Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

Welcome!  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 6
July 8, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 5

The Hymns

TLH #40; #423; #352


Total Commitment

I Kings 19:14-2

Commitment demands obedience
Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Commitment to a life of the Spirit
Luke 9:51-62 Commitment to Christ requires total surrender
The Sermon

“Commitment to Christ Requires Total Surrender” – Luke 9:51-62

We encounter numerous excuses not to follow Christ.  Have things changed over the years?

  1. “I will follow you wherever you go.” – “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  I will follow so long a I am not inconvenienced and my creature comforts are not compromised.  Don’t make discipleship too difficult.
  2. “Let me bury my father.  Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  Don not allow personal relationships to get in the way.
  3. “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”  Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  We need a total focus.

The Acolyte

Rosa DeKoninck

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Don Bultemeier, Jarvis Cale, Sam Conrad, Brian Erxleben, Shawn Kiess, Alex Lichtle, Dawn Stoppenhagen, Stephanie Freimuth, Caleb Allen Biggs (who celebrates his first birthday), Angie Lichtle, Kent Stoppenhagen, Brandon Buuck, Dawn Buuck, Nathan Buuck, Kari Heckman, Trisha Hockemeyer, and Lucas Strickler.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We remember Rev. Daniel Brege and the members of St. Paul (Preble) as this week they celebrate Rev. Brege’s 25th year of serving the members of Preble as well as his 25th year in the ministry.  May the Lord continue to bless them all.

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 , Ava Arriaga (Jason & Jena Arriaga’s infant daughter and Jill Baumann’s niece) who is a patient at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

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 the 25th wedding anniversary of Mike and Denise Conrad this Tuesday, July 10.  May the Lord continue to be at the heart of their home, blessing them and guiding them.

We also remember Dave & Janice Buuck who will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this Monday, July 9.  May the Lord continue to richly bless them.

We thank Jennifer Phillips who is playing the organ this morning.  May the Lord continue to bless her.

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

The Monday Night Bible Class will not meet tomorrow night but will resume on the 16th.  At that time, the group will begin the study of the book of Romans.  Come and be a part of this group.

There will be a door collection for Lutheran Social Services this morning.

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?  

Adele Blomenberg will host the Thursday morning Bible class at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. 

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Love is the fundamental motive for Christian stewardship.  Our giving may be systematic, proportionate, and generous, but if not motivated by love it is not Christian giving.  Paul wrote, “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing” (I Corinthians 13:3).  The Pharisees gave large gifts, yet their gifts were not acceptable to the Lord.  Jesus sums up all the Law, which includes stewardship, as love to God and one’s neighbor.  The perfect relationship that should exist between us as stewards and God is expressed in the word “love.”  It also expresses the relationship that should exist between the Christian steward and his neighbors.

Thanks goes out to all those who are helping with the “Clothe-a-Kid” outreach program.  Because of your generosity, five children will be outfitted with new school clothes this fall.

Only one softball game is on this week’s schedule.  They face Union on Tuesday, July 10, at 8:30 p.m. at Hoagland.  Make-up games are scheduled for Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at Hoagland’s Fireman’s Park.  Another make-up game is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, at 5 p.m.  Any questions, you can contact Jason Buuck (413-0702).

The LYF will have their freshmen initiation, senior recognition, and election of officers on Sunday, July 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m.  The Kent Kiefer family is hosting the group at their home.  Please bring a dish to share (meat, drink, and table service will be provided).  Don’t forget you swim suits and towels!!

If you didn’t get a chance to go to Interlochen Academy to hear Lydia Dahling’s senior performance, you have another opportunity.  She will be repeating this performance on Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 502 W. Monroe Street in Decatur.  The program includes arias from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Handel’s Rodelinda and Julius Caesar, with songs by Bellini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar.

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, this 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.  Remember, mite envelopes can be found in either entranceway of the church.

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.

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 –172 with 125 receiving Holy Communion; Busy Women’s Bible Class - NA



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




*This amount includes a $13,000 transfer from the Wyneken Contributions account.

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.  Also, SCRIP is no longer available for Arnold’s Lumber.  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

    Door Collection for Lutheran Social Services
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting
  8:30 p.m. Men’s softball vs. Union
WEDNESDAY 8:00 a.m. Cakes for Lutheran Home needed
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Golf tournament @ Grey Goose


July 15

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Quarterly Voters’ Meeting
  2:00 p.m.  Lydia Dahling’s Senior Performance
  4:30 p.m. LYF Outing @ Kiefer’s
July 16 7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
July 18 All Day Tabea Society extra quilting
July 20   Items for August Newsletter due
  8:30 p.m. Men’s softball (Union)
July 21 TBA Fastpitch Softball Tournament