Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

Weekly Letter to the Congregation

September 20, 2021

September 7, 2021

August 30, 2021

August 23, 2021

August 16, 2021

August 2, 2021

July 26, 2021

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

Greetings,

This Sunday we celebrate Mother's Day and all those who surround others with their mothering love. In celebration of this special day, Membership is giving $50 to Family Promise of the Northland. Since we are still unable to do our Teddy Bear collection for Children's Mercy, Benevolence is asking for gifts to Church World Service Blankets both on Mother's Day and Father's Day this year. We can blanket the world with love for just $10/blanket!!

 

Please send me a quote or words that you remember your mother saying to you as a child. Just e-mail them to pkbethelucc@gmail.com and I will lift them up this Sunday. I shared last week that as I contemplate retirement and Bethel discerns the transition process, I intend to share a story, a poem or some words of wisdom from writers who will bring new challenges, new understandings and new possibilities as God opens up our hearts and minds. Today I share a poem from Joyce Rupp about "being in a tizzy"-or that state of distraction that takes over when change is coming.

A Prayer to be Freed from the Tizzies

Dear God,

you who did not invent tizzies,

be with me when I get caught

in the wild worrying of my mind,

and the needless scurrying around

in my fearful heart.

Trip me up when I fret and stew

so I can see the trap of tizzies,

with their schemes to keep me

bunched up in stress and strain.

Let me fall headfirst into the truth

of your never-ending presence,

wrap your kind arms around me

and calm my doubts and fears.

Shout loudly in my spiritual ear

when my nerves get knotted,

my mind feels cramped

and my stomach screams.

It may be difficult,

but do try to get my full attention,

because tizzies are not healthy,

and they definitely chase peace

out the front door of my heart.

Dear God, you did not invent tizzies-I did,

and only I can send them on their way-and I will,

if you strengthen me to let go of my anxious hold

on what is nonessential.

Peace,

Pastor Karen


Prayer List Update – May 3, 2021

 

Prayers: Jane BohlmeBoldyer; Bob Atkinson’s brother, David; Cathy Leslie, Jay and Kyle Leslie; Ron Wendle; Gerry Hendrix’s friend Janice Mathew; Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Arelene Garland; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Nancy Niederhauser, Stan Niederhauser's mother; Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John & Shelly Boone; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s sister & brother-in-law, Michelle & Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill; Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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.


Adult Bible Study—Wednesdays at 3 PM on Zoom—If interested contact Shirlee Mendon (shirlmendon@gmail.com) to be put on Zoom list

Sunday School Schedule - · May 16th


Notice to All Graduates -  If you have a graduate in your family (member or non-member) please let Bethel know. We will be recognizing Bethel graduates during the worship service May 23rd.


Mother's Day - Send in your favorite quote or saying from your mother. Pastor Karen will lift them up during Sunday Service this Sunday—Mother’s Day—May 9th.

 

New Members Received May 23rd - If you’re interested in becoming member of Bethel UCC congregation please contact Pastor Karen. New members will be received May 23rd during the worship service.

 

Blankets for Church World Service - Donating to Church World Service for a Blanket this Mother’s Day is a great way to honor all the awesome mothers in your life, because a CWS blanket brings so much love and comfort—just like moms!

 

Birthday List for May Corrected

5/2  Joe Luttrell

5/3  Vicki Thompson 

5/5  Debbie Robinett

5/6  Vern Bohlmeyer

5/12 Larry Jurgensen, Gerry McGuire

5/12 Gerry McGuire

5/14 Anja Mason

5/18 Jane Bohlmeyer

5/19  Sarah Van Slyke

5/25 Linda Hendrix

5/29 Kyle Buck

Save the Date!


Blessing of the


Animals Service


June 6th

 

April 25, 2021

April 26, 2021

Greetings Bethel,

It's a beautiful, warm day as I write my weekly letter this morning. Spring really is here! As you heard from Fulvio, the re-opening team will be gathering as they look at up-dated material on changing restrictions for in-person gatherings. They will be updating the congregation with any changes, dates and restrictions necessary for re-opening.

As I come closer to retirement, I find myself thinking about farewells. It is never easy to say good-bye and yet sometimes our leavings open up growth and new life-not only for the one who is leaving, but also for the ones who continue on. New challenges, new understandings, new possibilities await-the question is, "How do we respond to these new possibilities?" I know that Bethel will respond with grace, compassion and love as you work through this process of transition. I have experienced your strength and commitment as the body of Christ and know that you will find the path that God will place before you.

But for now we can lay aside the farewells as we have the next six weeks to be together as the church and there is still so much to share. Each week, I plan to leave some poem, short story or words of wisdom from writers that will comfort, challenge or teach us with their talents. Today, I want to share a prayer from Virginia Rickeman in her book The Well Is Deep: Prayers to Draw Up Living Water.

Revelations of April

God, life is so much like April: one moment bright and golden warm;

another sodden, gray and cold. Yet buds keep swelling, birds continue to sing their return,

green creeps across the earth and through the trees.

Help us to recognize our own soul's persistence in growth,

sometimes hidden deep within us, sometimes surging across the landscape of our lives

in explosions of color.

With the unfolding of each day, may we come to trust more fully in Your process,

in life's goodness and in our capacity to love.

Thank you, God, for the slow, sweet revelations of spring.

Amen.

Peace,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – May 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM — on Facebook /YouTube ONLY

· NO PARKING LOT SERVICE

 

Prayer List Update – April 26, 2021

 

Prayers: Jane Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie, Jay and Kyle Leslie; Ron Wendle; Gerry Hendrix’s friend Janice Mathew; Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Arelene Garland; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Nancy Niederhauser, Stan Niederhauser's mother; Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John & Shelly Boone; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s sister & brother-in-law, Michelle & Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; Joe Germer; Alice Terrill; Dave Bunch; Jim Derry; Jeremy Manley; Jim Inman; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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 Schedule

May 2 and May 16


Bible Study—Wednesdays at 3 PM on Zoom—If interested contact Shirlee Mendon (shirlmendon@gmail.com) to be put on Zoom list. On April 28 we will study the book of Philemon..

Thank You

Pastor Karen & Members of the Sew N Serve Group,

 I want to echo everything that Kathy said about the cushions.  The kids enjoy them so much & often comment on how relaxed and safe they feel when using them.  My sense is it helps them to feel more at home and therefore safer to talk about their healing process, their spirituality & the progress they are making in their lives.  Many of them do not have comforting & wise grandparent figures in their lives, so I think it helps them to develop the sense that there are other older adults in the world who care about them and want to see them do well.  I know the cushions will continue to be a blessing for many years to come, and I hope that we can find more ways for the Sew N Serve group to be involved in the future.

Thinking Very Fondly of All of You,  

Rev. Bethany

 

Sew N Serve group

 I wanted to give you an update on Crittenton's Chapel and the use of the cushions the Sew N Serve group made.  The new chapel space at Crittenton has been used to the brink.  The kids are attending chapel in numbers never seen before.  With Chaplain Bethany Ruhl's leadership and the way she ministers to the kids, they feel accepted and free to share both the joys and concerns in their lives.  It is nourishing the spiritual need in all of them.  The numbers have grown so large, that the kids moved out all the chairs.  They prefer the cushions, and it really enhances the atmosphere (and provides more room).  Our new chapel is really too small to accommodate all, but we are making it work with the help of the cushions.  Thank you so much for your hard work and contributions.  It is truly a ministry that never stops giving.

 Kathy Harms, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Therapy Services

Crittenton Children's Center


 



April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Greetings Bethel,

I want to share some words I heard at the Conference Annual Gathering message last night. They were: "God is always at work in all ways." I was so drawn to those words after sending my retirement letter last week. Transition is always hard, but when we trust and believe that God continues to work with us and through us in all things, we can be assured that God will be working with Bethel and with me as we start these new chapters in our lives!

On Sunday, April 25th is our Congregational Meeting. It will follow worship for those of you who come to the outdoor service and we will be sending out information with a link if you want to join on ZOOM. Your presence, whether in-person or on ZOOM is always important as we do the business of the church at these meetings.

This Sunday, we hear a message from the woman at the well. I will be presenting it in a Reader's Theatre style. Also, Preston and Kathy Corn will be singing an original song about the Woman at the Well. It's a beautiful story, as we learn that when we meet another face to face, preconceptions and prejudices we held before, fade away. A true story of transformation!!

May brings us several opportunities:

· May 2—Worship will be pre-recorded at Southwood on May 1st and posted to You-Tube for Sunday's worship. (no service at Bethel on May 2nd) We are re-creating the worship service presented for the Heartland Open & Affirming and the Gateway Open and Affirming convocation last March. The message will be given by Austen Hartke. Austen Hartke is the author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, a book on theology and personal narratives published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2018. Austen is a 2019 Bush Foundation Fellow, and is currently researching the use of online ministry as support for gender-expansive Christians. As a transgender person of faith, Austen's greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-expansive people see themselves in scripture.

· May 9MOTHER'S DAY—money for blankets is being collected to celebrate our Moms! (see info page 2) Pastor Karen meets with persons interested in joining following the service.

· May 23PENTECOST SUNDAY-New members will be received. If anyone is interested in baptism, this is a perfect Sunday for that celebration.

Feel free to drop in for a visit or call me anytime. And remember:

"God is always at work in all ways."

 

Peace,

 Pastor Karen 

· Worship – April 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM Congregational Meeting Following Worship— Worship Live in Bethel parking lot & on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – April 12, 2021

 Prayers: Jane Bohlmeyer; Cathy Leslie, Jay and Kyle Leslie; Ron Wendle; Gerry Hendrix’s friend Janice Mathew; Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Arelene Garland; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Stan Niederhauser's mother; Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John & Shelly Boone; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s sister & brother-in-law, Michelle & Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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 Schedule               

· April 25

 · May 2

· May 16

Adult Bible Study—Begins April 14 at 3 PM on Zoom—If interested contact Shirlee Mendon (shirlmendon@gmail.com) to be put on Zoom list. We will studying the book of Philippians.Thank You!

Dear Bethel,

 Looking back proves that people really do care about others. Thanks to your support forty- five families have safe, vented Chapina stoves, Good is happening despite the continued issues with the pandemic.

Your confidence in us and in our team in Guatemala allows us to reach more families in more communities. Together we can help alleviate the daily struggle poverty causes. We can turn despair into hope and hope into potential. It's not easy but it is amazing.

