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 11
August 12, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 5

The Hymns

TLH #430, vv. 1-3; vv. 4-6; vv.7-8


Possessed by Possessions

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:18-26    The vanity of possessions
Colossians 3:1-11 Heavenly values are to be sought rather than earthly vices
Luke 12:13-21  Possessions can cause a man to lose his soul
The Sermon    

“Are we possessed by our possessions?” – Luke 12:13-21

Possessions can cause a man to lose his soul.  The Savior offers a parable for us to check our priorities.

1.    Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed (v. 15a).

2.    A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (v. 15b).

3.    This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God (v. 21).

The Acolyte

Rosa DeKoninck

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Patty Strickler, Brian Bergdall, Bernice Berning, Ruth Hartmann, Lucy Lichtle, Deb Stevens, Kim Case, Dale Heckman, Monica Schaefer, Linda Buuck, Carma Conrad, Dave Conrad, Andrea Driscoll, Rich Hartmann, Emil Woerner, Sr., and Ed Geyer.  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 and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Helen Matter, Tami Stoppenhagen’s mother, who was called to be with her Lord on Tuesday, August 7, and was given Christian burial on Saturday, August 11.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that glorious day when all believers will be reunited 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, Randy McAllister (Fern Riemke’s son and brother of Kim, Terry, and Julie) who is serving in Germany, 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 Faith 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.

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?  

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – In Luke 12:21, Jesus predicted disappointment for those who are not “rich toward God.”  Have you wondered what it means to be “rich toward God?”   Certainly, we are rich toward God when we see everything as a gift from Him.  Those who are rich toward God are givers rather than takers.  By grace, we freely receive, and we freely give.  Through faith, we are empowered to express God’s love and are being rich toward Him as we love our neighbors.  Those who are rich toward God will seek first His righteousness and do His will.

Rally Day (September 9) is fast approaching.  Are you interested in serving on the Sunday School staff?  What could you do to help?  There is a possible position as a teacher to share 3rd & 4th grade duties, substitute teachers are needed, and helpers (especially in the Pre-K/Kindergarten class) are always welcome.  If this is something you are interested in doing, please contact Tina Geels (705-1292), Kristin Scheumann (639-3042), or Pastor Dahling as soon as possible.  Sunday School materials have arrived.  Teachers, you may pick up your “Teacher’s Guide” and “Teacher’s Tools” whenever it is convenient and begin to look over the lessons.  The packets will be outside the church office in the Parish Hall.

Ladies, LWML mites are accepted throughout the year.   You may either place your mite envelope in the offering plate or give the envelope to Cindy Wass, the LWML treasurer. There are mite envelopes in either entranceway of the church.  Have you wondered what programs your mites sponsor?  Your mites are used to support 18 mission projects.  Three more of these projects include programs to begin a Lutheran campus ministry at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, expand internet streaming capabilities at KFUO-AM radio in St. Louis, and support students at Concordia University (August, Texas) who are preparing for child-welfare careers. 

Christine Bultemeier (639-6332) is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for August.  Please contact her if you know someone who could benefit from this ministry.

Are you willing to serve as a “Meals of Grace” coordinator?  We need people to volunteer (beginning in the month of September).  If you would like to help, please contact Kris Blomenberg (547-4673).

Copies of the Lutheran Service Book are located in either entranceway of the church.  Take home a copy, look over the book, and then return it to church for others to peruse. 

LYF Members:  Elephant ears will be sold at the Poe Festival on August 24 and 25 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.  Please call Mike or Denise Conrad (547-4717) and tell them which 2-hour shift you would like to work on either day.  Thanks!

St. Paul’s Preble and St. John’s Bingen LYF’s have invited our LYF members and their families (Zion Lutheran in Decatur is also invited) to go swimming with them from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Decatur city pool.  You are asked to bring a side dish to share as well as your own table service; drinks will be provided.  Please contact Susie Ehlerding (724-8760) if you have questions.

Please take a moment to look over the flier in today’s bulletin about the new children’s book, “The Real Story of the Creation,” written by Paul L. Maier.  A copy of the book is in the south entranceway for you to look over.  There is a sign-up sheet in the south entranceway if you would like to purchase this book at the reduced price of only $12, place your name on the sign-up sheet.  This price is only good if we order at least 10 copies of the book.  Place your money in an envelope marked “Creation Book,” along with your name, and place it in the offering plate or bring to the church office.  If paying by check, make the check payable to Zion, Friedheim.  If ten copies are not ordered, your money will be refunded to you.  The order must be placed before October 1.  Please have your order in by Sunday, September 23, or contact the church office by Friday, September 28.  Thanks!

