For The Second Sunday after Christmas on Jan. 2, 2022

For your own personal reading at home this week.

I Kings 3:4-15 Ephesians 1:3-14

Luke 2:40-52

40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents[a] saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?”[b] 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature[c] and in favor with God and man.

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Jan. 2 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC(MA)

Preschool Board Mtg. moved to Jan. 9

Tues., Jan. 4 7:00 am Early Risers Bible Study

6:30 pm Rachel Circle

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

Wed., Jan. 5 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00 pm Pre-confirmation Bible Review in FH (CR)

Elders’ Meeting moved to January 12 at 7:00 pm

Thurs., Jan. 6 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Sat., Jan. 8 9:00-6:00 FH (CR) in use by Radine Ward & fam.

Sun., Jan. 9 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC (CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Removal of the Greens (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

12:00-5:00 pm FH (CR) in use by Jean Kruse & fam.

5:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting in FH (CR)

Prayer List

Cancer: Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Don Goodman (brother-in-law of Kathy Parker)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)

Joann Portwood (sister of Julie Lang)

Amy Mills (mother of Julie Rutz)

Frank Howell (son-in-law of Kearneys)

Barb Belstene (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

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

Michael Ellerton (husband of Julie Rutz’s niece)

Linda Hartman

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

Members: Jay Bochart, Alexis Swanson , Lana Bird, Britney Conlons

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Bob Ritnour (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Maggie Dory

Emily Jackson (friend of the Nelsons)

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

Grayson Nelson (infant great-nephew of the Storhoffs)

Jackie Luther (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Jenny Walters (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Mark Renyer (brother of Dona Bowman)

Sandy Renyer (sister-in-law of Dona Bowman)

Don Harris (brother-in-law of Mitzie Cellan)

Carol Hudson (mother of Tracy Booth)

Larry Mark (friend of Mike Lang)

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Nelda Herzberg, Clara

Buchanan, Mona Quee, 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: Christmas Eve: CR 102 MA 36

Christmas Day: CR 31 Communed 28

Sun., Dec. 26 CR 39 Communed 38 MA 13

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 2, 2022

Organist (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in January: (CR) Phil Wardenburg, Mick Hagen, Dane Wardenburg

Elders on Duty in January: (CR) Jim Hagen (MA) Doug Gooding

Finance Team in January: Phil Wardenburg & Rick Hadley

Altar Guild for January: Karl & Candace Peterson


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.

Attendance via Livestreamed and You Tube Services: During this pandemic period, if you watch the Divine Service online and wish to have your attendance recorded, please call Linda at the church office 782-5095 or email her at

lhadley@trinitycreston.org and let her know the date of the service that you watched.

Private Communion Times: If you would like to take holy communion privately, please call Pastor to set up an appointment.

Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.

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

Portals of Prayer for Jan.-Mar. are available in the back of the church.

Used Portals of Prayer may be placed in the box below the mailboxes in the narthex. These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair. There is a big demand for these.

Thank You: Thank you to all the members of Trinity for the nice Christmas gift. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. From Linda Hadley

Birthday Card Shower: May Carlisle will be celebrating her 105th birthday on January 5. A card shower will be held for her. Her address is: May Carlisle

Creston Specialty Care

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Creston, IA 50801

Holy Communion will be in both services next Sunday, Jan. 9 for the festival of The Baptism of Our Lord.

Removal of the Greens in Creston will be done right after the Divine Service next Sunday, Jan. 9. With plenty of helping hands the job will go more quickly.

January Elders’ Meeting has been moved to Wed., January 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Youth Bowling Outing: 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 16 at Lucky Lanes in Mt. Ayr. Pizza will be served after the 11:00 service in Mt. Ayr, before going to the bowling alley.

June 7-10 Ark Encounter/Creation Museum Trip Update:

We have enough people interested to make the trip a reality. It is not too late to sign up. If you would like to go, please let Julie Rutz know. A refundable $50 deposit is due when you register. More details will be coming soon.


On December 17 the committee met with the architects and approved the final plans.

On January 31, 2022 the plans will be released to contractors for bid proposals.

On February 16, 2022 there will be a pre-bid meeting with contractors.

On March 10, 2022 the bids will be opened for review by the architect and the committee.

The committee requests a Voter’s Assembly meeting on Sunday, March 13, 2022 to review bids and to decide how to proceed. No construction contracts will be executed without prior Voter’s Assembly approval.

Special Note:

During the planning with the architect for the Upstairs Bathroom Project, the committee considered some enhancements to the original project concept. The addition to the building will require excavation for footings and groundwater control. Therefore modifications to the original concept have been included in the bid specifications.

1. Additional excavation for a storage and utility closet beneath the proposed bathroom addition has been added to the project specifications. This will allow us to improve the collection and removal of rainwater and ground water, both of which continue to be a problem in our basement.

2. Additional work has been proposed to collect and remove rainwater from the roof of the church building. This also continues to be a problem. The committee and the architect agree this will reduce the continuing problem of water infiltration into our basement.

Offering Envelopes for 2022: Some are left to be picked up from the table in the narthex (CR). If you don’t find one with your name, speak to Kevin Kruse, the financial secretary.

Reminder: Check your church mailbox on the east wall in the narthex (CR).

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!