The Third Sunday in Lent

Announcements: March 3, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church




The Third Sunday in Lent on March 3, 2024

Exodus 20:1-17 I Corinthians 1:18-31


John 2:13-22 (23-25) Jesus Cleanses the Temple

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple,[a] and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus Knows What Is in Man

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.




                              This Week at Trinity 

Sun., Mar. 3   Third Sunday in Lent

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

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

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        Taco Bar lunch with Freewill Donation for Preschool’s 

                        General Fund following the service in Creston

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr

                        Preschool Bd. Meeting following the taco bar lunch


Mon., Mar. 4     8:30 am   Preschool 

                        12:30 pm   Preschool 


Tues., Mar. 5    7:00 am Early Risers in FH (CR)

                          8:30 am   Preschool 

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          6:00 pm   Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                    6:30 pm   Rachel Circle at Cindy Nelson’s house 2380 Jaguar Ave.


  Wed., Mar. 6   8:30 am Preschool 

                        12:30 pm   Preschool 

                          5:45 pm   Potluck supper in Creston

                          6:30 pm   Midweek Lenten Service in Creston


Thurs., Mar. 7 No Preschool Classes today—Creston conferences

                          3:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in Creston

                          7:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in Creston


Sat., Mar. 9   Set your clocks up one hour before going to bed tonight.

                     Spring Forward for Daylight Saving Time.


Sun., Mar. 10 Fourth Sunday in Lent

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

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

                        10:00 am   Missions Craft/Bake Sale in FH (CR)

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        11:00 am   Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

Serving at Trinity on Sunday, March 3,  2024

Accompanists CR Julie Lang       MA  Sharon Eklund                                     

Ushers in March: (CR) Mike Lang, Josh Riley Eric Eklund


Acolytes:  Bethany Isdahl and Mallory Williams

Elder of the month for March: (CR) Mike Lang

                                                       (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in March: Eric & Jeanna Eklund and Jim Nelson

Altar Guild for March:  Lola Hembry and Mike & Janette Lang


Prayer List


Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Roger Kessler (cousin of Marge Scott)

Melissa Starmer

Dannie Stephens

Lynn Shawley (mother of Deron Shawley)

Owen Tracy (friend of Deb Melzer)



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

Gene Cook

Pat Barkalow

Janette Lang

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl)

Kevin Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

John Needles (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Anna Needles (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Marshall & Beverly Fulks (friends of Cooks)

Alice Melzer (sister-in-law of Deb Melzer)

Tom Thompson (friend of Bullocks)

Martin Herzberg (son of Bruce and Beth Herzberg)

Daniel & Marjorie Gooding (parents of Doug Gooding)


Shut-ins: Clara Buchanan, Virginia Isaacs, Jean Stoll



Mila Isdahl and her dad, Thad Isdahl (family of Cindy Isadhl)




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 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,  February 25, 2024

Creston  88 communed 63         Mt. Ayr 9  


From Feb. 28 Lenten Service in Mt. Ayr 20


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








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.



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

Church Keys: The Elders would like anyone with a set of church keys to please consider turning them in 

if they are no longer needing them.  There are a few church leaders without keys currently 

and we would like to see if anyone is done needing existing sets to pass along to others before

we make more sets.  If you would like to hand them in please give them to Linda Hadley or Dane Wardenburg.

Bulletin Board Poster:  Who did Jesus die for? YOU!!  Everyone is invited to write their name on the bulletin board display located in the Fellowship Hall, outside of the new library location in the SE corner of the FH.

Offerings:  Beginning this morning, we will return to traditional passing of the offering plate during the service.   Bulletins were already printed but will be updated for future services.


Church Mailbox:   Reminder to pick up mail your mail from your church mailbox this morning.  Mailboxes are on the east wall of the narthex. 

Taco Bar Lunch will be served TODAY, March 3 following Divine Service in Creston.   This is a fundraiser for Trinity Preschool and freewill donations will go to the Trinity Preschool’s general fund.     


Rachel Circle will meet this Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Cindy Nelson’s house.   2380 Jaguar Ave, Shannon City. 


                     Lenten Schedule

Mar. 6 5:45 potluck and 6:30 Lenten Service in Creston

Mar. 13    5:45 soup supper and 6:30 Lenten Service in Mt.   Ayr, Elders meet after the service.

Mar. 20    5:45 potluck and 6:30 Lenten Service in Creston

            7:30 board mtgs. and 8:00 church council mtg.

Mar. 28    6:30 Maundy Thursday Service/HC in Creston

Mar. 29    6:30 Good Friday Service in Creston

Mar. 31    7:00 a.m. Easter Divine Service/HC in Creston

             Easter Breakfast following service in Creston

             Easter Breakfast preceding service in Mt. Ayr

              10:00 a.m.  Easter Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr



Spring Craft and Food Event Sponsored by Mission Board  We will be having a craft and food event to raise money for Mission projects.  This will be much like LWML Sunday in the fall.  Donations of food and crafts will be welcomed so busy those hands with your craft projects!  This will be held NEXT SUNDAY, March 10 in Creston and also the following Sunday, March 17 in Mount Ayr.