July 2017



Women of the ELCA
Love Day:  Tuesday, July 11
Bible Study Leader – Arnita Winders
Hostess – Donna Huber
Covered dish luncheon follows business meeting

Ladies’ Fashion Tea this coming Saturday, July 8, 1:00 pm: We will have a fashion show, silent auction and new & gently used clothing for sale. Tickets are now on sale for only $10.00, but tickets will NOT be sold at the door! See Arnita Winders or Carol Huggins.
Help needed:

  • Thursday 7/6 to hang clothes
  • Friday 7/7 to finish hanging clothes, set up tables and decorate
  • Saturday morning 7/8 to make sandwiches, get food ready, set up tables.
  • Saturday afternoon, clean-up crew
We are collecting donations for the silent auction. If you can help any or all of these days, please contact Carol Huggins or Arnita Winders.

National Triennial gathering, July 13-16, Minneapolis, MN

Lord of Love’s contribution to Lutheran Family Children’s Services for flood relief in Missouri amounted to $325.  One hundred dollars of that was from Women of the ELCA.  Thanks to those who contributed.

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.

 Sewing Supplies Needed
Once We Were Refugees, a sewing ministry in Kansas City, was created for newly located refugees to learn skills to gain employment.  The ministry is in need of sewing machines, tools, fabric and thread.  Supplies may be dropped off at church.  For more information, see Madelon Gott.

Theater Trip
The Church Basement Ladies are coming! We've reserved seats to see the play "A Second Helping - the Church Basement Ladies Sequel" for the 2 PM Saturday afternoon matinee on Saturday, August 26th at the Chestnut Theatre, in Olathe, KS.  Written by a Lutheran, this very popular, funny and heartwarming play pokes gentle fun at ourselves and our traditions, and is sure to get you laughing! The discounted group price for adults is $20 (for a minimum 20 attending), so come join the fun!  There's a sign-up sheet in the narthex.  Questions? Ask Neca Mills or Jodi Cummings.

Book Club
Book Club will meet at 11:30 am Monday, July 31 at the Big Biscuit in Raymore. We are reading Mr. Bridge by Evan Connell with James Salter: A successful lawyer in 1930's Kansas City, Walter Bridge has difficulty understanding his wife's dissatisfaction and his children's rebelliousness.”

How Money Works

Carol Petznick is hosting a seminar at Lord of Love on Wednesday, July 12 at 7 pm. The topic is How Money Works.  This is informational and will cover basics - budgeting, how to get out of debt and how to start saving for the future. Good info for those with debt issues and also those with no debt. 


Every fourth Monday of the month, a group of people gather at 2pm in the fellowship hall at Lord of Love.  The gathering consists of local people committed to serving the community in their vocation- men and women who serve on city staff, in the school district, in healthcare, in the church, in housing developments, the list goes on and on.

We call ourselves Cass County Non-Profits. Our mission is to work together to meet the needs in the community.  And yet, we don’t always see eye to eye on what exactly the community needs.  For example, some of us want more affordable housing in the area.  To rent a two bedroom home without paying more than 30% of income, a household needs to make $18.19/hr, assuming a 40 hour work week, 52 weeks a year.  Unfortunately, many Cass County households only make minimum wage, and work less than 40 hours/week. 

On the other hand, some of us feel that our community already has enough affordable housing, and there is concern that creating affordable housing opportunities more will bring down property values or not generate the tax revenue we need to sustain the community.

So what do we do if we can’t agree?  We keep talking!  Rather than dismissing each other, we seek to learn more from each other.  What do we fear most for our community?  What do we value most for our community?  Where can we stand on common ground?

I feel hopeful that while our larger political world is at odds with each other, we are practicing a different kind of politics in our local community.  We are practicing what it means to value and respect each other, and recognize that we are better together than at odds with each other.

I encourage each of you to attend a CCNP meeting, or talk with me more about our community organizing efforts, and how you or Lord of Love might be able to get involved.  Community and political involvement is part of the church’s call.  Below is an article by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton from Living Lutheran.  She talks at length about the church’s role in the public sector.  While this might feel like a “new” way of being the church, Bishop Eaton asserts that the church’s participation in politics is actually very Lutheran, and was a vital part of the Lutheran movement from the very beginning. 

