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July 15, 2018 The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Jul 23, 2018, 8:39 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost on July 15,  2018.  

Amos 7:7-15   Ephesians 1:3-14     Mark 6:14-29

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.

21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.


This Week at Trinity


Sun., July 15  Caring For Your Neighbor—Food Bank Day

                       8:00 a.m.  Bible Class (CR)

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

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

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


Mon., July 16  9:30-4:30 4H Day Camp in FH (CR)


Tues., July 17   6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., July 18   8:00-1:00  Head Start Mtg. in FH (CR)

                           6:30 p.m.  Board Meetings in FH (CR)

                           7:30 p.m.  Council Meeting in FH (CR)


Sun., July 22  8:00 a.m.    Bible Class (CR)

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

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

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


               Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook;  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; Libbie Wilkenson;  Brenda Miller; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Heidi Albaugh; Paul Robinson; Dan Arkfeld

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

 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, Clara Buchanan



 Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card.   They are found in the pew racks.   You may hand it 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 July 8

Creston 88    H/C 73

Mt. Ayr 8


Serving At Trinity

Sunday, July 15

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

Ushers in July:  (CR) Phil Wardenburg, Randy Ehm, Eric Eklund, Mike Lang

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

Finance Team in July: (CR) Dennis Brown & Jack Quee

Altar Committee for July: (CR)  Radine Ward & Marti Williams




Higher Things provides daily devotionals which are good for teens and adults.  You may find them by going to and click on the link titled Today’s Reflection.   You can even subscribe to receive the free daily devotionals as emails. 



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.


Higher Things provides daily devotionals which are good for teens and adults.  You may find them by going to and click on the link titled Today’s Reflection.   You can even subscribe to receive the free daily devotionals as emails.  


Vacation Bible School

2018 VBS

Mt. Ayr : July 29-31     6:15pm-8:15pm


Thirty children attended VBS in Creston this past week.   We also had eighteen  members who shared God's Word with the children through Bible stories, music, crafts, games, snacks, etc.     Thank you to all who were involved with VBS in any way.

Voter’s Meeting:  The next quarterly voter’s meeting will be on Sunday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston. 







LWML Convention Report:  When we were collecting Mission Servant ingathering washcloths to take along to be given to Hope Ministries, we received 54.  The grand total of washcloths collected was 2,994.  The grand total for $5.00 McDonalds gift cards for Veterans was 478;  26 of these were given by our members.    They will be distributed to Operation Barnabus, Spirit Lake, VA Clinic and Buena Vista, Clay and Dickenson Veterans Affairs Offices.  They will be handed out randomly at all these agencies.  Last, but certainly not least, the "mystery" 1 pound gift, which each society was encouraged to bring along to be auctioned off, ended up being 164 gifts!  Julie Rutz offered to buy and wrap the gift we took along.  This grand total ended up being $3,137.00, with Lutheran Church Extension Fund matching $500.00 of this amount. The total for the pound sale will be given to Mites.  Thank you all for your very, very generous giving's to the LWML and Mission projects.    Reported by Maggie Dory


The large LWML Mite box will be found at the back of the church during the whole month of

July.  Mite offerings go to help fund both the district and national levels for Mission Grants.



The LWML is still accepting any of these newborn size items for the Life Care Clinic Baby Bundles, which either gender can wear.   (1) Diapers (2) Sock/booties (3) Long sleeved sleeper (4) Burp Bib (5) Onesies (6) Cap (7) Receiving blankets.    A Prayer Book and Mustard Seed Devotion are also included in each bundle.  These items can be placed in the receiving blanket lined basket in the narthex.