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January 14, 2018 The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

posted Jan 10, 2018, 11:51 AM by Linda Hadley

This Week at Trinity

 

Sun., Jan. 14      8:00 a.m     Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 a.m.   Divine Service (CR)

                         10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                         10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA & CR))

                         10:45 a.m,   Divine Service. HC (MA)

                         Youth Confirmation Class after church in Mt. Ayr

                            3:00  p.m.  Circuit Forum in Corning            

                            6:00 p.m.   Preschool Board Meeting          

 

Mon., Jan. 15   8:00 a.m.  Preschool

                       12:30p.m.     Preschool

 

Tues., Jan. 16     6:30 a.m.   Early Riser’s Bible Study (CR)

                           8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                           9:00 am     Handy Helpers Quilting

                          12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                             6:30 pm   Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

 

Wed., Jan. 17   Pastor at Circuit Meeting

                          8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.   Preschool

                         6:00 p.m.    Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

                         6:00 pm     F.L.O.C.K.

                         6:30 pm     All Boards Meet

                         7:30 pm      Council Meeting

 

Thurs., Jan. 18    8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.   Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 p.m.   Preschool

                            1:45 p.m.   Preschool Chapel

                                    

 Sun., Jan. 21      8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

                           Beginning of National Lutheran Schools Week

                           9:00 a.m.   Divine Service beginning with a concert 

                                              by the Trinity Preschool students

                         10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                         10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA & CR))

                         10:45 a.m,   Divine Service. HC (MA)

                         Youth Confirmation Class after church in Mt. Ayr

                            3:30 pm    90th Anniversary Congregational                                             

                                             Birthday Party for all members of Trinity

                                             held in the FH in CR


Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Jane King

 

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;Corene Ramsey; Mike Woodring; Kathy Bozwell-Craig; Kathy Parker

 

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

                                                                                                                             

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok


Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC



Seminary Student: Luke Watt

 

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg

 

For The Second Sunday after the Epiphany on January 14,  2018.  

I Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

I Corinthians 6:12-20

 

John 1: 43-61

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 

 Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

 

Attendance  Jan. 7    CR   80     HC 67                           MA  12

 

 VISITORS

We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz at

782-5095.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

 

          LIFE TOGETHER

 

LUTHERAN WITNESS SUBSCRIPTIONS:  It’s the time of year to renew subscriptions to the Lutheran Witness magazine or to begin a new subscription for those who would like to receive the magazine.   The Lutheran Witness is an official publication of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  It is published 11 months during the year (June/July are combined) and includes the Iowa District West news.  The price also covers shipping and handling.   The price of the subscription is $22.67/year.  There is an envelope in the back of your 2018 offering envelope box that is labeled Lutheran Witness.   Payment may be put in that envelope and placed in the church offering plate any Sunday.   Then Trinity pays for all the subscriptions in one lump sum.   

     If you already receive the Lutheran Witness check your mailbox (Creston) for a note to see if your address is current.   A list of current subscribers was sent to Mt. Ayr, too.   

     For anyone who would like to begin a new subscription, please sign up on the sheet found on the table (Creston) or on a sheet sent in Mt. Ayr transfer box.

     Please turn in these sheets to Linda, in the office, no later than Sunday, February 11.      

EARLY RISERS  meet every Tuesday, at 6:30 a.m.  We are currently reading and discussing the book of Proverbs.  You are welcome to join us for God’s Word, and coffee, either regularly or occasionally. There is no charge.

 

BIRTHDAY PARTY:  Trinity Creston is starting the year of its 90th birthday! Let’s begin the year with a birthday celebration of cake and games on January 21st at 3:30pm in the Fellowship Hall in Creston. We just need a few cakes and we’re good to go! Check out the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Grab a friend and sign up to make a cake and decorate a table! If you would like to help with some games please talk to Julie Lang.


Reminder: When you stop by the church during the week and the doors are locked, please refer to the note on the door and ring the doorbell.   As the procedure has been for a number of years now, the doors are locked for the safety of the preschool kids. 


LifeLight Bible Study will begin Monday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m.  We will study the epistles of John.  Dr. Luther wrote this about the epistles of John:  “The first epistle of John is a genuine apostolic epistle and ought to follow right after his gospel.  For as in the epistle he promulgates faith, so here he opposes those who boast of faith without works.  John also writes vigorously here against the Corinthians, against the spirit of the Antichrist.  The other two epistles are not doctrinal, but examples of love and of faith.”  For information and study materials, contact Mike or Janette Lang.

 

The Clarinda Lutheran School will be hosting the 15th Annual German Dinner and Silent Auction on Sunday, Feb. 4 from 11-1.  It’s a freewill meal but they do need reservations to be made.   See a poster they sent for more information and a phone number to make your reservations.  

 

 

 

          MISSIONS

 

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed next summer at the Iowa State Fair.  Thank you.

 

DIAPER DRIVE:  A diaper drive will begin on January 1, 2018 and continue through the whole month.  This drive is to help out the Life Care Clinic here in Creston.  Diapers that are needed are Huggies & Pampers in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, but any brand will be appreciated.  The most requested diaper size is 3.  All diapers can be dropped off at the Clinic or brought to church and put in a receiving blanket lined basket in the narthex.

The Creston Clinic hours are: Monday 10-2; Tuesday & Thursday 1-7.  The address is: 1109 S. Sumner, Creston, IA 50801.  641-782-2150.

Thank you in advance for helping out the families at the LC Clinic.                 From The Mission Board

 

 

 

LWML MITE BOX:  The large LWML MITE box will be sitting at the back of the church during the whole month of January.  These MITE offerings go to help fund both the district and national levels for Mission Grants.  A Mission Grant of $100,000.00  that was just voted in by delegates at the June 2017 LWML Convention in Albuquerque has already been fully funded and paid in full.  This Mission Grant is called Current Missionary Need and is otherwise known as Mission Central, located in Mapleton, Iowa, which is where a number of Trinity members traveled to this last July.  To God be the glory!!  

