Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

Volume 59, Issue 1  SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018                                      Bethel is an Open & Affirming Congregation

Benevolence Special Mission Offering - September

Emmaus Home is a faith-based mission providing compassionate care to adults with developmental disabilities in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Understanding the changing needs of an aging population, Emmaus provides homes and programming for residents of all ages, based on their unique needs and goals. As part of their residential services, Emmaus serves 40 homes throughout the community and at two campuses. The Senior and Adult Services program provides opportunities for residents to learn, make friends and become involved in their community through a variety of social, educational and recreational activities.

CLAY COUNTY CLOTHES CLOSET  is a non-profit organization that provides free clothing to northland families in need. Their volunteers assist children and families who are referred to the Clothes Closet by churches, schools, and social agencies. They gladly accept clothing donations, offers to volunteer, and financial contributions.

Greetings from Pastor Karen

No letter, just a poem and scripture I thought you might like!


Pastor Karen

                                                                     Gardening God’s Way  

Plant three rows of peas:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

                                                                                                   Plant four rows of lettuce:
                                                                                              Lettuce be faithful
                                                                                               Lettuce be kind
                                                                                             Lettuce be obedient
                                                                                      Lettuce really love one another

                                                                                       No garden should be without turnips:
                                                                                    Turnip for meetings
                                                                                    Turnip for service
                                                                                  Turnip to help one another

                                                                                 Water freely with patience and Cultivate with love.
                                                                        There is abundance in your garden.... Because you reap what you sow.

                                                                        To conclude our garden, We must have thyme:
                                                                              Thyme for God
                                                                              Thyme for study
                                                                              Thyme for prayer

                                                                           Pretty nice garden!

                                                                                                                                                           Author Unknown


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:  Ken Webb, Assisted Living at 111 NW Mock Ave. , Blue Springs, MO 64014; Sallie Carleton Room 319A New Mark Care Center; Cindy Richter, Heritage Village, Rm 100; 

In Rehab: Dick Eilers,  Northland Rehab & Health Care Center, Room 150 B   

Hospitalized:  Jim Inman, Research Hospital, Rm 3004.

Family and friends needing prayer:  Ron Wendle; Kathy Corn; Adam Niederhauser; Doug Berka; Jamie Elder; Betty Meugniot;  Lora Carey; Kathy Leslie’s son Kyle; 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; Staci Sand-Svengard, Don Sand’s daughter; 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 Pace;  Jay 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; Jamie Elder’s sister,  Susan Scritchfield; Ruthanna Rodatz, Kathy Corn’s sister; Judy Lightheart, friend of the Corns. 

Celebrating Christian Education

September 9, 2018 

Sunday School-9:00 a.m.  - Worship -10:00 a.m.!

Another Sunday School year is here and we will be celebrating with all those who work so hard to share the stories of Jesus and his love. It is always exciting to kick off a new year of stories, laughter and learning. This year, during our 10 a.m. worship, we will be commissioning our teachers and volunteers and dedicating and blessing our 2018-19

Confirmation Class: Dominic Achille, Maddy Kenyon and Sophie Lane. Our worship opens with a processional of our youth and a song they will share, “I Am a Promise”

Our confirmands will be reading scripture. Also, during Sunday School, the kids will be packing dental kits for Festival of Sharing.

In the midst of all the celebration, we will summarize our journey with Moses and the Israelites. Come celebrate with us! Let’s show our teachers and children how much we love them.

September Lectionary

Sunday, September 2-Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost-Communion

Psalm 33:1-5

Colossians 3:16-17

                  Join us for an old fashioned HYMN SING.  A great way to feel the Spirit.


Sunday, September 9-Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost-RALLY DAY

Philippians 1:9-11

Proverbs 3:5-10

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Exodus 40:30-38-Pastor Karen will do an overview of our journey with Moses.


On this special day we commission our Christian Education teachers/volunteers.

We will also offer a blessing for our confirmands, parents and mentors.  Our

scripture will be read by our 2018-2019 Confirmation class: Dominic Achille,

Maddy Kenyon and Sophie Lane.


Sunday, September 16-Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 58:6-10

Mark 8:27-38


Sunday, September 23-Eighteenth Sunday after  Pentecost

James 3:13-4:3

Mark 9:30-37


Sunday, September 30-Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10 and 9:20-22

Mark 9:38-50


Have you thought about being a lector???

