Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim this beautiful spring morning.  May your faith continue to grow as you hear God’s Word today.  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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Easter 2
April 23, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 5

The Hymns

TLH #205; #339; #218, v. 6

The Readings

The Power of faith in Christ

Acts 3:13-15 Faith in Christ conquers doubt
I John 5:1-6 Faith in Christ leads to repentance
John 20:19-31 Faith in Christ overcomes the world

Sermon

“Your Faith is Counted to you as Righteousness” - Romans 4:18-25

1.       Abraham’s faith didn’t waver concerning God’s promises and it was counted to him as righteousness. (vv. 20 & 22)

2.       God crediting faith as righteousness was not exclusive to Abraham. (vv. 23-24)

The Acolyte

Jarvis Cale

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We pray the Lord’s blessings upon our fieldworker, Jason Iwen, as he delivers this morning’s sermon.  May the Lord continue to guide him as he continues his studies to enter the ministry.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Shirley Gehres, Lydia Dahling, Fern Riemke, Drew Stoppenhagen, Jared Witte, Eldina Boese (who celebrates her 96th birthday), Betty Sielschott, Josh Stoppenhagen, and Kim Stoppenhagen. We also remember all those involved in education including our Wyneken cooks, Sharon Franke, Shelly Kiefer, and Marcia Selking, Stan Stoppenhagen, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Monica Stoppenhagen who teaches at Heritage Junior High School.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We rejoice with Scott and Beth (Blomenberg) McCloskey on the birth of their daughter, Madison Taylor, on Saturday, April 15, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We offer our congratulations and prayers to Cam Koldyke, Audra Koldyke’s husband, who after two years of training graduated as a Green Beret, Specialist, in the US Army this past Thursday, April 20.  (His address is 663-7 Barton’s Landing Place, Fayettville, NC  28314.)  May the Lord guide and protect him as he serves our country.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We remember in our prayers Elsie Wilkerman, Larry Hitzfield’s mother, who a patient at Lutheran’s rehab unit, Pam Brewer’s mother who underwent surgery last Tuesday at a Michigan hospital (Pam is the sixth grade teacher at Wyneken), Hubert Fuelling, Gary Jeffrey, and Sandy Franz.

We remember in our prayers Dave & Teri Conrad who will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary tomorrow, April 24.  We pray the Lord’s blessing upon this couple.

The Adult Bible Class will not meet again until Sunday, May 14, when the lesson, “Samson,” will be discussed.  Samson was a man of incredible strength, good looks, and a winsome personality. He knew what he wanted and usually got it. One could also say he was spoiled. Yet the Lord used him to Judge Israel during one of the darker periods of her history. His story unfolds before us on the 14th.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  This week’s theme is “Resurrection Witness.”  Vicar Jeff Keuning, who is serving at Peace, Berne, wrote this month’s study guides.  

Tune in to the Lutheran Hour which 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 is also broadcast 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. on Sunday.  Next Sunday Rev. John Schmidtke, grandson of Rev. Ernst Schmidtke, a former pastor here at Friedheim, will be the guest preacher on this program.  Don’t miss the program!  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? 

Next Sunday will be Examination Sunday.  We remember the following young people as they prepare for this important moment in their Christian lives—Caleb Buuck, Jarvis Cale, Elliot Conrad, Paul Drier, Allyssa Johnson, Elizabeth Kiefer, Shawn Kiess, Clayton Stoppenhagen, and Jenna Timm.  Ethan Schorey, a fellow classmate at Wyneken, will also participate in our examination.

Council Members:  The minutes of the April 4 Council meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  You may pick them up this morning.  The May Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at 8 p.m.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought: In Ephesians 2:1, 4-5, the Apostle Paul writes, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.  But because of His great love for us, God, Who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ…”  Before Christ, we were dead in sin.  Through no effort of our own, we have been made alive “with Christ.”  Now what?  Now what, indeed!  Yes, Christ has saved us for eternity, but that eternity begins at baptism.  Some of us will spend only a short portion of eternity on earth, others much longer, but all of us are called to make these days count.  In the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, Jesus calls us to “go and make disciples of all nations.”  He asks us, empowered by Word and Sacrament to carry on His work.  There are man facets to the work of the church.  Not all of us are preachers and teachers of the Word, but we read in I Peter 4:10 that each of us has a gift and each of us is to use this gift to serve others.  Peter speaks of offering hospitality and serving as gifts which God has given to edify the church.  The Apostle Paul writes about spiritual gifts to the Romans, the Corinthians, and the Ephesians, each time stressing the point that we are to use the gifts we’ve been given for the good of the Body of Christ and according to the grace we’ve been given.

