Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

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March/April 2019          Vol. 59 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

NorthCare Hospice—Since 1995, NorthCare Hospice has been deeply rooted in our greater Kansas City community, especially the Northland. Our interdisciplinary teams are specialists in hospice care and include medical directors, nurses, hospice techs, social workers, chaplains, therapists and volunteers who work together to create an individual care plan for each patient and their family.

The members of our Hospice team are leaders in end-of-life care and bring many years of experience to our patients and their families. Our medical directors are board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. And, we provide ongoing education for our staff so our patients benefit from the most sophisticated symptom management techniques available today.

Since joining the Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care family in July 2015, we are pleased to offer home supportive or palliative care at earlier stages of illness for people who are not yet ready for hospice. Early palliative care has been shown to greatly enhance quality of life, make symptoms easier to manage — to help people live longer and better.

The combination of these two quality-oriented not-for-profit hospices will help ensure that the people of Kansas City have the best possible care at all ages and all stages of serious illness.


Family Promise of the Northland is a nonprofit organization committed “to help unemployed and underemployed homeless families in Clay and Platte Counties achieve self-sufficiency.” There are currently nine host sites and eight support churches.

Our main focus is to help our client families get back into permanent, sustainable housing and employment as quickly as possible. While in our program, participants receive food, shelter, and comprehensive support services. Client families also have the opportunity to develop enduring life skills through individualized case management by staff and through personal mentoring by volunteers.

When we help parents meet their basic needs and give them the opportunity to create a plan to get back on their feet, they can begin to realize their dreams of providing a better life for their children. This improves the lives of future generations and also changes our community for the better.

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 10

It’s time to Spring forward one hour at 2 A.M. on Sunday, March 10.

Bethel Choir Performs Cantata - Easter Sunday - April 21

Easter Sunday at 10:00 am come hear the choir present the cantata “Come to the Table” by Joseph and Pamela Martin. Through the words of this cantata we will find what a privilege it is to be invited to share the family meal served throughout all Christendom which celebrates the life we have in Jesus Christ. What a wonder to gather at the table and remember that perfect life which inspired Hosannas and whose name dries our tears.


Lenten - Easter Schedule

Ash Wednesday Service

What a special way to begin our journey to the cross.  At this service we will have communion by intinction and the Imposition of Ashes.  Lent is the 40 days (not counting Sundays) of reflection about Jesus' teaching, healing, miracles and his last week, Holy Week, that begins with Palm Sunday and ends on Easter morning.   You will receive a special gift that will lift up our theme for our Wednesday services: "Walking the Path: Justice, Kindness & Humility" (read the Lenten Project article).  Let us begin that walk together with the mark of the cross placed on our foreheads.  Our Lenten Suppers begin March 13th. Sign-ups for hosting will be in the Narthex soon.



This year we will be combining our Good Friday service into the Maundy Thursday Service of Footwashing and Tenebrae (an ancient tradition in Christian history that took place on one of the last three days of Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday).  The confirmands will receive the service of footwashing from Pastor Karen and the congregation will be invited to come up for a symbolic footwashing by the confirmands, as they touch the foot with oil. This will be followed by the Service of Shadows through the extinguishing of candles.  Join us for this special service as we walk through darkness to reach the open tomb of Easter Sunday.!!

Prayer Care

Please pray for . . . 

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


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


In Sympathy: Jay Marshall on the death of his  grandmother, Eunice Neitzert; Marquita Pace on  death of her mother, Irene Johnson on Feb. 1., Joe Luttrell on the death  of his mother, Phyllis K. Luttrell on February 27. Debbie Robinett on the death of her brother Vernon Robinett on March 5.


Family and friends needing prayer:   Betty Weger; Donna Fischer;  Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Doug Berka;  Mollie Geietz; Kathy Corn; Toni Faust; Jamie Elder; Betty Meugniot;   Lora Carey;  Stan Niederhauser’s brother, Mark; Stephanie Dodd’s granddaughter, Alexandra Mortallaro; Betty Weger’s daughter, Anna Mason; AnnaLee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Laurie Arbuthnot’s twin sister, Corrie Orth; Ted Basch’s sister, Cathy Brodbeck; Jeremy Faust’s aunt, Ruth Shetler; Joyce Manley’s niece, Rhonda Freeman; Donna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr,; Pace’s brother in-law, Dan Schadt and friend Holly Hampton;  Stephanie Dodd’s friend, Gavin Finch; Shirlee Mendon’s, mother, Theresa Zitterkopf, ;  Sonja Payne’s sister, Sharla Norris; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Debbie Robinett’s father, brother, Vernon, and her sister-in-law, Regina Robinett; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz & friend Judy Lightheart


Thank You

Dear Bethel,

Thank you so much for the floral arrangement you sent. It is beautiful and very appreciated. Losing my mother and sister and mom in less than 3 months has been very difficult. Thank you so much for your love and prayers. God led me to Bethel and now he has 2 more angels.

Love, Jamie Elder


Bethel Friends,

Thank you very much for the donation of the potted plant in memory of my mother, Margaret Soendker. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated during this tough time.

Debbie Soendker Schlick


To My Bethel Family,

Thank you so much for the wonderful cards. And thank you for your prayers as they help me take control of my Goliath!

I cherish each and everyone of you, plus appreciate your support, Thank you, I’ll see you soon!

Donna Fischer


Dear Bethel UCC,

Thank you so much for your generous gift to Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM). Because of you, we equipped MMS Churches to be Building Courageous Relationships through worship, social justice, youth and ministry preparation. Thank you!!! May God’s love guide us in 2019!

