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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Lent 5
March 13, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Worship Page 32
Hymns TLH #158; #409; WH #888 ©
The Readings Life out of Death
Ezekiel 37:1-3, 11-14 God’s Spirit raises a dead people
Romans 8:11-19  

The Spirit raises us from the death of the flesh to life as sons of God

John 11:47-53 Christ raises Lazarus from the dead

The Sermon

“The Irony of the Cross of Christ” – John 11:47-53

Today we see the irony of the cross of Jesus Christ.
     1.     
The world will often reject the good in favor of evil.
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In the hands of God, evil can be transformed into good.
The Acolyte James Gorman

+ Soli Deo Gloria +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week— Amy Erxleben, Tammy Dahling, Dirk Stoppenhagen, Julie Heimann, and Josh Miller.  We also remember in our prayers Rae Fuhrmann, our Kindergarten teacher at Wyneken, Dawn Miller, our Sunday School Superintendent, and Deb Miller who teaches at Concordia Elementary.  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 Marvin Stoppenhagen who returned home following a brief hospital stay, Tami Schultz who had surgery this past week and has returned home, Eldora Fuelling who is in the extended care unit of Adams County Memorial Hospital, Maxine Baumann, Sam Baumann’s mother, who is at Parkview Hospital, Sara Horton who is in intensive care at Parkview, Ed Aspy, and Bryan Miller.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Rev. Paul Stohlmann who was called home to be with His Savior last Sunday and was given Christian burial this past Friday.  We also remember the family and friends of Fern Ehlerding, Pam Everett’s mother, who was called to her heavenly home this past Thursday and will receive Christian burial tomorrow and the friends and family of Rev. Sam Schlie, from Christ Lutheran Church in Woodburn, who was called to be with the Lord.  May the comforting arms of the Lord be around those who grieve and remind them of that great day when they will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Our mid-week Lenten services continue.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon on the 16th will be “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”  Church begins at 7 p.m.  The Board of Stewardship will be serving light refreshments in the church basement following the worship service.  

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 “The Sufferings of God’s Servants.”

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 #2:  God’s Stewards are Managers, NOT OWNERS.  What does this mean?  God’s stewards have been entrusted with life and life’s resources and given the privilege of responsibly and joyfully managing them for Him.  Consider this verse:    “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15

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?

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 today at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.  Serving is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  New this year, a drive-thru!!  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.  

A Note from Our Treasurer:  We are current with our monthly bills, except for our monthly Wyneken payment.  At the present time, we still owe $10,000 for our February payment as well as our March payment of $13,000.

Congratulations to our men’s basketball team.  They beat United Brethren on the 28th 75-45 to get into the semi-finals.  They defeated the Crossroad last Monday evening (63-56) and then beat Berne Missionary (46-40) to claim the championship.  Great job, guys!

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 today.  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!

Next Sunday, March 20, there will be a door collection to benefit International Missions and Worship for Shut Ins.

The Bereavement Committee thanks those who contributed to last week’s meal.  You may pick up your pans/dishes in the Parish Hall kitchen.

The LYF will be serving an Easter breakfast between the Easter dawn and Easter festival service on the 27th of March in the Parish Hall.  The menu includes scrambled eggs, breakfast rolls, ham, toast, fruit salad, coffee, juice, and milk.  A free will donation will be accepted.

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.   Please note that Thrivent has just changed the maximum contribution to be matched from $400 to $600 per eligible member.

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 $600 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 $300 match. (Please note the change in amounts.)

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.

The Poe Volunteer Firefighting Association invites you to their pancake and sausage meal next Sunday, March 20.  Serving will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.  Come out and support our volunteers!

