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.
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 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.”
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.
April 13 7pm
April 14 7pm
Sunrise at Johnson Farms 6:30am
Worship at Lord of Love 9am
See you in worship!
Lectionary Readings for April
April 2, 5th Sunday in Lent
April 9, Palm/Passion Sunday
Matthew 21:1-11 – Processional Gospel
Matthew 27:11-54 (alternate)
April 16, Easter
Jeremiah 31:1-6 (alternate)
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Acts 10:34-43 (alternate)
John 20:1-18 (alternate)
April 23, 2nd Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
April 30, 3rd Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
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
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
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..
(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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or (816) 739-3676.
Getting to Know Our Members:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org