The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Announcements: April 30, 2023

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church



The Fourth Sunday of Easter on April 30, 2023

Acts 2:42-47

I Peter 2:19-25

John 10:1-10


I Am the Good Shepherd

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.



                            This Week at Trinity  


Sun., Apr. 30      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 CR and MA

                         11:00 am   Divine Service/HC (MA)

                    6:00 pm Financial Planning Meeting/Supper  in FH (CR)


Mon., May 1    Pastor attending a district pastors’ meeting Mon & Tues

                             8:30 am Preschool

                         12:30 pm Preschool

                           7:00 pm Lifelight Bible Study


Tues., May 2       Pastor attending a district pastors’ meeting

                          7:00 am Early Risers Bible Study in FH (CR)

                          8:30 am Preschool

                              12:30 pm Preschool

                          1:00 pm Lifelight Bible Study  

                          6:00 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

             No Rachel Circle tonight—moved to Wed., May 10



Wed., May 3        8:30 am Preschool

                          12:30 pm Preschool



Thurs., May 4     8:30  am Preschool

                            9:45 am Preschool Chapel

                          12:30 pm Preschool

                            1:45 pm Preschool Chapel



Sun., May 7        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 MA

                          10:00 am Guest Speaker, Letty Gali, will speak in the

                                            FH (CR) followed by a potluck brunch

                           11:00 am Divine Service/HC  (MA)

                     1:00-5:00 pm FH in use by Preschool for  Mother’s Night

                             2:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting



           Prayer List


Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Michael Ellerton (husband of Julie Rutz’s niece)

Roger Kessler (cousin of Marge Scott)

Carrie Baker (Jolene Hinrich’s niece)

Joe Rivera (Julie Lang’s brother-in-law)


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

Members:  Gene Cook and Charlie Bowman

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl)

Rev. Leon Hodges (brother of Jean Stoll)

Grayson Nelson (2 yr. old great-great nephew of Storhoffs)

Amy Mills (Julie Rutz’s mother)

Shawn Allen

Linda Bowater (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Tony Atkins (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Birdie Jones (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Ivy Eklund (granddaughter of Bob & Sharon Eklund)

Tara Doolittle (friend of Ken Foglesong)



Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Clara Buchanan, Virginia Isaacs,

              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)



Condolences:   We remember the Wilker family, at the passing of

Chad’s father, Steven Allen of Hebron, IA.



Attendance from Sunday, April 23, 2023

Creston  79 Communed 65                           Mt. Ayr 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  30,  2023

Accompanists (CR) Sharon Eklund  (MA) Greg Storhoff

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

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


Finance Team in April: Dean Hadley & Ed Booth


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.

Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.


Offerings: Offering are gathered in the back of the church and will be brought forward during the offertory.


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


MATURA Outreach (Food Pantry) is in need of hygiene type items. Shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Food items are always needed but if we could focus on those items for a few months, that could be extremely helpful. Thanks for the continued support to this community outreach.   Donated items may be placed in the plastic tub, found next to the water cooler,  in the corner of the narthex.  If you have any questions, please speak to Julie Lang.


Rachel Circle will not meet on May 2. They have moved their next Circle to Wed., May 10, at 6:30 and will meet at Candace Peterson’s house.

Financial Planning Supper and Meeting TONIGHT:   For those who signed up, the supper and meeting with Iowa District West Gift Counselor, Jim Schroeder, will begin at 6:00 p.m. tonight, April 30, in Trinity Creston’s fellowship hall.   If you have any questions, speak with Mike Lang.


Guest Speaker/Potluck Brunch NEXT SUNDAY, May 7:  We will have a special guest on Sunday May 7th. Her name is Letty Gali. She started an afterschool program for low-income children in an area controlled by gangs in Placentia, California 18 years ago. With God’s guidance and blessings and help from the youth in her church, the gangs no longer are in that area. Now instead of deciding which gang they will join; the kids are now looking to graduate from high school and some are going on to college. 

The organization’s name is LOT318. It stands for “Loving Others in Truth” based on 1 John 3:18. Letty was born in Cuba in 1964 when Fidel Castro was in power. He allowed some families to come to the US in 1968, so Letty at the age of 3 came to the New York City area (Brooklyn) with her parents and siblings. She graduated from college and was an accountant by trade in NY. The Lord called her to California, the Orange County area to start this ministry 18 years ago. 

During coffee time, after the worship service, we will have a five minute YouTube video about LOT318 and then Letty will tell us more about that ministry. After that we will have a potluck brunch.

Reception for Graduates:   A reception will be held in Creston following the Divine Service on May 21 for this year’s Creston & East Union grads.  They are Elizabeth Hadley, Kenna Tomas, Haylee Brown & Holden Hanson. A date to recognize Mt. Ayr grad Zoey Larsen has not been set yet.

Fish Fry/Potluck on Sun., June 4  to kick off the summer’s Food & Fellowship Nights.   Watch for more info in coming weeks.

VBS will be June 21-22-23 in Creston from 6-8 p.m.  Please prayerfully consider how you may be able to help with this mission.   A sign up sheet will be available soon.  An outdoor service will be held in Creston on Sun. June 25. 


   Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


As many of you are aware, placement was held this week in Fort Wayne and Saint Louis. I was blessed to be able to attend the services in person and am pleased to report the following new placements in Iowa District West:


Pastoral Candidates

Briton Nelson - (Saint Louis) called as associate pastor to Trinity, Algona


Tanner Sutcliffe - (Saint Louis) placed at St. Paul, Carroll

Matthew Martin - (Saint Louis) placed at Christ, Remsen


Please keep these men, their families and the congregations they have been assigned in your prayers as plans are made for their vicarages, ordinations and installations.


Peace and Joy in our Risen Savior,


Rev. Dr. Steven D. Turner

President, Iowa District West

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod