Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome all who worship with us during this season of Advent as we prepare for the ultimate of God's gifts to the world, the birth of his Son, Jesus Christ.  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 Third Sunday in Advent
December 11, 2005

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Service

Page 5

The Hymns

TLH #55; #63; #29, vv. 1-3
The Choir “Every Valley"/"Comfort Ye"
The Readings

The Christian Witness

Isaiah 40:1-11 Prepare for Christ’s coming
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 …of a Christian life
John 1:6-8, 19-28 … that Jesus is the Christ

Sermon

 “Answering Questions about Yourself” – John 1:6-8, 19-28

To learn one’s identity, one must ask certain questions.  We find the answers in Jesus Christ.

1.       Who are you? (v. 19)

2.       What are you doing?  (vv. 23-26)

3.       Why are you doing it? (vv. 25, 27)

The Acolyte

Elizabeth Kiefer

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Zane Buuck, Markie Mourey, Alex Baumann, Cheryl Bultemeyer, Bernice Caston, Todd Gehres, Ruth Heckman, and Shirley Hormann.  We remember all those involved in education and the support staff of our Wyneken school, Kim Ehlerding (custodian) and Dani Fuhrman (secretary), our Sunday School substitute teachers, Teri Conrad and Sharon Franke, and Gretchen Hudson.  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, Luke Case, Kim’s husband, who was to have surgery last Friday, Ruby Miller, Leesa Heckman’s aunt, who is at Adams Memorial, and Bryan Miller.

We remember in our prayers the family and friends of Elmer Bultemeier, Eldora Fuelling’s brother, who was called to his heavenly home last Sunday and was given Christian burial this past Wednesday.  We also remember the family and friends of Daniel Hanssen, friend of the Dahling’s, who was called to be with His Lord and given Christian burial in Itasca, Illinois on Friday.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn and remind them of that great day when all will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

We thank Mike Heckman for sharing the gift of song with us this morning.  He will be singing the Old Testament reading, Isaiah 40:1-11.

Adult Bible Class will take a brief break, resuming on Sunday, January 8, with the lesson, “Moses Before Pharaoh.”  “But they refuse to listen!” Have you ever encountered someone who would not budge, who rejected every reasonable offer? Such was the case when Moses and Aaron stood before Pharaoh. Nine plagues will visit Egypt, yet at every turn the Lord hardens Pharaoh’s heart.

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

This morning the Pre-K 4 students will be receiving the first pieces of their nativity sets with the other children getting their pieces during the Sunday School hour.  These sets have been made possible by the Al Harants family and are given in loving memory of their daughter, Julie Sambol.  Receiving nativities this morning are Jacob Baumann, Carrington Bultemeier, Emma Buuck, Tori Johnson, Payton Lengerich, Christopher Schuller, Tanner Walker, and Jared Witte.  May the Lord bless these little ones.

We invite you to our final midweek Advent services this Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m.  This year we will study the different characters of the Nativity.  On Wednesday, December 14, Mary, the mother of   our Lord, will be the focus of our study.

The LYF will “spice you up” with a Mexican dinner of tacos, nachos, etc. on Wednesday, December 14.  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.  Desserts are needed from all.

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.

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  God no longer requires that we make animal sacrifices in the temple in token for forgiveness, because the Lamb of God was the final sacrifice.  We live under the grace of Jesus Christ and the mercy and love of God.  However, God does require us to put Him first in our lives.  By letting go of the hold materialism, we are free to give Him the praise He most richly deserves.

The Morning Glories had sales of $383 at Ossian Health Care and $436.75 at Wyneken.  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 this Sunday and next Sunday 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 today.  Since the children will be practicing upstairs, the meeting will be held in the church basement.  Please 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

 

TBA

 

Delmar Heckman

Treasurer:

Kim Schamerloh

 

Marv Drier

 

Shirley Buuck

 

Ron Bultemeier

Synodical Treasurer:

Janice K. Buuck

Trustees:

Sean Sielschott

 

Betty Sielschott

 

Chris Lichtle

Friedheim Foundation:

Dean Wass

 

Tom DeKoninck

 

Judy Werling

 

Don Gehres

Board of Evangelism:

Denise Conrad

Deacons:

Randy Hockemeyer

 

Marlene DeKoninck

 

Gary Robinson

Board of Education:

Duane Kiess

 

Kevin Conrad

 

Joe Gorman

 

Tracy Stevens

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

The men’s basketball team will play Preble this Tuesday, December 13, at 8:30 p.m. at Bellmont Middle School.   

