The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements: June 16, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost on June 16,  2024

Ezekiel 17:22-24

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (11-17)

Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Seed Growing

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.



  This Week at Trinity 


Sun., June 16   Father’s Day

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service 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/HC in Mt. Ayr

                          6:00 pm   Food and Fellowship in Creston


Mon., June 17  Bloodmobile in FH (CR)


Tues., June 18  9:00-11:30 VBS in Creston



Wed., June 19  9:00-11:30 VBS in Creston

                          6:30 p.m.   Board Mtgs. in FH (CR)

                          7:00 pm Council Meeting in FH (CR)



Thurs., June 20 9:00-11:30 VBS in Creston


Fri., June 21      9:00-11:30 VBS in Creston


Sun., June 23 10:00 a.m.   Outdoor Service in Creston

                        No service held in Mt. Ayr today

                        Potluck follows the service.  Bring a dish to share.



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

Bob Eklund



Shut-ins: Clara Buchanan, Cathy Dryden, Jo Ehm, Jean Stoll




 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)



Baptism:   Samuel Miller, son of Larry & Cherish Miller who was

baptized on June 13 at Trinity in Creston.



Attendance from last Sunday,  June 9, 2024

Creston 73  Communed 56

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,  June 16,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Melody Stoner (MA) Melody Stoner                                      

Ushers in June: (CR) Bruce Herzberg, Kevin Kruse, Dennis Brown


Elder of the month for June:   (CR) Dane Wardenburg

                                                  (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in June: Dennis Brown & Joyce Kruse

Altar Guild for June:  Sharon Eklund & Cindy Isdahl



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 in the Divine Service Sheets are available from the basket in the back of the church.   These are different than the former children’s bulletins and produced by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Parents are encouraged to read these to/with their children.  Each week will have a short explanation of a different part of the church service or about something found in the church.  They another way to aid parents in teaching their children.  

Portals of Prayer daily devotionals for July-Sept. are available in the back of the church as you leave the service this morning. A few large print ones are also there if you are more comfortable reading that size.

Bloodmobile in Creston’s fellowship hall tomorrow afternoon, Mon., June 17.

Welcome:  We welcome Samuel Miller, son of Larry and Cherish Miller, who was claimed by Jesus in the waters of Holy Baptism at Trinity on Thursday, June 13. 

Trustees Meeting:  This morning following the

 Divine Service in Creston

Other Boards will meet Wed., June 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Council Mtg. Wed., June 19 at 7:00 p.m.



VBS This Week:  Tuesday June 18-Friday June 21 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Trinity in Creston.   It’s not too late to volunteer to help.  If you could help with walking with kids from one activity to another and giving them a helping hand that would be very much appreciated.  Even if you can’t help all 4 days, come the mornings you are available.  


Note Change in Schedule for Next Sunday

Sunday, June 23 10:00 a.m.  Outdoor service in Creston.  Bring lawn chairs.  If the weather doesn’t allow, the service will be moved indoors.

A potluck will follow the service.  Bring a dish to share.

No service in Mt. Ayr on June 23.

March for Life on Sat., June 22:  Information was sent to us from Iowa District West LCMS offices about the upcoming March For Life on Saturday,  June 22 in Des Moines.  If you are interested in more information pick up an event flyer from the table in the narthex.

Thank you to all for the 50th wedding anniversary cards and messages that were sent to us.  Your thoughtfulness was appreciated.

             From Marge & Darwin Scott

Building Healthy Families: “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Lutheran Family Service affirms this quote from Billy Graham and recognize the incredibly vital role fathers play in the lives of their children and families. Fathers are needed by their children, and by their children’s mother! On this special day when we celebrate Fathers, notice and thank the men you know who are leading their families through these challenging days. God bless our fathers! Lutheran Family Service www.LutheranFamilyService.org