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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Easter 5 - Spring Choir Service
May 14, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Ringing of the Church Bell




The Order of Service

TLH Page 32



The Choral Prelude “Here I am to Worship”

The Opening Hymn

TLH #387, vv. 1-4

“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”



The Choir

 “Is it I, Lord”


The Theme of the Day

Life in Christ

Acts 8:26-40   

How a person is brought to a life in Christ

I John 3:18-24

A life in Christ is characterized by obedience to God’s commands

John 15:1-8     

A life in Christ is fruitful



The Sermon Hymn

TLH #387, vv. 5-8

“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”



The Sermon



“Three Kinds of Christians” – John 15:1-8

1.      Non-bearing branch (v. 2)

2.      Small-bearing branch (v. 2)

3.      Abundant-bearing branch (v. 5)



The Offerings are Gathered




The Choir

“Forever/A Mighty Fortress”



The Prayers of the People of God at Zion, Friedheim



The Lord’s Prayer




The Choral Postlude

“God is With Us All the Way”



The Benediction




The Closing Hymn

TLH #387, vv. 9-10

“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”



The Acolyte

Brandon Bergdall

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Marv Drier, Stan Stoppenhagen, Loren Gallmeyer, Al Hormann, Walter Nuerge, Phil Franke, Kevin Linnemeier, Jean Timm, Judy Baumann, Cliff Buuck, Margaret Buuck, and Leonard Fuhrmann.  We also remember all those involved in education including our Wyneken principal, Lowell Timm, Lisa Lee, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Deb Miller who teaches at Concordia Elementary in Ft. Wayne.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

Pastor Dahling’s grandmother, Rosella Foelber, will celebrate her 100th birthday this Friday, May 19.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon her as she reaches this milestone.  (She is also recovering from a broken foot—we pray for her continued healing.)

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 now a patient in the extended care unit at Adams Memorial Hospital, Elsie Wilkerman, Larry Hitzfield’s mother, who now resides at Miller’s Merry Manor in Huntington, Pam Brewer’s mother who remains in a Michigan hospital (Pam is the sixth grade teacher at Wyneken), Scott Thieme (Walter Nuerge’s nephew) who has returned home, Hubert Fuelling, Gary Jeffrey, and Sandy Franz.

We remember in our prayers Gerhard & Hildegard Kiefer who are celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary today.  May the Lord continue to bless this couple.

We welcome into church membership through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Madison Taylor McCloskey, daughter of Scott & Beth (Blomenberg) McCloskey.  Madison was baptized yesterday afternoon with David and Erik Blomenberg acting as her godparents.  We pray the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in loving memory of Julianne Des Jean placed in church by the Paul Des Jean family.

Additional flowers have been placed in church to the glory of God and in honor of Richard & Margaret Buuck’s 63rd wedding anniversary last Monday, May 8.  Their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren placed the flowers in church, with much love and admiration.

We also remember in our prayers Josh Colwell who will be leaving for training tomorrow (in California) prior to his deployment to Iraq in the fall.  May our Lord and Savior guide and protect Josh (and all military personnel) as he readies himself to serve our country.

The Adult Bible Class will discuss “Samson” this morning.  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 this morning.

The Sunday School classes are handing out carnations to all the ladies of the congregation this morning.  They wish to thank the moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and other special ladies for all that they do to make each of our lives more special.  The Lord’s blessings to all!

The Sunday School picnic and Sunday School Recognition will be held next Sunday, May 21.

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

There will be a door collection this morning to benefit the Gideons.  Take a moment to look over the insert in today’s bulletin and learn more about the work of the Gideons.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought:

Parents of the 2006 Confirmands:  The proofs have arrived and should be available for pick up in the sacristy this morning following the worship service. 

The deadline is fast approaching for registration for this year’s LWML convention, “The Work of His Hands,” to be held at South Bend on June 23-25.  If you would like to go (or need more information), please contact Marlene Conrad or Ann Crosby.  The deadline is May 23.

Boxes have been placed in either entranceway of the church for the ingathering for the convention.  Requested items include bath soap and deodorant for women, baby wipes and baby wash, men’s underwear, T-shirts, and socks.  The two ministries benefiting from the ingathering are RETA (Reason Enough to Act) and the Bakery House.  With the convention beginning on June 23, items will be accepted through June 18.

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.  (See the insert in today’s bulletin.)  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 today.  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 this 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.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 334 with 206 receiving Holy Communion


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose



-$2,144.59 -$25,331.38






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 Monday, 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 7th graders as they head to Detroit (Greenfield Village), our 4th grade class who will be going to Conner’s Prairie, our kindergartners who are going to Amishville, and our 4 year-old pre-k’ers who will be going to the Children’s Zoo.  All four trips will be held on Friday, May 19.  In addition, the first graders will be going to the zoo on Wednesday, May 17, and the 3-year-old pre-K class to go to the zoo on Thursday, May 18.   We pray for the safety of these groups as they travel for these end-of-year field trips.

