March 2018



Women of the ELCA

Love Day:  Tuesday, March 13
Bible Study Leader – June Eagan
Hostess – LaVerne Mills
Covered Dish Luncheon

Palm Sunday: March 25
Bake Sale after worship to benefit West Central & MLM; Bring a baked item and buy a baked item, and pray for a successful sale.

Saving Labels & Bar Codes: For Campbell Soup & Best Choice, see list on the WELCA bulletin board for what to save.

Special Offering
Special offering for Fellowship Hall dish washer: The congregation and WELCA have received a monetary gift from a former member.  They have decided to use it for a new dish washer in the Fellowship Hall.  Next Sunday, February 25, there will be a special offering collected so that you can contribute to that fund.  Designate “dish washer” in the memo space on your check.

Book Club
Book Club is meeting Monday, March 19 at 11:30am @ the Olive Garden.  We are reading Nighttime is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark. “Narrowly escaping an abduction attempt, a young woman wonders if serial kidnappings taking place throughout the country are related, a suspicion that compels her to join the investigation and pit herself against a dangerous adversary.”

 The first impression our church makes is at the front door.  Volunteers plant flowers, trim shrubs, and control weeds.  The group of people who has been doing this has grown older and we are needing more able bodied workers.  It does not require a lot of time and work if we have several people.  If you are willing to join this group talk to Linda Darr.  March is upon us and it will soon be time to get started.

Lenten Giving
We have many ways we can choose to focus on the Lenten Season. Some of the most common ways are by attending  our mid-week Lenten church services; by focusing on prayer, Bible study, and/or personal reflection at home;  by observing “meat-less Fridays”’; or perhaps by “giving up” favorite foods or activities until Easter.
     One unique way, suggested to us several years ago by Pastor Peter Rehwalt, was to “give extra” during Lent: that is, to give of our time, efforts, and/or finances in ways that are above and beyond our normal volunteer activities and donations. Our Church Council is requesting that IF you observe Lent by financially “giving extra” to a charity, to please consider making Lord of Love one of those recipients!  An extra donation to our church, earmarked to pay off the mortgage debt we hold from the construction of our Servant Hall and Kitchen, would be most welcome.  Although we make additional payments to the principal from our annual budget each year, we still owe over $60,000 on this debt.

     To contribute, you can mark the amount in the “other” section of your offering envelope with the notation “for the mortgage principal”. If you don’t use the envelopes, you can make a similar annotation in the memo portion of an extra donation check. Should you choose to observe Lent with us in this way, we give you special thanks!



“Lent is a journey.  While we hope to travel smoothly from Ash Wednesday to Easter, like any journey, there is no guarantee that there won’t be bumps along the way.  There is always the possibility of things breaking down or getting lost or unexpected delays- reminders that no matter how badly we try, we cannot control everything in our lives.  And yet it is precisely at the times we are thrown for a loop that our blinders are removed so that we see, taste, hear, feel, experience, and even be something new.”

Sundays and Seasons 2009 (an Augsburg Fortress worship resource) reminds us that although Lent is a journey, it is not a journey we travel alone.  “Jesus, the author of our faith” walks beside us.  The season expresses our longing to get to know him better along the way.   If Jesus is on our right, to our left is this community- the people of God here at Lord of Love Lutheran Church.  During Lent, we build up the body of Christ, getting an extra helping of one another, as we gather at the Wednesday night meal, visit with old friends and new faces, attend the midweek worship service, and share stories and service all in the name of the One we follow.   And in it all, let us pray that our blinders are removed so that we might see the One who loves us more than life itself.

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

Set Clocks Ahead March 10
DST begins March 11 – reset clocks ahead one hour before retiring on Saturday, March 10.

From the Bishop’s Office

A valentine gift from God

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry” (Love Story).

“Forgiveness guaranteed. Repentance optional” (sign in front of a Lutheran church).

