We welcome you to Friedheim on this beautiful spring morning.  If you will be communing with us this morning, please fill out a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church and the cards may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  If you are visiting us this morning, please sign your name in one of our guest registries in either entranceway of the church.


Easter 4 (Confirmation Sunday)
 May 2, 2004


Service Liturgy

Confirmation Class of 2004

Church Announcements

Wyneken News

This Week at Zion-Friedheim

Next Week at Zion-Friedheim


The Ringing of the Church Bell

The Processional Hymn (please rise)

“Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

TLH #376

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

Agnus Dei”

The Lessons

First Lesson

Acts 13:15, 16, 26-33

Second Lesson

Revelation 7:9-17


John 10:22-30

The Confession of Faith
                                        TLH Page 22

The Sermon Hymn

“I am Jesus’ Little Lamb”

TLH #648

The Sermon
                           “We Live Secure”

                                                   John 10:27-28

  1. Do you belong to the Good Shepherd?
  2. Jesus has given us His Word and promise.
  3. His Word and promise is sure.

The Gathering of the Morning Offerings

The Choir


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

The Consecration of the Elements

The Distribution

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

The Distribution Hymns

“What is the World to Me”

TLH #430

“I Know that My Redeemer Lives”

TLH #200

“Lord of Our Life and God of Our Salvation”

TLH #258

“I’m But a  Stranger Here”

TLH #660

The Closing Collect

The Benediction

The Closing Hymn

“Onward, Christian Soldiers”

TLH #658


+ Soli Deo Gloria +

The Acolyte

Anna Buuck

The Organist

Sandy Blomenberg

The Pastor

Rev. Daniel Dahling


Zion-Friedheim Lutheran Confirmation Class of 2004
Class Verse:  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” – John 10:27-28

Rebekah Rose Blomenberg


Parents:          Timothy & Kristine Blomenberg

                        Donald & Pamela (Schmeichel) Richards

Born:               April 22, 1990

Baptized:       May 13, 1990 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Martin and Christa Koenemann


  Verses:         “Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who

seek him with their whole heart.” – Psalm 119:2

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33


Kyle Lucas Brodbeck


Parents:          Randy Brodbeck

                        Don & Julie (McAllister) Adkison

Born:               September 10, 1989

Baptized:       October 22, 1989 at Zion, Decatur

Sponsors:       Kim Weiland; Craig Brodbeck


Verses:         “Bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  Keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” – Psalm 16:7-8

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

Jordan Matthew Buuck


Parents:          Glenn & Angela (Stevens) Buuck

Born:               July 24, 1989

Baptized:       August 13, 1989 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Donald Buuck; Gerald Bulmahn


Verses:         “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said:  I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” – Hebrews 13:5


Rachelle Amanda Buuck


Parents:          Kevin & Dawn (Werling) Buuck

Born:               September 10, 1989

Baptized:       October 8, 1989 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Mick Werling; Brenda Kalb


Verses:         “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.” – Psalm 37:5

“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, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” – John 10:27,28

Gabrielle Roshel Cale


Parents:          Mark Cale

                        Keith & Michele (Bultemeier) Gardner

Born:               November 23, 1989

Baptized:       December 17, 1989 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Tim Bultemeier; Nevin Bultemeier; Shari Cale


Verses:         “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.” – Luke 11:28


April Dawn Erxleben


Parents:          Donald & Joy (Funk) Erxleben

Born:               July 31, 1989

Baptized:       September 17, 1989 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Anne Smith; Janis Whitcomb; Judy Newman


  Verses:         “Again Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘I am the

light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” – John 14:6

James Paul Fuhrmann


Parents:          Lynn & Kimberly (Hissong) Fuhrmann

Born:               July 5, 1989

Baptized:       August 13, 1989 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Leonard Fuhrmann; Sharon Colchin


Verses:         “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He  shall  bring it to  pass.”        Psalm 37:5


Shayla Rose Lee


Parents:          Todd & Lisa (Wolfe) Lee

Born:               October 6, 1989

Baptized:       October 22, 1989 at Zion, Decatur

Sponsors:       Aaron Rhymer; Tabitha Stout


Verses:         “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” – Revelation 2:10

“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


Emma Marie Lichtle


Parents:          Christopher & Wava (Witte) Lichtle

Born:               October 16, 1989

Baptized:       November 23, 1989 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Mark Witte; Ruth Pehlke


Verses:         “And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but    have    not    love,    I     am     nothing.” – I Corinthians 13:2

“I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” – Romans 1:16


Chase Drew McAllister


Parents:          Terry & Linda (Cottrel) McAllister

Born:               June 6, 1990

Baptized:       December 16, 2001 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Richard & Kim Weiland


