Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim and pray that you find hope and comfort in God’s Word.  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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The First Sunday in Advent
November 27, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Great “O” Antiphons

The Bells of Zion, Friedheim

The Prelude

P:         In the name of the Father (+), and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
C:         Amen (to be sung).

The Choir

“Advent Comfort”

The Readings                         The Second Coming

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 64:1-8        Long for His coming
I Corinthians 1:3-9                  Be sustained by grace while waiting for His coming
Mark 13:33-37                      Watch for His unexpected return

The Sermon Hymn

“Hark the Glad Sound!  The Savior Comes”

TLH #66

The Sermon                  “While You Wait” – I Corinthians 1:3-9        

  1. Christ enriches you in every way (vv. 5, 7).
  2. Christ keeps you guiltless (v. 8).
  3. Christ sustains you to the end.

The Gathering of the Morning Offerings

+  The Great “O” Antiphons  +

The First Antiphon                    “O Wisdom”

O Wisdom, who comest forth from the mouth of the most high, reaching mightily from one boundary of the world to the other, and pleasantly ordering all things, come, teach us the way of prudence.

P:         Behold the name of the Lord cometh from afar.
C:         And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.

The Collect

P:         Stir up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come, that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Thy mighty deliverance; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.

C:         Amen.

The congregation sings:

O Come, Thou WISDOM from on high,
Who ord’rest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show.
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Second Antiphon                           “O Lord”

O Lord, eternal and leader of the House of Israel, who didst appear to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and didst give the law to him on Sinai, come to redeem us by Thine outstretched arm.

P:         Prepare ye the way of the Lord.  Alleluia!
C:         Make His paths straight.  Alleluia!

The Collect

P:         Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.

C:         Amen.

The congregation sings:

O Come, O Come, Thou LORD of Might,
Who to Thy Tribes on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times didst give the law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe,
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Third Antiphon                               “O Root of Jesse”

O Root of Jesse, who standest for an ensign of the people, before whom kings shall keep silent, to whom the nations shall offer their petitions, come to deliver us, wait not any longer.

P:         Rejoice greatly, O Zion.
C:         Behold, Thy King cometh.

The Collect

P:         Stir up, we beseech Thee, Thy power and come and with great might strengthen us that by the help of Thy grace whatsoever is hindered by our sins may be speedily accomplished through Thy mercy and satisfaction; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C:         Amen.

The congregation sings:

From every foe deliver them,
That trust Thy mercy to save,
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Fourth Antiphon                             “O Key of David”

O Key of David and Scepter of the House of Israel, who closeth portals and no one can open them, come thou and from his cell lead forth the captive who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

P:         Come, O Lord, and make no tarrying;
C:         Loosen the bonds of the people Israel.

The Collect

P:         Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful people that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works may of Thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.

C:         Amen.

The congregation sings:

O Come, Thou KEY OF DAVID, Come,
And open wide our heav’nly home
Make swift the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Fifth Antiphon                                “O Rising Sun”

O rising orb of day, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness, come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

P:         Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
C:         Our God shall come, Alleluia!

The Collect

P:         Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our hearts to prepare the way of Thine only-begotten Son; that by His Advent we may be enabled to serve Thee with purified minds; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.

C:         Amen.

The congregation sings:

O Come, Thou DAYSPRING from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadow put to flight.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel.

The Sixth Antiphon                               “O King of Nations”

O King of Nations and their great desire, thou cornerstone who makest one of twain, as Thou has formed man from the ground, come now and save him.

P:         Behold, the Lord shall come and all His saints with Him.  Alleluia!
C:         And in that day the light shall be great.  Alleluia!

The Collect

P:         Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy power and come, that they who trust in Thy mercy may speedily be delivered from all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.

C:         Amen.

The congregation sings:

In one the hearts of all mankind,
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And by Thyself our King of Peace,
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Seventh Antiphon               “O God with Us”

O Emmanuel, our King and lawgiver, for whom the nations wait, their only Savior, come Thou, O Lord our God, be our salvation.

