Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

Volume 60, Issue 2        NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019                 Bethel is ONA

Benevolence—Special Mission Offerings

Adopted Families

The monthly benevolence for November is Adopt-a-Family. We will purchase Christmas gifts for families in need. The selected families provide wish lists containing the items each member would most like to receive, and then Benevolence uses your monetary donations to provide many of the items on each person’s list. In addition, we usually purchase grocery gift cards for each family so that they have the opportunity for a nice holiday meal. We have adopted two families from Hillcrest Ministries. Be sure to clearly mark your donations “Adopt-a-Family” or “Christmas Families” to ensure that the funds are earmarked for this purpose. We thank you in advance for your generous contributions, which will ensure that these families will have a wonderful Christmas.


Because gifts are delivered no later than December 8th we need your monetary gift as soon as possible in order to do the shopping.

UCC Christmas Fund

Our joy at Christmas is a response to God's promise of new life through the birth of Jesus. It is a joy we are called to share widely, through our witness and gifts, both to loved ones and to distant neighbors.

You have the opportunity to be a part of this ministry that cares for the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ through your participation in this year's Christmas Fund Offering. Through the month of December you may give to this special offering.  Along with our regular offering there will also be a collection for the Christmas Fund during our 5:30 pm and our 11 pm Christmas Eve Services*. Be sure to note Christmas Fund on your check.  

Salvation Army Bell Ringing -December 14

Salvation Army Bell Ringing will be Friday and Saturday Dec. 7th from 10 am—4 pm at Chouteau Sunfresh Market , I-35 and Chouteau. Sign-up sheets will be  in the narthex.  Ring for an hour with a friend.  What a way to be a blessing!!

Benevolence Commission

Church Pictorial Directory

Be A Part Of Bethel's New Pictorial Directory—Photos Dec. 2 & 3

Just for participating, being photographed, you will receive a FREE 8x10 photograph and a FREE pictorial directory. This directory will help you to put names with faces. There is no obligation to buy photographs, but they could become great family treasures. Start checking your extended family schedules if you would like to be photographed together so you will be ready to schedule your portrait sitting. Photos will be taken December 2 and 3. You can schedule your photo session at Bethel on Sundays before and after church or you can enter your appointment online at:

10% of all purchases will come back to Bethel.


HOMIES - November 15

The “HOMIES” Monthly

Bethel UCC Men’s Group

November 15 HOMIES:

Food Only - Smokehouse on North Oak Trafficway—Meet at Noon at the restaurant


Adult Sunday School— The Journey: Walking the Road the Bethlehem


We invite you to Join us at 9 a.m. as we study the Journey: Walking the Road the Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. As he did with Jesus' crucifixion in 24 Hours That Changed the World, Hamilton once again approaches a world-changing event with thoughtfulness. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth, the most amazing moment in history will become more real and heart-felt as you walk along this road. Sonja Payne will be leading this study. Sonja is ordering a few books on Amazon and you can also purchase your own on Amazon prices range from $9.35 - $11.30.

Western Association - Fall Meeting

Betty Thaller, Western Association Chair, called the gathering to order and thanked everyone for coming to St. Paul’s. Rev. Andy Mockridge, Pastor of St. Paul’s and Pastor of St. Luke at Grand Pass, welcomed everyone to St. Paul’s and led the opening devotion. Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel, MMSUCC Conference Minister, gave a brief overview of activities occurring in the Conference. Rev. Dr. Jane Fisler-Hoffman, Conference Liaison to the Western Association W.A., shared that the W.A. Committee on Ministry has been very busy working on behalf of the W.A.

The keynote speaker was Amye Trefethan, Lecturer from N.A.M.I. (National Alliance on Mental Health). Her presentation focused on teenage suicide and depression. Amye presented statistics on the number of teenage suicides in the U.S. annually and described some of the signs of teenage depression which often leads to suicide. She mentioned several resources that are available if you suspect a younger person is exhibiting signs of depression. She stressed the importance of demonstrating that YOU care for this individual and help them find help. She had set up an information table in the fellowship hall and she invited everyone to please take these brochures.

Following the keynote three workshops were offered:

Music as Therapy – Greg Wieberg , Organist and Music director at the Catholic Church in Boonville

Teen Suicide – Cindy Birkner, Conference Youth Resource Coordinator

Sharing Wisdom – Rev. Dr. Jane Fisler- Hoffman

A time for speakouts was available during lunch if anyone had anything that they wished to share with the group. After the meal the workshops were repeated to give everyone an opportunity to attend at least two workshops. The individual clusters gathered to share information about what was happening in each cluster.

The closing worship and communion was led by Rev. Jeanne Lischer, Pastor of Ebenezer UCC in Levasy, and Rev. Judith Scott, Supply Pastor at Central UCC in Jefferson City.

Respectfully, Ron Wendle

Recorder Concert to Benefit Ebenezer UCC

Sunday, November 17 at 4:00 pm at Salem United Church of Christ, 1500 Walnut Street, Higginsville is the Warrensburg Recorder Consort featuring the recorder students of Buckner elementary School, some members of Bethel’s Underground Recorders with Mr. Cory Teal Director. A free will offering will be taken to benefit Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Levasy, Missouri.

Stewardship Sunday - November 11

On October 20th Bethel kicked off our Stewardship campaign with the theme, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.” For the next few Sundays we heard about different ways to bring our gifts to God. On November 10th we celebrate by bringing our intention cards forward as we covenant with God and with Bethel the promise of our financial support for our missions and ministries.

You have received your letter and intention (pledge) cards. Please bring them along with your Time and Talent sheet (if you haven't turned it in) to be received during our worship service. (extra pledge cards will be available if you forget yours) May your discernment and prayers guide you as you consider your gifts for the coming year. We will have a special box for our intention cards. Our gifts of time, talent and treasure reflects our love of Christ who shows us what it means to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Bethel Cookie Exchange -  December 14

December 14—11:00 AM

Join us in December as we celebrate this wonderful season with lunch and a cookie exchange.  There will be a signup list posted in the Narthex in late November. Instructions will be provided for the number of cookies to bring to the exchange. So join us for brunch, fellowship and getting ready for the holidays at Marty Pace’s.  Just let the office know if you plan to attend and if you are bringing a friend!!

Thanksgiving Dinner - Friday, November 22

Bethel’s Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on November 22. The serving lines will open at 6:00 PM.  The suggested contribution amount is $10 for adults, $5 for big kids 5 to 12 and little ones under 5 are free. Membership requested to be in charge of the Thanksgiving Dinner and Council approved. We will offer the usual tasty fare: Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, the cranberry sauce, hot rolls and dessert. Council members will once again be serving the meal as well as arranging the setup and cleanup. There will also be a signup list for desserts.


Don’t forget volunteers are needed after worship, November 17 to help set up the tables for the dinner. 


After the  dinner, Council will be cleaning up, but any help with cleanup is appreciated. Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex if you plan to join us for great food, fun and fellowship.



Prayer Care

Please pray for . . . 


Serving our Country: Wesley Luttrell; nephew of Joe Luttrell, Sarah Van Slyke

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

 Family and friends needing prayer: Alice Terrill; Jeremy & Joyce Manley; Debbie Robinett; Donna Fischer; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Doug Berka; Mollie Geitz; Betty Meugniot; Pat Conrad, cousin of Shellie Willis; friend of Lauri Arbuthnot, Fred White; Lora Carey; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Ray Robinett, brother of Debbie Robinett; Don Schaaf, brother of Bobbi Wendel; Mary Ann Bretz, friend of Pat Armstrong & Don Sand; Schindler’s sister-in-law, Susie Carpenter; Anna Lee Kapp’s father, Ed Boyd; Laurie Arbuthnot’s twin sister, Corrie Orth; Ted Basch’s sister, Cathy Brodbeck; Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri Buck; Donna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Pace’s brother in-law, Dan Schadt, friends Captain Hubert & Crew of the Mississippi River Tug, and friend Holly Hampton; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz & friend Judy Lightheart

Thank You

Bethel family,

Thank you all for letting us have our wedding ceremony at Bethel UCC. We had a magical day and are glad that we could ensure God was a main focus in it in the church. We would like to express a special thanks to Pastor Karen for officiating our wedding. You did an amazing job.

