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 Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 27, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 32
The Hymns TLH #39; #512; #129 (in place of The Te Deum Laudamus); #45
The Choir ”We Will Glorify”


Proclaiming the Glad News
Isaiah 9:1-4 Proclaiming victory over oppression
I Corinthians 1:10-18 Proclaiming the Gospel of the Cross
Matthew 4:12-25 Proclaiming through a ministry to the whole person
The Sermon

Some Day You’ll be Glad” – Isaiah 9:1-4

When people are struggling, when they are in the midst of trouble, they cannot imagine things will so improve that the sorrow, pain, fear, and anxiety will change to joy.  Our text says to you, who find yourselves to be in trouble, that …

  1. God promises you, you’ll be glad some day.

  2. There are good reasons for your hope.

  3. Light will replace darkness.

  4. Liberation from oppression will come.

The Acolyte

Rosa DeKoninck


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Marilyn Buuck, Marc Lichtle, Alex Weiland, Jim Crosby, Matt DeKoninck, Andrew Werling, Nan Nidlinger, Sabrina Putteet, Karen Conrad, Lisa Kiess, Laura Knipstein, Remington Bultemeier, Jim Fuhrman, and Allyssa Johnson.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Linda Keuneke who teaches at Bishop Luers, Brittany Franke, Ashtyn Freimuth, Allison Hormann, Angie Lichtle, and Pam Everett who all help with our Sunday School program, and Pastors Daniel Brege and Daniel Dahling, as well as Vicar John Wurst who teach at our Wyneken 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 Michele Knipstein (Matt’s wife), who is a patient at Lutheran, 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 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.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of Karen Conrad’s birthday this coming Friday, February 1.  The flowers have been placed in church, with much love and admiration, by her children—Tim, Cassie, and Kevin.  May our loving Father continue to bless her and her family.

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 sermon message, “WWJP?—What Would Jesus Preach?” is delivered by The Rev. Mark Hannermann.  Life isn’t kind to many people.  It wasn’t kind to Jesus, either.  What would He do today?  Find out!

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 “An Experience with God.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – The whole world thrilled to the story of Robert Hill, many years ago.  This thirteen-year-old boy, hearing about the work of Albert Schweitzer, decided to help by sending a bottle of aspirin to the good doctor’s hospital in Africa.  Since his father was in the Army, stationed in Italy, he asked the commander of the Air Force to deliver the bottle of aspirin in one of his planes.  A radio commentator reported the incident on his program with the result that Robert Hill flew into Africa with four tons of medical supplies valued at thousands of dollars, on planes provided by the Italian and French governments.  When Dr. Schweitzer saw the boy, he said, “I never knew a little child could do so much for my hospital.”  Some would say that this was a matter of charity or compassion; but at a deeper level, it was a matter of stewardship.  Here was a lad, very much like that boy in Scriptures who offered a few fishes and loaves, who gave what he could in service to others. (Paul Strauch)

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.  The LYF will be performing three skits at the Fellowship Dinner this evening.

Did you know that next Sunday, February 3, is “Wear Red Day?”  February is “Heart Month” and on the 3rd it would be great to see a sea of red in church to remind everyone to take care of their hearts!

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).  So far only a couple addresses have been submitted.  Please contact Wava Lichtle or the church office as soon as possible with your loved one’s military address—they don’t have to be members of Friedheim to receive this package).  (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.)  A flier listing needed items can be found on the bulletin boards in either entranceway of the church.  Thanks for your help!

The Sunday School classes will continue to collect items for the “Kids Helping Kids” program.  If you have checked in the stores lately, many winter items are on clearance.  Perhaps, when you are shopping, you may want to look at these sale items and pick up some things to help out those needy children in Adams County.  Next Sunday, February 3, we would again like to gather up some hats and gloves.  After this past weekend, you know that there definitely is a need!

The 7th & 8th graders are working on a calendar project and leftover stickers and/or stamps (the kind scrapbookers use, not those for letters) would be of great benefit.  If you have some you can donate (or stamps that you can loan), please talk to Wava Lichtle.  Thanks!

Cindy Wass will be the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for February.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Cindy at 623-2209

Our Annual Meeting will be held following the worship service today.  Please plan on staying and hear the reports from the various Boards and Committees.  Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the 2007 Annual Report and the 2008 Membership Directory.  There are also copies of the Constitution and By-Laws for you to take home.  All three items can be found in the back pews.

Council Members:  The minutes of the January 3 Council Meeting can be found in your slots in the entranceways of church.  You may pick them up when you leave the worship service today.  The February Council Meeting will be held on the 5th at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

Our congregational fellowship dinner, catered by Norm Schueler, will be held this evening.  If you want, you may bring a dessert.  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.

Contribution statements for 2007 were mailed on Wednesday, January 23.  If you don’t receive yours in a timely manner, please contact the church office.  If you have questions about the statement itself, please contact the appropriate treasurer (Dennis Werling – Home Purpose; Janice Buuck – Missions; Dean Wass – Friedheim Foundation; or Mike Heckman – Wyneken Contributions).

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.

New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian is having a Senior Citizen’s Dinner and program on Thursday, February 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall.  There will be a sing-a-long with Ed Higgins, while Judy Merkel, a Wells County Extension Educator, will present “Positive Words, Powerful Results.”  A free-will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the food.  Please call New Hope’s church office (622-7954) by Monday, February 4, to make your reservations.

