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The First Sunday in Lent Announcements: March 9, 2014

posted Mar 8, 2014, 7:21 AM by Jonathan Watt

This Week at Trinity

Sun Mar 9       First Sunday in Lent

  • 8:00am Divine Service (MA)
  • 9:30am Sunday School/Bible Class (MA)
  • 9:45am Divine Service/HC (CR)
  • 11:00am Sunday School/Bible Class (CR)
  • 12:00pm SS Teachers Meeting (CR) 

Mon Mar 10 Pastor's Day Off 

  • 6:30pm LifeLight 

Tue Mar 11

  • 6:30am Early Risers (Fellowship Hall) 
  • 1:30pm Lifelight 
  • 5:30pm Habitat for Humanity of Union Co. Board Meeting 
  • 6:30pm Preschool Board 

Wed Mar 12

  • 1:30pm Naomi Circle (FH) 
  • 6:00pm Confirmation Class 
  • 7:00pm Lenten Service (CR) 
  • 8:00pm All Boards Meet

Fri Mar 14

  • 7:00pm Youth Group Lock in

Sat Mar 15

  • 7:00pm Youth Group Lock in

Sun Mar 16 Caring for Your Neighbor - Food Bank

Second Sunday in Lent

  • 8:00am Divine Service/HC (MA)
  • 9:30am Sunday School/Bible Class (MA)
  • 9:45am Divine Service (CR)
  • 11:00am Sunday School/Bible Class (CR)


Serving At Trinity

CR=Creston, MA=Mount Ayr


Sun Mar 9

  • (CR) Acolytes: Tomas, Kolby;Shady, Logan
  • (CR) Organist: Sharon Eklund
  • (MA) Organist: Ethel Campbell

Wed Mar 12

  • (CR) Organist: Carla Roghair                        
  • (CR) Acolytes: Riley, Alexandria;Bargstadt, Caitlyn

Sun Mar 16

  • (CR) Acolytes: Walter, Scott;Hadley, Lauren
  • (MA) Organist: Ethel Campbell
  • (CR) Organist: Carla Roghair

Serving in March

  • (MA) Elder: Doug Bullock
  • (CR) Elder: Jim Nelson
  • (CR) Finance: Jim Nelson; Eric & Gina Eklund
  • (CR) Ushers: Dennis Brown; Ed Tomas; Eric Eklund; Jim Nelson;
  • (CR) Altar: Chuck & Paula Bowman

Pack your bags!!!!

Pastor Nabil Nour has extended an invitation to travel to the Holy Land with him on October 20th—27th, 2014. Information on the tour is on the Narthex table including a tour itinerary. This is an exciting trip with Pastor Nour who was born in Nazareth. Ask Deb Melzer questions about her trip with Pastor Nour!

JR/SR Youth Schedule

Guests are always Welcome!


Mar 14th   Lock-In Overnight Activities/Bible Study  *** Note Date Change****

Apr. 14th   Bible Study/Games

May 4th     Bible Study/Games

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


Attendance Report 


March 2, 2014—60



Confession and Forgiveness is an emphasis of Lent. Please make an appointment for Private Confession /Absolution with Pastor Watt during Lent. Call Pastor Watt 515-462-0566 or eMail at Also available 6-7pm at the Creston Location without an appointment during Holy Week (April 14-18).

Education: If you are interested in hosting a bible study in your home please contact Pastor Watt

LUTHERANISM IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE...Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week's topics include: The Movie "Son of God," God's Design for Marriage, Jesus Teaches Nicodemus, Christ in the Old Testament and more.  You can listen to what you want when you want at

CULTURE & CHRISTIANITY and GOD WHISPERERS: Have you listened yet on your Lutheran Radio Station Worldwide KFUO?  Check out these programs: Culture and Christianity (Wednesdays@2pm CST) looks into the vocations and lives of today’s top musicians, artists, chefs and more, and deals with the Christian’s place in modern culture as they interact with it in their service to God and their neighbors, and God Whisperers (Thursdays@2pm CST) is an offbeat program that discusses the everyday life of Christians with humor and intelligence. Be sure to listen! Follow us on Streaming and archived at

Vacation Bible School is tentatively scheduled for our Creston location July 13-17 and for our Mount Ayr location July 20-24. Go to to sign up to volunteer or register a student.

