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The Third Sunday in Advent (December 16 2012)

posted Dec 13, 2012, 9:39 AM by Jonathan Watt


Thank you to the Sunday school children for bringing us the good news of Jesus birth this morning.

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 19; Christmas Eve service candlelight 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. 

GRACE, FAITH, SCRIPTURE & CHRIST ALONE...Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week's topics include: The Birth of Jesus, Daniel the Prophet and the Three Young Men, Adam & Eve, Katie Luther, The Testimony of John the Baptist and more. You can listen on-demand at  


Building Healthy Families: As you prepare your heart for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, please also remember those who are struggling this year. Lutheran Family Service is here to help as an extension of our church’s ministry. Gifts received from individuals, congregations and organizations of LCMS churches here in Iowa at Christmas time are used to provide help to families all year long! In honor of a family member who has made a difference to your life, prayerfully consider making a gift to support the work of Lutheran Family Service this Christmas. Secure gifts can be made online at Lutheran Family Service of Iowa (515) 251-4900 

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). 

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

Life Quote: “What happened in that Bethlehem stable was nothing less than the personal arrival of the One who will keep you and me out of hell. For millennia, men and women had lived and died, waiting and hoping that this day would come … (Micah 5:2) … Isn’t it just like God to do His world-changing work in a little town, in the middle of the night, in an animal shelter? May the light streaming from the stable touch your face this Christmas and make you smile.” Rev. Mark Jeske, Time of Grace – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · 

Life Together

Attendance: Dec 9: 79, HC 73; Dec 12: 71; 

There will be a congregational potluck soup supper before the final advent service Dec. 19. Bring something to share for this soup supper and fellowship. 

The Kruse family invites the congregation to an Open House honoring Warren Kruse on his 90th birthday. Please join them Saturday, December 29, from 1:00 - 4:00 in the Fellowship Hall. 

Thank you very much for prayers, cards, email and visits. You are a very special church family. Marti Williams.

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. 

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Creston, Iowa is seeking a part-time clerical assistant for the pastor. Ideal candidates will have experience with computers, including word processing and working with the Internet. Strong communication skills and confidentiality are required for the position. The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing and printing Sunday bulletins, publishing a monthly electronic newsletter for the congregation, maintaining calendars and various databases and other clerical duties under the direction of the pastor. Hours are flexible up to 16 hours week including one half day on Friday. Pay $10 per hour. Contact Pastor Watt at 641-782-5095 x4 or

Christmas Cards by the Box! You may purchase Christmas Cards by the box this year. Please see the selection on the Narthex table! 

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

Stewardship: Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Paul says that the way to chase off anxiety and worry is with prayer: both requesting and thanking God for His gifts. Every gift we have is from him. That's the starting point for our stewardship as well: everything we have is a gift of God. 

Students in our Lutheran schools need your help! While helping families you get some help with your state taxes! The Iowa Lutheran Student Tuition Organization is at 25% of its $485,000 goal as of Nov. 15. You have until the end of the year – Dec. 31 – to mail your gift. We know the need is becoming greater – How can you help? Giving is not limited to Lutherans, church members, etc. If you know someone who could benefit from a 65% tax credit, please give them a donor form. Remember the financial benefit to a contributor is a 65% tax credit on Iowa income taxes (which can be carried over for five years) and also a charitable contribution on your federal form. For more information about ILSTO go online to or call Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991 or email 

The Lutheran High School of Greater New Orleans is the only Missouri Synod high school in the entire Southern District-LCMS. Its mission is to share the gospel and provide a Christ centered learning community that stresses academic excellence and encourages spiritual, intellectual, and social growth in preparing young adults to serve in the world. We invite you to join us in supporting and maintaining the mission of Lutheran High School. Would you prayerfully consider a contribution? All donations may be mailed directly to Lutheran High School at 3864 17th St., Metairie, LA 70002. You may also visit the website at 

You can now access the church directory online! You can also update your church database information. Please talk to Pastor Watt if you want to get access. Call, eMail or in person. (515)462-0566 or

This Week at Trinity

Sun Dec 16, 2012      3rd Sunday in Advent

                                      8:00am        Divine Service (First Lutheran) 

                                      9:30am        Divine Service 

                                      11:00am     Sunday School Adult Bible Class 

Mon Dec 17, 2012    Pastor's Day Off

Tue Dec 18, 2012      6:30am        Early Risers (McDonalds) 

                                      9:00am        Handy Helpers


                                      1:30pm        Streams of Living Water, Sermon Broadcast


Wed Dec 19, 2012     5:30pm        Advent Soup Supper

                                      6:00pm        F.L.O.C.K. 

                                      6:00pm        Confirmation Class 

                                      7:00pm        Advent Service 

                                      8:30pm        Board of Missions (FH) 

Thu Dec 20, 2012      7pm              Reanna Miller Gridley Benefit Pie Auction

Sun Dec 23, 2012      4th Sunday in Advent - Advent

                                      8:00am        Divine Service (First Lutheran) 

                                      9:30am        Divine Service (HC)

                                      11:00am     Sunday School Adult Bible Class  

Serving at Trinity

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

Wed Dec 19, 2012

Organist: Julie Lang

Acolytes: Alex Brown; Ben Bargstadt

Sun Dec 23, 2012

Altar: Dave and Maggie Dory

Finance: Steve Bradley, Lyle Scheel

Elder: Phil Wardenburg

Acolytes: Cali Foglesong; Caitlyn Bargstadt

Organist: Sharon Eklund

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;