Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim.  If you are visiting, please sign one of the guest registries located at either entrance of the church.  If you are communing with us, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.   Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  Please worship with us again soon.

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Pentecost 15
September 17, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 15
The Choir “Be Strong in the Lord”

The Hymns

TLH #4; #396; #421; #422; #416; #52

The Readings

Faith in Action
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 National well being comes from obedience
Ephesians 6:10-20 Christians battle against wickedness

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 

Good living comes from a believing heart

Sermon

“Having Heart Trouble?” – Mark 7:21-23

1.       Know that the heart is the source of behavior (v. 23).

2.       Realize that Christ alone can make a good heart.  He alone is the great physician who has performed His work in us.

The Acolyte

Brandon Bergdall

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

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. 

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Erin Lengerich, Marvin Stoppenhagen (his 91st!!), Marlin Keidel, Tom DeKoninck, Judy Werling, Kathy Brandt, Mike Buuck, Ashley Fuhrmann, Laura Fuhrmann, Matt Kiefer, Rich Weiland, and Rosie Bultemeier.  We remember one of our Wyneken 8th grade teachers, Amber Franz, Christine Bultemeier who teaches at Heritage, and Kim Weiland, our Sunday School superintendent.   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, Irene Bultemeier, Roz Schamerloh, and Carrie Robinson, Gary’s daughter.

We rejoice with Riley and Ramona (Bultemeier) Black on the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn LeeAnne, this past Monday, September 11, and to Nick and Ingrid Timm who had their first child, Maximus Lowell, on Wednesday, September 13.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on these most precious of His lambs.

We remember in our prayers Jim & Ann Crosby who will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary tomorrow, September 18, and Nathan & Connie Bultemeier who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Wednesday, September 20.  May our Heavenly Father continue to watch over and bless these couples.

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.

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

This morning, Sunday School and Adult Bible Class will be held.  Our Sunday School meets over in the Parish Hall.  Our Adult Bible Class is held in the church basement.  This year’s adult class will follow the time of the Judges, 1095 BC, to the first three kings, 1095-975 BC, to the Division of the Kingdom, to the Babylonian Captivity, 975 – 588 BC.  Many twists and turns will occur along our journey, yet we shall see that the Lord remains faithful despite man’s rebellion and sin.  Through these stories we shall see man at his worst and the Lord at His best.  The first Old Testament story we will look at is Samuel.  Here two families intersect.  One woman prays for a son and offers him to the Lord.  One man with two sons is far too lenient, refusing to discipline, scold, or rebuke his children.  The result is that Samuel becomes ruler over Israel while Eli and his family perish.  Samuel will become the last Judge to rule over Israel.  He is the man who serves between the time of the Judges and Israel’s first king.

Take a moment to look over the insert, Prayer Partner forms, in today’s bulletin.  Please note that names will not be exchanged until LWML Sunday, October 1.  Boxes are in either entraceway for you to place this form.  All adults in the congregation are invited to be a part of this program.

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 – In Hosea 6:6 we read, “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”  God told His people that, if they refused to acknowledge Him and to show mercy, He didn’t even want their gifts.  In the same manner, He wants us to give Him our love before we give Him our tithes and offerings.  Through faith, we come to know Jesus, and He develops a relationship with us.  As a result of this relationship with Jesus, we, by God’s grace, acknowledge Him and then out of love for Him respond to Him by giving our gifts.

Don’t forget to check out our website, www.zionfriedheim.org.  Pictures from last week’s “Lift High the Cross” event are posted with some great aerial views.

Please note that the LWML Thursday morning Bible class will meet at the home of Adele Blomenberg this week, rather than at Lucile Stoppenhagen’s home.  We will also begin meeting weekly, rather than monthly.

The Monday Evening Adult Bible Class will not meet tomorrow evening, September 18, but will resume on the 25th at 7 p.m.

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.

Has your college student headed back to campus?  We would appreciate your child’s on- or off-campus address as well as their E-mail address.  If they have the same address as last year, please give us that information.  Very few addresses have come in to the church office and this information is needed by next Sunday.  Thanks!!

