January 2018



Women of the ELCA
Love Day:  Tuesday, January 9
Bible Study Leader – Connie Teigen
Hostess – Linda Darr
Covered dish luncheon follows business meeting

Thanks to all who contributed to the Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries Christmas Store.  Six members of Lord of Love helped at the store.  We contributed 72 cans of cookies for families coming through the store, plus blankets, scarves, gloves, and hats.  It is a real joy to see all of the gifts contributed from the Kansas City area.

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 January 2, 11:30 am at the Olive Garden in Lee’s Summit. We are reading The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere, the sequal to The Christmas Shoes: “Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. The Christmas Blessing is an inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.”

Stewardship Corner
The stewardship team members prepared a budget for next year, completed a review by church members and the congregation has approved this budget. The fall stewardship program is over but stewardship doesn’t stop there. A new year is about to begin and stewardship will be a part of our everyday living as we implement the items we have planned for next year. Some of the items in the budget include some items that need to be completed next year. So while making your new year’s resolutions, one item you might add: a task to help make improvements to the church or volunteer to help in some other capacity. Pastor Meggan is always looking for someone to take on a task whether it be for a short time or last all year.

The team has identified several items that would be good to have fixed for next year and will require some expense to complete. Several of these items have been included in next year’s budget. So if you find a task that fits your skills the stewardship team would be happy to help you complete the task. 

Also, please remember the importance of keeping up with your pledges during the coming year, as the church will be counting on those pledges to complete any/all the work/repairs anticipated. Thank you for supporting your church!

THANK-YOU notes:
Thanks to all of you who stopped your busy Sunday plans to help me celebrate by birthday with cards & good wishes. You’re all so very special to me. God has blessed my daughter Anita with reuniting her with her daughter, who had not spoken to her for 15 years. God is a good & gracious God! Dorthy Johnson

Thank you for the very nice card. Love & prayers to all of you. God’s birthday is very important. I love Him so much; He has blessed me over & over. Love, Carol Patterson (& Sugar) See card on kiosk in the narthex.

Many thanks for the lovely cards & thoughtful gifts for Christmas. I love this job – you are such great people to work for/with!



When we hear the Christmas story, we hear about God’s passionate love for creation.  The creator of the universe wasn’t satisfied with the parental arrangement at the time.  God felt the distance between heaven and earth, and that distance contributed to some big problems.  Communication needed to improve.  It needed to be direct instead of triangulated through someone else.  And God needed to be more accessible, available on site to meet the needs of this world.

So God took a deep breath and jumped location, taking up residence in the place God breathed into being.  Not only was God in the world, God was a part of the world.  Decked out in flesh, God could now speak its language.  God knew the smell of roses, the taste of rain, the sound of laughter, the warmth of a hug, and the sight of a sunrise.  But God also knew the stench of death, the sound of heartache, the taste of tears, the pang of hunger, and the sight of suffering.  We call this fleshy, earthly embodiment the incarnation. And with it we profess “God with us”.

God put on skin as a way of connecting with the world, and showed us the way to follow in our birthday suits.  We who wear skin can experience “God with us” in the flesh, so that our faith becomes more than just intellectual concepts about God, and a full on sensory experience of God. 

The practice of mindfulness is one way to get in touch with our earthy existence.  Mindfulness is giving pause to a moment, and recognizing how our bodies perceive it.  This meditation on a moment can increase our sense of connection to ourselves and the world around us.

Please join us Sunday, January 7 at 5pm for a meal, a brief Scripture story, and some mindfulness exercises that will help make us more aware to our own skin and experience the ways God is showing up today in the flesh, just as God showed up over 2000 years ago.  All ages welcome!

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan


From the Bishop’s Office

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Central States Synod,
Allegations of sexual harassment in the film industry that became public in October have been followed by a wave of similar reports from women in the industries of business, politics, sports, and hospitality. Increasingly more women have given voice to their experiences of oppression, and Time magazine’s choice of The Silence Breakers as Person of the Year reminds us that sexual harassment is not confined to any social class or vocation but is a deep and pervasive reality in our society. It is a reality into which the Church must speak a clear and unambiguous word that such aggression must not be tolerated, either in the institutions of our society or the institution of the Church.

