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 (found in either entranceway of the church).  You may give your 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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Transfiguration Sunday
February 3, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 15
The Hymns TLH #8; #135; #657; HS #819 (see insert); TLH #421; #35
The Choir ”Worthy of All Glory”


An Experience with God

Exodus 24:8-18

An experience with God reveals His glory
2 Peter 1:16-21 Disciples testify to the reality of Jesus’ experience with God
Matthew 17:1-9 An experience with God is transforming
The Sermon

“Preparing for Lent” – Matthew 17:1-9

In just three days, we will begin our Lenten pilgrimage where we will walk with the Savior to the cruel and bloody cross and we will stand at the mouth of an open tomb.  How shall we describe this journey?  Our coming Lenten pilgrimage is a going …

  1. up,
  2. back,
  3. and down.

The Acolyte

Rosa 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—Hunter Lengerich, Adele Blomenberg, Allen Buuck, Wava Lichtle, Lauren Hockemeyer, Chris Lichtle, and Tyler Stoppenhagen.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Leslie Lawson who teaches in the East Allen system, Tina Geels, our Sunday School Superintendent, and the members of the Wyneken School Board, especially those serving from Friedheim—Mitch Baumann, Scott Hormann, and Duane Kiess.  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 Zac Nahrwold, nephew of Don & Dave Buuck, who is recovering at home, 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.

We remember the congregations of St. John’s Bingen and Mt. Zion Lutheran in Greenfield, Wisconsin.  In their call meeting, Bingen issued a call to Rev. Aaron Koch.  We keep both congregations in our prayers as well as Rev. Koch and his family as God guides him while contemplating this call.

Make plans to attend our Ash Wednesday service this Wednesday, February 6, at 7 p.m.  The imposition of the ashes will take place prior to the service and you may participate if you so desire.  The sermon, “Is it a Sin?” is from Genesis 3:1-7. 

In addition to our Wednesday evening Lenten services, an afternoon service will also be held at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Bingen.  These services are designed for those who do not wish to travel at night or may have conflicts with an evening service.  The focus of these services will be on the Chorals sung throughout Bach’s St. John Passion and selected verses from “Jesus I will Ponder Now.”  These services are designed as prayer services, however, the choral verse designated for each week will be sung.  Worshipers will sing, read, listen, and meditate upon each particular verse throughout the service.  On Ash Wednesday, Pastor Dahling will be preaching, “If my sins give me alarm,” from Luke 18:31-34.

Following the Ash Wednesday service, the parents of the 2008 confirmands are asked to meet in the back of church for a short meeting.

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, “Clever Myths,” is delivered by The Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus.  Not all cleverly invented stories can be trusted.  So, is the story of a savior a myth?

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 Source and Solution of Sin.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Somebody has well said there are only two kinds of people in the world.  There are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord,” and there are those who wake up and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.”

Please note the following changes (underlined) from the information in the newsletter concerning the LYF ski trip on Sunday, February 17. We will be meeting at 8 a.m. at the Parish Hall and the cost will be $25 this year.  We will need to know who is going, who has skis, and who wants to snowboard. (Snowboards cost extra.)  Make sure you bring money for food, snacks, and hot cocoa for the day.  We should return from the ski trip around 8 p.m. The LYF will have a short meeting after the worship service next Sunday, February 10.  Adult drivers are needed.  If you would like to join the LYF on the 17th and are willing to drive, please contact one of the LYF counselors—Mike or Denise Conrad, Stan or Tami Stoppenhagen, or Jerry Bultemeyer.  Thanks!

The first Lenten supper, a picnic in February, will be held this Wednesday, February 6, with serving beginning at 6 p.m.  The menu includes hot dogs, brats (with or without sauerkraut), potato chips, drinks, and dessert.  A free will donation will be accepted.  The youth are to be at the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m.  Youth are reminded to bring some sort of dessert (pie, cake, cookies, cobbler, puddings, etc.). 

Since our mid-week Lenten services begin this Wednesday, the choir will meet following the worship service on Wednesday evenings throughout Lent.

If you see a lot of red in church today, it’s “Wear Red Day” in honor of “Heart Month.” This is just a small reminder to take care of your heart!  Our Parish Nurse, Wava Lichtle, has some handouts concerning your heart.  Next Sunday is our Blood Pressure Clinic.  You will have an opportunity to have your blood pressure checked either before or after the worship service.

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. 

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

Plans are underway for our annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner to be held on Sunday, March 9, at Wyneken.  As decided at last Sunday’s Annual Meeting, the proceeds from the dinner will go towards repairing the stained glass windows in church.  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, with Rich & Kim Weiland co-chairing.  If you are willing to donate any of the following (or cash), please contact Randy or Trisha (547-4744) or Rich or Kim (639-3804) no later than Sunday, March 2, and tell them which items you will be bringing.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Chickens – 7 whole* (need by 3-2)

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* (need by 3-2)

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 – 35 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.

The chickens and turkeys need to be to Mike & Judy Werling no later than Sunday, March 2. Salad and dessert donations will also be needed for the 9th.  Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen are heading the Salad Committee, while Glenn & Angie Buuck are heading up desserts.  If you wish to donate a salad, contact Stan or Tami at 728-9101 or e-mail them at stoppco@hotmail.com.  If you would like to donate a dessert, call Glenn or Angie at 639-3278.  Additional high chairs and booster seats are needed.  If you will loan these items for the dinner, contact the Hockemeyer’s or Weiland’s.  How would you like to chair the “Carry Out Committee?”  If so, contact the Hockemeyer’s or the Weiland’s. 