Verses:         “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Jude 17

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


Carley Jean Manley


Parents:          Roger & Marla (Conrad) Manley

Born:               October 9, 1989

Baptized:       November 26, 1989 at Zion, Friedheim

Sponsors:       Carma Conrad; Karen Hall


Verses:         “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

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


Ivy Marie Mourey


Parents:          David Mourey, Sr. & Kelly (Beerman) Mourey

Born:               June 26, 1989

Baptized:       January 26, 1992 at Emmanuel, Soest

Sponsors:       David & Dorothy Wright


Verses:         “You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me.” – John 5:39

“God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16


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 temptations,
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



We remember our members who will celebrate birthdays this week—Jenny Schamerloh, Tanner Walker, Don Erxleben, Perry Caston, Tim Blomenberg, Kayla Johnson, Gilbert Hartmann, Allison Hormann, Brittany Bergdall, and Anna Buuck.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken resource teacher, Cindy Roy, Mendi Kaehr, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Linda Keuneke who teaches in the public school system.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We especially remember our confirmands this morning—Becky Blomenberg, Kyle Brodbeck, Jordan Buuck, Rachelle Buuck, Gabby Cale, April Erxleben, James Fuhrmann, Shayla Lee, Emma Lichtle, Chase McAllister, Carley Manley, and Ivy Mourey.  We pray that their faith will continue to grow.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need.  We especially remember in our prayers Clarence Bultemeier who has returned home, Lucile Stoppenhagen who is a patient at Bluffton Regional Medical Center, and Shelly Kiefer’s grandfather who underwent open heart surgery this past week.

We rejoice with Gerhard and Dorothy Werling who will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary on Wednesday, May 5, and Richard and Margaret Buuck who will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary on Saturday, May 8.  May the Lord continue to bless these couples.

We remember in our prayers our fieldworkers who received their vicarage assignments this past week—Keith Reeder who will serve St. John Lutheran Church in Topeka, Kansas, Troy Scroggins who will serve Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and Kyle Wright who will serve both St. Paul Lutheran in Coldwater, Michigan and Prince of Peace in Quincy, Michigan—and those who received their first call—Tim Daub who will serve both St. Paul in Bridger, Montana and St. John’s in Belfrey, Montana, Mark Sedwick who will be the missionary at large for the Hispanic population working out of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, and Eric Brown who will be at Zion Lutheran in Lahoma, Oklahoma.  God’s blessings upon each of you as you begin this phase of your ministry.

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

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.  (With the time change, you may wish to double-check the times of the Ohio programs.)  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.

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  Greed is evident in our society in terms of storage—putting money aside that will never be used, primarily because it brings a feeling of security.  Consider this verse:  “There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun; riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.” – Ecclesiastes 5:13

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?   

There will be a door collection for the Gideons next Sunday, May 9.

Council Members:  The minutes of the April 6 Council Meeting are in your slots in the entranceway of the church.  The Elders will meet on Monday, May 3, at 8 p.m. with the Council Meeting set for Tuesday, May 4, at 8 p.m.

The men’s softball team will begin their season the week of May 23.  Watch the bulletin for further information about pre-season practices.  Contact Steve Conrad if you want to participate.  New players and past players are always welcome to join!

Parents of the Confirmation Class of 2005:  The proofs have arrived.  You may pick them up in the church basement this morning. 

Gardeners:  Remember as you make your plans for your vegetable garden to keep in mind our mission project.  We will be donating any extra produce to “Second Chance,” a ministry for women in Ft. Wayne.  Think about what “extras” you might want to plant that will help feed these women and their children.  When you have “extras,” you can bring the items to the back of the church basement entrance towards the end of the week or on Sunday mornings.  We have someone who has volunteered to deliver the produce.

There will be another Orphan Grain Train clothing, shoes, and bedding collection this year on May 7 & 8 at the parking lot of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur.  Kitchenware and small appliances (packed for shipping) will also be accepted.  Collection times are Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The bulletin will be printed on Thursday for the next two weeks.  Please have any announcements to the church office by 8 a.m. on Thursday.  Thanks!