Stewardship – First Sunday in Lent – Because we receive “the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness,” we will “reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17b). Because of Jesus, death no longer reigns, we do! We win because of a crucified and living Savior. We will live forever deathless! We live now facing life’s temptations knowing that death is not our friend but a defeated enemy. Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your victory over temptation, sin, and death. Help us live joyfully in that victory. Amen.




Christian Care: Trinity has established a Christian Care fund to help people in our communities who are in need. Our Thanksgiving offering will be used to fund this account (use your Thanksgiving envelope). You may also give to the fund at any time simply use one of the Christian Care Fund envelopes on the narthex table. Any member of Trinity may request a gift for anyone in need. Find forms for requests on the Narthex table.

Please remember to bring a few items for the Creston food bank next week. The mission board has designate the third Sunday of every month as 'Caring for Your Neighbor' Sunday.

Building Healthy Families: Someone has said that listening is “love in action”. Listening encourages others to express their feelings. When we don’t listen carefully — or when we quickly pass judgment on or react to what is said—we discourage sharing. Good listening invites open communication. Put your love for your spouse, children, neighbor or friend into action this week by listening well! Lutheran Family Service of Iowa 515-251-4900.

Life Together


Bridal Shower for Tessa Wardenburg and Jordan Gadbois (Dane Wardenburg's Fiancé). On Sunday, March 9th at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All church ladies are invited!

All Ladies are invited to the LWML Spring Rally at Redeemer Lutheran in Corning, Iowa. Registration starts at 9:00 on Saturday March 29th, 29th, 2014. Rev. James Lamb of Lutherans for Life will be the speaker. We will be taking School Kits and Personal Care Kits to Corning for this event. There are sheets on the Narthex table which will instruct you on how to make the kits. Once you have assembled them there are bags under the Narthex table for them to go in. Once you have them in the bags, please place back into the same box. These kits will need to be in the box by Friday, March 28. Reminder the Fall Rally will be in Creston in August date to be announced.

Lenten meals will be served to confirmation students beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 5th at 5:30 pm. Please see sign up sheet in the Narthex if you are willing to help.

Martin Luther High School Choir Tour. We are looking for a few individuals who are willing to host students from Hannah Watt's High School. They will be performing for our church during their stay with us. These students will need housing for the night of  Saturday, April 26th.

Please let Waunita know if you are interested in hosting students. Performance times in Creston and Mt Ayr TBA.

The Mite box for LWML will be in the back of church throughout the month of March for the collection of mites. Thank you.

There will be a Lenten Congregational Pot Luck on Wednesday, April 9th at 5:30 pm. Please join us for this time of fellowship.

What better way to train a child than to give them an opportunity to join the fun for Cub Weeks at Camp Okoboji on July 13 - 19th. The Camp Auxiliary is giving away scholarships for a week at camp for children who will have completed grades 3-6 as of June 2014. The path is simple. Complete an application (available on Narthex table). Children need to be members of a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. They must in their own words 100 or less tell our board why they would love to go to camp this year.


Cancer: Kenneth Goeglein; Mike Rollings; Merle Triggs; Al Davis; Grace Weese; Janice Shepherd; Wes Keeler; Lois Watt; LaVern Otte; Maggie Dory; Jeff Bierle; Tim Stalker; Cindy Ray; Larry Davis;

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

Condolences: To the family of Melva Lee Goeglein who passed away this week. For the family of Gale Johnston at the passing of his son.

Illness Injury Surgery &Recovering: Bill Reidy; Ethan Bulgrin; Gailen Foreman;  Marie Burmiester; Danna Rains;  Jace Zellmer; Don Harris (Brother-in-law of Mitzie); Paula Bowman;

Military: Aaron Hoogland; 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;