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March 1, 2020 The First Sunday in March

posted Mar 2, 2020, 8:42 AM by Linda Hadley

For the First Sunday in Lent on Mar. 1, 2020

Genesis 3:1-21

Romans 5:12-19

Matthew 4:1-11

The Temptation of Jesus

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,  “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’

and “‘On their hands they will bear you up,  lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God  and him only shall you serve.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

 This Week at Trinity    


Sun., Mar. 1       8:00 am  Bible Class (CR) 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                        10:00 am   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                        10:00 am   Fellowship Time (MA& CR)

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)


Mon., Mar. 2       8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm  Preschool 

                           6:30 pm  Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR) ??????


Tues., Mar. 3    All Day—City Elections in the FH (CR)

                            6:30 am  Early Risers Bible Study

                            8:30 am   Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                        Lifelight Bible Study moved to Wed.,. Mar. 4

                            5:00 pm  Youth Conf. Class in Mt. Ayr

                            6:15 pm  Rachel Circle carpool meets at church

                                            parking lot

                            6:30 pm  Rachel Circle at Cindy Nelson’s house

                            6:30pm    Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Mar. 4       8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool 

                            1:00 pm  Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)                      

                           6:00 pm   Lenten Service (CR)

                           7 :00 pm  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

        Elders Meeting has been moved to Tues., Mar. 10 at 6:00.


Thurs., Mar. 5       8:30 am  Preschool

                             9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm  Preschool

                             1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel

                             4:00 pm  4H group in FH (CR)


Sat.,  Mar. 7    Set your clocks ahead one hour tonight.

                                   SPRING FORWARD!


Sun., Mar. 8      Daylight Saving Time Begins

                           8:00 am  Bible Class (CR) 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC(CR)

                        10:00 am   Sunday School (CR & MA)

                        10:00 am   Fellowship Time (MA& CR)

                        11:00 am   Divine Service  (MA)

                          5:00 pm  Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)


   Prayer List

Cancer:  Denice Creveling & Dan Lutrick (members)

Patty Gipple (niece of the Bullocks)

Dave Goeglein (cousin of Dorothy Cook)

Rev. Blake Rickbiel (friend of Deb Melzer)

Suzanne Troxel (Pastor Troxel’s daughter)

Brad Still (friend of the Booths)

Karen Goeglein (cousin of Dorothy Cook)


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

Members:  Norm Schroeder; Jay Bochart, Byron Bilderback, and

Dan Lutrick

Oliver Gish (great nephew of Waunita Watt)

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Rachel Heck (Trinity Preschool aide)

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl & brother-in-law

        Of Pat Stream)

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)


Marriage:  Kegan and Brianne (Weihs) Lohoff , married on Feb. 24.


 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 Feb. 23,  2020  CR   86, HC 68    MA 16, HC 12

From Ash Wed.  CR 79,  HC 62

Serving At Trinity    Sunday,  March 1,  2020

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

Ushers in  March:  (CR) Rick Hadley, Mike Lang, Kevin Kruse, Jim Nelson

Elders on Duty in March: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Jim Nelson

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

Finance Team in March: Jim Nelson and Eric & Jeanna Eklund

Altar Committee for March: Lola Hembry and Mike & Janette Lang


 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.     You are also invited to join members in the fellowship hall after the service for a time of fellowship.

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.

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


Rachel Circle will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at Cindy Nelson’s house.  (2380 Jaguar Ave.)  Those who would like to carpool may meet at the church at 6:15 p.m.

Lifelight: Due to the FH being used as a polling location this week, the Tuesday Lifelight Class will be moved to Wednesday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. 

Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr will meet each Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. during March and not on any Wednesdays.   That change in schedule was made after the March calendars were printed.

Lenten Services:  Lenten services will be held onWednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., in Creston.   Youth Confirmation Class in Creston will be right after each service.

Elders:  The March elders’ meeting will be moved to Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Services in Creston are now live streamed: If you are unable to attend the services in Creston, in person, you may watch the service live over the internet during the normal service time.  We will be live streaming the services.   To watch go to and in the left hand menu go to the section titled Worship.   Below that, click on Live Service Stream.

New Bible Study – “Eyes On Jesus” Sunday mornings at 8:00am in Creston and 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Mount Ayr at 6:30pm.

When the characters in the Passion narrative look at Jesus, what do they see? This series, based on the Gospel according to St. Mark, will examine how the various people around Jesus viewed Him—and how we should view Him. In most cases, people misunderstood who He is and what He was doing. In some cases, by faith, people recognized Him aright. Above all, we will “fix our eyes” on what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death, and celebrate what God sees on account of His work: our justification for His sake.   Please join us!  All are welcome from youth on up.   Pastor Rutz

Handy Helpers Needed:   The Handy Helpers meet in Creston’s Fellowship Hall  the 3rd Tuesday each month 9:00-noon (with a coffee break).  We do not “quilt” but “tie” layers of fabric together to secure; the edges are machine finished at home.  Other home helpers are needed to cut and/or sew blocks for quilt tops; fabric provided.   Finished quilts are donated to those in need.  Please consider becoming a Handy Helper.

OWLS:  Are you an OLDER WISER LAUGHING SOUL?  “OWLS” is a group of ladies who meet at noon on the 4th Wednesday each month at a Pizza Ranch party room…..just an informal time for food, fun and fellowship.  All are welcome to come!


Thrivent Choice Dollars:  If you have policies or investments with Thrivent, it is the time of year to select recipients of your Choice Dollars.  You have until the end of March to do so.  Prayerfully consider Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Trinity Lutheran Preschool as you make your choices.  

ILSTO note from the Iowa District West Office: The Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization raised just over $500,000 in 2019 that will be awarded for the next school year 2020-2021. With changes in the law, ILSTO will be able to raise $950,000 in 2020. We need your help to almost double our donations to help many more families attend  Iowa Lutheran schools. Make a donation to ILSTO and receive a 65% Iowa tax credit. Call Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991 for more information.