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.


Lent 3
February 27, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 5
The Choir “Without His Cross”
Hymns TLH #300; #151, vv. 1-3; #550, vv. 5-6 ©
The Readings Light to See
Isaiah 42:14-21 God turns darkness into light that we may see
Ephesians 5:8-14 Christians live in the light of Christ
John 9:13-17, 34-39 The vision of Christ as Messiah

The Sermon

“Christ’s reason for coming into this world—a self-contradiction?” – John 9:24-41

Is Jesus’ coming into this world a self-contradiction?

He came that the seeing may become blind.
He came into the world so that the blind may see.
Jesus sharpens our vision.
The Acolyte Kevin Schultz

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week— Justin Jackson, Jacob Stoppenhagen, Jennifer Eidam, Dan Buuck, Alvin Witte, Delmar Heckman, Don Buuck, and Lisa Lee.  We also remember in our prayers Heidi Werling, our 2nd grade teacher at Wyneken, Stephen Zehnder, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Sara Rhymer who teaches in the North Adams 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 Eldora Fuelling who is in the extended care unit of Adams County Memorial Hospital, Fern Ehlerding, Pam Everett’s mother, who is in extended care at Adams County, Maxine Baumann, Sam Baumann’s mother, who is at Parkview Hospital, Heath Witte who underwent surgery this past week and has returned home, Brittany and Craig Nern and their son, Hayden, who were in a traffic accident, and Bryan Miller.

This morning we will witness the reaffirmation of baptism for Donald James (DJ) Kitson, son of Don and Beth (Fuhrman) Kitson.  DJ was baptized on January 6.  Chad Fuhrman and Chad Baker are serving as godfathers.  We pray that the Good Shepherd will keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We rejoice with Jim and Heidi (Knipstein) Wilkinson on the birth of their daughter, Analise Elizabeth, on Sunday, February 20.  We pray that the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Frank Hormann, cousin of Al Hormann and Hildegard Kiefer, who was called to his heavenly home and given Christian burial last Wednesday, and the friends and family of Jack Walker, stepfather of Jane Thieme, who went to be with his Savior last Sunday and was given Christian burial last Wednesday.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn and remind them of that great day when they will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

We thank God for the blessings He has given our congregation as we thank Him as we celebrate our 167th anniversary as our congregation was founded on February 25, 1838.  We pray that the Lord continues to guide us.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in loving memory of Elsie Buuck.  Her family has placed the flowers in church this morning.

Our mid-week Lenten services continue.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon on the 2nd will be “I am the Vine.”  Church begins at 7 p.m.  The Board of Stewardship will be serving light refreshments following the worship service that evening in the church basement.  

Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur is offering a noon mid-week Lenten service.  If this time of the day is more convenient for you to worship, you are welcome to attend this service.  Pastor Dahling will be doing the liturgy at these services.

There will be a door collection today to benefit Lutheran Hour Ministries.

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

There are still copies of the Lenten devotional, “The Lord’s Prayer,” written by and for our members.  If you would like a copy, you can pick one up in either entranceway of the church this morning.

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:  Have you ever experienced the joy of giving?  We’re not talking about throwing a dollar or two in the collection plate.  We’re talking about giving from your heart.  Yes, we can give, and should give, monetarily.  But have you ever invested your time and energy into a Christ-centered cause, which had nothing to give you in return.  If not, try it—you’ll like it!  You will find that this “cause” will give you more joy than you could imagine.

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?

You can find your Annual Reports and 2005 Membership Directory in the back of church.  Please pick up your copy this morning.

As noted in the Annual Meeting minutes, if you contributed to the Wyneken Expansion project in 2004 and wanted your contribution to be used to help pay our monthly obligation to Wyneken, you need to contact Mike Heckman.  We are asking that this be done by April 1.  Thanks!

It’s time to make plans for our annual Soup & Sandwich dinner to be held on Sunday, March 13, at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.  If you are willing to donate the few items remaining on the list, please contact Denny & Angie Werling (547-4337) or Kim & Roz Schamerloh (724-8772).  Pies and salads are also needed.  Stan and Tami Stoppenhagen (728-9101) are chairing the salad committee with Dean & Cindy Wass (623-2209) chairing the pies.  Please contact them if you would be willing to donate a salad or dessert.   Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be co-sponsoring this event, matching a portion of what we make.  Just as a reminder, as decided at the Annual Meeting, the profits will be used for the church foundation repair and landscaping.  

Chickens – 1 whole

Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 20 lbs.

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Tomatoes – 8 qts.

Hamburger - 25 lbs.

Onions – 7 lbs.



Council Members:  The minutes from the February 1 Council meeting are in your slots in the entranceway of the church.  The next Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8 (please note the change of date), at 8 p.m.

LYF NEWS:  The LYF will be busy in March.  Would you like to get rid of your newspaper and aluminum cans.  The LYF will have a paper/aluminum can drive on Saturday, March 5.  Youth are asked to meet at the Parish Hall at 8 a.m. on the 5th.  Members, you may bring your papers/cans to the Parish Hall that morning or have the youth come to your home to pick them up.  Please contact Mike or Denise Conrad (547-4717) or Stan or Tami Stoppenhagen (728-9101) if you would like the youth to stop at your house.  Thanks!  The LYF will also be hosting a Lenten supper at the mid-week Lenten service on the 9th.  The congregation is invited to enjoy a baked potato/taco bar with serving to begin at 6 p.m.  (We promise to have enough food this time!!)  The LYF will set up for this event on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.  The youth are also reminded that they will be serving drinks at the soup & sandwich dinner on the 13th.  The seniors and sophomores will work the first shift (10:30 a.m. to noon) with the juniors and freshmen working the second shift (noon to 1:00 p.m.)  And, of course, the youth will serve an Easter breakfast on the 27th of this month.

