For the Fifth Sunday in Lent on April 3, 2022

Isaiah 43:16-21 Phil. 3:(4b-7) 8-14

Luke 20:9-20 The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant[a] to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone’?[b] 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.

For Palm Sunday on April 10, 2022

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Deut. 32:36-39

Phil. 2:5-11

Luke 22:1-23:56 or Luke 23:1-56 or John 12:20-43

This Week at Trinity

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 Mtg is rescheduled for Apr. 24

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

Mon, Apr. 4 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

Tues., Apr. 5 7:00 am Early Risers

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

6:30 pm Rachel Circle at Candace Peterson’s house

Wed., Apr. 6 8:30 am Preschool

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

Note that the service is in Creston tonight.

Elders meeting moved to Wed. Apr. 13

Thurs., Apr. 7 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Apr. 10 Palm Sunday with Holy Communion at both locations.

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/HC (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 27 Creston 87 Communed 71

Sunday, March 27 Mt. Ayr 17

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, April 3, 2022

Organist (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Melody Stoner

Acolyte (CR) Bethany Isdahl

Ushers in April: (CR) Dennis Brown, Kevin Kruse, and Dean Hadley

Elders on Duty in April: (CR) Dean Hadley

(MA) Doug Gooding

Finance Team in April: Dean Hadley and Kevin Kruse

Altar Guild for April: 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 this morning immediately following divine service. 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 our final Lenten ServiceApr. 6 at 6:00 in Creston followed by Lenten Service at 7:00.

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

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

If you have questions speak with 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

8:00 am Breakfast served by the youth following the service (CR)

Easter Egg Hunt after breakfast (weather permitting) (CR)

9:00 am Breakfast before the service in Mt. Ayr

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

Portals of Prayer for Apr-June are available in the back of the church.

Used Portals of Prayer may be placed in the box below the mailboxes in the narthex (CR). These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair. There is a big demand for these.

June Ark Encounter Trip: If you would still like to go on this June 7-10 trip and have not already signed up, it’s not too late. Please talk with Julie Rutz after today’s service if you are interested in joining the tour group.

Christian Care Fund: Current balance is $1313.60

Annual Fundraising Banquet for LC Clinic: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Supertel Conference Center in Creston with seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by May 2. If you are interested in attending, a copy of the invitation is available in the narthex for you to pick up. The address for the clinic is:

LC Clinic 1109 S. Sumner St. Creston, IA 50801.

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.

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.

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!