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The First Sunday After Christmas Announcements: December 29, 2013

posted Dec 28, 2013, 9:13 AM by Jonathan Watt

This Week at Trinity

Sun Dec 29

  • 8:00am Divine Service (Mount Ayr)
  • 9:30am Divine Service
  • 11:00am Sunday School/Adult Bible Class
  • 1:30 pm Family of Fern will be greeting
  • Family and Friends
  • 2:30 pm Funeral for Fern Hoepker

Mon Dec 30

  • Pastor's Day Off

Tue Dec 31

  • 6:30am Early Risers (Fellowship Hall)


  • New Year's Eve Service (HC)

Thu Jan 2

7:00pm Board of Elders

Sun Jan 5

  • 8:00am Divine Service (Mount Ayr)
  • 9:30am Divine Service
  • 11:00am Sunday School /Adult Bible Class

JR/SR Youth Schedule

Guests are always Welcome!

Jan 19th   Sledding/Bible Study

Feb 14th   Valentines Dinner           

Mar 9th    Lock-In Overnight Activities/Bible Study

Apr. 14th  Bible Study/Games

May 4th Bible Study/Games

Leaders: Deanna and Troy Petersen; Jennifer and Tim Fogelsong; Joy and Dennis Brown.

 First Lutheran Church,  Mount Ayr, IA

Announces it’s closing service will be held Sunday, January 12th @ 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend this worship service.

Please keep the members of First Lutheran in your prayers as they prepare for this change.

 Serving At Trinity


Sun Dec 29

  • Acolytes: Hadley, Lauren; Riley, Alexandria
  • Organist: Carla Roghair
  • Ushers: Kevin Kruse, Dave Dory, Eddie Tomas, Rick Hadley
  • Elder: Norm Schroeder 
  • Finance: Dennis Brown, Joyce Kruse
  • Altar: Dave & Maggie Dory 

Tue Dec 31

  • Elder: Norm Schoeder
  • Acolytes: Bargstadt, Benjamin; Walter, Scott
  • Ushers: Kevin Kruse, Dave Dory, Eddie Tomas, Rick Hadley
  • Finance: Dennis Brown, Joyce Kruse
  • Organist: Sharon Eklund

Sun Jan 5

  • Acolytes: Riley, Cassidy
  • Altar: Phil & Anita Wardenburg


Life Together


Funeral Services for ELEANOR FERN ELIZABETH HOEPKER will be this afternoon at 2:30pm at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. The family will greet family and friends beginning at 1:30pm in the Narthex. A private committal for the family will follow at the cemetery in Greenfield.

Handy Helpers to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and then every month thru April on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month.

Stewardship: (Sunday after Christmas) Galatians 4:4 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.” Jesus was born under the law so that He might fulfill the law in our place. His perfect righteousness is credited to us. And it is this free forgiveness of sins and crediting of righteousness that sets us free to follow our Lord in godly living. Since we are freed from the law's condemnation, we are freed also from any mercenary attitudes. Indeed, we are freed to show our thanks to Him in generosity, humility, and kindness."

Administration: Don’t forget fill out your attendance cards. Please don't forget to put the date on the card. Put the name of all in attendance on the front and all those taking communion on the back.

The Church locks have been re-keyed. Any member of the church may have a key. Please come to the office and fill out a registration card and return your old keys for recycling.

There will be a Trinity Teacher's Meeting next Sunday at 12pm following bible class. All teachers are encouraged to attend. Please bring a sack lunch.



LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) Training Iowa District West is forming LERT teams to respond to disasters. It is exciting that over 300 members of the District have now taken the LERT training and are certified to serve and respond after a natural disaster. You are invited to attend an upcoming LERT training. There is NO COST for the training. Volunteers will receive a LERT manual. Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 510 15th Street, Ames IA When: Saturday, February 8, 2014 Registration begins at 8 am with training 9am - 12pm Facilitator: Ellie Menz, Disaster Response Coordinator Register online at (under “District News”) or contact Jill Davis at the District office (515-576-7666).

Want Some Help to Make a Stronger Marriage? Lutheran Family Service can help. Visit for tools and contact information to help you with the hard task of keeping your marriage on the right track.

Building Healthy Families: “Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably, they are both disappointed,” said Albert Einstein. Thanks be to our God who never disappoints and never changes! When our relationships are built on Him, we have our greatest potential for health and wholeness. Happy New Year with a toast to happy marriages and healthy families in 2014 from the staff of LFS! Lutheran Family Service of Iowa



“Instead of doing what might have been expected, the Lord held out a promise. He said that any and everyone who looked upon His Son as Savior would be given eternal life. Read through Scripture and you will find that invitation extended again and again. It was a promise that found its fulfillment in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of the Savior whose birth we celebrate this month.” Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus of “The Lutheran Hour” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life ·

Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization (ILSTO) Your gift to the ILSTO will result in a tax credit that will directly reduce your Iowa taxes, AND assist families with tuition costs. Donor forms can be found by visiting the ILSTO website at or contact Dewey Torkelson 712-260-2991 for more details on how you can help further the mission of Lutheran education and to see if credits are still available. You only have a couple of days left to donate.


Thank You!

Pastor and his family were truly touched by the gifts we received this Christmas from the members of Trinity. Our greatest gift here at Trinity is being able to serve this congregation with the Word and Sacraments. Our Family rejoices in service of the Lord. Happy New Year and Many Blessing the Watt Family.



Cancer: Bethany Gurich; Jackie Loomis ; Kenneth Goeglein ; Rheanna Miller; Mike Rollings; Orlan Lux; Merle Triggs; Al Davis; Grace Weese; Janice Shepherd; Wes Keeler; Lois Watt; LaVern Otte; Maggie Dory; Jeff Bierle; Tim Stalker;

Congratulations: Baby Girl Marlee Marie born to Jill Callison (Granddaughter of Marti Williams)

Condolences: Bobby Colton’s family; Family of Fern Hoepker; Family of Brian Scadden (Grandson of Bertha Jensen);

Christian Care: Jane, George, Jabes, Jefery our sponsored orphans in Africa;

Illness Injury Surgery &Recovering: Bill Reidy; Ethan Bulgrin; Jace Zellmer; Gailen Foreman; Chad Schroeder; May Carlisle; Megan Parsons; Marie Burmiester; Danna Rains; Deb Laudner; Pat Barkalow; Mevalee Geoeglein (Dorothy Cook’s sister-in-Law); Pam Romano (Mother-in-Law of Micah Hagen);

Military: Aaron Hoogand; Carl Green; Michael Kaufman; Denise McClary;

Missions: Concordia Mission Society; Dr Oliver (Seminary in Taiwan); Ivan and Jennifer Rasch, Africa; Pastor Daniel Vogel, Hispanic Missions in Iowa; Pastor Dennis Konkel, Deaf Missions in Iowa;

Seminary Students: Timothy Meyer (Vicar: Macomb, MI), Chris Troxel, and Martin Herzberg;

Shut-ins: Mary Carson; Ruth Chase; Wilma Cottrell; Jeanne Herzberg; Frieda Porter; Lonny Riley; Don Campbell;