Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Friedheim
10653 N 550 W
Decatur, IN  46733

 Rev. Daniel F. Dahling
547-4248 (Office)
547-4534 (Parsonage)

Website – www.zionfriedheim.org
Pastor’s E-Mail – pastor@zionfriedheim.org
Secretary’s E-Mail – churchoffice@zionfriedheim.org

Mr. Lowell Timm, Principal, Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School
Mrs. Sandy Blomenberg, Director of Music

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.  Please come back and worship with us again soon.
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The Fifth Sunday in Lent
9, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #433, #685; #725


Life Out of Death
Ezekiel 37:1-14 God’s Spirit through the Word raises a dead people (natural death)
Romans 8:1-11 The Spirit raises us from death of the flesh to life as sons of God (spiritual death)
John 11:7-27, 38-53 Christ raises Lazarus from death (physical death)
The Sermon “I am the Resurrection” -- John 11:7-53

The Acolyte

Ethan Lichtle


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We thank our Seminarian Christopher Hull for delivering this morning’s sermon meditation.  Pastor Dahling is preaching at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, as Emanuel celebrates their 150th anniversary.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Chris Putteet, Amy Erxleben, Nancy Kaehr, and Tammy Dahling.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Kristin Scheumann who teaches at Northwest Elementary School, Karly Everett, our 1st & 2nd grade Sunday School teachers, and, Marv Drier, one of our Wyneken 8th grade teachers and Wyneken’s technology coordinator.  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, Walter Nuerge who is at Bluffton Regional Hospital, 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 has returned home, 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 who are in route to Iraq, 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), and Randy McAllister (Fern Riemke’s son and brother of Kim, Terry, and Julie) who is serving in Germany.  May the Lord protect and guide them in their missions.

We keep the members of St. John’s Bingen in our prayers as they continue their search for a new minister.  They have a Call Meeting planned for this afternoon.  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 Fern Ehlerding (No-No Grandma) by her family—Pam, Randy, Karly, Kolton, and Elmo.

Make plans to attend our mid-week Lenten service this Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m.  The sermon is based upon Isaiah 50:4-9a, “Redemption through Suffering.” 

In addition to our Wednesday evening Lenten services, an afternoon service is held at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Bingen.  This service is 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 12th, Vicar Wurst will preach on John 19:31-37, “Help, O Christ, Thou God’s Own Son.”

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 “God’s Suffering Servant.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  Sometimes it’s good to get back to basics.  When the whirlwind of holiday events and celebrations is over, it’s time to gather our wits and prepare for the coming year.  Time to get our bearings.  Time to think afresh.  Time to take stock of the past year, for some remembering its blessings, for others, sorrowing over its setbacks.  Whether rejoicing or sorrowing, however, God is there with us.  He laughs with us in our times of joy and wipes away our tears of sadness.  He is always here.  He was here “in the beginning.”  He created it all.  When “the earth was formless and empty, [and] darkness was over the surface of the deep, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be… And there was …” (Genesis 1:2,3).  All it takes is a word from God’s mouth and there it is.  He created it, He owns it, and He loans it to us for our use.  In addition, all the time, He is there with us; never will He leave us (Hebrews 13:5).  This is no time for regrets over the past, for God has forgiven and forgotten our sin.  There is no cause for worry over what the New Year will bring, for God has already been there.  Each of us can make a new beginning; in fact, each day, each moment can be a new beginning.  God promises to provide for all our needs.  Paul wrote, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  Believing this promise, we do not need to fear for our futures, financial or otherwise.  We do not need to store up wealth for some calamity.  We can afford to be generous givers because, as believers, we are covered by God’s promise to care for us.  By God’s grace, let us make that new beginning, then, living according to God’s plan for us and managing the vast resources He has loaned to us to the best of our abilities, honoring Him in all we say, in the way we live, and through our generous offerings as we work to make His name known.

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

What’s for supper on Wednesday, March 12?  Enjoy a soup and sandwich supper featuring sloppy joes, chicken soup, chili, 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.  

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

The LLL/LWML Zone Spring Rally will be held on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke.  Gary Hemrick, Chief Administrative Officer, and Angie Moellering, Director of Advancement, (both from Lutheran Social Services) will be the guest speakers.  A light meal will be served following the meeting.  Mark it on your calendar and plan on attending!

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!

There are some great clearance sales on winter coats and boots at the various stores.  Since the “Kids Helping Kids” program is going to be an ongoing project, you might want to purchase some items now.  The Sunday School class can store these items and distribute them next winter.  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 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. 

Please note that there will be a blood pressure clinic today and next Sunday.  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 today at Wyneken, with serving from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  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.   (Just a reminder to our LYF members—freshmen and juniors are working from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and sophomores and seniors from 11:45 a.m. to 1:p.m.)

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 LWML Quarterlies are here as are the new Portals of Prayer.  Both can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be picked up you leave the worship service this morning.

Order forms for Easter flowers were included in the March newsletter and can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Orders need to be back to the Decorating Committee by Wednesday, March 12.  You can find boxes in either entranceway of the church for you to place your order forms.

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.

