March 4, 2018


LENTEN SERVICES continue at our two Wednesday services at 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.  The Lenten meal is available from 5:30 – 6:30pm.  This week’s meal is ChickFilA and is sponsored by the Education Ministry Team and Sunday School.  We appreciate Dean Eisma for using a Thrivent Action Team to help with the costs of the meal.  All donations collected at the meal will be given to Saving Grace in Rogers, AR.  Saving Grace is a Christ-centered home for young women who have aged out of the foster care system or are homeless.

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 in the Narthex.  They are also available through our website online or for an e-reader (pdf file). 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY of Benton County, Inc. is a non-denominational Christian housing ministry with the objective of eliminating poverty housing from within Benton County and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience as well as action.  In addition to building houses, Habitat for Humanity helps to build relationships with families and the community that result in a sense of belonging to the community for the new homeowner.  If you wish to help with their Faith Build on March 15 in Bentonville, you may sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex .

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  " "When God’s Darkness Surrounds You" Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer   When times are darkest, God wants you to know how close He really is.  It’s in those threatening times that you can especially learn and live in His love. (Exodus 20:1-17)



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 in Classroom 1


THANK YOU   “Many thanks to our church family for all their calls, prayers, cards, and visits before, during and after LB’s back surgery.  He is doing well.  Thanks again.”   - Ila Teeter 

JOYCE BAUER  Many of you have inquired about Joyce and are wondering how she is.  We heard from her on Wednesday of this past week.  She is still in rehab but hopes to be released Friday, March 2.  She will spend a few more weeks with her daughter.  If you would like to send a card, you may direct it to Joyce at

1511 Peach Orchard Lane

O’Fallon, IL  62269.


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! 


Pastor Bernthal’s Bible Study will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 2:00 P.M. the rest of the year.

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.

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. 

LIFE QUOTES  “When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask God to ‘deliver us from evil.’ We ask Him to protect us against the callous evil of abortion, the taking of a human life. We are harnessed with the burden of belonging to a nation that practices this barbaric procedure and calls it a ‘right.’ May God have mercy on us.” Chaplain (Lt. Colonel) Steven Hokana, Assistant Director of Ministry to the Armed Forces (MAF) (LCMS) – If you wish to support Lutherans for Life, you can through their web site:



“Calvary shows how far men will go in sin, and far God went for man's salvation.”

                                                -- H. D. Trumbull


God made a human body – even one crucifixion destroyed – His sanctuary (John 2:19). Is this why He bluntly forbids murder (Exodus 20:13), because every human body belongs to Him (Exodus 20:2)? Indeed, He has chosen what is weak, low, labeled “not a life” (1 Corinthians 1:27-28) to be His own forever. Neither sin nor flesh’s shortcomings nullify it.   Jealous God, possess us heart, body, and life that we may build up. Amen   (Lent III)


Jacob was a cheater.  Peter had a temper.  David had an affair.  Noah got drunk.  Jonah ran from God.  Paul was a murderer.  Gideon was insecure.  Miriam was a gossip.  Mary was a worrier.  Thomas was a doubter.  Sara was impatient.  Elijah was moody.  Moses stuttered.  Zacheus was short.  Abraham was old and Lazarus was dead.  Despite all their excuses, God used each one to build His kingdom.  How about you? 


March 4 through March 10, 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

Elders Meeting                                                  6:30 P.M.

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



Confirmation Class                                           4:30 P.M.

Education Team Meeting                                 5:30 P.M.



Lenten Service                                                10:00 A.M.

Staff Meeting                                                  12:00 P.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 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: Fayetteville Mission, J. D. Zischke Pray for the restoration of west Fayetteville through the message of Jesus.

Church Team Hispanic Ministry.  Dear Jesus, pray that we can spread Your message to our neighbors through a common language.

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