February 2017


Women of the ELCA 

Love Day:  Tuesday, February 14
Bible Study Leader – June Eagan
Hostess – Alice Lindahl
Covered dish luncheon & clean Fellowship Hall kitchen

Year Book addition: On page 5 in the 2017 WELCA yearbook, please add Mary Tinkler to Prayer Chain group !V, following Shirley Johnson.

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.

Book Club:
Book Club will be meeting after press time for this Newsletter, so watch the Weekly News for meeting date, time & place, and the book selection for February.

Thank You Notes:
Yvonne Salmon would like to thank all the people who have sent cards and made phone calls to show their support.  It has meant a lot to me and lifted my spirits knowing so many people are praying for me. 

Many thanks for all the prayers for healing following my recent surgery. I continue to mend. Ken Anderson

Blood Drive:
The Lord of Love Winter Blood Drive will be Thursday, February 23 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. Book your appointment today at savealifenow.org, enter Sponsor Code: lordoflovelutheran. For additional details contact Jo Rose at 816.686.8816 or jardlr@kc.rr.com. See flyer on the kiosk in the narthex.

From Thrivent:
We are pleased to let you know that we have made a deposit in your account on behalf of Thrivent Financial's Thrivent Choice(R) program. We hope this gift helps to further support your important work.

Amount of deposit: $129.00. Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization: Kathy Morton.

If you have any questions about this deposit or Thrivent Choice in general, or if you have updated bank, email or other contact information, please call 1-800-847-4836 and when prompted, say, "Thrivent Choice" or email us at: mail@thrivent.com

Senior Men’s Coffee:
Men Wanted – we solve the world’s problems (or at least gain a new perspective from each other) at our weekly Men’s Breakfast, 6:00 a.m. at Belton HyVee, and then apply the wisdom of our experience monthly at the Sr. Men’s coffee 9:30 a.m. usually the last Thursday of each month. Still on a work schedule?  Breakfast meets early enough to get you energized for the day & on your way.


The date of Easter varies from year to year; it can fall anywhere from March 21 to April 25.  It is a festival set by the phases of the moon – falling on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox.  This year Easter is moderately late – April 16 – and the adjustment to the liturgical calendar comes in lengthening the season of Epiphany.

Epiphany is the season of light.  The One who is the Light of the World is revealed as his light spreads to near and far and those who would follow this light learn what it means to walk as children of the light and of the day.

The advantage of a longer Epiphany is that we have greater opportunity to do the work of epiphany which is to learn what it means for each of us to follow Jesus in this time and place. 

February 26 is the festival of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.  This season which began with light now ends with light as we look to begin our Lenten journey to the cross. 

Lent begins Wednesday, March 1, with ashes and the reminder that we are dust and to dust we shall return.  As we gather to remember the darkness of death and suffering, we also remember the Light of the World and that the darkness cannot and will not overcome him.

Pastor Meggan

A Message from the Bishop

Late [January 20] Donald Trump [was] inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and officially beg[a]n his work. The campaign that led to this hour highlighted rather than helped to heal knotty challenges our nation continues to experience in race relations, equal economic opportunity, respect for the inherent dignity of all persons.

Some of us celebrated the outcome of this election, others of us lamented, still others were disappointed in the field of candidates and declined to participate in the process. However, now is the time for us – all of us – to move on, and I am encouraging us in the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to move on in two very particular ways. 

First, I urge us to pray for our new president as he takes up the heavy mantle of leadership.  Scripture calls us to pray “for all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in … dignity. This is right and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”  (1 Timothy 2:2–3)  We can and should pray that President-elect Trump and the administration he gathers and leads will be willing instruments in God’s hands as God continues to shape creation to embody God’s values of mercy, justice, forgiveness, and grace. 

A prayer in Occasional Services for the Assembly puts it well: “Almighty God, bless the public servants in the government of this country, that they may do their work in a spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice. Help them use their authority to serve faithfully and to promote our common life; through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Second, I urge us to accompany our prayer for our leadership with action of our own. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, progressive, or yet-to-be-named – whatever political label we bear takes a distant second place to our deeper and stronger identity: Christian. We are all members of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) and as such are to be active in living the life of Jesus in the world. 

