October 28, 2018

 THANK YOU   Pastor and Shirley Besel would like to thank everyone for the cards, gifts and kind words that were shared this last weekend.  We especially want to thank the congregation for the dinner and the gifts we received. 

Pastor Besel

FEED MY SHEEP  is next Sunday.  Thank you in advance for your generous contributions.  Many of you are not aware of the thanks that your generosity garners.  Those of us in the office are the recipients of so many thanks you’s .  We can only tell you that your neighbors are very grateful for the food you provide.

 OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD  It’s just the end of October, but now is the time to start planning for Operation Christmas Child.  The national week of collection ends November 19th which means we need to start packing soon!  In the past, we’ve asked you to make bulk donations to be packed in the boxes and then a handful of us had a packing & wrapping party.  This year, in order to spread the fun of purchasing AND packing, we want YOU and YOUR FAMILY to take home a box or two.  Follow the instructions/suggestions on the handout and pack a box full of items YOU select!  Return the packed box(es) along with $9.00 per box for processing and shipping by Sunday, November 18th.  Because we are using the ‘official’ Operation Christmas Child boxes, there’s no need to wrap!!  Our goal is 100 boxes;  can you help us meet or exceed this goal??  If you have questions, please contact Cameron Pullmann. 

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. “Stranger Than Fiction" Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler
God is the Author Who becomes part of the story--our story. The Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler presents his first message as Lutheran Hour Speaker
(Romans 3:19-28)



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

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!!

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). 

 LIFE THOUGHTS IN CHURCH   St. Simon & St. Jude – If our life-affirming message meets with opposition, that doesn’t mean we’ve gotten it wrong. It ought not frighten us into silence but rather encourage us to persist. The fallen world and sinful flesh persecuted the prophets (Jeremiah 26:7-11), the apostles, the reformers, and even Jesus. He Himself has privileged us to minister His own truth and love (John 15:19). Humankind beholds in us the One they cannot overcome, Him who overhauls them! Compassionate Master, strengthen and sustain us in Your Gospel labor. Amen (Pentecost XXIII)

LIFE QUOTES   “God justifies sinners by grace through faith for Jesus’ sake. Salvation comes as a gift and not because of one’s own works. This truth stands at the heart of all Christians say and do … God’s graciousness governs how we engage life issues. Not only are human beings forgiven, redeemed, and resurrected by grace, but every human life is valued and beloved by grace—

TIME CHANGE  Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 A.M. next Sunday, November 4th.  FALL BACK!   Enjoy an extra hour of sleep and still be on time for Church.  Enjoy!

CONGRATULATIONS to Josh and LeAnn Girshner on the birth of their baby girl.  Welcome to Emberly Ann Girshner, born October 18th, 6 lbs 12 oz.  20 inches.

THANK YOU  The Fellowship team has worked hard to make the last Sunday with the Besel family memorable.  It has been such a pleasure to find such a giving congregation in all we have requested.   We especially want to thank Libby Garner and committee who planned and organized the meal of the day. Thanks to the team of cooks with Steve Jones and Reatha Bracht who coordinated the meats being cooked and served.   Thanks to Bettye Platt and committee who presented such a beautiful bouquet of flowers throughout the hall.  Thanks to the office staff; Krista Malone who pulled together all the photos for the great memories throughout the years and Elaine Taylor, who pulled together the guests list, written information and kept us all grounded. A great big thank you to the Elders under the leadership of Brett Garner who knew how to make Pastor Besel and Shirley’s day wonderful.  And thank you to everyone who attended the celebration event.

Fellowship team, Elaine Launderville and Shirley Bernthal


October 28 through November 3, 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.


News & Notes Due                                          12:00 P.M.

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


Youth Ministry Team                                        5:30 P.M.


Assemble Bulletin & Clarion                            1:00 P.M.

Pinochle Cards                                                  6:30 P.M.


Communion                                                       8:00 A.M.

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

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Communion                                                     10:45 A.M


Circuit Church – ST. J0HN,  Fayetteville: Pray that God would guide the outreach of the congregation and the assimilation of new members. 

Church Ministry. Financial Stewardship Ministry Team.  Dear Lord, we pray for guidance for our Stewardship Team.  Help them to gently teach our congregation about our financial needs.

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