Happenings for the Week of June 28th

Church Clean-up

Thanks to everyone who helped with clean-up at the church.  Here’s a look at some of the results, along our new landscaping.  

If you’d be willing to take a little time to deal with weeds, clean up, grind stumps, repair siding, or help with other projects around the church on your own schedule, drop a note to and, and we’ll help pair you with a project that fits your skills and passions.  
We will be power-washing the front of the church this Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 am.   If you are available and would like to help, email Scott by Friday afternoon so that he will know how much help will be there. 

Worship This Sunday


Join us for one of two options for
worship each Sunday at 9:30:

Drive-In Service
  • We meet in a back parking lot at Liberty North High School (see map)
  • Other than service leaders, everyone will remain in their cars to facilitate distancing.
  • Tune in with your car radio to hear our worship words and music. 
  • You will have the option to receive individually prepared Communion in your vehicle at the end of the service. 
  • If we get rained out, service leaders will broadcast the service live online.
Online Streaming
  • Join us for worship at The drive-in service is streamed live so that we can sing, pray, and hear God’s Word together in real time. 
  • Once the live event ends, there will be a brief time that the video will be unavailable before it can be viewed anytime throughout the week. 
  • If the wrong date is listed at the top of the page or you get an error when trying to play the video:  Refresh the webpage in your browser or tune in through our Facebook page (no sign-in is required).
  • If there is no sound:  Check the volume on your computer or device and your speakers, and/or tap the speaker icon in the lower right corner of the video to ensure the video is not muted. 

Continuing Worship Plans During the Pandemic

During their regular monthly meeting, the council agreed that, given all of the considerations and risks, drive-in worship and online opportunities are the right fit for us right now through at least July 5.  They will meet again this week to evaluate again.  If you have strong feelings about this topic, you are invited to share them with Pastor Mike or any council member, so that we might add your voice to our conversations.  Please also keep the council in your prayers as we continue to discern God’s will for us during this time. 

Thoughts from the Council

Like everyone during this time of COVID-19, we’ve been taking one step at a time, discerning God’s will as the situations around us change.  At our June council meeting, the council took time to take stock of what’s been important to us during this time and to begin looking farther forward again.  They agreed to let me share their thoughts on the matter...
Here’s what council members shared that being church together offers them:
  • Seeing other faces, and keeping connected with others
  • Let’s us come together with respect for each other and understanding for what we’re going through--a family atmosphere
  • Adds structure and shape to our weeks, making more time in the day, and providing normalcy in the midst of chaotic lives
  • Lifts our spirits and fills us with joy
Here’s what we’re hoping for and looking forward to in the next 4 months:
  • That connections continue, and that those who feel most disconnected can become reconnected
  • That we can be back in person together
  • We start talking again about who we are and where we’re going
  • That we consider and utilize what technology can offer us
  • To feel normal again
If you have thoughts you’d like to share about what the church has meant to you during this time of physical distancing, what you’re hoping for the church in the next four months, and how we can help you feel better connected, please share them with Pastor Mike.  

Dialogues On Race

Our Dialogues On Race 8-week study is beginning soon.  If you missed the sign-up or you planned to join us and haven’t received an e-mail with details, please reach out to Pastor Mike this week.  

Together in Worship

For our Wednesday evening prayers on June 17th there were 6 households (approx. 11 people).
For Sunday's service on June 21st, we had 21 cars with 44 people and 18-28 (it’s unclear) that joined us live online. We hope you'll join us next week!

Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine and Pledge to Racial Justice

Five years ago, a young man who grew up in our own Lutheran denomination attended a Bible study at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC before he pulled out a weapon and murdered nine people who welcomed him in Christ's name.  On this anniversary, the Lutheran church joins in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these nine martyrs and renounce the sins of racism and white supremacy.  Visit to witness the ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration last week, learn about how the ELCA partners with other denominations and works for the end racism, find resources about racism, and commit yourself to learning about and challenging the racism that impacts all of us.  

