Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing our guest registry, which can be found in either entranceway of the church.  If you are communing with us this morning, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church.  The cards can be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  We welcome you to Friedheim and invite you to worship with us again soon.

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The Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 18, 2005
Christmas Choir Service

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Prelude – The Choir

“Joy to the World!”
 “The Heavens Declare”



The Invocation




The Order of the Confessional Service

TLH Page 46



The Choir

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”



Theme of the Day

The Time Has Come

2 Samuel 7:8-11, 16

…for the fulfillment of prophecy

Romans 16:25-27

…for the disclosure of the mystery

Luke 1:26-38

…for the birth of the Messiah



The Sermon Hymn – The Choir

“And the Glory of the Lord”
“The First Noel”



The Sermon

“The Secret is Out!” – Romans 16:25-27
What is the meaning of the event that occurred 2,000 years ago?

1.      Christ reveals the truth of God.

2.      Christ reveals the love of God.

3.      Christ reveals the universality of the kingdom.



The Gathering of the Morning Offering




The Choir

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
“Sleepers, Awake”



The Installation of Church Council




The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim




The Lord’s Prayer



The Words of Institution




The Distribution Hymns


“Now Sing We, Now Rejoice”

TLH #92

“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

TLH #73

“Lo!  He Comes with Clouds Descending”

HS’98 #802



The Collect




The Benediction




The Choir

“For Unto Us a Child is Born”
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”



The Acolyte

Jenna Timm

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We thank Sandy Blomenberg, our choir director, and the members of the Friedheim choir for their gift of music this morning.  We are blessed to have such talented individuals in our congregation and appreciate the work they put into today’s worship service.  May the Lord richly bless each of them.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Angela Sielschott whose birthday was last Wednesday, Julie Bock, Zach Stoppenhagen, Sean Bultemeier, Alma Keidel, Veronica Moellering, Caleb Iwen, Tia Lee, Larry Caston, Randy Hockemeyer, and Ed Miller.  We remember all those involved in education including the support staff of our Wyneken school, our Wyneken cooks—Sharon Franke, Shelly Kiefer, and Marcia Selking, our Sunday School helpers—Becky Blomenberg, Alicia Drier, Pam Everett, and Andrea Johnson, and Linda Keuneke who teaches at Bishop Luers.  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 Bob Keuneke who underwent surgery at Lutheran Hospital this past week, Gary Robinson, Ruby Miller, Leesa Heckman’s aunt, who is at Adams Memorial, Ed Aspy, and Bryan Miller.

You are invited to our Christmas Eve service this Saturday, December 24.  The service will be presented by our Sunday School students and will begin at 7 p.m.  There will be a hymn sing prior to the service at 6:30 p.m.

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 the focus is on Christmas.  

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 will remain in church following the worship service this morning to practice for the Christmas Eve program.  Mrs. Buuck’s class will stay for a short practice and then will go to the Parish Hall for Sunday School.

Do you still have a little Christmas shopping to do?  Need some rugs, blankets, or embroidered work?  You can find this and lots more in the craft room in the Parish Hall.  Go on over and check out what kinds of items the Morning Glories sell at their craft shows.  (The display will be set up through Christmas.)  You may look things over 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.   

We thank the outgoing members of the Church Council and welcome those who were elected last Sunday.  The Council will be installed this morning.  The Lord’s blessings be upon all who serve our church in a leadership capacity.  The results of last Sunday’s election are as follows: 


Jim Heckman

Board of Stewardship:

Kris Blomenberg

Recording Secretary:

Jean Timm


Steve Conrad


Kim Schamerloh


Ron Bultemeier

Synodical Treasurer:

Janice K. Buuck


Sean Sielschott

Friedheim Foundation:

Dean Wass


Chris Lichtle

Board of Evangelism:

Denise Conrad


Randy Hockemeyer

Board of Education:

Duane Kiess


Tracy Stevens

The Tabea Society’s Christmas party has been rescheduled for Friday, December 30, at noon at Concord Village.

The men’s basketball team has three games this week.  On Monday, December 19, they will play Berne Missionary at 7 p.m. at Monmouth.  On Tuesday, December 20, and Thursday, December 22, the team will play at 8 p.m. at Bellmont Middle School.  On Tuesday they face Grace Bible Missionary and on Thursday the Church of God will be their opponent.   

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  As we draw closer to the celebration of God’s gift to us, namely His Son, Jesus, how can we not in return give something in return?  God has so richly blessed each of us.  Let us find it in our hearts to give to others who are not as fortunate as us during this holiday season.

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.

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.

Gladness is at all-time highs at Wheat Ridge Ministries!  For 100 years, God has blessed us with caring friends who share our vision of offering Christ’s healing touch.  Please check and bookmark our website—www.wheatridge.org—so that you can visit us often and keep in touch with our health and wellness ministries.  Thank you for your support of Wheat Ridge Ministries.

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!

Have you remembered your “Prayer Partner” lately?

As was decided at last year’s Budget and Election meeting, this year we will be using generic offering envelopes.  Envelopes have been printed with no dates or offering numbers on them.  There will be three different envelopes—a Home Purpose envelope (white), a Mission envelope (blue), and a miscellaneous envelope (#10 white).  A letter explaining the new system and assigning you your permanent offering number will be mailed to you the last week of December.  

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 270; Sunday School – 57; Monday Evening Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class – 11; Mid-week Advent Service - 67


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose








12/7 - $126.87
12/11 - $210.00




Wyneken News

Think SCRIP for those last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers (or for those hard-to-buy-for individuals.  See Kim Weiland, Friedheim’s SCRIP rep, following the worship service this morning to purchase your SCRIP.  SCRIP will also be available at Wyneken all day on both Monday and Tuesday.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your order.

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!

There will be no chimes practice tomorrow, December 19, but on Thursday, January 5, there will be a practice prior to our performance at Lutheran Home.  Advanced band students will meet on Monday, December 19, to prepare for the Christmas assembly on Tuesday.  There will be no band on January 5.

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.  If you need to use Wyneken Extended Care, please contact them as soon as possible (639-6064).  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

There are science fair display boards ($3) available in the school office.

ISTEP results have been received for students in grades 3-8.  The results will be mailed to the parents.

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 6th graders will play St. Paul at Wyneken on Monday, December 19.  The girls’ game is at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Tuesday, December 20, the fifth graders will play Holy Cross at Wyneken with the girls’ game at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The 7th graders will play Holy Cross on Tuesday, December 20, at Holy Cross, with the girls playing at 4:15 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m.

Some of the teams will be participating in the Heritage Feeder Tournament over Christmas break.  When information is available, it will be published.

No practices will be held on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27.  The school will be closed.



9:00 a.m.

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


10:15 a.m.

Christmas Eve Program Practice


7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class


7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Monmouth


8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken


8:00 p.m.

 Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School


8:00 p.m.

 Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School


6:30 p.m.

Hymn Sing


7:00 p.m.

Children's Christmas Eve Service


December 25

9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship Service with Holy Communion   

December 27

8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball

December 29

6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball

December 31

7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service


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