The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements: August 14, 2022

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost on August 14, 2022

Jeremiah 23: 16-29

Heb. 11:17-31 (32-40); 12:1-3

Luke 12:49—53 (54-56)

Not Peace, but Division

49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Interpreting the Time

54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Prayer List


Phil Burmeister (member)

Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Joe Rivera (brother-in-law of Julie Lang)

Michael Ellerton (husband of Julie Rutz’s niece)

Norm Rutz Jr. (Pastor’s cousin)

Roger Kessler (Marge Scott’s cousin)

On-going health concerns, Hospitalized, Surgery/Recovery:

Members: Alexis Swanson, Jean Kruse

Dana Scott (friend of the Larsens)

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Harriet Kendrick, infant

Rev. Michael Breach (son-in-law of Langs)

Jackie Luther (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Shirley Lett (mother of Julie Lang)

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Clara Buchanan,

Linda Schroeder, Marsha Magers, Jean Stoll

Military: Nathan Nonneman (grandson of Sharon Nonneman)

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 Herb and Markie Burch (Belize)

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)

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Aug. 14 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

11:00 am Divine Service (MA)

Mon., Aug. 15 Bloodmobile in FH (CR) all day

Tues., Aug. 16 7:30-4:00 FH (CR) in use by Matura/Headstart

6:00 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr.

Wed., Aug. 17 7:30-4:00 FH (CR) in use by Matura/Headstart

6:00 pm All Boards meet in FH (CR)

7:00 pm Council Meeting in FH (CR)

Thurs., Aug. 18 7:30-4:00 FH (CR) in use by Matura/Headstart

Sun., Aug. 21 Caring for Your Neighbor—Food Bank

8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

6:00 pm Food and Fellowship (CR)

Attendance from August 7, 2022

Creston 60

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, August 14, 2022

Organists (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in August: (CR) Karl Peterson, James Shady, Eric Eklund

Elders on Duty in August: (CR) Ed Booth (MA) Doug Gooding

Finance Team in August: Ed Booth and Charlie Bowman

Altar Guild for August: Becky Hagen and Cindy Nelson


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.

Offerings: Offerings are gathered in the back of the church and will be brought forward during the offertory.

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

Christian Education Information is available in the back of the church (CR) and has been emailed. We have great opportunities for all ages to grow in knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

Sunday School is not meeting this summer. Prayerfully consider how you might be able to help further Trinity's Christian Education for this fall. We will be looking for teachers for fall and we're always looking for extra hands in all areas of Christian Education.

Circuit Pastors’ Meeting has been moved to Wed., Aug. 24 in Creston’s FH (FH reserved 8:00-noon).

Annual Mini-Golf Outing is scheduled for Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m. at 2572 210th St., Afton, IA. More details will be shared in September.

Trinity Preschool News! This morning we recognize Joy Brown for her 20 years of service to Trinity Preschool. Congratulations Joy!! She was recognized at the IDW Early Childhood Conference on Friday and Trinity Preschool was recognized for 35 years of teaching God’s little children in the community. We also thank these people for serving on the preschool board this year: Mike Lang, Ashtyn Riley, Melody Stoner, Trisha Riley, Beth Herzberg, Tom Braymen, Jeanna Eklund, Bill Magers and Pastor Rutz.

LifeLight Bible Study will begin Monday, September 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m. and continue this pattern every week, EXCEPT November 7 & 8, then resuming on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

We will study the Old Testament Prophets, Hosea/Joel/Amos. Each of these OT prophets warn the Northern Kingdom of Israel that because they are sinning against God they face calamity and destruction. And yet, each of these prophets remind the people of the promises of God, and His forgiveness of sin.

If you plan to join us, please let Mike or Janette Lang know by Monday, August 22, so we can order materials and get them to you at least a week before we begin. To register, or for information, call Janette at 641-247-9295, or Mike at 642-247-9276.

Free: We have received a new Christmas tree to be used in the sanctuary and will be disposing of the old one. If anyone is interested in taking the old tree, please contact Cindy Nelson at 515-480-5539 today.

Exciting News!

Trinity-Creston has an opportunity to install a chair lift from the narthex level to the hallway below. A donor has offered to contribute matching funds to the money raised by Trinity members. The cost of this chairlift will be approximately $20,000. Trinity presently already has $3,575.00 in funds designated to a chairlift leaving only $6,425.00 left to be raised to complete this much needed project. Please prayerfully consider giving to this chairlift. You can do so by writing chairlift on outside of your envelope and placing it in the collection plate.

With the upstairs restroom project presently being on hold due to the inability to get contractors to bid on the project, if you had made a contribution to the restroom project and would like to redirect a portion of your gift please contact Financial Secretary Kevin Kruse.

Trinity Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2022-23 school year.

Preschool Endowment Fund

By the Grace of God, we are establishing an endowment fund to be a permanent source of support for our preschool. As you know, we started Trinity Preschool over 35 years ago. This has been an important outreach in the Creston community.

To help celebrate 35 years of sharing the Gospel with our preschool families, please consider donating $35.00 per adult and $0.35 per child. These funds will go towards the growth of our preschool endowment fund. To make a donation towards this endowment fund, make your check payable to “Trinity” and be sure to mark the envelope “Preschool Endowment Fund.”

We ask that you consider being a part of this venture. If you have questions contact Bill Magers or Mike Lang. Thank You!