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September 13, 2020 The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 10, 2020, 9:35 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost on September 13,  2020

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Genesis 50:15-21     Romans 14:1-12


Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.[a] 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.[b] 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant[c] fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii,[d] and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,[e] until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”


                     This Week at Trinity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Sun., Sept. 13  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)

                            5:00 pm  Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)


Mon., Sept. 14  8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool


Tues., Sept. 15     No Early Risers—Will resume on Oct. 6

               8:30 am  Preschool

                              9:00 am  Handy Helpers in FH (CR)

                            12:30 am  Preschool

                              6:30 pm  Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Sept. 16   8:30 am  Preschool

                             9:30 am  Circuit Pastors’ Mtg. in Creston’s FH

                 12:30 pm  Preschool

                             5:30 pm  All Boards meet in FH (CR)

                             6:00 pm  Church Council mtg. in FH (CR)

                             7:00 pm  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Thurs., Sept. 17  8:30 am  Preschool

                              9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                            12:30 pm  Preschool

                              1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel


Sun., Sept. 20    No Bible Class this morning                  

                           9:00 am   Outdoor Service (CR)

                                 Brunch after the service

                           No service held in Mt. Ayr today.

                           3:00 pm  Mini-golf/wiener roast outing 

                                         All are invited.



         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,  Surgery/Recovery: 

Members:  Norm Schroeder; Linda Schroeder; Jay Bochart,

                  Alexis Swanson;  Jean Kruse; Mona Quee

Marie Burmeister

Oliver Gish (great nephew of Waunita Watt)

Bob Beatty (friend of Waunita Watt)

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Brian Mills (nephew of Cooks)

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)


Attendance:  From September 6, 2020

Creston  61              Mt. Ayr   17,   Communed 12



 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, Sept. 13 2020

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

Ushers in  September:  (CR) Ed Booth, Dennis Brown, Rick Hadley, Bruce Herzberg

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

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

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

Altar Guild for September: Sharon Eklund & Hannah Shady



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.

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.

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.


Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.


The Early Risers group has decided to not meet in Sept.   They will resume on Tues., Oct. 6 at 6:30 a.m.


Handy Helpers:  If you can thread a needle or tie a square knot, you can be a Handy need to "quilt".  Everyone is welcome to join us Tuesday September 15 in Fellowship Hall, 9am til noon (with coffee break).  Finished quilts are donated to those who are in need of warmth♥️

Boards meet at 5:30 p.m. this Wed., Sept. 16 and Council meets at 6:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m.  Outdoor Service in Creston—The outdoor service will not be available via livestreaming or You Tube. 

Feel free to bring lawn chairs or sit in your car if you wish.

If raining, the service will be moved indoors.

Brunch after the service.  Freewill donation with proceeds going  to the youth group.

No Service in Mt. Ayr that morning.




Please join us, if you feel comfortable, for a fun afternoon/evening of miniature golf and visiting with friends in this outdoor shady area.  There is plenty of room for social distancing.  A bonfire will be ready for roasting hot dogs and making smores!  If you have enjoyed the “Best Kept Secret in Southwest Iowa” before, the Lowenberg’s have even made MORE changes this year!  If you haven’t joined us before, hope to see you this year. 

WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2020 – 3:00 PM

WHERE:  2572 210th STREET, 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 I would strongly encourage you to bring your own chair.

If you have questions, contact Theola Bullock.

Wedding:  Molly Rutz and John Knosp will be married in Nebraska on Sept. 26th.  If you would like to contribute to a monetary gift from Trinity Congregation please give to Theola Bullock in Mt. Ayr or Sharon Eklund in Creston (or place envelope in basket on narthex table).  If you want to write a check please make payable to Molly Rutz.   We will collect through next Sunday, Sept. 20, then send gift with Pastor and Julie for Molly and John on their wedding day.  Thank you.   




Lutheran Hour:  The Mission Board at St. John Clarinda is planning ahead so we may keep the Lutheran Hour on KMA radio at 7:30 am Sunday mornings.  We encourage you to listen to the Lutheran Hour and pray that the Lord reaches many hearts and individuals through this broadcast.  We also ask you to pray about supporting this ministry through a contribution.

It costs $100 a week or $5200 a year to broadcast this on KMA.  St. John has a dedicated account for this purpose.  A check may be sent to St. John with the listing in the memo line it is for the KMA broadcast of the Lutheran Hour.  We encourage individuals, congregations, or groups in a congregation such as a Bible Class or LWML to consider this support.

May the Lord continue to bless the outreach of the Lutheran Hour by "bringing Christ to the nations and the nations to the church".                          From St. John Mission Board


Library:  The Mission Board has recently re-organized the church library and bookstore, located in the fellowship hall in Creston.  New materials have been added including adult & children’s books, reference materials and DVDs.  To check-out materials, simply record the items you are borrowing on the self check-out form.  If you would like to purchase something from the bookstore, use a purchase envelope and drop it in the offering plate.  From time to time, Pastor Rutz will be reviewing and giving recommendations on good books to read and the Mission Board plans on continuing to add new materials as they become available.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor or Julie Rutz.