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.  If you are communing, take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  You may place the card in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons.  Please worship with us again soon.

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Lent 4
March 6, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 15
The Choir “Surely He has borne our Grief’s”
Hymns TLH #8; #422; #310; #377; #550, vv. 7-8 ©
The Readings The Good Life
Hosea 5:15 – 6:2 Life is in returning to God
Romans 8:1-10  Life is living in the Spirit of Christ
Matthew 20:17-28 Life is in giving one’s self too God’s service

The Sermon

“Free to Be Me!” – Romans 8:1-10

St. Paul would say to us today, “I’m free to be me.”

     1.     
I am caught in myself.
     2.     
I cannot free myself from my nature.
     3.   Freed to be in Christ.
     4.   Freed for exalted living.  Now, and into glory.
We rejoice in the truth that sets each and every one of us to be ourselves.
The Acolyte Mike Buuck

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week— Evie Keuneke, Jeff Bradtmueller, Shirley Witte, and Chris Putteet.  We also remember in our prayers Becky Klenke, our 1st grade teacher at Wyneken, Shirley Drier, our Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, and Sandy Blomenberg who teaches at St. Peter-Immanuel.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Ivy Mourey who died in a car accident on Wednesday, March 2, and will be given Christian burial tomorrow, March 7.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn and remind them of that great reunion in heaven.

We also remember the Horton family in our prayers as they grieve over the loss of their son, Daniel, and pray for the recovery of their daughter, Sarah.  May our loving Father sustain them during these difficult days.

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 has returned home, Maxine Baumann, Sam Baumann’s mother, who is at Parkview Hospital, Pastor Stohlmann who is at Lutheran Hospital, Sarah Norton who is a patient at Parkview, Ed Aspy, and Bryan Miller.

Congratulations to Lester and Ruby Werling who will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this Thursday, March 10.  May the Lord continue to bless this couple.

LUTHERAN SCHOOLS:  A GREAT PLACE TO GROW!  Today marks the beginning of a week of celebration for Wyneken Lutheran School.  Our theme, “…grow up into Him…Christ,” is from Ephesians 4:15.  The children have written cards and letters to thank you for your support for their education at Wyneken.  The faculty, staff and children are grateful to each one of you for our Christian school where we can “grow” in Jesus!

Our mid-week Lenten services continue.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon on the 9th will be “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”  Church begins at 7 p.m.  The youth group will be hosting a Lenten meal (baked potato/taco bar) beginning at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  

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.

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

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:  LC-MS Stewardship Principle #1:  God’s Stewards are God’s Stewards.  What does this mean?  God’s stewards are stewards by virtue of creation and their re-creation in Holy Baptism; therefore, they belong to the Lord.  Consider this verse:    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

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?

Mike and Denise Conrad are again opening their home to those who have read “Why I am a Lutheran.”  Join them to discuss this book at 5 p.m. this evening.

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!

The LWML Thursday morning Bible class will next meet on Thursday, March 31, at 9 a.m. at the home of Marlene Conrad.

Come to our annual Soup & Sandwich dinner next Sunday, March 13, at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.  Serving is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  New this year, a drive-thru!! Thanks to your generosity all items have been now donated.  (You can bring your pies to church prior to next Sunday’s worship service for the committee to take over to Wyneken, or bring them to Wyneken yourself.)  If you are donating items for either the craft or bake sale, you may bring them to Wyneken on Sunday morning or drop off your craft items at the Parish Hall by Tuesday morning.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be co-sponsoring this event, matching a portion of what we make.  The profits will be used for the church foundation repair and landscaping.  

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.  The LYF will be hosting a Lenten supper at the mid-week Lenten service this Wednesday, March 9.  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); juniors and freshmen, the second shift (noon to 1 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 won their game last week and now will move on to semi-final play on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Adams County Service Complex.  The finals are scheduled for 8 p.m. on the 7th.

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.

Easter flower order forms are due next Sunday, March 13.  There are extra order forms in either entranceway of the church.  Boxes have also been placed in church for you to place your order forms.  Thanks!

The Preble Firemen’s Association invites you to their pancake and sausage breakfast this Saturday, March 12.  Serving will be from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Bulk sausage is also available for sale that day.  Thrivent will be matching funds from this event.  Come out and support our volunteer fire department.

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.

A Prayer

“All through the day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for Thee; and every life I touch do thou by Thy Spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live.”

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 278; Sunday School – 42; Adult Bible Class – 19; Monday Night Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class – 10; Mid-Week Lenten Worship Service -- 78 

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:

 

 

 

$3,335.90

 $5,888.40

-$2,552.50

-$11,821.42

Missions:

 

2/23 - $178.10
2/27 - $163.00

$408.65

-$67.55

-$440.25

Door Collection for Lutheran Hour Ministries - $183.00

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 today.  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.

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.

Eighth grade parents will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7, in the multi-purpose room to discuss the up-coming DC trip.

This week is National Lutheran Schools Week.  Special events this week include:  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.

Please turn in your “Box Tops for Education” sometime in March as we wish to submit them by March 31.  Our goal was to raise $1,000 for the library with this program.  We are nearing the $700 mark.  Thanks to all who have helped us!

Sporting News

Our second home meet for wrestling is tomorrow, March 7, beginning at 4:15 p.m.  The team will be hading to Emmanuel-St. Michael on Thursday, March 10, for a 4:15 p.m. meet.  The Concordia Open will be held this Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Our final home meet is March 14 with the final regular season meet held at Holy Cross on Thursday, March 17.  Both these meets start at 4:15 p.m.  Wyneken will also be hosting the LSAA senior championship on Saturday, March 19.  Come out and cheer our young athletes on! 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

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

Sunday School & Bible Class

  5:00 p.m. Book discussion @ Mike Conrad’s
  9:50 a.m. Joint Chapel held @ Bingen & Flatrock
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball (semi-finals)
  8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball (finals)
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. Set up for Lenten Supper 
  7:30 p.m. Trustees Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. LYF Lenten Supper
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Service
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Re/Max
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
SATURDAY 6:00 a.m. Preble Firemen’s Pancake & Sausage

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

March 13 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Soup & Sandwich
March 14 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
March 15 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 16 All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  7:00 p.m. Midweek Lenten Service (refreshments after service)

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