For Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Oct. 3, 2021

Genesis 2:18-25

Hebrews 2:1-13 (14-18)

Mark 10:2-16

2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,[a] 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Let the Children Come to Me

13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Oct. 3 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)

4:00 pm Gospel Concert in FH (CR)

A benefit concert for the LC Clinic

5:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting

Mon., Oct. 4 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

7:00pm Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

Tues., Oct. 5 7:00 am Early Risers in FH (CR)

No Preschool Classes today—Professional Development Inservice

1:00 pm Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

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

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

Wed., Oct. 6 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00 pm Pre-Confirmation Bible Review Class (CR)

6:00 pm Elders Meeting in FH (CR)

Thurs., Oct. 7 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Oct. 10 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

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 (MA)

6:00 pm Food and Fellowship (CR)

Prayer List

Cancer: Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Brian Raske (brother in law of Deb Melzer)

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)

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

Members: Jay Bochart, Alexis Swanson , Mitzie Cellan, Jack Quee

Dona Bowman

Amy Ehm

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Bob Ritnour (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Dave & Maggie Dory

Rev. Ron Rall

Emily Jackson (friend of the Nelsons)

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

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)

Condolences: We pray for the family of Jeremy Newton, of

Mt. Ayr, who passed away recently.

Attendance: From last Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021

Creston 53 Communed 46

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, October 3, 2021

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in Oct.: (CR) Jim Nelson, Mike Lang, Randy Ehm, Rick Hadley

Elders on Duty in Oct.: (MA) Greg Storhoff (CR) Jim Nelson

Finance Team in Oct.: Dean Hadley & Kevin Kruse

Altar Guild for Oct.: 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 con

venient 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).

Gospel Concert Benefit for the LC Clinic: TODAY,

October 3 at 4:00 p.m. in Trinity Creston’s fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend. Invite others to join you. A free will offering will be gathered to help

support the mission of the clinic.

Early Risers have resumed. They meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m.

Rachel Circle will meet Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm. Julie Lang will host at her home at 1200 N. Oak.

Pre-Confirmation Bible Review Class at 5:00 on Wed., Oct. 6

Elders will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 6 in the FH.

New Portals of Prayer: New Portals of Prayer for Oct.-Dec. are available now. Feel free to pick one up after the service.

Used Portals of Prayer may be placed in the box located 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.

Food and Fellowship, for all ages, at Trinity Creston on 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, finger food and a drink. Consider coming next Sunday, Oct. 10. If you have questions contact Becky Hagen.

The annual meeting of the Trinity, Creston Altar Guild has been scheduled Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Rutz. It will be held in the Creston Nave/Sanctuary. All current members are encouraged to attend. This is an open meeting – any Trinity member interested in learning about the duties and activities of the Altar Guild is welcome to attend. There is no obligation - attendance does not mean that you will be expected to join.

LWML Craft/Bake Sale Mark your calendars for the LWML Fall Craft/Bake sale which will be following the service in the Creston Fellowship Hall on November 7. There will be a free will donation with funds being divided between mites and a local project (to be determined). All craft, produce, and baked goods are welcome!

12th Annual IOWAY Banquet will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson, IA. Speakers will inform you about mission projects being done in Iowa District West. The catered meal is free but reservations are required. More details are available on a sheet available from the table in the narthex.

Thank You: We would like to thank our church family for your thoughts & prayers, food, cards, and kind words at the loss of Lawrence Herzberg.

From the Herzberg Family

Thank you to the IDW members who have generously donated $8,576 for Hurricane Ida relief and $4,015 for the relief efforts in Haiti! A copy of the full thank you letter/report from the Iowa District West Office. is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex (CR) and a copy was also sent to Mt. Ayr. Feel free to read it for more details.