Bethel United Church of Christ 

                   4900 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117

Volume 60, Issue 1  SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019                                      Bethel is an Open & Affirming Congregation

Benevolence Special Mission Offering - September

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

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

Greetings from Pastor Karen

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth and the life . . . John 14:6

It's fall and that means that Bethel is getting ready for all kinds of activities from Rally Day, September 8th to our Stewardship Kick-Off Sunday on October 20th. The words of scripture quoted above are the theme for this year's celebration of giving. You will be receiving a letter by email and a pledge card so you can consider what your gift will be for the coming year. If you're like me, you are probably saying, "Is it that time already? Didn't I just fill one of those cards out a few weeks ago?" This is when we ask ourselves, "Where has the time gone?" Although the time has flown by, you can be assured that God's work and mission is what we are about here at Bethel and our mission ministry continues to be a large part of our joy during the month of October. Look through the LINK for more information about these upcoming activities:

September 15—-Synod Synopsis (see article)

October 13-CROP WALK - Please sponsor a walker for this awesome event. Your gifts go to feeding the hungry both locally and globally. Stan Niederhauser is our coordinator for the event. If you've not participated before, now is the time. Every step you take is a step to end hunger.


October 27-Halloween Parade & CONGREGATIONAL MEETING– The Congregation Meeting will follow worship service where we gather as Bethel members to be about the business of the church. We will be approving the preliminary budget and announcing those who will continue to serve or who have agreed to serve on our Council and Commissions along with hearing about the work of our various commissions. You are the church and your attendance and input are so important as Bethel glows and grows!


There are so many opportunities for God to show us the way. Don't let the fall fly by without giving your time, talent or treasure to any or all of these opportunities. Bethel’s vital ministries depend on you.

YOU are the CHURCH!


Pastor Karen

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;

Gene McCarty, McCrite Care Center, 1201 Tullison, Kansas City, MO 64116.

 Family and friends needing prayer: Marilyn Eilers; Gerry McGuire; Donna Fischer; Jim Inman; Adam Niederhauser; Doug Berka; Mollie Geitz; Betty Meugniot; the Gavisk family; Helen Koch; Debbie Robinett’s friend, Shirley (Proudfit) Stephens; Lora Carey; Ebenezer UCC, Levasy; Jim Burr’s brother John and family; Mary Ann Bretz, friend of Pat Armstrong & Don Sand; Schindler’s sister-in-law, Susie Carpenteer; 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 and friend Holly Hampton; Tim Coulter’s cousin, Bob Coulter & sister, Sharon Rosbeck; Sonja Payne’s sister, Sharla Norris; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Kathy Corn’s sister, Ruthanna Rodatz & friend Judy Lightheart, Steve Devenay & Wife Liz.

Celebrating Christian Education

September 8, 2019

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

Another Sunday School year is here and we will be celebrating with all those who work so hard to share the stories of Jesus and his love. It is always exciting to kick off a new year of stories, laughter and learning. This year, during our 10 a.m. worship, we will be commissioning our teachers and volunteers. 6 of our 3rd and 4th grade students will be receiving Bibles.



All Church Work Day - September 14

September 14

9 am — 11 am

Come Join the fun!

As we spruce up Bethel.

There a job for every one.


September Lectionary

Sept. 1-12th Sunday after Pentecost-COMMUNION

Prepare: Gary P. Servers: Preston Corn, Stephanie Dodd, Gary Pierson, Jan Rickert

 Jeremiah 2:4-13

Luke 14:1, 7-14

Sept. 8-13th Sunday after Pentecost-RALLY DAY

Join us for a celebration of our Christian Education program. We will commission our teachers and volunteers for our 2019-2020 Sunday School year. Presentation of bibles to our 3rd and 4th graders will complete the service. Come to the North Room for cake and punch. We're gonna CELEBRATE and have a good time!!

Luke 2:41-52

Sept. 15-14th Sunday after Pentecost-Synod Synopsis at Southwood 4 pm (see article)

1Timothy 1:12-17

Luke 15:1-10

Sept. 22-15th Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 8:4-7

Luke 16:1-13

Sept. 29-16th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 146

Luke 16:19-31 

Reminder—Clean Tables After Using 

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

September Birthdays

2 Evy Kluender

4 Betty Meugniot

4 Ty Hendrix

7 Bill Simon

9 Traci Pierson

10 Isaac Faust

11 Eddie Villanueva

16 Greg Klossner

18 Kevin Hendrix

John Mendon

Zachary Rickert

19 Pat Armstrong

22 LeAundra Boyice

24 Jody Meyer

Isaac Rickert

29 Marilyn Helmich



WORSHIP 10:00 A.M.

