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 wish to commune today, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be given to one of the Deacons or placed in the offering plate.  Come back and worship with us again soon.

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The Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 20, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 15
The Hymns HS ’98 #842 (insert), TLH #270; #130; #306; #124; #47
The Choir “The Infant Priest was Holy Borne”


Called to Witness
Isaiah 49:1-7 Witnessing to all nations
I Corinthians 1:1-9 Witnessing produces the church
John 1:29-42a Witnessing to Christ as Messiah
The Sermon

“Called to Witness” – John 2:29-41

What is our calling as Christians? How do I share my faith?  What do I say?  In our Gospel lesson, John teaches us how we can witness in a winsome way.

  1. From the example of John the Baptist—who pointed to Christ (v. 29)
  2. From the example of John, who also told of His experience (vv. 32-33)
  3. From the example of Andrew, who invited a friend (vv. 40-41)

The Acolyte

Ethan Lichtle


+  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 Conrad, Mark Witte, Carol Hitzfield, John Nidlinger, Jr., Tom Brandt Craig Linnemeier, Caleb Buuck, and Dylan Lengerich.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Teri Conrad, Lin Gorman, Sharon Franke, and Cindy Wass who are our substitute Sunday School teachers, Gemila Rabel, our Wyneken librarian, and Gretchen Hudson.  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 Ben Miller, Spencer Scheumann, Zac Nahrwold, nephew of Don & Dave Buuck, who is recovering at home, Mary Baker, Shelly Kiefer’s mother, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We welcome into church membership, through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Konner Steven Colwell, son of Josh & Tiffany (Brodbeck) Colwell. Debbie Brunner, Sasha Harrison, Kyle Brodbeck, and Jamie Meyers are his godparents.  George Evan Gardner, son of Keith & Mitzi (Bultemeier) Gardner, will also be baptized later today.  His godparents are Tony Gardner, Jarvis Cale, and Gunnar Cale.  We pray that the Good Shepherd will keep an ever-watchful eye on these most precious of His lambs.   

We extend our Christian sympathy to the family and friends of Eldina Boese, who was called home to be with her Savior on Thursday, January 17, and will be given Christian burial on Monday, January 21.  Amanda Dressler, sister of Irene Kiess and Norma Miller, was also called home to be with her heavenly Father last Sunday, January 13, and was given Christian burial on Thursday, January 17.  We also remember Eugene Meyer, Tammy Dahling’s uncle, who was called to his heavenly home this past Saturday, January 12, and was given Christian burial on Wednesday, January 16. Dorothy Holle, Elfurt Blomenberg’s sister, was also called to her heavenly home this past week.  Arrangements were pending as the bulletin went to print.  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 have returned to the States.  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 “Proclaiming the Glad News.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Trust is a necessary part of our lives.  We put in a month’s work, trusting that we’ll receive a paycheck for our finished labor.  We get into our cards and drive, trusting that the mechanics have made them safe for our travel.  If we can put our trust in fallible human beings, how much more can we trust our Heavenly Father Who promises that, if we give to Him first, He will provide for all we need (Malachi 3:10)!

The LYF’s ski trip has been set for Sunday, February 17.  The first Lenten supper (a picnic in February) will be served prior to our midweek service on Wednesday, February 6.  Next Sunday, the LYF will be performing three skits at the Fellowship Dinner.

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.  There will be a meeting at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the church basement about this servant event.  If you are interested in being are part of this rebuilding process, it is very important that you attend this meeting.  Mike Bultemeier (nephew of Wally Bultemeier) will be coordinating this area’s effort.  He will answer your questions, give you some pertinent information, and present a slide show of work that has been done in the past.  Volunteer forms must be completed and will be distributed at this meeting. 

Today is “Hat & Glove” Day for our “Kids Helping Kids” clothing 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).  Military addresses of those serving are needed to enable them to send out the package.  Please contact Wava Lichtle or the church office with these addresses.  (Just a reminder that items to be placed in the packages should be brought to the Sunday School classes no later than Sunday, February 10.)  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. 

Our Annual Meeting will be held following the worship service next Sunday, January 27.  Please plan on staying and hear the reports from the various Boards and Committees.

