March 2017


Women of the ELCA 

Love Day:  Tuesday, March 14
Bible Study Leader – Connie Teigen
Hostess – Linda Darr
Covered dish luncheon

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:
February Book Club was cancelled, so the next meeting will be at 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 28, at the McAlister’s in Grandview. We are reading The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain: Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?”  

St. Patrick’s Day Fun:
Lord of Love will have a float in the Belton St Patrick's Day parade on Saturday March 11, 2017. Please meet at 4 pm to decorate at Belton Memorial Park. The parade starts at 5 pm. Contact Kathy Morton or Jim Brauer for more information. And remember to wear your green!  We need lots of riders!

Reformation History Presentation:
The Reformation and Its Impact on Current Christian Relations — Origin of Various Denominations and their Current Status — The Catholic Church’s Response to the Reformation – The Ecumenical Movement, Past and Present:

This year, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation. The Reformation is usually associated with Martin Luther and the posting of his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. Luther’s challenge to the church of his day, while neither intending nor desiring it, split West-ern Christianity, fragmenting it into multiple denominations. All claim Christ as their Savior and Lord and claim to be faithful to what Christ desires of us. Yet each tradition has a different understanding of what following Christ entails.

Bizgio Mazza, Pastoral Associate at St. Sabina Parish, will present sessions which will explore the history of the Reformation, what led up to it, what resulted from it and how the Catholic Church responded to it. The four main Christian traditions that resulted will be briefly examined. The sessions will further examine the key theological beliefs and practices of the traditions, ending with an examination of the history and present state of Ecumenism, the movement toward Christian Unity. Come, bring a friend and let us learn together the rich variety that exists within Christianity.
This five week series will be offered at two different times if enough register.
Tuesday Evenings, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 2017 ~ 7:00pm — 9:00pm
Wednesday Mornings, March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 2017 ~ 10am — Noon

Call 816-979-3153 to register at St. Sabina.
See the flyer on the kiosk in the narthex.


We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Baptism is a significant part of our faith journey as we come from the baptismal waters to live a new life as children of God. 

Our baptism sets us out on a lifelong journey that is characterized by our relationship to God, our relationship to our faith community, our relationships in our community and the wider world. Living our baptismal covenant means living a life of growth in the faith practices of discipleship. These faith practices are:

  •  to live among God’s faithful people,
  • to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, 
  • to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, 
  • to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, 
  • and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

This Lent, we will pay extra attention to baptism and how it plays out in our daily lives.  Sundays in worship will link the Gospel to an experiential reflection on baptism.  Midweek worship on Wednesday evenings will explore the above 5 faith practices affirmed in baptism, using Paul's letters to the Philippians as a guide.

Our 40 day journey is sure to be a splash!  Come experience baptism in a whole new way, and deepen your relationship with the one who calls you to follow.

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

March 1

Midweek Lenten Worship 7:30 pm
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 29
April 5

Maundy Thursday Worship 7:00 pm
April 13

Good Friday Worship 7:00 pm
April 14

April 16
6:30 am, Sunrise Service @ Johnson Farms
177th & Holmes Road (State Road D)

Belton, MO 64012

From the Bishop’s Office
Telling Our Story: Church Together for the Sake of the World

The statement "We are the church together for the sake of the world" helps me to gain a clearer picture of what it means to be the body of Christ in the world. Until recently, however, the oft-used expression seemed to be only that – words.

That is, until the people of Trinity Lutheran Church received the news that they would have to decide how to reallocate funds that had been previously used to support a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Thanks in part to a list of recommendations of possible ways to reallocate the designated funds, a lively discussion ensued among members of the leadership council. During the meeting I was amazed to hear about the different ways the people of Trinity Lutheran Church saw themselves as one part of the greater church and to know that people take seriously the missional calling to be the church together for the sake of the world. And then, to our pleasant surprise, a motion was made to redirect the funds to support one youth from Papua New Guinea to serve as a camp counselor at Camp Tomah Shinga during the summer of 2017. In addition to re-directing funds already pledged, the leadership council unanimously voted to send the additional funds necessary to cover the entire cost of sponsoring one youth (a $3,000 commitment).

