FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
July—a month for vacations, conventions, gatherings and Voters. That pretty well summarizes this coming month at Holy Trinity. I would like to share what is happening this month.
Vacations. I will be joining many of the members of the congregation by taking some time for vacation. In fact, when you get this, I will be in Colorado on 2 weeks of vacation. Our son Brian is joining us for a week of traveling around the southern and western part of Colorado. It is something I remember doing as I was growing up so we arerevisiting several of those places and a couple of new ones. I will also be spending some time with my mom and hopefully my brother and his family. If you are traveling, I pray it is restful and a time of refreshment.
Convention. The 66th Convention of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 9-14. The theme is “Upon this Rock”. I am the pastoral delegate for the Fayetteville Circuit. The lay delegate is Dr. Bill Foster from Bella Vista Lutheran Church. Dr. Matthew Harrison was re-elected as the President of the Synod this month and will serve another 3 year term. There are many issues that will be debated—most notably the role of Deacons or Lay Assistants. There is a national offering to support various projects.. An offering envelope will be in the bulletin on June 26. We ask it be returned to the church by July 3 if you want to participate in this offering. I will be taking what is donated to the Convention when I fly to Milwaukee on July 8. I believe there will be a live stream of events through the Synod’s web site—www.lcms.org.
Gathering. We have several of our young adults who will be attending the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans from July 16-20. They will be traveling a couple of days early to enjoy New Orleans. The theme is “In Christ Alone We Stand.” Our Youth will be joining thousands of other young Lutherans from around the world for Bible Study, inspiration, service and fun. Please keep Cameron and our youth in your prayers. I believe that parts of this gathering will also be streamed through the Synod’s web site (same as above).
Voters. We have one of our regular Unity Sundays on July 17. That means that we will have Sunday School and Bible Class at 8:45 AM. There will be only 1 worship service with communion at 10:00 AM. We will have a Voters’ meeting and Potluck Dinner around 11:30 in the Life Center. It will be a Potluck Dinner since the Youth will be in New Orleans that Sunday for the National Youth Gathering. Following our June Council meeting, I expect a couple of items of business for the Voters’ meeting. There will be an update about our long-range planning—specifically the goals we have been working on. There will also be a proposal to add a special Unity Sunday on September 11 to celebrate Rally Day. There will be a worship service from 9:30-10:30 AM. Then there will be a Mission Fair and Rally Day celebration with a church picnicfollowing. Many of the details still have to be worked out. We also plan to honor Pastor Bernthal that Sunday as he is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of his ordination later that week.
PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD
This information comes from Voice of the Martyrs
INDIA: Five Christian families were expelled from their village recently for refusing to participate in a festival honoring Hindu gods. In March, several members of a Hindu radical group entered the predominantly Hindu village to collect money for the festival. Twenty families that had become Christian in the past two years refused to contribute because they were not going to attend the festival. The radicals shouted insults at them and later returned to further intimidate the Christians. After harassing the families for several days, the radicals announced to the entire village that the Christians should be denied access to public services. When the Christian families complained to police, they were told to comply with the Hindus’ demands. Under heavy pressure from the radicals and village leaders, 15 families agreed to pay a fine to remain in the village. A church has taken in the other five Christian families. Pray that these believers will be encouraged in their faith and will find work enabling them to support their families.
FEED MY SHEEP
Feed My Sheep Sunday is July 3rd!
May was a VERY busy month for the pantry! We helped a total of 82 visitors in May! We continue to see more “first time visitors” than “existing customers” which isAMAZING! In June, we applied to become an approved agency of the NWA Food Bank. After a lengthy application, on-site inspection, and a tour of their facility, Holy Trinity Lutheran church became approved! This will allow us to stretch our dollar even further than we already are!
GIRL'S LUNCH OUT
June’s lunch was a GREAT time! Please join us in July at Copelands! We will meet on the third Thursday of the month (July 21st) at 11:30am. If you plan on attending, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex so we’ll know how many seats to save. Looking forward to seeing you there!
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS
Thrivent financial makes is easy for you to support our church without costing you a dime. Members of Thrivent can direct their Choice Dollars to the Holy Trinity by visiting www.thrivent.com. It only takes about 5 minutes of your time. In 2016, we have received almost $5,900!! Thank you for your generosity!
4-Mike & Mary Girshner,
Ken & Pat Rader
7-Anthony & Colleen Catroppa
9-Jeff & Terri Blake,
Josh & LeAnn Girshner
15-Mike & Dorothy Button
18-Bob & Jennifer Wolgast
19-John & Gloria Jenkins
22-Kevin & Rebecca Kirby
23-David & Brenna Newmann
27-Mike & Lisa Nelson
29-Stevie Moeller Jr.
