Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

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The First Sunday in Lent
February 10, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

TLH Page 5
The Hymns TLH #446; #262; #550, vv. 1-2
The Choir ”The Tree of Life”


The Source and Solution of Sin

Genesis 3:1-21     

Yielding to temptation is sin
Romans 5:12-19    Sin’s solution is the one man, Jesus
Matthew 4:1-11 Temptation to sin can be conquered
The Sermon

“Who is this man going to the Cross?  I am the Son of God“ - Matthew 4:1-11

What do you need to know about temptation?

  1. Who tempts you (v. 1)
  2. What tempts you (vv. 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)
  3. How to overcome it (vv. 4, 7. 10)
  4. Why are you tempted (vv. 1, 10)

The Acolyte

Gunnar Cale


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Jo Buuck (her 94th!), Mark Conrad, Todd Lee, Adam Sielschott, Sophia Lynn Baumann (her first!!), Brett Conrad, Kathryn Jenkins, Doris Conrad, Rudy Eidam, Gary Heckman, Jon Kiefer, Christine Biggs, Lisa Bultemeier, Jim Bultemeyer, Dorothy Droege, and Donna Hileman.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Dave Miller who teaches at Bellmont Middle School, Kristin Scheumann, our Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, and our Wyneken principal, Lowell Timm.  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 Irene Bultemeier and Gerhard Kiefer who are both patients at Adams Memorial, 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 mid-week Lenten service this Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m.  The sermon is based upon the Genesis 12:1-4a reading concerning the call of Abraham and is entitled “God chooses a people—The Power of Faith.”

In addition to our Wednesday evening Lenten services, an afternoon service is 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.  Vicar Wurst’s sermon on the 13th is “Yet, O Lord, not thus alone” from John 18:12-14.

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, “IF,” is delivered by The Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus and is based upon Matthew 4:3.  Did you know that Satan offers custom-made, one-of-a-kind, temptations?  Find out what can be done about that!

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 “Faith in God’s Promises.”

Pastor and Mrs. Dahling will be out-of-town this coming weekend (February 16-17).  If you are in need of pastoral care during that time, please contact Rev. Daniel Brege at Preble or Vicar John Wurst at Bingen.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Do your kids need braces while the car is making a funny noise just as the income tax forms arrived in the mail?  Don’t worry!  Easy to say, right?  Yet that’s exactly what Jesus tells us:  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)  Put your faith and hope in God, for He cares for you.

Please note the following changes (underlined) from the information in the newsletter concerning the LYF ski trip next 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 today.  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 LYF will again serve supper prior to our mid-week Lenten service on Wednesday, February 13.  Enjoy “Sandwiches & More” (roast beef, turkey, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, along with Norm Schueler’s famous cheesy potatoes, salad, drinks, and a dessert, with serving to start at 6 p.m.  A free will donation will be accepted.  The youth are to be at the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m. and are reminded to bring some sort of dessert (pie, cake, cookies, cobbler, puddings, etc.). 

Due to our mid-week Lenten services on Wednesdays, the choir will meet following the worship service on Wednesday evenings.

Today 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 be sent out this week.  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 today.) 

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!

Thanks to all who have donated clothing items for the “Kids Helping Kids” project.  We are in desperate need of the following items:  boys’ underwear and socks (sizes 4-12) and boys’ hats, gloves, and coats (sizes 4-12).  Your help with this project is very much appreciated.

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 our Annual Meeting, the proceeds from the dinner will go towards repairing the stained glass windows in church.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be supplementing moneys earned (up to $1,600) through their Helping Hands Care in Congregations program.  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 goes out to all those who have already indicated their willingness to donate.  The following items remain on our “Still Needed” list:

Chickens – 7 whole* (need by 3-2)

Brown Sugar – 2 lbs.

Noodles – 18 lbs. (narrow cut)

Turkeys – 2 whole* (need by 3-2)

Hot Dogs – 20 lbs.

Roast Beef – 55 lbs.

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Beef Broth – 5 gals.

Ketchup – 3 gallons

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Tomatoes – 8 quarts

Peach Halves – 8 quarts

Hamburger – 25 lbs.

Pineapple Slices – 6 quarts.

