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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   
November Dates to Remember 
Sat. Nov.  2 — Community Dinner 4-H Building 
Sun. Nov 3 —  Set your clocks Back 
Sun. Nov. 3  — Communion Service 
Sun. Nov. 3  — Stewardship following worship 
Sun. Nov. 3  — Confirmation 12:30 pm   
Sun. Nov. 3  — Fall Fest — Heinrich’s 3:30 -7pm Tues. Nov. 5 — Guild 7 pm   
Sat. Nov. 9  — 9 am Men’s Bible Study & Breakfast 
Sun. Nov. 10 — Christmas Play Practice during Sunday School 9:am  
Sun. Nov. 10  - Elders following worship 
Sun. Nov. 10  — Trustees following service  
Sun. Nov. 10  — Confirmation 12:30 pm   
Sun. Nov. 10 — Veterans Day Parade 3 pm 
Tues. Nov 12 — Quilting 10 am 
Tue. Nov. 12  — Circuit Pastors Meeting Elk City 
Thurs. Nov. 14  — Bd. of Education 7:30 pm 
Sun. Nov. 17  - Christmas Play Practice during Sunday School 9:am   
Sun. Nov. 17  — Communion Service 
Sun. Nov. 17  — Confirmation 12:30 pm   
Mon. Nov. 18 — December Tidings Articles Due 
Wed. Nov. 20 — Cooking 101 6 pm 
Thurs. Nov. 21 — LWML 10 am 
Sun. Nov. 24  -Christmas Play Practice during Sunday School 9:am   Confirmation 12:30 pm 
Mon-Fri., 25-29 PreK and PDO out for Thanksgiving 
Wed. Nov. 27  Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:00pm  
Thur. Nov. 28 — Thanksgiving     
Praying for Rain (or not) 
Jesus said, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 
Following is an experience from Rev. Ken Klaus (Lutheran Hour).  After I read it I thought, “Now here’s one I have to share with Trinity Lutheran Church, El Reno.”  I’ve been down this road, like now, as October has turned very dry.  I pray, by the time you all read this, that the land will be replenished with needed precipitation. 
“You can’t please all the people all the time.” 
The truth of those words hit home when I served a large rural congregation in a farming community.  I loved those farmers — still do.  They know the Lord’s gift of rain, sun, and warmth.  When it’s all put together at the right time, a good harvest will follow.  Maybe that’s why, when my farmers found their fields drying up under a depressing drought, they came to me and asked for a “rain prayer.”  I told them I would try. 
The following Sunday, at both services, I prayed for rain.  Lo and behold, it rained within 24 hours. Then, one rainy day, a non-farming fellow showed up in my office.  This man, also a faithful member of the church, made his living in road construction, a job which in Minnesota is limited to the warm months of the year.  With a sigh and some anxiety he said, “Pastor, I know the farmers have been coming to you asking for rain. The Lord has been listening.  I’m glad for that, but do you know every time you pray for rain — and it rains, I don’t work.” 
I asked, “What do you want me to do?  I don’t think the farmers are going to like it if I give up the rain prayers.  They’re going to like it even less when they find out you’re the one behind it.  The man leaned forward in his seat and quite seriously responded, “I’ve been thinking about that.  I think I have a solution.  Why don’t you pray that it rains at night.  If it rains at night, I still get to work, and the farmers still get a crop.  Everybody wins.” 
Which is why, the following month when a request came for rain, the Lord was asked to send needy showers during the dark hours of the night.  Once again, the Lord listened. 
I often wonder to whom shall the Lord listen: the farmer who, because he needs a crop, prays for rain or the little boy who prays for sun because he has only one day to go fishing with his Dad?  Does God listen to the grandchild who pleads that grandma who suffered a stroke, might get better or should He hear the heartfelt cry of that same grandmother who has told Him that she is ready to go to heaven? 
It must be hard being God. Partly, that’s because sinful people with selfish minds and sickened hearts do not trust Him.  Take a look at Adam and Eve, who, having been given a perfect home, thought they could do better than God. 
Things haven’t changed much over time. 
That’s why, with our limited wisdom it is right for us to pray, “Thy will be done.”  Not only did the Savior teach us to pray that way, common sense says it is far wiser to leave final decisions in the hands our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.  They, who have saved us, will continue to do what is right and best for us today and forever.  
May you have a most blessed Thanksgiving! 
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! 
“Joy:fully Lutheran” is the theme for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod through the next convention. This theme focuses on 1 Thess. 5:16–24, in which Paul says to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” Paul ends the section by saying, “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”Joyful, because of God’s faithfulness to His promises. Joyful, because God’s promises are kept in Jesus (2 Cor. 1:20). Joyful,because of God’s love. Lutheran, because it’s all about Jesus: Grace alone. Faith alone. Scripture alone. Christ alone.  
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