Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim this morning!  If you are communing, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are extra cards in either entrance way.  Please give the card to one of the Deacons or place it in the offering plate.  If you are a visitor, please sign one of the guest registries located in either entranceway of the church.  Please come back and worship with us again soon!


Advent 4
December 23, 2001

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Theme of the Day The Dual Nature of Jesus
The Prelude
The Choir
"Worship the King"
The Invocation  
The Opening Hymn TLH #96 "Who is This Child?"
The Choir "Oh, Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly"
Isaiah 7:10-14 Human—born of woman; Divine—God with us
The Choir "Christmas Hymn"
Romans 1:1-17  Human—son of David; Divine—Son of God
The Choir "Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man"
Matthew 1:18-25 Human—born of Mary; Divine—conceived by the Spirit
The Sermon Hymn  TLH #645 "Behold, a Branch is Growing"
The Sermon

"The Cost of Being a Christian"
Matthew 1:18-25

The high cost of Christmas to God—

1. It cost Himself.
2. It cost humility.
3. It cost the cross.

The Gathering of the Morning Offerings  
The Choir "Heaven & Nature Sing"
The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim  
The Lord's Prayer  
The Collect  
The Benediction  

The Choir

"Good Christian Men, Rejoice"
The Acolyte Sara Blomenberg


We remember our members who will celebrate birthdays this week—Larry Caston, Randy Hockemeyer, Ed Miller, Oliver Genres, Jason Miller, Carol Brandt, Elizabeth Kiefer, Angie Werling, and Cindy Des Jean. We also remember our Wyneken School Board, especially those members from Friedheim, Phil Franke, Kent Kiefer, and Stan Stoppenhagen, as well as Kent Kiefer, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Addy Schuller who teaches at Bethlehem (Ossian).  May the Lord continue to direct, bless, and guide them.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His presence in their life. We especially remember George Geyer, who is a patient at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Karla Hormann, Doug's wife, who underwent surgery this past week, Virginia Roy, Lin German's mother, who is a patient at Parkview, and Larkanne Griffiths, niece of Rosie Bultemeier, Jerry & Jim Bultemeyer, who is undergoing treatments at Indianapolis.

We give praise to the Lord as Marvin & Laurina Conrad will be celebrating their 60th  wedding anniversary this Thursday. We pray that the Lord will continue to be the center of their home and grant His riches blessings upon them.

We thank Hannah Timm for sharing her gift of music with us this morning. The sounds from the flute enhanced our worship service this morning.

Included in this morning's bulletin is our weekly study guide, "Time in the Word." This week's theme is "The Goodness of God."

We invite you to worship with us tomorrow, Christmas Eve. The children will present "O Worship the King." The service begins at 7:00 p.m. with a songfest beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Christmas Day our worship service begins at 9:00 a.m. Holy communion will be celebrated.    The sermon meditation is entitled, "The First Christmas—A Model for Worship."

We thank Sandy Blomenberg, our choir director, and the members of the Friedheim choir for their gift of music this morning. We are blessed to have such talented individuals in our congregation. May the Lord continue to bless each of

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

The LYF plans on a gym night at Wyneken on Sunday, January 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (possibly longer).

Christmas Eve program practice continues today. All Sunday School students will remain in church for practice including the students in Bonnie   Buuck/Lisa   Erxleben's   class.  However, the kindergarten/nursery class will then go to the Parish Hall for their lesson and parents will need to pick them up at the Parish Hall.

Christmas boxes for our workers have been placed in the church basement (furnace room). Those receiving boxes this year are Pastor Dahling, Sandy Blomenberg, Ruth Armao, Marvin Drier, Anne Hess, Lowell Timm, and Dean Wass, as well as our fieldworkers, Tim Stout, Tim Daub, and Troy Scroggins. (Since Mr. Daub & Mr. Scroggins are single and are living at the seminary, a monetary gift may be more appropriate.) Any monetary contributions should be given to one of the Elders—Ron Bultemeier, Wally Bultemeier, Jim Bultemeyer, or Les Conrad—and they will see that the money is distributed according to your wishes.

Council Members: The minutes from the December 4 Council meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church. The next Council meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8.  As a reminder, the minutes for the Home Purpose Treasurer, Trustees, Board of Education, Elders, Financial Secretary, and Deacons (north side) can be found in the north entranceway. The Chairman, Vice- Chairman, Recording Secretary, Synodical Treasurer, Friedheim Foundation, Board of Evangelism, and Deacons (south side) can find their minutes in the south entranceway.

The LWML Thursday morning Bible class will meet on January 10 at the home of Doris Conrad.

The LYF wishes to thank all those who came and enjoyed the spaghetti supper last Wednesday evening. A special thanks to those LYF parents who helped with this project.

