Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We welcome you to Friedheim as an honored guest or a treasured member.  Our prayer is that today’s service may be a special blessing to you.  If you are a guest, we ask that you sign one of our guest registries.  There is a registry in either entranceway of the church.  Please come back and worship with us again soon.

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Easter 6 - Spring Choir Service
May 13, 2007

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Ringing of the Church Bell




The Order of Service

TLH Page 32



The Choral Prelude “Be Strong in the Lord”

The Opening Hymn

TLH #387, vv. 1-4

“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”



The Choir

“All Because of Your Amazing Grace”


The Theme of the Day

The Peace of God

Acts 14:8-18

Peace follows a Spirit-guided decision
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 Peace prevails in the holy city
John 14:23-29 Peace is a gift of Christ



The Sermon Hymn

TLH #387, vv. 5-8

“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”



The Sermon

“Even love is a gift of Christ” – John 14:23


The gifts of God are numerous.  Consider what the Savior gives to the children of light. 

  1. We are loved by the Father.
  2. The Father and the Son come to Him to make their home with Him.
  3. We respond by responding to the Savior’s voice.



The Offerings are Gathered




The Choir

“That Old Rugged Cross”



The Prayers of the People of God at Zion, Friedheim



The Lord’s Prayer




The Choral Postlude

“There Is a Redeemer”



The Benediction




The Closing Hymn

TLH #387, vv. 9-10

“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”



The Acolyte

P. J. DeKoninck

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Bailey Kaehr, Marv Drier, Stan Stoppenhagen, Tim Evans, Loren Gallmeyer, Al Hormann, Walter Nuerge, Phil Franke, Kevin Linnemeier, and Jean Timm.  We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken childcare workers, Tami Schultz and Tammy Melcher, Gretchen Hudson, and Cindy Wass, Sharon Franke, and Teri Conrad, our Sunday School substitute 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 Helen Erxleben, Hildegard Kiefer who is a patient at Adams Memorial, Evie Keuneke who is now at home, Eugene Meyer (Tammy Dahling’s uncle, who is a patient at St. Joe), Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew), Shirley Fuhrmann (sister-in-law of Ken and Stan Fuhrmann), and Derek Shoaf (Evelyn Keuneke’s great nephew).

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Charlotte Conrad, Becky DeKoninck’s mother, who was called to be with her Lord last Sunday and was given Christian burial on Friday, May 11.  In loving memory of Charlotte, flowers have been placed in church by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that glorious day when they will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of Richard & Margaret Buuck’s 64th wedding anniversary last Tuesday, May 8.  The flowers have been placed in church, with much love and admiration, by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  May the Lord continue to be at the center of their home and shower them with His blessings.

We remember in our prayers Gerhard and Hildegard Kiefer who will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary on Monday, May 14.  May the Lord continue to be a constant presence in their home, showering His blessings upon them.

We also remember in our prayers Lori Caston and Ryan Minden who will be married this Saturday at Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church in Ft. Wayne.  May the Lord bless this young couple as they begin their lives together.

We remember all those special ladies in our lives—mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or special friend—who have helped guide and shape our lives.  Our lives have been truly enhanced by having them in it.  In honor of all moms, the Sunday School students are distributing carnations to the women of our congregation.  Thank you for this remembrance.

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 and Brian Journay (grandson of Dick & Alma Miller), 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 Church of the Future.”

The Adult Bible Class will meet in the church basement following the worship service today.  We will continue studying Bible stories from the Old Testament by looking 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.

Make plans to attend our Ascension Day service this Thursday, May 17.  Our worship service begins at 7 p.m.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon will be “Preparation to Witness” from Acts 1:8.  Holy Communion will be celebrated.

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 Dr. Walter A Maier III of Ft. Wayne’s Concordia Theological Seminary is “Genuine Christianity” from John 4:23.  Genuine Christianity involves love for Christ, the demonstration of that love, and the special blessing that comes from God.  Next Sunday the message, “He’s Coming Back,” from Acts 1:1-11 will be delivered by Rev. Richard Smith of Suburban Bethlehem.  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?  

