Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing our guest registry, which can be found in either entranceway of the church.  If you are communing with us this morning, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church.  The cards can be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  We welcome you to Friedheim and invite you to worship with us again soon.

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The Third Sunday in Advent
December 17, 2006
Christmas Choir Service

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of the Confessional Service

TLH Page 46

The Prelude – The Choir

“O, Come All Ye Faithful”

The Opening Hymn
“Now Sing We, Now Rejoice”

TLH #92



The Invocation


The Choir

“How Should a King Come?” (See insert)



Theme of the Day

Reasons to Rejoice

Zephaniah 3:14-18      

Rejoice for God is with you

Philippians 4:4-7   

Rejoice in the Lord who is at hand                                  

Luke 3:7-18 Rejoice over the news of Christ’s coming

The Sermon Hymn

“A Great and Mighty Wonder”

TLH #76



The Sermon

“A Time of Excitement Over Who is Coming”  - Luke 3:7-18

1.      Good News and Bad News

2.      What Good about this Good News?



The Gathering of the Morning Offering




The Choir

“First Noel”



The Installation of Church Council




The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim




The Lord’s Prayer


The Words of Institution




The Distribution Hymns


“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” 

TLH #73

“The Angel Gabriel”

The Choir

“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”

HS’98 #801

“Once in Royal David’s City” (See insert)

The Choir

“Once He Came in Blessing” 

TLH #74 


The Collect




The Benediction




The Choir

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”



The Acolyte

Alex Weiland

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We thank Sandy Blomenberg, our choir director, and the members of the Friedheim choir for their gift of music this morning.  We are blessed to have such talented individuals in our congregation and appreciate the work they put into today’s worship service.  May the Lord richly bless each of them.

The words to two of the choir selections are printed in this morning’s bulletin.  You may follow along as the choir sings these words of praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Ruth Heckman, Shirley Hormann, Julie Bock, Zach Stoppenhagen, Sean Bultemeier, Alma Keidel, Veronica Moellering, Brian Walker, Caleb Iwen, Tia Lee, and Larry Caston.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken cooks, Sharon Franke, Shelly Kiefer, and Marcia Selking, Toney Bergman, who teaches at Bellmont, and Tina Geels our Assistant 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 Rev. Dr. Dan Brege who is recovering following shoulder surgery, Rev. Ralph Sielaff, Robin Pogue (Dick Hileman’s niece), Larry Leininger, brother of Jean Timm, and Hildegard Kiefer who is in extended care at Adams Memorial.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  This week’s theme is “How God Sent His Son.”

When the Adult Bible Class resumes on January 7, we will continue looking at Bible stories from the Old Testament.  At that time we will look at the division of the kingdom.  The Lord had already warned the prophets that in requesting a king the people were ultimately rejecting Him.  This process had taken a long time to develop.  After festering for years, the nation will soon split apart never to be fully united again.  The end of a once proud nation will come although the final demise will not be realized for centuries. 

The Sunday School classes will 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 will remain in church for program practice.  Mrs. Buuck’s class will go to the Parish Hall for their regular Sunday School lesson after they have rehearsed their parts. 

The children will present the Christmas story next Sunday at 9 a.m.  There will be no hymn sing prior to the service.   Some of the children will provide special music prior to the service.  To be acknowledged in the bulletin, that information needs to be in the church office by this Wednesday, December 20.  Don’t forget to contact our church organist, Mrs. Sandy Blomenberg, with this information this morning!

You are also invited to our Christmas Day worship service at 9 a.m. on the 25th.  Holy Communion will be celebrated. 

Sunday School material has arrived for the next quarter and can be found in the Parish Hall on the safe.  Teachers, if you would like to look over this material before your January 7 class, you may pick it up at your convenience.

Our midweek Advent services ends this Wednesday, December 20.  The question to be asked is To Whom Does Jesus Come?  Wednesday’s focus is on Zechariah.  Jesus comes to people who struggle with their faith.   Services begin at 7 p.m.  The youth will be serving a chili 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.

