April 2017


Women of the ELCA 

Love Day:  Tuesday, April 11
Bible Study Leader – Donna Huber
Hostess – Donna Huber
Covered dish luncheon

Bakers, start your ovens!! The Annual WELCA Palm Sunday Bake Sale will be following worship on Sunday, April 9. We need bakers, buyers, & people to pray for the success of the sale. Proceeds benefit Mosaic.

Saving Labels & Bar Codes:
For Campbell Soup Labels, please save only the Bar Code & “Labels for Education” logo. For Best Choice, save Bar Codes only. See the list on the kiosk in the Narthex and at the WELCA bulletin board for which Labels for Education to save.

Thrivent Choice Dollars for Meal:
Thrivent members, Thrivent Choice Dollars can be designated to our Community Meal. Let Karen Franke know your wishes; otherwise, Choice Dollars go to the general fund.

A new master list of all participants in the Thrivent program is being compiled. This will offer us a chance to help support our Community Meal. If you have participated or would like to participate please see or call Carol Huggins. 816-807-2501.

Easter Season Brunch:
We will celebrate the continuation of the Easter season with a potluck brunch following worship on Sunday April 30. Please bring a dish to share.

Easter Flowers:
The sign-up sheet for our Easter Garden is on the flower chart in Fellowship Hall. If you wish to bring an Easter lily or other spring flower to decorate the chancel for April 16, please sign your name and whether the plant is in honor or memory of someone, or to the Glory of God. Please put your name on the pot to identify it for taking home after Easter. And thank you for enhancing our worship area in this way – this abundance of floral offerings adds a touch of wonder to our special Easter worship! Please have plants here by noon on Saturday, April15 so Altar Guild has time to arrange them.

Book Club:
Book Club is meeting Monday, April 24, time and place to be decided (watch Weekly News for details). We are reading Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg: The tale of two women: the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, back in the thirties. Their southern-style cafe offered good barbecue, good coffee, and all kinds of love and laughter--not to mention an occasional murder.”

Anniversary Celebration:
Believers of Glory in Jesus Christ Church invites the Lord of Love congregation to celebrate their 3rd anniversary with them at 3:30 pm, April 30, here at LOL.


"Three days - seventy-two hours and their immediate aftermath.  This is the center of the story, the source from which all else flows as well as the great ocean into which all things are eventually gathered.  The liturgy of the Three Days is the most dramatic of all the liturgies of the year, not only in its intensity but also in its form." (from Sunday and Season )

It is impossible to truly experience the joy and hope of Easter without experiencing the betrayal and denial of Maundy Thursday and the suffering and darkness of Good Friday.  These three days are three parts of one seamless cloth and are intended to be experienced as such.  This practice insures that Easter is not just a day to be celebrated but a way of life that gives life and love even on the darkest of days.   

Maundy Thursday
April 13 7pm

Good Friday
April 14 7pm

April 16
Sunrise at Johnson Farms 6:30am
Worship at Lord of Love    9am

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From the Bishop’s Office
ELCA Conference of Bishops Report 

The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America emphasized leadership development and congregational growth when it met in Itasca, IL on March 2–7. The conference is an advisory body that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The Rev. William O. Gafkjen, bishop of the ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod, is conference chair.

“We unanimously agreed to issue a call to prayer that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into the harvest that beckons for more ministers and leaders of various sorts,” said Gafkjen. “We also committed to establishing a working group that will collaborate with seminary leaders and others over the next two years to effectively address this profound need, not only for more rostered ministers and lay leaders, but faithful, wise and courageous leaders who will provide the forms of ministry and leadership needed for this new day in which we find ourselves.”  This engagement with seminary leaders includes:

  • Inviting seminary presidents and leaders to attend the Conference of Bishops meetings for both formal and informal conversations to more effectively serve together to support the proclamation of Jesus Christ in the coming years;
  • Focusing on ways to work together to invite people into the vocation of church leadership and better equip people called to serve in mission fields;
  • Developing ways to recruit and create a culture of call in our church that includes making available to the Conference of Bishops data on how we are doing at each of our seminaries;
  • Exploring global models of catechists and evangelists as possible ways to supplement the work of rostered ministers to better serve this church’s mission;
  • Sharing encouraging stories that highlight bright spots and best practices in this shared work by synods and seminaries;
  • Providing the Conference of Bishops with the financial challenges of the ELCA seminary system by sharing synod investments, such as scholarships and other funds in addition to budgeted seminary support, and information found in the comparative audit of the seminaries; and
  • Affirming the bishops’ seminary visits as an integral part of relationship building, which would include more interactions with faculty and administration.