The new women’s Bible study, which will meet on Sunday evenings, now has a name—“Busy Woman’s Bible Study.”  This group will meet in the church basement on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning tonight.  A twelve-week study on the book, “Living a Life of Balance,” will be the first subject tackled.  Each class will last one hour and we promise, no homework, no papers!! 

The LLL-LWML Rally will be held next 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 at the Rally.  Pastor Brillinger will speak about his missionary work in Russia.  A light meal will follow with a free will offering taken.

Please remain for our Quarterly Voters’ Meeting, which will be held following the worship service this morning.  Stay and listen to the reports from our various boards and committees.

The Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will again participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  This event will be held at Bellmont Middle School on June 16 & 17.  If you would like to collect donations, participate in the walk, and receive a Relay for Life T-shirt, you must complete a registration form by Sunday, May 14.  All cancer survivors are encouraged to participate.  Thrivent will contribute additional funds to all donations collected.  Please see Leesa Heckman to get your registration form.

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!

A Swiss steak/chicken nuggets dinner will be held for former Central Lutheran School student, Asheley Kidd and her mother, Sara.  Asheley is presently undergoing treatment for Pelvic Function Dysfunction at the Cleveland Clinic while her mother, Sara, suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a nervous system malfunction, which results in constant severe pain.  All profits will go toward their many medical bills.  The dinner will be held on Friday, May 5, at Central Lutheran School with serving from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  (Carryouts will also be available.)  Tickets are $7 for adults; $4.50 for children (4-11), and those children three and under may eat for free.  Tickets will be available at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Green Street, Martini Lutheran Church, 333 E. Moeller Road, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1910 N Berthaud Road in New Haven after April 23.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.  East Allen County Chapter #30846 of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide matching funds.

April has specials popping up at the Concordia Lutheran High School Thrift Shop at 3436 N. Anthony in Ft. Wayne.  “Spring Deals” with half price on all clothing sales (some exceptions may apply) will be held from April 21 to April 29.  Thrift Shop hours are Monday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Take a stroll through Our Creator’s Classroom, Concordia High School’s outdoor environmental education facility, tour the Fred Zollner Athletic Complex, step inside the doors of the high school and see demonstrations from various groups, meet some of Concordia’s students, learn, about their academic departments, a get a closer look at Concordia.  You will have this opportunity next Sunday, April 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

On Tuesday, April 25, the Executive Director, Principal, and Admissions Coordinator from Concordia High School will be at Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  This will be an informational meeting for both parents and students who may be considering Concordia as a high school option.  For further information, you can contact Zion’s church office at 724-7177.

Attendance:  Maundy Thursday Worship - 78 with 75 receiving Holy Communion; Good Friday Worship - 186 with 141 receiving Holy Communion; Easter Sunrise Service - 90; Easter Festival Service - 371 with 228 receiving Holy Communion; Early-bird Bible Class – 12

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose

     
$6,334.91

$6,418.94

-$84.03 -$17,130.32

Missions

     

04/13 - $192.03
04/14 - $532.70
04/16 -   $30.00

$423.08

+$331.65

-$163.60

Wyneken News

Wyneken has recently installed an electronic lock on the inside set of doors at the main entrance.  The doors will be locked at 9 a.m. each day, after the pre-K students arrive, and will remain locked during school hours.  There is a bell button located on the wall to the right of the doors to use for assistance.

Starting to shop for your summer clothes?  Looking for wedding and/or graduation gifts?  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.

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.)

Midterm for the fourth quarter will be this Wednesday, April 26, with reports sent home with the students on Monday, May 1.

Market Day order forms need to be returned by Thursday, April 27, with Internet orders (www.marketday.com) due on noon, Saturday, April 29.  Pick up date is Thursday, May 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Every customer will get to “pick a prize” when picking up their Market Day order.  The value of your “prize” will be determined by the “luck of the draw.”  Take some time to look over the selections and see what you need for those confirmation and graduation parties.  By ordering $40 worth of items, you will receive $10 in coupons off of selected items to be used at the June Market Day sale.  New items this month include the beef teriyaki kit ($8.49), funnel cakes ($7.99), and pepper jack burgers ($8.99).  Specials include chicNSteakes ($11.89), French toast sticks ($4.49), filet of sirloin ($24.89), ham steaks ($11.89), Ocean Spray wildberry singles ($10.49), broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken ($12.99), chicken fries ($11.49), fish & chips ($11.29), garlic & herb shrimp ($12.29), cinnamon brown sugar bagel-ers ($7.49), chicken stir-fry kit ($12.49), Italian wedding soup ($8.69), individual beef pot pies ($8.49), gemeli pasta & vegetable blend ($6.99), California blend ($7.39), Prince Edward vegetable medley ($7.59)cheese pizza eat-zzas ($6.49), Li’l bagel dogs ($6.89), potato skins ($6.29), giant cinnamon Goldfish grahams ($5.59), bumbleberry blossoms ($7.99), pretzels ($7.99), and lemon lime ice ($6.49).   If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Franke (623-3992). 

