Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

Weekly Letter to the Congregation

November 9, 2020 - Letter and Other Information

November 9, 2020

Greetings Bethel,

Yesterday we had our last outdoor service and I am so happy we were able to do them for so long. As we move forward, our worship team will move inside and we will be taped live and also posted on You Tube so you can view the service anytime. If you just like to sit in the parking lot, you can still pull us up on 92.1, however, our doors will be locked as there is still no in person worship.

I hope you enjoyed the messages that Gary Pierson shared with us during our Stewardship Campaign. We heard about the United Church of Christ's Three Great Loves: Love of Children, Love of Neighbor and Love of Creation. However, until we put our Love in Action nothing can happen. Bethel continues to be a source of generosity for the many missions we support and this is due to your commitment to have Bethel's light shine in our community and beyond. You can turn in your pledge card and time and talent sheet on line or through the mail. You are welcome to drop them off in the white basket out in the narthex.

This year Bethel's Council increased Our Church's Wider Mission giving, as needs locally and around the world continue to grow. In the UCC, congregations, associations, conferences and the national body are all agents of mission. But individual congregations alone can't address the wider mission needs of the community, nation and world. Only by working together through Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) can we hope to accomplish what needs to be done. The pandemic has added another layer of need over all the many missions we support. You will find a flyer that addresses the various groups that receive OCWM funds. In each one, a percentage comes back to conferences and then back to local churches through a variety of programs. This past year, Bethel received a $500 grant from OCWM to help with any area of need as we began using more technical equipment. You will find a flyer that gives information on all the different missions that receive gifts from OCWM.

We lift prayers of healing for all who have contracted the virus and prayers of comfort for the families of those who have died. As the numbers continue to rise in our area and the flu season begins, we know that weeks and perhaps months will pass before we can consider in person worship. Bethel is committed to offer additional ways to stay connected in addition to our Sunday weekly worship services on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. or posted later on You Tube: on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. we have Chat, Cook and Pray on Facebook Live, on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. I do a Bible study on ZOOM (if interested contact Shirley Mendon to get the link), every other Sunday beginning this past Sunday at 8:30 a.m. we have our virtual Sunday School. We will meet November 22, December 6, 20 (if you are want the link, please contact Shari Achille). Additional dates will be added after the new year begins.

Please contact me anytime by phone or e-mail if you need to share something or just want to visit. I want to thank so many members who are continuing to call one another, send cards, check in by e-mail or just continuing to pray for one another. You are the tie that binds!

Sometimes we need to take some time to connect with ourselves. I want to share a daily meditation for you to use, if you are needing some help with anxious moments. Hopefully, it will be a tool that will offer you a time to take some deep breaths, let them out slowly and help you get a grasp on how you are doing. Peace, Pastor Karen

A Daily Meditation During COVID-19

Take a moment to settle. Take a deep breath. Get comfortable. Like a rock settling on the bottom of a lake after it’s thrown in, let yourself settle.

1. Acknowledge how you are feeling in this moment. If being calm is hard, acknowledge it. If you find yourself frustrated or stressed, acknowledge it. God wants to be present in all parts of our lives—not just the easy or serene moments.

2. Ask for light and insight as you prepare to review your day. For some that light may come in the form of a sense of the Divine. For others it’s from a deep sense of your true self.

3. Take a moment to think about how COVID-19 has impacted your life. Even as we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another socially, ask yourself what connections you find yourself grateful for? Who makes you feel grounded and connected to God?

4. Public health issues have a way of making us recognize how interwoven our lives are with others in society. It can help us realize who we may often choose not to see or connect with. Is there a person or group of people especially affected by COVID-19 that you don’t often choose to see or connect with normally? What connections to others are you becoming more aware of? Who do you normally choose to reach out and connect to? Who do you avoid or refuse to see? If you can, picture the faces of these people. What connections do you take for granted in your life? What connections impact you the most?

5. Note the emotions you feel when you think of these individuals without judging or overanalyzing. Simply acknowledge them, pay attention, and listen to where God may be speaking.

6. As you think of the ways we are connected or disconnected to one another, pick a connection (or lack thereof) that seems important, significant, or is manifesting itself the strongest. Pause and reflect on where you’re being invited to grow from that moment. If you are a person of faith, take a moment to pray with it.

7. God gifted us with limitless creativity and imagination. Even in this time of separation and possible isolation, what is one way you can maintain meaningful connection to others—whether directly, through technology, or intentional focus and attention?

Take a deep breath and moment of quiet. When you are ready, return to your day.

(Susan Haarman, Loyola University Chicago)

 

*Worship– November 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook Live & YouTube (following the service)

Prayer List Update – November 9, 2020

Hospitalized: Garrett Malsom, Children’s Mercy Hospital

Prayers: Kathy Harms; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Jocelyn Meyer, Marty Pace’s niece; Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Pat Armstrong’s brother and sister-in-law, Gary & Lori Hevelone; Liz Guevel; David Schindler; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Jed Hedges; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal; Cathy Leslie and friends, Tyler Cain & Carol Miller; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ Lora Carey; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of  Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker

Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

Sunday School Update - For those of you who were able to join us for our first virtual Sunday School lesson, thanks for joining us. We look forward to seeing you ALL again soon.

Our next virtual Sunday School will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:30 am.

We will be doing some coloring together so be sure to have some colors or markers on hand. We will be attaching a coloring sheet in an upcoming email. If you know that you will not have access to a printer and will not be able to print the coloring sheet, please let us know so we can discuss how to get the coloring sheet to you.

Until then, be safe and be happy. A Zoom link will be sent for you to join. If you need more information contact Shari Achille at: shariachille@gmail.com

Bethel Christian Education Commission and your Sunday School teachers.

· Additional dates have been set for December 6th, and December 20th 

Backpack Shepherds Request—Winnetonka Pantry

Food Pantry at Winnetonka High School list for November: Shelf stable milk, ramen noodles, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, Vienna sausage, spam.  Thank you in behalf of Backpack Shepherds and Winnetonka High School. 

Backpack Shepherds—A Month of ThanksgivinG

Last week you received information on Backpack Shepherds fundraiser to feed families over the Christmas holiday. I’m please to report all the boxes have been claimed. If you need the box picked up, call Pat Armstrong at 816-695-7825. PS: If you wish, you can fill the boxes early and return to Bethel any time.

Pat Armstrong, Bethel UCC Representative, Backpack Shepherds 

 Christian Education is putting together a Christmas Program with our children. Several ideas have been discussed and it has been decided that home recordings of your kids doing  something with a Christmas theme: singing, playing an instrument or doing a reading is the best option.  Please let Jeremy know ASAP what your child would like to perform.  Jeremy's e-mail; is faust5family@gmail.com.  You can check with him on the best way to record and send the performance.  Make your background as 'Christmassy' as possible!  Below are some instructions from Jeremy: "Have your video turned in by 730pm on Dec 2 and I'll start putting together the service. Email me what your kiddo will be performing so we don't have 4 Silent Nights. Ha! I and the church will really like to see your child in the church service again!" I and the church will really like to see your child in the church service again!" Musically yours, Jeremy Faust

 

November 2, 2020 - Letter and Other Information

November 2, 2020

Greetings Bethel,

As I write this letter, there are people here from the voting commission looking at our space and how best to set up for the election tomorrow. The last few months have been filled with political ads, campaign speeches, debates and general un-ease, on both sides, about what the results will be. To be honest, COVID-19, the election and the candidates, natural disasters and protests have consumed us since the beginning of 2020! So, it's time to take a deep breath and repeat this shortened mantra from Julian of Norwich, "All shall be well. It shall be well." I want to share a little about her life, as she was a person of deep faith who believed in a personal relationship with God-some would call her a forerunner to Martin Luther.

The Lady Julian was born about 1342, and when she was thirty years old, she became gravely ill and was expected to die. Then, on the seventh day, the medical crisis passed, and she had a series of fifteen visions, or "showings," in which she was led to contemplate the Passion of Christ. These brought her great peace and joy. She became an anchoress, living in a small hut near St. Julian's Church in Norwich, England, where she devoted the rest of her life to prayer and contemplation of the meaning of her visions. St. Julian wrote the results of her meditations in a book called Revelations of Divine Love

During her lifetime, she became known as a counselor, whose advice combined spiritual insight with common sense, and many people from all walks of life came to speak with her. Since her death, many more have found help in her writings. Her most well-known phrase that has brought comfort to many people in many generations, which is rooted in her belief that God is love and present with us, reads, "All shall be well, all shall be well, in all manner of things all shall be well."

The Rev. Monique Stone, rector of Julian of Norwich Anglican Church in Ottawa... describes Julian as “a theologian for our time, 500 years ago.” Unlike monks and nuns who live together in a secluded community, or hermits who wander from place to place, anchorites and anchoresses do not go anywhere. Instead they are sealed up in a cell attached to a church, where they can engage in prayerful solitude that seeks to embody the values of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability. Stone goes on to say, “There’s something very interesting about the image of Julian being somebody who was secluded and in isolation, very literally, with one window into the church and one window into the public. How is it that we in our time…are in this liminal space of isolation, [which] asks us to look into our structures of church, and yet also look out into and receive what’s going on in the world around us. Through this experience of COVID, we’re starting to say, ‘Well, how is God present?’ Because I think we’re creating a spirit-driven experience now on a digital church…. It’s making us think in different ways, and it’s making us see the Spirit’s capacity to create community in different ways.” 

One of my favorite books in seminary was Julian of Norwich's, Showings, a shortened version of her Revelations of Divine Love. Through her encounters with God as she lay ill, she lets us know that God is present and love will always prevail. As we continue with all the challenges of 2020, I offer you her mantra (shortened version) "All shall be well. It shall be well."

