Palm Sunday

Announcements: March 24, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Palm Sunday on March 24,  2024

Zechariah 9:9-12

Phil.  2:5-11

John 12:20-43

Due to the length of this selection, please refer to today’s bulletin to read it printed as today’s Gospel reading.



  This Week at Trinity 

Sun., Mar. 24 Palm Sunday   Holy Communion in both services

                          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   Sunday School in Creston

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



Mon., Mar. 25   8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool



Tues., Mar. 26   7:00 am   Early Risers Bible Study

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool



Wed., Mar. 27   8:30 am   Preschool

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

                        12:30 pm   Preschool



Thurs., Mar. 28   Maundy Thursday

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                          9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel

                          6:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service/HC in Creston



Fri., Mar. 29   Good Friday

                         6:30 pm   Good Friday Tenebrae Service in Creston



Sat., Mar. 30  4:00 pm  Preschool Bd. meets in FH to set up for Easter breakfast and for bd. meeting




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

             Please note the special times for these 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



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)



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)



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 17, 2024

Creston  61     Mt. Ayr  17   communed 17


Attendance at Mar. 20, 2024 Lenten service Creston 40


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 24,  2024

Accompanists (CR)  Sharon Eklund   (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

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


Crucifer:  (CR) Wyatt Swanson


Acolytes:  (CR) Lincoln Means and James Ross

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

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


Lifelight:  Because of scheduling issues our planned LifeLight course on Revelation will be delayed until this fall.

Thank you for your interest.  Mike & Janette Lang

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.

Easter Flowers:  If you’d like to provide flowers for the Easter service, today is the deadline for turning in order forms/payment. If you need an order form, pink forms are on the table in Creston’s narthex.  If you have any questions, speak to Tracy Booth.


OWLS will meet Wednesday, March 27 at  12:00 in Creston’s FH.  Bring a sack lunch.


                       Holy Week/Easter Schedule

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

Mar. 29  6:30 Good Friday Service in Creston

Mar. 30  4:00 pm  Preschool Bd. Mtg. and breakfast set-up

            Please note the special times for Easter services.

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

              8:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast  in Creston

             Easter egg hunt following breakfast in Creston

             (weather permitting)

              9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast 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, sausages, eggs, fruit, beverages and roll.  


Rolls Needed 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. 

Wanted:  Filled Easter eggs or pre-wrapped items for an Easter egg hunt for the children in Creston on Easter Sunday.  You may drop items off and place them in a box in the narthex.  Or, if you’d rather make a cash donation, the education bd. members can do your shopping. Cash donations may be given to Becky Hagen or put it in an envelope, label it and place it in her church mailbox. 


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.   Some sheets were also sent down in the Mt. Ayr box.  


Building Healthy Families: As we begin perhaps the most important days of the church year, remember that Holy Week can be a confusing time for young children. Take them with you to all the special services this week but don’t assume they know what you know. They may wonder, “What does Maundy mean?” “Why does everyone at church seem so sad and quiet?” Read John 18-19 aloud with them. As you reflect on feelings of fear and sadness at Jesus’ brutal treatment, crucifixion, and death, share His message of hope and promise from John 14:1-3. Remind them (and yourself!) that while Good Friday is dark and scary, it’s not the end - only the beginning of the story. Remind them we’re Easter people and Resurrection Sunday is coming!