Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim.  If you are communing with us this morning, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and once completed may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  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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Pentecost 14 - Rally Day
September 10, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Opening Hymn

 “Lift High the Cross”

 See Insert

The Invocation


In the Name of the Father (+), and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.






The Word of the Lord


All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23).



Yet, God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).


If Thou, O Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, Lord, who shall stand? (Psalm 130:4)


The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29)


For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11).


Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:4).


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).


If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).


Man believes with his heart and is so justified and he confesses with his lips and so is saved (Romans 10:10).


But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).


We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20).


Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ (Romans 10:17).




I am not ashamed of the Gospel:  It is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).



The Hymn

“Jesus Loves Me”

See Insert




The Solo

“Father’s Eyes”

Madison Stoppenhagen




The Readings – The Crisis of Choice

Joshua 24:1-2a; 14-18

To serve or not to serve God

Ephesians 5:21-31

To subject or not subject self to others

John 6:60-69

To follow or not to follow Christ




The Hymn

“I am Jesus’ Little Lamb”

TLH # 648




The Message

Pastor Jay Mason




The Hymn

“Go Tell it on the Mountain”

See Insert




The Message

Missionary Nathan Scheele




The Reception of the Morning Offering




The Solo

“You Raise Me Up”

Caleb Buuck




The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim




The Benediction




The Hymn

“Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying”

TLH #496

The Acolyte Alex Weiland  

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We welcome Rev. Jay Mason and his family from the “Lift High the Cross” ministry as well as Nathan Scheele and his family who will be heading for Kenya with the LCMS World Mission very soon.  May the Savior bless the messages we hear from them this morning as well as the ministries with which they are involved.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Kyle Brodbeck, Rachelle Buuck, Tracy Stevens, Bethany Evans, Dennis Werling, Andrew Blomenberg, Beth McCloskey, Megan Schamerloh, Mike Werling, Brett Hormann, and Paul Ruble.   We also remember those who teach.  We remember our Wyneken resource teacher, Cindy Roy, Lisa Bills, as well as our entire Sunday School staff.   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 especially remember in our prayers Heath Witte who will undergo surgery this week (tonsils & adenoids to be removed), Irene Bultemeier, Roz Schamerloh, and Carrie Robinson, Gary’s daughter.

We extend a hand of Christian comfort to the friends and family of Edwin Stoppenhagen, brother of Bernice Berning and Marvin Stoppenhagen, who was called to his heavenly home on Friday, September 1, and was given Christian burial last Monday, September 4.  May our loving Father be with this family as they mourn and remind them of that glorious day when all will be reunited in heaven.

We remember in our prayers the Rev. Donald Sauls who has been called to serve the congregation at Peace, Berne.  May the Lord guide and direct Rev. Sauls and the congregation at Peace as Rev. Sauls contemplates this call.

We thank Madison Stoppenhagen and Caleb Buuck for sharing their gift of song with us this morning.  May the Lord continue to bless and guide them.

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

Take a moment to look over the insert in today’s insert to learn a little bit more about Lift High the Cross Ministry.  Your financial support as well as your prayer support would be much appreciated.

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? 

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – God’s Word is clear about our need to give and how we are to give.  For example, in Exodus 23:16, God tells His people that they are to bring their best to the Lord.  In Proverbs 3:9, He directs His people to give their firstfruits.  In the writings from Paul, we read that we are to give on the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:2).  So how does God react if we are not faithful in our giving?  Through the words of the prophet Malachi, God showed His displeasure to those who were depriving Him of their tithes and offerings.  Are you pleasing God through your attitude toward giving and what you give?

“Lift High the Cross,” a hot air balloon ministry, will return this evening for a free-flight ice cream social.  The LYF will be serving an ice cream sundae bar as well as hot dogs.  Led by Becky Klenke, the Wyneken chimes will delight us with several numbers.  You can also go “up, up, and away” with Tim Blomenberg, as he will provide plane rides for those interested.  A donation bucket will be set up by the plane rides to benefit the Nathan Scheele family, soon-to-be missionaries to Kenya.  Activities begin at 5 p.m.   Hope to see lots of folks return, besides don’t you want to know which three individuals will be going on the free flight? 

A NOTE FROM OUR TREASURER:  Through generous first-fruit giving and with our members taking advantage of Thrivent’s GivingPlus program, we are current with all our bills, including our Wyneken obligation.  We thank our membership for their good stewardship.  We are, however, falling behind in our Mission giving.  Year-to-date mission contributions are running approximately $3,400 behind our budgeted needs.  Please prayerfully consider this situation.

