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, which can be found in either entranceway of the church.  You may give the card to one of the Deacons or place it in the offering plate.  Come back and worship with us again soon.

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Advent 1
December 2
, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 46
The Hymns TLH #60; #95; #55; #57; #58; #54
The Choir “Advent”

Readings

The Day of the Lord
Isaiah 2:1-5

The day when all nations will come to God

Romans 13:8-14 The day of salvation is at hand
Matthew 24:36-44 Be ready for the unexpected day of Jesus’ return
The Sermon

“Be Ready!” – Matthew 24:37-44

The Acolyte

Bethany Evans

 

+  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—Paul Des Jean, Doug Hormann, Gerhard Werling, Dawn Miller, Dorothy Heckman, Sara Werling, and Marvin Conrad.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember our Wyneken Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Janine Albert, Tina Geels, our Sunday School Superintendent, and Addy Schuller who teaches at Bethlehem (Ossian).  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 continuing his recovery at home, Armilla Conrad who has also returned home, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of Paul Fuhrmann’s 90th birthday, which he celebrated last Friday, November 30.  His family, with much love and admiration, placed the flowers in church.  May the Lord continue to bless him.

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 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.  

Plan on attending our mid-week Advent services.  The first service will be held this Wednesday, December 5, at 7 p.m.  Pastor’s sermon will be “The Day of Salvation is at Hand” from Romans 13:11-14.  (The LYF will serve supper prior to the service.  Come to the Parish Hall at 6 p.m. for a spaghetti supper!)

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 message, “Getting it Partly Right,” by Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus is from Matthew 21:10-11.  Who is Jesus?  Too many people get the answer partly right.  Find out how!  (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.

There are still a few copies of this year’s Advent-Christmas devotional booklets, including a few sight-saver copies.  If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, 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 Coming Christ.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – No matter how hard we try, we will never completely overcome our selfishness and greed.  Even through Scripture tells us that worldly treasures can’t provide us with any real security, we don’t always distinguish between providing responsibly for our future needs and selfish hoarding.  Jesus said, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).  What we acquire in this life will at some time be lost; however, what we do for Christ will last forever.   Jesus also said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? (Luke 9:25).

The problems have been fixed with the Internet service in the church office.  You can now e-mail your announcements for the bulletin and/or newsletter to churchoffice@zionfriedheim.org.  A special thanks goes out to Marv Drier, Tim Blomenberg, and Al Lautzenheiser for getting this task completed.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest this Thursday, December 6.  Some help with getting the residents to this chapel service would be much appreciated.  Please contact Pastor as soon as possible to let him know if you can help.  You would need to be at Woodcrest around 12:45 p.m.  Thank you in advance.

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!

Included in this morning’s bulletin is a copy of “Christ’s Kingdom.  Every Native American Nation – 2007 Advent Devotions.”  The authors of this devotion booklet are involved with Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, U.S. (LAMPS), which shares the Good News of Jesus with the our Native Americans.  Did you know that less than 3% of Native American people know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior?  Please remember this ministry in your prayers.

The Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is planning an antique auction on Sunday, February 24, at the K of C in Decatur to raise money for the Relay for Life (a fundraising event for cancer that is held in June).  Donations of antique items are needed.  Such items include metal toys, board games, baseball cards, comics, dolls, doll furniture, Depression ware, Carnival glass, clocks, hand tools, and guns.  To help in advertising this event and print sale fliers, the committee would like to have a list of items by the end of December, collect the items in January, and then distribute advertising fliers in February.  Please contact Gene or Irene Kiess at 724-4450 if you have items to donate to this worthy cause.  Thanks in advance for your support.

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.  Doors open for “Advent by Candlelight” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 3.  The event begins at 7 p.m.  Love, INC will benefit from this year’s ingathering.  A cash donation is being requested to best help with the different ministries of this organization.  If you have trouble with steps, don’t let it prevent you from coming to “Advent by Candlelight.”  The chair lift will be operational tomorrow night (with someone there to run it) to make it easy for you to get to and from the Parish Hall basement. 

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.

On the first Sunday in Advent, our Pre-K students receive the first pieces of the nativity sets. This morning, Grace Scheumann, Grace Bradtmueller, Brayton Kaehr, and Brooks Myers will receive the start of their set.  (The other children will receive their pieces during the Sunday School hour.)   

The Sunday School students are asked to remain in church following the worship service today.  They will begin practicing their Christmas program.  The pre-K/kindergarten class will practice in church and then will head to the Parish Hall for their class. 

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 next 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.  Installation of the 2008 Church Council will take place on Sunday, December 16.  The following individuals have been nominated for office:

Chairman:

TBA
Mike Conrad

Board of Evangelism:

Lin Gorman
Monica Stoppenhagen

Elder:

Paul Des Jean
Dale Heckman
Kent Kiefer
Mike Selking

Trustees:

Corbin Bultemeier
Fred Geels
Ed Geyer
Dennis Schuller

Recording Secretary:

TBA
Teri Conrad

Board of Education:

Mitch Baumann
Tim Blomenberg

Treasurer:

Kim Schamerloh

Friedheim Foundation:

Marv Drier
Loren Gallmeyer

Synodical Treasurer:

Janice Buuck
Melyssa Bultemeier

Board of Stewardship:

Shirley Drier
Joe Gorman

Deacons:

Kevin Conrad
Mike Linnemeier
Chris Rhymer
Adam Sielschott

 

 

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 this Wednesday while tacos will be served 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 have all their crafts displayed in Classroom D in the Parish Hall beginning this Sunday, and continuing through Sunday, December 23.  This will give you an opportunity to shop after church.  Sales totaled $351.10 at St. Jude’s on Thanksgiving weekend.  Also the Morning Glories are taking a holiday break.  They will resume meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8. 

Next Sunday, December 9, you will have the opportunity to have your blood pressure checked.  Our parish nurse (Wava Lichtle) and her assistants will be available both before and after the worship service.

The LWML Thursday morning Bible class will meet this Thursday, December 6, at 9 a.m. at the home of Ann Crosby.  They will then take a break, not meeting again until Thursday, January 3.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will have their December Breakfast meeting on Thursday, December 13, at 8 a.m. in the Decatur Room of Adams Memorial Hospital.  All board members, coordinators, special advisors, CLU FIC Financial consultants of our Thrivent office, members, spouses, and all interested parties are invited to attend.  If you plan on coming, please contact Evelyn DeBolt (724-4259) or Shirley Hormann (724-3101) by December 10.

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 today.

Please keep the afternoon of Sunday, January 27, open!  Our congregational fellowship dinner, catered by Norm Schueler, will be held that day.  (Dessert donations will be gladly accepted, however.)  Plan on coming and enjoy an afternoon/evening of fellowship, conversation, and good food!

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 is off this week.  On Monday, December 10, they will face Preble at 7 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 today 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! 

Attendance:  Thanksgiving Eve Worship – 90 with 59 receiving Holy Communion; Thanksgiving Day Worship – 112 with 94 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday Worship Service – 272; Sunday School – 51; Bible Class – 14; Monday Night Bible Class – 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 8; Early-bird Bible Class - 17

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$2,593.53

Missions – Thanksgiving

$3,399.00

Missions – November 25

$250.00

A total of $4,505 was received in the Wyneken Contributions account, bringing the year-to-date total to $40,635.

Wyneken News

Are you beginning your holiday shopping or baking?  If so, don’t forget SCRIP.  The holiday contest ends today.  (Sales through November 28 totaled $30,775!)  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.  Wal Mart has been added to the vendor list.  You can purchase certificates in $25 and $100 denominations (with a 2% return).   See Kim Weiland to make your purchases.  Although UltraZone and Quizno’s are no longer on the order sheet, there are still some certificates available in stock.  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.

If you have bought anything for the four families that Wyneken has adopted, those items need to be at school by Tuesday, December 4.  Please remember that all items need to be new, no gently used articles are being accepted. 

Good luck to those students in grades 3-8 who will be competing at St. Peter-Immanuel at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, in the “Bible Bowl.”   Class winners will compete with Decatur and Ft. Wayne area Lutheran school students with questions coming from the Gospel of Luke (NIV).

If your child rides an East Allen bus, please make arrangements for them to get home on Thursday, December 6.  Remember, if you need to use the Wyneken Extended Care Program, please contact Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

Mark you calendars for Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m. when our Pre-K through 2nd grade students will have their program.  “Santa’s Shopping Network” and “The Unfriendly Beasts” are the titles of the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades programs, while “Angel!  Angel!” is the pre-K program.  Parents, don’t forget to bring your bake sale items for the PTL bake sale held in the multi-purpose room.  (Note:  The Wyneken Board of Education will meet after the lower grades program at 8 p.m.)

“Make a Joyful Noise!”  Come one!  Come all!   Listen to the Wyneken chimes and singers on Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m. in the Wyneken cafetorium.

Don’t forget to save your Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s labels while doing your holiday baking and cooking.  You can send them in at anytime. 

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 JV teams will face Zion (Ft. Wayne) at Zion on Monday, December 3.  The girls’ game starts at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday, December 6, the 7th & 8th graders will play Central.  The girls’ games will be at Wyneken (8th at 4:15 p.m. and 7th at 5:30 p.m.) while the boys’ games will be played at Central (8th at 4:15 p.m. and 7th at 5:30 p.m.).  The 8th grade boys also have a game on Saturday, December 8, versus Woodburn at home.

Just a reminder that during Advent no Wednesday practices will be held.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 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

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Advent By Candlelight
TUESDAY 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
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society
  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

THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby
FRIDAY 11:30 a.m.

Tabea Christmas Party @ Concord Village

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 9 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

   

 Blood Pressure Clinic before & after services

  10:00 a.m.  Christmas Eve Program Practice
  10:00 a.m.  Budget & Election Meeting
December 10 7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball (Preble) @ Monmouth
  7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
December 11 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
December 12 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting  
  6:00 p.m. LYF Mid-week Advent Taco Supper
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Advent Service
  8:00 p.m. Choir
  8:30 p.m.

Men’s open gym @ Wyneken

December 13 8:00 a.m.

Thrivent Breakfast Meeting @ Adams Memorial

  7:00 p.m. Lower Grades Program @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball (Berne Missionary) @ Monmouth
  8:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board

Myself

Years ago in a Richmond, Virginia church, a collection was taken following a missionary address.  In one of the plates was a card.  The pastor picked it up and found written on it, “Myself.  John Lewis Shuck.”  That was the start of the young man’s missionary career.  He became the first Baptist missionary appointed to China, sailing for Hong Kong in 1835.  If you would be God’s steward, you must give yourself. – M. Lynn