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.    Come back and worship with us again soon.

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The Baptism of our Lord
January 13, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 5
The Hymns HS ’98 #842 (insert), #396; #298
The Choir “To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord”


The Gift of the Spirit

Isaiah 42:1-9 God puts the Spirit on His servant, Israel
Romans 6:1-11  Dead to sin, Alive in Christ
Matthew 3:13-17 God anoints Jesus with the Spirit
The Sermon

“Because God was with Him” – Acts 10:38

What is so important concerning this day?  Why do we observe it?  The Baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of His public ministry.

  1. God is with Jesus in Spirit.
  2. Likewise, the Holy Spirit gives you power.

The Acolyte

Gunnar Cale


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Mike Brandt, Dave Miller, Jordan Rhymer, Tami Stoppenhagen, Caden Culp, Kathy Moellering, Ethan Lehman, Armilla Conrad (her 91st!), Joshua Blomenberg, Cam Thieme, Hanna Walker, Shelby Kiess, and Madison Schuller.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry--Stephanie Freimuth & Sara Rhymer, who teach our nursery & kindergarten class, Leanne Busick (Wyneken’s vocal music instructor) and Lisa Solum (Wyneken’s band director), and Cindy Des Jean, who teaches at Bellmont High School.  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, 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, Mary Baker, Shelly Kiefer’s mother, who is undergoing surgery this week, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We welcome into church membership, through the Sacrament of Baptism, Noah Alan Schamerloh, son of Brad & Autumn (Hickey) Schamerloh.  Jenny  & Megan Schamerloh are his godmothers.  We pray that the Good Shepherd will keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

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.  

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 “Called to Witness.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – When things aren’t going well, we may find it difficult to be thankful.  We look at our problems and think, “Woe is me!”  God’s Word, however, tells us:  “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).  How is this possible?  Only as we focus on Christ can we be thankful, no matter what our circumstances are.  Study the Biblical saints:  Paul and Silas singing in prison; Peter and John rejoicing that they are counted worthy to suffer for Christ.  Their secret was their focus on Christ instead of themselves.

The LYF will meet today in the back of church to practice the skits for the Fellowship Dinner 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!!

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.

Parents of Sunday School Students:  Your children will be receiving a handout in Sunday School this morning concerning items being collected for our service men and women.  Ask your child about it when you pick him or her up from Sunday School today.

How can you help our “Kids Helping Kids” clothing drive?  On Sunday, January 20, everyone in the congregation is encouraged to bring gloves and stocking hats for a hat/glove drive.  You can place your donation in the boxes that can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Thanks for your help!

Do you have a loved one serving in the military?  Our 7th and 8th graders would like to correspond with them and are preparing “care” packages to send to them (to be mailed out by February 14).  What the students need from you are the military addresses of those serving to enable them to send out the package.  Please contact Wava Lichtle or the church office with these addresses.  Thanks for your help!

Roz Schamerloh is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for January.  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!

You didn’t make it to the LWML meeting last Thursday night and you don’t know what to do with your mite envelope.  You may place your mite envelope in the offering plate or you may give it to Cindy Wass, the LWML treasurer.  Mites can be given at any time during the year—not just at the Quarterly meetings.

Our Annual Meeting will be held following the worship service on Sunday, January 27.  If you have a report that needs to 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.

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!  You will be entertained by some of our youth.  Three skits will be presented—at the beginning of the evening, during the middle, and then at the conclusion of the night.  Plan on attending!

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 faces Grace Bible Missionary on Monday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Service Complex.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

This morning, you have the opportunity to have your blood pressure checked.  Nurses will be available both before and after the worship service.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 277 with 182 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 40; Bible Class -18; Monday Night Bible Class - 6; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 7; Early-bird Bible Class - 16



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




*Includes farm ground rental payment of $1,312.50.
The Door Collection for Concordia Seminary was $100.

Wyneken News

Although Quizno’s is no longer on the order sheet, there are still some certificates 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.

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

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.  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. 

The display boards needed for the science fair projects are available in the school office at a cost of $3.  Please try to bring in the exact change.  Thanks!

The Extended Care program is still awaiting licensing from the State.  When received, infants (a total of 12 will be allowed) and toddlers will be accepted into the all-day, five day a week, Day Care program.  We hope to open yet this month.  If you would like more information on this program, please contact Wyneken.  Packets are available.  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, strollers, diaper genies, 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 & 8th grade teams will face Adams Central Middle School on Tuesday, January 15.  The girls’ games are at Adams Central with the 7th grade contest to start at 4:30 p.m. followed by the 8th graders at 5:30 p.m.  The boys’ games will be held at Wyneken with the 7th grade contest to start at 4:30 p.m. followed by the 8th graders at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 17, the 8th grade girls’ team and both boys’ team will play St. John/Emmanuel at Flatrock’s gym with the girls’ game starting at 4:15 p.m., followed by the 7th grade boys’ game at 5:30 p.m. and then the 8th grade game at 6:45 p.m.  On Saturday, January 19, the 8th grade boys’ team faces Zion (Ft. Wayne) at Wyneken at 10:30 a.m.

The JV teams will play St. John/Emmanuel at Flatrock’s gym on Monday, January 14.  The girls’ game starts at 4:15 p.m. with the boys’ game to start at 5:30 p.m. 


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service


(Baptism of Noah Alan Schamerloh)

    Blood Pressure Clinic
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
    LYF Meeting
MONDAY   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
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 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s


January 20 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion


Baptism of Konner Steven Colwell

    Hat & Glove Collection Day
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
January 21 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 22 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. LBI @ Zion, Decatur
January 23 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 24   February articles for newsletter needed in church office
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class

Baptismal Hymn – Hymnal Supplement ’98 – #842

See This Wonder in the Making


See this wonder in the making: 
God Himself this child is taking
As a lamb safe in His keeping,
His to be, awake or sleeping.




Miracle each time it happens
As the door to heaven opens
And the Father beams,
“Beloved, Heir of gifts a king would covet!”




Far more tender than a mother,
Far more caring than a father,
God, into Your arms we place him,
With Your love and peace embrace him.




Here we bring a child of nature;
Home we take a newborn creature,
Now God’s precious son or daughter,
Born again by Word and water.

Today’s choirs song is taken from the Hymnal Supplement ’98, Hymn #816.  The words to the song are printed below if you would like to follow along.


To Jordan’s river came our Lord,
The Christ whom heav’nly hosts adored,
The God from God, the Light from Light
The Lord of glory, pow’r, and might.




The Savior came to be baptized—
The Son of God in flesh disguised—
To stand beneath the Father’s will
And all His promises fulfill.




As Jesus in the Jordan stood
And John baptized the Lamb of God,
The Holy Spirit, heav’nly dove,
Descended on Him from above.




Then from God’s throne with thund’rous sound
Came God’s own voice with words profound:
“This is My Son,” was His decree,
“The one I love, who pleases Me.”

5. The Father’s word, the Spirit’s flight
Anointed Christ in glorious sight
As God’s own choice, from Adam’s fall
To save the world and free us all
6. Now rise, faint hearts:  be re solute!
This man is Christ, our substitute!
He was baptized in Jordan’s stream,
Proclaimed Redeemer, Lord supreme.