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.  If you are communing, take a moment to complete a communion registration card (found in either entranceway of the church) and give it to one of the Deacons or place it in the offering plate.  Please come back and worship with us again soon.     
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Palm Sunday
March
16, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #441; #442; #632; #761; #427; #549
The Choir “Lord of our Hearts”

Readings

God’s Suffering Servant

Matthew 21:1-11 

The Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday procession)
Isaiah 50:4-9a God’s servant suffers willingly because of his trust in God
Philippians 2:5-11 As an obedient servant, Jesus humbles Himself to die on a cross
John 12:20-43  Jesus suffers the death of the cross
The Sermon

“A Beast of Burden Speaks” – Matthew 21:1-11

Today is the beginning of Holy Week—a time when we walk with the Savior observing His arrest, trial, passion, death, and burial.  The event, which leads to His death, of course, was His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  The small details of Scripture are not accidental or even incidental.  Everything is done for a reason and with a purpose.  One of the small details of Palm Sunday is the animal involved, the donkey colt on which Christ rode.  This animal is not at all incidental to the story.  The donkey was a burden-bearing animal.

1.      Donkeys were for service and for burdens.

2.      Donkeys are a perfect reflection of Christ’s ministry.

The Acolyte

Gunnar Cale

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Dirk Stoppenhagen, Mason Myers, Julie Heimann, Josh Miller, Kurt Bradtmueller, Tiffany Colwell, Marlene Conrad, Tina Geels, Don Jenkins, Sara Konopka, and Bonnie Werling.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Sandy Blomenberg who teaches at St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School, Stephanie Freimuth and Sara Rhymer, our nursery and kindergarten Sunday School teachers, and, Keith Dicke, our Wyneken 7th grade teacher.  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), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember those who are serving our country—Brian Moeller who is in Iraq, Jason Putteet who is in South Korea, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband) who is in Iraq, our reservists, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen who are in 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), Chad Hall, Doris Conrad’s son-in-law, who is in the Army stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, 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 issued a call to Rev. Daniel Grams from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Garfield, New Jersey.  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 and Rev. Grams and his family as God guides them while contemplating these calls.

We rejoice with Jeramey and Gretchen (Baumann) Hudson on the birth of their son, Carsten Lee, on Monday, March 3, at Dupont Hospital in Ft. Wayne.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

Today is the beginning of Holy Week.  There are several special services planned for this week.  On Maundy Thursday, March 20, Pastor Dahling’s sermon will be “The Perpetual Nature of Communion” from 1 Corinthians 11:23-23 and on Good Friday the sermon will be “The Women in Fearful Devotion” from John 19:25.  Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services, which begin at 7 p.m. 

Don’t want to travel at night or have conflicts with an evening service?  You are invited to St. John’s Bingen for their 1 p.m. 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 Maundy Thursday, Pastor Dahling’s sermon will be “Christ through whom we now are blest” from John 12:30 and on Good Friday, Vicar Wurst will preach on John 19:16, “Make me see Thy great distress.”  Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.

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.   Today’s message, “My Future is in Your Hands,” is given by Rev. Gary L. Miller.  Pastor Kevin Wendt will deliver the Easter Sunday message, “From Taps to Reveille.”

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 “The Reality of the Resurrection.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24).  Either God or money will be our master.  Unfortunately, we may be devoted to our money and the things it can buy and not even realize it.  Will anyone actually say, “I serve money”?  No, serving money is a subtle problem.  The love of money pushes God to the periphery.  When that happens, our time, energy, and commitment are focused on worldly things.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10).  There is a story about a pastor who boarded a bus and handed the driver a $10 bill for his fare.  The driver counted out change for a 20 instead of a 10.  Thus, he gave the pastor $10 too much.  At first the pastor thought to himself, “My, how God does provide!”  While riding along, he rationalized how he needed the money more that the bus company, but then his conscience began to be troubled.  As he stepped off the bus, the pastor held out the change to the driver and said, “Here, you made a mistake and gave me too much money.”  The driver smiled and said, “It really wasn’t a mistake.  I was in your church last Sunday and heard you preach about the love of money.  When I saw you getting on the bus, I decided to see whether you really meant what you said.”  All of us have faced similar situations where we have received too much change or been given something that doesn’t belong to us.  How did your respond?  Through God’s grace, we have been given the faith to do what is right.  When we spend time in God’s Word and Sacraments, He works in us and through us to keep our hearts close to Him, and enables us to withstand the temptations that money causes.  When we handle our money faithfully, God receives the glory.

