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 21
October 21, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service Setting Three

The Hymns TLH #522, vv. 1-4; #394; #393; #395; #396; #522, vv. 5-7
The Choir “Come Just As You Are”

Readings

The Impartial God
Ruth 1:1-19a A Gentile woman demonstrates faithfulness
2 Timothy 2:8-13 A prisoner witnesses through suffering
Luke 17:11-19 A Samaritan is grateful to Christ
The Sermon

“Are You Grateful?” – Luke 17:11-19

Ten—ten with leprosy, then coming to Jesus begging for mercy, ten obeying Jesus by going to the priest and showing him they were cured.  One—one comes back to give thanks.  Here are some of the most scathing and tragic words Jesus will ever utter from His lips, “Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?”  The grateful one was a Samaritan, a half-breed despised by the Jews.  Is the ratio of grateful people still one out of ten?  Are you one or nine?  How can you be one who is grateful?

1.       Recognize your blessings (v. 15—“when he saw he was healed…”)

2.       Return to thank Jesus (vv. 15-16—“turned back.  And gave Him thanks.”)

3.       Realize your unworthiness (v. 16—“He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet.”

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 remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Christine Bultemeier, Kyle Freimuth, Gerhard Kiefer (his 91st!), Roz Schamerloh, Toney Bergman, Marlene DeKoninck, Karen Gallmeyer, Addy Schuller, and Kevin Heckman.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember our Wyneken 5th grade teacher, Dean Wass, Deb Bergman, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Sara Rhymer who teaches in the North Adams system.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We rejoice with Dave & Tessa (Schlemmer) Roemer on the birth of their first child, a little girl, Ava Jane, on Tuesday, October 16.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

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, Ben Miller, and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

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), 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.

As you can see, we have returned to using the order of service from The Lutheran Hymnal.  What did you think of the Lutheran Service Book?  Please let Pastor Dahling or one of the Elders (Ron Bultemeier, Steve Conrad, John Nidlinger, or Stan Stoppenhagen) know your thoughts on using this updated hymnal. There will be a Special Voters’ Meeting following the worship service on Sunday, November 11.  At that time a discussion will be held concerning this updated hymnal.  It is hopeful that a decision can also be made at that time concerning whether or not to adopt this hymnal in our worship life.  You are encouraged to look over the Lutheran Service Book.  Take home one of the 14 copies, located in either entranceway of the church, check out the hymns, look over the orders of service, and then return it to church for others to peruse. 

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. Today’s sermon meditation by Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus will be “Around the Corner.”  When mulling over a decision, people sometimes ask, “What’s the worst that can happen?”  Today’s Lutheran Hour message deals with that question

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “The Freedom of the Christian.”

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 – In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he asked them to give to the distressed Christians in Jerusalem.  Paul told them their participation in the offering to Jerusalem was a way “to test the sincerity of [their] love” (2 Corinthians 8:8).  True charity and generosity can’t be commanded.  Paul wanted the Corinthians to prove their sincerity by giving selfishly and spontaneously.  In the same way, we show our sincerity through our giving and by doing God’s will.  “Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13).  By God’s grace, we are empowered to give generously to those in need.  In our giving, we demonstrate the love of Christ in our hearts.

The District Pastors’ Conference will be held in Columbus, Indiana this week (Monday-Wednesday).  The pastors in our Circuit will be attending.  If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact one of the Elders or the church office.  We will be able to contact Pastor Dahling by cell phone if needed.  We pray for their safe travel as well as a successful conference.

Because of the Circuit conference, neither the Monday evening Bible Class nor the Tuesday morning Early-Bird Bible Class that is held in Bingen’s Fellowship Hall, will meet.  Both classes will resume next week (October 29 and October 30, respectively).

There have been some problems with the Internet service in the church office and messages cannot be accessed at this time.  Once the problem is corrected, a notification will be placed in the church bulletin.  If you have any announcements for the bulletin, please continue to call the office or drop them off outside the office door.  Thank you for your help.

Our 7th and 8th grade Sunday School students are planning two service projects this fall.  They would like to correspond with our servicemen and women and send “care” packages to them (the packages would probably be sent some time in January).  Could you help the class out by providing military addresses for those serving?  Please contact the church office or Wava Lichtle, the class’s Sunday School teacher, with this information as soon as possible.  The other project, which will be implemented in November, is called “Kids Helping Kids.”  Do you realize how many children are sent to school in our community in the winter months without boots, winter coats, mittens, hats, etc.?  (It’s more than any of us really can imagine.)  A list of needed items is being compiled.  Once completed, the list will be posted (in our November newsletter, the bulletin, as well as on the bulletin boards in the church and Parish Hall).  The class will then collect these items and they will be distributed to those in need.  The congregation’s assistance will be welcomed.  Thank you in advance.