Thank you, Greg & Laura Klossner


Bethel family,

Your kindness means more than you know. Thank you so much for Dad’s service!. We really appreciate it!

The Gene McCarty Family



Thanks so much for all the cards, thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Robinett


Dear Bethel,

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity.  I know Debbie and I were out of our comfort zone but I am glad we did it.  The congregation was so nice with their kind words and I was surprised of the number of books we sold. I can’t thank you enough for all your help,  I am sure we will see each other again.
God Bless,
Regina Robinett


Dear Bethel,

I want to thank you for the beautiful flowers in honor of Pastor Appreciation Month. I always feel loved and appreciated by you and having the joy of looking at those gorgeous flowers sitting on our breakfast table was such a special treat. It was like bringing your care and generosity home to remind me how blessed I am to be your pastor.

 Love and Peace,

Pastor Karen

Lectionary - November

Sunday, Nov. 3-21st Sunday after Pentecost-ALL SAINT'S DAY/COMMUNION

Luke 19:1-10

Our scripture is the story of Zacchaeus and his transformation to generosity. We will

also light candles in memory of Bethel members and family of members who passed into eternal life this past year.


Sunday, Nov. 10-22nd Sunday after Pentecost-STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

 Psalm 145

 Today we bring our Time and Talent Sheets and our pledge (intention) cards. May our generosity continue to do God's work and build up Bethel's mission and ministry for the coming year.


Sunday, Nov. 17-23rd Sunday after Pentecost

 Isaiah 65:17-25

 The prophecies of Isaiah prepare us for a 'new heaven and a new earth'. What will that look like-what are words or pictures that help you envision this possibility?



Sunday, November 24-Reign of Christ Sunday-Thanksgiving Sunday

 Colossians 1:11-20

Luke 23:39-43


 After the service we will decorate Bethel for the Christmas season! Bring a holiday treat that's a favorite to share with everybody-we will sing carols and make Bethel shine!! The more the merrier. (see article) 

November Birthdays

1 Randy Pace

2 Jay Marshall

3 Willie Payne

4 Liz Simon

9 Bobbi Wendle

10 Jan Rickert

Stephanie Dodd Jamie Elder

Jim Inman

13 Lois Crane

Lindsey Crane

Laci Fleener

Doug Williams

14 Linda Jackson

Liam Pierson

18 Brandon Meyer

21 Curtis Bohlmeyer

Darlene Todtenhausen

26 Jeremy Faust

28 Doug Berka 

December Birthdays

1  Betty Weger

2  Kim Heft

7 Sandy Bohlmeyer

8  Gary Pierson

10 Donna Fischer

11  Drew Hendrix

12  Cameron Niederhauser

13  Elaine McDuff

17 Cathy Leslie

18 Tim Coulter

Mike Hendrix

22 Paul Veach

28  Marie Penrod

29 AnnaLee Kapp        

Hanging of the Greens

Let us all “Deck the Halls” of Bethel as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. The Hanging of the Greens will begin right after church on Sunday, November 24. Bring your favorite holiday treat to share at Bistro as we decorate the church. Everything will be in the areas ready to go. Pick an area you want to decorate and enjoy. Be ready to break into song as we hang wreaths, decorate trees and enjoy fellowship. Let us open our hearts to the season of Advent and Christmas.

The Worship Committee

NSYA Update

NSYA Update

The Not So Young Adults (NSYA) continue to have a wonderful time in fellowship. Their next event will be November 22nd following Bethel’s Thanksgiving Dinner (see the Thanksgiving Dinner article on page 3). If you can help with childcare please add your name to the list of those who have already signed up. The more the merrier.


Evangelism wants to spread the joy of Advent and Christmas this season by asking you to invite family and friends to share in worship or join us for special activities and services that will take place during December.  There is so much happening over our Sundays in December!  Check out our Christmas Letter ail for a list of everything.


There are so many opportunities to invite others to join in our Advent and Christmas activities.


Be sure to pick up a bag of M&M’s with our Christmas poem to give to a family member or friend.