Wayne & Myrna Ewoldt
507 N. 7th. St
Adaline Mary Evans
daughter of Bryan & Kati Evans
New Phone Number:
Corrected Email address:
Duane Wright: email@example.com
No longer members:
Carolyn Roll (deceased)
Jim Smith (deceased)
Yes July is right at the end of this week and it is a Friday. Time for cards! We will be meeting in Classroom 1 as the fellowship hall is being rented. Bring your snack and beverage of your choice. All are welcome to join us and enjoy an evening of fellowship & cards starting at 6:30 pm.
Youth Group Information
For this month’s report I thought I would give everyone some information on what we will be experiencing while we are in New Orleans at the National Youth Gathering.
We will be staying at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street. We are very happy with this as it is half-way between the Convention Center and the Superdome. Another good thing about getting assigned this hotel is our morning Bible class will be held in the hotel.
Bible Class: Every morning everyone attending NYG will be in Bible class at the same time. Think about it – 30,000 people studying Gods word at the same time. Some will be at hotels, like ours and the rest at the Convention Center. The class size in each room will range from 1,000 – 6,000.
We are going to arrive a couple of days early (we plan to arrive the evening of Wednesday 7-13th) to do some fun stuff. We are going to do a Segway tour of the City, go to the Aquarium and Zoo and take an Airboat tour of the Swamps/bayou. We’ll do our best to make sure no alligators get one of us!
On Monday morning we will be serving in an off-site Servant Event. We will show up at 7:45 a.m. and load onto buses which will be deployed around the city to do various type of work in one of three areas – Human care, Environment or Construction. Every day there will be 100 busloads of people going out in the community to work. I wish I could get an aerial shot of the convention center and all those yellow school busses going out.
During the afternoons there will be various Interest Centers for everyone to attend. Some are talks, concerts and studies. Our youth will be required to attend two a day.
Beginning at 8:30 every evening there are Mass Events held in the Superdome which everyone will attend. There will be speakers, mini concerts, humor provided by the Skit Guys and so on. Sunday we will all celebrate communion together. Talk about organization – serving 30,000+ people communion at the same time!
Fun, fun, fun, walk and walk and walk, but most of all growing in our relationship with Christ. It will be an amazing trip. Please pray for us while we are gone, for safety, health and that all goes as planned. Also please pray that each person going grows in faith. Thank you, Pam Pickett
From the Pastor's desk:
June 19th is Father’s Day this year. To help celebrate, I would like to share Erma Bombeck’s account of the beginning of fathers. “
God Creating The Father
When the good Lord was creating Fathers he started with a tall frame. And a female angel nearby said, “What kind of Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put Fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping.” And God smiled and said, “Yes, but if I make him child-size, who would children have to look up to?”
And when God made a Father's hands, they were large and sinewy. And the angel shook her head sadly and said, “Do you know what you're doing? Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats.” And God smiled and said, “I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day...yet small enough to cup a child's face in his hands.”
And then God molded long, slim legs and broad shoulders. And the angel nearly had a heart attack. “Boy, this is the end of the week, all right,” she clucked. “Do you realize you just made a Father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the kid falling between his legs?” And God smiled and said, “A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle, and hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus.”
God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had every seen when the angel could contain herself no longer. “That's not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?” And God smiled and said, “They'll work. You'll see. They'll support a small child who wants to ride a horse to Banbury Cross, or scare off mice at the summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill.”
God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that saw everything, but remained calm and tolerant. Finally, almost as an afterthought, he added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, “Now, are you satisfied that he can love as much as a Mother?” The angel shuteth up. -- Erma Bombeck
Don Wharton Concert—Thursday, June 16, at 7:00 PM
After36 years on the road, traveling through all 50 states and 3 countries, my friend Don Wharton isstarting to limit his travel. He has written over 250 songs, produced 20 CD’s and written 3 books. On August 13, 1993 he miraculously survived a plane crash into the Bering Sea with 6 other people. Don has joined us several times on Sunday mornings over the last few years. This year he will be giving a concert here at Holy Trinity on Thursday night, June 16, at 7:00 PM. A free-will offering will be taken to support his ministry. He will also have books and CD’s for sale.
If you would like to hear about the plane crash he survived, see me. I have a CD about the Rescue that I often give to people in Confirmation class or Connections Class that I would be glad to share. Donand his wife Leslie were married in 1976 and have five children. They live in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
I invite and encourage you to come and join us for an enjoyable evening of music and laughter on June 16.
