July 2018



Women of the ELCA
Love Day:  Tuesday, July 10
Bible Study Leader – Carol Huggins
Hostess – Yvonne Salmon
Covered Dish Luncheon

July 13-15 WELCA Central States Synod Convention, Windermere, Roach, MO

Have you ever wondered what the WELCA group’s lessons are about?  Would you like a personal devotion?  Do you have questions about how to pray?  The summer Bible Studies from Gather magazine are on-line now. Each year Gather makes its summer Bible study series available for free download, so that non-subscribers can get a taste of the thought-provoking studies we offer all year round. Our summer Bible study, "Let us pray" by Anna Madsen, is now available for free download on our website. Learn more about this series and download the printable PDFs at https://www.gathermagazine.org/summer-2018-prayer/

Saving Labels & Bar Codes: Huge change: after more than 43 years, the Campbell’s Soup Label program ended May 31, 2018! WELCA will, however, still be collecting the UPC symbols from Best Choice products. There is a collection box on the counter in Fellowship Hall.

Book Club
Book Club is meeting at Red Lobster in Lee’s Summit on July 23rd at 11:30 am   We are reading On Secret Service by John Jakes: “A dramatic tale of spying and espionage, On Secret Service chronicles the Civil War from its onset to Lincoln's assassination. . . Throughout the tale lurks the dangerous presence of John Wilkes Booth and his outspoken hatred of Abe Lincoln, until the fateful night of April 14, 1865 . . . Even the newly formed Secret Service cannot protect the president from the assassin’s bullet.” (The secretary suggests that you search this title on the Cass County Library website & read the whole summary – too long to include here, but chock-full of intrigue & adventure!)

Emergency Action Plan
On Sunday July 1 after the worship service there will be a presentation for all our members on Emergency Procedures in case of fire, tornado, storm, intruder or active shooter. Please try to attend to make our church a safer place. With questions, see Earl File, Building Coordinator.

Thank You Note
Lord of Love, Thank you for the gift. It will help me very much for college.        Doug Adolphson

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.


Why do you go to church?  There are as many answers to this question as there are persons in the pew.  “I go because I like the way we do worship.”  “I go because I like the hymns.”  “I go because I like the pastor.”  “I go because my friends are there.”

Why do you go to church?  We go to church not because of the liturgy or the hymns or the pastor or because our friends are here.  We go to church because Jesus is here.  “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  The One who made us and died for us and now claims us and calls us into the Kingdom, has promised to be present whenever and wherever we gather in Christ’s name.  And so we gather to bask and rest in God’s presence; to soak in it so that all that seeks to destroy us and God’s hold in us will not prevail.  We gather to hear again the promises, to swim in the waters of our rebirth, to eat and drink forgiveness and life, and to thank God for God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

Why do you go to church?  The liturgies, hymns, pastors, friends and more – all this is extra.  We go to church because Jesus is here and when we see the real reason we go, nothing will be able to keep us away.

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From Synod Office

2018 Synod Assembly Wrap-up

"This was fun!"  I heard a number of variations on that evaluation last Saturday afternoon [June 9] as we wrapped up the Synod Assembly at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Our focus was evangelism as we gathered under the theme “God’s Story, Our Voices.”  In sermons, workshops, keynote, and music we explored the intersection of God’s story and our own stories and how we might as individual Christians give voice to our faith.  We even factored in some practice in sharing our faith with another person as we reflected on the questions “How has your faith remained constant through the years and how has it changed you?” and “Where have you seen God active recently?”  The goal is to make faith talk an increasingly normal part of our everyday speech.

Every year our Assembly is blessed by the participation of a representative of the churchwide expression of the ELCA.  This year we heard from Ruben Duran, director of the Congregational Vitality Team.  Ruben also oversees new ministry initiatives, several of which are under way right here in the Central States Synod.
This was a challenging Assembly as well, since voting members decided to increase by $20,000 the spending for campus ministry and seminary support.  Since we pass half our revenue on to our churchwide expression so it can continue our ministry throughout the country and beyond our borders, the amount of the approved increase is actually $40,000.
A team of Glocal Musician Educators got us on our feet and clapping as they drew us in with music from all over the globe.  They take the term “educators” seriously – it didn’t take them long to teach us lyrics in a number of languages which for most of us were foreign. 
Bethany College, the venue for this Assembly, truly rose to the occasion.  The faculty and staff hosted us with genuine hospitality; and in his warm welcome to us President Will Jones made it clear that he highly values a solid working relationship between the college and our synod. 
All in all it was an excellent several days that combined the business of the synod, inspiration, and learning – all designed to equip us for the simple but deeply faithful practice of giving voice to the gift of faith that is in us.  This is, after all, how God changes the world.
--- Bishop Roger


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

Jim Brauer

Ryan Tinkler
Vice-President /President Elect

Jay Hoglund
Council Secretary

Merl Teigen
Council – Facilities

Richard Yotter
Council – Finance

Council – Evangelism

Debbie Swisher
Council Liaison to Care Team

Vicki Hedger
Music & Worship

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.


