The Third Sunday of Easter

Announcements: April 14, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church



The Third Sunday of Easter  on April 14,  2024

Acts 3:11-21

I John 3:1-7

Luke 24: 36-49     Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,[a] 43 and he took it and ate before them.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for[b] the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”



  This Week at Trinity 

Sun., Apr. 14    8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

                        Grand Opening of  Trinity’s new library in Mt. Ayr

                        10:00 am   Trustees meeting in FH (CR)

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

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        11:00 am   Divine Service  in Mt. Ayr



Mon., Apr. 15 Bloodmobile in FH (CR) all day

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool



Tues., Apr. 16   7:00 am   Early Risers Bible Study

                           Pastor at Circuit Pastors’ Mtg

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool



Wed., Apr. 17 No preschool classes today—-Trinity PDI

                          2:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in CR

                          6:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class in CR

                          6:30 pm   Board meetings in FH (CR)

                          7:00 pm   Council meeting in FH (CR)



Thurs., Apr. 18  8:30 am   Preschool

                           9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel


Sun., Apr. 21   9:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                        10:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

                        No service in Mt. Ayr  on 21st

                        11:00 am  Potluck meal in Creston  Bring food to share.

                        Following the meal will be the quarterly voter’s meeting 



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)

Bob Sickels (father of Mike Sickels)

Tyson Stuart




On-going health concerns, Hospitalized, or Surgery/Recovery:

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)

Corene Walter



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)


Family of Maxine Thies, wife of Gary Thies, director of Mission Central in Mapleton.  Maxine passed away on April 9.


Attendance from last Sunday,  April 7, 2024

Creston   76

Mt. Ayr   11 Communed 10 


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 14,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Julie Lang      (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

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


Acolytes:  Elliott Ross and Wyatt Swanson

Elder of the month for April:   (CR) Dean Hadley

                                                  (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in April: Dean Hadley and Ed Booth

Altar Guild for April:  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.



Children’s Bulletins to go along with today’s Sunday of the Church Year are available in a basket by the back pew (CR).


Used Portals of Prayer :  Please bring your old Portals of Prayer to the church and place it in the box found below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair.  There  is a big demand for these.   Members attending in Mt. Ayr may place theirs in the Mt. Ayr transfer box to be delivered to Creston.  

Livestreaming:  Our livestreaming capabilities, with our current camera, ended last Monday, April 8.  We will still offer recorded services that will be available for later viewing on our website.  For more information about it, you may pick up an  information sheet from the table in the narthex.  If you have questions, speak with Rick Hadley. So far, some pledge sheets have been received and total $1100 in pledges.  The cost of a new camera system is $2500-$3000.

Trustees will meet following this morning’s service.

Other boards will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 17.

Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 17

Annual Lc Clinic Fundraising Banquet will be held in Creston at Supertel on Thursday, April 18.  Reservations are due at the Lc Clinic by tomorrow, April 15.  If you’d like more information, pick up a sheet from the table in the narthex.  

Spring LWML Rally will be held this Saturday, April 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, beginning at 9:30 a.m.   If you are interested in attending, please pick up an information sheet from the table in the narthex.

Note these Schedule Changes for NEXT SUNDAY, April 21, 2024. 

9:00 a.m. Bible Class in Creston

10:00 a.m.  Divine Service in Creston

No service in Mt. Ayr on 21st.

11:00 a.m.  Potluck meal.  Bring food to share.

Following the meal will be the quarterly voter’s meeting.


Food & Fellowship:   The first get-together for this season will be at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.   Bring lawn chairs, a snack to share, your own beverage and come and join us around a campfire at Trinity in Creston.  In case of bad weather, it will move indoors.   The plan is to meet on 1st and 3rd Sundays. 

Camp Okoboji Volunteer Weekend will be May 3-5.  They have projects for everyone:  splitting wood, moving furniture, sit-down jobs and more!   Contact the camp office at 712-337-3325 to sign up and request lodging if needed.

Camp Okoboji Auxiliary Quilt Auction will be June 1.  Go to and click on the quilt pin to see photos and descriptions of the quilts for the 2024 auction.  If you cannot attend the auction but wish to purchase a quilt, you can call the camp office and leave a bid for a quilt with one of the office personnel.

VBS Dates:   Tuesday June 18-Friday June 21 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Trinity in Creston.   Helpers will be needed.   More information will be shared soon.


Building Healthy Families: Wives, want to build up your marriage? Stop and think about your husband’s gifts. (No, not the ones he gave you for your last birthday and Christmas!) What are his talents? What does he love to do? What are his spiritual gifts? What are his aspirations? Accomplishments? Recognize them, name them, and communicate your respect for them…to him and to others. It will help build a great relationship! Lutheran Family Service.