Show them how “sweet” Christmas can be when you share with others,

Christmas is a magical time in Excelsior Springs

Join Bethel “WOW” Group!

Holiday Homes Tour

The Bethel’s Women’s Group “WOW” are going on a Holiday Homes Tour in Excelsior Springs on Saturday, December 7. They are  leaving Bethel at 11:15 am for the Noon trolley tour. The tour features 5 beautifully decorated homes. What better way to visit all 5 homes than by riding the Chamber Trolley! Trolley tours depart from the Hall of Waters at noon and 2pm and tickets must be purchased in advance. You will have to purchase your own at Contact Laurie Arbuthnot at 816-628-4253 for more information.


December Lectionary

Sunday, December 1-First Sunday of Advent-HOPE-COMMUNION

 Isaiah 2:1-5

Matthew 24:36-44


Keep awake! Be prepared! We begin our journey to Bethlehem and we wait for

the Christ child to break into our world. We light our first Advent Candle-HOPE.


Sunday, December 8-Second Sunday of Advent-PEACE

Isaiah 11:1-10

Matthew 3:1-12

We continue our journey and share the story from Isaiah-a vision of PEACE and from Matthew - John the Baptist preparing the way of the Lord.

 After service you are invited to the Cub Scout Troop 7007's Chili fundraiser and our carolers will load the bus at noon. (see articles)


Sunday, December 15-Third Sunday of Advent-LOVE

Sunday School Christmas Pageant-"Just a Little Christmas" (see article)

 Matthew 1:18-25

 Our Sunday School will bring us the story of Christmas in their own special way. Be

prepared to experience the birth story as only our children can tell it. Remember-we will have a special visitor in the North Room!


Sunday, December 22-Fourth Sunday of Advent-JOY-CANTATA

 Today we are blessed to hear the story of Christmas told by our musicians and choir!

"Seekers of the Light" brings us the true JOY of Christmas in word and song. (see article)


Tuesday, December 24-Christmas Eve services 5:30 pm and 11 pm.


Sunday, December 29-First Sunday after Christmas

 Matthew 2:13-23

 We will take a look at our 'Christmas spirit' after the excess and excitement of Christmas Day. You will have the opportunity to share your feelings while we put a Nativity scene back in the box for another year. 

Bethel Choir Performs Cantata December 22

The world was lost in darkness. Roman oppression weighed heavily, and God's people were awaiting a Messiah. There were astrologers . . . literally following the light of the heavens and prophecies of the coming Messiah. But there were other "seekers of the Light": Mary and Joseph, simple shepherds in a field, and the prophets. Then, it happened. The Light of the World was born. Follow the respective journeys of these "seekers of the Light" to learn what we can from their sojourns. May we likewise seek and find the Light for our journey . . . and transform our lives with a fresh touch of God's miraculous grace and gift of Love.

 Final rehearsal will be December 21st from 9-11 a.m. 

Have you Turned in your Pledge Card and Time & Talent Sheet?   We would like all turned in before the end of December.




If you would like to donate a  poinsettia for this Christmas season, please fill in the form below and leave in the office or place in the offering plate along with your contribution of $10.00 for each poinsettia ordered. The poinsettias will be purchased and delivered directly to the church.


Donated by____________________________________

Amount donated _______________                

Number of Poinsettias Ordered __________

In honor/memory of ______________________________________

If you would like to contribute to Pastor Karen’s Christmas gift please see Mary Ann Pierson or Fulvio Hayes. The choirs are collecting for Jeremy and Chad. Choir members please see Marquita Pace. 


Caroling - December 8

Caroling December 8th—12:00pm, hosted by Membership. We will load the bus and be on our way by Noon. Sign-up sheets will be in the narthex. At 11:00 am carolers & the UCCukes can enjoy the chili fundraiser hosted by our Cub Pack 7007 in the Fellowship Hall.


 Membership Commission


Choir Needs Help

We need your help to watch the Bethel Choir kids during the time their parents are in choir practice for the cantata. Practice is Wednesday nights from 7 pm—8 pm. Please contact the church office if you can help. 

Church Directory Photos

Make sure you sign up by November 10 for your church directory photos or you will have to sign up on your own at: