The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements: July 7, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost on July 7,  2024

Ezekiel 2:1-5

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Mark 6:1-13

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.

And he went about among the villages teaching.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.[a] 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.


  This Week at Trinity 


Sun., July 7     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 and Fellowship in Creston


Tues., July 9     6:00 pm   Bible Study in Mt. Ayr


Wed., July 10    7:00 pm   Elder’s Meeting in FH (CR)


Thurs., July 11   Secretary will be out of the office



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



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)


Sympathy:  We remember the family of Joellen Ehm who passed

away on June 24.   Interment will be on Friday, July 26 at 2:30

p.m. at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Adel. 

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27 at

Trinity in Creston followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall.



Attendance from last Sunday,  June 30, 2024

Creston 58   Communed 48

Mt. Ayr 7    Communed  7   


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 7,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Sharon Eklund (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.

Portals of Prayer: New Portals of Prayer for July –Sept. are available this morning.  If you haven’t picked one up yet, please get one from the usher after the service.

Used Portals of Prayer :  Please bring your old Portals of Prayer to the church and place it in the box found below the mailboxes.  These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair.  There  is a big demand for these.   Members attending in Mt. Ayr may place theirs in the Mt. Ayr transfer box to be delivered to Creston.  

Needed:  Sunday School is not meeting this summer.  Two teachers will be needed for this fall when classes begin again.  If you are able to volunteer speak with a member of the board of education.  Members are Becky Hagen, Anita Wardenburg, Julie Lang and Candace Peterson.

Wanted:  Helpers to run IPad for SOS Services in Creston

Occasionally, when we do not have an accompanist available for a service, we use Substitute Organist Service (SOS).  We order the service from the SOS Company, they record the music for service, it is emailed to us and downloaded onto an iPad.  The iPad is then plugged into the sound system and used for the service.  It takes a person to operate the iPad through the service.  If you would be interested in learning how to do this so that more than one person knows how to do it, please speak with Rick Hadley.  He will train you.



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.


Out of the Office:  The secretary will not be in the office on Thurs., July 11.

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