7/1          Earl & Betty File
7/8          Dallas & Arnita Winders
7/15       Richard & Marlys Yotter
7/22       Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
7/29       Jodie & Bethanie Cummings

7/1          Donna Morrison & Angie Souders
7/8          Ryan & Mary Tinkler
7/15       Kathy Morton & Valeeta Lucas
7/22       Richard & Marlys Yotter
7/29       Jim & Sam Brauer
7/1          Darrell Rose
7/8          John/Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
7/15       Darrell Rose
7/22       David Salmon
7/29       Merl Teigen
Assisting Ministers
7/1          Ryan Tinkler
7/8          Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
7/15       Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
7/22       Jim Brauer
7/29       Merl Teigen
Gifts Bearers
7/1          Sophia Foti & Nancy Williamson
7/8          Sophia & Annabelle Mitchell
7/15       C.J. Chambers & Ryan Tinkler
7/22       Kayden & Addison Miller
7/29       Meagan Boze & Frieda Brauer
7/1          Kayden Miller
7/8          Sophia Foti
7/15       Meagan Boze
7/22       Annabelle Mitchell
7/29       Mimi Brauer
Altar Guild
                  Tinkler/Winders families

Offering Counters

Ryan/Mary Tinkler & Merl Teigen



Altar Guild                                    open
Acolytes & Gift Bearers                open
Assisting Ministers                         Ryan Tinkler
Ushers                                           Joye Conklin      
Lectors                                          Joye Conklin
Cantors                                         Merl Teigen
Chancel Choir
& Music Director                           Carol Petznick                    
Greeters                                         Joye Conklin
Offering Counters                           Joye Conklin

Prayer Concerns for the Past Month

Family & Friends of –

ALSO: Joyce Hankins, Roger Hodges, Carol Patterson, Leah & Mary Sayers, Royce Tinkler,  Dallas Winders, Richard Yotter

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

Birthday Celebrations

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


7/22    Casey & Joye Conklin          
7/30    Sean & Jana Cooper

If you have been omitted from the birthday or anniversary 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 1, 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Lamentations 3:22-33
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 (alternate)
Psalm 30
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

July 8, 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

July 15, 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 7:7-15
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

July 22, 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

July 29, 10th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-18
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21


Highlights June 2018 Council Meeting

  1. The meeting was called to order by President Jim Brauer on June 14, 2018, at 7:02 PM. 

Jim welcomed the new Council members.

  1. Karen Franke was not present.
  2. The devotion was provided by Pastor Meggan.
  3. The agenda was approved as read and amended.
  4. The minutes of the last Council Meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report – Karen Franke Treasurer:  Report was approved as presented.
Pastor’s Report - Pastor Meggan:

  1. Pastoral care: telephone calls.
  2. Committee Support:  Worship:  exploring the “Why and How” to worship with the committee using “With the Whole Church: a Study Guide for Renewing Worship” to identify best practices for meaningful worship. Care Team:  working to creating a benevolence team to manage the emergency fund and provide information to individuals in need of social services.
  3. Community Support: Cass County Homeless Working Group: working to create an executive committee to oversee the larger coalition, gather consensus from the coalition on the mission statement and values, and create a working group that consists of Cass County food programs for improved collaboration and access to other local services.
  4. Synod Support: Attended the 2018 Synod Assembly with Merl Teigen.

Ministry Team Reports:
Facilities Team - Merl Teigen Team Chair:  Purchased janitorial supplies twice.  Tested emergency lights.  Replaced several light bulbs.  Repaired leak in Servant Hall sink faucet.  Unplugged several toilets.  Adjusted two door closers.  Mowed grass weekly.  Pruned tree branches that were overhanging driveways and parking lot.  Pulled weeds from the flower beds and cracks in the parking lot.  Trimmed sidewalk edges.  Many members helped pick up windblown trash from the church yard.
Finance and Stewardship Team – Richard Yotter Team Chair: Richard Yotter prepared Procedure 1000, a template for all Church procedures, and Stewardship and Finance Team Procedure No 11000. 
Evangelism Team – Position is vacant and needs to be filled by a volunteer.  No report.
Personnel Team:   Executive Council:   No report.
          Community Meal Team – Reported by Yvonne Salmon:   A total of 290 meals were served at the Church in April with an additional 149 meals provided as take-home meals.  A total of 394 meals were served at the Church in May with an additional 172 meals provided as take-home meals.  The Community Meal Account ending balances were $6,395.04 for April and $6,281.36 for May.  It was decided that no Community Meal will be served on July 4, 2018, because of the 4th of July holiday. 
Care Team – Debbie Swisher Liaison:  Home-bound congregation members received a total of 12 weekly meals during the nine weeks since the last report.  Four congregation members were given rides to church services each week and to other activities, as they requested.  Five home-bound congregation members received Holy Communion, prayers, and fellowship.  Cards were sent, telephone calls were made, emails were sent, and/or home visits were made to comfort and encourage ten  members and their families during their illness, extended recuperation, bereavement, or prolonged absence.   The Meal Partners Team members attended the Community Meals each Wednesday evening and interacted with the Community Meal attendees.  The new Pictorial Church Directory has been distributed to most of the congregation.  Members who have not yet received their directory should pick up their copy.  The next Care Team meeting will be held on August 13, 2018.
Worship and Music Team-Vicki Hedger: No report.
Education Team - Position is vacant and needs to be filled by a volunteer.  No report.
Green Team-Position is vacant and needs to be filled by a volunteer.  No report.

