May 2017


Women of the ELCA 

Love Day:  Tuesday, May 9
Bible Study Leader – Linda Darr
Hostess – Carol Watson
Covered dish luncheon

A big thank-you to all who bought at the WELCA bake sale. A total of $410 will be sent to Mosaic.

Needed for Summer Breakout (formerly Spring Fling): Arnita Winders is collecting Candy boxes and checkbook boxes for use in the MLM Summer fundraiser. Please bring them to Arnita soon, & thanks!

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.

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.

Pastor Travels
Pastor Meggan will be out of town May 24 – 28. Rev. William Say will be supply pastor that Sunday. Our thanks to Pastor Say

Book Club
Book Club is continuing with the reading of Fried Green Tomatoes, and will pick a meeting date when everyone has had a chance to read the book. Check with the Weekly News for updates.

Water Project
See the thank-you letter on the kiosk in the narthex from Engineers Without Borders for Lord of Love’s donation to the project of providing clean water for the El Vallécito community. 

Save the Date
MLM Summer Breakout - June 7: Enjoy an evening of food trucks, live music, art, inflatables, a silent auction, and more! All proceeds benefit Metro Lutheran Ministry’s Christmas Store. Visit for details. More information is on page 6 of this newsletter. (Formerly known as Spring Fling.)

To Kristen Wagener, who was selected Employee of the Year at Casco!

To Julie Adolphson for a great finish in the Boston Marathon with 4 hours, 24 minutes & 11 seconds! As Alec said on Face Book:  “389 in her division, number 1 in our hearts.”

To Jana & Sean Cooper upon the birth of Vincent Robert Cooper. Vincent is the grandson of Patty Reid.

To Meagan Boze for her acceptance into the Cass Career Center EMT program.  Acceptance is based on grade, attendance, and teacher referrals.  Way to go, Meagan!


Christ Is With Us:
Following the traumatic events of the crucifixion and a terrifying resurrection, the disciples in their confusion and grief had to be wondering, “What’s next?” The lectionary readings for the Easter season provide the road map ahead as the disciples discover a new postresurrection life and reality: Christ is with us. Behind closed doors, in our doubt, on our journey, in water, bread, and wine, the Good Shepherd calls us to follow, going before us to prepare the way, bringing peace, breathing the Spirit on us, so that we may tell this story to people of every land and nation. Jesus’ promise to be with us always is the game changer.

Today, how do we acknowledge Christ’s presence with us in our Sunday assemblies? What does it mean for us that this is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ? Do we worship as if we believe Christ is truly present with us? If not, what could we do differently? How can we make known Christ’s presence with us in our worship through our words and actions, art and music? Here are some ways assemblies can visibly and physically reveal Christ’s presence with God’s people today. (Sundays and Seasons)

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From the Bishop’s Office
St. Louis Ecumenical Gathering

“You know, this is a good start!” That comment came to me last week in St. Louis from a new friend, a Roman Catholic priest who has been serving Christ and his Church for five decades. We were wrapping up an evening of pizza and conversation around the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

It was a gathering of area Lutherans and Roman Catholics sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The archdiocese had reached out to St. Louis-area Lutherans with the invitation to get together for conversation about how we might – together – commemorate the historic Reformation. The discussion was rich and spiced with good humor as we heard story after story about how Catholic and Lutheran churches had taken it on themselves to connect with one another and begin dialogue about our common foundation in Christ.

You might already have contacted nearby Catholic parishes and begun conversations or study groups. If you have not done so, I encourage you to take the first step and extend the invitation. Abundant resources are available; prominent among them are:   

+ "From Conflict to Communion," a guide for common commemoration of the
+ "From Conflict to Communion" study guide
+ "Common Prayer: From Conflict to Communion"
+ "Declaration on the Way," a unique ecumenical document on unity between
    Catholics and Lutherans
+ "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification"
+ One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ
+ Additional resources are available at 

In my youth, anniversaries of the Reformation were occasions for noting how “we” were not like “them.”  By focusing on our differences we rarely moved out of that box of negativity. The evening in St. Louis was indeed a good start because I learned once again that when we start our ecumenical conversations by exploring what we have in common we can have generous amounts of grace with each other and ourselves as we consider those areas where we are not yet in agreement.

Christ is well served, I believe, when we choose to put our primary emphasis on our oneness as God’s children even as we honor and respect each other’s distinctiveness. So, if you’ve not done so already, how might you reach out in faith to our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers and start the conversation?

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.