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

Backpack Shepherds

In May another school year came to a close, and another successful year for the Backpack Shepherd ministry also came to an end.

Each and every one of you who contributed money, time and items, are the biggest part of our success!  THANK YOU!

As we look forward to the new school year, we also look forward to our new partnership with an organization named FEED NORTHLAND KIDS.

As you can tell by the name, our joint number one priority is to ensure that that Northland children have the nutrition they need.

As the Backpack Shepherds begin preparing for the 2019/2020 school year, one of our favorite events is already on the calendar for Oct.5th: THE CHILLI COOK-OFF SUPPER. This event is always fun and we look forward to seeing you there either as one of the cooks, or just enjoying the many varieties of chilli.


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

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

anyone interested in helping, please contact pat armstrong at 816- 695-7825



· canned corn and green beans

· boxes of cereal (not too large - must fit in backpacks)

· ramen noodles

· canned tuna

· 4-packs of pudding

· Pop-tarts

· jelly in plastic containers

· canned tomatoes

· CANNED spaghetti sauce -- like Hunt's Pasta sauce

Remember Plastic containers for jelly and pasta sauce not in cans 

CROP Walk Sunday October 13

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Central Methodist Church

5141 Oak St.

Kansas City, MO 64112
Registration begins at 12:45 PM

Distance: 3.3 miles (approx. 5K)

Step-Off time 2:00 PM
Rain or SHINE!

Music Fun and Games along with BJ the DJ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

you as the one they are sponsoring. Go to:

Stan Niederhauser is our CROP coordinator. He

will also have forms available for registration.

This year, we’re excited to be celebrating 50 years of walks on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Registrations will be available in the Northroom.

Bethel Choirs Begin Rehearsal

Bethel Choirs begin rehearsals September 4. Adult Bell Choir at 6 pm and Choir at 7 pm Everyone is invited to sing in the Choir. Come join us as we have a GREAT time in fellowship and song.


NSYA September Activity

All Are Invited!

Sunday,9/23- 12:30 pm


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

Backpack Shepherds Fundraiser

Backpack Shepherds Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 5

5:30 pm—7:30 pm

Church of the Good shepherd

4947 NE Chouteau Dr.

$7 Admission Charge

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

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

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


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

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

the best chili will be done by tokens. Who ever gets the most tokens will take home the traveling trophy.


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

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

The winner will be announced that night. A new attraction is our Best Apple Dessert Contest

judged by special guests from The Giving Grove and After the Harvest.

All entries will be eaten that night!

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

Good food, good fun, good fellowship for a good cause. What could be better?

For more information see Pat Armstrong

Reminder—Commission/Council Budgets Are Due


FYI-All commissions need to update their members and determine their budget needs prior to the council's October 16th meeting.  If you could have this completed by the September 17th Council meeting, it would be appreciated.  

Bethel Celebrates World Communion Sunday - October 6

Breads from around the world will be offered during communion. World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, they remember that they are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith. Come join this world-wide table as we share the Lord's Supper together


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

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! It will be SPOOKtacular!!

Thank You

Dear Bethel United Church of Christ,

We would like to thak your congregation for the generous donation of school supplies. Please know how much you’ve helped our Chouteau students and how much we appreciate it.

Best regards,

Aryanette Smith. Chouteau Elementary


To the kind hearted people of Bethel United Church of Christ,

Thank you for your continuous support to our school community. The school supplies are always welcome!

The Staff and Students at Winnwood Elementary

October Benevolences

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

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


The “HOMIES” Monthly

Bethel UCC Men’s Group

September 13th HOMIES:

Food and Tour - Calibration Brewery, 119 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO (In-house tour)

I'll be at Bethel UCC Parking Lot at 1100, departing for the venue NLT 11:15. 

October 18th HOMIES:

Food and Tour - The BIG RIP Brewery, 216 E. 9th Avenue, North Kansas City, MO (in-house tour)

I'll be at Bethel UCC Parking Lot at 1100, departing for the venue NLT 11:15

Hope to see you there! Randy Pace, Coordinator, 816-810-4004


WOW - Bethel Women's Group

September WOW!:

September 21—11:30 am Join us for lunch at Summit Grill, 501 NE 70th St. Gladstone, MO.

October WOW!

October 5—Weston 31st Annual Applefest Celebration—We will meet at Bethel at 9 am to carpool to Weston.Hope to see you there! Laurie Arbuthnot, Coordinator, 816-447-1746


Join us at 9 a.m. Sonja Payne will be leading this group. More information will be coming, Be watching your church bulletin for more information.