 

Serving At Trinity

Sunday January 14

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR)  Sharon Eklund

Acolyte:  (CR) Kate FoglesongUshers in January:  (CR) Dave Dory, Phil Wardenburg, Dean Hadley, Randy Ehm

Elders on Duty in January:  (MA) Mike Sickels     (CR) Phil Wardenburg

Finance Team in January: (CR) Jay Bochart, Rick Hadley

Altar Committee for January: (CR) Phil & Anita Wardenburg

 

 

                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

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January 7, 2018 Epiphany Sunday and the Baptism of Our Lord

posted Jan 4, 2018, 9:08 AM by Linda Hadley

                    This Week at Trinity

 

Sun., Jan. 7   8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

                       9:00 a.m.   Divine Service (CR) with installation of officers & board members

                     10:00 a.m.   Removing of the Greens (CR)

                     10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                     10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA)

                     10:45 a.m,   Divine Service/HC with installation of officers & board members (MA)

 

Mon., Jan. 8   8:00 a.m.  Preschool

                    12:30p.m.   Preschool

 

Tues., Jan. 9     6:30 a.m.  Early Riser’s Bible Study (CR)

                         8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                       12:30 p.m.  Preschool

 

Wed., Jan. 10    8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                         1:30 p.m.   Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

                         6:00 p.m.   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

  ***** All board meetings have been moved to the 3rd Wednesday of

         each month beginning in January 2018 followed by council mtg.  

         on the same night.

 

 

Thurs., Jan. 11    8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.   Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 p.m.   Preschool

                            1:45 p.m.   Preschool Chapel

                            4:00 p.m.   Clover Kids 4H in FH (CR)

 

Fri., Jan. 12        3:15 p.m.  Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

  

         

 Sun., Jan. 14     8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 a.m.   Divine Service (CR)

                         10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                         10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA & CR))

                         10:45 a.m,   Divine Service. HC (MA)

                         Youth Confirmation Class after church in Mt. Ayr

                            3:00  p.m.  Circuit Forum in Corning            

                            6:00 p.m.   Preschool Board Meeting          

                                             

   Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Jane King

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Aaron Cottrell; Corene Ramsey; Mike Woodring

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg

 

For  The Baptism of Our Lord on January 7,  2018.  

 

Genesis 1:1-5

Romans 6:1-11

 

Mark 1:4-11

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”


Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance:

Dec. 31  CR    47                      MA   8   


                    LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

           

REMOVAL OF THE GREENS  in Creston will be  TODAY following  the Divine Service.  A hearty thank you to all who participated in the Hanging of the Greens at both locations.  Your help with this project has been extremely important. THANK YOU.

Equally important  is the timely removal and proper storage of the greens.  We need your help with this important project as we prepare our facilities for the Epiphany Season of the Church Year.  Please join us.  Thank you!

 

MOUNT AYR will be removing the Advent/Christmas decorations Sunday, January 14 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Fellowship time will follow. Divine Service will still begin at 10:45 a.m. 

 

THANK YOU to the congregation for the Christmas bonus and to all who sent gifts and cards to remember our family for Christmas.  We have been blessed with your support and encouragement.   Looking forward to serving you with God’s gifts in the coming year.      From Pastor, Julie, Molly, Jacob, and Jeremy Rutz


THANK YOU to the members of Trinity for the nice Christmas gift.  Your kindness is appreciated.   May God bless all the members of Trinity as we begin a new year as a church family.     From Linda Hadley

BIRTHDAY PARTY:  Trinity Creston is starting the year of its 90th birthday! Let’s begin the year with a birthday celebration of cake and games on January 21st at 3:30pm in the Fellowship Hall in Creston. We just need a few cakes and we’re good to go! Check out the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Grab a friend and sign up to make a cake and decorate a table! If you would like to help with some games please talk to Julie Lang.

 

                         MISSIONS

 

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed next summer at the Iowa State Fair.  Thank you.


DIAPER DRIVE:  A diaper drive will begin on January 1, 2018 and continue through the whole month.  This drive is to help out the Life Care Clinic here in Creston.  Diapers that are needed are Huggies & Pampers in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, but any brand will be appreciated.  The most requested diaper size is 3.  All diapers can be dropped off at the Clinic or brought to church and put in a receiving blanket lined basket in the narthex.

The Creston Clinic hours are: Monday 10-2; Tuesday & Thursday 1-7.  The address is: 1109 S. Sumner, Creston, IA 50801.  641-782-2150.

Thank you in advance for helping out the families at the LC Clinic.                 From The Mission Board

 

LWML MITE BOX:  The large LWML MITE box will be sitting at the back of the church during the whole month of January.  These MITE offerings go to help fund both the district and national levels for Mission Grants.  A Mission Grant of $100,000.00  that was just voted in by delegates at the June 2017 LWML Convention in Albuquerque has already been fully funded and paid in full.  This Mission Grant is called Current Missionary Need and is otherwise known as Mission Central, located in Mapleton, Iowa, which is where a number of Trinity members traveled to this last July.  To God be the glory!!  

 

Serving At Trinity

Sunday January 7

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR)  Julie Lang

Acolyte:  (CR) Holden Hanson

Ushers in January:  (CR) Dave Dory, Phil Wardenburg, Dean Hadley, Randy Ehm

Elders on Duty in January:  (MA) Mike Sickels     (CR) Phil Wardenburg

Finance Team in January: (CR) Jay Bochart, Rick Hadley

Altar Committee for January: (CR) Phil & Anita Wardenburg

 

 

 

 

                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

December 31, 2017 The First Sunday after Christmas

posted Dec 28, 2017, 7:49 AM by Linda Hadley

                        This Week at Trinity

               

 Sun., Dec. 31    No Bible Class today.

