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July 26, 2020 The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Jul 26, 2020, 8:23 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost on July 26, 2020

Deuteronomy 7:6-9

Romans 8:28-39


Matthew 13:44-52

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.


The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.


The Parable of the Net

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


New and Old Treasures

51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

                     This Week at Trinity                                                                                                                                   

Sun., July 26     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)


Wed., July 29     7:00 pm   Elders’ Meeting in FH (CR)

                (Note this date/time change for the meeting that

                 originally would have been the first week in Aug.)


Sat., Aug. 1        1:00-4:00 (Tentative)  FH (CR) reserved


Sun., Aug. 2      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)


        Prayer List

Cancer:  Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

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

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

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)

Roger Eyberg (friend of Eddie Ehm)


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)



Condolences:  Prayers for the family of Bernard Johannes

                  (brother of Lola Hembry) who passed away on July 14.



Attendance:  From July 19, 2020

Creston  50               Mt. Ayr 15, HC 15

Serving At Trinity    Sunday, July 26,  2020

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang    (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.

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.

Elders’ Meeting:  Please note that the August elders’ meeting has been moved up one week and will be held this Wednesday, July 29, at 7:00 p.m., in the fellowship hall in Creston. 

Fellowship Hall Reservations:  Mike Lang continues to be the person to contact to inquire making reservations to use the fellowship hall in Creston. 

Bible Class: This morning, during the 8:00 a.m. Bible Class,  Pastor began a study titled How Faith Works based on the book of James.  The same study will begin in Mt. Ayr on Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.    How Faith Works provides us with an insight into the relationship between faith and works.  Often we are tempted to say that it is not really important what we believe but that we do good for others.  Others try to pull us in the opposite direction: it is not what we do that counts but only that we believe the right things.  James in his epistle sets the record straight.  In this study you will discover

· the proper relationship between faith and works;

· what it means to be free to serve God with fruits of faith;

· practical ways of putting your faith into action through Christ-like loving and living.

Janitor Needed:  Jacob Rutz, our current janitor, will be heading off to college mid-August, so we will be needing a new janitor.    If you are interested in this position, which takes a few hours each week, or you know of someone who is, please contact Byron Bilderback or Rick Hadley.