June 2017


Congregational Meeting June 4, following worship.
Please plan your attendance; officers will be elected.

Women of the ELCA 

Love Day:  Tuesday, June 13
Bible Study Leader – Donna Huber
Hostess – Leah Sayers
Covered dish luncheon follows business meeting

Ladies’ Tea Saturday, July 8, 1:00 pm: We will have a fashion show, silent auction and new & gently used clothing for sale, to benefit CAC Seeds for Self-Sufficiency. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend. (Tickets will be for sale soon for only $10.00, but tickets will NOT be sold at the door!)
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 will be collecting donations for the silent auction.
If you can help any or all of these day, please contact Carol Huggins or Arnita Winders.

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.

Celebrating Pentecost
The Congregation is invited to wear red for Pentecost, Sunday, June 4, if you wish. This bright color commemorates the tongues of flame that visited the Holy Spirit upon the early believers.

Book Club
Book Club will meet at the Grandview McAllister’s Monday, June 26 at 11:30. We are reading a classic, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and may attend the movie coming out November 10, as well. "Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped . . . By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer.”

Summer Sizzle Sale
Come shop June 3 from 9am-4pm at SUMMER SIZZLE SALE here at Lord of Love.  Also buy lunch prepared by the "Church Ladies"! (Our women of the ELCA)!  A few vendor spots available.  % of booth space to ELCA women. Any questions, please contact Kathy Morton.

Flood Relief
We have been blessed with adequate and gentle spring rains.  Much of southern and eastern Missouri were not so fortunate.  Lutheran Family and Children Services is collecting funds to assist these areas.  Our council has directed an offering be taken the next two Sundays, May 28 and June 4.  LOL Women of the ELCA has pledged $100.  Make your checks out to Lord of Love and write disaster services 911 on the memo line.  Place your check in the offering plate.


After the fiery red of the Day of Pentecost and the festival white of Holy Trinity, the long “green” season of “after Pentecost” begins the “non-festival” half of the church year that used to be called on the church calendar “ordinary time.”  With these descriptions one might think that during this season worship will not be festive or that it will only be ordinary and since half of this season takes place during the summer when choirs and pastors vacation, one might even wonder if there is anything special about this time of year.

And yet the name of the season indicates its thrill: Sundays after Pentecost, the days after the Spirit’s coming and lived in the Spirit’s power and strength.  This season is the time to examine and celebrate the consequences of Christ’s life, death and resurrection for our lives.  “What happens now?’ is the question of this season.  What happens now that I have died to sin and have arisen to Christ?  What happens now that the Holy Spirit has “called, gathered, enlightened and sanctified the whole Christian church on earth” (Luther’s Small Catechism) and this particular individual?  What happens now as I seek to live out the faith that has been kindled in me? 

There is nothing ordinary about these questions.  Just as there is nothing ordinary about our worship or about our life together.  So, this summer, during “ordinary time,” expect the Spirit to be among us.  Expect the fruit of the Spirit, too.  Expect to see growth.  Expect to see transformation.  Expect to see something

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From the Bishop’s Office
2017 Synod Assembly: Growing in Hope

The Synod Assembly is the highest legislative authority of the synod and is charged with electing members to the Synod Council, other synod committees and churchwide voting members when needed, voting on a budget and other resolutions that are presented to the assembly. In addition to conducting the business of the synod, voting members and visitors gather for worship, presentations, and workshops designed to support the ministry we do together as a synod. The Synod Assembly is held annually in June at different locations throughout the synod.

Central States Synod Assembly 2017 will be held on Thursday June 8–Saturday June 10, 2017 at Adam's Mark Hotel & Convention Center, 9103 E 39th St., Kansas City, MO.  

• ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton is our Keynote Speaker
• Day passes are available for non-voting visitors
• Offsite Closing Worship at Atonement Lutheran Church with Bishop Eaton preaching
• Workshops focused on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
• 3 local service projects to choose from
• Assembly starts at 3:00 pm Thursday instead of 5:00 pm
• Assembly closes Saturday at 2:30 pm following Worship

(Representatives from Lord of Love will be Pastor Meggan & John, and

Festival Worship
Join us Saturday, June 10 at 1:00 pm at Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park KS for the festival worship concluding Synod Assembly. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be preaching and Bishop Roger Gustafson will be presiding. A music prelude at 12:30 pm will include a mini concert of Reformation music. All are welcome!