The decision, one in which people repeatedly professed how much campers could benefit from the cross-cultural learning opportunity, demonstrated to me the power of what can be achieved when we think beyond the narrow confines of our church edifices and expand our understanding of what it means to be the church together -- local congregations, synod, and global companion synod working together to participate in God's mission for the world. 

In times like these, when we face an uncertain future riddled with increasingly polarized political discourse, the repeated othering of God's beloved children, and the building of walls to divide and separate, we take comfort in the knowledge that Christ's church refuses to be boxed in or limited by boundaries imposed by the powers of this world. 
Trinity Lutheran Church
Great Bend, KS
Rev. Jon Brudvig & Rev. Barb Jones, Co-Pastors

Note: The above was Trinity Lutheran's submission to Bishop Gustafson's request for congregations to Tell Your Story, in addition to submitting Parochial Reports. We are working on a way to feature all of the stories that are being submitted from across the synod.

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.




3/1      TBA
3/5      Tom & Shirley Johnson
3/12    John & Carol Watson
3/19    Ryan & Mary Tinkler
3/26    Mick Van Horn & Bill Darr/Mikel Anderson


3/1      TBA
3/5      Donna & Angie Morrison
3/12    Tom & June Eagan
3/19    Jodi Cummings & Madelon Gott
3/26    David & Yvonne Salmon


3/1      TBA
3/5      David Salmon
3/12    Merl Teigen
3/19    Ryan/Mary Tinkler
3/26    Kathy Morton


3/1      Merl Teigen
3/5      Merl Teigen
3/12    Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
3/19    Ryan/Mary Tinkler
3/26    Merl Teigen


3/1      Adam Prosser-Gebhardt
3/5      Mikel Anderson
3/12    Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
3/19    Addison Miller
3/26    Victoria Ladd

Altar Guild

             Madelon Gott

Offering Counters

            Merl Teigen & Valerie Trigger


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 –Alice Lindahl, Flossie Heritage, & Bobby Johnson ALSO: Ken Anderson, Lib Ardinger, Marge Catlett, Darin & family, Kevin Darr, Luke Davidson, Joyce Hankins, Donna Hurley, Ethlyn Laux, Mark Laux, Donna Morrison, Elaine O’Conner, Jonathan O’Mally, Yvonne Salmon

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, Shane Martin, Derek McDonald, Marc Meier, Jess Moore, Michael Peterson, Colby Petznick, Nick Sanford, Lacey Segars, Rod Severence,  & Patrick Williams



Birthday Celebrations

3/3      Carol Huggins
3/4      Meghan Maher
3/5      Debbie Lynch
3/7      Fred Sears
3/9      Alexander Ladd
           Christopher Trigger
3/11    Debbie Swisher
3/18    Arnita Winders
3/19    Connie Teigen
3/28    Darrell Rose
3/29    Audrey Cetto
           Joel Trigger

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 March
March 5, 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

March 12, 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

 March 19, 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

March 26, 4th Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Highlights of February Council Meeting:
Additions to Agenda: 
        Building Use Agreement.  There has been some confusion regarding the refund of the cleaning deposit.  The problem can be solved by the user providing two checks – one for the building fee and one for the cleaning deposit.  If the building is left in its original condition, the deposit check will be returned.  This will be added to the building use form.
Community Meal reports are prepared by Yvonne Salmon.  June Eagan will help with those while Yvonne undergoes treatment.
Treasurer’s Report:   All extra mortgage payments will be paid at one time.  The treasurer’s report was approved after a motion made by Madelon Gott and seconded by Merl Teigen.

Pastor’s Report: 
     Pastoral Care:   11 visits
     Special Services:   City Unity Service
                                 Funeral for Alice Lindahl
     Community Involvements:    3 Meetings
     Committee Support:  3 Meetings
Ministry Summary:  Created seasonal planning committee for worship.  This Lenten season we will focus on Baptism.