Starting to shop for your summer clothes?  Making plans for summer vacation?  Looking for wedding and/or graduation gifts?  Use SCRIP when shopping for these special items as well as your everyday needs.  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.)

Fun Day activities are scheduled for Friday, May 26, with all grades to be included in the activities this year.  This is an event that the children look forward to each spring.  Parents and grandparents are invited to come and be a part of the festivities.  If you can help that day, please contact your child’s teacher.

Market Day order forms are included in today’s bulletin.  You can receive a free lunch bag when you buy any two kid pick items.  New this month is teriyaki steak kabobs ($12.49) while specials include chicken parmesan patties ($9.79), triple berry pie ($6.89), barbecued pork ($12.29), boneless pork chops ($9.99), Italian style meatballs ($8.49), marinated sirloin roast ($16.29), chicken bacon ranch sandwich ($10.59), honey BBQ chicken tenders ($12.49), Italian style stuffed chicken breast ($13.49), Gatorade kid-size variety pack ($15.49), coconut popcorn shrimp with citrus dipping sauce ($11.69), easy skillet cod ($9.59), oven-ready butterfly shrimp ($13.59), chicken chipotle quesadilla rolls ($7.99), egg rolls with sauce ($9.99), sun dried tomato & three-cheese dip ($8.99), Mexican chili crispitos ($9.39), taco pizzas ($7.99), tomato basil soup singles ($7.69), bosco breadsticks ($12.49), cheese stuffed pretzels ($8.29), pepperoni pizzatas ($6.29), broccoli florets ($7.39), peas ($7.59), shoestring French fries ($5.29), stir fry blend ($5.69), breakfast pizzas ($8.39), bacon slices ($10.59), bumble berry blossoms ($7.99), chocolate chip cookie dough ($5.49), and individual carrot cakes ($8.29).  Also look over the end-of-the-school year product clearance items.  These are in limited quantities and are available while supplies last.  This 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.      Orders need to be at school by Thursday, May 25, with Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, May 27.  You may pick up your order on Thursday, June 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Franke (623-3992). 

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

The Wyneken chimes group will be at our church next Sunday, May 21.

You can pick up your Nelson’s port-a-pit chicken or ribs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this morning.  (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.)   There are a few extras ($5 for ½ chicken and $6 for ½ slab of ribs) if you didn’t get pre-sale tickets.  

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

Extended Care accounts are due and payable in full on Friday, May 26.  If you are using Extended Care on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 30, you need to either prepay or be prepared to pay when you pick up your child that afternoon.  Any questions concerning your account, please contact Tami Schultz (639-6064).

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.

The last day to take an AR test is Tuesday, May 16.

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).

The last practice and party for the beginning band members is Tuesday, May 23.  All music needs to be turned in at this time.  The advanced band students will be playing for chapel on May 25.  There will be no practice on the 24th but we will practice prior to chapel on the 25th.  The last practice and party for the advanced band is Friday, May 26.

Closing chapel and awards will be on Tuesday, May 30.  The chapel service will begin at 8:20 a.m. with awards following.  Since school will dismiss early (at 11 a.m.), all students will need to find transportation home that day.  Just a reminder, report cards will be withheld from students whose families have any outstanding fees (library, lunch, child care, etc.).

All ABC’s for Education receipts from Scott’s are due by Friday, June 2.  (With the last day of school being May 30, you may wish to get them to Wyneken by that date.)

The students are asked to bring in donations for Thrivent’s team in the Adams County Relay for Life event.  Donations will be collected until Thursday, May 18.  The class that collects the most money will be treated to a pizza party compliments of Mancino’s.  The students are also invited and encouraged to walk with the Thrivent team during the Relay on June 16 & 17 at Bellmont Middle School.  The relay begins at 6 p.m. on Friday night and concludes at noon on Saturday.

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.

The school cleaning date has been set for Saturday, June 3.  Work will be done starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until noon.  The more willing hands available that morning, the more work will be accomplished.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Sporting News

The JV girls’ soccer team faces Central at Central on Tuesday, May 16, at 4:15 p.m.  They face Central again on Wednesday, May 17, at Wyneken at 5:30 p.m.

The varsity team will play Suburban Bethlehem at Wyneken on Tuesday, May 16, at 4:15 p.m. and Central at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken on Wednesday, May 17.  The first round of the soccer tournament will be held on Saturday, May 20.  Information about the tournament was unavailable as the bulletin went to print.  Contact a player for game time, opponent, and location.  Good luck, girls!

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 next Sunday, May 21, at 5 p.m.  Each 7th and 8th grade family is 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. 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
  6:00 p.m. Open Gym @ Wyneken
  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
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society extra quilting
  8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s


May 21 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion
    Baptism of Delaney Karen Lawson
    Sunday School Recognition
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School Picnic and Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
May 22   Items for June newsletter due in church office
  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
May 23 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
May 25 8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Ascension Day Worship Service

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