For The Second Sunday of Easter on April 11, 2021

Acts 4:32-35 I John 1:1-2:2

John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,[a] Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin,[b] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Apr. 11 8:00 am Bible Class in Creston

9:00 am Divine Service/HC in Creston

10:00 am Sunday School in Creston

10:00 am Fellowship Time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

11:00 am Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

5:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting in Creston

Mon., Apr. 12 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Tues., Apr. 13 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Rachel Circle in FH (CR)

This is rescheduled from last week

Wed., Apr. 14 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

1:30 pm Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

4:30 pm Youth Conf. Class in Mt. Ayr

6:30 pm All Boards meet in FH (CR)

(Note time change)

7:00 pm Youth Confirmation Class (CR)

Thurs., Apr. 15 8:30 am Preschool

Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

Preschool Chapel

Sun., Apr. 18 Caring For Your Neighbor-Food Bank Gathering

8:00 am Bible Class in Creston

9:00 am Divine Service in Creston

10:00 am Sunday School in Creston

10:00 am Fellowship Time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

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

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)

Thanksgiving: Birth of Baylor Kay Lee Booth, daughter of Greg and Shannon Booth and granddaughter of Ed and Tracy Booth, born on April 7.


From Maundy Thurs. on April 1, 2021 in Creston 38 H/C 33

From Good Friday on April 2, 2021 in Creston 42

From Easter Sunday on April 4, 2021

Creston 97 H/C 58

Mt. Ayr 20 H/C 17

Serving At Trinity Sunday, April 11, 2021

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in April: (CR) Dean Hadley, Charlie Bowman, Rick Hadley, Kevin Kruse

Elders on Duty in April: (MA) Greg Storhoff

(CR) Dean Hadley

Acolyte: (CR) Xavier Shady (MA) Garrett or Jaxsen Walter

Finance Team in April: Dean Hadley & 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. 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 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.

New Bible Study! A new Bible study began this week diving into the book of Hebrews. It’s never too late to join in. The class meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in Creston and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Mt. Ayr. 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!

Thank You: The youth group would like to thank the congregation for the support that they provided through the Easter Breakfast. Your generosity is appreciated and helps to make it possible for youth to attend events to further their education and faith.

Preschool Board Meeting: Tonight, Sunday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Rachel Circle rescheduled their April meeting for Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall (CR).

Naomi Circle will meet in the Fellowship Hall Wednesday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. Our Lesson will be “Joy in His Presence!,” found on page 16 of the Spring 2021 Lutheran Women’s Quarterly. Please join us as we enjoy the study of God’s Word and Christian fellowship

Board Meetings: All boards will meet Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston. Please note this is a different starting time than in past months.

Council will meet the following week on Wed., April 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

Voter’s Meeting: The next Trinity Voter’s Meeting will be on Sunday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.

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.

Wedding Shower Invitation A Come & Go Wedding Shower will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 2:00-5:00 at Candace Peterson’s home, 2327 Beechwood Ave., Lenox. The shower is for Madison (Peterson) & John Bisignano and for Regan & Mason Peterson. Due to covid, both couples were privately married in 2020 and are celebrating this year. All women of Trinity are invited!

Confirmation Services: Please read the following information about the schedule for confirmation and especially about the service time changes for May 2 with 8:00 service in Mt. Ayr and 10:00 service in Creston. Confirmands are: Garrett Walter and Jaxsen Walter in Mt. Ayr and Lianna Means, Maylee Riley, Tyler Riley and Xavier Shady in Creston.

Confirmation Services Schedule

Wed., Apr 21 at 7:00 p.m. Youth Confirmation Questioning in Mt. Ayr

Sun., Apr. 25 Youth Confirmation in Mt. Ayr will be held during the 11:00 Divine Service. Holy Communion will also be held in Mt. Ayr as well as in Creston that day.

Wed., Apr. 28, 7:00 p.m. Youth Confirmation Questioning in Creston held in the fellowship hall

Sun., May 2 8:00 a.m. Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr

Sun., May 2 No Bible Class in Creston

Sun., May 2 10:00 a.m. Divine Service with Youth Confirmation and Holy Communion in Creston as well as Mt. Ayr

Sun., May 2 No Sunday School in Creston

Sun., May 2 11:00 a.m. Reception for the confirmands in FH (CR)