Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing one of our guest registries.  There is a registry in either entrance way of the church.   We welcome you to join us in any of our worship and program life during this season of Advent.
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Advent 4
December 24, 2000

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Choral Prelude "Advent Joy"
Order of Worship TLH Page 115
Opening Hymn "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" TLH #85, vv. 1-5
The Choir  "Once in Royal David's City"
The Readings

How God Sent His Son

Micah 5:2-4 The place from which the Christ is coming:  Bethlehem
Hebrews 10:5-10 The purpose of His coming:  to do God's will
Luke 1:39-45 The person through whom Christ is coming:  Mary
Sermon Hymn "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" TLH #85, vv. 6-10

"How God Brought His Son to Earth"

1. The Place - Bethlehem
2. The Purpose - To do God's Will
3. The Person - Mary

Gathering of Morning Offerings "Away in a Manger" - The Choir
Installation of Church Council Members
Prayers for the People of God at Friedheim
The Lord's Prayer
The Closing Collect
The Closing Hymn "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" TLH #85, vv. 11-15
The Benediction
The Choir "Christmas Classic Celebration"
The Acolyte Amy Erxleben



We remember our members celebrating birthdays this week -- Randy Hockemeyer, Ed Miller, Oliver Doyle Gehres (his first), Jason Miller, Holly Scheumann, Carol Brandt, Elizabeth Kiefer, Angie Werling, Cindy Des Jean,  and Emily Miller.  We also remember our Wyneken teacher's aides, Kim Ehlerding, Hollie Hormann, and Thelma Staniford and our school secretary, Danielle Fuhrman, as well as Jan Heimann who teaches in the public school in our prayers.   In addition, we  remember Teri Conrad, one of our Sunday School teachers, in our prayers.  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 Hildegard Kiefer who returned home following a stay in the Extended Care Unit at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Joyce Heckman who will be undergoing consultations this week  at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis, and Esther Gallmeyer who has returned home.  We also remember Larkanne Griffiths and Stacie Stoppenhagen, nieces of Jim Bultemeyer and Rosie Bultemeier,  and Vena Moore, Gary Knipstein's sister, in our prayers.

We welcome Lin Overhiser to our congregation.  She recently completed adult instruction.  May the Lord bless her in her new church home.

The choir enhances our worship services each Sunday.  This morning we especially wish to thank them for their Christmas gift to us, the gift of song.  May the Lord continue to bless each of you.

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 "How God Sent His Son."  

You are invited to return this evening for the children's Christmas Eve program.  A hymn sing will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the children's program beginning at 7:00 p.m.

You are also invited to return tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. for our Christmas Day service.    The sermon message will be "Light for the Darkness."    Holy communion will also be celebrated.

Listen to The Lutheran Hour.  The show airs on Sunday on WLW (700) out of Cincinnati at 7:00 a.m. and on Van Wert stations WERT (1220) and WKSD (99.7 FM) at 10:30 a.m.  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).  

We wish to thank the Lutheran Foundation.  The Wyneken Expansion Finance Committee recently received a Capital Grant (matching funds)  from the Foundation in the amount of $100,000.  This support is especially appreciated.

Christmas boxes have been placed in the furnace room for the congregation to place any gifts for our workers (Pastor Dahling, Sandy Blomenberg, Bob & Ruth Armao, Marvin Drier, Anne Hess, Jon Smithley, and Mark Sedwick).  If you wish to give a monetary gift, you may give it to one of the Elders (Wally Bultemeier, Dave Conrad, Les Conrad, or Jim Fuhrman).  They will see that your gift reaches the appropriate individual. 

There are less than 50 cookbooks left  and only 15 "Hints" books available.  If you wish to purchase any for holiday giving, you may wish to do so today.    Cookbooks are $8 while the Almanac is $4.   You may contact the church office if you wish to purchase a book.

Church Council members for 2001 will be installed during this morning's worship service.  Newly elected members as well as those who continue to serve will be asked to come forward.  A special thanks to these individuals who willing give so generously of their time for our congregation.  This is also an opportunity to thank our outgoing officers for their contributions to our church.  The election results are as follows:

Vice Chairman- Dennis Werling Elders- Ron Bultemeier
Jim Bultemeyer
Financial Secretary- Sylvia Scheumann Deacons- Mike Conrad
Ryan Linnemeier
Foundation- Larry Hitzfield Trustees- Steve Conrad
Dale Heckman
Board of Education- Phil Franke Evangelism- Scott Hormann

Christmas Eve program practice continues in church this morning following the worship service.  Students in Mrs. Bonnie Buuck's class will practice in church this morning and then will go to the Parish Hall for their class. 

For your convenience there are envelopes in either entrance way of church in which you may place your contribution to the Wyneken Expansion project.  Make sure your name and offering envelope number are included on the envelope.

