Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

163rd Anniversary Service

  February 25, 1838 - February 25, 2001

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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Transfiguration Sunday/Lutheran Hour Sunday
February 25, 2001

+ In Nomine Jesu +

The Ringing of the Church Bell
The Invocation
P:  In the Name of God the Father: C: Praise to our Creating God!
P: In the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ: C: Praise to our Redeeming God! 
P: In the Name of God the Holy Spirit:  C: Praise to our Renewing God! 
P: Let us join our thankful voices:  C: Amen!  Amen!  Praise the Lord!
The Opening Hymn             "Day of Jubilation" Kalthoff/Buuck
The Collect of the Day - Psalm 51

P: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. 
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

C: Have mercy on us.  

P: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.   
Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

C: Have mercy on us.

P: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

C: Grant us thy peace.
The Prayer

P: The Lord be with you

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray:

Praise to You, of Lord, for Your daily goodness and mercy.
Renew our hearts with thankfulness to You.
Alert us to the needs of others around us.
nspire us to worship You in spirit and in truth.
Save us from our own sins, from death, and from the devil.
Energize us for service and for witness.  

The Choir "Jesus on the Mountain Peak"
The Readings

The Vision of God

Exodus 34:29-35 Moses see God face to face on Mount Sinai and receives the Ten Commandments  
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Christians see the glory of God in Jesus Christ  
Luke 9:28-36 The disciples see the glory of God  
The Sermon Hymn  "'Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here" TLH #135
The Sermon Twin Towers" - Luke 9:28-36

1.  Place - Mountains:  Tranfiguration and Calvary - Glory and Shame.  Transfiguration - Went up with His three best friends. Calvary - Went up alone.

2.  Reaction - Men did not understand both experiences. Transfiguration - "Not knowing what He said" - Verse 33.  Calvary - "For they know not what they do" - Verse 34

3.  Reason - Why go up to the mountains?  Transfiguration - To get God's approval to die. Calvary - To die in obedience to God.  

The Offertory
The Gathering of the Morning Offerings
The Anniversary Prayer

P: Lord God, heavenly Father, the unfailing giver of every good gift, we  beseech You to dwell continually among us here at Zion, Friedheim,  with Your Holy Word and Sacraments; so that by grace, we poor  sinners may be turned to You and be saved eternally; through Jesus  Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the  Holy Spirit, One God, now and forevermore.  

C: Amen.  
The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim
The Lord's Prayer
The Benediction
The Closing Hymn "Years of Joy and Preservation" Kalthoff/Buuck  
The Acolyte Amy Erxleben  

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We welcome you to the celebration service of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedheim, as today we celebrate the anniversary of the signing of our congregation's charter--exactly one hundred sixty-three years to the date.  In wonder, amazement, and awe, we remember the many blessings which our Savior has showered down upon us these many years.  As we recall the manifold blessings which have come our way, may we continue in faith, hope, and love to proclaim the changeless Christ to a changing world.  May it please our Lord and Savior that Friedheim would always remain what her name implies; that we would find a haven and house of peace and a harbor of hope for hurting souls.  As we move into the new century, may we mirror the first century church of being one in unity of doctrine, in fellowship, in sacraments, and prayer (Acts 2:38). 

The Lord's blessings to one and all.

Pastor Dahling

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His presence in their lives.  We especially remember Alma Boenker, mother of Shirley Buuck,  who is in extended care at Adams County Memorial Hospital. 

We extend our Christian sympathy to the family and friends of Fred Keuneke, who was called to his heavenly home, this past Wednesday.  The funeral service will be here at Zion, Friedheim this afternoon at 3:00p.m.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn his passing.

We remember our members celebrating birthdays this week -- Joey Gorman, Gary Knipstein, Benjamin Moeller, Gunnar Cale, Justin Jackson and Jacob Stoppenhagen.   We also remember one of our 5th grade teachers, Heidi Werling, as  well as, Deborah Miller, who teaches at Concordia Elementary School, and also, Monica Stoppenhagen, one of our Sunday School teachers, in our prayers.  May the Lord continue to guide, direct, and bless their lives.

We welcome, Christopher Daniel Schuller, son of Daniel and Amy (Foreman) Schuller, as a member of Friedheim, this past Monday through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

The flowers on the altar have been placed to the glory of God in the memory of Alfred and Elsie Buuck by their family.

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 the week is "A Good Confession".

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).  Tune in to hear Dr. Meyer's sermon, "Going with Jesus to Jerusalem" - Matthew 20:18-19.  The season of Lent is a time for us to "Turn our eyes toward Jerusalem".  It is also a time to see why Jesus went to Jerusalem--and the cross--for us.

Today, Tranfiguration Sunday, we're observing Lutheran Hour Sunday.   This synod-wide event will support Lutheran Hour Ministries' media outreach efforts around the world.  The goal is to reach millions of people with the Good News --Jesus Christ died to save us from sin and death and rose from the grave to give us new life in Him!  Please take time to consider supporting this ministry;  see the enclosed insert in today's bulletin.  

Youth ushers for March are Drew Stoppenhagen and Aaron & Nathan Conrad.

I wish to thank everyone for the support and kindness, you have shown me, since the death of my granddaughter, Lara Schults.  Your prayers, your presence, your cards and expressions of sympathy have all been appreciated.  A special thank you to Pastor Dahling for all he has done for me this past year. 

