Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Announcements: January 22, 2023

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For The Third Sunday after the Epiphany on January 22, 2023

Isaiah 9:1-4 I Corinthians 1:10-18

Matthew 4:12-25

12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,

the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—

16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light,

and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”[a]

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”[b] 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

This Week at Trinity

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)

January 22-28 National Lutheran Schools Week

Mon., Jan 23 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Jan. 24 7:00 am Early Risers

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Wed., Jan. 25 8:30 am Preschool

12: pm OWLS in FH (sack lunch)

12:30 pm Preschool

Thurs., Jan. 26 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Sun., Jan. 29 8:00 am Bible Study (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time in CR & MA

10:00 am Sunday School in CR

11:00 am Divine Service/HC in MA

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)

Attendance from last Sunday, January 15, 2022

Creston 68 Mt. Ayr 15 communed 15

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 22, 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.

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).

New Pictorial Directories: Everyone who had a photo taken for the new directory received a book. You will find your copy in your church mailbox. Those who are in Pastor’s class now have a mailbox, too. Mailboxes are in the narthex. Books were sent down to Mt. Ayr in the transfer box.

Thank you to everyone who sent May Carlisle birthday cards, balloons, Facebook wishes or made visits to see her at the nursing home. Your thoughtfulness was appreciated. From May Carlisle and Marjorie & Darwin Scott

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

Thank you students of Trinity Preschool for sharing songs with us this morning. Thank you to all the family members of the preschoolers for joining us. You are always welcome at Trinity. After this morning’s service you are all invited to come down to the fellowship hall for fellowship and refreshments.

National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 22-28, 2023

National Lutheran Schools Week provides our network of more than 1,800 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in Lutheran schools.

We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families.

National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve. Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ by teachers and students alike.

“Making Disciples for Life” is the theme for the 2023 National Lutheran Schools Week celebration. The associated scripture verse is Matthew 28:18-20 which says:

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”

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.