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.  If you are communing, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  The cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  Please worship with us again soon.

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Lent 4
March 18, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 46

The Hymns

TLH #377, vv. 1-4, vv. 5-8, #148; #430, #377, vv. 9-10
The Choir All Because of Your Amazing Grace

Readings

God Receives Sinners

Isaiah 12:1-6 Salvation is of God
I Corinthians 1:18-31 The means of salvation
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Response to salvation
Sermon

“What Jesus had to say about the “dirties”
     Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
1.
Sinners need repentance.
2. God wants sinners.

The Acolyte

Brittany Franke

+  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 remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Julie Heimann, Josh Miller, Kurt Bradtmueller, Tiffany Colwell, Marlene Conrad, Tina Geels, Donald Jenkins, Sara Konopka, Bonnie Werling, Jacob Baumann, Lydia Kalthoff (who celebrates her 99th birthday), Kent Kiefer, and Brian Moeller.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken 3rd grade teacher, Michelle Martin, Addy Schuller who teaches at Bethlehem (Ossian), 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 Eileen Miller (sister of Jim & Jerry Bultemeyer and Rosie Bultemeier) and Larry Leininger (brother of Jean Timm).

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) who is scheduled to return from Iraq this week, Mike Brandt, and Jacob Stoppenhagen who graduates this week.  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 today.

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

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in loving memory of Helen Whitacre, placed in church by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have also placed flowers in church in loving memory of Alfred Buuck.

We invite you to our mid-week Lenten service at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, March 21.  The sermon theme will be the Savior leads in times of sacrifice.  The LYF will also serve a spaghetti supper that night in the Parish Hall beginning at 6 p.m.    A free will donation will be accepted.

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 we will continue to study Bible stories from the Old Testament.  Today 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!  Next Sunday, Rev. Ralph Blomenberg will be preaching on The Lutheran Hour.  Make sure you tune in!!

On Worship for Shut Ins today’s message is “Two Sons, Two Questions” by Rev. Walter A. Maier III from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne.  Examining the Parable of the Prodigal Son, two questions confront us today:  1.  With which of the two sons are we to identify?  2.  What is our motivation for serving the Lord?  Next Sunday, Rev. Paul Shoemaker from Emanuel, New Haven, will preach on “May This Never Be!” from Luke 20:9-19.  The unthinkable happens.  The Son is rejected.  Yet God does the unthinkable.  He sends His Son to Calvary.  May this never be!  But it is!  For God saw our future without Him and said, “May this never be!”  You can tune in to Worship for Shut Ins on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on WPTA-TV Channel 21, on Digital 33.2 & Satellite 252 on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m., or on Comcast Cable Channel 55 on Sunday and Monday afternoons at 4 p.m.

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 Portals of Prayer have arrived for April-June devotions.  Please take a copy home with you to use in your own devotions or to share with a friend.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Just as Christ joyfully bore His cross on the path to Golgotha, so He calls us to take up our crosses and follow Him—willingly, joyfully, triumphantly.  Acceptance of the cross indicates that we are willing to serve as Christ to a hurting world.  We are willing to do His work for His glory, willing to minister to a hurting world.  We are willing to do His work for His glory, willing to minister to His people through His Spirit, even willing to lay down our lives for our brothers.

LYF members, don’t forget to bring your jar of spaghetti sauce and a dessert to our final mid-week Lenten supper on March 21.  Serving begins at 6 p.m. with youth group members to arrive around 5:30 p.m.

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.

