Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim this first Sunday in Advent.  As we await the celebration of the coming of our Savior to the world, may we prepare our hearts to joyfully share His message of Love with others.  If you are communing with us today, please take a moment to complete the communion registration card.  Cards are found in either entranceway of the church and 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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The First Sunday in Advent
December 3, 2006

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 46
The Choir “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”

The Hymns

TLH #1; #68; #313; #59; #65; #53, vv. 1-3

Readings

The Return of Christ

Jeremiah 33:14-16 God will send the Messiah to execute Justice
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Prepare for Christ’s return by holy living
Luke 21:25-36  Watch and pray for the sudden return of Christ
Sermon Seminarian Emil Woerner

The Acolyte

Derek Schultz

+  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 thank our seminarian, Emil Woerner, for delivering this morning’s sermon message.  We pray that the Lord continues to guide and direct him as he continues his studies for the ministry.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Gerhard Werling, Dawn Miller, Dorothy Heckman, Sara Werling, Marvin Conrad, and Steve Conrad.  We also remember in our prayers our teachers aides—Susie Ehlerding, Hollie Hormann, Donna Schieferstein, Thelma Standiford, and LaDonna McBride, Candace Sielschott, who teaches at Zion (Decatur), and Cindy Wass, Sharon Franke, and Teri Conrad, our substitute Sunday School helpers.   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 Ben Miller who is recovering at home, Gilbert Hartmann, who has returned home, Glenna Rhymer (the mother of Lisa Lee, Beth Rettig, and Chris Rhymer) who has returned home following a corneal transplant, Bill Fuhrman, and Roz Schamerloh who completes her treatments this week.

Pastor and Tammy will be out of town this Friday afternoon through Saturday.  If you are in need of pastoral care during this time, please contact Rev. Tom Olson.

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

In this morning’s Adult Bible Class, we will continue looking at Bible stories from the Old Testament with the story of the building of the Temple and Solomon’s dream.  David had proposed to build a Temple for the Lord. The Lord refused this offer, as David was a man of war. Solomon, David’s son, would supervise the Temple construction. Israel has reached its zenith. By the end of Solomon’s administration, the foundation will begin to crack. This will be the last class for the year.  Class will resume on the 7th of January. 

The Sunday School classes continue practicing the Christmas Eve program.  (Remember, this year the children’s program will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 24.)  All grades, except the nursery/kindergarten classes taught by Mrs. Bonnie Buuck, will remain in church for program practice.  Mrs. Buuck’s class will go to the Parish Hall for their regular Sunday School lesson.

Our midweek Advent services begin this Wednesday, December 6.  The question to be asked is To Whom Does Jesus Come?  Wednesday’s focus is on Joseph.  He comes with proof to him who questions.  Services begin at 7 p.m.  The youth will be serving a spaghetti supper in the Parish Hall prior to the service.  Serving begins at 6 p.m.  All are invited.  A free-will donation will be accepted.

Our pre-K 4 children—Emilee Scheumann, Christian Lehman, Emily Bergman, Zane Buuck, Olivia Conrad, Dylan Lengerich, Hunter Wilkinson, Michael Blomenberg, and Lindsay Berning—will receive the first pieces of the nativity sets this morning after the gathering of the offerings.  Please come forward when your name is called.  All other students will get the next pieces of their set during the Sunday School hour. 

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.  Rev. Ken Klaus’ sermon will be “It’s Embarrassing” from Luke 19:39-40.  Can Christ’s people dare to “shut up”? 

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?  

Council Members:  The minutes from the November 7 Council Meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church. The next Council Meeting is this Tuesday, December 5.  Council members who have not yet turned in their proposed budget to the church office need to do so no later than Monday, December 4.  We must have a proposed budget to present to the Voters’ Assembly at the Budget and Election Meeting on Sunday, December 10.  Members are also reminded of the meeting between Church Council and the Planning Committee on Tuesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in the church basement.

“Advent by Candlelight” will be held on Monday, December 4, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Hostesses can begin to set up tables after 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 3.  The beneficiary of the ingathering for this year’s event is “Youth for Christ.”  Monetary donations are being accepted.  Checks can be made payable to “Youth for Christ.”  Don’t forget to tell your guests about the ingathering!

Members are reminded to come to the Budget and Election Meeting, which will be held in the church basement following the worship service next Sunday.  The following individuals have been nominated to serve on the Council:

Vice Chairman:

Mike Conrad

 

Floyd Thieme

Elders:

Larry Hitzfield

 

Kent Kiefer

 

John Nidlinger, Sr.

