January 2017


Women of the ELCA 

Love Day:  Tuesday, January 10,
Bible Study Leader – Connie Teigen
Hostess – Carol Huggins
Covered dish luncheon
Assemble 2017 Handbooks

Thanks to all who contributed time, money, gift items, and cookies to the Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries Christmas Store.  We had 65 cans of cookies.  Nine of our members assisted with the store.  Everyone was amazed at the generosity of the people of the Kansas City area.

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 at 11:30 Monday, January 23rd at the Keepsakes Tea Room in Belton. We are reading Eat Cake by Jeannie Rays: “Ruth loves to bake cakes. When she is alone, she dreams up variations on recipes. When she meditates, she imagines herself in the warm, comforting center of a gigantic Bundt cake. If there is a crisis, she bakes a cake; if there is a reason to celebrate, she bakes a cake. Ruth sees it as an outward manifestation of an inner need to nurture her family--which is a good thing, because all of a sudden that family is rapidly expanding.”

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.


Ken & Ruth Van Sickle

To the Glory of God

Madelon Gott 

To the Glory of God

Connie Teigen

To the Glory of God

John & Carol Watson

In Memory of son John

Wayne Stewart & family

In Memory of Dee & Lee Carnes

Bill & Linda Darr

To the Glory of God

Nancy Williamson

In Memory of Sophia’s mom, Pam Foti

Stuart & LaVerne Mills

To the Glory of God

Casey & Joye Conklin

To the Glory of God

Ken & Carol Huggins 

In Memory of mothers & fathers

Keith & Bethany Ladd

To the Glory of God



The season of Epiphany begins on January 6. The Epiphany story tells of the magi coming from the east to worship Jesus and bring him gifts. This is the first of the many stories told during the Epiphany season that proclaim the light of Christ beaming out into the world, and grabbing the attention of people from foreign lands, cultures, languages and religions. It is for this reason that the Central States Synod chose the Epiphany Season to highlight global awareness, and the ways people throughout the world worship the babe born in Bethlehem. 

During the Sundays of Epiphany, we journey to other lands through the following opportunities:

WORSHIP- We will be using the Spanish setting from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship.  The congregation is invited to sing in English or Spanish.  

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL- We will be talking with folks from KC for Refugees, a partnership of faiths and organizations, striving to welcome local refugee families through education, connection, support and collaboration. 

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY- We will be reading biblical stories of migration, along with excerpts from They are Us, a book recommended by the Central States Synod Church and Society Team.   They Are Us explores the biblical, historical, theological, and cultural foundations for Lutheran participation in a public conversation that has important implications for the future of this nation. Based on professional experience and grounded in Christian faith, the authors make the case for immigration reform and call the church to a mission of evangelical hospitality. 

Pastor Meggan

A Message from Your Synod December 1, 2016

Dear Member of the Central States Synod,

At the Synod Assembly last June we launched the emphasis Giving in Hope  which encourages a lifestyle of generosity and gratitude, even in the face of scarcity.  We have been gathering congregational leaders throughout our synod in Area Ministry Gatherings that encourage this Giving in Hope as we recognize and participate in the gift of being church together for the sake of the world. At the annual Bishop's Convocation for rostered and lay leaders, Bishop Craig Satterlee challenged us to proclaim God's invitation to grow through our preaching and stewardship.  

Now as we begin the season of hope in the church year, Advent, we are asking you as an individual who has participated in and given to the ministry of the synod to be generous in giving an additional gift to the work we do together as the church. We know that there are many good, worthwhile causes to which we can and do contribute, but we also know the unique and essential work we do as the church to proclaim and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Working together, we do so much more, such as:

    •    Supporting campus ministries, blessing young people with the Gospel.
    •    Giving grants to outdoor ministries where young and old celebrate God's creation.
    •    Providing assistance and resources to churches so they can be mission centers.
    •    Raising up leaders as we look to both faithful and new ways to be the church.   
    •    Supporting the vast ministries of the ELCA across the country!

As we foster stewardship as a lifestyle we also acknowledge the periodic need to raise funds for specific purposes. That's why we are asking you to please consider making an additional gift in order to address the needs mentioned above. 

You may either send a check to the Central States Synod (136 Main Street, Suite 101, Kansas City , MO  64105) or contribute on-line by clicking on the Give Now button at http://www.css-elca.org/give.

We do so appreciate your ongoing participation in the work of the synod; thank you for all the ways in which you help all of us to be the church and live out this hope to which we are called.  

Peace and Joy,
Rev. Roger R. Gustafson, Bishop                 
Rev. Susan Candea, Director of Evangelical Mission                        

Dennis Allerheiligen, Synod Vice President

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.




