Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church



Close to 170 years ago, our forefathers left the comforts of their homes in Europe for the chance to find a new life of faith in America.  Having received that faith, we now reach out to our neighbors to share it with others. 

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October 22, 2000

+ In Nomine Jesu +

The Opening Hymn TLH #511 "Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun"  
The Invocation

P: In the Name of the Father (+), and of the Son, and of the  Holy Ghost.

C: Amen.

The Words of Confession

P: Let us pause to confess our sins to God our Heavenly  Father.

C: God, our Father, we have been commissioned by your Son to  tell the world the Good News that saves people from  spiritual starvation.  Yet, we act as though we are  tongue-tied.  We live as though we are spiritually poor.   We realize that our failure to share the Good News is not  right.  Forgive our silence.  Forgive our selfishness.  Forgive our shortsightedness.  Help us to shout the Good  News of Jesus Christ and lead people to come and see  Jesus.

The Words of Assurance

P: No sinner's cry goes unattended when he comes to the  Father seeking forgiveness for the sake of Jesus Christ.

C: We know He hears us and that's why we come confessing.

P: In Jesus you are forgiven!  Rejoice in your forgiveness;  Reverse your silent ways; Reach out with God's message of  salvation;

C: In the Name of Jesus, we shall.  Amen.

The Words of the Lord

P: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

C: Yet, God shows His love for us in that while we were yet  sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

P: If Thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who shall  stand?  (Psalm 130:4)

C: The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,  "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the  world!" (John 1:29)

P: For the Son of Man is come to save that which is lost  (Matthew 18:11).

C: Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the  knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:4).

P: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your  good words and give glory to your Father who is in heaven  (Matthew 5:16).

C: If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and  believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,  you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

P: Man believes with his heart and is so justified and he  confesses with his lips and so is saved.

C: But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come  upon you; and you shall be My witness in Jerusalem and in  all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).

P: We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20).

C: Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by  the preaching of Christ (Romans 10:17).

All: I am not ashamed of the Gospel:  It is the power of God  for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first  and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).

The Choir

"Go Ye Into All the World

The Theme of the Day

Religious Intolerance

Numbers 11:16, 24-29 Moses tolerates the giving of the Spirit to all people
James 4:7-12  James calls for intolerance of wicked- ness, arrogance, and social injustice
Mark 9:38-50 Jesus approves a non-follower's use of  His name to cast out demons
The Sermon Hymn

TLH #495  "From Greenland's Icy Mountains"  

The Sermon 

"No Bland Diet"
Mark 9:50

The Gathering of the Morning Offerings
The Litany for the Spread of the Church

P: O God the Father, Who made Jesus, Your Son, the cornerstone of the Church;

C: Have mercy on us.

P: O Christ, head of Your body, the church, which You  purchased with Your blood;

C: Have mercy on us.

P: O Spirit of holiness and truth, who sanctifies, guides,  and empowers the Church,

C: Have mercy on us.

P: Remember not, O Lord, our offenses, our omissions, and our  trust in our own abilities.  Spare Your people whom You  have redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus and take  not Your Holy Spirit from us.

C: Spare us, good Lord.

P: From fear of the future, from lack of zeal, from wrong  priorities, and from concern for self more than others.

C: Lord, save your church.

P: From friendship with the world, from lust for power, from  discord, from division, from pride, from stubbornness, and  from unfaithfulness.

C: Save your church, Lord.

P: Cause those who have been washed in the waters of Baptism  to be filled with joy in their own birth and to be  desirous of telling everyone of Your good grace in Jesus  Christ.

C: Lord, hear our prayer.

P: Help us to see these United States of America as a field  ripe for harvest and to reach out to every place and  person, whether in town or village, city or country, suburb or ghetto, whether to newly arrived or seventh generation, black or white, yellow or brown, rich or  poor, neighborly or hostile;

C: Lord, hear our prayer.

P: Remove from our minds worldly distinctions of race, tribe,  nation, language, dialect, political affiliation, wealth,  or family background; help us to see everyone as a per- son for whom our Lord Jesus died on the tree of the cross  that each might have eternal life;

C: Lord, hear our prayer.

P: Give us zeal for Your kingdom's growth that we may be lead  to serve in our own neighborhood or in a strange place,  that we may pray for the success of workers who serve in  our stead, that we may with cheerful hearts give generously of our resources, and that we may work while it is  still day before the night comes and no one can work;

C: Lord, hear our prayer.

P: Cause us to remember the sheep that are not of the fold to  seek out the wandering and the lost, to proclaim the forgiveness of sins to the penitent, and to be impatient  about reaching the whole world with the good news of  Jesus, our Savior.

C: Lord, hear our prayer.

P: Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all  we ask or think, to Him be glory in the Church and in  Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.

C: Amen.

Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim
The Lord's Prayer
The Benediction

The Closing Hymn

TLH #496   "Hark!  the Voice of Jesus Crying"  

The Acolyte David Mourey


A Mission Prayer

Lord Jesus, my Savior, Thou gavest Thy life for our eternal good; oh, fill our souls with gladness and praise.  Take our hearts and our lives and use them in Thy service.  By Thy Spirit make us eager to extend Thy kingdom and to bring the peace and joy of Thy salvation to others.  And bless Thou, O Lord, all who carry the glad tidings; give them strength and wisdom from on high; and as they bring in ever new souls, grant them a foretaste of Thy heavenly bliss.   Amen.


We remember our members celebrating birthdays this week -- Matt Buuck, Gerhard Kiefer, Roz Schamerloh, Marlene DeKoninck, Karen Gallmeyer, Addy Schuller, Kevin Heckman, Tammy Bickel, John Kock, Karen Buuck, Shirley Buuck, and Dale Gallmeyer.   We also remember one of our Wyneken 5th grade teachers, Heidi Werling, as well as Monica Stoppenhagen who teaches in the public school, in our prayers.  Today we also remember one of our Sunday School teachers, Shirley Drier.  May the Lord continue to guide, direct, and bless their lives.

We remember Ron & Kathy Bultemeier who will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, October 24.   May the Lord continue to bless this couple.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His presence in their lives.  We especially remember Eldora Schuemann who is undergoing rehabilitation following knee surgery and Marlin Keidel who is a patient at Lutheran Hospital.

We welcome Emma Marie-Lydia Buuck,  daughter of Robert and Julie (Lehman) Buuck, to the Friedheim family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.   Serving as godparents are Jennifer Spangler and Gail Tumbleson.   May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

Included in this morning's bulletin is a study guide ("Time in the Word") for this week.  Please take a few moments each day to go over this information.  The theme for this week is "God's Intentions for the Family." 

Listen to  The Lutheran Hour.  The show airs on Sunday on WLW (700) out of  Cincinnati at 7:00 a.m. (Ohio time) and on Van Wert stations WERT (1220) and WKSD (99.7 FM) at 10:30 a.m. (Ohio time).  The program can also be heard on Sunday at 8:05 a.m. on WBZD (92.7 FM) and at  3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on WFCV (1090).  

There's only one weekend left to work at the maze.  Don't miss out on this opportunity for fun and fellowship.  Sign up on the sheets in either entrance way of the church or  call someone on the Staffing Committee - Tim Blomenberg, Leesa Heckman, or Lester Werling.  If you wish to work at the haunted maze, please contact Tami Stoppenhagen.

There will be no Monday night Bible class or Tuesday early-bird class because of the pastors' conference this week.  In case of pastoral need, please contact Mrs. Dahling at the parsonage and she will contact Pastor.

Make plans to attend the LWML/LLL Fall Rally which will be held  today at 3:00 p.m. at Immanuel (Union Township).  The speaker will be Rev. John Fiene, pastor at Advent Lutheran Church, Zionsville, Indiana.  He will speak about mission work in Russia.  A light supper will be served.

Have you purchased our new church cookbook yet?  You may wish to make that purchase soon as there are approximately 300 cookbooks left, with no plans to reorder.   The Helpful Hints Almanac is also be available.  Cookbooks are $8 while the Almanac is $4.  Questions?  Please contact one of the committee members (Becky DeKoninck, Karen Gallmeyer, Mary Gallmeyer, Shirley Hormann, or Sylvia Schuemann).  The cookbooks are also available at the maze.

Don't forget to turn in your nut/candy order form.  Extra order blanks are in either entrance way of the church.  Orders are due by Sunday, October 29.

The AAL will have a free brunch this morning in the Parish Hall following the worship service.  Enjoy an egg casserole and, if you are an AAL member, take a few moments to vote for our local officers as well as national Board of Directors members.   There will be no formal meeting AAL meeting, just come and enjoy the meal and fellowship and don't forget to vote.

The Decorating Committee will meet in the back room off the church basement (furnace room) following the worship service this morning.   Plans need to be made on decorating the church for this Christmas season.  Questions?  Contact Dawn Miller or Dian Witte.

Kids, circle Thursday, October 26, on your calendar.  The LYF will be hosting a children's Halloween party for Pre-K through 6th graders.  The party will be held in the Parish Hall basement, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Each LYF member is asked to bring two bags of candy.  The LYF will meet following the worship service this morning to finalize plans.

Pledge letters were mailed last Monday concerning the expansion at Wyneken.  You are encouraged to return your pledge within the next few weeks.  If you have any questions concerning the expansion, our School Board representatives will be available following this morning's worship service to answer them.  Please see Jim Heckman, Kim Schamerloh, or Stan Stoppenhagen.  Prayerfully consider your commitment to our school and keep Wyneken in your prayers.

Ladies, make plans to come to attend this year's Advent By Candlelight.  It will be held on Monday, December 4, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and serving beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Hostesses will again be needed.  Watch the bulletin and newsletter for more information.

Information on Lutheran Witness just reached the church office this past week.  The subscription rate for this year will be $10 per subscription.  Renewals are needed by next week.  You may place your subscription envelope in the offering plate or contact the church office. 

