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December 21, 2014

OUR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVICES  We are celebrating the birth of Jesus with special services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  On Christmas Eve we are holding our Family Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols at 7 PM.   Each family is invited to bring a candle and holder to represent their family for the candlelighting part of the service.  The theme is “Isaiah’s Names for Jesus – Everlasting Father”  (Isaiah 9:6).  On Christmas morning, we celebrate Christ’s Mass with a special communion service honoring the birth of Jesus at 10 AM.  The theme is “Isaiah’s Names for Jesus – Prince of Peace”  (Isaiah 9:6).


EARLY DEADLINE  Due to the office being closed Thursday and Friday for Christmas all News and Notes articles need to be into Chrissy by noon on Monday.

PORTALS OF PRAYER  The newest edition is available behind the couches next to the coffee counter. Take one for you and a friend.


OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2015  have been placed in the narthex mailboxes or on the table by the bulletin board.  Make sure you get yours.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY  The Ladies are starting a new Beth Moore Bible study, Children of the Day 1&2 Thessalonians, TODAY. Workbooks can be purchased at LifeWay Christian Book Store.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR   Today on KURM (790AM) at 12:30: Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz: "Surprised by Grace" God's grace comes as a surprise and blessing to those who deserve none of it. (Luke 1:26-38)

Holy Trinity Bible Studies



9:30-10:30am in Classroom 1a – Stuff they Didn’t Teach in Sunday School John - Led by Ernie Yonkers

9:30-10:30am Connections Class in Classroom 1b

                        - Led by Pastor Besel

9:30-10:30am “Weird: Because normal isn’t working.” – Led by Pam Pickett

9:30-10:30am “World Religions”

– Led by Cameron Pullmann

9:30-10:30am in Conference Room - Women

Bible Study by Beth Moore “Children of the Day” 1 & 2 Thessalonians

- Beginning December 21st

- Led by Libby Garner

9:30-10:30am Men’s Bible Study

- “The Journey”

- Led by Dave Lehenbauer

5:30pm Sunday Night Bible Study

-      1st & 3rd Sunday Nights

-      January 18th - Home of Gary & Marcia Black


2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30pm - Rotating

Hostesses: Herb & Shirley Bernthal, Spike & Dolores Hermes, Joe & Barbara Raleigh and Lloyd & Maxine Reihman - Led by Vern Schaefer


1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 2pm in

 Classroom 1 – Led by Pastor Bernthal

THANK YOU for all the prayers, cards and phone calls. Thank you Pastor for the nice prayers in church. It all means so much to us. Connie Heintz


THANKS  to our Lord for his many blessings and to you for your prayers, cards and visits in my recent hospitalization and recovery. Sincere thanks, Herb Bernthal

TO MY HOLY TRINITY FAMILY:  Thank you so very much for the prayers, cards and encouragement after my surgery.  You can't know how much it means to me.  Christmas Blessings and Happy New Year!!  Carolyn Roll


COOKIE WALK!!!  Thank you to everyone who donated goodies and to those who purchased them last Sunday. With your generosity we raised over $680 for the Food Pantry. The Cookie Walk was sponsored by Thrivent Action Teams. If you would like more information on the Action Teams check out their website.


YOU ARE INVITED  Bella Vista Lutheran would like to invite a presentation of GF Handel’s “THE MESSIAH”. The performance is today at 6:30pm.

FACEBOOK   Cameron recently restarted our congregation’s Facebook page.  If you are a Facebook user, we invite you to “Like” us so that you get notifications, etc. about the congregation through Facebook.

NEW BIBLE STUDY CLASS  We are almost finished with our current study “Weird, because normal isn’t working”.  Starting January 4th we will begin a new study on the book of Matthew.  We will start with Matthew 1:1 and work through the book verse by verse.  Join us for a fresh look at some familiar scripture.  We will meet in Classroom 2 starting at 9:30 Sunday mornings.   I look forward to seeing you!  Pam Pickett


REMIND  notices from the church.  With the possibility of bad weather returning, we encourage members, regular attenders and friends of Holy Trinity to sign up for “Remind”.  Pastor Besel (“Mr. Besel”) sends out notices for service changes, reminders and congregational news via text messages or email messages using an app called Remind.  See the bulletin board or the Special Announcements page on our web site for details (


A 6 YEAR OLD GIRL’S FINAL CHRISTMAS REQUEST  Addie Fausett of Utah is likely celebrating her last Christmas due to an atrophy of her brain. She is requesting for people to send her Christmas Cards. Here is Addie’s address if you feel it in your heart to send her a Christmas Card. Read the included insert article for more information on Addie.

Addie Lynn and Sisters

PO Box 162

Fountain Green, UT 84632


“God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.”   -- C. S. Lewis


THANK YOU   The staff at Holy Trinity would like to thank you for all the cards and gifts you have given us during this Christmas season.  We appreciate your kindness and support.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


LIFE THOUGHTS   “God is a person, and in the Church, He offers Himself to you. Jesus has promised that where two or more are gathered He is here Himself. Though we can’t detect this with our eye, it is nevertheless real. Jesus was born to Virgin Mary [and] … This very Jesus gives Himself to you in His holy Word and Sacrament. He will not abandon you …” Dr. Harold Senkbeil, executive director for Spiritual Care for DOXOLOGY 


This Christmas…

….keep a promise…welcome a stranger…seek out a forgotten friend

…listen…brighten the heart of a child…encourage the young your gratitude…take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth

…speak your love…and speak it again


—Third Lutheran Church, Louisville KY



Bella Vista, Bella Vista

<span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Comic Sans MS"">Pray that we continue to Connect people to Jesus, Grow in our faith and Serve our King.</span>


<strong><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Comic Sans MS"; color: black">Nation of World:</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 11pt; color: black"> </span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Comic Sans MS"">Chile</span><strong></strong>

Pray for strong leadership within the church to lead a way and unite the fragmented church.

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Local Ministry: 

    Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

   Rev. Steve Jordan


Pray also for all our Military,

especially Tyler Boyd who is stationed in California, Jake Button who is in the National Guard and Andy Boyd who is in the Air Force.  Also remember Gavin Rodgers, the grandson of Ken Rader, who is stationed in Japan and Robert Sabatini who is Pat Rader’s son who is also in the National Guard. 


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