The Baptism of Our Lord

Announcements: January 8, 2023

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For The Baptism of Our Lord on January 8, 2023

Isaiah 42:1-9

Romans 6:1-11

Matthew 3:13-17

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him,[a] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son,[b] with whom I am well pleased.”

Prayer List


Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Michael Ellerton (husband of Julie Rutz’s niece)

Roger Kessler (cousin of Marge Scott)

Carrie Baker (Jolene Hinrich’s niece)

On-going health concerns, Hospitalized, Surgery/Recovery:

Members: Virginia Isaacs and Alexis Swanson

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Rev. Michael Breach (son-in-law of Langs)

Eugene Goeglein (brother of Dorothy Cook)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl)

Rev. Leon Hodges (brother of Jean Stoll)

Daniel Gooding (father of Doug Gooding)

Grayson Nelson (2 yr. old great-great nephew of Storhoffs, who received a liver transplant on Dec. 21. Along with prayers for healing and recovery, please remember the parents of the donor, whose generous gift has impacted Grayson’s family.)

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Clara Buchanan, Linda Schroeder,

Jean Stoll

Military: Nathan Nonneman (grandson of Sharon Nonneman)

Kyle Marchok (husband of Lola Hembry’s granddaughter)

Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor James and Christel Neuendorf (Puerto Rico)

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison Hispanic Ministry)

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Belize)

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart, Creston & Atlantic)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Jan. 8 The Baptism of Our Lord

8:00 am Bible Study (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC/ installation (CR)

10:00 am Removing the Greens (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time in CR & MA

10:00 am Sunday School in CR

11:00 am Divine Service/HC/installation in MA

11:30 am FH (CR) reserved by Kruse family

2:00 pm Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)

Mon., Jan. 9 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Jan. 10 7:00 am Early Risers

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Rachel Circle in FH (CR) (Rescheduled from last week)

Wed., Jan. 11 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

1:30 pm Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

5:00 pm FLOCK

7:00 pm Elders Mtg. in FH (CR)

Thurs., Jan. 12 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Jan. 15 8:00 am Bible Study (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time in CR & MA

10:00 am Sunday School in CR

11:00 am Divine Service//HC in MA

Attendance from New Year’s Eve in Creston 41

Attendance from January 1, 2022

Creston 53 Mt. Ayr 8 Communed 8

When writing down names on the attendance side of the attendance cards, remember to include any children who are attending church with you.

Serving at Trinity on Sunday, January 8, 2023

Accompanists (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in January: (CR) Phil Wardenburg, Mick Hagen, and Dane Wardenburg

Elder of the month for Jan.: (CR) Dane Wardenburg (MA) Doug Gooding

Finance Team in January: Phil Wardenburg & Rick Hadley

Altar Guild for January: Phil & Anita Wardenburg


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. You are also invited to join members in the fellowship hall after the 9:00 service or prior to the 11:00 service for a time of fellowship.

Attendance Cards: Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card and to list names of each family member in attendance. Turn in your card at the back of the church at the end of the service.

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.

If you have moved or your phone number or email address have changed, please note any changes on the attendance card so that we can update our records in the office.

Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.

Offerings: Offering are gathered in the back of the church and will be brought forward during the offertory.

Children’s Bulletins to go along with today’s Sunday of the Church Year are available in a basket by the back pew (Creston).

Check out our Library! Our library is located in the fellowship hall along the south wall. Lots of items that you can take as well as items and resources you can check out. Lots of good information! Some resources available in the fellowship hall at Mt. Ayr, too!

Rachel Circle has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 in the fellowship hall in Creston. Nichole Hanson will host.

Naomi Circle will meet this Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

We will study the lesson: “Transforming Faith: A Gift from a Faithful God” found on page 16 of the Winter 2022 Quarterly.

Please join us as we continue to study God’s Word and for Christian Fellowship.

FLOCK will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 11 in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Elders will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 11 in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Preschool Endowment Fund

We thank everyone who has helped to establish the Preschool Endowment Fund.

By the grace of God, members of Trinity have given the Preschool Endowment Fund over $18,000 in the first year. This is remarkable! It demonstrates your zeal to support the long-range goals of our Preschool.

Some members of Trinity are making regular gifts to the Preschool Endowment Fund. Consider a weekly or monthly gift of any amount which will, over time, amount to a substantial gift.

Others have made plans for a legacy gift to the Preschool Endowment Fund at a later time. There will be an opportunity early next year (2023) to attend a seminar at Trinity about estate planning. We encourage you to attend.

The Preschool Endowment Fund is needed to ensure the long-range viability of our mission to share the gospel with the little ones and their families in our community.

Our short-term goal is to be able to provide tuition assistance for low-income families.

Our long-term goal is to be able to provide quality preschool for all of our students.

The Preschool Board has set a five-year goal of $50,000 in gifts to the Preschool Endowment Fund.

For further information contact either Bill Magers or Mike Lang.