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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First Sunday after Christmas
December 30
, 2007

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 46
The Hymns TLH #85, vv. 1-5, vv. 6-10, #105, #94, #97, #85, vv. 11-15
The Choir “In Thee is Gladness”

Readings

The Goodness of God

Isaiah 63:7-14

God redeems from affliction

Galatians 4:4-7 God adopts us as sons
Matthew 2:13-23  God protects from danger
The Sermon

“Joseph—the Friend of Children” – Matthew 2:13-15, 19-20

One who …

  1. is open to God’s guidance (vv. 13, 19-20),

  2. is aware of the world’s threats (v. 22),

  3. and immediately obeys God (v. 14).

The Acolyte

P. J. 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—Emily Miller, Janice R. Buuck, David Buuck, and Brett Gallmeyer.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember Deb Bergman and Betty Sielschott, our 3rd & 4th grades Sunday School teachers, our Wyneken cooks, Sharon Franke, Shelly Kiefer, and Penny Albersmeyer, and Lisa BIlls.  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 Amanda Dressler, sister of Irene Kiess and Norma Miller, who is in Hospice Care, Jack Raudenbush, the father of Angie Johnson (the French teacher at Bellmont), who is undergoing tests, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We extend our Christian sympathy to the friends and families of Larry Frazier, Tricia Hockemeyer’s stepfather, and Velma DeKoninck, Gerald and Tom DeKoninck’s mother, who were called to be with their Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 26, (Mr. Frazier) and Thursday, December 27, (Mrs. DeKoninck).  Both were given Christian burial on Saturday, December 29.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn reminding them of that glorious day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

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.

Tom & Becky DeKoninck have placed a peace lily on the altar to the glory of God and in loving memory of their parents, Walter & Charlotte Conrad and Joe & Velma DeKoninck, and in honor of their children, Matt & Amy. 

Make plans to attend our New Year’s Eve worship at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon is “Finding the Gospel at New Year’s.”

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, “Are You Ready Yet?” will be delivered by The Rev. Stephane M. Kalonji.

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 “Christ is for All People.”

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

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Isn’t it amazing to think that “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14)?  Who are we that the Word Himself should come to this squalid world to live among us?  We are those He loves—loves us so much that He would leave Heaven, would abase Himself, would suffer for us, would die for our sin, would rise so that we, too, can rise.  We are those who, in response to this great love, serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.

The Monday Night Bible Class will begin a study of “A Course in Christian Doctrine” on Monday, January 7.  This group, led by Pastor Dahling, meets in the church basement at 7 p.m.  Come and review the important elements of your Lutheran faith.

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.

Roz Schamerloh is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for December.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Roz at 724-8772.  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 in wintertime.  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!

Council Members:  Since the first Tuesday of January hits on January 1, the January Council Meeting will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 3.   You will find the minutes from the December 4 Council Meeting in your slots in the entranceway 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.

The 2008 Lutheran Bible Institute sessions start on Tuesday, January 8, at Zion (Decatur) at 7 p.m.  A description of the courses was included in the January 2008 Zionews.  There are also some information sheets in either entranceway of the church.  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 will resume meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8. 

Please remember that any contributions you wish to give to Home Purposes, Missions, Cemetery Fund, Wyneken, etc., to be credited in 2007 must be to the respective treasurers by midnight on December 31.  Dennis Werling handles the Home Purposes contributions; Jan Buuck, Missions & Cemetery Fund; Mike Heckman, Wyneken; and Jim Fuhrman, all accounts held in the Friedheim Foundation.

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 meet at 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 is off this week.  They begin league play again on Monday, January 7, at 7 p.m. at the Service Complex.  They will face The Crossroad.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

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 – 281; Sunday School – 54; Christmas Eve Children’s Service - 350; Christmas Day Worship - 158 with 134 receiving Holy Communion

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$6,450.26

Missions – December 19

$755.00

Missions – December 23

$590.00

Missions – December 24

$1,515.91

Missions – December 25

$3,465.80

Wyneken News

Although UltraZone and Quizno’s are no longer on the order sheet, there are still some certificates available in stock.  See Kim about purchasing SCRIP this morning.  You can e-mail her 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.)  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.