 

Stan Stoppenhagen

Deacons:

Don Kitson

 

Mike Linnemeier

 

Adam Sielschott

 

Rich Weiland

Board of Education:

Scott Hormann

 

Chris Rhymer

Trustees:

Andy Buuck

 

Fred Geels

 

Don Gehres

 

Zach Stoppenhagen

Board of Evangelism:

Sara Rhymer

 

Cindy Wass

Friedheim Foundation:

Gene Kiess

 

Gene Linnemeier

Board of Stewardship:

Cindy Des Jean

 

Shelly Kiefer

Financial Secretary:

Tim Blomenberg

 

TBA

A Note from our Board of Finance:  We have been blessed with your first-fruit givings and our current on our bills.  We are running behind, however, in our Missions giving.  We are approximately $2,100 short of our yearly goal.  As the month of December is upon us, please prayerfully consider this situation.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – As stewards, we continually fall short of God’s expectations for us.  In spite of our good intentions and best efforts, we sin daily.  We fail to use our time, talents, and treasures as wisely and faithfully as we should.  Through faith, we recognize our sins and are sorry for them.  As believers, we place our trust in Jesus for forgiveness for our sins, and we are determined, with the help of God, to be more faithful in how we live our lives as stewards.

Ex-offenders who have served their time in prison often need help as they return to society.  Working with partner agencies, Wheat Ridge Ministries provides transitional services such as counseling, prayer support, housing, and job-search assistance. Thank you for helping with a gift to Wheat Ridge Ministries!

The Tabea Society’s Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 8.  Once again the ladies will be heading to Concord Village for a luncheon to be served at 11:30 a.m.  If you would like to go with the group, please contact Ann Crosby by Wednesday, December 6.

The men’s basketball team has this week off.  They will resume play on Monday, December 11, at Bellmont Middle School at 8:30 p.m. against St. Paul, Preble.  Anyone who is confirmed is eligible to play on the team.  If you have any questions or need a game schedule, you may contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

The LYF will be serving mid-week Advent meals in the Parish Hall.  The first one will be held this Wednesday, December 6, at 6 p.m. and will be a spaghetti supper.  Youth are reminded to bring a jar of spaghetti sauce and some sort of dessert—cookies, pies, cakes, etc.  Youth, please be at the Parish Hall by 5:30 p.m. 

The Morning Glories thank those who helped with the St. Jude show.  Sales totaled $294.50.  The Morning Glories are taking their holiday break and will resume meeting on Tuesday, January 2.

Are you curious about what types of items the Morning Glories sell and haven’t been able to make it to a show?  The craft room (1st and 2nd grade Sunday School room) is open for the next five Sundays for you to take a look at items and perhaps do some Christmas shopping.  All items are marked and there is a book for you to write down your purchases and a box for you to place your money.  (Checks can be written to Zion Morning Glories.)  Take a moment to look over the rugs, blankets, potholders, stuffed animals, embroidered and crocheted items, wooden pieces, towels, cloth books, Christmas stockings, Christmas tree skirts, Christmas wall hangings, holiday decorations, and much more.

The Board of Stewardship is planning a game night on Sunday, January 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The evening starts with a soup and sandwich supper at 5 p.m. and then games from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  What can you do?  First, come!!!  Second, some help would be nice with the food and games.  If you are willing to help, please contact a member of the Board—Dale Heckman (724-4340), Kris Blomenberg (547-4673), or Davon Bultemeier (639-7365). 

The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is a unique savings program where Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod members can invest their funds and earn interest.  IN turn, these funds provide a source of low-cost loans for church sites and facilities.  Call 1-800-THE-LCEF (1-800-843-5233) and learn how your invested dollars make a difference.

Names of Thrivent members are needed for the 2007 Fall Adams County Thrivent Chapter Election Ballot.  Each position is for one year with a maximum of four years consecutive service.  If new board members are not elected after four years, no money will be available for the Chapter or the congregations.  Please contact any Chapter board member to place your name on the Fall Chapter Voting Ballot.  Vacant Chapter Board leaders for 2007 include:  Communications Director, Community Service Team Director, Youth Director, and Events Director.  The current Board members are as follows:  President—Phil DeBolt; Vice President—Ralph Ewell, Records Director—Shirley Hormann, Financial Director—Kathy Krey, and Congregational Service Team Director—Sharon Busick-Howell.  Phil DeBolt and Kathy Krey have both served four-year terms and cannot be reelected in 2007.  The following individuals are up for the 2007 Board:  President—Evelyn DeBolt, Vice President—Ralph Ewell, Records Director—Shirley Hormann, Financial Director—Dorothy Reiter, Assistant Financial Director—Jeannie Thieme, and Congregational Service Team Director—Sharon Busick-Howell.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will meet in the Decatur Room at Adams Memorial Hospital on Thursday, December 14, at 8 a.m. for the December breakfast meeting.  If you wish to attend, please notify Phil DeBolt (724-4259) or Shirley Hormann (724-3101) by Monday, December 11. 

Join the Music Department of Concordia Lutheran High School as they celebrate the birth of Jesus at the historic Embassy Theatre in downtown Ft. Wayne.  The Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, and Glee Club will join forces to present a program titled “Let Earth Receive Her King”!  In a format based on the world-renowned ‘Lesson and Carols’ from King’s College, Cambridge, this celebrated service intertwines readings from Scripture with music that describes the birth and redemptive work of Christ on earth.  Christ at the Embassy is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 17.  Tickets will be on sale from November 27 through December 14 in the main office of the high school and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

The 2007 calendars provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Homes are in here and can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Pick up a calendar and take it home with you today!