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, the possibility of establishing a permanent endowment for Wyneken, and the Lutheran Service Book.  You do not have to be a member of Council to attend this meeting.

Plans are underway for our annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner to be held on Sunday, March 9, at Wyneken.  To make our dinner a success, your help is needed, not only to serve on a committee, but with your willingness to donate the ingredients for all our wonderful food selections.  Below is a list of needed items.  If you would rather give cash and let the committee purchase any needed items, this would also be appreciated.  Randy & Trisha Hockemeyer are chairing this year’s dinner.  The co-chairs still need to be appointed.  If you would like to co-chair this year’s dinner, please contact Mike Conrad (our chairman) at 547-4717.  If you are willing to donate any of the following (or cash), please contact Randy or Trisha (547-4744) no later than Sunday, March 2, and tell them which items you will be bringing.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Chickens – 7 whole

Canned Beef – 16 lbs.

Bacon – 3 lbs.

Smoked ham – 15 lbs.

Pork Shoulder – 16 lbs.

Navy beans – 22 lbs.

Onions – 10 lbs.

Carrots – 2 lbs.

Noodles – 18 lbs. (narrow cut)

Hot Dogs – 20 lbs.

Turkeys – 4 whole

Roast Beef – 55 lbs.

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Beef Broth – 5 gals.

Lettuce – 2 heads

Cabbage – 2 heads

Celery – 2 bunches

Potatoes – 15 lbs.

Tomatoes – 8 quarts

Tomato Juice – 8 quarts

Hamburger – 45 lbs.

Ketchup – 3 gallons

Ketchup – 2 squeeze bottles

Mustard – 2 squirt bottles.

Barbeque Sauce – 2 squirt bottles

Horseradish Sauce – 2 squirt bottles

Pickle Relish – 2 squirt bottles

Worcestershire Sauce – 1 bottle

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Coffee (regular) 3 lbs.

Peach Halves – 8 quarts

Pear halves – 4 quarts

Pineapple Slices – 6 quarts.

Chocolate Pudding – 1 gallon

Vanilla Pudding – 1 gallon

Tapioca Pudding – 1 gallon

Brown Sugar – 2 lbs.

Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 20 lbs.

Salad and dessert donations will also be needed for the 9th.  As soon as those committee heads are confirmed, you may contact them to let them know what you plan on bringing.  Additional high chairs and booster seats are needed.  If you will loan these items for the dinner, contact the Hockemeyer’s.

Please keep next 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!  The youth group will be presenting three skits—one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one just before you head home.

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.

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 Preble on Monday, January 21, at 7 p.m. at the Service Complex.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

The 34th March for Life will hold a rally at noon on Saturday, January 26, at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 431 West Berry Street, in Ft. Wayne.  Amanda Banks, former Federal Policy Analyst for Focus on the Family, will be the guest speaker.  At 1 p.m. the group will march from the Scottish Rite to the Federal Building on Harrison Street to hear speakers from “The Silent No More Awareness Campaign” give their personal testimonies.  Show your support for the right to life for the unborn by attending this rally.

Dear Members of Friedheim, Our families would like to take a moment to say “Thank You.”  We appreciate the prayers, visitations, and words of comfort and concern we received when our mother, Velma DeKoninck, was called home to be with the Lord.  We especially would like to thank Pastor Dahling for being with us in those early-morning hours, praying with us and providing words of comfort.  We thank our Friedheim family and friends for being there for us.  May the Lord bless each of you. – Jerry & Marlene DeKoninck, PJ & Rosa, Tom & Becky DeKoninck, Matt & Amy

Dear Family & Friends, I wish to thank you for all your prayers, cards, and Christian concern shown to me these past weeks.  It is very appreciated.  God’s blessings to all. – Ben Miller

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 276; Sunday School – 51; Bible Class -20; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 7; Early-bird Bible Class - 13  



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




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.

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.

NWEA testing continues through January 25 for students in grades 3-8.  Parents, please try not to schedule appointments for these days or plan vacation dates. 