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/Matins  (CR)

                           No Sunday School Today                      

                          10:45 am   Divine Service /Matins in Mt. Ayr

 

 Mon.,, Jan. 1   New Year’s Day—-Office Closed

 No Preschool Classes this week.   Classes resume on January 8.

 

Tues., Jan. 2     No Early Risers class this week.

                         6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                         7:00 p.m.  Rachel Circle at Kayla Brown’s house

                                          1200 N. Oak

 

Wed., Jan. 3     7:00 p.m.  Elders Meeting

                         Youth confirmation class in Creston will resume on

                          Jan. 10.

 

Sat., Jan. 6    Epiphany

 

Sun., Jan. 7   Epiphany Sunday/ The Baptism of our Lord

                       Holy Communion will be in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                        8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

                       9:00 a.m.   Divine Service/HC(CR) with installation of officers & board members

                     10:00 a.m.   Removing of the Greens (CR)

                     10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                     10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA)

                     10:45 a.m,   Divine Service/HC with installation of officers & board members (MA)

                          

   Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Aaron Cottrell; Corene Ramsey

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg

 

Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance:

Dec. 24 A.M.    CR  54,  HC 49        C. Eve  MA   30        CR    104           

Christmas Day in CR 35,  HC 35


For The First Sunday after Christmas on December 31,  2017.  

Isaiah 61:10-62:3   Galatians 4:4-7   

Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,

    according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation

31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

 

 LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

           

No New Year’s Eve services tonight.    Please note this change from previous years.


Jan. 3 Elders Meeting: This month’s meeting will be begin at 7:00 p.m. 


Thank you to the congregation for the Christmas bonus and to all who sent gifts and cards to remember our family for Christmas.  We have been blessed with your support and encouragement.   Looking forward to serving you with God’s gifts in the coming year.     From Pastor, Julie, Molly, Jacob, and Jeremy Rutz

 

 

Thank you to the members of Trinity for the nice Christmas gift.  Your kindness is appreciated.  May God bless all the members of Trinity as we begin a new year as a church family.       From Linda Hadley

 

January 7:  Installation of officers & board members will be held in Creston and Mt. Ayr.  Since it is also Epiphany Sunday we will have communion at both locations.


REMOVAL OF THE GREENS  in Creston will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018, following Divine Service.  A hearty thank you to all who participated in the Hanging of the Greens at both locations.  Your help with this project has been extremely important. THANK YOU.

Equally important  is the timely removal and proper storage of the greens.  We need your help with this important project as we prepare our facilities for the Epiphany Season of the Church Year.  Please join us.  Thank you!


TRINITY’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY

A 90th Anniversary committee from the Creston location has been formed to discuss some events commemorating the incorporation of Trinity Lutheran Church-Creston 90 years ago.  We will begin the year with a congregational birthday party on Sunday, 

January 21 at 3:30 p.m.   January 1928 was when Trinity was initially incorporated. Watch for a sign-up sheet for birthday cakes!

 

An outdoor worship service will be held in Creston on June 24 for both locations with a final “90 years of blessings” Sunday on November 18th. More details will be coming about all events but please mark your calendars now for all the fun!

 

                                  MISSIONS

 

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed next summer at the Iowa State Fair.  Thank you.

 

DIAPER DRIVE:  A diaper drive will begin on January 1, 2018 and continue through the whole month.  This drive is to help out the Life Care Clinic here in Creston.  Diapers that are needed are Huggies & Pampers in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, but any brand will be appreciated.  The most requested diaper size is 3.  All diapers can be dropped off at the Clinic or brought to church and put in a receiving blanket lined basket in the narthex.

 The Creston Clinic hours are: Monday 10-2; Tuesday & Thursday 1-7.  The address is: 1109 S. Sumner, Creston, IA 50801.  641-782-2150.

Thank you in advance for helping out the families at the LC Clinic.            From The Mission Board.

 

 Serving At Trinity

Sunday December  31

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Sharon Eklund

Acolyte:  (CR) Elizabeth Hadley

Ushers in December:  (CR) Mike Lang, Kevin Kruse, Randy Ehm, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in December: (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Kevin Kruse

Finance Team in December: (CR) Kevin Kruse & Dave Dory

Altar Committee for December: (CR) Dave & Maggie Dory

 

 

 

                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                         

                                             

              

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

December 24, 2017 The Fourth Sunday in Advent

posted Dec 21, 2017, 9:42 AM by Linda Hadley

                       This Week at Trinity

 

Sun., Dec. 24     Fourth Sunday in Advent 

                           No Bible Class today.

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/HC  (CR)

                           No Sunday School Today                      

                           No morning service in Mt. Ayr today

                           5:00 pm    Christmas Eve Service in Mt. Ayr                                         

                           7:00 pm    Christmas Eve Service in Creston

 

 Mon., Dec. 25   9:00 am   Christmas Day Service/HC (CR)

 

 

No Preschool classes this week.   They will resume on January 8.      

                                                                                                                 

Wed., Dec. 27   Reminder:   No youth confirmation class in CR tonight.  Youth confirmation class (CR) resumes on January 10.

                

 Sun., Dec. 31    No Bible Class today.

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/Matins  (CR)

                           No Sunday School Today                      

                          10:45 am   Divine Service /Matins in Mt. Ayr

 

 Mon., Jan. 1  New Year’s Day—-Office closed.

 

Tues., Jan. 2   6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                       7:00 p.m.  Rachel Circle at Kayla Brown’s house

                                         1200 N. Oak

 

 Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel

 Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Aaron Cottrell; Corene Ramsey

 Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck                                                                                                                             

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg


For The Fourth Sunday in Advent on December 24,  2017.  

