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.


Epiphany 1
January 9, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 5
The Choir

“To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord”

Hymns TLH #301; #396; #298 ©
The Readings The Gift of the Spirit
Isaiah 42:1-7 The Spirit is bestowed on God’s chosen
Acts 10:34-38 God shows no partiality
Matthew 3:13-17 The Word is incarnate in Jesus Christ
The Sermon

 “Who is this Jesus?” – Matthew 3:13-17
  1. He is the Messiah—identified with the past.
  2. As Messiah, He identifies with the present—those present at His time.
  3. The Messiah’s mission points us to the future.
The Acolyte Mike Buuck

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Kris Blomenberg, Lori Caston Dennis Schuller, Olivia Conrad, Spencer Scheumann, Alyssa Schuller, Jacob Lee, Mike Brandt, Dave Miller, Jordan Louise Rhymer (her first!), Tami Stoppenhagen, Caden Culp, Kathy Moellering, and Ethan Lehman.  We also remember in our prayers Yvonne Schwantz, one of our 8th grade teachers at Wyneken, Shirley Drier, our Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, and Kristie Brown who teaches in the public school system.  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 Keith Reeder, our former fieldworker, Ed Werling, Dick Hileman who was briefly hospitalized this past week, and Bryan Miller.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the 59th wedding anniversary of Ben and Norma Miller last Thursday, January 6.  These flowers have been placed in church, with much love and admiration, by their children and grandchildren.

We welcome to the Friedheim family Beth Rettig (sister of Lisa Lee and Chris Rhymer) and her daughter, Kacey Liechty.  They have transferred to us from Peace Lutheran in Berne.  We pray that the Lord will richly bless them in their new church home.

We rejoice with Don & Beth (Fuhrman) Kitson on the birth of their son, Donald James, on Thursday, January 6.  He was also baptized on the 6th.  We pray that the Good Shepherd will keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We remember all those affected by the tsunamis in southeastern Asia this past week.  As the days go by, we learn of more deaths and devastation.  We pray that the Lord be with those who are trying to bring aid and comfort to the victims as well as the victims, as the rebuilding process begins.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is a Thrivent Financial Tsunami Disaster Response Form.  Thrivent is matching contributions given to Lutheran World Relief, up to $2 million dollars.  To utilize this benefit, send the completed form (one form per eligible member—16 years of age or older), along with your gift, to Lutheran World Relief.  The check must be written to Lutheran World Relief to qualify for the matching funds. 

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   This week’s theme is “Called to Witness.”

There will be a door collection this morning to benefit the Concordia Seminary.

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:  How far does forgiveness extend?  As far as the Lord is concerned, it stretches without end.  That means that no matter how much someone has hurt/harmed us physically, mentally, emotionally OR financially, we must forgive them!  Please consider this verse:  If you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” – Matthew 6:15

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?

Through your generous giving during December, a small loan ($2,000) was needed from Friedheim Foundation to become current with our Wyneken obligation.  We hope to repay this loan in a short period of time. 

Sunday School and adult Bible classes resume this morning. 

We still need writers for our Lenten devotional book focusing on the Lord’s Prayer.  Ash Wednesday is February 9!  If you would like to be a part of this project, please contact Pastor Dahling as soon as possible.  If you are already writing a devotion, please give it to Pastor Dahling or a member of the Stewardship Committee—Tim & Kris Blomenberg, Dale Heckman, or Davon Bultemeier soon.  Thanks!

The LYF will have a gym night at Wyneken this evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Pizza and pop will be provided.  Activities for the year will also be discussed including a ski trip in February.  Hope to see you tonight!

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).

You are invited to the 2005 Epiphany Lesson and Carols presented by the Seminary Kantorei in Kramer Chapel on Sunday, January 16, at 7 p.m. at the Concordia Theological Seminary.  Enjoy the music of the Christmas and Epiphany season!

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 first class for the Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI) meets on Tuesday, January 11.  Classes run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  You can pre-register for any of these courses by contacting Tim Blomenberg or Walter Nuerge.  You may also register, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th.  There is a brief synopsis of the classes offered posted in either entranceway of the church.  Take a moment to look the class offerings over.

We received the following note from the Dean Berning family this past week.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the third grade class, their parents, and members of your church in being so supportive of our family during the recent loss of Jean Berning.” - Dean, Jennifer, & Kevin

Our congregation’s men’s basketball team will play The Crossroad at 7 p.m. at Monmouth on Monday, January 10.

Through Memorial Funds a new copier has been placed in the church office.  The old copier is available (for a donation) if anyone is interested.  The copier has almost 1.25 million copies on it.  We also have two extra toner cartridges.  If you are interested in the copier, please contact one of the Elders—Steve Conrad, Delmar Heckman, Larry Hitzfield, or Stan Stoppenhagen.

Why Do Volunteer Work?

The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.  People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed…Never throw out anybody.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.  And you will discover that you have two hands.  One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

                                                            Sam Levenson

My Church Helps Me

To keep a sky in my life, and to look up.
To keep my hand in God’s, and hold on to him.
To see eternal values above the material.
To lift life above self, and to serve the Christ.
To see the good in others and praise it.
To keep sweet and to keep busy for him.
To have a seeing eye, a feeling heart and a helping hand.
To test the motive of life and choose the best.
To do justly, love mercy and walk humbly.

                                                                        Byron H. Hatfield

Attendance:  New Year’s Eve Worship Service – 79; Sunday Worship Service – 238 with 164 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class - 7; Early-bird Bible Class - 12


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:




12/31 - $1,732.27
1/2 - $4,349.85










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.

Due to last week’s icy roads, Market Day pick-up will be this Wednesday, January 12, from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the cafeteria.  If for some reason you can’t pick up your order that evening, you may pre-pay and your order will be held for you.  If you have questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

The second quarter was scheduled to end on Friday, January 14, with report cards to 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 JV girls play at Concordia Elementary at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, January 10, with the 5th grade boys’ game to follow at 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, January 12, the JV girls face Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m. with the 6th grade boys’ team playing at 5:30 p.m.

The Wyneken boys (B team) plays St. Joe at St. Joe Decatur on Tuesday, January 11, at 4:30 p.m. with the A team facing St. Joe at 5:45 p.m.  The Wyneken girls (B team) faces St. Joe at Wyneken on Tuesday, January 11, at 4:30 p.m. followed by the A team at 5:30 p.m.  The B team   also plays St. Peter Immanuel at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, at SPI.  The Wyneken boys (B team) play Central at Central on Thursday, January 13, at 4:15 p.m. with the A team’s game to follow at 5:30 p.m.  The Wyneken girls (B team) play Central at Wyneken at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, with the girls’ A team to play at 5:30 p.m.  The girls A team faces Unity at Wyneken on Saturday, January 15, at 9:15 a.m. with the boys’ A team to play Unity at 10:30 a.m.

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 3rd and 4th grade (boys and girls) intramural program will be held on Saturday, January 15.  The boys meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the girls from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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

Sunday School & Bible Class

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


6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. LBI
  7:30 p.m. LWML Meeting 
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken


7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s


January 16 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion
  10:15 a.m.

Sunday School

January 17  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball  
January 18 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories


7:00 p.m. LBI

January 19

All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 20 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s
January 21   Items for February newsletter due in church office

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