Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

The LINK is a bi-monthly publication  LINKing together the people of Bethel United Church

March/April 2020          Vol. 60 Issue 5

Benevolence—Special Mission Offerings

MARCH Benevolence

One Great Hour of Sharing

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, this special mission offering of the United Church of Christ carries God's message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. Almost 60 percent of the UCC's offering supports international development initiatives, including annual support for missionaries. Currently there are four OGHS supported missionaries and two Global Mission Interns working in disaster relief, healthcare, education, sustainable agricultural development, and refugee support.


APRIL Benevolence

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 10

It’s time to Spring forward one hour at 2 A.M. on Sunday, March 8.

Bethel Choir Performs Cantata - Easter Sunday - April 21

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


Lenten - Easter Schedule

Lenten Season Cantata in 3 Parts:

 Palm Sunday - Good Friday - Easter

"Worthy Is the Lamb!" is the compelling story of God’s plan to deliver all people from the clutches of sin and death. Lloyd Larson presents this powerful reminder that Isaiah’s prophetic words were fulfilled in Jesus: "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by His wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4–5). Bethel will be presenting the cantata in 3 parts: Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. You won’t want to miss this new cantata by Lloyd Larson, presented by Bethel chancel choir.


Prayer Care

Please pray for . . . 


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


Long-term Care:  Marilynn Eilers,  Rm 2034 at McCrite.  Send cards c/o Julie Kuchar, 201 W. Dartmouth Rd, KC MO  64113


Hospitalized: Vern Bohlmeyer, NKC Hospital Rm 1138


Family and friends needing prayer:   Hance Pierson; Jim Derry; Elaine McDuff; Jamie Elder;  Jeremy Manley; Debbie Robinett;  Donna Fischer;  Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Doug Berka;  Mollie Geitz;  Betty Meugniot;  Stephanie Dodd’s granddaughter Alexandra Montallaro;  Mark & Jeanene Easley; Marilyn Helmich’s great-niece, Lilly Schoenke; Maggie Basch’s cousin, Linda Phelps; Mary Fleener’s friend, Mary; Karen Lind-Olson, Sister of Doug Berka;  Pat Conrad, Shellie Willis’ cousin; Ray Robinett, Debbie Robinett’s brother; 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; Laurie Arbuthnot’s twin sister, Corrie Orth;  Aiden Liesveld, neighbor of Bob & Lauri Buck; Donna Fischer’s daughter, Dolores M. Starr; Pace’s brother in-law, Dan Schadt& Marty’s sister, Michelle Schadt;  Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz & friend Judy Lightheart

Backpack Shepherds Fundraiser—May 2  

Bethel Church and our “packing team” are hosting a fundraiser for Backpack Shepherds.  Please mark the date, May 2nd from 5:30--7:30. We will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a festive Mexican meal! Tickets will go on sale in the near future. There will be a “gift basket auction” with several different baskets being prepared by each commission!  Entertainment will be provided! More information later!


March Shopping List for BackPack Shepherds

February was a spectacular month for donations. Beginning with Souper Bowl Sunday donations from 3 churches and continuing with weekly contributions, over 700 pounds of food went in backpacks or on our pantry shelves for future packing. Thank you to all! Here's what we need in March:

  • flour tortillas
  • microwave popcorn
  • canned tomatoes
  • 4-packs of pudding
  • canned vegetables (other than corn or green beans)

Thank You

Pastor Karen & Congregants,

Thank you for a warm welcome when I visited Sunday morning! It was a meaningful, Christ-centered service and a blessing. May God continue to use you as you reach out to the community!

Wendy Shore (Friend of Stan, Randa & Liz)



Thank you for all you have done for Synergy Services in 2019. Your kindness has made many children’s lives brighter. The diaper bags are simply amazing! I am so very thankful for all that you do and look forward to working with you more in 2020! Many thanks!

Tara Syndergaard, Synergy


CAG Annual Meeting

April 24-25


The Oasis UCC

2017 William Street


Central UCC

118 W. Ashley St.

Jefferson City, MO 

Spring Western Association Meeting

Saturday-May 9

10 A.M. to 3 P.M. 

First Congregational UCC-Lebanon, MO 


Note: We can go in a van for $10, leaving from

Southwood UCC on May 9th 

Aging Workshop—March 21st—Salem UCC 


Join us this Lenten season as we study Adam Hamilton's book and find ways to control those things that make us fearful. Each Wednesday we will look at what make us afraid and learn ways to counter those fears. The theme will be carried through to our Sunday worship services as Jesus meets Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the man born blind and the death of Lazarus and brings his peace and understanding to those who are afraid. Pastor Karen and Rev. Dr. Steve McDuff will be sharing the Lenten Sunday messages through March.


Come on Wednesdays at 5:45 pm our Lenten suppers followed by the service at 6:45 p.m. Hear the Sunday messages and learn how Jesus counters our fears so we can live our lives with freedom and purpose. Be not afraid is our new mantra!!

March Lectionary

Over our Lenten Sundays, the messages will be shared by Pastor Karen and Steve McDuff as we reflect on our theme 'Unafraid'. Through our scriptures, we will address the fear that is present in these amazing stories and how Jesus' presence brings a peace that surpasses our understanding.

March 1—First Sunday in Lent—Celebration of Women's Week—COMMUNION

Matthew 4:1-11 - The Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness

A special reading will be presented entitled "When You Need to Know God as a Midwife" written by Brene Brown.

March 8—Second Sunday in Lent Lector: Fulvio Hayes

Genesis 12:1-4a The Blessing of Abram

John 3:1-17 Nicodemus Visits Jesus


March 15-Third Sunday in Lent Lector: Mary Fleener


John 4:5-42 The Woman at the Well


Rev. Dr. Steve McDuff will bring the message.


March 22-Fourth Sunday in Lent Lector: Kathy Corn


John 9:1-41 A Man Born Blind Receives His Sight


March 29-Fifth Sunday in Lent

John 11:1-45 The Death of Lazarus


Rev. Dr. Steve McDuff will bring the message.


April Lectionary

(Our cantata will be done in three parts and presented on PALM SUNDAY, GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY. On Palm Sunday we will hear Part 1—Revered King. On Good Friday our grief and mourning are heard as the choir presents Part 2—Rejected Messiah and on Easter we rejoice with Part 3—Risen Savior. (see article on "Worthy Is the Lamb!")


April 5—Sixth Sunday of Lent—Palm Sunday—COMMUNION BY INTINCTION—Cantata Part 1

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Matthew 21:1-11


We will celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem! Cantata Part 1:The choir will begin our cantata presenting 'Worthy Is the Lamb!', 'Blessed is the King! Hosanna! And 'At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing'


April 10 — GOOD FRIDAY


John 18:1-19:42 -- We hear the story of betrayal, arrest, denial, Jesus before Pilate and finally the crucifixion and burial.

It is a time of darkness and sorrow.


Cantata Part 2: The choir presents 'We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray' and 'On the Cross'.


April 12-EASTER SUNDAY-COMMUNION and PART 3 of 'Worthy is the Lamb'


John 20:1-18


Cantata Part 3: 'Glory to the Risen Lamb', 'Praise the Living King', 'Worthy is the Lamb' (reprise)

We will end with the 'Hallelujah Chorus'! CHRIST IS RISEN! HALLELUJAH!!


April 19—Second Sunday of Easter


John 20:19-31 Jesus Appears to the Disciples


April 26—Third Sunday of Easter


Luke 24:13-35 The Walk to Emmaus

March Birthdays

1     Karen Aitkens

4    Toni Faust

5     Bill Kluender

       Stan Niederhauser

6     Shellie Willis

       Adam Niederhauser

7       Marquita Pace

8      Shirlee Mendon 

11 Susan Coulter

12 Sydney Hendrix

13 Debbie Schlick

        Darren Gutheridge

13 Sophie Lane

14 Margaret Basch

15 Drew Buck

16 Kathy Hayes

24    Anna Mason

26  Shannon Gowe

29     Levi Pierson

30   Nelda Ravenscraft

April Birthdays

1 Donna Yaeger

2 Rachel Terrill

3    MacLain Kenyon

5    Tracy Gavisk

7     Sarah Fleener

8     Charles Berka

       Erin Dugan

10  Kadence Lane

         Adria Lane

12  Ashley Yaeger

21   Kathy Corn

21    Adeline Terrill

23     Andrea Berka

         Colin Dugan

25   Kelly Bloss

Memorial Easter Lilies

If you would like to donate a lily(s) for Easter Sunday worship, please fill out this form and return it to the church office with a check for $10 per lily.  Please return by April 5.

