Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

Welcome to all!  Jesus frequently attracted crowds, as on that first Palm Sunday.  However, when the way got rough when, as it neared the cross, the crowds abandoned Him.  May your worship increase your faithfulness to Jesus Christ as we celebrate His faithfulness to us.  If you are visiting, please sign one of the guest registries located at either entrance of the church.   Please worship with us again soon.

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Palm Sunday
April 9, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 5

The Choir "Hosanna"

The Hymns

TLH #160, #162; #161

The Readings

Lent is a Time of Opportunity

Zechariah 9:9-10 Your King comes to you – a promise
Philippians 2:5-11    In humility, Christ came to earth to die
Mark 15:1-39  Christ came to Jerusalem to be King


Rev. Jerry Nichols to preach    

The Acolyte

Shawn Kiess

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We welcome Rev. Jerry Nichols to Friedheim.  Rev. Nichols is the husband of Mary Nichols, former teacher at Wyneken.  Pastor Dahling is at Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke as Faith is having their confirmation service this morning.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon Rev. Nichols as well as the young people at Faith who are becoming communicant members of that congregation.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Grace Iwen (her first birthday), Joy Erxleben, Teri Conrad, Brittany Franke, Jack Reiff, Meghann Manley, Deb Miller, Tom Buuck, Dick Miller, Lowell Timm, and Brooks Myers.  We also remember all those involved in education including our Wyneken aides—Susie Ehlerding, Hollie Hormann, Thelma Standiford, and LaDonna McBride, Jason Iwen, who teaches our high school Bible Class, and Dave Miller who teaches at Bellmont Middle School.  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 Hildegard Kiefer who is a patient at Adams Memorial, Hubert Fuelling, Gary Jeffrey, and Sandy Franz.

We rejoice with Monica Manley and Andrew Schaefer who were married at Friedheim yesterday afternoon.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon this couple as they begin their life together.

We remember in our prayers Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke who called Rev. Ralph Sielaff to serve as their minister.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon this congregation during this process and pray the Lord’s guidance to Rev. Sielaff while he contemplates this call.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Eugene Rhymer, Chris’ dad, who was called to be with His Savior on Friday, March 31, and was given Christian burial on Tuesday, April 4.  We also remember in our prayers the friends and family of Jim Kaehr, Nancy’s husband and Jon’s father, who went to be with His loving Father on Wednesday, April 5, and whose funeral was on Saturday, April 8.  May our loving Father comfort those who mourn and remind them of that great day when they will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Palm Sunday was the traditional day for confirmation.  Today we will take a moment to reaffirm those vows taken for some many years a go, and for others, just a short time ago.  Let us recommit to our Savior as we pray that our faith continues to grow.

Our Holy Week services begin with today’s Palm Sunday service and continue with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services this week.  Church on the 13th and 14th begins at 7 p.m. with Holy Communion celebrated at both services.  Pastor’s sermon on Maundy Thursday will be “An invitation to Come” while “How One Malefactor Died—The Confession of a Dying Thief” is the sermon on Good Friday.

Today’s lesson in Adult Bible Class is “Gideon.”  The period of the Judges covers roughly three hundred years in which the children of Israel could have lived in peace and prospered, but during which time they forsook the Lord and worshipped false gods. The Lord gave them into the hands of their enemies only to bring them back by raising up a deliverer. Of course, these deliverers were but a shadow of the ultimate deliverer - our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  This week’s theme is “Life Conquers Death.”  Vicar Jeff Keuning, who is serving at 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.  Mark your calendar for April 30 when Rev. John Schmidtke, grandson of Rev. Ernst Schmidtke, a former pastor here at Friedheim, will be the guest preacher.  Rev. John Schmidtke is pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, an inner city congregation in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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 LWML will have their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, April 11.  The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the church basement.  Sue Walfort will be the guest speaker.  She will share information on “Children’s Village” which will open soon at Lutheran Home.

Thanks to all who have volunteered to make cakes for the April birthday celebration at Lutheran Homes.  Please bring them to the church basement by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12.  Thanks so much for your help!

The Lutheran Home Auxiliary is sponsoring their annual card party on Wednesday, April 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  If you would like to purchase tickets ($3 each) for the card party, please see Donna Hileman.

The LYF will serve Easter breakfast in the Parish Hall between the Easter sunrise and Easter festival services on April 16.  LYF members are reminded to bring one dozen breakfast rolls for that morning.  Due to practice schedules, set up will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

Several women at Friedheim are interested in beginning a women’s Bible study.  This study will serve as an opportunity for women faced with multiple rolls—wife, mother, sister, employee, etc.—to pursue through scripture and other resources the Christian life and carry it in all aspects of their lives.  There is an organizational meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the church basement.  If you are interested in becoming a part of this Bible study, please come to tonight’s meeting.

All flowers or plants to be included in this year’s Easter Garden need to be at church by 8 a.m. Saturday, April 15.  If you didn’t purchase your plants through the Decorating Committee and would like your contribution included in the Easter Sunday bulletin, the information (“in memory of” or “in honor of”) must be in the church office by Monday, April 10. 