 Ministry Team Reports:
Facilities:  Tested emergency lighting.  Replaced outdoor Flag.  Moved excess chairs out of overflow area.  Repaired chairs.  Purchased janitor supplies.  Unplugged 3 toilets.
Stewardship:  The Church Budget passed at the annual meeting on January 29, 2017.
Evangelism:  No report
Personnel Team:  Tom Johnson suggested that we have a Mortgage Promotion- an attempt to pay off the mortgage in 2018.  The congregation will be asked to contribute an extra amount each month toward that goal.  Personnel will work with the Finance Committee.
Community Meal:  325 meals were served in January, with an additional 140 take home meals.    Deposits equaled $1,795.25 and expenditures were $458.22.  Community meal balance is $8,684.84.  Thrivent:  $248.62.
Care Team:  17 meals were delivered to homebound members.  Rides to church services were given to two church members.  Communion was provided to the following homebound members:  Fred Sears, Dale Morton, Betty Corder, Inger Robinson, Carol Patterson, Joyce Hankins, Thelma Morris, and Charlie Richards.
Cards, calls or visits were made to 6 members during illness or bereavement.
Worship and Music:  Plans have been made for both midweek and Sunday Lenten services.  

Unfinished Business:

  1.  Pictorial Directory:  Debbie Swisher and Joye Conklin offered to help Neca with this project.
  2. Generosity Project:  Carol Petznick is attending the meeting with Pastor Meggan.  Legacy Planning and automatic withdrawal will be explored by the Finance committee.
  3. Placement of the U.S. Flag:  It will be placed in the sanctuary on certain holidays, i.e.  Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc.  At other times it will be in an appropriate place in the Narthex.

New Business: 
(a)  Council members were given a form from the ELCA.  We were asked to answer questions 18 and 19 on this form.
(b)  As a part of our Lenten theme, it was suggested that we contribute $500.00 again to the water project of   Engineers Without Borders.  The motion was made by Darrell Rose and seconded by Neca Mills.
(c)  Information Flow Chart:  Tabled until next meeting. 
Upcoming Events:    Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Respectfully Submitted,
Madelon E. Gott,   Council Secretary

A Thank You Note:
Thanks for all the cards & prayers during my recent surgery. I am slowly healing, and the prayers helped. Donna Morrison

Set Clocks Ahead
DST begins March 12 – reset clocks ahead one hour before retiring on Saturday, March 11.

First Lutheran Annual Old Fashioned Swedish Smorgasbord, Saturday, March 4 6:00 pm, 6400 State Line Rd., Mission Hills, KS. Adults $20; Children 3-12, $10; children under 3 free. Call 913-362-4150 for more information. See the flyer & ticket order forms on the kiosk in the narthex.
An Opportunity to Help:
Blessings Abound (Thrift Store at 10325 Metcalf Ave) continues to grow! As a result, we are adjusting the floor plan for donations and merchandise. On Sunday, March 5th from 10 am to 1 pm, we need many able bodied volunteers to move furniture, boxes, etc. Come and go as you are able. Please sign up by contacting Maryann Grace, Volunteer Coordinator, at 913.648.0700 or Lord of Love has a Blessings Abound collection shed at the back of our parking lot.

