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January 19, 2020 The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

posted Jan 20, 2020, 10:58 AM by Linda Hadley

For The Second Sunday after the Epiphany on Jan. 19,  2020

Isaiah 49:1-7

I Corinthians1:1-9

John 1:29-42a

Behold, the Lamb of God

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).


                  This Week at Trinity    


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        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


Mon., Jan. 20   No Preschool Classes today.

                          Professional Development Day  


Tues., Jan. 21   6:30 am  Early Risers Bible Study

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                          9:00 am   Handy Helpers Quilting

                        12:30 pm  Preschool

                          5:00 pm  Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

                          6:30 pm  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Jan. 22    8:30 am  Preschool

                        12:30 pm  Preschool

                          7:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)



Thurs., Jan. 23   8:30 am  Preschool

                           9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                         12:30 pm  Preschool

                           1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel


Sun., Jan. 26  National Lutheran Schools Week Begins 

                         8:00 am  Bible Class (CR) 

                         9:00 am  Divine Service with concert by the

                                       Trinity Preschoolers

                       10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 am  Fellowship Time (MA& CR)

                       11:00 am  Divine Service/HC

                         1:00 pm  Quarterly Voters Meeting in FH (CR)


 Prayer List


Cancer:  Denice Creveling; Patty Gipple; Dave Goeglein;

 Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Suzanne Troxel; Brad Still


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

Norm Schroeder; Oliver Gish; Rev. Dave Ericksen; Rachel Heck;

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 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 Jan. 12, 2020

 CR  63, H/C 58             MA  16, H/C 13


 Serving At Trinity    Sunday,  January 19,  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) Lianna Means (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. 


Youth Bowling Outing:  TODAY, January 19th at Lucky Lanes in Mount Ayr at 1pm. After the service in Mt. Ayr 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!!   


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


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.  

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 members) by Feb. 9.   Thank you.


Valentine’s Dinner: Trinity Youth Group will be hosting the annual Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.   The menu will be:  lasagna, salad, breadsticks, dessert, and beverage and the cost is $15.00 per person.  There is a sign up sheet on the table in Creston and Mt. Ayr members who wish to attend can email the church office at:

lhadley and your name will be added to the list.   The deadline to sign up is Sunday, February 9 to allow for meal preparation.   Proceeds will help fund various youth activities, including attendance at youth gatherings. If you have any questions speak to Jen Foglesong or Pastor Rutz.


LifeLight Bible Study will begin Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m.  We will study the book of “Luke, Part 1”. Luke proclaims that he has carefully recorded the events of this inspired book as he has learned from “eyewitnesses” to the events.   Dr. Martin Luther wrote this about the Gospels: “…The gospel, then, is nothing but the preaching about Christ, Son of God and of David, true God and man, who by his death and resurrection has overcome for us the sin, death and hell of all men who believe in him.”  Please join us as we study God’s Word.  For information and study materials, contact Mike or Janette Lang.


LC Clinic Diaper Drive:   In today’s bulletin you will find an insert telling about the annual Diaper Drive to benefit the LC Clinic.    If you are able to provide for this project you may drop the diapers off at the clinic during the hours listed on the insert or you may drop them off at the church.   There is a basket on the floor by the table in the narthex where they may be placed before delivery to the clinic.