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November 15, 2020 The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Nov 11, 2020, 10:45 AM by Linda Hadley

For The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost on November 15,  2020

Zephaniah 1:7-16          I Thessalonians 5:1-11

Matthew 25:14-30         The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


                    This Week at Trinity 


Sun., Nov. 15     Caring for Your Neighbor—Food Bank Day

                  8:00 am    Bible Class (CR)                  

                            9:00 am   Divine Service (CR)

                          10:00 am   Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                          11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)


  Mon., Nov. 16  Online Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences


Tues., Nov. 17    6:30 am  Early Risers’ Bible Study

                    9:00 am   Handy Helpers Quilting in FH (CR)

                           Online Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences   


Wed., Nov. 18   9:30 am   Pastor at Circuit Meeting in Clarinda

                  1:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

                            5:30 pm  All Boards Meet in FH (CR)

                          Schedule Change:  Council will not meet this month.

                            7:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Fri., Nov. 20        6:00 pm  Youth Group meets in FH (CR) to

                             participate in the IDW Virtual Youth Gathering


Sun., Nov. 22     Last Sunday of the Church Year

                  8:00 am    Bible Class (CR)                  

                            9:00 am   Divine Service/HC (CR)

                          10:00 am   Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                          11:00 am   Divine Service (MA)


  Prayer List

Cancer:  Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member0

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Brian Raske (brother in law of Deb Melzer)

Vivian Herzberg (sister of Bruce Herzberg)

Susie Seals (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Libbie Wilkenson (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)


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

Members:  Norm Schroeder, Jay Bochart, Jean Kruse, Tracy Booth

Marie Burmeister

Oliver Gish (great nephew of Waunita Watt)

Bob Beatty (friend of Waunita Watt)

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)

Roger Eyberg (friend of Eddie Ehm)

Bob Ritnour (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Beverly Lyon (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Maggie Dory

Makayla Burgmaier


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Lawrence Herzberg,

Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan, Doyle Hembry; Warren Kruse,

Mona Quee; Linda Schroeder


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)



 Attendance:  From November 8, 2020

 Creston  58, HC 49               Mt. Ayr 17


 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, November 15, 2020

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang  or Sharon Eklund                                          (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in  November:  (CR) Dennis Foglesong, Tim Foglesong, Jim Kneedler, Jim Hagen

Elders on Duty in November: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Jim Hagen

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

Finance Team in November: Paul Kear ney & Bill Magers

Altar Guild for November: Cindy Isdahl & Janette Lang



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 9:00 service or prior to the 11:00 service for a time of fellowship.


Attendance Cards: Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card and to list names of each family member in attendance.  Turn in your card at the back of the church at the end of the service. 

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.

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

Attendance via Livestreamed and You Tube Services:  During this pandemic period, if you watch the Divine Service online and wish to have your attendance recorded, please call Linda at the church office 782-5095 or email her at and let her know the date of the service that you watched.


Private Communion Times:   If you would like to take holy communion privately, please call Pastor to set up an appointment.  Common cup is also available to families or small groups upon request.

Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.


Church T-shirts:   Those who ordered the new Trinity t-shirts may pick them up in the fellowship hall.  A few extra shirts were printed and are also available for sale in the fellowship hall.  


All Boards will meet this Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m.  

Church Council:  They will not meet in November.   This is a change was made after the monthly calendars were printed.

Youth Group Gathering:  This Friday, Nov. 20, the Trinity Youth Group will meet in the Creston fellowship hall at 6:00 p.m. to participate in the Virtual Iowa District West Youth Gathering.

6:00-7:00 Pizza, pop, opening devotions

7:00-8:30 Virtual Gathering

8:30-8:45 closing Devotions

Feel free to bring snacks to share throughout the evening.


Thanksgiving Eve Service , with Holy Communion, will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, in Creston.  Our Thanksgiving offerings will be added to the Christian Care Fund to help those in need in our communities.  The current balance in the Christian Care fund is $1616.

Service Change for November 29:  November has five Sundays.   The monthly calendar for November says that we will have Holy Communion on the 29th.  A change has been made.   We will use the Order of Matins that day and will not have Holy Communion in both Creston and Mt. Ayr.  Please note this change.


Advent Services will be on Wednesday Dec. 2, 9, and 16 at 6:00 p.m. in Creston.

Hanging of the Greens in Creston will be Sunday, December 6, 2020 following the Divine Service.

We need YOUR help to prepare our church for the Advent and Christmas season.  We are usually done in less than two hours.  Thank you in advance.



Removal of the Greens in Creston will be Sunday, January 3, 2021 following the Divine Service.


Boxed Christian Christmas Cards are available for sale in the narthex (Creston) for $5.00/box.

From the District Office:


You’ve been reading about the Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization. This giving opportunity isn’t just for Lutherans – anyone who pays Iowa state income tax can donate and receive the tax benefits.  Please help spread the word to someone you know who would like to assist students in Christian education while receiving a great tax benefit of a 65% tax credit on their Iowa state tax and 35% federal tax itemized deductions.   For further information, please contact Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991. Check the site