For the Fourth Sunday in Lent on March 27, 2022

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 12:1-6

Epistle Reading 2 Corinthians 516-21

Gospel Reading Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

For the Fifth Sunday in Lent on April 3, 2022

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 43:16-21

Epistle Reading Phil. 3:(4b-7) 8-14

Gospel Reading Luke 20:9-20

This Week at Trinity

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)

Mon, Mar. 28 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

Tues., Mar 29 7:00 am Early Risers

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

Wed., Mar. 30 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

6:00 pm Food & Fellowship in Mt. Ayr

7:00pm Lenten Service in Mt. Ayr

Note that the service is in Mt. Ayr tonight.

Thurs., Mar. 31 8:30 am Preschool

Linda will not be in the office today.

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Apr. 3 8:00 am Bible Class

9:00 am Divine Service CR)

Altar Guild cleaning right after Divine Service in Creston

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

Voter’s Meeting has been moved to April 24.

5:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting in FH (CR)

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 20 Creston 68

Sunday, March 20 Mt. Ayr 12 Communed 12

Mar. 23 Mid-week Lenten Service in Creston 42

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 27, 2022

Organist (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Melody Stoner

Acolyte (CR) Wyatt Swanson

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.

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

Voter’s Meeting The next meeting has been rescheduled for Apr. 24.

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

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

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

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

8:00 a.m. Breakfast following the service in Creston

Easter Egg hunt after the breakfast

9:00 a.m. Breakfast before the service in Mt. Ayr

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

Easter Egg Hunt donations: Donations of wrapped candy, juice boxes, etc. are being collected. Items may be placed in the Easter basket found in the narthex (Creston).

Christian Care Fund: Balance as of 3/14/22 is $1313.60.

Bulletin Board: We are currently working towards updating the fellowship hall membership bulletin board. Current photos are from 2018. If you did not have a photo taken then or would like a newer photo please bring one to the church office or see Deb Melzer to have one taken.

Portals of Prayer: New ones are available in the back of the church this morning. Old ones may be placed in the basket below the mailboxes in Creston. They will be passed out by the LLL at next summer’s Iowa State Fair.

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 this Wed., March 30.

Diaper Shower: The Swanson family will be welcoming a new baby soon. If you would like to help “shower” them with diapers, you are invited to do so. Diapers size 2 and up would be welcome. Gifts may be dropped off in the fellowship hall or given to Cindy Isdahl. If you have any questions, speak with Cindy Isdahl.

Trinity Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. Enrollment opened up to the public on Feb. 1.

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!