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 this morning, 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 4
December 19, 2004

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 46
The Solo “Jesus, Son of God – Son of Man”
Hymns TLH #301; #96; #92; #95; #98; #645 ©
The Readings The Dual Nature of Jesus
Isaiah 7:10-14   Human – Born of woman; Divine – God with us
Romans 1:1-17   Human – Son of David; Divine – Son of God
Matthew 1:18-25  Human – Born of Mary; Divine – Conceived by the Spirit

The Sermon

“The Cost of Christmas” – Matthew 1:18-25
Consider the high cost of Christmas…
     1.
      It cost Himself – “Emmanuel, God with us”
     2.
       It cost humility – “Born of a virgin”
     3.     It cost the cross – “He will save His people from their sin.”.
The Acolyte Chris Gorman

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Sean Bultemeier, Alma Keidel, Veronica Moellering, Tia Lee, Larry Caston, Randy Hockemeyer, Ed Miller, Oliver Gehres, and Jason Miller.  We also remember in our prayers members of the Wyneken School Board, especially those serving from Friedheim—Kent Kiefer, Kent Stoppenhagen, Mike Conrad, and Randy Everett, Stan Stoppenhagen, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Judy Baumann who teaches at Monmouth.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We pray the Lord’s blessings upon Brandon Henry McCloskey, son of Scott and Beth (Blomenberg) McCloskey, who will be a member of God’s kingdom through Holy Baptism this morning.  Godfathers are David and Erik Blomenberg with Emily Blomenberg serving as proxy for David.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need.   We remember in our prayers Keith Reeder, our former fieldworker, Ed Werling, and Bryan Miller.

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

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 has given us the gift of “Love.”  God is the source of love.  Please consider this verse:  “Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God.” – I John 4:7

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?

Christmas Eve program practice continues 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.

Our Children’s Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m.  A hymnfest will start at 6:30 p.m. that night.  All are invited to attend.

Our Christmas Day service begins at 9 a.m., with Holy Communion celebrated.   Pastor Dahling’s sermon meditation will be “What’s in a Name?”

There will be no Sunday School classes or adult Bible classes on Sunday, December 26, and Sunday, January 2.  Classes will resume on the 9th.

We have several children who haven’t picked up some of the pieces of their nativity sets.  If you (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, or uncle) could pick up these pieces this morning and see that the child receives them, it would be so appreciated.  Amy Walker will be in the back of the church today to hand out the pieces.  Those needing pieces include (an * indicates that they have more than one piece to get)—Tia Lee, Becca Evans, Gregg Buuck*, Vivian Miller*, Alex Baumann*, Katrina Robinson*, Vanessa Robinson*, Trevor Black, Ryan Hockemeyer, Alan Bergdall, Madilyn Baumann, and Gunnar Cale.  Thanks for your help!

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.

Our 2005 Church Council will be installed this morning, with their terms beginning on January 1.  We thank our out-going officers for their time and talents in serving our church.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon all of those who are serving and who have served our congregationThe results of last Sunday’s election are as follows:
Vice Chairman:             Floyd Thieme
Elders:                          Larry Hitzfield and Stan Stoppenhagen
Financial Secretary:       Sharon Franke
Deacons:                      Rudy Eidam and Scott Hormann
Board of Education:      Randy Everett
Board of Evangelism:    Monica Stoppenhagen
Trustees:                       Marc Lichtle and J.D. Nidlinger
Friedheim Foundation:  Jim Fuhrman

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.  You can make a purchase and put your money in the box.   We had two good sales in December.  At the Wyneken craft show sales totaled $403.90 and sales of $267 at Ossian Health Care.  We also had sales of $189 at St. Jude’s.  Thanks again to all who help with the craft projects and shows!

Our congregation’s men’s basketball team has two games this week.  They play Ev. Mennonite/Grace Bible on Monday, December 20, and Church of God on Tuesday, December 21.  Both games will be played at Bellmont Middle School and will start at 8 p.m.

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. 

Wheat Ridge Ministries, with the support of caring friends like you, is making a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ in need of God’s healing touch.  Please check their website at www.wheatridge.org for program updates and timely information on health and wellness from a Christian perspective. 

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

No weeknight (Wednesday night) choir practice until Wednesday, January 5, at 7 p.m.

 The Angels’ Candle

Dare we join the angels?  Can Advent be bidding us to do even this?  To shine with God’s glory?  To proclaim the Divine Message?  No!  Advent does not bid us.  GOD does!  Not just this season.  Every day—in who we are—in what we say…in everything we ever do 

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 246; Sunday School - 58; Midweek Advent Service - 77

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:

 

 

 

$5,302.87

 $5,506.51

-$203.64

-$34,485.42

Missions:

 

   

12/08 - $166.79
12/12 - $645.00

$389.42

+$422.37

-$667.28

Wyneken News

Think of your holiday needs as SCRIP 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.  There will also be a SCRIP representative at school this Tuesday, December 21.  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 need to be returned to school by Tuesday, December 21, with 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).

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!

Wyneken will have school on Monday and Tuesday, December 20 and 21.  There will be no bus transportation for students riding either on East Allen or North Adams busses.  Parents, please make arrangements to get your children to and from school on these days.  Thanks!

The Wyneken shirts/sweatshirts have arrived and can be picked up in the school office.  Anything not picked up by Tuesday, December 21, will be sent home with a child in the family.

The gingerbread houses created by the kindergarten and fifth grade students can now go home with them.  Any house not picked up by Tuesday afternoon will be thrown away.

ISTEP results for grades 3, 6, & 8 will be sent home to parents through the mail and should be mailed this week.  Test results for grades 4, 5, & 7 will arrive at school sometime in January.

As winter weather has arrived, 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!

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.

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

The Boys and Girls Club of Adams County is sponsoring Afternoons R.O.C.K., an after-school drug prevention program for 10-14 year old youth from the Decatur area.  It begins on January 11 and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There is a North Adams bus that students can ride directly to the club.  The program ends on February 25.  Information was sent home with all 4th through 8th grader students.

There is a growing collection of sweatshirts, hats, shirts, jackets, and even a lunch bag or two in our lost and found box.  Check in the office and take a look to see if you can find an item or two that belongs to your child.

Sporting News

The JV girls will face Central at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, December 20, with the sixth grade boys’ game at 5:30 p.m. and the 5th grade boy’s playing at 6:45 p.m.    

The 7th and 8th grade girls will be playing in the Heritage Feeder Tourney on Tuesday, December 28.  The girls will face Heritage at 11 a.m. at the High school gym while the JV girls play the winner of the Flatrock/HBA game in the middle school gym at 1 p.m.  The 7th and 8th grade boys will play in the Heritage Feeder Tourney on Friday, December 31.  The 7th graders have a game at 8 a.m. against Unity.  The eighth graders play the winner of the St. Joe/St. Louis game at 9 a.m.  Come out and support our young athletes!

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:15 a.m. Christmas Eve program practice           
MONDAY 8:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball

TUESDAY 8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Hymn Sing
  7:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas Eve Program
SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 26 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

December 27 8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
December 28 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
December 31 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service

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