5/7           Tom & June Eagan
5/14         Richard & Marlys Yotter
5/21         Ryan & Mary Tinkler
5/28         Darrell & Jo Rose


5/7           Jodi Cummings & Kathy Morton
5/14         Tom & June Eagan
5/21         Madelon Gott & Valeeta Lucas
5/28         Donna & Angie Morrison


5/7           Mick Van Horn
5/14         Richard Yotter
5/21         Julie Adolphson
5/28         Jim Brauer

Assisting Ministers

5/7           Joye Conklin
5/14         Mary Tinkler
5/21         Carol Petznick
5/28         Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt


5/7           Mimi Brauer
5/14         Madilyn Brooks
5/21         Oren Koeting
5/28         Sophia Foti

Gifts Bearers

5/7           Frieda & Mimi Brauer
5/14         Zane & Finley Cantrell
5/21         CJ Chambers & Ryan Tinkler
5/28         Wally & Xavier Garcia

Book Bearers

5/7           Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
5/14         Alexander Ladd
5/21         Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
5/28         Adam Prosser-Gebhardt

Cross Bearers

5/7           Mikel Anderson
5/14         Victoria Ladd
5/21         Mikel Anderson
5/28         Kayden Miller

Banner Bearers

5/7           Sam Brauer
5/14         Addison Miller
5/21         Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
5/28         Addison Miller

Altar Guild

            Mick Van Horn  

Offering Counters

           Neca Mills & Carol Petznick


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 –Kaye Ekhart

With rejoicing: Vincent Robert Cooper

ALSO: Marge Barglof, Shirley Beasley, Nancy Blackman, Kevin Darr, Joel Fawcett, Carson & Foster Huggins, Mark Laux, Jair Molina & family, Donna Morrison, Yvonne Salmon, Sharon Scheel, Ruby Subock, Doris Tees, Don Vinduska, Carol Watson, Betty Zanetello

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

5/1      Marlys Yotter
5/3      Melissa Brooks
5/8      Carolyn Briggs
5/10    Ryan Tinkler
5/14    Carol Patterson
5/15    Joyce Hankins
5/24    Doug Adolphson
            Madelon Gott
5/29    Mia Brauer
5/30    Inger Robinson


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 May
May 7, 4th Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

May 14, 5th Sunday of Easter
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

May 21, 6th Sunday of Easter
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

May 28, 7th Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

Highlights of April Council Meeting

Additions to Agenda:
            Cub Scouts requested permission to meet at our facilities.
            Music with Mar requested permission to meet at our facilities.

Pastor’s Report:
            Pastoral Care:  8 home or hospital visits           
            Special Services:  4 Lenten services and 1 Commitment service
            Community Involvement – 5 meetings
            Committee Support- 5 meetings
            Planning – Lenten and Easter Services
            Helping to organize a luncheon regarding Belton/Raymore underserved persons with city, school and county officials.

Ministry Teams:
            Facilities:  Reset and changed batteries in clocks.  Repaired two door latches.  Cleaned mowers.  Mowed and edged lawns two times.  Met with insurance agent regarding building status.  Cleaned and weeded front flower beds.  Tested emergency lighting.
            Stewardship:  No report
            Evangelism:  Sunrise Easter Services at the Barn hosted about 100 people.  An Easter egg hunt was held after church services on Easter day.
            Executive Committee:  No report
            Community Meal:  354 meals were served, with an addition 233 meals taken home.
            Care Team:  Nine meals were provided to homebound members.  Four members were given rides to church services.  Eight homebound members received communion.  Cars, calls or visits were made during illness or bereavement.
            Worship and Music:  Ryan Tinkler taught classes for Assisting Ministers.
He will also provide a schedule for those participants.

Unfinished Business:

  1.  Pictorial Directory.  Neca Mills will be taking photos of members after Church every Sunday.
  2. Flow Chart.  The flow chart coordinating the different Sunday tasks is still being coordinated.

Computer for Financial Secretary.  The computer has been purchased and John Prosser Gebhart will install the software.

New Business:

  1.  Financial Statements – Tabled
  2. Cub Scouts – The Cub Scouts will be allowed to meet at our facilities after the building use agreement and appropriate monies are paid.
  3. Music with Mar – Use of the facilities was denied as our building use agreement does not currently allow use by a “for profit” entity.
  4. Planning Committee – A strategic planning committee will be formed to set our over-arching goals – i.e. what we are working toward.  Are we successful at what we are doing and what do we want as an organization?
  5. Nominating Committee – Jim Brauer will accept the nomination for the position of Council vice president.  There are still no nominations for Council Secretary.
  6. Work Day.  A date has not been set for the Church spring cleanup.  Merl Teigen will set the date.

Upcoming Events:

There will be a processional at the start of the service during the Easter Season.

As Easter celebrates the Risen Christ, Communion will be served standing, instead of kneeling.

Assisting Ministers will begin participating in the service starting Easter.

Respectfully Submitted,
Madelon E. Gott,   Council Secretary

Thank-You Notes
We are so grateful for your prayers, visits, flowers, and best wishes during Kevin’s illness.  Lord of Love truly is a church family.  Kevin is much improved but still has a way to go and we would appreciate your continued prayers.  A special thanks to Pastor Meggan for her visits.          Kevin, Linda and Bill Darr

Thank you to Debbie Swisher and Sharon Scheele for arranging the worship space to enrich our Lenten journey.  Also, a big thank you to Debbie Swisher, Sharon Scheele, Kathy Morton, Meghan Maher, and Kristin Wagoner for putting on the Easter Egg Hunt.

