Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

July/August 2019 Volume 59 Issue 12

July Special Mission Offerings -  Blue Spring Terrace and Hunger Action – Around the World

Blue Spring Terrace - “The Terrace” is made up of thirteen homes on a quiet, tree-lined street private street, with a church and a park. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Blue Springs Terrace provides independent living in supportive Christian community for ALL retired pastors and full-time Christian workers of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and/or their spouses. Houses are provided and residents pay a small monthly maintenance fee. Work projects include building assessments and repairs so that people can remain in their homes living independently. The Terrace is responsible for lawn care, snow removal and capital improvements. Volunteers from local churches and some residents gather every Tuesday to care of the building and ground needs. Other facilities include a guest apartment and a community center (the Agape House) for birthday and anniversary celebrations.


Hunger Action Month is sponsored by Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity working to feed  about 49 million America's hungry through a nationwide network. The United Church of Christ churches around the country are putting special emphasis on feeding the hungry and raising awareness  From volunteering at food banks, to signing petitions, to wearing the color  orange, to sending meals to underprivileged children. Congregations can make it clear that hunger is an issue everyone should care about all year long.


August Special Mission Offering -  Festival of Sharing

 Festival of Sharing is a cooperative response to world hunger, poverty, and injustice. The Festival goal is to provide funding and resource goods. This year there are seven regional events throughout September-October. These interfaith gatherings of resources connect the state of Missouri with a common goal: providing resources for our neighbors in need. Kansas City’s Sharefest is Saturday, September 14 at St. James UMC- Paseo Campus (5540 Wayne Avenue, KC, MO 64110).

This year Bethel is collecting cash donations to purchase 10 Emergency Cleaning Buckets valued at $75 each and 30 Student Dental Kits valued at $11 each. In addition we are collecting Best Choice UPCS and used Eyeglasses (no cases please). Last year the Sharefest collected 2,460 Student Dental Kits, 1,418 Cleanup Buckets and 1,155 eyeglasses. Let’s help them collect more for 2019.

Last year the total number of people served through the seven Missouri Sharefests was 54,881 and total agencies served was 89. Through this mission we can help others in need,

Fish Fry—August 11th—11:30 AM

A time for fun, food and fellowship, bring your friends.

Bring a dish to share. Signup in the Narthex.

Suggested $10 donation Adults $5 10 yrs. & Under or give what you can for the Camp Scholarship Fund!


Sign-up Sheet IS in the Narthex.

We need volunteers for set up and clean up.



Church World Service Blankets Huge Success

Over $329 was collected for the Blankets+ Program. Thank you for wrapping a child or adult in God’s warm love.


 Great job Bethel!


Quarterly Congregational Meeting - July 28

There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 28 immediately following worship.  

Greetings from Pastor Karen



"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words."

Victor Hugo

During July and August, we will be learning how Christian music has changed. Our focus will be from the mid 1800's to today. Before that time there were psalms, chants, instrumental numbers and a variety of religious music by early composers. We will be looking at early religious music in the form of hymns, spirituals, gospel, Taize, contemporary songs and what's to come down the road.

18th century hymnbooks were usually only collections of texts-they did not include musical notes. The first American hymnal to join music with texts was not published until 1831. The usual method of singing in church was called "lining out" having a leader say one line and the congregation repeat it. Hymnbooks were expensive and many worshipers could not read. People did not sing one line immediately after another as we do now.

The actual singing of hymns was not officially approved in the Church of England until 1820 and this opened the floodgates to all manner of hymns-including gospel - and coupled with the pioneering work of Watts and the Wesleys, laid the foundation for the Anglican hymnody as we know it.

The other great spark was the publication in 1861 of Hymns Ancient and Modern. The enlightened committee that created this book insisted that it should reflect the very best of the many traditions of hymnody. It was an amazing success reaching a sales of 500,000 annually (and this was at a time when many people could not read or write) and by 1912 it had sold a staggering 60 million copies and is still in print today.

There are so many scriptures that tell us to lift our voices in song, play instruments and rejoice. Psalm 147: Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!"

