Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

We are glad you have chosen to worship with us this morning.  If you are a guest, we ask that you sign one of our guest registries, found in either entranceway of the church.    Come back and worship with us again soon.

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Pentecost 4
June 24, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 32

The Hymns

TLH #324, vv. 1-4; #324, vv. 5-8; #376


Unawareness of Sin
2 Samuel 12:1-10, 13

David is made aware of His sin of murder

Galatians 2:11-21 Paul exposes Peter’s sin of compromise
Luke 7:36:50 Self-righteousness blinds one to sin
The Sermon

“Self-Righteousness blinds one to sin” -- Luke 7:36-50

Jesus asks the question concerning the two debtors. “ Now which of them, Simon, will love him more?”  Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

  1. The debt of sin is great – a debt no one can pay.
  2. In mercy, the Father canceled the debt.  We respond in faith—“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
  3. Our reaction to all this?  Not like the other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

The Acolyte

Bethany Evans

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We thank Cindy Houser as she continues to play the organ for us this summer as Sandy recuperates from her knee surgery. 

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Megan Selking, Candace McMullan, Aubrie Leigh Krueckeberg (her first!!), Brandan Bergdall, Bruce Bultemeier, Roger Buuck, Linda McAllister, and Bill Baumann.  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, Sandy Blomenberg, Eugene Meyer (Tammy Dahling’s uncle), Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew), Shirley Fuhrmann (sister-in-law of Ken and Stan Fuhrmann), Arnold Stoppenhagen who underwent surgery last week, and Katherine Rogers (Dick & Donna Hileman’s sister).

We rejoice with Dick & Donna Hileman who are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary today.  May our Father in heaven, continue to be at the heart of their home and bless and guide them.

We rejoice with Tom & Micki Blomenberg who became grandparents for the first time last Monday.  Their daughter, Emily, and her husband, Rick Sovine, are parents of a little boy, Evan Richard.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

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), our reservists, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen, Mike Brandt, Cody Kiess (grandson of Gene & Irene Kiess), and Brian Journay (grandson of Dick & Alma Miller), as well as Justin Grant (Shirley Buuck’s nephew) and Lydia Reynolds (niece of Dick & Donna Hileman) who are in Afghanistan, 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.

The flowers in church today are to the glory of God and in loving memory of Alex Hormann, placed in church by his family.  The LYF has also placed flowers in church in honor of Dick & Donna Hileman’s 45th wedding anniversary.  Flowers are also in church in honor of Don & Beth Kitson’s 5th wedding anniversary, placed their with much love by their family.

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

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 broadcast on Sundays at 8:05 a.m. on WZBD (92.7 FM) and on WFCV (1090 AM) at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Lutheran Hour can also be heard on WOWO (1190 AM) on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.  Tune in!                                                                                                                

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?  

Do you remember “Lift High the Cross,” the hot air balloon ministry that was here last fall?  They are in need of some financial support, as their loan for the balloon needs to be paid down.  There will be a door collection today to help this ministry.  Remember to keep them in your prayers.

The Tuesday morning early-bird Bible class will be taking a summer break.  They will not meet again until after Labor Day.  Please watch your newsletter and bulletin for the most up-to-date information.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Can we say that there is no such thing as a selfish or stingy Christian?  Isn’t selfish and Christian a contradiction of terms, since Christian implies giving?  In His life on earth, Christ modeled the life of giving, and, through the working of the Holy Spirit, we become more like Christ.  Filled with God’s love, we demonstrate our gratitude to Him for His love, grace, and mercy through our giving.  It is aptly said, “We can give without loving, but we can’t love without giving.”  May God grant us loving hearts so that we become the givers that He wants us to be.

Pastor will be preaching at Woodcrest this Thursday, June 28, at 1 p.m.  If you would like to help get residents to the service, please contact Pastor.

Council Members:  The minutes of the June 5, 2007 Council Meeting are in your slots in the entranceway of the church.  You may pick them up as you leave the worship service this morning.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, July 3, at 8 p.m.

The LYF will be heading to Turkey Run around 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and return sometime in the afternoon of Sunday, July 1.  Hope many of you can come!!

Love, Inc. is again sponsoring “Clothe-a-Kid,” a ministry that provides basic clothing for children as they return to school in the fall.  Paul Drier is spearheading a project to help these families.  Love, Inc. needs to know how many children Friedheim is willing to help.    Each child is given a new pair of pants, two shirts, socks, underwear, and a light jacket.  (This means a financial commitment between $40 and $60 per child, depending upon where the items are purchased and if items can be found on sale.)  How can you help?  Please contact the Drier’s (547-4419) by Sunday, July 1, to let them know if you would be willing to give a monetary donation (and how much) or if you would like to shop for a child.  Once Love, Inc. knows how many children Friedheim is willing to sponsor, they will give us information about the child (clothing size, male or female).  DO NOT PURCHASE ANY ITEMS YET.  Right now Paul just needs to know who else wants to help with this project.  Thanks!

