December 2017



Women of the ELCA
WELCA all women of the church are invited.
Tuesday, December 12 at 9:30 Bible Study led by Pastor Meggan
Hostess Connie Teigen
Lunch will be at the Tea Room in Belton at 12:00

December 3, bring cookies for MLM
December 4, set-up for MLM Christmas Store
December 16, Saturday, 12:00 noon, caroling at Beautiful Savior Home We meet in the lobby at 11:45 and go to the dining hall to sing while they eat.  Men’s, women’s and children’s voices are needed.  They especially enjoy children.
December 25, Monday, Christmas Day. At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a Blessed Christmas and a warm and happy Holiday Season.

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
Because of December being so busy, Book Club will not be meeting until January 2, 11:30 am at the Olive Garden in Lee’s Summit. We are reading The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere, the sequal to The Christmas Shoes: “Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a young woman born with a hole inher heart that has not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help guide Nathan through the darkest period in his life. The Christmas Blessing is an inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.”

Stewardship corner
            Thanks to everyone for your completed time, talent and possession activities. The fall stewardship program went very well for this year. We received 60 pledges on the possession cards. We estimate from pledges + unpledged +loose plate + servant hall rent + donuts, our income will be approximately $160,000. With the data we received we were able to prepare a proposed budget for next year.
             The stewardship team members interviewed all teams currently having a need for funds. With all teams input and available funds, the team prepared a budget and recommended approval by the church council. The church council reviewed the budget and approved the budget with some change to salaries. The proposed budget will be available for review by all members of Lord of Love on Dec. 10. This will be your chance to make any changes to the budget before it is voted on for final approval on Dec 17.

The team has identified several items that would be good to have fixed for next year and will require some expense to complete. Several of these items have been included in next year’s budget. If you have an item that should be included in the budget, please see Richard Yotter to include your input. The next team meeting will be held on Dec. 3 at 10:15 am.



As a whole, Advent is counter-cultural.  While the world is busy finishing up the calendar year, the church begins a new liturgical year, rotating the Scripture readings on Sunday morning.  While the world fills the seasons with shopping, parties, and other festivities that require our time and endless energy, the church beckons us to slow down, wait and watch. 

One way we practice this mindful waiting and watching is with the Advent wreath.  The wreath has its roots in the pre-Christian practices of northern Europe.  People sought the return of the sun during the darkest time of the year (at the winter solstice) by lighting candles and fires.  Evergreens, the only living thing during winter, were brought into the home and fastened to a wheel.  For those who huddled in the darkness and cold, the light of the fire, and the color of the evergreen were signs that spring was just around the corner.

More than three hundred years ago, German Christians fashioned the same elements into the Advent wreath.  The wreath, a circle, came to represent the eternal victory over death through Jesus Christ.  The evergreens were a sign of the faithfulness of God to God’s people, and the lighted candles were a reminder of the light of Christ brought into the world.

Today Advent wreaths are tools for slowing down and gathering together around the warmth of firelight, to hear the words of prophecy and promise, and sing the hymns of old.  Wreaths and candles can be purchased in stores.  Family and adult devotions are available through the church office. 

This Advent let us challenge one another to honor these dark days, huddled together around the wreath, learning a little bit more about ourselves, each other, and the Christ child about to be born.  Christmas is coming; it’s just not here yet.  But come, let us wait and watch for its arrival.

See you in worship!

Pastor Meggan

Lord of Love Youth are invited to experience the old fashioned fun of Christmas Caroling!  Following the Budget Meeting on December 17, we will make our way to Foxwood Springs to spread some holiday cheer.  After bell ringing and singing, we will enjoy some Minsky's pizza for lunch.   Please see Pastor Meggan for more details.

Christmas Eve schedule.
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year which will affect our service times.  There will be two worship opportunities: the 9am service time at Lord of Love and the 4:30 pm barn service at Johnson Farms.  We appreciate your flexibility this year, and we hope the change might create an opportunity for you and your family to start a new tradition, or worship the Christ child in a new way!


From the Bishop’s Office

Dear Member of the Central States Synod,

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In June we gathered at our Synod Assembly around the theme “Growing in Hope, Growing in Discipleship,” and we let these words of Jesus guide our thinking about the challenge and opportunity of discipleship:

Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there my servant will be also. – John 12:24–26a

As Lutheran Christians in 2017, we remember our heritage while maintaining hope in the grace and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. And as a synod of the Evangelical Church in America, we are part of a rich history that began 500 years ago with Martin Luther; a history that enables us to change and find new ways to practice discipleship.

As you know, we are experiencing great change in our country and in our synod. Changing times require new approaches, and we Lutherans are called on not only to celebrate our part in history but to honor Luther's legacy of faith by discerning what God is calling us to do NOW.

