For the Third Sunday in Lent on March 20, 2022

Ezek. 33:7-20

I Cor. 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9 Repent or Perish

1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Mar. 20 Caring for Your Neighbor-Food Bank Gathering

8:00 am Bible Class

9:00 am Divine Service CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/ HC (MA)

Mon, Mar. 21 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

7:00 pm Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

Tues., Mar 22 7:00 am Early Risers

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

1:00 pm Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

Wed., Mar. 23 8:30 am Preschool

12:00 pm OWLS in FH (CR) sack lunch

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00 pm Pre-confirmation Bible Review in FH (CR)

6:00 pm Food & Fellowship in Creston

7:00pm Lenten Service in Creston

Council Meeting after the Lenten Service in FH (CR)

Thurs., Mar. 24 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Mar. 27 8:00 am Bible Class

9:00 am Divine Service/HC CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service (MA)

Prayer List

Cancer: Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

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

Joann Portwood (sister of Julie Lang)

Frank Howell (son-in-law of Kearneys)

Joe Rivera (brother-in-law of Julie Lang)

Michael Ellerton (husband of Julie Rutz’s niece)

Emily Jackson (friend of the Nelsons)

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

Members: Alexis Swanson, Mona Quee

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

Grayson Nelson (infant great-nephew of the Storhoffs)

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Hannah & Harriet (in utero) Kendrick

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

Larry Mark (friend of Langs)

Bonnie Wissink (mother of Vicki Sickels)

John Wissink (brother of Vicki Sickels)

Maggie Dory

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Clara Buchanan,

Mona Quee, Linda Schroeder, Marsha Magers, 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)


Sunday, March 13 Creston 79 Communed 61

Sunday, March 13 Mt. Ayr 8

Mar. 16 Mid-week Lenten Service in Mt. Ayr 25

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 20, 2022

Organist (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Melody Stoner

Acolyte (CR) Nevaeh Pilon

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

Elders on Duty in March: (CR) Mike Lang (MA) Doug Gooding

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.

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

Offerings: For now, the offerings will continue to be gathered in the back of the church and will be brought forward during the offertory.

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

Camp Okoboji will be giving six scholarships for Cub/Jr. High/Youth Weeks. Children may apply for the scholarships by completing an application and returning it to camp by April 18. Application forms are available in the narthex.

Christian Education Information is available in the back of the church (CR) and has been emailed. We have great opportunities for all ages to grow in knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

Organists: Trinity is looking for additional people to assist in playing organ or keyboard for services. If you are interested or know of someone speak to Phil Wardenburg or phone him at 641-202-1611.

Christian Care Fund: After helping several area families in recent weeks, the balance in the account is $297.

From the Family of Jay Bochart

Our family would like to thank everyone for your kindness after the loss of our dear Jay. The many messages, cards, memorial contributions, food, and special tributes have just been overwhelming! Jay would be SO humbled by it all! We know that we are truly blessed to have family, friends, and a community that are so caring and

supportive. You have made a devastating situation more manageable for us, and we will never forget the amazing kindness shown to our family over these past three years. God bless you all and remember……”Don’t waste a good day.”

Brenda, Kyle & Adam Bochart Radine Ward

Judy & Steve Bradley & family Joni & Jim Fizer & family

Church Council will meet right after the March 23 Lenten Service in Creston.

Altar Guild Creston Chancel Cleaning: Our spring cleaning will be done immediately following divine service next Sunday, April 3, 2022. We will clean and polish the altar ware and chancel furnishings. Supplies and equipment will be provided. With many hands we will be done quickly. Thanks in advance for your help. If you have questions contact Janette Lang

Join us for food & fellowship before these Lenten Services. Note the location of each service.

Mar. 23 at 6:00 in Creston followed by Lenten Service at 7:00.

Mar. 30 at 6:00 in Mt. Ayr followed by Lenten Service at 7:00.

Apr. 6 at 6:00 in Creston followed by Lenten Service at 7:00.

Lenten meals in Creston will be provided (for the most part) through Thrivent seed money with a free will offering to be taken going towards kitchen upgrades.

March 23-Italian main dish, salad, garlic bread and dessert

April 6-Dane Wardenburg will be smoking pork and we’re asking the congregation to bring sides.

If you have questions speak to Julie Lang or Becky Hagen.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Apr. 10 Palm Sunday Divine Service/HC 9:00 in Creston

Apr. 10 Palm Sunday Divine Service/HC 11:00 in Mt. Ayr

Apr. 14 Maundy Thurs. Service/HC 7:00 p.m. in Creston

Apr. 15 Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m. in Creston

Apr. 17 Easter Sunday Divine Service/HC 7:00 a.m. in Creston

Breakfast following the service in Creston

Breakfast before the service in Mt. Ayr

Apr. 17 Easter Sunday Divine Service/HC 10:00 a.m. in Mt. Ayr

Ark Encounter and Creation Museum Trip Update:

Official itinerary flyers and registration forms are now available for this summer’s Ark Encounter & Creation Museum Bus Trip. This 4 day, 3 night trip will take place June 7-10, The trip includes private motorcoach transportation, 3 nights’ accommodations, 5 meals, admission to attractions and a dinner cruise, all taxes, gratuities and a professional tour manager. We still need a few more people to join us on this journey. See Julie Rutz for more information. Cost is $805 per person (double occupancy) or $999 for single. Full payment is due by March 30.

Trinity Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2022-23 school year.

Preschool Endowment Fund

By the Grace of God, we are establishing an endowment fund to be a permanent source of support for our preschool. As you know, we started Trinity Preschool over 35 years ago. This has been an important outreach in the Creston community.

To help celebrate 35 years of sharing the Gospel with our preschool families, please consider donating $35.00 per adult and $0.35 per child. These funds will go towards the growth of our preschool endowment fund. To make a donation towards this endowment fund, make your check payable to “Trinity” and be sure to mark the envelope “Preschool Endowment Fund.”

We ask that you consider being a part of this venture. If you have questions contact Bill Magers or Mike Lang. Thank You!