Peace,

Pastor Karen

 

Prayer List Update – November 2, 2020

Hospitalized: Garrett Malsom, Children’s Mercy Hospital

Prayers: Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Pat Armstrong’s brother and sister-in-law, Gary & Lori Hevelone; Liz Guevel; David Schindler; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Jed Hedges; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal; Cathy Leslie and friends, Tyler Cain & Carol Miller; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ Lora Carey; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of  Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker

 

*Drive-In Parking Lot services– November 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM

or on Facebook Live 

Christian Education is putting together a Christmas Program with our children. Several ideas have been discussed and it has been decided that home recordings of your kids doing  something with a Christmas theme: singing, playing an instrument or doing a reading is the best option.  Please let Jeremy know ASAP what your child would like to perform.  Jeremy's e-mail; is faust5family@gmail.com.  You can check with him on the best way to record and send the performance.  Make your background as 'Christmassy' as possible!  Below are some instructions from Jeremy: "Have your video turned in by 730pm on Dec 2 and I'll start putting together the service. Email me what your kiddo will be performing so we don't have 4 Silent Nights. Ha! I and the church will really like to see your child in the church service again!" I and the church will really like to see your child in the church service again!" Musically yours, Jeremy Faust

 

Thank You - Dear Bethel Friends,
I’ve been home from rehab for a week and am finally getting stronger each day. A special Thank You for all the cards, prayers and warm thoughts. I’ve always said Bethel love is like being wrapped in a warm blanket. Hope to see all of you soon. Thanks again, Liz Guevel

Sunday School Update - This Sunday we will be having virtual Sunday School at 8:30 am. The class will be approximately 30 minutes long. Jessica Faust will be your teacher this Sunday. She has suggested that you either have some playdough on hand or if you are looking for a fun family activity, make your own.  A recipe is listed below.. A Zoom link will be sent out later this week for you to join. The Sunday School teachers and the Christian Education commission hope you will join us.  See you then.

If you need more information contact Shari Achille at: shariachille@gmail.com

Easy No-Cook DIY Playdough

1. 1 cup All-Purpose Flour.

2. 1 tablespoon Canola Oil.

3. 1/2 cup salt.

4. 1/2 cup warm water.

5. 2-3 drops food coloring. 

· Additional dates have been set for November 22, December 6th, and December 20th. 

Virtual Sunday School - Starts November 8

This Sunday we will be having virtual Sunday School at 8:30 am. The class will be approximately 30 minutes long. Jessica Faust will be your teacher this Sunday. She has suggested that you either have some playdough on hand or if you are looking for a fun family activity, make your own.  A recipe is listed below.. A Zoom link will be sent out later this week for you to join. The Sunday School teachers and the Christian Education commission hope you will join us.  See you then.

If you need more information contact Shari Achille at: shariachille@gmail.com

Easy No-Cook DIY Playdough

1. 1 cup All-Purpose Flour.

2. 1 tablespoon Canola Oil.

3. 1/2 cup salt.

4. 1/2 cup warm water.

5. 2-3 drops food coloring. 

· Additional dates have been set for November 22, December 6th, and December 20th.

 

Pledge Cards & Time & Talent Sheets

Link to Your Pledge “Intention” Card for Bethel UCC 2021 Please complete and return to Bethel by Sunday November 13. 

Also remember to return your Time & Talent Sheets for 2021. If you need a Time & Talent Sheet click on this link.

 

November Birthday List:

1- Randy Pace, 2-Jay Marshall, 3-Willie Payne, 5-Liz Simon. 9-Bobbie Wendle, 10-Jan Rickert, Stephanie Dodd, Jamie Elder, Jim Inman, 13-Lois Crane, Lindsey Crane, Laci Fleener, 14-Linda Jackson, Liam Pierson, 18-Brandon Meyer, 21-Curtis Bohlmeyer, Darlene Todtenhausen, 26-Jeremy Faust,        28-Doug Berka


Backpack Shepherds Request

Backpack Shepherds along with Feed Northland Kids partner to provide a pantry inside Winnetonka High School.  The school counselor and a teacher provide the school’s support for the pantry. The teacher’s class helps maintain the stock of food. They will notify us when supplies are low and we provide the needed items.  We have helped 41 students and family members through this effort.  If making a donation, please designate for “Winnetonka”.  

The list for NOVEMBER follows:  Shelf stable milk, ramen noodles, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, Vienna sausage, spam.  Thank you in behalf of Backpack Shepherds and Winnetonka High School. 


Backpack Shepherds—A Month of Thanksgiving

Last week you received information on Backpack Shepherds fundraiser to feed families over the Christmas holiday. I have included the calendar of items to give you an advance start on the project. Boxes, with a letter of instruction, will be available in Bethel’s entryway on October 30th. At the end of November, you will return the box to Bethel. Please do not tape the box shut. It will be picked up from Bethel and distributed to the families served by Backpack Shepherds. Your help is greatly appreciated. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation you can make your checks to Bethel UCC and in the memo line write “Backpack Shepherds Christmas”. If you would like a box and can’t pick it up, call Pat Armstrong at 816-695-7825. She will deliver a box to you and pickup the filled box when you are ready.

PS: If you wish, you can fill the boxes early and return to Bethel any time. Pat Armstrong, Bethel UCC Representative, Backpack Shepherds 

Weekly Newsletter - October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

Greetings Bethel,

First, I want to thank all those who attended our Congregational meeting this past Sunday, either by being at the outdoor service or on ZOOM. Thanks to Marty-Council President, Gary Pierson-Vice-President and Stewardship chair and Mary Ann-Treasurer. Thanks to all the Commissions who are working hard to continue their ministries in these challenging times. And a big thank you for the work done by Preston Corn, Shirley Menden and Sonja Payne as they leave their three year term and a gracious welcome Mary Fleener, David Schindler and Betty Weger as they will be joining the Council in 2021. Bethel has been blessed with the commitment and generosity of a giving and welcoming congregation and we head into this next year with both appreciation and confidence that we will continue strong in the months to come!

I also want to thank all of you who brought candy to share this past Sunday. I hope you picked up bags for the kids who were not able to be here. Whatever your plans are for this Halloween, I pray that everyone stays safe and has a Spooktacular time. Let me offer a little history of this popular holiday, which has connections to All Saints Day:

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. (Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “sow-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

This Sunday we will be celebrating those saints who have been birthed into eternal life and left a legacy of love behind. They lived out their discipleship and touched so many lives who hold them in their hearts. As their names are called, a candle will be lit in their memory.

There will be no outdoor service November 1 so please join us at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live for our All Saint's Day service along with communion. (Please have your elements ready to take for communion).

I hold you all in my heart and in my prayers as we get ready for the holidays in the midst of this virus. Let me just say: get your flu shots and continue masking, distancing and washing hands. Stay connected with one another by phone, e-mail, Facetime or any other way that shows your love and concern for another. I hear that letter writing is making a comeback!!

Peace,

Pastor Karen

 

Prayer List Update – October 26, 2020

Prayers: Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Pat Armstrong’s brother and sister-in-law, Gary & Lori Hevelone; Liz Guevel; David Schindler; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Jed Hedges; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal; Cathy Leslie and friends, Tyler Cain & Carol Miller; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ Lora Carey; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker

Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

 

FALL BACK ONE HOUR THIS SUNDAY—NOVEMBER 1

Be sure to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday so will be will on time to join us for virtual worship at 10:00 AM on Facebook Live at Bethel United Church of Christ—Kansas City

 

Sunday School Update

Your Christian Education Commission and Sunday School teachers have been working on assembling Sunday School plans. Here are some key items for you to know.

· The first virtual Sunday School will be held on Sunday, November 8th.  Additional dates have been set for November 22, December 6th, and December 20th.

· Virtual Sunday School will start at 8:30am and last approximately 30 minutes

· Virtual Sunday School will be held via Zoom. A link will be sent 1-2 days before virtual Sunday School.

· If a craft is planned, we plan to send out a list of necessary supplies a few days prior to Sunday School for you to obtain

We look forward to seeing you soon on Zoom!

 

Vote November 3rd

 

Update—Be Watching for Your Time & Talent Sheet for the coming year

 You will be able to complete the form online and email back to Bethel—How much easier can it be to share your time

 

Backpack Shepherds Request

Backpack Shepherds along with Feed Northland Kids partner to provide a pantry inside Winnetonka High School.  The school counselor and a teacher provide the school’s support for the pantry. The teacher’s class helps maintain the stock of food. They will notify us when supplies are low and we provide the needed items.  We have helped 41 students and family members through this effort.  If making a donation, please designate for “Winnetonka”.  

The list for NOVEMBER follows:  Shelf stable milk, ramen noodles, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, Vienna sausage, spam.  Thank you in behalf of Backpack Shepherds and Winnetonka High School. 

Backpack Shepherds—A Month of Thanksgiving

Last week you received information on Backpack Shepherds fundraiser to feed families over the Christmas holiday. I have included the calendar of items to give you an advance start on the project. Boxes, with a letter of instruction, will be available in Bethel’s entryway on October 30th. At the end of November, you will return the box to Bethel. Please do not tape the box shut. It will be picked up from Bethel and distributed to the families served by Backpack Shepherds. Your help is greatly appreciated. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation you can make your checks to Bethel UCC and in the memo line write “Backpack Shepherds Christmas”. If you would like a box and can’t pick it up, call Pat Armstrong at 816-695-7825. She will deliver a box to you and pickup the filled box when you are ready.

PS: If you wish, you can fill the boxes early and return to Bethel any time.

 

Pat Armstrong, Bethel UCC Representative

Backpack Shepherds 

October 19, 2020

"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God, everyone who loves

is born of God and knows God. 1John:47

Dear Members and Friends of Bethel,

November 8th is Stewardship Sunday when, after prayerful consideration, you will be returning your

'intention' (pledge) cards as we determine our giving for 2021. We plan to kick-off our Stewardship campaign on October 18th. Gary Pierson, our vice-chair of Council, will be sharing a short message each Sunday. We have never done a campaign virtually, so this is a first! There have been many 'firsts' this year and Bethel has found ways to keep moving forward while we keep the safety of our congregation as our top priority.

 

This past year has been a challenge in so many ways, but Bethel has been blessed with gifts that have given us the means to stay connected. Not only have you met your 'intention to give', many of you have surpassed your commitment. Like we stated in last years' campaign, "Because of you, our church changes lives..." 2020 has definitely changed our lives as we have had to look at church, worship and fellowship and life in general in new ways.

