August 2018



Women of the ELCA
Love Day:  Tuesday, August 14
Bible Study Leader – Vicki Hedger
Hostess – Arnita Winders
Eat out to celebrate Donna Huber’s 80th birthday

Saving Labels & Bar Codes: 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.

Pie Auction and Picnic
August 19th after Worship: Everyone Invited!
FREE Indoor Picnic with homemade ice cream and
Pie Auction to benefit Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries’ Christmas Store and West Central Community Action Agency. Sponsored by WELCA. For more information, contact Vicki Hedger or Carol Huggins.

Book Club
Book Club is meeting at 11:30 on August 20 at the Panda Express on Hiway 58 in Raymore. We are reading The Deep End by Julie Mulhern, a local author whose books are centered in the Country Club area of Kansas City: “Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband's mistress tends to ruin a woman's day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.” Set in 1974, it is described as as fun read – “Murder in the days before cell phones, the internet, DNA and AFIS.”

Blood Drive
Date: 08/16/2018 (Thurs)
Start Time: 3:00 PM; End Time:  7:00 PM  
Where: Gym @ Lord of Love,
(Park in Rear of Church)

To make an appointment Contact Chairperson:
Jo Rose at 816-686-8816 OR

Stewardship Corner
            Review of our financial condition so far this year indicates we are not keeping up with current expenses. Therefore, if you are behind with your current giving pledge this may be a good time to get caught up.
The stewardship team met last month to discuss the fall stewardship program. Stay tuned for a good stewardship program for this fall. We are also reviewing how stewardship and finances are involved in the risk management assessment that our insurance program requires. We are also looking at what our real needs are concerning insurance coverage on our facilities
                  The revised stewardship and finance and the format procedures has been approved by the church council and will be made available to anyone interested in these documents. A draft procedure for the audit team has been prepared and after final team review of this procedure it will be made available for church council approval.
            Several of the items that were identified to be fixed or repaired for this year have been corrected. If you have any additional items that should be fixed or repaired give us your input.
                  Thank you for your giving for this year. Our stewardship program continues all year long in the giving of time talent and possessions.

Choir Begins New Season 

Make a joyful noise!! Choir resumes Tuesday, September 4, at 7:00 pm. We invite you to join us! We are hoping to use some exciting/inspiring new music this season. A love of singing and praising God is the only requirement – we encourage and invite YOU to join us! Any questions – contact Carol Petznick at 816-223-8238.



August is here.  School doesn’t start for another few weeks.  There are still a few more days to rest before the frenzy of fall.  The Hebrew word for “rest” is Sabbath.  I would like to share with you a passage entitled, “Sabbath,” from one of my favorite authors, Frederick Buechner.

“For Jews it is the seventh day, Saturday, and for most Christians it is the first day, Sunday.  In either case, it is a day set aside from the other six as the day which God himself blessed and hallowed “because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:3).

Banks and post offices are closed, and most businesses shut down.  In some states you can’t buy a dink, and the regular weekday newscasters are replaced by substitutes.  Religiously inclined people may go to church.  Otherwise life goes on much as always.  The shopping malls are usually just as crowded as on any other day, many of the roads are even more so, and newspapers swell to grotesque proportions.  Insofar as it is still treated as a day of rest, the rest is apt to consist of people knocking themselves out on tennis courts, golf courses, hiking trails, or doing things like mowing the lawn, painting the back porch, paying bills, or taking a long afternoon nap.

You think of God resting after the creation was finally created.  You think of the deep hush of it, like the hush between breakers at the beach.  You think of the new creation itself resting- the grey squirrel ceasing to twitch and chatter, the kingfisher settling down on the branch by the pond, the man and the woman standing still in the garden.  You think of God blessing this one day of the seven and hallowing it, making it holy.

The room is quiet.  You’re not feeling tired enough to sleep or energetic enough to go out.  For the moment there is nowhere else you’d rather go, no one else you’d rather be.  You feel at home in your body. You feel at peace in your mind. For no particular reason, you let the palms of your hands come together and close your eyes.  Sometimes it is only when you happen to taste a crumb of it that you dimly realize what it is that you’re so hungry for you can hardly bear it.”

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From Synod Office

Coffee and Prayers
How do you connect with your community?

Some churches mount mission trips in their cities or towns; some open their doors to serve as election venues; some invite public meetings in their fellowship halls; some host other churches’ worship services on Sunday afternoons.

But prayers at a coffee shop on Thursdays?