Please note that in the upcoming months there are several Sundays in need of a lector.  If you haven't read scripture in a worship service before, but would like to try it, now is the time!  Read over the scriptures listed

for each Sunday and see what you think.  You might just have a gift that is ready to be opened!


Reminder—Clean Tables After Using 

Reminder—Please clean the white tables with soap and water after each use in the Fellowship Hall. If they are stored dirty they will mold and they are very difficult to clean. Thank You! 

September Birthdays

2       Evy Kluender

         4        Betty Meugniot

4       Ty Hendrix

        7        Bill Simon

9       Traci Pierson

10     Isaac Faust

        11      Eddie Villanueva

16     Greg Klossner

18     Kevin Hendrix

         John Mendon

         Zachary Rickert

        19      Pat Armstrong

22    LeAundra Boyice

24 Jody Meyer

        Isaac Rickert

29 Marilyn Helmich

30 Patrick Gavisk




WORSHIP 10:00 A.M.

No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! 

Backpack Shepherds

Bethel has partnered with Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal church for several years to provide food for children in need.  “BAGS” – (Bethel and Good Shepherd) packing unit is one of 4 groups that weekly pack 45 backpacks for students at Eastgate Middle School and 25 for Lakewood Elementary.

Two of other packing units. can use some extra help. This amounts 1 ½ hours once a month in the evening. 

This school year, Backpack Shepherds, has joined with Episcopal Community Services, Feed Northland Kids and Harvesters to expand a small, one woman pantry, in operation at Winnetonka High School, to a much needed, larger pantry with more expanded items.  All this is completely paid for through ECS and Feed Northland Kids.  all we need to do is provide two volunteers from each church who will STRAIGHTEN STOCK (DELIVERED BY HARVESTORS), and check inventory about once a month.  Melinda Teague has volunteered to help us, so we just need one more volunteer to help.   Our current team, Gerry Hendrix, Lucy and Billy Banks, Don Sand, Pat Armstrong ,  delivery person Joe Germer, pack backpacks on the second Thursday of each month through the school year.  Joe delivers the packs to the schools on Friday and retrieves them the following Tuesday to be filled again, by another group.  This group of delivery teams could use another volunteer also.  You must be able to lift 35-50 lbs and have a van or pick up truck. 

 One in six people suffer from hunger in America. Of the 42.2 million affected by hunger, 29.1 million are adults and 13.1 million are children. Thirty four percent chose between food and transportation, 31% choose between food and medical care and 27% choose between food and housing for the month. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Pat Armstrong at 816- 695-7825.


CROP Walk Sunday October 14

Walk. Give. Change the World


Central Methodist Church

5141 Oak St.

Kansas City, MO 64112
Registration begins at 1:00 PM - live music!
Step-Off time 2:00 PM
Rain or SHINE!

CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events that build community while raising funds to end hunger in your own community AND also around the world. Everyone is welcome to join!


The Kansas City Heart of America CROP Hunger Walk is among the top ten CROP

walks in the country, raising money and awareness of hunger in the KC area and

around the world. Annually, the KC Heart of America CROP Hunger Walk raises over

$130,000-fighting hunger globally and locally-AMAZING!! Here is the info:

To register on-line go to Kansas City-Heart of America CROP Walk and push

REGISTER. You can keep track of sponsors or they can also DONATE on line listing

you as the one they are sponsoring. Go to:

Stan Niederhauser is our CROP coordinator. He

will also have forms available for registration.

This year, we’re excited to be celebrating 37 years of walks on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Registrations will be available in the Northroom.

Bethel Choirs Begin Rehearsal

Bethel Choirs begin rehearsals September 5. Adult Bell Choir at 6 pm and Choir at 7 pm Everyone is invited to sing in the Choir. Come join us as we have a GREAT time in fellowship and song.


NSYA September Activity

All Are Invited!

Sunday,9/23- 12:30 pm


A Day at the Nelson-the NSYA is planning a day at the  Nelson Art Gallery and everyone is invited. Please bring your own picnic items (food, chairs, blankets, etc.) and we will picnic on the grounds and tour the  Nelson at your leisure-a fun day for one and all.

