October 15, 2017


COMMITMENT SUNDAY NEXT WEEK   Next Sunday we will be concluding our stewardship series on “Empowered by Grace” with our commitment Sunday.  This week, we will be mailing to each family a letter with a Commitment Form, a Time and Talent sheet, a two-sided chart for giving and an envelope for you to return your Commitment Form and Time and Talent sheet(s) to the church.  We will be bringing these to the altar as part of our service next Sunday.  If you don’t get a letter or need more forms, contact the church office.

TRUNK OR TREAT  Don’t forget to sign up in the Narthex for your trunk or trunks! Remember that decoration is not required but we do have prizes for the three best-decorated trucks so start looking for cool ideas and deals to make your trunk the best! If decorating isn’t your thing, there are lots of other opportunities to help; like serving the meal or supervising the games. Talk to Cameron if you have any questions.

YOUTH HIKE AT HOBBS  Attention Youth and Families! Its not to late to sign up for our hike today at Hobbs State Park. We will be leaving after second service, around 12:15p or so. It is ‘Bring Your Own Lunch’ and make sure you bring a water container. We should be back before 5:00pm. Talk to Cameron if you have any questions.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR   Today on KURM (790 AM) at 12:30 P.M. & The Bott Radio Network at 8 A.M. on 89.3 F.M“Luther the Man: Called by God to Boast in Him”  Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz.  Although Martin Luther is widely regarded as one of the most influential people of the last 500 years, he knew he was no big deal, compared to Christ.  (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)



9:30-10:30 A.M. – Pastor Besel is leading a video study on “A Man Named Martin” in Classroom 1

9:30-10:30 A.M. – Women’s Bible Study entitled The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Study is led by Libby Garner and meets in the Conference Room.

9:30-10:30 A.M. – Dave Lehenbauer

leads a study for the men in Classroom 2 on “Fatherhood.”


Monday   2nd & 4th Mondays at 2:00pm. – Led by Vern Schaefer Rotating Hostesses: Herb & Shirley Bernthal, Spike & Dolores Hermes, Joe & Barbara Raleigh, Maxine Reihman, & Betty Jensen


Tuesday.. 1st & 2nd (October Only) Tuesdays at 2:00 pm, Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Study

PORTALS OF PRAYER   The new issue of Portals of Prayer is available in the Narthex.  Please help yourself to as many copies as you can use. 

NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY STARTS TODAY   This Sunday the Women's Bible Study will start a new study, THE PATRIARCHS:  ENCOUNTERING THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB, by Beth Moore.  The study has both DVDs and a workbook. Workbooks can be purchased at LifeWay Christian Store.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)  Our classes are overflowing.  We are trying to reach as many students as possible, but find we could really use a couple of individuals to help us out.  Spanish language skills would be helpful, but are not necessary.  If you are available Monday and/or Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., please call Peggy Jones at (479) 633-2050.


Sam’s Club has Christmas trees up and we all know what that means; its time to start packing shoe boxes for children around the world! Check the Narthex for lists of appropriate items and make sure to bring in any shoe boxes you have. Packing dates are November 16 and 17 from 5-7pm and Nover 18 starting at 1pm. Food will be provided for those who help. If you have any questions, talk to Cameron.

GIRL’S LUNCH OUT  October 19th at Zoe’s Kitchen, 4007 W. Walnut.  This is a fairly new restaurant that none of us have tried, so this will be an adventure as well as a fun time.  Sign-up sheet is posted in the Narthex. 

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH OPEN HOUSE  All are invited to the Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean for an open house at the historic Trinity Lutheran Church today, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. The second and final phase of the historic restoration of the church is nearly complete. The church, which sits on the camp property, was built in 1886. Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the camp dining hall, along with a report on other changes at the Lutheran Camp. Those planning to attend are asked to call or email ahead of time so there is plenty of food: director@lutherancamp.org; 501-652-6304.

LUTHER QUOTE FOR THE WEEK “True love to God does not act in this way, but in the heart it thinks and with the lips says: Lord God, I am thy creature; do with me as thou wilt, it matters not to me.  I am ever thine, that I know, and if thou desirest, I will die this very hour or suffer any great misfortune; I will cheerfully do so from my heart.“(Church Postils, Trinity 18)

LIFE QUOTES:  “When the God of the universe, Who created and redeemed us, call us by name, claiming us as His very own and assuring us that nothing can snatch us from His hand, where we are engraved, could there be any more loving and comforting words when we are living life even in the midst of death?”  Lynette Auch, president of Lutherans For Life..  If you wish to support this group, go to their web site : www.lutherans for life.org

COME TO ISRAEL   You are invited to join our group going to Israel March 20th – 30th, 2018.  We have 23 people going and there is plenty of room for you to come.  On the bulletin board in the Narthex there are packets that include the itinerary, hotel information and pricing.  This is an all-inclusive trip and we will be visiting all of the major sites.  If you have any questions about the trip or would like to join us please contact Pam Pickett 479-601-2550 or at pamsue27@gmail.com


An Offertory Prayer

Loving Creator, You have generously and graciously given us blessing after blessing, gift after gift, kindness after kindness.  Your steadfast love and amazing grace abound in our lives.  You are awesome, and we are humbled and deeply grateful.

Now we give our tokens of love and appreciation to You.  First, we offer our grateful hearts, minds and souls.  Receive our praise and thanksgiving.  We also offer the gifts of our labor, our monetary offerings, and our pledge of talent, time and service. 

Help us to be dedicated servants for You in our daily lives so we may be more worthy of the life You have given us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


October 15 through October 21, 2017


Communion                                                       8:00 A.M.

Bible Study/Sunday School                             9:30 A.M.

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Communion                                                    10:45 A.M.



Cameron’s Day Off

ESL                                                                     6:30 P.M.



Confirmation Class                                           4:30 P.m.



News and Notes Due                                      12:00 P.M.

ESL                                                                     6:30 P.M.

Choir Rehearsal                                                6:30 P.M.

Praise Group Rehearsal                                   7:30 P.M.



Girl’s Lunch Out at Zoe’s Kitchen                 11:30 A.M.



Pastor’s Day Off



Worship                                                             8:00 A.M.

Bible Study/Sunday School                             9:30 A.M.

Worship                                                           10:45 A.M.



Circuit ChurchMessiah, Pea Ridge: Lord, bless our congregation to continue to faithfully proclaim the Law and Gospel to Your people.

Church Ministry:  Church Officers: Prayers that God would lead members of the congregation to accept positions of leadership for the open positions and that He would guide us as we work on next year’s budget.

Pray also for our Military:  Especially Jake Button, who is in the National Guard..  Also, remember, Timothy Gibson, son of Harry and Ann Gibson, serving in the U.S. Navy.