February 18, 2018


LENTEN SERVICES  continue on Wednesdays at 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.  The theme this week is “Violent Grace:  Jesus Suffered Temptation so I Can Experience Victory.”  The Lenten meal is available from 5:30 – 6:30pm.  This week’s meal is grilled burgers and hotdogs and is sponsored by the Journeymen.  A special thank you to John Jenkins for using a Thrivent Action Team to help with the cost of the meat.  All donations collected at the meal will be given to Souls Harbor in Rogers, Arkansas.  Souls Harbor is the only transitional living facility for men in Benton County.  See the article inside for more details on the ministry of Souls Harbor.

LENTEN DEVOTION BOOKLETS   We are again providing the Lenten Devotion books from the Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Help yourself to as many as you can use or share.  They are on the table in the Narthex.  They are also available through our website online or for an e-reader (pdf file).

HTLC ORCHESTRA will be performing "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" for late service on Easter Sun., Apr. 1st.  If you play a woodwind, brass, string, or percussion instrument with at least a few years of experience, we would LOVE to have you join us in making a JOYFUL noise!  Email LeAnn Girshner at maestro_LMM@yahoo.com if you are interested or have questions!

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  " Pay Attention to What You Hear (Mark 4:24) "  Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer,  Lent calls us to take deep into our being the life-changing words of God. The result? Obedience, changes in desires, and blessings.  (James 1:12-18) 



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 1st Peter.

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.

      NOTE  Continuing for February, Pastor Bernthal will hold his Bible Study at 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (February 13 and 27).

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

SOULS HARBOR   Souls Harbor of Northwest Arkansas is a transitional community for men in recovery that provides a pathway to self-sufficiency by offering grace and guidance.  Their core values are:    We believe in … Service Above Self, Rebuilding Families, and A Faith-Driven Culture.  2017 was a year filled with success, blessings and growth for Souls Harbor.  Because of your generosity, we were able to provide care and services to over 44 residents and their families. The impact that Souls Harbor has on the men that we serve is life changing and would not be possible without your support.  Souls Harbor invests approximately $400 a month per resident to provide food, housing, utilities, education, and case management.  We rely on community support to sustain us.  In addition to monetary and in-kind gifts, we operate social enterprise programs, where the mission is the work force.  Our on-site community garden provides vegetables and “soul juice” that we sell at the Rogers Farmers Market.  Additionally, our wood sales were so successful that this will now be a year-round venture.  We invite you to come witness first-hand the fruits of your support. Please call Kim at 479-640-2888 to set up a time to come visit us.  You are very much appreciated, not just by our Board of Directors and staff, but by everyone your generosity touches.  We pray that you will be blessed, just as you have blessed others.

GREETERS, READERS, COUNTERS, VIDEO AND OFFICE HELPERS – We are working on the next quarter scheduling (April – June).  Please let the office know if there is a time-frame in which you will not be available.  We will try not to schedule you then.  

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.


The only death necessary to save life is Christ’s. God sacrificed His Son so that no others would have to slaughter theirs (Genesis 22:12-13). Jesus also resisted (Mark 1:13) Satan’s quick-fix temptation to suicide (jumping from the temple). What He’s done for you, He does in you – enduring, escaping, overcoming. Because of this, you can receive even physical difficulty as a good gift from the loving Heavenly Father (James 1:17). Heavenly Father, deliver us from our efforts to deliver ourselves. Amen.

LIFE QUOTES  In a sense, that is where man is today … dead in sin, awaiting the Exodus led by the Son of Man, the new Moses, into eternal life, undoing the separation of soul and body at death. Lent (and the weakness of our mortal flesh) reminds us of this separation, our sin. Easter reveals to us the Exodus, Christ’s life that sets us free and brings us home.” James M. Kushiner, The Fellowship of St. James – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life If you wish to support Lutherans for Life, you can through their web site: www.lutheransforlife.org

Are you God?

Joe was asked by a neighbor to drive her son to a hospital.  Although he had other things planned, Joe didn’t know how to say “No.”  So he put the child in the car and started on the 50-mile journey.  Suddenly the boy turned to him and shyly asked, “Are you God?”  Startled, Joe said, “No.”  The boy continued, “I heard Mom asking God for some way to get me to a doctor.  If you are not God, do you work for Him?”   Joe replied, “I guess so, sometimes.  And now that you ask, I’ll be doing a lot more of it.”

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Christ died – that’s history.

Christ died for us – that’s Christianity.  Christ died for me – that’s salvation.


February 18 through February 23, 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 on vacation through Thursday



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



Pastor at Circuit Pastors Meeting Pea Ridge 9:00 A.M.

Confirmation Class                                           4:30 P.M.



Lenten Service                                                10:00 A.M.

News and Notes Due                                      12:00 P.M.

Lenten Meal                                                      5:45 P.M.

Choir Rehearsal                                                6:00 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 Clarion and Bulletin                        1:00 P.M.


Pastor on vacation to Texas



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: Living Savior Bethel Heights Pray that God would guide the outreach of the congregation and the assimilation of new members.

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.

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