To read the complete report about the Conference go to:


Roger Gustafson, Bishop

Lord of Love
Lutheran Church
Church Office: 331-5465
Fax: 331-9148

Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
Office: 816-331-5465
Cell: 913-749-3869

Judy Rauscher
Staff Secretary

Gale Hankins

Tom Johnson

Madelon Gott
Council Secretary

Merl Teigen
Council – Facilities

Darrell Rose
Council – Finance

Kathy Morton
Council – New Ministries

Neca Mills
Council Liaison to Care Team

Karen Franke

Art Tees
Tech Support for Treasurer

Yvonne Salmon
Financial Secretary

Jim Brauer & Julie Adolphson
Sunday School Coordinator


LOL LifeLine is a monthly newsletter of Lord of Love Lutheran Church, Belton Missouri.  It is a devotional and informational tool for Lord of Love and community.



4/2          Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
4/9          Jody Cummings & Valeeta Lucas
4/13       Ernie Franke & Bill Darr
4/16       John & Carol Watson
4/23       Jim & Sam Brauer
4/30       Ken & Carol Huggins


4/2          Ryan & Mary Tinkler
4/9          Valerie Trigger & Mick Van Horn
4/13       Madelon Gott & Joye Conklin    
4/14       Darrell & Jo Rose
4/16       Richard & Marlys Yotter
4/23       Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
4/30       Jim & Sam Brauer


4/2          Carol Petznick
4/9          John Prosser-Gebhardt
4/13       Linda Darr, Carol Petznick, Ryan Tinkler
4/14       Merl Teigen, Joye Conklin, Pr. Meggan
4/16       Darrel/Jo Rose
4/23       Merl Teigen
4/30       Ryan/Mary Tinkler


4/2          Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
4/9          Ryan/Mary Tinkler
4/13       Merl Teigen
4/14       Merl Teigen
4/16       Merl Teigen
4/23       Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
4/30       Ryan/Mary Tinkler


4/2          Addison Miller
4/9          Freida Brauer
4/13       Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
4/14       Madilyn Brooks
4/16       Victoria Ladd
4/23       Adam Prosser-Gebhardt
4/30       Kayden Miller

Altar Guild

                   Connie Teigen

Offering Counters

            Gale Hankins & Tom/Shirley Johnson


Altar Guild - Madelon Gott
Acolytes - Madelon Gott
Ushers - Joye Conklin 
Lectors - Joye Conklin
Cantors - Merl Teigen
Chancel Choir
   & Music Director - Carol Petznick                       
Greeters - Bill & Linda Darr
Offering Counters - Joye Conklin

Prayer Concerns for the Past Month

Family & Friends of –Rita Deere, Ethlyn Laux, Haley McDonald ALSO: Ken Anderson, Lib Ardinger, Ray Clifton, Darin & family, Kevin Darr, Kaye Eckhart, Joel Fawcett, Donna Hurley, Mark Laux, Donna Morrison, Yvonne Salmon, Sharon Scheel, Ruby Subock, Doris Tees, Don Vinduska

Please check the military list – are there any updates on your loved one?         

