The Baptism of Our Lord

Announcements: January 10, 2021

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Jan., 10 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

5:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting in FH (CR)

Mon., Jan. 11 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

5:30-8:00 pm ISU Extension Mtg in FH (CR)

Tues., Jan. 12 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Rachel Circle via Zoom

(This date was rescheduled from last week.)

Wed., Jan. 13 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

1:30 pm Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

1:30 or 3:30 pm Youth Confirmation Class in Mt. Ayr

6:00 pm All Boards meet (Note this change.)

7:00 pm Youth Confirmation Class in Creston

Thurs., Jan. 14 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool

Sun., Jan., 17 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

Youth Group will attend church in Mt. Ayr

Youth meeting and pizza after church in Mt. Ayr

1:00 –3:00 pm Youth Bowling at Lucky Lanes in Mt. Ayr

Prayer List

Cancer: Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member0

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Brian Raske (brother in law of Deb Melzer)

Vivian Herzberg (sister of Bruce Herzberg)

Susie Seals (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Libbie Wilkenson (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Don Goodman (brother-in-law of Kathy Parker)

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

Members: Norm Schroeder ,Jay Bochart, Jean Kruse, Tracy

Booth, Jim Nelson, Beth Herzberg

Marie Burmeister

Oliver Gish (great nephew of Waunita Watt)

Bob Beatty (friend of Waunita Watt)

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)

Roger Eyberg (friend of Eddie Ehm)

Bob Ritnour (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Beverly Lyon (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Maggie Dory

Makayla Burgmaier

Jerry Cellan (brother of Mitzie Cellan)

Ormas Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl and b-i-l of Pat Stream)

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

Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan, Doyle Hembry, Mona Quee,

Linda Schroeder, Jean Stoll

Military: Nathan Nonneman (grandson of Sharon Nonneman)

Kyle Marchok (husband of 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)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Condolences: The family of Warren Kruse, who passed away on

Jan. 2. His funeral was held at Trinity on Jan. 6.

The family of LaVerne Hadley, father of Dean Hadley, who passed

away on Dec. 28. His funeral was held on Jan. 4 in Hampton, IA.

For The Baptism of Our Lord on January 10, 2021

Genesis 1:1-5

Romans 6:1-11

Mark 1:4-11

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son;[a] with you I am well pleased.”

Phone Numbers for Pastor Rutz

To reach Pastor Rutz phone the church office at

(641-782-5095) Ext. 3

Pastor’s email is:


In an emergency, you may reach Pastor at

712-621-5971 (cell)

Email Address for the Office Assistant


Pastor John Rutz

Attendance: From January 3, 2021

Creston 48 Mt. Ayr 13 H/C 13

Serving At Trinity Sunday, January 10, 2021

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

Ushers in January: (CR) (CR) Phil Wardenburg, Mick Hagen, Rick Hadley, James/Logan Shady

Elders on Duty in January: (MA) Greg Storhoff (CR)

Phil Wardenburg

Acolyte: (CR) Tyler Riley (MA) Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in January: Phil Wardenburg and 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 mem-bers 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.

Attendance via Livestreamed and You Tube Services: During this pandemic period, if you watch the Divine Ser-vice online and wish to have your attendance recorded, please call Linda at the church office 782-5095 or email her at

lhadley@trinitycreston.org and let her know the date of the service that you watched.

Private Communion Times: If you would like to take holy communion privately, please call Pastor to set up an appointment. Common cup is also available to families or small groups upon request.

Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons contin-ue to be available on the church website.

Rachel Circle: Rachel circle rescheduled their January meeting for January 12 at 6:30 and it will be held via Zoom.

Naomi Circle will meet in the Fellowship Hall Wednes-day, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. Our Lesson will be “Gold, Frankencense, and ME!,” found on page 16 of the Winter 2020 Lutheran Women’s Quarterly. Please join us as we enjoy the study of God’s Word and Christian fellowship.

January Board Meetings: All boards will meet at 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, January 13 in the fellowship hall. It’s time to plan for 2021. Please make effort to attend this meeting. Council will meet the next week at 6:00 p.m. on Wed., January 20. Please note this schedule change from previous months to allow the boards more time to meet and plan for the year.

The YOUTH GROUP will attend church in Mt. Ayr NEXT SUNDAY on Jan. 17. After church in Mt. Ayr they will meet at the church for a short meeting and pizza. Then they will head to the Lucky Lanes Bowling Alley in Mt. Ayr for bowling from 1:00-3:00.

Thank you for all of the prayers, phone calls, and cards during Jim’s hospitalization and recovery. We both appre-ciate the concern and support during this time. Recovery will be long, but we are blessed he will recover. God’s Blessings to all. From Jim & Cindy Nelson

Thank you to the congregation for the Christmas gift of cash and to all who sent gifts and cards to remember our family for Christmas. We have been blessed with your support and encouragement. Trinity’s response to the Lord’s ministry has been unwavering even in this chal-lenging year. May you all continue to live in the eternal assurance of being God’s children redeemed by Jesus.

In Christ,

Pastor, Julie, Jacob, and Jeremy

Thank you to the congregation for the nice Christmas gift. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. I’m looking for-ward to another year of working in the church office and praying that God will protect us as we move forward in 2021. From Linda Hadley

Thanks to everyone who sent Facebook messages or cards for my birthday. Your thoughtfulness was appreci-ated. From May Huss Carlisle

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the Narthex. These will be distrib-uted free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair. There is a big demand for these. Thank you.