June 2018



Women of the ELCA
Love Day:  Tuesday, June 12
Bible Study Leader – Donna Huber
Hostess – Linda Darr
Covered Dish Luncheon

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 11:45 am on Tuesday, June 5 at Ruby Tuesday’s in Belton. We are reading One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family...Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company.” The rest is hilarious.

Lord Of Love Now a Charitable Organization on Amazonsmile!
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products and same prices. When you're ready to shop on Amazon, support Lord of Love by always starting your shopping at www.smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com.

To select Lord of Love as your charity:
 1) Sign-in to www.smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser using the same log-in information you use on www.amazon.com.
 2) Click on "Account & Lists" or "My Account" at the top of the page, and move down the list and click on Change your Charity or Your AmazonSmile.
 3) At the bottom, click in the Search box. Enter: Lord of Love Lutheran Church. Scroll down the list until you find: Lord of Love, Belton, MO
4) Select:  Lord of Love, Belton, MO.

Your selection will remain the same until you change it. You will see: Supporting: Lord of Love Lutheran Church under the white search box at the top of the web page.

Ask your friends and family to select Lord of Love Lutheran Church (Belton, MO) as their charity, too! This is available to anyone who shops on Amazon.

For more information, contact: Yvonne Salmon or Vicki Hedger

We recognize all those who are graduating this year. Congratulations to these young men & women:
Doug Adolphson, Raymore Peculiar High School
Gordon Adolphson, George Washington U in DC, BS in Political Science
Kyle Scheel, UMKC, MS in Chemistry
Jordan Kirk, UMKC, BA in Psychology

Landscaping by Scouts
The flower bed at the front of the church has been planted with beautiful flowers by Girl Scout Troop 1981 in appreciation for offering our church for their meetings.  Webelos Scouts 717 did some cleaning-up of the yard around Lord of Love. Our thanks to all! See pictures on the kiosk in the narthex.


Summertime is fast approaching, and maybe that is why I have been thinking about Sabbath.  Regarding the Third Commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy, Barbara Brown Taylor writes that keeping the Sabbath is one commandment that we have no problem breaking. "When Jesus declared that the sabbath was made for humankind and not humankind for the sabbath, many of his followers deduced that they were free from sabbath observance...it seems more likely that Jesus was sharpening his disciples' sense of sabbath as divine gift instead of divine burden.  Sabbath was the day when Israel celebrated its freedom from compulsion.  On that one day every week, they remembered their worth lay not in their own productivity but in God's primordial love for them.  Sabbath offered them a foretaste of heaven, when they would lie back in God's arms and behold the glory of creation for all eternity."

The understanding of Sabbath flies in the face of what most Americans hold dear, and maybe that is why sabbath is so needed by Americans.  Americans often see their own self-worth and the worth of others in terms of their productivity - you are what you accomplish, produce, achieve, do.  To "lie back" sounds a little like sloth and a lot like a waste of time.  Recreation becomes just one more task added to our to do list and so we end up working so hard at relaxing that it ultimately does us no good.  How many times on a Sunday night have you felt exhausted, in denial that tomorrow is Monday and wondering where the weekend went?

Dorothy Bass says that in order for us to receive the gift of Sabbath it will require us to discard our images of sabbath as a time of negative rules and restrictions, as a day of obligation or a day without play, and instead look at the Sabbath in terms of its Biblical context of creation, exodus, redemption and resurrection.  Seeing Sabbath in this context gives it a two-fold focus.

First, "joyful worship that restores us to communion with the risen Christ and our fellow members of his body, the church.  For Christians, every Sunday is Easter Sunday, a time to gather together with song and prayer, to hear the Word proclaimed, and to recognize Christ in the breaking of the bread.  It is a festival, a spring of souls, a day of freedom not only from work but also from condemnation...we all need to remember that Sunday worship is not just about 'going to church'; it is about taking part in the activity by which God is shaping a new creation.  It is a foretaste of the feast to come."

And second, "After worship, what many of us need most is time with loved ones - not useful time, for planning next week's schedules, but time 'wasted' on the pleasure of being together, perhaps while sharing our enjoyment of art, nature or athletics.  For others, and for all of us at certain points in our lives, hours of solitude beckon, hours for sleep, reading, reflection, walking and prayer.  In addition, we might explore the long tradition of visiting the homebound or inviting lonely ones to our table on the Christian Sabbath, when the joy these occasions bring can be experienced apart from the pressures of other appointments."

I think that as we move into summer and make our plans for this time of vacations and leisure, it would be helpful to keep in mind this understanding of Sabbath.  May this summer be a time for you to lie back in God's arms and behold the glory of creation.  Maybe by the time September rolls around, we won't be exhausted, and wondering where the summer went.

