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.  Please worship with us again soon.

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Epiphany 2
January 14, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 5
The Choir “Now Praise the Lord” (See Insert)

The Hymns

TLH #445; #273; LW #501

Readings

God’s Glory Manifested in Transforming Power

Isaiah 62:1-5 God will transform Jerusalem from desolation to delight
I Corinthians 12:3-11 The Spirit transforms from “Jesus is cursed” to “Jesus is Lord”
John 2:1-11 Christ transforms water into wine
Sermon

“Just Do It!” – John 2:1-11

  1. When problems present themselves in life – “They have no wine.” (John 2:3)
  2. When the answer seems senseless – “Fill the jars with water, so they filled them to the brim” (John 2:7)
  3. When He gives the command – “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.  They did so” (John 2:8)
 

The Acolyte

Cecelia Smith

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Caden Culp, Kathy Moellering, Ethan Lehman, Armilla Conrad (her 90th!), Joshua Henry Blomenberg (his first!), Cam Thieme, Hanna Walker, Shelby Kiess, Christopher Schuller, Madison Schuller, and Emily Conrad.  We also remember in our prayers our principal, Lowell Timm, Linda Keuneke who teaches at Bishop Luers, and Sara Werling, 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 has returned home, Helen Erxleben who is in extended care 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 “The Purpose of Your Life.”

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in celebration of Armilla Conrad’s 90th birthday this Tuesday, January 16.  The flowers were placed in church by her siblings, nieces and nephew, and great-nephews, Matthew and Corbin Lee.  May the Lord continue to bless this special lady.

The Adult Bible Class will meet in the church basement following the worship service today, continuing to study the Bible stories from the Old Testament.  Today, we will look at the Prophet Elijah.  Because the Lord always desired to restore and heal His people and the nation, He would raise up prophets to speak His Word. One of the great prophets of the Old Testament, Elijah, is presented this morning. 

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 – Many people don’t make weekly worship a priority.  Christmas and Easter are often the only times we see some of our friends and neighbors in church.  That situation presents a challenge to us, the redeemed of Christ, for we preach sermons every day with our words and our actions.  In fact, ours may be the only sermons many hear!  We have been called to “declare the praises of Him Who called [us] out of darkness into His wonderful light” (I Peter 2:9).  Let us pray that we might embrace our calling and “preach sermons” that help spread the Good News of salvation for all.

The LYF will be assisting the residents of Lutheran Home to their worship service on Sunday, January 21.  Please meet at 9 a.m. at the Parish Hall next Sunday.  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 as well as giving us great food!).

The Monday Night Adult Bible Class will meet at 7 p.m. this Monday, January 15.

The deadline is fast approaching for your devotion for our Lenten devotional booklet, “Sing the Glad Refrain.”  Please turn in your devotion (written about your favorite hymn or favorite verse(s) from a hymn) to a member of the Stewardship Board—Davon Bultemeier, Kris Blomenberg, or Cindy Des Jean—by Wednesday, January 31.  Thanks!

Sunday School Students:  We’ll be sending our first donation to the Scheele family (our missionary family in Africa) on January 31.  Please bring in your mission boxes by Sunday, January 28.  This is an on-going project.  So don’t forget to take your mission boxes back home with you to continue saving for Nathan, Melissa, and Chloe Scheele.  Thanks!

Did you miss the LWML meeting last Tuesday and still want to give your mites?  Your LWML mites envelope may be placed in the offering plate or given to Cindy Wass, our LWML treasurer.  Remember, ladies, that the mite envelopes can be found in either entranceway of the church along with our Home Purpose and Mission envelopes.  What are your mites used for?  They support various LWML mission projects both abroad and here at home. 

The LWML is working on a project that involves making an item using plastic canvas.  If you want to help with this service project, please contact Ann Crosby by January 24.  Thanks!

Soon it will be time to pay for the 2007 LWML Quarterlies.  If you would like to help defray the cost of purchasing the Quarterlies, it would be appreciated.  The subscription rate this year is $5.50 (four issues per year).  You may place your donation in the offering plate (marked LWML Quarterlies) or give your money to Cindy Wass, the LWML treasurer.    Please have the money to her by March 1.  Thanks!

There are just a few poinsettias left in the church basement.  If you placed one in church over the holidays, please go downstairs and take your plant home with you this morning.  Again, many thanks for helping us beautify the church during the Christmas season. – 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.  There are information sheets in either entranceway of the church for you to find out more about the classes being offered.

LYF members are encouraged to attend the LBI class, “Christ and Pop Culture:  Christianity Goes to the Movies:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” being taught by Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer.  If you need transportation to get to LBI, please contact one of your LYF counselors—Stan or Tami Stoppenhagen, Mike or Denise Conrad, or Jerry Bultemeyer.

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 Grace Bible Missionary on Monday, January 15, at 7 p.m. at the Service Complex.