That’s how the Rev. Marie Sager connects with the people of Hays, Kansas.  She’s pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hays, and she shares a bit about her experience in the article below.  Give it a read, and then think of the ways you reach out or make yourself available – lay members as well as clergy – to the people in your context.  Or if you’re looking for ideas, follow Pastor Marie’s lead.  See how it goes.
--- Bishop Roger

“Have you ever been to a coffee shop and seen people working on their computers? How about reading a book? You probably answered yes to both of these questions, but have you seen someone praying?

I have been offering Free Prayer, at a local coffee shop, since April 2016. It has been such an amazing ministry. I have received lots of inquisitive smiles, and those who do venture over to pull up a chair have had many different prayer requests. I have had a request from a kid eating lunch with their family about safety in an upcoming storm, to requests for family members in the hospital, to safe travel on road trips. There are no “small prayers.”

I first heard about the ministry of Free Prayer via Facebook in a post that featured an article about The Rev. Thomas Rusert, a pastor in Pennsylvania. The article talked about why he offers “Free Prayer” at different places. The idea intrigued me, so I decided to try it. I requested a Free Prayer sign, and I was off to the local coffee shop near me.

Besides praying for people, one of the reasons I do Free Prayer, is to offer a ministry to the community. I sit in my clerical collar most Thursdays with my sign offering Free Prayer. In a predominantly Catholic and non-denominational community, I am one of the only female pastors. Therefore, I also view my Free Prayer ministry as an evangelism tool, to let people know that women can and have been pastors in the Lutheran church for around 45 years.

Lastly, I post on Facebook about this ministry as well. I have a pinned post on my Pastor Marie Sager page with dates of upcoming Free Prayer times. I also post in real time as I am doing Free Prayer asking what I may pray for.”



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.


8/5      Bill & Linda Darr
8/12    Tom & June Eagan
8/19    Earl & Betty File
8/26    Ernie Franke & John Watson

8/5      Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
8/12    Jodie & Bethanie Cummings
8/19    Tom & June Eagan
8/26    Earl File & Valeeta Lucas
8/5      Ryan/Mary Tinkler
8/12    Richard Yotter
8/19    Kathy Morton
8/26    Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
Assisting Ministers
8/5      Mary Tinkler
8/12    Sam Brauer
8/19    Addison Miller
8/26    Carol Petznick
Gifts Bearers
8/5      Oren Sisson & Antonio Gutierrez-Diaz
8/12    Meagan Boze & Frieda Brauer
8/19    Sophia & Annabelle Mitchell
8/26    Sophia Foti & Nancy Williamson
8/5      Meagan Boze
8/12    Sophia Foti
8/19    Kayden Miller
8/26    Mimi Brauer

Altar Guild
Prosser-Gebhardt Family

Offering Counters
Joye Conklin & Richard Yotter Ryan/Mary Tinkler & Merl Teigen



Altar Guild                                    open
Acolytes & Gift Bearers                Vicki Hedger
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 – Mary Jane Say

ALSO: Luke Davidson, Joyce Hankins, Roger Hodges, Carol Patterson, Bob Penn, Royce Tinkler,  Dallas Winders, Richard Yotter, Ann Zink

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

8/1          Bob Blackman
               Tom Eagan
               Angie Souders
8/5           Gordon Adolphson
8/9           Jodi Brummer
                Leroy Lindahl
8/12         Melinda Cetto
                Sue Cushman
                Patti Reid
8/18         Rick Anderson
                 Sharon Scheel
8/21         Jodie Cummings
8/22         Jeanne Cummin
                Terry Hodges
8/26         Jo Rose
8/29         Donna Huber
8/30         Oren Sisson


8/23         Ken & Ruth Van Sickle
8/29         Bob & Nancy Blackman

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 August
August 5, 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78:23-29
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

August 12, 12th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:1-8
Ephesians 4:25--5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

August 19, 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:9-14
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

August 26, 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69


A Thank-You Note
I have now completed my treatments for bladder cancer and am feeling really good.  I think we may have a cure but time will tell. Thanks to everyone for your prayers, card and encouragement for these last several months. This has been a great help in my healing process.                         Richard Yotter

Worship and Music Committee Request
If anyone in our church family plays a music instrument and would like to occasionally add special accompaniments to hymns and special music, please contact Vicki Hedger at 816-853-3774 or

Directory Updates:
Sharon Carneal phone: 816-832-3516.
Jimmy & Jolene Mitchell, email address: 

Please write in corrections to your Directory as they are published, so you’ll always be up-to-date!

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.

Financial Reports Jan.--June 30






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Central Bank of the Midwest 
*Includes Extra Principal Payment
Extra Principal Payment from Ob. Funds
(Obligated Funds Income and Expense items are not included in Contributions or Operating Expenses)


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