Included in this morning’s bulletin is a copy of the 2006 Advent Devotions published by the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots U.S. (Council for Lutheran American Indian Ministries).  Perhaps you can incorporate these devotions in your daily devotional life.  Also take a moment to include this ministry in your prayers.

Thanks so much for the cards and visits I received during my hospitalization and my return home. I would especially like to thank Pastor Dahling for his prayers, visits, and his Christian care and concern.  May the Lord bless each of you. – Hildegard Kiefer

I just wanted to say thank you for the prayers, cards, and visits following my surgery and recovery.  I would like to thank Pastor Dahling for his visits, prayers, and support.  I have returned home and am doing well. – Gilbert Hartmann

Attendance:  Thanksgiving Eve Worship – 92 with 66 receiving Holy Communion; Thanksgiving Day Worship – 133 with 104 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday Worship Service – 288; Sunday School – 36; Bible Class - NA; Early-bird Bible Class – 12

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose:           

 

Thanksgiving

$3,496.85

November 26

$3,171.72

Missions:

 

Thanksgiving

$565.00

November 26

$125.00

Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available after school on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as in the school office all day on Friday.  The annual SCRIP Holiday Contest ends today.  Profits from the contest will go towards purchasing playground equipment and buying risers to be used in the school programs.  (As of Wednesday, the 29th, sales were around $24,000 with a profit of $1,350.)    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 5th and 1st graders are sponsoring four needy families through Lutheran Social Services and are collecting items through December 5.  A list of needed items is posted on the bulletin boards in either entranceway of the church, in the Parish Hall, and was included in your November newsletter.  You can drop your donations off at Wyneken (following the instructions listed on the sheet) or give them to a Wyneken student.  Thank you for your support of this worthy project.

Students who ride East Allen busses will need to find transportation home on Thursday, December 7.  Remember to contact our Extended Care (639-6064) if you need this service on Thursday.

You are invited to the Chimes Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. in the old gym.  The concert will last one hour. 

Don’t forget to save your box tops and Campbell’s labels and turn them in to school.  Please look at the expiration date on your Scott’s ABC’s for Education receipt and get them into school on a timely basis.  The amount of points from the Scott’s ABC program for the months of September and October is 47,870.  Thanks!

Sporting News

The varsity teams continue play this week with the 7th grade boys’ facing Concordia on Tuesday, December 5, at 4:15 p.m. with the varsity girls’ game at 5:30 p.m.  The 8th grade boys will play St. Aloysious at 5:30 p.m.  All three games are at Wyneken.  On Saturday, December 9, the varsity girls play Zion, Decatur, with the 8th grade boys’ team facing Zion at 10:30 a.m.  Both games are at Wyneken.

The 6th grade girls will play Unity at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, December 4, with the 5th and 6th grade boys’ games to follow at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., respectively.  These games will be played at Wyneken.  On Thursday, December 7, the 5th graders will play Bethlehem (Ossian) at Bethlehem.  The girls’ game is at 6 p.m. with the boys to play at 7 p.m.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Distribution of nativity sets

 

10:15 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

MONDAY

7:00 p.m.

Advent by Candlelight

TUESDAY

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

 

7:00 p.m.

Elders’ Meeting

  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting

WEDNESDAY

8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken

  All Day Tabea Society

 

6:00 p.m. LYF Spaghetti Supper
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Advent service (choir follows)
FRIDAY 11:30 a.m. Tabea Society Christmas Party @ Concord

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 10

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

 

10:00 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

  10:00 a.m. Budget & Election Meeting
  1:00 p.m.

Baptisms of Mikayla Renee Chichester & Peyton Joseph Buuck

December 11

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
  8:30 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School

December 12

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

 

7:00 p.m.

Council & Planning Committee Meeting

December 13

8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken

 

6:00 p.m. LYF Taco Supper
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Advent service
December 14 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board

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

Serving the Creator

Our Christian teaching insists that the goods of creation exist, first and foremost, to serve the needs of all human beings everywhere.  They exist not just for some but for everyone.  Creation is God’s free gift to us all.  None of us earned it; none of us deserved it.  All of creation issues forth from the boundless generosity of God.  We are merely the stewards of created things, and we stand accountable to the Creator for our stewardship over his property. God expects us to use these things for the purpose for which He made it and gave it, namely, to serve the needs of all.

You are Somebody

Use your talents.  If you think you are a nobody, you are wrong.  The sustaining truth for those who play roles in the shadows is a simple and yet important one, namely:  In the economy of God, Nature’s nobodies are sombodies.

The question is not how well do you rate on the economic or status scale, but rather, how well do you use the talents and powers that are yours?  Most of the work of the world is done by men and women in the shadows, by the nameless heroes of everyday life.

Source:  Inspiring a deeper understanding of true giving:  Stewardship, October, 2006, Parish, pages 1 & 3.