There are several children who need to pick up pieces from their nativity sets   A few need to get pieces from last year’s set as well. The following individuals (or parents or grandparents of these children) need to see a member of the Nativity Set Committee (Deb Bergman, Lisa Kiess, Cindy Berning, or Amy Walker)—Katrina Robinson, Becca Evans, Jacob Bickel, Elliot Gehres, Gabrielle Brandt, Oliver Gehres, Nina Secaur, and Bailey Kaehr.   

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 “Shut Down the Shame” from Zephaniah 3:19.  Ever been passed over for a promotion or a spot in a sports team?  Shame is something we all know.  Do something about it!

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 Trustees are taking bids for removing snow and ice from the steps and sidewalks.  (Volunteers have been taking care of the parking lot and so this portion will not be bid out.)  This bid is do as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the Trustees (Marc Lichtle, Chris Lichtle, J. D. Nidlinger, and Sean Sielschott).

Our 2007 Church Council will be installed this morning.  We thank those who have so faithfully served this past year and look forward to working together as a group in 2007.  Those who were elected at last Sunday’s meeting are as follows:  Vice Chairman – Floyd Thieme; Financial Secretary – Dennis Werling; Elders – John Nidlinger, Sr. and Stan Stoppenhagen; Deacons – Don Kitson and Rich Weiland; Board of Christian Education – Scott Hormann; Trustees – Don Gehres and Zach Stoppenhagen, Board of Evangelism – Cindy Wass; Friedheim Foundation – Gene Kiess; and Board of Stewardship – Cindy Des Jean.

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 $1,500 short of our yearly goal.  As the month of December comes to an end, please prayerfully consider this situation.
Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:18-23), Jesus describes people who hear the word but are beset by thorns.  Thorns represent “the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth.”  The seed (God’s Word) thrown among the thorns grows for awhile but never really thrives.  This kind of hearer of the Word is still too concerned about material things and the problems of this life.  These listeners or people have a difficult time trusting God for all of their needs.  The focus is on obtaining more material things for their security and happiness.  Money and things are their gods.  Their fulfillment is found in their riches.  Only by God’s help can we overcome the “deceitfulness of wealth.”

The Monday Night Adult Bible Class will not meet this week.  With the holidays and other commitments, the class will not meet again until Monday, January 15.

Your support of Wheat Ridge Ministries helps serve the spiritual needs of people in prison through prison ministry.  Other Wheat Ridge-sponsored programs provide practical skills workshops to help men and women on the “inside” prepare for life after prison.  Thank you for your support of Wheat Ridge Ministries.

The men’s basketball team has three games this week.  On Monday, December 18, they face Berne Missionary at Monmouth at 7 p.m.  On Tuesday, December 19, they will play Grace Bible Missionary at Bellmont Middle School at 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, December 21, Church of God will be the opponent at 8 p.m. at Bellmont Middle School.

The LYF has been serving mid-week Advent meals in the Parish Hall.  The last Advent meal will be held this Wednesday, December 20, at 6 p.m. and will be a chili supper.  Youth are reminded to bring some sort of dessert—cookies, pies, cakes, etc.  Youth, please be at the Parish Hall by 5:30 p.m. 

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 four Sundays (during the Sunday School hour) 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—Kris Blomenberg (547-4673) or Davon Bultemeier (639-7365). 

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. today.  Tickets 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!

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 255; Sunday School – 54; Monday Night Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class – 10; Midweek Advent Service - 94



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available during the day each day this week (Monday through Wednesday).  The last SCRIP order date before Christmas will be tomorrow, December 18.  If you know from which vendors you will need to obtain SCRIP, please let Kim Weiland know today.  Once the order is placed and purchases are made, the only SCRIP available will be what they have left.  See Kim, our SCRIP representative, this morning and get your SCRIP.  You can E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your SCRIP order. 

You are invited to the Chimes Christmas Concert this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the old gym.  The concert will last one hour. 

