Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

Volume 58, Issue 3        NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018                  Bethel is ONA

Benevolence—Special Mission Offerings

Adopted Families

The monthly benevolence for November is Adopt-a-Family. We will purchase Christmas gifts for families in need. The selected families provide wish lists containing the items each member would most like to receive, and then Benevolence uses your monetary donations to provide many of the items on each person’s list. In addition, we usually purchase grocery gift cards for each family so that they have the opportunity for a nice holiday meal. We have adopted two families of 4 from Hillcrest Ministries. Be sure to clearly mark your donations “Adopt-a-Family” or “Christmas Families” to ensure that the funds are earmarked for this purpose. We thank you in advance for your generous contributions, which will ensure that these families will have a wonderful Christmas.


Because gifts are delivered no later than December 6th we need your monetary gift as soon as possible in order to do the shopping.

UCC Christmas Fund

Our joy at Christmas is a response to God's promise of new life through the birth of Jesus. It is a joy we are called to share widely, through our witness and gifts, both to loved ones and to distant neighbors.

You have the opportunity to be a part of this ministry that cares for the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ through your participation in this year's Christmas Fund Offering. Through the month of December you may give to this special offering.  Along with our regular offering there will also be a collection for the Christmas Fund during our 5:30 pm and our 11 pm Christmas Eve Services*. Be sure to note Christmas Fund on your check.  

Salvation Army Bell Ringing -December 7

Salvation Army Bell Ringing will be Friday and Saturday Dec. 7th from 10 am—4 pm at Chouteau Sunfresh Market , I-35 and Chouteau. Sign-up sheets will be  in the narthex.  Ring for an hour with a friend.  What a way to be a blessing!!

Benevolence Commission

Stewardship Sunday - November 11

On October 21st Bethel kicked off our Stewardship campaign with the theme, What Shall I Bring?  For the next few Sundays we heard about different ways to bring our gifts to God.  On November 11th we celebrate by bringing our commitment cards forward as we covenant with God and with Bethel the promise of our financial support for our missions and ministries.


We will have a special box for our pledge cards and there is a gift for each one who comes forward.  Our gifts of time, talent and treasure reflects our love of Christ who shows us what it means to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.


You have received your letter and pledge cards. Please bring them along with your Time and Talent sheet (if you haven't turned it in) to be received during our worship service. (extra pledge cards will be available if you forget yours)


May your discernment and prayers guide you as you consider your gifts for the coming year.


Bethel Cookie Exchange -  December 15

December 15—10:00 AM

Join us in December as we celebrate this wonderful season with lunch and a cookie exchange.  There will be a signup list posted in the Narthex in late November. Instructions will be provided for the number of cookies to bring to the exchange. So join us for brunch, fellowship and getting ready for the holidays at Marty Pace’s.  Just let the office know if you plan to attend and if you are bringing a friend!!

Thanksgiving Dinner - Friday, November 16

Bethel’s Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on November 17. The serving lines will open at 6:00 PM.  The suggested contribution amount is $10 for adults, $5 for big kids 5 to 12 and little ones under 5 are free. Membership requested to be in charge of the Thanksgiving Dinner and Council approved. We will offer the usual tasty fare: Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, the cranberry sauce, hot rolls and dessert. Council members will once again be serving the meal as well as arranging the setup and cleanup


Don’t forget volunteers are needed after worship, November 11 to help set up the tables for the dinner. 


After the  dinner, Council will be cleaning up, but any help with cleanup is appreciated. Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex if you plan to join us for great food, fun and fellowship.



Prayer Care

Please pray for . . . 


Serving our Country:  Wesley Luttrell; nephew of Joe Luttrell; Rick Pope, Marilyn Helmich’s son, serving in Kuwait.

In Sympathy: Jamie Elder on the death of her sister, Susan Scritschfield; Tim Coulter & family on the death of his bother, William;  the family of Rev. Dr. Ken Webb on his death;  Traci Pierson on the death of her grandfather Mitchel Martin.

