For The Fourth Sunday in Lent on March 14, 2021

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. 14 Daylight Saving Time begins

8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service /HC(CR)

10:00 am Sunday School in Creston

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

11:00 am Divine Service(MA)

Mon., Mar. 15 Spring Break—No Preschool Classes

Tues., Mar. 16 Spring Break—No Preschool Classes

9:00 am Handy Helpers

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

Wed., Mar. 17 Spring Break—No Preschool Classes

Pastor at Circuit Pastor’s Mtg. in Clarinda

No youth conf. class in Mt. Ayr due to spring break

6:00 pm Lenten Service in Creston

All boards will meet after the Lenten service

No youth conf. class in Creston due to spring break

Thurs., Mar. 18 Spring Break—No Preschool Classes

Sat., Mar. 20 9:00 am Altar Guild Chancel Cleaning

Sun., Mar. 21 Caring for Your Neighbor—Food Bank Gathering

8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Sunday School in Creston

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

11:00 am Divine Service/HC(MA)

Prayer List

Cancer: Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member0

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

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)

Attendance: From March 7, 2021

Creston 58 Mt. Ayr 12 HC 10

From March 10, 2021 Lenten Service in Creston 24

Serving At Trinity Sunday, March 14, 2021

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in March: (CR) Jim Nelson, Dennis Brown, Mike Lang, Josh Riley

Elders on Duty in March: (MA) Greg Storhoff

(CR) Jim Nelson

Acolyte: (CR) Xavier Shady (MA) Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in March: Jim Nelson and Eric &

Jeanna Eklund

Altar Guild for March: Lola Hembry and 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.

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.

Easter Garden in Creston If you would like to provide flowers for our chancel on Easter Sunday, April 4, please use the enclosed order form. Your order must be received no later than Palm Sunday, March 28. Call Janette Lang at 782-7922 if you have questions. Thank you in advance!

Altar Guild Chancel Cleaning will be on

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. We will clean and polish the altar ware and chancel furnishings. Supplies and equipment will be provided. With many hands we will be done in about two hours. Thanks in advance for your help.

Easter Egg Hunt: The education board is planning an Easter Egg Hunt for the children to be held following the Divine Service and Easter Breakfast in Creston. Donations of wrapped Easter candy or money to be used to buy candy would be appreciated. If you are able to help out, there will be a basket/box on the table in the narthex for you to place your donation. Donations are needed no later than Saturday, April 3.If you have questions phone Becky Hagen at 641-344-8953.

THE UPSTAIRS BATHROOM (Creston) is close to reality!

This exciting project is now in the fund-raising phase. The architect concept drawing and pledge sheet is available from the ushers. The new bathroom will be fully handicap accessible and compliant. Located just to the right of the mailboxes in the Narthex, outside of the existing building it will not reduce the size of the Narthex.

The Voters ask for your support of this project. If you agree, please use the “Pledge Sheet” to show your support. All pledges will be held confidential. If sufficient support is shown by April 1, 2021 the voters will proceed with the construction this summer. A pledge “thermometer” showing the amount pledged so far is posted in the narthex.

Upcoming Special Services Schedule

March 17 & 24 6:00 p.m. Lenten Services (CR)

March 28 Palm Sunday Divine Service with Holy Communion at both locations

April 1 6:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion in Creston

April 2 6:00 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service in Creston

April 4 Easter Sunday (NOTE TIMES)

7:00 a.m. Divine Service with HC in Creston

8:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast in Creston

9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast in Mt. Ayr

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

SACRED MUSIC FOR THE SEASON OF LENT..."When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “My Song Is Love Unknown,” “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth.” You can listen to sacred music for the Lenten season 24/7 at lutheranpublicradio.org, TuneIn, Amazon Echo, Google Home and the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.