The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Announcements:  May 14, 2023

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Sixth Sunday of Easter on May 14, 2023

Acts 17:16-31

I Peter 3:13-22



John 14:15-21

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[a] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[b] in you.


18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”



 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, 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)

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)

Kevin Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)



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)




                            This Week at Trinity


Sun., May 14   Mother’s Day

                           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 (MA)



Mon., May 15         8:30 am Preschool

                              12:30 pm Preschool


Tues., May 16        8:30 am Preschool

                            12:30 pm Preschool

                               6:00 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., May 17        8:30 am Preschool

                              Office asst. will be out of office part of the a.m.

                            12:30 pm     Preschool

                              6:00 pm     Board Meetings in FH (CR)

                              7:00 pm     Council Meeting in FH (CR)



Thurs., May 18 Ascension Day

                             8:30 am    Preschool

                             9:45 am    Preschool Chapel

                           12:30 pm    Preschool

                             1:45 pm    Preschool Chapel



Sun., May 21   Caring for Your Neighbor-Food Pantry 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 MA

                           10:00 am    Reception for Graduates in FH (CR)

                           11:00 am    Divine Service/HC (MA)




Attendance from Sunday, May 7, 2023

Creston 71                              

Mt. Ayr 11 Communed 11


 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, May 14,  2023

Accompanists (CR) Julie Lang   (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in May: (CR) Rick Hadley, Karl Peterson, Ed Booth

Elder of the month for May: (CR) Ed Booth

                                               (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in May: Kevin Kruse & Charlie Bowman


Altar Guild for May: Ed & Tracy Booth



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).

Check out our Library!  Our library is located in the fellowship hall along the south wall.  Lots of items that you can take as well as items and resources you can check out.  Lots of good information!  Some resources available in the fellowship hall at Mt. Ayr, too!

Used Books: You will find books on the table in the fellowship hall.  We are working through a large selection of books from a pastor’s library that were obtained in St. Louis this past summer.   There are free to whoever would like them.  There are several subjects in addition to theology.



Early Risers’ Bible Study has suspended meeting for the summer.  They will resume after Labor Day.

Reception for Graduates Next Sunday:   A reception will be held in Creston following the Divine Service next Sunday, May 21 for this year’s Creston & East Union grads.  They are Elizabeth Hadley, Kenna Tomas, Haylee Brown & Holden Hanson. They will be graduating that afternoon.   Zoey Larson will also be graduating from Mt. Ayr High School.  She will be recognized at another date, yet to be set.


Info for June Calendar Deadline:  Noon on Wed., May 24.  Calendars will be included in May 28 bulletins. You may email info to lhadley@trinitycreston.org



                                        It’s A Girl!

Join us for a baby shower honoring Molly Knosp (Pastor and Julie’s daughter) on Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall in Creston.  All women and young ladies of the congregation are welcome. The baby is due in September.  Molly is registered at Target and on Amazon. Bring a package of diapers and be entered in a drawing for a special prize!


Fish Fry/Potluck on Sun., June 4  to kick off the summer’s Food & Fellowship Nights.  Fish will be provided.  Bring a side dish for the potluck.   Watch for more details 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. 

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.