Backpack Shepherds Fundraiser

Backpack Shepherds Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October  20

5:30 pm—7:30 pm

Church of the Good shepherd

    4947 NE Chouteau Dr.

 $7 Admission Charge

*All the Chili you can Eat! Toppings, beverage and dessert included. *Taste the Competition Chilies

Come enjoy a supper you don’t have to cook!

(If you are going to cook call Good Shepherd 816-452-0745, ahead of time and let them know.)


Bring lots of can goods and other non-perishable pantry items

as this year you will receive one token per item and voting for

the best chili will be done by tokens.


Instead of pies there is a new raffle item: A beautiful Flower Garden Quilt, hand-stitched

and hand quilted. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

The winner will be announced that night. A new attraction is our Carrot Cake Contest

judged by special guests from the Hunger Summit.

All this plus entertainment by Mike Wilkinson and The Lucky Us Band.

Good food, good fun, good fellowship for a good cause.

What could be better?

 For more information see Pat Arrmstrong

Reminder—Commission/Council Budgets Are Due


FYI-All commissions need to update their members and determine their budget needs prior to the council's October 16th meeting.  If you could have this completed by the September 18th Council meeting, it would be appreciated.  

World Communion Sunday - October 7

World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, they remember that they are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith.


Ghosts, witches, heroes, princesses and all manner of goblins and characters will join us in worship on this Sunday! You won’t want to miss it! So come to the parade and cheer on our cleverly costumed kids. You might be sitting next to Spiderman, Superman, Iron Man, Anna, Elsa, Wonder Woman or a host of other goblins and characters.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! It will be SPOOKtacular!!

Thank You

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your recent donation of $57.50 to Northland Shepherd’s Center. We really appreciate your continued support of the work we do for the older adults in the Northland. The money will be put right to work in our many services and programs that we offer.

We had a very busy year in 2017 where we served 4,088 unduplicated clients and they used 740,008 services or programs. The number of services increased so dramatically due to our taking over the Northland Meals on Wheels. Our faithful volunteers gave 53,108 hours in providing the services and helping with programs. We were also blessed to be able to purchase a building that we plan to move into early next year that will bring all programs and offices together, It will allow us to serve more people and is more visible, so watch for that.

Again, thank you for this generous donation and we ask that you keep us in your prayers as we will your congregation.


Rebecca Gordon, Executive Director


Bethel United Church of Christ

Thank you for the generous donation of school supplies for our students. Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated.

Gracemor Elementary School


Dear Rev. Aitkens & Bethel United Church of Christ,

Thank you very much for your donation of school supplies. Your generosity and support means a lot to Chouteau families.

Please know how much you’re helped our students and much we all appreciate it.

Best Regards,

Chouteau Elementary Staffs


Dear Pastor Karen & the members of Bethel  United Church of Christ,

Thank yo for the composition notebooks. We appreciate the support you provide for our staff and students!

Winnwood Elementary School


Pastor Karen & Bethel,

Thank you so much for the card & money during finals week! It was nice to receive something from my Bethel family. I’m looking forward to going back to Dubuque next month! Again, thank you!

Gordon Hendrix

October Benevolences

NORTHLAND ASSISTANCE CENTER The mission of Northland Assistance Center is to provide compassionate emergency assistance to children, families, and individuals in Clay and Platte counties. Northland Assistance Center (NAC) was organized in 1980 as the North Kansas City Resource Center when members from four North Kansas City churches recognized the need to coordinate their emergency assistance programs. The programs were designed to deliver services to transient individuals and those living in the Northland. Today, referrals are made from other social service organizations, as well as 48 churches from various denominations throughout Clay and Platte counties. Persons seek NAC services for case management and emergency assistance for food, utility bills, prescriptions, rent, emergency lodging, gas cards, and other services as needed.

NEIGHBORS IN NEED is the UCC's annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United Sates, including the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM), justice and advocacy efforts, and direct service projects funded by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Theses churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. Neighbors in Need helps make another world possible. It needs your support. 

