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 17
September 23, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service Setting Three

The Hymns

TLH #16; #370; #351
The Choir “Salvation Unto Us Has Come”


God’s Forgiveness

Exodus 32:7-14 

God forgives through a mediator
I Timothy 1:12-17 Christ shows mercy to repentant sinners
Luke 15:1-10 God rejoices when sinners repent
The Sermon

“Rejoicing in Repentance” – Luke 15:1-10

Angels and archangels laud and magnify the King of Heaven every time a soul is added to the kingdom.  Evangelism is the happy time of the church because it is an echo of what goes on in heaven.  Why is the Father happy when we repent?  Heaven’s bells ring out when a sinner repents.

1.       God’s will is fulfilled.  God wants everyone to return to Him, for He loves each individual.  God wants everyone to return to Him, for He loves person.  Repentance means a wayward child has come back to God.  This makes God happy, for His will is done.  God’s portion is His people.

2.       God is happy for the sinners’ sake.  Prior to repentance, the sinner was going down the road leading to death.  Now he has avoided destruction and is coming to life, love, and light.  This is God’s wish for every person, because He loves each of us.

The Acolyte

P. J. DeKoninck

















+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Rosie Bultemeier, Elliot Conrad, Shirley Drier, Michelle Knipstein, and Dian Witte.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember one of Wyneken’s 8th grade teachers, Amber Franz, Kristin Scheumann, our Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, and Gretchen Hudson.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Helen Erxleben who was called to be with her loving Father on Monday, September 17, with the committal service pending.  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.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We especially remember in our prayers Don Erxleben who was involved in a farming accident on Thursday and is a patient at Adams Memorial Hospital, Ed Franke (Phil’s father), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers Phil & Sharon Franke who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this Tuesday, September 25.  Their daughters, Brittany & Anna, with much love and admiration, have placed flowers in church to commemorate this special day.  May God our Father continue to be at the heart of their home. 

We also remember Jim & Ann Crosby who celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary last Tuesday, September 18, Matt & Sara Konopka who are celebrating their first wedding anniversary today, and Roger & Marla Manley who will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday, September 24.  May our loving Father continue to bless these couples, remaining at the center of their home.

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.

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 Right Use of Money.”

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 23 is “God Knows.”  You can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool God at all.

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 – Scripture tells us that we cannot be free to be God’s servants or stewards until death to ourselves takes place in each of us.  This death is not a physical death, but a spiritual death.  It is the death of the old nature in us so the new nature or new life in Christ can be raised.   Paul wrote, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old has gone, the new has come!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17).  All things in Christ are created anew.  IT is this new life in Christ that people see as we give generously and serve freely.  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Adult Bible Class will begin this morning.  Please come to the church basement as we study St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.  All are welcome!

Prayer Partner forms can be found in either entranceway of the church.  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.

Are you willing to serve as a “Meals of Grace” coordinator?  Kathy Bultemeier has volunteered for October.  However, after that, 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!

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 taken again today 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. 

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.  (We have at least seven copies ordered now.)  Place your money in an envelope marked “Creation Book,” along with your name, and place it in the offering plate or bring it 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 today 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.  The addresses will be published in the October newsletter.  Please notify the church office today.  Thanks for your help in this matter.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest on Thursday, October 4.  The service begins at 1 p.m.  If you would like to assist residents to the service, please contact Pastor Dahling.  (You would probably need to be there around 12:30 p.m.) 

It’s been a few years since JETS (Just Everyone Together Socially) has met.  As the name of the group suggests, this is an opportunity for the adults of the congregation to get together in a social setting.  Stan and Tami Stoppenhagen (9060 NW Winchester Road) are inviting you to their home on Saturday, October 6, for a bonfire and a time to “talk and visit.”  Please bring a snack to share.  The evening begins at 6:30 p.m.  Mark it on your calendar!!

The Morning Glories will be going to Concordia Lutheran High School for a craft show on Saturday, October 6.  Show hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Set up for the show is Friday, October 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  If you would like to help transport items to and/or from the show or work at the show, please contact Marlene Conrad or Shirley Buuck.  If you have craft items you would like to donate, please have them to the Parish Hall no later than Friday morning, October 5. 

Ladies, you are invited to the SRD Workshop being held next Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian.  The theme of the workshop is “The Beauty of the Gospel.”  There will be responsive readings, and flowers spelled out for each letter of the G-O-S-P-E-L.  Appropriate hymns, to go with the theme, will also be sung.  There will be an ingathering.  Items that are military personnel may need are being collected.  Even if you don’t plan on going to the workshop, you may wish to donate items for the ingathering.  There are boxes in either entranceway for you to place your contribution.  Items needed include personal care items such as baby wipes, toothbrushes, solid stick deodorant, Clorox wipes, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, Chap-Stick, and dental floss, as well as books, magazines, devotional literature, and stationery.  Food items such as hard candy (anything that won’t melt), crackers, beef jerky, nuts, coffee, tea bags, microwave popcorn, and granola bars.

Do you know of someone who is missing a diamond or “diamond-looking” earring?  One has been found in the church basement.  If you think this might be yours, please contact the church office or Kris Blomenberg. 

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 the October 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.  There are extra copies of the investment application form in either entranceway of the church.

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.