1/1      Tom & Shirley Johnson
1/8      Ernie Franke & Gale Hankins
1/15    Tom & June Eagan
1/22    Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
1/29    Ken & Carol Huggins


1/1      Prosser-Gebhardt family
1/8      Ryan & Mary Tinkler
1/15    Valerie Trigger & Valeeta Lucas
1/22    Donna & Angie Morrison
1/29    Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson


1/1      Ryan/Mary Tinkler
1/8      Mick Van Horn
1/15    Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
1/22    Jim/Sam Brauer
1/29    Sharon Carneal


1/1      Merl Teigen
1/8      Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
1/15    Ryan/Mary Tinkler
1/22    Merl Teigen
1/29    Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt


1/1      Mikel Anderson
1/8      Addison Miller
1/15    Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
1/22    Kayden Miller
1/29    Adam Prosser-Gebhardt


Altar Guild

             Madelon Gott

Offering Counters

            Darrell Rose & Neca Mills


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


Birthday Celebrations

1/4      Ken Van Sickle
1/5      Jan Fawcett
1/9      Carol Petznick
1/16    Art Tees
1/17    Sandy Anderson
           Taylor Cummings
1/22    Cheryl De Angelo
1/23    Mary Tinkler
1/28    LaVerne 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 January
January 1, 1st Sunday after Christmas
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

January 8, 1st Sunday after Epiphany / Baptism
Isaiah 42:1-9                                                 of our Lord
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

January 15, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

January 22, 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

January 29, 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12

Highlights of December Council Meeting:

Pastor’s Report:
8 Pastoral Care Visits
1 Counseling Session
5 Community Involvement Meetings
3 Committee Support Meetings
Continued working with local agencies regarding transportation, affordable housing, emergency shelter and strengthening ties with St. Sabina Catholic Church and their Hispanic members.
Planned Christmas worship services

Ministry Team Reports:
Facilities:  Replaced furnace filters, checked emergency lighting, had fire extinguishers tested and recharged as necessary. Had new sub-master keys made.
Stewardship:  Met and discussed proposed budget for 2017
Evangelism:  Planned services for Christmas at the Barn
Personnel:  No report
Community Meal:  416 meals were served with an additional 191 meals taken home
Care Team:  Communion to shut-ins remains the same.  Cards were set to 7 bereaved or ill members.
Worship & Music:  Services were planned for Christmas

Unfinished Business: 
Pictorial Directory:  Discussion continued with some options presented by Neca Mills.  Neca requested additional persons on the committee.  An announcement will be placed in the Sunday bulletin asking for assistance.
Hearing Assistance:  An item for hearing assistance equipment to be used during services was added to the proposed budget.  A church member has offered to pay ½ the estimated cost of $1,000.00 for approximately 4 members.  The congregation will be polled to see how many members may need this help.
Proposed Budget Meeting:  Council Members and Team Leaders will be available after Church on Sunday to answer questions regarding the Proposed Budget. 

New Business:
50th Anniversary:  The Church’s 50th anniversary will be this summer.  A date must be set up so the Bishop can make plans to attend the celebration.  An announcement for volunteers will be posted in the Sunday bulletin. 
Matching Funds:  Tom Johnson had suggested the Church match funds specifically contributed toward extra mortgage payments.  It was decided that it was too late to publicize it this year, but we could work on it next year, perhaps during Lent and before the April15th tax deadline.  The Church would match any funds up to a total of $5,000.00. 
Flag Location:  Materials were presented to Council members regarding placement of the flag in the sanctuary.  The subject will be discussed at a later council meeting.

Upcoming Events:
Guadalupe Dancers during December 11th Service
Christmas Children’s Pageant, December 18th Service
Budget meeting following service on the 18th
Respectfully Submitted,

Madelon E. Gott,   Council Secretary

Getting to Know Our Members
Reflections of a Newer Member

Julie L. Adolphson

Julie was born in Battle Creek Michigan, home of Kellogg’s Cereal, and grew up in a little town in between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan…Galesburg.

For fun she enjoys Cooking, baking, reading, running (although that’s not really “fun” until the run is over), and watching all sports, especially hockey. She also enjoy movies. Mostly, she enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Julie is married to Alec and they just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary (11/14). They have 4 four boys, Andy (30), Josh (28), Gordon (20), and Doug (17).  All four were born in different states!

Do the Adolphson’s have any pets? “Yes. Webster, the weather cat. She’s 22 years old!  She was a stray in Indiana at the National Weather Service construction site (we were building a new office there, and I was the Science Officer). We worked in trailers and she took care of the mice. A couple of my colleagues began feeding her cat food. The boss said she would not be welcome around the new building, so she came home with me. The guys at the office didn’t think to check to see if she was a boy or girl, and the town near us was “North Webster” so they gave her that masculine name.  We often call her “Webby” or “Webagail,” or just “Miss Kitty.” She’s lived in Indiana, Montana, and now Missouri.  Dr. Ken Van Sickle had to remove one of her eyes about 6 years ago, and then about a year later the other one went bad. She still likes to go outside and can find her way around the yard (most of the time). She was picked up by a passerby one day and so she was taken to the police station, recently.  She’s had an amazing life and we love her to pieces!”