There is only one softball game this week.  The team will face Fuelling on Tuesday, June 26, at 8:30 p.m. at Hoagland’s Fireman’s Park.  Any questions, you can contact Jason Buuck (413-0702).

Friedheim is in charge of providing birthday cakes for Lutheran Home’s birthday celebrations in July.  The cakes are needed by July 11.  Please see Donna Hileman if you are willing to help.  She’ll get you all the details.

What’s so special about July 7 besides it’s 07-07-07 on the calendar?  It’s our church picnic!!  Activities will begin at 4 p.m.  (A moonwalk in the shape of the Titanic, sand volleyball, plane rides, and hula hoop noodle toss are just some of the activities.  Bring cards if you want to play euchre or some other type of card game.)  Food will be served around 5 p.m.  What do you need to bring, you ask?  Yourself and your family, of course, and a dish to share (vegetable, salad, or relish tray).  There will be a hog roast (with sauerkraut and some potatoes), so the main course is covered, and the youth will have an ice cream sundae bar, so dessert is taken care of too.  Drinks will be provided (bottled water and lemonade).  If you want pop, you will need to bring your own.   Plates, plastic ware, and cups will also be provided.  If you want to be a little more comfortable, you might also want to bring your lawn chairs with you.  Music will begin at 6 p.m.  (Bill Werling will be calling the square dances.)  The evening will probably wrap up around 9:00 p.m.  We’ll still need some help tearing down, if you would like to help.  Alternative plans are in place in case of inclement weather, so come rain or shine!  Mark your calendars and plan on attending!!

Soon our seminarian, Chris Hull, and his wife, Allison, will be parents.  The LWML would like your help to celebrate this blessing in their lives.  There are so many items that first-time parents need to get.  The ladies of the LWML would like to help by giving the Hull’s a cash gift.  Would you like to contribute to this cause?  If so, please see Cindy Wass or Ann Crosby by Sunday, July 15, and give them your donation.  Thanks for your help!

Shelly Kiefer is our coordinator for the “Meals of Grace” program for the month of June.  Contact her at 547-4327 if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry.

The Portals of Prayer have arrived for July-September.  Pick up your copy from the entranceway today.  You may wish to use these in your daily devotional life.  (Perhaps, you would like to share a copy with a friend or send it to someone you know in the military for them to use in their prayer life.)

There will be an open meeting after the worship service today.  The meeting should last about 20 minutes.  We will be discussing the new hymnbook.  Please plan on staying for the discussion!

Next Sunday, July 1, there will be a door collection to benefit Lutheran Social Services.

Peace Lutheran Church in Berne is asking for your help.  Their church is located directly across from the grandstand at this year’s Swiss Day’s parade.  They are looking for donations of bottled water to be sold during this time.  You can drop your donations off at Pastor Dahling’s and he’ll see that the congregation of Berne gets them.  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.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 200 with 149 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 3



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

SCRIP will be available throughout the summer months by contacting our SCRIP representative, Kim Weiland.  Going on vacation? Attending a wedding?  Consider SCRIP for all those upcoming events.  See Kim this morning to make your purchases.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your SCRIP order. 

Do you know of anyone who might be interested in our pre-school and pre-kindergarten classes?  The three-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the four-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  All classes meet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Open enrollment continues throughout the summer.  Contact the school office (639-6177) if interested in enrolling or if you want more information about the school.

Do you know of anyone who may be interested in teaching band at Wyneken?  If so, please contact Lowell Timm at Wyneken (639-6177) with their names and contact information.

Don’t forget to save your box tops, Campbell’s labels, toner cartridges and pop tabs over the summer.  You can bring them in next fall.  

Applications for Indiana’s 21st Century Scholarship are available in the school office and need to be returned to the state by June 30.

Summer office hours at Wyneken will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

Mr. Timm will be out of the office beginning on June 22.  He will be back in the office on Monday, July 2.

Sporting News

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. 



9:00 a.m.

Worship Service              


Door Collection for “Lift High the Cross”

  10:00 a.m. Open meeting (re: hymnbook)
MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
TUESDAY 8:30 p.m. Men’s softball vs. Fuelling
WEDNESDAY 1:00 p.m. Pastor preaching @ Woodcrest
FRIDAY 4:00 p.m. LYF leaving for Turkey Run


July 1

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion             


Door Collection for Lutheran Social Services

  3:30 p.m. Men’s softball vs. Bingen
July 2 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
July 3 6:30 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
July 4 All Day Tabea Society Quilting
July 7 4:00 p.m. Church picnic