This year Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same date. It seems like an odd pairing—Ash Wednesday, a day of solemn repentance and honest reckoning of our brokenness, and Valentine’s Day, a lighthearted celebration of love. Do we fast and pray and commit to rigorous spiritual disciplines, or do we dive in to Champagne and chocolate? Is it a day of contrition or of abandon? Do we abstain or do we indulge?
It’s strange how our culture divides up human experience and the way it puts a premium on happiness, self-fulfillment and conflict avoidance, particularly in personal relationships. The good life is untroubled. There should be no worries and certainly no cause to acknowledge pain or wrong. It’s a life of endless possibility fueled by positive thinking and affirmation. It should be perky, upbeat and fun. And somehow love needs to be shaped the same way. Certainly there is no room for Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day in the same space.
     The two quotes above are the manifesto for this worldview. They hold out the promise of pain-free, investment-free, responsibility-free relationships. They encourage an unexamined life, a kind of Teflon existence to which consequences don’t stick. They sound like the real thing but are as poor a substitute as the sentiments printed on the little sugar valentine hearts are for a real expression of love. In this world, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day make no sense together. But here we are. This Feb. 14 will hold two holy days. And, in our life in Christ, they aren’t incompatible but inseparable.
The history of salvation is one extended love story between God and God’s creation, between God and humankind, between God and God’s people. We were created in love for love. Real love. Love that is solid and deep and unflinching. Love that is true enough to be honest.
     God’s work of reconciliation in Christ is God’s eyes-wide-open acknowledgment of human rebellion and sin, the undeniable fact that all is not well no matter how hard we try to fix it or deny it. The remedy was the all-in, complete love of the incarnation, crucifixion and death of Christ. Jesus meets us right in the middle of our pain—the pain we feel and the pain we cause others—and without minimizing the depth of our offense, offers forgiveness and new life. Love does not mean never having to say you’re sorry—love means being able to say you’re sorry.
     Lutherans point out that grace is a gift, but sometimes we get a little carried away. I believe the sign in front of one of our congregations that claimed “Forgiveness guaranteed. Repentance optional” was trying to announce good news. Instead, it sent passers-by in the wrong direction. Our reconciled new life in Christ not only makes it possible for us to strip away any illusion of a whole and holy life that we bring about by ourselves, it compels us to repent.
Theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer warned us about this cheap grace. He wrote: “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate” (The Cost of Discipleship).
     So, Ash Wednesday is a valentine from God, one that invites us to enter deep into the mystery of true love, honest examination of our lives and the possibility of real repentance. The Ash Wednesday valentine starts us on the journey to the cross, to the passionate love of God shown in the Passion of Christ. And after the cross, the resurrection. No more pretense, freedom.

A monthly message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her email address:

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.


3/4          Darrell & Jo Rose
3/11       Jodi & Bethanie Cummings
3/18       Valerie Trigger & Valeeta Lucas
3/25       Tom & June Eagan

3/4          Valerie Trigger & Valeeta Lucas
3/11       Jim & Sam Brauer
3/18       Tom & June Eagan
3/25       Madelon Gott & Kathy Morton

3/4          David Salmon
3/11       Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
3/18       Jim/Sam Brauer
3/25       Linda Darr
3/4          Mary Tinkler
3/11       Ryan Tinkler
3/18       Merl Teigen
3/25       Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
Assisting Ministers
3/4          Mary Tinkler
3/11       Sam Brauer
3/18       Carol Petznick
3/25       Joye Conklin
Gifts Bearers
3/4          C.J. & Ryan Tinkler
3/11       Sophia Foti & Nancy Williamson
3/18       Oren Sisson & Antonio Gutierrez-Diaz
3/25       Brodie & Taylor Cummings
3/4          Kayden Miller
3/11       Meagan Boze
3/18       Addison Miller
3/25       Mimi Brauer
Children’s Sermon
3/4          Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
3/11       Ryan Tinkler
3/18       Ryan Tinkler
Altar Guild
Bethany Ladd

Offering Counters

Darrell Rose & Ryan Tinkler




Altar Guild                                      Madelon Gott
Acolytes & Gift Bearers                  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 – Linda Chambers, Abigail

ALSO: Jim Arr, Carole Brummer, Leslie Chambers, Linda Christopherson, Ray Clifton, Jan Englert, Madelon Gott, Carin Johnson, Pat Kennedy, Leroy Lindahl, LaVerne Mills, Carol Patterson, Yvonne Salmon,  Tony Smith, Royce Tinkler, Don Vinduska,  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, Hunter Fawcett, Jessica Goicoechea, Shane Martin, Derek McDonald, Marc Meier, Jess Moore, Michael Peterson, Colby Petznick, Nick Sanford, 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
3/29         Joel Trigger



