The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements: August 21, 2022

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

For the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost on August 21, 2022

Isaiah 66:18-23

Hebrews 12:4-24 (25-29)

Luke 13:22-30

The Narrow Door

22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

This Week at Trinity

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)

Wed., Aug. 24 8:00 a.m.-Noon FH (CR) reserved for Circuit Pastors’ Meeting

12:00 OWLS at McKinley Park by the bear, weather permitting.

Otherwise in the FH (CR)

Sun., Aug. 28 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)

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)

Kayla Reed (Brenda Bochart’s niece)

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

Members: Charlie Bowman, Cindy Isdahl, Alexis Swanson,

and 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)

Debbie Larsen (friend of Sickels)

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)

Attendance from August 14, 2022

Creston 63 Communed 54

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, August 21, 2022

Organists (CR) Sharon Eklund (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

Life Together

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.

Christian Care Fund: The current balance is $2136.53. If you ever need to fill out a request on behalf of someone in need, blue request forms may be found on the shelf in the narthex. After filling out the form, turn it in to Pastor for the Christian Care Committee to review.

Food and Fellowship Tonight, Aug. 21 at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn by the playground at Trinity, Creston. Bring lawnchairs, a snack to share, and get to know other members better.

Circuit pastors will be meeting in the FH (CR) the morning of Wed., Aug. 24. FH is reserved from 8-noon.

OWLS will meet at McKinley Park (by the bear) at noon on Wed., Aug. 24, weather permitting. Otherwise they will meet in the FH (CR). Bring a sack lunch.

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.

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.

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.

Church Pictorial Directory: The Mission Board is beginning to take photos of Trinity’s members in preparation for putting together a new church pictorial directory. Some slots for photos between 11:00-1:00 are available at Creston today. More photos will be taken on other dates TBA at both Creston and Mt. Ayr. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex in Creston. Watch your email and weekly bulletin announcements for future updates.

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!