The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Announcements: March 10, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church




The Fourth Sunday in Lent on March 10, 2024

Numbers 21:4-9

Ephesians 2:1-10


John 3:14-21

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[a]

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world,[b] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”



                                     This Week at Trinity 


Sun., Mar. 10 Fourth Sunday in Lent

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

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

                        10:00 am   Missions Craft/Bake Sale in FH (CR)

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        11:00 am   Divine Service in Mt. Ayr



Mon., Mar. 11 Spring Break—No Preschool Classes all week.



Tues., Mar. 12   7:00 am Early Risers in FH (CR)


Wed., Mar. 13   1:30 pm Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

                          5:45 pm   Soup supper in Mt. Ayr

                          6:30 pm   Midweek Lenten Service in Mt. Ayr

                          Elders meeting following the Lenten Service in Mt. Ayr



Thurs., Mar. 14  3:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in Creston

                           7:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in Creston



Sun., Mar. 17 Fifth Sunday in Lent

                          Caring For Your Neighbor-Food Bank Ingathering

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

                        10:00 am Trustees Meeting in Creston

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

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        10:00 am   Missions Craft/Bake Sale in  Mt. Ayr

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr




 Prayer List


Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Roger Kessler (cousin of Marge Scott)

Melissa Starmer

Dannie Stephens

Lynn Shawley (mother of Deron Shawley)

Owen Tracy (friend of Deb Melzer)



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

Gene Cook

Pat Barkalow

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)

Daniel & Marjorie Gooding (parents of Doug Gooding)



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)



Attendance from last Sunday,  March 3, 2024

Creston   82                  Mt. Ayr Communed 6

From March 10, 2024 Lenten Service in Creston 52


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 10,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Sharon Eklund   (MA)  Melody Stoner                                      

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


Acolytes:  Elliott Ross and Wyatt Swanson

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.



Offerings:  We have returned to the traditional passing of the offering plates during the service.



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

Spring Craft and Food Event Sponsored by Mission Board  TODAY following today’s service in Creston.   And, again next Sunday, March 17 in Mt. Ayr.  We will be having a craft and food event to raise money for Mission projects.  This will be much like LWML Sunday in the fall.  Donations of food and crafts will be welcomed again next Sunday so busy those hands with your craft projects. 

FLOCK will not meet on March 13.  Instead, they will meet at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20 in Creston.  A Lenten potluck supper will follow at 5:45 pm with Lenten Service at 6:30 pm in Creston.                  


Lenten Schedule

Mar. 13      5:45 soup supper and 6:30 Lenten Service in Mt.   Ayr, Elders meet after the service in Mt. Ayr

Mar. 20      5:00  FLOCK, 5:45 Lenten potluck supper, 6:30 Lenten Service in Creston, 7:30 board mtgs and 8:00 council mtg.

Mar. 28      6:30 Maundy Thursday Service/HC in Creston

Mar. 29      6:30 Good Friday Service in Creston

Mar. 31      7:00 a.m. Easter Divine Service/HC in Creston

             Easter Breakfast following service in Creston

             Easter Breakfast preceding service in Mt. Ayr

           10:00 a.m.  Easter Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr



This year’s 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, sausage, eggs, fruit, rolls and coffee/juice. 


Wanted:  Rolls for Creston’s Easter Breakfast:  We are in need of donations of rolls for the Easter breakfast in Creston.  We’d like a total of 9 dozen.  If you are able to provide some, please sign up on a sheet found on the table in the narthex. 

Inserts in Today’s Bulletin: 

1. Easter Flowers order form for Creston

2. LCMS Mission Work Information

3. Upcoming New Library Grand Opening Information

OWLS:  Correction to March calendar.   The correct date for OWLS will be Wed., March 27 at 12:00 pm in the FH in Creston.   Bring a sack lunch.


      Building Healthy Families: Who was the man God used to bring the Gospel to convert pagans to Christ over 1600 years ago in Ireland? Most of the world will celebrate him next weekend with green beer and parades but without an awareness of his significant role in Christian history. The little known and incredible story of St. Patrick is researched and well told by physicist and writer, John Murphy Ball, a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Look it up, share it with your children and grandchildren this week, and be amazed again at the many ways our loving Lord directs the paths of His faithful, from the beginning of time until this very day. Find St. Patrick’s story on the web at    Lutheran Family Service

           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.


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_______________________