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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



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.


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.




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