There have been some changes to the game night on the 28th!  First, there will be a chili cook-off.  Bring a pot of your best chili and let’s vote on whose is the tastiest!  Please contact Davon Bultemeier (639-7365) by Wednesday, January 24 if you plan on bringing some chili.  Second, the times have changed.  Family game night will now be start at 4 p.m., with the games being played first, followed by the supper.  The evening should wrap up around 7 p.m.  It will still be held in the Parish Hall!  Mark your calendars and plan on attending!! 

You are invited to an “Insight for Outreach” seminar taught by Rev. Larry Merino today 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 Hoagland Area Advancement Association invites you to their annual pancake and sausage brunch on Sunday, January 28, at the Hoagland Park Pavilion.  Serving is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children (6-12).  Children five and under may eat free.

Concordia’s Thrift Shop (3436 N Anthony Blvd.) is having a $5 Bag Sale  (some exceptions apply) from January 19-26.  Hours are Monday (10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.), Tuesday-Friday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Saturday (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service - 289 with 199 receiving Holy Communion; Bible Class – 16; Sunday School – 49; Early-bird Bible Class - 10

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$5,099.04

Missions

$330.00

Door Collection for Concordia Theological Seminary - $130.00

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. 

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 ended its semester last Friday, January 12.  Report cards will be issued on Wednesday, January 17. 

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. 

For those families who opted for the two-semester payment plan for their registration fees, the second semester payment is due Monday, January 15.  You may mail in your payment or drop it off at the office.

It’s COOKIE DOUGH BONUS DAYS!  Included in this morning’s bulletin is an order form for Market Day cookie dough.  The dough is now in 1 oz. pre-portioned pieces for your convenience and comes in nine gourmet flavors.  The cost per tub is $11.  Take a look at the insert in today’s bulletin that tells you more about the bonus days.  You can always contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992 if you have any questions.

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.  Moms, the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. time slot is filling up fast and will be on a first-come, first served basis.  There are still available slots in the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. slot.  A sign-up sheet has been sent home with each child.  There are extras available in the office if needed.

Science fair display boards are available in the school office at a cost of $3.  (Exact change would be helpful when purchasing the boards.)

Congratulations to Matt Gorman who was the winner of last week’s Geography Bee.  Way to go, Matt!

The 7th grade class will begin their fundraising efforts for the Washington, DC trip by having K105 come to Wyneken on Tuesday, February 6, to take on a group of Wyneken alumni (to be announced later).  The doors open at 6 p.m. with tip off at 7 p.m.  The cost is $4 per ticket, with a family pass costing $10.  Children five and under can get in for free.  Pre-sale tickets are available in the school office or you can purchase your ticket at the door.  See you there!

Sporting News

The 6th grade teams will by playing Central at Central on Monday, January 15.  The girls will play at 4:15 p.m. with the boys’ game starting at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 18, the girls will face St. Joe (Decatur) at St. Joe at 4:45 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow at 6 p.m.  The 5th graders will play Emmanuel-St. Michael on Thursday, January 18.  The girls’ game begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  Both games are at Emmanuel-St. Michael.  The 5th and 6th grade boys have a tournament scheduled at Wyneken this Saturday, January 20.  No information was available about game times and opponents.  Check with a player.

Due to Heritage playing in the championship game of the ACAC tournament, the games against Flatrock have been rescheduled.  The varsity girls’ will face Flatrock at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, January 15, followed by the 8th grade boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  Both games are at Wyneken.  The 8th grade boys will face Adams Central on Tuesday, January 16, at 4:30 p.m. at Adams Central.  Our varsity girls’ team is scheduled to play Adams Central at Wyneken at 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.   The 8th grade boys’ team will play St. Joe, Decatur at 4:45 p.m. at Wyneken on Thursday, January 18, with the varsity girls’ game to follow at 6 p.m.  The 7th grade boys’ face Emmanuel-St. Michael at 6:45 p.m. at Emmanuel-St. Michael.  The LSAA tourney is scheduled to begin this Saturday, January 20.  Information concerning the tournament was unavailable.  Contact a player for game times, location, and opponents.

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            

  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
MONDAY 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)
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s
FRIDAY   February Newsletter items due in church office

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 21

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion  

  9:00 a.m. LYF to Lutheran Home  
  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
January 22 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 23 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute @ Zion (Decatur)
January 24 All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 25 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class

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

Now Praise the Lord (Psalm 147)

Now praise the Lord, all living saints,
Sing praises that endure.
Our children God does surely bless,
Our future is secure.

God rings us peace in midst of strife,
Our borders to protect.
All those who trust the Lord for strength
Need never fear neglect.

God’s Word runs swiftly o’er the earth,
The seasons to command.
Spring, summer, winter, autumn, all
Display that wondrous hand.

Your life-filled Word brings order to
The chaos of our days.
In love You claim us as Your own;
What better cause for praise?

Instruction, guidance, holy law,
Some common names are these
For God’s own rule for living life.
What other word can please?

No other people are so graced,
No nation is so blest,
As those who know God’s living Word
And this one name confess.