Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

Welcome!  We are glad you have chosen to worship with us this morning as we continue our Lenten journey.  We hope that your spirit is refreshed by joining us, as ours is by your presence.  We invite you to return and continue with us on our journey to the foot of the cross, and then to experience the joy of the empty tomb on Easter.  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, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  Please come back and worship with us again soon.
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The Fourth Sunday in Lent
2, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page184
The Hymns LSB #537; #571; #611; #628; #555; #876
The Choir “Surely, He Has Borne Our Griefs”


Light to See

Isaiah 42:14-21 God turns darkness into light that the faithful might see
Ephesians 5:8-14  Christians live in the light of Christ
John 9:1-7, 13-17, 34-49  The Vision of Jesus as the Messiah
The Sermon

“I am the Light of the World” -- John 9:1-41

In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus has an encounter with a man who was born blind.  We are given insight by the power of the Spirit to give us vision.

  1. Light up your darkness.
  2. Give light for you to see.

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—Dan Buuck, Alvin Witte, Delmar Heckman, Don Buuck, Lisa Lee, Evelyn Keuneke, Jeff Bradtmueller, and Shirley Witte.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Kristie Schlemmer who teaches at Bellmont Middle School, Deb Bergman and Betty Sielschott, our 3rd & 4th grade Sunday School teachers, and, since this is National Lutheran Schools Week, all the faculty and staff at our Wyneken School.  We are blessed to have the opportunity for our children to be educated in a school where Christ is the center of all that is done and to have teachers and staff that demonstrate Christ’s love to all around them.  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 Gerhard Kiefer who is at Ossian Health Care, Donna Schieferstein, former Wyneken teacher, who is at Parkview Hospital, Zac Nahrwold (nephew of Don & Dave Buuck) who is recovering at home, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife) who is recovering from surgery, and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

Congratulations to Don & Pat Buuck who will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary this Monday, March 3.  May our loving Father continue to bless this couple.

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 keep the members of St. John’s Bingen in our prayers as Rev. Aaron Koch has returned the call and Bingen continues their search for a new minister.  Zion, Decatur, has issued a call to Rev. Philip Bloch at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, Indiana.  We keep all these congregations in our prayers as well as Rev. Bloch and his family as God guides him while contemplating this call.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in loving memory of Elsie Buuck, placed in church by her family.

Make plans to attend our mid-week Lenten service this Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m.  The sermon is based upon Ezekiel 37:1-14,  “Life Out of Death.” 

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, the Chorals sung throughout Bach’s St. John Passion and selected verses from “Jesus I will Ponder Now,” 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 the 5thth, Pastor Dahling’s sermon, “He of everything took heed,” is from John 19:23-27.

Today there will be a door collection for International Missions and Worship for Shuts Ins.

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 “Life Out of Death.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Jesus was more concerned with the motive for Christian stewardship then He was with what was done or the amount that was given.  This is illustrated in the story of the poor widow in Luke 21.  As Jesus observed the people giving in the Temple, he knew their motives as He said to them, “This poor widow has put in more than all the others.  All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”  Because the rich gave gifts only from their wealth, their offerings were not pleasing to Jesus.  The poor widow gave all that she had which revealed a heart filled with faith, love, and trust.  As our chief steward, Jesus provides us with proper motives.  One of the earlier motives expressed by Jesus is that of obedience to the Father.  “For I have come down from Heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him Who sent Me” (John 6:38).  Foremost in the mind of Jesus was to be obedient to the father.  Another motive of Jesus was service.  Jesus said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28).  His ministry was filled with service to those who were hungry, thirsty, sick, lonely, or outcast.  It was Jesus’ motive of love that made Him obedient and a servant.  He loved His Father and willingly obeyed Him.  He also loved people so He served them.  The life of Jesus was motivated by love.  As God’s stewards, we need to emulate Jesus’ motives.   Our primary motive is to do God’s will.  We should be asking  God, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”  Our motive should be to please Him.  In order to please God, we need to do all things through faith.  “And without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).  Through our faith, we are empowered to be loving, obedient people who live as servants.  May God grant us all faithful hearts eager to be stewards who do God’s will.

The LYF left for Mad River this morning at 8 a.m. and will return around 8 p.m.    