Are you aware that we are behind on our Mission budget by approximately $1,800?  Your contributions are used to fund the various missionary projects of our Synod and District.  Prayerfully consider this situation in the coming months.  Just remember, as stated in our Standing Resolutions:  The Mission budget will be met with Home Purpose funds if sufficient mission funds are not available.  (December 12, 1994)

Have you started writing your Advent devotion to be included in this year’s for-members-written-by-members devotion booklet?  Your devotion needs to be in Pastor Dahling’s hands by Thursday, November 1.  You may wish to base your devotion on your favorite Christmas song, tradition, or memory.  Thanks for your help in compiling this booklet.

The Halloween party, sponsored by our LYF, is just around the corner!  It will be held on Thursday, October 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The party is for ages Pre-K through sixth grade.  There will be costume judging, games, and other activities.  Activities are also being planned for those in 7th and 8th grade.  Plan on attending.  LYF members are reminded to be at the Parish Hall on Wednesday, October 24, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to set up for the party.  Each LYF member is to bring two bags of candy/treats and be at the Parish Hall by 6 p.m. on the 25th

LYF members are reminded that on Sunday, October 28, the group will be assembling “goodie” packages for those who are away at college.  Plan on coming to the Parish Hall kitchen following the worship service and don’t forget to bring some items to put into the packages—gum, granola bars, microwave popcorn, etc.

The LYF from St. John’s Bingen has invited our youth to a “lock-in” at Wyneken on Friday, November 9, beginning at 7 p.m.  In order for our LYF to participate, however, chaperones from Friedheim are needed.  (Our LYF counselors have previous commitments for this night and won’t be able to chaperone.)  If you are willing to help, please contact Denise Conrad (547-4717) by November 1.  Thanks for your help. 

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 subscription, this information needs to be in the church office no later than this 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.

Kathy Bultemeier is serving as the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for October.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Kathy at 639-3636.  We are getting low on some of our food items.  Perhaps, while fixing your own family’s meal, you could make a little extra to be donated to “Meals of Grace.”  Soup is greatly appreciated especially as the weather begins to cool down.  Smaller portions (for one or two) of a main dish, casserole, or dessert are also appreciated.  Don’t forget to date your donation and list the ingredients.  You can place your donation in the freezer in the back room (furnace room) of the church basement.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Have you thought of putting flowers in church?  There are many dates open on the calendar for the remainder of this year.  Take a look at the Altar Guild’s Flower Calendar, posted in the south entranceway of the church.  Perhaps you would like to place flowers in church to commemorate a special day in your life.  Contact Shelly Kiefer (547-4327) if you would like the Altar Guild to order flowers for you.

There are some changes to donating items to the Hip-Hop Second Hand Store (next to Gibby’s in the Decatur Plaza) to benefit Relay for Life.  The shop is closed on Mondays.  Your donations can be taken to the store Tuesdays-Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Remember, you can drop off items after hours by contacting Jackie at 701-8248.

Are you interested in purchasing some popcorn to help support the projects of Boy Scout Troop 348?  Please see P. J. DeKoninck after the worship service today to make your purchase (cash & carry basis).  Thanks!

St. Peter’s Goeglein and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are sponsoring a benefit for 17-month-old Maddie Zelt today 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.).  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. 

The PTL of Bethlehem (Ossian) is having a Fall Festival today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  You are invited to enjoy a chili supper, contests, activities, entertainment, and much more.   You will also have an opportunity to look over books at their Scholastic Book Fair. 

Bingen is having their annual Swiss Steak/Chicken Dinner on Sunday, October 28, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.  There will also be a bazaar and bake sale.  The cost of the meal is $6.50 for adults, $3 for children (6-12), and free for those children ages five and under.  Drive-thru and/or carryouts are available. 

Keep in mind the Circuit-wide Reformation Vespers Service on Sunday, October 28, at St. John’s Bingen.  At 6 p.m. Seminarian Randy Wurschmidt will have an organ recital, with the vespers service beginning at 7 p.m.  Rev. Donald Sauls of Peace Lutheran in Berne will be preaching with Rev. William Brege as Liturgist and Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege as the Lector.  We look forward to seeing you at Bingen to help celebrate the Reformation of the Church that Dr. Martin Luther and others worked so hard to accomplish through the preaching of God’s Word.

Martini Lutheran Church, 333 E. Moeller Road in New Haven, is having their craft bazaar and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 10.  Breakfast and lunch will be available.  A barbeque chicken carry-out only, sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will be served from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Friends of Wyneken are sponsoring a bus trip to Chicago to Christkindlemart on Saturday, December 8.  The bus will leave at 6 a.m. and arrive back around 10 p.m.  The cost per person is $45.  There will be three pick-up sites (Gerber Plaza North in Decatur, K-Mart South in Ft. Wayne, and the Kroger Shopping Plaza in Columbia City).  Deadline for reservations is Thursday, November 8.  Please contact Karen Heller (724-7959), Pendy Selking (547-4422), or John Kalb (260-432-2369).

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 239; Sunday School – 37; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 7; Early-bird Bible Class - 13

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,667.00

Missions - Envelopes

$350.00

Missions – Plate

$347.34

Wyneken News

It’s always a good time to get SCRIP.  There are so many vendors on the list that there must be at least one you do business with on a regular basis.  Why not purchase some SCRIP for those businesses and help support our 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, Wednesday, and Friday 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, October 25, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  (This is a change from the time listed on the order form.)  Contact Sharon Franke (623-3992) if you have any questions.

It’s SPACE CARNIVAL time!  Come to Wyneken today beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m.  The silent auction ends at 5:30 p.m.  So come for some out-of-this-world fun!  (Please remember that children are to be accompanied by an adult or a person of high school age.  Thanks!)

The Upper Grades program (grades 6-8) “Heroes of the Bible,” will be held on Thursday, November 1.  No other information is available at this time.

Need some Gold Canyon candles?  How about ordering your poinsettias?  The 8th grade class is selling both of these items as fundraisers for their Washington, DC trip next spring.  Candle sales will end on Friday, November 2.  Please pay for your candles at the time of order with delivery about two weeks after the end of the sales.  Contact any Wyneken 8th grader to make your purchase.  Please remember that Gunnar Cale and Ethan Lichtle are the 8th graders from Friedheim.

Wyneken Christmas card orders will be distributed at the Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 & 25. 

Report cards will be issued on Tuesday, October 23.  There will be early dismissal (12:25 p.m.) on both Wednesday and Thursday.  Parent/teacher consultations will be held on these dates.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both to and from school.  Those who ride on East Allen busses will need to find a way home those days.  Remember, if you need to use Extended Care, please call 639-6064 to make your arrangements.  School will be closed on Friday, October 26, for fall break.

Come to Wyneken’s Technology Garage Sale (cash & carry).  Items will be on display and available for purchase at Parent/Teacher conferences.  You can get a computer system for $50 and a color photo printer for $25.  All systems are functional and are being sold on an “as is” basis.  The computers run Windows 98 SE, have Microsoft Office 2000 installed, and have celeron processors.  The funds raised from this sale will go towards further updating technology at Wyneken.

The next PTL meeting will be held on Monday, November 12, at 7 p.m.  Child-care is provided by the 8th grade class at no cost to the parents.  Refreshments are served following the meeting.

Don’t forget that Wyneken will be closed the week of November 19.  The teachers will be attending a conference the first three days and then it’s the Thanksgiving break.  If enough parents are interested, Wyneken Extended Care will be open all day on Monday-Wednesday (November 19-21) of that week.  Please contact Tami Schultz (639-6040) as soon as possible.

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.

Sports

Spirit Week will be held the week of October 29.  Our varsity boys’ basketball teams (both 7th and 8th) will be participating in the Indy tournament the weekend of November 2-4.  A pep session is planned for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School and Bible Class
  3:00 p.m.

Carnival @ Wyneken

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 7:00 p.m. Choir
  7:30 p.m. LYF to set up for Halloween Party
THURSDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Lucile Stoppenhagen’s
  6:30 p.m. LYF Halloween Party

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

October 28 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m.  Sunday School and Bible Class
  6:00 p.m.

Organ Recital @ Bingen

  7:00 p.m. Circuit-wide Reformation Service @ Bingen
October 29 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
October 30 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
October 31 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
    Devotions Needed
November 1 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
November 2 TBA

Set up for South Adams Craft Show

November 3 TBA South Adams Craft Show

Faith and Money

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).  Money and possessions are the greatest rivals for God’s attention than any other thing.  We either become emotionally attached to our money or we become emotionally attached to the God Who gives us our money.  We may think that we can love both, but God tells us it is impossible.  As we spend time in God’s Word and give our money to God through our churches, we overcome the temptation to break the First Commandment and put a false idol first, ahead of the God Who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ.