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Second Sunday in Advent ANNOUNCEMENTS December 8, 2013

posted Dec 7, 2013, 9:26 AM by Jonathan Watt

This Week at Trinity

Sun Dec 8

  • 8:00am Divine Service (Mount Ayr) 
  • 9:30am Divine Service 
  • 11:00am Sunday School /Adult Bible Class
  • 12:00pm Hanging of the Green w/ Potluck

Mon Dec 9

  • Pastor's Day Off 

Tue Dec 10

  • 6:30am Early Risers (Fellowship Hall) 
  • 5:30pm Habitat for Humanity of Union Co. Board Meeting 
  • 6:30pm Preschool Board 

Wed Dec 11

  • 9:30am Circuit Winkle - Immanuel Lu theran Church, Osceola, IA
  • 1:30pm Naomi Circle (FH) 
  • 5:30pm Meals for Confirmation Students
  • 6:00pm Confirmation Class 
  • 7:00pm Advent Service 
  • 8:00pm Board of Youth 
  • 8:00pm Board of Education 
  • 8:00pm Board of Stewardship 
  • 8:00pm Board of Trustees 
  • 8:00pm Board of Missions 

Sun Dec 15

  • Caring for Your Neighbor - Food Bank 
  • 8:00am Divine Service (Mount Ayr) 
  • 9:30am Divine Service 
  • 10:30am Special Voter's Meeting Election of Financial Secretary
  • 11:00am Sunday School /Adult Bible Class
  • 12:00pm Sunday School Teachers Meeting 
  • 2:00pm Preschool Christmas Program
  • 3:30pm Youth Group 

Dear Trinity Lutheran Church:

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Your church was prayed for by name in chapel this week at Concordia Publishing House. We prayed that God would bless and keep you, richly blessing your ministry and service on behalf of our Lord and His people. Please remember us in your prayers as well. We treasure our duty to be your publishing house and consider this one way we can be of service to you, by praying for you in support of your ministry.

In Christ’s Service,

Dr. Bruce G. Kintz President and Chief Executive Officer


 December Worship/Special Services

  • Dec. 11th Advent Service @ 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 15th Preschool Christmas Program @ 1:15 pm
  • Dec. 18th Advent Service @ 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 22nd FLOCK and SS Children’s Program @ 9:30 am
  • Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Service @ 5:00 pm (Mt Ayr)
  • Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Service @ 7:00 pm (Creston)
  • Dec. 25th 9:00 am Christmas Day Service

Attendance Report  December 1, 2013

  • Sunday Worship - 95  
  • Wednesday Advent Service—53


Special Voters Meeting Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cathy Dryden has been nominated to be Financial Secretary for 2014. A special election will be held Sunday, December 15 in the sanctuary immediately following worship services.


Serving At Trinity

Sun Dec 8                   

  • Ushers: Kevin Kruse, Dave Dory, Eddie Tomas, Rick Hadley
  • Elder: Norm Schroeder 
  • Acolytes: Hadley, Lauren; Riley, Alexandria
  • Finance: Dennis Brown, Joyce Kruse
  • Altar: Dave & Maggie Dory 
  • Organist: Sharon Ecklund

Wed Dec 11

  • Pianist: Carla Roghair

Sun Dec 15

  • Ushers: Kevin Kruse, Dave Dory, Eddie Tomas, Rick Hadley
  • Elder: Norm Schroeder 
  • Acolytes: Hadley, Lauren; Riley, Alexandria
  • Finance: Dennis Brown, Joyce Kruse
  •   Altar: Dave & Maggie Dory 
  • Organist: Sharon Ecklund



Join the Youth Group on December 15 for Christmas Caroling! We begin at 3:30pm in the Fellowship Hall with an Apologetics Study. "What Non-Christians Ask." A study of the most commonly asked questions by Non-Christians. Everyone is welcome for the study and the caroling.

WHERE CHRISTIANITY MEETS CULTURE... Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week's topics include: The Movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," Media Coverage of Religion, The HHS Mandate & Contraception, Homosexuality & Divorce and more. You can listen on-demand at

CONCORD MATTERS and CROSS DEFENSE: Have you listened yet on your Lutheran Radio Station Worldwide KFUO? Check out these new programs: Cross Defense (Mondays@2pm CST) is a program of Christian Apologetics which strives to answer the hard questions that skeptics may ask concerning the Christian faith, and Concord Matters (Tuesdays@2pm CST) is a round table discussion on the Lutheran Confessions. Be sure to listen! Follow us on

IOWA LUTHERAN STUDENT TUITION ORGANIZATION: It is time to think about donating before the end of the year The benefits you receive are two-fold: 1) You get to see more children experiencing the love of God every day, “We want Brandon to attend a local faith-based school. However, Brandon’s father is currently unemployed, and we are unable to afford Brandon’s kindergarten year. We hope to build a foundation with this school and join the community with the hopes of him graduation from this school” and 2) You will receive a 65% tax credit on your Iowa state income taxes. For further information, please contact Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991 Or check the website:



Christian Care: Trinity has established a Christian Care fund to help people in our communities who are in need. Our Thanksgiving offering will be used to fund this account (use your Thanksgiving envelope). You may also give to the fund at any time simply use one of the Christian Care Fund envelopes on the narthex table. Any member of Trinity may request a gift for anyone in need. Find forms for requests on the Narthex table.

Please remember to bring a few items for the Creston food bank next week. The mission board has designate the third Sunday of every month as 'Caring for Your Neighbor' Sunday.

“It has always been evident to us, scientifically, morally, and logically, that life begins at conception. For the last word on the matter, we consult our Creator’s guidebook. The Psalmist wrote, ‘For You formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb’ (Psalm 139:13 NASBÒ). He then noted, ‘Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were written all the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them’ (Psalm 139:16 NASBÒ).” Patriot Post – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life ·

Building Healthy Families: As you prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, please remember those who are struggling. LFS is here to help as an extension of our church’s ministry to those in need. Because of gifts received from Lutheran individuals, congregations and organizations in Iowa, help is provided for families all year long! And because of this unique way LFS is funded, your year-end gift will make a significant impact. Your gift can be made securely online at or sent by mail to LFS Administrative Office, 409 Kenyon Road, Suite C, Fort Dodge, 50501. To visit with Wanda Pritzel about making a gift, call 515-573-3138 or email God bless you for sharing His love! Lutheran Family Service of Iowa

 Life Together


Handy Helpers to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and then every month thru April on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month.

Hanging of the Greens will is today Sunday, December 8th, following Sunday School and Bible Class. All members of Trinity are invited to help. We will have a potluck brunch, followed by decorating our Lord’s House for the Christmas Season. The Greens will be removed Sunday, January 5th after School and Bible Class.

It is time to plan for the upcoming FOURTH annual Higher Things Winter Retreat at Holy Cross, Carlisle, IA. The date is 6:00 pm Friday, January 10 through 3:00 pm, Saturday, January 11, 2014. The presenter is Rev. John Dreyer, admissions director at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. The topic is Deliver Us From the Evil One, and is an extended version of the Angels and Demons sectional he presented at last Summer's Higher Things Youth Conference. More information will be coming soon.

Stewardship: December 8 (Advent 2) Matthew 3:1-2 “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." ” John prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance. Then, when Jesus' ministry was complete and He was raised from the dead, He sent out his disciples to preach “repentance and the forgiveness of sins.” We never outgrow the need for repentance – for examining our lives, turning away from our pet sins, and turning toward Jesus in faith to receive his forgiveness and strength for a renewed life of godliness.

The Church locks have been re-keyed. Any member of the church may have a key. Please come to the office and fill out a registration card and return your old keys for recycling.

The Closing Service for First Lutheran Church, Mt. Ayr will be January 12, 4pm. (There will be no morning service at First Lutheran that morning). All members of Trinity are encouraged to attend.

Anyone wanting to usher in 2014 please contact Karl Peterson

Naomi Circle will meet for their annual Christmas Breakfast at 8:30am, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the Windrow Restaurant. All ladies are welcome to join us.


Cancer: Bethany Gurich; Jackie Loomis ; Kenneth Goeglein ; Rheanna Miller; Mike Rollings; Orlan Lux; Merle Triggs; Al Davis; Grace Weese; Janice Shepherd; Wes Keeler; Lois Watt; LaVern Otte; Maggie Dory; Jeff Bierle; Tim Stalker; Bobby Colton;

Christian Care: Jane, George, Jabes, Jefery our sponsored orphans in Africa;

Congratulations: Child born to Leanne and Tri Nguyen (Great Grandchild of Ellen Brown) 

Illness Injury Surgery &Recovering: Bill Reidy; Ethan Bulgrin; Jeanne Herzberg; Opal Niece;  Doyle Hembry; Walt Herzberg; Dale Conn;  Linda Whitaker; Jace Zellmer; Gailen Foreman; Alan King; Alyssa Cose; Dale Conn; Danna Rains; Lia Schroeder; Chad Schroeder; May Carlisle; Megan Parsons; Marie Burmiester

Military: Aaron Hoogand; Carl Green; Michael Kaufman; Denise McClary;

Missions: Concordia Mission Society; Dr Oliver (Seminary in Taiwan); Ivan and Jennifer Rasch, Africa; Pastor Daniel Vogel, Hispanic Missions in Iowa; Pastor Dennis Konkel, Deaf Missions in Iowa;

Seminary Students: Timothy Meyer (Vicar: Macomb, MI), Chris Troxel, and Martin Herzberg;

Shut-ins: Mary Carson; Ruth Chase; Wilma Cottrell; Jeanne Herzberg; Fern Hoepker; Frieda Porter; Lonny Riley; Don Campbell;