September 2017



Women of the ELCA
Love Day:  Tuesday, September 12
Bible Study Leader – Carol Huggins
Hostess – Connie Teigen
Election of Officers
Covered dish luncheon follows business meeting

September 29 – October 1
Central States WOELCA Convention
McPherson, KS

Pie Auction: Thanks to all who attended the Pie Auction & Ice Cream Social. We raised $583 for Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries and West Central Action Agency. If you weren’t able to attend, you missed the good musical entertainment by Los Amigos, the auctioning of pie by Howard Huber (thanks, Howard!) and the good fellowship around the eating of pie and homemade Ice cream!

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
Book Club will be meeting September 5 at 54th Street Grill in Grandview at 11:30. We are reading The Lost Bird by Margaret Coel:After the murder of an elderly priest, Father John thinks the bullet was meant for him. Consumed with anger and guilt, he is determined to find the murderer--even if he risks his life. From the bestselling author of The Story Teller.”

Rally Day
Rally Day & Sunday School Kick-off will be Sunday, September 10. Worship will include a blessing of the teachers. After church, the Sunday School children & their families are invited to the Brauer’s to roast hot dogs and swim & fish in the pond. Speak with Jim for details &/or directions.

Choir Begins New Season 
Make a joyful noise!! Choir resumes Tuesday, September 5, 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 at816-223-8238.

LOL 50th Anniversary
Coming soon! Sunday October 1, 2017 @ 9:00 celebration worship, followed by a potluck brunch. Please look through your archives for any pictures and articles of activities & celebrations that you’d like to share from October 1, 1967 to the present. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Morton or Joye Conklin.

Fall Festival Float
The Raymore Fall Festival will be Saturday, September 23. Lord of Love will have a float in the parade, and possibly a booth in the park. Watch Weekly News for coming details, & chat with Kathy Morton if you are interested in participating.


Over the summer, a group of individuals (the strategic planning committee) met to assess the ministries at Lord of Love.  We recognized that one of the things that makes Lord of Love so great is the people!  The members of Lord of Love live up to the name of the congregation, and are among the most caring and generous people in Cass County.  We are a congregation that seeks to support each other, shouldering alongside one another the ups and downs of life.   But, it’s more than just friendships, it is also spiritual.  Through the love and care of one another, we encounter and experience Emmanuel (God with us), and once again the Word takes on flesh and walks among us.  

So let's build on our strength!  Let's be intentional about developing and deepening relationships at Lord of Love.  The strategic planning committee has come up with a few ways to build relationships through the ministry of education.  Please see the changes below.

Youth Sunday School
We will be adding fellowship and service opportunities into the Sunday School schedule.  Our intent is for kids to learn their Bible stories, learn how to build relationships with kids they don't see every day, and develop a heart for service.  The schedule will be as follows:

1st Sunday: Fellowship
2nd Sunday: Education
3rd Sunday: Service
4th Sunday: Education
5th Sunday: Intergenerational Sunday School

No More Adult Sunday School
Several folks use the fellowship hour after worship to visit with friends.   This year we will take a break from adult Sunday School.  Instead, we will hold a monthly evening meal with devotions that is intergenerational.   This will take place on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 5-6:30pm.  More details to come.

No More Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible Study is often poorly attended do to time and interest.  This year we will focus on educational opportunities within the community, and promote them to the congregation.  

Once again we will be learning a new liturgy setting.  Starting September 17, we will be learning Setting 2 in the ELW.  We change our liturgical settings throughout the church year to punctuate the seasons, build up our music repertoire, practice flexibility, and explore new ways for God to meet us in worship.


See you in worship!

Pastor Meggan



From the Bishop’s Office

A Pastoral Letter after Charlottesville

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, have cooled but the images from last weekend continue to burn hot: images of Nazi flags parading through the town, angry mobs chanting white supremacist and anti-Semitic slogans, Christians trapped in a church and threatened by a pepper-spraying crowd outside.  These are but a few of the scenes that endure from a weekend of clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens injured, and indirectly led to the deaths of Virginia State Troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates.    

As people who bear the name “Christian,” we are called and empowered to stand up and speak out against the intolerance and hatred obscenely on display in Charlottesville.  As our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, reminds us, “White supremacy has no place in the kingdom of God, only the love and healing of the reign of the Prince of Peace.”  The kingdom of God is not some far-off reality, waiting for us when we leave this earth; it is right here and now, for those who allow themselves to be claimed by it and commit themselves to live according to its values.  We either follow Jesus, or we follow someone and something less. 
It is important to call a thing by its right name.  Racism is not simply a “problem.”  In the ELCA’s social statement “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture,” we are reminded that “Racism – a mix of power, privilege, and prejudice – is sin, a violation of God’s intention for humanity.  The resulting racial, ethnic, or cultural barriers deny the truth that all people are God’s creatures and, therefore, persons of dignity.  Racism fractures and fragments both church and society.” (You can read the full social statement at

As Lutheran Christians we acknowledge that we are both saint and sinner at the same time.  So even as we who are white are honest about our own racist tendencies, we can also allow what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” to spur us to action against those tendencies.  The kingdom in which we live will benefit.  Sometimes, intolerance is a good thing: we can refuse to laugh at the racist joke, we can refuse to pass on the email containing the Islamophobic rumor, we can refuse to stay silent instead of confronting the teller of the homophobic story.  We are who Christ has made us, and he has not made us to remain quiet in the face of hate.