Next Sunday is Mrs. Lydia Kalthoff’s 100th birthday.  The family would love for her to receive birthday cards from her church family.  Cards can be mailed to Village Green Apartments, #76, 1109 Bollman Street, Decatur, Indiana 46733.  Remember, this is a surprise for her (and the bulletin she receives will not have this information in it).  If you remember her helping with the end-of-year programs and the Christmas programs years ago, you might want to share your memory of her with her.  Thanks so much for helping with this special project to honor this special lady!

A Note from our Soup & Sandwich Chairs:  We would like to extend our thanks to each and every person who served as a chairperson, worked a shift, donated food or money for supplies, or simply joined us for lunch.  A special thank you to the Morning Glories for sharing their talent with the craft sale.  Each and every person who contributed made a difference in making the luncheon a success.  If you missed out on the fun this year, be sure and get involved next year.  Thanks again for all your help!  This year we served 458 people with an additional 39 served through the drive thru/carry out area.  Profits from the luncheon totaled $3,060.18, with $659 from the craft and bake sale, for a total profit of $3,719.18.  This amount doesn’t include the $1,600 we anticipate receiving from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Helping Hands Care in Congregation supplemental funding.  This should bring the total raised for our stained glass window repair project to $5,319.18. – Randy & Trisha Hockemeyer & Rich & Kim Weiland

The LYF will be serving an Easter breakfast in the Parish Hall between the sunrise and festival services next week.  The congregation is invited to attend and enjoy breakfast rolls, scrambled eggs, smoky links, ham, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice, mixed fruit, toast, and drinks.  A free will offering will be accepted.  Youth are asked to be at the Parish Hall at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, to set up for the breakfast and at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. Don’t forget to bring breakfast rolls for the Easter breakfast, except for the juniors who are asked to bring one gallon of orange juice (please bring the juice on Saturday morning when you come to help set up).

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!

Please note that there will be a blood pressure clinic today.  You can have your pressure taken either before or after the church service.   Thanks goes out to those who are “Wearing Green” to remind all of us to eat healthier as March is National Nutrition Month.  Besides being National Nutrition Month, it is also Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Multiple Sclerosis Month, and Save Your Vision Month.  This week is National Poison Prevention Week.  Wava Lichtle, our Parish Nurse, has pamphlets concerning these subjects available for you to take home with you today.

The 7th & 8th graders are working on a calendar project and leftover stickers and/or stamps (the kind scrap bookers 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. 

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

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.

Concordia Theological Seminary is offering two new retreats.  Dr. Gary Zieroth of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kingsville, Maryland will present the Men’s Retreat, Real Men Follow Jesus, on April 4 and 5.  This retreat will focus on God’s Word regarding such topics as masculinity, spiritual leadership, and the future of men in the church.  In addition to the meaty Bible Study, they’ll have basketball (three on three if you are up to that and on the big screen, as it is NCAA Final Four weekend), burgers, brats, and Lutheran beverage.  Dr. Adam Francisco will lead a seminar on Islam, Christians and the Challenge of Islam, on Saturday, April 19.  Hear about Muhammad and the origins of Islam, the Christian response to the challenge of Islam, political Islam today, and Muslims and the Gospel.  Information sheets about each of these retreats can be found in either entranceway of the church.

The “Friends of Wyneken” are sponsoring a fundraising bus trip to Centerville, Indiana for shopping and then on to a tour and historically prepared hearth supper at the 1841 Huddleston House in Cambridge City, Indiana on Saturday, May 3.  The bus will leave the Ft. Wayne South K Mart at 7:30 a.m., with stops at Gerber’s North Plaza in Decatur at 8:30 a.m., and in Portland behind Bandido’s (the old Wal Mart) at 8:45 a.m.  At Centerville you will have about four hours to shop (the town is full of antique stores and other shops) and enjoy lunch on your own.  At 3:00 p.m., we head to the Huddleston House for a hearth supper, plus a narrated tour of the house and entertainment.  We’ll leave for home around 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $70 per person.  Reservations are needed by Saturday, April 5.  For reservations or more information, you can contact Pendy Selking (547-4422) or Karen Heller (724-7959).

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.

Christ’s Child Learning Corner at Concordia Theological Seminary is hiring a part-time floater and substitute teachers.  If you are a servant of Christ and love working with children, this is an opportunity for you!  Contact the CCLS Director, Renita Nahrwold at 452-2240 for an application.

Hymns, both classic and new, will be featured at Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church, 1301 S. Anthony Blvd., at a hymn festival on Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m.  Come and join in this special festival built around the theme of “The City in Scripture and Song.”  Seminarian Randall Wurschmidt will be the festival organist and members of the Concordia Theological Brass Ensemble will accompany the hymn singing.  The Rev. Peter Cage of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. Prof. Jeffrey Pulse of Concordia Theological Seminary, and Shepherd’s vacancy pastor, the Rev. Prof. Harold Senkbeil will give brief homilies.  A reception will be held immediately following the festival.  For more information, e-mail shepherdfwl@verizon.net or call 260-422-3790.