COUNCIL MEMBERS:  The minutes from the December 5, 2000 Council meeting are in your slots in either entrance way of the church.  The next Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9.  (Please note the change of date - It will be held the second Tuesday of the month instead of the first Tuesday of the month for January.)  (Council minutes for the Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Elders, Board of Education, Trustees, and Deacons can be found in the north entrance way while minutes for the Vice Chairman, Board of Evangelism, Synodical Secretary, Friedheim Foundation, and Deacons can be found in the south entrance way).

The men's basketball team has two games this week.  On the 26th, they will play Church of God at 7:00 p.m.  On the 28th, they face United Brethren at 6:00 p.m.   Both games are at Bellmont Middle School.  

The Tabea Society has rescheduled their Christmas party for noon on Friday, December 29.    The party will be at Lutheran Home.

The Portals of Prayer as well as the LWML Quarterlies have arrived.  You may pick up your copy as you leave the worship service this morning.

It will soon be time to put together the Annual Report.  If possible, please have your reports to the church office by Monday, January 8.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Wyneken News

Christmas break began on December 20.  School will resume on January 3.  The school building will be closed from December 20 - 26 for cleaning and waxing. 

Members and associate members of AAL and Lutheran Brotherhood, if you  have not yet given a gift for the year 2000, may still give a monetary gift to Wyneken.  Application forms are in either entrance way of the church.  Checks should be made payable to Wyneken Lutheran School and mailed to the school by December 31, 2000.

Market Day internet orders are due by noon on Wednesday, January 3.  Pick up date is Monday, January 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Since school was canceled on Tuesday, December 19, the Christmas assembly (beginning at 12:40 p.m.) and room parties will be held on the first day back from Christmas break (which should be Wednesday, January 3,  weather permitting).

Thursday, January 11, will signal the end of the first semester of classes.  Report cards will go home with the students on Tuesday, January 16.

There will be no school on Friday, January 12. 

There will be no East Allen County busses on Monday, January 15.  Parents, please make arrangements for your child to get to and from school on that day.

Monday, February 19, will be used as a make-up day.  Classes will be held that day.

Still have a few gifts to get?  Were you unable to get to the stores during the recent inclement weather to finish your shopping?  There are a variety of vendors on our SCRIP order form.  Why not consider purchasing a gift certificate from any number of stores to finish off your Christmas shopping?  See Kris Blomenberg if you wish to purchase some SCRIP today. 

The Hot Lunch Committee would like to have all outstanding lunch debts paid in full for the first half of the school year.  If you have any questions on your account, please contact Darrell Ehlerding at 547-4229 (in the evening, please) to find out your current balance.

Wyneken Basketball

Our young athletes will be busy during the Christmas break.  On Wednesday, December 27, the varsity girls (A) will play Flatrock at beginning at 4:15 p.m.  The varsity boys (A) will play Flatrock beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Both games are at Flatrock.

On Saturday, December 30, the JV boys as well as the varsity boys (A & B teams) will participate in the Heritage Feeder Tourney.  See a player for game times and opponents.  Good luck, guys!

Also on Saturday, December 30, the varsity girls (A) will play in the St. John tourney which will be held at Emmanuel/St. Michael.  Their first game is at 10:45 a.m. versus St. John.  Good luck in the tourney, girls!

On January 3,  the varsity boys (B) will play Holy Cross at 5:30 p.m. at Wyneken.

The 6th grade girls will play Unity on January 4 at 4:15 p.m. and the 6th grade boys will play Unity at 5:30 p.m.  Both games will be at Wyneken.

The 6th grade girls and boys will play in the Flatrock Tourney on Saturday, January 6,  and Sunday, January 7.  Check with a player for game time.

ATTENDANCE:  Sunday Worship Service  - 132 with 80 receiving Holy Communion ;  Monday Evening Bible Class - 6; Midweek Advent Service - 80


Amount Received

Amount Needed

Home Purpose

$2,108.45  $5,010.37 


$20.00  $346.15
Mid-week Advent $134.00

YTD Received

YTD Needed
Home Purpose $230,842.86 $255,327.87
Missions $17,384.00  $17,646.85


TODAY 9:00 A.M.

Worship Service (Installation of 2001 Council)

10:15 A.M. Sunday School & Bible Class
6:30 P.M. Hymn Sing
7:00 P.M. Children's Christmas Eve Program
MONDAY 9:00 A.M. Christmas Day Worship Service with Holy Communion
TUESDAY 7:00 P.M. Men's Basketball @ BMS
WEDNESDAY 8:00 P.M. Men's Basketball @ BMS
FRIDAY Noon Tabea Society Christmas Party @ Lutheran Home


December 31 9:00 A.M.

Worship Service

January 1 12:30 P.M.  Overhiser/Gorman wedding
January 3 All Day Tabea Society Business Meeting

January 4

9:00 A.M. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad's

The Lutheran Hymnal midi files copyright 1998 Rev. Richard Jordan, used by permission