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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. 
Thank you,   The Altar Committee   
November Dates to Remember 
Sat. Nov. 3 — Community Dinner 4-H Building 
Sun. Nov. 2 —Stewardship following worship 
Tues. Nov. 6 — Guild 1:30 p.m.   
Wed. Nov. 7  Confirmation 6:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 10 — Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast 9am 
Sun. Nov. 11 — Veterans’ Day 
Sun. Nov. 11 - Elders following worship 
Sun. Nov. 11 — Trustees following service  
Wed. Nov. 14 — Confirmation 6:30 p.m.   
Thurs. Nov. 15 — LWML 10 a.m. 
Thurs. Nov. 15 — Bd. of Education 7 p.m. 
Wed. Nov. 21 — Life Line Screening 8:30-5:00 
Wed. Nov. 21 — Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:00pm      
Wed. Nov. 22 — HAPPY THANKSGIVING            
Wed. Nov. 28 — Confirmation 6:30 p.m. 
Greetings!  It is truly an honor to be serving Trinity Lutheran Church as your vacancy pastor these past days.  I pray for a most blessed ministry and certainly I am grateful for Pastor Hefta after these many years.   
I attended our district pastor conference last spring.  There’s a popular question that rings out in the hallways and around the tables before the speaker begins. That being:  So where is everyone?  Is there something wrong with the Church?  The Church is the congregation of saints in which the Gospel is purely taught, and the sacraments are rightly administered.  It is there that we have the saving treasures of Christ: His gifts, His Gospel, His Sacraments, His forgiveness, His cross.  But not too many people have an interest in church anymore, do they? 
So what’s the problem?  First, we’re in a tug of war with the Holy Spirit.  Now, all of you reading this (and I’m preaching to the choir here) belong to the Church because the Holy Spirit calls you by the Gospel, enlightens you with his gifts, and sanctifies you and keeps you in the one true faith.  We are called by the Holy Spirit to hear the Gospel of the Savior and be united in one faith and one Baptism.  Then there are all those distractions that cause the rope to be tugged in different directions. 
The other problem?  We’re poor stewards — not in terms of giving dollars to the church but in thinking we own everything.  We even think we own our time.  You hear it — “Sunday is my time!” (notice the ownership).  And then there’s our stuff.  Stuff distracts us.  We have all this stuff because we earned it.  Let me assure you that it’s not your stuff.  Remember that guy in Mark 10?  “He went away sad because he had great wealth.”  He couldn’t give up his stuff.  The definition of a steward is one who manages what belongs to someone else.     
Jesus had his problems, too.  In John 6 he told the people his true mission in the world.  “I am the bread of life that came down from heaven.”   They got bored and left.  He looked at his disciples and said, “You don’t want to leave too, do you?”  Then Peter gives that great confession like many of the Confessions in our Lutheran Church. “Lord, to whom shall we go?  Only you have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”  
So now what?  Well, I kind of like the Church.  Almost all of you reading this like it as well.  We see people reaching out and praying for other members.  I’ve seen tears. I’ve seen laughter.  I see the Savior.  Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?  Don’t deny people the promises of our Creator, and, yes, I’ve messed that one up, too.  It’s always a little easier to do as we move into Thanksgiving and Christmas which is why I enjoy the season that’s just around the corner.  May the Holy Spirit work, and may we become the stewards God intended us to be as we care for His creation and each other! 
Pastor Jeff     
Trinity Lutheran Early Education and El Reno Blessings Basket Food Drive        
Our Early Childhood Education will be hosting a food drive for the El Reno Blessing Basket Program again this year. Items needed are canned foods or any non-perishable food items. The drive will begin on Thursday, November 1st and ends on Friday, November 16th. Your food donations for this worthwhile project would be greatly appreciated. A table will be set up for donation items in the main hallway of The Early Childhood classrooms. Thank you for giving to those in need!  
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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