September 17, 2017


BIKES, BLUES AND BBQ   is coming up on September 20th through the 23rd.  Just like last year, our Journeymen’s Ministry will be sponsoring a breakfast for bikers as they tour through Northwest Arkansas.  In order to fix the breakfast, we will need about 18 to 20 people to help us with the preparation, cooking and serving.  Everything will be provided by the Journeymen’s Ministry, with the aid of a Thrivent Action team grant to cover part of the costs. We will also be giving out free bottled water on the Thursday and Friday, 11 A.M. to 4 P.M., to encourage bikers to stop back by for the breakfast on Saturday. 

WHAT WE NEED IS—YOU!!!  We will need help on Thursday and Friday, as we will give out the water in front of church from 11 am to 4 pm each day.  Then we will also need help on Saturday with the breakfast.  We need guys, and gals, to help each day.

THIS IS A GREAT OUTREACH opportunity for our church as there will be more than 200,000 people visiting NWA that weekend.  A SIGN-UP SHEET IS IN THE NARTHEX.

SCHEDULE CHANGE   The Church Council decided to change our worship schedule for October to facilitate a special service to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  The Unity Sunday on October 15 has been moved to October 29.

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 “Unleash the Power of Forgiveness in Your Life” Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz--Life with God is not about keeping score; it’s about living for others in the grace Jesus earned for us.  (Matthew 18:21-35)


9:30-10:30 A.M. – Pastor Besel is leading a Bible Class on the Augsburg Confession in Classroom 1

9:30-10:30 A.M. – Women’s Bible Study entitled Believing God. 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 & 3rd Tuesdays at 2:00 pm, Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Study

 LWML FALL ZONE RALLY will be Saturday, October 14, 2017, beginning with registration and refreshments at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2730 E. Township Road, Fayetteville.  The theme is “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.”  Guest speaker is Eric Jensen.  Please RSVP to Barbara 

Osing 479-521-5291 by October 4th.

SAMARITAN CENTER CAFÉ   Our next date to serve at the Samaritan Center Café is Saturday, September 30.  The first shift is from 8:30 AM – 12:45 PM.  This shift will assist in the kitchen preparing food and the plates that will be served to our guests.  The café requires that volunteers are 16 years of age or older to work in the kitchen.  The second shift is from 10:00 A.M. to 12:45 P.M.  This shift will prepare the drinks, take orders, and serve the plates of food for our guests.  All ages are welcome for this shift.  It is a great opportunity for our younger youth as well to serve. If you can help, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  Please contact Dorothy Button at 479-361-2967 if you have any questions.


TEXAS DISASTER:   Hurricans Harvey and Irma have done considerable damage to Texas and Florida.   Your financial help is needed.  You can donate to Lutheran ChurchCharities at

You can also donate through the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Disaster Response.  Their website is:


MUSICIANS WANTED: We would like to do a special collaboration on Reformation (Unity Sunday – Oct. 29) and Christmas Eve (7pm) this year.  The piece for Reformation is A Mighty Fortress.  We are looking for singers, and 2 trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba, and timpani players.  The brass and timpani players should be of moderate skill level.  The piece for Christmas Eve is Sing We Now of Christmas.  There are parts for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and string bass.  Anyone interested should have at least 3 years of training on their instrument.  There are many other pieces for any combination of these instruments that we can play throughout the year.  If you are interested at all, please email LeAnn Girshner at


In the first place, it is a characteristic of faith to presume to trust God’s grace, and it forms a bright vision and refuge in God, doubting nothing it thinks God will have regard for his faith, and not forsake it.  For where there is no such vision and confidence, there is no true faith, and there is no true prayer nor any seeking after God. But where it exists, it makes man bold and anxious freely to bring his troubles unto God, and earnestly to pray for help.   (Church Postils, Trinity 14)

LIFE QUOTES:  “Every time you meet another human being you have the opportunity.  It’s a chance at holiness.  For you will do one of two things.  Either you will build him up or you will tear him down.  There are no useless, minor meetings.  There are no dead-end jobs.  There are no pointless lives.  Swallow your sorrows; forget your grievances and all the hurt your poor life has sustained.  Turn your face truly to the human before you and let her, for one pure moment, shine.  Think er important, and then she will suspect that she is fashioned of God.”  Walt Wangerin, pastor and author.

If you wish to support this group, go to their web site : www.lutherans for

MILITARY BIBLESTICKS:   This year we are again giving the members of Holy Trinity an opportunity to provide Military Biblesticks to chaplains who can share them with servicemen and women who desire them.  Each one costs $25.  Over the last 5 years, members at Holy Trinity have touched 226 soldiers and their families.  If you wish to make a contribution, make checks out to Holy Trinity and return by Sunday, September 24.  A donor for Faith Comes by Hearing has promised to match every contribution received by September 29.  To date, the church in America has provided 828,357 Military Bible Sticks, including 49,721 to VA hospitals last year.  They currently have requests for 22,000 that need to be filled.


September 17-September 23, 2017



Communion                                                       8:00 A.M.

Bible Study/Sunday School                             8:45 A.M.

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Communion                                                    10:45 A.M.



Cameron’s Day Off

ELS                                                                     6:30 P.M.



Circuit Pastors at Bella Vista Lutheran                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           9 – 2

Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Study                         2:00 P.M.

Confirmation Class                                           4:30 P.M.



News and Notes Due                                      12:00 P.M.

ATG                                                                     4:00 P.M.

ELS                                                                     6:30 P.M.

Choir Rehearsal                                                6:30 P.M.

Praise Group Rehearsal                                   7:30 P.M.



Pastor’s Group Meets at Holy Trinity                                       9 – 2

BBBQ Water Distribution                                             11 - 4

Girls Lunch Out at Egg & I                             11:30 A.M.



Pastor’s Day Off

BBBQ Water Distribution                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11 – 4

Assemble Bulletin                                             1:00 P.M.



BBBQ Breakfast                                                 7:00 A.M.



Worship                                                             8:00 A.M.

Bible Study/Sunday Schoo1                            9:30 A.M.

Handbell Choir                                 9:30 A.M.

Worship                                          10:45 A.M.


Circuit ChurchSt. John’s, Fayetteville.  Pray that God would guide the outreach of the congregation and the assimilation of new members.

Church Ministry--Music Ministry: 

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, Timothy Gibson, son of Harry and Ann Gibson, serving in the U.S. Navy.