The Church, established by God as a divine gift, is also a profoundly human organization and as such is susceptible to the same sinful behaviors as other elements in our culture. The ELCA’s social statement Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust, asserts: “In all workplaces, supervisors, co-workers, professionals, and clients must negotiate complex relationships.The sexual dimension of these relationships, both in the general sense and in the sometimes more specifically erotic sense, needs to be honestly recognized.

“Employers and supervisors, including within this church, must pay particular attention to work relationships between colleagues, especially where there are power differentials, and where the workplace environment is rendered sexually offensive or hostile by the conduct of co-workers. The workplace requires appropriate boundaries that are maintained through respect, good sense, best practices, and legal protections. This church remains committed to its own efforts to help make congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization safe and healthy places to live and work. The ELCA will not tolerate sexual harassment within the workplace.”

We in the Church are called to robust action in the face of sexual harassment. In our social message on Gender-Based Violence, we note this: “Although specific actions will take shape differently among individuals, congregations, church leaders, social ministry organizations, and church-related institutions or other agencies of this church, there are common aims: recognize, name, and root out the [harassment] and its sources; create safe communities that foster healing; provide education; and create accountability.”

Rostered leaders, Parish Ministry Associates, congregation members – all bear responsibility for faithfully living out God’s call to respect and care for one another and all in God’s creation. We live out that call ever mindful of our need for God’s grace and forgiveness and ever thankful for God’s reconciling love in Jesus Christ.

As always, it is a privilege to join with you in serving the One who makes all things new. 

Peace and joy,

Rev. Roger Gustafson        


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.



1/17         Mary & Ryan Tinkler/Mikel Anderson
1/14         Ken & Carol Huggins
1/21         Tom & Shirley Johnson
1/28         Earl & Betty Files


1/17         Jim & Sam Brauer
1/14         Jodi Cummings & Joye Conklin
1/21         Tom & June Eagan
1/28         Madelon Gott & Valeeta Lucas


1/17         Alec/Julie/Doug Adolphson
1/14         Jim/Sam Brauer
1/21         Sharon Carneal
1/28         Linda Darr


1/17         Merl Teigen
1/14         Pr. Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
1/21         Merl Teigen
1/28         Pr. Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt

Assisting Ministers

1/17         Joye Conklin
1/14         Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
1/21         Ryan Tinkler
1/28         Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt

Gifts Bearers

1/17         C.J. & Ryan Tinkler
1/14         Sophia Foti & Nancy Williamson
1/21         Oren Sisson & Antonio Gutierrez-Diaz
1/28         Brodie & Taylor Cummings


1/17         Kayden Miller
1/14         Meagan Boze
1/21         Addison Miller
1/28         Mimi Brauer

Children’s Sermon

1/7           Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
1/21         Ryan Tinkler

Altar Guild

Bethany Ladd/Madelon Gott

Offering Counters

Gale Hankins & David Salmon


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 – Jayda, Joel Fawcett

ALSO: Betty Corder, Joyce Gustafson, Gale Hankins, Cindy Marshall, Carol Patterson, Yvonne Salmon,  Connie Teigen, Royce Tinkler, 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

1/4           Ken Van Sickle
1/5           Jan Fawcett
1/9           Carol Petznick
                Kristin Wagener
1/10         Adalee Cummings
1/16         Art Tees
1/17         Sandy Anderson
                Taylor Cummings
1/19         Nina Prince
1/22         Cheryl DeAngelo
1/23         Mary Tinkler
1/25         Earl File
1/28         LaVerne Mills        


1/3           John & Pr. Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt

1/27         Art & Doris Tees

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


Lectionary Readings for January
January 7, Baptism of our Lord
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

January 14, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

January 21, 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

January 28, 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

Council Highlights
The meeting was called to order by President Tom Johnson on December 14, 2017, at 7:03 PM.
All Council members were present.
Devotions were provided by Neca Mills.
The agenda was approved as read.
The minutes of the last Council Meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report:  was approved as presented.
Pastor’s Report:
Pastoral care: 3 visits.
Community Involvement: 4 organizations: Community Thanksgiving Service, Child Protective Services, Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) hearing, and Cass County Homeless Working Group.
 Synod Support: Stewardship: two meetings.
Committee Support:  Sunday school outing and Social Justice.
Ministry Summary:
Cass County Non-Worship: worked with Johnson Farms.
Upcoming Dates:
Budget Meeting: December 17.
Christmas Pageant: December 17.
Christmas Eve Services on December 24:  9:00 AM worship at Lord of Love and 4:30 PM Christmas in the Barn at Johnson Farms.

Ministry Team Reports:
 Facilities Team:   Replaced air filters in all furnace and air conditioning units.  Tested emergency lights.  Replaced several fluorescent lamps in fellowship room and replaced lamps in soffit lights.  Replaced lamps in the nave with LED lamps to boost illumination levels.  Repaired an electrical box in the education wing basement.   Repaired a toilet tank leak in the men’s restroom near the narthex.  Installed a French drain to eliminate water ponding in the parking lot south east of the Church, per recommendations by Richard Yotter.  The project was completed by Richard Yotter, Ernie Franke, and Merl Teigen.
Stewardship Team: The team was requested to evaluate the possibility of having church members make electronic deposits directly into the Church’s bank account.  The idea will be discussed further.
Items of discussion:
 Ken VanSickle is donating border blocks for the military memorial plot and is requesting volunteers for the installation in the spring of 2018.
Repair of the parking lot around the dumpster was included in the 2018 Budget. Discussion is ongoing.
Ken VanSickle will check with a school group to see if they would like to have the Church organ (at no cost) that is currently in storage.
No action was taken on the Church providing a device for the hearing impaired.
Provide improved lighting in the sanctuary.  Some lighting improvements are included in the 2018 Budget. 
Upgrade or make our AED device available for an emergency.  Ken VanSickle will look into the availability of a newer AED device that is more user friendly and he will also propose a location for the device to allow easy access.
The strategic planning team will investigate ways our church can help provide housing for some of the homeless people in the Belton area.  Pastor Meggan stated that several groups are currently meeting to help the homeless in our area.  Nothing was included in the 2018 Budget for this.
The next Team meeting will be April 3, 2018, at 10:15 AM.
Evangelism Team:  No report.
Personnel Team:   No report.
 Community Meal Team:  409 meals were served during the month of November with an additional 201 home meals provided.   The current balance at the end of November in the Community Meal fund is $10,476.59.
Care Team:  Six home-bound congregation members received weekly meals.  Two 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 eleven members and their families during their illness, bereavement, extended recuperation, or prolonged absence.  Sent “welcome” greeting cards to three visitors to our Sunday church services.  The Meal Partners Team attended the Community Meals on each Wednesday night and interacted with the meal attendees.  The next Care Team meeting will be held on January 8, 2018.
Worship and Music Team: No report.
Education Team:  The Sunday school activity to the Louisburg Cider Mill and the Cedar Cove Feline Conservation and Education Center in Louisburg, Kansas, on November 19, 2017, was a success.  Fourteen youth and six adults had a good time. 
Green Team:  no report.
The Ministry Team reports were approved.

Unfinished Business:
Communications Committee:  Discussions on-going.
Ministry Team Chair job descriptions:  Pastor Meggan will prepare a template for the team chair job descriptions and email it to each team chair.   Pastor will request that the job descriptions be returned before the February 8, 2018, Council Meeting.
Church Security: Discussions on-going.

New Business:
Area Ministry Palooza:  the Bishop’s Office will hold a meeting at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in North Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, January 21, 2018, to conduct workshops and to discuss Church vitality.
The Christmas in the Barn service will be held at 4:30 PM on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017, at Johnson Farms. 
A Congregational Meeting will be held on January 28, 2018, after the Sunday morning Church service.
Received a letter from the Synod in regard to the FYE, outdoor ministries, and summer camps.  There will be a meeting on June 7, 2018, at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.
The next Church Council Meeting will be held on February 8, 2018.
The devotion for the February 8, 2018, Church Council meeting will be provided by Merl Teigen.

The Council meeting was adjourned at 8:43 PM with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jay Hoglund, Council Secretary

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: $41.00
Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization:  Merl 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!

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