For Palm Sunday on March 28, 2021

Zechariah 9:9-12 Philippians 2:5-11

Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-47 or John 12:20-43 (printed here)

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” 41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Mar. 28 Palm Sunday/Holy Communion at both services

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/HC(MA)

Mon., Mar. 29 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Mar. 30 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Wed., Mar. 31 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

1:30 pm or 3:30 pm Youth Conf. Class in Mt. Ayr

7:00 pm Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

Thurs., Apr. 1 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Maundy Thurs. Service with Holy Communion in Creston

Fri., Apr. 2 6:00 pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service in Creston

Sun., Apr. 4 Easter Sunday/Holy Communion at both services

Please note the change in schedule for Easter Sunday.

7:00 am Divine Service/HC in Creston

8:00 am Breakfast in Creston

Following the breakfast in Creston an Easter Egg Hunt will be held for the children.

9:00 am Breakfast in Mt. Ayr

10:00 am Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr

Preschool Board Meeting has been moved to April 11.

Prayer List

Cancer: Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member)

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, and Pat Stream

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)


From Wed., March 17, 2021 Creston 39

From Sunday, March 21, 2021

Creston 76 Mt. Ayr 12, Communed 10

From Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Creston 24

Serving At Trinity Sunday, March 28, 2021

Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund (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

Crucifer: (CR) Xavier Shady

Acolyte: (CR) Maylee Riley (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.

New Bible Study! We will be diving into the book of Hebrews starting Tuesday April 6th at 6:30pm in Mount Ayr and Sunday April 11th at 8:00am in Creston. Learn about Angels, Christ as High Priest, Perseverance, Living in Faith, Encouragement, and the New Covenant God has made with his people. In Hebrews, God gives us hope and courage in our discipleship so we “will not grow weary and lose heart.” He directs us to Jesus “who for the joy set before Him endured the cross” on our behalf. Please join us!

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 TODAY Palm Sunday, March 28. Call Janette Lang at 782-7922 if you have questions. Thank you in advance!

Easter Breakfast: The youth will be serving breakfast again this year after the Easter service as a fundraiser for the national gathering to be held in Houston, TX in July of 2022. The menu will consist of biscuits and gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit and rolls. Please plan to join us. The youth is also asking for donations of rolls or muffins to be served that morning. There is a sign up sheet on the table in the narthex.

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 is an Easter basket on the table in the narthex where you may place your donation. Donations are needed no later than Saturday, April 3.If you have questions phone Becky Hagen at 641-344-8953.

Schedule for Holy Week and Easter Services

April 1 6:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service/HC in CR

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

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

New Portals of Prayer for April-June are available in the back of the church as you leave the service today.

Used Portals of Prayer can be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the Narthex. These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair. There is a big demand for these. Thank you.

Cub/Jr. Hi/Youth Weeks Scholarships for Camp Okoboji: Camp Okoboji’s Auxillary will grant 6 full scholarships for kids in gr. 3-12 to attend summer camp. Applications forms are available in the narthex and are due at Camp Okoboji by April 8. The recipients will be selected at an Apr. 9 meeting and notified the following week. For more information about camp dates for the different age groups go to www.campokoboji.org

Annual LC Clinic Fundraiser Dinner: The annual dinner will be held in Creston on Thursday, April 29 at the Supertel Conference Center in Creston. RSVPs are needed by April 15. More information may be found on an invitation found in the narthex.


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 this coming Thursday, 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.