In Christ, Pastor Besel
Persecuted Christians Around The World
This information comes from Voice of the Martyrs
NORTH KOREA /CHINA: Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol, 49, was brutally murdered on Saturday, April 30, in Changbai, China. Born in China, he pastored a Three-Self Church near the North Korean border and helped countless North Koreans come to know Christ. He leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter. Pastor Han reportedly left his church building in Changbai at 2 p.m. on April 30. His body, mangled beyond recognition, was discovered at 8 p.m. He had been repeatedly stabbed in his stomach and his head had been hacked with an axe. All of his personal belongings, including his cell phone, were stolen. He is believed to have been killed by North Koreans, who likely returned to North Korea following the attack. In February, the North Korean government issued an order for Pastor Han to be kidnapped, brought to North Korea and interrogated. Despite the threat, Pastor Han continued his work in Changbai. Pastor Han was known for helping anyone who crossed into China from North Korea. He would help in practical ways, like food or clothing, and introduce each person to the gospel. Then he would send them back to share Christ inside North Korea and help their families. Since planting his church in 1993, Pastor Han had helped orphans, sex-trafficked women, soldiers and the famine-starved, among others. North Koreans often said they could “see his heart,” which helped them trust him as he nurtured them spiritually.
FEED MY SHEEP
Feed My Sheep Sunday is June 5th!
April was an interesting month for the Food Pantry. We saw people return who had not visited since 2014. This is likely a result of the Food Stamp reduction. A total of 74 people were helped in the month of April with food. One person received assistance from Pastor’s Care Fund with bills or gas cards.
School lets out for summer break at the end of May. We will likely see an increase in the need for kid friendly food. For the month of June, please consider picking up a few snacks geared more towards children. Items such as pudding snacks, fruit cups, canned fruits, cereal, peanut butter or cheese crackers, and pop tarts would be great! Don’t have time to shop? We’ll do the shopping for you—just place a check in the offering plate marked “Food Pantry”. Thank you for your generosity!
GIRLS LUNCH OUT
We had a GREAT time at Olive Garden in May. Atlanta Bread Company is the place to be for the month of June! Please join us for lunch and great conversation on June 16th at 11:30pm. Please put your name on the sign up sheet in the Narthex if you plan on attending so we’ll know how many seats to save. Hope to see you there!
3-Brent & Mary Grayson,
Todd & Julie Murdock
5-Joe & Debbie Peterson
6-Derek & Kori Bracht,
James & Jan Sij,
Robert & Connie Steeby
8-Bill & Beth Kellogg
14-Matt & Casey Bolte,
Wes & Lila Pulst,
Jim & Nell Werner
17-David & Connie Heintz,
Dr. Mike & Bettye Platt
18-Von & Phyllis Von Holdt
20-Scott & Heather Gutche
21-Roger & Dianne Gliedt
22-Kurt & Lori Sij
24-Fred & Kelly Faust
28-Markus & Jamie Koch
29-Thomas & Erika Leech
11-Delores Drda, Lila Pulst,
Terra Pullmann (nee Kendrick)
900 W. Olive St
1707 W. Briddle Dr
No longer members:
Jim & Pamela Ritter
We will be playing cards on Friday, June 3rd. Will you be there? Hope so and don't forget to bring a snack (love those!) We welcome all pinochle players and if you haven't played for a while, we will assist you and help bring back that memory. We set up at 6 pm & begin playing at 6:30 ending around 8:30/9:00. If you have a question call 631-9971 or 790-4550
What’s Up with the Youth Group?
By the time you read this our Spring Flamingo Flocking will be done. I pray this was enjoyed by all. The
donations for the SnackPack program will be greatly
For June we have two events to tell you about:
June 12th is Bring a friend Sunday. Each youth is strongly encouraged to bring a friend who does not attend Holy Trinity to attend Sunday School, Church service, and then have lunch with us. Keep your eye out for these visitors and help us make then feel welcome!
On June 15th the youth will meet at the church for a float trip at 8:00 a.m. Further details will be posted, you don’t want to miss out on this!
As always your love, prayers and support of the youth are felt and appreciated. If you have any questions about the Youth activities please contact Pam Pickett, Cameron Pullman or Lauren Ferguson.
Take me out to the ballgame!
Thrivent is hosting a night at Arvest Ballpark on Tuesday, June 21st. The game begins at 7:05pm. Admission is 1 or more non-perishable food items per ticket. RSVP to Kathy Rinchuso at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 877-222-2379. For questions, please contact Rita Keel at email@example.com or 479-631-8239. Play ball!