Trinity Lutheran Church, 33930 N. State Road, Genoa invites the community to Rally Day on Sept. 8. The service begins at 9:30 a.m. The Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs will participate in Rally Day and visit the church from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
The church’s Vacation Bible School has given its offerings to help support this ministry for the past two years and several of the dogs have visited each year.
The comfort dogs are often called in where there have been extremely stressful situations and recently have been to Newtown, Conn., Boston and Prescott, Ariz. The dogs also do a great deal of ministry at local schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
The program started in 2008 as a response to the shooting at Northern Illinois University. Only a handful of comfort dogs were part of the group initially, but the team now consists of 67 dogs spread across seven states. Several are based in the area including the congregations in Belvidere and Burlington.