October 21, 2018

:   Appetizers will be served after our 10: 45 A.M. church service. The dinner is to start at 1:00 P.M. in the Life Center.

 NEW MEN’S BIBLE STUDY STARTS TODAY.  Our study will focus on the book of Romans.  Martin Luther said this about the book of Romans—“This epistle is the real chief part of the New Testament, and the very purest Gospel, which deserves that a Christian not only know it word for word, but also deal with it daily as with the daily bread for the soul...”  Well, we won’t learn it word for word, but we will study it intently to see what God is telling us about Grace, love, Jesus, forgiveness, and a host of other important topics.  This first class will start at 9:30-ish and will continue for probably 12-15 weeks, which will take us thru the entire winter months.  Come and get your donuts, and a cup of coffee!  FORGET ABOUT HUNTING DEER—TAKE TIME TO HUNT THRU THE SCRIPTURE FOR REAL MEAT!!  PLEASE JOIN US—all you need to bring is your Bible.  God bless you guys in this study!!         Dave Lehenbauer

 CONDOLENCES  We wish to offer our sympathy to Charles and Debbie Wilken upon the sudden death of their daughter, Stephanie Conner (a regular attender here) last Sunday.  She is also the sister of Chris Wilken.  A funeral service for Stephanie will be held here at Holy Trinity on Friday afternoon at 2 PM.  It will be officiated by her uncle, Rev. Russ Shewmaker, from Pilgrim Lutheran in Jonesboro. 

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. “We Preach Christ Crucified" Guest Speaker: Dr. Oswald Hoffmann
In a classic message from 1955, Dr. Oswald Hoffmann talks about all the things that change-and the God Who doesn't.  (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)



9:30-10:30 A.M. – Pam Pickett leads a study on Israel Places in Classroom 1 (not meeting today)

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 the book of Romans.

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

Our Gospel is:

    J oyful in tone

    E arnest in spirit

    S atisfying to the soul

    U plifting to all

    S ane in its appeal.

GREETERS, READERS, VIDEO OPERATORS  The office is getting ready to schedule servers for Advent and Christmas.  Please let us know if you are AVAILABLE to serve.  Advent, Children’s Service, and Christmas Eve services are at 7:00 pm.  Christmas Day service is at 10:00 am (December 5, 12. 19, 24 and 25).   We are so thankful for all you do.

DECK THE HALLS   We need volunteers to help decorate the church for Christmas.  The tentative decoration date is Saturday, December 1st.  We will begin at 10:30am.  Decorating duties include (but are not limited to) fluffing bows and arrangements, sorting decorations, hanging decorations on the tree, attaching arrangements to the front of the pews, etc…  We also need one brave soul to go up the ladder and decorate the top of the tree.  When we have enough volunteers, this process is quick and easy – only lasting a couple of hours.  To volunteer, please contact Casey Bolte at (479) 644-3618. Thank you!!

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, please contact Casey Bolte.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest has a “Faithful Friends Program” administered through their chaplain – Scott Martin.  The goal of the program is to provide a stuffed animal (Faithful Friend) and a colorful story book to newly admitted patients each weekday morning.  During the Outreach Ministry Team’s survey, we mentioned collecting stuffed animals to support this program.  Unfortunately, due to a death in the family, we were not able to start the collection as soon as we had hoped.  We are starting NOW!  We will collect NEW stuffed animals starting today through Sunday, November 18th.  Please place them in the Narthex below the mobile bulletin board with “OUTREACH” on it.  THANK YOU to all who donated immediately – those animals have already been given to the program as they were desperately needed.   If you have any questions, please contact Casey Bolte (479-644-3618) or Dave Lehenbauer (479-273-0213). 


 “It has been estimated that 99% of the things you worry about never happen.  And most of the things that do happen, happen so quickly that you never have time to worry about them in the first place.” 

                                       - Brian Tracy

“If we focus on difference, our focus is on each other.  If we focus on unity, our focus is on God.”       - unknown

LIFE THOUGHTS IN CHURCH   Our rights can’t acquire heaven. Our choices won’t achieve any salvation for us. “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27). If our Savior’s words can gather us into the everlasting kingdom, how will His ways not also resolve and redeem all our hopeless circumstances, like terminal diagnoses or surprise pregnancies? Heavenly Father, give us faith that seeks life wherever You have sown it. Amen. (Pentecost XXII)

LIFE QUOTES   “So, let us say yes to the opportunities before us that God has prepared for us to do! To say ‘Here We Stand’ … in defense and protection of the precious and vulnerable human lives that are the handiwork of God from the moment of conception to natural death.”  Lynette Auch, president Lutherans For Life –If you wish to support this ministry, do so through their website:  www.lutheransforlife.org

A Useful Vessel

It’s not what we keep but what we share.

Not what we have but what we spare.

Not what we clasp but what we lose.

Not what we hide but what we use.


A vessel He will make of you.

If small or great, ‘twill surely do—

Great joy and peace will always fill

The one who’s yielded to His will.

—Author unknown


October 21 through October 27, 2018



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

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Communion                                                     10:45 A.M.

Pastor’s Retirement Dinner                             1:00 P.M.


Cameron’s Day Off

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


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


News & Notes Due                                          12:00 P.M.

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


Assemble Bulletin & Clarion                            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 –LIVING SAVIOR,  Bethel Heights  Pray that God would guide the outreach of the congregation and the assimilation of new members. 

 Church Ministry. Fellowship—Lord, bless the busy, helping hands of our congregation as they prepare the many meals that often precede services and help soothe the pain of those grieving the loss of loved ones.

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