Work on the church foundation repair project has begun.  Helping hands would be appreciated.  To help coordinate the project, a work schedule will be posted by the basement doors (east side).  A workday is schedule for this Saturday.  If you have questions or are willing to help, you may contact J. D. Nidlinger (438-1695). 

Recently, a freezer has been donated for the “Meals of Grace” ministry.  It is located on the “unfinished” side of the church basement.  If you would like to make a donation to the freezer inventory, please feel free to do so.  Anything that can be frozen is appreciated.  If it is a casserole, please include a recipe so the recipient knows the ingredients (in case of any food allergies) and also so they can make it again!  PLEASE DATE ALL CONTRIBUTIONS.  We will try to rotate all food so when we share our meals, these meals are fresh.  The shelves will also be labeled so please note the labels when adding your contribution to the inventory.  Keep in mind that no containers will be returned.  How else can you help?  Would you will be willing to serve on this committee.  It would be similar to the Altar Guild schedule with members serving for one month at a time.  You would also be responsible for checking the freezer, rotating the items, and delivering the goodies to those in need.  If you know of someone who could benefit (someone with medical issues, a new mom, someone who has lost a loved one, or someone who would benefit from a visit from our Friedheim family), please contact Kris Blomenberg (547-4673). 

LWML’s SRD Workshop will be on Sunday, September 24, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Preble.  There will be a Bible study and quilts will be knotted and bundles of take-home items prepared for new mothers at “A Hope Center,” formerly called the Crisis Pregnancy Center, in Ft. Wayne.  Items to be included in the bundle are newborn and large size diapers (5-6), sleepers or onesies (new or gently used) in newborn to 12 months size, a baby comforter or quilt or crocheted blanket (approximately 36” to 42” square), and Christian tracts, books, and bookmarks.  In addition, we will be collecting new bottles and nipples (4 oz. to 8 oz. size), new pacifiers, baby wipes, baby lotion, baby powder, baby shampoo, baby liquid soap, and cash.  There are boxes in either entranceway of the church to place your donations.  All ladies are invited to come and join the other ladies for inspiration, fellowship, fun, and food.  A freewill offering will be collected for the light supper that will be served around 5 p.m.  Don’t forget to bring your Bible!!

A servant team for hurricane relief work is forming now.  Have you been thinking about going to New Orleans to volunteer for the Lord for hurricane relief work?  Now is the time to sign up!  Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur is forming another team (their third) to go to New Orleans on October 7-14.  Call Zion’s church office (260-724-7177) to get your name on the list in order that a space can be reserved for you at the Lutheran Disaster Relief Camp.  There will be an orientation meeting for the team in mid-September.  The team is open to males and females, age 18 or older.  Though the disaster struck one year ago, the devastation is still unbelievable and your help is needed!

A benefit golf tournament is being planned to help the family of Wesley Geer.   Wesley was a third-year seminarian preparing for his vicarage when he was called to his heavenly home following a yearlong battle with cancer.  The proceeds will go to Julie Geer, Wesley’s widow, who is awaiting the birth of their child.  The tournament will be held at Cherry Hill on Saturday, September 23, with a 12:30 p.m. check in.  A requested donation of $75 is being asked which will cover green fees, cart, and a catered dinner.  For more information and to register, please contact Nancy Embler at 260-452-2162.

We wish to thank Pastor Dahling for his visits, prayers, and support shown to us during Colton’s hospitalization and surgery.  Colton is doing great now!  -- Nathan & Connie Bultemeier

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 232 with 162 receiving Holy Communion; Early-bird Bible Class - 10



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions – 8-27

Mission – 9-3



Wyneken News

Since July 1, SCRIP has given $3,900 to the PTL.  Taco Bell is also the newest vendor.  You can purchase SCRIP in $5 denominations with a 5% discount to the school.  We thank all those who utilize this program.  SCRIP will be available after school on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as in the school office all day on Friday.  See Kim Weiland, our SCRIP representative, this morning and get your SCRIP.  You can E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your SCRIP order. 

The PTL will have its first meeting on Monday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room.  This is a great way to be involved in the activities and events at Wyneken.  For a minimal donation, the 8th grade class provides childcare.

Mrs. Melissa Klamer, a graduate of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, has been hired to be our band director.  Her husband is a first-year student at the seminary.  Advanced band will meet on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.  This week, students who are interested in beginner band will have an opportunity to try out different instruments.  Welcome to the staff, Mrs. Klamer!