See you in worship!
Pastor Meggan

From Synod Office

In the rural village of Ketumbeine, Tanzania, a group of mothers sit shoulder-to-shoulder under a cloudless sky stitching intricate little crosses out of brightly colored beads. Heads bent over their beadwork, they share stories, advice, laughter and tears as they work into the afternoon.

They’re friends, but they’re also business partners. Their beautiful beadwork isn’t a hobby—it’s a means to feed their families and send their children to school in an environment where resources are increasingly scarce.

They are the artistans behind the Naapok Bead Project.

Founded by retired Lutheran schoolteacher Martha B. Laizer and ELCA missionary Bethany Friberg, Naapok has transformed the lives of Maasai women and their families for 18 years. “They honestly didn’t have enough for their children to eat,” Friberg said. But together, these women would change that.

How it started
Maria’s and Kerea’s cattle were dying. Land that was once grassy in northern Tanzania was now dusty and dry.

Maria and Kerea (last names withheld) are Maasai, a seminomadic tribal community that once lived off livestock and the land entirely, functioning without money. A prolonged dry season combined with overpopulation, land restrictions and environmental degradation now make that impossible.

“Before climate change, our cows used to have enough grass to feed on,” Maria said. “If you do not have enough money to buy grasses or feed supplement, they die.”

With children to support, Kerea needed to do something. She began selling alcohol to survive until she learned about Naapok.

“Mama Kayeyo (Laizer) told me, ‘Stop selling alcohol. Come to my house; I will find you better work to do to help your family,’ ” Kerea said. “From there, I started selling beads in the form of a cross.”

Laizer, who is also Maasai, had been sharing maize flour with women like Maria and Kerea so they could feed their families. In exchange, they gave Laizer beaded crosses she hoped to sell. “The work is an art form [the Maasai] have long valued,” Friberg said. “It’s something they could do when they were truly nomadic.”
Friberg got involved in 2000 when Laizer asked for help with finding a market for the beadwork. They were friends, connected through her family’s missionary work with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. At first, Friberg had some reservations: “I was feeling like I was barely coping out here. I didn’t have any background in marketing. On the other hand, these were my friends, neighbors .…” Ultimately, the pull of community convinced her.

They started out small. Friberg worked with the women to select and develop two ornament-sized items to sell. Their first customers were members of ELCA congregations.

The project started with six women artisans. Many were illiterate; some were widows; all were mothers. Each were being neglected in some way, Friberg said, adding, “They have one foot in centuries of tradition and no change. … And one foot now where they have sons and daughters who have gotten through seventh grade, and a few who’ve gotten through high school. These women are straddling these two worlds.”

Naapok, which means “a creation,” became a way for them to bridge that divide and earn the supplemental income they needed for food, school fees and clothing.
“We never knew that beads could be turned into food: by making them, selling, and hence getting money to buy food,” Maria said.

Over time, Naapok developed into a full-scale income-generating project with 55 artisans.

“I believe this little group of women has had the Lord’s blessing because his attention is turned toward the poor,” Friberg said. “That became the place I was able to contribute [in my missionary call], but then you always receive more.”

How it works

Each month, Friberg works with Naapok leaders to make a list of products to be made and supplies needed. Their products now include patterned necklaces, bracelets, earrings and whimsical beaded animals. Leaders assign work evenly among artisans, who do their beadwork at home and during twice weekly meetings.

Most orders are sourced from ELCA members connected with Friberg and her husband, Steven.

“I often tell my bead ladies this: they are part of a chain. It’s a simple picture, but if they aren’t doing their bead ornament well, I can’t sell it later on,” she said. “[And] I have to do my work. We’ve all got this link.”

Women are paid once a month based on work completed, and they set aside a portion of their income for a microloan program. In the project’s 18 years, Friberg counts this as one of its greatest accomplishments. Microloans become available on a rotating basis so women can purchase livestock or start small business ventures, she said.

Kerea was able to start her tea business. “I give thanks to God because I came from a poor, difficult life,” she said. “All of my children are educated because of this project.”

What is most remarkable, Friberg said, has been the difference in the women. Once thought of as dependents, they are now seen as whole contributing members of their communities.

“It’s like they’ve been renewed,” she said. “They’ve got clean clothes and they walk down through town with their head held high.”

To watch a video about this project, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEw6WTQSZxg&feature=youtu.be

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.


