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December 18, 2016 The Fourth Sunday of Advent

posted Dec 16, 2016, 9:58 AM by Linda Hadley

This Week at Trinity


 Sun., Dec. 18       Caring for Your Neighbor—Food Bank offering

                               8:00 am       Divine Service/HC (MA)

                               9:45 am       Divine Service (CR)

                             11:00 am       Sunday School/Bible Class (CR)



Mon., Dec. 19      Preschool’s Christmas break  

                             Classes resume on January 2.                            


Tues., Dec. 20      6:30 am       Early Risers

 9:00 am        Handy Helpers                        

                              Pastor’s afternoon in MA

                              6:30 pm       Bible Study in Mt. Ayr



Wed., Dec. 21      Pastors’ Circuit Meeting in Osceola

                              6:00 pm       Confirmation Class

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

                              7:30 pm       Church Council Meeting


Sat., Dec. 24         Christmas Eve                           

                              5:00 pm     Divine Service (MA)

                              7:00 pm     Divine Service (CR)


Sun., Dec. 25       Christmas Day

                              8:00 am      Divine Service/HC (MA)

                              9:45 am      Divine Service/HC (CR)

                              No Bible Class or Sunday School today



Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Chuck Ehm; Susie Seals; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Tyler Miller; Haiting Hsieh;

Judy Woods; Jim Best; Jayne Livingston; Martha Ricker; Donna Williams


Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Tricia Niehouse;  Joe Haines;  Norm Schroeder; Bertha Jensen; Corene Ramsey; Pat Barkalow; Kathy Parker; Mark Larson; Ed Rotert Sr., Ed Rotert Jr.


Military: Aaron Hoogland; Nathan Nonneman


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)


Seminary Student: Luke Watt


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Wilma Cottrell, Donna Dittman, Jeanne Herzberg, Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga,


 Attendance :  

Dec. 11     MA  11        CR  64, H/C 59

Dec. 14 Advent service  CR  35

H/C means Holy Communion




Altar flowers and the poinsettia on a stand beside the steps, are given in memory of Frieda Porter by Pat Barkalow and Becky & Jim Hagen. 


Card Shower/Open House:  May Carlisle will be turning 100 on January 5.  A card shower will be held in honor of her birthday.   Cards may be sent to her at 705 N. Oak in Creston.    There will also be an open house held in her honor on Saturday, January 7, from 2:00-4:00 in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall.  



Bible Study:  During December, Pastor will continue leading a Bible study titled: “Explaining All the Scary Stuff in Revelation”.   The class will be taught on Sundays in Creston after the Divine Service, in the fellowship hall and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (Dec. 6 & 20)  at 6:30 at the church in Mt. Ayr.   All are welcome to attend this study at either location.



Painter Wanted:   A utility shed has been built and placed southwest of the parsonage.  This will serve as storage for the Rutz family.   The shed has been given a primer coat and a final coat of paint is still needed.  If you are interested in doing this in the spring, you can let the trustees know that you are willing to do so.   Thank you from the Trustees.



Christian Care Fund:   The balance in the Christian Care Fund is $2135.88.    There were no requests for aid in November.





At the December 7th elder's meeting it was decided to begin a Sunday service schedule change beginning Sunday, January 8, 2017.  This will be a trial run through the end of May.   A decision will be made by the voter's assembly at the April voter's meeting whether to keep the new schedule or whether to go back to the old schedule. 

The new schedule will be as follows:

8:00 a.m.  Bible Study and Sunday School in Creston

9:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Creston

10:45 a.m. Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

There will still be fellowship time after the Divine Service in Creston.


Remember that this will begin on Sunday, January 8, 2017.  





The large LWML Mite Box will be displayed in the back of the sanctuary during the month of December.

Your mites will help support various mission projects of the LWML on the district and national level.



 Serving At Trinity


Sun December 18

Organist: (MA) Melody Stoner;  (CR) Julie Lang


Acolyte:  Katie Foglesong


Ushers in December:  (CR) Jim Hagen, Mike Lang


Elders on Duty in December:

(MA) Mark Larsen , Doug Bullock (CR) Mike Lang


Offering Counters in December:  (CR)   Dennis Brown, Tom Braymen


Altar Committee for December: Dave & Maggie Dory