Thanks to Jim Brauer for fixing Pastor’s & Ernie’s sound systems on 4/23!

Blessings Abound Floor Plan Moves, Phase II
Our recent store floor reconfiguration was such a huge success that we are planning additional improvements and need your help! On Saturday, May 6 from 8 am to 10 am we need many able bodied volunteers to move merchandise, display racks and appliances. To learn more or sign up please contact Maryann Grace, Volunteer Coordinator, at  or 913.475.8207.

  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: $60.00. 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:

Get Ready for Summer Breakout 2017!
(Formerly known as Spring Fling)
Enjoy an evening of delicious food trucks, live music, shopping, and more at MLM’s second annual Summer Breakout on Wednesday, June 7th at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Overland Park). All proceeds benefit the MLM Christmas Store which will provide gifts to over 850 families in need this holiday season.

Kiddos will enjoy the inflatable “Wild Zoo,” face-painting, and fun crafts in the Kids Zone while teens and adults compete in exciting games like the life-sized “Hungry Hippo Chow Down” and “Strike Zone.”

If the free old-fashioned root beer floats don’t keep you cool enough, you can step inside and shop the Summer Breakout Silent Auction or participate in a wine or jewelry pull. The “pulls” are perfect for people who like a surprise! Simply pay the nominal fee and select a wrapped bottle of wine or bag of Noonday Collection Jewelry. 

MLM is currently seeking visual artists and musicians to add a new element of cool to this year’s event. Musicians of all types can perform just one song, or a short set, on Summer Breakout’s Community Stage. It’s a great reason to dust off your guitar, practice your favorite karaoke song, or form a garage band with some friends. All genres of family-friendly music are welcome.

Visual artists and fine craftsmen may exhibit up to three of their original works in MLM’s pop-up gallery. The gallery will include work for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Christmas Store fund.

If you would like more information or would like to sign up to help, please visit or contact Kelly Seward, MLM Community Events Manager, at or 816-285-3141. We look forward to seeing you in June! 

Annual Quilt Auction
The 17th Annual Quilt Auction to benefit Camp Tomah Shinga will be Saturday, October 28 at the Camp, 7821 E. Lyon Creek Rd. Junction City, KS, beginning at 9:00 am. Quilts or handmade quilt racks being donated should be delivered to Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, KS between September 1 & October 6. See the fliers on the kiosk for complete information. Contact the LOL office for a form to accompany donations.

Getting to Know Our Members
John Watson:
I was born at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Pa.  My father was in the Army and stationed at Carlisle Barracks.  We moved to Fort Devens, Mass. in 1936.  From there we moved to Fort Meade, Md.  Then we moved to Camp Landing, Fla.  We stayed in Jacksonville, Fla. until my father came home from the war in August of 1945. We then moved back to Newville, Pa. where my father retired from the Army.

I completed High School in Newville and then enlisted the Air Force.  I went through Basic Training at Lackland AFB.      

In Texas.  I was then sent to Scott AFB, IL for Technical Training and promoted to Private First Class on Jan. 10th 1951.  In May of 1951 I was sent to Weisbaden, Germany and assigned to the 7032 Command Squadron.  I was then transferred to the

109th Command Squadron and moved to Landsberg Air Base, Germany and promoted to S/SGT.  I reenlisted in 1954 and went to Andrews AFB Washington DC.  From there went to March AFB, CA and then to Galena, AK.  From there I was transferred to Kinchloe AFB in MI.   

I met Carol while stationed at Kinchloe and we were married in 1958.  Our son, John, Jr. was born in 1960.   Then received orders to transfer to Toul Rosiere Air Base in France.  Carol and John Jr.  returned to the States early and our daughter, Tanya was born in St. Ignace, MI in 1963.  My next assignment was Whiteman AFB, MO.  From there we moved to Clinton-Sherman AFB OK.  In 1965 my family moved back to Michigan and I went to Vietnam.

I was then transferred to Korat, Thailand.  I returned to Kinchloe, MI in 1966.  From there I went back to Ramstein AFB Germany.  Our daughter, Tara was born was born at Kinchloe AFB in 1968.
 Carol and I were able to go to the Holy Land in 1970.  We returned to Richards Gebaur AFB in 1970 and I retired from the Air Force.  We moved to Grandview, MO and lived there till 2003 at which time we moved to Raymore, MO.   

We joined Lord of Love in 1998. 

We feel fortunate that we have been able to visit and/or live in so many countries.

Financial Reports Jan.--Mar. 31






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Central Bank of the Midwest 


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