Holy Trinity Sunday

Announcements: May 26, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Holy Trinity Sunday  on May 26,  2024

Isaiah 6:1-8 Acts 2:14a, 22-36  

John 3:1-17

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus[a] by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born again.’ 8 The wind[e] blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you[f] do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[h] 16 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

                              This Week at Trinity 


Sun., May 26   Holy Trinity Sunday

                          Holy Communion in both services

                          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/HC in Mt. Ayr



Mon., May 27 Memorial Day



Wed., May 29    6:30 pm  VBS meeting for all teachers, aides, kitchen helpers, craft helpers, decorators, outdoor helpers etc.

                             in FH (CR)   Lots more helpers are needed!!!!




Sun., June 2     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   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr

                          2:00 pm   Preschool Board Meeting in FH (CR)

                          6:00 pm   Fish Fry for all in Creston—Bring a side dish

                                           Feel free to invite a friend to come with you.




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)

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,  May 19, 2024

Creston 81 Communed 58

Mt. Ayr  8 Communed  8 


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 26,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Sharon Eklund   (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

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


Acolytes:  Bethany Isdahl and Mallory Williams

Elder of the month for May:   (CR) Karl Peterson

                                                  (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in May: Kevin Kruse & Charlie Bowman

Altar Guild for May:  Tracy & Ed 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.


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

Bulletins:  In order to save on paper and printing expenses, the elders have approved returning to a shorter bulletin format and to using the hymnals more.   You may use today’s bulletin as a bookmark with the order of worship portion extended for reference through the service.  The introit, gradual and readings are printed in the bulletin so keep it handy for those portions of the service.


Camp Okoboji Auxiliary Quilt Auction will be this Saturday, June 1.  Go to www.campokoboji.org 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.

Baby Bottle Boomerang Fundraiser for LC Clinic runs through June 16.  Baby bottles/information are available from the table in the narthex.

Tornado Relief:  A meeting was held at Trinity in Creston on Wed., May 22, to discuss ways we can help those in need in Greenfield.  An email was sent out to the congregation on Thursday as a follow-up to the meeting.  If you do not receive emails some copies of the information are available on the table in the narthex. 

Early Risers will be taking a break for the summer and will resume sometime after Labor Day in September. 

Fish Fry:  Next Sunday, June 2, Food & Fellowship will feature fish fry beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Creston.   Bring a side dish to share.  Bring lawn chairs and feel free to invite a friend to come with you.


Calling all interested VBS helpers!! Come help us Celebrate Our Savior! Whether you're leading a session, helping with games, crafts, decorations, or kitchen duty; please plan to attend an informational meeting this Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. We'll discuss the registration, schedule, session locations, decorations and all other VBS details. We'd love to have everyone who is interested in helping in any way attend that night. Our VBS dates are June 18-21 and we'll meet in the morning from 9-11:30 this year. Your participation would be so appreciated! If you have any questions, please see Julie Lang or Becky Hagen.

LWML Convention Alexis Swanson will be attending LWML Convention as a Young Women’s Rep.  If you would like to make a donation for the Mission Walk at Convention please give your donation to Alexis before June 13th. Checks should be payable to “LWML IWD” and can also be mailed to Alexis at 1723 110th St., Creston.

Outdoor Service:  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.  A potluck will follow the service.   Invite friends to attend with you.


Building Healthy Families: What percent of people in your congregation are adopted? Any guesses? If you guessed anything less than 100 percent, you’re wrong. We’re all children of God through adoption! Our very salvation begins with adoption! “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:4-5) In today’s culture, adoption is seen as a last resort for infertile couples; a way to find a child for the couple. A Biblical view of adoption is instead child – not couple - focused:  we desire to bring children to a new life in Christ through a faith-giving act of love. How might you help share the joy of Christian adoption with others? Lutheran Family Service www.LutheranFamilyService.org