Pastor will be preaching at Woodcrest this Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m.  If anyone in the congregation would be willing to help push wheelchairs enabling residents to come to chapel service, please contact Pastor Dahling.  You would probably need to arrive around 12:30 p.m.  Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Soup & Sandwich Dinner a great success!  The weather was beautiful and the crowd was large.  The profit from this year’s dinner was $3,722 with the craft and bake sale bringing in $531.53, making this year’s grand total $4,253.53.  Additional funds will be provided by Thrivent and will be benefit our Expansion Fund.  We had 463 people dine-in, nine people take advantage of the drive-thru and 37 meals for carryout.  This would not have been possible without everyone’s help.  If you have any suggestions for next year, please contact the committee chairs with your ideas.  Committee heads, please forward your reports to Randy & Trisha Hockemeyer at your earliest convenience.  Again, we would like to thank you for all of your efforts as well as your donations.  Did you get your dish and/or serving pieces you brought to the Soup & Sandwich last Sunday?  If not, you can find them in the church basement in the back room (unfinished furnace room). – Lin & Joe Gorman, Trisha & Randy Hockemeyer 

Want to be a helpful Easter bunny?  If you are interested helping deliver Easter gifts (prepared by our LWML ladies) to our church’s shut ins and members over 90, please contact Marlene Conrad at 547-4597.  It’s hoped that these can be delivered before Easter (April 8).

Please take a moment to look over the order form that is included in today’s bulletin for Easter flowers.  Heller’s Nursery will be supplying our Easter lilies this year.  If you would like your lily ordered by the committee, your order (along with payment) must be in by next Sunday, March 25.  You may place your order in the boxes marked “Easter Flowers” in either entranceway of the church or give them to a committee member.  If you are bringing your own flowers and/or plants to church, they need to be in church by 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.  If you would like your contribution acknowledged in the Easter bulletin, that information needs to be in to the church office no later than Monday, April 2.  Thanks for your help!

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. 

The LLL/LWML Spring Rally will be held this afternoon 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 next Sunday Brunch at the Ft. Wayne Seminary will be held on Sunday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Katherine Luther Dining Hall.  Concordia Lutheran High School is “Partnering in Education” with the Seminary for the brunches.  When you purchase your brunch tickets at the high school, one half of the $11 ticket price will be donated to the Concordia Lutheran High School Tuition Assistance Fund.  Simply stop by the high school office to purchase tickets for any Sunday Brunch. 

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 begins 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. 

Our next quarterly LWML Meeting will be held in the church basement on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.  This meeting is open to all.  An exciting presentation by Lea Ann Fifer will be given about a possible mission trip to Guatemala in 2008.  Be a part of this trip with other ladies of Indiana’s LWML’s.  Come and hear what it would take to share your time and talents in Guatemala in 2008.

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.

The Lutheran Chorale, a volunteer organization, is looking for a new director.  Our director the past seven years is unable to continue in this position.  The choir is eager to “take direction” from someone enthused about “making music” for the Lord.  If you have any questions about this position, have a referral, or are a potential candidate yourself, please contact Aldon Bultemeier, president of the Lutheran Chorale by mail at 905 N. Metts, in Ossian, IN 46777, or by phone at 260-622-7792, or by E-mail at aldonb805@aol.com.

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 51st annual fish and tenderloin dinner today.  Serving will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wyneken.  The cost is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12.  Carryouts are available.  All proceeds will go to the church’s General Fund.  There will also be a craft and bake sale in the school’s library.

In the past years I have enjoyed all the smiling faces and all of the excitement from the children.  Hopefully, I have implanted a sense of God and faith in them.  This will be my last school year teaching.  I am retiring at the end of this Sunday School year.  I want to thank you for your support and want you to know that I have enjoyed teaching my whole life, the last 26 years with this class.  I have taught long enough that I have experiences a second generation of students.  God bless you and thanks again.  – Bonnie Buuck

I would like to express my thanks to Pastor for his many prayers and visits.  It truly meant a lot to me.  To my Friedheim family, I want to thank you for the prayers, cards, phone calls, and the wonderful “Welcome Back” that I received when I was able to attend church services again.  God Bless You All!  -- Loren Gallmeyer

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 215; Monday Evening Bible Class - 6; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 7; Early-bird Bible Class - 12; Mid-week Lenten Worship Service - 91

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$2,983.46

Missions – March 7

Missions – March 11

$131.83

$395.00

Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available at Wyneken after school on Wednesdays and Fridays and all day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. SCRIP is looking for an assistant to help with the orders.  An order is placed every other Monday and takes approximately two hours.  If interested or if you have questions, please call Jane Kleine at 639-7244.  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.