  • Military: Gabe Alvord, Michael Best, Austin William Briggs, Bryan Collver, Geoffry Collver, Emily Ecshbacher, Jessica Goicoechea, Will Isaac, Shane Martin, Derek McDonald, Marc Meier, Jess Moore, Michael Peterson, Colby Petznick, Nick Sanford, Lacey Segars, Rod Severence,  & Patrick Williams



Birthday Celebrations

Birthday Celebrations

4/1      Vern Ulledahl
4/2      Betty Tuttle
4/4      Jay Hoglund
4/12    Sharon Carneal
            Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
4/16    Samuel Brauer
4/23    Tom Johnson
4/25    Valeeta Lucas
4/26    C. J. Chambers
4/28    Victoria Ladd
            Carol Watson
4/29    Nicole Hilden


If you have been omitted from the birthday list, please contact the Church office at 331-5465 or lolsecretary@sbcglobal.net so we can update our records.   jcr

Lectionary Readings for April
April 2, 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

April 9, Palm/Passion Sunday
Matthew 21:1-11 – Processional Gospel
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14--27:66
Matthew 27:11-54 (alternate)

 April 16, Easter
Acts 10:34-43
Jeremiah 31:1-6 (alternate)
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Acts 10:34-43 (alternate)
Matthew 28:1-10
John 20:1-18 (alternate)

April 23, 2nd Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

April 30, 3rd Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

Highlights of March Council Meeting:
 Additions to Agenda:  Tom Johnson has a suggestion to pay the mortgage earlier.
Treasurer’s Report:   There is approximately $82,145.00 left on the mortgage
Pastor’s Report: 
Pastoral Care:   11 visits
Special Services:      Ash Wednesday
Midweek Lenten Services
Community Involvements:    6 Meetings
Committee Support: 2 Meetings
Ministry Summary:  Created planning for Holy Week.  Continued discussing efforts to bring transportation and affordable housing to the area.

Ministry Team Reports:
Facilities:  Tested emergency lighting.  Sharpened riding mower blades.  Replaced seven fluorescent bulbs and one ballast.  Set 2 memorial stones on the Veteran’s Memorial Garden.

Stewardship:  No report.
Evangelism:  Plan to participate in Belton St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Plan to encourage Girl Scout participation in Church activities.  Plan more community involvement.
Personnel Team:  No report.
Community Meal:  294 meals were served in February, with an additional 188 take home meals.  
Care Team:  13 meals were delivered to homebound members.  Rides to church services were given to two church members.  Communion was provided to the following homebound members:  Fred Sears, Dale Morton, Betty Corder,  Carol Patterson, Joyce Hankins, Thelma Morris, Charlie Richard and LeRoy Lindahl.  Cards, calls or visits were made to: Yvonne Salmon, Doris Tees, Kevin Darr, Donna Morrison, Sharon Scheele and John Watson during illness or hospitalization.
Worship and Music:  Plans have been made for Holy Week services
Unfinished Business:
Pictorial Directory:  Neca Mills is still researching this project to find the best fit for our congregation.
Information Flow Chart:  Any suggestions for this chart may be put in the Church secretary’s box.  The objective  is to try to be sure people are signed up for only one duty each Sunda .
New Computer for Treasurer:  Technical help will be needed to decide on the kind and software needed.  Karan Franke and Kathy Morton will get bids on the Technical help..
 New Business: 
            (a)  April Council Meeting:  The April Council Meeting will be held on April 20th as the usual meeting date falls on Maundy Thursday.
(b)  New Portable Phone for Office:  The secretary will purchase the new portable phone using the Church credit card.
            (c)  Mortgage of Servant’s Hall:  A program will be set up with the intention of being able to pay off the mortgage by 2020.  The Church would match donations up to an amount yet to be determined.  More information will be forthcoming. 
Upcoming Events:    
Ash Wednesday Services, March 1st at 7:30 p.m.
            Lenten Services every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
            St. Patrick’s parade:  Saturday, March 11th at 5:00  p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Madelon E. Gott,   Council Secretary
By Marge Catlett, ‘86

Long ago in the Holy Land
A couple from Nazareth fled,
Upon a lowly donkey
To Bethlehem they were led.

Little did this donkey know
That the burden he did bear,
Brought Mary, who was heavy with child,
To the stable – a Christ Child to share.

This Christ Child, thus, did grow and learn
To do His Father’s work,
By showing love and tenderness
Responsibilities He did not shirk.

