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 2
January 2, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 15
The Solo

“Gesu Bambino – The Infant Jesus”

Hymns TLH #508; #92; #91; #77; #97 ©
The Readings A Theology of the Word
Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 God’s servant is clothed with garments of righteousness
Ephesians 1:3-5; 15-18 Christ, the Word, blesses the faithful with Sonship and wisdom
John 1:1-18 The Word becomes flesh and dwells among us
The Sermon

 “What this season of Christmas means to us” - All three lessons
 
  1. Christmas means that we are children of God by faith
  2. Christmas means we are children of God by means of adoption
  3.  We are children of God by grace.
The Acolyte Anna Buuck

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Pastor Dahling, Dave Buuck, Brett Gallmeyer, Sheila Putteet, Davon Bultemeier, and Waldo Conrad.  We also remember in our prayers Cindy Roy, our Resource Room teacher at Wyneken, Stephen Zehnder, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Lisa Bills who is a substitute teacher.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We rejoice with Ben and Norma Miller who will celebrate their 59th  wedding anniversary on Thursday, January 6.  We pray that the Lord will remain the center of their home 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, and Bryan Miller.

We thank Lydia Dahling for sharing her gift of song with us this morning.  May the Lord continue to bless her.

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

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:  We know as Christians we should forgive people when they sin against us, but that isn’t always easy when it is in regard to finances.  We tend to hold a grudge longer and think much less of someone who has cheated us out of our money or possessions.  The reason is clear:  We hold on to our “things” a bit too tightly.  God suggests another approach:  Please consider this verse:  If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” – Proverbs 25:21-22

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.  Classes will resume on the 9th.

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.

The Church Council will meet on Tuesday, January 4, at 8 p.m.  Elders will meet prior to the Council meeting (7 p.m.) and the Trustees at 7:30 p.m.  The minutes of last month’s Council meeting can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church. 

The Morning Glories will meet again on Tuesday, January 4.  Just a reminder, that if school is cancelled due to adverse weather, the craft group will not meet either.

Just a reminder that if you have information that needs to be printed in the Annual Report to please have it to the church office by Monday, January 10.  Any changes of address or telephone numbers for the membership directory should also be turned in by that date.  Thanks!

The flower calendar for 2005 has been posted in the south entranceway of the church.  If you want to place flowers in church for a specific Sunday, please sign your name on that date.  You may wish to place flowers in church to honor a family member on their birthday, anniversary, etc., in loving memory of an individual, or just to beautify the church.  You may leave the flowers in church for several weeks or take them home with you following that Sunday’s worship service.  The Altar Guild, for a $25 donation, will contact Deb’s Floral Haven who will then make and drop off the arrangement at church.  If you want something placed in the bulletin, you will need to contact the church office with the necessary information.  Any questions?  Please contact Ann Crosby (639-3044).  In Ann’s absence (February through April), please contact Shirley Hormann (639-3842).

January 11 is the date for the next LWML Quarterly Meeting.  It will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.  There will be a short business meeting.  We will then be making blankets or lap robes to share with the needy.  Try to join the LWML for an hour or two, if possible.  Don’t forget to turn in your mites for missions.  The mites can be brought to a meeting, to church, or given to Marlene Conrad, our treasurer.

The Altar Guild will have a short meeting following the worship service today.  They will meet in the back of the church.

Take a moment to look at the insert in today’s bulletin concerning the courses offered at this year’s Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI).  You can pre-register for any of these courses by contacting Tim Blomenberg or Walter Nuerge.  The first class will meet on Tuesday, January 11.  Classes run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  You may also register, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th.

Our congregation’s men’s basketball team has no game scheduled this week.  Next Monday, January 10, they will play The Crossroad at 7 p.m. at Monmouth.

 The Thursday morning LWML Bible Class will meet Thursday, January 6, at the home of Dorothy Heckman.

Choir practice resumes this Wednesday, January 5, at 7 p.m.

Happy New Year

The new year’s chief value to us is its spiritual opportunity.  A year from now we may be richer or poorer than we are today, stronger or weaker; more famous or more obscure.

But these factors will not determine the real value of the year.

If the year makes us more patient and courageous, conscious of a deeper fellowship with the Spirit of Christ, it will have brought us the richest rewards it can bring.

Whatever else the new year may mean to us, it surely means the opportunity for spiritual enrichment.  If we approach the new year prayerfully and purposefully, God will redeem our days and bring us into a closer relationship with him.

n      George E. Horr

Source:  The NEWSLETTER Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 1, January, 1990.

Attendance:  Christmas Eve Worship Service – 335; Christmas Day Worship Service – 157 with 111 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday Worship Service – 171

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:

 

 

 

12/24 - $1,374.25
12/25 -
$3,155.50
12/26 -
$6,377.25

 $5,506.51

+$5,400.49

-$15,855.77

Missions:

 

12/25 - $125.00
12/26 - $170.00

$389.42

-$94.42

-$397.52

We received $2,000 from the Friedheim Foundation as a loan to pay our Wyneken obligation.

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.

Chapel will be held on Thursday, January 6 (Epiphany).

Market Day pick-up date is in the cafeteria this Thursday, January 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you have questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

The second quarter ends on Friday, January 14.  Report cards will be sent home on the 19th.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders are reminded that the research paper for the science fair project is due on Monday, January 17.

The Wyneken spelling bee (for grades 5-8) will be held on Tuesday, January 11.

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.

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 (A team) will be playing at Woodburn on Saturday, January 8, at 9:15 a.m. with the boys’ game following at 10:30 a.m.

The 5th and 6th grade boys will be hosting a basketball tournament at Wyneken this Saturday, January 8.  Contact a player for game times and opponents.  Since this is a tournament, admission will be charged.

The 3rd and 4th grade (boys and girls) intramural program will be held on Saturday, January 8.  The boys meet 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 with Holy Communion
  10:00 a.m.

Altar Guild Meeting

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class

TUESDAY

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  
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
  7:00 p.m. Choir
  7:00 p.m. School Board

THURSDAY

8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
  6:30 p.m. Market Day pick up

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 9 9:00 a.m. Worship Service
  10:00 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

  5:00 p.m. LYF Gym Night @ Wyneken
January 10  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball @ Monmouth
    Reports for Annual Report due in church office

January 11

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

 

9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute
  7:30 p.m. LWMLQuarterly  Meeting 
January 12 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 13 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Re/Max
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s

The Lutheran Hymnal midi files copyright © 1998 Rev. Richard Jordan, used by permission