11-21-2021

For The Last Sunday of the Church Year on Nov. 21, 2021

Isaiah 51:4-5, 13-14

Jude 20-25

Mark 13:24-37

The Coming of the Son of Man

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day or Hour

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[b] in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,[c] or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Nov. 21 Last Sunday of the Church Year

Caring for Your Neighbor-Food Pantry Gathering

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)

Decorating the Mt. Ayr church for Advent following the service

Mon., Nov. 22 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Nov. 23 7:00 am Early Risers Bible Study

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

4:30 –9:30 pm FH (CR) in use by Matura

Wed., Nov. 24 7:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve Service with Holy

Communion in Creston

Thurs., Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Day

Sun., Nov. 28 First Sunday of Advent

Caring for Your Neighbor-Food Pantry Gathering

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)

Prayer List

Cancer: 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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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 Nov. 14, 2021

Creston 74 Communed 59

Mt. Ayr 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, November 21, 2021


Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in Nov.: (CR) Jim Hagen, Dennis Foglesong, Tim Foglesong, Jim Kneedler

Elders on Duty in Nov.: (MA) Greg Storhoff (CR) Jim Hagen

Finance Team in Nov.: Joyce Kruse & Joy Brown

Altar Guild for Nov.: Jen Foglesong & Cindy Isdahl

LIFE TOGETHER

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).

Hey kids! We need some help sharing the Birth of Jesus! We would like the children of Trinity to be part of our service on Sunday, December 19 to share the wonderful message of sharing the Birth of Jesus our Savior! This will be part of our service where we normally have the children’s message. We will assign both speaking and non speaking parts and maybe have a song or two. Practice will be after service during Sunday School time on Sundays and just before the midweek Advent services (6:30) on December 8th and 15th. We realize some may not be able to come to all the practices but come when you can. This will be a great way for the kids to learn the reason for the season and actively participate in sharing the true meaning of Christmas.


Trinity Mt. Ayr’s Advent Decorating will be done after today’s service.


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


OWLS will not meet on their regular 4th Wed. in Nov. & Dec. Instead, they will have a Holiday Soup Lunch on Wed., Dec. 1 at noon in the fellowship hall. Instead of a gift exchange bring items for the food pantry.


Advent Services will be held on:

Wed., Dec. 1 7:00 p.m. at Trinity in Mt. Ayr with a light supper served before the service, beginning at 6:00. All are welcome. We will not be able to livestream the service from Mt. Ayr.

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

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


Hanging of the Greens after the Divine Service in Creston on Sunday, December 5.

Rachel Circle’s Christmas Party will be at 5:00 on Sunday, Dec. 5 at Anita Wardenburg’s house. Please bring a $10 gift and a snack to share. All ladies of the church are welcome to join us.

Holiday Open House: Pastor and Julie Rutz will host a Come and Go Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the parsonage, from 5:30-8:00. All are welcome to join us for a time of fellowship and Christmas cheer. Finger foods and beverages will be provided.

Christmas Eve Services will be at:

5:00 p.m. in Mt. Ayr

7:00 p.m. in Creston

Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion will be at 9:00 a.m. in Creston.

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!