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Romans 16:25-27

 

Luke 1:26-38   Gospel Reading for the day

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 

Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance from  Dec. 17

 CR  91                        MA  16 and 13 communed

From Dec, 20 Advent Service  32

                                                         

 LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.


           TRINITY’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY

A 90th Anniversary committee from the Creston location has been formed to discuss some events commemorating the incorporation of Trinity Lutheran Church-Creston 90 years ago.  We will begin the year with a congregational birthday party on Sunday, January 21 at 3:30 p.m.   January 1928 was when Trinity was initially incorporated. Watch for a sign-up sheet for birthday cakes!

An outdoor worship service will be held in Creston on June 24 for both locations with a final “90 years of Blessings” Sunday on November 18th. More details will be coming about all events but please mark your calendars now for all the fun!

 

 

REMOVAL OF THE GREENS

in Creston will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018, following Divine Service.  A hearty thank you to all who participated in the Hanging of the Greens at both locations.  Your help with this project has been extremely important. THANK YOU.  Equally important  is the timely removal and proper storage of the greens.  We need your help with this important project as we prepare our facilities for the Epiphany Season of the Church Year.  Please join us.  Thank you!

 

SOME DATES TO REMEMBER FOR THE REMAINDER OF DECEMBER.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES IN TIMES AND/OR DATES DUE TO ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS.

Dec. 24    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 24    Morning service only in Creston at 9:00

Dec. 24    5:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Creston

Dec. 25    9:00 am  Christmas Day service in Creston

Dec. 31    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 31     9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

Dec. 31    10:45 am  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

 

No New Year’s Eve services.   Please note this change from previous years. 

 

 

                      MISSIONS

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS:  Christmas cards have been received from two sets of missionaries that Trinity helps support.   Cards and newsletters from Pastor Herb and Markie  Burch and from Christel and James Neuendorf are on the table in the narthex for you to to read.


Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed next summer at the Iowa State Fair.  Thank you.

 

 

 Serving At Trinity

Sunday December  24

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Sharon Eklund

Acolyte:  (CR) Kate Foglesong

Ushers in December:  (CR) Mike Lang, Kevin Kruse, Randy Ehm, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in December: (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Kevin Kruse

Finance Team in December: (CR) Kevin Kruse & Dave Dory

Altar Committee for December: (CR) Dave & Maggie Dory

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          

                                           

                                             

              

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

December 17, 2017 The Third Sunday in Advent

posted Dec 21, 2017, 9:29 AM by Linda Hadley

                       This Week at Trinity

Sun., Dec. 17    Third Sunday in Advent 

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service  (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA) 

                    After Divine Service in MA  Youth Confirmation Class

                           2:00 pm       Trinity Preschool’s Christmas Program

 

Mon., Dec. 18    8:30 am         Preschool

                         12:30 pm        Preschool

                          

Tues., Dec. 19    6:30 am       Early Risers’ Bible Study in FH (CR)

                           8:30 am       Preschool

                           9:00 am       Handy Helpers Quilting in FH (CR)

                         12:30 pm       Preschool

                           

 Wed., Dec. 20     8:30 am       Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                            5:30 pm      Supper for confirmation class

                            5:45  pm      Youth confirmation class

                            7:00 pm       Advent Service (CR)

                            After Advent Service—Council Meeting

 

                 

Thurs., Dec. 21     8:30 am      Preschool

                             9:45 am      Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm      Preschool

                             1:45 pm      Preschool Chapel

                             

Sun., Dec. 24   Fourth Sunday in Advent 

                           No Bible Class today.

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/HC (CR)

                           No Sunday School Today                      

                           No morning service in Mt. Ayr today

                           5:00 pm    Christmas Eve Service in Mt. Ayr                                         

                           7:00 pm    Christmas Eve Service in Creston

 

Mon., Dec. 25     Christmas Day

                              9:00 am    Christmas Day Service with Holy

                                             Communion in Creston.    No Christmas

                                             morning service in Mt. Ayr


Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Aaron Cottrell; Corene Ramsey

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg

 

For The Third Sunday in Advent on December 17,  2017.  

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

I Thessalonians 5: 16-24

John 1:6-8, 19-28

 

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance from  Dec. 10 

 CR   71 and 64 communed      MA  20

Attendance from Advent Service on Dec. 13   38

 

 

    LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

           

THE WHITE POINSETTIA with purple bow in the chancel is given in loving memory of Ruth Chase by the Rod Chase family.


MEALS FOR CONFIRMATION CLASS: 

December 20 will be the last meal served to the confirmation kids during Advent.   The sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex.   Please take a look to see if any food or help is still needed. 


TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY IN MT. AYR will not meet on December 19.  The class will resume on January 2 at 6:30 p.m. 

 

SOME DATES TO REMEMBER FOR THE REMAINDER OF DECEMBER.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES IN TIMES AND/OR DATES DUE TO ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS.

Dec. 17    3rd Sunday in Advent - regular schedule

Dec 17    Youth confirmation class in Mt. Ayr right after church

Dec. 17    2:00 pm  Trinity Preschool’s Concert

Dec. 20    5:30 pm  Supper for confirmation class

Dec. 20    5:45 pm  Youth Confirmation

Dec. 20    7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 20    Council meeting after the Advent service

Dec. 24    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 24    Morning service only in Creston at 9:00

Dec. 24    5:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Creston

Dec. 25    9:00 am  Christmas Day service in Creston

Dec. 31    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 31     9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

Dec. 31    10:45 am  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

 

No New Year’s Eve services.   Please note this change from previous years. 

 

Other than Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the normal Sunday schedules for services and classes will be followed.