The chimes/choir Christmas concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 6, at 2 p.m.  The chimes will meet on Friday, January 4, at 7:30 a.m.

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

The Wyneken Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, January 10, for students in grades 5-8.  The competition begins at 12:45 p.m.

The second quarter ends on Friday, January 11.  Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, January 16.

Students who ride North Adams busses will not have transportation to or from school on Friday, January 11.  Students who ride East Allen busses will not have transportation to and from school on Monday, January 14.  Parents, please make arrangements for your child to get to and from school on those days.  Please remember that if you need to utilize the Extended Care program, to contact Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

The current 7th grade class will begin fundraising for their Washington, DC trip scheduled for May 2009 with a K105 basketball game.  Game time is 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16.  Watch for more information about pre-sale tickets and a roster of players.  These games are always fun so come on out for a good time!

If you opted to pay your registration fees in two installments, the second semester payment is due Monday, January 14.  You may drop your payment off in the school office or mail it to the school.

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.  Remember, 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 office (639-6177) or Tami Schultz at school (639-6064) or her home (547-4540). 

Sports

The varsity boys and girls’ basketball teams resume play this Saturday, January 5, with the 8th grade girls facing St. John’s (Napoleon, Ohio) at Wyneken at 10:15 a.m. with the 7th grade boys’ game to follow at 11:30 a.m.

The JV team will play in our own JV tournament to be held on Saturday, January 12.  Tournament games begin at 9 a.m.  Watch for more information in next week’s bulletin.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY   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
FRIDAY   Market Day orders due at Wyneken

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 6 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

January 7 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Service Complex
January 9 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 10 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting

The Unappreciated Gift – A Stewardship Devotion
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”
Luke 2:19

One year, during the weeks leading up to Christmas, my husband carefully selected three three-ring binders.  He purchased specially treated plastic holders to go into the binders.  Then he spent many hours sorting and arranging the stamps he had bought and saved over the previous several years and inserted them into the plastic holders and then clamped them into the binders.  On Christmas Eve he presented them to our three children.  Our sons, who are older, immediately knew the value of the gift they had been given.  Our daughter, however, was not too impressed.  We could tell by the way she glanced at her binder and murmured a less than heartfelt thank you that she did not appreciate what she held in her hands, then carelessly tossed onto her stock of other gifts.  We realized we had some educating to do, or we ran the risk of her using those stamps to mail her letters!

While our kids realized the monetary sacrifice their dad made, I’m not sure they ever comprehended the thought and love that went into the gift he made.  Of course, the gift of a stamp collection can’t compare with the gift our Heavenly Father gave in sending His Son, but a comparison can be drawn, nonetheless.

Christmas comes and goes, and even though we spend time in church reading the Christmas story and singing the carols, do we comprehend the thought and love that went into God’s gift?  Do we, like Mary, treasure these things and ponder them in our hearts?  Do we, like the shepherds, tell the Good News that amazes all who hear it and appreciate it (Luke 2:17-18)?  Are we content to let Jesus remain the unappreciated gift?

Questions for Discussion:  (1) Read and ponder the Christmas story in Luke and in Matthew.  (2) Make a list of people with whom you want to share the Good News so they might learn to appreciate God’s gift of His Son.  (3) How do you show appreciation to God for His most indescribable gift?

Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, I confess that I, too, am unappreciative.  I confess that I take for granted Your great gift.  I confess that I have lost the awe that I should have when pondering these things in my heart.  I ask You to forgive me.  I ask you to fill me with deep love and gratitude for Jesus and His gifts of forgiveness and eternal life.  I ask You to give me joy that spills out of my life  into the lives of others as I share the Good News of Jesus.  In His name I pray.  Amen.