P:         Drop down ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness;
C:         Let the earth open and bring forth salvation.

The Collect 

P:         Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy power and come, that they who trust in Thy mercy may speedily be delivered from all adversity; through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord.

C:         Amen.

The congregation sings:

O Come, O Come EMMANUEL,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim

The Lord’s Prayer

P:         The Lord be with you.
C:         And with Thy Spirit. (to be sung)

The Collect for Peace

P:         Bless we the Lord.
C:         Thanks be to God. (to be sung)

The Benediction

C:         Amen, Amen, Amen.  (to be sung)


The Closing Hymn

“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”

Hymnal Supplement ’98 #801


The Acolyte

Paul Drier

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Kellie Hartman, Brad Schamerloh, Alma Miller, Joey Des Jean, Paul Fuhrmann, Jane Thieme, Paul Des Jean, Doug Hormann, and Gerhard Werling.  We remember all those involved in education, especially Deb Olson, our Wyneken pre-kindergarten teacher, Shirley Drier, our Sunday School Superintendent, and Lisa Bills.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We remember in our prayers Pastor Daniel Brege who is at home recovering from knee surgery, Velma DeKoninck, Gerry & Tom DeKoninck’s mother, who is a patient at Lutheran Hospital, and Bryan Miller.

This morning’s lesson in Adult Bible Class is “The Call of Moses.”  Some people find themselves in what has been described as “a dead-end job.” Due to circumstances beyond their control, due to a lack of skills, due to conditions of their own making, they feel trapped. Moses finds himself in a similar situation. After 40 years of herding sheep, his life will be literally turned upside down. A new phase of his life is about to begin. It all starts with an encounter with the Lord God Almighty

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

We invite you to our midweek Advent services that will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m.  This year we will study the different characters of the Nativity.  This Wednesday, November 30, Joseph will be the focus of our study.

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. 

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? 

Young single parents in Philadelphia find help through a Wheat Ridge-sponsored program at the Lutheran Settlement House.  Intensive education, support and mentoring are provided to homeless and single parents desiring to provide stability for their children.  Thank you for allowing dreams to come true through your support of Wheat Ridge Ministries.

Don’t forget to check out our website, www.zionfriedheim.org.  You will find bulletins, newsletters, and recent pictures of events.  If you have any pictures to share for the site, make sure you contact Marv Drier.

Council Members:  The minutes from last month’s Council meeting are in your slots in the entranceway of the church.  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, December 6.  One item of discussion is preliminary figures for the 2006 budget.

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  Our giving is returning to God a portion of what He has already given us.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “What do you have that you did not first receive?” (I Corinthians 4:7)  Giving is a grateful, joyous response from a loving heart to the One who has first loved us.

The LYF will be serving supper before our mid-week Advent services.  This week it’s a spaghetti supper!  On the menu—spaghetti, breadsticks, salad, drinks, pies and cake.  Serving begins at 6 p.m.  (Church begins at 7 p.m.)  LYF members, please be at the Parish Hall at 5:15 p.m. that night to set up and help with the meal.  In addition, everyone is asked to bring one jar of spaghetti sauce with the sophomores, juniors, and seniors bringing one pie and the freshmen bringing a cake.

The Morning Glories will be going to Ossian Health Care on Friday, December 2, and to Wyneken on Saturday, December 3.  Ossian’s show hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while Wyneken’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you can help, please contact Marlene Conrad or Shirley Buuck.  The Morning Glories will not meet weekly again until January.  Watch the bulletin for the start-up date. 

The Morning Glories could use mattress pads, towels, quilts, or chenille bedspreads.  If you are replacing some of these items with new ones, please consider giving the old items to the craft group.  Thanks!

Youth ushers for December are Chris and James Gorman. 