East Allen will have an early dismissal this Thursday, March 22.  Parents, please make arrangements for your child(ren) to have transportation home that day.  If you need to utilize Wyneken’s extended care, make sure you make arrangements prior to the 22nd by contacting Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

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

Market Day order forms are included in today’s bulletin.  Look over the new items (flat iron steaks-$12.99, turtle brownies-$8.49, and baby baked potatoes-$7.99) and all the special items—filet of sirloin ($19.49), deli style-kosher hot dogs ($11.29), pepper jack burgers ($9.49), Vidalia onion burgers ($9.49), bone in pork chops ($13.79), hot & spicy buffalo wings ($8.99), seasoned chicken breast strips ($12.59), spiral sliced ham ($2.99 per pound), seasoned salmon ($21.69), funnel cakes ($8.59), four cheese pesto pizza ($7.79), broccoli cheese soup singles ($7.99), Gatorade kid-size variety pack ($11.49), Italian combo sub ($9.59), praline sweet potato casserole ($7.59), breakfast casserole ($10.49), bacon slices ($10.79), breaded Mozzarella sticks with sauce ($10.49), buffalo chicken pizza ($9.99), Bosco breadsticks ($12.49), cheddar cheese Goldfish crackers ($5.69), and munch packs ($6.49).  It’s also Spring Bonus Days!  Every dessert sold means more money for the school.  So check out the pies and cheesecakes and see how many you would like to order this month!  Order forms need to be returned to Wyneken by Thursday, March 29, (or call Sharon Franke by noon on Friday, April 6) with Internet orders due by noon on April 7.  (Please remember that Wyneken is on spring break the week of April 1.)  Orders can be picked up on Thursday, April 12, in the old gym from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Plan on attending the Spring PTL Dance this 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).  (There are extra order forms in either entranceway of the church with a deadline to return them 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 two homemade items for that night’s bake sale!

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.

Keep Sunday, April 22, open on your calendar.  On that day we will be honoring Dean Wass and his 25 years in the teaching ministry.  More details will follow!

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 soon.  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!

The final PTL meeting for this school year will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m.  Election of officers, old and new business, and next year’s budget will be on the agenda.  Attend this meeting and find out how you can become more involved with your child’s school!

The father/son bowling & pizza event will be held on Sunday, April 22.  Registration is now through April 18 or until all lanes are filled.  The first session is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with pizza served around 12:30 p.m.   The second session will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with pizza served around 5 p.m.  The cost is $3 per person, including the pizza and the bowling.  Drinks are extra.  There is a limit of 64 people per session (4 people per lane with 2 sessions per event).  Turn in your registration form with payment to the school office.

A volunteer list of those willing to do some of the small projects that need to be completed every now and then at Wyneken is being compiled.  If you would be willing to help, please contact one of our School Board members—Randy Everett, Duane Kiess, or Scott Hormann.  Thanks!

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.  Eighth grade graduation has also been changed from Thursday, May 24, to Thursday, May 31.  Preble will be hosting the graduation service at 7 p.m. on the 31st.

Did you purchase tickets for the K105 game that had to be cancelled due to weather?  If you paid in cash, bring your tickets in to the school office and you will be reimbursed.

DirecTV is being provided to Wyneken at no cost.  DirecTV is offering Wyneken $100 for every new subscriber or a renewal of an existing service.  The offer ends on April 1.  Information brochures are in the school office if you are interested in this offer.

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

Girls soccer practice begins this Monday.  Look to the Wyneken Weekly for more information.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 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

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
  7:00 p.m. Special Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY 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)
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s
  1:00 p.m. Pastor @ Woodcrest
FRIDAY   Newsletter articles for April due in church office
  6:30 p.m. PTL Dinner & Dance

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

March 25 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

    (Baptism of Sophia Lynn Baumann)
  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 Poe’s Pancake & Sausage

 

10:00 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

  3:00 p.m.

LWML/LLL Spring Rally

March 26 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
March 27 6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 28 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Midweek Lenten Worship
    (Choir practice follows worship)
March 29 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class