February 2018



Women of the ELCA

Love Day:  Tuesday, February 13
Bible Study Leader – Yvonne Salmon
Hostess – Connie Teigen
Soup Luncheon & Clean Fellowship Hall kitchen

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

Book Club
Book Club is meeting Monday, February 5 at 11:30 am at McAllister’s in Grandview. We are reading The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin: “Stranded in a frigid mountain wilderness after a plane crash, a gifted surgeon and a young magazine writer are forced to rely on each other for survival while confronting painful truths about their personal lives.”

Lectionary Readings for February
February 4, 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39

February 11, Transfiguration
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

February 18, 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

February 25, 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

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: $80.00
Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization: Connie Teigen.

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!


For centuries, Ash Wednesday has been a call for almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.  Often, these practices are seen as a way of sharing in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and the thought might be “If Jesus died for me, the least I can do is sacrifice a little comfort.”

But Jesus’s sacrifice came out of love, a love so strong that God was willing to express it in a way that would get the world’s attention- arms open wide, love pouring out, and a commitment to creation stretched out on a cross. 

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, the day people intentionally express their love to family and friends.  So maybe the focus of Lent this year could be on God’s great love for the world, and looking at faith practices as expressions of the love we receive from God.

The best thing about practices is that they transform what we think and what we do.  We might not start out feeling generous, but the more we practice generosity, by holding those in need in our thoughts and prayers, by sharing our time, money, and talent with others, by refraining from unhealthy consumption, something begins to change within us, and we begin to look like a people loved by God and called to share that love with others.

I encourage you to use this Lenten seasons as an opportunity to practice love towards each other, ourselves, and to creation.  Here are some ideas to think about:

  • Have members of the family draw names.  Try to perform small acts of service for that person during Lent.
  • Adopt a new way to reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Add more fruit and vegetables to your diet.
  • Speak more kindly to yourself and others.
  • Pray for someone.
However you practice love this Lent, may your journey be blessed.

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan


From the Bishop’s Office

"Here I am, Lord."

Dear brothers and sisters,
I recently preached a sermon on the call of Samuel, 1 Samuel 3. I shared with the congregation that Samuel's story is part of a larger narrative regarding God. God calls the unexpected. God accepts the unacceptable. God welcomes those who are not welcomed. Those characteristics are a key for us today.

Little Samuel hears his name called and goes to Eli. It takes both of them a while to discern that it is God who is calling Samuel. Finally, he answers, “Here I am, Lord.” There is a lovely simplicity and elegance to those words, “Here I am, Lord.” There is an openness and a willingness to receive. Samuel, as you know, goes on to be prophet, leader, king anointer and great person in the history of God’s people. But what about you and me?

God, I believe, calls and is calling each one of us to be a light – like Jesus said in Matthew, “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven.” And now is the time for you, for me, for all of us to say, “Here I am, Lord.” And what are you saying "yes" to? I believe it is saying "yes," as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization."

As you know, we are just entering the campaign’s fifth and final year. Currently, we’re at $132 million. As the call comes to you, think and pray about how you can say and pray, “Here I am, Lord.” Dream about how you can encourage each other to let your lights shine. Give thanks for the holy word and the amazing gift of forgiveness that makes all things new. Invite others to say, "Here I am, Lord."

Pastor Ron Glusenkamp
Director, The Campaign for the ELCA

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.


2/4          Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
2/11       Ernie Franke & Gale Hankins
2/18       Neca/LaVerne Mills & Linda Darr
2/25       Sharon Carneal & Prosser-Gebhardt family

2/4          Donna Morrison & Angie Souders
2/11       Prosser-Gebhardt family
2/18       Darrell & Jo Rose
2/25       Ryan & Mary Tinkler

2/4          Kathy Morton
2/11       Carol Petznick
2/18       John/Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
2/25       Darrell/Jo Rose

2/4          Ryan Tinkler
2/11       Merl Teigen
2/18       Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
2/25       Mary Tinkler

Assisting Ministers
2/4          Jim Brauer
2/11       Merl Teigen
2/18       Addison Miller
2/25       Madelon Gott

Gifts Bearers
2/4          Sophia Foti & Nancy Williamson
2/11       Wally & Xavier Garcia
2/18       Oren Sisson & Antonio Gutierrez-Dias
2/25       CJ Chambers & Ryan Tinkler
2/4          Victoria Ladd
2/11       Madilyn Brooks
2/18       Adam Prosser-Gebhardt
2/25       Frieda Brauer

Children’s Sermon
2/4          Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
2/18       Ryan Tinkler

Altar Guild
                  Prosser-Gebhardt family

Offering Counters

             Carol Petznick & Neca Mills



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 – Betty Corder

ALSO: Leslie Chambers, Linda Chambers, Linda Christopherson, Jan Englert, Lee Goodwin, Madelon Gott, Gale Hankins, Carin Johnson, Leroy Lindahl, Cindy Marshall, LaVerne Mills, Carol Patterson, David Salmon, Yvonne Salmon,  Royce Tinkler, Don Vinduska,  John Watson, 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

2/8           Jan Sears
2/10         Gale Hankins
2/14         Richard Yotter
2/15         Bob Swisher
2/17         Julie Adolphson
2/20         Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
2/22         Madilyn Brooks
2/24         Karen Franke
2/26         Ruth Van Sickle
2/27         Harriet Conklin
                Leah Sayers
2/28         Stuart Mills



2/25    Keith & Bethany Ladd

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

Financial Reports Jan.--Dec. 31






Rentals, etc.             



Total Operating Income 



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Net Balance              



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Church Budget Funds Balance **



Central Bank of the Midwest 
** Note: This is the carryover from 2017 to 2018

January 2018 LifeLine