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Union Township) will have their 20th annual hog roast next Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Union Township Hall.  There will also be a craft and bake sale.  Presale tickets are $6 for adults ($6.50 at the door) and $3.50 for children 3-10 ($4 at the door).  Carryouts are available.   Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is co-sponsoring this event.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 7819 Decatur Road, in Ft. Wayne will have a rummage and bake sale on Friday, October 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a $2 bag sale on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Zion Lutheran Church, Bull Rapids (7616 Bull Rapids Road in Woodburn) is hosting a seminar, “Share Life, A Lifestyle Evangelism Approach,” on Saturday, October 6.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the seminar beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.  The cost is $5 per person and includes materials used and the luncheon being service.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Joe Adams at 260-632-4679.

Sunday, October 7, the March for Life Committee will hold its 15th annual Memorial Service, remembering those lost through abortion.  Each of the babies has been given a name and will be remembered during the service.  The non-denominational one-hour Memorial Service will begin at 2 p.m. in the Catholic Cemetery at 3500 Lake Avenue.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 240 with 178 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 47; Monday Night Bible Class – 6; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 8; Early-bird Bible Class - 17



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

Look over the SCRIP order form and see which businesses you visit on a regular basis.  You can then purchase SCRIP for those vendors and help out our Wyneken school.  Michael’s (a craft store) is the newest vendor with certificates available in $25 denominations.  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 and after school on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

The PTL is still 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!

Market Day pick-up date is Thursday, September 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (please note time change).    We are halfway to our goal ($3,000 is sales and 61 customers) to receive $400 in books from Scholastic, Inc.  Please call Sharon Franke, as soon as possible, if you might still want to place an order and help us reach this goal.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

The Christmas Card Committee distributed catalogues to our Wyneken students.  You may order items through Kleinhenn and/or Reader’s Digest (QSP).  If you are interested in looking over these catalogues, please contact any Wyneken student.  Orders need to be returned by Tuesday, September 25.  Orders will be distributed at Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 24 and 25.

Mid-term reports will be sent home with the students on Monday, September 24.

Band parents:  Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 25.  There will be a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the cafetorium to discuss the fish and tenderloin dinner scheduled for Friday, October 5.  Parents, please remember that each family needs to bring three pies or two 9” x 13” desserts.  Both parents and band members need to sign up to work a shift.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Eighth Grade Parents:  There will be a meeting on Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s library.  Work schedules for the carnival to be held on Sunday, October 21, will be discussed.  Please don’t miss this important meeting!

Monday, October 1, will be an in-service day.  School will be dismissed at 12:25 p.m.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both ways, while those who ride East Allen busses will need to find transportation home.  If you plan on using Wyneken’s Extended Care that day, please make arrangements prior to the 1st.  Thanks!

You are invited to the band’s annual fish and tenderloin supper on Friday, October 5, with serving from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Dan’s from Huntington will be preparing the fish and tenderloin.  The meal will be $7.50 for adults (12 and older), $4.50 for children (ages 5-11), and free to those who are 4 years of age or younger.

School pictures will be taken by Gibby’s Photography on Monday, October 15, and Tuesday, October 16.   Pre-K and kindergartners will have their pictures taken on Monday, while pre-school and grades 1-8 will have their pictures taken on Tuesday.  Picture packages will be sent home soon.

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. 

Looking Ahead:  On November 19-21 the Wyneken faculty will be attending the Indiana District Conference.  School will be closed those three days in addition to the Thanksgiving holiday on November 22-23


The Indianapolis basketball tournament for our 7th and 8th grade boys’ teams will take place soon.  Reservations need to be in by Wednesday, September 26.  The cost is $71.10 per night.  Checks should be made payable to Wyneken.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Scheumann at 639-6085.

Want to find out when games and practices are being held at Wyneken?  You can log on to www.highschoolsports.net and find out what’s going on with our Wyneken athletes.

Our young athletes are busy with games with all teams playing again this week.  The varsity volleyball teams play St. Peter Goeglein’s at St. Peter’s on Wednesday, September 26, with the 7th grade match at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 8th grade contest at 5:30 p.m.  The 7th graders will scrimmage with St. Peter-Immanuel at Wyneken on Tuesday, September 25, at 5:00 p.m.  (The 5th grade team will have a scrimmage against St. Peter-Immanuel following the 7th grade contest, starting at 6 p.m.)    On Saturday, September 29, Wyneken will host the Varsity Invitation.  Eight teams will be playing games beginning at 8 a.m. that day.  Check with the players for game time and opponent.  The 5th and 6th grade volleyball teams face Central at Wyneken on Monday, September 24, with the 5th grade game at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 6th graders at 5 p.m.  The teams will scrimmage Bellmont Middle School on Wednesday, September 26, with the 5th graders playing at 5:00 p.m. followed by the 6th grade match at 6 p.m.  On Thursday, September 27, the 6th grades will face Ascension at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken.

On Monday, September 24, the JV soccer team faces St. Peter (Goeglein) at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m. and on Thursday, September 27, they will face Concordia at Concordia.  The varsity soccer team faces plays St. Paul’s at Foster 3 on Wednesday, September 19, at 5:30 p.m.   


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

    Door Collection for Love, Inc.

Orders due for “Creation Book”

  10:00 a.m.  Sunday School
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 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s


September 30 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion 


Baptism of Madison Marie Cross

  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School
October 1 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
October 2 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
October 3 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society
  7:00 p.m. Choir
October 4 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  1:00 p.m. Chapel @ Woodcrest
October 5 7:00 p.m. Set up for Concordia Craft Show
October 6 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft Show @ Concordia High School