And I ask you to do more.  Don’t simply celebrate the idea of diversity; cross whatever boundaries define your life and seek out someone who qualifies as “other” and actually get to know them, because they too are people for whom Christ died and as such are our brothers and sisters.  Loving those who Christ loves is truly God’s work, and it’s in our hands.  Let’s get going, Church.

Rev. Roger Gustafson, Bishop

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

Gale Hankins

Tom Johnson
Vice-President /President Elect

Madelon Gott
Council Secretary

Merl Teigen
Council – Facilities

Darrell Rose
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.




9/3      Ernie Franke and Gale Hankins
9/10    Richard & Marlys Yotter
9/17    Jodi Cummings and Joye Conklin
9/24    Louis and Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt


9/3      Valerie Trigger & Valeeta Lucas
9/10    Richard & Marlys Yotter
9/17    Jim & Sam Brauer
9/24    Jodie Cummings & Valerie Trigger


9/3      Carol Petznick
9/10    John Prosser-Gebhardt
9/17    Darrel/Jo Rose
9/24    Merl Teigen

Assisting Ministers

9/3      Addison Miller
9/10    Samuel Brauer
9/17    Ryan Tinkler
9/24    Madelon Gott

Gifts Bearers

9/3      Abby Fowler & Tulie Brown
9/10    Sophia Foti & Nancy Williamson
9/17    Oren & Antonio Koeting
9/24    Wally & Xavier Garcia


9/3      Madilyn Brooks
9/10    Mimi Brauer
9/17    Addison Miller
9/24    Victoria Ladd

Children’s Sermon


Altar Guild

             Julie Adolphson

Offering Counters

            Valerie Trigger & Darrel/Jo Rose


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 –

ALSO: Carole Brummer, Bonnie Goben, Lois Hunter, Sharon Meints, Mark Mills, Stuart Mills, Carol Patterson, Yvonne Salmon, Helen & Milford Schwartz, Sharon & Ken Smith, Ashley (Trigger) Stacy, Wayne Talley, Jim Teigen, Arlin Unruh 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, Jessica Goicoechea, Will Isaac, Shane Martin, Derek McDonald, Marc Meier, Jess Moore, Michael Peterson, Colby Petznick, Nick Sanford, Rod Severence,  & Patrick Williams


Birthday Celebrations

                  9/4          June Eagan
                  9/5          Howard Huber
                  9/7          Terry Brown
                  9/11       Ken Huggins
                                    John Watson
                  9/15       Joel Fawcett
                  9/20       Leon Briggs
                  9/23       Mary Sue Maher
                  9/25       David Salmon
                  9/27       Addison Miller
                  9/30       Donna Garcia
                                Kathy Morton

If you have been omitted from the birthday list, please contact the Church office at 331-5465 or so we can update our records.   jcr


Lectionary Readings for September
September 3, 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

September 10, 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

September 17, 15th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

September 24, 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Jonah 3:10--4:11
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Highlights of August Council Meeting

  1. The meeting was called to order by President Tom Johnson at 7:05PM.
  2. Not present were the Facilities Team Chair Merl Teigen and Secretary Jay Hoglund.
  3. Devotions were provided by President Tom Johnson.
  4. The agenda was approved as read.
  5. The minutes of the last Council Meeting were approved as modified and corrected.
  6. Treasurer’s Report:  was approved as presented.
  7. Pastor’s Report:
  8. Community Involvement: Swope Health will give flu shots at the Wednesday evening community meal.  The Department of Family Services and a Medicaid expert will also attend the Wednesday evening community meal.
  9. Synod Involvement: 1 meeting.
  10. Ministry Summary:
  11. New Members:  
  12. Earl and Betty File.
  13. Vicki Hedger.
  14. Sandy Koetting and her two sons: Oren and Antonio.
  15. Community: 
  16. Attended a back–to-school fair to publicize the Wednesday evening community meal.

