Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome all who worship with us.  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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Epiphany 1
January 8, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

Order of Service

Page 32

The Choir “Christ When for Us You Were Baptized”

The Hymns

TLH #301; #298; #401
The Readings Chosen by God
Isaiah 42:1-7      

God’s chosen servant is given the Spirit to execute justice

Acts 10:34-48 God anoints Jesus with the Spirit to serve
Mark 1:4-11 At His baptism, Jesus receives the Spirit as Son

Sermon

“Baptism—It’s for Real!” – Mark 1:9-11
1. River (v. 9)
2. Dove (v. 10)
3. Voice (v. 11)

The Acolyte

Allyssa Johnson

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Davon Bultemeier, Waldo Conrad, Kris Blomenberg, Lori Caston, Dennis Schuller, Olivia Conrad, Spencer Scheumann, Alyssa Schuller, Jacob Lee, Mike Brandt, Dave Miller, Jordan Rhymer, Tami Stoppenhagen, Caden Culp, and Kathy Moellering.  We remember all those involved in education including our Wyneken principal, Lowell Timm, Lin Gorman, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Sara Rhymer who teaches in the North Adams system.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the 60th wedding anniversary (January 6) of Ben & Norma Miller.  These flowers have been placed in church by their children and grandchildren, with much love and admiration.  May the Lord continue to be a presence in their home and bestow His blessings upon them. 

The congregation is asked to join the family in celebrating this special day.  Everyone is invited to the church basement after the worship service this morning for a reception in Ben and Norma’s honor.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We remember in our prayers Dean Wass, Eldina Boese,  Ruth Hartmann, Gary Jeffrey, Ruby Miller, Leesa Heckman’s aunt, who is at Adams Memorial, Darrel Ehlerding, Sandy Franz, Ed Aspy, and Alice Bruick and Delmar Fuelling, siblings of Cindy Wass.

We remember in our prayers the family and friends of Bryan Miller who was called to his heavenly home this past Tuesday and was given Christian burial on Saturday.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that great day when all will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Adult Bible Class will not meet this morning because of the anniversary celebration but will resume next Sunday, January 15, 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 Call to Glory.”  Vicar Jeff Keuning, who is serving Peace, Berne, wrote this month’s study guides.  

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 men’s basketball team will play the Crossroad tomorrow, January 9, at 7 p.m. at the Service Complex. 

There will be a door collection this morning to benefit Concordia Seminary.

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  “After Jesus was born…Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?   We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him’” (Matthew 2:1-2). They had been watching and waiting, and when the time came, they knew what was happening and they were ready.  We have the Scriptures that tell us about not only the birth of the Christ Child, but about His Second Coming as well.  While we watch and wait, let’s be busy using the gifts God has given us to share God’s Word so that all, like the Magi, will be ready when He comes.

LYF Members:  Mark Sunday, January 22, on your calendars.  The youth will meet at Wyneken for a gym night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Pizza will be provided.  Please bring your own pop.  See you there.  Also, preliminary dates have been set for the annual ski trip.  The two dates being looked at are February 19 or 26.

The LYF Counselors wish to thank the congregation for all their support this past year.  We’ve enjoyed being with the kids and are looking forward to the coming year.  A special thank you goes out to the kids for their dedication.

The LWML Quarterly Meeting will be held this Tuesday, January 10, in the Parish Hall, not in the church basement as reported in the newsletter, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  (The Preble Township 4-H clubs are meeting in the Parish Hall basement at 6:30 p.m. and should just be finishing up their meetings when ours begins at 7:30 p.m.  Don’t let all the cars chase you away!  The LWML will be using one of the rooms upstairs.)  As a service project, the ladies will be working on cutting blue jeans into strips for rugs.  You may wish to bring a scissors and/or rotary cutter and cutting mat.  Members are reminded that mite envelopes can now be found in either entranceway of the Parish Hall.  You may bring your mites to the meeting on Tuesday night or place your envelope in the offering plate.

This year we are using generic offering envelopes (no dates or offering number printed on the envelope).  There are three different envelopes—a Home Purpose envelope (white), a Mission envelope (blue), and a miscellaneous envelope (#10 white).  LWML envelopes are also available in either entranceway.  A letter explaining the new system and assigning you your permanent offering number was mailed December 23.  If you don’t receive it in a timely manner, please contact the church office.

There will be an Evangelism meeting following the worship service today.

The Thrivent meeting this Thursday, January 12, at 8 a.m. will be held in one of the classrooms (near the cafeteria) at Adams Memorial Hospital, not at Re/Max.

