The Second Sunday of Easter

Announcements: April 7, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


The Second Sunday of Easter  on April 7,  2024

Acts 4:32-35

I John 1:1-2:2

John 20:19-31   Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,[a] Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”Jesus and Thomas

24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin,[b] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of This Book

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.



Prayer List


Larry Shimono (member)

Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Melissa Starmer

Dannie Stephens

Lynn Shawley (mother of Deron Shawley)

Owen Tracy (friend of Deb Melzer)

Bob Sickels (father of Mike Sickels)



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

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)

Pastor Larry Troxell



Shut-ins: Clara Buchanan, Virginia Isaacs



 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)



                           This Week at Trinity 


Sun., Apr. 7      8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

                        Grand Opening of  Trinity’s new library in Creston

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

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

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



Mon., Apr. 8     8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool


Tues., Apr. 9    7:00 am   Early Risers Bible Study

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool


Wed., Apr. 10   8:30 am   Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool

                          1:30 pm   Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

                          2:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

                          5:00 pm   FLOCK in FH (CR)

                          6:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

                          7:00 pm   Elders’ Mtg. in FH (CR)



Thurs., Apr. 11  8:30 am   Preschool

                           9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel



Sun., Apr. 14    8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

                        10:00 am  Trustees’ Mtg. in FH (CR)

                        Grand Opening of  Trinity’s new library in Mt. Ayr

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

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        11:00 am   Divine Service in Mt. Ayr




 Attendance from last Sunday,  March 31, 2024  (Easter)

Creston 127   Communed

Mt. Ayr 15 Communed 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, April 7,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Julie Lang     (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

Ushers in April: (CR) Dennis Brown, Kevin Kruse, Dean Hadley


Acolytes:  James Ross and Lincoln Means

Elder of the month for April:   (CR) Dean Hadley   (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in April: Dean Hadley and Ed Booth

Altar Guild for April:  Mike & Janette Lang



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 (CR)


Livestreaming:  If you did not receive a sheet explaining our current livestreaming camera situation on Easter Sunday and would like one, there are some extras on the table in the narthex.  If you have questions, speak with Rick Hadley.

Correction to April Calendar:  Lifelight Class was listed on Apr. 8 by mistake. There is no class then. Sorry for any confusion. 

Portals of Prayer for April-June are available in the back of the church this morning.  These are great to read for daily home devotions.  Two large print ones are available if you’d be more comfortable with that size.

Used Portals of Prayer :  Please bring your old Portals of Prayer to the church and place it in the box found below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair.  There  is a big demand for these.   Members attending in Mt. Ayr may place theirs in the Mt. Ayr transfer box to be delivered to Creston.  

Grand Opening of Trinity’s new library in Creston will be this morning, following Divine Service.   Come down to the fellowship hall to see what the library and what it offers.   Refreshments will be served and there will be a short program.  

Grand Opening of Trinity’s new library in Mt. Ayr will be next Sunday, April 14 at 10:00 preceding Divine Service.  Refreshments will be served and there will be a short program.

Thank you to the Library Committee for their hard work in making the libraries at each location look inviting and for organizing the books and doing an inventory of all of them.

Trinity Preschool thanks all who attended last Sunday’s Easter breakfast.   Special thanks to those who provided rolls.  Your continued support and prayers for the preschool are greatly appreciated.

On Sunday, May 5 the preschool board will be serving a beef and noodles dinner after Divine Service in Creston.  A freewill offering will be used to benefit the preschool’s general fund.


Flowers:   Those who provided flowers for Easter may take them home after today’s service.

Naomi Circle will meet at 1:30 pm  on Wednesday, April 10, in Creston’s fellowship hall.   The lesson will be from the Winter Quarterly page 18 “Equipped.” You are invited to join them for Bible study and fellowship.

Annual Lc Clinic Fundraising Banquet will be held in Creston on Thursday, April 18.  Reservations are due at the Lc Clinic by April 15.  If you’d like more information, pick up a sheet from the table in the narthex.   Some sheets were also sent down in the Mt. Ayr box.  


Spring LWML Rally will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, beginning at 9:30 a.m.   If you are interested in attending, please pick up an information sheet from the table in the narthex.


Schedule Changes for Sunday, April 21, 2024. 

9:00 a.m.  Bible Class in Creston

10:00 a.m.   Divine Service in Creston

No service in Mt. Ayr that day.

11:00 a.m.  Potluck meal.  Bring food to share.

Following the meal will be the quarterly voter’s meeting.

VBS Dates:   Tuesday June 18-Friday June 21 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Trinity in Creston.   Helpers will be needed.   More information will be shared soon.


Building Healthy Families: Husbands, listen up! Did you know that 90% of effective communication is listening, not talking? When your wife is talking to you, stop what you are doing, turn toward her, and look at her face. Communicate the message that you are interested in and care about what she is saying. This is respectful, courteous, and is one way to build a great relationship. Give it a try this week! Lutheran Family Service