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December 31, 2017 The First Sunday after Christmas

posted Dec 28, 2017, 7:49 AM by Linda Hadley

                        This Week at Trinity


 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

 No Preschool Classes this week.   Classes resume on January 8.


Tues., Jan. 2     No Early Risers class this week.

                         6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

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

                                          1200 N. Oak


Wed., Jan. 3     7:00 p.m.  Elders Meeting

                         Youth confirmation class in Creston will resume on

                          Jan. 10.


Sat., Jan. 6    Epiphany


Sun., Jan. 7   Epiphany Sunday/ The Baptism of our Lord

                       Holy Communion will be in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                        8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

                       9:00 a.m.   Divine Service/HC(CR) with installation of officers & board members

                     10:00 a.m.   Removing of the Greens (CR)

                     10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                     10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA)

                     10:45 a.m,   Divine Service/HC with installation of officers & board members (MA)


   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


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.


Dec. 24 A.M.    CR  54,  HC 49        C. Eve  MA   30        CR    104           

Christmas Day in CR 35,  HC 35

For The First Sunday after Christmas on December 31,  2017.  

Isaiah 61:10-62:3   Galatians 4:4-7   

Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,

    according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation

31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.




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.


No New Year’s Eve services tonight.    Please note this change from previous years.

Jan. 3 Elders Meeting: This month’s meeting will be begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Thank you to the congregation for the Christmas bonus 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


January 7:  Installation of officers & board members will be held in Creston and Mt. Ayr.  Since it is also Epiphany Sunday we will have communion at both locations.

REMOVAL OF THE GREENS  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!


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!




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.


DIAPER DRIVE:  A diaper drive will begin on January 1, 2018 and continue through the whole month.  This drive is to help out the Life Care Clinic here in Creston.  Diapers that are needed are Huggies & Pampers in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, but any brand will be appreciated.  The most requested diaper size is 3.  All diapers can be dropped off at the Clinic or brought to church and put in a receiving blanket lined basket in the narthex.

 The Creston Clinic hours are: Monday 10-2; Tuesday & Thursday 1-7.  The address is: 1109 S. Sumner, Creston, IA 50801.  641-782-2150.

Thank you in advance for helping out the families at the LC Clinic.            From The Mission Board.


 Serving At Trinity

Sunday December  31

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff   (CR) Sharon Eklund

Acolyte:  (CR) Elizabeth Hadley

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