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posted: 1/15/2014 2:04 PM

Enjoy a chili dinner to support Comfort Dogs

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  • Lori Schutz with Comfort Dog Bekah.

    Lori Schutz with Comfort Dog Bekah.
    Courtesy of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines

Submitted by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines

The Comfort Dog Task Force of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 855 Lee St., Des Plaines, invites the public to a benefit chili and baked potato, with all the trimmings, supper starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the church's lower level.

Proceeds from the supper will go toward the Comfort Dog Task Force's goal of $14,000, to purchase and maintain a trained, K-9 parish Comfort Dog, as part of a new outreach ministry for Immanuel and the Des Plaines community.

The Immanuel congregation developed interest in the Comfort Dog Ministry through two former members, who were trainers of Comfort Dogs Moses, Bekah and Jessy, who are now working in parish communities in Missouri, Nebraska, and Belvedere, Ill.

"We are well on our way to our goal, with a $5,000 grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and several thousand dollars more -- the result of other fundraisers," said Lori Schutz, one of the future handlers of the Immanuel Comfort Dog.

The chili supper proceeds will be 50 percent matched by another grant from Thrivent.

Through specialized training, K-9 skills and people outreach, Immanuel will follow the original purpose that Lutheran Church Charities established for the K-9 Parish Comfort Dog Ministry; to bring Comfort, Compassion, Presence and the Proclamation of Jesus Christ to others.

For information, call (847) 824-3652 or visit

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