8.   Ministry Team Reports:
a. Facilities: Vacuumed up approximately 40 gallons of water from the basement after a heavy rainstorm.  Pilot light on gas stove repaired.  Mowed lawn, trimmed trees, weeded gravel areas, filled downspout washouts with gravel, and sprayed foundation for ants.  Repaired leaking toilet in men’s restroom in the gym.  Replaced fluorescent light ballasts and lamps.  Tested emergency lighting.  Set up public address system for a tea party and met with Boy Scouts in regard to building usage for their meetings.
b. Stewardship:  The new Stewardship Chair is Richard Yotter.  Committee is being formed and will meet once a month.  Richard is preparing committee guidelines.
c. Finance:  The new Finance Chair is Richard Yotter.  Committee is being formed and will meet once a month. Richard is preparing committee guidelines.
d. Evangelism:  Attended a back-to-school fair to promote the Wednesday evening community meal.  Announced that the Raymore Fall Festival Parade will be held on September 23, 2017.
e. Personnel: Discussed potential personnel issues.   Discussed the preparation of job descriptions for the Ministry Teams.
          f.   Community Meal:  285 meals were served during the month of July with an additional 167 home meals provided.   The current balance in the community meal fund is $10,719.71.
g. Care Team:  Four homebound congregation members received weekly meals.  Six homebound congregation members received Holy Communion.  Cards were sent, telephone calls were made, and home visits were made to three congregation members that were ill.  The next Care Team meeting will be held on October 9, 2017.
h. Worship and Music:  Two people have volunteered to perform the Sunday church service children’s sermons.  New hymns are being learned.  Merl and Connie Teigen and Linda Darr are helping select music.
 9.    Unfinished Business:  The Church building insurance will be renewed, dropping the blanket coverage saving $340.00, and raising the deductible to $2,500.00.  Jim Brauer will take a continuing education class so that the Church will get an additional discount.  The kitchen fire suppression system will receive annual maintenance and testing.  The communications committee is still being staffed.
10.   New Business:

  1. Committee leads will prepare job descriptions for approval by the Church Council.
  2. A Green Team will be formed.
  3. The frequency of holding Church Council meetings was revised from the second Thursday of every month to the second Thursday of every other month (October, December, February, April, June, and August).

The Council meeting was adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,
Minutes recorded by Vice President Jim Brauer
Minutes compiled by Secretary Jay Hoglund

Using the Guest Book
The Guest Book is our best way of communicating with those who have visited & worshipped with us. Please encourage any visitors to leave us their name & address. Also, please discourage children from writing in this book, since we may not be able to order more pages for this style book, and we don’t want the expense of replacing the whole system. This is part of learning respect for others, so thanks for using this teachable moment.

Community Awareness Presentations
The Cass County Sherriff’s Office will be presenting topics of interest to anyone who has contact with youth. Each topic – Suicide, Substance Abuse, Teen Dating Violence, and methods of Self Harm – will last 15-20 minutes.  There will also be an opportunity to gather information & reach out to local resources. In Raymore, September 12 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Centerview, 227 Municipal Circle; in Belton, September 14 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Belton Memorial Station 602 Maurer Parkway. See flyers on the kiosk in the narthex.

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!

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: $793.00
Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization
 Tom & June E Eagan, Earl & Betty File, Kathy Morton

Getting to Know Our Members
Dale Morton

I was born an only child in Minneapolis Minnesota and that is where I grew up. I enjoyed ice skating as a child. 

I joined the US Air Force in 1952 and made it my career, retiring after 20 years. I married my lovely wife, Norma in October 1954 who I met on a blind date.  Shortly after I was married, I was stationed in Greenland for a year.  This was a very interesting experience.  We had six months of continuous light and six months of continuous darkness. I also got to meet Bob Hope and William Holden while I was in Greenland when they came for a show.  I was also stationed in England for three years but Norma and Kathy, my oldest child were able to go with me to that base.  We enjoyed going to Buckingham palace for the changing of the guard and attending frequent foxhunts while we were there.  They had roundabouts in London at that time! When we returned from England we were stationed at a small radar site in Neah Bay, Washington.  The ocean was in our front yard and we had to drive about 50 miles to the closest commissary.

We have three great children, Kathy, Michael and Mary Sue and two granddaughters, Meghan and Madison. I was happily married for 54 years until January 2008 when sadly Norma passed away.  

We had lots of pets over the years.  Always a dog and a cat which had many puppies and kittens!  We also had Guinea pigs, rabbits, fish and turtles.  I no longer have my own pet but guests will periodically bring dogs to the assisted living facility where I live.  I love dogs.

While I was in the military I worked in supply, the motor pool, drove forklifts and drove the busses which carried the Air Force pilots. After I retired I worked for the City of Belton in the street department.  I have always enjoyed working with wood and making things.  Norma and I went to craft shows for many years where we sold the yard art I made.  We had lots of fun doing that and I am still able to make birdhouses and giraffes which my son cuts out for me. I put them together and paint them.

I also enjoy going to movies, listening to music, going to plays and musicals. My favorite singer is Frank Sinatra.  I enjoy spending time with my family, especially going to my granddaughter Meghan's basketball games at Pittsburg State, KS, the Gorillas!!

We became members of Lord of Love on October 6, 1968 when we moved to Belton.  Our first Sunday was pretty interesting as the church sanctuary was arranged in the round with the altar in the middle.  As Pastor Heath was saying the Lord's Prayer he fainted from exhaustion!  He was caught by some men with no injuries but that made for an interesting start to our membership!  Our entire family was very active in all functions of the church.  Norma was very involved in the ladies’ group.  All of our children went through confirmation, attended Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School.  The church used to have a booth at the Belton Community Days and that was always a lot of fun!  I still enjoy all the people at church when I am able to attend.

I have traveled to lots of places but would still like to go to Arizona.

Sunday School Kick-Off
September 10. 2017

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Central Bank of the Midwest 


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