Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

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March/April 2018          Vol. 58 Issue 5

Benevolence—Special Mission Offerings

MARCH Benevolence

One Great Hour of Sharing

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, this special mission offering of the United Church of Christ carries God's message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. Almost 60 percent of the UCC's offering supports international development initiatives, including annual support for missionaries. Currently there are four OGHS supported missionaries and two Global Mission Interns working in disaster relief, healthcare, education, sustainable agricultural development, and refugee support.


APRIL Benevolence

 Family Promise of the Northland “FPN”

 FPN effectively addresses the crisis of family homelessness in our community by providing shelter, meals and comprehensive assistance (to find housing, jobs, childcare and additional resources) for homeless families with children, encouraging and increasing volunteerism in the community to provide direct services on behalf of homeless and low income families.  FPN is a collaborative effort that currently involves 11 host congregations, 12 support congregations, their Day Center and area social service agencies.  Currently Bethel UCC is a support church that will provide four times a year supply needs for the Day Center instead of a evening meal. FPN is currently recruiting motivated individuals to serve on one of the following teams: Fund Development, Building Maintenance, Church Recruitment and Finance.  Teams will meet every other month (just six times per year), beginning in February, If you have any questions or are interested in joining a team, please call 816 888-7070. Any Bethel members that would like to volunteer their time must first attend an hour long training program that can be conducted at Bethel in order to service. Interested in volunteering your time and talents please contact Lucy Banks to sign up for training.

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 11

It’s time to Spring forward one hour at 2 A.M. on Sunday, March 11.

Bethel Choir Performs Cantata - Good Friday - March 30

 On Good Friday, at 7:30 pm,  Bethel Choir will present The Final Hours by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler In the Final Hours, we will be led through music and the spoken word, to reflect upon those six hours that Jesus hung, suffering on the cross. We will find ourselves picturing the scene at Calvary as we symbolically join Jesus’ followers, who stood, grief-stricken, at the foot of the cross. We will hear the seven phrases that He spoke as He hung there, dying the most agonizing death. Finally, we will hear the words that have continued to ring throughout the ages since that Friday afternoon so long ago: “Surely, this man was the Son of God.” Flute and cello obbligatos enhance the presentation and will strengthen our faith through this musical narrative of our Savior’s matchless love and grace!.

Lenten - Easter Schedule

Prayer Care

Please pray for . . . 

 Serving our Country:  Wesley Luttrell; nephew of Joe Luttrell

 In Extended Care:  Ken Webb, Assisted Living at 111 NW Mock Ave. , Blue Springs, MO 64014; Sallie Carleton Room 319A New Mark Care Center; Mae Veach 6500 Cosby Avenue Rm. 141 Kansas City, MO 64151;   Cindy Richter, Heritage Village, Rm 100;  Betty Meugniot, Rm 174, Linden Woods Village 2901 NE 72nd St., Gladstone, MO 64119. 

Family and friends needing prayer:  Adam Niederhauser; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace; Bob Atkinson; Shirley Atkinson; Mark Easley; Jay Leslie: Doug Berka; Jim Inman;  Nelda Ravenscraft; Jamie Elder; Don Eversmeyer; Lora Carey; Kathy Corn; Jim Manley;  Shianne Reith; Lucy Banks; Don & Nancy Niederhauser, parents of Stan Niederhauser; Fred Wilkinson; Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Bob Potter, friend of Don Eversmeyer;  Kenneth Pope & Leah Helmich, friends of Marilyn Helmich; Nadine Boyd, friend of Niederhausers; Joyce Thomas, friend of Marquita & Randy Pace;  Jay Marshall’s grandmother, Eunice Neitzert; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Debbie Robinett’s father, and her sister-in-law, Regina Robinett; Jamie Elder’s sister,  Susan Scritchfield; Lorene Reese, friend of Jan Rickert;  Lauri Buck’s friends, Rita Mendenez and Trish & Perry Taylor; Ruthanna Rodatz, Kathy Corn’s sister; Eowyn Maynes, daughter of friends of Fulvio & Kathy Hayes.   

Thank You

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your kindness & compassion with your most recent gift in the amount of $900.08.

CWS is grateful for your support as we embrace 2018 and continue our mission of providing help & hope to many families around the world.

Peace & Grace Always,

Renee Overton, CWS


Dear Congregation,

In the year 2017 we served 2,510 households providing over $277,000 in services. These figures include providing $91,900 in food assistance, $99,300 in medical/prescription services, $73,400 in utility assistance, $12,600 in housing assistance and $6,200 in miscellaneous services. We couldn't do it without you and others who have supported our agency since 1980. On behalf of our clients, the board and myself, thank you.

Sincerely, Rita Pearce, Executive Director, Northland Assistance Center


Pastor Karen,

I want to thank you for Mom’s beautiful service! I received several positive comments after the service.

Thanks again, Mom thought a lot of you. She would have been pleased you were here for her.

Sincerely, Carole Aubrey, daughter of Billie Cox from Bethel Green Castle


Dear Church,

I hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day. I love you guys very much in my heart.

Sincerely, Sara Niederhauser

Western Association Annual Meeting

2018 Conference Annual Gathering 

Missouri Mid-South Conference UCC


1 John 4:11 - 3 Great Loves

Thursday, June 7 - Saturday, June 9, 2018


Holiday Inn Executive Center - Columbia, MO



This event begins Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 a.m.

and will conclude on Saturday, June 9th at 1:00 p.m.


For more information see the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex.


