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September 1, 2019 The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 3, 2019, 11:00 AM by Linda Hadley

For The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost on September 1,  2019

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Proverbs 25:2-10    Hebrews 13:1-17      


Luke 14:1-14

 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they could not reply to these things.

7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

 This Week at Trinity


 Sun., Sept. 1    8:00 a.m.  No Bible Class today

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

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

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



Mon., Sept. 2   Labor Day



Tues., Sept. 3   8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool




Wed., Sept. 4   12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                           7:00 p.m.  Elders’ Meeting in FH (CR)                          



Thurs., Sept. 5   8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.  Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                            1:45 p.m.  Preschool Chapel

                            7:00 p.m. Adult Lutheran Teachings/

                                             Catechisis Class in FH (CR)


Fri., Sept. 6     7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  FH (CR) in use by




Sat., Sept. 7   Ayr Days in Mt. Ayr




Sun., Sept. 8    8:00 a.m.  No Bible Class today

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

                         10:00 a.m. Presentation by Gary Thies,

              from Mission Central, in FH (CR) and via Skpye

              to Mt. Ayr

          Light lunch served after the presentation in Creston

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

                           5:00 p.m.  Preschool Board Mtg in FH



   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



Illness, Hospitalized, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;

Oliver Gish; Marie Burmeister;  Rev. Larry Troxel;

Rev. Dave Ericksen; Joy Brown; Lawrence Herzberg;

Rachel Heck 

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)


Serving At Trinity    Sunday, Sept. 1,  2019

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

Ushers in  September:  (CR)  Erik Eklund, Rick Hadley,Paul Kearney, Jim Hagen

Elders on Duty in September: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Eric Eklund

Finance Team in September: (CR) Dennis Brown & Jack Quee

Altar Committee for September: (CR)  Sharon Eklund & Hannah Shady    


 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.

Thank You: We thank Rev. David Strable for sharing God’s Word with us this morning.  Pastor Rutz and family are out of town for the weekend.

Early Risers Bible Study will begin next week on Tues., Sept 10 at 6:30 a.m. They meet in the FH in Creston.


It’s time to resume our Sunday classes for all ages! 

*Sunday School for ages 3 year old – 6th grade following 9am Divine Service in Creston and @ 10am in Mount Ayr

*Class for 7-12th grades in Youth Room after church

*Bible Class on the Lutheran Confessions will resume @ 8:00am in Creston– 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Mount Ayr @ 6:30pm.

*FLOCK(Fellowship &Love Offered to Christ’s Kids) will resume in October.

*Elementary age kids and lower are asked to join Pastor for the Children’s Sermon which will continue to be offered on non – communion Sundays.

*High School Youth will resume at 5pm Sunday evening. (Sept. 15th)

Everyone is invited to the Fellowship Hall after service for refreshments.



It is that time again for our annual miniature golf outing.  If you haven’t played miniature golf, that is not a problem, you will be a pro by the end of the day.  A bonfire will be ready for roasting hot dogs and making smores!  Kids from ages from 1-91 have a great time.  If you have enjoyed the “Best Kept Secret in Southwest Iowa” before, the Lowenbergs have even made MORE changes this year!  If you haven’t joined us before, hope to see you this year. 

WHEN: Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 3:00 PM

WHERE:  2572 210th ST., Afton, Iowa.  One mile south of Afton on Hwy 169, turn EAST on 210th Street, continue on gravel to 2572 right side of road,  approximately 1.5 miles.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING:  Hot dogs and buns and fixings for smores, soft drink or water for your family.  There will be some chairs available; however you might want to bring a lawn chair along. 


Circles Will Resume this Month

Rachel Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1 at Becky Hagen’s house, 1637 Hwy 25.

All women are invited to join them for Bible Study and fellowship.   If you work during the day and/or just prefer an evening circle, please consider attending.

Naomi Circle will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11.   This circle always meets in Creston’s fellowship hall for Bible study and fellowship.  If you prefer an afternoon circle time, this gives you a daytime option.  All are welcome to attend.



MISSION DAY NEXT SUNDAY:  Gary Thies of Mission Central will be joining us next Sunday, Sept. 8.  He will give a presentation on the financial support needed for missionaries all around the world and here in the U.S. and will display artifacts from all over the world, in the fellowship hall, following Divine Service.  This presentation will also be shown via Skype at our Mt. Ayr location.

Following the presentation the mission board will be serving a light lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and bars.  A free-will donation will be taken to help support the missionaries of Mission Central. 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this presentation.  Think about who you are as God’s child, redeemed by Christ, and how you can support sharing the Gospel locally and abroad.