 

 

      MISSIONS

 

MILITARY BIBLE STICKS UPDATE:  Sunday, November 12th was the observance of Veteran's Day at Trinity in Creston and Mt Ayr.  An offering was taken to go towards the ministry of Military Bible Sticks. $755.00 was gathered between our two locations.  A few days ago we received a phone call stating that our gift was matched dollar for dollar. So now a total of $1510 will be used to purchase even more Military Bible Sticks.   Thank you for your support of this mission project.  

 

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed next summer at the Iowa State Fair.  Thank you.

 

THANK YOU:  We thank the Sunday School  children (CR) for sharing the message of our Savior’s birth with us this morning.  Thank you to Julie Lang  for leading the children, to Jacob Rutz for being the reader, and to Heidi Brown and Tammy Burgmaier for helping the children with costuming. 

 

 Serving At Trinity

Sunday December 17

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Julie Lang

Acolyte:  (CR) Haylee Brown

Ushers in December:  (CR) Mike Lang, Kevin Kruse, Randy Ehm, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in December:  (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Kevin Kruse

Finance Team in December: (CR) Kevin Kruse & Dave Dory

Altar Committee for December: (CR) Dave & Maggie Dory

                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           

                                             

              

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

December 10, 2017 The Second Sunday in Advent

posted Dec 7, 2017, 8:53 AM by Linda Hadley

                        This Week at Trinity

Sun., Dec. 10     Second Sunday in Advent 

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/HC (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:00 am       Potluck Brunch and Hanging of the

                                                Greens (decorating) in CR

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA)

                           5:00 pm       Youth Group Caroling (CR)

                           6:00 pm      Preschool Board Meeting

                            7:00 pm     Organ Concert at Immanuel, Greenfield

 

Mon., Dec. 11    8:30 am       Preschool

                         12:30 pm       Preschool

                            

Tues., Dec. 12    6:30 am      Early Risers’ Bible Study in FH (CR)

                           8:30 am       Preschool

                         12:30 pm       Preschool

                                                                                                                  

Wed., Dec. 13     8:30 am      Preschool

                             9:00 am      Naomi Circle brunch at the Windrow

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                            5:30 pm      Supper for confirmation class & FLOCK

                            5:45  pm      Youth confirmation class & FLOCK

                            7:00 pm       Advent Service (CR)

                            After Advent Service—All Boards meet

                  

Thurs., Dec. 14   8:30 am      Preschool

                             9:45 am      Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm      Preschool

                             1:45 pm      Preschool Chapel

                              4:00 pm     Clover Kids 4H in FH (CR)

   

Fri., Dec. 15      8:00-4:00      Fellowship Hall (CR) in use by Matura

             

Sun., Dec. 17    Third Sunday in Advent 

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service  (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA) 

                    After Divine Service in MA  Youth Confirmation Class

                           2:00 pm       Trinity Preschool’s Christmas Program

                                                

   Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Aaron Cottrell; Corene Ramsey

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

 Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg

 

 

For The Second Sunday in Advent on December 10,  2017.  

 Isaiah 40:-11

2 Peter 3:8-14

Mark 1:1-8

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

    who will prepare your way,

3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:

    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,  make his paths straight,’”

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance from  Dec. 3 

 CR   81                        MA  18


LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

           

NEW COMMUNION VEILS have been purchased with memorial money given to Trinity Creston LWML in honor of Velma Lorenz.  The veil is used to cover all of the communion ware on the altar  before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.  Today is the first time one of the new veils is being used.  We thank Jerry Lorenz for suggesting this use of the funds.

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS:  Our annual “Hanging of the Greens” will be TODAY, Sunday, Dec 10, 2017.  Divine Service will be followed by a pot luck brunch.  Then we will prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth by decorating the Sanctuary, Nave, Fellowship Hall and outdoors.  Please join us for any or all of this event.

 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING:  Trinity Youth will meet in the fellowship hall TODAY, Sunday, December 10 at 5:00 for devotions and snacks before going Christmas caroling.  Bring a snack to share.  The congregation is welcome to join them. 

 

INVITATION FROM IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN GREENFIELD:  TONIGHT, December 10th, Karen Schulteis, Beth Scheel, and Ryan Frederick will host a concert on the new organ at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenfield. The concert will be at 7:00 pm. It will include a generous number of Christmas Carols for congregational singing.  All are invited to attend.


MEALS FOR CONFIRMATION CLASS:  We will provide meals to our confirmation kids in Creston on Wednesdays during Advent.   There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex.   Take a look to see if any food or help is still needed.


TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY IN MT. AYR will not meet in December.   The class will resume in January.


NAOMI CIRCLE will meet this Wednesday, December 13, at 9:30 am at the Windrow for our annual Christmas breakfast.  You are invited to join us for a Christmas devotion and fellowship.


SOME DATES TO REMEMBER FOR DECEMBER.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES IN TIMES AND/OR DATES DUE TO ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS.

Dec. 10    2nd Sunday in Advent -  Regular Schedule

Dec. 10    Potluck brunch &  Hanging of the Greens (Creston)

Dec. 10    5:00 pm  Youth Caroling, Congregation is welcome to join them.

Dec. 10    7:00 pm   Organ Concert in Greenfield

Dec. 13    9:30 Naomi Circle brunch at the Windrow

Dec. 13    3:15 Youth confirmation class in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 13    5:30 Supper for confirmation class &   FLOCK

Dec. 13    5:45 Youth confirmation & FLOCK (CR)

Dec, 13    7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 13    Board meetings after the Advent service

Dec. 17    3rd Sunday in Advent - regular schedule

Dec 17    Youth confirmation class in Mt. Ayr right after church

Dec. 17    2:00 pm  Trinity Preschool’s Concert

Dec. 20    5:30 pm  Supper for confirmation class

Dec. 20    5:45 pm  Youth Confirmation

Dec. 20    7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 20    Council meeting after the Advent service

Dec. 24    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 24    Morning service only in Creston at 9:00

Dec. 24    5:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Creston

Dec. 25    9:00 am  Christmas Day service in Creston

Dec. 31    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 31     9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

Dec. 31    10:45 am  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

No New Year’s Eve services.   Please note this change from previous years. 

