For The Third Sunday after the Epiphany on Jan. 23, 2022

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 I Corinthians 12:12-31a

Luke 4:16-30 Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph's son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers[a] in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Jan. 23 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service (CR) including a concert

by Trinity Preschool students to mark the

beginning of National Lutheran Schools’


10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service (MA)

1:00 pm Voter’s Meeting in FH (CR)

January 23-29 National Lutheran Schools Week

Mon. Jan. 24 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Jan. 25 7:00 am Early Risers Bible Study

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Wed., Jan. 26 8:30 am Preschool

12:00 pm OWLS in FH Bring a sack lunch.

12:30 pm Preschool

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

Thurs., Jan. 27 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Sun., Jan. 30 Adult Bible Class will not meet today.

9:00 am Divine Service/HC (CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

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

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)

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)

Jerry Cellan (brother of Mitzie)

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)

Attendance: From Sunday on Jan. 16, 2022

Creston 44

Mt. Ayr 25 Communed 21

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 23, 2022

Organist (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Melody Stoner

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).

Ark Encounter and Creation Museum Trip Update:

Official itinerary flyers and registration forms are now available for this summer’s Ark Encounter & Creation Museum Bus Trip. This 4 day, 3 night trip will take place June 7-10, The trip includes private motorcoach transportation, 3 nights’ accommodations, 5 meals, admission to attractions and a dinner cruise, all taxes, gratuities and a professional tour manager. We still need a few more people to join us on this journey. See Julie Rutz for more information. Cost is $805 per person (double occumancy) or $999 for single. Full payment is due by March 30.

Adult Bible Class will not meet next Sunday, Jan. 30.

Holy Communion will be at both services on Jan. 30.

Thank You to all the preschool students for sharing the gift of music with us this morning at our service in Creston. May God bless all of you, your parents, and your teachers as you continue to learn together each day. Thank you to Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs. Stull for teaching God’s precious children. Thank you to all the members of Trinity for your prayers and support of Trinity Preschool. Everyone is invited to come down to the fellowship hall after the service for refreshments.

National Lutheran Schools Week is Jan. 23-29. This year’s theme is “In All Things” based on Colossians 1:15-20. Trinity Preschool joins together with 1,885 Lutheran Schools and 21,222 teachers in 35 districts of our Synod who are sharing the message of Jesus’ love with over 200,000 students, their families and their communities.

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!

Voter’s Meeting TODAY, Sunday, Jan. 23, 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston and by zoom to Mt. Ayr.

OWLS 12:00 noon on Wed., Jan. 26 in the fellowship hall. Bring a sack lunch.

Lutheran Witness Subscription Renewal Time

If you do not currently subscribe to the Lutheran Witness magazine but would like to begin a subscription, there’s a sign up sheet on the table in the narthex in Creston. Members in Mt. Ayr may email names and addresses to Linda at:

lhadley@trinitycreston.org no later than Feb. 13. To pay for the subscription use the offering envelope for Lutheran Witness (found in the front of your offering envelope box) and place it in the offering plate some Sunday. The cost is $22.68 for the year.

Valentine Dinner The Trinity Youth Group will host their annual Valentine Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 11:00 a.m. Meals will be available for dine in, carry out and delivery and are $15. Money raised will help fund youth group activities and trips. The menu will include pork loin, cheesy potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, cheesecake and a beverage. A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex so the youth know how many meals to plan for.

Diaper Drive

The LC Clinic will be hosting the annual Diaper Drive from January 23, 2022-February 28, 2022. If you did not receive an insert about this project last Sunday there are extras available on the table in the narthex. If you would like to help with this project and if it is more convenient for you, feel free to bring diapers to the church and place them in the basket below the mailboxes. Someone will see that they get delivered to the LC Clinic at the end of the drive. Your support of the LC Clinic is a blessing to others.