 Name of Donor(s) ____________________________________________________

In Memory/Honor of  ___________________________________

Number of Lilies_______________       Amount Paid ___________________

Quarterly Congregational Meeting - April 26

Quarterly Congregational Meeting Sunday, April 26 following worship.

NSYA Events

NSYA Activities

March 15 11:30 am—2 pm Draftcade in ZonaRosa after church $7 wristbands for unlimited play bring kids and the food is great!

April 4 11:30 am—4 pm Reiger Distillery (2700 Guinotte Ave) tour at 2:00 pm. SITTERS NEEDED. The Distillery tour lasts one hour with tasting at the end of the tour of $15. Reservations needed (48 hour cancellation policy) . Jeremy has reserved for 6 but mere can be added.


Crittenton Center - Worship Center Dedicated  

On March 5th the chapel at Crittenton Center was dedicated. The floor pillows that were made by the Bethel Sew & Serve were blessed at this service. These pillows will provide Crittenton worshippers a place to sit as they worship in this special place. 

Faith and Fun at Camp MO-VAL Summer Season - This is Our Prayer

Camp MoVal is in the midst of summer camp 2020 registrations. The staff at Camp MoVal is excited to see your children and youth as campers this summer.

As in previous years, campers are not fully registered with the early bird discount until they are paid in full BEFORE April 1. Use the new online registration form found at, When families register for camp, they will be sent an invoice as soon as their registration is submitted. Print off a copy of that to give to the church office so that we can keep a record of who has signed up.


Camp MoVal can now accept credit cards, simply call the office and they will accept your payment We are excited to share "This Is Our Prayer" with our campers this summer. If you have any questions, please contact Beckie Nay, Camp MoVal, Guest Services Coordinator 636.583.2730


Reminder: Bethel will pay half the fee for our campers. Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the narthex. For the campers coming from the western side of the state, there is a stipend to offset travel costs. There is also the option to ride the train from Kansas City to Washington, MO and the Camp will pickup.

So get ready for a great time!!

Missouri Mid-South Conference Women's Retreat May 1-3


“Featuring Lois Werner, co-founder of People for Guatemala”

Registrations due by March 31st


Registration is open for the annual Missouri Mid-South Conference Women's Retreat from Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, at Camp MoVal in Union, Missouri.

Southwood is hosting this year's retreat, featuring Lois Werner, co-founder of People for Guatemala, the organization that Southwood partners with to provide stoves and other support for rural villages. In addition to Lois' program, participants will have time for Bible study, crafts, hiking, fishing, socializing, spiritual reflection and worship. 

The cost of $110 for the weekend includes lodging, meals and activities. Registration and payment are due by Tuesday, March 31. Please register by mailing the attached form and payment to: Southwood UCC, Attn Women's Retreat, 7904 Raytown Rd, Raytown, MO 64138. Or register using this online form: and mail in the payment.  


MAR. 20—FOOD Only - Fric & Frac 1700 West 39th St. Kansas City, MO meet at the restaurant at 11:30.


APR 17—TOUR & FOOD – Tour of Ft. Leavenworth with lunch at Hilltop Market in Easton, KS following tour. Meet at Bethel at 8:45 to carpool with Don Sand and Randy Pace.

Blue Springs Terrace Fundraiser

March 28, 2020 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Blue Springs Terrace Breakfast Buffet

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

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


Congratulations to Debbie and Scott Schlick as they welcome a new granddaughter born Feb. 29th. Parents Shannon and Arence Gowe and 3-year old sister Lucy are excited about this new addition to their family.