Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome all who worship with us. If you are visiting us this morning, please take a moment to sign one of our guest registries which are located in either entrance way of the church. Please worship with us again soon.

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 19, 1999

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Order of Worship

Special Insert

Hymns

TLH #98; #73; #92

The Readings

Choir Music
Isaiah 11:1-6 "Joy to the World"
Isaiah 40:1-5 "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
Luke 2:8-14 "And the Glory of the Lord"

Isaiah 9:2-6

"O Come, All Ye Faithful"

John 1:14-16

"For Unto Us a Child is Born"

The Sermon

        "Not for Women Only"
                Luke 1:26-38

The Accolyte

Nathan Conrad

+ SOLI DEO GLORIA +

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The Lord's Supper: "In this Sacrament, the Forgiveness of Sins is not only preached, proclaimed, and promised, but here same time Christ gives, His Christians, His Very Body and Blood, as a pledge of it" (Walther). As we receive this gift, we ask any guests desiring to commune to speak with the Pastor before the service. Because of the Bible's witness to doctrinal oneness by those receiving the Sacrament together, the churches of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod promise to practice closed communion.

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 Announcements

We remember our members celebrating birthdays this week -- Sean Bultemeier, Alma Keidel, Veronica Moellering, Tia Lee, Corena Buuck, Larry Caston, Ed Miller, Jason Miller, and Holly Scheumann. We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken aides and school secretary, Kim Ehlerding, LaDonna McBride, Thelma Staniford, and Danielle Fuhrman. May the Lord continue to guide, direct, and bless their lives.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His presence in their lives. We especially remember in our prayers this morning Ernie Muller and Eugene Burger (Anne Hess's father) who has returned home following a hospital stay.

A special thank you to Sandy Blomenberg and our choir for their gift of song this morning. Our worship services are enhanced throughout the year but it is especially moving during this holiday season.

The Dahling family invites you to their home for an "open house" today from 2 - 4:00 p.m.

Today is the final Christmas Eve program practice. It will be held in the church during the Sunday School hour. Mrs. Bonnie Buuck's class will practice in church and then will go to the Parish Hall for the remainder of the Sunday School hour. Parents, please encourage your children to participate. Please note that there will be no Sunday School or Bible class next Sunday, Dec. 26.

It's time for Y2K. Do you face your future with fear or with confidence? God can make the difference. The angel's announcement of the birth of the Christ Child prompts a word of confidence to "A People Afraid to Have Children." Hear Dr. Meyer's message on The Lutheran Hour. The show airs on WOWO at 7:35 a.m. (8:05 a.m. on 92.7 FM) on Sunday.

Lutheran Hour Ministries sponsors the "Woman to Woman" program. It can be heard on WLAB (88.3 FM) at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday or on WLYV (1450 AM) at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Next week's program will be "Telling Yourself the Truth." Most of what happens in our lives is the direct result of our thinking process. Wrong thinking produces wrong emotions, wrong reactions, wrong behavior -- usually preceded by a misbelief. Dr. William Backus tells us how to sweep away the lies and disbelief to encounter truth in our every thought, radically changing our lives for the better.

Friedheim's men's basketball team will be playing Pleasant Mills on Monday, December 20, at 8:00 p.m. and will play Church of God at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Bellmont Middle School.

As we approach the end of the calendar year, consider our current church and school needs. The AAL matching gift program, that targets schools as the priimary recipient, will match dollar for dollar contributions up to $100.00 per policyholder. Contribution forms may be picked up in the entry ways on either side of church. You have until December 31 to make your contribution for this year. You may either mail the form and your check to the school or place it in an envelope in the offering plate and your contribution will be forwarded to the school.

Election Results are as follows: John Nidlinger (Chairman), Stan Stoppenhagen (Board of Christian Education), Wally Bultemeier and Les Conrad (Elders), Calvin Buuck and Tom DeKoninck (Trustees), Tim Blomenberg (Board of Evangelism), Carol Selking (Friedheim Foundation), Shirley Drier (Recording Secretary), Cindy Berning (Synodical Treasurer), Paul Des Jean and Duane Kiess (Deacons), Mary Gallmeyer (Treasurer). Installation will be this morning. A heartfelt thanks to our out-going officers for the time and talents that they contributed to the smooth running of our church. Their efforts have been appreciated.

The Tabea Society's Christmas party will be held at Preble Gardens at noon on Wednesday, December 29.

Christmas boxes have been placed in the church basement for our church workers - Pastor Dahling, Sandy Blomenberg, Marvin Drier, Ruth Armao, Diane George, and Anne Hess as well as our field workers, Ernie Muller, Jon Smithley, and Robert Armao. If you wish to give a monetary gift, please see one of our Elders (Sam Baumann, Dave Conrad, Jim Fuhrman, or Al Hormann) and they will make sure the gift reaches the appropriate individual.

ATTENDANCE: Worship Service - 284; Sunday School - 83; Bible Class - 21; Monday Night Bible Class - 8; Early Bird Bible Class - 4; Mid-week Advent Service (7:30 p.m.) - 66.

Wyneken News

Wyneken school will be closed December 19-27 so the custodian can clean and wax the floors.

Beginning January 3 any lunch account that exceeds $20 owed will be given three school days to make payment or the student will be asked to carry lunch until payment is made. If you have any questions about your account, please contact Darrell Ehlerding at 547-4229.

Our Wyneken students have begun their Christmas break. Classes will resume on Monday, January 3.

On January 3, the day the students return from vacation, the entire school will observe 2000 seconds of reading. This event begins at 9:15 a.m. You are welcome to join by coming to school or by reading at home that day.

Market Day pick-up date is Monday, January 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Laura Knipstein who received a certificate of recognition in a "Design a Christmas card" contest. Good job, Laura!

Are you finished with your holiday shopping? Please keep SCRIP in mind when planning your shopping agenda. SCRIP certificates would also be a welcome gift. See Kris Blomenberg after the worship service this morning if you would like to purchase SCRIP.

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Amount Received

Amount Needed

Home Purpose

$4,543.36 $5,010.16

Missions

$185.00 $348.15

Missions-Midweek

$84.25

YTD Received

YTD Needed

Home Purpose

$198,949.16 $250,508.00

Missions

$15,071.42 $17,307.50

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 A.M. Worship Service w/ Holy Communion
10:30 A.M. Christmas Eve Program Practice
10:30 A.M. Adult Bible Class
2 - 4 P.M. Open House at the Dahlings

MONDAY

8:00 P.M. Men's basketball at Bellmont Middle School

TUESDAY

7:00 P.M. Men's basketball at Bellmont Middle School
WEDNESDAY 7:00 P.M. Choir Practice
FRIDAY 7:30 P.M. Children's Christmas Eve Service with a hymn sing hour prior to the service
SATURDAY 9:00 A.M. Christmas Day Worship Service with Holy Communion

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 26

9:00 A.M. Worship Service

December 27

8:00 P.M. Men's basketball at Bellmont Middle School

December 29

Noon Tabea Christmas party at Preble Gardens

December 30

1:00 P.M. Chapel at Woodcrest

December 31

7:30 P.M. New Year's Eve Worship Service