Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim this beautiful spring morning.  May your faith continue to grow as you hear our 8th graders profess their Christian faith on this Examination Sunday.  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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Easter 4 – Examination Sunday
April 22, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 115
The Choir “The King of Love”

The Hymns

TLH #436; #627; #628

Readings

The Identify of the Risen Jesus

Acts 13:15, 26-33 The Son of God
Revelation 7:9-17 The Lamb of God
John 10:22-30  The Divine Shepherd
Sermon

The Confirmands
Brandan Wayne Bergdall
Brittany Sue Franke
Ashtyn Lea Freimuth
Matthew Alan Gorman
Allison Marie Hormann
Jessica Paige Linnemeier
Derek Ray Schultz
Cecelia Elizabeth Smith
Richard Alexander Weiland

The Acolyte

Gunnar Cale

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Kim Schamerloh, Tanner Walker, Don Erxleben, Jim Riemke, Perry Caston, Tim Blomenberg, and Kayla Johnson.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken custodian, Kim Ehlerding, as well as our school’s secretary, Dani Fuhrman, Lisa Bills, and Andrea & Allyssa Johnson, two 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 Shirley Witte, Helen Erxleben, Mark Jackson, Charlotte Conrad (Becky DeKoninck’s mother), JoAnn Baumann’s mother, Ione, Eugene Meyer, Tammy Dahling’s uncle, who is a patient at St. Joe, Kent Hart, friend of Mitch & Angie Baumann, Shirley Fuhrmann, sister-in-law of Ken and Stan Fuhrmann, and Derek Shoaf (Evelyn Keuneke’s great nephew).

We rejoice with Gerhard & Dorothy Werling who will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary this Saturday, May 5.  May the Lord continue to be at the center of their home and shower them with His blessings.

We remember those who are serving our country—Brian Moeller who is in Iraq, Jason Putteet, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband), Josh Colwell (Tiffany’s husband), Mike Brandt, our reservists, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen, Justin Grant (Shirley Buuck’s nephew) who is in Afghanistan, Cody Kiess, grandson of Gene and Irene Kiess, who is undergoing training in Texas, and Aaron Allen and Toney Hempel, Lucile Stoppenhagen’s grandsons, who are both deployed in Iraq.  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 Newness of the Resurrection.”

The Adult Bible Class will not meet again until Mother’s Day, May 13, when we will again study Bible stories from the Old Testament.  On the 13th we will look at Daniel in the lion’s den.  On which hill are you willing to die? Daniel could name for us several. How did Daniel come to understand that it was an angel that closed the lion’s mouth?  The classic story of Daniel’s faith in God’s providence is reviewed today.

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! 

On Worship for Shut Ins today’s message by Rev. Richard Smith’s is “Talk to God” from Psalm 23 and John 10:27.   It’s easy to talk “about” God when times are good.  Be sure to talk “to” God when times are tough.  Pray His promises to you.  Next Sunday’s message, “The Master’s Hand,” from Revelation 21:1-5 will be delivered by Rev. Michael Salemink of St. James in Lafayette, Indiana.  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 congregation is invited to come down after the worship service for a reception for this year’s Confirmands.  Thrivent for Lutherans is hosting this reception.  May the Lord bless each of these young people as they publicly declare their faith.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Harry Lauder, a Scottish comedian, liked to describe the old lamplighter who came by his boyhood home each evening to light the gas lamps.  He would light the lamp in front of Lauders’ home and then make his way, back and forth, down the street.  In the deepening twilight, the lad would lose sight of the old lamplighter.  “But,” he explained, “I always knew where he was by the avenue of light he left behind him.”  The train of light he left behind!  Here is a parable of life.  We make our way down the avenue of life, first on one side, then on the other side of the street.  Occasionally we stop to rest.  But evening comes and twilight wraps its purple mantle around our shoulders.  Then it is dark.  But our friends, our loved ones, have an unmistakable indication of where we are going by the light we leave behind.  The wise use of money, in life and in death, is but one of many ways of letting our light shine.  (Robert J. Hastings)

Council Members:  The minutes of the April 3 Council Meeting can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  Please pick them up as you leave the worship service this morning.  The next Council Meeting is Tuesday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

A survey concerning possible expansion of our church was mailed to our voting membership (communicant members 18 years of age or older) on Monday, April 16.  If you didn’t receive one, there are a few copies of this survey in either entranceway of the church.  Please return your survey by
Sunday, May 6.  You may mail them back to church in the envelope provided, give them to one of the Deacons, or give them to a member of the Planning Committee (Tom Blomenberg, Stan Fuhrmann, or Mike Werling).  We appreciate your taking your time to complete the survey and for giving us feedback.  Thanks!

