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 plan on communing today, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  Come back and worship with us again soon.

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Pentecost 23
November 4, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 15
The Hymns TLH #468; #656; #475; #467; #463; #465


All Saints

Isaiah 26:1-4, 12-13, 19-21 

The dead shall rise and sing for joy because they enter a city of salvation where there is peace, righteousness, and light
Revelation 21:9-11, 22-27    A vision of the heavenly Jerusalem where the glory of God is the everlasting day
Matthew 5:1-12   The Beatitudes
The Sermon

“God Cripples His Saints” – Genesis 32:22-30

1.       God cripples His saints in order that He may bless them.

2.       God cripples His saints to bring them into submission.

3.       God cripples His saints to bring them into His body—the church.

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 thank our seminarian, Chris Hull, for delivering this morning’s sermon meditation.  We pray the Lord’s richest blessings upon him as he continues his studies for the ministry.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Gregg Buuck, Elliot Gehres, Lester Werling, Janice K. Buuck, Scott Gehres, Grayson Lehman, Jenna Timm, Barb Geyer, Katie Linnemeier, Matt Nidlinger, Heidi Wilkinson, Mikayla Renee Chichester (her first!), and Amy DeKoninck.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember our Wyneken 3rd grade teacher, Michelle Martin, Karly Everett, one of our Sunday School teachers, and Kristie Schlemmer who teaches at Bellmont Middle School.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We extend our Christian sympathy to the friends and family of Roberta Bergman, Toney’s mother, who was called to be with her Lord on Friday, November 2.  (Service arrangements were pending as the bulletin went to print.)  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 Jason & Nicole Werling in our prayers as they celebrate their first wedding anniversary today.  May our Heavenly Father continue to be at the heart of their home and bless them richly.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of Olga Reifsteck’s 90th birthday last Friday, November 2.  Her daughters, Mary, Trudy, Christine, and Annette, have placed the flowers in church with much love and admiration. 

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We especially remember in our prayers Gregg Schultz, Don Erxleben, Warren Nidlinger (John’s father), 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) who is in Iraq, 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.

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 next 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. 

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Last Judgment.”

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.   Today, Rev. Richard Koehneke of Holy Cross will have the sermon message, “Being with Christ.”  The essence of heaven is being with Christ.  When the day comes, the believer’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.   On November 11, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege’s sermon will be “Believing in the Resurrection” from Luke 20:27-38.

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.  The Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus’ sermon this week is “Children of God” from I John 3:1.  Good news for the lonely!  God has made us family.  (Did you know that the broadcast can be heard by the military by logging on to www.lutheranhour.org/AFN/listen.htm?) 

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 – Through His prophet Malachi, God invites us to put Him to the test.  He says to us, “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house.  Test Me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it’” (Malachi 3:10).  God wants us to give generously, and He promises to bless us graciously and abundantly in return.  We will be blessed spiritually, and, in His sovereignty, God may even choose to bless some of us materially.  As we put Him to the test through our giving, we express our gratitude, faith, and obedience, which pleases God.

Would you still like to write a devotion for our Advent devotional booklet?  Eight devotions are needed to complete the booklet.  If you would like to write one, please let Pastor Dahling know and submit it as soon as possible.

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?  The class is looking forward to writing letters to our service people prior to them sending out the care packages.  Please contact the church office or Wava Lichtle, the class’s Sunday School teacher, with this information as soon as possible.  The other project is called “Kids Helping Kids.” You can help deserving children in Adams County (kindergarten through 5th grade).  Boxes have been placed in either entranceway of the church for you to place your donation of caps, gloves, socks, underwear, gently used or new coats, and gently used or new boots.  This will be an on-going project.  Thank you in advance.

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.  Andrew Werling has volunteered to chaperone the youth that night.  Plan on attending and don’t forget to bring your sleeping bag and pillow.  Pizza will be provided at $1 per slice.  Thanks, Andrew, for helping the LYF out!

Bingen’s LYF, along with our LYF and Preble’s is hosting a movie night on Saturday, November 10, beginning at 6 p.m. with hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks.  Please come to Bingen’s Fellowship Hall to view the movie, “Martin Luther,” and help celebrate The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s 524th birthday.  Please note that this event is open to the entire congregation—come to the movie this weekend!!

Council Members:  The minutes from the October 2 Council Meeting can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, November 6, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.  Following the Council Meeting the Nominating Committee will meet to put together a slate of candidates for the 2008 Church Council.  If you would like to serve in a specific office, please contact Pastor Dahling or any member of Council. 