We are eager to invest in the emerging discipleship opportunities we find in our communities. Our Central States 2017 Year-End Offering goal is $10,000 and we ask you to prayerfully consider a generous contribution. This money will be used to empower vital ministries right here in our synod.

Here is a snapshot of just some of the important ministries we are funding:

New Central States worshiping communities are sharing God’s Word with Hispanic, Oromo Ethiopian, and Dinka immigrants, nurturing their spiritual formation and helping to them resettle by assisting them in finding jobs, finding schools for their children, and helping them to learn the English language. Here Pastor Ivan instructs children on assisting with worship at Mission San Juan de Dios.

Over 100 students are fed every Thursday night at Lutheran Campus Ministry in Lawrence, KS. LCM also maintains the Campus Cupboards, a food pantry that provides over 500 students each year with healthy, easily prepared food. This is just one example of over 40 Central States congregations that are feeding people and creating opportunities to make disciples every weekend. 

The Bridge in St. Louis is expanding our definition of “church.” As many churches and faith groups look to better meet the needs of emerging communities, The Bridge serves as a new model for the future. It is an ecumenical ministry with three foci: a coffee house, a fair trade market, and a faith community that ministers to many unchurched and de-churched people.

As we work together as the people of God here in Kansas and Missouri, the hope of our Lutheran heritage and of the people in our communities burns brightly. We have an opportunity as congregations working together to nurture that hope and honor that heritage by living into the present and investing in the vital ministry opportunities with which God has presented us now.

Thank you for all the ways in which we are church together. Thank you for the time and talent you contribute to your congregation and community. And thank you for your specific contribution to this year-end gathering of dollars.

Peace and joy,
Rev. Roger Gustafson                           

(in an email on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28)


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

Tom Johnson

Jim Brauer
Vice-President /President Elect

Jay Hoglund
Council Secretary

Merl Teigen
Council – Facilities

Richard Yotter
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.



12/3         Jodi & Bethanie Cummings
12/10      Jim & Sam Brauer
12/17      Tom & Shirley Johnson
12/24      John & Carol Watson
12/31      Dallas & Arnita Winders


12/3         Darrell & Jo Rose
12/10      Ryan & Mary Tinkler
12/17      Valerie Trigger & Valeeta Lucas
12/24      David & Yvonne Salmon
12/31      Richard & Marlys Yotter


12/3         John Prosser-Gebhardt
12/10      Darrell/Jo Rose
12/17      Merl Teigen
12/24      Ryan/Mary Tinkler
12/31      Ryan/Mary Tinkler


12/3         Ryan Tinkler
12/10      Merl Teigen
12/17      Pr. Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
12/24      Merl Teigen
12/31      Pr. Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt

Assisting Ministers

12/3         Ryan Tinkler
12/10      Madelon Gott
12/17      Carol Petznick
12/24      Joye Conklin
12/31      Louis Prosser-Gebhardt

Gifts Bearers

12/3         Brodie & Taylor Cummings
12/10      Abby Fowler & Tulie Brown
12/17      Addison & Kayden Miller
12/24      Sophia Foti & Nancy Williamson
12/31      Adam & Louis Prosser-Gebhardt


12/3         Addison Miller
12/10      Victoria Ladd
12/17      Adam Prosser-Gebhardt
12/24      Frieda Brauer
12/31      Oren Sisson

Children’s Sermon

12/3         Pr. Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt

Altar Guild
Bethany Ladd

Offering Counters

                   Shirley Johnson & Joye Conklin


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 – Roland Dennis

ALSO: Nancy Blackman, Betty Corder, Joel Fawcett, Margie Gerken, Christina Huggins, Carol Patterson, Yvonne Salmon,  Connie Teigen, Royce Tinkler, John Watson, Arnita Winders

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, Hunter Fawcett, Jessica Goicoechea, Will Isaac, Shane Martin, Derek McDonald, Marc Meier, Jess Moore, Michael Peterson, Colby Petznick, Nick Sanford, Rod Severence,  & Patrick Williams

Birthday Celebrations

12/6       Jason Fowler
12/9       Mikel Anderson
12/16    Xavier Garcia
             Nina Prince
12/19    Joye Conklin
12/30    Bethany Ladd


12/23  Darrell & Jo Rose
12/30 Sam & Sue Cushman
If you have been omitted from the birthday or anniversary list, please contact the Church office at 331-5465 or so we can update our records.   jcr


Lectionary Readings for December
December 3, 1st Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37

December 10, 2nd Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

December 17, 3rd Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
Luke 1:46b-55 (alternate)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

December 24, Christmas Eve
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

December 31, 1st Sunday of Christmas
Isaiah 61:10--62:3
Psalm 148
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:22-40

Council Highlights

  1. The meeting was called to order by President Tom Johnson on November 9, 2017, at 7:05 PM.
  2. All Council members were present.
  3. Devotions were provided by Merl Teigen.
  4. Addition to Agenda: It was suggested that a welcome packet be given to visitors who attend the Sunday worship service.  This could also include a coffee cup with the Church name, address, telephone number, worship times, and mission statement.  Currently, visitors are sent welcome letters.  Guidelines will be established by the Evangelism Committee.
  5. The agenda was approved as read and amended.
  6. The minutes of the last Council Meeting were approved as read and corrected.

