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 6
February 11, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 32
Choir “Children of the Heavenly Father” (See Insert)

The Hymns

TLH #437; #328; #47

Readings

The Change in Human Values

Jeremiah 17:5-8 Trust in man vs. Trust in God
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 With or without the resurrection
Luke 5:17-26 Material vs. spiritual values
Sermon

“The Savior’s Word Concerning Happiness” -- Luke 5:17-26

  1. Know self
  2. Know Christ

The Acolyte

Ashttyn Freimuth

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Jo Buuck (happy 93rd!), Mark Conrad, Todd Lee, Adam Sielschott, Brett Conrad, Kathryn Jenkins, Doris Conrad, Rudy Eidam, Gary Heckman, Jon Kiefer, Christine Biggs, Lisa Bultemeier, Jim Bultemeyer, Dorothy Droege, Donna Hileman, and Lynn Fuhrmann.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken 7th grade teacher, Keith Dicke, Monica Stoppenhagen, who teaches at Heritage, and our Sunday School substitute teachers, Cindy Wass, Teri Conrad, and Sharon Franke.   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, Ilene Miller (sister of Jim & Jerry Bultemeyer and Rosie Bultemeier), Donna Geyer (Barb Geyer’s sister) who has returned home, Amos Liechty (Monica Stoppenhagen’s father) who has returned home, Guy Kukelhan (Dian Witte’s brother), and Larry Leininger (brother of Jean Timm).

We remember Robert & Janelle Hartmann who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day.  May the Lord continue to bless them and be at the heart of their home.

We also remember those who are serving our country—Brian Moeller who has been deployed to Iraq, Jason Putteet, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband), Josh Colwell (Tiffany’s husband), Mike Brandt, and Jacob Stoppenhagen.  May the Lord protect and guide them in their missions.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  This week’s theme is “The Vision of God.”

The Adult Bible Class will continue to study the Bible stories from the Old Testament.  Today, we will look at Naboth’s vineyard.  There are two, count them, two, commandments dealing with covetousness. We may insert such terms as lust, greed, or envy to determine the full scope of this pressing topic. How many commandments were broken in this episode?

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.  Lutheran Hour can also be heard on WOWO (1190 AM) on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.  Tune in!

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?   

Copies of the 2006 Annual Report can be found in either entranceway of the church, along with copies of the 2007 Membership Directory.  Please pick up a copy as you leave the worship service this morning.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought –  “I am writing you a new command,” the Apostle John told his readers (I John 2:8).  That command is to love others as we have been loved.  “Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another,” he repeated in I John 4:11.  God didn’t just say He loved us.  “This is how we know what love us:  Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (I John 3:16).  What are you willing to sacrifice in order to bring the message of God’s saving grace to others?

A big THANK YOU goes out to our Sunday School students, Wyneken church offerings, and special offerings from members of the congregation!!!!  A total of $492.46 was sent to the Scheele family, our missionaries in Kenya/East Africa.   Continue to save money in your “missionary offering box.”  On March 15, another check will be sent to the family with a final check sent at the end of this Sunday School year.  Keep up the great work!

The LYF ski trip is set for next Sunday, February 18.  We will be leaving from church at 8:30 a.m. (with a short worship service prior to us heading out to Bellefontaine, Ohio).  The cost will be $20 per youth (even your guests!) with the LYF picking up the remaining cost.  All high school youth, their families, and friends are welcome.  If anyone would like to help drive, please contact one of the counselors—Mike or Denise Conrad, Stan or Tami Stoppenhagen, or Jerry Bultemeyer. 

The LYF will be serving a chili and hot dog supper prior to the Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 21.  Serving will begin at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  LYF members should be there by 5:30 p.m.  Don’t forget to bring some type of dessert—pies, cake, cupcakes, cookies, pudding, etc.

The men’s basketball team faces Church of God on Monday, February 12, at 6 p.m. at Monmouth.

Parents of this year’s confirmation class are reminded that their will be a short meeting following the Ash Wednesday service on February 21.

The Altar Guild will meet following the Monday Evening Bible Class (8 p.m.) on Monday, February 12.  Please note the change of date and time from our regular meeting.  The meeting was changed to allow those who go to LBI to attend.