With deep appreciation,

Lois & Ken Werner 

Donating to Church World Service for a Blanket this Mother’s Day is a great way to honor all the awesome mothers in your life, because a CWS blanket brings so much love and comfort—just like moms! $10 buys a blanket!

 

April 5, 2021

April 5, 2021

Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! He has risen indeed!

What a glorious Easter Sunday we shared yesterday. The weather was wonderful, seeing one another, even from a distance, warmed my heart and the kids, how did they grow so fast! Thanks to the musicians, our tech people on sound and camera and last but not least, the Easter Bunny! It was a glorious day!

So, where do we go from here? There is a tradition of celebrating the second Sunday of Easter as Holy Humor Sunday! I will share some of the history of this tradition during the message on Sunday, however, your assignment is to come up with some clean humor with one liners, jokes, funny poetry, stories-anything that will bring a smile as we rejoice in 'Risus Paschalis' or what has been called 'God's Joke' from as early as the 15th century.

Also, today you will be receiving a survey in an email. Your answers to these questions will determine how re-opening to in-person worship will move forward. I want to thank all the team members as they look at CDC guidelines, local, state and Missouri Mid-South Conference suggested criteria and your responses to the survey for a safe re-opening. Please return the completed survey by Friday (4-9-2021).

Spring has sprung and we see new life all around us. Let us celebrate again this Sunday as we share our Holy Humor!! The tomb is open and will never be closed again!! He lives!!

Peace,

Pastor Karen 

· Easter Worship – April 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM—Live in Bethel parking lot & on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – April 5, 2021

 

In Sympathy: Kevin and AnnaLee Kapp on the passing of Kevin’s mother, Helen Maureen Kapp. A celebration of life will be held April 10. at iWerx in 1520 Clay St. North Kansas City.

Prayers: Jane Bohlmeyer; Kathy Leslie; Ron Wendle; Gerry Hendrix’s friend Janice Mathew; Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Arelene Garland; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Stan Niederhauser's mother; Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Terry Keeton, friend of Pastor Karen and Terry; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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.

March 29, 2021

March 29, 2021

Bethel Friends and Members-Alleluia!,

Here we are on Monday of Holy Week, making our way to the foot of the cross on Good Friday and then to the open tomb on Easter Sunday. We will be having our Easter service outside and I hope everyone can join us! It is time to celebrate new life and resurrection!! We are opening all the parking spaces, you can bring chairs to sit outside following distancing and masking.

This Friday at 7:30 p.m. we will be hearing the Passion Story using the four Gospels. This service is known as The Service of Shadows, as throughout the reading we extinguish each candle and finally the Christ candle. It is a time for mourning-we gather in darkness until the sun rises and reveals the empty tomb.

After coming through 2020, we are beginning to take a peek outside the 'tombs' that have kept us separated for our own safety and each other. Here at Bethel, we have practiced all the precautions and have grown in our understanding of what it means to be 'church' from the security of our spaces. Now as more become vaccinated and requirements for coming together are changing, our Re-opening Team is looking at what needs to be considered as we prepare at some point for in-person worship. I was touched by a reading from Henri Nouwen, entitled "Spiritual Empowerment", from his book Sabbatical Journey. In many ways it speaks to the journey we have all been through this past year, so I share it with you now:

The resurrection stories reveal the always-present tension between coming and leaving, intimacy and distance, holding and letting go, at-homeness and mission, presence and absence. We face that tension every day. It puts us on the journey to the full realization of the promise given to us when Jesus said in John 20:17, "Do not cling to me...but go...and tell". The words "Do not cling to me" might mean "This is not heaven yet" but also "I am now within you and empower you for a spiritual task in the world, continuing what I have begun. You are the living Christ."

While many question whether the resurrection really took place, I wonder if it doesn't take place every day if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

After this past year, I do believe that we have experienced 'resurrection'-maybe not everyday-but in ways that have been personal and meaningful. Both as individuals and as the church, there have been resurrections and as a result I believe that our understanding of ourselves and the church as a institution has been life changing. So this Easter we will celebrate again resurrection and new life:

Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Alleluia!

Peace,

Pastor Karen

 

· Easter Worship – April 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM—Live in Bethel parking lot & on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – MARCH 29, 2021

 

Hospitalized: Jane Bohlmeyer, Kindred Hospital Northland

In Sympathy: Kevin and AnnaLee Kapp on the passing of Kevin’s mother, Maureen Kapp. A celebration of life will be held April 10. at iWerx in North Kansas City

Prayers: Ron Wendle; Gerry Hendrix’s friend Janice Mathew; Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Stan Niederhauser's mother; Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Terry Keeton, friend of Pastor Karen and Terry; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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.

Lenten Worship Services

Wednesday 3 PM Facebook Live

Holy Adventure

 

It's up to you. Whether or not you're aware of it,

God calls you to an adventure in your time and place.

Wednesday is the sixth and final in our Lenten Holy Adventure Series, “God’s Never-ending Adventure—Embracing Death, Dying & Vulnerability as Core Human Experiences”. Watch us on Facebook Live, Bethel United Church of Christ at 3 PM Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Easter—Outdoor Service

April 4—10 AM 

Join us on Easter in the Bethel Parking Lot for a celebration for He has Risen! He has Risen Indeed! There will be communion. Following the service a “special visitor” will be there for the kids. See you Sunday in the Bethel parking lot at 10 AM for worship.

Backpack Shepherds Needs for April

· canned potatoes & tomatoes

· raisins or other dried fruit

· fruit drinks - in 4-pack boxes or similar to Capri Sun pouches

· muffin mixes

· microwave  popcorn

· Large cans of pasta sauce (like Hunts)

· crackers - boxes of snack type crackers or saltines

April Special Mission Offering

NorthCare Hospice— Their mission is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. Their vision is each person in the community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

 

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

 

The members of their Hospice team are leaders in end-of-life care and bring many years of experience to their patients and families. Their medical directors are board certified in hospice and palliative medicine.

What is Easter

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, also known as “Maundy Thursday”), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed) and Easter Sunday. Although a holiday of high religious significance in the Christian faith, many traditions associated with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times.

Easter Sunday and related celebrations, such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, are considered “moveable feasts,” although, in western Christianity, which follows the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter typically falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox.

In Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which adheres to the Julian calendar, Easter falls on a Sunday between April 4 and May 8 each year.

In some denominations of Protestant Christianity, Easter Sunday marks the beginning of Eastertide, or the Easter Season. Eastertide ends on the 50th day after Easter, which is known as Pentecost Sunday.

In Eastern Orthodox branches of Christianity, Easter Sunday serves as the start of the season of Pascha (Greek for “Easter”), which ends 40 days later with the holiday known as the Feast of the Ascension.

Birthday List—April

4/1 Donna Yeager

4/2 Rachel Terrill

4/3 Mac Kenyon

4/5 Tracy Gavisk

4/7 Sarah Fleener

4/8 Charles Berka & Erin Dugan

4/10 Kadence Lane & Adria Lane

4/12 Ashley Yeager

4/21 Kathy Corn & Adeline Terrill

4/23 Andrea Berka & Colin Dugan

4/25 Kelly Bloss

Mimi’s Food Pantry

 

To the left is  information from Mimi’s Food Pantry in Riverside, MO. They serve the Northland, Clay & Platte counties. Their mission is to provide support to all northland neighbors and particularly, those with food insecurity. You can visit their website at MimisPantryKC.org—where you can view videos and posts . They currently serve an average of 550 families from Platte & Clay counties each month and are looking to expand to Liberty later this summer. If you know a individual or family that could benefit from Mini’s services please given them this information.

 

March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021

Hosanna!

On March 28th we celebrate Palm Sunday! This is also called Passion Sunday, due to the fact that this might be the only Sunday the church would hear the full Passion story of Christ. The English word passion refers to the story of Jesus' suffering and today, the word still refers to Jesus' torments, as well as to retellings of the crucifixion in the Gospels.

In many churches, we go from shouting Hosanna's on Palm Sunday, directly to shouting Alleluia's on Easter morning. Somehow along the way, between the hosannas and alleluias, we miss hearing the shouts of "Crucify him." At Bethel we share in a Good Friday service, where we hear the story of suffering and pain, from the time of Jesus' arrest to being laid in the tomb- no need to dwell on the Passion story on Palm Sunday. In fact, this year we will celebrate Palm Sunday by sharing one of our Easter cantatas, where we will hear the whole story. It will prepare us for the journey through Holy Week and give us a glimpse of the joy we will experience on Easter Sunday.

Along the way we have heard stories of Jesus' healings and miracles. It all started after his baptism: forty days in the wilderness, choosing his disciples, using parables to teach the people how God loves us. In between the parables we have healings: to get rid of demons, to heal the blind, the deaf, the sick, the paralyzed, feed the masses. Stories that draw us in as we get to know more about this man of Nazareth, this Jesus, the one we call Savior, Redeemer, Prince of Peace.

All of the stories where Jesus takes the time to talk, to listen, to be in relationship with the other, to visit the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the outcast, those on the margins, shows us who God is. We will learn more about Jesus' last week, 'Holy Week,' following Palm Sunday.

This week you may want to read about Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem from one of the Gospels: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40 or John 12:12-19. Use your imagination and visualize the sights and sounds of that day.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – March 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – MARCH 22, 2021

 

Hospitalized: Jane Bohlmeyer, NKC Hospital

Prayers: AnnaLee Kapp’s mother-in-law, Maureen Kapp; Samantha Hendrix; Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Stan Niederhauser's mother; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Terry Keeton, friend of Pastor Karen and Terry; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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.

Lenten Worship Services

Wednesday 3 PM Facebook Live

Holy Adventure

 

It's up to you. Whether or not you're aware of it,

God calls you to an adventure in your time and place.

Wednesday is the fifth in our Lenten Holy Adventure Series, “Healing Adventures-Becoming Conscious Partners in God’s Healing”. Watch us on Facebook Live, Bethel United Church of Christ at 3 PM Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

Virtual Sunday School Schedule—March 28 

Palm Sunday—March 28

 

On Palm Sunday we will be showing a video of a previous cantata.

 

Good Friday—Virtual Service—April 2

 

Information will be coming soon on details for Bethel’s virtual Good Friday service.