LYF Members: 
Today there will be a gym night with board games, pizza, and a business meeting at Wyneken starting at 4 p.m. and concluding around 6 p.m.  Pizza will be served about 5:15 p.m.  Bring your favorite soda or drink.  Plans need to be made for our service project on May 19 and 20 as well as our camp out at Turkey Run State Park on June 29 through July 1.  It’s very important that you attend this meeting!

Pastor will be preaching at Woodcrest next Thursday, May 10, at 1 p.m.  If anyone wishes to help residents of Woodcrest to attend these services, please contact him. 

The Altar Guild will meet next Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.

The Lutheran Laymen’s League, Decatur Zone, will be collecting items for the Orphan Grain Train on Friday, May 18, from noon until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 19, fro 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The collection site is Zion’s parking lot at 1010 W. Monroe Street in Decatur.  Items being collected are clean, gently used clothing, shoes, blankets, small rugs, kitchenware, small electrical appliances (radios, clocks, toasters, etc., that are boxed), and small hand and garden tools.  Any monetary donation to help with shipping costs will be most appreciated.  Items collected are being sent overseas as well as being distributed to various parts of the United States if a need exists.

For those attending the National LWML convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, please remember that if you are traveling on the bus, your registration form and check for $185 needs to be in by May 1.  Checks should be made payable to Penny Letterman with a note in the memo section of “charter bus.”  Penny’s address is Penny Letterman, 2166 S Yankeetown Road, Boonville, IN  47601.  A self-addressed stamped envelope for confirmation and possible additional information should also be included.  For more information, you may e-mail Penny at pennyndon@peoplepc.com.

The Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will again participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  This event will be held at Bellmont Middle School on June 22 & 23.  If you would like to collect donations, participate in the walk, and receive a Relay for Life T-shirt, you must complete a registration form and return it by Thursday, May 10.  All cancer survivors are encouraged to participate.  Thrivent will contribute additional funds to all donations collected.  Please see Gene Kiess to get your registration form.

Take a moment to look over the material from LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots U.S.).  One of the objectives of this ministry is to raise up and train Native American Christian leaders who will minister to their own people from a position of understanding, relevance, and strength, and reach even more Native American hearts with the Gospel.  Three Native American men are already seeking ordination, two will be starting soon, and a number of others are training for deaconess and counseling positions.  Praise God for more laborers to work in this precious harvest!  Please keep this ministry in your prayers.

The Men’s FastPitch Softball League is sponsoring a square dance on Friday, May 11, at the Hoagland Hayloft.  The doors open at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person.

A golf outing, sponsored by the Decatur Men’s FastPitch Softball League, is set for Saturday, July 14, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Grey Goose in Decatur.  The cost is $180 for a four-person team.  Please contact Todd Busick at 223-1834 to register your team.

New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian is having a senior citizen’s dinner and program on Thursday, May 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall.  There will be a free will offering for the dinner.  There will also be a sing-a-long with Ed Higgins.  Please call New Hope’s church office at 622-7954 by Monday, April 30, to make reservations.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 7819 Decatur Road, in Ft. Wayne, is having a rummage and bake sale on Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a bag sale on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The “Friends of Wyneken” are selling Nelson’s chicken with pre-sale tickets available from any “Friend” at $4.50.  You can pick up your chicken at the parking lots of K-Mart or Walgreen’s on Saturday, May 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If not buying pre-sale, the chicken will cost $5.50 the day of the sale.

Make plans to attend the Mendelssohn Oratorio Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St. in Ft. Wayne at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.  You’ll have to wait until next fall to hear the Bach Collegium if you miss this performance.

Concordia Lutheran High School’s JROTC Battalion invites all to their 94th Annual Military Tournament and Review to be held at Zollner Stadium on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 2 p.m.  This year is the 100th anniversary celebration of the Corps of Cadets.  A picnic will be held in conjunction with the Tournament.  Ticket prices include hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salad, and a drink and are $4 in advance and $5 at the gate.

Youth ushers for May are Mike Buuck and Clayton Stoppenhagen.

Marlene Conrad and Adele Blomenberg will be serving on Altar Guild for the month of May.

Evie Fuhrman will coordinate the “Meals of Grace” program for May.  If you know of anyone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact her (639-6812).

