install a new trail to Meadows Retreat Cabins and trail maintenance on the Meadows/Timbers Trail.
  • Give Moline Dining Hall deck a protective stain courtesy of Tri Church.
    • Tri Church also painted parts of the playground and completed painting of the bridge (near the Office) which THEKA camp sanded.
    • Immanuel Lutheran came out for “God’s Work. Our Hands.” to paint the Drama Drum.
  • Improve the John Califf Memorial Garden (near the Moline Dining Hall) with solar lights, weeding, plantings and significant work to improve a drainage ditch thanks the Carol Walter and the Thrivent Action Team.
  • New tables, artwork, nature posters and more in the Nelson Program Center thanks to Bob and Sue Gingras (and also for their Thrivent Action Team).
  • Improve the Prayer Labyrinth with new plants, weeding and rock placement thanks to Pr. Carla Thompson Powell and her Thrivent Action Team.
  • New HVAC units for the Hawkins Hospitality Center paid for through LOMC’s capital fund.
  • Install new curtains throughout Marander and Dody Lodges at Freedom Tree Village thanks to Thrivent Action Teams and volunteer work.
  • Place smart thermostats throughout LOMC to help save LOMC money, keep guest fees down and more accurately maintain temperatures.
  • Provide games, puzzles and more for guests in Marander and Dody Lodges.
  • Revamp (many times) what we offer to guests from opening up to Household Getaways, providing Church Worker Retreats and a more expansive experience for our Retreat Together events.
  • Plan and offer hiking events in fall and spring allowing small groups (during the pandemic) to safely get outside and experience the creation around them.
  • Encourage Day Events with great experiences including hiking, canoeing, team building, archery and more.
  • Purchase a new LOMC maintenance truck that replaces two (falling apart) trucks. The new truck also now has a fantastic new plow for snow days.
    • We also had a generous donation of a pickup truck that got us through some tough months when the other trucks were on their last legs.
  • New decorations for Marander and Dody Lodge fireplace mantels. Each season we are adding different decorations reflecting the season.
  • To fully deep clean the Retreat Cabins (bunks) especially the bathrooms and through a donation we were able to upgrade many of the mattresses in our bunk beds.
  • To be fully equipped with hand sanitizer, air cleaners, disinfectant sprayers and more to help us all stay safe.
  • Cut down dead trees at the Tent and Trailer area as well as other areas to make things safer. Thanks to amazing volunteers who do amazing work!!!
  • The Health Center was improved at the end of 2019 through memorial funds and recently an additional hallway had new flooring, overhead light and baseboards installed.
  • Obtain new paper towel dispensers in the Hospitality Center at Freedom Tree Village which are working so much better compared to the old ones.
  • New boiler (thanks to our capital fund) for Marander Lodge that will keep guests warm all fall and winter.
  • Provide new signage throughout LOMC!
  • Provided three overnight camps in summer 2021 with Middle School Scurry and high school THEKA bringing 29 youth to LOMC for a partial or full week.
  • By praying for the land, staff, programs, facilities, guests and all of LOMC! Thank you for your prayers!!!

 

September 13, 2021

Drama Drum Repainting

Thank you Immanuel Lutheran in nearby Dixon, IL for coming out on “God’s Work. Our Hands” day to help get our Drama Drum in great shape. The Drama Drum is centrally located in our main area and serves as a stage, gathering location, activity headquarters, resting spot and so much more. An old barn silo foundation, the Drama Drum is a favorite spot at LOMC and needed a refresh. A few summer camping groups had been peeling old paint off to get it ready for a coat or two of paint.

We are very thankful for the Immanuel Lutheran group who came out on a hot September Sunday to give our beloved Drama Drum a facelift!

“God’s Work. Our Hands.” information… 

September 9, 2021

Thrivent Choice Dollars

We are very thankful to have received $853 in July, August and September from the Thrivent Choice program.
We want to thank the following Thrivent members for designating their Thrivent Choice dollars to LOMC:
  • Kristie Burmood
  • Albert Campbell
  • Dan Dilbeck
  • Rob Gieraltowski
  • Kathleen Zank
  • Ronald Zank
  • James Hanson
  • Carl Heggen
  • Anders Lundsberg
  • Pamela Lundsberg
  • Carol Walter
  • Kristie Burmood
  • Jennifer Campbell
  • Charles Schroeder
  • Eric Strack

Thrivent members are encouraged to check their accounts to see if they have eligible dollars to designate to a non-profit of their choice.
Thrivent Choice dollars benefit LOMC greatly each month!

Learn more here…

August 30, 2021

Landscaping Work Completed

We were thankful to have Carol Walter head up a Thrivent Action Team for LOMC to do some needed landscaping projects around our John Califf Memorial Garden.

