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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Christ the King Sunday
November 25, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 5
The Hymns TLH #239; #431; #341
The Choir “Shout Hosanna to the King”

Readings

The King of the Kingdom!
Jeremiah 23:2-6 The Righteous King
Colossians 1:13-20 The Divided King
Luke 23:35-43 The Crucified King
The Sermon

“The Crucified King” – Luke 23:35-43

There are three realities:

1.   I tell you the truth—Our transfer into glory is based on the reality of the resurrection.

2.   today—At the moment of death, we take a walk from one end of the kingdom to the other—from the kingdom of grace into the kingdom of glory.  We close our eyes to this world only to behold the face of Jesus.

3.   you will be with Me in paradise—There we will live and reign with the Savior throughout all eternity.

The Acolyte

Rosa DeKoninck

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Kathy Bultemeier, Ken Fuhrmann, Valerie Harants, Kellie Hartman, Brad Schamerloh, Alma Miller, Joey Des Jean, Paul Fuhrmann who is celebrating his 90th birthday, and Jane Thieme.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember our Wyneken Kindergarten teacher, Rae Fuhrmann, Brittany Franke, Ashtyn Freimuth, Allison Hormann, Angie Lichtle, and Sara Rhymer who help in our Sunday School classes, and Deb Miller who teaches at Concordia Elementary.  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 Lon Buuck, brother of Cheryl Bultemeyer and Janice Buuck and principal at Zion in Decatur, who is a patient at Lutheran Hospital, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We welcome into church membership William Albert Case, infant son of Luke & Kim (Gallmeyer) Case, who was baptized yesterday afternoon.  Michael Gallmeyer, Christopher Gallmeyer, Jennifer Runyon, and Andrea Mann are his godparents.  We pray that the Good Shepherd will keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

A belated congratulations goes out to Todd & Kylene Deitemyer who celebrated their first wedding anniversary on November 11.  May our loving Savior remain at the heart of their home and continue to shower His blessings upon them.  We also remember Lowell & Jean Timm and Don & Joy Erxleben in our prayers.  Both couples will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversaries this Monday, November 26.  May the Lord continue to bless these families.

 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,  James Johnson (Jean Timm’s nephew), 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.

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, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege from St. Paul’s Preble will deliver the sermon message, “Confession of a Thief,” from Luke 23:32-43.  As Jesus died upon the cross, there was a thief next to Him who confessed a good confession.  He confessed his own sinfulness, he confessed Jesus’ innocence, he confessed Jesus as the Christ, and he confessed life after death in Jesus.  Jesus promises, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.”

This year’s Advent-Christmas devotional booklets were distributed on Wednesday, November 21.  A special thank you goes out to all those who submitted devotions for the booklet.  This year’s devotions began on Thanksgiving and run through Epiphany.  If you didn’t get your copy last week, please pick one up as you leave the worship service today.

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

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. Ralph Blomenberg is the guest preacher this morning.  (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 – Jesus gives us guidance as to how we should be giving to the needy.  “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:3).  He is telling us not to do good works that will give us glory.  When we do good words to be admired and to win the approval of other people, we are serving only ourselves and not God.  God rewards good works that are done without seeking any kind of reward.  Our rewards, given to us by God’s grace, may be received in this lifetime, or we may receive them only in the life to come in Heaven.

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 have two service projects year.  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.

Kris Blomenberg is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for December.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Kris at 547-4673.  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!

Reservation forms for “Advent by Candlelight” to be held on Monday, December 3, can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Set-up for “Advent by Candlelight” will take place after 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 2.  If you would be willing to help, please contact Ann Crosby.  If you wish to attend, your reservation needs to be in by Monday, November 26.  If you have trouble with steps, don’t let it prevent you from coming to “Advent by Candlelight.”  The chair lift will be operational that night (with someone there to run it) to make it easy for you to get to and from the Parish Hall basement.  See Ann Crosby if you have any questions.

Do you plan on placing poinsettias in church (and aren’t purchasing them from the Wyneken 8th graders)?   If so, make sure you let the Decorating Committee (Tina Geels, Betty Sielschott, Sara Rhymer, Mitzi Gardner, or Angie Baumann) know of your intentions and if you are placing the poinsettias “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” someone.   A listing of donations will be placed in the December 23 bulletin.

Next Sunday, December 2, is the first Sunday in Advent.  The first pieces of the nativity sets will be distributed to our Pre-K (4) students during the church service while the other children will receive their pieces during the Sunday School hour.  Our 4-year olds are Grace Scheumann, Grace Bradtmueller, Brayton Kaehr, and Brooks Myers.  (If your child is a baptized member of the congregation and will be in kindergarten next year and his or her name is not listed above, please contact the church office immediately so that their name can be added to the list.)