October Lectionary

October 6-17th Sunday after Pentecost-COMMUNION

Psalm 137

2Timothy 1:1-14


October 13-18th Sunday after Pentecost

 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Luke 17:11-19


October 20-19th Sunday after Pentecost-KICK-OFF OF STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

 2Timothy 3:14-4:5

Luke 18:1-8

 Our Stewardship theme is based on John 14:6, "I am the Way, the truth and the life."

We will be hearing about how we show others 'The Way' through our giving and generosity.


October 27-20th Sunday after Pentecost-Sunday School Parade

 Luke 18:9-14

 Our children will be showing off their Halloween costumes and singing "Scared!"

You are invited to bring treats for our super heroes, ghosts and goblins.

October Birthdays

2 Jeannie Kenyon

4 Sheri Achille

Dominic Achille

6 Jeffrey Kluender

7 Ron Wendle

12 Matthew Terrill

Lillian Clark

13 Joyce Manley

14 Jeanene Easley

Darleen Jurgensen

20 Marilyn Eilers

22 Alice Terrill

24 Jeff Bohlmeyer

25 Lilly Willis

26 Gerry Hendrix

28 Jhon Payne

29 Phil Achille

Stewardship Kick-Off October 20

Our theme this year is “I am the Way” based on John 14:6.

Gary Pierson is our Stewardship Chair

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

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

We will send hard copies to those without internet.

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


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

Hello Not So Young Adults! 

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


Sept 14 - KC Beer Fest at the Power & Light from 2—6 pm: We will drop off the kiddos at Bethel at 2 pm and return to Betherl by 6 pm.


October 5th or 19th You Decide.  Please email me back which day works best.  Kearney Fun Farm, Carolines Pumpkin Patch,  Aldriedge Orchard or  Weston Red Barn if you have discount coupons for any of these places   We've done a fall festival for the last several years.  It's a great place for family photos and there's something to do for every age.  We can meet at 11am then find lunch at noon and then walk through the maze and such.  

The dedication of Crittenton’s Chapel will be September 25th. 

Bethel’s Sew & Serve will be recognized for their donation of pillows for the Chapel.

Western Association Fall Fellowship Gathering

Western Association Fall Fellowship Gathering

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10:00 am—3:00 pm

St. Paul United Church of Christ

607 N. Main

Blackburn, MO 65321

Registration is $25 with lunch included.

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

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



Affirming and Celebrating the LGBTQ

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Bethel has been part of the Heartland Open and Affirming Coalition since July of 2017.

This is a group of Open and Affirming Churches in the Greater KC area. This year we are hosting our second convocation at St. Luke's UCC in Independence on Saturday, October 5 from 1-5:30 p.m. Registration is $10 per person or $75 per church, up to 10 people. Bethel will be registering as a church. If you are interested in attending, please let Pastor Karen know and she will add your name to the list. Our keynoter is Donna Ross, a highly sought-after speaker on transgender understanding and awareness. She became the first openly transwoman to become an authorized minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference when called to serve Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joseph, MO. Other workshops include information on the ONA process-becoming an ONA church and living into what that means, transgender understanding and awareness, the TRANS Project happening in Kansas City, a sign up for speakers from HONA to come when your church is considering ONA and much more. We will close with communion. We need our churches to bring 3-4 dozen of either: sweets, salty snacks, veggie/fruit tray or finger foods! Let Pastor Karen know if you can help in that way. She will deliver!!


Regina Robinett, Debbie Robinett's sister-in-law, will bring us her message of faith, love and hope. Regina co-wrote the book, What If I Wake Up Dead in the Morning?:A Journey Walking Towards Faith Takes a Lifetime with her husband Vernon Robinett. The book was completed before Vernon passed away last spring. Regina shared that it's a message of giving and how their tithing has played a special role in their commitment to following Christ. 

Be a Part of Bethel's Pictorial Directory

In celebration of Bethel’s upcoming 60th anniversary, Membership will be coordinating a new pictorial directory. More information coming on scheduling, etc.

Relax & Recharge on Saturday—September 21

 Sat., 9/21, 10-noon “Relax and Re-Charge”. A Bethel women’s program led by Kathy Corn. Become your calmer self as you learn how to use visualization meditation. Bring a ‘non’ stress finger food or snack to share. Call the office or let Kathy know you plan to attend.


Stewardship Theme

Our Stewardship theme this year is:

“The Way”. You will be receiving your Stewardship letter and Pledge card by email, please be looking for it after our kick-off October 20th.


Southwood to host Synod Synopsis - September 15 

At 4 p.m. Sunday, September 15, Southwood UCC is hosting a forum for Kansas City-area UCCs to highlight the experiences, lessons and messages of General Synod 2019.

All are invited to attend to learn more about who we are as a denomination, how we operate and issues we are called to consider, We will also get glimpse of what it means for Kansas City to be the host city of the General Synod 2021