For The Baptism of Our Lord on Jan. 9, 2022

Isaiah 43:1-7

Romans 6:1-11

Luke 3:15-22

15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son;[a] with you I am well pleased.”[b]

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Jan. 9 The Baptism of Our Lord with HC at both services.

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)

Mon. Jan. 10 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Jan. 11 7:00 am Early Risers Bible Study

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Wed., Jan. 12 No Preschool today PDI day all day

2:30 pm Naomi Circle in FH (CR) Note time change

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

5:00 pm FLOCK in FH (CR)

7:00 pm Elders’ Meeting in FH (CR)

Thurs., Jan. 13 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Sun., Jan. 16 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

9:30 am Remove Christmas decorations in Mt. Ayr

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)

Youth pizza lunch after service in Mt. Ayr

1:00 pm Youth bowling at Lucky Lanes in Mt Ayr

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

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, 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)

Condolences: We remember the family of Nelda Herzberg, who

passed away on Jan. 3. Visitation at Powers from

10:30-12:00 on Wed., January 12. A graveside service will held at

1:00 p.m. on Wed., January 12 at Graceland Cemetery.

Attendance: From Sunday on Jan. 2, 2022

Creston 37

Mt. Ayr 15 Communed 15

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 9, 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.

Offerings: For now, the offerings will continue to be gathered in the back of the church and will be brought forward during the offertory.

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


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.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank your for the Christmas gift of cash and to all who sent gifts and card to remember our family for Christmas. May you all continue to live in the eternal assurance of being God’s children redeemed by Jesus. In Christ,

Pastor, Julie, Jacob & Jeremy

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

Mount Ayr location will remove the Christmas decorations prior to the January 16 service. They will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Preschool Board will meet in the fellowship hall at 5:00 p.m. tonight, January 9.

Naomi Circle will meet on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Please note this time change for only this month. We will be studying “His Faithfulness to All Generations’ on page 18 of the Winter 2021 Quarterly. Please join us as we continue to study God’s Word and for Christian fellowship.

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

Reminder to check your church mailbox regularly.

Youth Bowling Outing: 1:00 p.m. next 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.

Camp Okoboji Family Retreat information is available in the narthex. If your family would like to attend this camp next summer, you can save 20% if you register by Saturday, January 15.

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.

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!