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December 4, 2016 The Second Sunday in Advent

posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:16 PM by Linda Hadley

This Week at Trinity


 Sun., Dec. 4        8:00 am      Divine Service /HC(MA)

                             9:45 am       Divine Service (CR)

                           11:00 am       Hanging of the Greens (CR)

                             Potluck Brunch following the decorating in FH


Mon., Dec. 5        8:30 am      Preschool

                           12:30 pm       Preschool


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

8:30 am       Preschool

                           12:30 pm       Preschool

                              Pastor’s afternoon in MA

                              6:30 pm      Bible Study in MA


Wed., Dec. 7        8:30 am       Preschool             

                           12:30 pm       Preschool 

6:00 pm       Confirmation Class

                             7:00 pm       Advent Service (CR)

                             8:00 pm       Elders Meeting


Thurs., Dec. 8       8:30 am      Preschool

                               9:45 am     Preschool Chapel

                             12:30 pm      Preschool

                               1:45 pm      Preschool Chapel

                               4:00 pm-8:00 pm   FH in use by 4-H Groups


Sat., Dec. 10          9:00-4:00   FH in use (CR)


Sun., Dec. 11        8:00 am      Divine Service MA)

                              9:45 am       Divine Service/HC (CR)

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

                              2:00 pm       Preschool Christmas Program in FH

                           Preschool Bd. Meeting following the program 



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


Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Tricia Niehouse; Tim Gerber;  Joe Haines;  Norm Schroeder; Bertha Jensen; Corene Ramsey; Pat Barkalow; Kathy Parker


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, Frieda Porter


     Attendance :  Thanksgiving Eve  45, 43 H/C

Nov. 27 MA    not received et      CR  77, 72 H/C

Nov. 30 Advent 1     28

H/C means Holy Communion





Hanging of the Greens:   All are invited to stay after the service today to help decorate the church for Advent and Christmas.   Bible class will not meet.  A potluck brunch will follow the decorating for those who wish to stay to eat.


Thank you to Trinity members for all the prayers, cards, and gifts of food given to me since my recent shoulder surgery.         From Pat Barkalow


To the people who made the military veteran’s  blanket for Doyle:

Thank you so very much!  It is greatly appreciated.   It brings many thoughts and pleasures as well as the feeling of being away from family and friends.   God Bless You!       From Doyle and Lola Hembry


The Next Wednesday night Advent services will be held at 7:00 p.m. only in Creston on December 7, and December 14. 


Meals for Confirmation kids:  Meals will be provided for the confirmation class kids between their class time and  the Advent services.   If you are able to help provide food for these meals please see the sign up sheet on the table in the narthex.  The next meals will be on Dec.7 and Dec. 14.


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.


Preschool Christmas Program:  On Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 pm, the preschool Christmas program will be held in the fellowship hall.   All are welcome to join them as they celebrate Jesus’ birthday.  


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, you are welcome to paint yet this fall, weather permitting.   Or you can wait and paint it in the spring.    Thank you from the Trustees.





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

Your offerings will help various mission projects of the LWML.





This year again Iowa West Branch of Orphan Grain Train has been blessed with a $5,000 matching gift challenge. Gifts given to our branch before December 15 will be matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $5,000. This will enable our branch to do more than we ordinarily could do in meeting the extraordinary needs that have so greatly arisen in the lives of so many people. We ask you to join us in responding with Christian love and care in helping those whose lives have been upended. To be counted your gift must be received before December 15.  

 Sharon Ann Irwin, Iowa West Branch Manager

Orphan Grain Train

PO Box 152

Early IA 50535-0152



From Ellie Menz at the Iowa District West office:

As you may or may not know, used white bed sheets can get a 'second life' when made into bandages for use in countries that are in desperate need of bandages.
If interested,  following are some ways to help:
1.  Donate used white sheets to Perry Lutheran Home.  Some of the residents are rolling bandages and are in need of more sheets. (do you know of a motel or nursing home that has used sheets that they would be willing to donate?)  If so, deliver or send sheets to:
Perry Lutheran Home
% Wanitta Ramsey
2323 E. WIllis
Perry IA 50220

2. You can learn about the Global Health Ministries at   They send the bandages to many countries.



Advent specifically focuses on Christ's "coming," but Christ's coming manifests itself among us in three ways--past, present, and future. The readings which highlight Christ's coming in the past focus on the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation at Bethlehem. The readings which highlight Christ's coming in the future focus on his "second coming" on the Last Day at the end of time. And the readings which highlight Christ's coming in the present focus on his ministry among us through Word and Sacrament today.



 Serving At Trinity

Sun December 4

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


Acolyte:  Kenna Tomas


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