Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim on this first Sunday in May.  If you will be communing with us this morning, please fill out a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church and the cards may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  If you are visiting us this morning, please sign your name in one of our guest registries in either entranceway of the church.  Please visit with us again soon.

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Easter 4 (Confirmation Sunday)  
May 7, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Ringing of the Church Bell






The Processional Hymn (please rise)

“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

TLH #262




The Invocation



P:        In the Name of God, the Father, Who created us; in the Name of God, the Son, Who redeemed us; in the name of God, the Holy Ghost, Who gave us eternal life.

C:        Amen.




The Confession (in unison)



Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You alone.  We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, so that we can be the children You would have us to be.




The Absolution






The Duet

“The Lord’s My Shepherd”





The Lessons




First Lesson  

Acts 4:23-333


Second Lesson

I John 3:1-2



John 10:11-18




The Confession of Faith

TLH Page 22





The Sermon Hymn

“I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”

TLH #648




The Sermon  

“Remain Faithful”
Revelation 22:12





The Gathering of the Morning Offerings 






The Solo

“Because the Lord is My Shepherd”





The Rite of Confirmation



After the Confirmands receive the blessing, we ask the congregation to stand and join in a prayer of commitment to Jesus Christ.  As we think of the day when we spoke our vows, may this confession renew our faith that we might more diligently and faithfully serve Him and walk in His ways.




The Pledge of Commitment to Christ (in unison)



Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and King, we look to You today, as we pledge ourselves anew to the faith and work of Your kingdom.  Forgive our failures of the past, and enable us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to lift anew our hearts and our minds, that we may constantly serve You and love You, as You have served and loved us.  Dear Savior, accept our hearts this day, and make them always Yours.  Amen.




The Intercessions for the Confirmands






The Lord’s Prayer






The Consecration of the Elements






The Distribution 



The confirmation class will commune as a class, followed by the congregation.




The Distribution Hymns




“A Faithful Shepherd is My Lord”



“Abide with Me!  Fast Falls the Eventide”

TLH #552


“Nearer, My God, to Thee”

TLH #533


“Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd”

TLH #627


“We All Believe in One True God”

TLH #251




The Closing Collect






The Benediction






The Choral Benediction

“Go, My Children, with My Blessing”





The Closing Hymn

“God’s Word is Our Great Heritage”

TLH #283

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

The Acolyte

Derek Schultz

The Organist

Sandy Blomenberg

The Pastor

Rev. Daniel F. Dahling

Statement of Communion Practice

We believe that in the Lord’s Supper we receive the true Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine.  We welcome to our Altar all who share this belief and are fellow members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  If you are communing with us for the first time, please speak to one of the Deacons or Pastor Dahling. 

The Announcements for Good Shepherd Sunday

We pray the Lord’s blessings upon the ten young people (Caleb, Jarvis, Elliot, Paul, Allyssa, Elizabeth, Shawn, Ethan, Clayton, & Jenna) being confirmed this morning.  After having gone through Examination last Sunday and making the decision to become a communicant member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, our prayer for these young people is for a faith that continues to grow in the Lord and one that serves as an example to others.

Zion Confirmation Class of 2006

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Brittany Bergdall, Anna Buuck, Sandy Blomenberg, Luke Davon Bultemeier (his first!), Jon Buuck, Chris Gorman, James Gorman, Ashley Manley, Floyd Thieme, Ann Crosby, Hubert Fuelling (his 90th), and Bailey Kaehr.  We also remember all those involved in education including our Wyneken School Board, especially those members serving from Friedheim—Randy Everett, Duane Kiess, and Kent Stoppenhagen, Bev Jenkins, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Addy Schuller who teaches at Bethlehem (Ossian).  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 Bill Fuhrman who is a patient at Adams Memorial Hospital, Elsie Wilkerman, Larry Hitzfield’s mother, who a patient at St. Joe’s rehab unit, Pam Brewer’s mother who remains in a Michigan hospital (Pam is the sixth grade teacher at Wyneken), Scott Thieme (Walter Nuerge’s nephew), Hubert Fuelling, Gary Jeffrey, and Sandy Franz.

