For The Fifth Sunday of Easter on May 2, 2021

Acts 8:26-40

I John 4:1-21

John 15:1-8

I Am the True Vine

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

This Week at Trinity

Sun., May 2 No Bible Class in Creston today

8:00 am Divine Service in Mt. Ayr/HC

9:00 am Fellowship Time in Mt. Ayr

10:00 am Divine Service with youth confirmation

and Holy Communion in Creston

11:00 am Reception for the confirmands in CR

5:00 pm Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)

Mon., May 3 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., May 4 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

Wed., May 5 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Elders’ Meeting in FH (CR)

Thurs., May 6 8:30 am Preschool

10:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

12:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., May 9 Mother’s Day

8:00 am Bible Class in Creston

9:00 am Divine Service/HC in Creston

10:00 am Sunday School in Creston

10:00 am Fellowship Time in Mt. Ayr and Creston

11:00 am Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

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)

Vivian Herzberg (sister of Bruce Herzberg)

Libbie Wilkenson (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Don Goodman (brother-in-law of Kathy Parker)

Karen Johnston (friend of Byron Bilderback)

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

Members: Norm Schroeder ,Jay Bochart, Alexis Swanson and Pat Stream

Donna Bowman

Marie Burmeister

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Terry Melzer (brother of Deb Melzer)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)

Roger Eyberg (friend of Eddie Ehm)

Bob Ritnour (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Jerry Cellan (brother of Mitzie Cellan)

Ormas Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl and b-i-l of Pat Stream)

Dave & Maggie Dory

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Lawrence Herzberg,

Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan, Doyle Hembry, Mona Quee,

Linda Schroeder, Jean Stoll

Military: Nathan Nonneman (grandson of Sharon Nonneman)

Kyle Marchok (husband of 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)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Our Youth Confirmands: Lianna Means, Maylee Riley,

Tyler Riley and Xavier Shady

Attendance: From Sunday April 25, 2021

Creston 59 Communed 47

Mt. Ayr 19 Communed 19

Serving At Trinity Sunday, May 2, 2021

Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Melody Stoner

Ushers in May: (CR) Karl Peterson, Ed Booth, Randy Ehm, Dennis Brown

Elders on Duty in May: (MA) Greg Storhoff (CR) Karl Peterson

Acolyte: (MA) Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in May: Ed Booth and Charlie Bowman

Altar Guild for May: Ed & Tracy Booth


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. Common cup is also available to families or small groups upon request.

Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.

Reception for Confirmands and High School Graduate: After today’s service in Creston, you are all invited to gather together in the fellowship hall for a reception honoring our four confirmands Lianna, Maylee, Tyler, and Xavier and our high school graduate, Jeremy. Jeremy will be graduating from Creston High School on May 23.

Preschool Board Meeting: Today, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Rachel Circle will meet at Julie Lang’s house (1200 N. Oak) Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30. Hoping to sit on the patio.

Bible Study in Mt. Ayr on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Elders’ Meeting will be Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Letter from IDW President Turner

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As many of you are aware, placement was held this week in Fort Wayne and Saint Louis. I was blessed to be able to attend in person and am pleased to report the following new placements in Iowa District West:

Pastoral Candidates

Jessten Heimer (Fort Wayne) Trinity, Boone (Associate)

Cory Kroonblawd (Fort Wayne) St. Paul’s, Sac City

Joseph “Joe” Pierson (St. Louis) St. Paul, Webster City

Please keep these men, their families and the congregations they have been assigned in your prayers as plans are made for their Ordinations and Installations.

Peace and Joy in our Risen Savior,

Rev. Dr. Steven D. Turner

President, Iowa District West

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod