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June 17, 2018 The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:00 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost on June 17,  2018.  

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Ezekiel 17:22-24

2 Corinthians 5:1-10


Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Seed Growing

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”


The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”


33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.


  This Week at Trinity

Sun., June 17     Father’s Day

                            Door offering for IDW Convention

                            Return baby bottles for the LC Clinic

                            Caring for Your Neighbor—Food Bank

                            8:00 a.m.  Bible Class in Creston

                            9:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Creston

                          10:00 a.m.   Fellowship Time in CR and MA

                          10:45 a.m.   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr 


Mon., June 18  Bloodmobile in FH (CR)  All day   (This is the real date for this.   My apologies for having it listed wrong in a previous announcements sheet.     L.H.)


Tues., June 19  6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., June 20  Lutheran Family Day at Adventureland Park

                         6:30 p.m.  All Boards meet

                         7:30 p.m.  Council Meeting


Thurs., June 21 7:00 pm  Adult Confirmation Class in FH (CR)


Sun., June 24  No service in Mt. Ayr today.

                       10:00 a.m.  Outdoor Divine Service held in Creston

                                          as part of Trinity’s 90th Anniversary

                             Potluck/Picnic after the service. 

June 24-26  (Beginning in late afternoon)  Pastor & our lay delegate, Mike Lang, will be attending the IDW Convention  at Camp Okoboji.

Prayer List


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; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Heidi Albaugh; Paul Robinson


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


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.   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 from June 10 will be reported next week along with attendance from today.


Serving At Trinity

Sunday, June 17

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

Ushers in June:  (CR) Byron Bilderback, Dennis Brown, Jim Hagen, Randy Ehm

Elders on Duty in June: (MA) Mike Sickels/    (CR) Eric Eklund

Finance Team in June: (CR) Kevin Kruse & Dave  Dory

Altar Committee for June: (CR)  Sharon Eklund & Hannah Shady




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.


IDW Convention Offering:  TODAY, a special door offering will be collected for the Ministry Excellence Fund-Education Debt Assistance.   This offering will be delivered to the Iowa District West Convention on  June 24.  Pastor and our delegate, Mike Lang, will be attending the convention. Information sheets about the convention were in last Sunday’s bulletin.  If you still need a copy, some extras are on the table in the narthex.


 Trinity’s 90th Anniversary Celebration:     NEXT SUNDAY, June 24, Trinity will have one combined service at 10:00 in Creston.  Weather permitting, it will be held by the outdoor worship area.  We will not have Holy Communion that day.  Please make plans to join together to hear God’s Word and to thank God for the 90 years of blessings that He has bestowed on this congregation.  Following the service, we will have a potluck/picnic.  Bring a potluck dish to share.   Grilled hot dogs will be provided.   We hope that everyone will be able to attend.


Lutheran Family Day at Adventureland Park ;  It will be on Wednesday, June 20.  Price is $33.00 per person (cash only) with ages 3 and under free.  If a group of the youth and their families would be interested in going as a group, contact Pastor Rutz.   A poster with more information is on the table in the narthex. 

Sunday School will resume September 9th. We hope all children will plan to attend VBS this summer and bring friends to share in God’s word!

2018 Vacation Bible School  

Creston  July 8-11  6:15pm-8:15pm

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




If anyone is interested in giving any Ingathering items to the 2018 LWML IDW Convention please have to Joy Brown or Maggie Dory before they go to the Convention on June 27th.   Ingathering items are:  New washcloths; Men's deodorant-travel size; Toothpaste-travel size; $5.00 McDonald's gift cards for Veterans.  Becky Hagen is accepting money from anyone who would like to give towards the purchase of the $5.00 gift cards.


The LWML is also 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.   


Thank you all for your continued generous donations that help to make a difference in the lives of hurting, helpless and unbelieving people at home and throughout the world. 

2018 Baby Bottle Boomerang Project for the Life Care Clinic:

If you had a baby bottle from the Life Care Clinic for this mission project and you forget to return it this morning, it’s not too late.   You may bring it next Sunday.