September 30, 2018

FEED MY SHEEP   Next Sunday is our monthly food drive to benefit our food pantry. Please bring your food or money donations next week. In August, we helped 313 people. Thank you for your support!

 HELPING HANDS   Holy Trinity is scheduled to volunteer at Helping Hands Thrift Store on Saturday, October 6.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Helping Hands Inc. is a non-profit organization operated as a partnership of 26 churches in Benton County. Proceeds from the thrift store are used to meet the needs of Benton County residents through their assistance programs.

PINOCHLE    We will be gathering once again on Oct. 5th, the first Friday of the

month, to play cards & have fellowship. Set-up is at 6:00 P.M.  Card play will begin at 6:30 P.M.  Do not forget to bring a treat to share & a friend who might want to learn the game.

MILITARY BIBLESTICKS   Thank you for your support of providing Biblesticks for our military chaplains.  This year, the people of Holy Trinity donated $2,050 which provides 163 Biblesticks.  Over the last few years, the people of Holy Trinity have touched 520 military families with Biblesticks and Bible downloads for spouses and children.  Thank you for your generous support.

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. “Cut Off-for Us" Guest Speaker: Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.  Sin is serious because it cuts us off from God. Guest speaker Dr. Lawrence Rast says Jesus was cut off from God, in our place.



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

UNITY SUNDAY IN OCTOBER  The Church Council changed the Unity Sunday Schedule for October 21. There will only be one service at 10:45 A.M. with communion. Sunday School and Bible Classes will remain at 9:30 A.M.  The Voters’  business & meeting will be on November 18.

PASTOR’S RETIREMENT DINNER IS OCTOBER 21:  On Sunday Oct. 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.

HTY CAFÉ ON OCTOBER 14   Support our youth in their journey to the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis in July 2019 and get a sweet meal out of the deal. Head down to the Life Center after second service on Oct. 14 for some smoked pork, a grilled chicken sandwich, or any of our usual’s like burgers and chicken nuggets. All proceeds go to the youth who prepare and serve your food! Thank you for your support. 

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. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Casey Bolte.

PASTOR’S BOOKS  Check out Pastor Besel’s library and take as many books home as you desire. 

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 P.M. at Temple Baptist Church in Rogers.  For more information, contact Ted Jones at 479-636-7371 or

LIFE THOUGHTS IN CHURCH  “I can’t carry this alone” (Numbers 11:14). Moses echoes the emotions of sudden pregnancy, chronic conditions, and advocating for life among communities that ignore. “You’re not alone,” says the Lord (Numbers 11:16, Mark 9:40, James 5:14). “Lean on my people.” Jesus Christ goes with you. The communion of saints shares your joys and sorrows. Sometimes speaking up for life starts with approaching the lonely. Lord of the Church, cause our fellowship to show Your love. Amen (Pentecost XIX)

LIFE QUOTES   “My hope and prayer and encouragement to each of you is to see people of all abilities as God sees them. Each of His children is beloved and valued. Each is uniquely gifted so that the work of God may be displayed—through every season of life.” Mona Fuerstenau, director of Lutheran Ministry Partnerships, Bethesda Lutheran Communities .  If you wish to support this ministry, you may do so through their web site:


We want to keep everyone up to date with what we are doing to replace Pastor Besel after his retirement on October 21st.  On August 7, 2018 the Council and Elders met with President Paavola of the Mid-South district to plan for a replacement for Pastor Besel after his retirement. President Paavola suggested we consider an interim Pastor. His experience suggests that after a pastor has been at a congregation as long as Pastor Besel has been at Holy Trinity, the possibility for success of the new pastor is very low.  Pastor Besel agreed with President Paavola based on what he has seen at other churches.

After our meeting the Council and Elders agreed to call an interim Pastor. The interim Pastor would be here for 18 months and then we would call a permanent Pastor. It will take approximately 3 to 4 months to call the interim Pastor. We have to complete a congregational survey to find out what we are looking for in a new pastor, submit the information to the Mid-South District and they will match Holy Trinity to a group of Pastors who fit our criteria, and then our call committee would interview the candidates and call the interim Pastor. This would be the same process for our permanent Pastor. In most cases we would NOT be able to call the interim Pastor as our permanent Pastor.

In the mean time we would have visiting Pastors to conduct our weekly services.  If you have any concerns or input, please feel free to contact you Elder or Council members.  We will keep you informed on our progress.   Please pray for GOD to lead the right Pastor to Holy Trinity.                       --Brent Garner, Chairman, Elders

September 30 through October 6, 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

Elder’s Meeting                                                 6:30 P.M.

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


Education Team                                                5:30 P.M.


Staff Meeting                                                   12:00 P.M.

News & Notes Due                                          12:00 P.M.

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

Choir Rehearsal                                                 6:30 P.M.

Praise Group Rehearsal                                    7:30 P.M.


Outreach Team                                               11:30 A.M.

Youth Ministry Team                                        5:30 P.M.


Pastor’s Day Off

Assemble Clarion and Bulletin                         1:00 P.M.

Cards                                                                  6:30 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 –Christ Church, Siloam Springs-  Pray that the Lord would continue to provide an on-going ministry of Word and Sacrament for Christ Lutheran Church in Siloam Springs and that the congregation would grow in their outreach ministry..

Church Ministry-Trustees--Pray for this dedicated group as they tend to their ministry and keep Holy Trinity’s physical house in order.

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