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Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod - Norman, Oklahoma
"In grateful response to God's grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world." -LCMS Mission Statement
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Fellow Redeemed in Christ,
Though it is still summer, school starts already this month! Pray God's blessings again on our Church, School and Campus Ministry as everything begins this month.
Lutheran Student Fellowship begins this month, as we again conduct the LCMS Oklahoma District campus ministry at OU with our 25th Vicar John Zimmerman. We look forward to getting to know these great college students and seeing them grow in God's Word.
Trinity Lutheran School and Childcare will also begin this month and we rejoice that we can continue to share the love of Jesus with our school families as we have for the past 25 years!
Parents of our 7th grade Confirmands will receive a letter this month about the Confirmation Orientation Session Wed. August 20th at 6:30 p.m. and about our Confirmation Classes which will begin Wed. September 3rd at 5:45 p.m. The Vicar and I will be teaching these classes in the Fall
Our next adult catechesis and instruction class begins on Thursday September 11th at 7:30 p.m. It is entitled: "Lutheran Catechesis" and it is a good review as well as an introduction to the basics of Christian doctrine, Luther's Small Catechism, liturgy and hymnody, and the Christian life. Invite a friend and attend with them!
It is VERY important that you help us invite people to these classes! In the Lutheran church we take seriously the charge of our Lord to evangelize through baptizing, teaching and catechizing in God's Word. Those who attend can then choose to become communicant members of the LCMS if they so desire.
This is one of the main ways by which we "grow in number" in God's harvest field! I can't do this myself - so PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER whom you will invite to attend this next set of exciting classes in Christian truth and doctrine!
We also draw our attention to two special days this month:
AUGUST 15TH - ST. MARY, MOTHER OF OUR LORD
Psalm 45:10-15; Isaiah 61:7-11; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 1:46-55 Read these Scripture lessons and rejoice in this humble woman, blessed by God to be the mother of the Savior!
AUGUST 24TH - ST. BARTHOLOMEW
Psalm 121; Exodus 19:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:27-31a; John 1:43-51 Read these Scripture lessons and see that Bartholomew was also called Nathanael and was an honest man who confessed with exuberance that Jesus was the Son of God!
AUGUST 29TH - THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Psalm 141 ; Jeremiah 1:17-19; Mark 6:17-29 Read these Scripture lessons and re-evaluate the real purpose of our lives - to point others towards Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the Lord. John gave his head for the Head of the Church - Jesus!
In our Lord Jesus,
P.S. I will be in Pagosa Springs, Colorado from August 21-28, at my former congregation, Our Savior Lutheran Church, for their 30th Anniversary Year Services. In 1984, at the church dedication, I was their pastor. How time flies! They also were assisted by the Laborers for Christ, like our church was in 2000 for the building expansion.
From the Vicar
Greetings to you in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
When asked to write a biography, there is a balancing act in being succinct for the space allowed and giving a full-enough introduction. I will do my best to balance that tension here. Before I begin, I would like to state that I am looking forward to heading your way at the completion of my summer coursework here in Fort Wayne this month.
"Who am I?" is the famous question of Jean Valjean in the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. First and foremost, I am a baptized child of God. On October 2, some 30 years ago, I was brought into God's eternal family by being washed in the regenerating waters of Holy Baptism in Downers Grove, IL. This was pure gift and the highest gift that I cherish.
As is the custom in requests from Trinity - Norman in years of late, I am a single gent. Before enrolling in Seminary in 2012, I worked in higher education for five years, with positions ranging from public speaking instructor to undergraduate admissions. Most recently, I was employed at Western Illinois University (WIU) as a freshmen and transfer admissions counselor. During the fall and spring travel seasons, I would log an average of 800-1000 miles per week driving the highways and byways of Illinois with recruitment and outreach activities. In the last three years, I have had the privilege to travel to both Italy (2011) and the Philippines (2014). In terms of my own educational credentials, I hold a B.A. in Parish Communication and Leadership from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and look forward to completing my Master of Divinity in 2016.
In addition to working at WIU, I was the Faculty/Staff advisor for the Lutheran Student Fellowship (now LCMS U). It was a true honor and privilege to assist in that public university campus ministry setting. As a former campus pastor's PK (Pastor's Kid), there was an added joy in returning to that ministry context. To help facilitate the LCMS campus ministry there when I was able to with my travel schedule was one of the key highlights of my time with WIU before enrolling in seminary.
Grandpa, Dad, one brother and one cousin have or are serving as pastors in the LCMS. I am thankful for their examples of faithful service in various positions and Lord willing, I will be counted among them. But first, there is the Vicarage experience and fourth-year back at Seminary to complete before Ordination.
Christ's Blessings and Eternal Peace be with you all,
Vicar John Zimmerman