Information about this year’s LBI (Lutheran Bible Institute) classes was included in January’s Zionews.  You may pre-register with Tim Blomenberg, Walter Nuerge, or Dennis Werling.

Don’t forget to check out our website, www.zionfriedheim.org.  Besides information on activities, bulletins and newsletters are also posted on-line.

Have you thought of your “Prayer Partner” lately?

I thank all who remembered me with cards, visits, prayers, and words of encouragement I received this past week.  I especially appreciated Pastor Dahling’s visits and prayers.  God’s blessings to each of you.  – Dean Wass

The Decatur Area Lutherans for Life are sponsoring an essay contest open to any student who will be enrolled in college (full-time) in the fall of 2006. This year’s essay theme is “Why is life in the womb sacred/valuable?”  More information on this $500 scholarship can be found in your January newsletter.  Your essay is due to Pastor Dahling by Sunday, January 22.

Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur is sending a servant team to New Orleans.  The group will be leaving on Saturday, January 28, and returning on Sunday, February 5.  If you would like to join this group, please contact Le Hook at 724-7433 or E-mail him at lehook@onlyinternet.net.  More information is included in the January newsletter.

Attendance:  New Year’s Eve Worship Service - 85; New Year’s Day Worship Service – 139 with 104 receiving Holy Communion; Early-bird Bible Class – 14

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose

     

12/31 - $4,860.00

1/1 - $3,131.82

$6,418.94

-$3,287.12

-$3,287.12

Missions

     

12/31 - $953.22

1/1 - $350.00

$423.08

-$73.08

-$73.08

Wyneken News

Since everyone needs to buy groceries and fuel up those vehicles, have you thought of buying SCRIP for these regular purchases?  SCRIP is available on most Wednesdays after school and all day and after school on Friday. See Kim Weiland, Friedheim’s SCRIP rep, following the worship service this morning to purchase your SCRIP.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your order.

The Wyneken spelling bee will be held on Thursday, January 12.

There are science fair display boards ($3) available in the school office.  Please have the exact change when purchasing these boards.

Your help is needed in the Wyneken library!!  The head librarian, Gemila Rabel, is expecting a baby in mid-February.  If anyone can help by taking her place as class librarian for at least the month of February, but perhaps for the remainder of the school you, for any of the following times, please contact her at 724-4949.  Fridays for the 8th grade class (on a bi-weekly basis) from 12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m., Thursdays for the 4th grade class from 12:25 p.m. to 12:55 p.m., and the first graders on Tuesdays, from 12:45 p.m.  to 1 p.m.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Market Day order forms will be in next week’s bulletin.  Take a moment to look over the specials for the month since it’s Cookie Dough Bonus Days!  Order forms are due to the school office on Friday, January 27, with Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, January 28.  Orders will be delivered on Thursday, February 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

Billing for Wyneken Extended Care was sent out before the Christmas break.  If you need your bill reissued, please contact Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

The second quarter ends on Friday, January 13.  Report cards will be issued Wednesday, January 18.

There will be no North Adams bus service on Friday, January 13.  There will be no East Allen bus service on Monday, January 16.  Parents will need to find transportation both to and from school on those days. 

For those parents who opted to pay half of the registration fee at the beginning of each semester, the second installment is due Monday, January 16.  You may mail or drop your payment off at the school office.  If you have any questions, please contact Lowell Timm.

Sporting News

The varsity A teams will play Woodburn at Woodburn on Thursday, January 12, with the girls’ game starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:45 p.m.  The 7th grade boys will be participating in a tourney at Bethlehem, Ossian, this Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14.  Game times and opponents weren’t available.  Check with a player for the most up-to-date information.  Good luck in the tourney!! 

The 6th graders will face Bethlehem at Bethlehem on Monday, January 9.  The girls play at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game begins at 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, January 11, they play Zion, Decatur, at Zion again with the girls’ game starting at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m. This Saturday, January 14, the 5th and 6th grade boys will host a tournament at Wyneken.  Game times and opponents were unavailable.  Check with a player for game times.  (Good luck guys!!)

Due to the tournament, intramurals for our 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls will not be held this Saturday, but will continue on Saturday, January 21.  The boys begin at 1 p.m. and the girls at 3 p.m.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service - Door Collection for Concordia Seminary          

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. Reception for Ben & Norma Miller
  10:00 a.m. Evangelism Meeting
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Service Complex

TUESDAY

6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class

 

9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m.  LWML Quarterly Meeting (Parish Hall)
    Items for Annual Report due in Church Office
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad's
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 15

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
January 16 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Service Complex

January 10

6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class

 

9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
January 18 All Day  Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 19 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
January 20   February Newsletter articles due in church office

 

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