So, what does that mean for us and our community?  I think it means that we, as Lutherans, have something very unique to offer.  We have a theology of grace, a message of love and acceptance that people are craving.  And one way we practice this grace is by caring for those who are vulnerable, by being their voice in the world, and advocating for their needs. 

We have before us an opportunity to make a difference in our community.  All that remains to be seen is how we will answer the call.  Will we say “yes” to all those whom God loves unconditionally, and say “no” to the ways that hurt and harm God’s beloved?  It’s time to rise up, trusting that the Holy Spirit that blew through the church on that first day of Pentecost, blows through us, giving and guiding us in all that we need.  Are you ready to be blown away?

Serving the neighbor in charged times

June 2, 2017
These are politically charged times. This very sentence in the presiding bishop’s column is likely to raise eyebrows. 

Across this church I’ve heard stories of parishioners disturbed by the Gospel read on Sundays, believing the pastor chose the passage as a critique of the current administration. The Beatitudes seemed to provoke the most attention. In a way this is good—maybe we are all hearing Jesus’ words with fresh ears. But really, the Beatitudes have been the appointed Gospel for the fourth Sunday of Epiphany (year A) for as long as we have been using the lectionary.
In these charged times it’s helpful to consider two things: the relationship between church and state, and how Lutherans participate in civil society. Often we speak about the “separation of church and state.” This principle is usually raised when parishioners feel the pastor (or the synod, churchwide organization or bishop) is being “political.” There is the assumption that the church should only deal with the spiritual and that it should have nothing to do with civil and political life. The First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The separation of church and state is intended to protect religious liberty and keep the government from interfering in the church.
We Lutherans also cite Martin Luther’s doctrine of the two kingdoms—the temporal and the spiritual. This has been misinterpreted to mean that the temporal realm is inferior to the spiritual realm—or that God, and therefore the faithful, should not be as concerned with the temporal, should not allow the temporal into the church, and really need not be too engaged in the public square.

both part of God’s twofold rule. When we pray, “Give us today our daily bread,” we are also praying that God send us the gift of good government (Luther’s Small Catechism).

Both church and state are good gifts from God and have been established for specific purposes. The proper work of the church is to “preach the gospel in its purity and administer the sacraments according to the gospel” (Augsburg Confession VII). The proper work of the state is to keep peace and order and to support and nourish the lives of its citizens. And since we confess that God entered human life through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, who took our flesh upon him, we do not have a hierarchy of value that places the spiritual above the temporal.

Active participation in public life and the duty of government to care for its people, especially the most vulnerable, have been part of the Lutheran movement from its beginning. In his explanation of the petition “Give us today our daily bread,” Luther said: “It would be therefore fitting if the coat of arms of every upright prince were emblazoned with a loaf of bread instead of a lion” (Large Catechism). He also wrote that the “second virtue of a prince is to help the poor, the orphans, and the widows to justice, and to further their cause.”

Lutherans don’t withdraw from public life. In fact our constitution pledges us to “work with civil authorities in areas of mutual endeavor, maintaining institutional separation of church and state in a relation of functional interaction.” Lutherans fulfill our baptismal vocation when we show up.

So why are we so tense? I think we’ve been influenced by a divisive culture. We forget that we are one people. I think we fail to recognize Christ in others, whether the other is across the pew or across the world. We forget that we all—whatever our politics—stand under the judgment of God and that only God’s promise of reconciling love in Jesus can save us. Set free by that promise we can find a way to serve the neighbor

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From the Bishop’s Office
Growing in Hope: 2017 Synod Assembly
Our Focus on Discipleship

More than 350 voting members and visitors gathered from congregations across Kansas and Missouri to attend our Synod Assembly in Kansas City, MO on June 8–10. Our special guest Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA encouraged us to study Luther's Small Catechism and hear the words of grace that free us in our vocations as disciples of Christ. Each congregation received a copy of Luther's Small Catechism in the time capsule they were given by Team 500 to help us observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

In addition to inspiring worship, a Jazz service the opening night of the assembly, and a festival community service at Atonement Lutheran Church on Saturday, voting members and visitors engaged in conversation around discipleship, asking the question of what needed to die in order to be a more faithful church. They also attended workshops focused on discipleship and the Reformation.

