CLLC Updates

1. Cedars Lutheran Living Centers presented our model of care at the 7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality at one of the Poster

Sessions. It was very well received by the atendees. People are getting very excited about this project!


2. We met with St. Andrew in Rockton, IL on May 16.  They are very interested in moving ahead with a Living Center!  Together we have met with Winnebago County and the Village of Rockton.  Both are interested in this project!  St. Andrew is happly for a grant with the hopes of moving forward. Meanwhile, St. Peter's in North Plato, IL will be discussing their Living Center after the congregation finishes taking a

survey during the month of June.

Meet Deaconess Barb Hemme

Deaconess Barbara Hemme is a second career deaconess serving part-time at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hampshire, IL since 2013.  She has spent the last 40 years in accounting, most recently as CFO of a manufacturing company.  The vision for this project began during her deaconess formation, when she realized how many people were afraid of moving into nursing homes, and that others missed worship and their church family when they had moved into a nursing home.  She also has a heart for caring for the deaconesses who care for others in God’s Kingdom. In May 2015 God laid a vision on her heart to build the first Living Center along with a deaconess house and St. Peter’s had available land.  She is always amazed at how God moves mountains by providing everything we need at just the right time.   And she’s excited that this organization is being led by deaconesses! Please join her in praying daily for Cedars Lutheran Living Centers. Soli Deo Gloria.


The Vision

Cedars Lutheran Living Center is a Not for Profit created to provide housing and care for ill and elderly persons, particularly those that belong to the LCMS, in a loving and Christ-centered environment. This housing hopes to be fully run by deaconesses and not only provide for them a place to work, but to live as well in the deaconess house, built on the same property. This center also hopes to provide service opportunities for the community as well as intergenerational relationships.




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