 

 

Birthday List—April

 

4/1 Donna Yeager

4/2 Rachel Terrill

4/3 Mac Kenyon

4/5 Tracy Gavisk

4/7 Sarah Fleener

 4/8 Charles Berka & Erin Dugan

4/10 Kadence Lane & Adria Lane

4/12 Ashley Yeager

4/21 Kathy Corn & Adeline Terrill

4/23 Andrea Berka & Colin Dugan

4/25 Kelly Bloss 

March 15, 2021

March 15, 2021

Greetings All,

March 20th is the first day of Spring!!! As I shared in my message this past Sunday, on this day the hours of dark and light are equal. We are as much in the 'dark' as in the 'light'. But now we know that the light will increase each day until the cycle starts all over again with the winter solstice. When the light fills us, the darkness can't claim us!!

The Lenten season is quickly drawing to a close. I look at this past year and I see parallels to feeling like we have been in a virtual tomb. But now we can see a shaft of light as the stone will be rolled away, slowly but surely. Our plans are to have outdoor services, weather permitting, beginning with Easter Sunday. What a celebration it will be to sit outside or in our cars and come together once again. Masking and distancing is still in place for everyone's safety.

Below are words from Henri Nouwen that I feel many of us may have felt as we have journeyed through Lent this year:

O Lord, this holy season of Lent is passing quickly. I entered into it with fear, but also with great expectations. I hoped for a great breakthrough, a powerful conversion, a real change of heart; I wanted Easter to be a day so full of light than not even a trace of darkness would be left in my soul. But I know that you do not come to your people with thunder and lightning...let me be thankful for your gentle way. I know you are at work. I know you will not leave me alone. I know you are quickening me for Easter--but in a way fitting to my own history and my own temperament.

I pray that these last three weeks, in which you invite me to enter more fully into the mystery of your passion, will bring me a greater desire to follow you on the way that you create for me and to accept the cross you give to me. Let me die to the desire to choose my own way and select my own cross. You do not want to make me a hero but a servant who loves you.

Be with me tomorrow and in the days to come and let me experience your gentle presence. Amen.

I pray that many of you have received or are scheduled for your vaccine. I have talked to many here at Bethel who have received their first of the Moderna or Pfizer and a good number that have completed the second shot. Some of you may have received the one vaccine version by Johnson and Johnson. The more the merrier!!

I leave you with words from the hymn "Shine, Jesus, Shine:"

Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me!

Peace,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – March 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – MARCH 15, 2021

 

Hospitalized: Jane Bohlmeyer, NKC Hospital

In Sympathy: Jeanene Easley and family on the death of Mark Easley.

Prayers: AnnaLee Kapp’s mother-in-law, Maureen Kapp; Samantha Hendrix; Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Stan Niederhauser's mother; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Terry Keeton, friend of Pastor Karen and Terry; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka; Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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.

Lenten Worship Services

Wednesday 3 PM Facebook Live

Holy Adventure

It's up to you. Whether or not you're aware of it,

God calls you to an adventure in your time and place.


Wednesday is the second in our Lenten Holy Adventure Series, “Called to Service—Our Spiritual Responsibilities in a God-Filled Universe”. Watch us on Facebook Live, Bethel United Church of Christ at 3 PM Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Palm Sunday—March 28

 

On Palm Sunday we will be showing a video of a previous cantata. Be watching for more information later.

 

Virtual Sunday School - March 28

March 8 , 2021

· Worship – March 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – MARCH 8, 2021

 

Hospitalized: Jane Bohlmeyer, NKC Hospital; Samantha Hendrix, Liberty Hospital; Mark Easley, NKC Hospice & Palliative Care

In Sympathy: The family of Lora Carey on her death.

Prayers: Debbie Robinett’s daughter, Michelle Proudfit-Glunt; Gerry Hendrix’s sister Donna Cobb; Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Stan Niederhauser's mother; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Terry Keeton, friend of Pastor Karen and Terry; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; 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.

It’s time to Spring forward one hour at 2 A.M. on Sunday, March 14

 

Thank You

 Greetings,

Thank you for mailing the Lenten Booklet to me. I so appreciate it. We got our COVID-19 shot last Tuesday. Many different reactions. Blessings to all. Stay Well,

Marilyn Donahoe 

 

International Women’s Day—March 8

 

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality. 

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. At first IWD was celebrated in the last Sunday in February. In 1911 the celebration date was changed to March 8th. International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to: celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities.

The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2021 is 'Choose To Challenge'. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. 

Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women's Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept. The colors originated from the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908. 

Virtual Sunday School Schedule for March:

· March 14, March 28 

March 1, 2021

Greetings Bethel, March 1, 2021

Praying that all is well and that you can take some time to be outside this week as the temperatures are going to be warmer! We are in the second week of Lent and I hope you can take some time for reflection as you make your way to the cross. This past Sunday I talked about crosses and I want to also share other versions: Here is some background on three of the crosses:

Thieve's Cross: Some believe that the thieves’ cross represents a tree. In a Christian context, this can be considered the Tree of Knowledge, which was the reason sin entered the world in the first place. A criminal being crucified on a forked cross was symbolic of how sin was the reason this act was taking place.

Sun Cross:A sun cross, solar cross, or wheel cross is a solar symbol consisting of an equilateral cross inside a circle. The design is frequently found in the symbolism of prehistoric cultures, particularly during the Neolithic to Bronze Age periods of European prehistory. 

Celtic cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in IrelandFrance and Britain in the Early Middle Ages. A type of ringed cross, it became widespread through its use in the stone high crosses erected across the islands, especially in regions evangelized by Irish missionaries, from the 9th through the 12th centuries.

 

Enjoy looking up some of the above crosses or find others that you would like to learn more about. Lent is about our path to the cross and these histories give us even greater insight. Have fun!!

 

Peace,

Pastor Karen 

· Worship – Feb. 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – February 15, 2021

 

Hospitalized: Jane Bohlmeyer, NKC Hospital; , Liberty Hospital (surgery Feb. 23); Mark Easley, NKC Hospice & Palliative Care

In Sympathy: The family of Laura Carey on her death.

Prayers: Anna Weger Mason; Jim Burr; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Marilyn Helmich’s brother, Don Havener & daughter, Carolyn, McNeal; Stan Niederhauser's mother; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin;  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.

 March Special Mission Offering

The theme for the 2021 One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering is “Let Love Flow.” When you share your gifts to OGHS, you Let Love Flow. Your generosity ensures that, even in the midst of uncertainty, the transforming power of love will continue to change the lives of those who are most vulnerable among us. The There is the plight of the working poor who have lost jobs, are on the brink of homelessness, and are waiting for hours in long lines at food pantries. Deadly wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and wars have left people homeless, families grieving loss of loved ones and entire communities awaiting assistance for long term disaster recovery. Refugees and asylum seekers are left in limbo, languishing at borders waiting for welcome. Many have been displaced by economic conditions, war and climate change. Among the millions of refugees are families looking for safe places that they can call home. In the midst of these despairing moments, the United Church of Christ is able to offer hope as we stand in solidarity and mutuality with communities suffering and in need. Through Wider Church Ministries, the United Church of Christ fulfills its commitment to respond to a variety of global and local concerns by providing advocacy, sustainable development resources, long term disaster recovery support, and assistance for refugee and asylum seekers, working in collaboration with our partners locally and globally. With your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, we are able to be present for the long term in disaster recovery, as we partner with churches and organizations around the world to walk with families as they rebuild their homes and lives.


 March Birthdays

1 Karen Aitkens

4 Toni Faust

5 Bill Kluender

5 Stan Niederhauser

6 Shellie Willis

6 Adam Niederhauser

7 Marquita Pace

8 Shirlee Mendon

11 Susan Coulter

12 Sydney Hendrix

13 Debbie Schlick

18 Drew Buck

22 Kathy Hayes

24 Anna Mason

29 Levi Pierson

30 Nelda Ravenscraft


Virtual Sunday School Schedule

Sunday School Schedule for February and March:

· March 14, March 28

February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

Greetings Bethel Family and Friends,

As I write this letter, I look out my office window and see the sun! Temperatures in the 50's and heading toward the 60's this week make me think of Spring (I may be a little impatient), but I know it's coming. It also makes me think of Robert Browning's poem, "Pippa's Song". I think I was in third or fourth grade when each class member had to memorize a poem and this was the one I got:

Pippa’s Song

The year’s at the spring,

And day’s at the morn;

Morning’s at seven;

The hill-side’s dew-pearl’d;

The lark’s on the wing;

The snail’s on the thorn;

God’s in His heaven –

All’s right with the world!

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

I remember at the time, I thought the lines were funny-what was a dew-pearl'd hillside or a lark on the wing, and even a snail on the thorn? But now when I read these lines, they mean so much more because I have experienced seeing a hillside wet with dew in the early morning. I don't know if I've seen a lark, Wikipedia says the only type of lark in North America is the horned lark, but now I understand seeing 'bird's on the wing'. We have seen a myriad of birds in our back yard this year as we have three feeders that they love to visit. Redbirds, finches of all kinds and colors, blue jays, wrens, sparrows and for the first time bluebirds! Also, what we thought were crows turned out to be ravens! Huge birds who loved hanging off our suet cage!

All this leads me to those last two lines: 'God's in His heaven-All's right with the world!

The steadfast love of God and our faith that God is in all things has brought us through this last year as the church. It has brought us through as a faith community, gathering virtually, yet we still feeling the Spirit moving in us and through us in our separate places. Although the challenges keep coming, I believe our faith has grown in our individual spaces and we now have experienced a new understanding of what it means to be the church. Just life experiences helped me understand Browning's poem more fully, we have experienced a deeper understanding of being the church.

As we walk through Lent, may we continue to see what it means to 'be' church in new ways. May we look into our hearts and find new ways to experience 'God with us.' And as Browning's poem proclaims, let us affirm that: 'God's in His heaven-All's right with the world!'

 

Peace,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – Feb. 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – February 15, 2021

 Hospitalized: Jane Bohlmeyer, NKC Hospital; Jim Burr, Liberty Hospital (surgery Feb. 23); Mark Easley, NKC Hospice & Palliative Care

Prayers: Cathy Leslie; Bobbi Wendle; Nancy Niederhauser, Stan Niederhauser's mother; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Jeanene Easley; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin;  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. 

Ken & Lois Werner founded People for Guatemala to help rural families in Guatemala struggling in this poverty ridden country. The coronavirus pandemic is battering hope. Due to the country-wide shutdown, thousands of families who were already struggling to survive are now pushed deeper into extreme poverty, hunger, and desperation. But with help from their donors, they are doing their best to deliver medicine and keep the families fed.