Market Day order forms are due back to the school office by Friday, January 5.  Internet orders are due by noon on Saturday, January 6.  (By ordering over the Internet (www.marketday.com), you will be eligible to win one of five Walt Disney World vacation packages that will be given away along with iPods, and Best Buy gift cards.)  Items may be picked up at Wyneken on Thursday, January 11, between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  New items this month include buffalo chicken pizza ($9.99) and stuffed pork chops ($12.79).  Specials this month include pot roast ($12.89), French toast sticks ($4.99), ranch steaks ($12.49), ChicNSteakes ($12.69), chicken bacon ranch sandwich ($10.59), turkey burgers ($8.79), bacon slices ($10.49), blueberry muffins ($6.99), breakfast bundles ($10.49), chicken pot pie ($9.49), string cheese ($8.59), cheddar cheese Goldfish crackers ($5.69), heart cookie shapes ($8.99), bacon wrapped ranch steaks ($13.69), boneless pork chops ($10.59), breaded chicken breast patties ($11.59), chicken parmesan patties ($10.59), turkey steaks ($8.59), Gatorade kid-size variety pack ($15.49), creamy shrimp scampi ($12.99), home-style frozen biscuit dough ($6.89), cheese pizzas ($7.59), home-style gravy & beef tips ($12.39), chicken & dumpling soup ($9.49),  American cheese ($10.39), chocolate pudding cups ($6.49), pepperoni pizza eat-zzas ($7.69), funnel cakes ($6.59), chocolate chip cookie dough $5.59), breakfast burritos ($7.39), breakfast quesadillas ($9.69), turkey sausage links ($8.19), and beef ravioli ($8.59).  When ordering over the internet, you can also check out their clearance items.  There is also an insert to “Gear up for Game Day.”  Take a look at those specials when planning your Super Bowl parties.  If you have any questions, you may contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

The Wyneken 8th grade and parents would like to thank those who supported us ALL through the year, from the flower sales last spring to the Craft Show in December.  Thanks to you we have raised enough money to go to Washington, DC.  Without you, we could not have done it.  God bless you all and may you have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.  – The Class of 2007

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.  Thanks!

The last day of classes before the Christmas break is this Wednesday, December 20.  Classes resume on Wednesday, January 3.

ISTEP results are in and should arrive in your home before Christmas.

For those families who opted for the two-semester payment plan for their registration fees, the second semester payment is due on Monday, January 15.

The remaining December chapel offerings will go to the Indiana Social Services Disability Outreach Program.

Sporting News

Parents, please remember that children need to be supervised at the basketball games.   There has been some concern over children running around outside the gym area.  Thanks for your help in this matter.

The varsity team has one game this week.  The 8th grade boys’ team faces Concordia on Monday, December 18, at 6:45 p.m.

The 6th grade teams will play St. Paul on Monday, December 18, at St. Paul.  The girls’ game starts at 4:15 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow at 5:30 p.m.  The 5th grade teams will play St. Peter-Immanuel at Wyneken on Tuesday, December 19, with the girls’ game to start at 4:15 p.m. and the boys’ game to follow at 5:30 p.m.

Information wasn’t available concerning any games or practices over the Christmas break.  Make sure you get this information from your young athlete.



9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion (Choir Service of Song)

    Installation of 2007 Church Council


10:15 a.m.

Christmas Eve Program Practice


7:00 p.m.

Busy Woman’s Bible Class

7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Monmouth


6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class


8:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School


8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken


6:00 p.m. LYF Chili Supper


7:00 p.m. Mid-week Advent service

8:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


8:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School


  January newsletter items due in the church office


December 24

9:00 a.m. Children’s Worship Service

December 25

8:00 p.m. Christmas Day Worship Service with Holy Communion   
December 26 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School

December 28

6:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School

December 31

9:00 a.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service

Attitude Toward Generosity

Here is a little test to help families examine their attitudes toward generosity:

Ø      How do we react to the word, do-gooder?  Is it a compliment or a put-down?

Ø      Do we view our talents and goods as a result of our own hard work of a gift from God?

Ø      Do we resent being asked to share time in the family by driving someone to an activity or by reading a story to a non-reader?

Ø      Do we blame the poor for being poor or do we feel a sense of responsibility to them?

Ø      What is the most generous thing our family has done in the past year?

Ø      If we could do something as a family to make life better for others, what would each of us like to do?

Maybe a discussion like this will result in action, maybe not.  But it will help us focus on how well we’re living out the fruit of generosity—so generously offered us by the Holy Spirit.

Source:  “Stewardship,” Parish, Parish Publishing LLC, September 2006, c. 2006, p. 3.


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