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January 12, 2020 The Baptism of Our Lord

posted Jan 13, 2020, 7:42 AM by Linda Hadley

For The Baptism of Our Lord on Jan. 12,  2020

Isaiah 42:1-9

Romans 6:1-11

Matthew 3:13-17

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”


             This Week at Trinity                                                                      

Sun., Jan. 12   Festival of the Baptism of Our Lord

                         8:00 am  Bible Class (CR) 

                         9:00 am  Divine Service/HC and installation of

                                        officers and board members (CR)

                          9:00 am  Taking down the Advent/Christmas

                    decorations in Mt. Ayr followed by a potluck brunch

                       10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 am  Fellowship Time (MA& CR)

                       11:00 am  Divine Service/HC with installation of

                                        officers and board members (MA)

                        5:00 pm  Preschool Board Meeting in FH (CR)


Mon., Jan. 13    8:30 am  Preschool

                        12:30 pm  Preschool

                         4:00 pm  Clover Kids 4H in FH (CR)


Tues., Jan. 14    6:30 am  Early Risers Bible Study

                          8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm  Preschool

                           6:00 pm  Elders Mtg in FH (CR)


Wed., Jan. 15   Pastor at Circuit Pastors’ Meeting 

                          8:30 am  Preschool

                        12:30 pm  Preschool

                          3:30 pm  Youth Confirmation Class in MA

                          5:30 pm  All boards meet in FH (CR)

                          6:00 pm  Church Council Meeting in FH (CR)

                          6:00 pm  F.L.O.C.K. (rescheduled from last week)

                          7:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Thurs., Jan. 16    8:30 am  Preschool

                            9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel


Sun., Jan. 19  Caring For Your Neighbor/Food Bank   

                          8:00 am  Bible Class (CR) 

                         9:00 am  Divine Service

                       10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 am  Fellowship Time (MA& CR)

                       11:00 am  Divine Service/HC

                       12:00 pm Youth Meet at the church in Mt. Ayr for

                                        Pizza and to make plans for the year

                         1:00 pm Youth bowling at Lucky Lanes in Mt. Ayr


 Phone Numbers for Pastor Rutz

To reach Pastor Rutz  phone the church office at

(641-782-5095) Ext. 3

 Pastor’s email is:

In an emergency, you may reach Pastor at 712-621-5971 (cell)


Email Address for the Office Assistant


When you have announcements that need to be included in the weekly announcements, please turn them in by noon on Wednesdays.



 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;

Brad Still


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; Judy Accetta


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 Jan. 5, 2020

 CR  80           MA   16,   H/C 11



 Serving At Trinity    Sunday,  Jan. 12,  2020

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

Ushers in  January:  (CR) Phil Wardenburg, Dennis Brown, Ed Booth, Mick Hagen

Elders on Duty in January: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Phil Wardenburg

Acolyte:  (CR)  Maylee Riley (MA)  Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in January: Rick Hadley & Phil Wardenburg

Altar Committee for January:   (CR)  Phil & Anita Wardenburg


 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. 



Emails:  It has been brought to our attention that some members have received an email that looks like it’s from another member, but it has not been a real email.   Be cautious before opening emails that look questionable.   Or, when it doubt, email the person to see if they really sent you one or not.


Elders will meet Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.


All Boards will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15 in the fellowship hall in Creston.   The church council meeting will follow at 6:00 p.m.

F.L.O.C.K. has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m., in the fellowship hall (CR).


Youth Bowling Outing:  Next Sunday, January 19th at Lucky Lanes in Mount Ayr at 1pm.  All are invited to attend the 11:00 service in Mt. Ayr.  After the service we will have pizza and pop, devotion and meeting planning for upcoming events. Then we’ll head over to the bowling alley. Feel free to bring friends!!  If you’d rather attend church in Creston, feel free to join us for pizza and/or bowling.

National Lutheran Schools Week will be January 26-February 1, 2020.  The Trinity Preschool students will sing a concert of songs at the beginning of the service, in Creston, on Sunday, January 26.

The quarterly voters meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Clarinda Lutheran School will have their 17th Annual German Dinner & Silent Auction on Sunday, Feb. 2.   For more information see the sheet on the table in the narthex (CR) and info has also been sent to Mt. Ayr to share. 

Lutheran Witness Subscriptions:  If you would like to start a new subscription to the Lutheran Witness magazine,  the cost is $22.68 which will get you the magazine plus the Iowa District West insert.    If you would like to begin a new subscription, please sign up on the sheet found on the table in Creston.   For those down in Mt. Ayr, please email Linda at by February 9 and tell her you would like to start a subscription.   To pay, there is an envelope to use in your offering box.   Just put it in the offering plate some Sunday.  For those of you who are renewing a current subscription, please return the Yes/No form (Creston members) to Linda  or email her (Mt. Ayr folks) by Feb. 9.   Thank you.


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.


Lutheran Family Service:  In today’s bulletin you will find an insert and an envelope for Lutheran Family Service.  Lutheran Family Service provides ongoing ministries of pregnancy counseling, adoption, mental health and marriage counseling, including work to advocate for life at the capital and to educate our LCMS member about the coming Life Amendment  These extensive efforts need your help to support it.  If you would like to make a gift to help LFS, you may send it in the envelope that is in your bulletin.



Dear Members of Trinity,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your kindness, support, & continued prayers. We find comfort knowing that we have so many people praying for our family.

God bless,

The Bocharts

Jay, Brenda, Kyle, & Adam