To learn more about the project here are links to videos of the program: https://vimeo.com/412480523 https://vimeo.com/58119747

If you would like to donate to People for Guatemala you can send your donation to Bethel UCC, 4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117 or to People for Guatemala P.O. 110221, Naples, FL 34108. 

Thank You

We thank all who participated in providing the Lenten bags for the Bethel congregation. The Council approved this project as a way to thank Bethel’s faith community for their support and continued commitment. Thanks to those who baked cookies, filled the bags and handed them out. Also, a special thanks to Andrea for the card design and to Mary Ann and Hance for the glass hearts. We pray that this will make your Lenten adventure more meaningful.

Virtual Sunday School Schedule

Sunday School Schedule for February and March:

· February 28 , March 14, March 28


Kansas City Heartland Open Affirming is joining with St. Louis Gateway Open and Affirming to present our first virtual gathering.

2021 marks the 10th Annual Open and Affirming Convocation. Like so many other events, this year’s Convocation will be different from in the past, pivoting to an on-line Zoom event. Registration: On-line registration only at: https://onacovocation2021.eventbrite.com. A unique e-mail address is required to register. The registration fee is $15.00 per person. There will be no paper registrations and checks will not be accepted. A group rate will not be offered this year. The deadline to register is 11:30 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, March 3, 2021. During the registration process, you will be allowed to choose the three workshops you wish to attend. Questions about registration or workshops can be directed to: Melissa Hattman, mhattman@att.net.


Backpack Shepherds Update

 Thank you all for your generous donations to Souper Bowl of Caring! Shelves in the pantry are full, with the exceptions below:

 · 4 or 6 cup fruit packs

· canned corn

· fruit drinks -- individual pouches or boxes

· muffin mixes

· spaghetti pasta

· large cans of pasta sauce

 Donations may be left in the entryway at Bethel

Lenten Worship Services

Wednesday 3 PM Facebook Live

Holy Adventure

 It's up to you. Whether or not you're aware of it,

God calls you to an adventure in your time and place


Wednesday is the first in our Lenten Holy Adventure Series, “Transforming God”. 

Watch us on Facebook Live, Bethel United Church of Christ at 3 PM Wednesday, February 24.

February 15, 2021

February 15, 2021

Greetings Bethel Family,

It’s time for a Holy Adventure! We are in the season of Lent, preparing ourselves for God’s holy adventure. At our Ash Wednesday service, we will reflect on Bruce Epperly’s book Holy Adventure-a testimony to the spiritual formation that occurs through ordinary living and daily practice. Following is our schedule of Wednesday Lenten gatherings and our special services that lead us to our celebration of Easter. You can connect with these services on Facebook and You Tube.

February 17 7 pm Ash Wednesday Service with Communion and Imposition of Ashes

(have communion elements and ashes or marker to mark your foreheads)

Sunday 2/21 10am First Sunday in Lent

Wed. 2/24 3 pm Transforming God – our images of God and how they affect us

 

Sunday 2/28 10am Second Sunday in Lent

Wed. 3/3 3 pm Companions in the Holy Adventure­ God loves your story

 

Sunday 3/7 10am Third Sunday in Lent – Communion

Wed. 3/10 3 pm Called to Partnership-called to let our own light shine

 

Sunday 3/14 10 am Fourth Sunday in Lent

Wed. 3/17 3 pm Called to Service-our spiritual responsibilities in a God-filled universe

 

Sunday 3/21 10am Fifth Sunday in Lent

Wed. 3/31 3 pm Healing Adventures-becoming conscious partners in God’s healing

 

HOLY WEEK/EASTER SERVICES

 

Sunday 3/28 10 am PALM SUNDAY – our Bethel choir presents a previously recorded Easter

cantata.

Wed. 3/31 3 pm God’s Never – ending Adventure – embracing death, dying & vulnerability as core human experiences

Friday 4/2 7 pm GOOD FRIDAY – Tenebrae – “Service of Shadows”

 

Saturday 4/3 Noon A VISIT WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

 

Sunday 4/4 10 am EASTER – Communion

Christ is Risen!! He is risen indeed!

Depending on the weather, we will hold a parking lot service that will allow for social distancing. Masking required. We will also tape the service to be posted.

We pray you will join us for all of these Lenten services. It will be a time for reflection, prayer and new growth in our relationship with God, ourselves and one another other.

 

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – Feb. 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – February 15, 2021

 

Sympathy: Doug Staci Van Slyke on the passing of Doug’s mother, Pauline

Hospitalized: Jane Bohlmeyer, NKC Hospital

Prayers: Jim Burr; Vern & Sandy Bohlmeyer’s great grandson Jackson Hustoft; Cathy Leslie; Bobbi Wendle, Stephanie Dodd; Nancy Niederhauser, Stan Niederhauser's mother; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Lauri Buck’s friend John Boone and his mother, Patricia; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; Debbie Robinett’s niece, Danica Woychesin; Jamie Elder; Marty Pace’s brother-in-law, Dan Schadt; Vicki Thompson’s brother working at NKC Hospital and all health care providers; Marilyn Helmich’s daughter Carolyn McNeal; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin;  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.


Thank You

Dear Bethel United Church of Christ Sewing Group,

Thank you for your ongoing sewing support to synergy Services. The cloth bags and diaper bags truly make such as huge difference to so many children. We appreciate all of your hard work. Thank you! Tara Syndergaard

Hi Karen,

Thank you for your contribution of $300. Please extend our thanks to everyone who made this donation possible. We appreciate your support. Take care— Lois & Ken Werner, People for Guatemala

 

Virtual Sunday School Schedule

Sunday School Schedule for February and March:

· February 14

· February 28

· March 14

· March 28

 

Kansas City Heartland Open Affirming is joining with St. Louis Gateway Open and Affirming to present our first virtual gathering.

2021 marks the 10th Annual Open and Affirming Convocation. Like so many other events, this year’s Convocation will be different from in the past, pivoting to an on-line Zoom event. Registration: On-line registration only at: https://onacovocation2021.eventbrite.com. A unique e-mail address is required to register. The registration fee is $15.00 per person. There will be no paper registrations and checks will not be accepted. A group rate will not be offered this year. The deadline to register is 11:30 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, March 3, 2021. During the registration process, you will be allowed to choose the three workshops you wish to attend. Questions about registration or workshops can be directed to: Melissa Hattman, mhattman@att.net.


Backpack Shepherds Update

Final figures are in, without Bethel’s monetary donations, a total of 1043 pounds of food were collected between Bethel, Good Shepherd, Joy Presbyterian Church and Winnetonka food drives. Food that is not usable by Backpack Shepherds will be given to Hillcrest Ministries and Northland Assistance. Final totals of financial giving for SouperBowl of Caring will be coming soon. Bethel will be sharing financial donations with In As Much Ministries.

 Thank you all for your generous donations to SouperBowl of Caring! Shelves in the pantry are full, with the exceptions below:

 · 4 or 6 cup fruit packs

· canned corn

· fruit drinks -- individual pouches or boxes

· muffin mixes

· spaghetti pasta

· large cans of pasta sauce

 Donations may be left in the entryway at Bethel.

 On behalf of Backpack Shepherds, Pat Armstrong


Thank You to Bethel Book Club

Big thank you to Bethel’s Book Club for sending Valentine card to all Bethel members. Spreading love during this time of virtual contact.

Bethel UCC


Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians. It is observed by Catholics in the Roman Rite, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Nazarenes, and Independent Catholics, as well as by many from the Reformed faith (inclusive of the Congregationalist, Continental Reformed, and Presbyterian traditions).

As it is the first day of Lent, many Christians begin Ash Wednesday by marking a Lenten calendar, praying a Lenten daily devotional, and making a Lenten sacrifice that they will not partake of until the arrival of Eastertide.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or the dictum "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. The ashes are prepared by burning palm leaves from the previous year's Palm Sunday celebrations..

Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, in English-speaking countries, more often by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross. The words (based on Genesis 3:19) used traditionally to accompany this gesture are, "Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris." ("Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.") This custom is credited to Pope Gregory I the Great (c. 540–604). In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula (based on Mark 1:15) was introduced and given first place "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" and the older formula was translated as "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The old formula, based on the words spoken to Adam and Eve after their sin, reminds worshippers of their sinfulness and mortality.

 


 


 


 


 


 

February 8, 2021

February 8, 2021

Greetings Bethel Family,

I hope everyone is doing fine after the Chiefs didn’t run it back. I believe we will be back next year even stronger and I appreciated the uplifting messages throughout the game. It was a much need diversion during this time and for all those football fans out there, Sunday afternoons brought us much needed fun and excitement. We continue to hold the young girl, who was seriously injured in the tragic accident on Thursday on the ramp to Stadium Drive, in our hearts and prayers.

So far we have received over $500 for our Souper Bowl of Caring collection that will go to food pantries in our area. You can still give to this wonderful mission. We know the need is great and this is something we can do to help the hungry in the Northland. Thank you for your generosity.

This Saturday, 2/13 from 10-2 pm, Bethel volunteers will be giving out a Lenten bag with treats and information about our Lenten/Easter worship schedules. You will also get a devotional booklet for daily meditations. Thanks to all those who made this possible. If you can’t make it on Saturday, then drive through on Monday, 2/15 from 10-2 pm. You can take an extra bag if you would like to drop it off to a friend or family member that you know would like to join us virtually for our Lenten discussions and our worship services. It will be cold, but you can stay in your cars and get personal delivery!

If you joined us for worship yesterday, you heard the beautiful song You Raise Me Up, presented by our Praise Team plus Gary Pierson. It was absolutely moving and I thank Chad, Jeremy and singers for their wonderful rendition.

Also, I thank the whole worship team for coming yesterday in that artic cold. If there are Sundays that might make it impossible to pull off the service live, I will Facetime Live from my phone to gather us together and bring the message.

Ash Wednesday service is February 17th at 7 p.m. If you have access to some ashes that you can mix with a small of amount of oil to place on the foreheads of those in your household, that would be great. If not, a black washable marker can be used to draw a small cross. This service begins our Lenten season and our Wednesday gatherings, where we will be discussing the book Holy Adventure by Bruce Epperly. If you would like, you can purchase his paperback, used or new, on Amazon. As Epperly says, “When we choose to become partners in God’s holy adventure, our world truly changes. New pathways and dimensions of life come out of nowhere. Our choices partly shape God’s next movements in the dance of life. God loves us too much to treat us like puppets who cannot shape our own destinies. Our input truly matters—to God and to the world—today and for generations to come!”