Circle Friday, November 10, on the calendar for an "End-to-Cornfusion 2000" celebration supper.  Soup and chili will be served.  Watch the bulletin and newsletter for more information.

7.71% APY....A Special Rate For A Special Need!  The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LC-MS) is in the midst of a "building boom" - the demand for loans is at record levels.  In order to generate new investments the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is offering a very attractive rate of 7.71% APY on 9-month and 18-month term notes from October 1 through December 31, 2000.  Call LCEF today at 1-800-843-5233 for an application or to learn more about this exciting opportunity.  This does not constitute an offer to sell or a request to buy.  The offering is made solely by LCEF's Offering Circular.

Thank you to all who kept me in their prayers and remembered me with cards  after my recent hospitalization.   A special thank you to Pastor Dahling for his visits and prayers.  May the Lord bless you all. --- Jo Buuck

Bethlehem, Ossian, invites you to their Swiss Steak Dinner next Sunday, October 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The menus includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, jello, pie, and drink.  A free will donation will be accepted.  The proceeds will go towards Phase II of construction for their school (mainly for the gym floor).

Wyneken News

Market Day internet orders due  by noon on Tuesday, October 24.  Pick-up date is Tuesday, October 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the school lunchroom.

The first quarter ended Friday, October 20.  Report cards will go home with the students on Wednesday, October 25.  Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 26 & 27, with school dismissed at 12:25 p.m. both days.  There is no bus transportation Friday, October 27,  for North Adams students.  Parents, please make arrangements for your child to get to and from school that day.  North Adams students will also need to find transportation home on Wednesday, October 25, at 2:45 p.m.  (North Adams has a half day that day.)  East Allen parents will need to find transportation home for their children on Thursday and Friday afternoons, October 26 & 27.

The PTL is sponsoring a family skating party on Sunday, October 22, at the Rage from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Admission is $2.50 per person with skate rental an additional $1.50.

It's time to order your poinsettias and wreaths from the Wyneken 8th graders.  There is an order form in this morning's bulletin.  Our 8th graders  are taking orders now through November 3.  Guaranteed delivery is by early December.     You may give your order form to any Wyneken 8th grader.  (Friedheim's 8th graders are Henry Dahling, Amy DeKoninck, Ashley Fuhrmann, Laura Fuhrmann, Dawn Heckman, Alex Lichtle, David Mourey, Matt Nidlinger, and Andrew Werling.)

Picture retakes have been scheduled for Friday, November 3, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The 8th graders are sponsoring the Wyneken Craft Show which will be held on Saturday, December 2.  Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  If you are interested in renting a booth or want more information, please contact Anne Fuhrmann at 547-4469.  Tables in the gym and library are $25 each while tables placed in the hallway are $15.

The Wyneken Board of Education is resuming the search for a principal for our school.  The Board will be screening candidates and conducting interviews over the next four to six weeks, with the plan to issue a call in December or early January.  If you know of a potential principal candidate that should be considered for this position, please contact any member of the Personnel Committee:  Jeff Kiess (728-2154), Jim Heckman (724-3186), or John Schueler (547-4677).

See Kris Blomenberg to purchase your SCRIP after the worship service this morning. 

Sporting News

Congratulations to our varsity A volleyball team.  They are playing in the semifinals this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Concordia High School.  They face Zion, Decatur.  A win puts them in the championship match later in the day while a loss places them in the consolation game.  Good luck, girls!!

The varsity B team will be participating in the St. Peter-Immanuel tournament this afternoon.  Check with a player for game time.

A special thanks to those who volunteered their time to coach our soccer and volleyball teams.  Without you, our young athletes would be unable to compete.  You are truly appreciated!

ATTENDANCE:  Sunday Worship Service with Holy Communion - 262 with 151;  Bible Class - 22; Sunday School - 53;  Monday Night Bible Class - 8; Early Bird Bible Class - 7.


Amount Received

Amount Needed

Home Purpose




$380.00  $346.15

YTD Received

YTD Needed
Home Purpose $189,006.45  $210,234.54
Missions $13,105.24  $15,537.30



9:00 A.M. Worship Service
10:15 A.M. Sunday School & Bible Class
10:15 A.M. LYF Meeting
10:15 A.M. Decorating Committee Meeting
10:15 A.M.-??? AAL Free Brunch
Noon - 6 P.M. Cornfusion Open
3:00 P.M. LWML/LLL Fall Rally @ Immanuel
MONDAY 8:20 A.M. Chapel at Wyneken
TUESDAY 9:00 A.M. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
7:00 P.M. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 A.M. LWML Bible Class @ Jo Buuck's
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Children's Halloween Party
FRIDAY 7 PM - 11 PM  Haunted Maze
SATURDAY Noon - Dusk Cornfusion Open
7 PM - 11 PM  Haunted Maze


October 29 9:00 A.M. Worship Service
10:15 A.M. Sunday School & Bible Class
10:15 A.M.


Noon - 6 P.M. Cornfusion Open
November 1 All Day Tabea Society
7:00 P.M. Choir
November 3-5 Indianapolis Basketball Tournament

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