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October 4, 2020 The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 30, 2020, 11:43 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost on October 4,  2020

Isaiah 5:1-7    Philippians 3:4b-14     Matthew 21:33-46

33 “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. 34 When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants[a] to the tenants to get his fruit. 35 And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;[b] this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”[c]  45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.


                    This Week at Trinity 

Sun., Oct. 4    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)

                  4:00-6:00 pm   Gospel Sing Fundraiser for LC Clinic                 

                                            held in Trinity’s fellowship hall (CR)

                            5:00 pm  Preschool Board Meeting (CR)


Mon., Oct. 5     Pastor at Iowa District West  Pastors’ Conf.

                            8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool


Tues., Oct. 6    Pastor at Iowa District West  Pastors’ Conf.

                             6:30 am  Early Risers resumes in FH (CR)

                   8:30 am  Preschool

                           12:30 am  Preschool

                             6:30 pm  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                             6:30 pm  Rachel Circle


Wed., Oct. 7     8:30 am  Preschool

                           12:30 pm  Preschool

                             5:20 pm  Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

                             6:00 pm  Elders’ Meeting

                             7:00 pm  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Thurs., Oct. 8   8:30 am  Preschool

                             9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm  Preschool

                             1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel



Sun., Oct. 11   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

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, or Surgery/Recovery: 

Members:  Norm Schroeder; Jay Bochart, Alexis Swanson, and

                  Jean Kruse

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)


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

Walt & 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)


 Condolences:  The family of Grace Weese, grandmother of

  Hannah Shady, who passed away this past week.


Attendance:  From September 27, 2020

Creston 43, communed 36              Mt. Ayr 17


 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, October 4, 2020

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

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.

Altar Flowers:  The flowers in front of the pulpit were shared by the Rutz family and are from the wedding of Molly (Rutz) and John Knosp.


Early Risers Bible Study will resume this Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 a.m. in Creston’s fellowship hall.

Youth Hayride and Bonfire:  Trinity Youth are having a hayride and bonfire on Sunday, October 11th, at 4:00 p.m. at the Karl & Candace Peterson home, 2328 Beechwood (paved road south of 34 that leads to Kent).  Feel free to bring hot dogs, snacks, and stuff for smores.  You can go directly to the Peterson’s or meet at church for a ride at 3:30 p.m.  Feel free to bring a friend or two!

The annual meeting of the Trinity, Creston Altar Guild has been scheduled 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.

Narthex: The information table has been removed and the area looks great but the information did not go away!  It was moved to the shelves on the north wall of the narthex.  Don’t forget to keep browsing information and pick up your LWML mite boxes.


Gospel Sing:  This afternoon from 4:00-6:00 p.m.   a program of Gospel music will be held in the fellowship hall in Creston with a free will offering to  benefit the LC Clinic.  The whole community is invited to attend.

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 October 20.

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the Narthex. These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair.  There is a big demand for these. Thank you.

LWML—Coming Soon: Our LWML bake/craft sale will be held here at Trinity (Creston).  Start thinking of what you would like to bring.  Watch the bulletin announcements for a Sunday soon.

 Message from Iowa District West:  Students in our Lutheran schools need your help!  The Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization is at 15% of its $950,000 goal as of October 1. We know the need is becoming greater.  How can you help? Do you pay $500, $1,000 or $10,000 in Iowa state tax?  You can direct your tax dollars to benefit Lutheran school students. Remember, the financial benefit to a contributor is a 65% tax credit on Iowa income taxes (which can be carried over for five years) and a 35% charitable contribution on your federal form.  For more information about ILSTO go online to or call Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991.