Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim during this Lenten season.  If you are visiting, please sign one of the guest registries located at either entrance of the church.  Please worship with us again soon.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Lent 3
March 11, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 5

The Hymns

TLH #5; #145; #649


A Life of Repentance

Exodus 3:1-8a God delivers those who cry to Him in repentance
I Corinthians 10:1-13 Repent to avoid destruction
Luke 13:1-9 Repent before it’s too late or perish

Whatdaya say to that?” – Luke 13:1-9

  1. Unrepentant sinners will perish.

  2. Repentance is the only way of escape.

  3. God is patient.

How do we sum this all up?  Jesus said it best in the Gospel of John, the third chapter:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

The Acolyte

Brandan Bergdall

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Amy Erxleben, Nancy Kaehr, Tammy Dahling, Dirk Stoppenhagen, and Mason Myers.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken 4th grade teacher, Jean Timm, Deb Miller who teaches at Concordia Elementary, and Wava Lichtle, 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, Mark Jackson who is at Lutheran Hospital, Shirley Witte, Olga Reifsteck, Eileen Miller (sister of Jim & Jerry Bultemeyer and Rosie Bultemeier), and Larry Leininger (brother of Jean Timm).

We rejoice with Jacob and Jennifer (Grump) Conrad on the birth of the first child, Luke Edwin, on Friday, March 2, while Trevor and Kelly (Rachuba) Baumann had their second daughter, Sophia Lynn, who was born on February 13.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on these most precious of His lambs.

May the Lord of all comfort be with the friends and family of Lois Everett, Tom Buuck’s sister, who was called home to her Savior on Wednesday, March 7, and will be given Christian burial this afternoon at St. John’s Bingen.  We also remember the friends and family of Lorene Hoffman, aunt of Becky DeKoninck and Kathy and Randy Moellering, who also went to her heavenly home on Wednesday and will be given Christian burial tomorrow.  Let those who mourn look forward to that glorious day when all will be reunited in heaven.

We also remember those who are serving our country—Brian Moeller who is stationed in 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.

The door collection to benefit international missions and Worship for Shut Ins will be held next Sunday, March 18.

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

We invite you to our mid-week Lenten service at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, March 14.  The sermon theme will be the Savior leads in times of believing. 

The Lenten Devotional, “Sing the Glad Refrain,” can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Please pick up a copy and take it home with you. 

The Adult Bible Class (as well as Sunday School) will not meet this morning because of our Soup & Sandwich Dinner.  Next week we will continue to study Bible stories from the Old Testament.  At that time, we will look at the Babylonian Captivity.  After repeated warnings that went unheeded, after attempts of reform that were aborted, a proud people will be broken.  This breaks God’s heart!  But He will stop at nothing to lead His people back to Himself.  Israel goes into captivity because of her unbelief and pride.       

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!  Today’s message is “Two Turnings” by Rev. Richard Koehneke of Holy Cross in Ft. Wayne.  The entire life of believers is one of repentance:  turning away from sin with honest sorrow, and turning to Jesus Christ in faith that he has paid for all your sins.

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 Spring Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly has arrived.  You may pick up your copy following the worship service this morning.  It can be found in either entranceway of the church.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – A clergyman wrote to a wealthy and influential business leader requesting a contribution to a worthy charity.  In due course he received a cryptic refusal that ended with:  “As far as I can determine, this Christian business is nothing but one continuous give, give, give!”  The clergyman lost no time in responding and concluded with:  “Please accept my thanks for the best definition of the Christian life that I have yet heard.”

LYF Members are reminded that they are to help with drinks at the dinner today—freshmen and juniors are to work the first shift (10:30 a.m. – noon) while the sophomores and seniors work the second shift (noon – end of dinner).  Don’t forget the final mid-week Lenten supper on March 21.  Youth will need to bring a jar of spaghetti sauce and a dessert.

There will be a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the church basement.  The Planning Committee wishes to share information concerning the proposed addition to the church.  Input from our Church Council is important and will aid the Planning Committee.  Please try to attend this meeting.

The Sunday School appreciates all the donations for the Scheele family, our missionaries to East Africa.  This month’s total was $54.08.  The Sunday School students will be sending another donation at the end of the school year.  Please continue to remember the Scheele family in your prayers.