  • New plants added.
  • New solar lights placed in the garden.
  • New tools purchased including rakes, shovels and more.
  • Drainage area fixed and improved. A small but steep drainage area immediately east of the Moline Dining Hall deck had become highly eroded and posed a safety issue.
  • The Thrivent Action Team gave LOMC the needed funds to gather people together to work on the various projects.
  • For more information on how to help LOMC with a Thrivent Action Team click here…

Linda Patterson came out and adopted one of our large plant containers and planted a handful of marigold plants in it. After a bit of watering they have really took off. The planter is located just west of the Norm Nelson Program Center and despite a lack of rain the orange flowers are doing very well!

Thank you Linda and Carol for your support of LOMC!

 

July 17, 2021

Tri Church Does Amazing Work

We are once again in awe of three local churches that came together to help improve LOMC through painting and staining. Tri Church is made up of the following churches:

In 2019, Tri Church helped stain picnic tables, planted flowers and donated many items necessary to keeping LOMC clean and tidy!
This year Tri Church banded together to:

  • Stain the Moline Dining Hall deck
  • Tend and place plantings in a butterfly garden at Freedom Tree Village
  • Stain picnic tables in various locations at LOMC
  • Paint a footbridge
  • Paint roofs over playground

After work was completed the group enjoyed a cookout at LOMC’s Pole Barn and celebrated with a worship service before heading home. LOMC is so very thankful for the time, money and efforts that Tri Church shared to make these projects so successful. LOMC cannot be more joyful in the way everything turned out!

Thank you to all the members of Tri Church and especially those that were able to come out to help with the various projects.

 

June 28, 2021

Scouts In Action

Storms in Central Illinois a few weeks ago tore through the Ingersoll Scout Reservation causing it to close for a week while storm damage was repaired. The closing of the camp caused Kirkwood Troop 350 from attending their anticipated time at camp this summer. Scoutmasters scrambled to find a place for the troop to stay for the week and contacted LOMC about our availability. LOMC was very glad to have the troop stay in our campground area and for them to still experience a week of camping together.

More storms came through Central Illinois this past weekend; please be praying for the Ingersoll and all those dealing with storm damage.

During their stay, the scouts completed two projects and we are so appreciative of their wonderful help!

  • The troop hiked our geocache course and helped cut down brush on trails and around our geocaches making them easier to find.
  • LOMC needed to significantly improve our outdoor volleyball court and after two loads of sand and scout help… we have a sand volleyball court again!

We can’t say enough about how much help this is to LOMC and the year-round staff. Well done to our scouts and the scouting program!!!

 

 

June 21, 2021

New Truck

Today we purchased a previously-owned heavy duty truck to help us maintain our 600+ acres at LOMC. Our truck that we used to plow LOMC roads was seriously rusted out and we prayed it would start each time we needed to use it. Goodbye old rust bucket and hello to our new truck!

Thanks to a very generous donor and the long-searching work of Bob Gingras (Property Committee Chair) and Ken Dilbeck (Property Manager) we can now breathe easier this winter and throughout the year as we diligently maintain the beautiful land of LOMC.

June 9, 2021

Thrivent Choice Dollars

We are very thankful to have received $98 in June from the Thrivent Choice program.
We want to thank the following Thrivent members for designating their Thrivent Choice dollars to LOMC:
  • Claire Edgecomb
  • Todd Peterson

Thrivent members are encouraged to check their accounts to see if they have eligible dollars to designate to a non-profit of their choice.
Thrivent Choice dollars benefit LOMC greatly each month!

Learn more here…

June 5, 2021

Major Tree Trimming and More

Great work by Kurt Wolter, Brad Pearson, Bob Gingras and Chris Senti (LOMC staff) in trimming one of our great White Oak trees and taking down a few trees at our campground. HOT day to cut things up. Now LOMC is a safer place to experience the outdoors and it brought us firewood too. Thank you to all for the fine work!!!

May 28, 2021

Donation of Zero-Turn Mower

Enormous gift! Today David and Claudia Nelson gifted LOMC with a brand new Simplicity zero-turn mower. We are beyond amazed at their generosity and especially thankful for Pr. David’s research and help. Wow!
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May 25, 2021

New Towel Dispensers For Hospitality Center

Our Property Chair Bob Gingras is the best! Bob replaced our paper towel dispensers in our Hospitality Center restrooms and kitchen. Thank you Bob for the donation and volunteer work!!! The new dispensers work beautifully!

May 24, 2021

Nature Center Updates

Nature Center receives some love! The Norm Nelson Nature/Program Center has new posters and frames from a Thrivent Action Team. In addition, with the help of our friend Sue Gingras, we are reorganizing and displaying some items. Repainted and additional decorating – all looking very good!