Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim!  May the Lord bless you as you hear His Word today.  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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Christmas 1
December 26, 2004

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 32
The Choir “In Thee is Gladness”
Hymns TLH #85, vv. 1-5; vv. 6-10; vv. 11-15 ©
The Readings The Goodness of God
Isaiah 63:7-9  God redeems from affliction
Galatians 4:4-7 God adopts us as sons
Matthew 2:13-15; 19-23    God protects from danger

The Sermon

“The Great Event” – Galatians 4:4
Let’s consider this great event we call Christmas…
     1.
      The timing of the event—“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son…”
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       The meaning of the event—“…God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the law.”
     3.     The blessing of the event—“…that we might receive adoption as sons.
The Acolyte Andrea Johnson

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Carol Brandt, Elizabeth Kiefer, Angie Werling, Cindy Des Jean, Emily Miller, and Janice Buuck.  We also remember in our prayers Lowell Timm, our principal at Wyneken, Lin Gorman, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Toney Bergman who teaches in the North Adams system.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We rejoice with Marvin and Laurina Conrad who will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary on Monday, December 27, and Dave and Deb Miller who will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, December 29.  We pray that the Lord will remain the center of their homes and continue to bless them.

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, Angie Bauman’s Aunt Donna who is in failing health, and Bryan Miller.

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

You are invited to attend our New Year’s Eve worship service that begins at 7 p.m.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon, “Our Great Heritage,” is from Psalm 90:1.  Take this opportunity to worship 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.

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  Our Lord Jesus has given us the gift of salvation.  Can anyone top that?  Salvation is a wonderful gift!  Consider ways to say thank you for this most special gift.  Pray, praise Him, and give thanks!  Please consider this verse:  “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

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 no Sunday School classes or adult Bible classes this morning, or next Sunday, January 2.  Classes will resume on the 9th.

Youth ushers for January are Henry Dahling and Andrew Werling.

You are reminded that if you wish to have any other contributions attributed to your 2004 contribution statement, they must be received by New Year’s Eve.  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.

During the Morning Glories open house another $114 was collected.  The Morning Glories will meet again on Tuesday, January 3.  Just a reminder, that if school is cancelled due to adverse weather, the craft group will not meet either.

Our congregation’s men’s basketball team has two games this week.  They play St. Mary’s on Monday, December 27, at 8 p.m. and United Brethren on Tuesday, December 28, at 6 p.m.  Both games will be played at Bellmont Middle School.

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.  There are also envelopes in either entranceway of the church for you to place this form in if you so desire. 

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.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 292 with 179 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School - 57

 

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:

 

 

 

$11,654.50

 $5,506.51

+$6,647.99

-$21,256.26

Missions:

 

   

12/15 -  $222.60
12/19 - $531.00

$389.42

+$346.18

-$303.10

Wyneken News

SCRIP is available on Wednesday and Fridays after school in the front lobby and all day on Fridays in the school office.  You may 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 Internet orders are due by noon on Saturday, January 1.  Pick-up date is Thursday, January 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you have questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

ISTEP results for grades 4, 5, & 7 will arrive at school sometime in January and will then be mailed to parents.

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 continues 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.

WANTED:  Two of our Wyneken cooks will be retiring at the end of the 2004-2005 school year.  The Hot Lunch Committee would like to interview those interested in either of these positions (six-hour days) this winter.  They hope to have these individuals in place so that they can do some training beginning mid-March.  Please contact Rick & Kelly Johnson, 15611 Barkley Road, Monroeville, Indiana 46773 (639-6331) by January 15 if you are interested in the position or have questions.

Sporting News

The Wyneken girls will be playing in the Heritage Feeder Tourney on Tuesday, December 28.  The 7th & 8th grade girls 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

MONDAY 8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
TUESDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 2 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

January 3 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
January 4 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m.

Morning Glories

7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
7:30 p.m. Trustees Meeting
8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
January 5 All Day Tabea Society
7:00 p.m. Choir
7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
January 6 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s

January 8

5th & 6th Grade Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Wyneken

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