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September 20, 2020 The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 17, 2020, 7:16 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost on September 20,  2020

Isaiah 55:6-9      Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30

Matthew 20:1-16

Laborers in the Vineyard

1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius[a] a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5 So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’[b] 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”



                     This Week at Trinity 

 Sun., Sept. 20    No Bible Class this morning                 

                         10:00 am   Outdoor Divine Service  (CR)

                           Brunch after the service

                     No service held in Mt. Ayr this morning

                           3:00 pm    Mini-Golf/Wiener Roast Outing  (See       

                                             info on other side of this sheet)


Mon., Sept. 21   8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool


Tues., Sept. 22     Early Risers will resume on Oct. 6

                   8:30 am  Preschool

                           12:30 am  Preschool

                     6:00-8:30 pm  Matura using FH (CR)



Wed., Sept. 23   8:30 am  Preschool

                             1:00 pm  OWLS meet by bear at McKinley Park

                           12:30 pm  Preschool

                             5:20 pm  Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

                             7:00 pm  Youth Confirmation Class (CR)


Thurs., Sept. 24  8:30 am  Preschool

                              9:45 am  Preschool Chapel

                            12:30 pm  Preschool

                              1:45 pm  Preschool Chapel


Sat., Sept. 26     9:00 am  LWML Zone Prayer Service in Clarinda


Sun., Sept. 27     No Bible Class this morning

                             9:00 am  Divine Service/HC(CR)

                           Pastor Tompkins will be the guest pastor.

                           10:00 am  Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                           11:00 am  Divine Service  (MA)

                           Pastor Tompkins will be the guest pastor.


         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)

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)


Wedding: We ask God to bless Molly Rutz & John Knost, who 

                  will be married on Sat., Sept. 26, in Fremont, NE.

Attendance:  From September 13, 2020

 Creston  47, 42 communed               Mt. Ayr 18


 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020

Keyboard:  (CR) Julie Lang 

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) Maylee Riley 

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.  This morning, you are also invited to join us for a brunch following the service.  It will be held in the fellowship hall.


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 end of the service.  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.

Next Sunday:  Pastor and family will be in Fremont, NE next weekend for the wedding of their daughter, Molly to John Knosp.  Pastor Daryl Tompkins, from Clarinda, will be our guest pastor next Sunday in both Creston at 9:00 a.m. and Mt. Ayr at 11:00 a.m. 

Wedding Gift:  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 or Sharon Eklund in yet this morning (or place envelope in basket on narthex table in Creston.  If you want to write a check please make payable to Molly Rutz.  Today is the last day for collecting.  We will then send the gift with Pastor and Julie for Molly and John on their wedding day.  Thank you.




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 Lowenbergs 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.

LWML Zone Prayer Service:  “Living in Love, Bearing Fruit” will be held this coming Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarinda.   All women are invited.   An offering for IOWAY Disaster Relief will be taken.  Bottled water will be provided. 



Library:  Don’t forget to stop by the church library and bookstore in the fellowship hall to check out the latest offerings.  A selection of materials will also be available at the Mt. Ayr location beginning September 27.


T-Shirt Order:  The Mission Board has designed a new Trinity Lutheran Church t-shirt.  Sample shirts are available to look at before and after today’s outdoor service.  If you are interested in ordering a shirt, please take an order form and turn it in to Julie Rutz, along with payment, no later than October 20.


Gospel Music Program:  On Sunday, October 4, from

4:00-6:00 p.m., a music program of Gospel music will be held in the fellowship hall in Creston as a benefit for the Lc Clinic.  A freewill donation will be taken to benefit the clinic.  The whole community is invited to attend. 


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