Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim.  If you are communing this morning, take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church.  You may place the card in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons.  If you are visiting us today, please sign one of the guest registries located at either entrance of the church.  Please worship with us again soon.

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The Second Sunday in Advent
December 4, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Service

Page 46

The Hymns

TLH #58; #57; #95; #310; #72; #60
The Choir “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
The Readings

Prepare for Christ’s Coming    

Isaiah 61:1-3, 10-11   

The Christian Witness of God’s anointed is proclaimed

2 Peter 3:8-14   The promise of His coming
Mark 1:1-8   The first coming of Christ

Sermon

“What Sort of Person?” – 2 Peter 3:8-14

There are practical implications when contemplating the Parousia.  What sort of person aught we be?

1.       A person of holiness (vv. 11, 14)

2.       A person of godliness (v. 11)

3.       A person of peace (v. 14)

The Acolyte

Elizabeth Kiefer

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Dawn Miller, Dorothy Heckman, Sara Werling, Marvin Conrad, and Steve Conrad.  We remember all those involved in education, Susie Ehlerding, Hollie Hormann, LaDonna McBride, and Thelma Standiford, our Wyneken aides, our Sunday School helpers, Andrea Johnson, Alicia Drier, Pam Everett, Becky Blomenberg, and Christine Bultemeier who teaches at Heritage.  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 Elmer Bultemeier, Eldora Fuelling’s brother, who is in failing health and a patient at Lutheran Hospital, Ruby Miller, Leesa Heckman’s aunt, who is at Adams Memorial, and Bryan Miller.

We remember in our prayers Nicholas Timm (Lowell and Jean’s son) and Ingrad Bolstad who are being married today in St. Charles, Missouri.  We pray the Lord’s blessings on this young couple as they begin their lives together.

This morning’s lesson in Adult Bible Class is “The Christmas Story.”   Christmas is not for another three weeks! Yet shoppers have been lining the malls for months! Christmas carols and holiday songs can be heard at every turn. Today we review the greatest story ever told.  Adult Bible Class will then take a brief break, resuming on Sunday, January 8, with the lesson, “Moses Before Pharaoh.”

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, December 7, the shepherds will be the focus of our study.

The LYF will “warm you up” with supper of chili, sloppy foes and hot dogs on Wednesday, December 7.  Serving begins at 6 p.m.  A freewill donation will be accepted.  LYF members, please be at the Parish Hall at 5:15 p.m. that night to set up and help with the meal.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are to bring one pie and the freshmen are to bring a cake.

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? 

The Sunday School classes (except Bonnie Buuck’s class—pre-K and kindergarten) will remain in church following the worship service this morning to practice for the Christmas Eve program.  Mrs. Buuck’s class will go to the Parish Hall for Sunday School and will practice their portion of the program there.

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:  “Do you think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them>” (Matthew 5:17. No, tithing is not required!  God will love me even if I don’t give, but I will love Him more if I give up my love for earthly things, and exchange them for the spiritual gifts He has for me.

The Morning Glories had sales of $302.25 at St. Jude’s Thanksgiving weekend.  Do you wonder what items they have for sale?  If you would like to browse and shop, everything is set up in the craft room in the Parish Hall for the next first three Sundays in December and will be open following the worship service (while the children are practicing for their Christmas Eve program in church).  All items should be marked and there will be a box for you to place your payment if you decide to buy anything.  Again, we thank all who helped make the shows successful this year!! 

Our Budget & Election Meeting will be held following the worship service next Sunday, 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.  The following individuals have allowed their names to be placed for nomination for Council:

Chairman:

Jim Heckman

Board of Stewardship:

Kris Blomenberg

 

Sam Baumann

 

Cindy Houser

Recording Secretary:

Jean Timm

Elders:

Steve Conrad

 

Shirley Drier

 

Delmar Heckman

 

Nan Nidlinger

 

Marv Drier

Treasurer:

Kim Schamerloh

 

Ron Bultemeier

 

Shirley Buuck

Trustees:

Sean Sielschott

Synodical Treasurer:

Janice K. Buuck

 

Chris Lichtle

 

Betty Sielschott

 

Tom DeKoninck

Friedheim Foundation:

Dean Wass

 

Don Gehres

 

Judy Werling

Deacons:

Randy Hockemeyer

Board of Evangelism:

Denise Conrad

 

Gary Robinson

 

Marlene DeKoninck

 

Kevin Conrad

Board of Education:

Duane Kiess

 

Tracy Stevens

 

Joe Gorman

 

 

Installation of our Church Council will be held on Sunday, December 18.

The men’s basketball team doesn’t have a game until Tuesday, December 13, at 8:30 p.m. at Bellmont Middle School.  They will play Preble that night. 

The Tabea Society will have their Christmas party this Friday, December 9, at noon at Concord Village.  Hopefully, everyone will be able to attend!

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

A special thank you to all who made the “Advent by Candlelight” service so meaningful.  The music was wonderful.  We are truly blessed with some talented young people in our congregation and wish to thank them for sharing their gift with us.  Everything looked beautiful and the dessert was delicious!  Thanks to all our hostesses and co-hostesses for the time you put in to decorating your tables and making those great desserts!

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.

We would like to thank the Decorating Committee.  The church looks so festive this Christmas season and your work is appreciated!

