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November 20, 2016 The Last Sunday of the Church Year

posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:42 AM by Linda Hadley

This Week at Trinity


Sun., Nov. 20     The Last Sunday of the Church Year

                                 Caring for Your Neighbor—-Food Bank

                                 8:00 am       Divine Service /HC(MA)

                             9:45 am       Divine Service (CR)

                           11:00 am       Sunday School/Bible Class (CR)




Mon., Nov. 21     8:30 am      Preschool

                           12:30 pm       Preschool



Tues., Nov. 22     6:30 am      Early Risers

8:30 am       Preschool

                           12:30 pm       Preschool

                              Pastor’s afternoon in MA

                              6:30 pm     Bible study in MA



Wed., Nov. 23    8:30 am        Preschool             

                           12:30 pm       Preschool 

7:00 pm      Thanksgiving Eve service in CR



Thurs., Nov. 24    Thanksgiving Day

                              FH in use for Kneedler Family Reunion





Sun., Nov. 27     The First Sunday in Advent

                             8:00 am       Divine Service /HC(MA)

                             9:45 am       Divine Service (CR)

                           11:00 am       Sunday School/Bible Class (CR)




Cancer:  Becky Nook; Al Davis; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs;  Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Chuck Ehm; Susie Seals; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen;  Dale Smelling; Tyler Miller; Haiting Hsieh;

Judy Woods; Jim Best


Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Brailee Jones; Tricia Niehouse; Neomi Davis; Joe Haines;  Norm Schroeder; Bertha Jensen; Corene Ramsey; Pat Barkalow; Kathy Parker


Military: Aaron Hoogland; Nathan Nonneman


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)


Seminary Student: Luke Watt


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Wilma Cottrell, Donna Dittman, Jeanne Herzberg, Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Frieda Porter


Condolences:  We pray for the family of Bethel Melzer, who died late Friday, November 11 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.  Her funeral was Nov. 17 in Bertha, Minnesota.   Bethel is the mother of Trinity’s member, Deb Melzer.


  Attendance :  Nov. 13 MA 15    CR  72 and 70 H/C

Attendance cards for all are  found in the pew racks.  When taking communion, please fill out both sides of the card.  

H/C means Holy Communion





Deb Melzer’s mother, Bethel Melzer, passed away on November 11 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.  Her funeral will be on Nov. 17 at the Lutheran Church in Bertha, Minnesota.    Here’s an address for the family in Minnesota:

The family of Bethel Melzer

P.O. Box 96

Bertha, Minnesota 56437


Bible Study:  During November, Pastor will lead a Bible study titled: “Explaining All the Scary Stuff in Revelation”.   The class will be taught on Sundays in Creston after the Divine Service, in the fellowship hall and on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 at the church in Mt. Ayr.   All are welcome to attend this study at either location.



Today is the last Sunday in the church year.   Next Sunday will be the first Sunday in Advent.   

Wednesday night Advent services will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Creston on November 30, December 7, and December 14. 


The current balance in the Christian Care Fund is $1034.88.    One area family has been helped this month.



The Thanksgiving Eve offerings will be designated for the Christian Care Fund.   If you ever know of someone who is in need and wish to request help from this fund, blue request forms are available on the table in the narthex.  




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 Lutheran education while receiving a great tax benefit of a 65% tax credit on their Iowa state tax and possible federal tax deductions.   For further information, please contact Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991. You might also check the websites: and





The Mission Board would like to thank all those who printed, folded, and helped to assemble the information and candy to hand out at the Creston and Mt. Ayr Christmas parades.  With all the help we had it made our assembly time go so much quicker.  


The Creston Lighted Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 pm.  We will be having an entry which includes a lighted nativity scene.   We need many walkers to help pass out candy and information about Trinity.   If you are able to help with this please meet by the sale barn at 6:30 with no special arranging.  

On Saturday, December 3, there will also be a Lighted Christmas Parade in Mt. Ayr.  That parade starts at 6:00 pm with the meeting place by the depot at 5:30.  Walkers are encouraged for this parade also.   The Mission Board hopes to see a large participation for these parades.



“We have no right to say ‘no’ to what God has said ‘yes’” (Rev. Dr. Peter Meier, Center for U.S. Missions).  God desires His church to reclaim the lost and multiply disciples.  Too often we have a list of excuses as to why we can’t multiply or plant a new church.  Small or large, rural or city, God has given your congregation the potential to multiply!  Begin to realize the exciting possibilities by sending a team to one of two “Mobilizing the Mission” workshops to be held either Friday, Dec. 2 at Our Savior, Denison (1:30-7:30) or Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. Paul, Ankeny (9:00-3:00).  To register or for more info, go to  Questions?  Contact Rev. Mark Gerken (515-570-2331 or




This year again Iowa West Branch of Orphan Grain Train has been blessed with a $5,000 matching gift challenge. Gifts given to our branch before December 15 will be matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $5,000. This will enable our branch to do more than we ordinarily could do in meeting the extraordinary needs that have so greatly arisen in the lives of so many people. We ask you to join us in responding with Christian love and care in helping those whose lives have been upended. To be counted your gift must be received before December 15.  

 Sharon Ann Irwin, Iowa West Branch Manager

Orphan Grain Train

PO Box 152

Early IA 50535-0152



Pastor’s Book of the Month for November

This is a book that Pastor has been reading and would recommend it.   It’s a great read for teens and adults.

Starting at the End  (Worldview, God’s Word & Your Future) by Brad Alles

Available through


Serving At Trinity

Sun November 20

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

Acolyte:  Holden Hanson

Ushers in November:  (CR) Paul Kearney, Jim Kneedler, Bil Magers, Ed Tomas

Elders on Duty in November:  (MA) Mark Larsen , Doug Bullock (CR) Kevin Kruse

 Offering Counters in November:  (CR)   Paul Kearney, Bill Magers

Altar Committee for November: Jean Stoll, Radine Ward, Marti Williams