The Altar Guild will have their next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, November 11, there will be another Blood Pressure Clinic.  You will have an opportunity to have your blood pressure checked both before and after the church service.

Cindy Houser is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for November.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Cindy at 565-3877.  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!

The November meeting of the Concordia Seminary Guild will be held on Tuesday, November 13, at 1 p.m. in Luther Hall at the Seminary.  Islam will be the topic, presented by Professor Adam Francisco, to be followed by our business meeting.  Members are asked to bring an item for the Seminary Food Bank.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Brege, President of the Guild, at 547-4256.

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.

Reservation forms for “Advent by Candlelight” were included in the November newsletter.  If you would be willing to serve as a hostess, please return your form by Sunday, November 18.  If you wish to attend, your reservation needs to be in by Monday, November 26.  See Ann Crosby if you have any questions.

The Morning Glories will be going to Hessen Cassel this Saturday, November 10.  Show hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Set up is Friday, November 9, at 5 p.m.  If you can help transport items to and/or from the show or work at the booth, please contact Marlene Conrad or Shirley Buuck.  Thanks so much!

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans invites you to a brunch in our Parish Hall on Sunday, November 18, following the worship service.  Manley’s will be catering the brunch—egg/hash brown casserole, cinnamon rolls, orange juice, and coffee.  There is no cost for the meal and you don’t have to be a Thrivent member to attend.  You will have an opportunity to cast your ballot for those running for office in the Adams County Chapter.  If you have any questions, you can contact one of our coordinators—Leesa Heckman, Irene Kiess, or Betty Sielschott.

The Trustees are taking bids for the following jobs—Parish Hall custodian, church custodian, groundskeeper, and snow removal.  If you have any questions or wish to submit a bid, please contact one of the Trustees—Don Gehres, Chris Lichtle, Sean Sielschott, or Zach Stoppenhagen.  Bids need to be turned in by Sunday, November 25.

St. John’s Bingen invites you to join them for their men’s open gym on Wednesday evenings at 8:30 p.m.  They will begin playing on Wednesday, November 7.  If you have any questions, you can contact Jon Zwick at 724-8980.

The first game for the Men’s Monday Night Basketball Church League will be Monday, November 12.  The game will be played at Bellmont Middle School at 7:30 p.m. that night.  No other information is available.  Schedules for the year will be handed out that night.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

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.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Ossian) is having their Holiday Bazaar and Swiss Steak Dinner next Sunday, November 11, with serving starting at 11:15 a.m. and continuing until 1:30 p.m.  There will be a queen-size quilt give-a-way (drawing at 1 p.m.).  Dinner tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under).  Carry out is available.  The proceeds will go towards their debt reduction.

St. Paul’s Preble is having their annual Soup & Sandwich/Bazaar on Saturday, November 17, with serving from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall.  In addition, you can purchase homemade noodles, craft items, decorated cookies, visit their cookie corner, and check out the bake sale items.

The Friends of Wyneken are sponsoring a bus trip to Chicago to Christkindlemart, a traditional German American history market featuring traditional ornaments and toys, nutcrackers, handmade clothing and jewelry, artistic glass and etching, music and entertainment, along with delicious European sweets, chocolates, and food, on Saturday, December 8.  (The mart is located off Daley Plaza and is surrounded by additional shopping and eating opportunities for your enjoyment.)  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 – 275; Adult Bible Class - 17; Sunday School – 59; Adult Bible Class – 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 17



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions – Plate


Wyneken Contributions for October were $1,140, bringing the year-to-date total to $36,130.

Wyneken News

Are you beginning your holiday shopping or baking?  If so, don’t forget SCRIP.  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!

The Upper Grades program (grades 6-8) “Heroes of the Bible,” will be held on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m.  Superhero costumes are needed, such as capes, masks, or Halloween costumes.  If you have something you can lend (items will be returned if so desired), please contact Wyneken or call an upper grade teacher (Pam Brewer, Keith Dicke, Amber Franz, or Marv Drier).  Thanks for your help.

Because of the Upper Grade program, the Wyneken Board of Education meeting will be postponed one week to Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m.

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.

Christmas card orders were distributed at Parent/Teacher conferences last week.  If you discovered there is a damaged or missing item from your order, please contact the school office as soon as possible.  All money needs to be turned in by Monday, November 12.