Soup & Sandwich:  It will soon be time for our Annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner (Sunday, March 11).  Joe & Lin Gorman are chairing this committee with the help of Randy & Trisha Hockemeyer.  To make our dinner a success, your help is needed, not only to serve on a committee, but with your willingness to donate the ingredients for all our wonderful food selections.  Below is a list of needed items.  (Please read the list carefully as some items were added that had been omitted from the newsletter.)    If you are willing to donate any of the following (or cash), please contact Joe or Lin Gorman (547-4385) or Randy & Trisha Hockemeyer (547-4744). 

Chickens – 7 whole

Canned Beef – 16 lbs.

Coffee (regular) 3 lbs.

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Noodles – 18 lbs. (narrow cut)

Brown Sugar – 2 lbs.

Turkeys – 4 whole

Roast Beef – 55 lbs.

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Beef Broth – 5 gals.

Lettuce – 2 heads

Cabbage – 2 heads

Celery – 2 bunches

Potatoes – 15 lbs.

Tomatoes – 8 quarts

Tomato Juice – 8 quarts

Hamburger – 45 lbs.

Ketchup – 3 gallons

Ketchup – 2 squeeze bottles

Horseradish Sauce – 2 squirt bottles

Barbeque Sauce – 2 squirt bottles

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Pickle Relish – 2 squirt bottles

Mustard – 2 squirt bottles

Worcestershire Sauce – 1 bottle

Peach Halves – 8 quarts

Pear halves – 4 quarts

Pineapple Slices – 6 quarts

Chocolate Pudding – 1 gallon

Vanilla Pudding – 1 gallon

Tapioca Pudding – 1 gallon

Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen (728-9101) will head the salad committee, with Ron & Bonnie Buuck (622-4319) in charge of desserts.  If you wish to donate either of these, please contact the Stoppenhagen’s or Buuck’s. Additional high chairs and booster seats are needed.  If you are willing to loan these items for the dinner, contact the Gorman’s or Hockemeyer’s.  The profits will be placed in our Expansion Fund.  There is also a possibility that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide matching funds. 

Would you like to help defray the cost of purchasing the LWML 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 4.  Thanks!

The 2006 contribution statements were mailed on Friday, January 26.  If you don’t receive yours in a timely manner, please contact the church office.  (If no money was contributed through your envelopes, it is unlikely a statement was sent.)  If you believe there is a discrepancy in your statement, please contact the appropriate treasurer—Sharon Franke (Home Purpose), Janice K. Buuck (Mission), Jim Fuhrman (Friedheim Foundation accounts), and Mike Heckman (Wyneken Contributions).  Thanks!

Guess what?  Plans are already being made for the church picnic.  You might want to circle Saturday, July 7, on your calendar and enjoy good food (a hog roast and potluck), square dancing with Bill Werling’s band, activities for the children, and Christian fellowship!

ATTENTION:  Committee chairs are still needed for silverware and parking cars.  If you are interested in serving in either of these positions for our Soup & Sandwich Dinner, please contact Joe or Lin Gorman or Randy or Trisha Hockemeyer this week.  THANK YOU!

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 137 with 105 Holy Communion; Sunday School – 27; Bible Class - NA; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 11

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,955.00

Missions

$505.00

Wyneken News

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

The 2nd and 7th graders have chosen the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission to be the beneficiary of the chapel offerings for February and March.  As an additional way to help the Rescue Mission, warm winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and warm blankets will be collected.  Items for all ages—for men, women, or children—are being accepted.  These items may be new or gently used.  If donating a used item, please make sure that it is clean (no stains) and in good condition (no tears).  There are donation boxes in the school lobby.  Thank you for supporting this good cause.

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!

Bellmont will have their Freshmen Orientation on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  If you cannot attend this meeting, you need to contact Bellmont at 724-7121.

The next Wyneken PTL meeting is Monday, February 12, at 7 p.m.  There will be a special guest speaker.  In addition, any questions, proposals, or discussions concerning next year’s budget needs to be addressed at this meeting.  The budget is then voted on at the April meeting.  Childcare is provided free of charge by our 8th grade students.

Midterm ends February 13 with reports being sent home with the students on Friday, February 16.  Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23. School will dismiss at 12:25 p.m. on those two days.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both to and from school those days, those riding East Allen busses need to make arrangements for their children to go home those days.  Remember, if you wish to use Wyneken childcare, please contact Tami Schultz (639-6064) prior to the 22nd.  Thanks!

