Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim to worship with us this morning.  If you are a visitor this morning, please take a moment to sign one of our guest registries which are located in both entry ways.  If you are communing this morning, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card and place the card in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons.  There are extra cards in either entrance way of the church.  Please worship with us again soon.
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Easter 4 
Confirmation Sunday

May 6, 2001

+ In Nomine Jesu +

The Ringing of the Church Bell

The Processional Hymn (please rise)

TLH #251 “We All Believe in One True God” ©

The Invocation


P:         In the Name of God, the Father, Who created us; in the Name of God, the Son, Who redeemed us; in the Name of God, the Holy Ghost, Who gave us eternal life.

C:         Amen. 

The Confession (in unison)

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You alone.  We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, so that we can be the children You would have us to be.
The Absolution
The Choir "Built on the Rock"

The Lessons


First Lesson

Acts 13:15,16, 26-33

Second Lesson Revelation 7:9-17
Gospel  John 10:22-30
The Confession of Faith The Nicene Creed TLH Page 22

The Sermon Hymn

TLH #354 “In The Cross of Christ I Glory” ©

The Sermon                

“Your Future, Your Destiny”
 Psalm 23:6

The Gathering of the Morning Offerings

The Rite of Confirmation After the confirmands receive the blessing, we ask the congregation to stand and join in a prayer of commitment to Jesus Christ.  As we think of the day when we spoke our vows, may this confession renew our faith, that we might more diligently and faithfully serve Him and walk in His ways.

The Pledge of Commitment to Christ (in unison)



Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and King, we look to You today, as we pledge ourselves anew to the faith and work of Your kingdom.  Forgive our failures of the past, and enable us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to lift anew our hearts and our minds, that we may constantly serve You and love You, as You have served and loved us.  Dear Savior, accept our hearts this day, and make them always Yours.  Amen.
The Intercessions for the Confirmands
The Lord's Prayer (in unison)

The Consecration of the Elements

The Distribution The confirmation class will commune as a class, followed by the congregation.

The Distribution Hymns


TLH #409 "Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” ©
TLH #656 “Behold a Host, Arrayed in White” ©
TLH #657 “Beautiful Savior” ©
TLH #660 “I’m But a Stranger Here” ©
The Closing Collect
The Benediction
The Closing Hymn TLH #199 “Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Alleluia!” ©
The Acolyte Jacob Stoppenhagen
The Organist Sandy Blomenberg
The Pastor Rev. Daniel F. Dahling


A Confirmation Prayer

May God show you favor and smile on you, I pray, and bless your confirmation, on this, your special day.  May you never waiver, where the scriptures are concerned, and always keep within your heart these lessons you have learned.  Take all your problems to the Lord and in Him confide and in trials and temptation, may He always be your guide.  As you mature in Christ, may you grow strong in every way and continue the life you’ve started on this your confirmation day.

Ramona K. Cecil

Confirmation Class of 2001

Rev. Daniel F. Dahling

Henry Eugene  Dahling

Parents:    Rev. Daniel  & Tamara  (Buhr) Dahling
Born:        September 6, 1986
Baptized:  October 5, 1986 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansing, Illinois
Sponsors:  Dr. Fred W. Dahling; Ralph W. Buhr

Confirmation Verses:

            “…but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.” {Ezekiel 37:23b}

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” {John 10:27-28}

Amy Lynn DeKoninck

Parents:            Thomas & Rebecca (Conrad) DeKoninck
Born:                November 10, 1986
Baptized:            November 23, 1986 at St. Paul, Preble
Sponsors:            Nancy Lantzer; Stan DeKoninck

Confirmation Verses:

“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” {1 John 2:17}

“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” {John 8:12}

Amy Elizabeth Erxleben

Parents:            Donald and Joy (Funk) Erxleben
Born:                March 14, 1987
Baptized:            April 12, 1987 at Zion, Friedheim
Sponsors:            Robert Newman; Marge Teboe

Confirmation Verses:

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.”  {Isaiah 55:6}

“Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.“ {Luke 11:28}

Ashley Kay Fuhrmann

Parents:            Stanley & Anne (Keilman) Fuhrmann
Born:                September 21, 1986
Baptized:            November 2, 1986 at Zion, Friedheim
Sponsors:            Kenneth Fuhrmann; Mary Hammitt

Confirmation Verses:

