May 6, 2018


CONFIRMATION TODAY    During the 10:45 service today, Addison and Lizzie will be taking vows of faithfulness during the Rite of Confirmation.  During the Sunday School and Bible Class hour, at 9:30, they will give a testimony of their faith in the sanctuary.  That will be followed by a reception for them in the Life Center.  The Bible verses they picked for their confirmation passages are:  Addison Brooke Faust – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”  (Galatians 5:22, 23), and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Lynn Gregory – “I will praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful … All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be”  (Psalm 139:14, 16b).

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAINING  The first emergency preparedness session for Ushers has been rescheduled to take place on Sunday, May 20thfrom 9:30am – 10:30am between the first and second service. The topic will be Medical Emergencies and will include training on first aid, CPR and the AED. The training will be completed in the Family Life Center. Ushers, please mark your calendars and let Dave Ferguson know if you will be unable to attend.

CONGRATULATIONS   Pastor JD Zischke and his wife  Mikaela welcomed into their family a beautiful baby girl, Esme Adelaide Zischke, born last Sunday at 7:06 pm.  Esme weighed in at 8 lbs., 13 oz., 21 inches.

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  “Love One Another as I Have Loved You”  Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer  Jesus calls His followers to be different as they deal with difficult people.  (John 15:9-17)



9:30-10:30 A.M.  Pastor Besel is leading the class in Classroom 1 starting May 13.

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.”

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.


6:30 PM  Pastor Besel is teaching the Living Disciple class in Classroom 1.

            BIBLE CLASS   Pastor Besel will be meeting with the Bible Class in Classroom 1 next week to determine our next study.  The next class will start on May 27  (Ushers CPR on May 20).

POST OFFICE FOOD DRIVE  We can certainly use your help  Monday, May 14th.    We at least 6 – 8 volunteers at the church between 9:45 – 10:00 AM to help look for expired items, and to sort and stock food in our pantry.  If you can help, a signup sheet has been posted in the Narthex, or if it is easier for you, just give the office a call at 636-1135.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARENTS OF K-5 CHILDREN: We will be learning "This Little Light of Mine" to sing at late service on Sun, May 20th.  If you are interested in having your child(ren) sing with us, please have them attend Sunday School openings at 9:30am on the following Sundays: Apr 22nd, Apr 29th, May 13th, and May 20th.  Contact LeAnn Girshner with any questions.

SAMSON  PLAY  We canceled the bus but will be using the church van and an extra car to transport 17 of our signed up people for the May 24th show.  Please have ticket money paid for by May 20th to Shirley.  We will leave from church at 12 Noon on Thursday, the 24th and be back home around 8-8:30pm.

First things belong to God.

The first day of the week belongs to God.

The first hour of the day belongs to God.

The first portion of your income belongs to God.

When you make God first, He can help you.

-- James MacDonald

GRADUATES   We are putting together a list of those graduating from High School and college this Spring.   So far, we have Maggie Schmiegelow, the granddaughter of Vern Schmiegelow, graduating yesterday from the University of Central Missouri.  Next Saturday, May 20, Shelby King graduates from the University of Arkansas.  On Friday, May 18, Connor Byrd graduates from Rogers Heritage High School and Cole Brockhoff graduates from Rogers High School.  On Saturday morning, May 19, Zander Gregory graduates from Bentonville High School and Katelyn Kvamso from Pea Ridge High School.  Later that day, Katy Cario graduates from the University of Arkansas Law School.   If you have someone graduating in your family, please let Pastor Besel or the church office know which school they are at and when graduation is.

RESTORATION LUTHERAN SUPPORT BANQUET   By now we hope you have heard all about Pastor Ziscke's much needed mission plant in Fayetteville and the Banquet the district is having to support his ministry on May 20th from 5-7 PM.  What you may not know is that you are invited!  Yes, that means you reader!  There is no cost to attend, we would just ask you to be aware this is a support banquet where we will learn, in detail, about the ministry Pastor Ziscke is working on and be asked to support it financially.  If you are interested, please speak with Cameron or the church office. 

LIFE QUOTES   Young women within our churches are watching how we as the Christian community treat unplanned pregnancy within our own four walls. Yes, it is very important to educate our people on the dangers of abortion and the value of life. But we will fail as life advocates if we do not demonstrate compassion for those among us who find themselves caught in the web of unplanned pregnancy.” Diane E. Schroeder, former president of Lutherans For Life -- If you wish to support Lutherans for Life, you can through their web site:

LIFE THOUGHTS IN THE CHURCH  “God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34b).  His people once misinterpreted His Word and treated Gentiles as less treasured than Jews.  Jesus declared and demonstrated that humanity doesn’t come in degrees—there’s no “more human” or “less hman.”  Everyone who has any “human” at all is infinitely beloved and belongs to theLord.  If He welcomes the wicked with forgiveness, He also welcomes the weak with friendship, and by His Spirit He can make saints of all (10:47).  Son of God, cause us to overcome the world and obey Your commandments.  Amen.  (Easter VI)


“Faith without works is not faith at all, but a simple lack of obedience to God.”   –  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    (quoted by Jimmy Carter, Faith, p. 7)




May 6 through May 12, 2018




Communion                                                                     8:00 A.M.

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

Testimony Hour                                                            9:30 A. M.

Handbell Choir                                                               9:30 A.M.

Communion                                                                  10:45 A.M.



Cameron’s Day Off

Outreach                                                                        11:30 A.M.

Elders Meeting                                                               6:30 P.M.

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



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

Council Meeting                                                            6:30 P.M.



News and Notes Due                                                12:00 P.M.

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

Choir Rehearsal                                                             6:30 P.M.

Praise Group Rehearsal                                             7:30 P.M.


THURSDAY – Ascension Day

Living Disciple 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.

Handbell Choir                                                               9:30 A.M.

Worship                                                                          10:45 A.M.


Circuit Church:  First Lutheran, Harrison:  We pray God’s blessings upon our new location as we reach out to our new neighbors with the message of Jesus and His love.

Church Ministry: Fellowship Ministry Team:  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. Amen.

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