The Mad Ants, Ft. Wayne’s minor league basketball team, is having a Faith and Family Night on Sunday, March 30.  They will be playing the Iowa Energy at 6 p.m.  You can purchase tickets for just $5 (regular price-$10).  Tickets must be purchased by March 26.  To purchase tickets or for additional information, please call Lindsey Clifford at 260-469-4667, extension 105.  There are some order forms in either entranceway of the church if you are interested.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 220 with 148 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 41; Bible Class – 12; Monday Night Bible Class – 6; Mid-week Lenten Worship Service - 92


Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions – 2/27


Missions – 3/2


The door collection for International Missions/Worship for Shuts Ins was $134.

Wyneken News

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.  Students have also been asked to help make hygiene kits by bringing in new, regular sized items (not hotel or travel size).  Large buckets have been placed in the lobby area for students to place their donations.  Kindergarten students are to bring in one child’s size toothbrush; 1st graders, one adult toothbrush; 2nd graders, shampoo; 3rd graders, one box of gallon size Ziploc style bags; 4th graders, combs; 5th graders, hand towels; 6th graders, deodorant; 7th graders, toothpaste; and 8th graders, one bar of soap.  Together lives can be changed for children in Guatemala.

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.  As you are making plans for Spring Break and Easter, you may want to think of SCRIP.  Gift cards to many hotels are available, but we need to know in advance so these can be ordered.  You might even want to put a few gift cards in an Easter basket or use them when shopping for that new Easter outfit.  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.

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.  Parental helpers would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Cindy Gallmeyer (724-4047) if you need more information or would like to help.

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.

March 14 is the end of the third quarter.  Report cards will go home just prior to Spring Break on Thursday, March 20.

Students who ride East Allen buses will need to find transportation home on Thursday, March 20, as East Allen will have an early release that day.  Remember, contact Tami Schultz in the Extended Care program if you need a place for your children to go after school.

Wyneken’s Spring Break will start on (Good Friday) with classes resuming on Monday, March 31.  East Allen schools will observe their spring break the week of March 31.  Parents, of students riding East Allen buses will have to make arrangements for transportation both to and from school that week.  Remember, if you need to use the Extended Care program, contact Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

An informational packet on the 21st Century Scholars Program is available in the school office for families with children in 7th and 8th grades.  This program provides college tuition funds to qualifying families.  Check out the eligibility requirements and get your forms mailed in by the deadline.

The PTL Square Dance has been scheduled for Friday, April 11, at the Hoagland Hayloft Reception Hall.  This year it will be a family dance, all are welcome, both young and old!  Come out to hear Bill Werling and his band, Breakaway.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner being served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dance itself will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

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.

Wyneken’s all-day, five-day a week care program is now open.  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 or Tami Schultz, the Director of the program.  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, please contact the school office (639-6177) or Tami Schultz at school (639-6064) or her home (547-4540). 


The Concordia Open Tournament will be held this afternoon 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.  The team has two more regular season meets—on Tuesday, March 11, they head to Woodburn for a 4:15 p.m. start and on Thursday, March 13, they will go to Central (New Haven) for a 4:15 p.m. start.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:30 a.m. Soup & Sandwich @ Wyneken
    Blood Pressure Clinic
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
WEDNESDAY   Easter flower orders due
  1:00 p.m. Worship Service @ Bingen
  1:30 p.m. Card Party @ Lutheran Home
  6:00 p.m.  LYF Lenten Supper (Soup & Sandwich night)
  7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Worship
  8:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Financial @ Adams Memorial 
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s      
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board (mowing bids due)


March 16 9:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship Service with Holy Communion
    “Wear Green”
    Blood Pressure Clinic
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
March 17 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
March 18 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 19 All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
March 20 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
March 21 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion
March 12 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship with Holy Communion
  8:00 a.m. Easter flowers needed @ church
  9:00 a.m. LYF Set up for Easter Breakfast

Called to Serve

Paul wrote the following to the believers in Ephesus:  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).  The instruction is clear that we are to render service and not sit in idleness.

Matthew 20:28 reads, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  The very nature of Jesus, as revealed in Scripture, is the example that should be our encouragement to serve others.  Acknowledging Christ for Who He is and what He has done to redeem us sinners, we begin to understand His nature and His purpose for us.  As forgiven people, we have the redemptive purpose of living a life of faithful service to Jesus and others.  Christ’s love for us and our love for Him make our lives of servanthood possible.  Through a loving relationship with Him, we are willing to live lives of faithful service.

As God’s people, we are called to love God with all our hearts, souls, and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37).  The key to our service is to live with an attitude that is God-centered.  With God as our focus, we will want to love and serve Him and others.  Unfortunately, because we are by nature self-centered, we are not interested in serving others.  When we succumb to the temptation of putting ourselves first, we place ourselves in the center of life, and we become unaware of and less interested in the needs of others.  With a God-centered attitude, we will seek opportunities to serve others who are in need.

Our prayer is that God will enable and strengthen us to put Him first so we can faithfully respond to His call to serve.


“A Wise person once said, ‘Even a fool can count the apples on a tree, but it takes a wise man to count the trees in an apple.’  To see the tree in a seed and then help it to grow; to pick the winner before he has won his laurels and then help him to win; to discover the poet or genius in that dreamy, restless, nonconforming schoolboy, and then help him to find himself—that is the creative kind of wisdom which keeps life growing and entitles us to be called ‘workers together with God.’” – Ralph W. Sockman

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 _____________________________________________________