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen. “ {1 Peter 4:11}

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.“ {John 14:6}

Laura Rose Fuhrmann

Parents:            Stanley & Anne (Keilman) Fuhrmann
Born:                September 21, 1986
Baptized:            November 2, 1986 at Zion, Friedheim
Sponsors:            Robert Hammitt; Michael Baker

Confirmation Verses:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” {Psalm 37:5}

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.“ {Revelation 2:10}

Dawn Marie Heckman

Parents:            Dale & Leesa (Marbach) Heckman
Born:                October 2, 1986
Baptized:          October 26, 1986 at Zion, Friedheim
Sponsors:          Kathy Cowans; Craig Marbach

Confirmation Verses:

“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”  {Joshua 1:9}

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.“ {Ephesians 2:8-9}

Alex Adrian Lichtle

Parents:            Christopher & Wava (Witte) Lichtle
Born:                July 8, 1986
Baptized:          July 27, 1986 at Zion, Friedheim
Sponsors:         Nona Brueck; Mark Witte

Confirmation Verses:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” {Psalm 46:1}

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” {Psalm 37:5}

David James Mourey, Jr.

Parents:     David Mourey & Kelly (Beerman) Mourey
Born:         September 2, 1986
Baptized:   February 28, 1988 at Poe United Methodist
Sponsors:   David and Dorothy Wright

Confirmation Verses:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” {Hebrews 11:6}

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” {Acts 16:31}

Matthew Eugene Nidlinger

Parents:            John & Nanette (Kiess) Nidlinger
Born:                November 9, 1986
Baptized:          November 27, 1986 at Zion, Friedheim
Sponsors:         Ken Knipstein; Deb Bergman

Confirmation Verses:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” {Ephesians 2:8-9}

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” {Matthew 6:33}

Andrew Michael Werling

Parents:            Michael & Judith (Christiansen) Werling
Born:                January 29, 1987
Baptized:          March 29, 1987 at Zion, Friedheim
Sponsors:          Dennis Werling; Mark Conrad

Confirmation Verses:

“Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” {John 11:41b-42}

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;” {Romans 1:16}


We remember those members who will celebrate birthdays this week – Gilbert Hartmann, Allison Hormann, Wayne Erxleben, Anna Buuck, Kay Jackson, Sandy Blomenberg, Jon Buuck, Chris Gorman, James Gorman, Ashley Manley, Floyd Thieme, Anna Crosby, and Hubert Fuelling.  We also remember our School Board, especially those members from Friedheim, Phil Franke, Jim Heckman, and Stan Stoppenhagen, in our prayers.  We also remember Kent Kiefer, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Monica Stoppenhagen, who teaches in the public school, 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 Jared Witte who remains in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lutheran Hospital.   

The flowers on the altar have been placed there by the Confirmation Class of 2001.  May their faith grow and the Lord continue to bless each of them.

We remember Gerhard & Dorothy Werling who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday.  The flowers near the altar have been placed in church by the children and grandchildren with love and admiration in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.  May the Lord continue to bless this couple.

We also remember in our prayers Richard & Margaret Buuck who will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary this Tuesday, May 8.  God’s blessings to them.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  Please take a few minutes to look over this material.  This week’s theme is “The Newness of the Resurrection.”

There will be no adult Bible class this morning.  In addition, there will be no Monday night Bible class tomorrow.  Both classes will resume next week.

Pastor will be one of the chaperones for the 8th grade Washington, DC trip.  He will be leaving on Tuesday and return on Saturday morning.  In the case of pastoral need, please contact Rev. Tom Olson from Bingen or Rev. Dan Brege from Preble.

Tune in to the Lutheran Hour next Sunday.  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 is also on Sundays at 8:05 a.m. on WZBD (92.7 FM) and again at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on 1090 AM.

The May 13 bulletin will be printed on Thursday morning, May 10.  If you have any announcements for the bulletin, please have them in the church office by 8 a.m. on the 10th.  Thank you!

There will be a door collection this morning for the Gideons.

A Note from our Treasurer:

Checkbook balance, 4-01-01


Income for April


Expenses for April


Checkbook balance, 4-30-01




Estimated Expenses for May:

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Social Security, Medicare, Ind. & Co. Taxes



Church Mutual



Worker Benefit Plan



Allen Business Machines



Wyneken, May payment



Total expenses



Amount Needed to meet May expenses



The men’s softball team will practice on Sunday, May 6, and Sunday, May 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hoagland diamond behind the fire station.  The first game is on Monday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. at Hoagland vs. Fuelling.  Contact Steve Conrad for more information.

