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May 27, 2018 Trinity Sunday

posted May 24, 2018, 8:27 AM by Linda Hadley

For Trinity Sunday on May 27,  2018.  

Isaiah 6:1-8              Acts 2:14a, 22-36

John 3:1-17

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


This Week at Trinity


Sun., May 27   Trinity Sunday—A Festival Sunday

                          8:00 a.m.  Bible Class in Creston

                          9:00 a.m.  Divine Service/HC in Creston

                        10:00 a.m.  Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                        10:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in Creston and Mt. Ayr

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


Mon., May 28   Memorial Day ——Office Closed


Thurs., May 31   7:00 p.m.   Adult Catechism Class in FH (CR)


Sun.,  June 3    8:00 a.m.  Bible Class in Creston

                          9:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Creston

                        10:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in Creston and Mt. Ayr

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


Mon.,  June 4    6:00 p.m.  Congregational Fish Fry

                            hosted by Rachel Circle in the FH (CR) 

                           All are  welcome.    Bring a side dish to 



Tues., June 5   All day  Bloodmobile in fellowship hall (CR)

                        6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


 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


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

Hospitalized:  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 May 20

CR  81   H/C   76               MA  22   HC 18

Serving At Trinity

Sunday, May 27

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

Ushers in May:  (CR) Bruce Herzberg, Eric Eklund, Karl Peterson, Mike Lang

Elders on Duty in May: (MA) Mike Sickels    (CR) Karl Peterson

Finance Team in May: (CR) Tom Braymen, Charlie Bowman

Altar Committee for May: (CR)  Dave & Maggie  Dory



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.


Sunday School will end for the summer , today,  May 27 and will resume September 9th. We hope all children will plan to attend VBS this summer and bring friends to share in God’s word!


JOY in Ministry Banquet - June 3 - 5:30 pm  Carrollton Inn, Carroll, Iowa.   This event is open for all to attend.  If you or someone you know has an interest in finding out more about church work as a profession, we especially encourage you to attend.  The evening includes a catered meal, featured speaker - Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, President of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska as well as a panel of church wokers who will share the "joy" they have in serving the Lord in fulltime church work.  There is no charge to attend.  Make reservations by contacting Sue Light at the District office (515-576-7666 or 

         Reservations due by May 29.

Is there a student (could be any age), or an adult, that you believe should consider fulltime church work?  We ask that you take a moment to visit with them and encourage them to attend this event and possibly attend with them.  We are all aware of the church worker shortage and we need to work together to plant the seeds in our young people to look at fulltime church work. 

EARLY RISERS will not meet between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

We will Resume our study of The Gospel of St. Matthew on Tuesday, September 4, 2013. Please join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.

Rachel Circle is sponsoring a congregational fish fry potluck on Monday June 4 beginning around  6pm in the Creston Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share and join in the fun and fellowship!


Announcements for the June 10 & June 17 bulletins  need to be turned in to the office by noon on Wednesday, June 6 due to vacation schedules.


Naomi Circle will not meet in June, July or August..  We will resume on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 1:30 p.m


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. 

LWML:  All ladies, please mark your calendars for the LWML Southwest Zone Fall Rally being held at Trinity on Saturday, September 29.  More information to follow soon.



The Mission Board has adopted a Mission Prayer that will be used from time to time.  Lord, lay some soul upon my heart and love the soul through me, and help me humbly do my part to lead that soul to Thee.     Amen


2018 Baby Bottle Boomerang Project for the Life Care Clinic:

On a table in the narthex, you will find a basket of baby bottles.  You are invited to take a bottle home, fill it with your donation between now and Father’s Day, and return it to church on June 17 (Father’s Day).

 The proceeds will be used to help fund the “Earn While They Learn” program at the LC Clinic. 

Matura Food Pantry is always in need of  non-perishable food items as well as paper goods and personal hygiene items.  We have a monthly collection of items on the 3rd Sunday of the month.   A collection box is by the table in the narthex.  Feel free to drop off items anytime.


 Vacation Bible School

Here are the dates for the 2018 VBS.

Creston  July 8-11  6:15pm-8:15pm

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

Watch for more details coming soon.