Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim this last day of the Year.  We are truly blessed to have you as a part of our church family and thank God for the blessing of you.  May the Lord be with you as we begin a New Year.  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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First Sunday after Christmas
December 31, 2006

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 15
The Duet  

The Hymns

TLH #121; #123; LW #78; #85; #97

Readings

The Savior has Come

Jeremiah 31:10-13 Rejoice that God has redeemed His people
Hebrews 2:10-18 Christ identified with us to save us from sin
Luke 2:25-28

The Spirit enables us to see the Savior in the Christ-child

Sermon

“Simeon and Anna” – Luke 2:25-28

1.       Looking for a Savior (v. 25)

2.       Being in the right place (v. 27)

3.       Being spiritually receptive (vv. 25, 27)

4.       Being guided by the Spirit (v. 27)

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. 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Janice R. Buuck, Dave Buuck, Brett Gallmeyer, and D. J. Kitson.  We also remember in our prayers the Pastors who teach at our Wyneken school, Pastors Tom Olson and Daniel Brege. Christine Bultemeier, who teaches at Heritage, and Stan Stoppenhagen, one of our Sunday School teachers.   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 Loren Gallmeyer who was a patient at Lutheran, Helen Erxleben who is at Adams Memorial, Robin Pogue (Dick Hileman’s niece), Ilene Miller (sister of Jim & Jerry Bultemeyer and Rosie Bultemeier), who is undergoing tests, Guy Kukelhan (Dian Witte’s brother), Dale Boenker, (Shirley Buuck’s brother), who is undergoing tests, Larry Leininger (brother of Jean Timm), and Hildegard Kiefer, who is now home.

We rejoice with Ben & Norma Miller who will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary this Saturday, January 6.

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

With thank Tim Blomenberg and Ben Moeller for sharing their gift of song with us this morning.  May the Lord continue to shower His blessings upon them.

When the Adult Bible Class resumes next Sunday, January 7, they will continue looking at Bible stories from the Old Testament.  At that time they 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. 

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.

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. Paul Naumann will be the guest speaker.

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 (Zach Stoppenhagen, Don Gehres, Chris Lichtle, or Sean Sielschott).

Council Members:  The minutes from the December 5 Council Meeting and the Special Council Meeting of December 12 are in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  On the north side, the minutes for the Financial Secretary, Home Purpose Secretary, Elders, Trustees, Board of Education, and Deacons can be found.  In the south entranceway, minutes for Board of Stewardship, Board of Evangelism, Friedheim Foundation, Vice Chairman, Synodical Treasurer, and Deacons can be found.  Please pick up your minutes as you leave the services today.  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, January 2, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

A Note from our Board of Finance:  We have been blessed with your first-fruit givings and our current on our bills as well as on our mission giving.  We thank you for your good stewardship.  The Board would also like to remind members on how helpful it is if the offering envelopes are filled out correctly.  On the first line, the information asked for is the amount of your contribution, whether the gift is in the form of check or cash (you are to circle the appropriate word), and your personal contribution number.  If you don’t have your offering envelope number, you can contact a member of the Board of Finance or the church office to receive this information.  If paying by check, you may also want to include your check number in the upper right hand corner of the envelope.  We appreciate those who complete this information.  If you have a question, contact a member of the Board of Finance and they will be more than happy to help you.  Thanks!

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Suppose you borrow a pencil from a friend, you grind it down in a pencil sharpener to nothing but a handful of shavings, and then give it back to your friend, saying, “Thanks for the loan of the pencil.  Here it is.”  His reaction might well be, “You’ve got to be kidding!”  IF he finds you are serious, he might question your sanity.  IF he believes you are sane, he has every right to be disappointed at your ingratitude.  But look, how have we treated God.  How have we used his good gifts?  We have polluted air, dirtied water, strip-mined land, and abused most things.  And what about God’s gifts of human potential—the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical gifts each of us has received?  As we look at the end of this you, take a moment for meditation and examine life as you have lived it.  What will we offer back to God?  How will we use His gifts?

The Monday Night Adult Bible Class will not meet again until Monday, January 15.

The early-bird Bible class will not meet again until Tuesday, January 9.

The Decatur area Lutherans for Life chapter is again sponsoring an essay contest with the winner receiving a $500 scholarship.  You must be a member of one of the LC-MS congregations in the Decatur circuit and be entering as a full-time college student in the fall of 2007 (no matter what year of college you are in).  The essay should be double-spaced and not to exceed three pages.  This year’s essay theme is “Why is all human life sacred?”  Essays need to be turned in to Pastor Dahling by Monday, January 22.  Essays will be judged upon clarity of thought and expression pertaining to the given theme.

The men’s basketball team has this week off.  Their next game is at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 8, at 7 p.m. at the Service Complex.

Serving as youth ushers for January are Brandon & Nathan Buuck.  Dorothy Heckman and Evelyn Keuneke are on Altar Guild for the month while Ruth Heckman is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator.

The theme of the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade is “Our Good Nature” and this year’s Lutheran Hour float’s theme is “God’s Great Nature.”  This will mark the 57th year of continuous participation in the parade.  The Lutheran Hour is the only Christian float in the parade.  In addition to being broadcast on commercial TV (ABS, CBS, NBC) where it is interrupted by commercials, it can be seen without interruption on HGTV—Comcast (Ft. Wayne) on Channel 40, Mediacom (Decatur) on Channel 48, Dish Network on Channel 112, and Direct TV on Channel 229.  The Lutheran Hour float will appear in the back third of the parade.

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). 

You are invited to an “Insight for Outreach” seminar taught by Rev. Larry Merino on Sunday, January 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Soest’s Family Life Center.  This free workshop is designed to benefit both lay and professional church workers.  It will be an introductory training workshop on building relationship with people, especially from other cultures, in order to share the love of Christ with them.

