Sunday after the Epiphany

Announcements: January 29, 2023

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany on January 29, 2023

Micah 6:1-8

I Corinthians 1:18-31

Matthew 5:1-12

The Sermon on the Mount

1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes

2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

This Week at Trinity

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

Mon., Jan. 30 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Jan. 31 7:00 am Early Risers

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Wed., Feb. 1 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Thurs., Feb. 2 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Sun., Feb. 5 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

2:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting in FH (CR)

Mon., Feb. 6 Bloodmobile in FH (CR) all day

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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)

Joe Rivera (Julie Lang’s brother-in-law)

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)

Carla Roghair

Creed Hirsch (grandson of Hagens)

Shirley Lett (Julie Lang’s mother)

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 22, 2022

Creston 160 (National Lutheran Schools Sunday)

Mt. Ayr 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 29, 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).

Elder’s Responsibility Lists for 2023

Each elder has been assigned primary spiritual responsibility for congregational members as follows: You may speak with any of the elders or Pastor Rutz, as you desire:

Names Elder

Barkalow through Conn Tim Foglesong

Connell through Hembry Dane Wardenburg

Herzberg through Melzer Dean Hadley

Nelson through Schroeder Ed Booth

Scott through Zellmer Mike Lang

Members with an address in or Doug Gooding

close to Mt. Ayr

Christian Care Fund: Current balance is $2573.53

New Bible Study: Starting next Sunday, Feb. 5, Pastor will begin teaching a new study titled 1 Peter-God’s Chosen People. Here is a description:

By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Peter writes his first epistle to those concerned about living their Christian faith in a sometimes unreceptive and even hostile environment. He focuses on

· what God has done to save us through Christ Jesus;

· an appropriate lifestyle for those who belong to Christ;

· the comfort and power God gives through the means of grace;

· priorities for those who know the Lord is coming soon.


Peter’s words of hope are just as timely today as they were for the believers of the first century who first received them.

Used Books: You will find books on the table in the fellowship hall. We are working through a large selection of books from a pastor’s library that were obtained in St. Louis this past summer. These are free to whoever would like them. There are several subjects in addition to theology.

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.

Lutheran Witness Subscriptions: Would you like to start a new subscription to the Lutheran Witness magazine which includes Iowa District West News inserts? If so, a sign up sheet for new subscriptions may be found on the front counter in the office. The cost for a year’s subscription will be $26.16. To pay, you will find an envelope in the front of your offering envelope box. If paying by check, note in the memo portion that it’s for Lutheran Witness. Then place the envelope in the offering plate. The deadline for subscriptions will be Feb. 19. Mt. Ayr members may email Linda at lhadley@trinitycreston.org or phone the office at 641-782-5095 Ext. 1 to be added to the subscription list. If you currently subscribe to the magazine, you need to let Linda (church secretary) know if you want to remain on the list or not by Feb. 19.