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Trinity is a congregation gathered by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit around His saving Word and life-giving Sacraments.         
 500 S. Country Club   
El Reno, OK 73036 
(405) 262-7116   
As a faithful congregation of the Oklahoma District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod we joyfully hold to the teachings of the Scriptures as they are confessed in the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, the Augsburg Confession and the entire Book of Concord of 1580.  
So do not fear, for I am with  you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand . Isaiah 41:10
As we look at our Sunday bulletin and see our ever lengthening list of people who are ill or in need and also as we look at the concerns for our community and country, we see an ever increasing need for prayer. Therefore, we ask each of you to increase your prayers in this time of need. 
Have you ever noticed the beautiful flower arrangements on the altar during our services? These are just another example of God’s beauty and love. Each month, these are provided by congregation members in honor or in memory of loved ones. If this is something you would be interested in, look for the flower signup sheet in the Narthex or contact any altar committee member for details. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and helping to make our services even more beautiful.  The Altar Committee   
October Dates to Remember 
Mon. Oct. 1 — Guild Birthday Lunch at Sam’s 1:00 p.m. 
Fri. Oct. 4 — WWII Dedication before Football Game   
Wed. Oct. 5 — LWML Fall Zone Fest — Guthrie 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 
Sun. Oct. 6  — Communion Service 
Sun. Oct. 6 — Stewardship & Evangelism  
Sun. Oct. 6 — Confirmation 6:30 
Tues. Oct. 8 — Quilting 10:00 a.m. 
Sat. Oct. 12 — Men’s Prayer Breakfast & Bible Study 9:00 am 
Sun. Oct. 13  — Trustees & Eldesr following service 
Sun. Oct. 13 — Planning Council Meeting following service   
Sun. Oct. 13 — Bd. Of Ed following service   
Sun. Oct. 13  — Confirmation Class 12:30 pm following service 
Thurs. Oct. 17 — Fri. Oct. 18 — Fall Break 
Thurs. Oct. 17 — LWML 10:00 am 
Sun. Oct. 20  — Communion Service 
Sun. Oct. 20 -  Voter’s Meeting following service 
Sun. Oct. 20 — Confirmation Class 12:30 following service. 
Mon. Oct. 21 — Tidings Articles Due           
Sun. Oct. 27 — Confirmation Sunday 
Sun. Oct. 27 —  Confirmation Class 12:30 
How Well Do You Listen? 
Jesus wraps up the story of the rich man and Lazarus — But Abraham said, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, No Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.  He said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.  Luke 16:29-31 
Are you listening?  We say that a lot, don’t we?  My grandson watches and listens to Blippi on TV with great intensity.  But ask him if he’s hungry or needs to use the bathroom and we wonder if he’s listening at all.  I find it interesting when I’m walking outside with this same grandson how he hears things that aren’t even on my radar screen: a jet soaring overhead or a bird off in the distance or crickets chirping out in the grass.   
Then there are those things we all hear.  Do you ever hear those booming sounds across Oklahoma?  It was attributed to seismograph activity.  The only problem is they occur when no seismographs are taking place, and never occur on Sundays.  Well, the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) and some others started investigating.  It turns out that these booming sounds travel from the Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, OK.  The plant disposes of old ammunition at 11:00 a.m. except on Sundays.  The waves travel for miles, even as far as Woodward.  The news article was written by Maya Wei-Haas.     
The rich man and Lazarus raise the same question.  Are you listening?  Wealth comes into this picture.  The rich man had great wealth.  Lazarus did not.  Money is nice.  It can fix a lot of problems.  It’s been said that he who has money has it easier in life — abundant food, a new home (or one with a make-over), new cars under warranty, new farm equipment that doesn’t break down (as much), etc.  The rich man used his wealth to live better.  So do we.  But money isn’t the sin, except when it’s enjoyed at the expense of others or worshipped as an idol.  So as the rich man enjoyed his money, he ignored the beggar on his doorstep.  Until — until it was too late.  Now he was ready to listen. 
He pleads with Father Abraham from Hades.  Send Lazarus to give me a drink in this heat.  Father Abraham responds, Nope, can’t do it.  A great chasm has been fixed.  Well then, send Lazarus to tell my brothers of this awful place.  They’ll repent, and they’ll be OK.  Fact is, his brothers have every opportunity to listen as the rich man had.   
So really, the story is about us.  Are you listening?  Fact is, we have every opportunity to hear.  We hear of Jesus’ selflessness.  We hear of Jesus’ cross and the price paid for our sins.  We hear of Jesus’ resurrection.  We hear the visible Word in Holy Communion that touches not only our ears but also our lips, the Word made flesh. 
God gives us everything we need to hear daily and in worship.  Forgiveness and life, here and for eternity are there for us.  Now is the time to listen.  But not everybody does.  Are you listening? 
Pastor Jeff  
If anyone is interested in helping with Sunday Services we will have a training session. We need  volunteers to run the sound system   (which is on a tablet now, and the clicker that works the power point  presentation. If you would like to help in this ministry please let church office or one of the Elders or trustees  know. Thank you! 
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