Did you know that there are 346 Thrivent members here at Friedheim?  So far, 76 members have made contributions to the Wyneken account, with 35 members turning in their GivingPlus form.  As of Thanksgiving, we have applied for $8,750 in matching funds from Thrivent.  If you are a Thrivent member, there is still time to contribute and apply for the matching funds.  If you have any questions about your Wyneken contributions, you can contact Mike Heckman, the treasurer for our Wyneken contributions.

Ex-offenders who have served their time need more than freedom to function positively in society.  Counseling, spiritual support, housing and job-search assistance set a course for successful re-entry into society.  Wheat Ridge Ministries offers transitional support services to ex-offenders through partner agencies in Nebraska and Washington, DC.  Thank you for helping men and women return successfully to lives of work and service.

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.  A form must be sent to Lutheran Foundation by the end of the year.  Thanks!

Attendance:  Thanksgiving Eve – 108 with 66 receiving Holy Communion; Thanksgiving Day – 120 with 99 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday Worship Service – 275; Sunday School – 45; Bible Class – 18; Early-bird Bible Class – 9; Mid-week Advent Service - 91

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose

     

November 20 - $4,538.34
Thanksgiving - $3,114.00
November 27 - $3,149.16

$5,888.40


+$1,763.94
-$2,739.24


-$19,134.57
-$21,873.81

Missions

     

November 20 - $670.00
Thanksgiving
- $670.76
November 27 -
$103.00
November 30 - $201.28

$408.65


+$932.11

-$104.37


-$2,338.98

-$2,443.35

Wyneken News

Think SCRIP for your holiday needs.  Remember SCRIP gift cards and gift certificates make great gifts and stocking stuffers.  The annual Holiday Contest ends today and benefits the Wyneken kitchen, childcare, and equipment used for various functions held at Wyneken.  (As of last Monday, sales totaled $24,994.)  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 either  entranceway of the church. 

We wish to thank all the parents for their cooperation last Tuesday.  School was cancelled on short notice due to an electrical power outage.  After contacting Indiana Michigan Power it was decided to close school for the day.  Once the power had come back on, parents had already been contacted and some children already picked up and it wasn’t possible to reverse the decision that had been made.  Thanks for your understanding.

Market Day order forms are included in today’s bulletin.  New items this month include the Italian Combo Sub ($8.99), Buffalo chicken bites ($10.69), and the Gatorade Kid-Size Variety Pack now includes grape ($14.99).  Great Price items this month are fully cooked pot roast ($12.69), French toast sticks ($4.69), cheese pizzas ($6.89), and lemon lime ice ($5.99).  Other specials include string cheese ($8.29), chicken fries ($10.99), Quaker chewy granola bars ($6.59), ChckNSteakes ($11.99), seasoned salmon ($19.49), ranch steaks ($10.99), broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken ($12.99), bumbleberry blossoms ($7.99), shrimp scampi ($12.59), Philly cheese steak kit ($10.99), beef stew ($9.49), individual chicken pot pies ($7.98), teriyaki ranch steaks ($11.99), Chop House cheeseburgers ($8.69), rack of pork roast ($5.29), whole pork tenderloins ($13.99), chicken Italian sausage ($11.25), vegetable fried rice ($5.99), chicken & dumpling soup ($8.79), clams casino ($10.99), breakfast bundles ($9.99), chocolate chip mini pancakes ($6.99), pepperoni pizza eat-zzas ($7.59), rainbow chocolate drop cookie dough ($6.29).  You can also get a free Gemelli pasta & vegetable blend when you buy any two items listed on the special insert.  Also check out the clearance items on the brochure.  Order forms need to be returned to Wyneken by Tuesday, December 20, (or to Sharon Franke by December 30) with Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, December 31.  Delivery date is Thursday, January 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

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.

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!

Would you like to order some Wyneken wear?  You can order sweatshirts, T-shirts, and long-sleeved T-shirts.  Orders will be taken through Tuesday, December 6, (and will be in before Christmas).  Payment must be included with your order.  Order forms are available in church this morning.

Sporting News

The intramural program for 3rd and 4th grade boys will begin this Saturday, December 10.  Paul Des Jean is again in charge of the boys’ program and they will practice from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

The varsity squads are in action on Tuesday, December 6.  The 8th grade teams play Zion, Decatur, at Zion with the girls’ game starting at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game following at 5:30 p.m.  The 7th graders will be playing Central at Wyneken with the girls’ game beginning at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game to follow at 5:30 p.m.

The 5th and 6th graders will play Unity on Monday, December 5.  The boys’ games will be at Unity—5th grade at 4:15 p.m. and 6th grade at 5:30 p.m.  The girls’ games will be at Wyneken—again, the 5th at 4:15 p.m. and the 6th at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday, December 8, the 5th graders will play St. Peter-Immanuel at Wyneken with the girls’ game at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m. 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

 

10:15 a.m.

Christmas Eve Program Practice

 

10:15 a.m.

Bible Class

MONDAY

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

8:00 a.m.

Thrivent Meeting @ Re/Max

 

7:00 p.m.

Wyneken Board of Education

FRIDAY

Noon

Tabea Christmas Party @ Concord Village

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 11

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (nativity sets to be distributed)

 

10:00 a.m.

Christmas Eve Program Practice

 

10:00 a.m.

Budget & Election Meeting

December 12

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

December 13

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

 

8:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Preble

December 14

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

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