Again the lowly donkey
Transported Christ the King,
Triumphantly to Jerusalem’s gates
Loud Hosannas each did sing.

So in the Easter season
Give thanks for not only our Lord,
But for the humility of an animal
Who shared in our precious reward.

Address Change:
Leroy Lindahl, 1500 W. Foxwood Drive, Apt. 216B, Raymore, MO 64083

A Thank You Card:
Thank you for the lovely cards I received upon the death of my sister-in-law. They were so thoughtful! Arnita Winders

The Grooming Project:
The Grooming Project helps empower mothers in poverty to become self-reliant by training them to be dog groomers.  After our first year of operation, more than 95% of our graduates are employed, and creating a better life for their families.  The success of this program is due to the volunteer coaches who help participants navigate through the life changes that come with being part of the program.  Over the next six months, 28 coaches are needed, including eight coaches for our class starting tomorrow, April 3.  

The time commitment for being a coach is one hour per week to meet with the student you are matched with for six months while they complete the program.   Although all of our students are women, we do accept male coaches and couples who wish to coach together.  Interviews and confidentiality agreements are required for all coaches.

To learn more about The Grooming Project, visit www.thegroomingproject.org.  If you have a dog, please consider using The Grooming Project for your grooming needs.  Appointments are available 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the third Saturdays of the month.  If you are interested in becoming either a coach or a student, contact Meredith Hauck meredith.hauck@gmail.com or (816) 739-3676.

Getting to Know Our Members:
Betty Corder

I was born and lived on a farm in Northwest Missouri.  The farm was 2 miles south of the Iowa line and 20 miles from the Missouri river.

I enjoy reading and I like to keep my hands busy.  I crochet youth blankets for Hope Haven in Harrisonville.  I also enjoy working puzzles. One hobby I have enjoyed for many years is stamp collecting.  I have stamps from many different countries.

I am a widow. Thad and I were married for 49 years.  We have three daughters and five grandchildren.

I was an elementary school teacher.  I taught in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Oregon and Missouri and also on the continent of Europe.  I taught school in Germany for one year for children of the U.S. Air Force that were stationed in Germany.

After my teaching stint in Germany, I visited the Scandinavian countries. I also visited Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands and Belgium.  I enjoyed traveling and seeing the countryside.

The most unusual thing to happen to me was being chosen to teach overseas.  I was a girl from a small farming community and the selection criteria was tough.  I was excited to be selected and enjoyed the experience immensely.  On the weekends my friends and I would get in my VW car and travel around the European countryside and explore different towns.  It was a lot of fun.

My family are charter members of Lord of Love.  We attended church at Cambridge Elementary School in Belton before Lord of Love was constructed. Since I am now a senior citizen with physical limitations and unable to attend church regularly, I still consider Lord of Love my church.  Maybe it’s because I have been a Lutheran all my life!

In the past I volunteered at church as a Vacation Bible School teacher.  I was a participant in WELCA.  Thad and I also helped sponsor the youth group when our daughters were young.  Most recently I volunteered at the Community Meal by preparing the beverages.

Blessings Abound Continued Improvements:
Blessings Abound Thrift Store recently completed floor move changes that have greatly benefited our customers and volunteers. We have additional improvements planned and hope that you are able to publicize this opportunity within your communication mediums between now and April 29. Thanks in advance for supporting the ministry of Blessings Abound!

Blessings Abound Floor Plan Moves, Phase II

Our recent store floor reconfiguration was such a huge success that we are planning additional improvements and need your help! On Saturday, April 29 from 8 am to 10 am we need many able bodied volunteers to move merchandise, display racks and appliances. To learn more or sign up please contact Maryann Grace, Volunteer Coordinator, at maryann.blessings@gmail.com or 913.475.8207

Financial Reports Jan.--Feb. 28






Rentals, etc.             



Total Operating Income 



Total Operating Expenses



Net Balance              



Obligated Funds Balance



Church Budget Funds Balance



Central Bank of the Midwest 


January 2017 Lifeline

February 2017 Lifeline

March 2017 Lifeline