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October 8, 2017 The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Oct 6, 2017, 8:58 AM by Linda Hadley

This Week at Trinity


Sun., Oct. 8       Pastor Appreciation Sunday

                           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(MA)

                     After church       Youth Confirmation Class (MA)       

                           4:30  pm       Pastor & Family Appreciation Potluck

               After the potluck      Preschool Board Meeting


Mon., Oct. 9       NO PRESCHOOL CLASSES TODAY due to

                             The teachers attending a mandatory meeting 

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


 Tues., Oct. 10     6:30 am      Early Riser’s Bible Study in FH (CR)

                            8:30 am       Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

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


Wed., Oct. 11      8:30 am      Preschool

                          12:30 pm       Preschool

                            3:15 pm       Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

                            6:00 pm       Youth Confirmation Class in FH (CR)

                            7:30 pm       All boards meet in FH (CR)


Thurs., Oct. 12    8:30 am      Preschool

                             9:45 am       Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm       Preschool

                             1:45 pm       Preschool Chapel


Sun., Oct. 15     Caring for Your Neighbor Sunday-Food Bank

                           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)

                            1:00-4:00     FH in use (CR)     

                             4:00 pm      Life Care Clinic Benefit Gospel

                                                Concert in FH (CR)


   Prayer List

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; Martha Ricker; Donna Williams; Libbie Wilkenson; Cheryl Harper;  Rod Stark; Brenda Miller; Tracy Konkler; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;  Dale Conn; Aaron Cottrell; Cathy Dryden;  Chuck Lang

Hospice Care:   Dave Stuck

Military:  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)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

Shut-ins: May Carlisle,  Donna Dittman, Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga


For The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost on October 8,  2017.  

Isaiah 5:1-7

Phil. 3:4b-14

Matt. 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 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; 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.”

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.

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  October 1

CR   91                  MA  21     HC 17


VISITORS:  We are so glad you jointed 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.

The flowers on the altar (Creston) are given in thanksgiving to God for the many blessings he has given to Eddie and Bert Ehm during their 60 years of marriage.  Their anniversary was on October 6.  The flowers were given by their children and grandchildren. 

Dear Trinity Lutheran Church Family:  We are so grateful for your prayers and support since Paula’s surgery.  Your kindness will long be remembered.  God bless each one. From Charlie and Paula Bowman


PASTOR  AND FAMILY APPRECIATION POTLUCK:  All are invited to join together TONIGHT, Sunday, October 8 for a congregational potluck supper in honor of Pastor Appreciation Sunday.  Bring a favorite potluck food to share.  Come around 4:30 to get food organized ready with eating to begin at 5:00.  Please come and join together for this special evening.           

                         From The Mission Board

Naomi Circle will meet this Wednesday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Our topic will be "Serve the Lord with Gladness” on page 24 of the Fall 2017 Quarterly.  Please join us for Bible study and fellowship.

ARE YOU INTERESTED in what the Altar Guild does?  Come to our no obligation annual meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  We will meet with Pastor Rutz in the Nave/Sanctuary in Creston at 7:00 p.m.  Please join with the members of the Altar Guild for review and training in this important way to serve the Lord. Both men and women are welcome.  For information contact Janette Lang (782-7922) or Pastor Rutz.

Trinity’s 90th :Trinity would like to celebrate the 90th anniversary of our church which is next year.  If you would like to be on a committee to put a few activities together please contact Julie Lang.



FREEWILL  DOOR OFFERING TODAY FOR LCMS HURRICANE RELIEF:  Today, October 8, we will have a special freewill offering for the hurricane and other disaster relief efforts that will be given through LCMS World Relief and Human Care.  If your prefer to write a check, it may be made out to Trinity Lutheran Church but in the memo part of your check be sure to jot down that it’s for Hurricane Relief.   One check from our congregation as a whole will be sent to this mission outreach.   An offering plate for this mission project will be by the door, in the back of the church, as you leave this morning’s service.

THANK YOU:  The LWML ladies would like to extend a very huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make our LWML Sunday a very special day.  We, again, had a tremendous response to the baked goods and craft items.   It was wonderful to have so many people stay for fellowship.  The MITE offering was over $1,100.00, which exceeded last year's offering.  From this offering, 25% will be sent for national grants, while the 75% will stay here locally for the district grants.  The date of October 7, 2018 has already been scheduled for next year's LWML Sunday.  To God Be The Glory for a fantastic day last Sunday! There are a few items left for sale on the table in the corner of the narthex.  The free will offering can be put into the large MITE box that is also on the table.

 From all the Creston LWML ladies.

LC CLINIC BENEFIT CONCERT: A 2nd annual benefit concert for the LC (Life Care) Clinic will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church’s fellowship hall in Creston. Performing Southern Gospel music will be soloist Phil Hague  and the group Ambassadors of Grace.  A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the clinic.  All are invited to attend.

PORTALS OF PRAYER:  Last month Trinity provided around 200 recycled Portals of Prayer for distribution from the Lutheran Laymen’s League booth at the Iowa State Fair.  Please place your old Portals of Prayer in a box  that is found below the mailboxes at Trinity, Creston.  We will have an ongoing collection of these for distribution at the 2018 fair.  Thank you for helping to share the Gospel through this project.                                                    


To commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation here at Trinity, you will see weekly information about some of the key men and women who the Lord worked through to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ back to the forefront.  Sunday mornings at the 8:00am Bible Class, we will study these people.   This study  will continue through Reformation Sunday  on October 29.   All are invited to attend. 

CELEBRATING THE REFORMATION:  On Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  A special Reformation celebration will be held at Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University.  There will be a freewill offering.  The celebration will feature Dr. Paul Maier, Simon Estes, and a visit from “Katie and Martin Luther”.  This program is sponsored by Memorial Lutheran Church and Student Center in Ames, IA.  


 Serving At Trinity

Sunday October 8

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

Acolyte:  (CR) Haylee Brown

Ushers in October:  (CR) Jim Nelson, Bruce Herzberg, Eric Eklund, Phil Wardenbutg

Elders on Duty in October: (MA) Mike Sickels, Doug Bullock   (CR) Mike Lang

Finance Team in October: (CR) Jim Nelson, Eric & Jeanna Eklund 

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