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posted Dec 7, 2012, 9:39 AM by Jonathan Watt


Christmas Worship Schedule: At Trinity we celebrate Christmas by preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by having services every Wednesday in December. These services are called Advent.

  • Advent services are at 7 PM. December 12 and 19;
  • Sunday School Children Sunday December 16 at 9:30 AM;
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 7 PM December 24;
  • Christmas Day service is at 9:30 AM December 25;
  • New Year's Eve service is at 7 PM December 31;

Please come and join us as we celebrate the good news that Jesus was born, lived, and died on the cross for our sins. 

The Sunday School children will help present the Christmas story during worship Sunday Dec. 16. 

FLOCK will meet December 12 at 6:00pm this month. This is for grades K-4. 

REAL REFORMATION RADIO...You can listen to simple teachings on subjects like: Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?, The Advent Hymn "Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord," The Birth of John the Baptist, 4th Century Martyr Lucia and more. Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. You can listen at your convenience at 


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. 

Fresh deer meat in 2 lb. pkgs will be available for anyone. Every Thursday beginning December 6, 4-6 pm at the First Presbyterian Church (Sponsored by FPC Deacon’s). 

MC: Help support local depoyed military families for Christmas. Please find in the narthex 2 boxes. One for toys under $5 and the other for non-parishable food.

Life Quote: “The Divine Weaver … knit us together in our mother’s womb, and, remarkably, in that very same way He personally came to us in His Son Jesus Christ, in human form, given birth by a human mother in a dirty stable. Born into poverty, into a nation of a people oppressed, He died the death of a lowly criminal. These are the lengths that God went to, in order to show us just how much He cares for all of us.” Gaylan Mathiesen, Ph.D., Professor of Mission and Evangelism, Lutheran Brethren Seminary, Fergus Falls, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · 

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. 

Life Together

Attendance Report: December 2: 86; December 5: 63

2013 offering envelopes are now available on the narthex table. Please let Kevin Kruse no if you did not receive a box and would like to have one.

Everyone is welcome to join the youth group this evening at 6 PM for a short devotion and then off to do caroling in the community.

Hanging of the Greens will be today following Sunday school and adult Bible class's. There will be a potluck brunch. Decorations will be removed on January 6 following Bible class and Sunday school. 

Congregational potluck soup supper before the final advent service Dec. 19. Bring something to share for this soup supper and fellowship. 

“Naomi Circle will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, for our annual Christmas Breakfast at the Windrow. Please feel free to join us.” 

Stewardship: Luke 3:8 “And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.” The problem with the Pharisees is that they think God owes them: We are the sons of Abraham! God has to be on our side! With this sense of entitlement, the Pharisees rob themselves of the ability to be thankful. God doesn't owe us – instead, He is gracious toward us. This knowledge is the foundation for thanksgiving, which is the foundation for stewardship. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR IOWA LUTHERAN ELEMENTARY and SECONDARY SCHOOLS? You have been told many ways you can assist by participating in fundraisers, volunteering your time and we hope you are able to do some of those. And here is another! It is the Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization (ILSTO). This is a way to expand our schools and reach out to those in our churches and community. By donating to the ILSTO more students are able to receive more financial aid to enable them to attend. In addition the benefit to you is a great tax credit of 65% on your Iowa state taxes. Donate $1000 and receive a tax credit of $650, plus the usual charitable deduction on your federal taxes. For further information, please contact Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991. You might also check the website: 

2013 Rose Bowl Game Ticket Combo. For one individual: $175 or 210. This price includes one Rose Bowl Football Game ticket and one ticket to the Lutheran Hour Ministries Float/Petal Pushers Behind the Scenes Party to be held on December 30th! Contact Dick Gast or call 949-458-0606. The theme for the 2013 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is “Oh the Places You'll Go!” and this year's Lutheran Hour Ministries float theme is “Jesus … The Way to Heaven!” 

Events Calendar

Sun Dec 9          2nd Sunday in Advent

                            8:00am                Divine Service (First Lutheran) 

                            9:30am                Divine Service (HC)

                            11:00am             Sunday School Adult Bible Class 

                            12:00pm             Hanging of the Greens w/ Pot Luck (Brunch)

                            6:00pm                Youth Group Christmas Caroling

Tue Dec 11       Pastor's Day Off

                            6:30am                Early Risers (McDonalds) 

                            1:30pm                Streams of Living Water, Sermon Broadcast


                            6:30pm                Preschool Board

Wed Dec 12      9:30am                Circuit Winkle - Immanuel, Osceola, IA

                            1:30pm                Naomi Circle (FH) 

                            6:00pm                Confirmation Class 

                            7:00pm                Advent Service 

                            8:30pm                Church Council Meeting (FH)

Thu Dec 13       9:30am                Preschool Pastor Time 

                            1:30pm                Preschool Pastor Time 

Sun Dec 16       3rd Sunday in Advent - Advent

                            Caring for Your Neighbor - Food Bank 

                            8:00am                Divine Service (First Lutheran) 

                            9:30am                Divine Service 

                            11:00am             Sunday School Adult Bible Class

Serving at Trinity This Week

Sun Dec 9, 2012                

Altar: Dave and Maggie Dory

Finance: Steve Bradley, Lyle Scheel

Acolytes: Devon Peterson; Cassidy Riley

Elder: Phil Wardenburg

Organist: Sharon Eklund

Ushers: John Wolfe, Dave Dorey, Eddie Tomas, Kevin Kruse

Wed Dec 12, 2012                            

Organist: Carla Roghair

Acolytes: Hannah Watt; Kolby Tomas

Sun Dec 16, 2012                              

Altar: Dave and Maggie Dory

Finance: Steve Bradley, Lyle Scheel

Organist: Julie Lang

Acolytes: Kessler Tomas; Sam Chapman

Elder: Phil Wardenburg

Ushers: John Wolfe, Dave Dorey, Eddie Tomas, Kevin Kruse

In Your Prayers

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

Cancer: Bethany Gurich; Bob Rasmussen (Brother in Law of Janice Nook); Kenneth Goeglein (Brother of Dorothy Cook); Megan Anderson; Rheanna Miller (Kindergartener);

Military: Aaron Hoogland (Nephew of Carla Roghair); Bo Beeman-Persian Gulf (Nephew of Chuck & Paula Bowman); Carl Green (Grand Nephew of Gene Cook); David Davenport-Afganistan (Nephew of Chuck ); Michael Kaufman;

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;

Shutins: Frieda Porter, Al Schroeder; Lonny Riley; Ruth Chase; Wilma Cottrell, Pauline Young;