The “HOMIES” Monthly

Bethel UCC Men’s Group

September Lunch

Event Date, Friday, September 21

Meet at church, 11:45 AM, Depart Bethel Noon

   “Hungry Old Men Involved in Eating Sessions”


Join us for our September meeting! It is a LUNCH EVENT only, We will meet with the guys at the church parking lot and share rides to Smoke Box, 10020 N Ambassador Dr., Kansas City, MO,


 October Tour

Event Date, Friday, October 19

Meet at church, 9:00 AM, Depart Bethel 9:1

Hungry Old Men Involved in Eating Sessions”


Join us for our October meeting! It is a Tour & Lunch Event, departing the parking lot 9:15 am  for a tour of the Hall of Waters and Elms Hotel with a lunch at Wabash BBQ, 646 Kansas City Ave. S in Excelsior Springs.




Join us at 9 a.m. to study A New New Testament :A Bible for the Twenty-first Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts by Hal Taussig. Sonja Payne will be leading this study of traditional texts paired with recently discovered texts of other early Christian writings, known as the gnostic gospels. The books can be purchased on Amazon new or used between $5.99-$10.95. Having previously studied this book, Sonja was amazed at how it affected her own faith journey. Class will meet in the Fellowship Hall from 9-9:45 a.m.

Be ready for some great discussions!



  "An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."                                                                    Martin Buber- Jewish philosopher

We will be doing a blessing of our pets from a distance!  During our worship service on October 14, we will be showing short videos or photos of your animals that will end with a blessing for your pets and all manner of God's created creatures: those that fly, crawl, slither or swim.  You are invited to make a short video (30 seconds or less) or send us a photo and we will gather them together to show our congregation. 

Send videos/photos to: by October 8.

October Lectionary

Sunday, Oct. 7-Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost-WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

Genesis 1:26-28

Mark 10:2-16


Sunday, October 14-Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Hebrews 4:12-16

Mark 10:17-31


Sunday, Oct. 21-Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost-STEWARDSHIP KICK-OFF

 Our Stewardship Theme is 'What Shall We Bring?  What are the gifts that we bring when we support the missions and ministries of Bethel? These include: Gifts of Faithfulness, Gifts of Word and Deed, Gifts of Presence and Gifts of Love. We will

lift up several scriptures that show ways to answer the question "What Shall We Bring?"

Sunday, October 28-Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Mark 10:46-52


October Birthdays

2 Jeannie Kenyon

3 Stella Malsam

4       Sheri Achille

         Dominic Achille

6 Jeffrey Kluender

7 Ron Wendle

         Kieran Mendon

12     Matthew Terrill

         Lillian Clark

13 Joyce Manley

         Savannah Malsam

14    Billy Banks

         Jeanene Easley

         Darleen Jurgensen

18 Sallie Carleton

19 Chris Duer

         Elizabeth Lauer

20     Marilyn Eilers

22     Alice Terrill

24 Jeff Bohlmeyer

25 Lilly Willis

26 Gerry Hendrix

Craig Adams

28 Jhon Payne

29 Phil Achille

Stewardship Kick-Off October 21

  Our theme this year is “What Shall We Bring?” based on Micah 6:6. 

Kathy Hayes is our Stewardship  Chair

We will be kicking off our campaign for 2019.  You will receive

your Stewardship Letter/pledge card through e-mail from Bethel.

We will send hard copies to those without internet. 

Be looking for your letter/pledge card around November 1st. 

Festival of Sharing

FESTIVAL OF SHARING is a cooperative response to world hunger, poverty and injustice., Traditionally, this interfaith, state-wide celebration and gathering of resources was held on the third Saturday in October due to its proximity with World Food Day.  This year we will be hosting several regional events during September and October. The West Region (KC Area) - Sharefest is Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. James UMC, Paseo Campus, 5540 Wayne Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110. The Sharefest will start at 9:30 am and end at 3:00 pm. There will be opportunities for children and teens to pack rice and other activities. Adults can pack food boxes, and join in worship and fellowship.

Benevolence Commission chose several projects for this year's event: Missouri Student Dental Packs,  Clean-Up Buckets for Church Wide Services, Best Choice UPCs, and Eyeglasses for Merida Foundation in Mexico. The money collected for the Clean-Up Buckets will be mailed to the Festival office in Columbia, MO. The other project kits will be delivered to St. James UMC prior to the event on Saturday. The Quilt Auction is a separate event that will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Knights of Columbus Hall, 2525 North Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202. Previewing begins at 9:00 am, free-will donation lunch at 11:00 am, and auction at 12:30 pm. There will be a quilt slide show at each Sharefest; if anyone would like to submit a pre-bid on any quilt they are to visit the money booth at the Sharefest.  or call 573-474-3332.  Benevolence Commission


Fall congregational meeting follows worship on this Sunday. Approval of the temporary budget for the coming year and electing those members who have accepted positions for our Council and Commissions is part of the agenda. We will also be giving an update on the renovation of the sanctuary. Doing the business of the church is a loving commitment we make as members of Bethel. See you there!