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
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.




6/4       Richard & Marlys Yotter
6/11     Ken & Carol Huggins
6/18     Mikel Anderson/B. Darr & S. Carneal/Louis P-G
6/25     Merl Teigen & Ernie Franke


6/4       Darrell & Jo Rose
6/11     Ryan & Mary Tinkler
6/18     Valerie Trigger & Valeeta Lucas
6/25     Richard & Marlys Yotter


6/4       Sharon Carneal
6/11     Linda Darr
6/18     Kathy Morton
6/25     Carol Petznick

Assisting Ministers

6/4       Jim Brauer
6/11     Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
6/18     Addison Miller
6/25     Samuel Brauer


6/4       Victoria Ladd
6/11     Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
6/18     Kayden Miller
6/25     Madilyn Brooks

Gifts Bearers

6/4       Brodie & Taylor Cummings
6/11     C.J. Chambers & Ryan Tinkler

Book Bearers

6/4       Alexander Ladd
6/11     Adam Prosser-Gebhardt

Cross Bearers

6/4       Victoria Ladd
6/11     Kayden Miller

Banner Bearers

6/4       Samuel Brauer
6/11     Addison Miller

Altar Guild

             Joye Conklin

Offering Counters

            Darrell/Jo Rose & Richard/Marlys Yotter


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

Marge Barglof, Rose Christensen, James Dean, Joel Fawcett, Carson & Foster Huggins, Mark Laux, Annette Layne, Jair Molina & family, Yvonne Salmon, Mary Sayers, Helen Schwartz, Doris Tees, Carol Watson

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

6/3       Alec Adolphson
6/6       Tulie Brown
6/7       Doug Salmon
6/8       Adam Prosser-Gebhardt
6/11     Shannon Cantrell
            Jeff Cetto
6/13     John Prosser-Gebhardt
6/15     Keith Ladd
6/16     Andrew Hall
6/17     Linda Darr
6/19     Dale Morton
6/25     Finley Cantrell
            Zane Cantrell
6/28     Aranza Brauer

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 June
June 4 Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21
Numbers 11:24-30 (alternate)
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Acts 2:1-21 (alternate)
John 20:19-23
John 7:37-39 (alternate)

June 11, Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1--2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

June 18, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 19:2-8a
Genesis 18:1-15 [21:1-7] (Semicontinuous)
Psalm 100
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 (Semicontinuous)
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35--10:8 [9-23]

June 25, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Genesis 21:8-21 (Semicontinuous)
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 (Semicontinuous)
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

Highlights of April Council Meeting

  1. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Tom Johnson at 7:04 P.M.
  2. Devotions were provided by Pastor Meggan.
  3. Members absent were:  Gale Hankins, Neca Mills, Madelon Gott.
  4. Adding a date to vote on new council members was added to the Agenda.
  5. Minutes of April 20, 2017 Council meeting were approved as read with a motion made by Merl Teigen and seconded by Kathy Morton.
  6. Treasurer’s Report was approved as presented with a motion made by Darrell Rose and seconded by Merl Teigen.
  7. Pastor’s Report included:
    1. 5 Pastoral Care visits
    2. Special Service
    3. Community Involvement meetings?
    4. Committee Support Meetings
  8. Ministry Teams:


    1. Lawn has been mowed
    2. Light bulbs changed
    3. Tested emergency lighting.

Stewardship:  Darrell Rose would like to resign from the council.
Evangelism:  No report.
Personnel Team:  No Report  
Community Meal:  There were 273 meals served for the month of December with and additional 174 take home meals provided.  The community meal balance is $10,863.37.  
Care Team: 8 Meals were provided to homebound members. Weekly rides were provided to church, doctor appointments and/or errands.
Holy Communion was provided  to 6 homebound members.
Phone calls, visits and/or cards were provided to 8 members
Worship and Music:  No report.

