The treasurer’s report from the last council meeting was reviewed and all budget items were acceptable. The 50th Anniversary team has requested $400 for the Oct 1 celebration. A motion was made, seconded and approved to allow the $400 expense.
The fall stewardship program was planned with Pastor Meggan giving three sermons based on the creed. The program will begin on Oct 15 and continue on Oct 22 and 29. On Reformation Sunday Oct 29 we will collect the final time, talent and treasure cards. We would encourage all members to complete the time, talent and treasure cards to assist the team in preparing next year’s budget and identify other available talents. Treasure (pledge) cards go in the offering plate; Time and Talent forms go in the Secretary’s mailbox.
A few areas the team identified that could be improved in the future were as follows:
In keeping with our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will be looking at stewardship this October through the lens of Luther’s Small Catechism explanation of the Apostle's Creed.
Martin Luther understood that the Creed reveals what kind of God we have and what our God does for us. In our study of the Creed, we will discover that God is first and foremost a provider. In the First Article of the Creed, Luther teaches that God is the Source of all that we are and all that we receive. The Second Article teaches us that God is the Giver, who in Jesus Christ, spends all of himself for us. Finally, the Third Article of the Creed teaches that God is our Guide, helping us to have and stay in relationship with God.
Luther acknowledged that we have a God who gives to each one of us not on the basis of our worthiness or merit, but out of abundant generosity. What, then, should be our response, especially when it is impossible to ever repay God for his generosity? Luther says that we owe it to God to “thank and praise, serve and obey him.” How do we do that? We do that by sharing the many good gifts that God has abundantly given us.
This is most certainly true!
Lectionary Readings for September
October 1, 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
October 8, 18th Sunday after Pentecost
October 15, 19th Sunday after Pentecost
October 22, 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
October 29 Reformation Sunday
Book Club will be meeting Monday, October 23 at the 54th Street Grill & Bar at 11:45. We are reading Unwritten by Charles Martin: “Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all too familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself.”
Pet Blessing October 8 @ 4:00 pm. Bring your pet to Lord of Love, so that it may be blessed and receive a treat. Please have pets crated or leashed, for their safety. (We love them all!!)
Sunday, October 8, the Sunday School classes will be supporting the Green Team in collecting recycling to be delivered to the Overland Park Recycling drive as noted on the fliers on the bulletin board & kiosk. If you have any of the items listed, please bring them to church next Sunday so that the Sunday School can get them sorted & packed for shipping to the OP event. Please note there is a fee for some electronics, & for documents to be shredded, so please make a check out to Lord of Love with “recycling” on the memo line. Chances are, if you need to get rid of it, the Green Team can take it! Check out the flyers. For complete information see https://www.opkansas.org/events/recycling-extravaganza/.
Information & a sign-up sheet are posted about a Stephen Ministry. There is a workshop on this subject 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on October 21at Crossroads Christian Church, 5855 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS. See bulletin board for all details.
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!
Our thanks to Ernie Franke for all the hard work cleaning up & maintaining the Veterans’ Memorial. Take a trip to the side yard to see all the bricks & flowers.
MLM Christmas Store
As we move into the end of the summer, Metro Lutheran Ministry staff and volunteers are busy preparing for the 850 families who will be served by the 44th Annual MLM Christmas Store! This year’s store takes place the week of December 3rd
Christmas Store Ornaments
Shopping for over 3,000 people is difficult but fortunately we’ve got a great list. MLM surveyed clients last year and created a new set of ornaments for your church’s “giving” tree. To receive yours, please contact Kelly Seward at 816-285-3141 or email@example.com.
Christmas Store Gift Delivery
Please deliver your Christmas Store gifts to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport RD, Kansas City, MO on Sunday afternoon, December 3, between noon and 3:00 pm. We will have volunteers on hand to unload your car and get you on your way quickly!
Christmas Store Volunteers
As always, our awesome volunteers are what makes the Christmas Store such a successful ministry. Targeted volunteer invitation mailings have been sent to folks who have helped out in the past. We’re thrilled to see new volunteers each year, as well, so we’re asking you to share these specific volunteer needs:
- Pastors and ministry leaders to lead devotions each day (contact Amy Viets firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-825-3154.)
- Cooks to provide meals for volunteers throughout the week
- Set-up volunteers, December 3 – 5
- “Elves” to help our guests shop, December 6 – 9
- Thank you again for being an important part of this ministry that means so much so many families!
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: $190.00
Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization: Merl Teigen.
