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December 24, 2017 The Fourth Sunday in Advent

posted Dec 21, 2017, 9:42 AM by Linda Hadley

                       This Week at Trinity


Sun., Dec. 24     Fourth Sunday in Advent 

                           No Bible Class today.

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/HC  (CR)

                           No Sunday School Today                      

                           No morning service in Mt. Ayr today

                           5:00 pm    Christmas Eve Service in Mt. Ayr                                         

                           7:00 pm    Christmas Eve Service in Creston


 Mon., Dec. 25   9:00 am   Christmas Day Service/HC (CR)



No Preschool classes this week.   They will resume on January 8.      


Wed., Dec. 27   Reminder:   No youth confirmation class in CR tonight.  Youth confirmation class (CR) resumes on January 10.


 Sun., Dec. 31    No Bible Class today.

                           9:00 am       Divine Service/Matins  (CR)

                           No Sunday School Today                      

                          10:45 am   Divine Service /Matins in Mt. Ayr


 Mon., Jan. 1  New Year’s Day—-Office closed.


Tues., Jan. 2   6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                       7:00 p.m.  Rachel Circle at Kayla Brown’s house

                                         1200 N. Oak


 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 Fourth Sunday in Advent on December 24,  2017.  

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Romans 16:25-27


Luke 1:26-38   Gospel Reading for the day

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


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. 17

 CR  91                        MA  16 and 13 communed

From Dec, 20 Advent Service  32




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.


A 90th Anniversary committee from the Creston location has been formed to discuss some events commemorating the incorporation of Trinity Lutheran Church-Creston 90 years ago.  We will begin the year with a congregational birthday party on Sunday, January 21 at 3:30 p.m.   January 1928 was when Trinity was initially incorporated. Watch for a sign-up sheet for birthday cakes!

An outdoor worship service will be held in Creston on June 24 for both locations with a final “90 years of Blessings” Sunday on November 18th. More details will be coming about all events but please mark your calendars now for all the fun!




in Creston will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018, following Divine Service.  A hearty thank you to all who participated in the Hanging of the Greens at both locations.  Your help with this project has been extremely important. THANK YOU.  Equally important  is the timely removal and proper storage of the greens.  We need your help with this important project as we prepare our facilities for the Epiphany Season of the Church Year.  Please join us.  Thank you!



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. 





CHRISTMAS CARDS:  Christmas cards have been received from two sets of missionaries that Trinity helps support.   Cards and newsletters from Pastor Herb and Markie  Burch and from Christel and James Neuendorf are on the table in the narthex for you to to read.

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed next summer at the Iowa State Fair.  Thank you.



 Serving At Trinity

Sunday December  24

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