Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Announcements: January 15, 2023

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For The Second Sunday after the Epiphany on January 15, 2023

Isaiah 49:1-7 I Corinthians 1:1-9

John 1:29-42a

Behold, the Lamb of God

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter)

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. 15 Caring for Your Neighbor-Food Bank In-gathering

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

Mon., Jan 16 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Jan. 17 7:00 am Early Risers

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

Wed., Jan. 18 Pastor at Circuit Pastors’ Meeting

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Board Meetings in FH (CR)

7:00 pm Church Council Meeting in FH (CR)

Thurs., Jan. 19 No preschool today (professional development

in-service day)

Sun., Jan. 22 8:00 am Bible Study (CR)

9:00 am Concert by students of Trinity Preschool to

kick off National Lutheran Schools Week

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 in MA

1:00 pm Voters Meeting in FH (CR)

Attendance from January 8, 2022

Creston 65 Communed 56 Mt. Ayr 14

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 15, 2023

Accompanists (CR) Sharon Eklund (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.

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!

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

2022 Offering Statements have been placed in the church mailboxes. Please check your mailbox in the narthex. The ones for members at Mt. Ayr sent in today’s transfer box.

LWML Meeting: There will be a short LWML meeting immediately following the service this morning (Jan. 15) in Creston. It will be held in the sanctuary.

Bible Study in Mt. Ayr on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Boards will meet on Wed., Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Council will meet on Wed., Jan 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Voter’s Meeting will be next Sunday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

National Lutheran Schools’ Week will be January 22-27. The students of Trinity Preschool will sing at the beginning of the service next Sunday, Jan. 22, 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.

Thank You

The food items that were placed under the Christmas Tree in Creston were divided up between Matura and East Union Aspire. The following thank you was received:

Thank you so much for your generous donations to the East Union ASPIRE “More” Food Pantry.


Tammy Ross