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January 21, 2018 The Third Sunday after the Epiphany and National Lutheran Schools Sunday

posted Jan 22, 2018, 10:50 AM by Linda Hadley

                              This Week at Trinity

National Lutheran Schools Week   January 21-27, 2018


Sun., Jan. 21    Caring For Your Neighbor—Food Bank Day

                           8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

                           Beginning of National Lutheran Schools Week

                           9:00 a.m.   Divine Service beginning with a concert 

                                              by the Trinity Preschool students

                         10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                         10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA & CR))

                         10:45 a.m,   Divine Service. HC (MA)

                         Youth Confirmation Class after church in Mt. Ayr

                            3:30 pm   90th Anniversary Congregational                                             

                                            Birthday Party for all members of Trinity

                                            held in the FH in Creston

Mon., Jan. 22   8:00 a.m.  Preschool

                       12:30p.m.     Preschool


Tues., Jan. 23   6:30 a.m.   Early Riser’s Bible Study (CR)

                           8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                         12:30 p.m.   Preschool



Wed., Jan. 24   Pastor at Circuit Meeting

                          8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                          3:15 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

                         6:00 p.m.   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

                         6:00 pm     F.L.O.C.K.


Thurs., Jan. 25  8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.   Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 p.m.   Preschool

                            1:45 p.m.   Preschool Chapel


 Sun., Jan. 28    8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 a.m.   Divine Service/HC (CR)

                         10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                         10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time (MA & CR))

                         10:45 a.m,   Divine Service. (MA)

                         Youth Confirmation Class after church in Mt. Ayr

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

                            3:00 pm   Youth bowling at Lucky Lanes in Mt. Ayr      


    Prayer List

Condolences:   We remember the Ehm families upon the death of Chuck and Eddie’s sister, Rosie Lundberg, who died on Jan. 13 in Arizona. 

Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Jane King

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;Corene Ramsey; Mike Woodring; Kathy Bozwell-Craig; Kathy Parker; Ed Lang

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck


Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

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)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt


Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg


For The Third Sunday after the Epiphany on January 21,  2018.  

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

I Corinthians 7:29-35


Mark 1:14-20

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.



 Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   Hand 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.


Jan. 14 CR  76,  67 communed                  MA   14


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 form 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.


           LIFE TOGETHER


Lutheran Witness Subscriptions:  It’s the time of year to renew subscriptions to the Lutheran Witness magazine or to begin a new subscription for those who would like to receive the magazine.   The Lutheran Witness is an official publication of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  It is published 11 months during the year and includes the Iowa District West news and covers shipping and handling.   The price of the subscription is $22.67/year.  There is an envelope in the back of your offering envelope pack that is labeled Lutheran Witness.   Payment may be put in that envelope and placed in the church offering plate any Sunday.   Then Trinity pays for all the subscriptions in one lump sum.   

If you already receive the Lutheran Witness check your mailbox (Creston) for a note to see if any addresses need to be updated.   A list will be sent to Mt. Ayr, too.   

For anyone who would like to begin a new subscription, please sign up on the sheet found on the table (Creston) or on a sheet sent in Mt. Ayr transfer box.

Please turn in these sheets to Linda, in the office, no later than Sunday, February 11.      


BIRTHDAY PARTY:  Trinity Creston is starting the year of its 90th birthday! Let’s begin the year with a birthday celebration of cake and games TODAY, January 21st at 3:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall in Creston.  If you would like to assist with the games, please talk to Julie Lang after today’s service.


We received word that  Ruth Stoll  passed away 12/23/2017 at the age of 89. Ruth’s husband, Rev. Henry Stoll, was pastor at Trinity from 1974-1976.

Rosie (Ehm) Lundberg passed away from this life on Jan. 13 in Phoenix, AZ. Rosie was 95. She, along with Norma Nafke, was confirmed in the class of 1939 at Trinity (Broad Street location)  Rosie was a sister of Rudy, Chuck, and Eddie Ehm, and of Mary Ann Dutcher (deceased).  Rosie’s husband and father-in-law were involved with the construction of the first phase of our present church in Creston, as they worked for Garmer and Stiles Construction Company.     Shared by Eddie Ehm

Voter’s Meeting:  The quarterly voter’s meeting will be at 1:00 on January 28 in the fellowship hall in Creston.   Or, you can join some members in Mt. Ayr to participate via Skype. 

Youth Bowling Outing : Sunday January 28th 3-5pm @ Lucky Lanes in Mount Ayr on the east side of the town square.  Join us for bowling, food (pop and pizza), fellowship and fun!  Youth of all ages and their families welcome.  Feel free to invite friends. Let Pastor know if you need a ride or else just meet there at 3:00pm. 

The Clarinda Lutheran School will be hosting the 15th Annual German Dinner and Silent Auction on Sunday, Feb. 4 from 11-1.  It’s a freewill meal but they do need reservations to be made.   See a poster they sent for more information and a phone number to make your reservations.  



DIAPER DRIVE:  A diaper drive began on January 1, 2018 and continues through January.  This drive is to help out the Life Care Clinic here in Creston.  Diapers that are needed are Huggies & Pampers in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. The most requested diaper size is 3.  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


LWML MITE BOX:  The large LWML MITE box will be sitting at the back of the church during the whole month of January.  These MITE offerings go to help fund both the district and national levels for Mission Grants.  A Mission Grant of $100,000.00  that was just voted in by delegates at the June 2017 LWML Convention in Albuquerque has already been fully funded and paid in full.  This Mission Grant is called Current Missionary Need and is otherwise known as Mission Central, located in Mapleton, Iowa, which is where a number of Trinity members traveled to this last July.  To God be the glory!!  


Serving At Trinity

Sunday January 21

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

Acolyte:  (CR) Kenna Tomas

Ushers in January:  (CR) Dave Dory, Phil Wardenburg, Dean Hadley, Randy Ehm

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

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

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