See http://www.css-elca.org/synod-assembly for more details on business that was conducted: approval of a budget for 2018, election of members to the synod council, and adoption of Resolutions.

An offering of $17,295.95 was received at the two worship services. It will be divided between the ELCA Campaign, the three campus ministry sites in the synod, and youth ministry in the synod. If you'd like to make an additional contribution, please mail your check to the Synod Office and note it is for the Assembly Offering.

Thank you to all who attended and to all who worked tirelessly to make this such a wonderful experience of being church together for the sake of the world. 

Roger Gustafson, Bishop

(Anyone wishing to read the Central States office email on this subject, please contact this office & I’ll forward it to you. jcr)

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.




7/2       Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
7/9       Tom & June Eagan
7/16     Darrell & Jo Rose
7/23     Sam & Frieda Brauer & Meagan Boze
7/30     John & Carol Watson


7/2       Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
7/9       Jim & Sam Brauer
7/16     Jodi Cummings & Valeeta Lucas
7/23     Mikel Anderson., Kristen Wagener,
               Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
7/30     Madelon Gott & Kathy Morton


7/2       Darrel/Jo Rose
7/9       Merl Teigen
7/16     Richard Yotter
7/23     Victoria Ladd
7/30     Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson

Assisting Ministers

7/2       Ryan Tinkler
7/9       Madelon Gott
7/16     Merl Teigen
7/23     Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
7/30     Mary Tinkler

Gifts Bearers

7/2       Addison & Kayden Miller
7/9       C.J. Chambers & Ryan Tinkler
7/16     Brodie & Taylor Cummings
7/23     Adam Prosser-Gebhardt & Alexander Ladd
7/30     Wally & Xavier Garcia


7/2       Meagan Boze
7/9       Oren Koetting
7/16     Madilyn Brooks
7/23     Mimi Brauer
7/30     Adam Prosser-Gebhardt

Altar Guild

             Tinkler/Winders families

Offering Counters

            Gale Hankins & Ryan/Mary Tinkler


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 – Mark Laux & Wolfgang Baumann

ALSO: Marge Barglof, Leon Briggs, Rose Christensen, James Dean, Dorthy Johnson, Annette Layne, Alison Rons, Yvonne Salmon, Helen Schwartz, Valerie Trigger, Sean Ward, Chandra Ward

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

7/6       Valerie Trigger
7/10     John Wall
7/12     Jo Hoglund
7/13     Ernie Franke
            Lou Gott
7/17     John Maher
7/19     Rocky De Angelo
7/22     Jessica Hall
7/25     Shirley Johnson
7/27     Casey Conklin
            Merl Teigen

7/31     Thelma Morris

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 July
July 2, 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

July 9, 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

July 16, 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

July 23, 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 44:6-8
Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 (alternate)
Psalm 86:11-17
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 30, 38th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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 June Council Meeting

There were no additions to the agenda.

Pastor’s Report:  The Pastor and Kathy Morton were at the Synod meeting in Kansas City.  The Pastor’s report was unavailable.

Ministry Team Reports:
            Facilities:  Stripped the metals from the air conditioner and sold the scrap.  Cleaned the pantry room. Sprayed the foundation and sprayed some of the weeds.  Scheduled the work day.  Tested emergency lights and replaced some lamps.  Mowed the lawn weekly.
            Stewardship:  No Report
            Evangelism:  No report
            Personnel Team:  No report
            Community Meal:  397 meals were served in May with an additional 226 meals taken home.  The balance in the community meal fund is $11,083.45.
            Care Team:  5 homebound members received weekly meals.  Eleven members received communion.  Card and/or phone calls were sent to sick or bereaved members.  Next meeting is August 7th at 10:30.
            Worship and Music:  A new hymn will be learned each month by singing the same hymn for a month during the “Hymn of the Day”.   A Blessing of Summer activities will be held on June 25th after the service.   The use of Assisting Ministers will continue, along with children bringing the Gifts to the altar for communion.  Setting 8 of the Liturgy will be used for the coming months.