There will be no Sunday School and Bible Classes next Sunday, March 9, because of our Soup & Sandwich Dinner.  Classes resume on the 16th.

What’s for supper on Wednesday, March 5?  Enjoy a pasta supper featuring linguine, chicken Alfredo, salad, drinks, and dessert.  Youth are reminded to bring some sort of dessert (pies, cake, cookies, pudding, etc).  Serving begins at 6 p.m. and a free will donation will be accepted.  The youth are to be at the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m.  

Do you want to help defray the cost of the LWML Quarterlies?  The cost is $5.50 per year for four issues.  Please give your subscription money to Cindy Wass today.  If it’s more convenient for you, you can place the money in an envelope (marked “LWML Quarterly”) and put it in the offering plate.  Any checks should be made payable to Friedheim’s LWML.  Thanks!

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

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!

Beth Kitson is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for March.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact   Beth at 724-9674. 

The Busy Women’s Bible Class will not meet this Monday, March 3, but will resume on the 10th.

Council Members:  The minutes from the February 5 Council Meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  Please pick up your copy as you leave the worship service today.  The next meeting will be held this Tuesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

Plan now on attending the 26th annual LLL Prayer Breakfast this Saturday, March 8, beginning at 8 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 West Jefferson in Ft. Wayne.  The featured speaker will be Rev. Mark R. Muenchow, Pastoral Advisor to the International Lutheran Laymen’s League, who will speak on the subject, “The Power of Partnership.”  Several lay people will offer prayers for the church, and the world today.  Each person will also be given the opportunity to support Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Tickets may be obtained from Al Hormann for a donation of $6.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  All adults and young people are invited to attend this event.  Come, have a good time and hear an inspirational message from Rev. Mark R. Muenchow.

The Lutheran Home Auxiliary is sponsoring their annual Card Party on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  It will be held in the Game Room (Lower Level) at Lutheran Home, 6701 South Anthony Blvd. In Ft. Wayne).  Tickets are $3 and can be purchased from Donna Hileman, our congregational representative.

Ladies, are you missing some winter gloves?  There are three pairs over in the church office.  You can go over to the office (during the Sunday School hour) and pick them up. 

Copies of the 2007 Annual Report and the 2008 Membership Directory have been moved to the entranceways of church.  If you still want a copy, you can find them there.

Please note that there will be a blood pressure clinic both next Sunday and the Sunday after (March 9 and March 16).  You can have your pressure taken either before or after the church service.  The clinic will also be set up at the Soup  & Sandwich dinner.   Did you notice that on the 16th you are also to “Wear Green” to remind all of us to eat healthier as March is National Nutrition Month?

Our annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner is next 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.  Randy & Trisha Hockemeyer are chairing this year’s dinner, with Rich & Kim Weiland co-chairing.  A big thank you goes out to those who have already donated items (or cash) for the dinner.  Our “still needed” list has significantly shrunk with only the following items left.  If you are willing to donate any of them (or cash), please contact Randy or Trisha (547-4744) or Rich or Kim (639-3804) today and tell them which items you will be bringing.   

Chickens – 4 whole* (need by 3-2)

Roast Beef – 55 lbs.

Noodles – 18 lbs. (narrow cut)

Turkeys – 1 whole* (need by 3-2)

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Tomatoes – 8 quarts

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.


The chickens and turkeys need to be to Mike & Judy Werling today. Salad and dessert donations will also be needed for the 9th.  Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen (728-9101 or e-mail them at stoppco@hotmail.com) are heading the Salad Committee, while Glenn & Angie Buuck (639-3278) are heading up desserts.  Additional high chairs and booster seats are needed.  If you will loan these items for the dinner, contact the Hockemeyer’s or Weiland’s.   

The Morning Glories are working on the table decorations for the Soup & Sandwich dinner as well as a few other items to get ready for the sale.  Willing hands are always welcome on Tuesday mornings.  (You might also enjoy the fellowship opportunity!)  Remember the Morning Glories meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday mornings in the Parish Hall (weather permitting) and leave around 11:30 a.m.  If you would like to help transport items either to or from Wyneken for the Soup & Sandwich or would like to help with sales that day, contact Marlene Conrad or Shirley Buuck.  If you have items you would like to donate for the sale, make sure you have them to the Parish Hall by Friday, March 7, (or bring them to Wyneken on Sunday morning).  Bake sale items are needed for the 9thYou can bring them to Wyneken that Sunday morning (or put in the church basement before church—make sure they are marked for the bake sale—and someone will bring them over to Wyneken after church that day).  Your donations are very much appreciated.