Please share our worship services with others by hitting share on Facebook!!

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Karen 

· Worship – Feb. 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – February 8, 2021

 Sympathy: Gerry McGuire and family at death of her sister, Jean Claiborne; the family of Randa Niederhauser’s friend Tiffany on her passing

Prayers: Jim Burr; Vern & Sandy Bohlmeyer’s great grandson Jackson Hustoft; Cathy Leslie; Bobbi Wendle, Stephanie Dodd; Nancy Niederhauser, Stan Niederhauser's mother; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Alena Bartold & her daughter Marion Dlandt, Lauri Buck’s aunt & cousin; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; 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; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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; Karen Lind-Olson, sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin;  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.


Thank You

Hi Bethel Family,

I just wanted to let you all know that Garrett was able to finally come home to WaKeeney after being in Kansas City for the last 4 months.  He’s doing really well post transplant he’s still getting adjusted to all his meds and trying to get all his blood work to where it needs to be now.  The doctors said it could take up to a year before all his medicines get leveled out and they become maintenance meds.  He with continue to have monthly heart caths with biopsy’s until he reaches the 1 year mark just to stay on top of rejection as that will most likely happen in the first year.  His heart caths so far have been great and show no signs of rejection.  Overall he’s doing really well and he feels really good and strong and is excited to get some nice weather so he can play outside. Thanks for checking in on us and for all the prayers it has been really appreciated. Ingrid Malsam

 
Virtual Sunday School Schedule

Sunday School Schedule for February and March:

· February 14

· February 28

· March 14

· March 28

Request from Missouri Mid-South Conference

 

There is a vacancy on the UCC Conference Council from the Western Association that they would like to fill in 2021. They are reaching out to anyone that might be interested in serving on the Conference Council, or if you know anyone who would be willing to serve in this capacity. The meetings are usually quarterly and during the pandemic they have been meeting virtually by Zoom. The term is for 3-years. This is another way to learn about and become involved with the wider UCC church. If you are interested contact Pastor Karen. 

February 1, 2021

Greetings Bethel, February 1, 2021

We are now in the month of February and our secular celebrations are Black History Month and Valentine's Day. However, the church starts the Holy Season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 17th through Holy Week, which begins with the celebration of Palm Sunday on March 28th. During Holy Week we will share a Good Friday service on April 2nd and then our Easter Sunday service on April 4th. It has caused me to realize how quickly we have gone through 2020. Not to say there were times when we thought the year would never get over-but when you think that March 15th, 2020 was our last in-person worship and now we are getting ready for Lent 2021 still worshiping on-line and staying strong.

Thanks to all who joined our ZOOM Congregational Meeting, thanks to Marty for our 2020 Annual Report booklet entitled, "I Believe", thanks to Gary Pierson for coordinating the meeting on line and to Council President-Fulvio Hayes for moderating. I urge everyone to read the reports from staff, Council, commissions and committees, as their work and our congregation is the heart of Bethel. Your hard work and commitment in 2020 has kept Bethel moving forward as we go into 2021.

On February 7th we celebrate our Chiefs playing in the Super Bowl and we also collect for the "Souper" Bowl of Caring. (read the article in this letter). If you would like to show your spirit, please take a picture of you and/or family dressed for the game and we will do a slide show during worship. Get these in by Thursday, February 4th!!! Please see our 'Spirit Picture' we took on last year's Super Bowl!!! Good memories!

Mark Saturday, February 13th and Monday, February 15th from 10-2 p.m. to drive to Bethel's parking lot and pick up your Lenten Bag and devotional booklet, "The Road Back to God". The bag will include a schedule of services for Lent/Easter, yummy cookies and a special gift for the household. A big thank you to those who are baking the cookies and packing the bags! You can pick up an extra bag to deliver to a friend or family member who would like to be part of our services during this time.

I pray that everyone continues to be safe, finds out a time when they can get a vaccine and continues to join us for all our on-line worship and programs. During Lenten Wednesdays at 3 p.m., we will be discussing Brian Epperly's book, Holy Adventures on Facebook Live. You can get a copy from Amazon. I will also use Eternal Seasons: A Liturgical Journey with Henri J.M.Nouwen Michael Ford, Editor as a resource. We humbly walk with one another on this road to the cross, as we anticipate the stone being rolled away and celebrating Christ's resurrection!!

Peace and Love,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – Feb. 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – January 25, 2021

 

Prayers: Cathy Leslie; Bobbi Wendle, Stephanie Dodd; Nancy Niederhauser, Stan Niederhauser's mother; Tiffany friend of Randa Niederhauser; Garrett Malsom, heart transplant on Thanksgiving Day at Children’s Mercy Hospital rehabbing at hospital and doing great; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Alena Bartold & her daughter Marion Dlandt, Lauri Buck’s aunt & cousin; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; 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; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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’ cousin;  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.

 

Don't Forget Souper Bowl of Caring This Sunday

Make checks payable to Bethel. In the memo line write Souper Bowl.

 

In 2020 Bethel raised $558.93 for food pantries. What a huge impact these donations make on the hungry in our neighborhood.

 

February Birthdays

2  Mike Mendon, Eric Kluender, Emma Gavisk

4 Anna Achille

5 Tom Meyer

12 Maddie Kenyon

14 Mollie Geitz

16 Alice Inman

17 Claira Faust

18 Vickie Lewis, Marie Dodson, Andy Dugan

22 Mary Ann Pierson & Peggy Burr

24 Jim Derry

25 Terry Aitkens

February Benevolences

CUE*/Northland Shepherds Center 

Request from Missouri Mid-South Conference

 

There is a vacancy on the UCC Conference Council from the Western Association that they would like to fill in 2021. They are reaching out to anyone that might be interested in serving on the Conference Council, or if you know anyone who would be willing to serve in this capacity. The meetings are usually quarterly and during the pandemic they have been meeting virtually by Zoom. The term is for 3-years. This is another way to learn about and become involved with the wider UCC church. If you are interested contact Pastor Karen 

Virtual Sunday School Schedule

Sunday School Schedule for February and March: 

· February 14

· February 28

· March 14

· March 28

Thank You

To My Bethel Friends,

Thank you for “These Days” - perfect way to start the day., plus I send the pages to color for my three “Greats” in Rolla—haven't seen them for a year.

Everyone here got our first “shot” last Tuesday—all were so happy for it.

My continued prayers for all of you. I am very thankful for our Wednesday services (Linden Woods Village), but it’s not the same—but what is?

Sincerely,

Marilyn Donahoe 

Save the Date


UCC General Synod Virtually July 11-18, 2021

THE ORIGIN AND HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

· Black History Month celebration began as “Black History Week.” It was started in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African-American, scholar, educator, and publisher. Mr. Woodson chose the 2nd week of February because it marked the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the population of Black American people—Frederick Douglas, an escaped enslaved person who became one of the foremost Black abolitionist and civil rights leaders in the nation, and Abraham Lincoln the President of the United States who signed the Emancipation Proclamation which abolished slavery in America’s confederate states.

· The observation of Black History became a month long celebration in 1976, and is sometimes referred to as African-American Heritage Month.

· It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African- American diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in the month of February, as well as in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in October.

· On January 20, 2006, Black History Month was recognized as a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that provides the opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in the shaping of the United States history.

 

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE COLORS RED, BLACK & GREEN?

The United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) founded by Marcus Garvey has a constitution which defines red, black and green as the Pan-American colors.

· RED representing the noble blood that unites all people of African Ancestry

· BLACK for the people

· GREEN for the rich land of Africa 

January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

Dear Bethel Members and Friends,

Another letter and still we are combating this virus with the new hope that a majority of the country can be vaccinated by late spring or early summer. As with any massive program, it seems there are always glitches along the way, but our prayer is that we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. I pray that some of you have already received the vaccine and that soon many of us can start the process. We have been overwhelmed with this pandemic this past year and yet we have the promise of the one who brings light out of darkness. As we prepare for our Lenten journey, we know that Jesus walks with us.

Today we celebrate the CHIEFS, our AFC Champs, as they prepare for the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' in Tampa on February 7. This brings us to our first February Mission, the Souper Bowl of Caring! On Super Bowl Sunday, we will collect for our local food pantries. Your gifts are so needed during this time of COVID-19, as so many are unemployed and the number of people needing assistance has grown. Normally, our children would be holding soup pots asking for your donations as you leave the sanctuary. This time, we will be collecting virtually. If you want to add an amount to your weekly giving, please note 'Souper Bowl' on the memo line, or if you are giving through Tithe'ly, let Mary Ann Pierson know the amount you intend to give to this mission. Please read the special article that we've included.

Also, Bethel is planning a special gift to members that will be distributed on Saturday, February 13th from 10-2 p.m. and on Monday, February 15th (President's Day) from 10-2 p.m. Drive through the parking lot during the above times to receive your Lenten bag. Each Bethel family will received a devotional booklet along with a special bag containing our Lenten/Easter schedule of services and other gifts. One will give you sustenance and the other gift will help you see your 40 day journey to the cross through the eyes of your heart!! Although the booklets are for Bethel families only, you can ask for additional bags to deliver to friends or family so they can know dates and times for special streaming services beginning with our Ash Wednesday service on February 17th at 7 p.m. (please mark your calendars)

Our Lenten theme this year is "Our Holy Adventure" from the title of Bruce Epperly,s book, Holy Adventure. Copies can be ordered on Amazon if you want to follow along. I will also be using Eternal Seasons: A Liturgical Journey with Henri J.M. Nouwen edited by Michael Ford as a resource. Our Adult Bible Studies will discontinue beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17th and will reconvene on April 14th. During this time our Wednesday Lenten gatherings will be shown live at 3 p.m. each Wednesday through Lent (posted for later viewings): February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24. Let's take this Holy Adventure together!!

Peace,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – January 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – January 25, 2021

 

Prayers: Bobbi Wendle, Stephanie Dodd; Nancy Niederhauser, Stan Niederhauser's mother, Garrett Malsom, heart transplant on Thanksgiving Day at Children’s Mercy Hospital rehabbing at hospital and doing great; Greg Andrews, Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Alena Bartold & her son-in-law Gene Glandt, Lauri Buck’s aunt; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; Liz Guevel; 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; Liz Guevel; Alice Inman; Vern Bohlmeyer; 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’ cousin;  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. 

