Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim this first Sunday of the New 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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Epiphany 1, The Baptism of Our Lord
January 7, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 15
The Choir “Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized” (See Insert)

The Hymns

TLH #7; #63; #306; #307; #310; #128

Readings

Anointed with the Spirit

Isaiah 42:1-7 God’s Servant is anointed with the Spirit to bring Justice 
Acts 10:34-38 Jesus is anointed with the Spirit to do good
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 At His Baptism, Jesus is anointed with the Spirit as God’s Son
Sermon Baptized into Christ

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, Christopher Hull, for delivering this morning’s sermon message.  We pray that the Lord will continue to bless him as he continues his studies for the ministry.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Sheila Putteet, Davon Bultemeier, Waldo Conrad, Kris Blomenberg, Lori Caston, Dennis Schuller, Olivia Conrad, Spencer Scheumann, Alyssa Schuller, Jacob Lee, Mike Brandt, Dave Miller, Jordan Rhymer, and Tami Stoppenhagen.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken School Board, especially those serving from Friedheim, Duane Kiess, Randy Everett, and Scott Hormann, Gretchen Hudson, and Deb Bergman, 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), and Larry Leininger (brother of Jean Timm).

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  This week’s theme is “God’s Glory Manifested in Transforming Power.”

We welcome Tina Bowen and her daughter, Ashley Thieme, back home to Friedheim.  They have transferred to us from Concordia (Ft. Wayne).  May the Lord continue to bless this family.

The Adult Bible Class will meet this morning in the church basement and will continue studying the Bible stories from the Old Testament.  Today, 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. 

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 – Again, we have celebrated the great miracle of Christ becoming one of us.  The Apostle John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14).  Jesus came to Earth; He bore humiliation and ridicule; He died that we might live; He was raised that we, too might rise again and live forever with Him.  “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another” (John 1:16).   How can we thank Him but to give ourselves and our lives in service to Him!

The LYF has made plans to go see the movie, “Facing the Giants,” which is playing at Coventry 13.  Please meet at the home of Mike and Denise Conrad (9601 N 400 W in rural Decatur) today at 3 p.m.   The LYF would also like to invite the 8th graders to join them at this movie.  Again, be at the Conrad’s by 3 p.m.  There will be a short business meeting prior to our leaving for the movie.  Please bring your sports, speech, and club schedules so we can do some planning for our up-coming events.  (For instance, the annual ski trip in February.)  The LYF will also be assisting the residents of Lutheran Home to their worship service on Sunday, January 21.  Please meet at the Parish Hall at 9 a.m. on the 21st.  After the worship service at Lutheran Home, we have been invited to the home of Dick & Donna Hileman for lunch.  (Thanks in advance, Dick & Donna, for opening your home to us and feeding us!!).

If you have items that need to be included in the Annual Report, please have them in to the church office by this Friday, January 12.  Any corrections or additions for the membership directory also need to be in the church office by that date.  Thanks!

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

The early-bird Bible class will meet again this Tuesday, January 9.

There will be a door collection for Concordia Seminary this morning.

The LWML will have their quarterly meeting this Tuesday, January 9, in the church basement at 7:30 p.m.  All ladies of the congregation are considered members of the LWML and are welcome to come to this meeting.  You may bring your mites to the meeting on Tuesday, place your mite envelope in the offering plate, or give it to Cindy Wass, our LWML treasurer.  Remember, ladies, that the mite envelopes can be found in either entrance way of the church along with our Home Purpose and Mission envelopes. 

Poinsettias – Thank you to those who shared your poinsettias with us!  You may pick up your poinsettia in the church basement this morning.  Again, many thanks. – The Decorating Committee

Decatur’s Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI) will begin its 2007 session on Tuesday, January 23, at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran School at 10th and Monroe Streets.   LBI runs for four consecutive Tuesdays and you have the choice of four classes to attend—The Epistles of St. John (with Rev. Dan Brege), The Book of Jonah (with Rev. Paul Doehrmann), Christ and Pop Culture (Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer) and Lutheran Liturgy and Hymnody (with Dr. Arthur Just and Prof. Richard Resch).  The cost of attending LBI is $7.50 (but there is no charge for college, high school, and elementary students).  You can pre-register with our LBI representatives, Tim Blomenberg or Denny Werling.  Final enrollments will be held on the 23rd beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Look at the insert in today’s bulletin to find out more about each class.

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 one game this week.  They face Crossroads on Monday, January 8, at 7 p.m. at the Service Complex.

The Board of Stewardship is planning a game night on Sunday, January 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  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.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service - 211 with 162 receiving Holy Communion

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$11,345.00*

Missions

$530.00

*Includes $4,000 of our Lutheran Foundation Partnership Grant.

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 orders may be picked up in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m.  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.  Thanks!

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!

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 Geography Bee will be on Wednesday, January 10, at 1 p.m.  There are representatives from grades 4-8.  You are welcome to come to school and watch either of these bees.

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.

Congratulations to the 6th grade girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.  Each won their division at the Heritage Feeder Tournament!  Great job!!!

The 6th grade teams will by playing Bethlehem at Wyneken on Monday, January 8.  The girls will play at 4:15 p.m. with the boys’ game starting at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 11, the girls will face Bethlehem, Ossian, at 6 p.m. at Wyneken.

The 8th grade boys will face Woodburn at Woodburn on Thursday, January 11, at 4:15 p.m. at Woodburn.  The 7th grade boys’ team will play Bethlehem, Ossian, at 7 p.m. at Wyneken on Thursday, January 11.  On Saturday, January 13, the varsity girls will face St. John’s Flatrock at 9:15 a.m. at Wyneken, with the 8th grade boys’ game to follow at 10:30 a.m.

Intramurals for the 3rd & 4th graders have resumed 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            

    Door Collection for Concordia Seminary 
  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
  3:00 p.m. LYF to meet @ Mike & Denise Conrad’s
MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball (Service Complex)
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
SATURDAY   Items for Annual Report due in church office

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 14

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion            

  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
January 15 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball (Service Complex)
January 16 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
January 17 All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 18 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
January 19   February Newsletter items due in church office

Following are the words to this morning’s choir selection.  You may follow along as the choir sings these praises to our Lord.

Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized

Christ, when for us You were baptized
God’s Spirit on You came,
As peaceful as a dove and yet
As urgent as a flame.

God called You “My beloved Son,”
The suffering servant true,
Sent You the kingdom to proclaim,
God’s holy will to do.

Straightway and steadfast until death
You then obeyed God’s call
Freely as Son of Man to serve
And give Your life for all.

Baptize us with Your Spirit, Lord,
Your cross on us be signed,
That, likewise in God’s service, we
May perfect freedom find.