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

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.

Because of the snowstorm on Friday the Tabea Society’s Christmas party was postponed.  It will be rescheduled.  Watch the bulletin for more information.

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.

A Wheat Ridge-sponsored program is training teams of adults and youth with disabilities to visit congregations throughout the country.  They are identifying ways to incorporate the gifts of people with disabilities into the life of the church.  Thank you for benefiting the entire church body by nurturing the involvement of people with disabilities.

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:  Sunday Worship Service – 236 with 156 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 52; Bible Class – 19; Monday Evening Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class – 11; Mid-week Advent Service - 77

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose

     

$6,000.75

$5,888.40

+$112.35

-$21,761.46

Missions

     

$681.00

$408.65

+$272.35

-$2,171.00

Wyneken News

The holiday contest was a success.  Sales totaled $62,648 with a profit of $3,621.30.  The staff and students will be treated to an ice cream sundae party sometime in January.  Think SCRIP for your holiday needs.  Remember SCRIP gift cards and gift certificates make great gifts and stocking stuffers.  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. 

The 6th and 7th graders will be singing at Preble on Sunday, December 18, at the 8 a.m. service. 

With school being cancelled last Friday due to the snow, the lower grade program will in all likelihood be rescheduled.  Please watch the parent note for the most up-to-date information.

Parents, the next time you are at Wyneken you may wish to check the “Lost and Found” box.  It is overflowing with items and it would be nice to reunite them with their owners!

Thank you for your generosity.  Funds totaling $300.12 was sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  In addition, many items were received for the families adopted by our 1st and 5th grade classes.

Wyneken’s Christmas break will begin on Wednesday, December 21.  We will be attending school on the 19th and 20th.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation those days; East Allen families will need to arrange transportation both to and from school on those days.  Classes will resume on the 3rd.

New items this month for Market Day 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), ChicNSteakes ($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.  The 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).

Sporting News

The intramural program for 3rd and 4th grade boys meets again this Saturday, December 17.  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 13, facing St. Joe, Decatur.  The 8th graders’ games are at Wyneken with the girls playing at 4:15 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m.; the 7th graders are at St. Joe with the girls’ game at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game at 5:45 p.m.  On Thursday, December 15, the 8th grade teams play Bethlehem at Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) with the girls’ game at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Saturday, December 17, the 8th graders will play St. Paul at Wyneken with the girls’ game beginning at 9:15 a.m. followed by the 8th grade boys’ game at 10:30 a.m. and the 7th grade boys’ game at 11:45 a.m

The 6th graders will play St. John Flatrock at St. John’s on Monday, December 12.  The girls’ game is at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Tuesday, December 13, the fifth graders will play Bethlehem, Ossian, at Bethlehem, with the girls’ game at 4:30 p.m. and the boys’ game scheduled for 5:45 p.m. On Thursday, December 15, the JV boys’ teams will play Emmanuel-St. Michael at Wyneken with the 5th graders playing at 4:15 p.m. and the 6th graders at 5:30 p.m.  The girls’ will be playing Emmanuel-St. Michael at Emmanuel-St. Michael with the 5th graders playing at 4:15 p.m. and the 6th graders at 5:30 p.m.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

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

MONDAY

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

TUESDAY

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

 

8:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Preble @ BMS

WEDNESDAY

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

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 18

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion
(Choir Service) - Installation of Church Council

 

10:15 a.m.

Christmas Eve Program Practice

 

10:00 a.m.

Budget & Election Meeting

December 19

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

 

7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball

December 20

8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken

 

8:00 p.m.

 Men’s basketball

December 22

8:00 p.m.

 Men’s basketball

December 24

6:30 p.m.

Hymn Sing

 

7:00 p.m.

Children's Christmas Eve Service

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