Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim and pray that you find hope and comfort in God’s Word.   If you are visiting this morning, please sign one of the guest registries located at both entrances of the church.  If you are communing, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church.  The cards can be given to one of the Deacons or placed in the offering plate.  Please worship with us again soon.

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2nd Sunday after Christmas
January 4, 2004

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Service

TLH Page 15

The Solo

“Breath of Heaven”


TLH #114; LW #328; #261; #307; #80; #125 ©

Theme for the Day

A Theology of the Word

Isaiah 61:10-63:3

God’s servant is clothed with the garments of righteousness and salvation

Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18

Christ, the Word, blesses the faithful with sonship and wisdom

John 1:1-18

The Word is incarnate in Jesus

The Sermon     

“Blessings of the Blessed” – Ephesians 1:3
God has blessed us in Christ.

1.      The revelation of God—His truth & grace

2.      The redemption of our souls—Christ died for our sins

3.      The reason for living—dedicated, grateful service to God

The Acolyte

Chase McAllister

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who will celebrate birthdays this week – David Buuck, Brett Gallmeyer, Sheila Putteet, Davon Bultemeier, Waldo Bultemeier, Kris Blomenberg, Lori Caston, Dennis Schuller, and Olivia Conrad.  We also remember our Wyneken Resource teacher, Cindy Roy, Mendi Kaehr, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Jan Heimann who teaches at Bellmont High School.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives. 

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need.  We especially remember Jo Buuck who is a patient at Adams County Memorial Hospital. 

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the 58th wedding anniversary of Ben and Norma Miller that they will celebrate on Tuesday, January 6.  The flowers were placed in church by their children and grandchildren with much love and admiration.

We thank Amy DeKoninck for her beautiful solo this morning.  We appreciate her sharing her musical talents with us.

We welcome into church membership through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism Lindsay Lian Berning, daughter of Cindy Berning.  She was baptized yesterday afternoon with Brenda Ness and Stuart Berning serving as sponsors.  May the Good Shepherd continue to bless this most precious of His lambs.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   This week’s theme is “The Baptism of our Lord.”

Tune in to the Lutheran Hour next Sunday.  The show airs on Sunday on WLW (700) out of Cincinnati at 7 a.m. and on Van Wert stations WERT (1220) and WKSD (99.7 FM) at 10:30 a.m.  The program airs on Sunday at 8:05 a.m. on WZBD (92.7 FM) and then on WFCV (1090 AM) at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The LYF will be assisting residents of Lutheran Home to their worship service on Sunday, January 18.  We will meet at the Parish Hall and leave at 9 a.m.  Donna Hileman has invited the youth to her home following the worship service at Lutheran Home for some “goodies.”  Plan on helping on the 18th!  (Note:  The LYF ski trip is scheduled for February 8—Mark your calendars now!  Drivers and vans will also be needed that day.)

Stewardship’s Committee Food for Thought:  The Bible spends a great deal of time talking about the poor and how we, who are more fortunate, should treat them.  Why?  One conclusion could be that in giving to someone in need, there are two people who benefit.  One is obviously the person receiving the gift.  The other is the giver.  If you truly have a giving heart, there aren’t many things you could buy for yourself which would give you as much joy as giving to someone else who has a true need.  God wants us to be joyful people.  He also doesn’t want us to hang on to our possessions too tightly.  Consider this verse:  Whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” – I John 3:17-18

In order to help visualize our financial situation, the Treasurer has put together a cash flow needs chart to show anticipated bills as well as an estimate of plate offerings. 






Checkbook balance, 12/1





Sunday, 12/7 collection





Miscellaneous bills





Sunday, 12/14 collection





Mid-month payroll





Miscellaneous bills





Pastor’s Home Equity





Sunday, 12/21 collection





Miscellaneous bills





Wyneken, Nov. payment





Loan from Foundation





12/24 &12/25 collection





Sunday, 12/28 collection





Miscellaneous bills





End-of-month payroll & offset





End-of-quarter payroll tax





Wyneken, Dec. payment





Cover Missions Budget shortfall





New Year’s Eve collection





There is no Sunday School or Bible Class this morning; however, the public school confirmation class will meet on the 4th.

Have you ever tuned in to “Issues, Etc.” that airs LIVE on Sunday evenings from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on WLYV (1450 AM) in Fort Wayne and on a tape-delay basis on Sunday evenings from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on WFCV (1090 AM) in Fort Wayne? 

Council Members:  The minutes from the December 2 Council meeting can be found in your slots in the entranceway of church.  (The Home Purpose Treasurer, Trustees, Elders, Deacons, Board of Education, and Financial Secretary will find their minutes in the north entranceway.  The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Synodical Treasurer, Friedheim Foundation, Board of Evangelism, and Deacons will find their minutes in the south entranceway.)  The next Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 6, at 8 p.m.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 242; New Year’s Eve Worship - 69


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:
















Wyneken News

SCRIP is available on Friday afternoons at Wyneken as well as on Sunday mornings.  Kim Weiland is our SCRIP representative.  You can see her following the worship service today. You can also E-mail scrip@wyneken.org and place your order. 

