Lutheran Chaplaincy Outreach
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Kind of Care
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What Kind of Care

Listening, Comforting
Praying, Reading Scripture
Reconciling, Empathizing
Consoling, Celebrating
Baptizing, Communing
Anointing, Blessing
Commending the Dying
Leading Worship,
Conducting Weddings and Funerals

The Need for Spiritual Care is Great
There are 40,000 inpatients at University of Iowa Hospitals every year and over 900,000 outpatient appointments in 281 clinics. On any given day there are 450-650 hospitalized patients. The Spiritual Services staff includes two full time Roman Catholic priests, a part-time pediatric chaplain, a part-time palliative care chaplain, and the LCO chaplain. The LCO chaplain is currently three-quarter time. There are 3-10 chaplain residents or interns who also provide pastoral care. On-call emergency pastoral care coverage is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In a place as large as the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, fewer than 5% of the patients get a visit from a chaplain.

Funds are urgently needed to ensure that the chaplaincy ministry continues:
The LCO chaplain position is supported by gifts from individuals, congregations, and other organizations. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and companies match individual gifts. Lutheran Chaplaincy Outreach is a 501c.3 organization whose goal is to ensure the continued and long-term presence of an ELCA chaaplain at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Your help is urgently needed to keep this ministry going and to move it back to a full-time position.
Ongoing funding is the immediate need through gifts from individuals, congregations, auxiliary organizations such as Women of the ELCA and Men's church groups, and other organizations.

Congregations are encouraged to provide budget support or special offerings, fund-raising projects, memorial gifts or other means to provide contributions for LCO. Bequests and other deferred gifts are welcome as well.  You are invited to join in this response to the call of Jesus to visit the sick, to be a silent partner with the chaplain who brings the presence of Jesus to those hospitalized with critical health needs along with their families.