August 2017



Women of the ELCA
Love Day:  Tuesday, August 8
Bible Study Leader – Linda Darr
Hostess – Arnita Winders
Covered dish luncheon follows business meeting

Sunday, August 20 5:00 pm, Pie Auction & Homemade Ice Cream Social
We need pies and people to buy pies.  Los Amigos will entertain.  Proceeds go to Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries Christmas Store and West Central Community Action. 

The Ladies' Fashion Tea netted $1384.58 to benefit CAC Seeds for Self-Sufficiency. Thanks to all who worked, attended, and shopped!

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.

Theater Trip
Reservations are full for The Church Basement Ladies Sequel. Map to the Chestnut Theater in Olathe coming soon. The show is Saturday, August 26 @ 2:00 pm. We suggest organizing carpools with other attendees, as the parking lot is small.

Choir Begins New Season 
Make a joyful noise!! Choir resumes Tuesday, September 5, at 7:00 pm. We invite you to join us! We are hoping to use some exciting/inspiring new music this season. A love of singing and praising God is the only requirement – we encourage and invite YOU to join us! Any questions – contact Carol Petznick at816-223-8238.

Book Club
Book Club will meet at after this LifeLine is published, so watch the Weekly News for information about meeting time & place & book selection.

Blood Drive
Date: 08/17/2017 (Thurs)
Start Time: 3:00 PM 
End Time:  7:00 PM  
Where: Gym
8306 E 171st Street 
Belton MO 64012 

(Park in Rear of Church)

To make an appointment       Contact Chairperson:
Jo Rose at 816-686-8816

Backpack Blessing
As teachers and students return to the classroom, we will remind them that Jesus goes with them!  Teachers and students are encouraged to bring their backpacks/computer bags forward for a blessing during worship on Sunday, August 13.

New Member Reception
Lord of Love will be receiving several new members during worship on Sunday, August 13. Please extend a hand of Christian fellowship to these folks!


August is here.  School doesn’t start for another two weeks.  There are still a few more days to rest before the frenzy of fall.  The Hebrew word for “rest” is Sabbath.  I would like to share with you a passage entitled, “Sabbath,” from one of my favorite authors, Frederick Buechner.

“For Jews it is the seventh day, Saturday, and for most Christians it is the first day, Sunday.  In either case, it is a day set aside from the other six as the day which God himself blessed and hallowed “because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:3).

Banks and post offices are closed, and most businesses shut down.  In some states you can’t buy a drink, and the regular weekday newscasters are replaced by substitutes.  Religiously inclined people may go to church.  Otherwise life goes on much as always.  The shopping malls are usually just as crowded as on any other day, many of the roads are even more so, and newspapers swell to grotesque proportions.  Insofar as it is still treated as a day of rest, the rest is apt to consist of people knocking themselves out on tennis courts, golf courses, hiking trails, or doing things like mowing the lawn, painting the back porch, paying bills, or taking a long afternoon nap.

You think of God resting after the creation was finally created.  You think of the deep hush of it, like the hush between breakers at the beach.  You think of the new creation itself resting- the grey squirrel ceasing to twitch and chatter, the kingfisher settling down on the branch by the pond, the man and the woman standing still in the garden.  You think of God blessing this one day of the seven and hallowing it, making it holy.

The room is quiet.  You’re not feeling tired enough to sleep or energetic enough to go out.  For the moment there is nowhere else you’d rather go, no one else you’d rather be.  You feel at home in your body. You feel at peace in your mind. For no particular reason, you let the palms of your hands come together and close your eyes.  Sometimes it is only when you happen to taste a crumb of it that you dimly realize what it is that you’re so hungry for you can hardly bear it.”

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From the Bishop’s Office
Christian Vocation Sunday Resources 

 Dear Colleagues,

As we observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we seek to embody ever more fully Luther’s Reformation call to the ministry of all the baptized, understanding that all the baptized share a single vocation of loving God and loving neighbors. The gospel of Jesus Christ sets God’s people free to love and serve their neighbors in their daily lives in the various arenas God provides: in our families, at work, in our communities of faith, and in civil society.

