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January 28, 2018 The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

posted Jan 29, 2018, 8:10 AM by Linda Hadley

                        This Week at Trinity


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)                                          


Mon., Jan. 29    8:00 a.m.    Preschool

                       12:30 p.m.     Preschool

               5:00-10:00 p.m.    FH in use by Preschool for CPR training


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

                           8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                         12:30 p.m.   Preschool


Wed., Jan. 31    8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.   Preschool

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


Thurs., Feb. 1      8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.   Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 p.m.   Preschool

                            1:45 p.m.   Preschool Chapel



 Sun., Feb. 4        8:00 a.m   Bible Class (CR)

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

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

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

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


      Prayer List

Condolences:   Families of Ed Lang (brother of Chuck Lang) and Jane King (mother of Nathan Brown) who passed from this life last week.

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; Chuck Ehm


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

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 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany on January 28,  2018.  

Deut. 18:15-20

I Cor. 8:1-13

Mark 1:21-28—The Gospel Reading for the day

21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.


 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.


Attendance:  January 21

CR  154                              MA  16         H/C 13



Voter’s Meeting:  The quarterly voter’s meeting will be held TODAY at 1:00 in the fellowship hall in Creston.   If it’s more convenient, you may participate via Skype at the Mt. Ayr church.

Lutheran Witness Subscriptions Deadline: 

Deadline for signing up for a new or renewed subscription is Sunday, Feb. 11.  The $22.67 subscription price is handled through your church offerings.  The only thing Linda, in the office, needs is your name and address to send to St. Louis to get you signed up.   Sign up sheets can be found on the table in Creston and Mt. Ayr.   Thank you to those who have already responded. 

Youth Valentine Dinner:  Please read the insert in today’s bulletin about the youth Valentine Dinner which will be held on Feb. 11.  The deadline to RSVP for the meal is Wednesday, Feb. 7.  RSVP by phoning Sara Hadley, Jen Foglesong, or via the sign up sheet on the table in the narthex in Creston.  The proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund youth activities including the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis in 2019.


The Clarinda Lutheran School will be hosting the 15th Annual German Dinner and Silent Auction next 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.   More information is also on the table in the narthex.


Youth Bowling Outing : The youth bowling activity has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 25th 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 are welcome.  Feel free to invite friends. Let Pastor know if you need a ride or else just meet there at 3:00 pm. 


90 Years of Blessings:  Last Sunday Pastor opened the birthday party for Trinity's 90th anniversary with a prayer-and then the party began!   Many ingenious and tasty birthday cakes were enjoyed with beautiful decorating on the tables to match.  Over 40 attended and all had a really great time with the fellowship and exciting games.   This was the kick off for events that will continue thru out the year.  The "90 Years of Blessings" will conclude on Sunday, November 18th, so keep watching for other events.  Many thanks to all who attended and helped to make this event a very special day. 

      From the 90th anniversary committee  



Christian Care Fund:  The current balance in the Christian Care Fund is $998.




DIAPER DRIVE:  A diaper drive began on January 1, 2018 and continues through the whole month.   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 can be found at the back of the church this morning.   These MITE offerings are sent 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  last July.  To God be the glory!!  


MISSIONARY VISIT:  Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 6 at 11:00 am to hear Missionaries James and Christel Neuendorf from the Dominican Republic.




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.


Serving At Trinity

Sunday January 28

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

Acolyte:  (CR) Haylee Brown

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