Blessings, Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown, Missouri Mid-South Conference Minister


Dear Bethel,

Special thanks to the Bethel family for the royal welcome extended to me again when  I was with you on December 23rd for the Cantata and on the 24th for the Christmas Eve Service. As Pastor Karen said, the music certainly captured the spirit of both Anne & Don. You are blessed with a wonderful music ministry,  Which Don & Anne enjoyed so very much.

Your thoughtfulness in serving a brunch after worship on the 23rd was also appreciated ad provided the opportunity to visit—except for those in the kitchen—bless you!

Believe me, if I lived in the KC area, you  would have another member!

In Christ’s  Love, Adele Jones


Dear Bethel Family,

Thank you for the thoughtful words, hugs, cards and prayers on the death of my mother, Irene Johnson. You kindness is such a blessing to me and Randy.

Marquita and Randy Pace

Western Association Annual Meeting

March Lectionary

March 3—Last Sunday after Epiphany—TRANSFIGURATION—Communion

                                  Luke 9:28-43


March 10—First Sunday of Lent

                                    Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

                                    Luke 4:1-13


March 17—Second Sunday of Lent

                                  Psalm 27

                                  Luke 13:31-35


March 24—Third Sunday of Lent

                                  Isaiah 55:1-9

                                  Luke 13:1-9


March 31—Fourth Sunday of Lent

Psalm 32

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

April Lectionary

April 7—Fifth Sunday of Lent—COMMUNION

                                  Isaiah 43:16-21

                                  John 12:1-8


April 14—Sixth Sunday of Lent—PALM SUNDAY

                                  Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

                                  Luke 19:28-40




                 Sunrise Service 7 am—CHAPEL—(weather permitting)   bring chairs & jackets


Easter Cantata 10 am— “Come to the Table” as presented by Bethel Choir and musicians!

Our communion will become part of this presentation.


April 28—Second Sunday of Easter—COMMUNION—Congregational Meeting

Acts 5:27-32

John 20:19-31

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

16 Kathy Hayes

24    Anna Mason

26  Shannon Gowe

29     Levi Pierson

30   Nelda Ravenscraft

April Birthdays

1 Donna Yaeger

2 Rachel Terrill

3    MacLain Kenyon

5    Tracy Gavisk

8     Charles Berka

       Erin Dugan

10  Kadence Lane

         Adria Lane

12  Ashley Yaeger

21   Kathy Corn

21    Adeline Terrill

23     Andrea Berka

         Colin Dugan

25   Kelly Bloss

         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 14.

 Name of Donor(s) ____________________________________________________

In Memory/Honor of  ___________________________________

Number of Lilies_______________       Amount Paid ___________________

NSYA Events

NSYA  Activities  

March 9  Restless Spirits  distillery in North Kansas City.  Babysitters provided. Stephanie Dodd and Kathy and Fulvio Hayes will babysit.

March 15 - Choir Bar - Sitters needed

April 12 or 26 (Date to be decided) 6—9 pm—Liberty Retro Bowl with the kids.


Come if You Can, but Be Safe

 The month of February has brought weather challenges!  If we do not officially close due to weather, that does not mean you should be here!  Since everyone experiences different conditions due to snow removal (or not) or conditions that are unsafe, please assess your roads and neighborhoods and if it is unsafe, please stay home and know that we will be lifting you in prayer.  If you can make it, there will be someone here to greet you.  If conditions are bad all over, the Council, along with Pastor Karen, will make the decision to close.  Check your local stations 4, 5, 9, and 41.  We will make every attempt to be listed on those channels if there is no church that day!!

Faith and Fun at Camp MO-VAL Summer Season

Summer is around the corner (hard to believe with our winter weather) and it is time to think about heading to camp! This year's theme is Peace Works: Empowering the Next Generations of Peacemakers.

 According to Jeremy Force, Camp Director, "Along with our faith based curriculum, campers will rekindle old friendships and make new ones, grow personally in the many activities of camp and explore the wonderful outdoors!" The 2019 Camp Schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  Registrations are in the office. New this year: You can register online.  Access this link by going to$50 early bird discount if registrations are paid in full by April 1st.   Reminder: Bethel will pay half the fee for our campers.  For the campers coming from the western side of the state, there is a stipend to offset travel costs. There is also the option to ride the train from Kansas City to Washington, MO and the Camp will pickup.

So get ready for a great time!!

Missouri Mid-South Conference Women's Retreat April 26 - 28

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Adult Sunday School for Lent

Beginning in March we will start a study on Adam Hamilton’s book “24 Hours that Changed the World”. This book chronicles the last days of Jesus’ life. We will watch a DVD during this study that will take us to significant places in Israel, The book can be purchased n Amazon for $11.95. We will plan to start on March 10 (weather permitting)!! It’s been a cold,  challenging winter, but we will persevere!


MAR 15  - FOOD & TOUR - Stockyards Brewery Co, 1600 Genessee, KC, MO. 11:30, Meet @ BUCC Parking lot. 11:45, Depart for In-house tour and food (Programmed to meet at Brewery about 12:15) The Gals may join us!


APR 12—TOUR ONLY – Cinder Block Brewery, 110 E 18th, North KC, MO – In-house TOUR (No food available at brewery, we may eat there) (BYOF - Bring your own food) Meet @ BUCC parking lot – 12:15, Depart @ 12:30 (Programmed to meet at brewery around 1:00 PM getting food on the way)

Blue Springs Terrace Fundraiser

March 23, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Blue Springs Terrace Breakfast Buffet

 Blue Springs Terrace, 312 S.W. 19th Terrace, Blue Springs MO 64015

 Pancakes, Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage, French toast casserole, Ham, potato and egg casserole, coffee cake, fruit bowl, Coffee, Milk, and choices of Juice! Donations accepted for this fundraiser.