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December 1, 2019 The First Sunday in Advent

posted Dec 2, 2019, 7:44 AM by Linda Hadley

For The First Sunday in Advent on Dec. 1,  2019

Isaiah 2:1-5

Romans 13: (8-10) 11-14

Matthew 21:1-11


The Triumphal Entry

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,


5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you,

humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden’


6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”


This Week at Trinity

Sun., Dec. 1       8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)

                          9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                          9:00 am   Advent/Christmas decorating in

                          Mt. Ayr followed by a breakfast potluck

                        10:00 am   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                        10:00 am    Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                        11:00 am    Divine Service/HC  (MA)


Mon.,  Dec. 2     8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm    Preschool


Tues.,  Dec. 3    6:30 am  Early Risers Bible Study (CR)

                         8:30 am   Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool

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

                          5:00 pm  Youth Conf. Class in Mt. Ayr

                         6:30 pm   Bible Study in Mt. Ayr



Wed., Dec. 4      8:30 am  Preschool

                        12:00 pm  OWLS Christmas luncheon at Pizza 

                         Ranch with optional grab bag gift exchange 

                        12:30 pm  Preschool

                          6:00 pm  Advent Service (CR)

                          7:00 pm  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

                          Elders Meeting  moved to Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m.


Thurs., Dec. 5     8:30 am  Preschool

                           9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                         12:30 pm  Preschool

                           1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel

                         Creston’s Lighted Christmas Parade 


Fri., Dec. 6   8:00-3:00 FH (CR) in use by Head Start 


Sat., Dec. 7  Lighted Christmas Parade in Mt. Ayr            


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

                         9:00 am   Divine Service/HC (CR)

                       10:00 am   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 am   Fellowship Time (MA)

                       10:00 am  Hanging of the Greens (CR)

                         Potluck brunch after the decorating (CR)

                       11:00 am   Divine Service (MA)

                         5:00 pm   Preschool Board Meeting (CR)

                         5:00 pm   Rachel Circle Christmas at Anita

                                            Wardenburg’s house


  Prayer List

Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen;

Diane England; Gary McCraken; Randy Nemitz; Steve McCann;

Ron Ludwig; Dale Snelling; Libbie Wilkenson; Steve Townsend;

Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Suzanne Troxel; Otto Guiter;

Dan Lutrick; Patty Gipple; Dave Goeglein; Arieta Miers


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

Norm Schroeder; Oliver Gish; Rev. Dave Ericksen; Rachel Heck;

Dan Lutrick; Maxx Hirsch; Logan Shady; Nancy Cottrell;

Jay Bochart; Byron Bilderback


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

Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry;

Warren Kruse


Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok


Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor James and Christel Neuendorf (Puerto Rico)

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa)

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Belize)

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche & Family (Dominican Republic)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)


Attendance:  Please fill out an attendance card which is found in the pew rack.  List the names of each person in attendance.  Please hand the card 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 24, 2019

Creston 86, HC 75                                      Mt. Ayr 18



 Serving At Trinity    Sunday,  Dec. 1,  2019

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

Ushers in  December:  (CR) Ed Booth,  Randy Ehm, Dean Hadley, Kevin Kruse

Elders on Duty in December: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Bruce Herzberg

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

Finance Team in December: Kevin Kruse, Dennis Brown

Altar Committee for December:   (CR)  Ed and Tracy Booth


 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 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. 

Attendance Cards:  Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card (found in the pew rack) and to list names of each family member in attendance.   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.   Hand the card to an usher.   If  you have moved or have a different phone number, or email address please note any changes on the attendance card so that we can update our records in the office.

Elders Meeting:   The December meeting has been moved to Tuesday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.


Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon (OWLS):  They will meet this  Wednesday, December 4 at 12:00 noon at Pizza Ranch.  All are welcome to attend.  Bring a grab bag gift (optional)  OWLS stands for “Older, Wiser, Laughing Souls”. Look for them in the west party room at Pizza Ranch.

Hanging of the Greens in Creston:  The Advent/Christmas decorating will be done in Creston  NEXT Sunday, December 8, right after the Divine Service.  After decorating is done, a potluck brunch will be held.  Bring a favorite food to share.

Even if you are not able to stay for the potluck, you are invited to stay long enough to help with decorating.


Rachel Circle:  Rachel Circle will meet at Anita Wardenburg’s house next Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. for a Christmas party.  Bring a snack to share.  Soup will be provided.  Bring a gift wrapped in something funny or unusual.  Be creative for this grab bag fun.  Everyone is welcome. 

Naomi Circle:  Naomi Circle will meet on Wednesday, December 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall for a Christmas brunch, Bible study, and fellowship.


 Advent Services:    Mid-week Advent Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:  December 4,11, and 18 in Creston.


Trinity’s children will help present the children’s message during the service on Sunday, December 15.


Trinity Preschool will have their Christmas Program at 2:00 on Sunday, December 15 in the fellowship hall.


Trinity Youth Group will meet at the parsonage at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 15 and will go caroling.


Christmas Eve Services will be at 5:00 p.m. in Mt. Ayr and 7:00 p.m. in Creston.

Christmas Day Service will be at 9:00 a.m. in Creston.


New Year’s Eve Service will be at 6:00 p.m. in Creston.


Christmas Cards:  Trinity LWML has boxed Christmas cards for sale on the wire rack by the mailboxes. They are $5.00 per box.  Please put the money in the plastic box on that is found on the same side as the cards.  If you write a check, make it payable to Trinity LWML and in the memo section jot down that it’s for Christmas cards.  There are also some individual cards for sale on the other side of the wire rack for  $.25 each. 


Greetings from the Dorys

We would like to say hi to Pastor and everyone at Trinity and to say thank you for all your friendships while we were there.  We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We were so blessed with all our friends there and we hope the Advent season will be a special blessing to all.  Thank you all again for your kindnesses and we will stay in touch.  Dave and Maggie