Church Engagement

For more than 140 years, LSSI and its predecessors have developed creative responses to human needs that were beyond the ability of any single congregation to address. Partnerships with congregations throughout Illinois help LSSI advance our shared mission to bring “healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.” We invite you to explore these opportunities to connect with LSSI and the people we serve.

“LSSI Sunday” is a program where a top LSSI representative comes to preach and teach at an adult forum, or similar setting. To schedule one, contact Susan Greeley at 847.635.4617 or at

ELCA Day of Service “God’s work. Our hands.” Sept. 13, 2015

If you or a group from your congregation are interested in volunteering your time in support of LSSI’s ministries, please contact Joy Medrano at 847.635.4653 or

Lutheran Disaster Response-Illinois

Every congregation needs to have a disaster preparedness and response plan. Such a plan provides churches with tools and insights to minimize damage in case of a disaster, and to thoughtfully plan for a response to numerous disaster scenarios. In addition, members of each congregation are trained to respond appropriately to disaster in nearby communities. Lutheran Disaster Response-Illinois is co-coordinated by LSSI and Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS). For more information about Lutheran Disaster Response-Illinois, please contact Joy Medrano, director of volunteer engagement, at 847.635.4653 or at

Good Shepherd Sunday

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