We would like to thank Pastor Dahling for his visits, prayers, and support shown to us during Heath’s recent surgery.  We truly appreciate all that Pastor has done for us. – Mark, Dian, Jared, and Heath Witte

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 223 with 163 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 47; Adult Bible Class – 17; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class – 14; Mid-Week Lenten Worship Service -- 79 

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose:

 

 

 

$6,135.54

 $5,888.40

+$247.14

-$11,574.28

Missions:

 

3/6 - $346.00
3/9 - $137.03

$408.65

+$74.38

-$365.87

Wyneken News

SCRIP is available on Wednesday and Fridays after school in the front lobby and all day on Fridays in the school office.  (The PTL would like to thank all those who participated in the Pizza Hut “Fun”draiser last Sunday.  Citgo Gas is no longer available through our SCRIP program, but you still have several other gas stations to choose from.  Did you know you could use your Kroger SCRIP to purchase gas at the Kroger gas stations?  Advance Auto Parts is our newest vendor ($25 gift cards at a 7% discount).  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. 

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!

The third quarter ends on Friday, March 18.  Report cards will be issued on Thursday, March 24.

The PTL is sponsoring a mother/son bowling activity for Sunday, March 20, at the 224 Bowl in Decatur (formerly known as Villa Lanes) from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $5 per person for bowling, food, and drinks.  Please return your registration form by Tuesday, March 15.

Students who ride North Adams’ buses will need to find transportation to and from school Monday-Thursday, March 21-24.  There will be no school on Good Friday, March 25.

Our students collected $801.48 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The sixth grade class collected over $335 and will be treated to a pizza party.  Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause.

Wyneken will hold their parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1.  School will dismiss at 12:25 p.m. on those days.  All students will need to be picked up those days.

Registration forms for the 2005-2006 school year will be mailed the latter part of March.  If you know of a family who might be interested in enrolling their children at Wyneken or if you have had a change of address, please contact the school office. 

Children in grades K – 2 are welcome to join the Wyneken Mini 4-H program.  An information packet will be going home with the children soon.  The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 29, from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria, with meetings also on April 12, 19, & 26.  The meetings have been restructured to be more organized than in the past, following the protocol that the Junior 4-H clubs use.  Projects (three) for the Adams County 4-H Fair will be completed during the meetings.  If your child chooses to join the Wyneken club, we do ask that they also participate in the County Fair to make it a complete and beneficial learning experience for the child.  If you have any questions, you can contact the following adult leaders—Cindy Gallmeyer, Tami Schultz, Suzie Steiner, Jennie Schieferstein, Trisha Hockemeyer, Sharon Franke, or Tina Geels.

Market day order forms need to be returned to school by Thursday, March 24, with Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, March 26.  Delivery date is Thursday, March 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  New to Market Day are bacon wrapped ranch steaks ($12.99), chicken parmesan ($9.99), lemon lime ice ($10), cheesy garlic bread ($12), and five cheese stone fired pizza ($12).  Specials this month include mac and cheese ravioli ($4.49), St. Louis Style Ribs ($5.99) with a limit of eight, filet of sirloin ($23.99), Cugino’s garlic schmarlic dipz and veggie weggie dipz ($3.99), Italian-style meatballs ($6.99), popcorn shrimp ($12.35), breaded chicken breast patties ($13.49), chicken bites ($11.49), herb & garlic ChicNSteakes ($8.95), smashed cauliflower ($7.89), Mexican chili crispitos ($8.99), Italian wedding soup ($8.49), fat free brownies ($7.99), and breakfast quesadillas ($8.99).  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

Sporting News

Our final home meet will be held tomorrow, March 14, at 4:15 p.m.  The team will be heading to Holy Cross on Thursday, March 17, for a 4:15 p.m. meet.  Wyneken will also be hosting the LSAA senior championship on Saturday, March 19, with the meet starting at 9 a.m.  Come out and cheer our young athletes on! 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m. Worship Service
  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Soup & Sandwich at Wyneken

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY All Day   Tabea Society
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Service

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

March 20 9:00 a.m.

Palm Sunday Worship Service
Door Collection for International Missions & Worship for Shut Ins
    

  9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Poe’s Pancake & Sausage
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
March 21 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
March 22 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 23 7:00 p.m. Choir
March 24 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion
March 25 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service of Darkness with Holy Communion
March 26 10:00 a.m.  Easter flowers at church & Easter Garden Set up

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