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest on Thursday, February 21.  Helpers will be needed to assist residents to this worship service.  If you can volunteer your time, please contact Pastor Dahling.  You would need to be at Woodcrest around 12:45 p.m.  Thanks!

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.

The February meeting of the Concordia Seminary Guild will be held on Tuesday, February 12, at 1 p.m. in Luther Hall at the Seminary.  Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer, Director of Admissions, will speak on recruitment and admission of Seminary students.  The Rev. Robert Smith will give an update on the project, “Time Line.”  The business meeting will follow with an update on the “Lutherfest to be held on April 18.  If you need any additional information, you can contact Lynn Brege, President of the Guild, at 547-4256.

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).  There will also be a luncheon served at the Thrivent auction on the 24th.  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, 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 today (serving from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).  Musical groups from Concordia Lutheran High School will entertain during brunch.

The Hope Chest, a business in Decatur that works with Love INC, is relocating to 117 S 2nd Street (across from the Courhouse).  They are having a grand re-opening event this week (February 4-8).  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 faces Berne Missionary Monday, February 4, at 8 p.m. at Monmouth Elementary School.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

Zion Lutheran Church (Schumm) will be having their annual fish fry on Saturday, February 16, with serving from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The menu consists of all the fish you can eat, salad, chips, homemade desserts, and drinks.  A donation of $7 for adults and $3 for children (under 12) is being asked.  Carryout is available.  The church is located four miles east of Willshire, Ohio.  The event is sponsored by the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

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.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 253; Sunday School – 43; Monday Night Bible Class - 7; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 8; Early-bird Bible Class - 10



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




The Wyneken Contributions Account received $685 in January.

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.

Market Day pick-up date is 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 12:15 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.)  Please note the change in time:  North Adams has changed their half-day, early dismissal times to 12:15 p.m. for elementary schools.  We will now dismiss our pick up students at 12:15 p.m., also those riding the bus will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m.  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.  Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer will talk about the effect of TV, music, and video games on today’s youth.  Also, 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.)

Market Day orders can be picked up from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7.  Remember, if you have any questions, contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

“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.

Bellmont will have their freshmen orientation on Monday, February 11, at 7 p.m.   This meeting provides information regarding class selections.  If you cannot attend, contact Bellmont at 724-7121.

Monday, February 18, will be used as a make-up day for Wyneken (as well as North Adams).  If your child rides an East Allen bus, you will need to find transportation both to and from school that day.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, and Friday, February 21 and 22.  Wyneken dismisses at 12:15 p.m. both days (with those riding busses dismissed at 12:10 p.m.)  East Allen parents will need to make transportation arrangements home those days.

The first graders need empty cereal boxes for a classroom project.  Please send them in by Tuesday, February 5.  Thanks!

Science Fair display boards are available in the school office for $3 (please bring exact change).  Remember your science fair projects are due February 22.  (There will be an open house on Sunday, February 24.)

Wyneken chimes will be playing at Preble’s 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 9.  Students are asked to be there by 10 a.m.  The 7th & 8th grade choir will sing at Bingen’s 8 a.m. worship service on Sunday, February 10.  Students are to be in Bingen’s Fellowship Hall by 7:40 a.m. for warm ups.

Attention:  7th Grade Students and Parents:  On Saturday, February 23, beginning at 9 a.m., the class will be recycling old desks as a fundraising project.  Students and parents are needed to help disassemble and load old desks for recycling.  Please bring flat head screwdrivers, hammers, and possibly pry bards and dress warmly, as we will be working outside.  Any questions, contact Brian Todd at 639-7291.

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). 

If you need a childcare statement for your tax filing purposes, please contact Tami Schultz at 639-6064.  These are being done by request only.


The basketball season concluded this past week.  Congratulations to all the students for their great seasons and a special thank you to the coaches for volunteering their time to work with these young athletes.

Wrestling practice begins on Monday, February 4, at 3:30 p.m.  Pre-season weigh-ins will be held at Concordia Lutheran High School on Thursday, February 14, at 3 p.m.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  11:00 a.m.

Brunch at Seminary

MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
  8:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball @ Monmouth
TUESDAY 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
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m. LYF Supper
  7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Communion

fParents of the 2008 confirmands meeting after worship

  8:00 Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad’s
  11:30 a.m. Senior Citizens @ New Hope


February 10 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Blood Pressure Clinic both before and after worship service) 

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  10:00 a.m.

LYF Meeting

February 11 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Monmouth
  7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
February 12 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  1:00 p.m. Seminary Guild
  7:30 p.m. Altar Guild
February 13 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m.  LYF Lenten Supper (Sandwiches & More)
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Worship
  8:00 p.m. Choir
February 14   Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board

Alleluia, Song of Gladness (HS ’98 #819)


Alleluia, song of gladness,
Voice of joy that cannot die;
Alleluia is the anthem
Ever raised by choirs on high;
In the house of God abiding
Thus they sing externally.




Alleluia, thou resoundest,
True Jerusalem and free
Alleluia, joyful mother,
All thy children sing with thee,
But by Babylon’s sad waters
Mourning exiles now are we.




Alleluia cannot always
Be our song while here below;
Alleluia, our transgressions
Make us for a while forgo;
For the solemn time is coming
When our tears for sin must flow.




Therefore in our hymns we pray Thee,
Grant us, blessed Trinity.
At the last to keep Thine Easter
With Thy faithful saints son high;
There to Thee forever singing
Alleluia joyfully.

The arrival of Lent marks our entrance into a 4 day exile of repentance as we meditate on our Lord’s Passion.  This Transfiguration Sunday text “buries” the use of alleluia during the Lenten season until our alleluias resound again on Easter.