Online Prayer Breakfast -
A Community’s Conversation with God

The Fellowship of the Concerned, a voice for equity and social justice and a source of aid in the Liberty area for nearly sixty years, is sponsoring an online prayer breakfast Saturday, June 27, 9:00-10:00.  Join to engage in prayer, guided conversation, and fellowship.  The guest speaker for the event is the distinguished Dr. Jeremy Tucker, Superintendent of Liberty Public Schools. Today, many of us find ourselves adrift in a sea of turmoil, sadness, and frustration. We are overwhelmed by a rampaging virus, unrelenting racism, crippling unemployment, and desperate financial troubles.  This has shaken our faith in the institutions intended to serve and protect us.  However, there is hope.  There is always hope!  The ancients remind us in Genesis that the Creator brought form to the chaos of the void and called it “good.”  God is here!  The Spirit is moving in our families, in our community, in our nation and in the world. Please contact Bob Riggs at to register and receive the Zoom code for the gathering. 

Metro Lutheran Ministries Looking for Volunteers

MLM is currently looking for volunteers to help us help others in the KC community.  If you are not in the Covid-19 vulnerable population and would love to help out, here is a list of things coming up at the 30th and Holmes location:
  • Pantry: every Monday-Friday 8:30am-11am; pre-packing food boxes to be handed out to clients in our pantry (if this time does not work for you, we can be flexible for this activity).
  • Garden and Orchard: Time is flexible and great for a youth group.
  • 2nd Saturday Produce Give Away: Join us on Saturday, July 11, 7:15am-10:30am as we hand out fresh produce to the community. 
  • Breakfast Sack Packing: Flexible, great for a youth group or to do at home!
Please contact Rebecka at for more information or to sign up.

In Our Prayers...

Please help us keep our prayers current.
To update or add a concern, contact Cathy

  • Ryan Schmidt June 27
  • Beth Schoening June 28
  • Cali Rech June 29
  • Bob LaSerre June 30
  • Chris Heil, July 1
  • Payton Rodick, July 1
  • Laura Canuteson, July 5
  • Beth Canuteson, July 5
  • Don & Janet Baken June 27
  • Eric & Holly Erickson June 29
  • Dave & Linnea Caauwe July 1
Christian Sympathy to Family and Friends of:
  • Irene Harris  (Marjorie Yates mother-in-law) passed away on Monday, June 22 (6/23)
  • Steven Bredensteiner (Charlynn Marshall’s father) passed away early Wednesday morning (6/17)
  • Brian Speck (dear friend of Beth Schoening and her family) passed away this week (6/10)
  • Christian Heady (11 yr old family member of Pam Schmidt’s) diagnosed with Desmoplastic Sarcoma (6/19)
  • Peggy Miller, fell and broke her wrist (6/17)
  • Fred Woody (brother-in-law to Don & Marie Summers) diagnosed with cancer ((5/30)
  • Kari Rawley (friend of Beth Schoening) continued cancer treatments (5/27)
  • Tracy (friend of Janice Carter) health issues (5/26)
  • Judy (friend of Janice Carter) fell on her head and has been unresponsive since she fell (5/26)
  • Carol Barnett (friend of Donna & Harold Mason) In recovery form heart transplant surgery. Prayers also for the donor’s family (5/26)
  • Amy, going through a fourth round of radiation (5/26)
  • Christopher Jennings personal struggles (5/26)
  • Elijah (Brad & Mary Kunkel’s great-nephew), improving and growing stronger but still in NICU (5/27)
  • Leona Schaefer (friend of the Ahrens) finished third chemo round, awaiting further testing (5/27)
  • Crewe (Harish's great grandson) in the NICU with serious health concerns (2/18)
  • Kim Berry ongoing heart and back issues (10/16)
  • Janet Baken - receiving care at Ashton Court
  • Rose Harris - (Cheryl Jennings mother) care at Liberty Health & Wellness
  • Adam Goins - serving in Coast Guard
  • Ryan Jackson - active military
  • Adam Morehouse - active military
  • Sam Matula - active military
  • Grey Tucker - Army National Guard
  • Nathan Wilkerson - serving in Army
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