                             Walter Nuerge

The AAL is sponsoring an Education night Tonight at 6:30p.m. in the parish hall; (the time has been changed due to the funeral at the church this afternoon).  The film, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace, will be shown on a large screen televison.  Pizza will also be served.  You do not have to be an AAL member to attend this event.  Also, there is no cost to you for this evening. 

The men's basketball team will have this week off.  They will begin their end of the season tournament versus The Church of God on Monday, March 5 at 6:00p.m., at Monmouth Elementary.

The AAL will again be serving refreshments following our midweek Lenten services.  If you wish to donate cookies or are willing to serve refreshments, please contact Kris Blomenberg (547-4673).  Ash Wednesday begins the  lenten season this Wednesday, February 28th.

The Lutheran Hour will be sponsoring a breakfast on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.  Tickets are available at a cost of $5.00 each; please contact Ted Blomenberg for tickets, if you would like to attend.

Soon it will be Soup & Sandwich Dinner time.  It will be held on Sunday, March 11, at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.    As in the past, donations are welcomed.  If you can donate any of the following items, please contact Don or Sara Bultemeier at 547-4553 or Leonard or Christine Bultemeier at 639-6332  Today. 

Coffee - 3 lbs. (regular) Celery - one bunch
Coffee - 3 lbs. (decaffeinated)   Pear Halves - 4 qts.  
Cabbage - one head  Beef Broth - 3 gallons  
Chickens - 7   Hamburger - 45 lbs.
Canned Beef - 16 lbs. High Chairs  
Booster Seats Table Paper - one roll 

If you are willing to donate a salad for the dinner, please contact Teri Conrad at (724-8464); for pie or cake donations, contact Sheila Putteet at (547-4433).  They would like to know by Sunday,  March 4.     Thank you for your help!

ATTENDANCE:  Sunday Worship Service - 242 with 144 receiving Holy Communion;   Sunday School - 63; Adult Bible Class - 23;  Monday Night Class - 8; Early Bird Bible Class - 6.

Wyneken News

Chapel offerings for February will be going for "Hearts for Jesus."  The offerings will be used to help purchase primary Bible story books for the Lutheran Churches and Schools of the small country of Ghana in Africa.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

The 8th grade boys will be hosting a Father/Son Basketball Game Today at the school gymnasium at 12:30p.m.

Lutheran Schools Shine Like Stars - Loving is our theme for the celebration of Lutheran Schools Week, during this week of February 26-March 2..  The celebration will begin with a joint chapel service on Monday, February 26 at 9.00a.m. at Zion, Decatur.  Come join us!  Special events are planned for the entire week at Wyneken.

Mark your calendar, and help us celebrate the end of Lutheran Schools Week on Friday, March 2, at the Annual PTL Dance, at the Hoagland Hayloft.  Advanced tickets are available at school or from your church representative, Sharon Franke.  Doors will be opening at 6:30p.m., and food will be available.

Market Day Internet orders can be placed until noon on February 28.  Orders for February may be picked up on Monday, March 5, from 6:30--7:30 p.m. 

See Kris Blomenberg, after the worship service today if you wish to purchase SCRIP.   Thank you to everyone that participates in this worthwhile program.

Wyneken will be having early dismissal at 12:25p.m. on Monday, March 5th. Bus transportation will be provided for North Adams students.  East Allen students will need to arrange for rides home on this day.

The wrestling team will be having a home meet on Monday, February 26 at 4:00p.m., and on Thursday, March 1, the team will be traveling to St. Peter, Goeglein for a meet at 4:00p.m.

The Preble Volunteer Department is invites you to their 7th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake & Whole Hog Sausage Brunch.  Serving will be from 7:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Preble Firemen's Park Pavilion.  A freewill donation will be accepted. Bulk sausage will also be sold.


Amount Received

Amount Needed

Home Purpose




$80.00 $365.38

YTD Received

YTD Needed
Home Purpose $32,005.76  $36,540.00
Missions $2,297.00  $2,557.66



TODAY 9:00 A.M.

Worship Service 

10:15 A.M. Sunday School & Bible Class
12:30 P.M. Father/Son Basketball @ Wyneken
3:00 P.M. Funeral Service for Fred Keuneke
6:30 P.M. AAL Education Night in the Parish Hall
MONDAY 7:00 P.M. Adult Bible Class
TUESDAY 6:00 A.M. Early-bird Bible Class  
9:00 A.M. Morning Glories
7:00 P.M. Choir

Ash Wednesday Chapel @ Wyneken

12 Noon Ash Wednesday Worship Service with Holy Communion
7:30 P.M. Ash Wednesday Worship Service with Holy Communion


March 4 9:00 A.M.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

10:30 A.M. Sunday School & Bible Class  
March 5 7:00 P.M. Adult Bible Class
March 6 6:00 A.M. Early-bird Bible Class  
9:00 A.M. Morning Glories
7:00 P.M. Choir
March 7 All Day Tabea Society Quilting & Meeting
8:20 A.M.

Chapel @ Wyneken

12 Noon Midweek Lenten Service
7:30 P.M. Midweek Lenten Service

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