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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The Epiphany of our Lord
January 6, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 15
The Hymns TLH #343, vv. 1-4; vv. 4-6; #126; #127; #128; #343, v. 7
The Choir “In Thee is Gladness”


Christ is for All People

Isaiah 60:1-6 Nations come to the light of God’s servant
Ephesians 3:1-12 Gentiles are included in God’s plan of salvation
Matthew 2:1-12 The Gentile world worships the Christ
The Sermon “Christ – Before and After” – Matthew 2:1-12

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—D. J. Kitson, Sheila Putteet, Davon Bultemeier, Waldo Conrad, Kris Blomenberg, Lori Minden, Dennis Schuller, Olivia Conrad, Spencer Scheumann, Alyssa Schuller, and Jacob Lee.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry.  Today we remember Karly Everett, who teachers our 1st & 2nd graders, our Wyneken childcare providers, Tami Schultz, Tammy Melcher, and Dawn Schieferstein, and Christine Bultemeier, who teaches at Heritage Jr. High.  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 Dick Hileman who underwent tests this past week, Amanda Dressler, sister of Irene Kiess and Norma Miller, who is in Hospice Care, Zac Nahrwold, nephew of Don & Dave Buuck, who is a patient at Parkview Hospital, 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).

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the 62nd wedding anniversary of Ben & Norma Miller, which they are celebrating today.  Their children and grandchildren, with much love and admiration, have placed the flowers in church this morning.  May the Lord continue to bless this couple, remaining at the heart of their home.

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.

This morning’s door collection will benefit Concordia Seminary.

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.

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 Gift of the Spirit.”

Sunday School and adult Bible Class resume today. 

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – It is true that God “sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” without distinction (Matthew 5:45), but He tells us that blessings come to those who share with others (Acts 20:35).  He asks us to share our material blessings, our time, and our gifts.  Most importantly, God asks us to share His Word.  “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17), Jesus told Peter, and we, as His stewards, continue to carry out that command.

LYF members are asked to meet in the back of the church following the worship service this morning for a very short meeting.  The LYF has been asked to perform some skits at the Fellowship Dinner on Sunday, January 27, and we need to know who will be participating in this event.  On Sunday, January 13, the youth will again meet (location yet to be determined) to practice these skits as well as set a date for the ski trip.  The Lenten suppers will also be discussed since our first supper will be served on Wednesday, February 6.  Your attendance is very important!!

Due to last week’s inclement weather, both the Tabea Society and the Thursday morning Bible class were cancelled.  The Tabea Society will have their monthly meeting this Wednesday, January 9, while the LWML Bible class will meet at 9 a.m. at the home of Ann Crosby on Thursday, January 10.

The LWML will have their Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, January 10, in the church basement.  A DVD showing highlights of the recent LWML convention will be shown.  The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Please note that the meeting has been moved from its normal Tuesday evening to Thursday as not to interfere with those who wish to attend the Lutheran Bible Institute.

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.

A servant event is being planned to help rebuild homes in East Biloxi, Mississippi.  Although Hurricane Katrina struck over two years ago, much devastation still remains, but the church is still present.  We would like to send a group of volunteers to Biloxi in February.  The team would travel to the site on a Saturday and Sunday and then work with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia from Monday-Friday, returning home on the following Saturday.  If you are interested in being a part of this group, please contact one of our Elders (Stan Stoppenhagen, John Nidlinger, Paul Des Jean, or Kent Kiefer) immediately after the service this morning.

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!

The 2008 Lutheran Bible Institute sessions start this 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 in the Parish Hall at 9 a.m. this Tuesday, January 8.  Come and help!  There’s plenty of cutting and pinning to do!!

Our Annual Meeting will be held following the worship service on Sunday, January 27.  If you have a report that will be included in the Annual Report, please have it to the church office no later than Monday, January 14.  If you have any changes to the Membership Directory (address, phone, etc.), please make sure this information gets to the church office by the 14th also.  Thanks for your help in this matter.

Council Members:  Please mark your calendars for Monday, January 21.  The Church Councils from Bingen, Friedheim, and Preble will be meeting at Bingen’s Fellowship Hall at 8 p.m. to discuss the True North Report and the possibility of establishing a permanent endowment for Wyneken.  Your input is important.

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 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.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will have their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 10, at 8 a.m. in the Decatur room at Adams Memorial Hospital.

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 at 5 p.m. 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 resumes play 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).

Jordan Buuck & James Fuhrmann are LYF ushers for January, while Adele Blomenberg and Dorothy Heckman are serving on Altar Guild for January.

Next Sunday, January 13, you will have the opportunity to have your blood pressure checked.  Nurses will be available both before and after the worship service.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 242 with 160 receiving Holy Communion; New Year’s Eve Worship Service - 62



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose – December 30


Home Purpose – December 31


Missions – December 30


Missions – December 31


Wyneken News

Although Quizno’s is no longer on the order sheet, there are still some certificates available in stock.  SCRIP is also available in the school office at Wyneken on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and after school on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  See Kim about purchasing SCRIP this morning.  You can e-mail her at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

Market Day 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 will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. 

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 and from school on Friday, January 11.  Students who ride East Allen busses will not have transportation to and from school on Monday, January 21.  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.  Tickets will be sold at the door, with doors opening at 6 p.m.  The cost is $3 per person with a family pass of $8.  Children five and under can attend at no cost.  Raffle tickets will also be sold on the 16th at $1 per ticket before the game, continuing through the first half.  Prizes include t-shirts, CD’s, and a chance to be in the “chariot” race.  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.

NWEA testing will take place from January 14-25 for students in grades 3-8.  Parents, please try not to schedule appointments for these days or plan vacation dates. 

After receiving licensing from the State, infants and toddlers will be accepted into the Day Care program with a target date of later this month.  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.  (Help may be especially needed at feeding time!)  If so, please contact Tami Schultz.  They are also looking for infant items—cribs, high chairs, and infant toys.  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). 


The 7th grade girls’ team will face St. Joe (Decatur) at Wyneken at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8.  On Thursday, January 10, the varsity (8th grade) boys and girls’ basketball teams will play St. Peter-Immanuel at SPI with the girls’ game to start at 4:30 p.m. and the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Saturday, January 12, the 8th grade girls will face Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) at Bethlehem at 9:15 a.m. with the boys’ game to follow at 10:30 a.m.

The JV teams will play Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) at home on Monday, January 7.  The girls’ game starts at 4:15 p.m. with the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  Both teams again will play on Tuesday, January 8, with games against St. Peter-Immanuel at SPI.  The girls’ game is at 4:30 p.m. with the boys’ game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.  The JV boys’ team will play in our own JV tournament to be held on Saturday, January 12, with tournament games starting at 9 a.m.  Check with a player concerning game times and opponents.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion


Door Collection for Concordia Seminary

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  2:00 p.m. Chimes/Choir Concert at Wyneken
MONDAY 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
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. LBI @ Zion, Decatur
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board  
  7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting


January 13 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service


(Baptism of Noah Alan Schamerloh)

    Blood Pressure Clinic
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
January 14   Reports for Annual Report needed in church office                                 
  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 15 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. LBI @ Zion, Decatur
January 16 All Day Tabea Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 17 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class