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March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday

posted Mar 22, 2018, 10:33 AM by Linda Hadley

For  Palm Sunday on March 25,  2018.  

Zechariah 9:9-12   Phil. 2:5-11    

John 12:20-43

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,

    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,

40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart,lest they see with their eyes,

    and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.



                    This Week at Trinity

 Sun., Mar. 25   Palm Sunday—HC at both CR and MA

                            8:00 a.m    Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 a.m.   Divine Service/HCCR)

                         10:00 a.m.   Sunday School (CR & MA)

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

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

                         Youth Confirmation Class after church n Mt. Ayr


Mon., Mar. 26        8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                            12:30 p.m.  Preschool                  

                             6:30 p.m.   Lifelight Bible Study (CR)



Tues.,  Mar. 27     6:30 a.m.     Early Riser’s (CR)

                               8:30 a.m.     Preschool

                          12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                            1:00 p.m.    Lifelight Class in FH (CR)


Wed., Mar. 28       8:30 a.m.   Preschool  

                           12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                             6:00 p.m.  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)    



Thurs., Mar. 29    8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.    Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 p.m.   Preschool

                             1:45 p.m.   Preschool Chapel

                             7:00 p.m.   Maundy Thursday Service/HC (CR)



Fri., Mar. 30       7:00 p.m.  Good Friday Tenebrae Service (CR)                    


Sat., Mar. 31     11:00 a.m. Youth meet in FH (CR) to set up for Easter  breakfast


 Sun., Apr. 1   Easter Sunday—HC at both CR and MA

                           NOTE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE

                              8:00 a.m.  Divine Service /HC in Creston

                              9:00 a.m.  Easter breakfast served by the youth in fellowship hall (CR)   

                            10:30 a.m.  Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr 

                            12:00-4:00 FH in use by Eklund family (CR)                        


   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; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Chuck Ehm

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;Corene Walter; Mike Woodring; Kathy Bozwell-Craig; Kathy Parker; Dennis Foglesong; Skip Deacon

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Mssions: 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


   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:  March 18   CR   70           MA   18     HC 16

March 21 Lenten Service   48




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 form 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.



Today (Palm Sunday) is the last day to turn in your orders/payment for Easter flowers.

It is also the last day to turn in the pink form if you plan to bring flowers of your own and want to have your name included on a list that will be included with the Easter bulletin.



The youth will be serving an Easter breakfast after the Easter Sunday service.  They could use donations of rolls or coffeecakes to help with preparations.  If you are able to help out, a sign up sheet is on the table in the narthex in Creston.  

TRINITY YOUTH:  We will meet Saturday, March 31 at 11:00 in the Fellowship Hall to set up for the Easter breakfast followed by lunch (maid rites, chips, bars, and pop) and then devotions and games after lunch.  See you all then as we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus.


CONFIRMATION:  Youth confirmation will be on Sunday, April 29, in Creston.  That day, the service schedule will be changed.

  8:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

10:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Creston with confirmation and Holy Communion. A reception for the confirmands will follow the service.

        Please note these changes for that day.

The LWML Southwest Spring Zone Rally will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Redeemer, Corning, IA.  The registration is at 9:00 am with cost being $5.00.  There is also a $5.00 charge for lunch.  There is a bulletin on the door entering the sanctuary with information regarding the Rally and a bulletin with information announcing the 2018 LWML Iowa District West Convention June 28-30 at Camp Okoboji.    Ladies, please keep in mind that Trinity is scheduled to host the 2018 Fall Rally, so we need to be thinking of a date, speaker, decorations and food for this event.  


A baby shower for Britney (Peterson) Conlon will be held in the fellowship hall in Creston on Saturday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m.  All women of the church are invited to attend.   It’s a BOY!!


A baby shower for Hannah Shady will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. at the Henry A. Wallace Center.  All women of the church are invited to attend.  Hannah is registered at Target and Bye Bye Baby.    




Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the Narthex. These will be distributed free next summer at the Iowa State Fair.  Thank you.




CANS FOR CANCER:  The collection of pop cans is an ongoing project.   The money from the can redemption is donated to the American Cancer Society.  



March 29  Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m. in Creston.

March 30  Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m. in Creston.

April 1, Easter Sunday Schedule:

  8:00 a.m.  Service in Creston

  9:00 a.m.  Breakfast in Creston

10:30 a.m.  Service in Mt. Ayr


Youth Confirmation will be on Sunday, April 29.

8:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

10:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Creston with youth confirmation and Holy Communion

Reception for confirmands after the service


 Serving At Trinity

Sunday, March 25

Organist: (MA) Melody Stoner   (CR)  Sharon Eklund

Acolyte:  (CR) Kenna Tomas

Ushers in March:  (CR) Jim Nelson, Byron Bilderback, Rick Hadley, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in March: (MA) Mike Sickels     (CR) Kevin Kruse

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

Altar Committee for March: (CR) Lola Hembry, Jean Stoll, Mike & Janette Lang