September 23, 2018

 OFFICE HOURS  Because our office manager, Elaine Taylor, is on vacation for the first part of the week, the office hours for this week are Monday and Tuesday, September 24 and 25, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  We will return to normal hours 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday.  We want to thank Kim McConnell for helping us in the office while Elaine has been gone.

 COMMITMENT SUNDAY NEXT WEEK   Tomorrow the church office will be mailing out the letter to our members with this year’s commitment form in it plus a couple of charts to help guide you in prayerfully considering what your commitments will be for 2019.  We ask that you fill out the commitment form, place it in the envelope that is provided and then bring it to church next Sunday.  Our commitments and offerings will be brought to the front as part of our worship service then.

 PASTOR’S RETIREMENT DINNER IS OCTOBER 21:  An appetizer reception will be begin after the 10: 45 A.M. church service. The dinner is to start at 1:00 P.M. Please let us know if you plan to attend (and the number in your group who will be attending)A signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex, or you may call or email the office. We do NOT want to run out of food. Your R.S.V.P. is due by October 7, 2018.

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. “Come, Lord Jesus" Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer  In a classic message from 1998, Dr. Dale Meyer explains how a common table prayer reminds us of our dependence upon God and His gifts. (Exodus 16)



9:30-10:30 A.M. – Pam Pickett leads a study on Israel Places in Classroom 1

9:30-10:30 A.M Libby Garner leads a Beth Moore study for women in the Conference Room.

9:30-10:30 A.M Dave Lehenbauer

leads a study for the men in Classroom 2 on “Connections.”

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 @ 2:00 pm Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Class

 HTY CAFÉ   Due to Pastor Besel’s retirement dinner, the HTY Café  fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering (NYG)  has been moved from October 21 to October 14 after the 10:45 A.M. Service.  Plan to join us and support our Youth that day.

COMMUNICANT MEMBER SURVEYS  Please turn them in no later than today so they can be tabulated for our calling documents for the Mid-South District.

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS  will be singing "He's Got the Whole World" at late service next week. We would LOVE to have your child join us!  We will practice during our openings today and next week.  Contact LeAnn Girshner with any questions.

UNITY SUNDAY IN OCTOBER  The Church Council this last week changed the Unity Sunday Schedule for October 21.  Sunday School and Bible Classes will remain at 9:30 A.M. There will only be one service at 10:45 A.M. with communion.  The Council decided that the Voters’ meeting that day would not be held.  Instead any business for the Voters would be brought to the meeting on November 18.

LIFE THOUGHTS IN CHURCH  Everyone who loves the Lord God also loves His little ones (Mark 9:37). Every child is a treasure. Every person, especially the vulnerable, is our neighbor. Every life, even the feeblest, is gift and privilege from above. Life-or-death situations allow opportunity for us to receive them—see them, be seen with them, meet their needs. The Gospel of Jesus Christ means life with a Father and His family. Father in heaven, assist us to receive Your little ones. Amen.  (Pentecost XVIII)

PORTALS OF PRAYER   The new edition of Portals of Prayer is available in the Narthex for October – December.  Please help yourself to them and feel free to share with other people who would like a copy.

CAMPUS CONNECTion:  We are looking for someone to take the lead role in this outreach. The leader organizes church members to bake homemade goodies for our college students twice a year (Fall and Spring) & pray for those students.  They also pack & mail out the care packages to the college students.  Casey Bolte cannot take the lead this year due to other time commitments. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Casey Bolte.

LIFE QUOTES   “Are you afraid of commitment and ‘belonging’ to other people? Relax. It’s how your Creator designed you. When you call a sick friend, send a card, congratulate an achiever, encourage a drooper, pursue a stray, or teach a child, you will feel a satisfaction in your heart that not even the devil can steal.” Rev. Mark Jeske, Time of Grace – If you wish to support this ministry, you may do so through their web site:

MEALS FOR LUTHERANS AND FRIENDS  If you would be interested in providing a meal for our U of A college ministry on Wednesdays in October or November, contact

GIDEON MINISTRY    The Gideons are looking for businessmen who join them in their ministry of distributing  God’s Word to people around the world.  If you would be interested in becoming a Gideon, you can join them on October 2 at 6:30 at Temple Baptist Church in Rogers.  For more information, contact Ted Jones at 479-636-7371 or

An Offertory Prayer

                              Loving Creator, You have generously and graciously given us blessing after blessing, gift after gift, kindness after kindness.  Your steadfast love and amazing grace abound in our lives.  You are awesome, and we are humbled and deeply grateful.

 Now we give our tokens of love and appreciation to You.  First, we offer our grateful hearts, minds and souls.  Receive our praise and thanksgiving.  We also offer the gifts of our labor, our monetary offerings, and our pledge of talent, time and service. 
Help us to be dedicated servants for You in our daily lives so we may be more worthy of the life You have given us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


September 23 through September29, 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.


Office Open                                                      10 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.

Cameron’s Day Off

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


Office Open                                                      10 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.


News & Notes Due                                          12:00 P.M.

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


Elaine Taylor (Return from Vacation)


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.

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Worship                                                           10:45 A.M


 Circuit Church –Holy Trinity, Rogers  Pray for God’s guidance as Holy Trinity prepares for the retirement of Pastor Besel next month.

 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.