Monday, February 19, will be used as a make-up day for the day cancelled because of snow.

The PTL’s mother/daughter and father/son bowling/pizza events have been set—moms and daughters on Sunday, February 25, and dads and sons on Sunday, April 22.  Moms, there is still room at both times---1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (pizza will be served at 12:30 p.m.) and the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. time with pizza served around 5 p.m.  Lane assignments will be made soon after the PTL meeting on the 12th.  Get your reservations in as soon as possible.

Science fair display boards are available in the school office at a cost of $3.  (Exact change would be helpful when purchasing the boards.)  Remember, your projects are due on Friday, February 23.

The K105 “Hoopsters” game versus a team composed of Wyneken alumni was postponed last Tuesday due to snowy weather conditions and rescheduled for this Tuesday, February 13.  This year’s alumni team consists of members of the 1995 National Championship team.  Members of the team with Friedheim ties are Tyler Stoppenhagen, Kevin Conrad, and Jim Buuck.  If their work schedules allow, Mark Buuck and Jacob Conrad will also be coming in to play.  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

Wrestling practice continues.  The first meet will be held on Tuesday, February 20, at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m.

Intramurals for the 3rd & 4th graders continues through Saturday, March 3.  The boys meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Paul Des Jean supervising; the girls meet from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with Paul Hockemeyer supervising.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Monmouth
  7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  8:00 p.m. Altar Guild
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute @ Zion (Decatur)
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Lucile Stoppenhagen’s

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

February 18 8:30 a.m. LYF Ski Trip

 

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Lenten Devotional Booklets distributed
  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
February 19 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
February 20 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
February 21 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  6:00 p.m. LYF Chili & Hot Dog Supper
  7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship Service with Holy Communion
    (Choir practice follows worship)
    (Confirmation parents meet after service)
February 22 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
    March Newsletter items due in church office

You can read the words as our choir sings praises to our Lord this morning.

Children of the Heavenly Father

Children of the heavenly Father

Safely in His bosom gather;

Nestling bird nor star in heaven

Such a refuge e’er was given.

 

God His own doth tend and nourish;

In His holy courts they flourish.

From all evil things He spares them;

In His mighty arms He bears them.

 

Neither life nor death shall ever

From the Lord His children sever;

Unto them His grace He showeth,

And their sorrows all He knoweth.

 

Though He giveth or He taketh,

God His children ne’er forsaketh;

His the loving purpose solely

To preserve them pure and holy.

The Importance of Trust

Trust is an important part of a relationship between spouses, between parents and children, between employers and employees, and between friends.  To illustrate the importance of trust, a story from former President Eisenhower who described an event from his earlier days on a Kansas farm is being shared.

“An older farmer had a cow we wanted to buy,” the President said.  “We went over to visit him and asked about the cow’s pedigree.”

“Don’t know,” replied the farmer.

“Well, how’s her butterfat production?” we asked.

“Don’t know.”

“Let’s see,” my dad finally said.  “How many pounds of milk does she give each year?”

“Don’t know that either,” said the farmer shaking his head.  “But I do know she’s an honest cow and she’ll give you all the milk she has!”

“Well,” Ike concluded, “I’m kinda like that old cow.  You can always trust me to give you everything I have.”

Life would be so much easier if we could take people at their word.  It doesn’t take long to discover that talk is cheap, so we are forced to decide whom or what we will trust.  Where do we place our faith and confidence?  Do we trust God as our source of life and things?  Trusting is not an easy thing to do.  We may trust God is many things, but not all things.  By nature, we are self-reliant, and we live in a society that admires self-reliance and discourages trust in anyone other than oneself.

Trust knows that God loves us and wants the best for us.  Complete trust in God is seeking God Himself, rather than His gifts.  Knowing God, through Christ, brings about a self-surrender and total trust in Him.  Then our trust is not dependent on what He gives, but Who He is.

In the same manner that God proves He is trustworthy, God wants us to prove our trustworthiness.  The apostle Paul wrote, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2).  How blessed we are that our God can be trusted totally and that He loves and trusts us enough to be His ambassadors and representatives here on earth.  Through the working of the Holy Spirit, we can be faithful to His trust.