Today’s door collection is in honor of the 65th anniversary of the LWML’s “Serving the Lord with Gladness.”  The offering will be divided with 30% going to the LWML Endowment and 70% going to the Missionary Children’s Education fund through LCMS World Missions.  The LWML Endowment is a fund set aside for LWML ministries.  Many of our missionary families have school-aged children who, when returning to the States and school here, need to attend special schools overseas or have volunteer teachers from America to teach them on their mission field.  The Missionary Children’s Education fund provides tuition, school curricula, and American-style education to missionary children around the world and will give these children a quality education and prepare them for re-entry into the American school system.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Do you realize that our wonderful and loving God has called you, through faith, to be His steward?  “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16).  God won’t change His mind about calling you to be His steward.  “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).  Through faith, you are not only called to be His steward, you are empowered to be a God-pleasing steward.

Confirmation proofs have been given to the 8th graders.  Please return your orders to Pastor Dahling today.  Thanks!

Next Sunday, we will conclude this year’s Sunday School program.  Awards will be handed out during the worship service for those students who have faithfully attended class as well as Bibles given to our second graders and Luther’s Small Catechism given to the sixth graders.  A picnic will be held during the Sunday School hour.

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.

 “Lutheran Night” at the Wizards has been scheduled for Friday, June 15.  It’s now a doubleheader with a start time of 5:30 p.m.  The Wizards will be playing the Lugnuts (a minor league team of the Toronto Blue Jays).  You will receive a voucher for a Lutheran Night hat from Thrivent and have an opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate from the Wizards Souvenir Store, an autographed team bat, and a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and more!  There will be a “Faster Pastor” trophy given to the Lutheran Pastor who has the best fastball in town.  Kids, if you have an “A” on your report card and bring your card to the Thrivent kiosk you will receive a free speed pitch voucher and free popcorn.  Two students will be selected to come back to the Wizards Christian concert on July 19 as a VIP guest, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and meeting their favorite Wizards players.    “Quick Change” who were recent contestants on “America’s Got Talent” will also be at the game.  See Leesa Heckman for your $3 tickets ($1 of each ticket goes to Lutheran Social Services).  She has 25 tickets available at this price.

Would you like some of Preble’s famous noodles and help support Relay for Life?  Thrivent is selling these noodles for $3 for a one-pound bag with the funds benefiting the Adams County Relay for Life.  The noodles will be available after the worship service on Sunday, May 27, and Sunday, June 3.  However, if you would like to purchase some prior to that, please contact Leesa Heckman, Irene Kiess, or Marlene Conrad.  (They may have some noodles with them today.)

Do you have a child graduating from high school or college this year?  Perhaps, you will be a college graduate this year?  If so, contact the church office with the school graduating you’re from and your major by the 23rd.  Please return the high school information sheet by Wednesday, May 23.  This information will go in the June newsletter.  Thanks!

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.

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.

Evie Fuhrman is coordinating 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).  For your information, we are getting a little low on casseroles.  Don’t forget that serving sizes for one or two (8” x 8”- or 9” x 9”-sized dishes) are also needed. 

Copies of “The Lutheran Journal,” a family magazine dedicated to providing wholesome and inspirational reading material for the enjoyment and enrichment of Lutherans, can be found in either entranceway of the church.  This is a free publication, published twice a year.  Take a copy home with you as you leave the worship service today.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is a copy of “The Lutheran Prayerbook.”  This booklet is a collection of prayers and inspirations for every Lutheran.  You may wish to use this in your family devotions, keep a copy in your car, or share it with a friend.  Don’t forget that there are also copies of  “Portals of Prayer” in either entranceway for you to use in your daily devotional life.  We order 100 copies of “Portals” for our members to use.  Please take a copy home with you for your own use or to share with a friend.

Come in for special savings from May 18-25 at the Concordia Lutheran High School Thrift Shop located at 3436 N Anthony in Ft. Wayne.   Check out the other weekday specials that they may have.  Shop hours are on Monday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Don’t forget that if you need to borrow chairs, tables, roasters, etc. from the Parish Hall to please contact Cheryl Bultemeyer first.  She has the master schedule of when the building is in use and can let you know what items are available for your use.  Thanks!

Have you remembered your “Prayer Partner” lately?

You are also invited to a Concert of Russian Music performed by over 100 string players from our area Lutheran schools (both elementary and high school).  The concert will be at the Chapel Auditorium at Concordia on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. 

The students of Concordia also invite you to the final choral concert of the year at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, May 16, in the Chapel Auditorium with the instrumental concert on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m.  Here are two opportunities to say farewell to the Concordia seniors!  Come out and share these evenings of great music and just plain fun!