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.  In fact, all items must be turned in by this Friday, February 1.  If you still have items you would like to donate, please contact Gene or Irene Kiess at 724-4436 as soon as possible. 

There will also be a luncheon served at the Thrivent auction on February 24.  Your help is needed.  How?  By donating some food, drink, and workers.  What?  One crock pot of sloppy joes, two stock pots of chicken noodle soup, three cases of bottles water, and four 9” x 13” desserts (in disposable pans, but no cake or cookies).  Who?  Three people to serve from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, and two men to help move antiques from St. Peter’s to the K of C on Saturday, February 23.  If you can help with any of these requests, please contact Leesa Heckman (724-4340) or Betty Sielschott (724-3946 or e-mail her at sielschott5@hotmail.com).

Make plans to go to Concordia Seminary’s Sunday Brunch on February 3 (serving from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).  Musical groups from Concordia Lutheran High School will entertain during brunch.  (If you pre-purchase brunch tickets at the high school, one-half of the $11 ticket price will be donated to Concordia’s Tuition Assistance Fund.  You can call Concordia High School at 483-1102 if you have any questions)

The Hope Chest, a business in Decatur that works with Love INC, is relocating to 115 S 2nd Street.  They are having a grand re-opening event the week of February 4.  Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday).

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 has this week off.  They resume play on Monday, February 4, when they face Berne Missionary at 8 p.m. at Monmouth Elementary School.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

Enjoy Hoagland Area Advancement’s Pancake & Sausage Brunch today at the Hoagland Pavilion.  Serving started at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.  Enjoy fresh whole hog sausage, all-u-can-eat pancakes, and a drink for $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12.  Children five years of age and younger eat for free!  Carry-outs are also available.  Funds are being matched by Thrivent.

Concordia Lutheran High School is having “Discover Concordia Information Night” this Tuesday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m.  Parents and prospective students are encouraged to come, ask questions, and meet with faculty, staff, and students.

Central Lutheran School would like to invite you to their 2008 Land of Love presentation on February 15, 16, and 17.  Enjoy an evening of food, fun, and entertainment, as you watch this year’s production of “The Royal Bachelor.”  Tickets are $22 per person (with eight guests per table).  You can purchase tickets during school hours in the school office.  Questions?  Contact the school at 493-2502 or contact Julie Stutzman at 260-657-5062.

Youth ushers for February are Kyle Brodbeck and Spencer Scheumann.  Cheryl Bultemeyer and Janice Buuck are serving on Altar Guild for February.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 234 with 157 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 51; Bible Class - 21; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 12



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.

Check out this month’s Market Day order form.  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 will dismiss at 12:225 p.m. on Monday, February 4. If your child rides an East Allen bus, please make arrangements to pick them up that day.  (If you need to use Extended Care, please contact the child care office at 639-6064.  Also, East Allen starts two hours late on Thursday, February 7.   You will need to make arrangements for your child to get to school that day.

The 4th & 6th graders have chosen to support the food kitchen at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.  Chapel offerings for February and March will go to the Mission to help them continue to serve three meals a day, 365 days of the year.  (You might even want to contact the Mission to see how you can personally help in the food kitchen.)

The next meeting of Wyneken’s PTL will be held on Monday, February 11, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.  Any questions, proposals, or discussions concerning next year’s PTL budget need to be addressed at this meeting.  (The budget is voted on at the April meeting.)

“Pennies for Patients,” a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is again being supported by our students.  Coins (or even dollars) can be brought in through Friday, February 8.

The following students were on honor roll for the 2nd quarter (as well as first semester)—Alyssa Strickler, Brett Hormann, Shelby Kiess, and Ethan Lichtle. Anna Franke was on honor roll for the second quarter and honorable mention for the first semester.  On honorable mention for the second quarter (as well as the first semester)—Andy Blomenberg, Taylor Rhymer, and Madison Stoppenhagen.  On honorable mention for the second quarter—Kolton Everett and Tia Lee, while Kathy Jenkins was an honorable mention student for the first semester.  The following students had perfect school attendance:  Olivia Conrad, Tori Johnson, Payton Lengerich, Madilyn Baumann, Timberlee Weiland, Andy Blomenberg, Kathy Jenkins, Trevor Black, Anna Franke, Freddie Geels, Ryan Hockemeyer, Kaity Jenkins, Tia Lee, Taylor Rhymer, Alyssa Strickler, Brett Hormann, Katie Linnemeier, Madison Stoppenhagen, Gunnar Cale, and Ethan Lichtle.  Olivia Conrad, Lucas Strickler, Andy Blomenberg, Freddie Geels, and Alyssa Strickler had perfect church attendance, while Lucas Strickler, Timberlee Weiland, Andy Blomenberg, Kathy Jenkins, Kolton Everett, Freddie Geels, Alyssa Strickler, and Brett Hormann had perfect Sunday School attendance.

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.

Congratulations to Brett Hormann for winning the 13-year-old division at the K of C Free Throw Contest.  It will compete at the District level on Sunday, February 10, at St. Aloysius.  Good luck, Brett!


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. Annual Voters’ Meeting
  5:00 p.m.

Fellowship Supper in the Parish Hall

MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
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 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s


February 3 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion (Wear Red)

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
February 4 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
  8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Monmouth
February 5 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
February 6  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m.  LYF Lenten Supper (picnic in February)
  7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion
    Parents of the 2008 Confirmation class will meet after the worship service
  8:00 p.m. Choir
February 7  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class