Concordia Seminary Guild invites you to their meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at Luther Hall at the Seminary.  Following the business meeting, the Annual Shower for the Christ’s Child Learning Center will be held.  Items needed include glue sticks, glitter glue, facial tissue, Barbie clothes, clear contact paper, toddler board books, infant vinyl books, bouncy balls, and 100% juice are needed.

The LWML’s Spring Praise Service, “Let There Be Light,” will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church (Union Township) on Saturday, April 22, at 9 a.m.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.  The ingathering will be cleaning supplies for the Seminary Food Bank.  A light meal will follow and a free will offering will be taken.  All ladies of the congregation are invited and encouraged to attend.

The LLL-LWML Rally will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Flatrock.  Pastor Otto Brillinger, a former pastor here at Friedheim, will be the guest speaker.  Pastor Brillinger will speak about his missionary work in Russia.  A light meal will follow with a free will offering be taken.

The Portals of Prayer books are here and can be found in either entranceway of the church.  You may pick up the April-June book as you leave the worship service this morning.

Make plans to attend our Quarterly Voters’ Meeting, which will be held on Sunday, April 23, following the worship service.  Stay and listen to the reports from our various boards and committees.

There are still five old 8’ tables from Wyneken available in the furnace room of the church on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you’re not sure which tables, please see Kent Stoppenhagen, Duane Kiess, or Randy Everett.  A donation is being requested.  The donation can be placed in the offering plate in an envelope marked “tables.”  Thanks!

The April interest rates for Lutheran Church Extension Fund investments are posted in either entranceway of the church.  For more information on the various accounts, you can contact the Indiana District office at 1-800-837-1145 or 260-423-1511, extension 203.

The Bach Collegium will sing St. John’s Passion by Heinrich Schuuetz at St. Patrick’s Parish, 2120 Harrison Street, in Ft. Wayne, this afternoon at 3 p.m.  The congregation is invited to attend.  (Lydia Dahling is a member of the Collegium.)  There is no admission but a free will offering will be taken.

There will be a genealogy seminar at New Hope Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  James Feit, vice president of the Indiana German Heritage Society will be the guest.  He will present genealogy information on the northwest area of Germany from where many of our Adams, Allen, and Wells County families emigrated.  He will include in his presentation sources to explore, both in America and Germany, as well as the pros and cons of using the Internet in your search.  There will also be some displays of German items, books, and maps.  Brochures will be available and some additional items will be for sale.  Refreshments will be served.  Bring your questions and enjoy the presentation.  For additional information please call 639-6530.  The Friends of Wyneken are also co-hosting this event.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 217 with 154 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 46; Adult Bible Class - NA; Monday Night Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class – 12; Mid-week Lenten Worship – 89


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose



-$2,338.05 -$15,182.35



3-26 - $405.00

3-29 - $174.97

4-02 - $215.00

4-05 - $163.89








Wyneken News

Starting to shop for some new spring and summer clothes?  Consider purchasing SCRIP to take with you on your next shopping trip.  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.

Father/son laser tag at UltraZone Family Entertainment Center in Ft. Wayne is this afternoon at noon and again at 12:30 p.m. with 32 people playing in each time slot.  You must be at least 6 years old and 42” tall to play laser tag.  PTL will pay for two games per person; any extra games and refreshments are the responsibility of those in attendance. 

Mrs. Deb Olson, our pre-K teacher, has decided not to return to the staff next year.  We thank her for her three years of service; she will be missed.  If you know of anyone who has an Indiana teaching license and is interested in teaching Pre-K, please contact Mr. Timm at 639-6177.  (This year the 4-year old class met on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while the 3-year-old class met on Tuesday and Thursday mornings also from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Enrollment forms for the 2006-2007 school year were to be mailed last week and need to be returned by April 14.  If you know of a family who may be interested in sending their child to Wyneken, especially for the Pre-K and kindergarten classes, please have them contact the school (639-6177) to be placed on the mailing list.  If anyone has had a recent change in address, please contact the office with your current address.  Thanks for your help!

Market Day order forms will be in next week’s bulletin.  Order forms need to be returned by Thursday, April 27, with Internet orders due on noon, Saturday, April 29.  Pick up date is Thursday, May 4.  Take some time to look over the selections and see what you need for those confirmation and graduation parties.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Franke (623-3992). 

Tami Schultz, manager of our child care program, is asking for feedback regarding the program, especially operations for next year.  You may contact her at 639-6064 or send her a note.  Thanks!

The final PTL meeting of the year will be held on Monday, April 10, in the multi-purpose room at 7 p.m.  Election of officers and passing of next year’s budget are items on the agenda.

Chapel will be held on Maundy Thursday (April 13) this week and on Easter Monday (April 17) next week.

The advanced band and chimes will trade meeting dates the week of April 24.  The band will meet on Monday, April 24, with chimes meeting on Wednesday, April 26.

