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The Fifth Sunday in Lent April 7, 2019

posted Apr 8, 2019, 10:59 AM by Linda Hadley

For The Fifth Sunday in Lent on April 7, 2019

Isaiah 43:16-21

Phil. 3:(4b-7), 8-14

Luke 20:9-20

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected  has become the cornerstone’?

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.

             This Week at Trinity


 Sun., Apr. 7       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)

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)


Mon.,  Apr. 8        8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            6:30 pm  Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)


Tues., Apr. 9       6:30 am  FH Early Risers

                           8:30 am  Preschool

                         12:30 pm  Preschool

                          1:00 pm   Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

                          5:00 pm  Youth Conf. Class in Mt. Ayr


Wed., Apr. 10      8:30 am  Preschool

                          12:30 pm  Preschool

                            5:00 pm  F.L.O.C.K.

                             6:00 pm  Lenten Service (CR)

                        Fellowship Time after the service  

          All boards will meet after the service.

      Council Meeting will follow the board meetings

(Please note this change of week for meetings to avoid meeting during Holy Week)


Thurs., Apr. 11     8:30 am  Preschool

                             9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm   Preschool

                             1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel 

                             4:00 pm   Clover Kids 4H in FH (CR)

                             7:00 pm   LC Clinic’s Annual Fundraising

                            Banquet at Supertel Inn & Conference Center


 Sun., Apr. 14   Palm Sunday

                          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)

                          1:00 pm  Quarterly Voters Meeting in FH (CR)

                          5:00 pm   Preschool Board

            PRAYER LIST           

Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen;

Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos;  Randy Nemitz;

Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Dale Snelling;

Libbie Wilkenson; Steve McDermott; Steve Townsend; Rev.

Blake Rickbiel; Paul Robinson; Kathy Eblen; Suzanne Troxel;

Otto Guiter

Illness, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder; Kathy Parker;

Oliver Gish; Megan Magers; Tommy Stoner, Bruce Herzberg;

Rev. Dave Ericksen


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga,

Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan;

Doyle Hembry; Jo Ehm, Warren Kruse


Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok


Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor 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 & 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


Thanksgiving:  Birth of Amelia Jane, daughter of Mickenzie and Jessica Hagen, born on April 1.

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 Mar. 31,  2019   CR  89, H/C 81      MA 21, H/C 18

 Attendance from Apr. 3 Lenten service  50       

Serving At Trinity          Sunday, April 7, 2019

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

Ushers in April:  (CR) Jay Bochart, Troy Petersen, Dave Dory & Dean Hadley

Elders on Duty in April: (MA) Mike Sickels, (CR)Bruce Herzberg

Finance Team in April: (CR) Jay Bochart & Rick Hadley

Altar Committee for April: (CR) Jean Stoll and 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. 

Sunday Morning Bible Study:  8:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.  All are welcome to attend. The topic we are studying is:

The Augsburg Confession: Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today 

The Augsburg Confession is just as relevant to the life of the Church today as it was during sixteenth century Reformation.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Biblical marriage and the civil government

How to approach church fellowship with all Christians

The important roles of clergy and laity, according to Scripture

Reformation heresies we still see in the Church today

Persecution and terrorism.


Naomi Circle will meet this Wednesday, April 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Our topic will be Nameless Women of the Bible” found on page 16 of the Spring 2019 Quarterly.  Please join us for Bible study and fellowship.  

Fellowship Time Following Lenten Services:   April 10 will be our final Wednesday evening Lenten service at 6:00 p.m.   After the service, everyone is invited to come down to the fellowship hall for refreshments and a time of fellowship.

Note these changes: Board Meetings will be held after the April 10 Lenten service and the council meeting will follow those meetings.  This is a week earlier than usual. The change was made to avoid meeting during Holy Week.

Altar Guild will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 to clean and polish the altar ware and furnishings. Supplies will be provided. Please come to help us prepare for the Easter season.

Please contact Janette if you have questions.

100th Birthday:  Arrangements are being made to help Bertha Jensen celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, April 13 at the Crest Haven activity room-1000 E. Howard Street at 2:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to attend and anyone is welcome to help put this party together since it is short notice.  No gifts please, but if the date or time does not allow you to come, a card sent to her would be very much appreciated.  100 years is quite a blessing from God, so we hope many of her church family can help Bertha celebrate the wonderful years bestowed on her.  The Dorys can be contacted with any questions or assistance.

Voters’ Meeting:  The quarterly voters’ meeting will be held next Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston. 

Easter Flowers:  If you would like to purchase flowers to decorate the chancel area (in Creston) on Easter Sunday, next Sunday, April 14 is the deadline for signing up and to for turning in names that you’d like printed in the bulletin.   For more details please refer to the insert in today’s bulletin.

Holy Week Service Schedule  

Sunday, April 14  Palm Sunday   Holy Communion with in Creston and Mt. Ayr

Thursday, April 18  6:00 p.m.  Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion in Creston

Friday, April 19  6:00 p.m. Good Friday Service in Creston

Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunday  NOTE TIMES

8:00 a.m.  Divine Service with Holy Communion-Creston

9:00 a.m.  Breakfast served by the youth in Creston

10:00 a.m.  Divine Service with Holy Communion-Mt. Ayr


Movie:  The movie titled Unplanned will be shown at the Stand Theater for one week, beginning on April 12.  Unplanned unfolds a fascinating transformation in the life of Abby Johnson, examining her journey from Planned Parenthood clinic director to becoming a leading advocate for life and women in crisis. Unplanned reveals the challenges confronting Abby as she walked away from her job at a key Texas Planned Parenthood clinic and walked into the Coalition for Life office down the street. The film unveils that this incredible turning point was preceded by years of misguided hopes, searching - and a moment of pure awakening. Abby recounts her journey as an idealistic and impressionable college student that led to her position as a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic. She describes the dramatic moments in that clinic that changed her life forever and set her on a new path. 



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.

The large LWML MITE BOX will be sitting at the back of the church during the month of April.  Your generous contributions in the recent past have helped for numerous Mission Grants, both nationally and for the district, to be paid in full.  The Lutheran Women in Mission would like to thank everyone who has given to our organization and we would appreciate your continued support. 


The Mission Board is advising that there will be a trip to Mission Central, Mapleton, IA on Saturday, July 27th.  More details will follow, but for now make plans to go to Mission Central to tour the new Creation Museum, have lunch and then hear Pastor Stephen Oliver speak about his mission work in Taiwan.   We are to arrive no later than 10:45am.  There is no charge for this trip.  Pastor Oliver is one of the missionaries that Trinity supports.  We hope many of our members will be able to make this very interesting and informative trip.