October Anchor


The Anchor October         

For All the Saints

“And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing His love for me, And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.”

-What Wondrous Love Is This LSB 543 stz. 4

I know it’s only October and All Saints Day isn’t until November 1st,  and even then we won’t be celebrating and observing it until November 4th, but I am beginning to think about it and plan for it. All Saints Day is a day of the Church Year when we take a moment to remember and give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us and passed down the faith to us. While this includes all those in the Old and New Testament, all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and disciples, along with the church fathers and reformers and all the rest, it also includes more recent saints. For some of us, those might be great-grandparents or grandparents, parents or friends, a husband or wife, or even children whom we remember. Because of this, these relationships and the meaning these people had and continue to have in our lives, All Saints Day can be an extremely emotional day.

But in celebrating All Saints Day, we do not remember these people for their own sake or merit, but for Christ’s. That is why the first reading for that day from Revelation 7 depicts them all as clothed in white robes. This is truly a beautiful, comforting, and emotional picture give to us by Scripture. We remember and celebrate the work of Christ for those who have passed away. We remember and celebrate that Christ laid aside His crown for the souls of our loved ones, that as much as we love them, Christ loved them even more, laying down his life for them that they may live eternally and be free from death.

I know I have talked about my grandpa many times, especially in connection with All Saints Day, and so I will again. He was the faithful rock and head of the household and  family in my life that rain or shine, sleet or snow, sickness or health was in his pew every Sunday until he was no longer physically able to be there. He was my example of a faithful man and leader of a family and congregation whom I loved, and still love dearly. All Saints Day is the day I get to celebrate him in church, but not him, but the faith God had given him which he instilled in me to his dying day and to this day.

I will never forget his funeral. I will never forget the hymn What Wondrous Love Is This, the hymn of the day for his funeral, and the beautiful Gospel it proclaims for my grandpa and for me. So on All Saints Day, we will be singing this hymn in memory of him and God’s work for him together “While millions join the theme, I will sing,” with you, my grandfather, and all of our loved ones, of God’s wondrous love for us.

And I want to give you the chance to do the same for your loved ones. I would like to take song requests for All Saints Day in loving memory of those who have gone before us in the faith. If there is a hymn that reminds you of the faith of one of your loved ones, I would like to know, and I would like to sing it with you on All Saints Day in memory of what God has done for them in Christ. Whether it is a hymn from their funeral, one of their favorites, or one that always reminds you of them, please let me know that we might sing it together, along with all the saints, remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus for them that though they have died, yet they live and will be raised on the Last Day when we will get to stand beside them and sing to God and to the Lamb we will sing, and through eternity, we’ll sing on. I’ll sing on. Amen.

With all the singing saints in Christ,

Pastor Simek



Stewardship Corner

September Attendance


Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
9/2 49/53 5 9/8
9/9 60/51 5 10/7
9/16 62/54 6 8/6
9/23 76/62 3 7/9
9/30 64/57 4 8



September Financial Report


Date Plate Envelope Debt Fund Misc
9/2 162 1255
9/9 221 2320 140
9/16 246 2066 100
9/23 465 1370 409
9/30 94 1985 100



















October at your service…




Rick Whyers and Travis Trisler



Altar Guild


Ed & Deb Basham




First Sunday: Rick Angel, Jim Manns,

Nathan Martin


Second Sunday: Rick Angel, Ed Basham,


Third Sunday: Mike Roth, Rick Angel;

Randy & Travis Trisler


Fourth Sunday: Eric Trisler, Kris McGuire

                        Tim Van Hoveln, Rick Angel


Fifth Sunday: Tim Van Hoveln, Travis Trisler






7     Samantha Strubberg

14   Chloe White

21   Ava Roberts

28   Emily Strubberg

News & Notes

Silent Auction

Thank you to everyone who helped prepare and make the auction go so well. Glory be to God for his gifts. The current final total is $12,531.20.


Sunshine Circle News

The ladies meet each Wednesday morning at 9:30 to quilt, work on banners for the sanctuary, and have devotions.  Please join them when you are able!


Bible Class

Join us Sunday mornings at 8:15 or Wednesday mornings at 11a. We are currently learning “Bible 101”


Season of the Church Challenge

Throughout the Season of the Church, from Pentecost until Advent, we will be keeping track of the percent of our membership that have attended worship and Bible Class, and the number of visitors in worship. This is a friendly challenge to encourage us to invite members and non-members to worship and Bible Class. How well can we do? Have questions? See Pastor’s June Anchor article or talk with him.



has begun Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. All students in fourth grade and above are welcome and encouraged to attend. If your child will be in class but you were unable to attend the parent meeting, please speak with Pastor so he can be sure to have enough materials available for class. Please pray for our catechumens.


Catechumen Sponsors

We are again looking for people to sponsor our catechumens by praying for them, encouraging them, and paying for the expenses of the class, such as books. More information is available on the signup in the narthex.


Newsletter Items

Please note if you have any blurbs for the monthly Anchor, email them to the office no later than the third Sunday of the month at hopelutheran@gtec.com



Contact Updates

If you have not filled out a pink information sheet, please do so and give it to an usher or leave it in the church office mailbox. Thank you.







Sunday Mornings

General Schedule

Sunday School

8:30-9:15 a.m.  All children are welcome – bring a friend with you — the more the merrier!


Bible Class

8:15-9:15 a.m.  If you have never been before or haven’t been lately, join in the fellowship & learning. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Divine Service

9:30 a.m. Come worship and give thanks for all of the gifts God gives us.





Bible Class

11:00 a.m.  The same material as the Sunday class, just a bit later in the week.




Our Church Family

October Prayer Partners


We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:

Week of October 7 Nick & Robin Manns, Josh, Ailee

Week of October 14 Jason & Jennifer Morgan, Emily, Samantha, Lincoln

Week of October 21 Vance & Kelly Miller, Karley, Nicholas, & *Andrew

Week of October 28 Elke Monroe


October  Birthdays

1                   Dr. Assar

3                   Matthew Baecht

4                   Sharon Butler

6                   Nichole Lewis

10                 Ella LeBlanc

12                 Debbie Basham

13                 Sara Stiles

18                 Reagan Walters

23                 Jeff Blasa

24                 Anita Assar

24                 Elizabeth Morgan

26                 Trevor Sedlacek

28                 Tim Butler

28                 Ed Pointer






October Anniversaries

4        Ed & Darlene Gowin

5        Roy & Barb Young

10      Dr. Abbas & Anita Assar

10      Nick & Robin Manns

21      Steve & Maggie Bick

24      Travis & Crystal Trisler

25      Jim & Korri Ontis

26      Jim & Angela Sharich



Thanks to Jamie Green for baking the cupcakes for September. And thanks to Ruth and Leroy Stiles for purchasing supplies for the August and September cakes.



October 2018


Wed Oct 3, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class


Sun Oct 7, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

6pm Catechesis Class

11pm Elders Meeting


Mon Oct 8, 2018

All day Columbus Day


Wed Oct 10, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class


Sun Oct 14, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

11am Council Meeting

6pm Catechesis Class


Wed Oct 17, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class


Sun Oct 21, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

11am Quarterly Voters Meeting

6pm Catechesis Class


Wed Oct 24, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class


Sun Oct 28, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

6pm Catechesis Class


Wed Oct 31, 2018

All day Halloween

Calendar: Holidays in United States

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class6pm – 7pm Catechesis Class



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