Market Day pick-up day is Thursday, Jan. 8, in the old gym from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (The pick-up time listed on the back of the brochure was incorrect.)  If you cannot pick up your order on the 8th, just prepay (cash or check made payable to Market Day or prepay for Internet orders by using your VISA) and arrangements can be made.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).  (You can order on line for your chance to win cold cash in January.  Place your order at www.marketday.com for any January sale to be automatically entered.  Remember, place your order before January 1 for a chance to win $500 for you and your school.  On January 1, two winners will receive $500 each, plus $500 awarded to their schools.  From January 2-31, there will be a winner each day, receiving $100.)

ISTEP results for grades 3, 6, & 8 have been received and will be sent home with the report cards on January 23.

January Events:  School resumes on January 5.  Chapel will be held on Tuesday, January 6 (Epiphany).  The Wyneken Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at 1 p.m.  The end of the first semester is Friday, January 16, with report cards being sent home on the 23rd.  North Adams parents will need to make arrangements for their children to get to and from school on the 16th.  There will be no North Adams bus service all day.  School will dismiss at 12:25 p.m. on Monday, January 26.  Students riding North Adams busses will have transportation.  Students on East Allen busses will need to find transportation home that day.

Sporting News

The varsity A team made it to the championship game of the Heritage Feeder Tournament.  They lost to Unity.  We are proud of your accomplishments.  The 6th graders made it to the semifinals.

The boys’ 5th and 6th grade teams will play St. Peter at home on Monday, January 5.  The 5th graders will play at 4:15 p.m. with the 6th grade game beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The 5th and 6th grade girls’ teams will be playing at St. Peter on the 5th.  Game times are 4:15 p.m. (5th) and 5:30 p.m. (6th).  The 5th & 6th girls will play Holy Cross at Wyneken on Wednesday, January 7.  Game times are 4:15 p.m. (5th) and 5:30 p.m. (6th).  The 5th grade boys will have a game at Concordia Elementary at 5:30 p.m. on the 7th.  On the 8th the 5th and 6th graders will again play Concordia at Concordia with the 5th grade game at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 6th grade game at 5:30 p.m.

The varsity B team will play Blackhawk Christian on Thursday, January 8.  The girls’ game begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.

The varsity A  team will play Bethlehem, Fort Wayne, Thursday, January 8.  The boys’ game begins at 5:30 p.m.  The varsity A  team will play Woodburn on Saturday, January 10.    The girls’ game is at 9:15 a.m. followed by the boys’ game at 10:30 a.m.

The 7th grade girls will be playing in the Bethlehem, Ossian, tournament on Saturday, January 10.  They have games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and then will play at 4:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. depending upon their placement.

Parents are reminded that help is needed at home games.  People are needed to work in the concession stand, run the scoreboard, keep the scorebook, and clean up after the games.  If you are willing to help, please contact a member of the Athletic Boosters or Mr. Schwantz.  Older brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone who is interested in our athletic program are welcome to help, too!

Wyneken is hosting a 5th and 6th grade boys’ basketball tournament on Saturday, January 10.  The 5th grade boys will face Central in their first game at 8:00 a.m. and then will play at either 10:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.  The 6th grade boys will face St. Peter at 2:45 p.m. and then will play again at either 4 p.m. or 5:15 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to help run the event.  Concession workers, scoreboard, scorebook, admissions, and clean up help is all needed.  If you can help, please contact Jeff or Carolyn Kiess or Kent or Monica Stoppenhagen.  (That day is a busy one—the A team—both girls and boys—have games and the 7th grade girls are in a tournament in Ossian all day.) 

The LSAA has asked Wyneken to host several games in this year’s LSAA varsity basketball tournament.  On Monday, January 26, we will host two opening round games in the boys’ tournament and on Thursday, January 29, we will host the semifinals of the girls’ tournament.  Help will be needed in the concession stand, clean up, etc.  Please check your schedules and see if you would be available to help us be good hosts!



9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion


10:15 a.m.

Public School Confirmation


7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class


6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class


8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken


9:00 a.m.

Morning Glories


7:00 p.m.

Elders’ Meeting


7:30 p.m.

Trustees & Board of Finance Meetings


8:00 p.m.

Council Meeting


All Day

Tabea Society


7:00 p.m.



9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s


8:00 p.m.

Wyneken Board of Education


January 11

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service


10:00 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

January 12

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class


7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Service Complex

January 13

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class


8:00 a.m.

Thrivent Meeting @ Re/Max


9:00 a.m.

Morning Glories


7:30 p.m.

LWML Quarterly Meeting

January 14

7:00 p.m.


January 15

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class

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