On June 10, 2017 the Central States Assembly passed a resolution to designate August 27, 2017 as “Christian Vocation Sunday.”  Below are suggested resources to use on this Sunday.
Use the Life-of-Faith-Flyer ( as a bulletin insert or invite people to go to the website (  
Following the confession of the Apostles’ Creed use the Affirmation of Baptism by the Assembly found on page 237 of the ELW. 
Include the following petition in the prayers of intercession:
You give gifts to all. Build up this assembly. Increase our generosity, compassion, and cheerfulness. Help all of us to claim our vocation as Christians to love God and serve the neighbor. Lift up from among us prophets, ministers, teachers, and diligent leaders.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

At the end of the service, prior to the blessing and dismissal use the affirmation of Christian vocation found on page 84 in the ELW:
Sisters and brothers, both your work and your rest are in God. Will you endeavor to pattern your life on the Lord Jesus Christ, in gratitude to God and in service to others, at morning and evening, at work and at play, all the days of your life?
We will and we ask God to help us.

Almighty God, by the power, of the Spirit you have knit these your servants into the one body of your Son, Jesus Christ. Look with favor upon them in their commitment to serve in Christ’s name. Give them courage, patience, and vision; and strengthen us all in our Christian vocation of witness to the world and of service to others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Growing in HOPE  is the e-newsletter of Central States Synod - ELCA.

Congregations are encouraged to use this content in their newsletters.
Please direct any corrections to
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We accept our vocation as earth-keepers who care for God's creation.
Thank you for being a part of it! 

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
Vice-President /President Elect

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.




8/6          Tom & Shirley Johnson
8/13       Dallas & Arnita Winders
8/20       Valeeta Lucas and Valerie Trigger
8/27       Neca /LaVerne Mills and Bethanie Cummings


8/6          Donna & Angie Morrison
8/13       Tom & June Eagan
8/20       Darrel & Jo Rose
8/27       Ryan & Mary Tinkler


8/6          Jim/Sam Brauer
8/13       Sharon Carneal
8/20       Linda Darr
8/27       Kathy Morton

Assisting Ministers

8/6          Mary Tinkler
8/13       Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
8/20       Jim Brauer
8/27       Louis Prosser-Gephardt

Gifts Bearers

8/6          CJ Chambers & Ryan Tinkler
8/13       Brodie & Taylor Cummings
8/20       Addison & Kayden Miller
8/27       Victoria & Alexander Ladd


8/6          Kayden Miller
8/13       Meagan Boze
8/20       Sophia Foti
8/27       Oren Koeting

Children’s Sermon

8/6      Ryan Tinkler
8/13    Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt

Altar Guild

             Prosser-Gebhardt family

Offering Counters

            Richard/Marlys Yotter & Joye Conklin


Altar Guild - Madelon Gott
Acolytes - Madelon Gott
Assisting Ministers - Ryan Tinkler
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 – Rev. Rodney Nygren

ALSO: Marge Barglof, Cru Dillon Best, Leon Briggs, Everlee Davis, James Dean, Christine Huggins, Dorthy Johnson, Yvonne Salmon, Helen & Milford Schwartz, Ashley (Trigger) Stacy, Wayne Talley, Valerie Trigger, Sean Ward, Chandra Ward, Lyla Johanna Williams

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, Rod Severence,  & Patrick Williams

Birthday Celebrations

8/1          Bob Blackman
               Tom Eagan
8/5          Gordon Adolphson
8/9          Jodi Brummer
               Leroy Lindahl
8/12       Melinda Cetto
              Sam Cushman
              Patty Reid
8/18       Rick Anderson
              Sharon Scheel
8/21       Jodi Cummings
8/26       Jo Rose
8/29       Donna Huber

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


Lectionary Readings for August
August 6, 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:1-5
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21

August 13, 10th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:9-18
Psalm 85:8-13
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

August 20, 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28

August 27, 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Emergency Assistance Account
The Emergency Assistance Account is empty.  Over the past year, we have helped several families in need of rent and utility assistance.  Currently, families seeking Lord of Love assistance are either Community Meal guests or Belton & Raymore residents.  While we always strive to partner families with local resources (such as West Central, Salvation Army, Heart and Hand), sometimes these agencies do not have funds available and they encourage clients to seek out support from local churches.  This is where Lord of Love steps in to fill in the gaps, and provide financial relief.  Please consider donating money to this account, so that we may continue to serve our brothers and sisters who have fallen on hard times.  Checks may be made out to Lord of Love Lutheran Church, and be sure to indicate "Emergency Assistance Account" in the memo.  If you have questions, please contact Pastor Meggan. Thrivent Choice dollars can be directed to the Emergency Assistance Account or the Community Meal. Please let Karen Franke know your preferences, or the Dollars will go into the General Fund.