3/14         Terry & Jean Brown
3/27         Stuart & LaVerne Mills
3/30         Ernie & Karen Franke

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 March
March 4, 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

March 11, 4th Sunday in Lent
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

March 18, 5th Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Psalm 119:9-16 (alternate)
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

March 25, Palm/Passion Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1--15:47
Mark 15:1-39 [40-47] (alternate)

Council Highlights

  1. The meeting was called to order by President Tom Johnson on February 8, 2018, at 7:11 PM.
  2. Pastor Meggan and Council members Kathy Morton and Richard Yotter were not present.
  3. Devotion was provided by Jim Brauer.
  4. The agenda was approved as read and amended.
  5. The minutes of the last Council Meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report:  was approved as presented.
Pastor’s Report:

  1. Pastoral care: 4 visits.
  2. Community Involvement: 4 organizations: Cass County Non-Profit, Child Protective Services, Believers in Glory, and the Cass County Homeless Working Group.
  3. Synod Support: Generosity Project Workshop Series and Boundary Workshop.
  4. Committee Support:  Worship.
  5. Ministry Summary:
  6. Cass County Non-Profits: planned and attended workshop about poverty myths at Ray-Pec High School.
  7. Worship: planning and coordinating worship for Lent/Easter.
  8. Upcoming Dates:
  9. Ash Wednesday: February 14.
  10. Mid-week Services: Begin February 21.

Ministry Team Reports:
Facilities Team:  Purchased replacement fluorescent ballasts, 48-inch fluorescent lamps, C batteries, and janitorial supplies. Tested emergency lights.  Repaired soap dispenser.  Repaired desk drawer in Church secretary’s office.  Shoveled snow from sidewalks twice.  Replaced battery in furnace room smoke/CO detector.
Stewardship Team: No report.  The next Team meeting will be April 3, 2018, at 10:15 AM.
Evangelism Team:  No report.
Personnel Team:   No report.
Community Meal Team:  a total of 510 meals were served during the month of January with 194 of those meals provided as take-home meals.  
Care Team:  Two home-bound congregation members received weekly meals.  Three congregation members were given rides to church services, 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 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 attended the Community Meals each Wednesday evening and interacted with the meal attendees.  The next Care Team meeting will be held on April 9, 2018.
Worship and Music Team: No report.
Education Team:  The Sunday school activity to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the Chinese New Year celebration was a success. 
Green Team:  will evaluate the possibility of acquiring solar-powered, LED type, parking lot lights.
The Ministry Team reports were approved.

Unfinished Business:

  1. Communications Committee:
  2. Speakers will be re-aimed in the sanctuary to eliminate acoustic feedback.
  3. The position of Coordinator for the Communications Committee remains open and needs to be filled.  Jim Brauer will work on the job description for this position.
  4. Currently these members are on the Communications Committee:
  5. Web page:  Sandy Anderson.
  6. Facebook: Jeanie Brown.
  7. Bulletin Boards are maintained by: June Eagan, Debbie Swisher, Sharon Scheel, Neca Mills, and WELCA.
  8. Ministry Team Chair job descriptions:  Pastor Meggan prepared a template for the team chair job descriptions which will be emailed to each team chair for them to complete.   Pastor requested the job descriptions be returned before the April 12, 2018, Council Meeting.
  9. Church Security:
  10. Parking lot lights were discussed.  Initial cost and monthly cost paid to KCP&L needs to be researched and a decision made.   It is desired that the new parking lot lights be of the LED type.  The question was also raised: would solar powered parking lot lighting be a viable option?  Jim Brauer will research.
  11. Monitoring exterior doors during church services was briefly discussed.  Awaiting further recommendations from the Security committee.

New Business:

