Easter Sunday

Announcements: March 31, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Resurrection of Our Lord  on March 31,  2024


Isaiah 25:6-9

I Corinthians 15:1-11


Mark 16:1-8   The Resurrection

1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


Prayer List


Larry Shimono (member)

Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Melissa Starmer

Dannie Stephens

Lynn Shawley (mother of Deron Shawley)

Owen Tracy (friend of Deb Melzer)

Bob Sickels (father of Mike Sickels)



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

Janette Lang

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl)

Kevin Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

John Needles (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Anna Needles (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Marshall & Beverly Fulks (friends of Cooks)

Alice Melzer (sister-in-law of Deb Melzer)

Tom Thompson (friend of Bullocks)

Martin Herzberg (son of Bruce and Beth Herzberg)

Pastor Larry Troxell



Shut-ins: Clara Buchanan, Virginia Isaacs



 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 James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart, Creston & Atlantic)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)



                            This Week at Trinity 


Sun., Mar. 31 Easter   Holy Communion in both services

                          7:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

                          8:00 am   Easter Breakfast (freewill offering) in CR

                  Easter Egg Hunt following breakfast (weather permitting)

                          9:00 am   Breakfast in Mt. Ayr

                        10:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr


Mon., Apr. 1      8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool



Tues., Apr. 2     7:00 am   Early Risers Bible Study

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool

                          6:30 pm   Rachel Circle in FH (CR)  Mitzie hosts.



Wed., Apr. 3    8:30 am   Preschool

                       10:00 am   Library Committee Meeting (CR)

                       12:30 pm   Preschool

                          2:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

                          6:00 pm Youth Confirmation Class (CR)



Thurs., Apr. 4   8:30 am Preschool

                          9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                       12:30 pm   Preschool

                          1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel



Sun., Apr. 7      8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

                        Grand Opening of  Trinity’s new library in Creston

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

                       10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                       11:00 am   Divine Service in Mt. Ayr



Attendance from Palm Sunday,  March 24, 2024

Creston 89   Communed 68 

Mt. Ayr  8 Communed  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, March 31,  2024

Accompanists (CR)  Sharon Eklund & Julie Lang  (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

Ushers in March: (CR) Mike Lang, Josh Riley Eric Eklund


Crucifer:  James Ross

Acolytes:  Bethany Isdahl and Mallory Williams

Elder of the month for March: (CR) Mike Lang    (MA) Doug Gooding

Finance Team in March: Eric & Jeanna Eklund and Jim Nelson

Altar Guild for March:  Mike & Janette Lang



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.


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 April-June are available in the back of the church this morning.  These are great to read for daily home devotions.  Two large print ones are available if you’d be more comfortable with that size.

Sacred Music for the Easter Season“Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness,” “He’s Risen, He’s Risen.”  You can listen 24/7 to sacred music for the 50 days of the Easter season at lutheranpublicradio.org, TuneIn, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.


April Church Calendars have been placed in your church mailbox in Creston.  Please pick yours up this morning.   If you need more than one, some extras are found on the shelf in the narthex.  Mailboxes are on east wall in narthex. 


This mornings Easter Breakfast in Creston will be served by the Trinity Preschool’s Board.  A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the Preschool’s general fund. 

Menu will be:  biscuits & gravy, sausages, eggs, fruit, beverages and roll.  

All are invited to join us in the fellowship hall right after the Divine Service.

Special thanks to all who serve on the Preschool Board for preparing and serving this morning’s breakfast.  Thanks to those who donated rolls. And, thanks to all who continue to support Trinity Preschool with your prayers and gifts.


Easter Egg Hunt:  Weather permitting, an Easter Egg Hunt will be held following breakfast in Creston.  This is hosted by Trinity’s Board of Education.   Thanks to all who provided candy and other goodies for this hunt.


Easter Flowers:  Those who provided flowers for this morning’s service may take them home today.


Rachel Circle will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in Creston’s fellowship hall hosted by Mitzie Cellan.



Camp Okoboji Scholarship Applications for 2024 are available on the table in the narthex.  The deadline for retuning an application to the camp is this Wednesday, April 3.


Annual Lc Clinic Fundraising Banquet will be held in Creston on Thursday, April 18.  Reservations are due at the Lc Clinic by April 15.  If you’d like more information, pick up a sheet from the table in the narthex.


Spring LWML Rally will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, beginning at 9:30 a.m.   If you are interested in attending, please pick up an information sheet from the table in the narthex.


Schedule Changes for Sunday, April 21, 2024. 

9:00 a.m.  Bible Class in Creston

10:00 a.m.   Divine Service in Creston

No service in Mt. Ayr that day.

11:00 a.m.  Potluck meal.  Bring food to share.

Following the meal will be the quarterly voter’s meeting.

VBS Dates:   Tuesday June 18-Friday June 21 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Trinity in Creston.   Helpers will be needed.   More information will be coming. 

 Building Healthy Families: Here are bold and true words for you to remember today or any day when you are worried or overwhelmed with life’s challenges and temptations: “Know ye then - sin, death, devil, and everything that assails me - that you are missing the mark. I am not afraid of you. For Christ, my dear Lord, has presented to me that triumph and victory of His by which you were laid low. And from this very gift of His I derive my name and am called a Christian. There is no other reason. My sin and death hung about His neck on Good Friday, but on the day of Easter they had completely disappeared. This victory He has bestowed on me. This is why I do not worry about you.” (from Luther’s Easter Sermon, 1530) A blessed and happy celebration of Easter to you and your family from the Board of Directors and staff of Lutheran Family Service! Lutheran Family Service www.LutheranFamilyService.org

                                 Information About Upcoming Changes in Our Livestreaming


Around April 8, 2024, Google will no longer support our current Dropcam camera that is used at Trinity for recording our church services. This means that our current way of livestreaming the services will end and we will have no way to livestream the services anymore.  This information was presented at the January 2024 voter’s meeting. We will still be able to put a recording of the service on our You Tube channel and on our website for later viewing.   And, the printed bulletins, sermons, and announcement sheets will still be available to read via our church website.    www.trinitycreston.org


Since the January voter’s meeting, a few members have expressed interest in being able to purchase new equipment so that livestreaming can resume.  We do not have money in the budget right now for purchasing new equipment.  Some members have shown interest in donating money towards the purchase of new camera equipment.   The cost for new equipment would be approximately $2500-$3000.  


If you would be interested in contributing towards purchase of equipment so that livestreaming may resume, please turn in a pledge telling the amount you would like to contribute.   Only turn in the pledge form. You may place it in the church offering plate.  If we receive enough pledges to proceed with this project, you will be notified and at that time you may turn in your pledge.   If you have any questions, speak with Rick Hadley.  


I pledge $______________________ towards the purchase of new camera equipment for Trinity Lutheran Church.


Name______________________________    Phone number_______________________