Motion was made by Kathy Morton, seconded by Merl Teigen to accept Ministry Team Reports as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

  1. Unfinished Business:
    1. No report on Pictorial Directory.
    2. No report on Information Flow chart.
    3. John Prosser-Gephardt is working on the computer for the Treasurer.
    4. The nominating committee has presented Jim Brauer for Vice President/President Elect and Jay Hoglund for Secretary.  They will be consulted about a replacement for Darrell Rose.
  1. New Business:
    1. Motion was made by Kathy Morton and seconded by Darrell Rose to conduct a fund drive for the Missouri Flood drive.  WELCA will donate $100, will last 2 weeks and Linda Darr will organize communication to the congregation.  Motion passed unanimously.
    2. Motion was made by Kathy Morton and seconded by Merl Teigen to have a congregational meeting on June 4, 2017 to vote on new council members.  Motion passed unanimously.  Pastor Meggan will have Judy put notification out 2 weeks prior to this.
    3. Motion made by Merl Teigen and seconded by Kathy Morton to adjourn the meeting at 7:45pm with the Lord’s Prayer. Motion passed unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kathy Morton, for
Madelon E. Gott,   Council Secretary

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.
Thank-You Notes
I wish to thank everyone for the get well calls and cords; it means so much to hear from caring people. Thanks again, Carol Watson

Doris and Art Tees would like to thank the congregation for their cards, concern, and prayers during her three hospitalizations this winter. Doris is home and recovering gradually from a hip replacement as well as back surgery.

MLM Summer Breakout - June 7!
Grab your family and friends for a fun evening of food trucks, live music, inflatables, locally-made chocolate, a wine and jewelry “pull,” art show, silent auction, and more! All proceeds benefit Metro Lutheran Ministry’s Christmas Store. June 7th, 5 – 8 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (7851 W 119th St, Overland Park). Visit www.mlmkc.org for details!

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!

Volunteer Opportunity
Blessings Abound Thrift Store is currently seeking cashiers or cashier assistants to help bag merchandise. Shifts available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2 pm to 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm, breaks included. Be part of a fun team that supports our local Lutheran ministries. Interested in learning more? Contact Maryann, Volunteer Coordinator, at maryann.blessings@gmail.com or 913.648.0700. 

Getting to Know Our Members
Joye Penney Conklin

I was born in West Palm Beach FL, the first of 3 to be born Floridians while my dad was stationed there with the Air Force.  We lived there until I was 5 then went  to  Oklahoma City for a short time before going to Montana to live near my maternal grandparents while my dad went overseas (we were never lucky enough to get an accompanied tour).  From there we went to Klamath Falls Oregon where I started school and my last sibling was born.  We moved from Oregon when my dad got back from his tour to the Philippines, to Richards- Gebaur AFB.  I started 6th grade in Belton and was fortunate to not have to move during the rest of my school years. 

I started my financial career with the Bank of Belton in 1973 while I was still in high school.  That started me on my life long career path.  I moved away for a while and worked at several different banks and the CU.  I came home to Belton in 1994 and have worked at R-G Federal Credit Union ever since.  I have worked hard to achieve my present position as President CEO.  I love my job, and believe in the CU views and philosophy of people helping people.   If you don’t know the difference between a bank and a CU-ask, I’d love to tell you!

I have 2 children, Teresa and Chip who have blessed us with 4 grandchildren.  Unfortunately they all live in the Phoenix area-hence all the trips to AZ.   We see them as often as we can and spend a lot of time on FACE TIME.  Teresa and her children are able to spend about 6 weeks with us in the summer.  Chip and his family will visit this summer as well.

I was first member at Lord of Love in 1967 when we arrived in Belton and the church had just gotten started.  I re-joined in 1994 when I moved back.   I was confirmed here, both my kids were baptized here.   I married my husband, Casey here in 1995.   My daughter and her husband were also married here and their 3 kids were baptized here as well.  We will have our newest grandson baptized this summer when they come to visit in July.   Lord of Love is special to me because of the history I’ve had with it.  I have made lifelong friends within the church and community and truly understand the meaning of a church family now.  The church has made me a stronger person-better equipped to handle life’s challenges.   I love singing with the choir and helping in the church where I can.  

Someday Casey and I would love to visit Hawaii together.  We love to travel and hope we will still be young enough to do it when we retire!  For now we travel to AZ and Florida as often as we can.  We love to work in the yard and be outside-you can usually find us on the screened-in porch, or sunning ourselves on the deck listening to music as soon as it’s warm enough to get out on the weekends.    I love to cook and WE love to eat!  We love entertaining and have our family and friends over often.

Financial Reports Jan.--Apr 30






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Central Bank of the Midwest 


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