Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing our guest registry, which can be found in either entranceway of the church.  We welcome you to Friedheim and invite you to worship with us again soon.

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Advent 4
December 23
, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Prelude – The Choir

“O, Come All Ye Faithful”

 

The Invocation

 

 

The Opening Hymn

TLH #70

“Hosanna to the Living Lord”

 

Theme of the Day

The Dual Nature of Jesus

 

The Choir

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

 

Old Testament Lesson

 

Isaiah 7:10-17

Human – born of a woman; Divine—Immanuel (God who is with us)

 

Epistle Lesson

 

Romans 1:1-7

Human—son of David; Divine—Son of God

 

The Choir

“For Unto Us a Child Is Born”

 

The Gospel Lesson

 

Matthew 1:18-25

Human—born of Mary; Divine—conceived by the Spirit

 

The Sermon Hymn

TLH #72

“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”

 

The Sermon

“The High Cost of Christmas” -  Matthew 1:18-25

 

The Gathering of the Morning Offering

 

The Choir

“And the Glory of the Lord”

 

The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

The Collect

 

The Benediction

 

 

The Choir

“Joy to the World”

 

The Acolyte

Gunnar Cale

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing our guest registry, which can be found in either entranceway of the church.  We welcome you to Friedheim and invite you to worship with us again soon.

We thank Sandy Blomenberg, our choir director, and the members of the Friedheim choir for their gift of music this morning.  We are blessed to have such talented individuals in our congregation and appreciate the work they put into today’s worship service.  May the Lord richly bless each of them.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Larry Caston, Randy Hockemeyer, Ed Miller, Oliver Gehres, Jason Miller, Carol Brandt, Elizabeth Kiefer, Angie Werling, Cindy Des Jean, Grayson Kaehr, and Autumn Schamerloh.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember Stan Stoppenhagen, our 5th & 6th grade Sunday School teacher, our Wyneken secretary, Dani Fuhrman, and Toney Bergman who teaches at Bellmont.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We remember Marvin & Laurina Conrad who will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary this Thursday, December 27.  We pray that the Lord will continue to bless this couple and remain at the heart of their home.

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 re-servists, 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), Ste-ven 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.

Make plans to attend our two special services this week.  Tomorrow evening, the children of the congregation will lead us in worship as they tell the Christmas story.  The service begins at 7 p.m. Prior to this service, there will be a hymn sing beginning at 6:30 p.m.  On Christmas Day our worship service will be a service of Scripture readings, carols, and hymns and will begin at 9 a.m.  Holy communion will be celebrated on Christmas Day.

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.  

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, “Good News,” by Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus is from Luke 2:8-10.  When was the last time you heard really good news?  How about today, as The Lutheran Hour tells the story of Christ’s birth.

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 Goodness of God.”

There will be no Sunday School classes or Sunday adult Bible Class next Sunday, December 30.  Classes will resume on Sunday, January 6.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – It’s December and preparation for Christmas are underway.  Unfortunately, for some, this is a period of great stress, inadequate sleep, and too much busyness.  Is this what Advent is all about?  Jesus said, “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  IF anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).  What a pleasant request!  Shut the door of the world.  Open the door of your heart.  Enjoy fellowship with Jesus!

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 wor-ship 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 hold-over offi-cers and the newest Council members.  Installation of the 2008 Church Coun-cil 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.

Council Members:  Since the first Tuesday of January hits on January 1, the January Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3.   You will find the minutes from the December 4 Council Meeting in your slots in the en-tranceway of the church.  In the north entranceway, the Elders, Home Purpose Treasurer, Trustees, Financial Secretary, and the Board of Education will find their minutes.  In the south entranceway, the Chairman, Board of Evangelism, Synodical Treasurer, Friedheim Foundation, Board of Stewardship, Vice Chairman, and Recording Secretary will find their minutes.  The Deacons will have minutes in both entranceways depending upon whether the Deacon handles the north or south entranceway.  Please pick up your copy as you leave the worship service today.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Decorating Committee for all that they have done this year.  The church looks beautiful again this Christmas season and we appreciate all the time and effort they have put forth.  We also wish to thank those who have placed poinsettias in church this year.  Poinsettias have been placed in church “in memory of” or “in honor of” the following:

In Memory Of

Arthur & Alma Boenker

Allen Buuck family

Otto & Clara Fuhrman

Jim & Evie Fuhrman

Emil & Clara Scheumann

Jim & Evie Fuhrman

In Honor Of

Richard & Margaret Buuck

Allen Buuck family

Our children & grandchildren

Jim & Evie Fuhrman

Our children & grandchildren

Dean & Cindy Wass

The 2008 Lutheran Bible Institute sessions start on Tuesday, January 8, at Zion (Decatur) at 7 p.m.  Included in today’s bulletins is a flier outlining the courses offered and the names of the instructors.  Please contact Dennis Werling or Tim Blomenberg for more information.  Dennis or Tim will be happy to provide transportation to and from the Institute if you need a ride.  Just give them a call!

The Morning Glories have all their crafts displayed in Classroom D in the Parish Hall.  Today is the last day for you to have an opportunity to do any last-minute Christmas shopping.  The room will be open after the worship service today.  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 meet-ing again until 9 a.m. on 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 basketball team has only one game this week.  On Thursday, December 27, the Cornerstone will be their opponent.  The game will be played at Bellmont Middle School at 6 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.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 121 with 86 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 28; Monday Night Bible Class – 4; Mid-week Advent Service - 90

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$2,833.53

Missions – December 12

$535.06

Missions – December 16

$36.00

Wyneken News

The faculty and staff of Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School wish all our families a joyous and Christ-filled Christmas. 

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.  A special thank you goes out to all who participated in our SCRIP Holiday contest.  Total sales were $63,950, with a profit to Wyneken of $3,500.  Your support of our school is very much appreciated.  You can e-mail Kim at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

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 (www.marketday.com) 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.)  ew 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.

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.  

Classes at Wyneken will resume on Thursday, January 3.  Chapel will be held that morning.

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 varsity boys and girls’ basketball teams will be participating in the Heritage Feeder Holiday Tournament.  The 7th and 8th grade girls’ teams will be playing on Thursday, December 27, while the boys’ teams will have games on Friday, December 28.  Game times and opponents were not available as the bulletin went to print.  Please contact a player for this information.  (Practice has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 26, for these teams.)  Good luck in the tournament!!

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

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

Children’s Christmas Program

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

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 30 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

December 31 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service
January 2 All Day Tabea Society
January 3   Classes resume at Wyneken
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
January 4   Market Day orders due at Wyneken

Do You Have Room?

“And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son.  She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).  As these familiar words are read every Christmas, we repeat them in our minds.  Having heard them so often, we know them by heart.  And every year, pastors try to come up with novel thoughts about an age-old story.  Sadly, as much as we love to hear the story, we too often put it out of our thoughts as soon as we put up the calendar for the new year.  Like the infamous innkeeper, we cannot find room for the newborn Baby.

We are creatures of habit, and it seems that it’s quite difficult to change old habits, most of them not very beneficial.  If we keep our focus on that simple message, though, we might be able to create new habits.  Instead of hurriedly scanning our devotions for the day, we might make it a habit to remind ourselves that it is God Himself speaking to us through His Word.  Instead of uttering a quick, “Morning.  How are you?” we might actually take a few minutes to wait for the answer and offer encouragement and maybe even pray with a colleague, a friend, a family member.  Instead of setting our own schedules, we might ask God to teach us to number our days so that we can go ahead in His wisdom (Psalm 90:12).  What other good habits could we establish if we focused on “our Lord Jesus Christ, [Who] though He was rich, yet for [our] sake[s] became poor, so that [we] through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9)?

Do you have room?  By His grace, God will warm our cold hearts and give us the desire to be His stewards with room in our day to serve Him, room in our finances to give what is needed, room in our lives for Him to work His will in and through us.