Other than Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the normal Sunday schedules for services and classes will be followed.

 

 

 MISSIONS

Sunday, November 12th was the observance of Veteran's Day at Trinity in Creston and Mt Ayr.  An offering was taken to go towards the ministry of Military Bible Sticks.  We are very pleased to announce that $755.00 was gathered between our two locations.  The Mission Board wants to thank everyone for your most generous donation to help further the spreading  of God's Word wherever the military is based.

 

Serving At Trinity

Sunday December 10

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Sharon Eklund

Acolyte:  (CR) Kate Foglesong

Ushers in December:  (CR) Mike Lang, Kevin Kruse, Randy Ehm, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in December: (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Kevin Kruse

Finance Team in December: (CR) Kevin Kruse & Dave Dory

Altar Committee for December: (CR) Dave & Maggie Dory

 

                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

                          

                                           

                                             

              

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

December 3, 2017 The First Sunday in Advent

posted Nov 30, 2017, 10:22 AM by Linda Hadley

                       This Week at Trinity

Sun., Dec. 3       First Sunday in Advent 

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service  (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA)

                         Youth confirmation class after service in Mt. Ayr

 

Mon., Dec. 4       8:30 am       Preschool

                         12:30 pm       Preschool

                            

Tues., Dec. 5      6:30 am      Early Risers’ Bible Study in FH (CR)

                           8:30 am       Preschool

                         12:30 pm       Preschool

                           6:30 pm       Rachel Circle at Anita Wardenburg’s

                                                                                         

Wed., Dec. 6       8:30 am       Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                            5:30 pm      Supper for confirmation class

                            5:45  pm      Youth confirmation class (CR)

                            7:00 pm       Advent Service (CR)

                            After Advent Service—Elders’ Meeting

                  

 

Thurs., Dec. 7        8:30 am     Preschool

                             9:45 am      Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm      Preschool

                             1:45 pm      Preschool Chapel

   

                           

Sun., Dec. 10     Second Sunday in Advent 

                            8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/HC (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:00 am       Potluck Brunch and Hanging of the Greens (decorating) in CR

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA)

                           5:00 pm       Caroling (CR)

                           6:00 pm      Preschool Board Meeting

                        

  Prayer List

Condolences:  We remember the family of Clifford Anderson in our prayers.   He died on Nov. 26.  He is the father of Lori Westcott.

 

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Aaron Cottrell

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

                                                                                                                             

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

 

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg

 

For The First Sunday in Advent on December 3,  2017.  

Isaiah 64:1-9

I Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 11:1-10

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

 

Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Thanksgiving Eve Attendance 36 and 34 communed

Attendance from  Nov. 26   CR 67 60 communed          MA  17

                                                         

 LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

           

MEALS FOR CONFIRMATION CLASS:  We would like to once again provide meals to our confirmation kids on Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13, and 20.  Since there are only 5 kids plus Pastor we wondered about having three little groups of people sign up to put a meal together and serve it.  Look for more info in the narthex and grab some friends to put a simple meal together for the class!  Thanks. ~ Board of Education

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS:  Our annual “Hanging of the Greens” will be NEXT Sunday, Dec 10, 2017.  Divine Service will be followed by a pot luck brunch.  Then we will prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth by decorating the Sanctuary, Nave, Fellowship Hall and outdoors.  Please join us for any or all of this event.


CHRISTMAS CAROLING:  Trinity Youth will meet in the fellowship hall next Sunday, December 10 at 5:00 for devotions and snacks before going Christmas caroling.  Bring a snack to share.  The congregation is welcome to join them. 

 

ADDITIONS AND CHANGES TO SCHEDULE FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

Dec. 3     First Sunday in Advent --  Regular Schedule

Dec. 6     5:30 pm Supper for confirmation class

Dec. 6     5:45 pm    Youth confirmation class (CR)

Dec. 6     7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Elders meeting after the Advent service

Dec. 10    2nd Sunday in Advent -  Regular Schedule

Dec. 10    Potluck brunch &  Hanging of the Greens (Creston)

Dec. 10    5:00 pm  Youth Caroling, Congregation is welcome to join them.

Dec. 13    5:30 Supper for confirmation class &   FLOCK

Dec. 13    5:45 Youth confirmation & FLOCK (CR)

Dec, 13    7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 13    Board meetings after the Advent service

Dec. 17    3rd Sunday in Advent - regular schedule

Dec. 17    2:00 pm  Trinity Preschool’s Concert

Dec. 20    5:30 pm  Supper for confirmation class

Dec. 20    5:45 pm  Youth Confirmation

Dec. 20    7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 20    Council meeting after the Advent service

Dec. 24    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 24    Morning service only in Creston

Dec. 24    5:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Creston

Dec. 25    9:00 am  Christmas Day service in Creston

Dec. 31    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 31     9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

Dec. 31    10:45 am  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

No New Year’s Eve services

Other than Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the normal Sunday schedules for services and classes will be followed.


Today the paraments switch to blue in observance of a new church year.  Advent, a preparatory time of waiting and watching, communicates the message of hope. BLUE-the color of the sky-helps convey that powerful message. Our Christian faith rests on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh, will also return on the last day of time from that same blue sky he ascended long ago.

Used by permission of LCMS.


