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.  If you are communing, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be given to one of the Deacons or placed in the offering plate.  Come back and worship with us again soon.

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Pentecost 12
August 19, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 15

The Hymns

TLH #540, vv. 1-3; #263; #307; #278; #279; #540, vv. 4-5

Readings

The Faith of the Christian
Genesis 15:1-6 Faith accounted as righteousness
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16  Faith:  it’s nature and power
Luke 12:32-40

Faith in the coming kingdom

The Sermon    

“The Savior’s Word—WATCH”” – Luke 12:32-40

The Savior has one word for us today—Watch!  The opposite occurs in the parable.

1.   To get rich sell what you have—take possession of treasures, which will not rot.

2.   In our watching, the Master returns and it is He who dresses himself and serves while the servants recline at the table and are served.

The Acolyte

P. J. DeKoninck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+  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—Dave Houser, Irene Kiess, Cindy Houser, Jason Scheumann, Madison Stoppenhagen, DeWayne Gallmeyer, Sara Bultemeier, Sharon Christianer, Kyle Stevens, Tom Blomenberg, Freddie Geels, Gary Robinson, Danielle Timm, Chris Rhymer, and Eldora Scheumann.  As the school year begins, we remember the teachers, support staffs, and students.  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, Virginia Waltz (Donna Hileman’s sister), Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew), and Ed Franke (Phil’s father).  {Ed has been in and out of the hospital so it would be best to send cards to his home—12626 Fackler Road, Monroeville, IN  46773}.

We remember in our prayers Adam Buuck and Mindy Mattingly who will be married at the Lord’s Altar this Saturday afternoon.  May God our Father bless this couple as they begin their lives together.

We rejoice with our fieldworker, Christopher Hull, and his wife, Allison, on the birth of their first child, Lochlann Richard Patrick, on Monday, August 13.  We pray that the Good Shepherd will keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

This afternoon Carmela Rose Keuneke, daughter of Alan & Kelly Anne (Carfora) Keuneke will be received into the kingdom of God by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Serving as her godparents are Pam Kirklin & Radmila Carfora.  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), 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.

Rev. Scott Bruick, of Zion, Decatur, has accepted the call to serve the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran in Seward, Nebraska.  We remember Pastor Bruick, his family, and the congregations of both Zion (Decatur) and St. John’s (Seward) in our prayers.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, August 21, of Tom and Becky DeKoninck, placed in church by their children with much love and admiration.  May the Lord continue to bless this couple and remain at the heart of their home.

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

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 watch Worship for Shut Ins on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on WPTA-TV Channel 21, at 8 a.m. on Digital 33.2 & Satellite 252 on Sunday mornings, or on Comcast Cable Channel 55 on Sunday and Monday afternoons at 4 p.m.

Have you ever listened 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?   You might want to tune in to it sometime.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – The Apostle Paul wrote, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (S Corinthians 9:7).  This verse does not have to be taken literally to mean that we must smile when we give.  However, it does say that we are to give our gifts from hearts filled with joy and gratitude for all the blessings from God.  Gifts from the heart are given joyfully rather than as an obligation.  We give cheerfully and willingly because, through faith, we acknowledge that all we have God has given to us, and we want to return to Him a portion of those gifts.

Enjoy crafting?  Why not come to the Parish Hall at 9 a.m. this Tuesday, August 21, and join the Morning Glories as they get items ready for the fall craft shows.  The group usually heads home by 11:30 a.m.  Hope you can make it!

Rally Day (September 9) is fast approaching.  Are you interested in serving on the Sunday School staff?  What could you do to help?  A second teacher to share 3rd & 4th grade duties is needed as well as helpers (especially in the Pre-K/Kindergarten class).  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.  The last of these 18 projects are funds to assist Lutheran City Ministries in its outreach to homeless and addicted people in Detroit, to support a soup kitchen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, and to support a cross-cultural urban ministry in Ohio. 

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).

There are 14 copies of the Lutheran Service Book 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!

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 are sign-up sheets in both entranceways 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.  There are extra sheets in either entranceway of the church if you have misplaced yours.  This information will be very helpful.

Congratulations to the men’s softball team.  They won the post-season tournament, defeating Union 12-4.  Great job, guys!

Concordia Lutheran High School invites our congregation to hear Josh McDowell, on Tuesday, September 11, beginning at 7 p.m.  In the three one-hour sessions, Mr. McDowell will address The Source of Distortion (Why our kids are adopting distorted beliefs and what we can do about it), Real and Relevant (How the Bible is true, real, and relevant to this generation), and Applying the Truth (How to instill convictions within your family that leads them to make right moral choices in life).  Pre-registration is suggested and needs to be postmarked by September 1.  Tickets are $15 if registering on an individual basis.  If pre-registering as a group of 10 or more persons, the cost per person is $10.  If you don’t register by September 1, you will need to purchase tickets at the door (doors open at 6 p.m.).  There are copies of the registration form in either entranceway of the church. 

Dear Members of God’s Family at Zion, Friedheim,

I wish to thank you for everything that you have given my wife and me over the last year.  I want to especially thank you for the gracious gifts given to us two weeks ago.  We bought a glider for the baby’s room and other articles that are necessary for the raising of a little baby.  More than the financial support, I wish to thank you for the spiritual encouragement that we have received.  We appreciate all the prayers that have been spoken to God for us.  We feel like we are a part of the church, not just a fieldworker and his wife.  It is hard being placed in a church for fieldwork, but I am happy that we have been received as more than just students that are fulfilling requirements for school.  God has truly blessed us with a great church to call home for the years that we are going to be at the seminary.  I thank you again for the gifts, prayers, and overall acceptance of us as Christian brethren in the family of Zion.  Thank you and God bless all of you.

In Christ, Chris & Allison Hull

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 217; Adult Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 4

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$6,376.85

Missions – August 5

Missions – August 12

$334.00

$460.00

Wyneken Contributions for July - $6,185; Year-to-date Total - $29,695

Wyneken News

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 starts 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.  East Allen doesn’t begin classes until Wednesday, August 22.  If you utilize East Allen transportation, you will need to make arrangements for your child to get to and from school on Monday and Tuesday, August 20 and 21.  Remember, if you need to use the Extended Day Childcare program to contact Tami Schultz (639-6064) prior to the 20th.

The PTL is looking for a new SCRIP coordinator.  Jane Kleine has served in this capacity for several years (and has done an excellent job).  If you have questions about the duties and responsibilities of this job or are interested in becoming the new coordinator, please contact Jane at 639-7244.  Thanks!

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).

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

August 19 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Baptism of Carmela Rose Keuneke
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

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

August 26 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

   

Indianapolis Air Show

August 27 7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class 
  7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class    

August 28 9:00 a.m. Morning Glories

On the Lighter Side

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter.  Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read:  “I have circled the block 10 times.  If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment.  Forgive us our trespasses.”

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note:  “I’ve circled this block for ten yearsIf I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job.   Lead us not into temptation.”