 

We will be sending out information each Sunday with the bulletin, starting on October 18: Beloved, Love the Children, October 25: Beloved, Love Your Neighbor, November 1-Beloved, Love Creation, November 8-Beloved, Love in Action. The campaign is lifting up the 3 Great Loves Initiative that the UCC introduced at General Synod in 2017: Love of Neighbor, Love of Creation and Love of Children: A Just World for All.

 

There is a saying from Archbishop Desmond Tutu that speaks to how Bethel continues doing missions and ministries that touch so many people, even during this pandemic, "Do your little bit of good where you are. It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." Our generosity continues to grow, expand and touch peoples' lives in amazing ways. Thank you for all you have done with your gifts and love for Bethel.

 

You will receive 2021 Time and Talent Sheets on Sunday, November 1st through your e-mail along with your giving cards which need to be in by November 8th. The Time & Talent sheets and the pledge cards can be filled out and returned via e-mail, dropped off at church or mailed. For the Time & Talent, fill out your areas of interest, including those areas where you are already serving and intend to continue. We offer so many opportunities for our members. Find a ministry you feel called to and check it or write down one that is not listed. These Time and Talent sheets are very important to Council, Commissions and Committees as we strive to be inclusive of all of our members amazing gifts. Pray about your giving and your service. We will build our campaign around the Three Loves: Children, Neighbor and Creation.

 

As we come to the end of 2020, we complete Bethel's 60th year as the church-the body of Christ. Our celebration included: remembering Bethel's history throughout the year, sharing "What Bethel Means to Me" (you can still send in your memories) and a service that shared "Celebrate Life" from the choir at our 50th Anniversary. It wasn't the celebration that the Anniversary Team had in mind, but this year Bethel

continues to be strong due to the foundation that was built by founding members in 1960. Thanks to members and friends who support Bethel's ministry with their time, talent and treasure. You are Beloved!!

 

Peace,

 

Pastor Karen

Gary Pierson, Stewardship Chair

 

Prayer List Update – October 12, 2020

Hospitalized: Liz Guevel, NKC Hospital Rehab; Garrett Malsom, Children’s Mercy Hospital

Prayers: David Schindler; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Jed Hedges; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal; Cathy Leslie and friends, Tyler Cain & Carol Miller; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  friends of the Pace’s, Shanna Villarreal and the Jacobsen's; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ Lora Carey; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker

Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

*Drive-In Parking Lot services– October 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Weather Permitting)

Thank You

"You are a blessing to my heart and uplifting to my soul.

I thank God every time I remember you."

Philippians 1:3

Your gifts and cards have been so meaningful, humbling and creative!! Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers sent my way. I always feel appreciated and so grateful that I was called to be your pastor almost 14 years ago. The words from Paul in Philippians capture what is in my heart.

Peace and Love,

Pastor Karen

 

FESTIVAL OF SHARING QUILT AUCTION

Festival of Sharing Online Bidding for quilts will open at 8 a.m. CST, Nov. 5 and close at 11:59 p.m. CST, Nov. 14. Quilt photos, details and bidding information can be found at benefitbidding.com/festivalofsharing. Proceeds of the online auction will support the work of the Church World Service (CWS) Blanket program. As we see the ways CWS is responding during the pandemic and natural disasters of 2020, we are reminded of the impact our gifts and auction contributions can make. 

October 5, 2020

Greetings,

Hope all are staying safe as we continue to find our way through this pandemic. Last week shook the nation as we learned the President, first lady and now many others in the White House and possibly beyond, contracted the virus. I read a short paragraph from a letter sent out by our UCC officers that included a prayer that promotes the healing so needed during this divisive time.

UCC Officers Offer Prayers for President, Family and Staff After Coronavirus Diagnosis

Having just learned that the president, members of his family, and members of his staff have tested positive for the coronavirus, we, the elected Officers of the United Church of Christ, offer this statement and accompanying prayer.

We call on all settings of the church to lift our president and his family and staff in your time of prayer and worship, laying aside partisan impulses and political passions, as we continue to pray for individuals and communities globally that continue to fight the coronavirus.

We are in need of healing. We are held in the loving arms of an indiscriminate loving presence we know as God.

We continue to emphasize that we all take the warnings of doctors and scientists very seriously. This disease is dangerous and remains active. Remain cautious. Wear your masks. Maintain appropriate social distancing. We are entering cold and flu season, and our vigilance, our patience, and our ongoing rigor to practice safe protocols can and will save lives.

We invite you to join us in prayer:

O God of all peoples, healer of the sick and restorer of wholeness, we call upon your abiding spirit to rest upon an entire planet of your beloved children. We are languishing in grief and sickness in the presence of a virus we cannot yet control or understand.

Millions around the world are suffering and dying. Fear prevails. Confusion abounds. Grief mounts. And no response has yet been found that can cover the grief, stem the tide of a spreading virus, or hasten the healing of bodies stricken with its symptoms.

We pray for front line health workers who risk their lives giving medical care to patients suffering from COVID. We pray for families watching loved ones suffering or grieving a death that came early.
We pray for a world that is overwhelmed fighting the virus, overwhelmed with the loss of jobs and income, and overwhelmed by a hidden foe that strikes without warning.

We pray for the poor and the oppressed who often lack the necessary resources and healthcare coverage to resist or fight back against the disease.

 

We pray for communities of color who in America are yet again bearing a disproportionate load of this burden.

We pray for chaplains and clergy who are working hard to adapt to conditions under which pastoral care and compassionate comfort must come in challenging ways.

 

We pray for our president, his family, and his staff, burdened already with leading through a time of fierce division and during a season of collective grief. May they all soon know the comfort of your healing touch.

For all of this and more we pray in hopes of receiving your loving, your comfort, your healing, your restorative hand. May the power of love made manifest in the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, in the teachings of the one we call the Christ, and in the humble service of his disciples here on Earth usher in a season of hope, a time of healing, and a day of relief from all that threatens.

This, O God, is our humble prayer and we offer it in your most Holy Name.

Amen.

 Faithfully,

The National Officers of the United Church of Christ

 John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President

 Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister

 Karen Georgia Thompson, Associate General Minister

We know more than ever now the importance of masking, distancing and washing our hands. May we continue to be vigilant. Hold each other in prayer. Be looking for an updated directory that we will send out soon so you can stay in touch by e-mail, a card or a phone call. Presently I have three people interested in doing a Bible study. Let me know ASAP, as I would like to start the group in the next couple of weeks.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Karen

Prayer List Update – October 5, 2020

Congratulations: Isaac & Kim Rickert welcomed new baby, Keely Allison Rickert, born on September 25th. Grandparents are Jan & Dale Rickert

Prayers: Liz Guevel; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Jed Hedges; Vicki Thompson’s mother, Velma Farrar, and her brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marquita Pace; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allison Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarrealand the Jacobsen's, friends of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

*Drive-In Parking Lot services– October 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Weather Permitting)

Backback Shepherds Can Use Your Help

Suggested donations:

· 4-packs of puddings

· Microwave popcorn

· 4-packs of fruit drinks

· Canned vegetables—especially green beans, corn, and carrots (these ae especially needed as Harvesters had none)

· Flour tortillas

· Canned stew or chili

· Ramen noodles

· Granola bars

For the Winnetonka Food Pantry (stocked by Backpack Shepherds)

· Mac & Cheese Cups

· Shelf Stable Milk

· Small Cereal Boxes

· Cereal Bars

· Individually Packaged Snacks

 

There is a tub just inside the outer doors of Bethel for donations and you may leave sacked items beside the tub. Your help in this situation us very much appreciated. Thank you, on Behalf on Backpack Shepherds Board.

 

“Virtual Auction” Fundraiser Benefitting Clay County Clothes Closet

October 8 at 8:00 am—October 10 at 4:00 pm

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CCC’s 6th Annual Silent Auction will be hosted “Virtually” this year. The event will start on October 8 and 3nd on October 10 at 4:00 pm.

Winning bidders can pickup their auction items on October 10 from 4 pm—6:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church, 1104 NE Vivian Road, Kansas City, MO 64118. Auction Winners will drive-up in their vehicles and auction items will be brought to a designated pick-up area. 50/50 Raffle Ticket Winners will receive their pay-out via Clay County Clothes Closet Check that day.

Auction Link: https://www.silentauctionpro.com/bidonlinegrid.php?groupId=1645

You will have the opportunity to participate in a 50/50 Raffle during this event.

You will have an opportunity to support a “Fund A Need” - Winter Coats for At-Risk Children.

Clay County Clothes Closet remains committed to serving impoverished Kansas City Northland Community families who are experiencing clothing insecurities during this challenging time and beyond! Your support of this fundraising event is greatly appreciated!

September 28, 2020

Greetings and Blessings,

Today I am attending an all-day virtual workshop on “Pandemic Leadership: Leading in Uncertain Times.” This was offered at no cost by the Kansas/Oklahoma Conference to include clergy in the Missouri Mid-South Conference. We are using the book, Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula. I plan to share with you some of the skills and insight I gain from this special webinar.

Please look at all the announcements and our prayer list as I am doing a short letter today. Even with the threat of rain, the musicians, the video directors and you the congregation, whether in the parking lot or at home, had the opportunity to worship together. Thanks to all! In the future, if rain is a threat, the filming of the service will move inside and you are welcomed to come to the parking lot and listen on 92.1 or stay home and get the service live and later posted on Bethel’s YouTube channel.

Special thanks to Marty who was my dragon called Emotion. I hope the children and adults liked the skit. Christian Education Commission met and will be contacting parents and children about virtual Sunday School to get your input. The hope is to start virtual Sunday School sometime in October.

Time to get back to my webinar. Stay Safe and call a friend!

Peace,

Pastor Karen

October 4 is World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. It focuses on an observance of the eucharist. The tradition was begun in 1933 by Hugh Thomson Kerr who ministered in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church. According to Presbyterian Outlook:

Davitt S. Bell (the late Clerk of Session and church historian at Shadyside) recalled that Dr. Kerr first conceived the notion of World Communion Sunday during his year as moderator of the General Assembly (1930). Dr. Kerr's younger son, the Rev. Dr. Donald Craig Kerr, who is pastor emeritus of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, was sixteen in 1933. He has related that World Communion Sunday grew out of the Division of Stewardship at Shadyside. It was their attempt to bring churches together in a service of Christian unity—in which everyone might receive both inspiration and information, and above all, to know how important the Church of Jesus Christ is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another.

