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July 12, 2020 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Jul 9, 2020, 9:22 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost on July 12, 2020

Isaiah 55:10-13         Romans 8:12-17   Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23   

1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”   18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”


                     This Week at Trinity  

 Sun., July 12     8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)                        

                            9:00 am   Divine Service/HC (CR)

                          10:00 am   Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                          11:00 am   Divine Service (MA)

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


Wed., July 15     5:30 pm  All boards meet in FH (CR)

                            6:00 pm   Council meeting in FH (CR)


Sun., July 19     8:00 am   Bible Class (CR)                        

                           9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                          10:00 am  Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                          11:00 am  Divine Service/HC (MA)

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



         Prayer List

Cancer:  Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Patty Gipple (niece of the Bullocks)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl & b-i-l of Pat Stream)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Ron Foglesong (brother of Dennis Foglesong)

Brian Raske (brother in law of Deb Melzer)

Vivian Herzberg (sister of Bruce Herzberg)


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

Members:  Norm Schroeder; Jay Bochart, Alexis Swanson, and

                  Jean Kruse

Marie Burmeister

Oliver Gish (great nephew of Waunita Watt)

Bob Beatty (friend of Waunita Watt)

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Brian Mills (nephew of Cooks)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Lawrence Herzberg,

Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry;

Warren Kruse


Military:  Nathan Nonneman (grandson of Sharon Nonneman)

Kyle Marchok (husband of Hembry’s granddaughter)


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 the card.

Attendance from July 5, 2020

Creston  44               Mt. Ayr 16,  HC 14


 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, July 12,  2020

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

Ushers in  July:  (CR) Charlie Bowman, Eric Eklund, Mick Hagen, and Phil Wardenburg

Elders on Duty in July: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Phil Wardenburg

Acolyte:  (CR)        (MA)  Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in July:  Phil Wardenburg and Rick Hadley

Altar Guild for July:  Cindy Isdahl and Janette Lang



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.     You are also invited to join members in the fellowship hall after the 9:00 service or prior to the 11:00 service for a time of fellowship.


Hymnals:  The hymnals are available again for your use during the service, but for awhile we will continue to print out the entire service in the bulletin, also. 

Attendance Cards: Attendance cards are back in the pew racks.  Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card and to list names of each family member in attendance.  Turn in your card at the back of the church at the end of the service. 

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.

If you have moved or your phone number or email address have changed, please note any changes on the attendance card so that we can update our records in the office.


Private Communion Times:   If you would like to take holy communion privately, please call Pastor to set up an appointment.


Livestreamed and You Tube Services:   Our services continue to be available via our church website and will be livestreamed and also available, once downloaded, via You Tube.  

Weekly Bulletins, Announcements, and Sermons continue to be available on the church website.

Voters’ Meeting:   The next quarterly voters’ meeting will be held next Sunday, July 19, at 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Proposed Amendment to By-Laws

A proposed amendment to the By-Laws will be presented at the July 19 Voters meeting.


The amendment is to eliminate the term limits for the Treasurer and Financial Secretary, which are currently two consecutive, 1 year terms. This is being recommended because the computer programs used for both offices is detailed and takes time to learn. It has become increasingly difficult to find congregational members who are willing to learn these programs. The By-Laws do require that an annual audit be conducted, so this should protect against unauthorized transactions by these officers.


The proposed amendment is to Article IV, part B, the 5th sentence:


“The officers shall be permitted to hold the same office for two (2) consecutive terms only, except the Treasurer and Financial Secretary offices shall have no term limits.




USED PORTALS OF PRAYER may be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the Narthex. These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair.  There is a big demand for these. Thank you.