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March 24, 2019 The Third Sunday in Lent

posted Mar 25, 2019, 11:50 AM by Linda Hadley

For The Third Sunday in Lent on March 24, 2019

Ezekiel 33:7-20

I Corinthians 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9


Repent or Perish

1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”


The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”


 This Week at Trinity


Sun., Mar 24    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 (CR & MA)

                        11:00 am   Divine Service (MA)

                 Youth Confirmation Class after church in Mt. Ayr



Mon.,  Mar 25   8:30 am   Preschool

                          12:30 pm   Preschool

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


Tues., Mar 26   6:30 am  FH Early Risers

                           8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm  Preschool

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


 Wed., Mar 27    8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            5:00 pm  FLOCK for grades 4-6

                            6:00 pm  Lenten Service (CR)

                        Fellowship Time after the service   


Thurs., Mar 28   8:30 am  Preschool

                             9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm   Preschool

                    1:00-4:00 pm    FH in use by Marge Scott (CR)

                             1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel 


 Fri., Mar. 29-Sat., Mar. 30   Youth Lock-In in FH (CR)                    


Sun., Mar 31    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 (CR & MA)

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)

                 Youth Confirmation Class after church in Mt. Ayr

                         3:00 pm   Installation Service for Rev. Mitchell

                           Schuessler at St. John, Clarinda


 Prayer List

Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen;

Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos;  Randy Nemitz;

Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Dale Snelling;

Libbie Wilkenson; Steve McDermott; Steve Townsend; Rev.

Blake Rickbiel; Paul Robinson; Kathy Eblen; Suzanne Troxel;

Otto Guiter

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Kathy Parker;

Oliver Gish; Megan Magers; Tommy Stoner

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga,

Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan;

Doyle Hembry; Jo Ehm, Warren Kruse

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor 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 & 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

Condolences:   We pray for Ted & Rebecca Weiss, friends of

Bruce & Beth Herzberg, whose premature infant son only lived a

short time.  Also, prayers for Rebecca as she recovers from


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 March 17, 2019  CR 72     MA   13, 10 communed

From March 20 Lenten service   40


Serving At Trinity    Sunday, March 24, 2019

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

Ushers in March:  (CR) Jim Nelson, Kevin Kruse, Rick Hadley, Dennis Brown

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

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

Altar Committee for March : (CR) 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. 

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.  

 Sunday Morning Bible Study:  8:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.  All are welcome to attend. The topic we are studying is:

“The Augsburg Confession: Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”

The Augsburg Confession is just as relevant to the life of the Church today as it was during sixteenth century Reformation.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Biblical marriage and the civil government

How to approach church fellowship with all Christians

The important roles of clergy and laity, according to Scripture

Reformation heresies we still see in the Church today

Persecution and terrorism.


Fellowship Time Following Lenten Services:   There will be fellowship time after each 6:00 pm Wednesday Lenten service.  Everyone is invited down to the fellowship hall for refreshments and fellowship.  There is a sign up sheet on the table in the Narthex for any group or individual who would like to bring bars, cookies or cakes.  There may still be an open week.

The Learning Center of SW Iowa will be hosting a Trivia Night on March 30.   Some churches in town put together a team and they are looking for some friendly competition.  If anyone from Trinity is interested in putting together a team, more information is posted on the table in the narthex. 


Rev. Mitchell Schuessler will be installed as pastor at St. John, Clarinda, next Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m.   All are invited to attend this service.


Trinity Preschool’s Annual Obstacle-a Thon will be held on April 3 and 4.   This is a fitness awareness event.  Funds from the event will be used to make improvements to the preschool facility.  

VBS dates for Creston will be  June 23-26  from 6-8 p.m.      Wednesday June 19 at 6pm will be a volunteer decorating night. 



Used Portals of Prayer can 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.

 LWML INFO—SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, April 6th, beginning at 9 a.m. with registration will be the LWML Spring Inspiration (formally known as the Spring Zone Rally) at Our Savior’s in Leon.  Our speaker will be Kathy Coady, from Hope Ministries in Des Moines.  She will share with us the ministries Hope offers to women and children.  The ingathering will benefit the women and children and items to be collected are:  High

efficiency laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and Kleenex.  Please join us for an for an inspirational morning!!!

Ladies of Trinity:    A wonderful opportunity is yours on Saturday, April 13, 2019, when Deb Burma, renowned Christian speaker and author who formerly belonged to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines, will return to present a half-day retreat at Shepherd of the Valley.  Her theme is “Sip, Savor, and Drink Deeply”—how perfect for the blessed Easter season and a fantastic way to “fill your cup” with His abundant blessings!  Further details and registration forms are available on-line at or on the narthex table.