We also remember in our prayers Brian and Samantha Erxleben who celebrate their first wedding anniversary today and Richard and Margaret Buuck who will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary tomorrow, May 8.  May the Lord remain the ever-present presence in their home and continue to bless and guide them.

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.

There will be no Sunday School classes today.   Classes will resume on the 14th with the picnic and Sunday School Recognition to be held on the 21st.

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

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 women’s Bible study, “Busy Woman’s Bible Study,” will meet in the church basement tonight at 7 p.m.  A twelve-week study on the book, “Living a Life of Balance,” is the first subject tackled.   

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought: Many situations in life require mediators.  Two parties at odds with each other can be brought together by one who is skilled in helping each one see things from the other’s point of view.  Christ was just such a mediator.  Sin had separated us from God.  A great chasm lay between us.  The just and holy God could not tolerate sin and we helpless humans could not keep from it.  Thanks be to God for giving His Son to bring about reconciliation between us and our Heavenly Father!

The Altar Guild will meet in the church basement this Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will have a “Lutheran Night” at the Ft. Wayne Wizards baseball game on Friday, June 23, with the game starting at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets will be $3 each and with each ticket you will receive a voucher for a “Lutheran Night” hat.  A limited number of tickets are available at this price.  Please contact Leesa Heckman at 724-4340 as soon as possible if you want tickets.

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.

Homemade noodles will be sold at the Relay for Life on the 16th and 17th of June.  There will be a noodle-making day on Tuesday, May 16, at Preble’s Fellowship hall.  The workday will begin at 6 a.m. and will go to mid-afternoon.  For those helping, please bring a sack lunch along with you on the 16th.  In addition to some helping hands (two-three people from each of the congregations), we are asked to donate 6 dozen eggs and 30 lbs. of flour.  If you can donate any of these ingredients or are willing to help (even for a few hours that day), please contact Leesa Heckman (724-4340).

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!

Pastor and Sandy Blomenberg will soon begin the process of putting together the worship planning guide for 2007.  If you have a favorite hymn that you would like played in church, please contact Pastor or Sandy and let them know which one it is so that it could possibly be incorporated in the worship planning guide.

The Lutheran Laymen’s League will be collecting clean, gently used, clothing, shoes, blankets, bedding, small rugs, and kitchenware for the Orphan Grain Train, which is the humanitarian outreach of Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Items may be brought to Zion Lutheran Church’s parking lot at 1010 W. Monroe Street in Decatur on Friday, May 12, from noon to 8 p.m. or on Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

We wish to thank the congregation, with a special thank you to Pastor Dahling, for the kind words, thoughts, prayers, and sympathy cards, which we received in our time of need. – The Kaehr family

The choral benediction is from the Hymnal Supplement 98, #887.  In this hymn, noted Lutheran hymnwriter, Jarsolav Vajda, crafts a blessing that is spoken to us by the triune God.  With His blessing, we are at peace.  The words are as follows: 

Go, my children, with My blessing, Never alone.  Waking, sleeping, I am with you; You are My own.  In My love’s baptismal river I have made you Mine forever.  Go, My children, with My blessing—You are My own.

Go, My children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.  Here you learned how much I love you, What I can cure.  Here you heard My dear Son’s story; Here you touched Him, saw His glory.  Go, My children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.

Go, My children, fed and nourished, Closer to Me; Grow in love and love by serving, Joyful and free.  Here My Spirit’s power filled you; Here His tender comfort stilled you.  Go, My children, fed and nourished, Joyful and free.

I the Lord will bless and keep you And give you peace; I the Lord will smile upon you And give you peace; I the Lord will be your Father, Savior, Comforter, and Brother.  Go, My children;  I will keep you And give you peace.

Next Sunday, May 14, there will be a door collection to benefit the Gideons.

The Bach Collegium’s Spring Concert will be held this afternoon at 5 p.m. (please note the time change) at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on 518 E. DeWald Street in Ft. Wayne.  The repertory will be J. Brahms, “A German Requiem,” OP 45 and “Missaia A-Dur, BWV234.”  Come out and enjoy the concert.  (Lydia Dahling is a member of the Collegium.)

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service - 270; Sunday School – 38; Monday Evening Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class – 11


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

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Home Purpose











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.