In Extended Care:  Sallie Carleton Room 319A New Mark Care Center, 11221 N Nashua, KCMO 64155;  Cindy Richter, Heritage Village, Rm 100; 

Hospitalized:   Anna Mason, Menorah Medical Center Rm 347

Family and friends needing prayer:  Laurie Arbuthnot; Mollie Geitz, Jim Inman; Bobbi Wendle; Adam Niederhauser; Doug Berka; Jamie Elder; Betty Meugniot;  Lora Carey; Kathy Hayes’ sister, Lindy Davis; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter-in-law, Karen;  Ed Boyd, AnnaLee Kapp’s father; Margaret Basch’s  friend, Gwen Martin; Laurie Arbuthnot’s twin sister, Corrie Orth; Jeremy Faust’s aunt, Ruth Shetler; Dolores M. Starr, Donna Fischer’s daughter;  Dan Schadt, the Pace’s brother in-law; Holly Hampton;  Gavin Finch, friend of Stephanie Dodd; Theresa Zitterkopf, Shirlee Mendon’s mother;  Mark Easley; Betty Weger’s daughter, Anna; Eddie Villanueva’s son, Eddie; Sonja Payne’s sister, Sharla Norris; Joyce Thomas, friend of Marquita & Randy PaceJay Marshall’s grandmother, Eunice Neitzert; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Debbie Robinett’s father, brother, Vernon, and her sister-in-law, Regina Robinett; Ruthanna Rodatz, Kathy Corn’s sister  Judy Lightheart, friend of the Corns. 

Thank You

Thank you to the whole congregation for the beautiful prayer shawl for Dick while he was hospitalized after a stroke.

Love,  The Family of Dick Eilers


Thank you for the cards, calls and prayers after the death of my brother William. Your concern and love was appreciated.

Tim Coulter and family

Lectionary - November

Sunday, November 4—Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost-COMMUNION

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Mark 12:28-34


Today we celebrate ALL SAINT'S DAY. 


Sunday, November 11—Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost-STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY


Psalms 146

Mark 12:38-44


Today we bring forward our commitment cards for the coming year.  Through prayers and discernment we know in our hearts' what we shall bring' for the ministry and mission of Bethel in 2019.


Sunday, November 18—Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost-THANKSGIVING SUNDAY


Psalms 136:1-3

2Corinthians 9:10-15

1Thessolonians 5:16-18


Share something you are thankful for this special day.  We will have 2 speakers that will

share a special Thanksgiving story and then collect your special messages of thanks-you can sign your name or not.  GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART!!


The Confirmation class will be visiting St. Gabriel's Catholic Church service at 11 a.m.

St. Gabriel's is extending an invitation to all to come at 12:15pm to hear their guest speaker sharing on the topic of immigration, documented refugees, and undocumented refugees as understood in the light of Christian social teachings.  Also, the Altar Society ladies will be hosting their annual Fall Bake Sale.


Sunday, November 25—Reign of Christ Sunday


John 18:33-37


The last Sunday before a new church year begins.  We prepare for the first Sunday of Advent with the Hanging of the Greens.  We will have special goodies in the North Room and you can choose decorating the area of your choice.  The more the merrier!!

(see related article)

November Birthdays

1 Randy Pace

2 Jay Marshall

3 Willie Payne

4 Liz Simon

9       Bobbi Wendle

10     Jan Rickert

          Stephanie Dodd            

          Jamie Elder

13 Lois Crane

          Lindsey Crane

          Doug Williams

14     Linda Jackson

          Liam Pierson

18     Brandon Meyer

21 Curtis Bohlmeyer

        Darlene Todtenhausen                                                                     

26     Jeremy Faust

28 Doug Berka



December Birthdays

1               Betty Weger

7               Sandy  Bohlmeyer

8           Gary Pierson

10             Donna Fischer

11           Drew Hendrix

                  Ingrid Malsam

13           Cameron Niederhauser

14           Elaine McDuff

17             Cathy Leslie

18             Tim Coulter

                  Mike Hendrix

22             Paul Veach

28           Marie Penrod

                  Gail Reynolds

31           AnnaLee Kopp           

Hanging of the Greens

Let us all “Deck the Halls” of Bethel as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. The Hanging of the Greens will begin right after church on Sunday, November 25. Everything will be in the areas ready to go. Pick an area you want to decorate and enjoy. Be ready to break into song as we hang wreaths, decorate trees and enjoy fellowship. Let us open our hearts to the season of Advent and Christmas.

The Worship Committee

NSYA Update

NSYA Update

The Not So Young Adults (NSYA) continue to have a wonderful time in fellowship. Their next event will be November 16th following Bethel’s Thanksgiving Dinner (see the Thanksgiving Dinner article on page 3). If you can help with childcare please add your name to the list of those who have already signed up. The more the merrier.



