For Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 5, 2021

Isaiah 35:4-7a James 2:1-10, 14-18

Mark 7: (24-30) 31-37

The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith

24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.[a] And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus[b] charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

This Week at Trinity

Sun., Sept. 5 No Bible Class today

9:00 am Divine Service (CR) Guest Rev. Pobanz

10:00 am Sunday School (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

11:00 am Divine Service/HC (MA) Guest Rev. Pobanz

Preschool Board Mtg. moved to Sept. 12

Tues., Sept. 7 8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

6:30 pm Rachel Circle

Wed., Sept. 8 12:30 pm Preschool

1:30 pm Naomi Circle in FH (CR)

6:00 pm Elder’s Meeting in FH (CR)

Thurs., Sept. 9 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 am Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 pm Preschool Chapel

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 Rally Day(CR)

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)

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

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, Lawrence Herzberg,

Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan, Mona Quee, Linda Schroeder,

Marsha Magers, Jean Stoll (now at Homestead of Creston Rm 147)

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 pray for the family of Bill Miers (father of Anita Wardenburg) who passed away on Aug. 28.

Attendance: From Sunday on Aug. 29, 2021

Creston 49 Communed 45

Mt. Ayr 14

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 5, 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).

Thank You to Rev. Don Pobanz, from Atlantic, for sharing God’s Word with us this morning.

Naomi Circle will meet in the Fellowship Hall Wednesday, September 8, at 1:30 p.m. Our Lesson will be “Mission: Compassion” found on page 20 of the FALL 2021 Lutheran Women’s Quarterly. Please join us as we enjoy the study of God’s Word and Christian fellowship.

Elders’ Meeting: Wed., Sept., 8 at 6:00 p.m. in FH (CR)

Dishes: There are several dishes and containers on the kitchen counter that have not been picked up after funeral dinners. Please take a look and see if any belong to you.

Special Voters’ Meeting: A special voters' meeting will be held next Sunday, 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.

Sunday School Rally Day on Sept. 12 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 on Sept. 12. If you have questions contact Becky Hagen.

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

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.

Addition to Sept. Calendar: FH Kitchen (CR) reserved from 11:00-3:00 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 Lowenbergs 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.

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.

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