Check out this month’s Market Day order form included in this morning’s bulletin.  By ordering three cookie dough items, you can receive a 6-pack of Nesquik Low Fat Chocolate Milk.  There are also special deals on “suppers from the sea,” “souperSandwiches,” poultry, and fast, fun, and kid friendly foods.  Orders need to be back to Wyneken by Wednesday, January 30, with Internet (www.marketday.com) and phone orders due by noon on Saturday, February 2.  Pick-up date is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992 if you have any questions.

Science display boards ($3) are available in the school office.  Please have the exact change when making your purchase.

Wyneken’s Mini 4-H will recognize last year’s Ambassadors, members who have completed three years, and those who completed their projects on Thursday, January 24, from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.  They will enjoy an ice cream sundae treat (and parents are encouraged to attend).  Information about the regular 4-H programs will also be available.  The 2008 Mini 4-H program will begin later this spring. 

The Wyneken library is having a t-shirt sale available in short sleeve, long sleeve, and sweatshirt styles with sizes from child’s small (6-8) through adult (3X).  Order forms are available at Wyneken and are to be returned no later than January 23.  Checks are to be made payable to “Wyneken Library.” 

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.  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 LSAA tourney is scheduled to begin this Saturday, January 26, and continue through Saturday, February 2.  Good luck to both the boys’ and girls’ squads.  No other information about game times, locations, and opponents was available as the bulletin went to print.  Check with a player for the most up-to-date information.


TODAY 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
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
  8:00 p.m. Joint Council Meeting @ Wyneken
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. LBI @ Zion, Decatur
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY   February articles for newsletter needed in church office
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s


January 27 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. Annual Voters’ Meeting
January 28 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
January 29 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. LBI @ Zion, Decatur
January 30 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 31 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.

The choir song is taken from Hymnal Supplement ’98, Hymn #853, “The Infant Priest was Holy Borne.”  The Son of God was issued from the temple of Mary’s womb as the great High Priest.  His death as the true Lamb of God brings us life.  We receive forgiveness of sins as we feed upon Christ’s true body and blood in the Sacrament.  The words are printed below for you to follow along.


The infant Priest was holy borne
For us unholy and forlorn;
From fleshly temple out came He,
Anointed from eternity.




This great High Priest in human flesh
Was icon of God’s righteousness.
His hallowed touch brought sanctity’
His hand removed impurity.




The holy Lamb undaunted came
To God’s own altar lit with flame;
While weeping angels hid their eyes,
This Priest became a sacrifice.




But death would not the victor be
Of Him who hung upon the tree.
He leads us to the Holy Place
Within the veil before God’s face.


God’s unveiled presence now we see,
As at the rail on bended knee
Our hungry mouths from Him receive
The bread of immortality.


The body of God’s Lamb we eat
A priestly food and priestly meat.
On sin-parched lips the chalice pours
His quenching blood that life restores.

New Every Morning

It’s a new year.  Not only do we turn over a page on the calendar, we begin a whole new calendar.  For many a new year brings promise of a new start, but many don’t have such an optimistic view.  The bills from over-spending at Christmas are starting to come in, and there’s no more money now than there was a month ago.  Your boss is still the same old hard-to-get-along-with guy he was before.  Then there’s the problem of the extra ten pounds you put on due to all the goodies you consumed.  None of this is new.  The calendar may say a new year, but only the date is new.  Even the Preacher of Ecclesiastes moaned that there’s nothing new.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).  Jeremiah, the “Weeping Prophet,” had his troubles too.  He wrote, “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me” (Lamentations 3:19-20).  But Jeremiah had another perspective, one that we should adopt as well.  He follows those words with, “Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (vv. 21-23). Instead of looking around us at our circumstances or inside ourselves where there is no hope or inspiration, let us look at God’s unfailing compassion and His blessings, which He pours out on us daily.  Let us spend our prayer time in thanks for all He has done for us and provided for us, rather than in lamenting our sorry state.  Let us look to His wisdom to manage His gifts to us in a wiser manner so that we might please Him and be of service in His Kingdom.  Especially let us thank Him for the gift of forgiveness and the new start He gives us minute by minute.