January 21, 2018


UNITY SUNDAY   A Voters’ Meeting and HTY Café will follow our Unity Sunday service this morning.  We hope you can join us for the HTY Cafe.  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 which come with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and a roll or as sliders on Hawaiian Rolls with sweet potatoes fries.  There will also be a chicken salad or BBQ pork salad option, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and fries.  The Voters’ Meeting business includes nominations for the District Convention. 

NEW CONNECTIONS CLASS STARTS NEXT SUNDAY   A new “Connections Class” will begin next Sunday, January 28 during the Sunday School hour, from 9:30-10:30, 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.  Feel free to join us even if you didn’t sign up.  There is still room in the “Knowing God” class that meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 in Classroom 1.

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  "Meeting Millennials Where They're at"  Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer  Robots can't produce disciples. How can we mentor those who don't know Jesus, or don't know Him well enough? (Mark 1:14-20 (Jesus calls His first disciples.))



9:30-10:30 A.M.  Pam Pickett is leading a study of Acts 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 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).


6:30pm – Pastor Besel leads Knowing God class in Classroom 1

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.

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.

THRIVENT CHOICE    It's that time of year again!  2017 Thrivent Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2018  Remember to  direct your Choice Dollars before they expire.

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   Many congregations observe this day as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Lutherans For Life has prepared a collection of free “Hope For Life” worship resources to help (www.lutheransforlife.org/store-life-sunday-2018), including a sermon on Jonah 3:1-5, 10 (God’s love comes big enough to make every life matter). They can also make any Sunday a Life Sunday!  King of Kings, lend us Your courage to speak truth and Your compassion to show love. Amen. (Epiphany III) 

LIFE QUOTES  “Life issues didn’t arise overnight. Their frequent connection to medical technology can make them seem like recent developments—and advances in understanding physiology and pharmaceuticals have made abortion and euthanasia more efficient and available of late. But these circumstances have been causing society’s difficulties—and providing opportunities to proclaim the Gospel—since ancient times.” Rev. Michael W. Salemink, executive director of Lutherans For Life–If you wish to support Lutherans for Life,  go to their web site: www.lutherans for life.org


There’s work to do, deadlines to meet,

   You’ve got no time to spare.

But as you hurry and scurry,

   ASAP - Always say a prayer.


In the midst of family chaos,

   “Quality time” is rare.

Do your best; let God do the rest,

   ASAP - Always say a prayer.


It may seem like your worries

   Are more than you can bear.

Slow down and take a breather,

   ASAP - Always say a prayer.


God knows how stressful life is,

   He wants to ease our cares.

And He’ll respond to all your needs,

   ASAP - Always say a prayer.


January 14 through January 20, 2018



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

Handbell Choir                                                  8:45 A.M.

Communion                                                    10:00 A.M.



Cameron’s Day Off

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



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

Confirmation Class                                           4:30 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.


Knowing God class                                            6:30 P.M.



Pastor’s Day Off

Assemble Clarion and Bulletin                        1:00 P.M.



Worship                                                             8:00 A.M

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

Connections Class begins                                     9:30 A.M.

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Worship                                                           10:45 A.M.



Circuit Church: /Christ Church – Siloam Springs  Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer for Christ Lutheran Church in Siloam Springs that this congregation may continue to offer a Christ-centered ministry through the faithful preaching of God’s Holy Word and the proper administration of the Sacraments as a beacon of light in their community.  May the people of this congregation grow in their zeal to connect people to Christ.  May Your Holy Spirit Work to bring faith to those who do not believe as they hear that Christ suffered, died and rose again out of great love for each one of them.  We pray all this in the name and for the sake of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Church Ministry: Elders  Pray for all members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to strengthen their faith through the Word.

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