The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Announcements: May 5, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Sixth Sunday of Easter  on May 5,  2024

Acts 10:34-48

I John 5:1-8


John 15:9-17

9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Abide in my love.  10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  11There things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his live for his friend.  14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.  15 No longer do I call you servants for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that you fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. 



 This Week at Trinity 

 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 and Fellowship and birthday celebration 

                                           for Pastor (CR)   All are invited to attend.


Mon., May 6  IDW Pastors’ Conference at Immanuel Greenfield

                         8:30 am   Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool

                         5:00 pm   Divine Service at Immanuel Greenfield



Tues., May 7 IDW Pastors’ Conference at Immanuel Greenfield

                        No Early Risers today.

                         8:30 am   Preschool

                       12:30 pm   Preschool

                        6:00 pm   Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

                        6:30 pm   Rachel Circle at Julie Lang’s house



Wed., May 8      8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          No Naomi Circle today.   Moved to May 15.

                          7:00 pm   Elders Meeting in FH (CR)


Thurs., May 9   8:30 am   Preschool

                          9:45 am   Preschool Chapel

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          1:45 pm   Preschool Chapel



Sun., May 12    Mother’s Day

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

                        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




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, Cathy Dryden



 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 28, 2024

Creston 60 Communed 47

Mt. Ayr 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 5,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

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


Acolytes:  Lincoln Means and James Ross

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-Creston



IOWAY can use your help!  As many of you know, the Minden, Iowa, area  (just east of Council Bluffs/Omaha) has significant damage after the storms and tornadoes on Friday, April 26.  There are several ways to reach out and assist. 

Prayer – for Minden, it’s surrounding area, the people at St. John Lutheran, Honey Creek who are the base LCMS support congregation in the area, and anyone impacted by the storms.

Financially – currently, the surrounding communities have been overwhelmingly gracious with tangible items (food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing, etc). The current financial need is to help people in this moment and in rebuilding their lives.  Please send any financial donations to IOWAY through Iowa District West (check preferred if possible, memo line Minden 2024).

LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) -  please register on the website ( https://www.lcms-lert.org/) which is where all communication will come through for trainings/refreshers and deployments. 

Preschool Fundraiser Meal this morning in Creston:  Following the Divine Service all are invited to stay for a beef and noodles lunch.   A freewill donation will be accepted and proceeds will go to the preschool’s general fund.

Preschool’s Mother’s Event will be held this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

TONIGHT;  Party Time    Fifties are Nifty

We will celebrate Pastor’s 55th birthday on 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 Divine Service at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow,  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.


NO EARLY RISERS on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

We will resume again at 7:00 AM on Tuesday May 14.  You are welcome to attend.

Rachel Circle will meet at Julie Lang’s house at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. 1200 N. Oak St.

Rescheduling of Naomi Circle:  They will not meet Wed., May 8.  Instead, it is being rescheduled for Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Creston’s FH.   Bible study will be from the Spring Quarterly p. 16, “Baptized, Equipped, Serving.

Elders’ Mtg.:  7:00 p.m. Wed., May 8 in FH (CR)

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. 




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.