The Board of Evangelism offers their heartfelt thanks to the following people for an uplifting Rally Day weekend—Pastor Dahling for the meaningful service focused on children and missions, Madison Stoppenhagen and Caleb Buuck for their gift of music, all crew members for their dedicated hours of time, Tim & Kris Blomenberg for hosting the Mason family plus many, many plane rides given, the Wyneken School Board for organizing the open house, the LWML ladies for the delicious breakfast, the youth and their counselors for the yummy ice cream social, Ms. Becky Klenke and the chimes choir for touching our hearts with their talents, Marv Drier for the balloon power point, and most of all, to each of you who attended part or all of the activities.  There were many new faces throughout the weekend so thanks for inviting others.  The Lift High the Cross ministry graciously received $670 from food donations and morning offerings.  The amount donated to the Scheele family through the plane rides was $330.  The comment from the Mason family was “In our nine years of ministry, this was one of the warmest welcomes.”  Thanks to you for making this possible.

The ladies of the LWML would like to thank all those who helped with the breakfast last week.  Your help on Saturday preparing the casseroles, serving on Sunday, donating breakfast rolls, and doing anything else that was needed was truly appreciated.  We also can’t forget those who came and enjoyed the breakfast and donated to our local LWML.  Thanks so very much!

Thanks to all who helped make last weekend’s ministry with Rev. Jay & Vicki Mason such a success.  The youth raised $533 from the hot dog supper and soft service ice cream, which was then given to the Mason family.  A special thanks goes to Mike Werling for the use of his soft serve ice cream machine.  Thanks to the congregation for their support!

The LYF has several activities coming up in the next few weeks.  Our LYF has been invited to join Bingen’s LYF as they go for a “trial run” through the Haunted Barn on Saturday, September 30, at 7 p.m.  A bonfire devotion with hot dogs being roasted will be held at the Kortes.  The time for parents to come and get their children will be announced later.  On Sunday, October 1, our LYF has been invited to Ft. Wayne’s Concordia Seminary to view the “Lift High the Cross” balloon.  Again, times will be announced later.  A date also needs to be set in October for our aluminum can/newspaper drive.  The children’s Halloween party will be held on Thursday, October 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  (Each youth group member is to bring two bags of candy.)  The LYF hayride will be held following the children’s party.  Decorating the Parish Hall will take place either Wednesday night, the 25th, or the afternoon of the 26th since that is a half-day of school.  The LYF will meet after the worship service this morning to discuss all of the above activities.

The Busy Women’s Bible Class will resume this evening at 7 p.m. in the church basement.  The group will be studying a new book, “Discovering God’s Will for Our Lives.”   All ladies are welcome to join the group, realizing that not everyone can come each week.  Just come the weeks that work in your schedule.  Hope to see you this evening!

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!!

Sunday, October 1, the March for Life Committee will hold its 14th annual Memorial Service remembering those little ones who are aborted each year.  The Memorial Service begins at 2 p.m. in the Catholic Cemetery at 3500 Lake Avenue and is non-denominational.

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.

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Union Township) invites you to their 19th annual hog roast next Sunday, September 24.  Serving will be at the Union Township Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and carryouts are available.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $3.50 for children (3-10) if purchased prior to the 24th.  The cost at the door is $6.50 and $4, respectively.  There will also be a craft and bake sale.

The Preble ladies are holding their “Gently Used” sale this weekend, September 22 and 23, at the church’s fellowship hall.  Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  On Saturday there is a $2 a bag sale as well as ½ price off selected items. 

The Concordia Lutheran High School Cadet Battalion is hosting “Lift High the Cross” at the Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium on Friday, September 29, with tethered rides from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the practice field (prior to the Concordia/Dwenger football game).  Everyone purchasing a ticket prior to the game will be entered into a “free flight” balloon ride drawing.  The free flight is scheduled for Saturday for three lucky winners.  These tickets are non-refundable and may be purchased from the JROTC Department at the high school during school hours (260-483-1102, extension 154).  Additional rides are available on Saturday & Sunday (the announcement didn’t list the times).  Remember, all activities are weather permitting.

Lutherfest 2006 will be held at Concordia Seminary on Friday, October 6.  A German meal will be served in Katherine Luther Dining Hall from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  There will then be a showing of The Chronicles of Narnia in Sihler Auditorium at 7 p.m.  The movie will be followed by a question and answer session led by the Rev. Scott E. Stiegemeyer.  Ticket prices, which include the dinner and movie, are $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  Call 452-2204 for tickets.  Proceeds will go toward the refurbishing of the Student Commons and will be matched by funds from Thrivent.

