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 15
September 9, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service Setting Three

The Hymns

TLH #13; #348; #629

The Choir “Just As I Am, Lord”

Readings

A Humble Person

Proverbs 25:6-7 A humble person refrains from putting self first
Hebrews 13:1-8 A humble person renders service to the needy
Luke 14:1, 7-14 A humble person takes the lowest place and invites the needy
The Sermon

“Proclaiming a Changeless Christ to a Changing World”
Hebrews 13:8

Jesus, your Lord and Redeemer, will never change.

1. His love is consistent.
2. His teachings never change.
3. His position is always the same.

The Acolyte

Gunnar Cale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Mike Linnemeier, Christian Robinson, Kyle Brodbeck, Rachelle Buuck, Ashlyn LeeAnne Black (her first!), Tracy Stevens, Bethany Evans, Dennis Werling, Andy Blomenberg, Beth McCloskey, Megan Schamerloh, Mike Werling, and Brett Hormann.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember our Wyneken principal, Lowell Timm, our entire Sunday School staff, and Lisa Bills.  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, Ed Franke (Phil’s father), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers Gary & Dorothy Heckman who are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary today and to Dave & Tessa Roemer who celebrated their first wedding anniversary last Sunday.  May God our Father continue to be at the heart of their homes.

We pray the Lord’s blessings upon the new life of Madison Marie Cross who entered this world on Wednesday, September 5.  We ask the Savior to tend to this dear lamb and to receive her into His family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Madison is the infant daughter of Laura Knipstein and Danny Cross.

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), Danny Cross (Laura Knipstein’s fiancée, 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.

Flowers have been placed in church today to the glory of God and in honor of Richard and Eldora Scheumann’s 61st wedding anniversary this past Friday, September 7, with much love and admiration, by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Another arrangement has been placed in church by the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in honor of Gary & Dorothy Heckman’s 62nd wedding anniversary which they are celebrating today.  May the Lord bless these couples. 

Today in our service we are using Setting Three of the Divine Service from the Lutheran Service Book.  Copies were distributed to you as you came into the worship service this morning with a few copies placed in the pews.  Please leave these booklets in the pews when you leave the worship service this morning.  We will be using this Order of Service in our worship the next few weeks.

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

As today is Rally Day, we will be installing our Sunday School staff.  May the Lord bless them as they teach the “Good News” to our children.  Our Sunday School Staff will be installed 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.  Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus’ message for September 9 is “A No-Brainer.”  Some questions seem so obvious they don’t need to be answered.  Does the Lord expect a response from us in the options He sets before us?

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 – As Christians we can, in Christ, share His love with others through our good acts.  God has chosen and equipped us to be His instruments of support, service, and compassion.  As C. S. Lewis wrote, “Good and evil both increase at compound interest.  This is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.  The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.”  In essence, God uses the small things that we do and multiplies them into something significant.  Paul wrote, “Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

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

Prayer Partner forms are included in this morning’s bulletin.  (Copies were also in the September newsletter.)  You may place them in the boxes found in either entranceway of the church.  Do not take out a slip until Sunday, October 7.  This program is open to all adult members of the church.

The ladies of the LWML are serving brunch following the worship service today in the Parish Hall.  Please come to the Parish Hall basement and enjoy hash brown casserole, egg & sausage casserole, mixed fruit, smoke-y-links, breakfast rolls, donuts, muffins, juice, and coffee.  A freewill donation will be accepted.  

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 today.  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.

Love, Inc. is a ministry that helps those in need in the Decatur area.  They also offer educational programs in budgeting and parenting.  The Lutheran Foundation is matching, up to $10,000, the amount Love, Inc. can raise in donations.  They still need to raise an additional $5,000.  Besides our prayer support, Love, Inc. needs our financial support.  A door collection will be held next Sunday, September 16, to benefit this ministry.

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 this 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 today in the back of the church.  Come and have your blood pressure checked. 

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.

Would you like to help “Relay for Life” throughout the year?  You may sell items at the Hip Hop Shop and tell them that you want your share of the funds to go to “Relay for Life.”  It is a “win-win” situation.  You can clear your house of unwanted furniture and unneeded clothes and help someone else at the same time!  More information will be in next month’s newsletter.

 The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is offering a two year-fixed term note at a 6% rate, with an annual percentage yield of 6.136%.  This LCEF promotion is effective for investments issued between September 1, 2007 and November 30, 2007 or until $150 million is raised.  Why is LCEF making this special offer available?  First, congregation loan demand continues to remain at a high level.  Second, investors who participated last year in their special offering are being encouraged to maintain their investment support with LCEF.  For more information and an investment application form, please see the insert included in today’s bulletin.