Cheryl Bultemeyer and Jan Buuck are on Altar Guild for December.

Advent by Candlelight will be held tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  The beneficiary of the in-gathering is the Smith family—Kurtis & Teresa and their four children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 8).  Teresa is the daughter of Rev. Paul Doehrmann, pastor at New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian.  Kurtis was a Director of Christian Outreach at a New Orleans area congregation.  Teresa is a stay-at-home mom who home-schools their children.  Due to Hurricane Katrina, they are without a job as well as unable to live in their home.  Presently they are living in the Ft. Wayne area in temporary housing.  Monetary donations are requested as this will be most beneficial to this family.  A short slide show will be presented at Advent by Candlelight focusing on Hurricane Katrina. 

Our Budget & Election Meeting will be held following the worship service on December 11.  Since the children will be practicing upstairs, the meeting will be held in the church basement.  Please make plans to stay and attend this important meeting of the church.

Monday Night Bible class will resume on December 5.

The men’s basketball team faces the Crossroad on Monday, November 28, at 6 p.m. at Monmouth.  If you need more information, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597). 

Choir Members:  During Advent season, the choir will meet following the worship service on Wednesday evenings.

The Trustees are taking bids for church custodian, Parish Hall custodian, and groundskeeper.  Please submit your bid today to one of our Trustees—Leonard Bultemeier, Glenn Buuck, Marc Lichtle, or J. D. Nidlinger.

The LWML Thursday morning Bible class will not meet again until Thursday, January 5.  They will meet at 9 a.m. that day at the home of Dorothy Heckman.

An update from the Lutheran Foundation concerning their matching grant for hurricane relief:  Cash gifts from a congregation, school, or individual already raised will be matched.  Any new funds raised by a congregation will be matched.  An individual who completed Thrivent’s matching grant form can have that gift matched once again by Lutheran Foundation.  Any gift given to other Lutheran organizations will be matched.  How?  Contact the church office with the following information—Name, amount donated, date of donation, and where donation was sent—for individual donations.  One form will be sent to the Lutheran Foundation.  These gifts will then be matched and used to help support the four congregations in the Southern District adopted by the Indiana District.  Please turn this information in to the church office as soon as possible.  Thanks!

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 268 with 188 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 53; Bible Class – 16; Early-bird Bible Class - 10


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

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Wyneken News

As the holidays approach and you begin your Christmas shopping and party needs, think SCRIP.  The annual Holiday Contest has begun and will run through December 4, benefiting the Wyneken kitchen, childcare, and equipment used for various functions held at Wyneken.  See Kim Weiland, Friedheim’s SCRIP rep, following the worship service this morning to purchase your SCRIP.  SCRIP is also available in the school office all day on Friday’s or in the lobby after school on Wednesdays and Fridays.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your order.

Sherwin-Williams welcomes Wyneken to their Neighbor-to-Neighbor School Program.  You will receive 20% off regular prices and 5% off sales prices with a percentage of your purchase reimbursed to the school on a yearly basis.  A flier explaining more about this program along with the card to be presented to the store when making a purchase can be found in the north entranceway of the church. 

The Market Day pick-up date was incorrect on the order form.  Pick-up date is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and not this Wednesday.  The Thanksgiving holiday changed the delivery date and time.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

The 1st & 5th grade classes are asking for your assistance in helping four needy families have a brighter Christmas this year.  A list of the items needed for these families were in the November newsletter.  A list also is posted on the bulletin boards in either entranceway of the church.  You may drop off your items at Wyneken or give them to a Wyneken student to take to the school for you.  Gift items will be accepted through December 2.

You are invited to the PK-2nd grade Christmas program to be held on Friday, December 9.  There will be two performances that day—at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.  There will be a bake sale at the evening performance.  Families are encouraged to bring homemade goodies for the bake sale to be held in the multi-purpose room at the 7 p.m. performance.