East Central Indiana’s Corn Maze (Farmland, Indiana) is back for its fifth season.  There is special church discount each Wednesday (now through October 29) of $2 off for each person if you have at least five people and have made an advanced reservation.  Their haunted maze will open on September 22.  For more information log on to www.1funfarm.com or call 1-866-468-4303.

Information concerning The Lutheran Witness has just arrived in the church office.  The subscription rate for 2007 will be $13 per subscription.  In order to receive your January 2007 issue on time, renewals/new subscription information must be in the church office no later than Sunday, October 22.  If you are writing a check, please write it to Zion, Friedheim.  The church will receive a bill and will write one check for all the subscriptions.  Thanks so much for your help in this matter!

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 331; Monday Evening Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 10

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,596.31

Missions

$460.00

Wyneken News

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 band’s 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). Besides all you can eat fish and tenderloin, the meal includes cheesy scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, roll, homemade dessert, and drink.  The cost is $7 for adults (13 years of age or older), $4 (ages 6-12), and children five and under may eat free.  This will also give you an opportunity to meet the new band director, Mrs. Melissa Klamer.  Band parents, don’t forget to bring your dessert!

ISTEP testing (grades 3-8) 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.

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.

Market Day order forms are included in today’s bulletin and need to be returned to school by Thursday, September 28, with internet orders do by noon on Saturday, September 30.  Orders may be picked up on Thursday, October 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.  New items include crispy ChicNSteakes ($11.99) and cream cheese braided bread ($6.99).  Items on special include ground beef ($9.99), cod ($9.49) French Dip ($10.99), string cheese ($8.29), bacon wrapped pork tournedos ($9.59), BBQ pork ($12.49), boneless pork chops ($10.49), herb & garlic chicken steaks ($9.75), turkey burgers ($8.49), turkey steaks ($8.49), rack of pork roast ($5.29 per lb.), whole pork tenderloins ($12.98), Ocean Spray singles ($10.49), fish & chips ($11.79), large shrimp ($9.79), cod fillets ($12.99), catfish ($12.99), egg rolls ($10.49), chicken quesadilla rolls ($8.29), mini pizza bagels ($7.39), California blend ($7.59), apple slices ($6.79), garlic   bread slices ($5.75), pasta & vegetable blend ($7.39), cheesy garlic bread ($9.99), five cheese stone fired pizza ($7.49), beef stew ($9.99), broccoli cheese soup singles ($7.99), individual beef pot pies ($8.49), American cheese ($10.39), pretzels ($8.39), rainbow chocolate drop cookie dough ($5.99), triple chocolate       bundt cake ($5.49), breakfast bundles ($10.49), breakfast quesadillas ($9.59), and cinnamon brown sugar bagel-ers ($7.69).  Don’t forget to look over the two inserts—chicken lover’s menu and Halloween trick or treats.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

Christmas cards & gift catalogs were sent home last week with the oldest child of each family.  Check with a Wyneken student if you would like to look over these items and place an order. 

Gibby’s Photo Studios will be taking school pictures on Friday, October 6.   Order forms will be sent home later this month.

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 by September 29.

Tables (only seven left) 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 20, against Ascension at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m. and faces St. Paul at Kreager 7 on Friday, September 22, at 4:15 p.m.  JV soccer has games on Monday, September 18, against St. Peter at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken and Central on Thursday, September 21, at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m. 

Girls’ volleyball:  The varsity (8th grade) has a match with Holy Cross on Wednesday, September 20, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken.  The 6th grade team faces Woodburn at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, September 18, at Wyneken on play Unity on Thursday, September 21, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken with the 5th grade team facing St. Joe, Decatur, at 5:15 p.m. that night. The 7th & 8th grade volleyball teams will have a tournament at Wyneken this Saturday, September 23.  The 5th & 6th graders will also be involved in a tournament this weekend but no information was available.  Please check with a player to find out all the pertinent information. 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  10:30 a.m. LYF Meeting
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
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
  All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting 
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s
FRIDAY   October newsletter items due in church office
SATURDAY 4:30 p.m. Des Jean/Konopka Wedding

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

September 24

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  3:00 p.m. SRD Workshop @ Preble
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
September 25 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
September 26 6:00 a.m. Early Bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
September 27 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
September 28 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
September 30 3:30 p.m. Lichtle/Davis Wedding
  7:00 p.m. LYF to Haunted Barn

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.