Our congregation’s men’s basketball team has finished regular season play.  Tournament play begins on Monday, February 28, at 8 p.m. at the Adams County Service Complex.  They will face United Brethren.  The winner of this game will move on to semi-final play on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m., with the finals scheduled for 8 p.m. on the 7th.

For 75 years this fall, The Lutheran Hour radio program has proclaimed a hope that is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Help ensure the broadcasting of the Gospel on The Lutheran Hour for the next 75 years and beyond by providing your financial support today.  There will be a door collection this morning to benefit this ministry.  Learn more about this inspirational Lutheran Hour Ministries’ program by visiting www.lhm.org.

All men, women, and children are invited to attend the annual LLL Prayer Breakfast to be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 West Jefferson, in Ft. Wayne, on Saturday, March 12, at 8 a.m.  The featured speaker will be Rev. Barry Keurulainen, former pastoral advisor of Lutheran Laymen’s League and senior pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cabot, Pennsylvania.  Each person will be provided an opportunity to support Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Tickets may be secured from Al Hormann for a donation of $5 or you can call 423-1369.

Have you lost a braided rug?  One was found outside in the front parking lot at church following a recent snowstorm.  If it is yours, please contact Kris Blomenberg.

LYF Ushers for March are Ben Moeller and David Mourey.

Pastor Dahling for your visits and kind words, for prayers and cards, we thank you all.  – Marlin Keidel

Thrivent GivingPlus Program

The Wyneken Expansion project has been completed; however, the Thrivent Giving Plus program still offers the opportunity to make your contributions go farther.  It was decided at the January, 2005 Annual Voters’ Meeting to keep open Friedheim’s “Wyneken” bank account in order to take full advantage of this Thrivent program for our 300+ Thrivent members.

The money contributed to this account will be used on conjunction with the general fund to make our monthly payments to Wyneken.  Please consider donating a portion of your home-purpose contributions through this program, under the following guidelines:

v     Make checks payable to Wyneken, not to Friedheim.  This is necessary to receive the matching funds.  Be sure to clearly note “Wyneken” on the envelope you used to make this contribution.

v     There is no need to give more than $400 per Thrivent member to this program, as that is the maximum that qualifies for the match.  Thrivent matches 50 cents on the dollar up to this limit for a maximum $200 match.

v     Make your contribution as early in the year as you can.  There is a fixed dollar amount set aside by Thrivent for matches, and once it has been reached, contributions will no longer be matched.

v     For this same reason, send in your GivingPlus form as soon as you have completed your donations to the program for the year.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 230 with 144 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 47; Adult Bible Class – 12; Monday Night Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class – 12; Mid-Week Lenten Worship Service -- 90 


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Wyneken News

SCRIP is available on Wednesday and Fridays after school in the front lobby and all day on Fridays in the school office.  We all love pizza!  The SCRIP committee will have a kick off to Lutheran Schools Week at Pizza Hut in Decatur next Sunday, March 6.  Wyneken “Fun”draiser tickets are available from Kim Weiland or in the school office.  The tickets are good all day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., even on the Sunday buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Present your ticket when you pay for your meal and Pizza Hut will rebate 10% of your purchase back to Wyneken.  Remember to buy Pizza Hut SCRIP to use as payment and Wyneken benefits twice.  Make plans to meet your family and friends for some fun and laughs and support our school at the same time.  You can 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 pick-up date is on Thursday, March 3, between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Questions?  Give Sharon Franke (623-3992) a call. 

Wyneken 8th Grade Parents:  There will be a meeting on Monday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room concerning the DC trip.

If you have a 7th or 8th grade student and are interested in the Twenty-first Century Scholarship program, registration forms are available in the school office. 

Students riding North Adams buses will not have transportation in the afternoon on Monday, March 7.  Parents, please make arrangements for that day.

Congratulations to Anna Buuck, Paul Drier and Jenna Timm for displaying the top six projects in the science fair.  James Gorman, Paul Drier, and Matt Gorman will be competing at the regional science fair at IPFW.  Good luck, guys!

Coming Up:  National Lutheran Schools Week will be held the week of March 6-12.  Plans and special events will be held that week.  Dress Up Day (Monday, March 7)—our K-4th graders will worship at Bingen with other Lutheran schools in the area at 9:50 a.m., while the 5th-8th graders will worship at Flatrock.  On Tuesday, our K-2nd grade students will have breakfast at school while our 3rd –8th graders will hear Fritz Bultemeyer talk about the Afghanistan conflict (from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the new gym, on Wednesday it will be Jump Rope for Heart Day, on Thursday there will be “cup stacking activities,” and on Friday it will be red, white, and blue day (no goofy attire) with an all school lunch followed by jeopardy finals.

Sporting News

The first home meet for wrestling is tomorrow, February 28, beginning at 4:15 p.m.  There will also be home meets on March 7 and March 14.  Come out and cheer our young athletes on!  The team will also be competing at St. Paul’s on Thursday, March 3, at 4:15 p.m.


TODAY 9:00 a.m. Worship Service
Door Collection – Lutheran Hour Ministries
  10:00 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Service (Refreshments served following service)
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. LYF Paper/Aluminum Can Drive


March 6 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion                     

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
March 7 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Service Complex
March 8 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. Set up for Lenten Meal
  7:30 p.m. Trustees Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
March 9 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Re/Max
  6:00 p.m. LYF Lenten Supper
  7:00 p.m. Midweek Lenten Service
March 10 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
March 12   Set up for Soup & Sandwich

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