September 2, 2018 The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Post date: Aug 30, 2018 4:20:08 PM

For the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sept. 2, 2018.

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.” 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?” (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., Sept., 2 8:00 a.m. Bible Class (CR)

9:00 a.m. Divine Service (CR)

10:00 a.m. Fellowship Time (MA & CR)

10:45 a.m. Divine Service/HC (MA)

Mon., Sept. 3 Labor Day—-Office Closed

Tues., Sept. 4 6:30 am Early Risers Bible Study

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Bible Study in Mt. Ayr

7:00 pm Rachel Circle at Becky Hagen’s house 1637 Hwy 25

Wed., Sept. 5 12:30 pm Preschool

7:30 pm Elders Meeting

Thurs., Sept. 6 8:30 am Preschool

9:45 a.m. Preschool Chapel

12:30 pm Preschool

1:45 p.m. Preschool Chapel

Sun., Sept. 9 8:00 am Bible Class (CR)

9:00 am Divine Service /HC (CR)

10:00 am Fellowship Time (CR & MA)

10:45 am Divine Service (MA)

6:00 pm Preschool Board

Prayer List

Cancer: Becky Nook; Denice Creveling; Diane England; Gary McCraken; Jamie Boos; Merle Triggs; Paul Garchow; Randy Nemitz; Rhonda Smith; Steve McCann; Melynda Crawford; Ron Ludwig; Kent Larsen; Dale Smelling; Jayne Livingston; Libbie Wilkenson; Steve McDermott; Paula Bowman; Steve Townsend; Rev. Blake Rickbiel; Heidi Albaugh; Paul Robinson; Dan Arkfeld

Illness, Surgery or Recovery: Norm Schroeder; Kathy Bozwell-Craig; Kathy Parker; Ed Rotert’s daughter Amanda; Oliver Gish; Paula Bowman (hospice care)

Military: Nathan Nonneman; Kyle Marchok

Missions: Concordia Mission Society;

James and Christel Neuendorf (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison, Iowa);

Pastor Herb and Markie Burch (Peru);

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay);

Pastor Joel and Clarion Fritsche and Family (Dominican Republic);

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan);

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart & Creston)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)

Student Ministry at SWCC

Seminary Student: Luke Watt

Shut-ins: May Carlisle, Irene Hogue, Bertha Jensen, Sheree Zuniga, Lawrence Herzberg, Walt & Nelda Herzberg, Clara Buchanan; Doyle Hembry

Attendance : Please fill out an attendance card which is found in the pew rack. List the names of each person in attendance. Please hand the card to an usher.

In services when there is Holy Communion, please list the names of those who will be communing on the back side of card.

Attendance from August 26, 2018

Creston 71 and 63 communed Mt. Ayr 14

Serving At Trinity

Sunday, September 2

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

Ushers in September: (CR) Bruce Herzberg, Rick Hadley, Norm Schroeder, Jim Hagen

Elders on Duty in September: (MA) Mike Sickels/ (CR) Karl Peterson

Finance Team in September: (CR) Dennis Brown, Jack Quee

Altar Committee for September: (CR) mike & 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.

Thank You: We thank Pastor Daryl Tompkins for leading the service in Creston this morning. And, we thank Pastor Dave Ericksen for leading the service in Mt. Ayr.

EARLY RISERS will resume our regular Tuesday meetings on September 4 at 6:30 a.m. We will resume reading and discussing the Gospel according to St. Matthew. You are welcome to join us, either regularly or occasionally, for God’s Word, fellowship, coffee and doughnuts. No preparation is required for this Bible study. Feel free to drop in and feed on God’s Word. There is no charge. For information contact Mike Lang.

Rachel Circle will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4. They will meet at Becky Hagen’s house, 1637 Hwy 25, Creston.

Sunday School Classes will begin NEXT SUNDAY, September 16 at 10:00.

A Youth Group Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 16 at 5:00 in the fellowship hall in Creston.

LifeLight books are available on the table in the Narthex. We begin our study of the Book of Acts on Monday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.

As usual the same material will be presented on Tuesday, September 11 at 1:00 p.m.

We invite you to join us. We welcome both former and new participants.

For information see Janette or Mike Lang.



Let’s get together for an afternoon of miniature golf. Haven’t played miniature golf, not a problem, you can be a pro by the end of the day. A bonfire will be ready for roasting hot dogs and making smores! This will be fun time for kids of all ages from 1 – 91! See you there!

WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 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 on SOUTH (right) side of road. Approximately 1.5 miles.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING – Hot dogs and buns and fixin’s for smores, soft drink or water for your family. There will be some chairs available, however, you might want to bring a lawn chair along.

LWML Fall Rally: Inviting all ladies from Creston and Mt Ayr, to come to the LWML Fall Rally in Creston, on Saturday, Sept 29. Registration at 9:00 am with a $5.00 fee. Brunch to follow immediately and the cost is $5.00 with a short program afterwards, featuring Pastor Mark Gerken and his wife Ruth, speaking on Ethiopia. Everyone is invited whether you have been active in the LWML or not.

Bible Sale: Concordia Publishing House is running a Bible Sale until September 30, 2018. If you are needing a Bible for yourself or as a gift you might want to check out the sale. Go to and if you decide to order something you will need to use the promo code YFL to get the discount. You could also phone in an order at 1-800-325-3040. The items that are available are listed on a sheet that can be found on the table in the narthex. If interested, feel free to pick up a sheet.

PHOTOS: The 90th Anniversary Committee is looking for an enthusiastic individual or individuals who may be interested in taking some photos of members and gathering them into an informal little directory just to have for this year. Please contact Maggie Dory or Julie Lang if you might be interested in this project. Thank you!


Iowa District West Operation Barnabas will host their 6th annual conference on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carroll, Iowa. Speakers will share a variety of ways you and your congregation can help veterans and our current military. Learn about the history and future of Operation Barnabas. Watch for more information coming to your church soon!