Getting to Know Our Members:
A short bio of Merlyn Teigen:
I was born in Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, Minnesota, close to the Iowa border in July. I spent my first winter in Baudette, MN on the Canadian border.
    I enjoy traveling, visiting old friends, gardening, fishing, pretending I am a farmer, singing, and
dining and dancing with Connie, not necessarily in that order.
   I married Connie 52 years ago, and she gave me two daughters who in turn gave me four grandchildren. I had one pet, a dog named Caesar; that was about 52 years ago. I inherited two other pets, from an un-named daughter, one a dog and the other a rabbit. No pets now.
   I have visited ten foreign countries, two on my own, Canada & Mexico, and eight compliments of the U.S. Marine Corps. They were Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Libya, Cuba, and Jamaica.
   My work history is not too long. Two years in Army National Guard while I was in high school, then four years in the U. S. Marines, two summers on construction jobs, one in North Dakota building sites for Minute Man missile system; and a summer in Alaska building a section of the highway between Fairbanks and Anchorage fairly close to Mt. McKinley. Then about 25 years at AT&T starting in Atlanta, then Thomasville, GA, Buffalo, ND, and finally Kansas City where I retired. Then I worked about seven summers in a fish processing plant in Petersburg, AK, while working winters in a cabinet shop in Cass County, Missouri. Since then most of my jobs have been non-paying but often satisfying ones.
   I found my way to Lord of Love by way of the realtor that sold me my house. He took me by the church while showing houses and I saw Smiley Oltmann and two of his sons were mowing the lawn; I decided this is the church for me and I have been a member since 1974. I guess that would be about forty-two years.
   I like most about Lord of Love the friends I have made here, the music we perform and the community work I have been involved with while attending here.
   I volunteer for many things whenever I see something I can do. I guess I started volunteering about the time I got here by joining the choir and mowing the lawn whenever we ran short of other volunteers. I also became involved with Metro Lutheran Ministry and attending Synod annual conventions occasionally. I volunteer because I get satisfaction from doing things that need doing. I kind of take things one at a time and do what I still can.
   An incident that most people don’t know about might be when I went fishing in my little 12-foot boat with small outboard motor on it in the Gulf of Mexico south of Tallahassee, Florida and got a few miles off shore; a heavy fog came rolling in and I couldn’t see but a few feet in any direction including straight up. I started the motor up and started going slowly in a direction I thought was correct. I traveled for maybe a half hour, hoping I wouldn’t bump into Cuba and the sky started to become visible and I could see the faint outline of the sun. That gave me my bearings so I headed north instead of west, and I ended up back on the Florida coast about two miles or so west of where I had launched by boat. That was a relief.
   A comment about my life is that sometimes I get itchy feet and want to travel to some new-to-me place, or to a place I have been before to visit with old friends and swap good memories.
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: $74.00. Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization: Tom & June Eagan.

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:

Thrivent Choice Dollars:
Congratulations! We’re excited to share that in 2016 over 335,000 Thrivent members chose to direct Choice Dollars® to more than 32,000 churches, schools and other nonprofits, including Lord Of Love Lutheran Church, through Thrivent Choice®. Based on member recommendations, Lord Of Love Lutheran Church received $1,611 in charitable outreach funding in 2016. The Thrivent Choice program helps members of Thrivent Financial make a positive impact in their communities.

Now is the time to promote Thrivent Choice. All 2016 Choice Dollars have been made available for members to direct so there is no reason to wait. Use the free promotional materials available on the Thrivent Choice page on to easily remind your supporters about Thrivent Choice® and the positive impact that can be made by directing Choice Dollars to your organization. As a reminder, 2016 Choice Dollars expire on March 31.

Madelon E. Gott,   Council Secretary

Financial Reports January 31






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Central Bank of the Midwest 

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ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS – UMKC_____                     


Lord of Love Lutheran Church
8306 E 171st Street
Belton, MO 64012

Dear Lord of Love Church,

We are grateful for your past support of our El Vallecito Water Distribution and we are happy to
report that we are in the final stages of planning and fundraising for our construction trip to

As you know, the Engineers Without Borders University of Missouri Kansas City (EWB-UMKC)
Student Chapter is currently working to provide clean water for the rural agricultural community of
El Vallecito in Panama. The community’s lack of a functioning public water supply has resulted in
residents being forced to collect water from various existing water distribution systems that don’t
provide quality water and are not able to meet the demand during the dry season. In the past few
years, our chapter has planned and surveyed a route in order to design a functioning public water
system for the community. We aim to implement these plans this spring to provide the El Vallecito
community with a reliable system supplying safe drinking water for many years to come.

The water distribution system plus our team’s travel cost has an estimated cost of $35,000 and thus
far, we’re proud to say we have raised $29,544. Right now, EWB-UMKC is seeking to close a $5,500
shortfall in funding, and we are reaching out for help. Should you be willing to aid us in our cause
with a donation, we will prominently and proudly display your company name on our website and
social media outlets. You can learn more and donate to our cause at or send a check
made out to EWB-UMKC using the following tax code and address:

Tax Code: 436003859

School of Computing and Engineering Flarsheim Hall
Attention Stephanie Griffin
5110 Rockhill Road, Room 534
Kansas City, MO 64110
I hope you will sincerely consider helping our cause and if you have any questions, please do not
hesitate in reaching out to me.


Jim Brauer

Professional Mentor / Engineer-in-charge

January 2017 Lifeline

February 2017 Lifeline