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September 8, 2019 The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

posted Sep 9, 2019, 9:31 AM by Linda Hadley   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 9:33 AM ]

For The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost on September 8,  2019

Deut. 30:15-20

Philemon 1-21

Luke 14:25-35

The Cost of Discipleship

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.


Salt Without Taste Is Worthless

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


            This Week at Trinity

 Sun., Sept. 8    8:00 a.m.  No Bible Class today

                          9:00 a.m.  Divine Service/HC (CR)

                         10:00 a.m. Presentation by Gary Thies,

              from Mission Central, in FH (CR) and via Skpye

              to Mt. Ayr

          Light lunch served after the presentation in Creston

                         11:00 a.m.  Divine Service (MA)

                           5:00 p.m.  Preschool Board Mtg in FH  (CR)



Mon., Sept. 9   Pastor at District Pastors’ Conf. in Ft. Dodge

                          8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool



Tues., Sept. 10  Pastor at District Pastors’ Conf. in Ft. Dodge

                          6:30 a.m.  Early Risers Bible Study FH (CR)

                          8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool


Wed., Sept. 11  8:30 a.m.   Preschool

                        12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                           1:30 p.m.  Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

                  7:00 p.m.  Elders Mtg. (rescheduled from last week)


Thurs., Sept. 12 8:30 a.m.  Preschool

                            9:45 a.m.  Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 p.m.  Preschool

                            1:45 p.m.  Preschool Chapel

                            7:00 p.m. Adult Lutheran Teachings/

                                             Catechesis Class in FH (CR)


Sun., Sept. 15 Caring for Your Neighbors-Food Bank

                         8:00 a.m.  Bible Class (CR)

                         9:00 a.m.  Divine Service (CR)

                        10:00 Sunday School Rally Day

                  Classes begin for this school year (CR & MA)

                          10:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

                          11:00 a.m.  Divine Service/ HC (MA)

                            5:00 p.m.  Youth Group Meeting in FH (CR)        


 Prayer List


Cancer:  Heidi Albaugh; Denice Creveling; Kent Larsen;

Diane England; Gary McCraken; Randy Nemitz; Steve McCann;

Ron Ludwig; Dale Snelling; Libbie Wilkenson; Steve Townsend;

Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Paul Robinson; Suzanne Troxel; Otto Guiter;

Vivian Herzberg; Dan Lutrick


Illness, Hospitalized, Surgery or Recovery:  Norm Schroeder;

Oliver Gish; Marie Burmeister;  Rev. Larry Troxel;

Rev. Dave Ericksen; Joy Brown; Lawrence Herzberg;

Rachel Heck


Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Lawrence Herzberg,

Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry;

Warren Kruse


Military:  Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok


Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor James and Christel Neuendorf (Puerto Rico)

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa)

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Belize)

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche & Family (Dominican Republic)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Attendance:  Please fill out an attendance card which is found in the pew rack.  List the names of each person in attendance.  Please hand the card to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.  

 Attendance from Sept. 1, 2019

CR 80          MA 18     Communed 16



 Serving At Trinity    Sunday, Sept. 8,  2019

Organist: (MA) Greg Storhoff    (CR) Julie Lang

Ushers in  September:  (CR)  Erik Eklund, Rick Hadley,Paul Kearney, Jim Hagen

Elders on Duty in September: (MA) Mike Sickels & Greg Storhoff     (CR) Eric Eklund

Finance Team in September: (CR) Dennis Brown & Jack Quee

Altar Committee for September: (CR)  Sharon Eklund & Hannah Shady    


 Life Together

VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received from God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz.  He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you. 

Attendance Cards:  Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card (found in the pew rack) and to list names of each family member in attendance.   On Sundays when there is Holy Communion please list the names of those who will be communing on the Holy Communion registration side of the card.   Hand the card to an usher.


Early Risers Bible Study will begin this week on Tues., Sept 10 at 6:30 a.m. They meet in the FH in Creston.


Naomi Circle will meet this Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for Bible Study and fellowship.  Our topic will be God’s Time.  This study is found on page 16 of the Summer 2019 Quarterly.  Please join us for Bible study and fellowship.


Introduction/Review - Lutheran Teachings/Catechesis:   Starting Thursday, September 12th at 7PM, Pastor Rutz will lead a class for those who would like to learn more about LCMS Lutheran teachings and for those who would like a refresher course on LCMS Lutheran teachings. The class would run no later than 8:30pm and will meet in the Fellowship Hall at our Creston location.

If you yourself or a friend or family member would like to learn more about the Lord’s Ministry here at Trinity, we invite you to prayerfully consider this opportunity. Pastor Rutz is also more than happy to schedule time to meet privately for this class if you would rather have that option. To sign up or for questions please call Pastor Rutz at 641-782 – 5095 or 712-621-5971.




It’s time to resume our Sunday classes for all ages! 

*Sunday School for ages 3 year old – 6th grade following 9am Divine Service in Creston and @ 10am in Mount Ayr

*Class for 7-12th grades in Youth Room after church

*Bible Class on the Lutheran Confessions will resume @ 8:00am in Creston– 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Mount Ayr @ 6:30pm.

*FLOCK(Fellowship &Love Offered to Christ’s Kids) will resume in October.

*Elementary age kids and lower are asked to join Pastor for the Children’s Sermon which will continue to be offered on non – communion Sundays.

*High School Youth will resume at 5pm Sunday evening. (Sept. 15th)

Everyone is invited to the Fellowship Hall after service for refreshments.




It is that time again for our annual miniature golf outing.  If you haven’t played miniature golf, that is not a problem, you will be a pro by the end of the day.  A bonfire will be ready for roasting hot dogs and making smores!  Kids from ages from 1-91 have a great time.  If you have enjoyed the “Best Kept Secret in Southwest Iowa” before, the Lowenbergs have even made MORE changes this year!  If you haven’t joined us before, hope to see you this year. 

WHEN: Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 3:00 PM

WHERE:  2572 210th ST., Afton, Iowa.  One mile south of Afton on Hwy 169, turn EAST on 210th Street, continue on gravel to 2572 right side of road,  approximately 1.5 miles.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING:  Hot dogs and buns and fixings for smores, soft drink or water for your family.  There will be some chairs available; however you might want to bring a lawn chair along. 

LWML Sunday is scheduled for October 6th. Fellowship time will include goodies prepared by members as well as the Craft/Bake Sale. Anyone interested in bringing crafts or baked good for that Sunday, please start thinking about it now. A sign-up sheet will be in the narthex soon. This is a fun time of fellowship and sharing of talents! Watch for more details!



Today’s Mission Presentation:  After today’s service in Creston, everyone is invited to join together in the fellowship hall to hear a presentation about missions by Mr. Gary Thies, from Mission Central in Mapleton, IA.  The presentation will also be transmitted via Skype to Mt. Ayr.  After the presentation, the mission board will serve a light lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and bar cookies.