You are invited to our Annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner today at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.  Serving is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A freewill donation will be taken for the dinner.  There will also be a craft and bake sale.  The profits from this year’s dinner will be placed in our Expansion Fund.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing matching funds. 

The March meeting of the Concordia Seminary Guild will begin with a “Soup & Salad” luncheon at noon in Luther Hall this Tuesday March 13.  The program will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature Ted Blomenberg and John Kalb speaking on behalf of “The Friends of Wyneken” telling the history and progress of saving the Wyneken home, followed by a business meeting. 

Did you know that the LWML Indiana District awards $500 scholarships to those students who are attending a LCMS college or seminary and are preparing for full-time ministry in the Lutheran Church?  The forms must be filled out and postmarked no later than March 30.  Scholarships are issued for one year and new applications must be made each year.  You may contact Kathy Eisenbraun, LWML Scholarship Chairman at eisenbrp@juno.com, by phone at 812-350-9722 or 812-372-7083, or by mail 3106 16th St., Columbus, IN  47201. 

Don’t let the cold weather get you down.  Spring is right around the corner.  Plan to join the ladies of the Indiana District LWML for their spring retreat in Nashville, Indiana.  This overnight retreat on April 13-14 is at the Brown County Inn and will bring alive three profound and powerful truths:  Father, bless me.  Lord, teach me.  Holy Spirit use me.  Join Bible study leader, Brenda Jank, as she leads us through “The Potter’s Masterful Touch.”  Registration for the retreat is only $35 (this includes two meals!).  Registration and room reservation deadlines are March 13.  The registration form and more information about the retreat can be found in the Winter Quarterly.  There are Quarterlies available in either entranceway of the church.

THANK YOU for the overwhelming response to our “Meals of Grace” program.  The freezer is now full!  We also have coordinators through the month of August.  A special thanks goes out to those who are willing to serve in this capacity for one month.  If you would like to get on the list of coordinators or would like more information as to what this entails, please contact Kris Blomenberg (547-4673).

The LLL/LWML Spring Rally will be held on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest).  Berhanu Arsee will speak on “Outreach to Muslims.”  Mr. Arsee is a PhD student at Concordia Theological Seminary and was born in Ethiopia, east Africa.  Mr. Arsee also reaches out to the Muslim immigrants in and around Ft. Wayne.  His mission statement reads:  “Demonstrating the heart of Christ to Multicultural Muslims of East Africa.”  A light meal will be served after the business meeting. 

The ladies of the Decatur Zone of the LWML are invited to the Fort Wayne Zone’s Spring Rally on Saturday, April 21, at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School.  A registration fee of $6 is payable at the door.  The registration and breakfast beings at 8:30 a.m. Pastor Richard Smith will have the opening devotion at 9 a.m.  Elaine Bickel of Millington, Michigan, will speak on the theme for the day, “Beautiful Women of God.”   Mrs. Bickel, a humorous and inspirational speaker, has spoken at both national and Indiana District LWML conventions.  A monetary donation will be taken for the Indiana District LWML Scholarship Fund.  Closing devotions will be held around 11:30 a.m.  If you would like to attend, please contact Dolores Aman at 489-1314 by Sunday, April 15. 

March on in for the $5 Bag Sale at the Concordia Lutheran High School Thrift Shop.  Savings are like a pot of gold March 16-23 when you fill your bag for just $5, with some marked exceptions and no antiques or collectibles included.  The shop is located at 3436 N. Anthony Shopping Center with hours from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Concordia’s JROTC Cadet Battalion will host the 36th annual Summit City Classic-Clendenen Memorial Drill Meet at the Concordia this Saturday, March 17.  Competition begins at 8:30 and is free and open to the public. 

The Poe Volunteer Fire Department will have their annual pancake and whole hog sausage brunch on Sunday, March 25.  Serving starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. at the Poe Fire Station.  The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12, and free for those children under six years of age.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is co-sponsoring this event and providing matching funds.  The proceeds will go towards a dry hydrant and driveway on newly purchased ground.