It was then adopted throughout the US Presbyterian Church in 1936 and subsequently spread to other denominations. In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), led by Jesse Moren Bader, endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it to Christian churches worldwide.

 

Prayer List Update – September 28, 2020

In Sympathy: Andrea Berka on the death of her friend, Patti Elher, on September 21, 2020.

Prayers: Liz Guevel; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace’s friend, Marvin Jackson, Vicki Thompson’s mother, Velma Farrar, and her brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marquita Pace; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allison Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarrealand the Jacobsen's, friends of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

*Outdoor services– October 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM—World Communion Sunday

October Birthdays

2 Jeannie Kenyon 4 Sheri Achille, Dominic Achille 6 Jeffrey Kluender 7 Ron Wendle 12 Matthew Terril1

13 Joyce Manley 14 Jeanene Easley, Darleen Jurgensen 22 Alice Terrill 24 Jeff Bohlmeyer 25 Lilly Willis

26 Gerry Hendrix 28 Jhon Payne 29 Phil Achille

 

Thank You

 

Dear Bethel,

Your generous gift of $50 makes it possible for families in our community to live free of violence. Because of you everyday we have the privilege of keeping children safe and loved. As we work to end family violence, your gift will create the supportive environment and therapeutic tools need to change a life forever.

With gratitude, Jennifer Hurst, Director of Development, Synergy Service

 

Dear Bethel UCC Friends,

Thank you very much for the generous contribution on $75 from your special offering to Steppingstone, We’re so very thankful for your gifts that support the work we do. Steppingstone provides supportive assistance to older homeless not equipped to live on their own, Thank you again for helping our youth who need hope, support and guidance to gain successful independence as adults.

Sincerely, Lynn Durbin, Steppingstone Director

 

Dear Bethel Family,

Thank you for all the prayers, cards and good thoughts following my recent surgery. Just so you know, those prayers do work.

Love, Marquita “Marty” Pace

 

Missouri Voters—Know Your Options! TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER REGISTER BY—OCTOBER 7

· Absentee in Person—Starts Sept. 22. No application in advance or notary is necessary, but must give a reason at the time you vote.

· Absentee by Mail—Must apply by email, fax or in-person. Health-based reasons do not require a notary on ballot envelope, but voters will. Can be returned IN PERSON to Election Board/Clerk’s Office.

· In Person on Election Day—Polling places may have changed—know before you go.

· No-Excuse Mail-In Ballot—Must apply by mail or in person. Ballot envelope must be notarized and can only be returned by US Mail.

 


September 21, 2020

Blessings,

 

To the Church of God that is in Kansas City (Corinth), to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (the salutation from Paul's lst Letter to the church in Corinth)

The Apostle Paul just had a way with words, so I borrowed them today as my greeting to all of you as we continue gathering in outdoor worship and on line due to the pandemic. The sad news is that we have now surpassed 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and here in Jackson County we are still waiting to see the numbers go down for two weeks before we consider in-person worship in the sanctuary. It's been a long stretch, but for now I am so glad the weather is cooperating and we can meet outdoors.

Yesterday we celebrated another baptism for Ollie and Adler Schmidt, the great-nephews of Don and Anne Eversmeyer. Sponsors were Anne's brother Paul and his wife Nancy Schmidt and niece Paige Schmidt. It was a beautiful morning and the joy that was felt in our parking lot was so special as the Schmidt family rejoiced in the baptisms of Ollie and Adler.

Thank you for the gifts you have given to Festival of Sharing. We have collected $575 up to 9/20 (not including the gifts made to Tithe.ly in September for FOS). So we have enough for six and 1/3rd buckets!! Great job! That money will be sent into Festival of Sharing sometime in October, so you can still give!! Thanks for your generosity!!

If you haven't given to the Bethel Team for CROP walk, there is still time. The date for our virtual walk is Saturday, October 10th. By donating online to our Bethel walkers, we get immediate feedback on what has been given. See the link in this mailing on how to connect and give. If I can do it anyone can!! You can also give by writing a check to Bethel and putting CROP on the memo line.

As I write this letter, it is the last day of summer! We have been the church on line and in our parking lot for over six months and we are Bethel strong! I know there have been those days where we get down, want things to get back 'to the way it was' and just want to throw up our hands and say "What else can I do?" What we need to remember is that we are already doing what we can do. We are following guidelines by wearing masks, distancing and washing our hands! We are praying for one another and checking up on our friends. We are trying to do all those things that ensure another's safety, as well as our own safety. We are living our discipleship in the midst of this pandemic by showing compassion, giving to missions and supporting our church as much as we are able. BETHEL IS GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF YOUR GIFTS!!

So, as we prepare for the first day of fall, I offer these words from the book Emerge:Blessings and Rituals for Unsheltering from the Stillspeaking Writers Group:

Blessing for a Face Mask

God of health and wholeness

of neighbor love and kindness,

bless this mask, my slight shield

against great ills;

Bless the fabric that repels the drops,

the ties that go behind my ears,

the wire that fits snug against my nose,

the folds that cup my chin.

Make me grateful for my mask

even when it makes me hot,

even when I look funny in it,

even when I'm dying to take it off.

Bless me also and everyone

who for their own and others' sakes

put on this holy inconvenience every day,

our minds made up to love.

Mary Luti

Peace,

Pastor Karen

Prayer List Update – September 21, 2020

In Sympathy: Ron Wendle on the death of his uncle, Leonard Pohlman, on September 16, 2020.

Hospitalized: Liz Guevel, knee replacement surgery Sept. 23 NKCH

Prayers: Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Adrea Berka’s friend, Patti Elher, Vicki Thompson’s mother, Velma Farrar, and her brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marquita Pace; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allison Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarreal, friend of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

*Outdoor services– September 27 at 10:00 AM

 


 

September 14, 2020

Greetings Bethel,

What a glorious Sunday we had celebrating our children, teachers, parents and volunteers as we prepare for a new adventure in Sunday School. The Christian Education team is looking over a new curriculum, a gift from the Indiana-Kentucky Conference shared with our Missouri Mid-South Conference and sent out to interested churches in all associations. CE will be contacting parents to get input on parents' expectations and the best time to do virtual Sunday School on ZOOM. If any parent would be interested in leading a lesson, doing a craft or teaching anything to do with movement: yoga, dance, exercise, let the CE team know. After looking over the lessons from this curriculum, I am excited about the possibilities. My hope is that we can keep the Sunday School gathering on ZOOM on Sundays: morning or afternoon for a 30 minute lesson. It will be determined if Sunday School will meet every Sunday or twice a month.

Congratulations to Laci Fleener, Adria Lane and Kadence Lane on receiving their Bibles. And congratulations to Jody and Lauryn (Berka) Thorson on the baptism of Clark Douglas Thorson on 9/13/20, at a private outdoor ceremony here at Bethel. You can see pictures that have been posted on our Bethel Members page.

Thanks to all who have given to Festival of Sharing for Clean-up Buckets. Those gifts will be sent to Church World Service sometime in October so you still have time to give. Bethel has two quilts that are being auctioned on line sometime in September. Bethel will be bidding on the Christmas quilt made by Debbie Robinett's mother entitled "Follow the Star". If you are interested in joining the online auction, please let me know and after I get the information, I can send it on to you.

The CROP walk will be virtual this year and you were sent an e-mail with the info on how to give online to the Bethel team. The need this year is so great due to the pandemic and a large portion of what is raised goes to local food pantries around the Kansas City area. Your gifts will make a difference. Thanks to Jan Rickert for coordinating this special mission that Bethel has been part of for many years.

Thank you for all your generosity during this unprecedented time. Your giving has made it possible for Bethel to stay in touch virtually through our worship services and additional programs. Please continue to practice distancing and wear masks for one another's safety.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Karen

 

Prayer List Update – September 14, 2020

In Sympathy: Bobbi Wendle’s uncle Leo “Pete” Schaaf passed away Friday, Sept. 11

Rev. David Lyon, (ret. St. Luke’s UCC Pastor) passed away Sunday, Sept. 13

Prayers: Preston Corn; Vicki Thompson’s mother, Velma Farrar, and her brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marquita Pace; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allison Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarreal, friend of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

Special Missions—September: Festival of Sharing and Clay County Clothes Closet, Please support are Bethel Team for the virtual CROP Walk Click Here for Link to CROP Walk Donation Page On the Crop Walk donation page you will see the place where you will type in the team name: Bethel UCC. From there just follow the online instructions.

 

A Special Thank You: A special thank you to those members who call and check in on other. You are appreciated!

 

*Outdoor services– September 20 at 10:00 AM

Welcome to Bethel’s Drive-in Parking Lot Service

 

Note: If you are watching from home, we plan on posting the service Live on Bethel’s Facebook page Sunday morning.

 

The Worship Plan

Bethel Parking Lot - Arrive 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM. Service begins at 10:00 AM!

· Everyone will be directed to a parking place and will remain in their vehicle

· Masks are required

· Bring your bulletin

· Tune to 92.1 FM on your car radio

· During the offertory you have an opportunity to contribute to Bethel’s mission

· At the end of the service you will leave as directed

Worshipping on the Hillside – Parking at Eastgate Parking Lot (if available)

· Arrive in the Eastgate Parking Lot before 10:00 AM. Service begins at 10:00 AM!

· Bring your bulletin

· Wear your mask

· Bring your chair, umbrella, and a cold drink (it’s going to be a hot day)

· Families may set together, but they must social distance from others.

· An offering basket will be by the Chapel.

· At the end of the service return to your vehicle.

 Use of Restrooms During Drive-In Services

· The church building will be closed except for bathroom emergencies.

· When finished you will need to exit the church quickly. 

 

 Backpack Shepherd's Update

The first back packing will be Sept 22nd.  We will pack grocery sacks, no backpacks for children to return due to COVID and the split school schedule!!  All sacks will be equal, no extra for large families, but extra bags will be made available at the school for those who need. 

 

We are in need of a volunteer from Bethel to be our team leader, we pack on the second Thursday of each month.  This will involve the following:

 

There are three basic components to this job. They are as follows:

 

1. Make sure that everyone in the group knows when we are meeting and any other information that is necessary.  You would call or e-mail everyone.  

