9-26-2021

For Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 26, 2021

Numbers11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 James 5:(1-12) 13-20 Mark 9:38-50

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.

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.”

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,[a] and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[b] it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell,[c] to the unquenchable fire.[d] 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire.[e] 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

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 the 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)

This Week at Trinity

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)

Mon., Sept. 27 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

Tues.., Sept. 28 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. 29 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

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

Thurs., Sept. 30 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

Sun., Oct. 3 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)

4:00 pm Gospel Concert in FH (CR) A benefit

concert for the LC Clinic

5:00 pm Preschool Board Meeting

Attendance: From Sunday on Sept. 19, 2021

Creston 72

Mt. Ayr 13 Communed 12

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 26, 2021


Organist: (CR) Sharon Eklund (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

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.

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 receive 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: 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).

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


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


Early Risers have resumed. They meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m. in Creston’s fellowship hall.


Gospel Concert Benefit for the LC Clinic: Next Sunday, October 3 at 4:00 p.m. in Trinity Creston’s fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend. Invite others from the community to join you. Freewill donation to benefit the Life Care Clinis.

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

Used Portals of Prayer may be placed in the box located below the mailboxes in the narthex. These will be distributed free next summer by the LLL at the Iowa State Fair. There is a big demand for these.

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!

12th Annual IOWAY Banquet will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson, IA. Speakers will inform you about mission projects being done in Iowa District West. The catered meal is free but reservations are required. More details are available on a sheet found on the table in the narthex. Feel free to pick one up for more information.


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 on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall in Creston.