For Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 12, 2021

Isaiah 50:4-10

James 3:1-12

Mark 9:14-29

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out[a] and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”[b]

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Sept. 12 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC (CR)

10:00 am Special Voters’ Meeting

10:00 am Sunday School

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service (MA)

5:00 pm Preschool Board Mtg. in FH (CR)

6:00 pm Food and Fellowship (CR)

Mon., Sept. 13 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

Tues.., Sept. 14 7:00 am Early Risers in FH (CR)

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

1:00 pm Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

Wed., Sept. 15 8:30 am Preschool

9:30 am Circuit Pastors’ Mtg. in Clarinda

12:30 pm Preschool

1:30 pm Handy Helpers in FH (CR)

6:00 pm All church boards meet (Note time change)

7:00 pm Council Meeting (Note time change)

Thurs., Sept. 16 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

11:00-3:00 FH Kitchen reserved by Stream Family (CR)

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sat., Sept. 18 Fellowship Hall (CR) in use by Stream Family

Sun., Sept. 19 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service/HC

10:00 am Sunday School Rally Day (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA)

3:00 pm Mini-golf Outing

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)

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 , Mitzie Cellan, Jack Quee

Dona Bowman

Amy Ehm

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, Nelda Herzberg, Clara

Buchanan, Mona Quee, 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)

Condolences: We remember the family of Lawrence Herzberg, who

died on Sept. 2 in Georgia. His funeral was held at Trinity Creston on

Sept. 10 with burial in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Clarinda on

Sept. 11.

Attendance: From Sunday on Sept. 5, 2021

Creston 75

Mt. Ayr 11 Communed 11

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, September 12, 2021

Organist: (CR) Julie Lang (MA) Greg Storhoff

Ushers in Sept.: (CR) Bruce Herzberg, Josh Riley, Dennis Brown, Ed Booth

Elders on Duty in Sept.: (MA) Greg Storhoff (CR) Eric Eklund

Finance Team in Sept.: Jim Nelson and Eric & Jeanna Eklund

Altar Guild for Sept.: Jeanna Eklund & Janette Lang


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).

The family of William and Norma Hohlfeld, who helped to found First Lutheran Church in Mt. Ayr, will inter their ashes on Saturday, September 18, at 2:00 pm at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Ayr. Those who knew them when they lived in Mt. Ayr are welcome to attend. From Talley Sue Hohlfeld

Sunday School Rally Day has been postponed until next Sunday, Sept. 19 during the Sunday School hour with Julie Lang, on guitar, leading music and ice cream sundaes being served.

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. Consider coming tonight. If you have questions contact Becky Hagen.

Special Voters’ Meeting: A special voters' meeting will be held today, Sept., 12, after the 9:00 a.m. service in Creston and during the fellowship hour in Mt. Ayr. to discuss and seek approval for the amount needed to replace the furnace and AC in Mt. Ayr. Due to the amount needed, a special vote is needed.

LifeLight classes will resume on tomorrow, 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

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.

Handy Helpers will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the 1:30 p.m. in Creston’s fellowship hall.

Office Asst. will not be in the office on Thurs., Sept. 16

Sixth Annual Trinity Creston – Mt. Ayr

Miniature Golf Outing Sunday – September 19, 2021

Please join us, if you feel comfortable, for a fun afternoon/evening of miniature golf and visiting with friends in this outdoor shady area. There is plenty of room for social distancing. A bonfire will be ready for roasting hot dogs and making smores! If you have enjoyed the “Best Kept Secret in Southwest Iowa” before, the Lowenberg’s have even made MORE changes this year! If you haven’t joined us before, hope to see you this year.

WHEN: Sunday, September 19, 20201– 3:00 PM

WHERE: 2572 210th STREET, AFTON, IOWA. One mile south of Afton on Hwy 169, turn EAST on 210th Street, continue on gravel to 2572 right side of road, approximately 1.5 miles.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING: Hot dogs and buns and fixings for smores, soft drink or water for your family. There will be some chairs available; however I would strongly encourage you to bring your own chair. If you have questions, contact Theola Bullock.

Annual Gospel Concert, Sunday, Oct. 3, at 4:00 in Trinity Creston’s Fellowship hall, sponsored by the LC Clinic.

LWML Craft/Bake Sale Mark your calendars for the LWML Fall Craft/Bake sale which will be following the service in the Creston Fellowship Hall on November 7. This will be a free will donation with funds being divided between mites and a local project (to be determined). All craft, produce, and baked goods are welcome!

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.

Copies of a LCMS magazine called Lutheran Life may be found in the narthex. Feel free to take a copy home.