2. Be in charge of our opening time, ask for birthdays, anniversaries, announcements and prayer requests.

3. Check off the backpacks and fill out the proper forms, when backpacks are used again.

 

The three tasks could be divided up among three people with each person doing only one. If you would like to donate an hour of your time on the second Thursday of the month, please contact Pat Armstrong at 816-695-7825

Suggested donations:

· 4-packs of puddings

· Microwave popcorn

· 4-packs of fruit drinks

· Canned vegetables—especially green beasn, corn, and carrots

· Flour tortillas

· Canned stew or chili

· Ramen noodles

· Granola bars

 

There is a tub just inside the outer doors of Bethel for donations and you may leave sacked items beside the tub.  Your help in this situation us very much appreciated. Thank you, on Behalf on Backpack Shepherds Board.

September 7, 2020 - Letter to the Congregation

September 7, 2020

Greetings Bethel,

As we come upon six months of working our way through this pandemic, a contentious election and protests that lift up the truth that racism is alive and well, may we give ourselves permission to just "be" for a moment. Today we celebrate Labor Day and I looked up some very interesting history that reminds us protests have been with us for centuries-the sad thing is that these different forms of injustice inevitably de-volve into riots, death and destruction. Whether it's people abused with unfair and dangerous working conditions, or politics that cause people to respond with hate and distrust, or injustice and dangerous policing by a very few that brings about the death of a person of color, or on the other hand, the death of an officer doing their job well. It is overwhelming. So today, let me just share some information about Labor Day and the injustices that brought it about.

Labor Day-when we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers .Traditionally observed on the first Monday in September, it was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-16 hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

Unfortunately, in the midst of protests- riots and deaths occurred along the way as workers came together to oppose the intolerable conditions. The movement that gained the most attention was the Pullman Car boycott which lasted two months shutting down railroads across the country. In Chicago alone, over 100 Pullman Cars were destroyed by fire, Grover Cleveland was the first to use the injunction to send12,000 Federal troops to Chicago, the epicenter of the unrest. During the course of the strike, 30 workers died, more than 80 were wounded and the damage was over $80 million dollars. Put in today's terms, we are talking billions of dollars.

Just as some claimed poor wages, unsafe working conditions and a child work force "didn't exist", today we hear too many claim that systemic racism "doesn't exist". The Black Lives Matter movement doesn't claim other lives don't matter, it's just that for 400 years the lives of black and brown people haven't really mattered much. They have had struggles that I haven't had. 'White privilege' doesn't mean our life hasn't been hard--it means that our skin color isn't one of the things making it harder. I have greater access to power and resources than people of color (in the same situation) do. (Bridging Trauma-Awareness to Healing and Reconciliation-August, 2019)

 

So how do we view Labor Day today? There used to be parades by all kinds of unions, bands, huge gatherings at picnics and bars. Has there been enough change in working conditions, sanitary conditions, hours and wages brought about by the protests that started Labor Day that we can rest now? The celebration reminds us of what was and how far we have come, but when we see injustice in the workplace, we will still have those who will stand up again and point it out. I thank God for protesters who remind us who we are as the church.

The Protestant church was founded by 'those who protested'-lives were lost, Luther was ex-communicated from the Catholic church, others put their lives on the line for their beliefs. Jesus the Christ was a radical protestor of Roman injustice and Jewish laws that he found to be harmful to God's children. Imitating Christ, by showing unconditional love and standing up for another, might just get us in trouble. As John Lewis said, "good trouble."

But today, just breathe in and find those things that you are grateful for as we move our way through the chaos. Trust that, as the church, we will stand for the oppressed, the stranger, the immigrant, the weak, the lost, all those without hope. For now, just take time to be:

We need time to dream,

time to remember,

time to reach the infinite.

Time to BE.

Gladys Taber

Peace,

Pastor Karen

Prayer List Update – September 7, 2020

In Sympathy: Bobbi Wendle’s brother, Barney Schaaf passed away Friday, Sept. 4

Prayers: Preston Corn; Rev. David Lyon; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allison Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stephanie Dodd; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarreal, friend of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

Special Missions—September: Festival of Sharing and Clay County Clothes Closet

Information: Americas Drug Card Program & Community Assistance Program 

Good Day Pastor Karen. Hope all is well. My name is Ainsworth Moore and I am sending you some information where by The Community Assistance Program may be able to help those who were laid off because of the virus and may need some help with their medical needs due to losing their employer benefits.  Attached is some information along with this site, www.PRxPlus.com,  that will provide more detailed information. Bottom line is we provide a very affordable medical discount program (non-insurance) which requires no medical exams and all pre-existing conditions qualify. Thank you and hopefully we can work together to help members of your church who are struggling.   

Ainsworth Moore, Program Advisor

(888) 372-9743 amoore@americasdrugcard.org www.CapRxCard.org

 

*Outdoor services– September 13 at 10:00 AM—RALLY DAY

 RALLY DAY

Commissioning of our teachers, Parents and Volunteers as we look at virtual Sunday School.

See you all on Rally Sunday—September 13th

Decorate your cars—Bring a Picnic Lunch

Masks—Social Distancing

Let’s show our kids how much they are loved.


Northland Neighbors CARES Fund—Information

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From: Nancy Tennant <ntennantcsmnac@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 9:29 AM
Subject: CARES/Northland Assistance Center

Hello All,

Us here at NAC appreciate your continued support and want to let your congregation know that we have received another CARES fund so we are working with three different funds. Northland Neighbors CARES Fund is our newest fund and it is for Clay County/Kansas City MO residents.  We still have money for Smithville MO and North Kansas City 64116.  With the CARES funds we are able to help with more money per bill due.

We are also in need of tuna helper, mac and cheese, and jelly.

Thank you , Nancy Tennant, Northland Assistance Center - Client Service Manager 816-421-2243 

August 31, 2020 - Letter to the Congregation

August 31, 2020

Greetings!

 

What a great service we had on Sunday! We rejoiced with word, instruments and song! Thanks to all the musicians from Bethel and Southwood for sharing their amazing talents. Also, a huge thanks to Jeremy for coordinating the music. Combining our services adds so much to our celebration of worship! I want to also thank Michael for the special gifts he brings when we worship together. If you would like to send a note or e-mail of appreciation, the address is:

Southwood UCC, 7904 Raytown Rd. Raytown MO 64133

                                                                                              or e-mail:michael.thatchurch@gmail.com.

As we continue to celebrate our 60th Anniversary, here are some of Bethel's foundational facts:

· While still meeting at Lakewood Elementary since February 28, 1960, ground breaking services were held on a cold, blustery day, November 24, 1963 at the church site.

· With grateful hearts and heavy soles (the grounds were muddy) we entered our new church and worshipped for the first time in the basement on July 5,1964. After four and a half years, we were worshipping God in our new church!

· Bethel was dedicated on October 11, 1964.

· Cornerstone Laying Ceremonies were held Sunday, August 30, 1964. (Does anyone remember what might have been placed there? If you have an idea, let me know.)

We will be having outdoor worship every Sunday starting September 6th at 10 a.m.! If the weather does not cooperate making it impossible to set up for the musicians-the musicians and I will move inside the church, but you can still get the service over the radio and it will be posted later to watch on line. I will be praying for Sundays like we had yesterday!!

Our benevolence for September is Clay County Clothes Closet, plus we will continue to collect your monetary gifts for Festival of Sharing as we have chosen clean up buckets that are valued at $75. We have also donated two quilts that will be auctioned on-line at a date to be announced sometime in September. One was donated by Debbie Robinette's mother and the other by Terry Hahs, owner of Peddler's Wagon. The Council voted to bid on the quilt crafted by Debbie's mother, Follow the Star, to be displayed annually outside the sanctuary during the Christmas season. It will be a beautiful addition to our decorations (if we win the bid!!)

Saturday, September 26, 2020 is the business meeting for Western Association. We will be voting on an updated budget, updated by-laws and installing Damien Lake as our Associated Conference Minister. This will take place on ZOOM. I have registered and Ron Wendle will be a delegate. We can have two additional delegates. If interested, please go to Missouri Mid-South Conference for registration and let me know if you are attending as a delegate. Once registered, you will receive the link to the ZOOM meeting. The business portion of the meeting begins at 10 a.m. and Damien will be installed at 11 a.m.

 

RALLY DAY IS SEPTEMBER 13TH. We will celebrate our Sunday School with commissioning of teachers, along with parents who may do a virtual lesson this year and we will present Bibles to Lacy Fleener, Adria Lane and Kadence Lane. All are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the service. Bring chairs, blankets, and coolers, stay socially distanced and wear your masks when not eating or away from your core group. If you want to decorate your cars or your space to celebrate our kids and teachers, go for it!!

I sign off with the words we reflected on yesterday from Romans 12:9-11

"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in sprit, serve the Lord."

Peace,

Pastor Karen

Prayer List Update – August 31, 2020

In Sympathy: Jim Burr and family on the passing of his brother John.

Rehab: Charlene Borgman, Tiffany Springs Rehab Center

Prayers: Bobbi Wendle’s brother, Barney Schaaf Preston Corn; Rev. David Lyon; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allision Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stephanie Dodd; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarreal, friend of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker

Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

Thank You

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your gift to the CWS Blankets program, As families and communities around the world recover from emergencies and struggle in the face of unprecedented challenges, you are standing with them . Now more than ever, we are so grateful for your generous support of $145.00. Because of your support, Church World Service is able to respond when disasters occur and support is needed.

Sincerely, Rev. John L. McCullough, Church World Service

 

Special Missions—September: Festival of Sharing and Clay County Clothes Closet

 

September Birthday List

9/2  —Evy Klunder   9/11—Eddie Villanueva    9/24—Isaac Rickert   9/18—Kevin Hendrix   9/24—Jody Meyer

9/9—Traci Pierson  9/18—Zachary Rickert    9/29—Marilyn Helmich

9/10—Isaac Faust   9/19—Pat Armstrong      9/29—Bailey Fleener 9/4—Ty Hendrix  

August 24, 2020 - Letter to the Congregation

Greetings and Blessings on this beautiful morning!