Thanks to those who have returned the information sheets regarding cell phone numbers and E-mail addresses.  If you haven’t returned your sheet, please return them as soon as possible.  This information will be very helpful.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 199 with 143 receiving Holy Communion; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

Looking at those great back-to-school sales?  Going for your weekly or bi-monthly grocery shopping?  Need to fill the car up with gas?  Why not get some SCRIP before you head out to do your shopping?  SCRIP now sells refillable Kroger cards.  Kroger will keep track of the card numbers and issue a rebate back to Wyneken.  See Kim this morning to make your purchases.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.  (Please note Kim’s new E-mail address.)

School will start on Monday, August 20, with a chapel service at Bingen beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Classes will be held, lunch served, and school dismissed at 12:25 p.m.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both to and from school.  Those who ride East Allen busses will have transportation to school but will need to find a ride home.  Remember, if you need to use the Extended Day Childcare program to contact Tami Schultz (639-6064) prior to the 20th.

Help is needed in the Wyneken Childcare program.  If you enjoy working with children and have a flexible schedule, this just might be the job for you.  (Perhaps, you’re retired and would like to work a few hours a week, this just might fit into your schedule.)    Childcare opens at 6:30 in the morning and closes at 6 o’clock at night with varying hours in between.  Please contact Tami Schultz at home (547-4540) or at school (639-6064) and she can answer any questions you may have and be more specific on hours and duties.   School begins on August 20 and she needs to have her staff in place.

It’s Market Day time once again!  There are a few order sheets in either entranceway of the church for you to place your order.  They need to be returned to Wyneken by Wednesday, August 22.  You may also call Sharon Franke (623-3992) by noon on Saturday, August 25, to place your order or you may place your Internet order (www.marketday.com) by noon on the 25th.  New items include baked manicotti ($8.29) and creamy wild rice stuffed chicken ($14.49).  You can also become a “frequent” buyer and earn free products by ordering at least $35 of product each month for five months between September and February.  You will then receive a free product in the months of March, April, and May when you order $35 in those months.  You may pick up your orders on Thursday, August 30, in the school cafetorium from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wyneken is looking for a bookkeeper.  If you are interested in this position or have questions, please contact a member of the School Board (Randy Everett, Scott Hormann, or Duane Kiess) or Mr. Lowell Timm (639-6177).

Thanks to all the families who came to Wyneken’s two school cleaning days.  Your help was so very much appreciated.  A special thanks goes out to the School Board for all their help.  God’s blessings to all! – The Wyneken Custodians (Kelly Todd and Stephanie Comer)  

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. 

Do you like being around young people?  Do you like soccer?  If you can answer, “Yes,” to both these questions, would you please consider coaching Wyneken soccer?  Both boys’ teams, JV (4th –6th graders) and varsity (7th-8th graders), are in need of coaches.  If you are interested in serving in this volunteer position, please contact Tammy Shoup (724-9069) as soon as possible.  Practices begin soon.   

A cheerleading coach (grades 7-8) is needed.  Practices usually begin in September (in the past, on Friday afternoons since most of the girls also participate in volleyball).  Please contact Tammy Shoup (724-9069) if you have any questions or are interested in this position.


August 12 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  5:00 p.m.

LYF Swimming @ Decatur Pool

August 13 7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class 
  7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class    

August 14 7:30 p.m. Altar Guild
August  15 All Day Tabea Extra Quilting


August 19 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

August 20 8:20 a.m.

Opening Chapel @ Wyneken (classes dismiss at 12:25 p.m.)

  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class 
  7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class    

August 21 9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
August 22   September newsletter items due in office
August 24 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Poe Firemen’s Festival
    Wedding Rehearsal
August 25   Indianapolis Air Show
  3:30 p.m. Buuck/Mattingly Wedding
  4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Poe Firemen’s Festival

Hattie Wiatt’s Fifty-Seven Pennies

Hattie Wiatt, a little girl, came to a small Sunday School and asked to be taken in, but it was explained there was no room for her.  In less than two weeks she fell ill, and slipped away on her own little last pilgrimage, and no one guessed her strange little secret until beneath her pillow was found a torn pocketbook with fifty-seven pennies in it, wrapped in a scrap of paper on which was written, “To help build the little temple bigger, so that more children can go to Sunday School.”

She had saved her pennies for the cause that was nearest her heart.  The pastor told the incident to his congregation, and the people began making donations for the enlargement.  The papers told it far and wide, and within five years those fifty-seven pennies had grown to be $250,000, and today in Philadelphia, can be seen a great church, the Baptist Temple, seating 3,300, famous Temple University, a Temple Hospital, and a Temple Sunday School so large that all who wish may come and be comfortable.  She was only a little girl, but who can estimate the result of her unselfishness, and her fifty-seven pennies?