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  • Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church

    Newsletter

    June / July 2019 A Member Congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

    1917-2017: A Century of God’s Gifts in Jesus Christ

    Pastor: Rev. Jon C. Olson

    Cell Phone: (307) 337-7838

    Email: [email protected]

    Church Office: (307) 234-0568

    Church Secretary: Lisa Chandler

    Church Email :

    [email protected]

    Website: www.tlc-casper.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/

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    Inside this Issue

    Pastor’s Notes pp.1-2

    Congregation News p.3 Sunday School p.4

    LWML p.5 Officers & Board Chairmen

    Roster p.6

    June/July:

    Sunday Service Rosters

    pp.7-8

    Baptisms, Birthdays &

    Anniversaries pp.9-10

    Daily Scripture

    Readings pp.11-12

    Calendars p.13-14

    Pastoral Meanderings

    Not enough to stay two steps ahead… Got another email...You know how that goes. This time there was a rather salutary truth. A pastor complained that if all the churches were doing was trying to be one step ahead of another, it might last for a while and there might be some growth but in the end, the church may still die. That is simple but profound. Yet that is exactly what churches have been doing for ages and what many are doing with even more vigor now -- copying others and trying to stay one step ahead of the pack! It is as if we have grown so accustomed to and adept at re-inventing ourselves, that we no longer notice any contradiction there. We out program, out spend, out technology, out shock, and out vulgar until in the end the world does not know who Christians are anymore and Christians are not sure, either. So I have a radical thought. Maybe programs are like the pacifiers that do nothing but make us feel like we are doing okay, keeping busy, relevant, etc… Maybe the real emphasis ought to be on the family. No church can do much to make sure the faith exists beyond the generation in the pews UNLESS they teach the parents how to teach their children the faith at home. In other words, the only program that counts is catechesis and teaching those who catechize -- especially parents for the sake of their children. We have dumbed things down so that the Small Catechism is about as big as we tackle and it has become the domain of professional teachers in the churches instead of parents in the home. We have turned pastors into professional pray-ers and forgotten that the work of intercession belongs to all the baptized. We have turned the sturdy church music of old into eminently forgettable words and tunes that have a good beat but no meat and so our children are being entertained to death by people who think entertainment is the end that justifies the means.

    As you may have noticed, I often find brief essays for the newsletter at a blog called Pastoral Meanderings. You can follow Rev. Peters’ blog at: www.pastoralmeanderings.blogspot.com Enjoy!

    In Christ,

    Pastor Olson

    Rev. Peters been a Lutheran Pastor for more than 38 years, serving in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Clarksville, TN, in his 27th year.

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Part of the reason we have NONES is that we did not catechize their parents well and they did not catechize their children. It is not simply a new wave of agnosticism but a failure to teach the faith and teach it well and equip the teachers to teach the faith. So it all became somehow less important and less real and less urgent than the pressing matters of this moment. We forgot that the world was doing a very effective job of catechizing them into a life where pleasure, feelings, self, entertainment, experience, and technology can meet all their needs. We forgot that the world was doing a very effective job of teaching morality without morals, the naturalness of death with dignity if you cannot have life on your terms, and to live for me only. Kids are under great pressure to discount and reject the truths of the Christian faith and the Word of God and they cannot survive without a strong foundation, a living faith in the home, and the Divine Service calling them like a magnet to the places where God is, God gives, and God keeps them. We put them in children's church or nursery or playtime with the youth group and used the church as a babysitter instead of giving them Christ. So when they summon up their voice to say that they are a NONE, we are surprised??? Part of the reason we have DONES is that they left the faith and the church without being fully catechized in the first place. I have seldom met people who left the church over serious doctrinal difference but I have met people all the time who were there once but gradually were pulled away because the forces pulling them away were stronger than the forces pulling them in. Now, is some of that their fault? Of course it is. But we must also admit our own complicity in the matter. We did not address issues of life and morality clearly and with the Word of God. We did not speak to God's creation while science was inventing theories to explain it all away. We did not give them the tools of the Scriptures and catechism to know the faith. We let them sing nice songs instead of the sturdy chorales and hymns of faith that actually taught the faith. We taught them nothing really all that big or important was happening on Sunday morning. We gave them the idea that there is no difference between pastor and lay, one church or another, and that sincerity was more important than doctrinal clarity and truth. So when they left, we were surprised??? Catechesis. In the Church. To the parents. To the children. The discipline of weekly attendance at the Divine Service. The real Divine Service with real hymns that take most seriously Christ in our midst giving His gifts and speaking the language of the faith from the worship place to the home and carrying it all with them in the heart. Isn't this the only program that really counts???

    June/July 2019 Newsletter, Page 2

  • Trinity Congregation News & Information

    Pie Sunday - July 7, 2019

    Sign-up sheet is posted on the Fellowship Bulletin Board. We look for about 10 pies to be shared during fellowship time in the Parish Hall. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your God-given talents in the area of dessert baking. We look forward to enjoying the delicious offerings.

    Dual Parish Family Picnic - Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

    Trinity and Mount Hope members invited to join together at Casper Mountain Bear Trap North Shelter for a family picnic. Chicken and hot dogs will be provided. Water, lemonade, tea and coffee will also be available. Look for a posted sign-up sheet for providing side dishes to share with others. Games and Christian fellowship to be enjoyed. Remember to bring your lawn chairs.

    Food Barrel

    Food donations collected in the barrel placed next to the library door in the Narthex, will be delivered the last week of each month. Thank you for remembering to share the abundance with others that God so graciously continues to bless us with.

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    May 3, 2019

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On behalf of the staff and families of Mount Hope Lutheran Church and School, I thank you for your tremendous generosity. The Trinity Benefit last week was so well organized, well-hosted, and fun to attend. Your careful planning and hard work were rewarded by bringing in more funds than we have ever collected at a school fundraiser. What a great blessing. We truly appreciate your support and your partnership as we strive to provide excellent classical Lutheran education for our community. In Christ, Angela Hill Headmaster

    June/July 2019 Newsletter, Page 3

  • Sunday School

    June finds children meeting their teachers in a group setting for

    Summer Sunday School. Students will be looking at the story of Rosa

    Young and focus on the Bible account from 2 Timothy 1:1-7 (Timothy is

    Taught). Together, they will see how God enables us to serve others with

    joy. June will conclude with a lesson on Martin Luther and fun

    activities.

    There is no Sunday School during the months of July and August, 2019.

    Sunday School will begin again on Sunday, September 9, 2019.

    A “Special” thank you to Sarah Hockaday, Anthony and Terra

    McCumber, Matthew and Bethany Quinn for recently assisting with

    Sunday School.

    Like to teach a Sunday School class, maybe like to substitute teach?

    Positions are available for you to join the Trinity Sunday School staff.

    Thinking you would like to commit but have questions? Just visit with

    Micah Christensen or Pastor Olson.

    Trinity’s Vacation Bible School:

    Follow the Lamb/An Early Church VBS

    July 22, 2019 - July 26th, 2019

    For 3 year-olds through fourth grade. More information to

    follow. If you would like to help, just let Terry Edds (307-724-

    0467) or Jessica Stewart (307-333-6363) know.

    June/July 2019 Newsletter, Page 4