Serving At Trinity

Sunday December 3

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Julie Lang

Acolyte:  (CR) Elizabeth Hadley

Ushers in December:  (CR) Mike Lang, Kevin Kruse, Randy Ehm, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in December:

(MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Kevin Kruse

Finance Team in December: (CR) Kevin Kruse & Dave Dory

Altar Committee for December: (CR) Dave & Maggie Dory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

                                           

                                             

              

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

November 26, 2017 The Last Sunday of the Church Year

posted Nov 24, 2017, 9:02 AM by Linda Hadley

                         This Week at Trinity

 

Sun., Nov. 26     Last Sunday of the Church Year  

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service /HC (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA)

                           1:00 pm      Jr./Sr. Youth meet in front of

                           parsonage to carpool to Winterset for screening of

                           Luther movie     (Movie begins at 2:00 in Winterset.)

 

Mon., Nov. 27       8:30 am      Preschool

                           12:30 pm       Preschool

                            

Tues., Nov. 28    6:30 am      Early Risers’ Bible Study in FH (CR)

                            8:30 am       Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                                                                                           

Wed., Nov. 29    8:30 am      Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                           6:00 pm       Youth confirmation class (CR)

                           

Thurs., Nov. 30    8:30 am     Preschool

                            9:45 am     Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 pm    Preschool

                            1:45 pm    Preschool Chapel

                            7:00 pm    Christmas Parade in Creston

                           

Sat., Dec. 2          6:00 pm   Christmas Parade in Mt. Ayr

 

Sun., Dec. 3       First Sunday in Advent 

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service  (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA)

                         Youth confirmation class after service in Mt. Ayr

                        

                Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Cheryl Harper;  Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Rick Biel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Aaron Cottrell

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg

 

Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance from  November 19

CR  88                          MA  19 and 12 communed

                                                         

Readings for The Last Sunday of the Church Year on November 26,  2017.  

Ezekiel 31: 11-16, 20-24

I Corinthians 15:20-28

 

Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

 LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

           

MEALS FOR CONFIRMATION CLASS:  We would like to once again provide meals to our confirmation kids on Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13, and 20.  Since there are only 5 kids plus Pastor we wondered about having three little groups of people sign up to put a meal together and serve it.  Look for more info in the narthex and grab some friends to put a simple meal together for the class!  Thanks. ~ Board of Education

 

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE:    Trinity’s Thanksgiving Eve service will be at 7:00 p.m., in Creston.   The members from the Mt. Ayr area are invited to come up to Creston.

 

ATTENTION JR/SR HIGH YOUTH GROUP!    

Screening of Luther movie.

TODAY, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the

Winterset Theater

Meet in front of the parsonage at 1:00 p.m.

to carpool or meet at the theater at approx. 1:45 p.m.   Admission is $5.00.

If any questions, contact Pastor Rutz.

 

THANK YOU:  A special thank you to those who phoned me on my birthday.  Thank you to Mt. Ayr Trinity for celebrating my birthday with beautiful flowers, delicious pulled pork sandwiches, cake and ice cream. I appreciated it.     From Sharon Nonneman

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS:  Our annual “Hanging of the Greens” will be Sunday, Dec 10, 2017.  Divine Service will be followed by a pot luck brunch.  Then we will prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth by decorating the Sanctuary, Nave, Fellowship Hall and outdoors.  Please join us for any or all of this event.


CHRISTMAS CAROLING:  Trinity Youth will meet in the fellowship hall at 5:00 on December 10 for devotions and snacks before going Christmas caroling.  Bring a snack to share.  The congregation is welcome to join them. 


CHANGES/ADDITIONS TO SCHEDULE FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS    (As of 11-22-17)

Dec. 3      First Sunday in Advent --  Regular Schedule

Dec. 5     6:30 Rachel Circle Christmas at Anita Wardenburg’s house

Dec. 6     5:30 pm Supper for confirmation class

Dec. 6     5:45 pm    Youth confirmation class (CR)

Dec. 6     7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Elders meeting after the Advent service

Dec. 10    2nd Sunday in Advent -  Regular Schedule

Dec. 10   Potluck brunch &  Hanging of the Greens (Creston)

Dec. 10  5:00 Youth Caroling-Congregation is welcome to join them

Dec. 13  9:30 Naomi Circle Christmas at Windrow

Dec. 13   5:30 Supper for confirmation class & FLOCK

Dec. 13   5:45 Youth confirmation & FLOCK (CR)

Dec, 13   7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 13   Board meetings after the Advent service

Dec. 17   3rd Sunday in Advent - regular schedule

Dec. 17    2:00 pm  Trinity Preschool’s Concert

Dec. 20    5:30 pm  Supper for confirmation class

Dec. 20    5:45 pm  Youth Confirmation

Dec. 20    7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 20    Council meeting after the Advent service

Dec. 24    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 24    Morning service only in Creston

Dec. 24    5:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Creston

Dec. 25    9:00 am  Christmas Day service in Creston

Dec. 31    No Sunday School or Bible Class (CR & MA)

Dec. 31    9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

Dec. 31    10:45 am  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

No New Year’s Eve services

 

Other than Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the normal Sunday schedules for services and classes will be followed.


    Serving At Trinity

Sunday November 26

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Sharon Eklund

 

Acolyte:  (CR) Kenna Tomas

      

Ushers in November:  (CR) Jim Kneedler, Bill Magers, Paul Kearney, Dennis Brown

 

 

Elders on Duty in November:  (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Chuck Bowman

 

Finance Team in November: (CR) Paul Kearney, Bill Magers

 

Altar Committee for November: (CR) Radine Ward, Marti Williams

 

Next Sunday will be the first Sunday in Advent.  The word “advent" is from the Latin word for “coming,” and as such, describes the “coming” of our Lord Jesus Christ into the flesh. Advent begins the church year because the church year begins where Jesus' earthly life began — in the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation. After Advent comes Christmas, which is about his birth; then Epiphany, about his miracles and ministry; then Lent, about his Calvary-bound mission; then Easter, about his resurrection and the sending of the apostles; and then Ascension (40 days after Easter) and Pentecost, with the sending of the Holy Spirit. The first half of the church year (approximately December through June) highlights the life of Christ. The second half (approximately June through November) highlights the teachings of Christ. The parables and miracles play a big part here. That's "the church year in a nutshell," and it should help reveal how Advent fits into "the big picture." Advent specifically focuses on Christ's "coming," but Christ's coming manifests itself among us in three ways — past, present, and future.