6/3          Darrell & Jo Rose
6/10       David & Yvonne Salmon
6/17       Merl & Connie Teigen
6/24       Ryan & Mary Tinkler

6/3          Donna Morrison & Angie Souders
6/10       Prosser-Gebhardt family
6/17       Darrell & Jo Rose
6/24       David & Yvonne Salmon

6/3          Sharon Carneal
6/10       Linda Darr
6/17       Joye Conklin
6/24       Carol Petznick
6/3          Merl Teigen
6/10       Ryan Tinkler
6/17       Pastor Meggan
6/24       Pastor Meggan
Assisting Ministers
6/3          Jim Brauer
6/10       Ryan Tinkler
6/17       Louis Prosser-Gebhardt
6/24       Jackson Prosser-Gebhardt
Gifts Bearers
6/3          C.J. Chambers & Ryan Tinkler
6/10       Oren Sisson & Antonio Gutierrez-Diaz
6/17       Brodie & Taylor Cummings
6/24       Wally & Xavier Garcia

6/3          Madilyn Brooks
6/10       Adam Prosser-Gebhardt
6/17       Frieda Brauer
6/24       Meagan Boze
Altar Guild
Joye Conklin

Offering Counters
Carol Petznick & David Salmon


Altar Guild                                    open
Acolytes & Gift Bearers                open
Assisting Ministers                         Ryan Tinkler
Ushers                                           Joye Conklin      
Lectors                                          Joye Conklin
Cantors                                         Merl Teigen
Chancel Choir
& Music Director                           Carol Petznick                    
Greeters                                         Joye Conklin
Offering Counters                           Joye Conklin

Prayer Concerns for the Past Month

Family & Friends of – Vic Adolphson, Dizney & Pullium families

ALSO: Rick Bollinger, Cleta, Dorthy Johnson, Phil Maynard, Karen Ohde, Carol Patterson, Gary Rodieck, Royce Tinkler,  Dallas Winders, 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, Drake Fawcett, Hunter Fawcett, Jessica Goicoechea, Shane Martin, Derek McDonald, Marc Meier, Jess Moore, Michael Peterson, Colby Petznick, Brandon Rose, Brent Rose, Nick Sanford, Leah & Mary Sayers, Rod Severence,  & Patrick Williams

Birthday Celebrations

6/3           Alec Adolphson
6/6           Tulie Brown
6/8           Antonio Gutierrez-Diaz
                Adam Prosser-Gebhardt
6/11         Jeff Cetto
6/13         John Prosser-Gebhardt
6/15         Keith Ladd
6/16         Andrew Hall
                Sandy Koetting
6/17         Linda Darr
                Don Vinduska
6/19         Dale Morton
6/28         Aranza Brauer


 6/1          Bill & Linda Darr
6/4           Tom & June Eagan
                Bob & Debbie Swisher
6/8           Lou & Madelon Gott
6/13         Rocky & Cheryl DeAngelo
6/14         Howard & Donna Huber
                John & Carol Watson
6/20         John & Mary Sue Maher
6/28         Fred & Jan Sears

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 June
June 3, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Psalm 81:1-10
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23--3:6

June 10, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 3:8-15
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1
Mark 3:20-35

June 17, 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 4:26-34

June 24, 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Job 38:1-11
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

Get Ready for Summer Breakout 2018!
Enjoy an evening of delicious food trucks, live music, shopping, and more at MLM’s 3rd annual Summer Breakout on Wednesday, June 13th at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Overland Park). All proceeds benefit the MLM Christmas Store which provides gifts to 900 families in need every holiday season.
Kiddos will enjoy the fun inflatables, face-painting, and balloon animals in the Kids Zone while the adults enjoy a concert by musical guests Joy Zimmerman and Jimmy Dykes under the big top.
If the shaved ice from Sweet Caroline’s doesn’t keep you cool enough, you can step inside and shop the Summer Breakout Silent Auction or participate in a wine or “mystery gift” pull. The “pulls” are perfect for people who like a surprise!
For more information, please visit www.mlmkc.org or contact Kelly at kellyseward@mlmkc.org or 816-285-3141.

 Directory Update
CORRECTION: Inger Robinson's mailing address is 633 N. Crest, rather than 366 as published last month.

Thank-You Notes
Royce Tinkler would like thank everybody for their prayers in this time of fighting the tumors off. He is in an experimental program to fight the tumors as surgery is not an option at this time. The program is showing some results with the reduced size on all three tumors that he has. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he needs all the prayers he can get to beat this.                                 Ryan Tinkler

Thanks to all who remembered me with notes, visits and phone calls during my recent hospitalization and rehab. A special thank you to Sophia for sharing her flowers; they were beautiful.
Dorthy Johnson

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: $15.00

Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your organization: John Prosser-Gebhardt.

Getting to Know our New LOL Members
Toni Koetting

We welcome Toni Koetting to Lord of Love. She is the mother and grandmother of Sandy, Oren, and Antonio who are also members. You probably recognize her from Scout Sunday when she wore her Boy Scout Leader’s uniform. She is the committee chair for Oren’s pack. Toni grew up in Raytown and moved to Belton in 1981. She is employed at True Value Warehouse where she operates a fork lift. She is active in the Teamsters Union there. Toni likes Lord of Love’s openness and the welcoming people.

Financial Reports Jan.--Apr. 30






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Central Bank of the Midwest 
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