The men's basketball team has one game this week. They will play St. Mary's at Bellmont Middle School on Thursday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m.

The Christmas Decorating Committee will meet following the worship service this morning.   They will meet in the church basement to put the Christmas treat bags together.

Please note: Holy communion in January will be celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month (January 13 and January 27).

Thanks to all who came to the appreciation supper on December 7.  The freewill donation amounted to $172.

The craft bazaar at Ossian Health Care netted $228.30. Again, thanks to all who contributed in any way to the success of the Morning Glories. This group will resume meeting on Tuesday, January 8.

Youth ushers for January are Justin Jackson and Malt DeKoninck.

Altar Guild for January is Adele Blomenberg and Laurina Conrad.

Attendance: Sunday Worship Service - 279 with 168 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School - 78; Bible Class - 12;  Monday Evening Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 5; Midweek Advent Service - 96.

Wyneken News

Citgo gas cards are no longer available. Cards that have already been issued will be honored.   SCRIP certificates will be available following today's worship service from Kim Weiland.  SCRIP certificates are also sold on Friday afternoons after school.
The school will be closed December 29 through January 2 so the custodian can clean and wax the floors.
Market Day internet orders due by noon on January 5.  Pick-up date is Thursday, January 10, in the school lunchroom from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

End of the semester is Thursday, January 10. There is no school on Friday, January 11. Report cards will be sent home with the students on Tuesday, January 15.

There will be no East Allen bus on Monday, January 21. Parents, please make arrangements for your child to get to and from school that day.

The 8th graders are selling discount cards that can be used at 23 different local businesses. The cost of the card is $5. These cards would make a great stocking stuffer. See an 8th grader for more information.   Friedheim's 8th graders are Tyler Armao, Sara Blomenberg, Jon Buuck, Emily Conrad, Kari Heckman, Jon Kiefer, Jacob Lee, Daniel Linnemeier, Ben Moeller, Markie Mourey, Megan Selking, and Jacob Stoppenhagen.

Members and associate members of AAL and Lutheran Brotherhood are reminded that you may still give a monetary gift to the school for this up until December 31. AAL application forms are in either entranceway of the church. (If you have questions, contact Cindy Houser, our Wyneken Expansion secretary).

If you are willing to help with any up-coming PTL activities, dance, and parent/child nights, please contact a PTL officer (Kent Kiefer is president).


The boys' teams will be playing in the Heritage Feeder Tournament this Saturday, December 29. The 6th grade plays Flatrock at 8 a.m. in the high school gym; 5th graders play an HBA All-Star team at 9 a.m. at the junior high school gym; 8th graders play St. Rose at 10 a.m. in the high school gym with the 7th graders playing Unity at 11 a.m. in the junior high gym. Second round games will be played at noon and 1 p.m.; championship games at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Amount Received

Amount Needed

Home Purpose  - 12/16



                           12/19 $300.00  






YTD Received

YTD Needed

Home Purpose








Today:             10:15a.m.             Christmas Eve Program Practice
10:15 a.m.             Christmas Decorating Committee Mtg.    

Monday:             6:30 p.m.            Songfest

7:00 p.m.             Christmas Eve Program Practice           

Tuesday:             9:00             a.m.             Christmas Day Worship Service with HC

Thursday:             1:00 p.m.     Chapel @ Woodcrest

8:00 p.m.            Men's basketball vs. St. Mary's @ BMS


NEXT WEEK AT FR1EDHE1M            


December 30

December 31

January I

January 3

7:30 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Deadline for contributions to reach the treasurer to be credited in the 2001 tax year

Men's basketball vs.United Brethren @ Bellmont Middle School

TODAY 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion
  10:30 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Scrapbooking at Wyneken



7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

6:00 a.m.

7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.

Thursday:    8:00 p.m.

Bible Class

Men's basketball at Monmoulh vs.

Pleasant Dale

Early-bird Bible Class


Men's basketball at Bellmont Middle

School vs. Pleasant Mills

Midweek Advent Service

Men's basketball vs. Church of God at

Bellmont Middle School

MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Choir
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  Noon Tabea Society Christmas party @ Concord Village
  7:30 p.m. Mid-week Advent Service


8:00 p.m.

Wyneken School Board


December 23

9:00 a.m. Worship Service (Choir Service)
  10:15 a.m. Christmas Eve Program Practice

10:15 a.m.

Decorating Committee Meeting

December 24

6:30 p.m. Songfest

7:00 p.m.

Children's Christmas Eve Service
December 25 9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship Service

December 27

1:00 p.m. Woodcrest Chapel

8:00 p.m.

Men's basketball vs. St. Mary's @ BMS

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