Thrivent Choice Dollars
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 Members
David and Yvonne Salmon
David was born is San Antonio, Texas and Yvonne was born in Topeka, Kansas. David grew up in Sedalia, Missouri, and Yvonne in Kansas City, Missouri. David and Yvonne met in Warrensburg, Missouri, while attending CMSU (now UCM). David graduated with a BS degree in Geography and Yvonne in Elementary Education. We married shortly after we graduated in Nov 1973 and will be together coming up for 44 years. Yvonne began her career teaching 4th grade at Gladden Elementary in Belton in 1973. Yvonne earned her Master’s degree a few years later. Through a span of 25 years, she also taught 5th, 1st and 2nd grades. After retiring from teaching, she took on a banking career which lasted 18 years where she started as a teller in 1998 and ended her second career as branch manager in 2016. David’s first job was for an aerial mapping company but then landed a job in agricultural meteorology which became his lifelong profession and passion. In 1995, David started a commodity weather consultation company that lasted through 1995.
In 1979 their son, Doug, was born.
We’ve had both cats and dogs over the years but currently have only a cat.
Pastor Joel Nelson, was the minister when we were invited by his daughter/Yvonne’s student Marcia Nelson, to attend LOL in 1977. David had grown up as a Lutheran (Missouri Synod). Both of us have served on the church council and have been a part of many committees. Yvonne taught Sunday school over 30 years. We have made many long lasting friendships and will continue to make more friends as we grow.
We both enjoy traveling and want to see more of our beautiful country. We both enjoy playing golf, and take our golf sticks on our travels. When relatives come to visit we have killer pinochle games. Although he doesn’t get to do it as often as he’d like, David loves to fish. Yvonne’s passion is reading and she belongs to two book clubs.
We both feel volunteering has been a major part of our lives. Once we moved to Belton, David became involved in the emergency management and eventually was its director. He’s also has been all offices in Lion’s club, served on the school board, and was involved in Belton’s youth sports. He currently enjoys meeting with a young man at Belton HS for whom he’s been a mentor since 2nd grade. In other spare moments, he wrote a book about severe weather detection, and was published in 2007. Yvonne was a member of a local teacher’s organization and was its local president six times. She also headed up the drive to take the Belton HS band to Washington DC by raising over $80,000. She was chosen as Belton citizen of the year in 1996. We enjoyed working the community meal but have taken a hiatus. We hope to resume our role soon.
50 Years at Lord of Love
Dennis Heath – 1967-1968
Thomas Bartholemeh – 1969-1974
Joel Nelson – 1975-1983
David Fulton – 1983-1993
Richard Hoffmann – 1994-2001
Rodney Nygren – 2002-2005
Lesley Radius – 2006-2009
David Newman – 2009-2012
Peter Rehwaldt – 2012-2013
Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt - 2013-present
Events Around the Community:
(see flyers on kiosk in the narthex)
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Questions and Responses about Muslims and Islam
Holy Family Catholic Church
919 NE 96th St. Kansas City, MO
Those who aren’t Muslim often have many question about this faith. What do they believe? What role do they play in our country and in the world? Come for an informative evening and receive answers to your questions. Presented by Fr. Paul Turner & Mahnaz Shabbier. For information & to RSVP, call Holy Family Parish office 816-436-9200.
Saturday, October 7 10:30 am
Seeing God with Open Eyes.
Regnier Hall Auditorium, KU Edwards Campus
127th & Quivera, Overland Park, KS
For 8 years, Vedanta Society of Kansas City and the AUM Foundation have invited notable scholars to speak on timely topics engaging to anyone with an interest in spiritual life. The speakers for this year’s Arjun Kumar Memorial Lecture are Dr. Jeffery D. Long & Swami Chetanananda. A musical prelude will be provided by Viswa Mohan & Shivanand Narsimhamurthy. For more information about the society, see http://www.vedantakc.org/. No charge for this event. 816-444-8245.
Saturday, October 7, 7:45 pm
Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, & the Eucharist
An Ecumenical Text Commemoration the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Presenters: Father Paul Turner, priest of the Diocese of KC-St. Joseph & pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in KC
Dr. Craig Nessan is Academic Dean of Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA & ordained minister in the ELCA.
Conception Abbey Guest Center (St. Gabriel), on the left as you enter the Abbey complex. Come early for Compline in the Basilica @ 7:15 pm. A reception will follow the presentation. For more information, call Scott Moon at 573-576-6182.