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August 30, 2020 The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Aug 27, 2020, 9:52 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost on August 30,  2020

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Romans 12:9-21

Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”


                     This Week at Trinity  


Sun., Aug. 30      8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)                   

                                9:00 am   Divine Service/HC(CR)

                              10:00 am  Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                              11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)


Tues., Sept. 1     5:20 pm  Youth Confirmation Class (MA)

               6:30 pm  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                             6:30 pm  Rachel Circle meets on the lawn at the

                                            church (CR)  Bring a lawn chair.


Wed., Sept. 2   6:00 pm  Elders’ Meeting in FH (CR)

                            7:00 pm  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)  


Sun., Sept. 6   8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)                    

                           9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                          10:00 am  Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                          11:00 am  Divine Service/HC  (MA)

                            1:30 pm  Baby shower for Jeff & Heather Kruse  

                                           in fellowship hall (CR) All are invited.


Mon., Sept. 7      Labor Day



Tues., Sept. 8     6:30 am  Early Risers in FH (CR)

                     8:30 am   Preschool

                              12:30 pm  Preschool



                 Prayer List

Cancer:  Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member0

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl & b-i-l of Pat Stream)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Brian Raske (brother in law of Deb Melzer)

Vivian Herzberg (sister of Bruce Herzberg)

Susie Seals (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Libbie Wilkenson (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)



On-going health concerns, Hospitalized,  Surgery/Recovery: 

Members:  Norm & Linda Schroeder; Jay Bochart,

                  Alexis Swanson, Jean Kruse, and Mona Quee

Marie Burmeister

Oliver Gish (great nephew of Waunita Watt)

Bob Beatty (friend of Waunita Watt)

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Brian Mills (nephew of Cooks)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)

Roger Eyberg (friend of Eddie Ehm)

Bob Ritnour (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Beverly Lyon (friend of Mitzie Cellan)


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Lawrence Herzberg,

Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry;

Warren Kruse


Military:  Nathan Nonneman (grandson of Sharon Nonneman)

Kyle Marchok (husband of Hembry’s granddaughter)


Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor James and Christel Neuendorf (Puerto Rico)

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison Hispanic Ministry)

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Belize)

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)


Prayer of Thanksgiving:  Aug.2 birth of Claire Charlotte

Davidson,  daughter of Nick & Mary Davidson    

(Julie Lang is Claire’s grandmother.)


 Attendance:  From August 23, 2020

 Creston  59  HC 48               Mt. Ayr 19



 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, August 30, 2020

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

Ushers in  August:  (CR) Dean Hadley, Byron Bilderback, Kevin Kruse, and Karl Peterson

Elders on Duty in August: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Karl Peterson

Acolyte:  (CR)        (MA)  Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in August:  Tom Braymen & Charlie Bowman

Altar Guild for August:  Becky Hagen & Cindy Nelson



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 from 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.     You are also invited to join members in the fellowship hall after the 9:00 service or prior to the 11:00 service for a time of fellowship.


Attendance Cards: Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card and to list names of each family member in attendance.  Turn in your card at the back of the church at the end of the service. 

On Sundays when there is Holy Communion please list the names of those who will be communing on the Holy Communion registration side of the card.


Library:  The Mission Board has recently re-organized the church library and bookstore, located in the fellowship hall in Creston.  New materials have been added including adult & children’s books, reference materials and DVDs.  To check-out materials, simply record the items you are borrowing on the self check-out form.  If you would like to purchase something from the bookstore, use a purchase envelope and drop it in the offering plate.  From time to time, Pastor Rutz will be reviewing and giving recommendations on good books to read and the Mission Board plans on continuing to add new materials as they become available.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor or Julie Rutz.

Greeting Cards:  Do you buy greeting cards here at the church?  Do you want this service continued?  Please check the sheet on the table in the narthex to express your opinion.  If you have questions contact Sharon Eklund. 


Rachel Circle will meet this Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m., outdoors on the church lawn by the trees, weather permitting.   Bring a lawn chair.  If raining, they will meet in the fellowship hall.  All women are invited. 

Early risers will resume on Tuesday, September 8, at 6:30 am.  We will begin to read and discuss the Book of Acts. Please join us for Scripture, coffee and conversation.


Naomi Circle will meet at 1:30 pm on Sept. 9 by the McKinley Park bear.  In case of rain we’ll go to the fellowship hall.


Wedding:  Molly Rutz and John Knosp will be married in Nebraska on Sept. 26th.  If you would like to contribute to a monetary gift from Trinity Congregation please give to Theola Bullock in Mt. Ayr or Sharon Eklund in Creston (or place envelope in basket on narthex table in CR).  We will collect through Sunday, Sept. 20, then send gift with Pastor and Julie for Molly and John on their wedding day.  Thank you.


9:00 a.m.  Outdoor Service in Creston (In case of bad weather the service will be moved inside.)

Brunch after the service.  More info TBA in Sept.

No Service in Mt. Ayr that morning.



   SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

Please join us, if you feel comfortable, for a fun afternoon/evening of miniature golf and visiting with friends in this outdoor shady area.  There is plenty of room for social distancing.  A bonfire will be ready for roasting hot dogs and making smores!  If you have enjoyed the “Best Kept Secret in Southwest Iowa” before, the Lowenberg’s have even made MORE changes this year!  If you haven’t joined us before, hope to see you this year. 

WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2020 – 3:00 PM

WHERE:  2572 210th STREET, AFTON, IOWA.  One mile south of Afton on Hwy 169, turn EAST on 210th Street, continue on gravel to 2572 right side of road,  approximately 1.5 miles.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING:  Hot dogs and buns and fixings for smores, soft drink or water for your family.  There will be some chairs available; however I would strongly encourage you to bring your own chair.

If you have questions, contact Theola Bullock.

Derecho Storm Clean-up:  Emails were sent out about ways you can help the people of Iowa who suffered damage.  Some copies are available on the narthex table.

Baby Shower: Members of the congregation are invited to a baby shower for Jeff & Heather Kruse next Sunday, September 6, at 1:30 p.m., in the Trinity Fellowship Hall.  They are registered at 

Please RSVP to 712-542-7910. 

Oh!  And by the way, God is blessing them with A BOY!   (Grandparents are Kevin & Joyce Kruse.)