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September 30, 2018 The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 27, 2018, 7:30 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 30,  2018.

Numbers 11:4-6,10-16-24-29     

James 5:(1-12) 13-20


Mark 9:38-50

Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

Temptations to Sin

42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”


 This Week at Trinity

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)

                            11:00 am     Divine Service/HC(MA)

                        After church    Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr


Mon., Oct. 1    8:30 am     Preschool

                          12:30 pm     Preschool

                            6:30 pm     Lifelight Bible Study (CR)


Tues., Oct. 2    6:30 am    Early Risers Bible Study

                            8:30 am     Preschool

                          12:30 pm     Preschool

                            1:00 pm     Lifelight Bible Study (CR)

                            6:30 pm     Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                            7:00 pm     Rachel Circle


Wed., Oct. 3      8:30 am    Preschool

                           12:30 pm     Preschool

                             7:30 pm    Elders Meeting in FH (CR)


Thurs., Oct. 4    8:30 am     Preschool

                              9:45 am     Preschool Chapel

                            12:30 pm     Preschool

                              1:45 pm     Preschool Chapel



Sun.,  Oct. 7         LWML Sunday

                              8:00 am    Bible Class (CR)

                              9:00 am     Divine Service/ (CR)

                            10:00 am     Sunday School (CR & MA)

                            10:00 am     Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                            10:00 am     LWML Bake Sale and Craft Sale in FH (CR)

                            11:00  am    Divine Service/HC(MA)

                         After church   Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

                              4:00 pm   LcClinic Benefit Concert in FH (CR)  



 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; Patrick Lowenberg


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 23, 2018

Creston:    73,    63 communed                     Mt. Ayr   25

Serving At Trinity

Sunday, September 30

Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund    (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



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.


Thank You to  everyone who supported Paula during this last year of treatments, E.R. visits and hospitalizations.  Your thoughts, prayers and card were greatly appreciated and a source of encouragement to her.  Special thanks to everyone who helped with the funeral service, sent cards and gave their support to me through this difficult time.  I am overwhelmed at the amount of care and support you have expressed to me.  Your prayers were definitely felt.  I thank God for each and every one of you.                          From Charlie Bowman

Mt. Ayr Service Time Change:  Please note that Mt. Ayr’s service time has been changed  to 11:00 a.m.

Bible Sale:  Concordia Publishing House  is running a Bible Sale and TODAY IS THE LAST DAY.  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.    Information sheets are available on the table in the narthex.


Come and Celebrate LWML Sunday-Lutheran Women in Mission next Sunday, October 7th.  A special worship service is being planned to celebrate all that God has done through the LWML. The theme is "Our Rest in a Changing World" based on Psalm 62:1-8.  God is our rock and salvation.  His firm foundation enables us to reach out into a changing world in need of the Gospel.  We support missions around the world through sacrificial gifts of mites, offerings, and tireless service.   Please join us afterwards in the fellowship hall for refreshments that will feature a lot of delicious baked goods and hot apple cider.  A craft and bake sale will be going on at the same time. All monies taken in that day will go towards the National and District Mission Grants.  We hope all will be able to attend this very special day


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.  

Trinity Lutheran Church to  host Benefit Concert.

The 3rd annual benefit concert for the Lc (Life Care) Clinic will be held on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.  It will be held in the Trinity Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall in Creston.

Performing Gospel music will be the group Ambassadors of Grace, “Headin’ Home Quartet.” 

A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the Clinic.  The Lc Clinic is a non-profit pregnancy resource center located in Creston and Stuart, offering free and confidential medical services in west central Iowa.  The Lc Clinic receives no public funding.  Relying entirely on private donations all services provided by the Lc Clinic are free and confidential.

All are invited to attend the free concert..

ARE YOU INTERESTED in what the Altar Guild does?

Come to our no obligation annual meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

We will meet with Pastor Rutz in the Nave/Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.

Please join with the members of the Altar Guild for review and training in this

important way to serve the Lord. Both men and women are welcome.

For information contact Janette Lang (782-7922) or Pastor Rutz.

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 your 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.

SMILE!!!! 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.            




Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the Narthex. These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair.  There is a big demand for these. Thank you.


Thank You;  Matura sent a thank you for the recent donation of items for the food pantry.   There is always a need for toiletry items, too.  The third Sunday of each month is designated as Food Bank Day but donations may be brought at any time and placed in the box below the table in the narthex.