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September 23, 2018 The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 24, 2018, 11:00 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 23,  2018.

Jeremiah 11:18-20     James 3:13-4:10   

Mark 9:30-37     Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”


       This Week at Trinity

Sun., Sept. 23      8:00 am    Bible Class (CR)

                              9:00 am     Divine Service/HC  (CR)

                            10:00 am     Sunday School (CR & MA)

                            10:00 am     Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                            10:45 am     Divine Service (MA)


Mon., Sept. 24 Pastor at IDW Pastors’ Conf. Sept. 24-25 in Des Moines

              8:30 am     Preschool

                          12:30 pm     Preschool

                            6:30 pm     Lifelight Bible Study (CR)


Tues., Sept. 25   Pastor at IDW Pastors’ Conference in Des Moines

                  6:30 am    Early Risers Bible Study

                            8:30 am     Preschool

                          12:30 pm     Preschool

                            1:00 pm     Lifelight Bible Study (CR)  


Wed., Sept. 26    Pastor at Circuit Visitor Meeting in Des Moines

                             8:30 am    Preschool

                           12:30 pm     Preschool


Thurs., Sept. 27  8:30 am     Preschool

                              9:45 am     Preschool Chapel

                            12:30 pm     Preschool

                              1:45 pm     Preschool Chapel


Sat., Sept. 29        9:00 a.m.  LWML Southwest Circuit Fall Rally in Fellowship hall in Creston


Sun., Sept. 30     Holy Communion in Creston and Mt. Ayr

                              8:00 am    Bible Class (CR)

                              9:00 am     Divine Service/HC  (CR)

                            10:00 am     Sunday School (CR & MA)

                            10:00 am     Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                            10:45 am     Divine Service/HC(MA)

                            After church  Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

Prayer List

Cancer:  Becky Nook;  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; Libbie Wilkenson; Steve McDermott; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Heidi Albaugh; Paul Robinson; Dan Arkfeld


Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;  Kathy Bozwell-Craig; Kathy Parker; Amanda Rotert;

Oliver Gish; Ed Rotert; Billy Jones


Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok


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,  Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry

Attendance :  Please fill out an attendance card which is found in the pew rack.  List the names of each person in attendance.  Please hand the card 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 September 16, 2018

Creston: 68                   Mt. Ayr   13        13 communed


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.





Let’s get together for an afternoon of miniature golf.  Haven’t played miniature golf, not a problem, you can be a pro by the end of the day.  A bonfire will be ready for roasting hot dogs and making smores!  This will be fun time for kids of all ages from 1 – 91!  See you there!

WHEN:  TODAY, Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 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 on SOUTH (right) side of road.  Approximately 1.5 miles.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING – Hot dogs and buns and fixin’s 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. 



LifeLight Bible Study We have changed the starting time for the Monday class.  We will now begin at 6:30 p.m.  This is a change from earlier announcements.  Our Tuesday class will begin at 1:00 p.m. as originally scheduled.  Each week the same material will be presented on Mondayand Tuesday.  You may attend either class each week.  It is not too late to begin this study on the Book of Acts.  You are invited to join us.  For information and study materials, contact Mike or Janette Lang.

Bible Sale:  Concordia Publishing House  is running a Bible Sale until September 30, 2018.  If you are needing a Bible for yourself or as a gift you might want to check out the sale.  Go to and if you decide to order something you will need to use the promo code YFL to get the discount.  You could also phone in an order at 1-800-325-3040.    The items that are available are listed on a sheet that can be found on the table in the narthex.    If interested, feel free to pick up a sheet.


Attention All Members!  Deb Melzer answered our request to take informal pictures at the Creston location for our 90th anniversary booklet.  She would like to take most after church services, but will make arrangements for shut ins or others, if it is not possible to take them after church.  She would like families that can't get the whole family together because being off to school or other reasons, please have info about that person/persons available to her.  She will be starting in the next week.  Thank you for your cooperation.   "The 90 Years of Blessings" Anniversary Committee.   


LWML Celebration on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Based upon Psalm 62:1-8, the theme chosen for LWML Sunday 2018 is "Our Rest in a Changing World."  LWML Sunday is celebrated annually in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches.  Come celebrate LWML Sunday on October 7, 2018.  Watch for more information about the LWML and becoming involved in reaching others with the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Bake/Craft Sale:  Ladies, there is a sign up sheet on the table in the narthex to list what you plan to bring for our LWML special  worship service on October 7th, "Our Rest in a Changing World".   We will be serving refreshments afterwards, like we have in the past.  This gives everyone a general idea of what will be brought so we can have a variety of different baked goods.  


The Annual Circuit Reformation Service will be held 4:00 pm at St. Paul, Lutheran Church of Clarinda on October 21.  The guest preacher is the Reverend Jeffrey Keuning of Zion, Dexter. Following the service, a soup supper will be served by youth as a fundraiser for Higher Things Conferences next summer. Make plans to join us in celebrating with fellow Lutherans in southwest Iowa the restoration of Gospel to Christ’s Church and the truth of Scripture alone, grace alone, and faith alone.


Calling All Singers: A joint choir drawn from all the churches in the SW Circuit is being organized to sing at the Circuit Reformation Service, which will be held at St. Paul, Clarinda, on October 21. Directing the choir will be the esteemed Dr. J. Gordon Christensen, and it will be accompanied by a brass ensemble and timpani.  There will be a choir practice at St. Paul beginning 3:00 pm October 14th.  If you wish to participate, let Pastor know so that music can be provided to you prior to the practice session.    If you wish to sing, please sign up on a sheet  found on the table in the narthex.   Sign up by October 7 so that Pastor can phone in the order for music.

LWML Southwest Zone Fall Rally Saturday, September 29, 2018

9:00 a.m. Registration - $5.00

9:15 a.m. Brunch - $5.00

Pastor Mark and Ruth Gerken speaking on

their Ethiopian Mission to that country

Ingathering: Newborn items for the LC Clinic

Baby Bundles     

 Creston and Mt Ayr Ladies-Please keep in mind the Zone Rally this Saturday.  It should be an inspiring morning of devotions and spiritual uplifting with a presentation from Pastor Mark and Ruth Gerken.  Hope to see many of you there.        

Serving At Trinity

Sunday, September 23

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang    (MA) Greg Storhoff 

Ushers in September:  (CR) Bruce Herzberg, Rick Hadley, Norm Schroeder, Jim Hagen

Elders on Duty in September: (MA) Mike Sickels/    (CR) Karl Peterson

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

Altar Committee for September: (CR) Mike & Janette Lang