April 30th, 2017

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY  will be held next Sunday.  The Testimony Hour and Reception will begin at 9:30 in the Sanctuary.  Come and hear the Confirmands give a testimony of their faith in Jesus.  The Rite of Confirmation and First Communion will then take place during the 10:45 service. 

FEED MY SHEEP   Next Sunday, May 7th, is a Feed My Sheep Sunday.  We invite you to bring some food along for the Pantry when you come to church or to make a financial contribution so food can be purchased from the food bank.  We thank you for supporting this ministry of our congregation to the people of our community.

RIDE NEEDED TO CHURCH   Pastor Besel received a phone call from a lady who lives at Apple Blossom who would like to get a ride to church on Sundays for the 10:45 service.  If you would be able to help, talk to Pastor Besel for her name and contact information.

CHURCH TREASURER’S OFFICE  is needing a volunteer to come in once a month and file paid bills. If you are interested in helping out please contact Reatha Bracht @ mimipad@aol.com for more information.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR    Today on KURM (790AM) at 12:30 and The Bott Radio Network at 8AM on 89.3FM.

“Unadultered Fact”

Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus

The earthly believers knew two things to be true: Jesus performed miraculous works and He rose from the dead. (Acts 2:22-25)




9:30-10:30am – Pam Pickett is leading

            Study of Jonah in Classroom 1A. 

9:30-10:30am – Pastor Besel is leading the Connections Class in Classroom 1B.  

9:30-10:30am – Dave Lehenbauer

is leading a study on “How to Study the Bible” in Classroom 6.

9:30-10:30am – Women’s Bible Study entitled Believing God.


Monday  2nd & 4th Mondays at

2:00pm. – Led by Vern Schaefer

Rotating Hostesses:  Herb &

Shirley Bernthal, Spike & Delores

Hermes, Joe & Barbara Raleigh,

Maxine Reihman, & Betty Jensen


Tuesday 1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 2:00 pm

Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Class


POP RECYCLE CONTAINER  The recepticle for recycling cans has been relocated outside life center is now behind the trash bin fence.

HANDBELL CHOIR Currently has a few openings. We are taking in ew members. If you have any musical experience, you can probably ring bells! We have a wonderful group of ladies right now, but guys are welcome too. Rehearsals are held as needed on Sunday mornings between services and we don’t ask for a lifetime commitment, If you are new to our congregation, consider this your personal ovitation! Talk to LeAnn Girshner our music director and organist, or to Christy Lehenbauer, bell director.

ROGERS MAYOR’S PRAYER BREAKFAST    The Prayer Breakfast will be this Thursday  at Cross Church.  Doors open at 6, breakfast is served at 6:30, and the program runs from 7-8:15.  The speaker this year is Marty Burlsworth, brother of Brandon Burlsworth (Movie:  “Greater”).  The Church is a sponsor so we have 8 seats at our table.  As of this last Wednesday, we only have one seats left.   Sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex or see Pastor Besel to get your tickets.


Therefore let us ever be wise and learn to know Christ well, and to know that in his kingdom thre are only weak and sickly people, and that it is nothing but a hospital wherer the sick and infirm, who needs care, are gathered. Yet there are so few who understands that!”

(Church Postils, Miscericordias Domini)

JOIN US IN MAKING SCRIPTURE BOOKS   Please join us at 1 pm on Wednesday, May 10th,  to make scripture books, so we can share God's Love & Saving Grace with people in our community.  A Thrivent Action Team for these Scripture Books provided the seed money for this project which the ladies of Mission Crafts started several years ago.  They have been well received by the people.  If you have any questions contact Lana Moeller, the project leader at 479-787-5406.

UPDATE ON BENTONVILLE CALL  Faith, Bentonville elected to call as their pastor Rev. Christopher Waldvogel, Associate Pastor, Beautiful Savior, Fargo ND.  Pastor Waldvogel has served his congregation since his ordination in 2008. He has been their Youth Pastor and we pray the Lord blesses his consideration of the two calls he now has.  We encourage you to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide his deliberations so that he may come to a God-pleasing decision. 

LIFE QUOTES  “Let’s whisper and let’s shout the hope of Christ. Let’s bring hope to those who have been deceived by the world to sin against God, themselves, and their child. Let’s help others look forward to the future with great hope and trust in the Lord of life.”    *Sherry Ellis-Executive Director of The Lighthouse Center Of Hope, Iowa Falls, Iowa – If you want to support Lutherans for Life, you may do so through their web site: www.lutheransforlife.org

The Way of the Lord

The following words were scribbled more than a century ago by a Confederate soldier:

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.  I was make weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked God for health that I might do greater things.  I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy.  I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.  I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for but everything I hoped for.  Despite myself, my prayers were answered.  I am, among men, most richly blessed.

                                    -- “church bulletin bits”


April 30th-May 7th, 2017



Worship                                                            8:00am

Bible Classes/Sunday School                         9:30am

Handbell Choir                                                        9:30am

Worship                                                          10:45am



Cameron’s Day Off

Elder’s Mtg.                                                      6:30pm

ESL (Classroom 2)                                         6:30pm  



Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Study                   2:00pm

Education Mtg.                                              5:30pm

Outreach (Library)                                       6:30pm



News and Notes Due                                           12:00pm

Staff Meeting                                                 12:00pm

ATG                                                                           4-7:00pm

Confirmation Class                                                4:30pm

ESL (Classroom 2)                                         6:30pm

Choir Rehearsal                                                       6:30pm

Praise Group Rehearsal                                      7:30pm


Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast                            6:30am

@ Cross Church  



Pastor’s Day Off

Assemble Bulletin                                              1:00pm

Cards                                                                 6:30pm


Confirmation Breakfast & Rehearsal       9:00am



Communion                                                      8:00am

Confirmation Testimony Hr./Reception 9:30am

Bible Study/Sunday School                         9:30am

Handbell Choir                                                9:30am

Confirmation & Communion                    10:45am                                                  


Circuit Church:  PEACE,         PRAIRIE GROVE: Pray for the Lord’s leadership through their vacancy.


Church Ministry Team:                           EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM:  ***WAITING TO HEAR FROM CATHY DODGE*****.


Pray also for our Military; Especially Jake Button, who is in the National Guard, and Andy Boyd who is in the Air Force.  Also remember, Shawn Gibson, son of Harry and Ann Gibson, serving in the U.S. Navy.