Prayers that all of you are well and staying safe as we continue to see COVID-19 persistently hanging on. As stated in our re-opening plan, until numbers come down consistently for two weeks, we cannot consider the option of opening. The plan has been posted on our website.

I hope you all enjoyed the video of “Celebrate Life” from our 50th Anniversary celebration. I know the choir was planning on rehearsing for a return performance for our 60th , but circumstances kept that from happening. I loved seeing all the faces of members, those still active and those who laid such a strong foundation before being called to their eternal home. Although bittersweet, I felt the joy of being a part of the Bethel family, as we have kept the faith and moved forward in this past decade. We rejoice that we have been the body of Christ in this place for 60 years and look forward to many more decades of ministry to unfold!!

This Sunday, August 30th, we will be combining our worship with Southwood UCC-Pastor Michael Stephens and their musicians will join us at our 9 a.m. outdoor service. It will be a celebration of music and word as we lift up scripture from Romans 12:9-21 Marks of the True Christian. We will have a narrated story about, The Porcupine Whose Name Didn’t Matter that shows us the importance of loving from the center of our hearts. Come in your cars and tune into 92.1 FM or park back in Eastgate’s parking lot and bring chairs or a blanket to sit on the hillside-masking and distancing will be practiced. It should be a great time with amazing music from so many talented musicians. A special shout out to Jeremy for coordinating the musical numbers with the musicians.

Please check the prayer list for updates and if you have some time, check in with one another. We also welcome Clark Douglas Thorson, son of Jody and Lauren Thorson, who arrived August 16th! More information follows. Congratulations to all!!

For Festival of Sharing, we are collecting money to be used for clean-up buckets. We will collect through September. On October 11th is the annual CROP walk and this year it will be held virtually. Jan Rickert will be our coordinator and she is getting information for setting up our ‘virtual team’ that we can support with our donations. More information will follow.

Our Christian Education team is looking at ways to do virtual Sunday School. Several have attended Missouri Mid-South conference meetings as many churches are looking at options for curriculum and ways to collaborate. CE will be communicating with parents to determine the best ways to do ‘virtual’ Sunday School. Thanks to all on the CE team as they find ways to stay connected! I will be completing Kid’s Korner on August 31st. It’s been fun and I’ve learned so many things from visiting with the kids.

 

STARTING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH at 10:00 a.m. we begin having our outdoor services every Sunday. On any Sunday, if the weather is too bad for the worship team to be outside, we will be taping inside. If you are already here, you can remain in your cars and get the service over the radio live or you can stay home and watch it either live or after it is posted. We will continue these services as long as the weather holds. Probably by late October or early November, we will go back to taping inside only. But we will do our outside services as long as we can!!

Rally Day is September 13th. Lacy Fleener, Adria and Kadence Lane will be receiving Bibles and we will celebrate teachers and students as we do a new thing this year. Adults and children, send in your favorite Sunday School songs for that day. Thank you Christian Education for the wonderful work you do in sharing the Good News with our children.

I can feel that fall is around the corner and new ways of being the church continue to be a challenge, but we are God’s people and we will always ‘find a way out of no way!!’

Peace,

Pastor Karen

Prayer List Update – August 24, 2020

Congratulations! Lauren and Jody Thorson are the proud parents of Clark Douglas Thorson, born 8/16/20 weighing 8 lb 6 oz. and 21 inches. Grandparents Andrea and Doug Berka and Rita and Marty Thorson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa Great Grandparents Arlis and Ed Neddermeyer of Schleswig, Iowa; Donna Berka of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Richard Claeys of Belle Plaine, Iowa. Fun fact, Clark is the 4th great-grandchild this year for Mr. Claeys, and the 3rd grandchild this summer for Mr. and Mrs. Thorson!

 

Prayers: Preston Corn; Charlene Borgman; Rev. David Lyon; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allision Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stephanie Dodd; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarreal, friend of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker

Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

Thank You

*Outdoor services-August 30th.

October Birthday List

9/2—Evy Klunder 9/11—Eddie Villanueva 9/19—Pat Armstrong

9/9—Traci Pierson 9/18—Kevin Hendrix 9/24—Isaac Rickert

9/10—Isaac Faust 9/18—Zachary Rickert 9/24—Jody Meyer

9/29—Marilyn Helmich

60 Years Ago—A Little Bethel History

· A group of six couples , named the Undershepherds, was formed & organized September 16, 1960, to assist Pastor Koch in the work of evangelism. They would contact and call on prospective members. The Undershepherds were; Mr. & Mrs. Herman Gemmer, Mr. & Mrs. Gwen Logan, Mr. & Mrs. Arlie Maag, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Rumpf, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Spieler, and <r. & Mrs. Raymond Steinhauer.

· The first baby born in our congregation was Sherri Renee to Mr. & Mrs. James Allen, December 25, 1960.

· Our first baptism was Patrick Earl, son of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Guevel, baptized April 10, 1960.

· An “All Church Picnic” was held for the first time on the Church Site, August, 1961. It was sponsored by the Women’s Guild. It was held on the Church Site in 1962 and Macken Park in 1963. 

August 17, 2020 - Letter to the Congregation

August 17, 2020

Greetings & Blessings,

It's another beautiful day outside! We had a glorious day for our outdoor service yesterday—a huge thanks to the Praise Team: Jeremy, Chad, Betty, Kathy, Preston, Stan, Randa and Laurie. And a special thank you to Isaac Faust for his amazing piano solo, Gospel Jazz Finale. I thought it was an original composition, but learned later that it wasn't. Let me just say, the performance was a gift to all of us. If you haven't viewed Sunday's service, please watch it-and Isaac we are so blessed to have you share your musical gifts with all of us.

As I check the calendar, we have the Festival of Sharing coming up. Debbie Robinett has already submitted the quilted wall hanging made by her mother, Florence Bachman. It is titled, "Follow the Star" and is a beautiful scene of the Magi following the Star to Bethlehem. There will be a virtual online auction in September, date to be announced. There still could be an in-person auction in Columbia, MO at the Knight's of Columbus Hall on November14th, to be determined later. We will keep you updated.

This is the time Benevolence collects your monetary gifts for Festival of Sharing. We are asking that you give for the purchase of clean-up buckets as there has been so much devastation from hurricanes and most recently in Iowa, from the storm that brought straight line winds of 80-110 mph. We will collect the rest of August through the end of September. Please mark your giving with Festival of Sharing and we will see how many buckets we can supply. Each bucket is marked as a gift of $75. Your gifts are so desperately needed at this time. If you give through tithe.ly, please let Mary Ann Pierson know the amount you are giving to Festival of Sharing, hmapierson@yahoo.com.

Kid's Korner will end on August 31st. Christian Education is looking into virtual Sunday School and have already discussed several options of ways to keep the children connected. Some have attended ZOOM meetings with the conference on ways churches can work together to offer lessons, videos, crafts etc. through the fall. We would love your input on how often gatherings should happen and best times (it doesn't have to be on Sundays to be Sunday School :). These can also be more of a family option as parents will be getting the kids online. The Christian Education team will be contacting families as they consider your needs and what will work best for Bethel.

This Sunday, August 23rd, Bethel's service will be the performance of "Celebrate Life" presented at our 50th Anniversary. There will be a short intro and closing by Pastor Karen. There will be no need for a bulletin, as Marty will send out the words for "Celebrate Life" from the August 7, 2010 performance. Don't let the date throw you-it is our service for August 23, 2020. This will give all those who plan, play instruments & sing, share the word and tape the services a much needed break and the opportunity for us to hear our choir present this wonderful cantata, that has been done for several anniversaries throughout the years.

We will be doing a combined service with Southwood UCC on August 30th. This will be an outdoor service and you will want to arrive early as there will be Southwood members probably joining us in the parking lot and on the hill!! It will be a great time to worship together! (Remember for the outdoor service tune to FM 92.1 on your car radio.)

Please continue to check in on one another. If you want to contact me, call me at church or on my cell 816-719-2274. If you want to come in person, bring a mask and let's visit. You are always in my heart and in my prayers.

Peace,

Pastor Karen


P.S.-I just finished meeting with Kid's Korner. We talked about how God loves us and in a story I read it said that Jesus told His friends to show His love to others by sharing food. When we share our food with those who don't have enough, it's exactly the same as sharing with Jesus himself. So as we talked we decided that the kids would collect food and they can bring it by Bethel and drop it off or take it to a food pantry themselves. They might even put little post it notes on it that says God loves you or Bethel loves you-whatever they want to write. So for all the Sunday School kids, please collect non-perishable food items and share your love!


Prayer List Update – August 17, 2020

Prayers:

Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal and daughter-in-law, Allision Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stephanie Dodd; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Shanna Villarreal, friend of the Pace’s; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker

Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.


Thank You

Dear Bethel Family,

Pastor Karen, Jeremy, Chad & Marquita came through for Donna’s memorial in the pouring rain. Bless you. It seemed that first year of Donna’s cancer gave us all hope her cancer could be pushed back but then in March of this year her breathing became labored, her back ached constantly and medications became stronger. She missed her home & wanted to be there at the last. The hospital unhooked all her life-saving devices and sent her home. Each day life ebbed away. She lasted one week. Because of her decision to move back to Missouri 3 1/2 years ago we became close sisters and I find myself missing her very much. But God gives us the strength to endure in ways beyond knowing and all of Bethel contributed by cards, prayers, cares and food. Donna’s family and I want to thank you so very much.

God Bless, Jody Meyer

*Outdoor services-August 30th.

 

August 10, 2020 - Letter to the Congregation

August 10, 2020

Greetings,

Last Sunday I asked for you to send in your thoughts and memories about Bethel for our 60th Anniversary and forgot to lift up that August 7th, 1960, was when this 'new mission church', was organized. So August 7th has always been considered Bethel's birthday. How has Bethel touched your heart and soul over the years? Let me hear from you. In today's letter I will be sharing some interesting history about Bethel as we celebrate being the body of Christ in this place:

· Rev. L. James Koch and family, after serving churches in North Dakota, answered the call to Kansas City North by the Board of National Missions of the Evangelical and Reformed Church to organize a United Church of Christ mission church.

