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Pastor Jon

Here is a list of ministries that help us provide Christian care to fellow humans in need.  Whether you are benefiting from these services, or helping provide them, we hope and pray that the love of Christ would be poured out to you and through you.

Stephen Ministry

Prayer Chain

Respite Care

Small Group

Human Care and Missions Board

Food Pantry



What if you were 30 and had cancer? That is a hypothetical question for us, but it is a very real problem and struggle for our brother in Christ, Steven Larimore.  Steven was born in Texas but grew up in Warsaw, MO.  After getting his teaching degree he began teaching at Grandview High School.  There he taught next door to Kristen Schaffer, a young lady who grew up in the Detroit area.  Steven and Kristen married in the summer of 2011.  But just a few weeks before their first anniversary, Steven was diagnosed with cancer when the tumor broke his femur.  When doctors began investigating the tumor in his leg, they discovered that it was cancerous and that it had spread to his lungs.  Now Steven and Kristen, only married one year ago, face a difficult battle together.  Steven is receiving aggressive chemotherapy, may possibly have radiation ahead, and will have surgery when, Lord willing, the tumor shrinks small enough for it to be removed.  As you can imagine they need our encouragement, our prayers, and our support.  And, as you can imagine, their expenses are beginning to accumulate.  At BSLC we seek to share the love of God however we can, so we will be hosting a Bake Sale to benefit Steven and Kristen in their fight against his cancer.  We could use your help in two ways.  1) Sign up in the communication center to donate baked goods.  Then bring those baked goods on the morning of Sunday, October 14; and/or 2) Plan to purchase baked goods to help Steven and Kristen.  Proceeds will go directly to help them.  We may be able to acquire some supplemental funds from Thrivent, so we encourage everyone to participate so we can reach our goal.  Together we can make the love of Christ very real to this couple that is trusting in their Lord.

Winter Coat and Blanket Drive

Fall has arrived and we will all be checking our closets to bring out those warm coats, hats, gloves, and scarves and blankets. When you see something “gently used” that perhaps doesn’t fit any more or you just wish to donate (especially children’s winter clothing), please bring them to the church and place them in the box located in the Communication Center. If you would like to help this project but don’t have an item to spare, check out the local Thrift Stores where there’s always a coat for a dollar or two. All items collected will be taken to Lee’s Summit Social Services or The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer

This drive will run through October 28th. Please place item in the boxes marked Coat Drive in the Communication Center. Contact Marcia Barber or Pam Fowler if you have any questions.



Stephen Ministry
Contact Person: Jill Dukes, Stephen Leader.  Email Jill, or leave a voice message at 816-507-6900.
Stephen Ministry (BSLC) Job Description
Stephen Minister Application

Small Group Ministry
Contact Person: Pastor Gruen
We are currently working to create a small group ministry process.  Our hope is to provide settings where God's people grow in faith together, strengthen their relationships with one another, and together serve God, the Church, and the world.  While a formal process is not yet set up, we do have some intimate group settings already (MOPS, Wed. Night Bible Studies, Men's study, etc.), so contact Pastor Jon Gruen for more information.

Prayer Chain
Contact Person: Church Office
Our prayer warriors believe that God hears and answers prayer, even as He has promised to do so!  To submit a prayer request, or to become another prayer warrior, call or email the church office.  To view newsletter click here.

Human Care and Missions Board
Contact Person: Pastor Gruen
This board conducts drives, schedules events, and promotes other opportunities in order that God's people might be able to share Christ's love to those in need.  Our goal is to have mercy on those around us, even as Jesus showed mercy to those around him.

Respite Care
contact Person: Staci Mathes
Let us help you take care of your family by giving you the break you need for yourself.  We provide respite care for families with disabled children and their siblings.  Respite care provides short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life.  Certified helpers are available.  Please RSVP to ensure proper ratios.

Respite Care Event: Summer Celebration on Saturday, June 8, from 1:00-4:00 in the Family Life Center.  Children with special needs and their siblings are invited to attend this fun event to bring in the summer and give their parents a little time away. Please contact Beth Riggins to RSVP at if you are interested in having your child(ren) with special needs attend and share any specific care needs so that we can be adequately prepared with volunteers.

For more information or to make your reservations e-mail Staci Mathes.

When:  Quarterly: Days and times vary

Where:  In the Gymnasium at the Beautiful Savior.

Food Pantry
Contact Person:  Chuch Office

Food Pantry is available for persons in need during chuch office hours.

Our FOOD PANTRY is running low on a few things, particularly the “Chunky” style soup, peanut butter, cereal, vegetables except for green beans (we have plenty of those), spaghetti sauce, Kleenex and toilet paper.  If you could donate any of those items, there is a Food Pantry tote in the communication center.



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