March 18, 2018


LENTEN SERVICES continue at our two Wednesday services at 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.  as we look at the Violent Grace of Christ’s crucifixion.   The Lenten meal is available from 5:30 – 6:30pm.  This week’s meal is lasagna, salad, and bread and is sponsored by the Music Ministry Team Praise Band, and Handbell Choir. A special thank you to Paul Mayer for using a Thrivent Action Team to help with the cost of the meal.  All donations collected at the meal will be given to The Office of Human Concern to be used in their community outreach which includes Meals on Wheels, utility assistance programs, and senior activity centers.  This will be our last Lenten meal for this year as we begin Holy Week next week.

2018 DIRECTORY   Copies of the 2018 Directory are available in the Narthex and on the counter in the Giving Center.  Please help yourselves.  Directories are published for your convenience in contacting members of Holy Trinity and are not to be used for any commercial endeavors.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PANCAKE BONANZA – TODAY   The Education Team is throwing a party and all of Children’s Sun-day School is invited! We will break out of our normal lesson to have an awesome pancake breakfast, with all the toppings we can think of, along with fun, games, and a lesson with Jesus. We will meet in the Life Center at the usual start time (9:30) and make sure to come hungry! 

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  “Thrown into the Arms of God.”  Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer

The desire to advance your own interests can alienate you from others and God.  Serving others without thought of reward is God’s way forward for followers of Jesus.  (Mark 10:32-45)



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 “A man and his work.”

9:30-10:30 A.M. Pastor Besel is leading a Connections Class in Classroom 6.

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.

Thursday 6:30pm – Pastor Besel leads the Knowing God class, Classroom 1

SPRING BREAK   This coming week is Spring Break for Arkansas schools.  Please pray for all who are traveling.

 TRAINING OUR CHILDREN  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)  We can all agree teaching children about the love of Christ and the salvation we have through him is very important. We are in need of a couple of teachers to share the love of Jesus to the lower (K-2nd) and upper (3rd-5th) element-ary Sunday School classes. If you would like to learn more, there is a sign up sheet in the narthex next to an example of the lessons we use. The lessons are very straight forward and easy to navigate. If you have any questions contact or talk to the Education Team. 

BRANSON DAY TRIP   We will be able to secure a bus for a one day trip to see "Samson" at the Sight & Sound theatre.  It is a 56 passenger bus.  If interested please see the Interested sheet on bulletin board. Questions see or call Shirley Bernthal  (631-9971).

SPRING WORK WEEKEND  The Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean is looking for volunteers for a spring work weekend, March 23-24.  Help is needed to build, dig, organize, paint, plant, prune, rake, repair, saw, scrub, stack, stain, sweep, wash, and a whole lot more.  Meals and lodging free to volunteers?  Please call 501-652-6304 if you can help.

LIFE QUOTES  “Ultimately abortions are antithetical to the Gospel message the church proclaims, as we marvel over the fact that Jesus says to undeserving sinners: ‘I will lay my life down for my sheep,’ and so He did, taking on our sin and shame and the debt that stood against us and nailing it to the cross. Abortion instead demands of an innocent life, ‘You will lay your life down for me.’” Pastor Gunnar Ingi Gunnarsson, Loftstofan Baptistakirkja, Iceland –– If you wish to support Lutherans for Life, you can through their web site:

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.


My body, my choice”; however, life is not for controlling but for offering and sharing (Mark 10:45). Our Creator bestows life as gift, promise, covenant, connecting us to Him and one another (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Broken covenants become cruel lords (Mark 10:42). Yet still Jesus enters our predicaments and understands our troubles (Hebrews 5:2, 7). No one suffers alone, and He remembers our sins no more. Eternal salvation results! Almighty Maker, enable us to share Your life with each other. Amen. (Lent V)

God Said No


I asked God to take away my habit.

God said, “No. It is not for me to take it away, but for you to give it up.”


I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.

God said, “No. His spirit is whole. His body is only temporary.”


I asked God to grant me patience.

God said, “No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is learned.”


I asked God to give me happiness.

God said, “No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.”


I asked God to spare me pain.

God said, “No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.”


I asked God to make my spirit grow.

God said, “No. You must grow on your own. But I will prune you to make you fruitful.”


I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.

God said, “No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.”


I asked God to help me love others, as much as He loves me.

God said, “Aha! Finally you have the idea!



March 18 through March 24, 2018



Communion                                                       8:00 A.M.

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

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Communion                                                    10:45 A.M.



Cameron’s Day Off

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



Circuit Pastors meet at Bella Vista Lutheran  9:30 A.M.

No Confirmation Class (Spring Break)



Lenten Service                                                10:00 A.M.

News and Notes Due                                      12:00 P.M.

Lenten Meal                                                      5:45 P.M.

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

Lenten Service                                                  7:00 P.M.



Knowing God Class                                           6:30 P.M.



Pastor’s Day Off

Assemble Bulletin                                             1:00 P.M.




Worship                                                             8:00 A.M

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

Connections Class                                             9:30 A.M.

Handbell Choir                                                  9:30 A.M.

Worship                                                           10:45 A.M.



Circuit Church: Peace, Prairie Grove: Pray for the Lord’s leadership through their vacancy.


Church Team Journeymen:  Pray for the men of Holy Trinity, that they may bring others to Christ by letting their life as Christians be a shining example.

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

Pray for the Group going to Israel:  Pam Pickett, Eva Jean Beck, Elaine Launderville, Ron and Gloria Sommers (from our congregation – Leave Tuesday, March 20 and Return Saturday, March 31)