September 24, 2017


FEED MY SHEEP  is next Sunday.  We appreciate your donations as the pantry assistance needs continue to increase.  Bring either food staples or monetary donations that can be used to purchase food at a greatly reduced price through the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

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 turn in today., the 24th.  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.  Over the last two Sundays, members of Holy Trinity have contributed $1,125.

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.  Feel free to take some to give to other people as well.

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  “The Latest Polls”  Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus--Believing the latest public opinion poll is not the same thing as believing the truth.  (Matthew 21:8-11 and Luke 23:23-25)


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 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  

LIFE QUOTES:  “We have been freely received by the Lord God . . . Since He generously extends compassion and forgiveness to each human being, we receive as freely, respect as fully, and defend as fiercely as we have been received, respected, and defended.”  Rev. Michael W. Salemink, executive director of Lutherans For Life. 

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.

SAMARITAN CENTER CAFÉ   Our next date to serve at the Samaritan Center Café is this coming 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. 

TRUNK OR TREAT  The sign up sheet is up for trunks and the Education Team is getting exciting!  Remember that decoration isn't 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!

HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  The next day for our congregation to support Helping Hands is on Saturday, October 14th. Helping Hands is a congregation-supported organization that sells donated goods in order to buy food and cover other expenses for those in need. They routinely provide food for nearly 100 families a day and they need our help to support this important community effort. A sign up sheet is available in the Narthex, or you can contact Dave Ferguson for more information.

THANK YOU   Susan Holt and Sherrie Dick, the daughters of Esther Reiber, would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and condolences.  “Mom would be very pleased to know so many cared about her.  We also want to say a special thanks to the people who brought food, and to the ladies who served us lunch after the funeral service.  It was beautiful and very much appreciated.  Mom loved her church and her friends here, and we know you will miss her, but that you also rejoice with us, know she is home with her Lord and Savior.”

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.


Make sure to check your bulletin for the insert with a list of gifts that are perfect for OCC and is small enough to fit in a pocket. Packing will be happening mid- November so bring in any shoe boxes you have around and keep your eyes open for great deals on items like these. 

DISASTER RELIEF:   Hurricans Harvey and Irma have done considerable damage to Texas and Florida.  There have been other disasters as well.  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:


But it is one thing to have possessions and another to serve them; to have mammon, and to make a god out of it.  Job also was wealthy, he had great possessions and was more powerful than all who lived in the East, as we read in the first part of the book of Job: yet he says, in Job 31, 24-25 “If I have made gold my hope, and said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; have I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand has gotten much?”   (Church Postils, Trinity 15) 

TO THINK ABOUT …  “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history.  Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”                    

                                                    - J.C. Penney


September 24-September 30, 2017



Worship                                                             8:00 A.M.

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

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Worship                                                           10:45 A.M.



Cameron’s Day Off

ELS                                                                     6:30 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 Day Off

Assemble Bulletin                                             1:00 P.M.



Confirmation Class Trip to Passion Play      11:30 A.M.



Communion                                                       8:00 A.M.

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

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Communion                                                    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—Sunday School.  Pray for God to guide our teachers and students as they Grow in Christ this year. 

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.