· On January 17, 1960, Bethel had its beginning at 3737 N. Cypress in the first parsonage home of Pastor and Mrs. Koch. Six families were in attendance at this gathering.

· Worship in the sanctuary began July 26, 1964.

· A choir was formed under the guidance of Mrs. Hazel Bischoff and Mrs. Liz Guevel, our faithful church organist since the first service. Assistant organist Miss Mary Ann Koch (Pierson).

· A Constitution was adopted at a congregational meeting July 31, 1960.

· A Steering Committee was formed of 12 members to assist the Pastor and organize the church. These members later became the first consistory or Church Board. They were elected at a congregational meeting July 31, 1960. August 7, 1960 they were ordained and installed after Pastor Koch was installed as Bethel's Pastor.

There will be additional history shared in the next weeks. This is Bethel's story, that continues to be written, as we move into our next decade!

A reminder that on August 23rd, our service of worship will be the presentation of "Celebrate Life" performed during the celebration of our 50th Anniversary. Faces of our Bethel family and friends will bring us sweet memories, as we see those who have been birthed into eternal life. There is also the joy we will feel seeing the choir members and musicians that continue to bring us beautiful music. We can rejoice and celebrate the past decade of Bethel's journey as we lift up Bethel's missions and ministries that has brought us to this milestone of being the body of Christ for 60 years.

This Sunday is our outdoor service: remember to wear your masks (also in the car if windows are down) and to distance yourselves if you sit outside-guidelines will be sent with the bulletin. The service will be on Facebook Live and also posted later. 

I leave you with words from Steven Charleston, a retired American Episcopal bishop and dean of Episcopal Divinity School from 1999-2008.

"I do not pretend to know why you and I were chosen to live during these days of pandemic and national struggle. Is it by accident or on purpose? Is there some lesson we are to learn or some example that we are to embody? I am not sure. All I know is that we are here and here we will stay until the virus retreats and the community recovers. In this way we will be witnesses to a vast time of change. We will be part of that change. The choices we make now, the way we conduct ourselves, the paths we decide to follow: they will all be remembered. They will determine the future, perhaps for generations to come. Therefore, as long as we are in this great shift of reality, let us make our mark together. Let us lean toward the just, the compassionate and the sacred. Let us walk in dignity with hope for a better world. We may not understand all the reasons why, but let us be the best we can be for those who will come after us, those who will see our lives in the memories we are making. The memories we call human history."

May it be so!

Peace,

Pastor Karen

 

Prayer List Update – August 10, 2020

Prayers:

Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn Pope and daughter-in-law, Allision Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Bob Atkinson; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stephanie Dodd; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Steve and Carol Mann and for Carol’s brother, Steven Rone; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Anna Lee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckDonna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker

Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List. 


Thank You

Dear Bethel,

I want to thank everyone for their cards and prayers and Jamie Elder for the food during my recovery.

God Bless, Cathy Leslie

*Outdoor services-August 16th, August 30th

August 3, 2020 -  Letter to the Congregation 

August 3, 2020

Greetings Bethel Members and Friends,

 

Although we first started hearing about COVID-19 in February and our last in-person worship was on March 15th, there are times when it feels like this has gone on much longer. That's why I begin with words from Molly Baskette from the little book sent to me from our national office entitled Emerge: Blessings & Rituals for Unsheltering from the Stillspeaking Writers' Group, entitled "Blessing for Mixed Feelings"

God, they say feelings are a package deal. The yuck and the yum come bundled.

God, they say that all feelings are from you--it's what we do with them that matters.

But what do we do when our feelings come not tidily trussed but messily tangled,

like a fine silver chain that won't be undone no matter how long we labor over it?

It sits in a box waiting for a miracle-worker.

I take them out again, the pile of feelings. And this time, I ask you to bless them before I begin the work.

Bless the anger and the irritation. Bless the gratitude and the joy-sparks. Bless the compassion and the selfishness, the fear and the courage, the gloom and the hope, the listlessness and the purposeful action. Bless the love in my life and bless the distance--emotional and physical--between those I would reune with. Bless the stress and bless the serenity.

Bless it all, the whole mess and remind me that having a rainbow of feelings is your light, prismed into spectrum.

I feel a little more ease now. I can see where to begin, to gently untangle, pull there, push there, rest there...and find how it all fits together in one unbroken, beautiful strand.

 

I could relate to all the feelings she mentions. I came across the word 'reune' which means 'gathering'. I had not heard that word before and I like it. It makes me think of 'reunited' or gathering around the communion table like we did yesterday at our outdoor service. Reune-I'm putting that in my stash of words as I wait for that time when we will 'reune' again!

Again, please send in your thoughts / feelings about Bethel as we celebrate 60 years as the church during the month of August. E-mail or do a video downloaded on a flash drive.

I have had some questions about confirmation class and due to COVID and restrictions that will be in place, which would keep us from visiting other faith traditions, doing service projects, meeting in person (which normally takes place during Sunday School time (and even if we come back in person there is no Sunday School) and once or twice each month extended classes following church with mentors, parents & a meal) confirmation will not take place this year. So much of confirmation is discussion and personal interaction. Also, the children are dealing with unknown circumstances during the school year, whether in-person or on line learning is taking place. So at this time there are no plans for confirmation. Age for confirmation varies, but usually ages 12-14, 7th through 9th grades are the norm. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday we had our outdoor service with communion. It was a beautiful morning and the Spirit of God was poured out on all. Our next outdoor service will be August 16th. Even though everyone is either in their cars or on the hillside, there is a special feeling of community and we hope you feel that watching from home too. So let us hold fast to one another, pray and keep the faith as we move through these challenging times.

Peace, Hope and Love

Pastor Karen


Prayer List Update – August 3, 2020

In Sympathy: 

  • Vern Bohlmeyer’s sister Donna Liska, passed away on Tuesday, July 28 in Omaha, NE. funeral plans are pending with burial in Ute, IA. Cards can be sent to Vern Bohlmeyer at 7501 N. Eastern Ave. Kansas City, MO 64158
  • AnnaLee Kapp's father, Edward Lee Boyd ,84, passed away July 24th. He was born December 22, 1935. Services are pending and will take place in Salem, IL. Please feel the family in your prayers. Cards can be sent to AnnaLee Kapp at 2118 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64116
  • The Family of Donna Fischer. Donna passed away peacefully after an extended hospital stay. Her memorial service was at Bethel’s chapel on Thursday, July 30. The family wishes that memorial gifts be sent to Bethel or American Cancer Society. We hold them all in our prayers
  • Marie Dodson’s on the death of her granddaughter ,Madelyn Rose Marie Miller. Funeral services were July 21 at Abundant Life Church on Kansas City, KS. Please send cards to Marie Dodson at 601 E. 10th At, Kearney, MO 64060.
  • Dick & Lura Cayton, Blue Springs Terrace, their granddaughter was killed in a car accident.
  • Randy Pace’s cousin, Bryan Stockton of Los Angeles was killed in a car accident.


In Celebration: Vern & Sandy Bohlmeyer celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sunday, August 2nd. Congratulations!


Prayers:

Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn Pope for upcoming surgery and daughter-in-law, Allision Pope; Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Bob Atkinson; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stephanie Dodd; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Steve and Carol Mann and for Carol’s brother, Steven Rone; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Anna Lee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri BuckDonna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker


Thank You

Dear Pastor Karen,

And again—neither rain, pandemic nor late at night, will keep you from you job. And so well done—many compliments received. God Bless and thank you so much. Love, Jody Meyer

*Outdoor services-August 16th, August 30th.

July 27, 2020

Greetings Bethel,

The month of July is coming to a close and August is around the corner. We are still in that 'in-between' place of wondering what comes next. My joy is that Bethel continues to be the body of Christ in your homes and in this community. We are staying connected and in touch through our on line services and programs, due to the amazing streaming/internet talents of Marty and Jeremy. (Thank you for all the things you do to keep Bethel in touch with our members and friends.) Everyone is invited to share our services with your friends and family as we widen our circle. Who knew five months ago we would jump into on line services and change up worship as we all have known it for decades. I find myself thanking God that at this time in history we have been given the abilities to stay connected both locally and globally through computers, i-pads and i-phones. God is good-all the time-God is good.

This Sunday, August 2*, we will be outdoors again and sharing communion. You will find the instructions for outdoor worship and we ask that everyone follow masking and distancing. You will be offered the grape juice cup with the wafer from baskets brought to your cars. Also, we will be starting our month celebration of Bethel's 60th Anniversary! I have asked that you share a memory about Bethel and how this body of Christ has shaped your faith journey. E-mail, write a letter or video a response, download on a flash drive and send or drop it by here.

On August 23rd we plan to show the recording made of "Celebrate Life" tapaed at our 50th Anniversary service in August, 2010. We will see faces of friends and family, those that we hold in our hearts who have been birthed into eternal life and those still with us, as we rejoice and celebrate this past decade of Bethel's journey: baptisms, funerals, weddings, confirmations, holiday celebrations, dinners, breakfasts, fellowship, and worship that brought Bethel to this milestone of 60 years as the church! More info to come.

For the outdoor service on August 30th*, we are inviting Rev. Michael Stephens and musicians from Southwood UCC in Raytown to join us in a combined service, where music will be the highlight. With distancing and masks, you can hum along and maybe softly sing a few lines of a favorite hymn. However, our combined musicians and singers will be taking the lead, so be ready for a rocking good time.

I will be continuing Kid's Korner through August on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. We are looking at doing occasional "Sunday School" classes on line during the year, using Zoom or other options. Rally Day is scheduled as an outdoor service for September 13th. Laci Fleener, Adria and Kadence Lane are going into 3rd grade and will be receiving Bibles at that time.

Below you will find A Statement of Faith by Ann Weems. There is a line in there that says, "We believe God's Holy Spirit lives in this community of dancing, hand-holding people..." We will be hand-holding people once again, but for now we hold each other in our hearts. Stay well!!

A STATEMENT OF FAITH

Ann Weems, Reaching for Rainbows

 

We believe in God, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit and in you and in me.

We believe the Holy Spirit has freed us to worship as a community.