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Pear halves – 4 quarts

Chocolate Pudding – 1 gallon

Vanilla Pudding – 1 gallon

Tapioca Pudding – 1 gallon


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 “Drive Thru/Carry Out Committee” or the “Car Parking Committee?”  If so, contact the Hockemeyer’s or the Weiland’s as soon as possible. 

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!

The Altar Guild will meet this Tuesday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.

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.

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.

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).

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 Church of God Monday, February 11, at 6 p.m. at Monmouth Elementary School.  They team doesn’t play again until the post-season tournament begins on Monday, February 25, at the Adams County Service Complex.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

Zion Lutheran Church (Schumm) will be having their annual fish fry this 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.

The church received the following information from the Decatur Rural King Supply—The week of February 18 through the 24 Rural King will be running a Fund Raiser Event at the local store.  Any purchase made by any member of our congregation can be turned in for a 5% rebate for our church.  You will need to turn in your original receipts (copies are not accepted, but we can make a copy of the receipt in the church office if you need it for your records).  Please have these receipts in to the church no later than Sunday, March 9.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 198 with 142 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 43; Bible Class – 17; Monday Night Bible Class – 6; Ash Wednesday Worship Service - 76 with 66 receiving Holy Communion



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

Although Ultra Zone 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.

Science display boards ($3) are available in the school office.  Please have the exact change when making your purchase.  (Remember, your science projects are due on Friday, February 22.)  There will be a Science Fair Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 24.  You are invited to come and look over the students’ projects.

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.)

Bellmont will have their freshmen orientation 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.

Mid-term ended on Tuesday, February 12, with reports being sent home with the students on Friday, February 15.  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.  If you need to use Wyneken’s Extended Care program, please make arrangements prior to the 21st by calling 639-6064.

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 sang at Bingen’s 8 a.m. worship service today.

Wyneken is hosting an Open House for all Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students on Thursday, February 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers will be hosting a “Teddy Bear Time” during the Open House.  The children will have an opportunity to meet the teachers, view the classrooms, participate in numerous teddy bear activities, and enjoy refreshments.  The children are asked to bring their favorite teddy bear.  The childcare rooms will also be open and you can meet with childcare personnel to discuss how they can meet your childcare needs.

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 bars 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.


Wrestling 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

  10:00 a.m.

Blood pressure clinic

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

LYF Meeting

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

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. PTL Meeting @ Wyneken
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  1:00 p.m. Seminary Guild in Luther Hall
  7:30 p.m. Altar Guild
WEDNESDAY 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
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board


February 17 8:00 a.m.

LYF Ski Trip

  9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

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

LYF Meeting

February 18 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
February 19 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Stewardship Board @ Blomenberg’s
  1:00 p.m. Seminary Guild
  7:30 p.m. Altar Guild
February 20 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m.  LYF Lenten Supper (Spaghetti Supper)
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Worship
  8:00 p.m. Choir
February 21 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  1:00 p.m. Pastor @ Woodcrest for Chapel
February 22   Newsletter articles needed in church office


Today’s choir song, “The Tree of Life,” can be found in the HS’98, #873.  The cross of Christ is the tree of life, in which are found all the blessings of eternal life and salvation.  God now invites all people to freely eat of its pure and living fruit so that they too might enjoy such blessings.  The words are printed below if you would like to follow along as the choir sings.


The tree of life with ev’ry good In Eden’s holy orchard stood,
And of its fruit so pure and sweet God let the man and woman eat.
Yet in this garden also grew Another tree, of which they knew;
Its lovely limbs with fruit adorned Against whose eating God had warned.




The stillness of that sacred grove Was broken, as the serpent strove
With tempting voice to Eve beguile And Adam too by sin defile.
O day of sadness when the breath Of fear and darkness, doubt and death,
Its awful poison first displayed Within the world so newly made.




What mercy God showed to our race, A plan of rescue by His grace;
In sending One from woman’s seed, The One to fill our greatest need—
For on a tree uplifted high His only Son for sin would die,
Would drink the cup of scorn and dread To crush the ancient serpent’s head!




Now from that tree of Jesus’ shame Flows life eternal in His name;
For all who trust and will believe, Salvation’s living fruit receive.
And of this fruit so pure and sweet The Lord invites the world to eat,
To find within this cross of wood The tree of life with ev’ry good.