For Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost on August 29, 2021

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

Ephesians 6:10-20

Mark 7:14-23

What Defiles a Person

14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”[a] 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”[b] (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Aug. 29 Holy Communion at both locations

8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC (CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

12:00 pm FH (CR) in use by Jean Stoll/family

5:00 pm Youth Group at Pastor’s house

Tues., Aug. 31 Pastor attending IDW Circuit Visitor’s Mtg at District Office in Fr. Dodge

Elders’ Meeting has been moved to Wed., Sept. 8 at 6:00 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 5 No Bible Class today.

Rev. Don Pobanz will be guest pastor at

both Creston and Mt. Ayr

9:00 am Divine Service (CR)

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

Preschool Bd. Mtg. moved to Sept. 12

Mon., Sept. 6 Labor Day Office closed

Prayer List

Cancer: Denice Creveling (member)

Dan Lutrick (member)

Phil Burmeister (member)

Ellen Kearney (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Brian Raske (brother in law of Deb Melzer)

Vivian Herzberg (sister of Bruce Herzberg)

Kent Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

Don Goodman (brother-in-law of Kathy Parker)

Heather Wolf Brown (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Rev. Larry Troxel (former pastor at Trinity)

Joann Portwood (sister of Julie Lang)

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

Members: Jay Bochart, Alexis Swanson

Donna Bowman

Rev. Dave Ericksen

Bob Ritnour (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Dave & Maggie Dory

Rev. Ron Rall

Emily Jackson (friend of the Nelsons)

Ed McCreary (friend of Doug Gooding)

Pam Koering (sister of Crystal Storhoff)

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Bertha Jensen, Lawrence Herzberg,

Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan, Mona Quee, Jean Stoll,

Linda Schroeder, Marsha Magers

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)

Condolences: We remember the families of the following people in our prayers at their recent passing.

Angie Stream (Daughter of Pat Stream)

Katherine Stoner (Mother-in-law of Melody Stoner)

Frank Kneedler (Brother of Jim Kneedler)

Attendance: From Sunday on Aug. 22, 2021

Creston 56 Communed 47

Mt. Ayr 13

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 Sunday, August 29, 2021

Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in August: (CR) Dean Hadley, Rick Hadley, Kevin Kruse and Karl Peterson

Elders on Duty in August: (MA) Greg Storhoff (CR) Karl Peterson

Finance Team in August: Ed Booth & Charlie Bowman

Altar Guild for August: Becky Hagen & 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.

Attendance via Livestreamed and You Tube Services: During this pandemic period, if you watch the Divine Service online and wish to have your attendance recorded, please call Linda at the church office 782-5095 or email her at

lhadley@trinitycreston.org and let her know the date of the service that you watched.

Private Communion Times: If you would like to take holy communion privately, please call Pastor to set up an appointment.

Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.

Offerings: For now, the offerings will continue to be gathered in the back of the church and will be brought forward during the offertory.

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

Youth Group will meet tonight at 5:00 p.m. at Pastor’s house.

Changes for Sept. 5: Bible Class will not meet on Sun., Sept. 5. Rev. Don Pobanz will be our guest pastor at both locations.

Early Risers will resume on Tuesday, September 14. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 a.m. Please note the new time. We will continue to read scripture aloud, as it is intended to be read. Please join us for Scripture, coffee and lively discussion.

Food and Fellowship, for all ages, at Trinity Creston on 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, finger food and a drink. If you have questions contact Becky Hagen. The next fellowship evening will be Sept. 12.

PRE - CONFIRMATION BIBLE REVIEW CLASS – This fall, Pastor Rutz will be offering this class to late elementary age students to review the basic biblical teachings of the Old and New Testaments in preparation for Confirmation Class (Luther’s Small Catechism). Please contact Pastor Rutz pastorrutz@hotmail.com, 782-5095 or 712-621-5971 for more information. The time and day of the week for the class will be determined after meeting with the students and parents. Jesus be with you and guide you as you prayerfully consider this opportunity for your children to learn about their God, Lord, and Savior.

Lifelight Resumes September 13 & 14 Our LifeLight classes will resume on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. You may attend either time, as the same lesson will be presented both days each week. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall for this nine-week in-depth Bible study.

We will be studying the second half of the Book of Luke, beginning with chapter 12. Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem. Our seminary professor, Arthur Just, has written: “Luke’s gospel is a book of the church, for the church, to be used by the church in its proclamation of the Gospel to the unbaptized and the baptized.” We hope you can join us for our always stimulating discussions. You do not have to have completed any LifeLight classes prior to this one. Mike Lang will lead the class. For materials and information contact Mike or Janette Lang, 641-782-7922

Handy Helpers will meet in the FH (CR) on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at their new time 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to help.

A letter from the Iowa District West Office

Greetings to IDW congregations and members,

We have seen the pictures showing the devastation of the 7.2 earthquake that hit Haiti! I have received texts, phone calls and emails asking how we can best respond to the needs.

First of all, through our IOWAY connection with the Lutheran Church in Jacmel, 89 children are currently sponsored by churches and/or members of IDW. To the best of our knowledge, the children that we have sponsored are all safe and the Lutheran facilities in Jacmel were not damaged. The area with the heaviest destruction is in the Les Cayes area.

There are many organizations where you can send a donation, but since I have had a close working relationship with Jackie Rychel with Ministry in Mission for many years, Pastor Keith Haney, Assistant to the President for Human Care for IDW and I decided to share this information with you. Ministry in Mission is an RSO (Recognized Service Organization) of the LCMS.

If you wish to make a donation to help with disaster relief in Haiti, you may send a check to either of these addresses:

Iowa District West-Haiti Relief Ministry in Mission

409 Kenyon Road Suite B Jackie Rychel

Fort Dodge, IA 50501 13442 Shady Lane

Chesterland OH 44026

Specials Events on September 12

Special Voters' Meeting The Church Council has called a special voters' meeting for Sunday, September 12, following the 9:00 a.m. service in Creston and during the fellowship hour in Mt. Ayr. The purpose is to discuss and seek approval to replace the furnace and AC in Mt. Ayr. The dollar amount needed is not in the budget and exceeds the spending authority of the Council. The meeting will be on Zoom for those in Mt. Ayr.

Sunday School Rally Day will be held Sunday, Sept. 12. Julie Lang will have her guitar to sing with the kids during the regular Sunday School time in Creston.