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posted Dec 16, 2011, 2:05 PM by Jonathan Watt


Holiday Worship Schedule:

¯     Wednesday Dec 21, 7:00pm - Advent Service

¯     Saturday Dec 24, 5:00pm - Christmas Eve Service (First Luth)

¯     Saturday Dec 24, 7:00pm - Christmas Eve Service

¯     Sunday Dec 25, 9:30am - Christmas Day Service

¯     Saturday Dec 31 - NO NEW YEAR'S EVE SERVICE

¯     Sunday Jan 1, 2012, 9:30am - New Year's Day Service

Reminder to kids kindergarten through 4th grade: there is FLOCK this week (Wed) and you're welcome to come eat with the confirmation kids around 5:30-5:45. We'll be done shortly before 7:00. 

The Trinity Lutheran Preschool Board of Directors thanks the congregation for donating to provide Story Bibles for our preschool children in both classes. We appreciate that the congregation wants to help expose young children to God's story. They were passed out at the preschool Christmas Program. The families started to look through them right after receiving them. Thank you so much for caring about our preschool children and their families. Preschool Board, Anita, Becky, Deb, Dory, Jim, Linda, Melody, Mike, and Pat along with teachers, Joy and Brenda and Pastor Watt. 

Issues Etc. reviews the new book "Everyday a Friday" by Joel Osteen: Joel Osteen is a true phenomenon in pop-American Christianity. He is pastor of the largest mega-church in the US, host of a weekly television show seen world-wide, author of several best-selling books and a frequent guest on secular media. Listen to the book review at 

Join us for Family Bible Study Today (December 18): "The Real Saint Nick" A Video Bible study, hosted by the Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus-Speaker of The Lutheran Hour, examines a man who, next to Jesus Christ, is the most visible figure during the holidays-St. Nicholas or Santa Claus-as we know him in Western culture. Dating back to the third century, St. Nick is attributed with the doing of many benevolent and charitable acts of kindness and generosity. Revered and honored by Christians the world over, St. Nick has a resume of accomplishments and good deeds even the most celebrated saint would be envious of. 


Building Healthy Families: Depression during the Christmas season is common. If you recognize yourself or someone close to you struggling with depression during this time of the year, we encourage you to contact your local LFS office for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of the LFS counselors. Lutheran Family Service of Iowa (515)251-4900  

Life Quote: “As Christmas looms with recurrent images of Baby Jesus, as Life Sunday reminds some of the babies they never held, let us speak and act tenderly with those who endure the pain of sexual abuse and abortion. God’s Truth is the Gospel: ‘The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit’ Psalm 34:18; ‘[A]s far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.’” Psalm 103:12.” Kristin Wassilak, deaconess at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, Brookfield, Illinois – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life – 

The total given for the Christian Care Fund so far is $1094.80. If you wish to give more to please mark an envelope "Christian Care Fund" and put it in the collection plate. Disbursement requests are on the Narthex table (blue pad). Any member in good standing may request funds for anyone. Please give completed requests to Pastor Watt. All request are strictly confidential. 

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Attendance Report : Dec 11: 71, HC 60; Dec 14: 52;

There will be an open house for May Huss Carlisle's 95th Birthday at Trinity Fellowship Hall 1:30-3:30pm Saturady Jan 7, 2012. Cards may be sent to 705 N Oak Creston, IA 50801.

A total of $420 has been given for The Story Bible gifts for Preschool parents. Thank you very much!  That covers 21 of the 33 given. If you would like to give to this project use the envelopes on the narthex table.Board of Ed will meet on Wed.Dec. 28th at 7pm since there is no confirmation. 

If anyone would like to take over decorating the cross in the narthex, please talk to Pastor Watt. 

Installation of ALL officers will be January 8, 2012 during the Divine Service. Please contact Pastor Watt if you are unable to attend. 

Removing of the Greens will be January 8, 2012 at 12pm 

The Sunday School Teacher's Meeting and Midwinter Potluck for January will be on January 22 at 12pm following Sunday School and Adult Bible Class. Bring your spouse, children a dish to share for lunch! 

We are once again switching computer systems for the membership database and finances. Volunteers are needed for data entry. You can do the work at home as long as you have access to the internet. Please talk to pastor Watt if you would like to help. We'd like all the data entered by Christmas. 

This Week at Trinity

Sun Dec 18      Fourth Sunday in Advent (B/V)

                        Caring for Your Neighbor - Food Bank Donations

                        8:00am      Divine Service (First Lutheran)

                        9:30am      Divine Service

                        11:30am    Family Bible Class - The Real Saint Nick

Mon Dec 19     Pastor's Day Off

Tue Dec 20      Katharina von Bora Luther

                        6:30am      Early Risers (McDonalds) 

                        9:00am      Handy Helpers (FH) 

                        1:30pm      Streams of Living Water, Sermon Broadcast


Wed Dec 21     Preschool, Last Day of Classes for 2011

                        6:00pm      Jr. Confirmation

                        6:30pm      F.L.O.C.K.

                        7:00pm      Advent Service 

Sat Dec 24       The Nativity of Our Lord—Christmas Midnight (W)

                        5:00pm      Christmas Eve Service (First Lutheran)

                        7:00pm      Christmas Eve Candlelight

Sun Dec 25      The Nativity of Our Lord—Christmas Day (W)

                        9:30am      Festival of the Incarnation of Our Lord w/ HC

                                          No Sunday School / Bible Classes

Volunteers This Week

Sun Dec 18

Elder: Jim Nelson

Pianist: Julie Lang

Ushers: John Wolfe, Steve Bradley, Eddie Tomas, Kevin Kruse

Altar: Dave & Maggie Dory, Mike & Janette Lang, Carla Roghair

Finance: Steve Bradley, Lyle Scheel

Wed Dec 21

Organist: Sharon Eklund

Elder: Jim Nelson

Acolytes: Cali Fogelsong Cassidy Riley

Ushers: John Wolfe, Steve Bradley, Eddie Tomas, Kevin Kruse

Altar: Dave & Maggie Dory, Mike & Janette Lang, Carla Roghair

Sat Dec 24

Pianist: Julie Lang

Altar: Steve and Judy Bradley

Elder: Jim Nelson

Acolytes: Devon Peterson Kolby Tomas

Ushers: John Wolfe, Steve Bradley, Eddie Tomas, Kevin Kruse

Sun Dec 25

Organist: Sharon Eklund

Elder: Jim Nelson

Ushers: John Wolfe, Steve Bradley, Eddie Tomas, Kevin Kruse

Altar: Dave & Maggie Dory, Mike & Janette Lang, Carla Roghair

Finance: Steve Bradley, Lyle Scheel