Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Announcements: January 1, 2023

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For Circumcision and Name of Jesus on January 1, 2023

Numbers 6:22-27

Galatians 3:23-27

Luke 2:21

21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Prayer List


Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Michael Ellerton (husband of Julie Rutz’s niece)

Roger Kessler (cousin of Marge Scott)

Carrie Baker (Jolene Hinrich’s niece)

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

Members: Virginia Isaacs and Alexis Swanson

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Rev. Michael Breach (son-in-law of Langs)

Eugene Goeglein (brother of Dorothy Cook)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl)

Rev. Leon Hodges (brother of Jean Stoll)

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Clara Buchanan, Linda Schroeder,

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 remember the family of Marsha Magers who

passed away early on Christmas morning. A graveside service

will be held in Atchison, KS at a later date.

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Jan. 1 9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time in CR & MA

11:00 am Divine Service/ HC in MA

Tues., Jan. 3 7:00 am Early Risers

6:00 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

6:30 pm Rachel Circle at Candace Peterson’s house

Wed., Jan. 4 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Thurs., Jan. 5 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Jan. 8 The Baptism of Our Lord

Holy Communion at both services

8:00 am Bible Study (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC/ installation (CR)

10:00 am Removing the Greens (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time in CR & MA

10:00 am Sunday School in CH

11:00 am Divine Service/HC/ installation in MA

11:30 am FH (CR) reserved by Kruse family

2:00 pm Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)

Attendance from December 24, 2022

Mt. Ayr 31 Creston 95

Attendance from Dec. 25, 2022 in Creston 42 H/C 39

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 1, 2023

Organists (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in January: (CR) Phil Wardenburg, Mick Hagen, Dane Wardenburg

Elder of the month for Jan.: (CR) Dane Wardenburg (MA) Doug Gooding

Finance Team in January: Phil Wardenburg & Rick Hadley

Altar Guild for January: Phil & Anita Wardenburg


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.

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

Offerings: Offering are gathered in the back of the church and will be brought forward during the offertory.

Children’s Bulletins to go along with today’s Sunday of the Church Year are available in a basket by the back pew (Creston).

Portals of Prayer for January-March 2023 are available this morning in the back of the church.

Used Portals of Prayer may be places in the box below the mailboxes in the narthex (CR). These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair. There is a big demand for these.

Rose Parade: Lutheran Hour Ministries has had a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade for over 100 years. This year’s parade will be on tv on January 2, 2023. It is the only Christian float in the parade. The best stations to see it without it being cut by a commercial break would be to watch it on either RFD or HGTV channels. You can also livestream it on the internet. Jim and Cindy Nelson traveled to Pasadena to work on this year’s float.

Baptism: We welcome Elsie Mae Hagen, infant daughter of Mick & Jessica Hagen, who became God’s child by the waters of Holy Baptism during the New Year’s Eve service in Creston. Her sponsors were Micah & Alison Hagen, her aunt and uncle.

Rachel Circle will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, at Candace Peterson’s house. 2327 Beechwood, Lenox, IA.

Bible Study in Mt. Ayr on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Card Shower: May Carlisle will be turning 106 on Jan. 5. If you would like to send a card her address is:

May Carlisle

c/o Creston Specialty Care

1001 Cottonwood

Creston, IA 50801

Holy Communion will be in both services on Jan. 8.

Installation of officers and committee members will be held during the Divine Service next Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Removal of the Greens will be done next Sunday,

Jan. 8 right after the Divine Service in Creston. With many helpful hands it shouldn’t take too long.

Preschool Endowment Fund

We thank everyone who has helped to establish the Preschool Endowment Fund.

By the grace of God, members of Trinity have given the Preschool Endowment Fund over $18,000 in the first year. This is remarkable! It demonstrates your zeal to support the long-range goals of our Preschool.

Some members of Trinity are making regular gifts to the Preschool Endowment Fund. Consider a weekly or monthly gift of any amount which will, over time, amount to a substantial gift.

Others have made plans for a legacy gift to the Preschool Endowment Fund at a later time. There will be an opportunity early next year (2023) to attend a seminar at Trinity about estate planning. We encourage you to attend.

The Preschool Endowment Fund is needed to ensure the long-range viability of our mission to share the gospel with the little ones and their families in our community.

Our short-term goal is to be able to provide tuition assistance for low-income families.

Our long-term goal is to be able to provide quality preschool for all of our students.

The Preschool Board has set a five-year goal of $50,000 in gifts to the Preschool Endowment Fund.

For further information contact either Bill Magers or Mike Lang.

Thank You Members of Trinity

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for the Christmas gift of cash and to all who sent gifts and cards to remember our family for Christmas. May you all continue to live in the eternal assurance of being God’s children redeemed by Jesus.

In Christ,

Pastor, Julie, Jacob & Jeremy

Thank you to the members of Trinity for the Christmas gift. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. God’s blessings in the new year. From Linda Hadley