SAVE THIS DATE…A Hog Roast/Poker Run Benefit for Nick and Rebecca Hoffman is planned for Saturday, May 10, at Preble Fireman’s Park.  The benefit starts at noon.  This event is to help with their expenses after a serious car accident (due to fog) on Highway 1 on February 23.  Thankfully, they have been released from the hospital, but not after enduring numerous surgeries (and, thus, lots of hospital bills).  Thrivent will be using “Helping Hands” funds for this event.  Weather permitting, there will be volleyball and games for families until 6 p.m.  The band, BIRCH, will be performing at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be raffles of donated goods and services from local businesses (more information to follow).  T-shirts can be pre-ordered for this event.  If you have any questions or would like to help with this event, donate, or order a T-shirt, please call Sarah Friedt at 260-433-2746.  Please keep this family in your prayers.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 188; Monday Night Bible Class – 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 7; Early-bird Bible Class - 13; Mid-week Lenten Worship Service - 65 

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,392.25

Missions – 3/5

$193.41

Missions – 3/9

$220.00

Stained Glass Window Repair Fund - $3,060.18

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.  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 and this month’s chapel offerings 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.)

It’s not too late to join Wyneken’s Mini 4-H!  Meetings will be held on Monday, March 17, and on April 7 and April 14 from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 2.  Dues are $6.  Parental helpers would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Cindy Gallmeyer (724-4047) if you need more information or would like to help.

March 14 was 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.

Wyneken will be hosting a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross on Thursday, April 17, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Each student was given two pledge cards to take home.  If you would like to donate blood, please fill out a card and return it to the school office by Tuesday, March 18.  If you have any questions or would like a pledge card, contact the school office (639-6177).

Concordia Lutheran School hosted a spelling contest for students in grades 3-8.  Nine schools participated, with Wyneken finishing in fourth place.  Alyssa Strickler was one of the 6th grade participants and they came in second.  Great job!!

Market Day order forms are included in today’s bulletin.  Order forms are to be returned to the school office by Wednesday, April 2, with Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, April 5.  Pick-up date is on Thursday, April 10, in the old gym from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This month, the school can receive a 30% profit of gourmet sauces and mixes.  Make sure you look over these items when putting your order together.  Also look over the items in speedy suppers, scrumptious skewers, healthy appetite, quick kid fix, pie paradise, and some of the dessert specials for reduced price items.  Any questions, contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

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.  A family pass (this includes members in your household) is available for $35.  Individual tickets are $7.  Pre-sale tickets can be gotten from Kim Weiland as well as in the school office.  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 next school year will be mailed to Wyneken families soon.  If you know of a family who is interested in sending their child to Wyneken, especially for Pre-K or kindergarten, please have them contact the school (639-6177) so that they can be placed on the mailing list.  Please contact the school with any recent change in address.

A Note from Our Day Care Staff:  Please remember to sign your child(ren) out when picking them up from the day care room even when they are there for only a few minutes.  The staff needs to know whom it is that has picked up your child(ren).  Thank you!

Wyneken’s all-day, five-day a week care program is now open, with infants and toddlers now accepted.  If you would like more information on this program, please contact Wyneken or Tami Schultz, the Director of the program.    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 Decatur Parks & Rec Department is sponsoring several Spring Break Specials (March 24-27).  You can pick up a flier in the school office with dates, times, and locations.

Sports

Congratulations to our young wrestlers as they competed at the Concordia Open last Sunday (the LSAA Senior Championships (grades 6-8) were held yesterday at Wyneken).  Ryan Freimuth and Jacob Bergman placed first in their weight divisions, Aaron Bergman placed second, Kyle Freimuth earned a third place ribbon, and Ryan Hockemeyer came in fifth.  Good job, guys!

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship Service with Holy Communion
    Blood Pressure Clinic
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class (Parish Hall)
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
THURSDAY   April Newsletter articles due in church office
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion
FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship with Holy Communion
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Easter flowers needed @ church
  9:00 a.m. LYF Set up for Easter Breakfast

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

March 23              

6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service
    LYF Easter Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. Easter Festival Service with Holy Communion
March 24 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
March 25 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 26 7:00 p.m. Choir
March 27 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s

Just a reminder, if you are putting flowers in church and did not order them from the Decorating Committee and want your donation acknowledged in the Easter bulletin, you must contact the church office with the needed information by tomorrow.  Thanks for your help!