The Band Boosters will meet on Tuesday, September 12, at 3 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.  If you have (or will have a child in band), please plan on attending this meeting.  The fish/tenderloin dinner is fast approaching (Friday, October 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with dine-in and carry-outs available). Help is needed to make this a successful event.  Even if you don’t have a child in band, your help would be most welcomed and greatly appreciated.  Please contact Kelly Todd (639-7291) to sign up to help or if you have any questions.

ISTEP testing will take place September 18-29.  Please do not schedule any appointments during school hours or make any vacation plans during this time.  Testing begins with the first classes in the morning and finding time to make up what has been missed will result in your child missing regular class time and cause additional homework.  Parents, please make sure your child(ren) is well rested and starts out the day with a good breakfast so that they can do their best on these tests.

Mid-term for the first quarter is Tuesday, September 19.  Reports will be sent home with the students on Friday, September 22.

Do you have an abundance of garden vegetables or fruits?  Donations of veggies and fruit, as well as cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys would be greatly appreciated.  Contact Sharon Franke at 639-6177 or 623-3992.

The Wyneken 8th grade class is in the process of collecting items for this year’s silent auction at the carnival to be held on Sunday, October 15.  It will be a “western” theme this year with the carnival running from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  If you have any items you would be willing to donate, please contact Kim Weiland at 639-3804.

Tables are still available for this year’s craft show on Saturday, December 2, at Wyneken.  If you would like to reserve a spot, please contact Hollie Hormann (724-8538) or Kelly Todd (639-7291).  Table rental is $25.

Sporting News

Boys’ soccer:  The varsity plays on Wednesday, September 13, against St. Peter (Goeglein) at Kreager 2 at 4:15 p.m. and faces Central on Friday, September 15, at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m.  JV soccer has games on Monday, September 11, against Concordia and with St. Paul on Thursday, September 14, at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m.  There was limited information on the game on the 11th with Concordia.  Check with a player for more details.

Girls’ volleyball:  The varsity (7th grade) has a match with Concordia on Tuesday, September 12, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken with the 8th grade contest to follow at 5:15 p.m. (There was a question about the games with Concordia; check with a player for up-to-date information.) On Wednesday, September 13, the 8th graders play Ascension at Ascension at 4:15 p.m. and on Saturday, September 16, the 8th graders face Bethlehem at 9:30 a.m. and St. Paul at 10:30 a.m.  Both these games are being played at St. Paul.  The JV  (6th grade team) faces Zion, at Zion, at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, September 11, and Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, at Bethlehem with the 5th grade contest to follow at 5:15 p.m.



7:00 a.m.

“Lift High the Cross” & LWML Breakfast

  9:30 a.m. Worship Service with Nathan Scheele, guest preacher
  10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  5:30 p.m. Free flight & LYF ice cream sundae bar
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. PTL Meeting @ Wyneken
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 8:00 a.m. Thrivent meeting @ Adams Memorial
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board


September 17

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
September 18 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
September 19 6:00 a.m. Early Bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
September 20 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting 
  7:00 p.m. Choir
September 21 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Lucile Stoppenhagen’s
September 22   October newsletter items due in church office
September 23 4:30 p.m. Des Jean/Konopka Wedding

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

Giving Transforms Life

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  Putting these words into practice, we experience the truth of Jesus’ statement.  In order to help us understand the blessings that come from giving, we can use the illustration of two bodies of water in the Holy Land.

The northern body of water is the Sea of Galilee.  This large lake receives water from the melting snow of Mount Hermon to the north.  Water flows out of the lake through the Jordan River to the Dead Sea in the south.  Around the Sea of Galilee and within the seas is abundant life.  On its banks are little towns and beautiful vegetation.  The water is full of life with schools of fish within its waters.  In contrast, the Dead Sea is as dead as its name implies.  Nothing lives in it, and nothing lives around it.  Its waters are stagnant.

The contrast in these two bodies of water points out how giving can transform our lives.  The difference is that water flows into the Sea of Galilee and out of it down the Jordan River.  It lives because it gives.  In contrast, the Dead Sea only takes water in.  There are no outlets leaving the Dead Sea.  IT simply takes without giving.  By only receiving and not giving, the water is never refreshed and life is destroyed.

Through our giving, we are either like the Sea of Galilee or the Dead Sea.  Do we look for ways to share God’s blessings with our church and others so as to resemble the Sea of Galilee, or do we hoard all that we can or, at best, give God some leftovers, which causes us to be similar to the Dead Sea?

By the grace of God, we can give and be transformed.  Giving enables us to experience joy and to enjoy more fulfilling lives.  Through the working of the Holy Spirit, Go d can remove our attitudes of greed and covetousness.  We can become the giving and generous people that He wants us to be.