Unfinished Business:

  1. Pictorial Directory:  Neca Mills will resume taking pictures this next Sunday.
  2. Flow Chart:  There is a copy of the current flow chart in the Council packet. 
  3. The Financial Statements will be processed as usual.


New Business: 

  1. Boost:  Tabled for lack of information.
  2. Charter Cost for the Boy Scouts.  As Lord of Love is now the sponsor for these troops, a new Charter must be provided.  The cost for the Charter is $80.00.  After some discussion and an unanimous vote, it was decided that the church would provide half of the cost out of the Benevolence fund. 
  3. Music With Mar:  Our Building Use Agreement does not allow “For Profit” entities.  Therefore the request to use our building was denied. 
  4. One Call:  The service was successful this past winter notifying members of the cancellation of a Sunday service due to icy weather.  The Council voted to continue the service for an additional year.
  5. Auditing Profile:  A plan of action for auditing church records needs to be set in place.  A committee will be formed to set up the procedure.

Respectfully submitted,

Madelon Gott
Council Secretary

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Breakfast & 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.

Getting to Know Our Members
June Eileen Eagan
I was born in St. Paul, MN; I have no siblings. At the age of 9 we moved to Raytown, MO. That year we saw the Ruskin Tornado. The size of it and the damage it did will always be imprinted in my mind. In Minnesota I just remember blizzards and digging tunnels in the snow.

During high school I had show horses and took them to competitions in MO and KS. I had a quarter horse, a palomino, and an appaloosa. I also met my husband during high school, but we did not attend the same schools. After I graduated from Raytown South High School (I was 17), I attended the Kansas City Business College. At the age of 18 I married Tom at Christ the King Lutheran Church. On my birthday he was baptized. He later left for the Air Force basic training.

We lived a short time in Alexandria, VA then spent the rest of the time in Anchorage, AK. We lived off base. I worked for the Alaskan Exchange System doing office work. Our daughter Deborah was born when I was 21. We had a dog – Missy, and a cat – Punkin.

We drove back to Missouri in 1970 on the dreaded Alaskan Highway (Punkin had been put on a plane). In 1970 they shut the highway down each winter; we left 2 weeks before shutdown. We had a book called the Milepost that told us where to stop for gas, food, and lodging. The highway was gravel with large holes in it. It took us a week to get from Anchorage to Washington State. We drove for hours without seeing another car. We got from Washington to the middle of Kansas, where the car
broke down. It was Sunday and nothing was open due to the Blue Law. We called my parents and they came to get us with what was needed to fix the car – my dad was a mechanic.

In 1971 we joined Lord of Love. In 1973 our son Richard was baptized here. Four of our grandchildren have been baptized here.

Through the years I have worked at Jensen-Salsbury Laboratory as a packaging supervisor, at C. H. Robinson doing computer input, and my last job was at Hapag-Lloyd, Inc. as export customer service. I also filled in as the church secretary for a while. I retired at the age of 66. While I worked all of those years, I was a Camp Fire Girls leader and a Cub Scout leader. I had a lot of fun doing that. And, that is how we got into camping. We bought a big canvas tent and took our 2 children all over the place on vacations. The kids grew and left home, and Tom & I went from tent to pop-up to travel trailer to 5th wheel camper.

Retirement is great! We travel as much as we can. I do some sewing, dabble in painting, attend WELCA, go to the gym and volunteer at the Wednesday Meal. Over the church years, I have served as church secretary, WELCA secretary, Council secretary, financial secretary, sang in the choir, lead Bible studies, ushered, served as greeter, and now belong to the Care Team. Tom and I were also Youth Leaders at church for a short time.

So, to sum up, 2 children, 6 grandchildren (3 on their own), a husband of 51 years, dog Farrah, and cat Gracie. I feel that life is a journey we take; it doesn’t always go the way we plan or want, but it is the road we are to take.

Financial Reports Jan.--May 31






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Central Bank of the Midwest 


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