Don’t forget to save the Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s labels.  You can send them with any Wyneken student.  At the end of October, we sent in the box tops collected so far and will be receiving a check for $430.  This money will be used to purchase more AR books and tests for the library.  Thank you for your continued support of these programs!

East Allen will have early dismissal on Thursday, December 8.  Parents will need to find transportation home for their children that day.  Don’t forget that Wyneken’s Childcare is available to those who need it in situations like this.  Just make arrangements prior to that day.  Thanks!

There are just a few extra long-sleeve navy T-shirts left.  They will be sold on a first-come, first serve basis only.  Call or stop in the office for pricing on the shirts.
Mid-term ends on Tuesday, November 29, with reports going home with the students on Friday, December 2.

Yearbook pre-orders are due by Wednesday, November 30. If pre-ordering, the yearbooks will cost $15.  This year the yearbook will be in color, hence the increased cost.  A limited number of yearbooks will be available at $20.  If you have questions, please contact Marv Drier.

Order forms for poinsettias and wreaths can be found in either entranceway of the church.  The 8th graders will be taking orders through December 1.  You can place your order form in the boxes in either entranceway of the church or give it to one of the Wyneken 8th graders.  Friedheim’s 8th graders include Caleb Buuck, Jarvis Cale, Elliot Conrad, Paul Drier, Allyssa Johnson, Elizabeth Kiefer, Shawn Kiess, Clayton Stoppenhagen, and Jenna Timm. If you have any questions, you can contact Beth Reinhart (547-4235).

The 13th Annual Wyneken Craft Show and Cookie Walk will be held on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Since there are over 60 vendors signed up for the show and a wide variety of crafts available, don’t miss this show.  Mark your calendar for a great opportunity to shop, purchase some Christmas cookies, and enjoy a good and affordable lunch.  Plus, you never know whom else you might see at the show!!

There are still a few classroom booths ($25 each) left for the Wyneken craft show to be held on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please contact Shelly Kiefer (547-4327) or Corene Scheumann (547-4227) if you are interested in becoming a vendor.

Sporting News

The 6th grade girls will play St. Joe, Decatur, at St. Joe, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 28. 

The varsity girls will play Holy Cross on Monday, November 28, at Wyneken at 4:30 p.m.  The 8th grade teams play Concordia at Concordia on Tuesday, November 29.  The girls play at 4:15 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday, December 1, the girls (A team) will play Flatrock at Flatrock at 4:15 p.m.  The boys’ teams will play following with the A team playing at 5:30 p.m. and the B team at 7 p.m.

Just a reminder that during Advent there are no practices or games on Wednesdays due to mid-week church services


TODAY 8:30 a.m. Choir Practice


9:00 a.m.

Worship Service - The Great “O” Antiphons


10:00 a.m. 

Sunday School & Bible Class
    Bids for custodians & groundskeeper due
MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball


7:00 p.m.

Advent by Candlelight


6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class


8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken


5:15 p.m.  LYF to be at Parish Hall
  6:00 p.m. Spaghetti Supper
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Advent 1
  8:00 p.m. Choir practice


  Craft Show @ Ossian Health Care


  Set up for Wyneken Craft Show


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wyneken Craft Show


December 4

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion


10:15 a.m.

Christmas Eve Program Practice


10:15 a.m.

Bible Class

December 5

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

December 6

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class


7:00 p.m.

Elders’ Meeting


7:30 p.m.

Trustee’s Meeting


8:00 p.m.

Council Meeting

December 7

All Day

Tabea Society Quilting


8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken


5:15 p.m.

LYF to Parish Hall


6:00 p.m.

Mid-week Advent Supper


7:00 p.m.

Mid-week Advent Worship


8:00 p.m.

Choir Practice

December 8

8:00 a.m.

Thrivent Meeting @ Re/Max


7:00 p.m.

Wyneken Board of Education

December 9


Tabea Christmas Party @ Concord Village

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