As we pray for our leaders to act with wisdom, justice, a concern for the common good and a compassionate heart for the most vulnerable, we ourselves are to do precisely the same in our dealings with one another and as citizens of our nation. Regardless of your political leanings I urge you to find ways to be effective, to make a difference for the better because of Jesus and in the name of Jesus. There is much to be done to realize the petition, “Thy will be done, on earth … .”

Let’s get to work, Church.
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.




2/5      Tom & June Eagan
2/12    Darrell & Jo Rose
2/19    Valerie Trigger & Linda Darr
2/26    Dallas & Arnita Winders


2/5      Jim & Sam Brauer
2/12    Tom & June Eagan
2/19    Madelon Gott & Valeeta Lucas
2/26    Kathy Morton & Joye Conklin


2/5      Joye Conklin
2/12    Linda Darr
2/19    Carol Petznick
2/26    John/Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt


2/5      Merl Teigen
2/12    Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
2/19    Ryan/Mary Tinkler
2/26    Merl Teigen


2/5      Mia Brauer
2/12    Madilyn Brooks
2/19    Victoria Ladd
2/26    Freida Brauer


Altar Guild

             Connie Teigen

Offering Counters

            Joye Conklin & Ryan/Mary Tinkler


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 –Isabelle Heinbuch, Cassie Lauderbach, Cuma Lett  

ALSO: Ken Anderson, Marge Catlett, Adalee Cummings, Luke Davidson, Tom Gustafsen, Joyce Hankins, Mary Hunter-Hampton, Pega Kennedy, Mark Laux, Phyllys Lemke, LaVerne Mills, Donna Morrison, Elaine O’Conner, Jonathan O’Mally, Yvonne Salmon, Richard Yotter

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


Birthday Celebrations

2/8      Jan Sears
2/10    Gale Hankins
2/14    Richard Yotter
2/15    Bob Swisher
2/17    Julie Adolphson
2/20    Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
2/22    Madilyn Brooks
2/24    Karen Franke
2/26    Ruth Van Sickle
2/27    Harriet Conklin
            Leah Sayers
2/28    Stuart Mills

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 February
February 5, 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12]
Psalm 112:1-9 [10]
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16]
Matthew 5:13-20

February 12, 6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Sirach 15:15-20 (alternate)
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

February 19, 7th Sunday after Epiphany
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

February 26, Transfiguration of Our Lord
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
Psalm 99 (alternate)
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

Highlights of January Council Meeting:
Pastor’s Report:
            8 Pastoral care visits
            4 Special Services (Christmas Eve)
            1 Community Involvement meeting
            4 Committee Support meetings

Ministry Team Reports:
            Facilities:  Dealt with snow in parking lot and sidewalks twice
            Salted sidewalks 3 times
            Tested emergency lighting
            Cut down dead pine tree and cut up for firewood

            Stewardship:  No report
            Evangelism:  A total of over 500 people attended the 3 services at “Christmas at the Barn”
            Personnel:  No report
            Community Meal:  273 meals were served for the month of December with an additional 137 take home meals.  The donations from Christmas at the Barn will be added into January’s totals.
            Care Team:  10 Meals were provided to homebound members.  Communion was provided to 6 homebound members.  Candy Canes were given to parishioners at the Church Christmas Eve service and to Community Meal attendees on the Wednesday before Christmas.  Magnets were passed out after the Children’s Pageant.
            Worship and Music:  A meeting with the organists was held to discuss Lenten music

Unfinished Business:

            Pictorial Directory:  Neca Mills stated there have been no volunteers.  The need for help will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.

            Help is also needed with Altar Guild.  Three months are available.  Preparing for and cleaning up after Communion takes about a total of 45 minutes per week.

New Business:
            Discussion was held regarding the placement of the American Flag in the sacristy.  A decision was tabled until the full Council is available to vote.

            Generosity Project:  Volunteers are needed in all age ranges.  The project focuses on methods of charitable giving.
            Church Closings:  It was decided that Pastor and the Council President will decide by 5:00 the evening before if any scheduled services will be canceled due to ice or excessive snow.

Upcoming Events:
            Christian Unity Service at St. Sabina’s
            Monday, January 16th @7:00 p.m.

            “A Point in Time” Homeless Count in Belton/Raymore
            Thursday, January 26th

            Congregational Meeting
            Sunday, January 29th, 10:15 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Madelon E. Gott,   Council Secretary

Financial Reports Jan.-Nov 30






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January 2017 Lifeline