Altar Guild will meet this Tuesday, May 8, at 8:00 p.m.  New members are always welcome!

We would like to thank our neighbors and members of Friedheim for the prayers, food, cards, and visits during Joyce’s hospitalization and recovery.  We would also like to thank pastor Dahling for his home visits and his many visits to the hospital.  May the Lord richly bless all of you. ----  Joyce & Delmar Heckman

The 10th annual Bargain Bonanza Extravaganza (BBE) Garage Sale will be held at Southtown Mall in the former JC Penney store this Thursday, May 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. & Friday, May 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Evening Guild of St. John’s Flatrock is sponsoring a Rummage Sale on Friday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon.  The sale will be held at Flatrock’s gym.  On Saturday, items will be $2 per bag.

Dear Friends in Christ, Thank you so much for your generous support and gift to our Seminary Food Bank.  What a blessing that food bank is to so many families here.  God truly richly and daily provides for all of our needs!  God’s blessings to each of you.  In Christ’s love, Ken, Bev, Rachael & Rebecca Soyk.

LYF Ushers for May are Jason & Josh Miller and Matt DeKoninck.

Wyneken News

We remember in our prayers our Wyneken School as Jim Smith has declined our call to serve as principal.  May the Lord guide the Board as they continue in this search.

We rejoice with Rich & Yvonne Schwantz on the birth of their daughter, Sarah Marie, on Saturday, April 28.  May the Lord bless this family.

Market Day orders may be picked up on Monday, May 7, in the cafeteria from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The last day to take AR tests to gain points for Dairy Queen or Pizza Hut is Monday, May 14.  The AR field trip to Dairy Queen is Friday, May 18;  the trip to Pizza Hut, Tuesday, May 22.

Don’t forget to get your SCRIP certificates this morning!  See Kim Weiland following the worship service.  SCRIP is sponsoring a contest from May 4-11 that will benefit Wyneken Expansion.  If $30,000 of SCRIP is sold, the students will receive pop and a candy bar.  If $40,000 of SCRIP is sold, the students will receive a continental breakfast.  An ice cream sundae party will be the reward if $50,000 in SCRIP is sold.

We pray for safe travel as several classes are taking field trips this week.  The 8th graders leave for Washington, DC on Tuesday evening and will return on Saturday; the 7th graders will be in Greenfield Village on the 11th; the 6th graders will be at Camp Lutherhaven from Wednesday to Friday; and the 4th grade will be at Conner’s Prairie on the 11th.

All library books are to be returned by Tuesday, May 15.  Library inventory will be conducted on the 21st of May.  If you are willing to help with inventory, please contact Susie Ehlerding at 724-8760.

The 2nd Annual Wyneken Talent Show will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.  Everyone is welcome!!

A tentative date of Sunday, May 20, has been set for the Athletic Banquet for our 7th & 8th grade athletes.  If you have questions concerning the date, please contact Jo Witte or Marv Drier.

The Lost & Found box is overflowing.  If you are at school, you may wish to look in this area.  Anything left at the end of the school year will be given to Goodwill.


On Monday, May 7, the JV plays Holy Cross at 4:00 p.m. at Wyneken.  The varsity girls also have a game at 4:00 p.m. on Monday at Kreager Park. 

Attendance: Sunday Worship Service - 237; Sunday School – 38;  Monday Night Bible Class - 9; Early-bird Bible Class – 4



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Today:              10:30 a.m.                                   Sunday  School 

                                                                            Door Collection for the Gideons

                          6:00 p.m.                                    Men’s softball practice at Hoagland

Tuesday:             6:00 a.m.                                    Early-bird Bible Class

                          8:00 p.m.                                    Altar Guild

Wednesday:       8:20 a.m.                                    Chapel at Wyneken

Thursday:           8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.                  BBE at Southtown

9:00 a.m.                                     LWML Bible Class at Marlene Conrad’s

Friday               8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                      BBE at Southtown


May 13              9:00 a.m.            Worship Service

                        10:15 a.m.            Sunday School & Bible Class

                          6:00 p.m.            Men’s softball practice at Hoagland

May 14              7:00 p.m.            Men’s softball at Hoagland

                          7:00 p.m.            Adult Bible Class

May 16               All Day              Tabea Society Extra Quilting

                          7:00 p.m.            Men’s softball at Hoagland