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.

Order forms for Easter flowers were included in the March newsletter and are also in today’s bulletin.  Orders need to be back to the Decorating Committee by Wednesday, March 12.  There are boxes for you to place your order in in either entranceway of the church.

The men’s team won their game last Monday and now are in semi-final action on Monday, March 3, at 6 p.m. against St. Mary’s.  The championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on the 3rd.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597).

Did you make any purchases at Rural King between February 18 and 24?  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 Wednesday, March 12.  The church needs to mail them in to Rural King to get the rebate.

Come to Preble’s 14th Annual “All You Can Eat” Pancake & Whole Hog Sausage Brunch this Saturday, March 8, at Preble Firemen’s Park.  Serving begins at 6 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.  A free-will donation will be accepted.  (Bulk sausage will also be sold.)  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a co-sponsor of this event.  All proceeds will go to paying off the truck loan.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 248; Sunday School – 41; Bible Class – 12 Monday Night Bible Class – 7; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 5; Mid-week Lenten Worship Service - 72


Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions – 2/20


Missions – 2/24


The door collection for Lutheran Hour Ministries was $181.  Wyneken contributions for February totaled $3,090, with a year-to-date total of $3,775.

Wyneken News

Since today is the beginning of National Lutheran Schools Week, there will be a short presentation in church this morning.  This year’s theme is “God’s Plan to Give You Hope and a Future” from Jeremiah 29:11.  Wyneken students will also be passing out a special gift to our members. 

Activities at Wyneken begin with a joint worship service with area Lutheran schools on Monday, March 3.  Students in kindergarten through 4th grade will attend services at Zion, Decatur, beginning at 9:45 a.m., while students in grades 5-8 will attend services at St. John’s Flatrock beginning at 10 a.m.  Upon returning from services, the students will have lunch and because of the North Adams teacher in-service, will then be dismissed at 12:15 p.m.  Families are welcome to attend these worship services.

As part of National Lutheran Schools Week, the Wyneken students are supporting the Servant’s Heart Ministry, which helps children in Guatemala.  For only $360 a year, a Guatemalan child can attend a Christian school for one year.  Wyneken’s goal is to raise $1,080 so that three children can attend school for one year.  These donations should be in to the school office no later than Monday, March 10.  To help in supporting this ministry, there will be a fundraiser called “jar wars.”  Each classroom will compete against all the other classrooms.  Students are asked to bring coins to school each day.  Pennies and Susan B. Anthony dollars count for you and all silver coins count against you.  Students will put pennies and Susan B. Anthony dollars in their own classroom jars and silver coins in the jars of other classrooms.  Daily results will be announced each morning at Morning Prayer time and chapel.  (Students in each class have also been asked to bring one type of item for the hygiene kits that will be taken to Guatemala.  Check with your child to see what they have been asked to donate.)

On Tuesday, Lola Schaefer will make presentations to each of the classes; on Wednesday, there will be a cup stacking activity and a Ronald McDonald presentation to children in kindergarten through grade 4.  On Thursday, there will be an all-school lunch, and on Friday, students in kindergarten through grade 5 will be heading to Bellmont High School for a FAME presentation.  In the afternoon there will be games and a volleyball tournament.

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.

The 4th & 6th graders have chosen to support the food kitchen at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.  Chapel offerings for 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.)

Are you interested in the mowing job at Wyneken?  The Board of Education is taking bids for this job and would like all bids submitted by their next Board meeting on Thursday, March 13.  If you have any questions about the duties and responsibilities of this position or would like to submit a bid, please contact a Board member.  Friedheim’s representatives are Mitch Baumann, Scott Hormann, and Duane Kiess.

Market Day orders may be picked up in the old gym on Thursday, March 6, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.   If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

The first meeting of Wyneken’s Mini 4-H will take place on Monday, March 10, from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 2.  (Information will be sent home soon with your child.)  Parental helpers would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Cindy Gallmeyer (724-4047) if you need more information or would like to help.

We won’t be seeing much less waste of good food this week as the students voted on their favorite lunch meals and the top five are being served for Lutheran Schools Week. 