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!

The family of Bill Fuhrman wishes to thank Pastor Dahling for his many visits, prayers, and comforting.  Thanks goes out to everyone that visited, sent cards, and prayed for our brother, Bill, and the Bereavement Committee for the good meal.  Bill will be missed, but he celebrated Christmas pain free.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service (Children’s Christmas program) – 435; Christmas Day Worship Service – 176 with 148 receiving Holy Communion

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose – Christmas Eve

                            Christmas Day

$4,259.78

$3,261.32

Missions:Midweek December 20

               Sunday, December 24

               Christmas Day

$176.88

$340.00

$940.00

Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available at Wyneken after school on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as all day on Fridays.  You may also purchase SCRIP after the worship service this morning by seeing Kim Weiland, our SCRIP representative.  You can E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your SCRIP order. 

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.  You might also want to look at their new “naturals” food line—totally natural with no preservatives, no trans fats, and no artificial colors or flavors.  If you have any questions, you may contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

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.  Scott’s ABC’s receipts with a December 31 expiration date are to be turned in to the school office by Friday, January 5.  Thanks!

Classes resume on Wednesday, January 3. 

Wyneken will end the semester on Friday, January 12.  Report cards will be issued on Wednesday, January 17.  Wyneken will attend school on the 12th.  Those students riding North Adams busses will not have bus transportation to or from school that day.  Parents, please make arrangements to get your child to and from school on the 12th.  East Allen Schools will be closed on Monday, January 15,  (Martin Luther King Day).  Parents, you need to find transportation both to and from school that day.  (Don’t forget that if you are utilizing Wyneken’s Child Care for those days, to make arrangements prior to that day.  You can contact Tami Schultz at 639-6064.)  Thanks!

ISTEP results have been mailed.  If you don’t receive them by January 3, contact the school office.

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.  Reminder letters were mailed last week.  You may mail in your payment or drop it off at the office.

The PTL has set the dates for the mother/daughter and father/son bowling/pizza events.  The ladies’ event is on Sunday, February 25; the guys, Sunday, April 22.  A sign-up sheet has been sent home with each child.  There are extras available in the office if needed.

The Wyneken Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, January 11.

The “Lost & Found” box is a growing collection of clothing items (and even a couple pairs of shoes!).  Parents, when at the school, you may wish to look through this box to see if you find any familiar articles!  Thanks!

Sporting News

We are seeing more and more incidents of unsupervised children at Wyneken’s sporting events.  Parents are reminded that children are to be supervised at all times while at home and away sporting events.  Under no circumstances should children be allowed to play under the bleachers or in the hallways or restrooms.  Your children are to remain with you in the gym.  Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Information wasn’t available concerning any games or practices over the Christmas break.     The Heritage Feeder Tournament will be held over break.  The boys’ tournament will be held on Tuesday, January 2.    We do have the bracket for the varsity teams.  The 7th graders will play the Heritage 8th graders at 9 a.m. on Court 1 while the 8th grade team will face Flatrock’s 7th & 8th “B” team at noon on Court 1.  Second round games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. with the championship game to be held at 2 p.m.  Make sure you get information about the other games from your young athlete.

Intramurals for the 3rd & 4th graders will resume on Saturday, January 6, and will continue to meet every Saturday until March 3.  The boys meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Paul Des Jean supervising this program while the girls meet from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with Paul Hockemeyer running that program.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion            

TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 7

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion            

    Door Collection for Concordia Seminary 
  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
January 8 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball (Service Complex)
January 9 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 10 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
January 12   Items for Annual Report due in church office

This Morning

Life has begun again, Father.
You have given me another day of grace,
Another day to live:

to speak to someone,
to tough someone,
to ask for something,
to take something,
to give something.

Whatever I make of this day,
Whatever I become this day,
I put in your hands.

How to Raise a Wayward Child

Never eat together as a family.
Never listen to your children; talk at them, not with them.
Never let your children experience cold, fatigue, adventure, risk, challenge, experimentation, failure, frustration, or discouragement.
Warn your children of the dangers of drugs while you drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
Never give them any meaningful spiritual training.  Instead, emphasize religious ritual, outward appearance, and the letter of the law.
Always prefer material pursuits to family activities.
Always pick up after your children; never give them any responsibility.
Always solve your children’s problems and make their decisions for them.

Source:  The NEWSLETTER Newsletter, January, 1987.

Add A Little Extra – by N. Gibbs

Happiness is doing a little more, going the extra mile, and adding a little extra.  Several years ago I had the privilege of meeting a delightful lady.  She taught my children piano lessons.  Although she was up in years, she agreed to teach all three of my children, given them back-to-back, thirty-minute lessons.  It never failed, however, that when I returned to pick them up after an hour and a half, I had to wait for the last child to complete his lesson.

“I always try to give a little extra,” Mrs. Winkers explained.  She explained how when she was a child her piano teacher didn’t give her the time for which she paid.  “I made a commitment that if I ever learned to play the piano well enough to teach, I would make sure my students got their money’s worth.”  Mrs. Winkers remained true to her word until the day her arthritic hands wouldn’t allow her to teach any longer.

Mrs. Winker’s commitment taught me a valuable lesson.  When we deal with people, we should always strive to give back more than we receive.

When we add a little extra or give a little more than what’s expected, both the giver and the receiver are greatly blessed.  The person on the receiving end appreciates the extra attention.  The giver receives a special blessing as a result of his generosity.

So to sum it all up, giving a little extra can mount up to a great blessing for everyone.

Source:  “Stewardship,”  Parish, October 2006.