  1. Cass County Non-Profit Fiscal Sponsor Administrator: ongoing discussions:
  2.  Efforts are being made by the Cass County group to obtain a government grant to fund a full-time position for Vicky Riddle to coordinate efforts at the County level and be an advocate for the people so that the various sub-organizations will not be relied upon for this coordination.
  3. Church Goals:  Pastor Meggan recommended that we set Church Goals and Vision for the next 3 to 5 years.
  4.  Paying off the remaining (approximately 4 year) mortgage early on Servant Hall (approximately $60,000.00) was discussed.  Neca Mills proposed dedicated fund raising efforts such as bake sales, garage sales, and requesting special additional giving during Lent from the Congregation for this purpose.  Tom Johnson proposed that the Church should market the use of the Church facilities more aggressively and that income could also help pay off the mortgage sooner.
  5. Sustaining and/or growing congregation membership was discussed.
  6. The dishwasher door latch in the Fellowship Hall is broken.  The dishwasher may need to be replaced if parts are not available.  A former church member and WELCA are providing some funds for this.  Additional giving for those who would like to contribute to this will be requested from the congregation at Sunday worship.
  7. The first Synod Listening Session for church member input (experiences, concerns, opinions, and passions) on the topic of becoming a Sanctuary Synod will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Overland Park Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas.
  8. Neca Mills proposed that hand sanitizers be provided for the congregation members to use in between the “Passing of Peace” and Communion.   Merl Teigen will research procurement of hand sanitizer stations (or individual packets).
  9. The question was raised if the Church could now fund the Pastor on a full-time basis.  Discussion is ongoing.
  10. The Lord of Love Lutheran Church Banner is missing.  If the banner cannot be found, general consensus was that it should be replaced.
  11. The devotion for the April 12, 2018, Church Council meeting will be provided by Merl Teigen.

The Council meeting was adjourned at 9:31 PM with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jay Hoglund
Council Secretary

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Thank-You Notes
Carol & I would like to thank the congregation for all the cards, phone calls, visits and prayers during my recent illness. I am home now & recuperating. John Watson

Art and Doris Tees want to thank all the people who sent us cards during our recent illnesses. We are both much better and appreciate the thoughtfulness. Lord of Love is indeed a caring congregation!

Getting to Know our LOL Members
Carole Brummer

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Menomonee Falls Wisconsin.  I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Paul Minnesota with a degree in nursing in 1969. I met and married my husband in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1969.
We moved to Forest Lake, Minnesota.  My husband worked for Amour Foods for 39 years.  I taught nursing at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital and was elected to the Board of Directors of Forest Lake Memorial Hospital.
We have 2 children, David and Jodi.  I am lucky they both live in Raymore and Belton.  I have 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren---my pride and joy.
In 1978 we were transferred with Armour Foods and came to Belton, MO. In 1978 we joined Lord of Love.  I was active with the youth as my children were growing up. When the Fulton’s came to Lord of Love I found out just how small the world can be.  Pastor Dave Fultons’ wife Mary and I went to Gustavus Adolphus College in the same Nursing program at the same time!  After meeting Phyllis Stewart and talking about family (we had the same Maiden name-Marquardt) there is a very good chance we are 2nd or 3rd cousins!! What a small, small world.
I worked for 21½ years at Foxwood Springs Living Center retiring in 2005. I developed and taught courses and continuing education courses for professional and non-professional long term care staff at Foxwood and throughout Missouri and Nationally.  I also taught in the nursing program at CMSU.  I was a certified gerontological nurse and social gerontologist.   The last 11 years at Foxwood
I was Director of Nursing before retiring.
My husband died in 2008. I have a dog - Katie is my best buddy. I have always had a dog since I was 3 years old.  I enjoy reading, music, taking non-credit classes, knitting and day trips with the bank.  I also enjoy visiting and going to lunch with friends.

Multiple health issues create many challenges at times but I concentrate on what I can do not what I can’t do.  I thoroughly enjoy my time with family and friends.  I am thankful for all the blessings I have received. 
Volunteer at Blessings Abound

Blessings Abound continues to grow and needs the support of our KC partners! We have volunteer openings for a Monday cashier (2pm to 6pm), Saturday cashier (10am to 1pm) and merchandise sorting in our back room throughout the week (schedules flexible). Please contact Maryann Grace, Volunteer Coordinator, at 913.648.0700 or if you'd like to learn more.

Holy Week at
Lord of Love

Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion
Lord of Love Lutheran Church

Friday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Good Friday Service
Lord of Love Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 1 EASTER SUNDAY
6:30 am, Sunrise Service at Johnson Farms
177th & Holmes Road (State Road D)
Belton, MO 64012

9:00 am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Lord of Love Lutheran Church
10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt
Lord of Love Lutheran Church

(Watch for sign-up sheet for Easter lilies soon)


Financial Reports Jan.--Dec. 31






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Central Bank of the Midwest 
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January 2018 LifeLine

February 2018 LifeLine