Would you like to attend the “Casting Crowns” concert being held at Memorial Coliseum this Thursday, November 29?  The doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.  The “Casting Crowns” will go on later than 7 p.m. since there are other opening acts.  The LYF plans on attending this concert and they need to know how many tickets to purchase.  If there are more than 20 people attending, pre-sale tickets are $18.  If 20 or fewer people attend, the cost of the ticket jumps to $26.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $28.  If you plan on attending, please contact Elliot Conrad today by calling 260-223-5168 or 260-547-4717.  (You don’t have to be an LYF member to attend the concert.  Just contact Elliot if you would like to purchase tickets.)  Thanks for your help!

Council Members:  The December Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.  The minutes of the November 6 Council meeting are in your slots in the entranceway of the church.  If you were to complete a budget sheet, please make sure that you have submitted it to the church office by Monday, December 3.  Thanks!

Our Budget & Election Meeting will take place on Sunday, December 9, following the worship service.  Since the children will be practicing their Christmas program, the meeting will be held in the church basement.  Please make sure to attend this important meeting of our congregation.

The LYF will be serving supper before our Wednesday Advent services.  Meals are planned for Wednesday, December 5, 12, and 19.  Spaghetti is on the menu for the 5th, tacos on the 12th, and soup and salad on the 19th.  Serving begins at 6 p.m.  (LYF members are to arrive by 5:30 p.m.)  Youth are reminded to bring a dessert each week (pie, cake, pudding, etc.) and on the 5th to also bring a jar of spaghetti sauce.

The Morning Glories will be going to the Wyneken craft show this Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with set up on Friday afternoon, November 30.  This year you will find our booth in the Music Room at Wyneken instead of the library.  Items will also be displayed in Classroom D in the Parish Hall beginning on Sunday, December 2, and continuing through Sunday, December 30.  This will give you an opportunity to shop after church.  If you can help transport items to and/or from the show or work at the booth, please contact Marlene Conrad or Shirley Buuck.  The Morning Glories will be taking a holiday break.  They will resume meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8. 

There will be quilting on December 5 and 12.  Also, the Tabea Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 7, at Concord Village.  If you plan on attending, please contact Ann Crosby by Sunday, December 2.

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 today.

Youth ushers for December are Caleb Buuck and Alex Weiland.  Tina Geels and Sherril Bradtmueller are serving on Altar Guild.

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

The Men’s Monday Night Basketball Church League continues play this Monday, November 26.  They will face The Crossroad at 6 p.m. at Monmouth.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

This Christmas Love INC is once again sponsoring the “Emmanuel Project,” helping to provide gifts to Adams County children from low-income families.  All gifts need to be picked up and delivered by December 12.  You may deliver the gifts to the families or take them to a designated church that will be a distribution point where the parents of these children will pick them up.  So far 200 children have been sponsored, but there are still 200 children on the list that need to be sponsored.  If you are willing to help, you may contact Love INC, by calling 728-4503.  Office hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday).  Love INC is located at 1735 Patterson Street in Decatur’s Industrial Park.

Mark your calendars for the fourth annual German Advent Service on Sunday, December 2, at historic Zion Lutheran Church at 2313 S. Hanna in Ft. Wayne.  Professor Ziegler and the Rev. Dr. Detlev Schulz will conduct the service, which begins at 3 p.m.  Afterwards there is Kaffeeeklatsch with stollen and hymn singing.  If you have any questions, please call Cornelia at 438-5187.  This is the closest you will get to Germany without spending any airfare! 

Fellow Members of Zion, Friedheim,
Thank you for all the prayers, cards, and words of support during my father’s illness and subsequent passing to be with the Lord.  Your acts of kindness are greatly appreciated.  To Pastor Dahling, your visits, prayers and words of comfort were so helpful and meaningful.  May God continue to Bless Zion, Friedheim, for future generations!  God Bless – John & Nan Nidlinger family

I want to thank Pastor Dahling and the members of Friedheim for all the visits, cards, and prayers given on my behalf on the passing of my sister and brother-in-law.  God’s Blessings to each of you. –  Evelyn Keuneke

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 239 with 141 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 36; Adult Bible Class – 13; Monday Night Bible Class – 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 16

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,094.07

Missions – Plate

$435.00

Wyneken News

Are you beginning your holiday shopping or baking?  If so, don’t forget SCRIP.  The holiday contest began on November 19 and runs through December 2.  The contest will benefit three projects—the purchase of chairs for the Pre-K and kindergarten rooms, a $500 donation to childcare, and the purchase of speakers and an acoustic system for the cafeteria.  There are also several new vendors just in time for Christmas.   See Kim Weiland 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.

Would you like to order poinsettias or wreaths?  Order forms can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Orders are due this Saturday, December 1, with delivery on Thursday, December 6.  If you want to order poinsettias for placement in church, please complete the bottom of the order form and give it to a member of the Decorating Committee.  Contact any Wyneken 8th grader to make your purchase.  (You can also call Shelly Bradbury at 639-6267 or the school office at 639-6177 to place your orders.)  Heller’s will be supplying the poinsettias this year.  Please remember that Gunnar Cale and Ethan Lichtle are the 8th graders from Friedheim.

November chapel offerings are going towards the four families that the school is adopting.  A list of needed items was included in the November newsletter as well as being posted 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).  Please remember that all items need to be new, no gently used articles are being accepted.  Items will be collected through Tuesday, December 4.  Thanks!

Second quarter mid-term ends on Tuesday, November 27, with reports sent home with the students on Friday, November 30.

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 60+ vendors who will be displaying quilts, wood crafts, knitted, crocheted, and embroidered items, jewelry, as well as representatives from Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Tastefully Simply, and many others.  Don’t forget to purchase your cookies at the Cookie Corner and enjoy a delicious luncheon.  The  profits from the craft show are used for the 8th graders trip to Washington, DC in May of 2008.

Market Day orders may be picked-up on in the cafeteria on Thursday, November 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

The Wyneken Day Care Program is working on room modifications and once the room is set up, an inspection by the State will be held.  After receiving licensing from the State, infants and toddlers will be accepted into the Day Care program with a target date of January 2008.  Additional staff (both volunteer and paid) will be needed.  Perhaps you would like to volunteer some time to help take care of the infants by rocking, cuddling, and feeding them.  If so, please contact Tami Schultz.  They are also looking for infant items—cribs, high chairs, changing tables, etc.  If you have some that you would like to donate or sell, please contact Tami Schultz.  If you are able to support this ministry through donations or would like to volunteer some time (one day per week or, perhaps, just a morning or afternoon), please contact the school (639-6177) or Tami Schultz at school (639-6064) or her home (547-4540). 

Sports

The 6th grade teams face Central at home on Monday, November 26.  The girls play at 4:15 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow at 5:30 p.m.  These teams play again on Wednesday, November 28, as they face Woodburn at home.  Game times are again 4:15 p.m. (girls) and 5:30 p.m. (boys).  The 8th graders face Zion, Decatur, at Zion on Thursday, November 29.  The girls play at 4:15 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow at 5:30 p.m.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m.  Sunday School & Bible Class
    Bids due to Trustees
MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball @ Monmouth
  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
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  8:00 p.m. Choir
  8:30 p.m.

Men’s open gym @ Wyneken

THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s
  7:00 p.m.

“Casting Crowns” Concert (LYF) 

FRIDAY 3:15 p.m.

Set up for Wyneken Craft Show

SATURDAY 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wyneken Craft Fair

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 2 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    (Nativity Sets distributed)  
  10:15 a.m.  Christmas Eve Program Practice & Bible Class
   

 Reservations for Tabea Society Christmas to Ann Crosby

December 3 7:00 p.m. Advent By Candlelight
December 4 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
December 5 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m. LYF Mid-week Advent Supper
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Advent Service
  8:00 p.m. Choir
  8:30 p.m.

Men’s open gym @ Wyneken

December 6 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
December 7 11:30 a.m.

Tabea Christmas Party at Concord Village

During this Thanksgiving season, it is easy for us to give thanks for our families, our homes, our clothing, and our food.  These blessings are very visible to us.  However, there are other blessings for which we should be thankful, but we may need to be reminded to give thanks because we sort of take them for granted.  For example, when is the last time that you thanked God for the air that you breathe, the smell and taste of fresh coffee in the morning, the beauty of flowers or beauty of a sunset, the excitement from a college or pro football game, the joy of holding a baby.  The list could go on forever.

The blessings that we want to focus on today is the blessing of God’s love for us and the love that He places in our hearts for others.  How wonderful it is, when individuals or groups of people experience difficulties due to calamities such as fire or flooding that others will come to their aid.  Most of us may have given some financial support.  There was probably very little hesitation in our response as Christians because God has commanded us to love and help our neighbors.  Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).  We are to elevate the interests of our neighbors over those of ourselves.  God’s love for us compels us to share that love with others.  Paul wrote in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Paul wrote in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  When we serve others, God’s love is seen through us.

Even in our best moments, our love for our neighbors doesn’t come close to comparing to how much God loves us.  In the words of Paul, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).  In spite of our sinful ways and unworthiness, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

This Thanksgiving season, don’t forget to thank God for His awesome love for us and also thank Him for empowering us to love others.