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January 13, 2019 The Baptism of Our Lord

posted Jan 10, 2019, 9:10 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Baptism of our Lord on January 13, 2019.

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Isaiah 43:1-7

Romans 6:1-11


Luke 3:15-22

15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”


                    This Week at Trinity

Sun., Jan. 13   Festival of The Baptism of Our Lord

                        Holy Communion at both locations

                      8:00 am  Bible Class (CR)

                      9:00 am  Divine Service/HC (CR) with installation of 2019 officers, board/comm. members, teachers

                    10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                    10:00 am  Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                    11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)

                      1:00 pm  Youth bowling at Lucky Lanes in MA

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


Mon., Jan. 14    8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm  Preschool


Tues., Jan. 15   6:30 am  Early Risers Bible Study

                         8:30 am  Preschool

                         9:00 am  Handy Helpers quilting

                       12:30 pm  Preschool

                         6:30 pm  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Jan. 16    8:30 am  Preschool

                        12:30 pm  Preschool

                          6:30 pm  All boards meet

                          7:30 pm  Council meeting


Thurs., Jan. 17  8:30 am  Preschool

                            9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel


Sun.,  Jan. 20  Caring for Your Neighbor/Food Bank Collection

                       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 (CR & MA)

                       11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)

                        1:00 pm   Quarterly Voter’s Meeting in FH (CR)


 Prayer List

Cancer:  Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Dale Smelling; Libbie Wilkenson; Steve McDermott; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Paul Robinson; Kathy Eblen; Suzanne Troxel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;  Kathy Parker; Oliver Gish; Rev. Leon Hodges;  Tracy Booth

 Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry; Jo Ehm, Warren Kruse

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

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/Family (Dominican Republic)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Student Ministry at SWCC

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  January 6, 2019

CR  72               MA 23    H/C 19

Serving At Trinity    Sunday, January 13, 2019

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

Ushers in January:  (CR) Phil Wardenburg, Randy Ehm, Ed Booth, Jim Hagen

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

Finance Team in January: (CR) Rick Hadley, Jay Bochart

Altar Committee for January: (CR) Phil and 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.  

Sunday Morning Bible Study:  We just started  a new study this morning.   You are invited to join us  each and every week.

The Augsburg Confession: Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today 

The Augsburg Confession is just as relevant to the life of the Church today as it was during sixteenth century Reformation.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Biblical marriage and the civil government

How to approach church fellowship with all Christians

The important roles of clergy and laity, according to Scripture

Reformation heresies we still see in the Church today

Persecution and terrorism.


Youth Bowling Outing:  TODAY, January 13th at Lucky Lanes in Mount Ayr at 1pm.  We will have Pizza and pop, devotion and meeting planning for upcoming events which include National Youth Gathering.  Feel free to bring a friend or two!! 

Quarterly Voter’s Meeting:  Next Sunday, January 20 at 1:00 in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Volunteers are needed: The  Lc Clinic will be holding a new volunteer training seminar on Feb. 2-3.   It will be held in the fellowship hall at Trinity Creston.  If you are interested in attending, sign up by calling the phone number found on the insert in today’s bulletin.  If you have questions  you may ask them by calling that same number. 

The Clarinda Lutheran School will be hosting the 16th Annual German Dinner and Auction on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 11:00-1:00 at the school located at 707 W. Skidmore in Clarinda.  This is a fundraiser for the Lutheran school.  The cost of the meal is a freewill donation.  An information sheet listing the menu is on the table in the narthex.  If you plan to attend, they do ask that you call (712) 542-3657 to make a reservation. 


It is time to turn in names for renewals and for new subscriptions to the Lutheran Witness magazine.   The cost for 2019 is $22.68 per subscription.   If you currently subscribe, you need to let Linda in the office know whether you want to continue or not.  If you would like to begin a new subscription, there is a sign up sheet on the table in Creston to sign up and for those in Mt. Ayr, if you could email Linda at and let her know your name and address she will get you on the list.  All payments go through the offering plate.   You should have an envelope in your 2019 offering envelope box that is labeled Lutheran Witness Subscription.  Use that and place it in the offering plate at any time.  



Used Portals of Prayer:  Your used Portals of Prayer may be added to the box that is under the mailboxes in the narthex.   They will be used in the Lutheran Laymen’s League booth at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.


A diaper drive will begin in January and continue through the end of February.  This drive is to help out the Life Care Clinic here in Creston.  Diapers that are needed are Huggies and Pampers in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.  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.


The large LWML MITE BOX will be sitting at the back of the church during the month of January.  Your generous contributions in the recent past have helped for numerous Mission Grants, both nationally and for the district, to be paid in full.  The Lutheran Women In Mission would like to thank everyone who has given to our organization and we thank you in advance for your continued support.