January 14, 2018


NEW CONNECTIONS CLASS AND KNOWING GOD CLASS STARTING   Pastor Besel is starting a new session of his “Knowing God” class.   It will begin this Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 PM in Classroom 1.  It will meet on Thursday evenings for about 10 weeks.  We will look at what the Bible says about who God is and then look at the Bible from Genesis to Revelation to see what God does.  Special focus will be on the Trinity, Creation, the Fall, the Covenant, and End Times.  A new “Connections Class” will begin on Sunday morning, January 28, during the Sunday School hour (probably in Classroom 6).  This class is for new members, for people who want to join the congregation, for members who want to review the very basics of our faith, and for people who want to know more about Lutherans.  Through this class, we connect with each other, with God, and with the congregation.  We will look at God’s Grace, the Means of Grace (God’s Word, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper), and the Church.  You can find details and sign up for either class on the bulletin board in the hallway outside pastor’s office.

GIRL’S LUNCH OUT  Ladies, please join us for good food and a lot of fun as we break our Christmas fast.  We will meet for lunch on Thursday, January 18 at 11:30 am.  This month, our adventures will take us to Mimi’s Café, 2105 Promenade Blvd., Rogers.  Look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board and let us know if you can come.

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  "How Well Does Jesus Know Me?" Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus
It's nice to have someone know and understand you. Today the Lutheran Hour asks, "How do you feel about Jesus knowing you?"(John 1: 48-51)



9:30-10:30 A.M.  Pam Pickett is leading a study of Acts in Classroom 1 (not meeting today)

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 1st Peter.

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 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 2:00pm    Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Study.


NOTE  For January only, Pastor Bernthal will hold his Bible Study at 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (January 9 and 23).

PASTOR’S PRAYER RETREAT  Pastor Besel will be gone Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon for his annual prayer and planning retreat.   If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact Pastor Bernthal or Cameron. 

            UNITY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK   A reminder that next Sunday is our first Unity Sunday of 2018.  There will be one service at 10 AM with Sunday School and Bible Classes at 9:45.   A Voters’ Meeting and HTY Café will follow. 

HTY CAFE - JAN 21ST  We hope you can join us for the HTY Cafe next week. All proceeds from the free will offering will support our youth ministry here at Holy Trinity. The menu will include pork brisket, smoked by the Boy Scouts, with a variety of options including plated separate or sandwich, both of which come with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and a roll.  There will also be a chicken salad or BBQ pork salad option, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and fries.  

THE LUTHERAN WITNESS  We need to get our list of subscribers submitted to the Lutheran Witness.  Yearly subscriptions run from April 1 through March 31.  If you are currently a subscriber, it is time to renew your subscription.  Cost per subscription is $15.00.  Please let the church office know if you want to continue or cancel your subscription.

PULLMANN CHRISTMAS CARD CLARIFICATION  There has been some confusion over the Pullmann Christmas card this year and I do apologize for that.  The mention of a "Toothless" refers to a stray cat that has been, a little unwillingly, added to the family.  Nothing more.  Sorry for any confusion.  Happy New Year!

YOUTH – LinkT Sr High Retreat Feb 9th-11th.  Ever wanted to shoot a bow and arrow? What about a cannon? Well here is your chance. This retreat for Sr High will be focused on warfare, specifically the spiritual kind that wages in the hearts and minds of all, while we play games, worship, and shoot some arrows along the way. With special guest speaker, Kyle Blake, who has an urban ministry in Long Beach, California. Registration is due January 19th. Talk to Cameron for more details. Cost will be $50.

2018 DIRECTORY  The office staff will soon begin preparation of the 2018 Directory.  Please be sure that we have all current information for your household, including addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.  Also, kindly let us know if there is any information that you do not want published.  Keep in mind our listing of Member Owned Businesses.  Let us know if you have changes to your business listing, or if you have a new business you would like to make known.

YOUTH SKI TRIP – Attention Youth, if you are interested in Skiing at Snow Creek in Missouri on the 20th of Jan, please let Cameron know by the 15th. It will be an all-day event. Cost is $30. Contact Cameron for more details.

USED CHRISTMAS CARDS  Remember to save your greeting cards after the holiday for Mission Crafts.  We recycle them to make cards for the rack and Scripture books.  In 2017 we gave out over 200 Scripture books, as well as hosting a craft table at the Trunk or Treat event for children to make their own Scripture books.  We can’t do it without your cards to work with.  Thank you for sharing.  We can also use old scrapbooking supplies, double stick tape, glue or other crafts stuff you want to clean out at home, as well as plastic grocery and shopping bags.  Items can be placed in the Mission Crafts bin in the narthex.  Thank You.

LIFE THOUGHTS IN THE CHURCH YEAR Can anything good come (John 1:46) from surprise pregnancy? How about from defending embryos? From chronic suffering? Incapacitated or unresponsive persons? Truly, truly! Jesus has bought these bodies and lives for God with His own blood (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). He has forever foreseen their purpose even despite our failures and pains. Lamb of God, let us come and see Your grace that we may go and show it. Amen. (Epiphany II) If you wish to support Lutherans for Life,  go to their web site: www.lutherans for life.org


January 14 through January 20, 2018



Worship                                                             8:00 A.M.

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

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Worship                                                           10:45 A.M.



Cameron’s Day Off

ESL (Classroom 1)                                            6:30 P.M.

Pastor gone for Prayer Retreat (until Wednesday PM)



No Confirmation Class                                       



Clarion Articles Due                                       12:00 P.M.

News and Notes Due                                      12:00 P.M.

ESL (Classroom 1)                                            6:30 P.M.

Choir Rehearsal                                                6:30 P.M.

Praise Group Rehearsal                                   7:30 P.M.



Girl’s Lunch Out at Mimi’s Café                    11:30 A.M.

Knowing God Class begins                               6:30 P.M.



Pastor’s Day Off

Assemble Bulletin                                             1:00 P.M.




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

Handbell Choir                                                  8:45 A.M.

Communion                                                    10:00 A.M.


Circuit Church: Holy Trinity - Rogers– Pray that God will guide our 2018 leaders as they continue to plan how we can SPREAD God’s Grace, GROW in Christ, and CARE for others in the future.

Church Ministry:  Officers  Pray for the Lord to instill Solomon-like wisdom to our 2018 Officers as they guide our congregation into the coming year.

Pray also for our Military:  Especially remember, Timothy Gibson, son of Harry and Ann Gibson, serving in the U.S. Navy.