The Ministry Team reports were approved.

Unfinished Business:

  1. Ministry Team Chair job descriptions:  All remaining ministry team chair job descriptions need to be completed.   These need to be emailed to Richard Yotter who will put all them in a standard format.
  2. Church Security:   Earl File provided the proposed Emergency Action Plan.  It was suggested by the Council that the plan be amended to include the Church’s AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  The Church Council approved the amended Emergency Action Plan.  The Emergency Action Plan also contains an Injury Report Form that must be filled out for all injuries that occur on Church property.  The injury Report Form is also in the green binder on the North wall of the Fellowship Hall.  The Emergency Action Plan will be in a binder in a visible location for all members to refer to in an emergency.  Earl File will present the amended Emergency Action Plan to the Congregation on July 1, 2018, after the Sunday Church service.
  3. The Emergency Action Plan also made five building code recommendations regarding door hardware and emergency exit lighting.  The Church Council approved the expenditures for all five of the recommendations in the Emergency Action Plan.
  4. Church Vitality Initiative:  awaiting return of all surveys.
  5. Building an Inclusive Church:  Ruth VanSickle will organize the committee in June.

New Business:

  1. Pastor Meggan will coordinate the date for the ceremony to install the new Church Council members and to thank the outgoing Church Council members.
  2. The Church will participate in the Mental Health Walk on September 15, 2018, also providing support and the lunch after the walk.
  3. The Church will provide a $250.00 honorarium from the Benevolence Fund to Vicki Riddle to support Cass County Non-Profits (CCNP).
  4. The dishwasher replacement funds that were donated exceed the cost of replacement so WELCA recommended that the excess funds go to mortgage payment. This was approved.
  5. Richard Yotter indicated that the Church Constitution requires signatures.  Investigation into the matter is ongoing.  Discussion is also ongoing as to possible future amendments to the Church Constitution.
  6. The Procedures Format (Procedure No. 1000) was approved.
  7. The Stewardship and Finance Team Procedure 11000 was approved.
  8. Stewardship and Finance Team Resolutions that were presented for approved:
  9. Purchasing: Who pays for purchase of replacement items?  “All new or replacement items purchased for the Church is the property of the Church and should be paid for by the Church.  In the case of an inside or outside organization that uses the facilities and has a budget of their own and does not pay rent agree to pay 50% of the cost of the new or replacement items.  Any organization inside or outside the Church that pays a rental fee should not be expected to share any costs unless they volunteer some reimbursement.”  This resolution was approved.
  10. Amazon Smile Program funds will be split equally into thirds between the Church, WELCA, and the Community Meal.  This resolution was approved.  All members and non-members are encouraged that when purchasing products from Amazon, they request that the 0.5% Amazon Smile Program charitable contribution be made to the Lord of Love Lutheran Church in Belton, MO.
  11. The Stewardship and Finance team is investigating the idea of having direct deposits made from members of the congregation directly to the Church via the Vanco program.
  12. The congregation shall develop an organizational structure as described by the Church bylaws (which will be amended to include descriptions and responsibilities of each committee and ministry team).  The Church bylaws shall be regularly updated and must be approved by the Congregation.
  13. The devotion for the August 9, 2018, Church Council meeting will be provided by Richard Yotter.

The Council meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jay Hoglund
Council Secretary

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: $404.00

Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization: Tom & June Eagan, Betty & Earl File, Connie & Merl Teigen.

Thrivent Choice Dollars for Meal
Thrivent members, Thrivent Choice Dollars can be designated to our Community Meal. Let Karen Franke know your wishes; otherwise, Choice Dollars go to the general fund.

Getting to Know our New LOL Members

Terry Hodges returns to Lord of Love, having first joined in 1989. He moved back to this area from Wichita, KS, in November. He enjoys gardening when time permits. He works for Otis Elevator, so he frequently travels for the job. He likes Lord of Loves because it feels like home. Welcome back, Terry!

Financial Reports Jan.--May 31






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Central Bank of the Midwest 
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