The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements: July 14, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost on July 14,  2024

For your own personal reading at home this week.

Amos 7:7-15  

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29  

The Death of John the Baptist

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus'[a] name had become known. Some[b] said, “John the Baptist[c] has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's[d] head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.


  This Week at Trinity 

Sun., July 14 8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                        9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

                      10:00 am   Trustees’ Mtg. in FH (CR)

                      10:00 am   Fellowship Time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                      11:00 am   Divine Service in Mt. Ayr


July 15-22      Pastor will be on vacation


Wed., July 17   6:30 pm  Board Meetings in FH (CR)

                          7:00 pm   Council Meeting in FH (CR)



Sun., July 21 Pastor Martin Herzberg will be guest pastor at both services.

                         8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                         9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

                       10:00 am   Fellowship Time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                       11:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr

                         6:00 pm  Food & Fellowship in Creston




Prayer List


Larry Shimono (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

Rev. Larry Troxell




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

Tami Killion




Shut-ins: Clara Buchanan, Cathy Dryden, 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)



Attendance from last Sunday,  July 7, 2024

Creston  66 

Mt. Ayr  10 Communed 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,  July 14,  2024

Accompanists (CR)  Julie Lang   (MA) Greg Storhoff                                      

Ushers in July: (CR) Dane Wardenburg, Phil Wardenburg, and Mick Hagen


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

                                                (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in July: Rick Hadley and Phil Wardenburg

Altar Guild for July:  Jeanna & Eric Eklund



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.

Needed:  Sunday School is not in session this summer.  Two teachers will be needed for this fall when classes begin again.  Even if you would be able to take a month at a time and alternate with another teacher, that would be an option.  If you are able to volunteer speak with a member of the board of education for more details.  Members are Becky Hagen, Anita Wardenburg, Julie Lang and Candace Peterson.

Dishwasher:  For anyone interested in learning how to operate the dishwasher, there will be a demonstration this morning, July 14, after church.  If you have any questions, talk to Cindy Nelson.   Thank you.

Vacation:  Pastor will be on vacation July 15-22.

Guest Pastor on July 21:  Pastor Martin Herzberg will be leading our Divine Services next Sunday, July 21, while Pastor Rutz is on vacation.

Trustees will meet this morning following Divine Service in Creston.

Other Board Meetings:  Wed., July 17  6:30 p.m. in FH (CR)

Council Meeting:  Wed., July 17  7:00 p.m. in FH (CR)


Iowa District West Request for Help for Those in Flood Areas:

A letter from President Turner is on the table in the narthexSome photos are included.

LCMS churches in Hawarden and Spencer received major damage from flooding along with homes of pastors and members.

If you would like to help here are some ways:

1. Keep the communities in your prayers.

2. Financial Support may be sent:

   By mail:  Send your check payable to Iowa District West with “Disaster Relief’ on the memo line.  Mail to IDW LCMS at 409 Kenyon Rd. Suite B., Ft. Dodge, IA 50501

    On line:  IowaDistrictWest.org and click on “Donate” to make a secure online donation.  Select the “Disaster Relief” option.



Building Healthy Families: Adoption and Christianity go together like apple pie and ice cream! We just can’t tell the story of God’s love for humankind without talking about adoption. Where do we see adoption in the Bible? Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, Bithiah. Samuel was adopted by Eli. Mordecai adopted Esther. Joseph adopted Jesus. God adopted us! Adoption is clearly part of God’s plan. He uses adoption to save lives here on earth and as a pathway into His eternal family. Christian adoptions bring children into God’s kingdom, and more than 114,000 children are now waiting for a family through adoption in the U.S. What can you and your congregation do to encourage and support Christian adoption? Lutheran Family Service www.LutheranFamilyService.org