Veterans’ Wall Display
Any Veterans in the congregation who have not yet submitted their name, rank, branch of service & years served to John Watson, please either put this information in his mailbox or the secretary’s. Also, please submit a 5” X 7” picture (preferably in uniform, but not required) for our Veteran’s Wall Display. Thanks!

Highlights of July Council Meeting

  1. The meeting was called to order by President Tom Johnson at 7:05PM.
  2. Not present were the Evangelism Team Chair Kathy Morton and the Facilities Team Chair Merl Teigen.
  3. Devotions were provided by Pastor Meggan and Neca Mills.
  4. The agenda was approved as read.
  5. The minutes of the last Council Meeting were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  was approved as presented.
Pastor’s Report:
        Pastoral care:  9 visits.
        Special Service:  1 Saturday baptism.
        Community Involvement: 4 organizations: (Gladden Elementary, Project Community Connect, Cass County Non-Profits, and Belton Chamber Luncheon).
        Synod Involvement: 1 meeting with Keith Holy, assistant to the Bishop.
        Committee Support:  Ladies Tea and Executive Council.
        Ministry Summary:

  1. Strategic Planning Committee:  A date will be set for a single 3-hour meeting.
  2. Community: 
  3. Working with the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness to build better partnerships in Cass County
  4. Working with partnering with Gladden Elementary School in Belton.

Ministry Team Reports:
          Facilities: No report.
          Stewardship: No report.
          Evangelism: No report.
          Personnel: No report.
          Community Meal:  307 meals were served during the month of June with an additional 179 home meals provided.   The current balance in the community meal fund is $10,889.33.
         Care Team: Ten homebound congregation members received weekly meals.  Eight homebound congregation members received Holy Communion.  Cards were sent, telephone calls were made, and home visits were made to eight ill or bereaved congregation members.  The next Care Team meeting will be held on August 6, 2017.
         Worship and Music:  No report.
         Unfinished Business:  Neca Mills will continue taking photographs of congregational members after Sunday Church services.
         New Business:

  1.  Gladden Elementary School in Belton Support:
  2. Starlen Palmer, a 3rd grade teacher, is requesting furniture for her classroom to provide a family environment to promote better learning.
  3. Pastor Meggan will find out more about the specific needs.
  4. Pastor Meggan recommended purchase of an Amazon Prime account for free shipping of office and janitorial supplies from Amazon.  The recommendation was tabled until a price comparison can be made.

c.  A review of the church insurance renewal was made by President Tom Johnson and will be discussed further. 
d.   Discussed a possible Church building use agreement with the Raymore Pathways Club House Program to utilize the church (including the small kitchen) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00AM until Noon.  Pastor Meggan will further discuss the monthly fee the church will charge and other details with Pathways, before an agreement will be reached.
e. The nominating committee recommended Richard Yotter as Stewardship Team Chair. The recommendation was approved.
f.  Installation of new Church Council Officers was set for the Sunday Church Service on July 30, 2017.
g. Pastor Meggan will attend leadership training at the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, Kansas.  The Synod is providing free registration and one half of travel expenses.
              h. There is a need to develop a Communications Committee.

  1. There is a need to develop an informational flow chart that clearly indicates responsibilities, responsible parties, chain of command, and proper delegation:
  2. The fire suppression system in the kitchen requires testing and maintenance.  Bids for the testing and maintenance are being taken.
  3. The Emergency Assistance Account has been depleted.  Pastor Meggan requested a loose collection be made for this account.  The request was approved.
  4. Neca Mills is organizing a trip to the play “The Church Basement Ladies Sequel” which is being performed at the Chestnut Theater in Olathe, Kansas, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00PM.  The deadline for group discount tickets is July 23, 2017 (a minimum of 20 people are required to sign up to obtain the group discount).
  1.  The Council meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jay Hoglund, Council Secretary

Church Council Officers Installed
New Church Council officers, installed July 30: Jim Brauer, Vice President & President Elect; Jay Hoglund, Secretary; Richard Yotter, Finance/Stewardship. Our thanks to these who will serve Lord of Love, and to those who have served this past term - Gale Hankins, Madelon Gott & Darrell Rose.

