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January 6, 2019 Epiphany Sunday

posted Jan 8, 2019, 9:33 AM by Linda Hadley

For Epiphany of our Lord on January 6 , 2019.

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Isaiah 60:1-6

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12


The Visit of the Wise Men

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:


6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”


7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.



 This Week at Trinity



Sun., Jan. 6     Epiphany Sunday

                          8:00 am  Bible Class led by guest speaker, Rev.  

                         MichaelWolfram from Lutheran Family Service(CR)

                          9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                        10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                        10:00 am   Taking Down the Greens (CR)

                        10:00 am   Fellowship Time (MA))

                        11:00 am  Divine Service/HC(MA)

                        After the service in MA, presentation by Rev.

                        Wolfram from Lutheran Family Service

                         Also after the service, youth confirmation class

                         in Mt. Ayr


Mon., Jan. 7    8:30 am  Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool



Tues., Jan. 8    6:30 am  FH Early Risers

                         8:30 am  Preschool

                       12:30 pm  Preschool



Wed., Jan. 9     8:30 am  Preschool

                        12:30 pm  Preschool 

                          1:30 pm  Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

                          6:00 pm  F.L.O.C.K. in FH (CR)



Thurs., Jan. 10  8:30 am  Preschool

                            9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            4:00 pm  Clover Kids 4H in FH (CR)




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)

                        10:00 am  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                        10:00 am  Taking Down the Greens (CR)

                        10:00 am  Fellowship Time (CR))

                        11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)

                         1:00 pm   Youth bowling at Lucky Lanes in Mt. Ayr

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


 Prayer List

Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; 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

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 & 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, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry

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 Dec. 30  2018    CR   52, H/C 49    MA 16 , H/C 14

 From Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve) CR 33, H/C 32

Serving At Trinity    Sunday, January 6, 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.  

Thank You:  We thank Rev. Michael Wolfram, from Lutheran Family Service, for sharing God’s Word with us this morning.  We ask God’s blessings upon the work being done through Lutheran Family Service.  Their website is    More information can be read in the inserts found in today’s bulletin.


Thank You for all of the prayers, gifts, and support.  We appreciate it.  We are blessed with so many friends.  Thank you.

From Dean, Allison, Lauren, & Elizabeth Hadley


Removal of the Greens:   TODAY, January 6, the Christmas decorations in Creston will be removed after the church service.   With plenty of help, it will go more quickly. 


Rachel Circle:   Since the first Tuesday of January was on January 1, the Rachel Circle changed their meeting to Tuesday, January 8.   They will meet at Tracy Booth’s house, 2352 110th Ave., Murray, Iowa at 7:00 p.m.

Note:   This address  (2352) is the correct address.  There was a mistake in last week’s announcements.

Naomi Circle will meet this Wednesday, January 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Our topic will be “The Shepherd’s Peace found on page 16 of the Winter 2018 Quarterly.  Please join us for Bible study and fellowship

Sunday Morning Bible Study:  We will begin a new study on Sunday January 13th @ 8:00am in Creston.

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:  Sunday 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!!  Church is at 11:00am in Mount Ayr for those who would like to attend there.




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 LCMS 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.