Evangelism wants to spread the joy of Advent and Christmas this season by asking you to invite family and friends to share in worship or join us for special activities and services that will take place during December.  There is so much happening over our Sundays in December!  Check out our Christmas Letter ail for a list of everything.


There are so many opportunities to invite others to join in our Advent and Christmas activities.


Be sure to pick up a bag of M&M’s with our Christmas poem to give to a family member or friend.

Show them how “sweet” Christmas can be when you share with others,

Christmas is a magical time in Excelsior Springs

Join Bethel “WOW” Group!

Holiday Homes Tour

The Bethel’s Women’s Group “WOW” are going on a Holiday Homes Tour in Excelsior Springs on Saturday, December 1. They are  leaving Bethel at 11:15 am for the Noon trolley tour. The tour features 5 beautifully decorated homes. What better way to visit all 5 homes than by riding the Chamber Trolley! Trolley tours depart from the Hall of Waters at noon and 2pm and tickets must be purchased in advance. Laurie Arbuthnot has 7 tickets for $15 each available for sale. Once Laurie is out of tickets you will have to purchase your own at Contact Laurie Arbuthnot at 816-628-4253 for more information.


December Lectionary

DECEMBER 2 — First Sunday of Advent — COMMUNION-Invite a Friend Sunday—

Confirmands will assist  with the service


Advent Reading-HOPE


Jeremiah 33:14-16

Luke 21:25-36


Our journey begins to Bethlehem.  Invite friends and family to come journey with us as we make our way to the manger.  We will walk together from darkness into light.


DECEMBER 9 — Second Sunday of Advent


Advent Reading-PEACE


Malachi 3:1-4

Luke 3:1-6


Join us for Christmas Caroling at noon.  We will have a light lunch in the Fellowship Hall

and load up the bus for caroling.  It is always a special day of joy and love as we visit

members who are unable to attend.


DECEMBER 16 —Third Sunday of Advent-Our Children's Christmas Program


Advent Reading-JOY


Isaiah 12:2-6

Selected readings from Luke and Matthew


Remember to invite friends and family as we hear from our children a story entitled

The Christmas Window. (see related article)


DECEMBER 23  — Fourth Sunday of Advent-

                           Our Christmas Cantata, Sing Joy to All the World:   A Christmas Celebration


Advent Reading-LOVE


Come rejoice with us as our Bethel Choir and musicians perform this glorious cantata.

Through a generous gift from Adele Jones, Don Eversmeyer's sister,  this special performance

also honors the memory of both Don and Anne, who performed with the choir every year for decades. 


DECEMBER 30—First Sunday after Christmas


Luke 2:41-52

Come hear the story of Jesus in the Temple and share a special experience that happened over the holidays.


Bethel Choir Performs Cantata December 23

On Sunday, December 23, as we light our fourth candle of Advent, the cantata “Join us as the Bethel choir present the cantata “Sing Joy to All the World, a Christmas Celebration”.  The cantata tellsl the story of Emmanuel, God With Us! We gather to remember this story, to wait, and watch for Him to come again—even now. Come, Lord Jesus! The overriding theme of this inspiring Christmas work by Lloyd Larson is joy. It celebrates the promise that joy comes to those who wait, that following the long dark night, the breaking of dawn brings joy for the new day. The Old Testament tells of God's promise to Israel, which was fulfilled in the coming of the Messiah to the remote village of Bethlehem. The music incorporates original melodies with familiar carols in a work that ranges from contemplative to celebratory.


Final rehearsal will be December 22nd from 9-11 a.m.

Have you Turned in your Pledge Card and Time & Talent Sheet?   We would like all turned in before the end of December.




If you would like to donate a  poinsettia for this Christmas season, please fill in the form below and leave in the office or place in the offering plate along with your contribution of $10.00 for each poinsettia ordered. The poinsettias will be purchased and delivered directly to the church.


Donated by____________________________________

Amount donated _______________                

Number of Poinsettias Ordered __________

In honor/memory of ______________________________________

If you would like to contribute to Pastor Karen’s Christmas gift please see Mary Ann Pierson or Fulvio Hayes. The choirs are collecting for Jeremy and Chad. Choir members please see Marquita Pace. 


Caroling - December 9

Caroling December 9th—12:00pm, hosted by Membership. We will load the bus and be on our way by Noon. Sign-up sheets will be in the narthex. At 11:00 am carolers & the UCCukes can enjoy the chili fundraiser hosted by our Cub Pack 7007 in the Fellowship Hall.


 Membership Commission