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October 6, 2019 The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and LWML Sunday

posted Oct 14, 2019, 8:47 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost on Oct. 6,  2019

Hab. 1:1-4; 2:1-4       2 Tim. 1:1-14     Luke 17:1-10 (printed here)

Temptations to Sin

1And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

Increase Our Faith

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Unworthy Servants

7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”



 This Week at Trinity

 Sun., Oct. 6    LWML Sunday

                         8:00 a.m.  Bible Class (CR)

                         9:00 a.m.  Divine Service (CR)

                       10:00 a.m.  Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                     10:00 am.  LWML Bake/Craft Sale in FH CR

                     11:00 a.m.  Divine Service/HC (MA)

                       4:00 p.m.  LC Clinic Gospel Concert  Fundraiser in FH (CR)

                       6:00 p.m.  Preschool Board Meeting (CR)  

                       Note that this is a change in week for this month.


Mon., Oct. 7      8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                          12:30 p.m.  Preschool


Tues., Oct. 8     6:30 a.m.  Early Risers Bible Study FH (CR)

                          8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                          6:30 p.m.  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Oct. 9     8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                         1:30 p.m.  Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

                         6:00 p.m.  F.L.O.C.K. in FH (CR)

                         7:00 p.m.  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Thurs., Oct. 10   8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.  Preschool Chapel

                         12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                           1:45 p.m.  Preschool Chapel

                          4:00-8:00 p.m.  Matura/Headstart Mtg

                                              in  FH (CR)

                          6:30 p.m.   Endowment Committee Meeting

                          Meet upstairs in the church (CR)


Sun., Oct. 13    8:00 a.m.  Bible Class (CR)

                         9:00 a.m.  Divine Service/HC (CR)

                       10:00 Sunday School (CR & MA)

                       10:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                     11:00 a.m.  Divine Service (MA)


Prayer List 

Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen;

Diane England; Gary McCraken; Randy Nemitz; Steve McCann;

Ron Ludwig; Dale Snelling; Libbie Wilkenson; Steve Townsend;

Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Paul Robinson; Suzanne Troxel; Otto Guiter;

Vivian Herzberg; Dan Lutrick


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

Norm Schroeder; Oliver Gish; Marie Burmeister;  Rev. Larry

Troxel; Rev. Dave Ericksen; Lawrence Herzberg;  Rachel Heck;

Dan Lutrick; Maxx Hirsch; Bob Ridnour; Nellie McDonald;

Patty Campbell; Logan Shady; Jude Shady; Nancy Cottrell;

Darwin Scott


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

Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry;

Warren Kruse


Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok


Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor James and Christel Neuendorf (Puerto Rico)

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa)

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Belize)

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche & Family (Dominican Republic)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card which is found in the pew rack.  List the names of each person in attendance.  Please hand the card 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 September 29, 2019

CR    81,  Communed 67                 MA  17, Communed 15



 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, Oct. 6,  2019

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff  (CR)  Melody Stoner

Ushers in  October:  (CR)  Jim Kneedler, Dennis Foglesong, Tim Foglesong, Ed Booth

Elders on Duty in October: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Karl Peterson

Acolyte:  (CR) Hunter Brown  (MA) Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in October: Jim Nelson and Eric & Jeanna Eklund

Altar Committee for October (CR) Pat Barkalow and Gene & Dorothy Cook


 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 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. 

Attendance Cards:  Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card (found in the pew rack) and to list names of each family member in attendance.   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.   Hand the card to an usher.

LWML Sunday is today. Fellowship time will include goodies prepared by members as well as the Craft/Bake Sale. All of you are invited to come down to the fellowship hall after the service to join together for this time.   Proceeds from the Craft/Bake Sale will be used to support LWML mission projects.   The large mite box is also located in the back of the church.   Mite offerings are also used to support  LWML mission projects.   Thanks you for your continued support of the work of the LWML.


Naomi Circle will meet on Wednesday, October 9 at 1:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  Our topic will be “The Pharaoh’s Daughter”, found on page 19 of the Fall quarterly.  Please join us for Bible Study and fellowship.

Additions & Corrections to October Calendar

Please add these dates to your monthly calendar:

6:30 p.m.  Thursday, October 10  Endowment Committee Mtg.   (Not 7:00 as previously reported.)  Meet upstairs in the church due to the FH being in use by another group.

9:30 a.m.  Wed., Oct. 16  Pastors’ Circuit Meeting in FH (Creston)

1:00 p.m.  Sunday, Oct. 27  Voter’s Meeting in FH (Creston)



 October 14, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. we will have our annual meeting with Pastor Rutz.  The meeting will be held in the church Nave/Sanctuary.

 Items to be discussed include:

          Review/training of our duties

          Setting up our schedule for calendar year 2020

          General question and answer session

We invite anyone to attend the meeting who would like more information or is considering being a part of this important activity. Any confirmed member of the congregation is eligible to serve as a member of the Altar Guild.

We would like all members to attend, if possible, this important meeting.  Thanks very much to each of you for your dedication as together we serve the Lord in this manner.

Do you have questions or want more information? Contact Janette Lang.


Circuit Reformation Service:  Sunday, October 20 at St Paul Lutheran Church in Clarinda.  All are invited to attend.

3:00 choir rehearsal for those who would like to sing in it.   Let Pastor Rutz know soon if you would like to participate in the choir.

3:40  Preservice organ recital

4:00 Reformation Service

Students in our Lutheran schools need your help!  The Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization is at 20% of its $850,000 goal as of Oct. 1. You have until the end of the year – Dec. 31 – to mail your gift. We know the need is becoming greater – How can you help? Giving is not limited to Lutherans, church members, etc. If you know someone who could benefit from a 65% tax credit, please give them a donor form. 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 also a 35% charitable contribution on your federal form.  For more information about ILSTO go online to or call Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991.




LC Clinic Fundraiser:  Today, October 6, beginning at 4:00 p.m. a Benefit Concert will be held for the LC Clinic.  It will be held in Trinity’s fellowship hall in Creston.   It is open to the public and all are invited to attend.  Performing will  be Ambassadors of Grace and Heirs Together.  A love offering will be received to benefit the LC Clinic here in Creston. 


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.