March Lectionary

March 4-Third Sunday in Lent-COMMUNION

Mark 11:15-19

John 2:13-22


Welcoming our UCCP (United Church of Christ of Pohnpei)  congregation.


March 11-Fourth Sunday in Lent

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Ephesians 2:1-10


March 18-Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34

John 12:22-33


March 25-Palm Sunday-Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Mark 11:1-11


March 30-GOOD FRIDAY-CANTATA "The Final Hours"

Be a part of this moving worship experience.  The anthems are woven together with dramatic dialogue focusing on Christ's final earthly hours.  A beautiful preparation-making the joy of Easter morning even more glorious!

April Lectionary

April 1-EASTER SUNDAY-7 am Service (Sunrise) and 10 am.

                                                                    COMMUNION BOTH SERVICES

                                                   (Breakfast will be served from 7:45 am to 9:15 am.)

1Corinthians 15:1-11

Mark 16:1-8


April 8-Second Sunday of Easter

John 20:19-31


April 15-Third Sunday of Easter

Luke 24:36-48


April 22-Fourth Sunday of Easter

1 John 3:16-24

John 10:11-18


April 29-Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40

John 15:1--8



March Birthdays

1     Karen Aitkens

4    Toni Faust

5     Bill Kluender

       Stan Niederhauser

6     Shellie Willis

       Adam Niederhauser

7       Marquita Pace

8      Shirlee Mendon 

11 Susan Coulter

12 Sydney Hendrix

13 Debbie Schlick

        Darren Gutheridge

13 Sophie Lane

14 Margaret Basch

15 Drew Buck

22     Kathy Hayes

26  Shannon Gowe

29     Levi Pierson

30   Nelda Ravenscraft 

April Birthdays

1     Donna Yaeger

3    MacLain Kenyon

5    Tracy Gavisk

8     Charles Berka

       Erin Dugan

10  Barbara Moffet

       Kadence Lane

         Adria Lane

12  Ashley Yaeger

21   Kathy Corn

22     Garrett Malsam

23     Andrea Berka

         Colin Dugan

25   Kelly Schindler

         Scott Schlick 

Memorial Easter Lilies

If you would like to donate a lily(s) for Easter Sunday worship, please fill out this form and return it to the church office with a check for $10 per lily.  Please return by April 9.

 Name of Donor(s) ____________________________________________________

In Memory/Honor of  ___________________________________

Number of Lilies_______________       Amount Paid ___________________

NSYA Events

March 10 - Saturday

March 10 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Blade and Timber Urban Axe Throwing – West Bottoms $22.92 per person to reserve a lane for 6 people. = $137.52 with tax for 1.5 hours. Bring your own food and drinks.

We need sitters! Children will be at the Paces. Kathy & Fulvio Hayes have signed up to help.                 



April 21 - Saturday 

April 21 – 3-6 pm – Chicken N Pickle with kids – reserve courts under 30 days before booking. No sitters needed.

2018 Camp MO-VAL Summer Season

It's time to register for camp!!  This year camps are available from 1st Grade through adults, including a Star Wars Camp for grades 6-10.  Grade determinations is the grade you are going into for the 2018 school year. Family camps and Grandparents camps are also on the schedule.  Camp brochures and registrations are on the bulletin board.  Remember young campers, Bethel will pay for half of your registration fee.  Make a copy of the registration form and turn it into Bethel for your reimbursement.  Happy camping!!!


Missouri Mid-South Conference Women's Retreat April 27 - 29

"Bridge Over Troubled Waters"

In the most challenging situations, there is always hope by finding the bridge that will help us through those times. Whether we are praying for the sick, protesting for change, or preparing for worship, our faith lives can equip us to face difficult situations and even transform them. Come explore, experience, and expand ways to find the bridge through faith, fellowship, generosity, hospitality and service,

creativity and worship.

The Keynote Presenter is REV. CAROL KELLER Retreat Speaker Recently retired Minister of Congregational Life for St. Lucas United Church of Christ, A 1989 graduate of Eden Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Carol brings a passion for the Gospel and a love for God's people to her call to parish ministry. Carol has served in many leadership positions in the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the UCC. She has also served on the Boards of Directors for Emmaus Homes, Inc. and Lydia's House. She looks forward to meeting you at Camp Moval!

For more information on registration for the conference see brochure on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Blue Springs Terrace Fundraiser

Please join

Blue Springs Terrace

at their

9th Annual Breakfast Buffet


Saturday—March 24, 2018

8 am—1 pm


Bring your family and friends to this fundraiser

The menu features:

Pancakes—Sausage—French Toast Casserole

Biscuits & Gravy—Egg & Ham Casserole

Coffee Cake—Fruit Bowl


Freewill offering taken


Blue Springs Terrace

312 SW 19th Terrace

 Blue Springs, MO 64015


The Walk

“The Walk”
by Ann Weems

Those of us who walk along this road
do so reluctantly.
Lent is not our favorite time of year.
We’d rather be more active—
planning and scurrying around.
All this is too contemplative to suit us.
Besides we don’t know what to do
with piousness and prayer.
Perhaps we’re afraid to have time to think,
for thoughts come unbidden.
Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future
knowing our past.
Give us the courage, O God,
to hear your word
and to read our living into it.
Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven,
and give us the faith
to take up our lives and walk


Western Association Spring Meeting—April 14

April 14, 10 am—3 pm is the Western Association Spring Meeting  at St. Mark Union. 1101 Euclid Ave/Rev. Sam E. Mann Way, Kansas City, MO 64127.


“Becoming Witnesses for Justice & Peace”


Workshops: Racism & White Privilege

The Culture of Sexism

And LGBTQ Issues