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February 23, 2020 Transfiguration Sunday

posted Feb 24, 2020, 8:01 AM by Linda Hadley

For Transfiguration Sunday on Feb. 23, 2020

Exodus 24:8-18

2 Peter 1:16-21


Matthew 17:1-9

The Transfiguration

1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

9 And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”


This Week at Trinity   


Sun., Feb. 23  Festival Sunday-Transfiguration Sunday

                                Holy Communion at both locations

                           8:00 am  Bible Class (CR) 

                          9:00 am  Divine Service/HC(CR)

                        10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                        10:00 am  Fellowship Time (MA& CR)

                        11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)

                         4:00 pm   PS Father’s Night

Mon., Feb. 24     8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm   Preschool 

                           6:30 pm   Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)


Tues., Feb. 25      6:30 am  Early Risers Bible Study

                            8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            1:00 pm  Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)


Wed., Feb. 26    Ash Wednesday

                           8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm  Preschool                        

                           3:30 pm  Youth Conf. Class in Mt. Ayr

                           6:00 pm  Ash Wed. Service/HC (CR)

                           7 :00 pm Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Thurs., Feb. 27     8:30 am  Preschool

                             9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm   Preschool

                             1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel

Sun., Mar. 1       8:00 am  Bible Class (CR) 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                        10:00 am   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                        10:00 am   Fellowship Time (MA& CR)

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)


   Prayer List


Cancer:  Denice Creveling (member of Trinity)

Patty Gipple (niece of the Bullocks)

Dave Goeglein (cousin of Dorothy Cook)

Rev. Blake Rickbiel (friend of Deb Melzer)

Suzanne Troxel (Pastor Troxel’s daughter)

Brad Still (friend of the Booths)

Karen Goeglein (cousin of Dorothy Cook)


On-going health concerns, Hospitalized,  Surgery/Recovery: 

Members:  Norm Schroeder; Jay Bochart, Byron Bilderback, and Eddie Ehm

Oliver Gish (great nephew of Waunita Watt)

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Rachel Heck (Trinity Preschool aide)

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl & brother-in-law

        Of Pat Stream)

Brian Mills (nephew of Cooks)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Lawrence Herzberg,

Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry;

Warren Kruse


Military:  Nathan Nonneman (grandson of Sharon Nonneman)

Kyle Marchok (husband of Hembry’s granddaughter)



Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor James and Christel Neuendorf (Puerto Rico)  Special prayer for those

affected by the earthquakes in  Puerto Rico where the Neuendorfs


Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison Hispanic Ministry)

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Belize)

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

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 Feb. 16,  2020

 CR   94          MA  9,    H/C 6

Serving At Trinity    Sunday,  February 23,  2020

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

Ushers in  February:  (CR) Dennis Foglesong, Tim Foglesong, Jim Kneedler, Logan/James Shady

Elders on Duty in February: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Eric Eklund

Acolyte:  (CR) Lianna Means (MA)  Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in February: Paul Kearney & Bill Magers

Altar Committee for February: Karl & Candace Petersen  (CR) 

                                                                                                                        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.     You are also invited to join members in the fellowship hall after the service for a time of fellowship.


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. 


Ash Wednesday will be this week on Wednesday, February 26 and we will have a service at 6:00 p.m. in Creston.   During that service we will have the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. 


Lenten Services:  Lenten services will be held onWednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., in Creston.   Youth Confirmation Class in Creston will be right after each service.


Elders:  The March elders’ meeting will be moved to Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m, in the fellowship hall in Creston.

New Bible Study – “Eyes On Jesus” Sunday mornings at 8:00am in Creston and 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Mount Ayr at 6:30pm.

When the characters in the Passion narrative look at Jesus, what do they see? This series, based on the Gospel according to St. Mark, will examine how the various people around Jesus viewed Him—and how we should view Him. In most cases, people misunderstood who He is and what He was doing. In some cases, by faith, people recognized Him aright. Above all, we will “fix our eyes” on what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death, and celebrate what God sees on account of His work: our justification for His sake. 

Please Join Us!  All are welcome from youth on up.                Pastor Rutz

Thank You:  The youth group would like to thank the congregation for attending the Valentine's Dinner this past weekend. The group appreciates all of your support throughout the year as without your support it wouldn't be possible for us to attend the gatherings and continue to grow in our faith. 



The Diaper Drive for the Life Care Clinic continues through February.   If you need another copy of the insert that has been in the bulletin several times, there are some available on the table in the narthex. You may drop off  donations at the clinic or place them in the basket in the narthex in Creston and someone will deliver them to the clinic for you. 

Puerto Rico:  James and Christel Neuendorf are missionaries that our congregation helps support.  You may remember them from their visits in Creston in recent years.  They now serve in Puerto Rico and live in Ponce.  Their area has recently been devastated by an earthquake.  Their church buildings have been damaged or destroyed but God’s Church continues to be built as the Gospel is still being proclaimed to the people.  A copy of their recent newsletter is on the table in the narthex (CR) and a copy was also sent to Mt. Ayr today.