In the coming weeks we will praise God with hymns and songs from the past up to the present and maybe we will look down the road to see what's coming. With the help of Jeremy, Chad, our praise team, special voices and instruments, we will sing out our love of God in Christ Jesus! We're gonna Hail the Power of Jesus Name while Standing in the Need of Prayer and Every Time I feel the Spirit I will Take Time to be Holy and Through It All, I will Trust and Obey.

Join us this summer as we sing and enjoy all genres of church music. In the coming weeks we will praise God with hymns and songs from the past up to the present and beyond! See you in church!.

Make a Joyful Noise!

Pastor Karen

Kids Fest - July 27

The Evangelism Commission is gearing up for the 15th annual Kids Fest that will be held on Saturday, July 27 at the church.

Once again we are offering the child identification program conducted by the Missouri Masonic Children’s Foundation - MoCHIP.

MoCHIP is a comprehensive child identification program that is designed to give families a measure of protection in the event that the unthinkable happens. This program is provided FREE OF CHARGE. Each participant will receive a CD with digital photos, digital fingerprints, child information and emergency contacts, bite impressions for older children or a DNA swab for infants, and two laminated ID cards. With this information, law enforcement officials can issue an Amber Alert within four minutes of receiving the CD.

The Evangelism Commission is collecting donations now to fill 100 bags for K-5 and we are buying several backpacks for raffle.. Our Bethel family has always come through in a big way for this event, and we need your help again this year. With your cash donation the E-Team will do the shopping .We will pool the resources and do some bargain hunting and power shopping to make the most of those dollars.

This year Eastgate (a 6th grade school) will receive earbuds for every student from a grant that Bethel received,


We also need volunteers to serve as greeters and work the face painting and tattoo stations in the Fellowship Hall.


We need volunteers after church on Sunday, July 21 to stuff bags and set up for Kidsfest.


If you have any questions, please see Kristen Marshall or any member of the Evangelism Commission. 

Prayer Care

Please pray for . . . 

 Serving our Country: Wesley Luttrell; nephew of Joe Luttrell.

 in Extended Care:  Cindy Richter, Heritage Village, Rm 100;

Gene McCarty, McCrite, 1201 NW Tullison, Rm 334, Kansas city, MO 64116. 

Family and friends needing prayer: Dave Schindler; Marilyn Eilers; Gerry McGuire; Donna Fischer; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Doug Berka; Mollie Geitz; Betty Meugniot; the Gavisk family; Lora Carey; Anna Lee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Jim Burr’s brother John; Laurie Arbuthnot’s twin sister, Corrie Orth; Ted Basch’s sister, Cathy Brodbeck; Donna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Pace’s brother in-law, Dan Schadt and friend Holly Hampton; Tim Coulter’s cousin, Bob Coulter & sister, Sharon Rosbeck; Sonja Payne’s sister, Sharla Norris; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz & friend Judy Lightheart. 

Thank You


Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers and the beautiful cards. Loved the encouraging words. Loved the encouraging cards and thoughts during a difficult time. Greatly appreciate each of you.

Thank you, Donna Fischer

July & August Lectionary

Join us this summer as we look at the different genres of church music from the mid-1800's to today. The history of American 'hymnody' is a lens in which we see the triumphs and struggles of society down through the ages. Let's lift our voices in song to our God who loves to listen!!

July Lectionary

Sunday, July 7th-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost-COMMUNION-Spirituals

2Kings 5:1-14

Our music today will be spirituals created by the African slaves as a way to give them hope while they yearn for freedom. We will also hear the story of Naaman and how his slaves urged him to follow the instructions from Elisha, which ultimately set him free.

Sunday, July 14th-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost-Hymns from 1860's-1870's

Psalm 82

Luke 10:25-37

Sunday, July 21st-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost- Hymns from 1880's-early 1900's

Amos 8:1-12

Luke 10:38-42

Sunday, July 28th-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost-Gospel Sunday

Luke 11:1-13

Today we hear Gospel music, a popular style of hymns produced during the evangelistic crusades that happened in late 1800's and early 1900's. Sometimes referred to as testimonial songs or 'white' spirituals. (dust bowl/Depression songs. If you saw the movie, "Brother Where Art Thou", you heard these forms of gospel).

