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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.  
 
 
 
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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. 
 
Thank you,   The Altar Committee   
 
 
 
 
 
July Dates to Remember 
Tue. July 2  — Guild 1:30 pm 
Wed. July 4 — 4th of July church office closed 
Sun. July 7 — Commission service for NYG during service. 
Sun. July 7 — Stewardship following service  
Tue. July 9 — Quilting 10:00 am 
Wed. July 10 — Youth leaves for NYG and returns on Tues. July 16. We pray they have a Blessed, Heavenly Father, Treasured, Memorable, Safe, Fun filled trip!  
Sat. July 13 — Men’s Prayer Breakfast 9:00am 
Sun. July 14 — Trustee’s & Elders following service 
Mon. July 15 — August Tidings Deadline 
Thurs. July 18 —LWML 10:00 am 
Sun. July 21 — Voter’s Meeting following service 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pulling Thorns 
    
Some people, at one time or another, have to go through what is called a performance review or an evaluation.  I remember doing these when I was the principal at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Midwest City.  Questions come up with these reviews: “What have you accomplished over the last twelve months?”  “What are your goals for the coming year?”  “Why do you feel like you and your team work well together?” 
 
Most people don’t like reviews.  That’s because, eventually, you get to the part where you have to list your strengths and weaknesses.  Strengths aren’t so bad.  You can write down things like “hard worker” or “team player” or “I’m always on time.”  Who can argue with that?  It’s all pretty general stuff.  But what about listing your weaknesses?  The fact is, whatever you put down, you are admitting that you are not up to par.  You don’t measure up.  The wrong thing might even send a flag to HR.  You are admitting you are weak. 
 
No one wants to be weak.  Weakness is bad in our day; strength is good.  The strong folks out there win NBA titles and Stanley Cups.  They get promotions in the workplace.  Some folks have strong minds and they are rewarded for that. 
 
The Fourth of July is coming up or has passed depending on when you read this.  It’s about celebrating the freedom we have (along with putting burgers on the grill and enjoying a beverage or two).  We have a strong military that protects our freedom.  I don’t imagine too many third world countries blow off a whole lot of fireworks as a means to show off their country’s military might. 
 
And so we are taught, at a pretty young age, to cover up anything that can be seen as a weakness.  When I was a kid, Mom would get the paddle out when the paddle was due.  Then I heard, “Quit your crying, big boys don’t cry!”  Crying is seen as weakness.  It shows how fragile we are.  Too emotional.  Too vulnerable.  Signs of weakness are to be avoided.  That’s unfortunate in some cases like a death in the family. 
 
Interestingly enough, weakness allows us to see Jesus’ power at work in and through his people.  That’s where the apostle Paul was in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Paul had a weakness — a thorn in the flesh.  But he heard Jesus say, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  
 
Our own thorns will show up — those thorns that show us how weak we really are.  But like Paul, we press on.  And don’t worry about any performance review.  It will not be needed because it will be our Savior who has already accomplished it.  He set the goal for the future.  He already answered.  The performance review is on him.  And the answer is: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 
  
Blessings, Pastor Jeff                    
                        
 
 
              
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
To Our Veterans,   For your Bravery Dedication and Commitment to upholding the Ideals and Freedoms We enjoy today. Thank You All. 
 
 
 
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