North Adams is having a teacher-in-service day on Monday, May 8.  Wyneken will dismiss at 12:25 p.m.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both to and from school that day while those riding East Allen busses will need to find transportation home.  As always, Wyneken childcare is there if needed.  Please contact Tami Schultz (639-6064) prior to the 8th to make arrangements.  Thanks!

There is a possibility that the 2007 graduating class may continue to sell gift certificates from McNamara (formerly Sandpoint Greenhouse).  The certificates for flats or hanging baskets are valid from April 30 – May 31.  If they are still making sales, the gift certificates will be available at Wyneken on Wednesdays and Fridays at the SCRIP table or you may see any Wyneken 7th grader.    (Friedheim’s 7th graders include Brittany Franke, Ashtyn Freimuth, Matt Gorman, Allison Hormann, Jessica Linnemeier, Derek Schultz, and Alex Weiland.)  If you pre-ordered your flats and/or hanging baskets, these items will be available for pick up at Wyneken between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.  As always, your support of these fundraising projects is truly appreciated by the students.

The class of 2007 has planned their first chicken BBQ and ribs sale for Mother’s Day, May 14, with serving from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  (Friedheim will stop serving at 11:30 a.m.  If you want to pick up your food after that time, please head over to Bingen (the old Meyer’s gas station).)  The cost is $5 for ½ chicken and $6 for ½ slab of ribs.  By purchasing pre-sale tickets, it helps the class in ordering.  There will be a limited number of tickets available on the 14th but if you want to be sure you can enjoy that delicious chicken and/or ribs on Mother’s Day, please get your pre-sale tickets.  Again tickets are available from any Wyneken 7th grader. (See the list above for Friedheim’s 7th grade class.)  

The Wyneken Mini 4-H club will meet on Monday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 26.  All kindergarten-2nd grade students are eligible to join.  The meetings will be held from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Wyneken will participate in the Autism Awareness Walk to be held May 20.  As information becomes available, it will be passed on to those interested in participating.

Would you like to be a more active member of the Wyneken PTL?  Would you be willing to serve in an office?  The PTL is in need of a vice president for the 2006-2007 school year.  This person would then serve as president of the PTL for the 2007-2008 school year.  If you are interested in or would like more information about this position, please contact Bill Johnson (547-4690), Brian Hartman (639-6000), or Cindy Gallmeyer (724-4047).

The advanced band and chimes will again change practice days this week.  The band will meet on Monday, April 24, with chimes meeting on Wednesday, April 26.

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held from May 1-5 in the old first grade classroom (the classroom between the Pre-K and kindergarten rooms).  There are books for both children and adults available for purchase.

The Spring Concert presented by our Music Department will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. for students in grades 3-8.  Come and listen to the choirs, chimes, recorders, and bands and then take a moment to walk through the hallways and look at the student’s art projects.

Friday, May 5, will be Grandparents & Special Friends Day at Wyneken.  A sign-up form with registration and lunch information has been sent home with the students last Wednesday.  Please return this form by Friday, April 28.  All lunches need to be pre-ordered!

You may also want to mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 30, the date for the 8th grade graduation.  This year’s graduation will be held at St. John’s Bingen at 7 p.m.

Sporting News

The varsity girls’ soccer team plays Unity at W. Foster Park on Wednesday, April 26, at 4:15 p.m.  On Friday, April 28, both teams (varsity and JV) will see action when they play Holy Cross at Wyneken.  The varsity game begins at 4:15 p.m. with the JV game starting at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a Wyneken Summer Volleyball League for all students (both boys and girls) who will be sixth graders next school year and including the eighth grade class of 2006.  There will be 3-on-3 volleyball games on Monday nights.  There is a sign-up sheet in the gym.  For more information, please contact Tammy Shoup (724-9069).

Information is starting to come into the office concerning basketball clinics, fall soccer leagues, summer camps, and other sports camps.  Please stop by and see what opportunities are available this summer.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m. Worship Service
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class
  10:00 a.m. Quarterly Voters’ Meeting
  7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
TUESDAY

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad’s
SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Confirmation pictures & practice

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

April 30 9:00 a.m. Worship Service (Examination Sunday)
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. Reception for confirmands
  7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
May 1 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
May 2

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders' Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees' Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Church Council
May 3 All Day Tabea Society
  8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
May 4

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class
May 6   Church Cleaning

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