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December 29, 2019 The First Sunday after Christmas

posted Dec 30, 2019, 7:33 AM by Linda Hadley

For The First Sunday after Christmas on Dec. 29,  2019

Isaiah 63:7-14

Galatians 4:4-7

Matthew 2:13-23

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.


This Week at Trinity


Sun., Dec. 29   No adult Bible Class today

                         9:00 am   Divine Service/HC (CR)

                       10:00 am   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 am   Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                       11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)


Tues., Dec. 31  6:00 pm  New Year’s Eve Service with Holy 

                                          Communion (CR)


Wed., Jan. 1     The elders will not meet tonight.   Their

                         meeting has been moved to Tuesday, January 14

                         at 6:00 p.m. in CR


Sun., Jan. 5      No adult Bible Class today

                         9:00 am  Divine Service (CR)

                       10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 am  Fellowship Time (MA)

                       10:00 am  Taking down the Greens (CR)

                       11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)


Pastor will be on vacation January 5-10.

Preschool Classes will  resume on Monday, Jan. 6


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; Byron Bilderback; Jay Bochart; Eddie Ehm;

Terry Melzer


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 Dec. 22, 2019 CR 68, H/C 65     MA 14

Christmas Eve  CR   123   MA 35      Christmas Day  CR 38  H/C 37

Serving At Trinity    Sunday,  Dec. 29,  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) Tyler Riley   (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.

Baptism:  We rejoice and give thanks for Wager Teidis Brown, infant son of Clint and Christi Brown, who was claimed by Jesus in the waters of Holy Baptism last Sunday afternoon.  All of his grandparents were his sponsors.

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

Early Risers will not meet on Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019. We will resume on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Adult Bible Class will not meet next Sunday, January 5.  Class will resume on January 12.


REMOVAL OF THE GREENS in Creston will be next Sunday, January 5, 2020, 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!

The Mount Ayr location will remove Advent/Christmas decorations Sunday, January 12 before worship services beginning at 9:00 am. Potluck brunch will follow.



Iowa West Deaconess to ride The Lutheran Hour Float in Rose Parade January 1, 2020!

Deaconess Noemi Guerra of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, West Des Moines will be smiling and waving on January 1 to one million people along the Rose Parade route.  The Lutheran Hour float will once again be the only religious float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 1, 2020. This is the 70th year that The Lutheran Hour float has been a part of the parade. Noemi is the co-writer of the programs for Sentido Latino, a Spanish broadcast produced by Lutheran Hour Ministries. Watch for The Lutheran Hour float during television coverage of the parade. While network channels such as ABC and NBC will carry the Tournament of Roses Parade, the LHM float is not guaranteed coverage on those stations due to commercials and/or other TV commitments. For best viewing of the parade, cable’s Home and Garden Television (HGTV) channel shows the parade throughout the U.S. without interruption. Check your local listings for time and channels. Approximately 40 million Americans watch the Rose Parade live on TV, as well as millions of international viewers in 150 countries around the world.



Vacation Pastor Rutz and family will be on vacation January 5-10. During that time, in case you are in need of emergency pastoral care, please contact either Pastor Keith Schweitzer from Greenfield at 641-745-5143 or chairman of the elders, Phil Wardenburg, at 641-202-1611.

THANK YOU to the congregation for the Christmas gift of cash and to all who sent gifts and cards to remember our family for Christmas.  We have been blessed with your support and encouragement.  Looking forward to serving you with God’s gifts in the coming year. 

From Pastor, Julie, Molly, Jacob, and Jeremy Rutz


THANK YOU to the members of Trinity for the nice Christmas gift.  Your kindness is appreciated.   May God bless all the members of Trinity as we begin a new year as a church family.               

From Linda Hadley



Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the Narthex. These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair.  There is a big demand for these. Thank you.



Thank You

Trinity Lutheran Church,

    Thank you for choosing to partner with LC Clinic and for being a vital part of saving lives.  You continue to give hope to our clients and to our LC family as well.  We are encouraged and blesses by your generosity and thankful for your prayers and partnership.  We invite you to come and take a tour of our clinics and see firsthand what your support helps us accomplish.

                                                  For His glory,

                                              LC Clinic Family