A senior citizens dinner will be held at New Hope Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A full meal with baked steak will be served.  The speaker will be Ken Nicholas of Ossian State Bank talking about “Financial Planning for Seniors.”  Ed Higgins will provide entertainment on the piano.  Attendance prizes will be given.  A freewill offering will be taken to cover the cost of the food.  For reservations, please call New Hope (622-7954) by May 3.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 259; Sunday School – 26; Monday Evening Bible Class - 8; Early-bird Bible Class - 8

Wyneken News

Zesto in Decatur is open!  You can purchase SCRIP in $5 denominations and go and get an ice cream cone!  Just by buying your groceries, gas, and maybe some fast food with SCRIP, Wyneken can receive $400 for the year!  For example, if you purchase $100 a week in grocery certificates this translates into a $312 (for the year) that Wyneken receives, add to that gas at $15 a week ($23 yearly profit), and fast food at $15 week (a $78 profit for the year).  These purchases don’t cost you anything out of the pocket—it just takes a moment.  Why not give SCRIP a try?  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. You can also E-mail scrip@wyneken.org and place your order.

Market Day Internet orders are due by noon on Saturday, May 1.  Pick-up day is Thursday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.    Items on special this month include marinated sirloin roast, Quencherz variety pack, peas, potato skins, French dip, fruit singles, and Bagel-ers.  There are also quite a few new items.  Check out the brochure and place an order!  If you cannot pick up your order on the 6th, 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). 

April and May chapel offerings will be given to Lutheran World Relief to help poor families in Krygyzstan.  The offerings will be used to help these families purchase sheep, cows, and chickens, for their community farms and thus help provide food, employment, and clothing.  So far the offerings have helped to purchase two sheep and money has been put towards the purchase of a horse.  Thank you!

The Wyneken 8th grade class of 2005 will be having a chicken BBQ on Mother’s Day, May 9, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Pre-sale tickets cost $4 per chicken half are still available this morning.  You may purchase your tickets from Anna Buuck, Mike Buuck, Chris Gorman, James Gorman, Andrea Johnson, or Kevin Schultz.

You can still purchase gift certificates for hanging baskets, geraniums, and flats from Sandpoint Greenhouse when it is convenient for you to get your plants.  You can also mix and match your flats this way.  There is an expiration date on the certificates of May 31, 2004; however.  If you ordered your flat to be delivered to Wyneken, you may pick up your order on Saturday, May 8, between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Some extra plants will also be available on Saturday (as well as gift certificates).  If you wish to make a purchase, you can contact any Wyneken 7th grader (see above).  The profits from each of these fundraisers will go towards their Washington, DC trip in the spring of 2005. 

Wyneken will have early dismissal on Monday, May 10, at 12:25 p.m.  Students riding on North Adams busses will have bus transportation.  Students riding East Allen busses will need to find transportation home.  If you will need to use the Extended Care services for the afternoon, please call Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

The Hot Lunch Committee is looking for a volunteer to take over the duties of treasurer.  The person who takes this position will be responsible for maintaining the daily lunch count also.  Please call Dawn Buuck (724-7952) if you are interested in this position.

The PTL Food and Beverage Committee is in need of a parent or parents to take over this position.  You would be in responsible for organizing bake sales during programs, provide food/drinks for meetings (PTL, faculty), parent/teacher conferences, and other events.  You can contact Kelly Todd, current committee person, or any PTL officer—Cam Nelson, Tom DeBolt, Linda Kleine, or Brian Hartman—if you are interested.

If you were unable to make North Adams kindergarten round up, there are information packets to be picked up in the school office.  These forms need to be completed and returned by Wyneken’s school registration in August.

A retirement luncheon for Mrs. Donna Schieferstein is scheduled for Sunday, May 16.  The open house will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a catered meal (serving begins at 11:00.m.) and concludes with a presentation to Mrs. Schieferstein at 12:15.m.  All are invited to attend.

The last day of school has been set for Wednesday, June 9, with dismissal at 11 a.m.  The awards ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. with chapel at 10 a.m.   There is no bus transportation all day.  All students will need to be dropped off and picked up that day.  East Allen’s final day of school is Monday, June 7, (half day) with North Adam’s final day being Tuesday, June 8 (half day).

Sporting News

The JV soccer team will play Central at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at Wyneken.

Parents of 7th and 8th grade athletes:  Please keep Sunday, May 16, open on your schedule.  The athletic banquet is planned for that day beginning at 5 p.m.  Invitations will be sent soon.





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The door collection for the Orphan Grain Train was $127.




9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion


10:15 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class


7:00 p.m.

Bible Class


8:00 p.m.

Elders’ Meeting


6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class


All Day

Tabea Society


7:00 p.m.



9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s



May 9

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service



Door Collection for Gideons


10:00 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class


10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

BBQ Chicken Dinner

May 10-11


Pastors’ Conference

May 11

7:30 p.m.

Altar Guild

May 12

7:00 p.m.


May 13

8:00 a.m.

Thrivent at Re/Max


9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class


8:00 p.m.

School Board