We will hold our Congregational meeting following worship.


August Lectionary

Sunday, August 4-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost-COMMUNION-Contemporary

Colossians 3:1-11

Luke 12:13-21

The genre of contemporary music started in the 1960's with a revival of the Jesus movement. Using a pop rock format, it has found its way into both mainstream and non-denominational worship settings.

Sunday, August 11-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost-Taize/Iona

John 21:1-14

The music of Taizé emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms other pieces of Scripture or from the liturgy both Western and Eastern Orthodox, repeated many times and sometimes also sung in canon. The music of the Iona community, founded in the sixties in Scotland, emphasize peace and justice. John Bell has composed much of the music still sung today in that community.

Following worship we will support our Camp Scholarship Fund with a Fish Fry hosted by the Piersons'. (see related article)

August 18th-Tenth Sunday after Pentecost-Hymn Sing

Pick either your favorite scripture (what does that verse mean to you) or favorite hymn/spiritual/gospel/Taize and we will read and sing together. What a great way to end our celebration of Christian music!! A thank you to Jeremy, Chad and all our singers and musicians who brought us beautiful music over these past weeks!

August 25-Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost-Healing Service

Psalm 103:1-8

Luke 13:10-17

Pastor Karen will resurrect her monologue on "The Bent-Over Woman"

What does it mean to you when you hear the word, 'healed?' Have you been healed physically, spiritually or emotionally at times in your life? There will be some time to share, pray and lift up our burdens to a loving and merciful God.

July  Birthdays                               August       Birthdays                     

1       Jessica Faust

4      Pablo Payne

5       Charlene Borgman

9       Chella Lauer 

10    Jennifer Clark  

15     Sheri Bunch

          Gordon Hendrix

16     Jerry Teague 

18      Doug Van Slyke

          Anthony Hayes

19      Dustin Kenyon

          Emma Marshall

20    Chris Mason

22     Shawn Van Slyke

24     Alice Kennedy

          Kris Lyman

           Don Sand

30     Staci Van Slyke 

5       Preston Corn

7       David Schindler

8        Bob Buck

          Susan Schindler

9       Sonja Payne

11      Dione Boyice

12     Laurie Arbouthnot

16     Declan Terrill

17     Marilyn Donahoe

22     Art Todtenhausen

23     Liz Guevel 

24     Ted Basch

         Fulvio Hayes

26     Nicholas Clark

28     Joe Germer

29     Gene McCarty

31     Dale Rickert    

         James Marshall 

Conference Annual Gathering 2019 - CAG


The meeting was held in Columbia, MO with 174 delegates made up of 90 clergy and 84 lay. There were 88 churches represented and 32 visitors. The theme was "Strengthening Congregations" and the keynote speaker was Rev. Darrell Goodwin-Associate Conference Minister of the Iowa/Nebraska/South Dakota Tri-State Conference.


During the 3 day event we had three visioning sessions led by Rev. Dr. John Bracke and Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo. There will be a visioning discussion on the Conference for all who are interested to attend at Columbia UCC, Saturday, August 10th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More info to follow.


The 2020 Budget was approved after much discussion. New members were elected to the Conference Council. The Conference staff gave reports on their activities and Ginny gave a State of the Conference report.


A proposal was made to sell TAMBO. This was later withdrawn for further study. There was discussion about STEEPLEJACKING that is occurring in the MMSUCC Conference. There have been at least two churches impacted. Steeplejacking happens when someone with the intent of taking a church out of the UCC starts attending your church and begins the process of disconnecting the church, a step at a time, away from the United Church of Christ. A great book on Steeplejacking was co-written by Sheldon Culver and John Dorhauer several years ago and is available on Amazon.


A proposal was made to use the Western Hills' Funds (money from the sale of Western Hills in the 1990's) to hire a Youth Minister/Coordinator for two years. Much discussion took place along with many amendments to the motion. During discussion there was much frustration and debate from Western Association members, however, when the vote was taken the motion passed 72-For, 5-Against and 7-Abstaining.


