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.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and can 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 18
September 30, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service Setting Three

The Hymns HS’98, #842, TLH #441; #442; #443; #457; #53
The Choir “Take My Life and Let It Be”


The Right Use of Money
Amos 8:4-7 Get your money honestly
I Timothy 2:1-8     Pray for those in authority that we may live in peace
Luke 16:1-13   Use your money to a good advantage
The Sermon

“Using Your Money the Right Way” – Luke 16:1-13

Use your money to a good advantage by …

1.  making provisions for the future (v. 3),
2.  making friends with it (v. 9),
3.  being honest in handling money (v. 19), and
4.  making money a servant of God (v. 13).

The Acolyte

Rosa 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—Vernon Werling, Sara Rhymer, Dawn Heckman, Dan Bushee, Marvene Buuck, Robert Hartmann, Tori Johnson, Shayla Lee, and Jenny Spangler.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember one of Wyneken’s 8th grade teachers, Marvin Drier, Wava Lichtle, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Linda Keuneke who teaches at Bishop Luers.  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 Don Erxleben who is continuing his recovery at home, Ben Miller who is a patient at Bluffton Hospital, Ed Franke (Phil’s father), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers Dick & Alma Miller who will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary this Monday, October 1.  Their children and grandchildren, 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 & Fern Riemke who will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on Thursday, October 4.  May our loving Father continue to bless this couple, remaining at the center of their home.

Roger & Marla Manley’s children, with much love and admiration, have placed flowers in church today in honor of their parents 30th wedding anniversary last Monday, September 24.  May the Lord continue to bless this family.

We welcome into membership, through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Madilyn Marie Cross, infant daughter of Laura Knipstein and Danny Cross.  Matt & Michelle Knipstein are serving as her godparents.  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), Danny Cross (Laura Knipstein’s fiancée), and Brian Journay (grandson of Dick & Alma Miller), as well as Justin Grant (Shirley Buuck’s nephew) who is in Afghanistan, Lydia Reynolds (niece of Dick & Donna Hileman) who has just returned home from Afghanistan, Steven Banks (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew) who is a Marine serving in Iraq, 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 “Concerned Christians.”

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“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.  For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have” (2 Corinthians 8:11-12).  There is so much need around us.  Daily we are interrupted by telephone calls soliciting our donations to well-serving causes.  We hear of elderly people in nursing homes who never have visitors and of children in need of mentors.  Committees within our congregations seek to add to their boards in order to carry out the ministry of our churches.  We have become overwhelmed.  Where do we start?  How can I—one person—fill all these needs?  What is God asking of us?  According to the Apostle Paul, we are expected to give according to what we have.  He was speaking here of monetary offerings, but his admonition relates to the sharing of our time and abilities as well.  The key, Paul seems to say, is to be willing.  “If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable.”

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 after the worship service on Sunday, October 7.  This program is open to all adult members of the church.

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. 

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest this 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.) 

Council Members:  The minutes from the September 4 Council Meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  Please pick them up as you leave the services today.  The next Council Meeting is Tuesday, October 2, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

Don’t forget that our Quarterly Voters’ Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 14, following the worship service.  All are invited to stay and hear the reports from our various Boards and committees.

The Blood Pressure Clinic will be held following the worship service on Sunday, October 14.  Have your pressure checked and ask your questions to our Parish Nurse, Wava Lichtle.

It’s been awhile 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 this 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 today 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 our 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.

The Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly has arrived.  You may pick up your copy as you leave the worship service today. 

The October-December Portals of Prayer are also here.  Take home a copy to use in your family’s devotion or take a copy and give it to a friend or co-worker for their use.  You might also want to leave a copy in the waiting rooms at hospitals and doctor’s offices.  Who knows what effect your sharing your faith has in someone else’s life!

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. 

The LYF will have a newspaper and can drive on Saturday, October 13, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  You may bring your papers and cans to the Parish Hall that day or, if you would like us to pick them up, please contact one of the LYF counselors—Jerry Bultemeyer, Mike or Denise Conrad, or Stan or Tami Stoppenhagen—so your name can be placed on a list.  Thanks!