(Used by permission from LCMS at www.lcms.org in section about FAQ about Advent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

                                           

                                             

              

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

November 19, 2017 The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:28 AM by Linda Hadley

                        This Week at Trinity

 

Sun., Nov. 19    Caring for Your Neighbor—Food Bank

                           Sr. Youth Gathering in Omaha

                            8:00 am        Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am        Divine Service (CR)

                         10:00 am        Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am        Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am       Divine Service/HC (MA)

                         Youth confirmation class after church in Mt. Ayr

 

 Mon., Nov. 20      8:30 am       Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                            6:30 pm       Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

 

Tues., Nov. 21   6:30 am       Early Risers’ Bible Study in FH (CR)

                            8:30 am       Preschool

                            9:00 am      Handy Helpers Quilting

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                            1:00 pm       Lifelight Bible Stud in FH (CR)

                            6:30 pm       Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

 

Wed., Nov. 22    8:30 am        Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                           No youth confirmation class tonight.

                            7:00 pm       Thanksgiving Eve Service (CR)

 

 

Thurs., Nov. 23    Thanksgiving Day

                               Fellowship Hall in use by Kneedler family                             

      

Sun., Nov. 26     Last Sunday of the Church Year  

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service /HC (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA)

                        

      Prayer List

Condolences:  We pray for the family of our member, Donna Dittman (mother of Diane Conn) who died this past week. 

We pray for the family of Martha Ricker who died this past week.

 

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Cheryl Harper;  Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Rick Biel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;  Dale Conn; Aaron Cottrell

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

                                                                                                                             

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

 

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Donna Dittman, Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga

 

 For The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost on November 19,  2017.  

Zeph. 1:7-10

I Thess. 5:1-11

Matt. 25:14-30

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

 Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance from  November 12

CR  81, 74 communed                 MA  23

                                                         

                 LIFE TOGETHER

 

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received form God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

           

WELCOME, PASTOR TOMPKINS:  We thank Pastor Daryl Tomkins for sharing God’s Word with us this morning.  Pastor Rutz is serving as one of the chaperones for the senior youth who are attending the youth gathering in Omaha.

 

GIDEONS:   Today, we welcome Mr. Lyndon Davenport, who is a local representative of the Gideons International.   At the end of today’s service, Mr.  Davenport will speak to us about the work of the Gideons.


MEALS FOR CONFIRMATION CLASS:  We would like to once again provide meals to our confirmation kids on Dec. 6, 13, and 20.  Since there are only 5 kids plus Pastor we wondered about having three little groups of people sign up to put a meal together and serve it.  Look for more info in the narthex and grab some friends to put a simple meal together for the class!  Thanks. ~ Board of Education

 

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE:    Trinity’s Thanksgiving Eve service will be at 7:00 p.m., in Creston. 

 

ATTENTION JR/SR HIGH YOUTH GROUP!    

Screening of Luther movie.

Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Winterset Theater

Meet in front of the parsonage at 1:00 p.m.

to carpool or meet at the theater at approx. 1:45 p.m.   Admission is $5.00.

If any questions, contact Pastor Rutz.

 

 

MISSIONS

 

The Mission Board would like to thank all the members of Trinity Creston and Mt Ayr for suggesting at the last Voter's Meeting to take $500.00 from the Christian Care Fund and send to a teacher in Houston, TX.   We were contacted by Ellie Menz, the IOWAY Director for the Iowa West District Missions of the many needs in Houston after the hurricane.   Among the many teachers and staff from the Lutheran School Academy in Houston, is a teacher, Diana Carpenter, who lost everything she owned in the Hurricane Harvey disaster.  She has replaced some of her items, but still needed a stove.  This $500.00 will go to help her with that item.  The money was sent to the principal of the school, who will then distribute it to Diana.  Thank you again for the love of God that is shown in your act of kindness.  The Board wishes to remind members that the Christian Care Fund will be replenished with the Thanksgiving offering as well as any other offerings that are directed to the fund thru out the year. 

 

CHRISTIAN CARE FUND:  The current balance in the Christian Care fund is $379.88

 

SCHEDULE FOR SPECIAL SERVICES:

Nov. 22  7:00 pm  Thanksgiving Eve in Creston

Dec. 6     7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec, 13   7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 17   2:00 pm  Trinity Preschool’s Concert

Dec. 20   7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 24    No Sunday School or Bible Class

Dec. 24    Morning service only in Creston

Dec. 24    5:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Creston

Dec. 25     9:00 am  Christmas Day service in Creston

Dec. 31     No Sunday School or Bible Class

Dec. 31     9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

Dec. 31     10:45 am  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

No New Year’s Eve services this year

Other than Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the normal Sunday schedules will be followed.

 

                Serving At Trinity

Sunday November 19

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Julie Lang

Acolyte:  (CR) Holden Hanson

Ushers in November:  (CR) Jim Kneedler, Bill Magers, Paul Kearney, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in November: (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Chuck Bowman

Finance Team in November: (CR) Paul Kearney, Bill Magers

Altar Committee for November: (CR) Radine Ward, Marti Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

                                           

                                             

              

      

                  

                                                   

 

 

                                                     

 

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