We believe the Holy Spirit works through:

balloons and ministers

daisies and wiggly children

clanging cymbals and silence

drama and the unexpected

choirs and banners

touching and praying

spontaneity and planning

faith and doubt

tears and laughter

leading and supporting

hugging and kneeling

dancing and stillness

applauding and giving

creativity and plodding

words and listening

holding and letting go

thank you and help me

Scripture and alleluias

agonizing and celebrating

accepting and caring

through you and through me, through Love.

We believe God's Holy Spirit lives in this community of dancing, hand-holding people where lines of age and politics and life-styles are crossed.

We believe in praising God for Life.

We believe in responding to God's grace and love and justice for all people.

We believe in the poetry within each of us.

We believe in dreams and visions.

We believe in old people running and children leading.

We believe in the Kingdom of God within us.

We believe in LOVE.

AMEN!

 

Peace,

Pastor Karen

 

*Outdoor services-August 2nd, August 16th, August 30th.

 

Prayer List Update – July 27, 2020

Congratulations: Scott & Debbie Schlick have a new grandson, Sterling Wyatt Schlick was born 7/21, weighing 9 lbs. 3 oz. and 21 3/4 inches. Baby is doing well as are parents, Quincy & Skyler Schlick.

In Sympathy:

AnnaLee Kapp's father, Edward Lee Boyd ,84, passed away July 24th. He was born December 22, 1935. Services are pending and will take place in Salem, IL. Please feel the family in your prayers. Cards can be sent to AnnaLee Kapp at 2118 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64116

The Family of Donna Fischer. Donna passed away peacefully after an extended hospital stay. Plans for a memorial service are pending. The family wishes that memorial gifts be sent to Bethel. We hold them all in our prayers.

Cathy Leslie; Liz Guevel; Bob Atkinson; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stephanie Dodd; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Steve and Carol Mann and for Carol’s brother, Steven Rone; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka;  Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Marilyn Helmich’s great-niece, Lilly Schoenke; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Anna Lee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri Buck; Donna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; 

 August Birthdays

Preston corn 8/5

David Schindler 8/7

Bob Buck 8/9

Sonja Payne 8/9

Susan Schindler 8/9

Dionne Boyice 8/11

Laurie Arbuthnot 8/12

Mary Fleener 8/15

Declan Terrill 8/16

Marilyn Donahoe 8/17

Art Todtenhausen 8/22

Liz Guevel 8/23

Ted Basch 8/24

Fulvio Hayes 8/24

Joe Germer 8/28

Dale Rickert 8/31 

July 13, 2020 
Greetings, 
I hope you all are taking care of yourselves and reaching out to each other for that virtual hug and words of love and support. Here at Bethel, we continue to find ways of connecting and staying in touch. Members continue to make calls, send cards and even deliver cookies to many who are have not gotten out much or at all. We are living out our mission statement:" Sharing Love, Sharing Compassion and Sharing the WordBeing Christ to our neighbor!" Thanks to all who find those special ways of connecting. We ask that you lift in prayer all those on our prayer list. Please note new names on the list: Bob Atkinson, Jay Leslie and In sympathy: Ted Basch at the death of his sister Kathy Brodbeck. And continued prayers for Donna Fischer as she prepares to come home from the hospital under hospice care. Those prayers are expanded for her sister Jody and her children as they begin this journey. I know we are still feeling a sense of uncertainty as the summer moves on and the pandemic continues to increase in numbers. We do what we can do by wearing masks in public, washing hands and social distancing whenever possible. Another way of showing our love for each other. We plan on having our second "Outdoor Worship" this Sunday. It will be a hot one, so if you want to stay in your cars with ac, or bring chairs and sit in the shade and bring umbrellas, fans and some cool drinks, feel free to do so. Please read the instructions. Masks and social distancing will be observed. The church will not be opened. In my sermon last Sunday, if you wanted the rest of the story on Jacob and Esau, you needed to read Genesis 25 and 26-not Matthew! I had quoted a verse from Matthew 12 that Lincoln used for his famous line, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," and I said Matthew 25 and 26. (sorry) That was about the bride and bridesmaids, which has nothing to do with Jacob and Esau!! We continue to find ways to connect with our members that do not have access to our streaming services. This week we are sending out a printed copy of the sermon from this past Sunday. We have ten people who receive our letter by mail, as they do not have the means to receive anything online. I came across the following poem that I read several weeks ago on our Cook, Chat and Pray Facebook Live show on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. It came across my e-mail again and I wanted to share it with all of you so you would have it in printed form. It is beautiful and says so many things that are on all of our hearts at this time. Blessings and Peace, Pastor Karen What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath — the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.) Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch. Promise this world your love — for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. By Lynn Ungar Lynn is a minister for the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Her first book of poetry is “Blessing the Bread.” PRAYER LIST UPDATE – JULY 13, 2020 In Sympathy: Ted Basch on the passing of his sister, Kathy Brodbeck on July 12 in Springfield, MO. Funeral arrangements are pending. Our prayers go out to Ted & Maggie Basch and family. Cards can be sent to Ted Basch at 7607 W. Forest Lakes Dr. Parkville, MO 64152. Donna Fischer; Bob Atkinson; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stan Niederhauser and family on the passing of Stan’s father, Donald Lee Niederhasuer; Larry Jurgensen on the passing of his brother, Dale Jurgensen; Stephanie Dodd, NKC Hospital recovering from knee replacement surgery cards can be sent to her home; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Steve and Carol Mann and for Carol’s brother, Steven Rone; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch Jim Derry; Jamie Elder; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Marilyn Helmich’s great-niece, Lilly Schoenke; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Anna Lee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri Buck; Donna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; THANK YOU Dearest Friend, Thank you for the generous gift of over $1,200 to the Backpack Shepherd’s program. We are yoked partners with Jesus Christ out Lord in being people addressing hunger in our local community. Thanks to you, children, and families will have food each weekend of the school year. Your generosity brings the Christian message of hope to vulnerable neighbors. Thank you for investing in the mission of BPG. Yours in Christ, Fr. Galen Snodgrass and the Members of Good Shepherd Job Opening We received at letter from Grainger that they are looking to hire with starting pay at $15,74. If interested all of their job openings with description can be found on https://jobs.grainer.com. Anyone interested can apply online at the same website. You are eligible for company benefits day one. 

Pandemic
What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath — the most sacred of times? 
Cease from travel. 
Cease from buying and selling. 
Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. 
Sing. Pray. 
Touch only those to whom you commit your life. 
Center down. 
And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. 
Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) 
Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.) 
Do not reach out your hands. 
Reach out your heart. 
Reach out your words. 
Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch. 
Promise this world your love — for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. 
By Lynn Ungar Lynn is a minister for the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Her first book of poetry is “Blessing the Bread.” 

PRAYER LIST UPDATE – JULY 13, 2020 
In Sympathy: Ted Basch on the passing of his sister, Kathy Brodbeck on July 12 in Springfield, MO. Funeral arrangements are pending. Our prayers go out to Ted & Maggie Basch and family. Cards can be sent to Ted Basch at 7607 W. Forest Lakes Dr. Parkville, MO 64152. Donna Fischer; Bob Atkinson; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie’s husband Jay; Stan Niederhauser and family on the passing of Stan’s father, Donald Lee Niederhasuer; Larry Jurgensen on the passing of his brother, Dale Jurgensen; Stephanie Dodd, NKC Hospital recovering from knee replacement surgery cards can be sent to her home; Lauri Buck’s Brother-in-law, Jim Saylor, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Nancy Niederhauser; Joe Germer; Steve and Carol Mann and for Carol’s brother, Steven Rone; Alice Terrill, Dave Bunch Jim Derry; Jamie Elder; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Gerry McGuire; Doug Berka; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz (& friend Judy Lightheart; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Crittenton Center staff and residents, prayers for all medical staff and first responders; Mollie Geitz; Mark & Jeanene Easley; Marilyn Helmich’s great-niece, Lilly Schoenke; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; friend of Laurie Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Schindlers’ sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Anna Lee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri Buck; Donna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; 
THANK YOU 
Dearest Friend, Thank you for the generous gift of over $1,200 to the Backpack Shepherd’s program. We are yoked partners with Jesus Christ out Lord in being people addressing hunger in our local community. Thanks to you, children, and families will have food each weekend of the school year. Your generosity brings the Christian message of hope to vulnerable neighbors. Thank you for investing in the mission of BPG. 
Yours in Christ, Fr. Galen Snodgrass and the Members of Good Shepherd 
Job Opening 
We received at letter from Grainger that they are looking to hire with starting pay at $15,74. If interested all of their job openings with description can be found on https://jobs.grainer.com. Anyone interested can apply online at the same website. You are eligible for company benefits day one.
The Festival of Sharing hosts an annual quilt auction to raise funds for the Church World Service Blanket Program (cws.global.org) which helps people rebuild their lives after disasters. On Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at Knights of Columbus in Columbia, MO (2525 North Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202) they host their onsite quilt auction. They are expanding the online options for viewing, pre-bidding, and purchasing quilts. Quilt photos, details, and bidding opportunities will be available at festivalofsharing.org/quilt-auction in early September 2020. The beautiful quilt pictured here was made by Debbie Robinett’s mother. She is donating it to the Festival of Sharing quilt auction. You will be able to bid on this quilt and others. More information will be provided later.
o Bethel’s Drive-in Parking Lot Service This Sunday— July 19th Worship Plan Note: If you are watching from home, we will post the service on Bethel’s Facebook page later on Sunday. Bethel Parking Lot - Arrive 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM. Service begins at 9:00 AM! 
 Everyone will be directed to a parking place and will remain in their vehicle 
 Masks are required 
 Bring your bulletin 
 Tune to 92.1 FM on your car radio 
 During the offertory you have an opportunity to contribute to Bethel’s mission 
 At the end of the service you will leave as directed Worshipping on the Hillside – Parking at Eastgate Parking Lot (if available) 
 Arrive in the Eastgate Parking Lot before 9:00 AM. Service begins at 9:00 AM! 
 Bring your bulletin 
 Wear your mask 
 Bring your chair, umbrella, and a cold drink (it’s going to be a hot day) 
 Families may set together, but they must social distance from others. 
 During the offertory you have an opportunity to contri