Wyneken will be dismissing early on Monday, March 3, as this is a teacher in-service for North Adams, with dismissal at 12:15 a.m.  Students riding North Adams buses will have transportation both ways, while those who ride East Allen buses will need to find transportation home that day.  Don’t forget to contact the Child Care office at 639-6064 if you need to use that service on the 4th.

Concordia Lutheran Elementary School is hosting the Northeast Indiana Area Lutheran Schools Spelling Contest on Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m.  Two students from each grade level (3-8) can participate in this contest.

Enrollment forms for the 2008-2009 school year will be mailed to Wyneken families prior to spring break.  If you know of a family who is interested in sending their child to Wyneken, especially for the Pre-K or kindergarten, please have them contact the school (639-6177) so that they can be placed on the mailing list.  If you have had a recent change in address, please contact the school office so that the records can be updated.

The approval has finally arrived!  Wyneken has opened their all-day, five-day a week care program (from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).  Infants (a total of 12 will be allowed) and toddlers are now being accepted.  If you would like more information on this program, please contact Wyneken.  (You can also contact Tami Schultz.)  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.  They are also looking for infant items—cribs (at least two more are needed), 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 next home meet will be on Monday, March 3, at 4:15 p.m.  It’s hard to believe but the season will be over soon.  The Concordia Open Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran High School with the LSAA Senior Championships (grades 6-8) scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Wyneken.

A survey was sent home with all eligible students in grades 3-7 concerning the 2008-2009 sports season.  This survey is being conducted to help prepare for next year’s season.  Please return it as soon as possible.  Cheerleading will also be offered in the fall.  If your child is interested in cheerleading, be sure to write this in at the bottom of the survey.  Thanks!



8:00 a.m.

LYF Ski Trip to Mad River

  9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion


Door Collection—International Missions & Worship for Shut Ins

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
MONDAY   Chapel services @ Zion, Dec. & St. John’s Flat. for Lutheran Schools Week
  6:00 p.m. Men’s tourney semi-finals (Service Complex)
  7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  8:00 p.m. Championship Game of men’s tourney
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 1:00 p.m. Worship Service @ Bingen
  6:00 p.m.  LYF Lenten Supper (pasta night))
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Worship
  8:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad’s
SATURDAY   Set up for Soup & Sandwich


March 9 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:30 a.m. Soup & Sandwich @ Wyneken
March 10 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
March 11 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 12 6:00 p.m.  LYF Lenten Supper (Soup & Sandwich night)
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Worship
  8:00 p.m. Choir
  8:00 a.m. Thrivent Financial @ Adams Memorial 
March 13 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
Easter Flower Order Sheet

March 23 is Easter Sunday.   Heller’s Nursery will supply our Easter flowers this year.  If you would like the committee to get the flowers for you, please complete the order form below.  Payment should be included with your order form (checks should be made payable to Heller’s Nursery or a committee member) and needs to be returned to a committee member—Betty Sielschott (724-3946), Tina Geels (705-1292), Mitzi Gardner (724-3726), Angie Baumann (724-4876), Kristie Schlemmer (438-2553), or Angie Sielschott (223-2928)—or placed in the boxes that can be found in either entranceway of church by Wednesday, March 12.

A list will be placed in the Easter Sunday bulletin with the names of contributors along with a notation that the flower or plant was placed in church “in memory of” or “in honor of” a particular individual or family, if that information is listed below.

If you would like to purchase flowers and/or plants for Easter Sunday but would rather get them yourself, please make sure your plant is at church no later than 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 22.  If you want your contribution noted in the Easter Sunday bulletin, you must contact the church office no later than Monday, March 17.




Total Price


Lilies – 6” pot (4-6 blooms)




Lilies – 10” pot (8-11 blooms)




Mums – 7” pot (yellow, white, or purple)




Hyacinths – 7” pot (pink, white, or blue)




Tulips – 6” pot (yellow, pink, purple, red, or white)




Geraniums – 9” pot (pink, red, white, purple, or salmon)




Regal Geraniums – 6” pot (pink, red, or purple)




Daffodils – 6” pot




Crocus – 6” pot (yellow, white, lavender, or purple)







Name of Contributor(s) ___________________________________________

In Memory of ___________________________________________________

In Honor of _____________________________________________________