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, take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church.  You may give the completed card to one of the Deacons or place it in the offering plate.  Come back and worship with us again soon.

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Pentecost 14
September 2, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Page 46

The Hymns

TLH #20; #421; #309; #521; #392; #390

Readings

The Universality of God’s Kingdom
Isaiah 66:18-23 God promises to gather all nations to worship Him
Hebrews 12:18-24 Christians have come to the city of God
Luke 13:22-30 People from every nation enter through the narrow door of righteousness
The Sermon “Watch Out”  – Luke 14:1-14

The Acolyte

Ethan Lichtle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+  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 thank Rev. Jerry Nichols for delivering this morning’s sermon meditation.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon him.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—David Mourey, Jr., Aaron D. Conrad, Elaine Derrow, Jim Heckman, Ethan Lichtle, Hank Dahling, Mendi Kaehr, Cecelia Smith, JoAnn Baumann, and Heath Witte.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember our Wyneken School Board, especially those serving from the Friedheim congregation—Randy Everett, Scott Hormann, and Duane Kiess—as well as Toney Bergman who teaches and coaches at Bellmont.  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, Margaret Buuck who was scheduled to return home after a stay at Adams Memorial, Virginia Waltz (Donna Hileman’s sister), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers George & Barb Geyer who will celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary this Wednesday, September 5, and Rich & Eldora Scheumann who celebrate their 61st anniversary this Friday, September 7.  May God our Father continue to be at the heart of their homes.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Art & Gloria Musselman, former members of Friedheim, who were called to be with their Savior on Thursday, August 30.  (Funeral services were pending as the time the bulletin was printed.)  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that great 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.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of Richard Buuck’s 95th birthday, which he celebrated yesterday.  The flowers have been placed in church by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, with much love and admiration. 

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

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.  Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus’ message for September 2 is “God’s Ladder of Success.”  God sets aside our idea of success and substitutes His own.  Listen how it happens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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.

The Thursday morning LWML Bible class will meet in the home of Ann Crosby this Thursday, September 6, at 9 a.m.  The group will then begin meeting weekly.  Watch the bulletin for the location of the weekly class.

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 – Jesus said, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).  In contrast to Jesus’ warning, the world tells us that greed is good.  Our society makes every effort to entice us to live a materialistic lifestyle.  Costly and manipulative advertising bombards us daily for the purpose of creating a desire for more and more things.  We are told that we need one luxury after another.  Only with the help of the Holy Spirit, will we not fall prey to the pulls of the world.  God calls us to be in the world but not of the world.  As John wrote, “Do not love the world or anything in the world” (I John 2:15).  Through faith, we know that “the world and its desires pass away,” but those who follow the Lord will live forever (I John 2:17).

 

Choir practice begins this Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m.  If you have any questions, contact Sandy Blomenberg (547-4279), our choir director.

Rally Day (September 9) will be here next week.  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.

Grades 5-8 will meet in the back of the church next Sunday for their first class.  (This change is due to the LWML brunch being served in the Parish Hall basement.)  The Sunday Adult Bible Class will not start until Sunday, September 23.

 The ladies of the LWML will be serving brunch following the worship service on Rally Day (September 9) in the Parish Hall.  Your help is needed.  If you are willing to help set up, take down, prepare the food, or serve the food on Sunday morning, please contact Ann Crosby.  (Set up and casserole preparation will take place on Saturday, September 8, at 9 a.m.)  If you would be willing to bring breakfast rolls, donuts, coffee cake, or muffins, please contact Cindy Wass.  Thanks.    

Come to the LWML brunch on Sunday, September 9.  Serving will begin following the worship service with the brunch held in the Parish Hall basement.  The menu will include hash brown casserole, egg & sausage casserole, mixed fruit, smoke-y-links, breakfast rolls, donuts, muffins, juice, and coffee.  A freewill donation will be accepted.  

Council Members:  The minutes of the August 7 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 September Council Meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in the church basement on Tuesday, September 4.

Are you willing to serve as a “Meals of Grace” coordinator?  Kris Blomenberg is the coordinator for September and Kathy Bultemeier has volunteered for October.  However, after those months, there is no one on the list.    If you would like to help with this ministry, sponsored by our LWML, please contact Kris Blomenberg (547-4673).  She can answer your questions about the duties and responsibilities of the coordinator.  If you have served on this committee before, please let Kris know if you would like your name placed on the rotation for any of the coming months.  Thanks!

The LYF will be assisting the residents of Lutheran Home to their Sunday worship service next Sunday, September 9.  Please meet at the Parish Hall at 9 a.m.  After the worship service, the youth have been invited to the home of Dick & Donna Hileman for lunch.  A short business meeting will also be held.

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. 

The early-bird Bible class resumes next Tuesday, September 11, at 6 a.m. in Bingen’s Fellowship Hall.  This class will study the prophecies pertaining to the future coming of Christ in the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelation.  All are welcome.   

Have you heard that Friedheim now has a Parish Nurse Ministry?  Wava Lichtle is coordinating this effort.  One of the benefits of having this program is that a monthly blood pressure clinic will be held.  This clinic will be held after the worship service on the second Sunday of each month.  The first clinic will be held next Sunday, September 9, in the back of the church.  Come and have your blood pressure checked.  Take your time to look at the September newsletter and find out more about what a Parish Nurse can do to help you. 

Would you like to help with the blood pressure clinic?  Wava could use a few more blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes and, perhaps, a few people willing to help take blood pressures.  Please contact her at 547-4143 or on her cell phone (260-701-4360).  (Maybe you would like to help a few times a year, but not every month—just let her know.)  Thanks in advance for your assistance. 

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.

Parents, as you have moved your college student into the dorm or off-campus housing, don’t forget to turn in your child’s college address, e-mail address, and contact number.  Thanks for your help in this matter.

The Trustees have scheduled Saturday, September 8, as a workday.  The plan is to work on re-seeding the lawns and some other outdoor projects.  Your help would be appreciated.  Hope to see you at 8 a.m. on the 8th!

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). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door (doors open at 6 p.m.). 

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 277; Monday Night Bible Class - 4; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 8

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,158.43

Missions

$320.00

A total of $2,370 was received in the Wyneken Contribution Account for the month of August, bringing the year-to-date total to $32,065.

Wyneken News

NWEA testing will begin on Tuesday, September 4, and continue through September 14.  These tests will be given to grades 3-8.  ISTEP testing will take place from September 17-28.  Parents, please try to avoid scheduling appointments for these dates.  When the student is taken out of school, it makes it a challenge to find the time to make-up these tests.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

The advanced band students will practice on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.  The beginner band students will have their first practice on Thursday, September 6, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.  They will practice on Mondays and Thursdays.  Don’t forget that band students are to use the Child Care Entrance when coming to band.  Please note the changes in times and dates of band this year.  Mrs. Solum is also teaching band at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in New Haven.

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?  The newest vendor is Subway.  Subway SCRIP is available in $10 denominations.  Also, if you have receipts from Hockemeyer Family Eye Care, copies of them can be turned into the school office (SCRIP box) or to a SCRIP representative.  These receipts will be sent in on a quarterly basis and the school will be reimbursed 5% of the total charges.  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.)

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!

Wyneken’s open house will be held on Tuesday, September 4, beginning at 7 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to visit with your child’s teacher, ask questions about their classroom activities, and show how much you are interested in their education.  As always, the Book Fair will be open that night (and will run throughout the week) and give you a chance to look over the selections offered.

Our PTL will be hold their first meeting of the year on Monday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room.  Come to this meeting and share your ideas of what should be accomplished this school year.  Child-care is provided by the 8th grade class.

Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF) will be the recipient of our chapel offerings for the first quarter of the school year.  LHF translates, publishes, distributes, and introduces Lutheran material for churches around the world.  The school’s offerings will help LHF purchase “A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories” to be distributed to families in Southeast Asia.  It only costs $2 per copy to publish a hard-cover version of this timeless family classic.  Wyneken’s hope is to purchase 500 of these books so that families can learn and study God’s Word. 

East Allen will begin their collaboration days (half-hour early dismissal each Wednesday, beginning on Wednesday, September 5).  If your child rides East Allen busses and will be leaving early each Wednesday (dismissal at 2:15 p.m.), please return the permission form by Wednesday morning on the 5th.  If there is no form returned, the child will not be allowed to ride the bus and will need to be picked up after school.  No phone calls will be permitted.

Mrs. Leanne Busick will again lead the Wyneken Chorus, which is open to students in grades 6-8.  There will be a practice held one day after school each week.  Members of the chorus will also need to be available to sing at each church during services and attend other functions.  There will be a meeting for interested students (and their parents) Tuesday, September 4, from 2:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Have you been saving soup labels, Big G box tops, pop tabs, and printer cartridges over the summer?  You can bring them to the school office (or send them with a Wyneken student) whenever you wish.  These items will be collected throughout the school year.  Thanks!

Sports

Our young athletes are busy with games with all teams playing this week.  The varsity volleyball teams play Holy Cross at Holy Cross on Wednesday, September 5, with the 7th grade match beginning at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 8th grade contest at 5 p.m.  The varsity squads play again on Saturday, September 8, at Concordia High School with the 8th graders facing Unity at 9 a.m. and Bethlehem at 11 a.m.  The 7th grade squad plays Zion, Decatur, at 1 p.m. and Central at 2 p.m.  The 6th grade volleyball team faces Bethlehem at Wyneken on Thursday, September 6, at 4:15 p.m.  The varsity soccer team faces Concordia at Kreager 1 on Wednesday, September 5, at 4:15 p.m. and Emmaus on Friday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Lutheran School.  The JV soccer team faces Unity at Unity on Thursday, September 6, at 4:15 p.m.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion    

   

(Rev. Jerry Nichols, guest preacher)

    (Baptism of Lochlann Hull)
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s
FRIDAY  

Pastor preaching @ Lutheran Home

SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Grounds Clean Up
  9:00 a.m. LWML Set up for Brunch

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

September 9 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Rally Day)         

  9:00 a.m.

LYF to Lutheran Home 

  10:00 a.m. Blood Pressure Clinic
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. LWML Brunch in Parish Hall
September 10 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
September 11 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
September 12 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
September 13 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board