The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Announcements: April 28, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


The Fifth Sunday of Easter  on April 28,  2024

Acts 8:26-40

I John 4:1-11 (12-21)


John 15:1-8    I Am the True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.




  This Week at Trinity 

Sun., Apr. 28   8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

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

                              10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                              11:00 am   Divine Service in Mt. Ayr

                                2:00 pm   Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)  

                (This meeting will be held today instead of meeting on May 5.)



Mon., Apr. 29         8:30 am   Preschool

                             12:30 pm   Preschool


Tues., Apr. 30     No Early Risers today.

                               8:30 am Preschool

                           12:30 pm Preschool


Wed., May 1        8:30 am Preschool

                           12:30 pm   Preschool

                               2:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class

                               5:00 pm   FLOCK in FH (CR) 

                               6:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class




Thurs., May 2        8:30 am   Preschool

                               9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                            12:30 pm   Preschool

                               1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel



Sun., May 5            8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

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

                              10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                              11:00 am   Preschool Fundraiser Lunch in Creston

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

                          3:00 pm   Preschool Mothers’ Event in FH ((CR)

                          6:00 pm   Food & Fellowship and birthday celebration for Pastor Rutz in Creston.   All are invited to attend.




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)




Attendance from last Sunday,  April 21, 2024

Creston   76   (No service in Mt. Ayr on 21st)



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 28,  2024

Accompanists (CR)Sharon Eklund (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

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


Acolytes:  Bethany Isdahl and Mallory Williams

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 (Creston

Livestreaming:  We have received enough pledges to be able to purchase new equipment for livestreaming.  Please turn in your pledge offering (labeled for camera equipment) into the offering plate ASAP so that equipment can be ordered. Thank you.   If you have any questions speak with Rick Hadley.

FOR SALE: Fellowship hall tables, 30” x 96” tables.

Only the tables found on the storage cart. $25 each.

Questions?  Talk to Rick Hadley, chair of trustees.

LWML Iowa District West 41st Biennial Convention will be held June 13-15 at Camp Okoboji.  If you are interested in attending, pick up a registration form from the table in the narthex. Deadline for registering is May 15 but costs a little less if you register before this Wednesday, May 1. 

REMINDER:   Check your church mailbox before going home today.   May calendars and LCMS mission newsletter are new items in the box.

NO EARLY RISERS on Tuesday, April 30 or Tuesday, May 7, 2024. We will resume again at 7:00 AM on Tuesday May 14.  You are welcome to attend.


FLOCK:  The final FLOCK for this season will be moved to the first week in May.  They will meet at 5:00 p.m. this Wed., May 1. 

Camp Okoboji Volunteer Weekend will be this coming weekend, 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.

Trinity Preschool Fundraiser Meal will be held next Sunday, May 5 following the Divine Service in Creston.   Beef and noodles will be served.   Freewill donations will go to the preschool’s general fund.


Party Time:   Fifties are Nifty

We will celebrate Pastor’s 55th birthday next Sunday, May 5th during the Food and Fellowship time at 6:00 p.m. in Creston.  Bring lawn chairs, a snack to share and your own beverages.  Cake will be provided.  Come and celebrate Pastor!!

Invitation:  All are invited to attend a Divine Service at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenfield.  This service will be part of the Iowa District West Pastors’ Conference and all are invited to join them.  Pastor will be attending this conference on May 6-7.

VBS Dates:   Tuesday June 18-Friday June 21 from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Trinity in Creston.   Watch for a sign-up sheet for helpers to come out soon. On Sunday, June 23 we will have an outdoor service in Creston at 10:00 a.m.   There will be no service in Mt. Ayr that morning.


Building Healthy Families: “Don’t worry, be happy!” … remember that catchy little tune from the 80’s? Repeatedly, God gives us this same message in His Word; but isn’t it so much easier to say “don’t worry” than it is to not worry? When you’re feeling overwhelmed with worry, go to God’s Word, read, then write down on a piece of paper some of the verses that speak directly to you. To get started, check out Psalm 23:4, John 14:27, Matthew 6:25+, Romans 8:31, and Isaiah 41:10. Also know that men and women who share your Lutheran Christian faith and are trained and experienced at helping people with worry (and many other things) are available to you at Lutheran Family Service through office or telehealth visits. Call us – it’s why we’re here! Lutheran Family Service www.LutheranFamilyService.org