Treasurer’s Report:  was approved as presented.

Pastor’s Report:
 a.   Pastoral care: 6 visits.

  1. Special Service:  Janice McCord Funeral.
  2. Community Involvement: 4 organizations: Believers in Glory, County Homelessness Working Group, Cass County Non-Profits, and Vicky Riddle.
  3. Synod Support: Stewardship.
  4. Committee Support:  Education, Worship Hymn Selection, Worship, and Stewardship.
  5. Beginning to plan Advent/Christmas season.

Ministry Team Reports:
 Facilities:   Changed lights in Nave for increased illumination, replaced four fluorescent light fixture ballasts in the nursery.  Replaced six fluorescent lamps in the nursery and fellowship kitchen.  Added shelves in the pantry.  Purchased gasoline for the lawn mowers.  Organized items in the furnace room.  Had utility repair the north parking lot light.
Stewardship:  Fall stewardship program went well.  A draft budget was prepared and reviewed.  A cost of living raise was reviewed for the Pastor and the Church secretary.  Pastor requested that her Sunday vacation days be increased from the three Sundays that she currently receives to five Sundays.  The strategic planning team will investigate ways our church can help provide housing for some of the homeless people in the Belton area (however, nothing was included in the proposed 2018 budget for this).  Additional Items of discussion:

  1.  Ken VanSickle is donating border blocks for the military memorial plot and is requesting help from volunteers for the installation.
  2.  There is a need to repair the parking lot around the dumpster and is included in the proposed 2018 budget.
  3. Richard Yotter completed a survey of the area at the southeast corner of the church where water stands in the parking lot.  Richard made recommendations to improve the drainage in that area.
  4. Ken VanSickle will check with a school group to see if they would like to have the Church organ that is currently in storage.
Provide improved lighting in the sanctuary.  Some lighting improvements are included in the proposed 2018 budget
  1.  Upgrade or make our AED device available for an emergency.

     The next Team Meeting will be December 3, 2017, at 10:15 AM.
Evangelism:  No report.
 Personnel:   Evaluation forms for Pastor Meggan and Church Secretary Judy were distributed, filled out, and returned to the Executive Council for evaluation.  The Pastor was requested to submit a self-appraisal to the Executive Council.   A 3% cost of living raise was recommended for the Pastor and Church Secretary.  Pastor Meggan requested an increase of her current three Sunday vacation days to five Sunday vacation days, which was approved.
           Community Meal:  342 meals were served during the month of October with an additional 178 take-home meals provided.  The current balance in the Community Meal fund is $10,343.79.
           Care Team:  Nine homebound congregation members received weekly meals.  Two congregation members were given rides to Sunday Church service, as they requested.  Five homebound congregation members received Holy Communion.  Cards were sent, telephone calls were made, and home visits were made to three ill or bereaved congregation members.  The nine-member Meal Partners Team attended the Community Meals on each Wednesday night and interacted with the meal attendees.  The next Care Team meeting will be held on December 11, 2017.
  Worship and Music: No report.
Education:  Planning a Sunday school activity to go to the Louisburg Cider Mill and the Cedar Cove Feline Conservation and Education Center in Louisburg, Kansas, on November 19, 2017.
Green Team:  no report.
  Unfinished Business:

  1. Neca Mills will continue taking photographs of congregation members after Sunday Church services.  If members desire, they can request Neca to do a “re-take” of their photograph.
  2. Communications Committee:  still needs a leader for the committee.
  3.   Ministry Team Chair job descriptions:  Pastor Meggan will prepare a template for the ministry team chair job descriptions and email it to each team chair for them to complete. 