Mark your calendars and plan on attending the Wyneken craft show on Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Come out and check out the crafts and enjoy a delicious luncheon.

There may be some booths still available for Wyneken’s craft show.  Please contact Cindy Gallmeyer (724-4047) for more information.

November chapel offerings will go towards the four families that the school is adopting.  A list of needed items is included in the November newsletter as well as on the bulletin boards in either entranceway of the church.  If you have anything you wish to donate to this cause, please drop off your donation at Wyneken (or send it with a Wyneken student).  Items will be accepted through Tuesday, December 4.  Thanks!

Monday, November 5, is a half-day of school for North Adams.  However, Wyneken will be attending all day.  If your child rides a North Adams bus home, you will need to make arrangements to pick your child up that day.  School dismisses at 2:45 p.m.

East Allen will be closed on Friday, November 9, for parent/teacher conferences.  Students who ride East Allen busses will need to find transportation both to and from school that day.  Don’t forget to make arrangements with Extended Care, if needed.

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.

Check out the specials on this month’s Market Day order form.  Four new items are offered this month—chicken Pico de Gallo pizzas ($8.39), trail mix breakfast cookies ($6.99), mini cocktail sandwiches ($9.99), and trial honey BBA chicken tenders ($5.95).  Specials this month include Italian flavored meatballs ($7.99), jumbo party shrimp with cocktail sauce ($10.19), beef stew meat ($12.49), French dip ($13.99), meat loaf slices ($8.19), barbecued pork ($12.59), pot roast ($14.49), rack of pork ($5.59 per lb.), garlic & herb shrimp ($13.29), li’l bagel dogs ($8.29), stuffed appetizer bread ($9.69), breaded chicken patties ($12.35), chicken fries ($12.99), hot & spicy buffalo wings ($9.39), low fat chocolate milk ($16.49), mashed potato patties ($5.79), stir fry blend ($6.49), Italian wedding soup ($10.39), chicken stir-fry kit ($12,99), Bosco breadsticks ($12.49), giant cinnamon Goldfish grahams ($5.69), fruit singles ($8.99), individual chicken pot pies ($7.99), Carnitas enchilada ($8.59), chocolate-chocolate chip puddin’ cakes ($7.69), bacon quiche ($7.30), breakfast pizzas ($8.99),microwave pancakes ($7.49), and plain bagel-er ($7.69).  It is also December cookie dough bonus days.  If 250 canisters of cookie dough are sold, Wyneken will receive a rebate of $3.30 per canister.  Think ahead for your Christmas baking and consider purchasing some cookie dough!  Also take a moment to look at the Holiday insert.  There may be items you wish to purchase for your holiday entertaining.  Please note that the order deadline is incorrect on the order form.  Wyneken will be closed the week of November 19.  Order forms need to be returned by Friday, November 16.  You may contact Sharon Franke (623-3992) by noon on Saturday, November 24, with your order or order through the Internet by noon on the 24th.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon.

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.

Math-a-thon pledges need to be turned in to the school office by Monday, November 5.  Checks should be made payable to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Thanks to all who participated in this event.

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.

The following Friedheim students were on Wyneken’s honor roll (a grade point average of 3.75 or better)—Kathy Jenkins, Brett Hormann, Shelby Kiess, Gunnar Cale, and Ethan Lichtle—or honorable mention (a GPA of 3.5)—Andy Blomenberg, Anna Franke, and Madison Stoppenhagen.  Taylor Rhymer was also on honorable mention.  Congratulations!!


We pray for safe travel for our teams, coaches, parents, and fans as they return from the Indianapolis tournament today.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion 

  10:15 a.m.  Sunday School and Bible Class
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
(Nominating Committee to
meet following the Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All day Tabea Society
  7:00 p.m. Choir
  8:30 p.m.

Men’s open gym @ Wyneken

THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman's
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken Upper Grade Program
FRIDAY 5:00 p.m. Set up for Hessen Cassel Craft Show
  7:00 p.m. LYF “lock in” @ Wyneken
SATURDAY 8 a.m. – 3 p.m Hessen Cassel Craft Show
  6:00 p.m. Luther Movie @ Bingen


November 11 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

    (Blood Pressure Clinic before and after church)
  10:00 a.m.  Sunday School

Special Voters’ Meeting

November 12 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
  7:30 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School
November 13 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. Altar Guild
November 14 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
  8:30 p.m.

Men’s open gym @ Wyneken

November 15 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board