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December 2, 2018 The First Sunday in Advent

posted Nov 29, 2018, 9:53 AM by Linda Hadley

For the First Sunday in Advent on Dec. 2,  2018.  

Jeremiah 33:14-16

I Thessalonians 3:9-13


Luke 19:28-40

The Triumphal Entry

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

       This Week at Trinity


Sun., Dec. 2   8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)

                          9:00 am    Divine Service (CR)

                          9:00 am    Church decorating at Mt. Ayr followed by a potluck brunch

                         10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                         10:00 am   Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                         11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)\

Mon., Dec. 3     8:30 am    Preschool

                           12:30 pm    Preschool


Tues., Dec. 4     6:30 am   Early Risers’ Bible Study in FH (CR)

                              8:30 am   Preschool

                            12:30 pm   Preschool

                              6:30 pm   Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Dec. 5    8:30 am    Preschool

                           12:30 pm    Preschool

                             6:00 pm    Advent Service in Creston

                             No elders meeting this month.


Thurs., Dec. 6   8:30 am    Preschool

                             9:45 am    Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm    Preschool

                             1:45 pm    Preschool Chapel


Sun., Dec. 9   8:00 am  Bible Class (CR)

                          9:00 am   Divine Service /HC(CR)

                         10:00 am  Hanging of the Greens at Creston followed by a potluck brunch

                         10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                         10:00 am  Fellowship Time (MA)

                         11:00 am  Divine Service (MA)

                           4:00 pm  Rachel Circle Christmas and  gift exchange at Anita Wardenburg’s house (1000 N. Lincoln)

                           5:00 pm   Preschool Board Meeting in FH (CR)

  Prayer List

Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Libbie Wilkenson; Steve McDermott; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Paul Robinson

 Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;  Kathy Parker; Oliver Gish; Rev. Leon Hodges; Lola Hembry; Dennis Foglesong; Bob Eklund; Tracy Booth

 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 & 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, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry

Condolences:  We remember the family of Ray Nuzum, step-father of Joy Brown, who died on Nov. 22   His funeral was held in Winterset on Nov. 28.

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 Thanksgiving Eve    44   H/C 37  

Services were cancelled on Nov. 25 due to snow.

Serving At Trinity    Sunday, December 2,  2018

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

Ushers in December:  (CR) Kevin Kruse, Randy Ehm, Dave Dory, Dean Hadley

Elders on Duty in December: (MA) Mike Sickels  (CR) Charlie Bowman

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

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

 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.  

Thank You:  The 90th Anniversary Committee would like to thank Pastor Rutz for putting together such an awesome service to make our "90 Years of Blessings" finale even better than we ever expected! With the help of the other Pastors, special music and the continuous Communion, it all came together to make it a beautiful service we will all remember for a really long time.  And we want to thank all our members for being a part of all this celebration and fellowship and to especially thank God  for ALL His blessings and mercies shown to Trinity over the last 90 years.  To God Be The Glory!   

Thank You:  A very special thank you is in order to Jean Kruse and Sue Larsen for putting together the beautiful new quilt that is hanging in the fellowship hall.  Jean spent many hours creating The 90th Anniversary quilt.  If you have not been able to see it up close and read it, please take the time to do so.  It is a beautiful work of art. Thank you, Jean.  (To keep it nice, please do not touch). 

  Advent Service Fellowship Time: Since Advent services will be at 6pm this year there may be a little time for some fellowship directly following the service. If you would be willing to provide some bars, cookies, etc. to serve after church please sign up in the Narthex. The first night is already covered. Thanks for your help!


Hanging of the Greens in Creston:  NEXT Sunday, Dec. 9, the church decorating for Advent and Christmas will be done in Creston right after the service.   After decorating, a potluck brunch will be held.  

Rachel Circle Christmas:  Rachel Circle will meet NEXT Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. at Anita Wardenburg’s house (1000 N. Lincoln St.) for their annual Christmas get-together and gift exchange.   Please note this change of time and day.

Looking Ahead:  Note these extra dates and times.  

Dec. 5  6:00 p.m.    Mid-week Advent Service in Creston

Elders are not going to meet this month.

Dec. 9  10:00 a.m.  Hanging of the Greens in Creston

followed by a potluck brunch.

Dec. 9  4:00 p.m.  Rachel Circle Christmas and gift

 Exchange at Anita Wardenburg’s house (1000 N. Lincoln)

Dec. 9  5:00 p.m.  Preschool Board Meeting

Dec. 12  9:30 a.m.  Naomi Circle’s Christmas Brunch at Windrow Restaurant

Dec. 12  3:30 p.m.  Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 12  5:00 p.m.  F.L.O.C.K. in Creston

Dec. 12  6;00 p.m.  Mid-week Advent Service in Creston

Dec. 16  Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr after church

Dec. 16  2:00 p.m.  Preschool’s Christmas Program

Dec. 19  6:00 p.m.  Mid-week Advent Service in Creston

Dec. 19 Boards and Council meet after the service

Dec. 24  5:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve Service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24  7:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve Service in Creston

Dec.25  9:00 a.m.   Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion in Creston

Dec. 31  6:00 p.m.  New Years Eve Service with Holy Communion in Creston



Boxed Christian Christmas Cards: Boxes of cards are available for purchase in the narthex. Funds go back to the LWML resource fund.   



Mitten Tree:  Mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves will be gathered again this year to be shared with kids in need in the community.  Donations may be hung on the tree in the narthex (Creston).