The 2007 graduating class continues to sell flowers and gift certificates from McNamara (formerly Sandpoint Greenhouse) through April 19.  There are color brochures in either entranceway of the church if you want to get a better idea of what you are ordering.  Order forms and gift certificates will be available at Wyneken on Wednesdays and Fridays at the SCRIP table or you may see any Wyneken 7th grader.  Our 7th graders have a table set up outside this morning (in the front of church) to take orders or sell certificates.  In case of inclement weather, they will move indoors and can probably be found near our SCRIP representative, Kim Weiland.  (Friedheim’s 7th graders include Brittany Franke, Ashtyn Freimuth, Matt Gorman, Allison Hormann, Jessica Linnemeier, Derek Schultz, and Alex Weiland.)  Flowers will be available for pick up at school on Saturday, May 6, or you may use your gift certificate at McNamara’s for a better deal than if you were to shop without a certificate.  Only FULL flats are available for pick up; however, you can mix and match at McNamara’s with your certificate.  For our disabled or elderly supporters, we are offering delivery from the school.  Just let us know if you need this service.  As always, your support of these fundraising projects is truly appreciated by the students.

The Wyneken Mini 4-H will meet after Easter.  Information will go home soon with the kindergarten-2nd grade students.

The upper grades program will be held on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. All are invited to come and be entertained by our older students.

Wyneken will participate in the Autism Awareness Walk to be held in early May.  When information is available, it will be passed on to those interested in participating.

Friday, May 5, will be Grandparents & Special Friends Day at Wyneken.  More information will be coming home soon with the students, but mark your calendars so you don’t miss this fun-filled day for our Wyneken students.

Kings Island discount coupons are available in the school office.  These coupons are good for weekends in April and May or anytime during the summer months.

Sporting News

Girls’ soccer practice has begun.  The season for both JV and varsity begins on Wednesday, April 19, with games against St. Paul at Wyneken.  The varsity plays at 4:15 p.m. and the JV at 5:30 p.m.



9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion (Palm Sunday)

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  3:00 p.m. Bach Collegium at St. Patrick’s, Ft. Wayne
  7:00 p.m. Organizational Meeting – Women’s Bible Study


7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class


6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class


9:00 a.m.

Morning Glories

  7:30 p.m.

LWML Quarterly Meeting

WEDNESDAY 8:00 a.m. Cakes for Lutheran Home needed
    Wedding Rehearsal
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial


8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken


7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion

7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Service of Darkness with Holy Communion


8:00 a.m. Set up for Easter Garden
    Set up for Easter breakfast
  3:30 p.m.

Brodbeck/Colwell Wedding


April 16

6:30 a.m.

Easter Sunrise Worship
  7:15 a.m. LYF Easter Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. Easter Festival Service with Holy Communion
April 17 8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
April 18

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  1:00 p.m. Concordia Seminary Guild @ Luther Hall
April 19 

All Day

Tabea Society
  1:30 p.m. Lutheran Home Auxiliary Card Party
  7:00 p.m. Choir
April 20

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class @ Lucile Stoppenhagen’s
    Items for May Newsletter needed in Church Office
April 22  8:30 a.m.  Registration for Praise Service
  9:00 a.m. LWML Praise Service @ Immanuel (Union Township)
  1:00 p.m. Genealogy Seminar @ New Hope

The Lutheran Hymnal midi files copyright © 1998 Rev. Richard Jordan, used by permission

Between the Easter Sunrise service and the Easter Festival Service the LYF will be serving Easter breakfast in the Parish Hall.  The congregation is invited to enjoy the opportunity for Christian fellowship as well as a breakfast that includes scrambled eggs, ham, breakfast rolls, fruit salad, coffee, milk, and juice.  All are invited to attend.  A free-will offering will be accepted.

The First Palm Sunday

As parades go, it wasn’t much.  Compared to the mummers in Philadelphia or the roses in Pasadena, it was strictly small potatoes.  A lone rider enters a great city on the back of a donkey.  A small crowd gathers to watch.  Some are curious.  Many have no idea what the fuss is about, and could not care less.

One of the men, for reasons not known, rushes forward and spreads his cloak in front of the startled animal.  Several other onlookers wave branches of myrtle and willow and sprays of palm leaves.  In a matter of minutes, the great city swallows up the donkey and its rider.  In a matter of days, the same man will be devoured by his enemies, forsaken by his friends, and buried in a borrowed grave.

Incredibly, two thousand years later, millions of people gather to re-create that parade and welcome that solitary rider into the city of their lives.  Why?  Today let us reflect on the meaning of Palm Sunday and sing our hosannas to Him who comes to us in the name of the Lord.

Source:  The NEWSLETTER Newsletter, March 1988 (submitted by Epworth United Methodist Church, Toledo, Ohio)

As We Prepare for Easter

The Lenten season is a time for
A time for all persons to
  Examine their lives
  Evaluate priorities
  Establish stronger ties with God and others;
A time for us to
  Share our faith
  Serve others
  Do good to others
  Deepen our friendships and
  Pray for one another.
  -- G. Todd Roberts