The youth of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest), 9909 Wayne Trace, are sponsoring a drive-thru Mother’s Day chicken dinner, featuring High’s BBQ chicken, with serving from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The price is $7 for a meal (half chicken, baked potato, applesauce, roll, and cookie) or $4.50 for half chicken only).  You can get pre-sale tickets by contacting the church at 447-3005.  The proceeds will go to the youth attending the National Youth Gathering in Orlando, Florida this summer.

We thank Sandy Blomenberg and the choir for their gift of song this morning.  We have been blessed all year with their enhancement of our worship service with song.  The Lord’s blessings be upon each and every one of them.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 282 with 172 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 17; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




The door collection for the Gideons was $150.

Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available at Wyneken after school on Wednesdays and Fridays and all day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Consider SCRIP for all those upcoming graduations and weddings.  See Kim Weiland this morning to make your purchases.  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.

We pray for safe travel for our classes heading out on field trips this week.  Our pre-school students are going to the Ft. Wayne Zoo and our kindergarteners are heading to Concordia High School to see the “Creator’s Garden,” while our 4th graders head to Conner’s Prairie and our 7th graders travel to Detroit to visit the Henry Ford Museum.  All four trips are scheduled for this Friday. 

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!

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 by Monday, May 21.  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.  All other school accounts—registration, hot lunch, library fees—must be paid by June 1 or report cards will be held.  Any questions, contact the school office (639-6177).

Friday, May 4, was the last day to check books out from the library.  All books are due back this Friday, May 18.  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!

Make-up days have been scheduled.  School will now be held on May 30, May 31, June 1, and June 4.  No lunch will be served on the 4th with dismissal at 11 a.m.  There will be a closing chapel and awards presentation.  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.

Our Wyneken students raised $801.17 for Relay for Life, with the kindergartens raising the most funds and winning a pizza party for their efforts.  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!

Do you plan on going to Kings Island this year?  A coupon is available in the school office that will get you a discount on your tickets.  This coupon is good for the remaining two weekends in May and for every day throughout the summer.

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

Attention parents of 7th and 8th graders:  Applications for Indiana’s 21st Century Scholarship are available in the school office.  They need to be returned to the state by June 30.

Our current 7th grade class will be serving Nelson’s chicken and ribs today 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.  If you didn’t get a chance to purchase pre-sale tickets, there is still some chicken ($5 per half) and ribs ($6 per one-half slab) available this morning.  Thanks for supporting our fund-raising efforts.  The next chicken and rib sale will be held on Father’s Day, June 17.

Sporting News

Varsity soccer resumes this week with games on Monday, May 14, at Wyneken at 5 p.m. with St. Paul as the opponent.  On Wednesday, May 16, they will face Bellmont at Bellmont Middle School at 4:30 p.m.  The LSAA tourney begins on Saturday, May 19.  Check with a player concerning game time, opponent, and location.  Good luck in the tourney, girls!  The JV team will face Central on Wednesday, May 16, at 4:15 p.m. at Central.  On Friday, May 18, they face St. Paul at 5:30 p.m. at Central.

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.

The athletic banquet for our 7th and 8th grade athletes will be held at Wyneken on Sunday, May 20, at 5:00 p.m.  Don’t forget to bring a main dish, side dish, and your own table service.

Decatur-Adams County Park & Rec ‘s Fall Soccer League sign-up is on.  Cost is $25 per child (before May 25) and $40 (after this date). Forms are in the school office.

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.

The office is also beginning to receive information on other summer camp opportunities.  Check in the school office and see what is available.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Choir Service (Mother’s Day)

    Door Collection for LWML
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  6:00 p.m. Open gym at 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
WEDNESDAY All Day  Tabea Extra Quilting
THURSDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Ascension Worship Service with HC
FRIDAY Noon – 8:00 p.m. Orphan Grain Train @ Zion, Decatur
SATURDAY 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Orphan Grain Train @ Zion, Decatur
    LYF Service Project
  3:30 p.m. Caston/Minden wedding at Taylor Chapel, Ft. Wayne


May 20 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion
    (Sunday School Awards)
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School picnic & Bible Class

LYF Service Project

  5:00 p.m. Wyneken Athletic Banquet
May 21 7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
May 22 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
May 23 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken

The Lutheran Hymnal midi files copyright © 1998 Rev. Richard Jordan, used by permission