Souper Bowl of Caring - February 7, 2021

Souper Bowl of Caring is transforming the Big Game into a nation-wide movement inspiring people to give locally and make a collective impact on hunger. Mobilizing grassroots resources including churches, schools, civic groups and caring individuals, the Souper Bowl of Caring movement has created over $160 million worth of support that stays completely local. 

In 2020, over 5,000 groups collected over $10.6 million in dollars and food donations for hunger-relief charities across the country. Over $163 million has been collected since Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990.

In 2020 Bethel raised $558.93 for food pantries. What a huge impact these donations make on the hungry in our neighborhood.

It’s not to late to send in your Pledge cards

and Time & Talent Sheets

Request from Missouri Mid-South Conference

 

There is a vacancy on the UCC Conference Council from the Western Association that they would like to fill in 2021. They are reaching out to anyone that might be interested in serving on the Conference Council, or if you know anyone who would be willing to serve in this capacity. The meetings are usually quarterly and during the pandemic they have been meeting virtually by Zoom. The term is for 3-years. This is another way to learn about and become involved with the wider UCC church. If you are interested contact Pastor Karen

 

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

We are coming upon the completion of three weeks into our New Year and the news is still bleak: even though we now have vaccines, the distribution has been slow while numbers of COVID cases and deaths keep rising, the insurrection at our Capital has taken us to a place that we never thought we would experience and now our prayers take on a new urgency as we pray for the peaceful transfer of power and for the wounds and division in our nation to begin the process of healing. All of this lays heavy on our hearts, but as people of faith with trust that God will guide us, Jesus will walk beside us and the Holy Spirit abides within us, our hope springs eternal. So today I want us to look at the world with a spirit of hope, love and faith as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Ninety-two years after his birth on Jan. 15, 1929, and 58 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived. I share with you some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s best quotes—some you may have heard already and some you haven’t—but all of them are worth repeating and contemplating as we celebrate  the profound truths of his message. 

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

May we live out our faith, love and hope in this world!

Peace,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – January 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – January 19, 2021

 

Prayers: Bobbi Wendle, Stephanie Dodd; Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Anna & Chris Mason; Bob Buck; Linda Jackson; Eddie Villanueva; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  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. 

Annual Congregational Meeting Virtually following Worship January 31, 2021

Prior to the Annual Meeting you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting. The plan is that you will receive the annual report in a PDF file prior to the meeting to give you time to review the report. Any questions or comments can be email to Bethel. Council will respond during the meeting.

Commission of Council/Commissions - Sunday - January 24

Installation of Council and Commissions for 2021 on January 24 virtually during the service. In the bulletin all Council & Commission reps names will be printed. Council will be represented by Fulvio Hayes, Gary Pierson and Marquita Pace. 

Virtual Sunday School

January 24th!

Virtual Sunday School is at 8:30 am for more information contact Shari Achille at: shariachille@gmail.com 

It’s not to late to send in your Pledge cards

and Time & Talent Sheets 

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Dear Bethel Members and Friends,

This past week has shocked us to our very core. Since the insurrection that occurred at our Capitol on January 6th, we have watched scenes of destruction and violence that has shown us how powerful words can be. Words can be used to build up distrust and incite crowds to chaos or they can be used to bring a calm and a peace that surpasses our understanding. January 6th was Epiphany, where wise sages from the East followed the star to find the Light of the World. It is also a time of revelation, an intuitive grasp of reality caused by an event.

Has what we witnessed opened our hearts and minds so we can be a light in these times? As Christians and people of faith, that is our calling-that through our actions and words we can bring light into the darkness. Not an easy task.

If you have been watching television, been on social media, reading the news, listening on the radio, you have heard words with which you totally agree and words that you, not only disagree with, but they actually make you angry. Maybe we need to ask, do the words we hear bring light, hope and love or darkness, despair and hatred?

So today, I have turned to St. Francis of Assisi and these timeless words from his prayer. May they bring you peace and light.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Peace and Love,

Pastor Karen

· Worship – January 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – January 11, 2021

 

Prayers: Bobbi Wendle, Stephanie Dodd; Jean Andrews & Charlene Schillie, friends of Adele Jones; Anna & Chris Mason; Bob Buck; Linda Jackson; Eddie Villanueva; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  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. 

Annual Congregational Meeting - Virtually - January 31

Prior to the Annual Meeting you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting. Plan is that you will receive the annual report in a PDF file prior ro the meeting to give you time to report the report and if you have questions or comments you can email them to Bethel and the Council give any requested information.

 

Virtual Sunday School

January 24th!

Virtual Sunday School is at 8:30 am for more information contact Shari Achille at: shariachille@gmail.com

 

Council and Commission Reports Due

· Commissions and committees you need to get your reports to Marty Pace by January 14 by email at mqtapace@gmail.com.

· Commissions you need to consider meeting by Zoom (it’s free for a 40 minute meeting). If you’re unsure how to do Zoom check with others on your commission to see if they can help set up a meeting. If Zoom won’t work for you there are other options.

· Installation of Council and Commissions for 2021 on January 24 virtually during the service. Your names will be read and your faces will be shown.

January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

Blessings as we begin this New Year-2021! The challenges of 2020 will continue to affect our lives longer than we might imagine, but as I said in my Sunday sermon, we can see the Light in the darkness and we will cherish Christ's light as we carry it with us and share it with all we meet. We are in the season of Epiphany-the celebration of God's love revealed to the world in Jesus. Epiphany is about revelation, illumination, realization. Henri Nouwen, one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time, reminds us of the treasure we have received when Jesus the Christ was revealed to us. In his book, Bread for the Journey, he writes,

"Unfathomable Treasure"

Why must we go out to the far ends of the world to preach the Gospel of Jesus when people do not have to know Jesus in order to enter the house of God? We must go out because we want to share with all people the abundant love and hope, joy and peace that Jesus brought to us. We want to "proclaim the unfathomable treasure of Christ" and "throw light on the inner workings of the mystery kept hidden through all ages in God, the creator of everything." (Ephesians 3:8-9)

What we have received is so beautiful and so rich that we cannot hold it for ourselves but feel compelled to bring it to every human being we meet.

I feel that Bethel has been a treasure this year. We have Christ moving in us and among us during these challenging days. For every call made, every card sent, every word, song or prayer shared in worship, every way Bethel has used to stay connected with you, my prayer is that it has brought you the light of Christ.

The life of the church has continued on in new and different ways. We have celebrated new life through baptisms, remembrances of lives well lived, new ways to be together yet separate in communion, parking lot services, celebrating with Lenten, Easter and Christmas services on line. And through it all you have continued to send your support through gifts and pledges that have kept Bethel strong and vital.

So as we begin this new year-thank you for your generosity and continued giving as we reach out with our ministry and programming. The number of people who have been introduced to Bethel this year is amazing! We continue to pray for that time when we can come together safely as we follow both national and local guidelines. May we continue to be a treasure to one another.

Peace, Pastor Karen

· Worship – January 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – January 4, 2021

 

Prayers: Anna & Chris Mason; Bob Buck; Linda Jackson; Eddie Villanueva; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  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.

Backpack Shepherds Update

 

Thank you Bethel for the monetary donations that keep rolling in,  along with generous amounts of food donations! 

Our regular weekly packings have begun, as school starts up again.  This said, the needs for donations this month are as follows:

· Cheesy Tuna Helper

· Microwave Popcorn

· Flour Tortillas or Taco Shells

· Canned Tomatoes

· Cereal (10-14 oz. boxes)

Virtual Sunday School

January 10th & 24th!

Virtual Sunday School is at 8:30 am for more information contact Shari Achille at: shariachille@gmail.com

Annual Congregational Meeting - January 31 Virtually f0llowing worship

Council and Commission Reports Due

· Commissions and committees you need to get your reports to Marty Pace by January 14 by email at mqtapace@gmail.com.

· Commissions you need to consider meeting by Zoom (it’s free for a 40 minute meeting). If you’re unsure how to do Zoom check with others on your commission to see if they can help set up a meeting. If Zoom won’t work for you there are other options.

· Installation of Council and Commissions for 2021 on January 24 virtually during the service. Your names will be read and your faces will be shown.

Our special missions for January are CUE (Chicago, United & Eden Seminaries) is one for our 5 for 5 UCC offering and City Union Mission.

December 28, 2020 - Letter and Other Information

December 28, 2020

Dear Bethel Members and Friends,

We are quickly coming upon the New Year-2021! The challenges of this past year and losses due to the pandemic have been overwhelming, as we come upon the latest death toll of 338,565. But in spite of all the things that turned our lives upside down and inside out, it has been a time of turning to our faith and leaning on one another in new ways that continues to bring us hope. It has been a time of reflection on who we are as people of faith and how that impacts our lives. Maybe you have asked yourselves, "What is God calling us to do in this time of uncertainty?"

I think the answer is always there, but becomes most apparent in times that bring us more questions than answers. We can always quote from Micah, "He has told you, O mortal, what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" In the study guide of my Bible these words are summarized . "Acts of justice, kindness and right relationship with God, symbolized by a humble walk, are preferred to ritual sacrifices. The verse summarizes the prophetic teaching on true religion."

We know that life will always bring us challenges, whether universal or personal, and our response to these trials will depend on how we understand God's continued presence in the midst of natural disasters, unprecedented violence and war, pandemics and injustices found around God's world. According to Micah, our humanity requires us to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. A quote from Nelson Mandela summarizes it this way:

"Our human compassion binds us one to the other, not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."

You have shown that kindness in so many ways this year. Your continued commitment to Bethel has enabled us to meet the needs of our missions and ministries. Your calls and cards to one another has shown your love and concern. And for me personally, your cards and gifts during pastor appreciation month in October, your checking in with me and asking how things are going, the Christmas wishes and cards with grateful messages and last, but definitely not least, your extremely generous gift that I received this past Sunday.

I can only say thank you for your kindness and generosity in the midst of this trying time. I am so grateful to have been with you as we have walked through 2020 together! I am humbled by your loving gift and pray that you have felt the hope, peace, joy and love of this Christmas season.

MAY GOD'S BLESSING BE POURED OUT ON OUR HURTING WORLD AS WE DO JUSTICE, LOVE KINDNESS AND WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD IN 2021!!

Grace and Peace, Pastor Karen

· Worship – January 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – December 28, 2020

 

Prayers: Anna & Chris Mason; Bob Buck; Linda Jackson; Eddie Villanueva; Kathy Hayes’ sister, Wendy Davis; Kathy Harms; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  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.

