For Reformation Day on October 31, 2021

Revelation 14:6-7

Romans 3:19-28

John 8:31-36

The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[a] to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Matthew 11:12-19

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[a] and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear,[b] let him hear. 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”[c]

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Oct. 31 Reformation Day—Holy Communion 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 Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC(MA)

Mon., Nov. 1 Bloodmobile in FH (CR) All Day

8:30 am Preschool

No p.m. preschool Creston Schools PDI

SWVP Mandatory Student Conferences

No Lifelight Class today due to Bloodmobile

Tues., Nov. 2 No Early Risers today due to elections being in FH (CR)

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

No Lifelight Class today due to elections

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

6:30 pm Rachel Circle

Wed., Nov. 3 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., Nov. 4 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sat., Nov. 6 Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed.

Sun., Nov. 7 We switch back to Standard Time

All Saints’ Sunday—Holy Communion 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 Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC(MA)

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

Prayer List


Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (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)

Carol Hudson (mother of Tracy Booth)

Amy Mills (mother of Julie Rutz)

Frank Howell (son-in-law of Kearneys)

Barb Belstene (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

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

Members: Jay Bochart, Alexis Swanson

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)

Grayson Nelson (infant great-nephew of the Storhoffs)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl & -b-i-l of Pat Stream)

Jackie Luther (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Jenny Walters (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

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: From Sunday on Oct. 24, 2021

Creston 48 Communed 46

Mt. Ayr 8

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 31, 2021

Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund (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 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).

Reformation Service: Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenfield will be having a special Reformation Service today, Oct. 31, at 4:00 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Lifelight Classes will not meet on Nov. 1 or Nov. 2 due to Bloodmobile and Elections being held in Creston’s FH. Classes will resume on Nov. 8 & 9.

Elders will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Reminder: Set your clocks back one hour on Saturday, November 6 as we switch back to Standard Time.

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 NEXT SUNDAY, 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!

F.L.O.C.K. for children in grades K-3 will resume at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the FH in Creston. If you have questions, speak with Julie Lang. This will be during the same time when Pastor has class with the pre-confirmation kids. FLOCK stands for “Fellowship and Love Offered to Christ’s Kids.”

Veterans’ Recognition: We will honor our veterans in the fellowship hall at Trinity, Creston, following the Divine Service on Nov. 14. Everyone is invited. Special refreshments will be served.

Veterans and Family Members: Please bring your photos and memorabilia to display. Wear your uniforms, shirts or hats. If you have any questions contact Joyce Kruse.

Altar Guild Cleaning : Immediately following Divine Service on Sunday, November 14, 2021, we will clean and polish the altar ware and chancel furnishings. Supplies and equipment will be provided. With many hands we will be done quickly. Thanks in advance for your help.

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.

Through our preschool we have shared the Gospel message with hundreds of children and their families.

Some far-sighted members of Trinity see the value in the establishment of a permanent fund to underwrite the financial stability of our preschool.

The intention is to establish a permanent fund to be invested, to provide financial support. The principal will never be spent—only the earnings will be used.

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

If you wish to make a donation to this fund, just put your check, payable to Trinity, in the regular offering plate. Be sure to mark the envelope “Preschool Endowment Fund.” Thank You!

Thanksgiving Eve Service on Nov. 24 will be held at 7:00 pm in Creston.

Advent Services will be held on:

Wed., Dec. 1 7:00 p.m. at Trinity in Mt. Ayr

Wed., Dec. 8 7:00 p.m. at Trinity in Creston

Wed., Dec. 15 7:00 p.m. at Trinity in Mt. Ayr

Proposed Change in Sunday Schedule: The elders are proposing a change in the Sunday schedule. The following schedule will be discussed at the next voter’s meeting which will be at 1:00 on Sunday, Nov. 14. If you have questions/comments, please attend the meeting and share them.

8:00-8:30 Coffee/social time in Creston. Pastor robed and ready to meet and greet before service.

8:30 Service in Creston

9:30/9:45-10:20 Bible Class and Sunday School

Classes can start at 9:30 on non-communion Sundays and 9:45 on communion Sundays.

10:00 Fellowship Time/Sunday School in Mt. Ayr

10:25 Pastor leaves for Mt. Ayr

11:00 Service in Mt. Ayr