Money Seminar
Carol Petznick is hosting a 2nd money seminar on Wednesday, Aug 9 @ 7pm.  "What you don't know can hurt you" will cover credit scores, identity theft and income protection. Good information for everyone that uses money - basically everyone! 

Free Alzheimer’s Seminar
Free educational seminar with author & Alzheimer’s specialist, Dr. Richard S. Isaacson. Studies show that proper diet may slow or even prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. If this is a concern for you or a loved one, join Benton House & Dr. Isaacson to learn what you eat can make all the difference for your mind. Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – noon. InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, 401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City. Reservation required: 816-527-8247. See flyer on the kiosk in the narthex.

Getting to Know Our Members
LaVerne & Stuart Mills
I was born in 1936 and I grew up on a farm NE of Cole Camp, MO with my grandparents, my parents, two older sisters, and a younger brother.  Stuart was born in Spencer, IA in 1935 as an only child, and soon moved to a family farm near Nevada, MO.  His mother died when he was 7, and for a few years he and his father moved several times to various states where his dad found work.  In 1953, Stuart graduated from the High School in Nevada, MO, and I graduated from Cole Camp High School.  We each went to Kansas City to find jobs.  I worked at the Methodist Publishing Company, and then Western Union. Stuart worked at Westinghouse Electric with my cousin Oliver, who arranged for us to meet on a “blind date”.  Stuart and I dated until we were married in my family’s church in rural Cole Camp - Brauersville Immanuel Lutheran - on a very snowy day in late March of 1955.

We had our daughter Moneca in 1956, and then our son Mark in 1958, soon after Stuart had begun a 4-year apprenticeship at the Bendix Corp. He worked there as a tool & die maker for 37 years, retiring in 1995.  I stayed active taking care of my family, and with volunteer activities.  A highlight of my service as the leader for Neca’s Girl Scout troop was taking the girls on a 2 day train trip to Chicago. I also had my first airplane ride to Sioux Falls, SD to attend a Lutheran Women’s Leadership Seminar in the 1960’s.  In 1976 I was a delegate to the National Lutheran Church Convention (ALC) in Washington, DC.  Only 2% of the lay delegates attending were women! 

Our family loves to travel, and we have been as far south as Mexico and as far north as Canada during our annual family vacations. Stuart & I also have visited many state and national parks during our travels. We’ve fished from a boat on the Pacific Ocean near Malibu, CA, and we’ve viewed aquatic wildlife in the Atlantic Ocean from a glass bottom boat near Key West, FL. Stuart has been an active Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since the 1960’s (WØDE), I got my Ham license in the 1970’s (NØABI), and we have attended many radio gatherings all over the U.S.A.  To celebrate my 50th birthday I travelled to Potomac, MD to attend my daughter Neca’s graduation from the Postal Service Academy as a Postal Inspector.  She & I toured many historic sites in Washington DC, including the White House, the Smithsonian, and Arlington National Cemetery. I later traveled with Neca to Germany, Denmark, and Austria; and after she retired in 2006 we did a special cruise tour of orchid growers on four islands in Hawaii.

We bought our present home in Peculiar in 1973, and our family joined Lord of Love Lutheran Church on Jan 27, 1974. Our son Mark and his wife Janet were later married there in 1984. I have served as a lector (one of the first women to do so); as well as a Church Council member; on the Alter Guild; have taught Bible School; and have been active in WOELCA (attending numerous women’s conventions, and serving as an officer for many years, up until recently).  I also volunteered for many years with MLM, and I’ve enjoyed making desserts for the Community Meal since the program began. 

Stuart and I enjoy our 2 cats, Midnight (he’s black) and Simon (he’s Siamese).  We’ve been blessed with 62 years of marriage, and really appreciate our family, friends, and our Lord of Love Church family.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival
The 38th Ethnic Enrichment Festival will be August 18, 19, & 20 at Swope Park – Meyer Blvd & Swope Parkway in Kansas City. Friday, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday noon – 10:00 pm, and Sunday noon – 6:00 pm. Free Kids’ World, free parking, live entertainment, food, music, crafts and dance. Adult tickets $5, children 12 & under free if with an adult. Sorry, no pets allowed. For tickets & informaiton, call 816-513-7553 or check or See flyer on the kiosk in the narthex.

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