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October 18, 2020 The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Oct 15, 2020, 8:51 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost on October 18,  2020.

Isaiah 45:1-7

I Thessalonians 1:1-10

Matthew 22:15-22

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.[a] 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[b] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.


                    This Week at Trinity 


Sun., Oct. 18     Caring for Your Neighbor - Food Bank

                 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)

      Voter’s meeting that was originally schedule for today has been

      rescheduled for 1:00 p.m. next Sunday, October 25


Mon., Oct. 19   8:30 am   Preschool

                          12:30 pm   Preschool

                            7:00 pm   Altar Guild Meeting in nave/sanctuary (CR)


Tues., Oct. 20   6:30 am  Early Risers in FH (CR)

              8:30 am   Preschool

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

                          12:30 am   Preschool

                            6:30 pm   Bible Study in Mt. Ayr



Wed., Oct. 21    8:30 am   Preschool

                           12:30 pm   Preschool

                             1:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

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

                             6:00 pm   Council Meeting in FH (CR)

                             7:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Thurs., Oct. 22   8:30 am   Preschool

                             9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm   Preschool

                             1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel



Sun., Oct. 25    Reformation Sunday  Holy Communion at both locations

              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/HC (MA)

                            1:00 pm   Voter’s Meeting in FH (CR)

Prayer List

Cancer:  Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl & b-i-l of Pat Stream)

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; Linda Schroeder; Jay Bochart, and  Alexis Swanson

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


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

Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry; Warren Kruse


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 October 11, 2020

Creston  66, HC 52               Mt. Ayr 15



Serving At Trinity    Sunday, October 18, 2020

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang    (MA) Melody Stoner

Ushers in  October:  (CR) Mike Lang, Randy Ehm, Eric Eklund, Jim Nelson

Elders on Duty in October: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Jim Nelson

Acolyte:  (CR) Tyler Riley (MA)  Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in October: Dean Hadley & Kevin Kruse

Altar Guild for October: Pat Barkalow and Gene & Dorothy Cook


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.

Voters’ Meeting: The voter’s meeting that was originally scheduled for today has been rescheduled for next  Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 in the fellowship hall in Creston.   Election of officers and boards for 2021 along with approving the budget for 2021 are items on the agenda.


The annual meeting of the Trinity, Creston Altar Guild has been scheduled for tomorrow night, Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Rutz.  It will be held in the Creston Nave/Sanctuary.  All current members are encouraged to attend.  This is an open meeting – any Trinity member interested in learning about the duties and activities of the Altar Guild is welcome to attend.  There is no obligation - attendance does not mean that you will be expected to join.


Free Chairs:  In the fellowship hall you will find some vintage, wooden, toddler-sized chairs that are free for the taking.  We hate to see them end up in the trash.   If you are interested in one or more for a child to use, for a doll chair or perhaps for a craft project please help yourself.  


Library:  Don’t forget to stop by the church library and bookstore in the fellowship hall to check out the latest offerings.  A selection of materials will also be available at the Mt. Ayr location.


T-Shirt Orders:  The Mission Board has designed a new Trinity Lutheran Church t-shirt.  Sample shirts are available for viewing.  If you are interested in ordering a shirt, please take an order form and turn it in to Julie Rutz, along with payment, no later than this Tuesday, October 20.

LWML:  Our LWML bake/craft sale will be held in the fellowship hall at Trinity (Creston) on Sunday, November 1 during the fellowship time, after Divine Service.   Start thinking of what you would like to bring.  Proceeds from the sales will be used to support LWML Mission projects.


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 federal tax charitable deduction.   For further information, please contact Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991. You might also check the websites: and