I would like to thank Pastor Dahling for his many visits to the hospital and our home. It was greatly appreciated.  – Gerhard Werling

Dear Friedheim family,  Thank you so much for the cards and prayers after my recent surgery.  The Meals of Grace were delicious and appreciated.  – Shirley Drier

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 219; Sunday School – 37; Adult Bible Class - 10; Busy Women’s Bible Class - NA; Early-bird Bible Class - 12

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,107.66

Missions

$155.00

Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available at Wyneken after school on Wednesdays and Fridays and all day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Norm’s Preble Gardens is the newest SCRIP vendor.  SCRIP will be available in $5 and $10 denominations with a 10% discount to the school.  Consider SCRIP for all those upcoming graduations and weddings.  Just a reminder to you that today, Examination Sunday, and next Sunday, Confirmation Sunday, SCRIP will be available on a “call ahead” basis only.  Kim won’t have her SCRIP bag at church, but will be glad to bring in pre-orders for a quick exchange.  Thanks for your help!  You can E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your SCRIP order. 

The chapel offerings for the last quarter of school will be given to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, specifically our sister school, St. Paul’s Lutheran School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  St. Paul’s had over $2 million in damage to their church and school with over 70% of their students losing their homes and their parents losing their jobs.  The school reopened in October 2005 with an enrollment of 24 students (down from 174).  By the end of 2006, their enrollment had climbed to 144, but many of these students are from the public school system because their schools were totally destroyed.  St. Paul’s has spent over $70,000 so far this year in tuition assistance, with an additional $30,000 needed.  However, they have no money left for assistance.  Please keep St. Paul and its families in your prayers and prayerfully consider how you can help this ministry.

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held all week.  It is in the old first grade classroom.  Books for both children and adults are available.  Check it out!

Do you have a yard sign advertising our Wyneken School?  If so, please place them in your yards now as we begin the registration process for next school year.  If you would like to place a sign in your yard, contact the school office.  Thanks!

Market Day order forms need to be returned to Wyneken by Thursday, May 3, with phone orders to Sharon Franke by noon on Saturday, May 5, or by Internet (www.marketday.com) by noon on May 5.  Pick up date is Thursday, May 10, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the school’s old gym.  Please note the time change for pick up—it’s earlier than before!  New items this month are lemon caper chicken ($8.19) and root beer float cups ($5.99).  Specials include French toast sticks ($4.99), egg rolls with sauce ($9.99), French dip ($12.99), Italian style meatballs ($8.79), barbecued pork ($12.59), ham steaks ($12.69), pot roast ($13.47), breaded chicken patties ($11.59), broccoli and cheese bites ($11.49), honey BBQ chicken tenders ($12.49), Ocean Spray wildberry singles ($10.69), crab cakes ($12.59), chicken & dumpling soup ($9.49), Italian combo sub ($9.59), beef teriyaki kit ($8.69), Mediterranean salmon ($10.59), bagel dogs ($7.79), potato skins ($6.79), shoestring French fries ($5.79), stir fry blend ($6.39), breakfast quesadillas (($9.79), Colby jack snack sticks ($8.99), PB&J squarewiches ($6.69), and pepperoni pizza eat-zzas ($7.69).  You can also get free grilling sauce withy any two “Get Grillin’” items in their insert.  Remember, any questions, please contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

Coordinators are needed for the PTL Christmas Card sales program.  If you would be willing to help or would like more information on what is involved, please contact one of the PTL officers—Bill Johnson, Kent Kleine, or Cindy Gallmeyer.  Thanks!

Kim Ehlerding, our custodian, has expressed her desire to retire from this position at the end of this school year.  We thank her for her years of good and faithful service.  If you are interested in this position or have questions, please contact a School Board member.  Remember, Randy Everett, Duane Kiess, and Scott Hormann are Friedheim’s Board representatives.

Statements were recently sent out to those families who use the Extended Care.  Please make your payments as soon as possible.  Any questions, call Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

Friday, May 4, is the last day to check books out from the library.  All books are due back on Friday, May 18.  Also, keep looking for those overdue books and return them prior to the 18th.  Library inventory will be taken on Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22, starting at 8 a.m.  Lunch will be provided to the workers.  If you are willing to help with the inventory, please contact Gemila Rabel at 724-4949 or at wynlibrarian@yahoo.com.  Thanks in advance for your help.

The last day to take an AR test to count towards your final points is Wednesday, May 23.  Students who earned enough points to go to Dairy Queen will go on Tuesday, May 29, with the Pizza Hut trip planned for Wednesday, May 30.  Keep on reading to reach your goals!

Mid-term reports will be sent home with the students on Monday, April 30.

Wyneken will dismiss at 12:25 p.m. on Monday, May 7.  Students who ride on North Adams busses will have transportation both ways; East Allen students need to find a ride home that day.  Remember, if you need to use Wyneken’s Extended Care, to make arrangements prior to the 7th by calling 639-6064.

