The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements: September 4, 2022

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost on September 4, 2022

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Philemon 1-21

Luke 14:25-35

The Cost of Discipleship

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Salt Without Taste Is Worthless

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Sept., 4 9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Pictorial Directory Photos taken in FH (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

6:00 pm Food and Fellowship (CR) Final one for this season

Mon., Sept. 5 Labor Day

Tues., Sept. 6 7:00 am Early Risers in FH (CR)

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

5:30 pm Photos for pictorial directory taken in Mt. Ayr

6:00 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

6:30 pm Rachel Circle at Julie Lang’s house 1200 N. Oak

Wed., Sept. 7 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00 pm Youth Confirmation mtg. for students and parents in FH (CR)

Thurs., Sept. 8 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Sept. 11 Grandparents’ Day

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Pictorial Directory photos taken in Mt. Ayr

10:00 am Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

2:00 pm Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)

Prayer List


Phil Burmeister (member)

Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Joe Rivera (brother-in-law of Julie Lang)

Michael Ellerton (husband of Julie Rutz’s niece)

Norm Rutz Jr. (Pastor’s cousin)

Roger Kessler (cousin of Marge Scott)

Kayla Reed (Brenda Bochart’s niece)

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

Members: Charlie Bowman, Cindy Isdahl, Alexis Swanson, and

Jean Kruse

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Harriet Kendrick, infant

Rev. Michael Breach (son-in-law of Langs)

Jackie Luther (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Shirley Lett (mother of Julie Lang)

Debbie Larsen (friend of Sickels)

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Clara Buchanan,

Linda Schroeder, Marsha Magers, 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 Sunday, August, 28, 2022

Creston 54 Communed 47

Mt. Ayr 11

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, September 4, 2022

Organists (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in September: (CR) Dean Hadley, Josh Riley, and Dennis Brown

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

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

Altar Guild for September: Sharon Eklund & Hannah Shady


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).

Christian Education Information is available in the back of the church (CR) and has been emailed. We have great opportunities for all ages to grow in knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

Sunday School Classes will resume next Sunday, Sept. 11 after Divine Service in Creston. Meet in the fellowship hall for class.

Christian Care Fund balance is $2036.53.

Thank You: We thank Rev, Don Pobanz, from Atlantic, for being our guest pastor his morning while Pastor Rutz is on vacation. Pastor Rutz will be back in the office Tuesday.

Food and Fellowship: 6:00 p.m. tonight at Trinity in Creston. Bring a snack to share, lawn chairs, and join in on a time of fellowship.

Early Risers will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 a.m. in Creston’s Fellowship Hall.

Trinity Preschool will begin a new school year this week. May God bless Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs. Stull as they teach God’s little children.

Mt. Ayr Pictorial Directory Photos: Two upcoming choices are Tues., Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. or next Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Mt. Ayr’s Bible Study will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Rachel Circle will meet at 6:30 on Tues, Sept. 6 at Julie Lang’s house, 1200 N. Oak.

Lifelight Books are ready to be picked up by those who had requested a book. They are on the table by the mailboxes (CR). If questions, talk to Mike or Janette Lang 782-7922.

Youth Confirmation meeting for parents and students will be at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Church Pictorial Directory

The Mission Board has started taking photos of Trinity’s members in preparation for putting together a new updated church pictorial directory. We are strongly encouraging everyone to participate so the directory will have current info for all.

Creston– Photos will be taken TODAY, September 4, 2022 following the church service in Creston. The pictures will be taken in the fellowship hall. Just come on down after the service and have your photo taken if you haven’t already done so.

Mt. Ayr– Two choices of times: Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30 p.m. (before Bible study) or Sunday, September 11, 2022 starting at 10:00, prior to the church service. Hopefully one of these time slots will work for you.

Should you have questions or concerns please contact any one of the committee by text or phone:

Deb Melzer 641-344-0259 Cindy Nelson 515-480-5539 or

Theola Bullock 641-344-1955

Sunday School Classes will resume next Sunday, Sept. 11.

Preschool Board Meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Sunday School Rally Day will be in conjunction with our annual mini-golf outing on September 18. The mini-golf event will begin at 3:00 p.m. at 2572 210th St., Afton, IA. Trinity’s Board of Education will provide hot dogs, buns, s’mores and water. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring lawn chairs if you are able. Due to this event, the Food and Fellowship will not meet that evening.

LWML Craft/Bake Sale: Be thinking about what you can make for the LWML Craft/Bake Sale coming up in October. Watch for more information soon.

Trinity Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2022-23 school year.

Preschool Endowment Fund

By the Grace of God, we are establishing an endowment fund to be a permanent source of support for our preschool. As you know, we started Trinity Preschool over 35 years ago. This has been an important outreach in the Creston community.

To help celebrate 35 years of sharing the Gospel with our preschool families, please consider donating $35.00 per adult and $0.35 per child. These funds will go towards the growth of our preschool endowment fund. To make a donation towards this endowment fund, make your check payable to “Trinity” and be sure to mark the envelope “Preschool Endowment Fund.”

We ask that you consider being a part of this venture. If you have questions contact Bill Magers or Mike Lang. Thank You!