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January 27, 2019 The Third Sunday after the Epiphany and National Lutheran Schools Sunday

posted Jan 26, 2019, 7:37 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Third Sunday after the Epiphany on January 27, 2019.

Neh. 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10   

I Cor. 12:12-31a

Luke 4:16-30     English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me  because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph's son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.


                 This Week at Trinity


Sun.,  Jan. 27  National Lutheran Schools’ Sunday

                       8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)

                       9:00 am  Concert by the Trinity Preschool Classes

                       9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                       10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 am  Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                       11:00 am  Divine Service (MA)

                  Youth Confirmation Class after the service in Mt. Ayr


  National Lutheran Schools’ Week January 27-February 2        


Mon., Jan. 28      8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm   Preschool


Tues., Jan. 29    6:30 am  FH Early Risers

                          8:30 am  Preschool

                        12:30 pm  Preschool


Wed., Jan. 30      8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool 


Thurs., Jan. 31    8:30 am  Preschool

                            9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel


Sat., Feb. 2    10:00-5:00  Life Care Clinic New Volunteer Training Seminar in FH (CR)


Sun., Feb. 3   Deadline to sign up for new or renewed Lutheran Witness Subscriptions 

                      8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)

                     9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                   10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                   10:00 am  Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                   11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)

                     1:00 –5:00 Life Care Clinic New Volunteer Training

                      Seminar in FH (CR)

Prayer List

Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos;  Randy Nemitz; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; 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; James Scarlett

 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 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 & 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

We  pray for the family of Dale Conn, who died on Monday, January 21.

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 20, 2019          CR  62    H/C 55                               MA 11    H/C 10

Serving At Trinity    Sunday, January 27, 2019

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

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:  8:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.  All are welcome to attend. The topic we are studying is:

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.


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.    If you did not receive an information sheet last Sunday, some are available on the table in the narthex.  


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.     Next Sunday, Feb. 3 is the deadline for signing up.


The Clarinda Lutheran School will be hosting the 16th Annual German Dinner and Auction next 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. 

Invitation:  A bridal shower will be held honoring Heather Jensen, bride-to-be of Jeff Kruse.  Jeff is the son of Kevin and Joyce Kruse.  Please join us in the Trinity Fellowship Hall on Saturday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m.  The couple is registered at Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Walmart.  Hostesses are Donna Scarlett, Jennifer Coffman, and Sadie Kruse, aunt, sister, and sister-in-law of the groom. 

LifeLight Bible Study will begin Monday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m.  We will study the second half of the “Book of Acts.”  Our focus will be on the activities of the Apostle Paul as he witnesses the Gospel in Asia Minor, Europe and Rome. Dr. Martin Luther wrote this about the Book of Acts: “…by this book St. Luke teaches the whole of Christendom…that the true and chief article of Christian doctrine is this: We must all be justified alone by faith in Jesus Christ, without any contribution from the law of help from our works.”  For information and study materials, contact Mike or Janette Lang.

Valentine’s Dinner:  The youth group will be hosting the annual Valentine’s Dinner on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 5:00, in Creston’s fellowship hall.  The menu will be pork loin, cheesy potatoes, salad, and mini-cheesecake.  Please sign up in the narthex in Creston by Feb. 10th.  Mt. Ayr members may email Linda at the church office and your name will be added to the list.  Cost is $15 per person.  Proceeds go to the youth group to help with the cost of youth gatherings. 



A diaper drive will 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. 

Mission Prayer:  Lord, lay some soul upon my heart and love the soul through me, and help me humbly do my part to lead that soul to Thee. Amen.