Wyneken students, along with those from St. Peter-Immanuel and Zion, Decatur, are raising money for Thrivent’s Relay for Life team.  Donations will be accepted through May 4.  The classroom that raises the most money (highest average per student) will be treated to a pizza party provided by Mancino’s.  Cancer touches so many lives.  The children (and their parents) are also welcome to come out and join the Thrivent team at the Relay to be held at Bellmont Middle School from Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. to noon on Saturday, June 23.  This year’s theme is “Cartooning for a Cure.”

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.

Mrs. Amber Franz is looking for empty baby food jars (lids not necessary) to be used in some upcoming art projects.  If you have some you would like to get rid of, please drop them off at the school.  Thanks!

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.  Last day to turn in ABC receipts is May 21.  Thanks!

This Friday, May 4, is Grandparents/Special Friends Day at Wyneken.  We welcome those who will be visiting our school that morning.  The registration/lunch form needs to be returned by Monday, April 30.   Remember, all lunches need to be pre-ordered.

The Wyneken Music Department will have their annual spring concert on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m.  All students in grades 3-8 will be participating.  The night’s program will include the choirs, chimes, recorders, and the bands.  Come, support our students and enjoy an evening of music.  Walk through the hallways while you are there, as the students’ art projects will adorn the halls during this Art Fair Week.

Our current 7th grade class is beginning the process of fundraising for their Washington, DC class trip.  Plants and flowers from Hellers as well as certificates from McNamara are available.  The McNamara certificates will be sold through Friday, May 11, while the orders for flowers and plants from Hellers will be taken through Monday, April 30.  Plant and flower pick up will be on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Nelson’s chicken and ribs will also be available on Mother’s Day with serving from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Please remember that food not picked up shortly after the conclusion of the Sunday School/Bible Class hour will be taken back to Bingen for pick up.  Chicken ($5 per half) and rib ($6 per one-half slab) sales will continue through May 6.  Gunnar Cale and Ethan Lichtle are the two Friedheim students who attend Wyneken so make sure you see them in the coming weeks to make your purchases!

The Indiana-Ohio Region of the Red Cross would like to thank Wyneken and those of you who came to our recent blood drive.  A single blood donation has the potential to save three lives.  The Red Cross collected 25 productive units with 11 of those being new donors.

Dear Members of the Wyneken Family,

I would like to thank you for the words of encouragement, visits, cards, sharing in my very nice and humbling reception in recognition of my 25th anniversary in teaching, for the contributions towards a Wyneken tuition assistance fund, and for your contributions in so many ways towards furthering His ministry at Wyneken.  The teachers provided some excellent entertainment, the students sang and provided me with a wonderful book of memories, and the Board provided an excellent meal.  It’s truly been a blessing for me to have served at Wyneken.  I pray that in some way I’ve been a blessing to your children.  God’s richest blessings to all of you, Dean Wass

Sporting News

This week’s games are on Wednesday, May 2, and Friday, May 4.  On the 2nd the varsity faces Flatrock at 4:15 p.m. while the JV squad plays St. Paul at 5:30 p.m.  Both games are at Wyneken.  On the 4th, the JV plays Concordia 2 at Central at 4:15 p.m. and the varsity faces Holy Cross at Kreager 8 at 5:30 p.m.

A basketball open gym for both boys and girls in grades 4 on up is being held at Wyneken on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Open gym will be held until the start of soccer this fall.  There will be no open gym on holiday weekends or as announced at open gym.

Decatur-Adams County Park & Rec ‘s Fall Soccer League sign-up begins on May 1.  Cost is $25 per child if registering before May 25 and $40 for those who register after this date.  Registration forms are available in the school office.

An instructional basketball clinic for girls in grades 3-8 is being held at Bellmont High School from May 7-11.  Registration forms are in the school office.  The deadline to register is April 30.

Concordia Lutheran High School will hold a girls’ basketball camp June 25-29 for girls in grades 4-8.  Brochures are in the school office.  The deadline for registration is Monday, May 28.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Examination Sunday

  10:00 a.m. Reception for Confirmands
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  4:00 p.m. LYF Gym Night @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m. Open gym @ Wyneken
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

  7:00 p.m.

Elder’s Meeting

  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting

WEDNESDAY

All Day Tabea Society
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s
FRIDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken (Grandparents/Special Friends Day)

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

May 6 9:00 a.m.

Confirmation Sunday with Holy Communion

    Door Collection for the Gideons
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School
  6:00 p.m. Open gym @ Wyneken
May 7 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

May 7 & 8   Pastors’ Conference
May 8 7:30 p.m. Altar Guild
May 9 7:00 p.m. Choir
May 10 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  1:00 p.m. Pastor @ Woodcrest