Backpack Shepherds

Update

 

Thank you Bethel for the monetary donations that keep rolling in,  along with generous amounts of food donations! Our regular weekly packings have begun, as school starts up again.  This said, the needs for donations this month are as follows:

· Cheesy Tuna Helper

· Microwave Popcorn

· Flour Tortillas or Taco Shells

· Canned Tomatoes

· Cereal (10-14 oz. boxes)

· Pudding, 4 cup pkgs.

 

Thank You

David Talbot, Chair Backpack Shepherds

This year’s donations to a food pantry in lieu of poinsettias are given:

· In honor of Yates and Aitkens families by Pastor Karen & Terry Aitkens

· In memory of Our Parents by Vern & Sandy Bohlmeyer

· In memory of my husband and parents by Marilyn Donahoe

· In memory of Bob Hendrix by Gerry Hendrix & Family

· In memory of David Hoeppner, Janice Hoeppner Soendker, Lance Soendker (Janice’s 9-year old son), and W. C. Hoeppner, Jr. by Gerry Hendrix & Family

· In memory of Wesley & Freda Hoeppner, Angelo & Charlott Juliano

· by Gerry Hendrix & Family

· In memory of other loved ones by Gerry Hendrix & Family

· In honor of my family by Gerry Hendrix

· In memory of John Meyer, Lavonia & Julius Meyer, Donna, Orene & Frank Fischer by Jody Meyer

· In memory of Morris Penrod by Marie Penrod

· In memory of Morris Penrod, Austin & Mae Teague by Jerry & Melinda Teague

· In honor of Marie Penrod by Jerry & Melinda Teague

January Birthdays

4 Marsha Wilson

8 Amy Lane

12 Chad Willis

13 Kristen Marshall

14 Stephen McDuff

21 Eddie Villanueva, Jr

22 Fred Lauer

23 Jeremy Manley

24 Ryan Lauer

25 Bev Duer

Jason Fleener

31 Eleanor Faust

Our special missions for January are CUE (Chicago, United & Eden Seminaries) is one for our 5 for 5 UCC offering and City Union Mission.

December 21, 2020 - Letter and Other Information

December 21, 2020

Dear Bethel,

I hope you enjoyed the cantata, The Winter Rose on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Our Christmas Eve service will be posted by 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve for you to watch on your own schedule. Please have communion elements and candles available. Also, for December 27th we will be lifting up the carols of the season-if you have a favorite, please let us know by Wednesday by sending in the title and the reason it is your favorite carol. I will read these requests on Sunday. It will be a service of music and song as we prepare for the New Year.

 

URGENT SEND IN YOUR

FAVORITE CAROLS LIST!

 

Sunday, December 27-First Sunday after Christmas-Christmas Carol Request Hour

 

It is hard to let go of singing Christmas carols, so we are having you send us your favorite carol and why it is special to you between now and Sunday, the 27th. E-mail, call the office, or post on Bethel Members Facebook page so we can share your favorite carol. We may hear the history of some of these beautiful carols.


Be Looking for Updates

from Sunday School for 2021 Dates!

· Worship– Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24 5:30 PM

· December 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – December 21, 2020

 

Prayers: Anna & Chris Mason; Bob Buck; Linda Jackson; Eddie Villanueva; Kathy Hayes’ sister, Wendy Davis; Kathy Harms; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  Lora Carey; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of  Bob & Lauri BuckJody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece

Backpack Shepherds Update














Sisters and Brothers of the Risen Jesus Christ,

 

It was a joy to have Pastor Karen and all of you present to bless the boxes in prayer and delivering them to the schools. Thank you also to the committee for the generosity shown to the school representatives. What a blessing each of you are in this neighborhood outreach.

 

Cheers,

Fr. Galen, Church of the Good Shepherd

 

Just an update,

The boxes and bags were deliver to Eastgate this morning. And we deliver boxes and coupons to Winnetonka. Due to outbreak at Lakewood the school was closed for the next two days and boxes and bags will be deliver to them on Thursday. Everything went as plan. The counselors and teacher got their gift cards (thank you Phyllis). Fr. Galen and Pastor Karen were at Good shepherd and prayers were said. Kind words were offered from both Pastor Karen and Fr. Galen on how well this campaign went. I would agree with them. Also, Pastor Karen and Fr. Galen went to the schools when we made the delivery. Brad Hale was at the church and went to the schools to take pictures of the whole process. I like to thank you all for helping for making this Christmas box campaign go as good as it could be.

So, Backpack Shepherds has some time off to the next packing and the next Harvester pick up. Enjoy your time off and I am looking forward to us getting back together again in January 2021.

Merry Christmas,
David Talbot, chair Backpack Shepherds

 

 

Such a joy-filled day to be with you all.  We shared that joy with the Council at our meeting Tuesday night.  Your hard work and commitment to Backpack Shepherds was on display with the boxes and bags filled with food.  Lives have been changed due to the love and generosity of so many.  Thank you for everything that you do and have a Blessed Christmas and New Year!!. 

Peace,

Pastor Karen, Bethel UCC

 

December 14, 2020 - Letter and Other Information

December 14, 2020

Greetings of Hope, Peace and Joy!

I hope all of you enjoyed the wonderful Christmas Talent Show presented by our children on Sunday. If you haven't had an opportunity to view it, please go to You-Tube and put in Bethel United Church of Christ-Kansas City and you will get the link. I hope you are sharing our services with friends and family. It is also helpful to us for you to like our page, as it boosts our postings. Please share in any way you can-have a Watch Party by asking friends and family to join you virtually and watch together. A huge thanks to Jeremy for taping acts and putting together the acts you sent in. There is a lot of time required when editing takes place and it is so appreciated. The kids have grown in these last 10 months and their talent is amazing. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED, JEREMY AND THE PARENTS FOR TAPING AND THE LOVE SHARED BY BETHEL'S CONGREGATION FROM THEIR COMMENTS.

This Sunday will be the presentation of a past cantata still being determined-the contenders are Once Upon a Night by Pepper Choplin or the Winter Rose by Joseph and Pamela Martin. Both are beautiful! The worship service will precede the cantata and it will be updated and pre-taped. We will light our fourth Advent candle-LOVE. Seeing our choir from past years touches our hearts with both joy and sorrow as we see beloved members who have been birthed into eternal life, yet, in truth, they are always a part of our Christmas memories.

If you haven't given to the Christmas Fund or to the memory/honor fund, in place of poinsettias, money that will be given to Backpack Shepherds, there is still time. Please get these gifts in by the end of the year or before. A memory/honor list will be posted in our letter-not in the bulletin.

We are thankful that there is a vaccine and pray that those with the most need get theirs soon. As for those in the general population, we still need to be vigilant until most can receive this protection. This year has shown us, as much as anything, who and what our priorities are and how we live our lives as God-with-us, Emmanuel. May our prayers never cease, our faith grow strong and our promise to live with Hope-Peace-Joy-Love all year long be our motto!

Today I send you a prayer for family as we come to the end of Advent. May your anticipation of Christ's birth bring you HOPE-PEACE-JOY and LOVE.

Peace,

Pastor Karen

Pledge Report—20 giving units for a total of $81,036 as of Dec. 10th.

Get your Time & Talent sheets and Pledges in ASAP

Prayer List Update – December 14 2020

In Sympathy: To the family of Kelsie & Jamie Schmidt on the passing of Kelsie’s grandfather, Jack Holloway last week.

 

Prayers: Bob Buck; Linda Jackson; Eddie Villanueva; Kathy Hayes’ sister, Wendy Davis; Kathy Harms; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  Lora Carey; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of  Bob & Lauri Buck; Jody Meyer’s niece Delores Starr and great niece, Diane Shoemaker Please keep us informed of any additions or corrections to the Prayer List.

URGENT SEND IN YOUR

FAVORITE CAROLS LIST!

 

Sunday, December 27-First Sunday after Christmas-Christmas Carol Request Hour

 

It is hard to let go of singing Christmas carols, so we are having you send us your favorite carol and why it is special to you between now and Sunday, the 27th. E-mail, call the office, or post on Bethel Members Facebook page so we can share your favorite carol. We may hear the history of some of these beautiful carols.

Thank You

 

Pastor Karen,

I had this card and Remembrance form ready to mail when I received the most wonderful gift. My beautiful prayer shawl, made by Margaret Basch. Words can’t express how touched I feel—Thanks!!

 

Marilyn Donahoe

 

Bethel Members,

 

On the following page you will find a letter from Rev. Ginny Brown-Daniel and two certificates for 2019 thanking us for our OCWM (Our Churches Wider Mission) giving and that we are a Five for Five church. The definition of a Five for Five church is explained by the United Church of Christ in the following paragraph:

The success and sustainability of the United Church of Christ's national ministries is relying on your church's contribution to basic operating support and mission. Being 5 for 5 means that your church is a leader, providing support to Our Church’s Wider Mission and the Special Mission Offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen The Church, Neighbors In Need and The Christmas Fund.

We are proud to be increasing our OCWM giving in 2021 and we will be getting our 2020 certificates sometime in the spring. Although a portion of OCWM goes to our national church, the majority of it stays in our Missouri Mid-South Conference to be used for all kinds of programs and assistance to our local churches.

Thank you for your commitment to Bethel and the wider church.

Peace, Pastor Karen

December 7, 2020 - Letter and Other Information

December 7, 2020

Christmas Greetings!

Last Sunday was the second Sunday in Advent-the Sunday of PEACE. I began wondering if you have ways of celebrating Advent at home. I found this wonderful article in Christian Century suggesting ways to make this Christmas special, even with messages around us that cause us so much concern. The pandemic, political division, distrust concerning the vaccines, separation from families and other gatherings that we would normally be having. For all of us, this Advent and Christmas season, our experiences of worshipping together has been placed on hold and it just doesn't feel right. Yet, I think this is a time that we are being pushed to find the Christ in us in the relative silence and less activity going on in our homes.

Believe me, I have missed each and every one of you as we prepare for the Christ child. Your love and commitment to Bethel continues to warm my heart. Our present total of pledges from our Stewardship campaign is 19 giving units totaling $77,396.00. Thank you! If you have not returned your pledge (or your intention) and your time and talent sheet, please send those through e-mail or regular mail.