Julie has had a long & varied work experience: she started babysitting at 12 years old, and then worked in a little Root Beer/Hot Dog Stand, and then a Fried Chicken Restaurant (Lee’s Famous Recipe), Burger King, a local Restaurant with live music, and a Nursing Home.  After College, she joined the USAF for 11 years, and after that joined civil service, working for the National Weather Service. So she’s been a public servant for 32 years.

When asked how many countries other than the USA she has been to, names of countries, & why she was there, Julie responded:
“Panama, Japan, England, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Iceland, Azores, Austria, Egypt, Italy, Canada, Mexico.  Eleven of them I visited as a USAF Officer. I was an airborne weather office, so my job was to keep track of the weather as we escorted fighter airplanes overseas.  I lived in Italy for 3 years, I was Commander of a Solar Observatory (Telescopes); the highest priority mission in the USAF (called 1-1 priority) because when there is a solar flare it looks like incoming missiles into the US (on the computers at the North American Defense Command, or “NORAD”).  I’ve been to Mexico and Canada for personal visits.  Most recently, 2011 to attend Donna and Xavier Garcia’s wedding and visit Aranza’s Family, including her Mom, Delores.”

Please tell us something about you not everyone knows.
“I’ve been to all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. I’ve lived in 6 of the 8 states that begin with “M” (Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Montana, and Maryland).  Can you name the two others?  (Maine, and Mississippi).”

The most unusual or interesting thing that has happened in Julie’s life is that she was the last USAF Weather Officer to investigate the Roswell, NM space alien alleged landing. She was “assigned” this investigation when she was the Chief of Space Physics Programs at Scott AFB, IL (near St. Louis), her last assignment in USAF (1993).

What brought the family to Lord of Love Church?
“I was looking for a Church when I moved to Raymore.  I was moving into Eagle Glen, near the St. Paul’s Methodist Church, so I tried to go to their service. I messed up the time, they were leaving as I was arriving, so I thought I would go to get some coffee.  I searched my phone and found there was a Starbuck’s in Belton, so I headed down 58 highway.  I didn’t realize that LOL was in between, and it was about 8:45am, so I turned in.”

They have been members of Lord of Love for 10 years, and the aspect they like the most about the church is the people.

How does Julie volunteer; how long has she volunteered, and why?
“I have volunteered all my adult life.  There is no greater calling. In faith-based organizations and in civic/community organizations, including Boy Scouts, Public Schools and associated organizations, Soroptimists, American Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer Network, Lion’s Club, Toys for Tots, Women’s Resource Centers, MLM Christmas Store, Harvester’s, Tucker Renewal Center, are some of the organizations I’ve worked with over the years.”

Perhaps the most exciting answer came when Julie was asked if there is there anything she hasn’t done yet that she would like to do: “Run the Boston Marathon, which I’m planning to do April 17, 2017.“

Saturday, January 7th

Join us for an evening of fun, food, and trivia, hosted by Kansas City's own Randy Miller! Prizes will be awarded for best team spirit as well as overall points. Assemble your favorite brainaics and sign up today by visiting www.mlmkc.org or calling Kelly at 816-285-3141.  

Friday, February 10th

When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed. Dr. Kristen E. Kvam,  2017 Dykman Lecture Series presenter, will share what the 500th anniversary of that momentous act means to the church today. This free event will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church (9948 Metcalf Avenue) from 7:30– 9:00 pm. RSVPs are not required.
Creation Care Workshop Set for

Saturday, February 18th
Gathering at 9:00 am; Workshop from 9:30 to 4:00 pm
Location:  Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
   9100 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66206
Cost: $25 per person

You are invited to attend a day-long Creation Care Workshop on Saturday, February 18, 2017 led by members of the Central States Synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Mission Table. Join us at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in the KC area and learn how to incorporate creation care into your congregation's worship life, including:

  • Educational programs
  • Buildings and grounds
  • Discipleship of members at home and work
  • Public ministry and advocacy

Members of Resurrection will share their creation care work, including an energy efficient HVAC system, low flow toilets, programmable thermostats, newly-planted apple trees as a beginning of a grove to provide fresh fruit for weekly free breakfasts, worship resources, and other initiatives.

For more information and to register, go to http://css-elca.org/lrc or contact Noni Strand, LRC Mission Table Chair, at nonistrand@gmail.com

Luther College Symphony Orchestra
to perform in Overland Park
The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas. The concert is part of the Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Midwest Tour.
     The concert is open to the public with a freewill donation taken at the door. There is no charge for students.
     The program begins with a suite of dances from Aaron Copland's 1938 ballet "Billy the Kid," then features the strings and harp alone in "Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. After an intermission, the concert concludes with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" Op. 35, a symphonic suite based on the folk tales "Arabian Nights."

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