Upcoming events:

CAG 2020-2 days April 24-25 in Jefferson City

CAG 2021-2 day event held in April. Site to be determined.

UCC General Synod 33-will be held in Kansas City in 2021 and co-hosted by Missouri Mid-South Conference and the Kansas/Oklahoma Conference. The last time General Synod was held in Kansas City was in 2001. Our local churches will play a big role in this synod as volunteers will be needed in a variety of roles. Dates will be announced.

Ron Wendle, CAG Delegate

Join the Discussion

2020 Strategic Initiative Follow-Up

Saturday, August 10 at Columbia UCC

 You are all invited! There will be a conference-wide meeting for sharing the results of the 2020 Strategic Initiative to be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Columbia UCC, 3201 Interstate 70 Drive NW, Columbia MO 65202. All are welcome! Lunch will be provided at a cost of $10.00 (to be paid at the meeting). Please RSVP to the conference office by email. We hope to see you there!


The “HOMIES” Bethel UCC Men’s Group

August 16, 2019 Roastery Tour with Lunch Following—Danny Edwards Boulevard Barbeque

A HOMIES and WOW! Co-Event


We meet at Bethel 9:15 to go to the ROASTERY COFFEE Company Tour, 1204 W. 27th St, Kansas City, MO Our tour

starts at 10:00, following the tour we will have lunch at Danny Edwards Boulevard BBQ at 2900 Southwest Boulevard.

If you have any questions, please contact Randy Pace - 816-810-4004.


"Wow!" Bethel Women's Group

July 18 , 2019 Kansas City SEA LIFE Aquarium at Crown Center with Lunch following

 WOW is going meet at Bethel at 10:30. We will ride the streetcar and go to the aquarium at Crown Center. We will have lunch following the aquarium.


August  16, 2019 Roastery Tour with Lunch Following—Danny Edwards Boulevard Barbeque—A HOMIES & WOW! Co-Event

 We meet at Bethel 9:15 to go to the ROASTERY COFFEE Company Tour, 1204 W. 27th St, Kansas City, MO Our tour

starts at 10:00, following the tour we will have lunch at Danny Edwards Boulevard BBQ at 2900 Southwest Boulevard. Note: we will be joining the HOMIES for this tour.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Arbuthnot—816-447-1746 

Bethel Talent Show - Friday, August 9

Are you ready to share your talent at

Bethel’s Got Talent

Saturday, August 9th—7:00 pm

Rehearsal 5:30 pm —Cast Party with Pizza—6:15 pm

Calling all Young, Old and Not So Old to come share their talent. Join the fun at this event showcasing Bethel’s very own. It will be a fun filled evening of talented individuals just waiting for their chance to perform before an enthusiastic audience of Bethel family and friends.

There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex

For more information contact Jeremy Faust 816-914-3166 or the Bethel Office 816-453-2628 

Sew & Serve Update

Sew & Serve has been completing projects for Crittenden and Synergy House and would like you to be a part of their group. Some of the special projects include: pillow cases, personal blankets, small throws and floor pillows. If you have a project from a special organization that you would like to suggest, come on Wednesday mornings from around 9:30 am to 2 pm, bring your lunch and enjoy the fellowship of this fun mission-minded group. See you on Wednesdays! 

Prayers for UCC Church in Levasy

Please Pray for Ebenezer UCC, it’s members and the residents of Levasy, Missouri

as they struggle with the aftermath of the flooding.

If you would like to help contact Michael Curry 816-304-4624, Levasy Disaster Relief Coordinator for MMS Conference

Bring us pictures of bethel kids summer fun! Place on Board in Narthex 

Let's Put Our Heads Together

Let’s get together Saturday, August 3rd 9-11 am to look at the curriculum and talk about some dates for the Sunday School Bells and vocal performances. Rally Day is September 8th . We will commission our teachers and have our kids sing a song for the kick off! Interested in teaching or assisting/all are invited.

Coffee and Goodies Provided

Make Your Giving Easy—Use

Make your giving easy by using, Bethel’s online giving service. You can easily setup and manage your gifts to Bethel.

Signup online: or download the app to signup. For questions or with help signing up contact Sonja Payne at 847-497-1479.