If you want to remember or honor a loved one, please send in what you would normally send in for poinsettias and those gifts will go to a food pantry. We will purchase a few poinsettias as we get closer to Christmas Eve to decorate our altar. Also, a reminder that our Children's Christmas Talent Show is this Sunday 12/13-a pre-recorded service that will be posted on our Bethel Face Page with the link to our You-Tube channel by 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Share with others so they can enjoy this special service. On 12/20 is the presentation of one of our past cantatas. There will be an introduction of this special re-broadcast of a favorite cantata over the years. (Even though they are all our favorites!)

I hope and pray that all of you are safe, happy and healthy as we come to the end of 2020. May we use this time to reflect on things we have learned about ourselves and others. I know that there are so many who have given so much time to Bethel in order to give you our services on line. Those who have sung, played instruments, helped with the outdoor services and continue to help set up our indoor services. Special thanks to Marty for everything she does to keep Bethel connected and for taping the services and Chat, Cook and Pray; for Jeremy and all his coordinating of our music and musicians and for Chad and is amazing accompaniment and solos throughout this year. And to all of you who keep giving to our benevolences and to Bethel, who watch our services every week and who keep checking on one another! Thank you for being you. I hope you enjoy the article on "Three Ways to Create Sacred Moments at Home This Advent" I hold you all in my heart and in my prayers!

Peace,

Pastor Karen


Prayer List Update – December 14 2020

In Sympathy: To the family of Kelsie & Jamie Schmidt on the passing of Kelsie’s grandfather, Jack Holloway last week.

 

Prayers: Bob Buck; Linda Jackson; Eddie Villanueva; Kathy Hayes’ sister, Wendy Davis; Kathy Harms; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  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.

 

*Worship– December 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM—on Facebook Live /YouTube

 

Prayer List Update – December 7 2020

Prayers: Eddie Villanueva; Kathy Hayes’ sister, Wendy Davis; Kathy Harms; Fred Wilkinson, Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Randy Pace’s friends, Marvin Jackson & Candy Hedges; Betty Weger; Stephanie Dodd; Bonnie & Bill Kuhn, friends of Mary Fleener; Caleb Shonkwiler, Jamie Elder’s grandson; 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’ cousin;  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.

 

 

Three ways to create sacred moments at home this Advent

In chaotic times, focus on routine, ritual, and simplicity.

by Traci Smith

Yesterday my eight-year-old son and I were in my office at church when a parishioner pulled into the parking lot. “Put on your mask, sweetie,” I said. My son, whose world has become very small over these pandemic months, looked around anxiously. “I can’t find it, Mama, but it’s OK. I’ll just hold my breath.” I found his mask and helped him put it on, but his words stuck with me the rest of the day. How life has changed for our children. How strange their days have become. Like every mother I know, I desperately want to make things easier for my children. I don’t want them to have to hold their breath.

Those who observe the season of Advent—maybe especially those of us with young children—are looking for ways to create a meaningful home practice in these chaotic times. What I've found as a pastor, mother, and someone who's given years to studying and developing home faith practices, is that my best strategy is to focus with intention on routine, ritual, and simplicity.

1. Add meaning to your existing routines.

Lately, when I ask what routines parents have in their daily lives, I hear some variation of, “our lives are completely disheveled. We are constantly out of sorts.” I’ve felt this many days myself, and yet, all of our lives have some degree of routine, no matter how untethered. Cognitive science teaches us that it’s easier to tack a new routine onto a routine we already have, so something as simple as putting on pajamas can be your cue. This Advent, every time you put on pajamas, say, “thank you, God, for this day. Help me find peace and rest tonight.” Do it for a week and see if it becomes routine.

Do you drink coffee in the morning? Could you take a few minutes then to list off the blessings of that day? Maybe it’ll be just you looking out at the leaves or snow falling. Or maybe you’ll have children with you, donning chocolatey mustaches and fishing out soggy marshmallows from the bottom of the mug as they list their reasons to be grateful.

2. Create rituals that remind you God is near.

When we’re all homebound and isolated, we need to create things to look forward to—for our health and wellbeing, and for our spiritual wellness, too. This Advent and Christmas will be very different than any we’ve ever experienced before. As I anticipate Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, I don’t know what it will look like, but I do know it won’t be a crowded sanctuary where we’re snuggled in pews shoulder to shoulder and singing "Silent Night" with our candles. That is a ritual I have grown to dearly love over the years, and I grieve the loss.

 

 

And yet, as I plan for my congregation and for my family, I wonder if the Holy Spirit might be whispering something in my ear: mark this moment in a new way. This year, it might just be you, holding a candle, singing "Silent Night" quietly and to yourself as tears fall. Instead of fearing that moment or willing it to be different, know that God will be with you there, in that quiet stillness.

Maybe your family will be there too, and you can read the words of the nativity story in Luke 2 out loud: “She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger.” On a clear night, bundle up (if it’s cold where you live) and take a nighttime star walk. So much of the Advent and Christmas story is guided by stars and walking. Remember the journey to Bethlehem and the Magi’s journey. Breathe in the night air and gaze upon the wonder of the stars.

Family ritual is about creating a sense of ceremony and celebration, to say “God is here, with us.” This can be as simple as lighting a single candle for each of the four weeks of Advent—for hope, peace, joy, and love—or saying a prayer on the longest night of the year. This year, the message we remember and teach our children is that this year belongs to God, too, though it is difficult, perhaps unimaginably so.

3. Simplify your best-loved traditions.

The finest restaurants serve the simplest things, perfectly prepared. The best designs have been edited and cleaned up and scaled down so they look effortless. This is my philosophy when it comes to faith practice at home. You don’t need a bookshelf full of resources or a craft drawer that’s overflowing with materials; you need some simple ideas and a commitment to follow them through.

When you’re trimming your tree, have each person pick an ornament off the tree and tell a story of what it means to them and why it’s important. Offer a Christmas tree blessing with these simple words: God who created all things, bless this tree as we decorate it and make it a joyful symbol for our home. May its branches remind us of the shelter and shade you provide for us and for many creatures. May its trunk remind us of your strength, and may its lights bring us peace. May we remember your gift to us this season, the gift of baby Jesus. Amen.

Another very simple Advent practice is to find yourself in the nativity story. If you have a creche or a nativity scene, turn your eyes toward it for a few minutes. Which character catches your attention? What would it be like to be there? What do you imagine the characters seeing or feeling?

This Advent and Christmas will be different than any Advent and Christmas we’ve ever experienced. Let's give ourselves the gifts of routine, ritual, and simplicity so we can experience the holidays without holding our breath. 


Backpack Shepherd Update

The Backpack program continues, even in the midst of a Pandemic. Food insecurity is at an all-time high. Every night on the news, there are millions having food issues, waiting in long lines at food pantries and religious organizations. Some making the choice to go without food, so their children can eat. This crisis is affecting everyone from students and families to teachers and counselors. Please keep these counselors that we are in close contact with, in your prayers. Wendy at Eastgate, Hannah at Lakeview and Shelly at Winnetonka.

I am so proud of the two churches (Bethel UCC & Good Shepherd Episcopal), continuing our partnership to feed children in the Northland. With your help we are feeding 60 families this Christmas. With your generosity, time and talents, the churches were able to fill all the boxes with food. These boxes weigh 31 pounds. Harvesters put a dollar amount on donation of food at $1.70 per pound, so adding that to the 31 lbs, that would be about a $53 box. We are also donating through Backpack Shepherds funds, a $50.00 coupon to use at a grocery store that we have partnered with for years. This brings the box total to around $100. I’m thinking that each family recipient will be able to worry more about other necessities. The boxes will be delivered the week of Dec.14th.

Again, I am so proud of our two churches that continue to shop, pack, pickup food from Harvesters for pantry and deliver to the schools. Each week a team of volunteers will bag over 50 bags of food and every Tuesday, they are delivered, regardless of weather to the schools. I am grateful that both churches continue to donate food to the pantry. This month of November has been a record month of donations. The first Semester is almost over and in January a new one starts. With all that is happening in our society, the needs will be greater in the next few months. We must continue our efforts for this program. I trust, with the resolve of the two churches, this will be completed.

Thank You,

David Talbot,

President of Backpack Shepherd’s

Board of Directors, Church of Good Shepherd Episcopal


Thank You

Pastor Karen & Bethel UCC,

I wanted to thank you all for your warm hospitality and welcome. Le & L appreciate your giving us a chance to be a part of the Bethel Family, Pastor, thank you for believing in me and helping me get to the point of ordination. We will forever be grateful for all that you & Bethel have supported us in.

Love Ya! Dionne & Le Boyice


Pastor Karen & Helpers,

Hope you all had a wonderful safe Thanksgiving. All of my family stayed in their homes and I stayed in mine. The vaccine sounds promising and I pray they will end this nightmare. We still have so much to be thankful for in spite of this virus. Technology is a blessing for you and you are certainly using it to its fullest! May God bless you and Merry Christmas to all. To quote from one of your letters, “All shall be well. It shall be well.”

Marilyn Donahoe


Festival of Sharing Quilt Auction Update

From November 5th – 14th Festival of Sharing held their first completely online quilt auction. They featured 92 quilted items ranging from wall-hangings and pillows, to crib through king-sized quilts. The final auction total will be published in the year-end report, but we are excited to share the proceeds benefiting Church World Service will be about $10,000. That’s 1,000 blankets for disaster relief! We appreciate all who supported the auction, whether it was through donating items or bidding. Many of the donation stories referenced extra time at home and pandemic projects.


Chicago United Eden Seminaries of the United Church of Christ

Dear Bethel United Church of Christ,

In these extraordinary times, your generosity inspires us in the hope we share. Your gift of $97.50 in 2019 is an affirmation of hope, and the expression of God’s love that makes it possible a seminary experience that will prepare the faith leaders of tomorrow to bring wisdom, healing and creativity to the life of the Church.

The CUE seminaries, Chicago, United and Eden, have responded to the challenges of 2020 with deepened commitment, expansive creativity, and nimble flexibility to ensure that our seminarians – your future pastor counselors, community leaders, and ethical guides – continue to receive all that they need to become what is needed in a world that is being shaped forever by the pandemic and all it has brought to light.

Together, we are claiming a future of hope, born of the groanings, growth and unexpected grace of these times. We are grateful for your gift of partnership as we bring this hope of life to all our communities, and the world as God is bringing it into being.

Blessings,

Rev. Campbell Lovett and Rev. Franz Rigert


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