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.).   

St. Peter’s Goeglein and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are sponsoring a benefit for 17-month-old Maddie Zelt on Sunday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran School.  Ed Fox’s chicken and fish dinner will be on the menu.  There will also be a bake sale, silent auction (ending at 1:30 p.m.), and a live auction (starting at 2:15 p.m.).  If you have items that you would be willing to donate to benefit this little one or could volunteer your time the day of the benefit, please contact Larry Thiele, Thrivent coordinator at St. Peters, at 260-749-5707.  Maddie is the daughter of Chad & Kaia Zelt and has a Duejerine-Sottas, a form of Muscular Dystrophy.  Funds raised will be used for medical costs and daily care expenses.  More information will be found in the October newsletter.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 216 with 148 

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,158.43

Missions

$470.00

Wyneken News

NWEA testing began on Tuesday, September 4, and continues 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.

Look over the SCRIP order form and see which businesses you visit on a regular basis.  Purchase SCRIP for these visits and help our Wyneken school.  See Kim this morning to make your purchases.  Remember SCRIP is also available at Wyneken throughout the day on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the school office.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

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!

Come to the PTL’s first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 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.

Check out all the specials in the Market Day order form included in this morning’s bulletin.  Orders need to be returned by Wednesday, September 19, with Internet (www.marketday.com) and phone orders (to Sharon Franke) due by noon on Saturday, September 22.  Pick-up date is Thursday, September 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (please note time change).    What’s new this month?  You can now order cinnamon crunch French toast bites ($7.49), Tuscan-style chicken breast ($8.19), petite boneless sliced ham ($19.96), and a trial sample of mini chicken cordon bleu bites ($5.59).  Items that are a “great price” or on special include French dip ($12.49), sausage, egg & cheese biscuit sandwiches ($10.59), teriyaki steak kabobs ($13.25), barbecued pork ($12.59), bacon wrapped pork tournedos ($10.19), Gatorade kid-size variety pack ($11.79), fish & chips ($13.49), popcorn chicken ($8.75), Florentine lasagna roll-ups ($8.99), taco pizzas ($7.99), broccoli cheese soup singles ($8.49), individual chicken pot pies ($7.99), carnitas enchilada ($8.59), egg rolls with sauce ($10.69), chicken club grilling pizzas ($9.59), caramel apple blossoms ($8.29), “extra young” tiny peas ($8.49), banana mini pancakes ($7.89), American cheese ($10.99), pretzels ($8.39), and cinnamon brown sugar bagel-ers ($7.69).  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

The Christmas Card Committee will distribute catalogues to our Wyneken students sometime this week.  You may order items through Kleinhenn and/or Reader’s Digest.  Remember to ask any Wyneken student to look over these brochures if you are interested in purchasing cards, paper, and other gift items.

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 hardcover 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. 

Sports

The Indy Tournament is fast approaching.  If you are planning on staying at the hotel with the team, your reservations need to be in as soon as possible.  Please contact Kim Scheumann (639-6085) if you need a room.  Thanks!

Our young athletes are busy with games with all teams playing this week.  The varsity volleyball teams play Concordia at home on Wednesday, September 12, with the 7th grade match beginning at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 8th grade contest at 5:15 p.m.  The varsity squads play again on Saturday, September 15, at Concordia High School with the 8th graders facing St. Peter’s at 9 a.m. and Suburban Bethlehem 10 a.m.  The 7th grade squad plays Emmanuel-St. Michael at 11 a.m. and Emmaus at noon.  The 5th and 6th grade volleyball teams face Holy Cross at Wyneken on Monday, September 10, with the 5th grade game at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 6th graders at 5 p.m.  The 6th grade squad is scheduled to play in a tournament, beginning at noon, on Saturday, September 15.  Specific game times, opponents, and location were not available when the bulletin was printed.  Contact a player for this information.  Good luck, girls!

On Thursday, September 13, the 5th graders face Woodburn at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken.  The varsity soccer team faces plays Unity at Wyneken on Wednesday, September 12, at 4:15 p.m. and on Friday, September 14, they face St. Peter’s at Kreager 1 at 4:15 p.m.  The JV soccer team faces St. Paul at St. Paul on Thursday, September 13, at 4:15 p.m.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 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
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

September 16 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School
September 17 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
September 18 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
September 19 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  7:00 p.m. Choir
September 20 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
    Newsletter items due in church office