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306 E. Madison
Gardner, Kansas 66030-0364   Phone: 913-856-2500


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L.E.R.T. - Lutheran Early Response Team

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The mission of the Lutheran Early  Response Team is to provide teams of trained volunteers, serving our churches and communities as part of a disaster outreach ministry, assisting in a collaborated and coordinated response in cooperation and communication with the District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams.

The goal of the Lutheran Early Response Teams program is to provide local churches with the opportunity to sponsor trained and equipped volunteers who will work in a variety  of disaster outreach ministries, such as cleanup and debris removal, basic repair and property protection while working  in conjunction with District Disaster Response Coordinators and District Disaster Response Teams.

LERT’s first obligation is to Lutheran churches in the affected area after a disaster strikes, second to  Lutheran church members in the affected area, and third to the general population outside the Lutheran church.

The Pastors of an affected church/area are encouraged to notify the District Office who can in turn notify our LERT Chairman. They can contact the LERT Chairman directly. This would then elicit a response of having one of our team members contact that same pastor/church and make arrangements to come and assess the situation and recommend a fitting response from our LERT volunteers.

For more information contact our local LERT squad leaders:  Ed Bruns at 913-302-2770 or Mark Trivilino 913-209-9324

or send us an email at:  Gardner LERT Team

Facebook pages:

The National page: LCMS Disaster Response

The District page:  LERT Kansas District

Our local page:  LERT - Gardner, KS

What LERT is about?


Our Gardner LERT Team calendar of events

New Training Info:

TBD - check back for upcoming dates


Volunteering Info:

Looking for volunteers for the 2019 Schedule.

MLM has two breakfasts that take place each weekend

                *  Missouri location - breakfast at True Light, 719 E. 31st Street, Kansas City, MO

                 *Kansas location - breakfast at St. Luke’s Lutheran 722 Reynolds Avenue, Kansas City, KS

  • MLM partners with True Light Church of the Nazarene and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church to provide free and unlimited breakfast on Saturday mornings in midtown Kansas City, Missouri and northeast Kansas City, Kansas; locations where a quarter to a third of families live with incomes below $15,000. These breakfasts are staffed by 10 volunteers from area congregations and organizations who cook and serve the breakfast and provide hospitality to the guests that come to eat.

    The ideal number of volunteers is eight people to serve (6:45 am arrival time) and two people to cook (6 am arrival time). If on the Missouri side, only one cook is needed.
    Typical breakfast volunteer schedule:
    6:45 am  -  Set up for breakfast
    7:30 am  -  Devotion
    7:30 to 9:00 am  -  Your crew will serve breakfast
    9:00 to 10:00 am  -  Close down and clean up - you should be finished and out the door by 10 am.

Sign up list will be on the Men’s LLL board by kitchen for those interested.

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