Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

Advent means “coming.”  Advent is the opportunity for the Christian community to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Christmas.  We welcome you to Friedheim during this Advent season and pray that you find hope and comfort in God’s Word.   If you are communing, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  The card can be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  If you are visiting this morning, please sign one of the guest registries located at both entrances of the church.  Please worship with us again soon.

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Advent 2
December 5, 2004

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 15
The Solo “How Beautiful”
Hymns TLH #60; #71 (see insert); #55; #57; #58; #54 ©
The Readings The Coming Christ
Isaiah 11:1-10    A profile of the promised son of David
Romans 15:4-13  The basis for hope:  the coming of Christ
Matthew 3:1-12 Prepare by repenting

The Sermon

“Why John?” – Matthew 3:1-12
     1.
      John will persuade you to repent.  “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  (v. 2)
     2.
       John will point us to Christ.
The Acolyte Andrea Johnson

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Dorothy Heckman, Sara Werling, Marvin Conrad, Steve Conrad, Zane Buuck, and Markie Mourey.  We also remember in our prayers members of the Wyneken staff--Kim Ehlerding (custodian), Dani Fuhrman (secretary), Tami Schultz and Tammy Melcher (child care), Lisa Lee, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Addy Schuller who teaches at Bethlehem (Ossian).  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 remember in our prayers Walter Nuerge who has returned home following a hospital stay, Ed Werling, and Bryan Miller.

We thank Jean Timm and Mike Heckman for sharing their gift of song with us this morning.  May the Lord continue to bless them.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   This week’s theme is “When the Messiah Comes.”

Our mid-week Advent service will be held this Wednesday, December 8, with the worship service starting at 7 p.m.  You are invited to attend and hear Pastor’s sermon, “A Profile in Greatness.”  The choir will have practice following the worship service.

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.

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  Our Lord Jesus started his life on earth in a very humble way.  His life has brought us new life.  Life free from the wages of sin, free of eternal death.  Please consider this verse:  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

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?

Receiving the first pieces of their nativity sets, sponsored by the Harants family in loving memory of their daughter, Julie Sambol, are Oliver Gehres, Travis Hockemeyer, Ethan Lehman, Lucas Strickler, and Hanna Walker (our Pre-K 4 students). 

Christmas Eve program practice begins this morning.  All Sunday School students are to remain in church for practice.  Mrs. Buuck’s class (nursery-kindergarten) will practice in church then will go to their class in the Parish Hall.

Have you ever wondered what types of crafts the Morning Glories do?  You may come to the craft room in the Parish Hall this morning (during the Sunday School hour) and look around.  The items will be set up in the room.  If you would like to make a purchase, all items should be marked and a basket will be placed in the room for you to place your money.  The room will also be open on the 12th and 19th following the worship service. 

The Morning Glories will be going to Ossian Health Care this Friday, December 10.  Hours for shopping are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you ordered poinsettias from the 8th grade class and wanted church pick-up, please go to the church basement for pick up.  Thanks for the great support shown to the 8th graders through all their fundraising efforts this year.

Our congregation’s men’s basketball team plays Preble on Monday, December 6, at 7 p.m. at Monmouth Elementary School. 

Council Members:  The minutes from the November 2 Council meeting are in your slots in the entranceway of the church.  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, December 7, at 8 p.m.  Please have your budget pages to the church office today so a tentative budget can be compiled and distributed at the Council meeting on the 7th.  Thanks!

Are interested in being part of the book discussion group?  We are reading Pastor Daniel Preus’ book, “Why I am a Lutheran?”  The cost of the book is approximately $8.  Contact Pastor Dahling and he will order the book from the District office.  Deadline to order is next Sunday, December 12.

Friedheim has been asked for cake donations to be used to help the residents of Lutheran Home celebrate their December birthdays.  We have been asked to bring two white cakes, three chocolate cakes, two yellow cakes, and two angel food cakes (one iced and one without icing).  If you would be willing to donate a cake (cakes are needed by Wednesday, December 8), please contact Donna Hileman (639-3125).  Thanks!

We still need writers for our Lenten devotional book focusing on the Lord’s Prayer.  If you would like to be a part of this project, please contact Pastor Dahling.

Young people are an important focus for Wheat Ridge Ministries.  By supporting the National Youth Christian Leadership Conference, high school aged youth attend conferences at Lutheran colleges and universities designed to help them maximize their potential in service to the Lord.

The following have allowed their names to be placed for consideration for church office.  The Election and Budget Meeting will be held in the church basement following the worship service next Sunday, December 12.

Vice Chairman:             Sean Sielschott & Floyd Thieme
Elders:                          Tom Brandt, Marv Drier, Larry Hitzfield, and Stan Stoppenhagen
Financial Secretary:       Sharon Franke & Betty Sielschott
Deacons:                      Rudy Eidam, Scott Hormann, Matt Knipstein, and Allen Buuck
Board of Education:      Randy Everett & Duane Kiess
Board of Evangelism:    Tammy Dahling & Monica Stoppenhagen
Trustees:                       J.J. Everett, Marc Lichtle, J.D. Nidlinger, and Daniel Schuller
Friedheim Foundation:  Jim Fuhrman & Lin Gorman

Your 2005 pledge form can be returned to church by placing it in the offering plate between now and the first of the year.  There are extra pledge forms in either entranceway if you didn’t receive one last week.  There are also envelopes in either entranceway of the church for you to place this form in if you so desire. 