St. John’s Bingen’s Men Club will have their annual fish fry next Sunday, March 18.  Serving will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To our Friedheim family,  We wish to thank you for the prayers, cards,  memorials, and Christian care and concern shown to us at the passing of Dian’s brother, Guy.  The love shown to us helped make a difficult time a little easier.  May the Lord bless you. – Mark & Dian Witte, Jared & Heath

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 290 with 192 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 48; Bible Class - 19; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 9; Mid-week Lenten Worship Service - 87



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions – February 28

Missions – March 4



Door Collection – Lutheran Hour Ministries -  $247

Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available at Wyneken after school on Wednesdays and Fridays and all day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Kroger is switching from a paper certificate to a card.  These cards will be reloadable.  You will be able to add to them at the store and Wyneken will still receive credit.  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 the month of 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.

The first Northeast Indiana Lutheran Schools Spelling contest will be held on Monday, March 12, at Concordia Elementary School.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with the contest beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Ryan Hockemeyer and Alyssa Strickler will be two of the Wyneken students competing in this contest.  Good luck!

Mini 4-H begins this Monday, March 12.  The club will meet from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Students are asked to bring their enrollment form and their $6 in dues.

The third quarter ends on Friday, March 16.  Report cards will be distributed to the students on Wednesday, March 21.

Mark your calendars now for the Spring PTL Dance to be held on Friday, March 23, at the Hoagland Hayloft.  Join in for music, dancing, great food, and fellowship.  The evening begins with food being served from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with music and dancing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Advance tickets are available now.  Advance ticket prices are $30 per family of $12 per adult and $8 per child (five and under get in free).  Order forms for tickets are in the school office or you may call Linda Kleine (639-3749) or Jani MacDowell (639-3401).  (An order form is also included in today’s bulletin with a deadline of Tuesday, March 20.)   Tickets will be available at the door for $35 per family, $15 per adult, and $10 per child.  Ticket price include food, pop, and great music by the band, Breakaway.  It’s hoped that you will all join in and support our Wyneken PTL and school.

The pre-K through second grade students will present their program, “Eeba Streeba and Her Carnival Capers, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29.  Mark your calendars and plan on attending!  Parents, don’t forget to bring your bake sale items!

Wyneken will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 11, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This will be by appointment only.  Registration cards were sent home with the students.  Please check with a Wyneken student.  There are also extra cards in the school office.

This year Wyneken will have the same spring break as East Allen County (April 1-8).  School will be in session during North Adams spring break (March 26-30).  Parents, if your child(ren) rides a North Adams bus, please make arrangements to get your child(ren) to and from school that week.  Remember, if you need to use the Wyneken Child Care, to make arrangements prior to the 26th by contacting Tami Schultz (639-6064).

Enrollment forms for the 2007-2008 school year will be mailed the latter part of March.  If you know of a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Wyneken, especially for pre-school and/or kindergarten, please have them contact the school office (639-6177) so a registration form may be mailed to them.  Any changes of address should also be given to the school office so that forms for current students will be sent to the correct address.  Thanks for your help!

Make-up days have been scheduled.  School will now be held on May 30, May 31, June 1, and June 4.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

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!

Sporting News

The final regular season wrestling meets are scheduled for this week.  On Monday, March 12, the meet will be at Woodburn beginning at 4:15 p.m. and on Thursday, March 15, Wyneken will host, beginning at 4:15 p.m.

The Concordia Open tournament is scheduled for this afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. at Concordia High School while the LSAA finals are to be held at Wyneken on Saturday, March 17, at 9 a.m.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service


10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Soup & Sandwich @ Wyneken

    (Missionary collection from Sunday School needed)
MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

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

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Midweek Lenten Worship
    (Choir practice follows worship)
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s


March 18 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Door Collection for International Missions/Worship for Shut Ins


10:15 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

  3:00 p.m.

LWML/LLL Spring Rally

March 19 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

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

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Special Council Meeting
March 21 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m. LYF Lenten Supper (spaghetti)
  7:00 p.m. Midweek Lenten Worship
    (Choir practice follows worship)
March 22 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  1:00 p.m. Pastor @ Woodcrest
March 23   Newsletter articles for April due in church office
  6:30 p.m. PTL Dinner & Dance