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November 19, 2017 The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:28 AM by Linda Hadley

                        This Week at Trinity


Sun., Nov. 19    Caring for Your Neighbor—Food Bank

                           Sr. Youth Gathering in Omaha

                            8:00 am        Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am        Divine Service (CR)

                         10:00 am        Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am        Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am       Divine Service/HC (MA)

                         Youth confirmation class after church in Mt. Ayr


 Mon., Nov. 20      8:30 am       Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

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


Tues., Nov. 21   6:30 am       Early Risers’ Bible Study in FH (CR)

                            8:30 am       Preschool

                            9:00 am      Handy Helpers Quilting

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

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

                            6:30 pm       Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Nov. 22    8:30 am        Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                           No youth confirmation class tonight.

                            7:00 pm       Thanksgiving Eve Service (CR)



Thurs., Nov. 23    Thanksgiving Day

                               Fellowship Hall in use by Kneedler family                             


Sun., Nov. 26     Last Sunday of the Church Year  

                           8:00 am       Bible Class (CR)

                           9:00 am       Divine Service /HC (CR)

                         10:00 am       Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

                         10:00 am       Sunday School in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                         10:45  am      Divine Service/HC (MA)


      Prayer List

Condolences:  We pray for the family of our member, Donna Dittman (mother of Diane Conn) who died this past week. 

We pray for the family of Martha Ricker who died this past week.


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; Cheryl Harper;  Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Rick Biel

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;  Dale Conn; Aaron Cottrell

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,  Donna Dittman, Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga


 For The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost on November 19,  2017.  

Zeph. 1:7-10

I Thess. 5:1-11

Matt. 25:14-30

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, 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. 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.


 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  November 12

CR  81, 74 communed                 MA  23


                 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 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.


WELCOME, PASTOR TOMPKINS:  We thank Pastor Daryl Tomkins for sharing God’s Word with us this morning.  Pastor Rutz is serving as one of the chaperones for the senior youth who are attending the youth gathering in Omaha.


GIDEONS:   Today, we welcome Mr. Lyndon Davenport, who is a local representative of the Gideons International.   At the end of today’s service, Mr.  Davenport will speak to us about the work of the Gideons.

MEALS FOR CONFIRMATION CLASS:  We would like to once again provide meals to our confirmation kids on Dec. 6, 13, and 20.  Since there are only 5 kids plus Pastor we wondered about having three little groups of people sign up to put a meal together and serve it.  Look for more info in the narthex and grab some friends to put a simple meal together for the class!  Thanks. ~ Board of Education


THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE:    Trinity’s Thanksgiving Eve service will be at 7:00 p.m., in Creston. 



Screening of Luther movie.

Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Winterset Theater

Meet in front of the parsonage at 1:00 p.m.

to carpool or meet at the theater at approx. 1:45 p.m.   Admission is $5.00.

If any questions, contact Pastor Rutz.





The Mission Board would like to thank all the members of Trinity Creston and Mt Ayr for suggesting at the last Voter's Meeting to take $500.00 from the Christian Care Fund and send to a teacher in Houston, TX.   We were contacted by Ellie Menz, the IOWAY Director for the Iowa West District Missions of the many needs in Houston after the hurricane.   Among the many teachers and staff from the Lutheran School Academy in Houston, is a teacher, Diana Carpenter, who lost everything she owned in the Hurricane Harvey disaster.  She has replaced some of her items, but still needed a stove.  This $500.00 will go to help her with that item.  The money was sent to the principal of the school, who will then distribute it to Diana.  Thank you again for the love of God that is shown in your act of kindness.  The Board wishes to remind members that the Christian Care Fund will be replenished with the Thanksgiving offering as well as any other offerings that are directed to the fund thru out the year. 


CHRISTIAN CARE FUND:  The current balance in the Christian Care fund is $379.88



Nov. 22  7:00 pm  Thanksgiving Eve in Creston

Dec. 6     7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec, 13   7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 17   2:00 pm  Trinity Preschool’s Concert

Dec. 20   7:00 pm  Midweek Advent in Creston

Dec. 24    No Sunday School or Bible Class

Dec. 24    Morning service only in Creston

Dec. 24    5:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Mt. Ayr

Dec. 24    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service in Creston

Dec. 25     9:00 am  Christmas Day service in Creston

Dec. 31     No Sunday School or Bible Class

Dec. 31     9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

Dec. 31     10:45 am  Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

No New Year’s Eve services this year

Other than Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the normal Sunday schedules will be followed.


                Serving At Trinity

Sunday November 19

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

Acolyte:  (CR) Holden Hanson

Ushers in November:  (CR) Jim Kneedler, Bill Magers, Paul Kearney, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in November: (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Chuck Bowman

Finance Team in November: (CR) Paul Kearney, Bill Magers

Altar Committee for November: (CR) Radine Ward, Marti Williams