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September 9, 2018 The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 6, 2018, 10:05 AM by Linda Hadley

For the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 9,  2018.

 Isaiah 35:4-7a

James 2:1-10,  14-18

 Mark 7: 31-37

 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”


 This Week at Trinity

Sun., Sept. 9      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)

                            6:00 pm     Preschool Board


Mon., Sept. 10  8:30 am     Preschool

                          12:30 pm     Preschool

                            7:00 pm     Lifelight Bible Study (CR)


Tues., Sept. 11  6:30 am    Early Risers Bible Study

                            8:30 am     Preschool

                          12:30 pm    Preschool

                            1:00 pm    Lifelight Bible Study (CR)    


Wed., Sept. 12     8:30 am    Preschool

                           12:30 pm     Preschool

                             1:30 pm     Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

                              1:30 pm    Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr


Thurs., Sept. 13   8:30 am     Preschool

                              9:45 am     Preschool Chapel

                            12:30 pm     Preschool

                              1:45 pm     Preschool Chapel


Sun., Sept. 16  Caring for Your Neighbor - Food Bank

                              8:00 am     Bible Class (CR)

                              9:00 am     Divine Service (CR)

                            10:00 am    Sunday School (CR)

                            10:00 am     Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                             10:45 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)

                            5:00 pm   Youth Group Meeting 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; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Heidi Albaugh; Paul Robinson; Dan Arkfeld

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;  Kathy Bozwell-Craig; Kathy Parker; Ed Rotert’s daughter Amanda; Oliver Gish

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

Condolences:   We remember the family of Paula Bowman, who died on August 30.   A memorial service was held at Trinity, Creston, on September 8. 


 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 2, 2018

Creston:  66                      Mt. Ayr   Not available

Serving At Trinity

Sunday, September 9

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



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.


LifeLight Bible Study will begin TOMORROW, Monday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday,  September 11 at 1:00 p.m.  We will study the “Book of Acts.”  Dr. Luther wrote this about the Book of Acts “…by this book St. Luke teaches the whole of Christendom…that the true and chief article of Christian doctrine is this: We must all be justified alone by faith in Jesus Christ, without any contribution from the law of help from our works.”  For information and study materials, contact Mike or Janette Lang.


Naomi Circle will meet this Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for Bible Study and fellowship.  Our topic will be “ Peace Makers  This study is found on page 16 of the Summer 2018 Quarterly.  Please join us for Bible study and fellowship .


Sunday School Classes will begin NEXT SUNDAY, September 16 at 10:00.

A Youth Group Meeting will be held NEXT SUNDAY, September 16 at 5:00 in the fellowship hall in Creston.  They will have a Bible study, games, supper and s’mores by the fire pit.  Leaders will supply hamburgers, hot dogs and buns.  Kids are asked to bring chips, sides or things for the s’mores.  Please reply to Sara Hadley or Jen Foglesong and let them know what you will bringing so that not everyone brings the same thing.  They also plan to discuss the district gatherings that will be held this fall and the national youth gathering that will be held next summer.  We hope to see



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:  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. 

Please join us for the LWML Southwest Zone Fall Rally on Saturday, September 29th with Registration beginning at 9:00 am, with a $5.00 fee.  Brunch, for a cost of $5.00 will be served immediately.  Our Ingathering is items for the Life Care Clinic Baby Bundles, which are in newborn sizes.  We hope that many of you will be able to come and enjoy a morning of fellowship and spiritual growth with some of our other LWML sisters.   

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.


PHOTOS:  The 90th Anniversary Committee is looking for an enthusiastic individual or individuals who may be interested in taking some photos of members and gathering them into an informal little directory just to have for this year. Please contact Maggie Dory or Julie Lang if you might be interested in this project. Thank you!


LWML Sunday

Celebrate Lutheran Women in Mission

 A special worship service is planned for Sunday, October 7, 2018, to celebrate all that God has done through the LWML.  The author of this service, Reverend Ken Henninngs selected the theme, "Our Rest in a Changing World," based upon Psalm 62: 1-8.  Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman's identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraging and equipping Christian women to live their lives in active mission ministries, and to support missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts, tithes, offerings, and tireless service.  Please join us after the service in the fellowship hall-we will be serving lots of yummy baked items and hot apple cider!  There will be a craft and bake sale during this time as well.  All monies collected for MITES will go for District and National Grants. 





Iowa District West Operation Barnabas will host their 6th annual conference on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carroll, Iowa.  Speakers will share a variety of ways you and your congregation can help veterans and our current military.  Learn about the history and future of Operation Barnabas.  Watch for more information coming to your church soon!