For Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 19, 2021

Jeremiah 11:18-20

James 3:13-4:10

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection

30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Who Is the Greatest?

33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

This Week at Trinity

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

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)

3:00 pm Mini-golf Outing

Mon., Sept. 20 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

7:00 pm Lifelight Bible Study in FH (CR)

Tues.., Sept. 21 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)

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

Wed., Sept. 22 8:30 am Preschool

12:00 pm OWLS in McKinley Park by the bear (sack lunch)

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00 pm Pre-Confirmation Bible Review Class (CR)

Thurs., Sept. 23 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Sept. 26 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 (MA)

6:00 pm Food and Fellowship (CR)

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)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)

Dana Scott (friend of Larsens)

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)

Attendance: From Sunday on Sept. 12, 2021

Creston 71 Communed 58

Mt. Ayr 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 19, 2021

Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA) Melody Stoner

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).

Welcome: We welcome Dane & Jordan Wardenburg and their children Blakely, Collins, and Gabe into membership at Trinity. They transferred to Trinity from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

Adult Confirmation: We welcome Shannon Booth into membership at Trinity. Shannon is being confirmed this morning during the service in Creston.

Sunday School Rally Day: After this morning’s service in Creston, the Sunday School children will join together in the fellowship hall for music with Julie Lang to kick off the new Sunday School year. Ice cream sundaes will also be served.

Sixth Annual Trinity Creston – Mt. Ayr

Miniature Golf Outing TODAY– 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.

Monday night LifeLight starting time has been changed. Monday night LifeLight sessions will start at 7:00 pm.

Early Risers have resumed. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m.

Bible Study in Mt. Ayr at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 21

OWLS meet in McKinley Park (by the bear) at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Bring a sack lunch. In case of bad weather, it will move to the fellowship hall.

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 next Sunday, Sept. 26. If you have questions contact Becky Hagen.

Portals of Prayer: New Portals of Prayer for Oct.-Dec. are available now. Feel free to pick one up after the service.

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.

This class will meet in the fellowship hall in Creston on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.