New Business:

  1. The proposed 2018 Budget was approved by the Council with the modifications that were discussed in the Council meeting and it is now ready to be presented to the Congregation for their approval. On December 17, 2017, a Congregational Meeting will be held to approve the 2018 Church budget.
  2. The Synod is having a drive to raise a total of $10,000.00 for the Central States Synod End of Year Campaign which will provide assistance to immigrants, campus ministry, a student pantry, and the Bridge Ministry in St. Louis.
  3. David Salmon and Earl File will discuss security and come up with a plan.
  4. Pastor Meggan is working with the Boy Scouts who have offered to provide another street light in the north parking lot.
  5. Tom Johnson is looking for ideas and suggestions on improved ways to do the Christmas in the Barn service at 4:30 PM on Christmas Eve, as the size of barn has been greatly increased.  Contact Tom with any suggestions.
  6. The next Church Council Meeting will be held on December 14, 2017.
  7. The devotion for the December 14, 2017, Church Council meeting will be provided by Neca Mills.
  1. The Council meeting was adjourned at 8:37 PM with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jay Hoglund, Council Secretary

Congratulation Graduate!
University of Missouri-Kansas City announces that Jordan Mackenzie Kirk is a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences. Commencement exercises are Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 10:00 am, in Swinney Recreation Center, Kansas City, MO. Congratulations to Jordan!

Our Christmas Family for 2017
This year, our Christmas Family has a mom, dad, and 5 children:
Hannah – 15-year-old girl: size 0 or XS pants, XS shirts, size 6 shoes. She would like beauty products.

Abbigail – 13-year-old girl: size 7 or small pants, medium shirts, size 7½ shoes. She would like beauty products such as make-up brushes, etc.
Seth – 12-year-old boy; size 32 x 30 or men’s large pants, men’s large shirts, size 10 men’s shoes. He likes sports items. He plays football & like Nike items.
Mary Jean – 8-year-old girl; size 10/12 pants (no jeans – likes leggings), 10/12 shirts (likes unicorns & cats), size 2 shoes.
Naomie – 3-year-old girl; size 4T pants, 4T shirts, size 10 Toddler shoes. She likes Paw Patrol items
Mom would like a neck pillow, zebra print or pink, & a soft blanket.
Dad takes XL shirts, 34-32 pants, & needs socks.
Please have gifts to the church before December 21, so they can be delivered by Christmas.

Christmas Poinsettias
The poinsettia sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the Flower Chart; to provide a poinsettia to decorate the chancel at Christmas, please purchase the plant of your choice and place your name in the pot to identify it to take home after Christmas Eve services.  Be sure to sign the sheet with your name, and whether the plant is in honor or memory of someone.  Please bring plants by noon Wednesday, December 20 so that Altar Guild may arrange them for the evening Advent service. This field of flowers is an awe-inspiring addition to our special services

Christmas at the Barn
Children interested in being in the 4;30  Christmas at the Barn service on December 24 need to talk to Pastor Meggan to see what you can do to help. Thanks for joining in!

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: $265.00
Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization:  June Eagan, Earl & Betty File.
Thank You Notes
Thank you for all the prayers & cards after my knee surgery. I’m healing well. Connie Teigen.

Many thanks for the cards, phone calls & visits while I was recovering from surgery. A special thanks to Pr. Meggan for her visit. I am so blessed to have this church family! Arnita Winders.

John Watson would like to thank everyone for their cards and concern while he is undergoing surgery & reconstruction. He is happy to have such a great church family.

Our thanks to Leah & Mary Sayers for the beautiful photograph of the Solar Eclipse. Can you find the hidden images? Check out the photograph in Fellowship Hall.

WELCA Projects Do Well
Thanks to the warm generosity of this congregation, Thankoffering Sunday brought in $538 to go toward empowering women around the globe with small business loans, etc. so they can help support their families.
      Also, the Bake Sale brought in $191 for Oaks Indian Mission. Many thanks to all who baked, bought, and prayed for the success of our projects!

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!

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
Jeff & Melinda Cetto
Jeff Cetto was born in Hot Springs, SD & Melinda in Madison, WI, but both have been in the local area for a long time. They have been married 33 years, and have one daughter, Audrey, plus 2 dogs, 1 cat, & one grand-dog.

Jeff is a retired Tool/Die maker, and Melinda is in Program/Project Management, currently focused on Cyber Security Certification and Accreditation. For fun, Jeff likes to enjoy the full benefits of retirement (including going to Price Chopper when the store isn’t so busy) and Melinda enjoys flower gardening, tending to the dogs, and spending time with Audrey. They both mention Audrey’s birth & life as being the most interesting thing in their lives. They have both traveled to Mexico, and would like to do more traveling in the USA & maybe visit Norway & Denmark. Melinda would like to have time to foster homeless dogs.

What brought the Cettos to Lord of Love? Melinda credits her mom & dad (Ione & Dennis Schnell) and Jeff says Melinda brought him! They like the fellowship and Pastor Meggan, and Melinda recalls that LOL was a big part of her parents’ lives. They are involved with the Wednesday Evening Meal, noting that it gives them a perspective on how blessed their lives are.

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