Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

Welcome!  We are glad you have chosen to worship with us this morning.  As we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s birth this Wednesday, let us give thanks for the freedom to worship our Lord.  If you are a guest, we ask that you sign one of our guest registries, found in either entranceway of the church.   If you are communing, take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  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.   Come back and worship with us again soon.

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Pentecost 5
July 1, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 15

The Hymns

TLH #1; #151; #39; #315; #395; #577


The Christ of the Christian

Zechariah 12:7-10

Compassion for the afflicted one
Galatians 3:26-29 Christians are one in Christ
Luke 9:18-24 Confession of Jesus as the Christ
The Sermon

“Confession of Jesus as the Christ” – Luke 9:18-24

Two patterns of faith –one for the Savior; the other for the believer.

 For the Savior—The Son of Man must…

  1. suffer many things and
  2. be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law, and
  3. he must be killed, and
  4. on the third day be raised to life.

The believer must…

  1. must deny self,
  2. take up his cross and
  3. follow Me.,

The Acolyte

Gunnar Cale

+  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—Larry Hitzfield, Payton Lengerich, James Fuhrmann, Linda Conrad, Meri Everett, Travis Hockemeyer, and Mark Jackson.  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, Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew), and Katherine Rogers (Dick & Donna Hileman’s sister).

We rejoice with Tim & Tonya (Bultemeyer) Bobay on the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Jo, on Thursday, June 21.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Arnold Stoppenhagen who was called to be with his Savior on Tuesday, June 26, and was given Christian burial on Saturday, June 30.  We also keep the family of Stephen Stoppenhagen, son of Lucile Stoppenhagen, in our prayers as he was called to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 27, and will be given Christian burial this Tuesday, July 3.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that glorious day when we will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven.

We remember those who are serving our country—Brian Moeller who is in Iraq, Jason Putteet, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband), our reservists, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen, Mike Brandt, Cody Kiess (grandson of Gene & Irene Kiess), Josh Colwell (Tiffany’s husband), 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 honor of all those servicemen and women who so faithfully serve our country both abroad and at home, placed in church by Stan and Tami Stoppenhagen.  May our heavenly Father watch over them, protecting them and guiding them as they complete their missions.

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

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?  

Lutheran Social Services will be the beneficiary of this morning’s door collection.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – John K. Galbraith wrote, “Money ranks with love as man’s greatest joy.  And it ranks with death as his greatest source of anxiety.”  Money has the potential to control our thoughts and our decision-making process.  The apostle Paul expressed some keen insight when he wrote, “The love of money is a root of all kings of evil” (I Timothy 6:10).  Money is not dangerous, but evil flows from the love of money.  “One eager to get rich will not go unpunished” (Proverbs 28:20).  If we love money, our view of life will be affected, and we will suffer many griefs.

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 Elders will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall.)

Pastor will once again lead the chapel service at Woodcrest this Thursday, July 5.  The worship service begins at 1 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to assist the residents to the worship.  Please be there by 12:30 p.m. and contact Pastor Dahling if you are willing to help.

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) today 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 Bingen today at 3:30 p.m. at Hoagland’s Fireman’s Park.  Any questions, you can contact Jason Buuck (413-0702).

Happy 65th birthday LWML!  ROCK (Rest on Christ the King) was the theme of the 2007 LWML convention held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Our mission goal for 2005-2007 was passed by $55,000 and the new goal for 2007-2009 is $1,700,000.  So keep filling those little mite boxes.  It’s amazing what God can do!  LWML began in 1942 and although it celebrated its 65th birthday, it’s not retiring.  Plan to join us at the next LWML meeting for more details from the convention, its mission grants, birthday celebration, and a new program for teens, FISH, on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.  Ann Crosby, a delegate to this year’s national convention, will give a brief report on the convention.  A question to be answered is whether to have “Advent by Candlelight” this year and, if so, who is willing to be on the committee.  Ladies, don’t forget to bring your mites.  If you can’t make the meeting, you can always place your mite envelope in the offering plate or give it to Cindy Wass, our LWML treasurer.

Take a moment to look over the information about “Volunteer for Riley Kids” by working at the Indianapolis Air Show on August 25 and 26.  There are volunteer registration forms in either entranceway of the church.  Early-bird registration is due by July 16, with a target date to have most volunteers registered of July 31

Friedheim is in charge of providing birthday cakes for Lutheran Home’s birthday celebrations in July.  Please bring the cakes to the church basement by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 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!!

Our seminarian, Chris Hull, and his wife, Allison, will soon 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!

Betty Sielschott is our coordinator for the “Meals of Grace” program for the month of July.  Contact her at 724-3946 if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry.

Our Quarterly Voters’ Meeting will be held following the worship service on Sunday, July 15.  Please have all reports to the church office by Friday morning, July 13.  You may also e-mail your report to Pastor Dahling at zionfriehdeim@decaturnet.com if that is more convenient for you.

Peace Lutheran Church in Berne is asking for your help.  Check out the information sheet included in today’s bulletin for more details.  If you are willing to donate water, 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; Monday Night Bible Class - 7



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Door Collection for “Lift High the Cross” – $231

Wyneken contributions for June were $4,615 with a year-to-date total of $23,510.

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.  For those of you who may be wondering, although Kroger has bought out Scott’s, any Scott’s SCRIP you still have will be accepted until all outstanding Scott’s certificates are redeemed.  There is still a large quantity of Scott’s SCRIP in our inventory and the committee would like to clear their inventory as soon as possible.  See Kim this morning to make your purchases.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your SCRIP order. 

Registration information will be sent out the week of July 15.  If you don’t receive your forms in a timely manner, please contact the school office (639-6177).  If you are interested in enrolling your child at Wyneken or if you want more information about the school, please contact Wyneken and they will send out a registration packet to you.  There are classes for Pre-K 3 through 8th grade.

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.

The Association Meeting will be held on Monday, July 30, at 7 p.m. in Bingen’s Fellowship Hall.  Please have any reports to the school office by Monday, July 16, if you want them in the packet.  These reports will be distributed to the churches on Sunday, July 22.

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.  

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

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 with Holy Communion             


Door Collection for Lutheran Social Services

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

Busy Women’s Bible Class

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


July 8

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service          

July 9 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

July 10 7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting
  8:30 p.m. Men’s softball vs. Union
July 11 8:00 a.m. Cakes for Lutheran Home needed
July 12 8:00 a.m. Thrivent meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s
July 14 7:30 a.m. Golf tournament @ Grey Goose

Coming Today

Not long ago I read about an estate whose beautiful acreage was expertly tended by a caretaker.  Every tree was trimmed, the grass cut, and stately beds of flowers were in bloom.  Yet not a soul was around to take in the beauty except the caretaker.  A visitor came up to ask, “When was the owner last here?”

“Twelve years ago.”

“Then from whom do you get your instructions?”

“From his agent living in Milan.”

“But does he ever visit the estate to inspect it?”


“And yet you keep it trim as if he would come tomorrow,”

The gardener interrupted the curious visitor to say, “As if he were going to come today, sir.”