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The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Announcements: February 16, 2014

posted Feb 14, 2014, 11:10 AM by Jonathan Watt

This Week at Trinity

Sun Feb 16

  • Caring for Your Neighbor - Food Bank
  • 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)
  • 12:00pm Teacher's Recognition Pot Luck

Mon Feb 17

  • Pastor's Day Off
  • 6:30pm LifeLight

Tue Feb 18

  • 6:30am Early Risers (Fellowship Hall)
  • 9:00am Handy Helpers (Quilting)
  • 1:30pm Lifelight
  • 7:00pm Endowment/Legacy Com Mtg

Wed Feb 19 6:00pm F.L.O.C.K.

  6:00pm Confirmation Class

  7:30pm Church Council

Fri Feb 21

  • West Iowa Theology Convocation Greenfield, IA

Sat Feb 22

  • West Iowa Theology Convocation Greenfield, IA

Sun Feb 23

  • Iowa District West Pastor's Conference - Stoney Creek Inn, Sioux City, IA
  • 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)

 Serving At Trinity

CR=Creston, MA=Mount Ayr

Sun Feb 16

  • (CR) Acolytes: Bargstadt, Caitlyn;Tomas, Kolby
  • (MA) Organist: Greg Storhoff
  • (CR) Pianist: Carla Roghair

Sun Feb 23

  • (CR) Acolytes: Hadley, Lauren;Riley, Alexandria
  • (MA) Organist: Ethel Campbell
  • (CR) Organist: Sharon Eklund

Serving the Month of February

  • (MA) Elder: Mark Larsen
  • (CR) Elder: Jim Hagen 
  • (MA) Altar: Vicki Sickels
  • (CR) Altar: Phil and Anita Wardenburg
  • (MA) Finance: Mark Larsen, Mike Sickels
  • (CR) Finance: Paul Kearney; Bill Magers;
  • (MA) Ushers: Mark Larsen, Mike Sickels
  • (CR) Ushers: Paul Kearney; Jim Kneedler; Bill Mag ers; Troy Petersen;

 Looking for a Devotion

for this Lenten Season!

Here are some suggestions:

Lutheran Hour Ministries has a downloadable printable devotion titled “My God, My God Why have you Forsaken ME?” A copy of this devotional is on the Narthex Table along with a sign up sheet if you would like Waunita to print you a copy and put it in your mailbox. It is also available for your electronic devices and in large print.

The LCMS offers several options for Lenten devotions on their website

Check out these and other resources available for your Lenten Devotions.

 Attendance Report 


February 9, 2014— 96

 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!

Handy Helpers quilting meet this Tuesday and the third Tuesday of every month thru April.

SMILE! and mark your calendars for April 29 - May 3. Pictures will be taken at both locations for our new directory. More information is coming soon.

Stewardship 1 Corinthians 3:7 “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” Isn’t that the truth! And it’s not just true about preachers like Paul, but about all of us in all of the Christian life. God can do such wonderful things with our feeble efforts. This is so very true of our gifts to the Lord’s work in the Church. From His generous giving to us, we learn to give generously; and then the Lord blesses this response to His grace in turn and uses our very giving to continue to bless us in the Church where we hear of His gracious generosity to us. And the cycle repeats, and the Lord gives growth!

Church Time Survey Surveys are in. The Elder’s will be evaluating the approximately 30 responses. Thank you to all those who participated.



February 16 – Sixth after the Epiphany – Choosing life (Deuteronomy 30:19), whether when faced with an unplanned pregnancy or with the temptation to end a life prematurely by removing treatment, does not flow from some moral or societal obligation. For the Christian, it flows from trust in God as the God of our salvation who will not forsake His saved ones. Prayer: Father, forgive our lack of trust and turning to death to rescue us from our problems. Restore in us a trust in You who revealed Your love for us through Jesus. Amen.

Mercy: The time to end abortion is now! Join the 40 Days for Life peaceful prayer vigil outside the abortion clinic in our community! From March 5 - April 13, 40 Days for Life ... a peaceful, prayerful, effective, coordinated international mobilization ... takes place in our community. We pray that, with God's help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city -- and beyond. For more information talk to Pastor Watt ( or Mike Henry ( or

Building Healthy Families: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” This quote from Thomas Jefferson is inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in our nation’s capital. As you celebrate President’s Day thank God for the gifts of liberty and freedom. Pray also for our country and our children who are bombarded each day with anti-Christian messages. Lutheran Family Service of Iowa 515-251-4900.



DEFENDING THE FAITH, TEACHING THE TRUTH...Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. This week's topics include: God's Calling for Children, The Holiness & Love of God, The Reformer Martin Luther, Adiaphora and more.  You can listen to what you want when you want at

BOOKTALK: Have you listened yet on your Lutheran Radio Station Worldwide KFUO? Check out BookTalk, the program that interviews some of the best Christian books available today. This week on BookTalk , author Chad Bird talks about his book ‘The infant Priest: Hymns and Poems’. These poems and hymns in this collection give voice to the triumphs and tragedies of life in a broken world. Listen this Friday, Feb. 21, at 2pm CST! Follow us on Streaming and archived at

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).


Tentative Dates for VBS

Creston—July 13-17

Mount Ayr—July 20th-24th

If you are aware of any conflicts with these dates, please contact Julie Lang.

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

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


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;

Condolences: Jackie Loomis (Friend of Miztie Cellen)

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

Illness Injury Surgery &Recovering: Bill Reidy; Ethan Bulgrin; Gailen Foreman;  Marie Burmiester; Danna Rains; Deb Laudner; Melvalee Geoeglein; Jace Zellmer;

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;