The Lutheran Foundation is conducting an in-depth study of the Lutheran schools in the Ft. Wayne area.  As part of this study, a survey is being taken that all parents of our school families as well as members of all three congregations are asked to complete.  This survey can be done on-line by logging on to http://surveys.truenorthsa.com and by using our school’s six-digit code (474346).  These surveys need to be completed by May 15.  If you don’t have Internet access or would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please contact Mr. Timm or our school secretary, Danielle Fuhrman at 639-6177.  Arrangements can be also be made for you to use one of the computers at Wyneken to complete the survey on-line.  Again, contact the school office to set up a time.  Thanks in advance for your help in this matter.

We remember our 8th grade class in our prayers as they travel to Washington, DC this week.  May they have a safe, educational, and fun trip as they visit our nation’s capital.    Our prayers are also with the sixth grade class as they head to Camp Lutherhaven this Wednesday-Friday.

Starting to shop for your summer clothes?  Making plans for summer vacation?  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.

Since Mrs. Deb Olson, our pre-K teacher, has decided not to return to the staff next year, Wyneken will need a Pre-K teacher for next school year.  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.)

Market Day order forms will be in next week’s bulletin.  It will be the last order for this school year.  You might want to stock-up on items you will need over the summer.  As always, we thank those who support this fundraiser for our school.  You can always order on-line by going to www.marketday.com.      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. 

The 7th grade class would like to thank everyone who bought flowers through our fundraiser and would like to remind those who purchase certificates that these certificates can be redeemed through May 31

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Do the cooking for her by buying Nelson’s port-a-pit chicken or ribs from the class of 2007.  Pre-sale tickets are available yet this morning.  You can pick up your meat 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 at 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, the class can better order the correct amount of chicken and ribs.  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 this morning.  Again tickets are available from any Wyneken 7th grader. (Friedheim’s 7th graders include Brittany Franke, Ashtyn Freimuth, Matt Gorman, Allison Hormann, Jessica Linnemeier, Derek Schultz, and Alex Weiland.)     

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.

All library books are to be returned by Wednesday, May 10.  Inventory will be done on Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12.    If you would like to help with the inventory, please contact Gemila Rabel, our Wyneken head librarian.  The last day to take an AR test is Tuesday, May 16.

The PTL is still in need of a vice-president for next year.  If you are interested or wish to nominate someone for that position, please contact Brian Hartman, Bill Johnson, or Cindy Gallmeyer.

All lunch accounts need to be paid in full by Friday, May 26, our last lunch day.  If you have any questions about your account, please contact Kim Tinsley (622-7841).

St. John’s Bingen will host this year’s 8th grade graduation service.  It will be held on Tuesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. with a reception in their Fellowship Hall following the worship service. 

Sporting News

The JV girls’ soccer team faces Concordia at Suburban Bethlehem on Tuesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. 

Basketball open gym continues tonight at 6 p.m. at Wyneken.  Fourth graders on up are welcome to come.  Open gym will be held most Sunday evenings except for holiday weekends.

Parents are reminded that the athletic banquet will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 5 p.m.  Each 7th and 8th grade family are asked to bring two dishes to share as well as their own table service.  Mark it on your calendar and plan on attending.

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 available in the school office concerning basketball clinics, fall soccer leagues, summer camps, and other sports camps.  Please stop by and see what opportunities are available for your child this summer.

There are just a few items of Wyneken Spirit Wear left.  There is one youth large navy T-shirt ($10), one adult small navy T-shirt ($10), one adult small sweatpants ($18), and one adult medium sweatpants ($18).  These are available in the school office on a first-come, first-serve basis.



TODAY 9:00 a.m. Confirmation Sunday with Holy Communion
  7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
MONDAY-TUESDAY   Pastors’ Conference

7:30 p.m.

Altar Guild
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting at Adams Memorial

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
  7:00 p.m.

Wyneken School Board


May 14 9:00 a.m. Worship Service (Mother’s Day) – Door Collection for the Gideons
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class
  10:00 a.m. Nelson’s port-a-pit served
  7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
May 16 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  6:00 a.m. Noodle-making Day at Preble
May 17 All Day Tabea Society extra quilting
  8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken
May 18

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class

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