Hello Not So Young Adults! 

I know our group is growing older (Not So Young- right!) and as our kids get older they often get busier, but I still feel the importance of connecting ourselves back to church with some great NSYA experiences each month.  We try to provide a variety of free experiences, neat KC experiences with group rate pricing, and activities without kids experiences over the course of the semester.  And many of these events are also great ways to bring your friends that might be searching for a group ---> to Bethel!


Sept 23  - Picnic & Art: Sept 23 after church grab a picnic lunch and we'll meet at the front of the Nelson Atkins Museum front lawn.  Bring a blanket, frisbee, and sunglasses for lunch on a picnic blanket starting 12:15.  Then we can visit the glass maze or the Bloch building -  there's tons of free art to see.  Stay as long as you want!  


October 13th or 20th You Decide.  Please email me back which day works best.  We can wait to see website prices, since last year the Kearney one added up real fast $$! maybe there are coupons?

Kearney Pumpkin Patch or  Weston Red Barn   We've done a fall festival for the last several years.  It's a great place for family photos and there's something to do for every age.  We can meet at 11am then find lunch at noon and then walk through the maze and such.  


October 27 Halloween Party at the Faust House.  5:30 meet 6:00 eat.  We'll serve pizza or grill and depending on the weather, play in the back yard and cook smores in the firepit.  Kids can wear costumes for the party, but can change if we want to play flashlight hide-and-seek in the backyard.  We'll have fun activities like bobbing for apples or whatever Jessica finds on Pinterest! Ha!


November? - Choir Bar - This is the new experience in KC that I think sounds fun!  Check out the article  I'm awaiting to hear from them when the upcoming dates are, since the September one is too soon.


The rest of November and December will be in the next LINK.


We’ve been gathering for fun, food & fellowship since 2011 and will begin our 9th year as Not So Young Adults 2.0.


Last but not least - let me know if you want to lead the group this semester! or next!! :-)   Jeremy

Join Sew & Serve for a tour of Synergy

September 12

Meet at Bethel 10:30 AM

Go to Lunch following the Tour

Branson Tour - October 19

Branson Trip October 19

Sign up in the Narthex, make reservations with Baldknobbers Resort. Payments due to Resort by September 28. Check-in at Resort by 3 pm October 19 and dinner at 5 pm with play Samson at Sight & Sound Theater.

New Member Orientation—October 21st 
11:15 following Worship meet in Pastor Karen’s office if you are interested in Bethel membership. Please call or email the church office if you plan to attend. Bethel Office 816-453-2628 Email:


Getting to the Heart of Inclusion

Affirming and Celebrating  the LGBTQIA Community

Saturday, October 20, 2018

1;00 pm—5:30 PM

Hosted by Heartland Open and Affirming Coalition

At St. Luke’s United Church of Christ

727 N  Main St.

Independence, MO 64050

Registration: $10 per person or $75 fr a church with up to 10 attendees

Workshops include;

· What about the Bible? - What does scripture say and not say about LGBTQIA identities  & inclusion?

· Trans 101—Focusing on what it means to be transgender.

· ONA 101—Is your church read to begi the open and affirming process?

· ONA 201—Your church is Open and Affirming, now what?

The keynote speaker is Rev. Tyler Connelly, Minister of Search & Call Discernment

with the Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ.

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

Western Association Fall Fellowship Gathering
“Strengthening the Churches” Acts 15:36-41  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10:00 am—3:00 pm

Salem United Church of Christ

33184 Hwy K

McGirk, Missouri


Workshops include:

Youth Ministry—Rev. Courtney Chandler

Faith Formation—Rev. Jody Furnas-Wright

Stewardship—Rev. David Beebe

Registration is $25 with lunch included.

If you are interested in attending and/or serving as a delegate from Bethel

please contact the church office at 816-453-2628 or email: