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 3
December 16
, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 46
The Hymns TLH #93; #60; #92; #95; #98; #654
The Choir “Advent Noel”

Readings

When the Messiah Comes
Isaiah 35:1-10 Conditions resulting from God’s coming to His people
James 5:7-11 Patience in waiting for the Lord’s return
Matthew 11:2-15 Evidence that Jesus is the Messiah
The Sermon

“Evidence that Jesus is the Messiah—let Jesus be Jesus!” - Matthew 11:2-15

If Jesus is the Who, who is to come, then what?

  1. Believe in Him as the Messiah.
  2. With John, join the cause of Christ and become a disciple.

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—Ruth Heckman, Shirley Hormann, Julie Bock, Zach Stoppenhagen, Sean Bultemeier, Alma Keidel, Veronica Moellering, Brian Walker, and Tia Lee.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember Wava & Emma Lichtle, our 7th & 8th grade Sunday School teachers, our Wyneken custodian, Stephanie Comer, and Judy Baumann who teaches at Monmouth.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We rejoice with Josh & Tiffany (Brodbeck) Colwell on the birth of their first child, a son, Konner Steven, who was born on Monday, December 10.  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 Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife) 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 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.  Our second service will be held on Wednesday, December 19, at 7 p.m.  Pastor’s sermon will be “Patience in waiting for the Lord’s Return”” from James 5:7-11.  (The LYF will have a soup & salad supper in the Parish Hall prior to the service.  Serving begins at 6 p.m.)

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, “Being Sure,” by Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus is from Matthew 11:2-3.  It’s human to have questions.  It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to provide answers.  (Did you know that the broadcast could 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.

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

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Twice in Psalm 24, the gates are commanded to lift up their heads.  Why?  So that the King of Glory may come in.  During this Advent Season, we are reminded of just whom it was who came to Earth, born of a woman in a lowly stable.  He is the King of Glory!  He is the One we honor and proclaim!  He is the One due our allegiance and our service.  Open your gates!  Let the King of Glory come in!

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!

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

We wish to take a moment to thank our out-going officers for their dedicated service and wish God’s blessings upon them, as well as to our holdover officers and the newest Council members.  Installation of the 2008 Church Council will take place this morning.  The results of last Sunday’s election are as follows:  Chairman—Mike Conrad, Elders—Kent Kiefer and Paul Des Jean, Board of Evangelism—Monica Stoppenhagen, Home Purpose Treasurer—Kim Schamerloh, Synodical Treasurer—Janice K. Buuck, Trustees—Corbin Bultemeier and Dennis Schuller, Friedheim Foundation—Loren Gallmeyer, Board of Stewardship—Shirley Drier, Board of Education—Mitch Baumann, Deacons—Chris Rhymer and Adam Sielschott, and Recording Secretary—Teri Conrad.

The LYF will be serving supper before our Wednesday Advent services.  A soup & salad supper is planned for this Wednesday, December 19, with serving beginning 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.).

The Morning Glories have all their crafts displayed in Classroom D in the Parish Hall through Sunday, December 23.  This will give you an opportunity to shop after church.  Also the Morning Glories are taking a holiday break.  They will resume meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8. 

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 724-4436 if you have items to donate to this worthy cause.  Thanks in advance for your support.

The LWML Thursday morning Bible class will take a holiday break, not meeting again until Thursday, January 3, at the home of Ann Crosby.

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 faces Grace Bible Missionary this Monday, December 17 Church of God on Tuesday, December 18, and on Thursday, December 20, St. Mary’s will be their opponent.  Monday’s game is at 8 p.m. at the Adams County Service Complex, Tuesday’s game is at Bellmont Middle School at 9:30 p.m. and Thursday’s game will be played at Monmouth at 8 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

The Portals of Prayer and the LWML Quarterly (Winter 2007) have arrived.  You may pick up a copy as you leave the worship service this morning.

Recently a thank note was received from Love INC.  They were the beneficiaries of the “Advent by Candlelight” ingathering.  That night $511 was collected to benefit the various projects of Love INC.  A special thanks goes out to all those who contributed to this ministry.  Please pray for their continued success.

The 2008 calendars, provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Homes, can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Please take one home with you.

You are invited to Concordia Lutheran High School’s annual Christmas musical presentation at the Embassy this afternoon at 4 p.m.  “The Gift” features music from Concordia’s Music Department as well as elementary choirs from St. Peter’s Flatrock, and Emmanuel-St. Michael’s.  Tickets are $10.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 195; Sunday School – 37; Monday Night Bible Class – 5; Early-bird Bible Class – 17; Mid-week Advent Service - 95

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$11,295.25*

Missions – December 5

$345.19

Missions – December 9

$164.00

*This includes an $8,000 transfer from the Wyneken Contributions account.

Giving to Jesus

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year because we get the opportunity to celebrate the wondrous gift of God’s Son, Jesus.  Because of God’s gift to us on the very first Christmas, Christmas has become a gift-giving season.  With so many people to give gifts to such as sons and daughters, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas, etc., it is difficult to find the right gift for everyone.  God has no such problems.  He knew exactly what each person needed.  In fact, He knows our needs better than we know them, and He knew them before we were ever born.  And the timing of His most indescribable gift was perfect.  “When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4).

How do we respond to what God has given us?  Shouldn’t we be asking, “What have I given to Him?”  Certainly, we don’t go to the malls to shop for Jesus.  The greatest gifts we can give Him are not found there anyway.  The best gift that we can possibly give Him is our hearts and to show Him our love by faithfully and obediently doing what He asks of us.  God is pleased when we allow Him to work through us as channels of His love to others.   We will remain His channels when we stay focused on the most indescribable gift, the gift of Jesus.

May we all keep Christ as the heart of our Christmas and make Jesus the reason for our joy.

Wyneken News

Don’t forget that SCRIP gift cards make great socking stuffers and gifts.   Wal Mart has been added to the vendor list.  You can purchase certificates in $25 and $100 denominations (with a 2% return).   Although UltraZone and Quizno’s are no longer on the order sheet, there are still some certificates available in stock.  If you have some specific vendors and amounts of SCRIP that you will need before Christmas, please see Kim Weiland today.  The last order of SCRIP prior to Christmas will be placed today.    Remember SCRIP is also available at Wyneken throughout the day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and after school on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

 “Make a Joyful Noise!”  Come one!  Come all!   Listen to the Wyneken chimes and singers this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Wyneken cafetorium.

The Wyneken Chorus will not meet on Monday, December 17.

Take a look at the specials in this month’s Market Day order form.  The order form has a different look and includes some recipes and other information.  Order sheets need to be returned to school right after winter break (Friday, January 4).  Internet or phone orders are needed by noon on Saturday, January 5.  (If you order on-line, you have the opportunity to win a Walt Disney World vacation, an iPod, or Best Buy gift cards.)  New items include chicken & dumplings ($8.99) and chocolate chip meltdown ($6.99).  Great deals can be found on pot roast ($13.97), beef patties ($12.49), French dip ($13.99) boneless pork chops ($10.99), Mediterranean pizzas ($7.69), potato skins ($6.79), broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken ($13.99), chicken parmesan patties ($11.29), chicken tenders ($12.99), hot & spicy Buffalo wings ($9.39), baby baked potatoes ($8.29), Kraft mac & cheese singles ($8.99), pepperoni pizza eat-zzas ($7.69), roasted turkey with stuffing ($8.59), large shrimp ($9.79), American cheese ($10.99), cheddar cheese guppies ($5.79),baked potato soup ($11.59), munch packs ($6.59), breakfast bundles ($10.99), breakfast quesadillas ($9.79), chocolate chip cookie dough ($6.29), apple blossoms ($8.49), funnel cakes ($8.59), and Gatorade kid-size variety pack ($11.79).  In addition, you can save $1 on all their tasty vegetables on page 5 of the order sheet.  Pick-up date is Thursday, January 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the cafetorium.  Contact Sharon Franke (623-3992) if you have any questions.

ISTEP results have been received for grades 3-8 and were mailed this past week. 

If you opted to pay half of your registration fees in August, with the remainder due second semester, you should have received a letter in the mail.  The second semester payment is due on Monday, January 14.  You can drop the check off at the school office or mail it to school.  Thank you.

Don’t forget to save your Box Tops for Education (General Mills products, Pillsbury products, Gold Medal flour, and others) and Campbell’s labels (UPC codes) while doing your holiday baking and cooking.  You can send them in at anytime. 

Wyneken’s Christmas break begins on Saturday, December 22, with classes resuming on Thursday, January 3.

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 Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) at Wyneken on Monday, December 17.  The girls’ game starts at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  The 8th graders face St. Paul at Wyneken on Thursday, December 20, with the girls’ game at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  Fans are always welcome at the games!

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

    Installation of 2008 Church Council

 

10:15 a.m.

Christmas Eve Program Practice

 

10:15 a.m.

Bible Class

MONDAY

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

 

8:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Service Complex

TUESDAY

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class

 

9:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School

WEDNESDAY

6:00 p.m. LYF Soup & Salad Supper

 

7:00 p.m. Mid-week Advent service

 

8:00 p.m.

Choir Practice

  8:30 p.m.

Men’s open gym @ Wyneken

THURSDAY

8:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball @ Monmouth

 

  January newsletter items due in the church office
FRIDAY

8:20 a.m.

Chapel @ Wyneken

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 23 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

   

 Blood Pressure Clinic before & after services

  10:00 a.m.  Christmas Eve Program Practice
  10:00 a.m.  Adult Bible Class
December 24 6:30 p.m. Hymn Sing
  7:00 p.m.

Children’s Worship Service

December 25 9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion
December 27 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Bellmont Middle School