Lutheran Witness renewal time is here again.  The subscription rate for 2008 will be $15 per subscription.  Whether your ordering the Witness for the first time or renewing an existing order, this information needs to be in the church office no later than Wednesday, October 24.  All ordering information must be sent in to the District by October 31.  The church will be billed for the total subscriptions in January.  You may place your payment (cash or check) for your subscription in an envelope marked “Witness subscription.”  If paying by check, please make the check payable to “Zion Lutheran Church.”  Thanks for your help in this matter.

LYF ushers for October are Brandan Bergdall and Jarvis Cale.  Micki Blomenberg and Kathy Bultemeier are on Altar Guild for October.  Kathy is also serving as the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for October.

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.  A letter from Maddie and her family can be found in the October newsletter.

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Union Township) will have their 20th annual hog roast today 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,” this 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.

The Concordia and Northrop volleyball teams are sponsoring a donation drive to benefit Ft. Wayne’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center.  To make a cash donation or to donate any of the following items, please see Jenna Timm, a member of Concordia’s volleyball squad.  Items being collected are deodorant, shampoo, combs, brushes, mouthwash, soap, gently used sweatshirts and sweatpants (for men, women, and children).  Any contributions would be appreciated and are needed by next Sunday, October 7.  Thank you for your help.    

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 247; Sunday School – 52; Sunday Adult Bible Class – 23; Monday Night Bible Class – 4; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 4; Early-bird Bible Class - 18



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




*This amount includes a $10,000 transfer from the Wyneken Contribution account.

The door collection for Love, Inc. totaled $250.

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.  This year the PTL plans on donating funds to help pay for the new roof on the oldest portion of the 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 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!

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!

On Thursday, October 4, East Allen has a planned late arrival.  Parents, please make arrangements for your child to get to school that morning as Wyneken starts at the regular time.  Also, on Friday, October 12, East Allen will be closed.  You will need to make sure your child has transportation to and from school that day.

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.  Parents, please remember that each family needs to bring three pies or two 9” x 13” desserts. 

The Wyneken chorus will be singing at Preble on Sunday, October 14, in their 10:15 a.m. service.

Don’t forget that the last day to wear shorts is October 15.

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.

Keep Sunday, October 21, open.  The annual carnival, sponsored by the 8th grade class, will be held that day from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  If you are willing to donate items for the silent auction, please contact a Wyneken 8th grader as soon as possible.  The students are to turn in a list of donated items by this weekend.  Gunnar Cale and Ethan Lichtle are Friedheim’s 8th graders.

Wyneken Christmas card orders will be distributed at the Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday, October 23 & 25.

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 Wyneken Day Care Program is working on room modifications and is anticipating an inspection by the State.  After receiving licensing from the State, infants and toddlers will be accepted into the Day Care program.  To help staff the Day Care, workers and volunteers will be needed.  If you are able to support this ministry in any way, please contact the school (639-6177) or Tami Schultz at school (639-6064) or her home (547-4540).  The goal is to be licensed and open for the second semester.


This year members of the Wyneken chorus as well as students in grades 6-8, will be singing our National Anthem prior to our home sporting events.

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. John-Emmanuel at Wyneken on Wednesday, October 3, with the 7th grade match at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 8th grade contest at 5:00 p.m.  On Saturday, October 6, Wyneken’s 8th grade team will play St. Paul at 9 a.m. and St. Peter at 11 a.m.  Both games are at Emmanuel-St. Michael.  The 5th and 6th grade volleyball teams face St. Peter at St. Peter on Monday, October 1, 4:15 p.m.  The 6th graders face St. John (Kendallville) on Wednesday, October 4, at 4:15 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 3, the JV soccer team faces Unity at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m.  The varsity team begins tournament play with first and second round action at Kreager Park beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5.  Check with a Wyneken soccer player to find out when and who they play.  Good luck in the tournament, boys!   


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion 


Baptism of Madison Marie Cross

  10:15 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
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s
  1:00 p.m. Chapel @ Woodcrest
FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. Set up for Concordia Craft Show
SATURDAY 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft Show @ Concordia High School
  6:30 p.m. JETS at Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen’s


October 7 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion 


LWML Sunday

  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
October 8 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
October 9 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m.

LWML Quarterly Meeting

October 10 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
October 11 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
October 13 8 a.m. – 11a.m. LYF paper/aluminum can drive