The Tabea Society will have their Christmas party this Wednesday, December 8, at noon at the Lutheran Home.

The Thursday morning LWML Bible Class will meet again on January 6.

Fellow members of Friedheim, 

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all those who helped me out last Sunday.  I’m doing fine now and appreciate all the thoughts and prayers on my behalf.  God’s blessings to each of you. – Eldora Scheumann

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 282; Sunday School - 39; Bible Class – 8; Early-Bird Bible Class – 12; Midweek Advent Service - 74                               

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:

 

 

 

$4,109.50
Thanksgiving - $6,581.17

 $5,506.51

-$1,397.01

-$34,252.38
-$27,671.21

Missions:

 

   

 $180.00

$389.42

-$209.42

-$1,475.78

Wyneken News

The SCRIP holiday contest ends today.  The students have already earned a candy bar and pop and hope to achieve the next goal ($45,000 in sales) to be treated to a continental breakfast.  At $60,000, all will enjoy an ice cream sundae party and at $70,000 the group will have a pizza party.  The profits from the sale will go towards new furnishings in the library as well as books.  Another new vendor has been added—Marathon gas in $25 denominations at a 3% discount.  Think of your holiday needs since SRIP makes great gifts and stocking stuffers.  SCRIP is available on Wednesday and Fridays after school in the front lobby and all day on Fridays in the school office.  You may also see Kim Weiland after this morning’s worship service and purchase SCRIP from her.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your order.  If you use the school’s address (scrip@wyneken.org), Kim can’t respond to your E-mail.

Market Day order forms are included in this morning’s bulletin with orders to be returned to school by Tuesday, December 21, and Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, January 1.  Pick-up date is Thursday, January 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Some of the special this month are French toast sticks ($5.59), cheese pizza eat-zzas ($5.79), cod ($11.99), trial popcorn chicken ($4.99), beef stew ($8.99) string cheese ($7.89) shrimp scampi ($12.29), individual carrot cakes ($8.29), broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken ($12.49), lasagna rollups ($6.89), beef patties ($10.99), mini cheese omelets ($5.49), microwave pancakes ($6.29), and much more.  If you have questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

Please keep saving those Box Tops for Education and the Campbell labels.  Both benefit programs at our school.

The 4th and 6th grades thank all those who helped with food and gift items for the sponsored families.  Through December, food and pantry items along with monetary donations will be collected to help several needy families within our own local community.  The pantry items can be placed in the carts located throughout the school building with monetary gifts taken to the office.  Thanks!

As winter weather approaches, parents are reminded to have their children dressed appropriately for outside weather (coats, hats, gloves, etc.) as the children do go out for recess.  Thanks!

The Pre-K and kindergarten students will present a Christmas program on Friday, December 17, at 9:30 a.m.  All are invited to attend.

Grades 6 and 7 will be singing on Sunday, January 16.  The 7th graders will be singing at Bingen at the 8 a.m. service and the 6th graders will sing at Preble at their 10:15 a.m. service.

Ms. Klenke (1st grade) and Mrs. Werling (2nd grade) are in need of old socks (any colors) and flannel shirts for a project.  If you have these items, please take them to their classrooms.

Wyneken’s Christmas break is December 22 through January 2.

Sporting News

The JV girls will face St. John Flatrock at 4:15 p.m.  Monday, December 6, at Wyneken with the sixth grade boys’ game at 5:30 p.m. and the 5th graders playing at 6:45 p.m.  The 5th grade boys will play Bethlehem (Ossian) at Wyneken at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7.  The 5th grade boys play St. Joe at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, at Wyneken.  The 6th grade boys face St. Peter-Immanuel at SPI Thursday, December 9, at 6:15 p.m.  The 6th graders will play an HBA team during halftime of the JV Bellmont/Heritage game at Heritage on Saturday, December 11

The 7th grade girls will play Bethlehem (Ossian) on Monday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Bethlehem followed by the 7th grade boys’ game at 6:45 p.m.

The 8th grade girls will play St. Paul at St. Paul on Thursday, December 9, at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 8th grade boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Saturday, December 11,  the 8th grade girls will play Zion Decatur at Wyneken at  9:15 a.m. with the 8th grade boys facing Zion at 10:30 a.m.  

The intramural program for boys and girls in grades 3 and 4 begins this Saturday, December 11.  The boys will practice from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the girls from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class       
    Crafts & Poinsettia pick up
MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class                                           

  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.  Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  Noon Tabea Society Christmas Party
  7:00 p.m. Midweek Advent Service (Choir follows)
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Re/Max in Decatur
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
FRIDAY 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft Show at Ossian Health Care

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 12 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service – Choir Service

Baptism of Brandon Henry McCloskey

10:00 a.m. Sunday School 
10:00 a.m. Budget & Election Meeting
December 13 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
December 14 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
8:30 p.m. Men’s basketball
December 15 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service

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