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!  If you are a guest, we ask that you sign one of our guest registries, found in either entranceway of the church.  If you would like to partake of communion this morning, please take a moment to read our “Statement of Communion Practice” and then complete a communion registration card.  The 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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Easter 5
April 20
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #487; #633; #469; #467; #463; #687
The Choir “The Savior’s Call”
Readings

The People of God

Acts 6:1-9, 7:2a, 51-60 God’s people believe the Gospel
1 Peter 2:2-19 God’s people are a chosen, holy people
John 14:1-14  God’s people come to God only through Jesus
The Sermon

“Because of the Resurrection” – John 14:1-14

Our Gospel lesson for this morning is the beginning of Jesus’ “farewell discourses” that continue through chapter 17 of John’s Gospel. The disciples are not to be troubled because He is going to prepare a place, which is large enough for all. Moreover, He is the only way to the Father. To know and see Jesus is to know and see the Father. It is essential that the disciples know and believe in him and the Father. If they do, they will do greater things than Jesus did and their prayers, offered in His name, will be answered.  Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

1.     a way is prepared for you in heaven (vv. 2-3),
2.   a way to God exists (v. 6),
3.   God is revealed in Christ (v. 9), and
4.   you will outdo Jesus in works (v. 12).

The Acolyte

Rosa DeKoninck

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Jan Linnemeier, Bev Jenkins, Becky Blomenberg, Shirley Gehres, Lydia Dahling, Fern Riemke, Drew Stoppenhagen, Jared Witte, Betty Sielschott, and Josh Stoppenhagen.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Toney Bergman who teaches at Bellmont, Wava & Emma Lichtle, our 7th & 8th grade Sunday School teachers, and Heidi Werling, our Wyneken 2nd 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 Walter Nuerge who is at Ossian Health Care, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember those who are serving our country—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, Brian Moeller, 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.

Congratulations to Andrew & Monica (Manley) Schaefer on the birth of their first child, a little girl, Adalynn Rose, on Saturday, April 12.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We keep the members of St. John’s Bingen and Zion Lutheran in Decatur in our prayers as they search for ministers to serve their congregations.  Bingen has issued a call to Rev. Daniel Grams from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Garfield, New Jersey, while Zion continues their search.  May our Heavenly Father continue to guide all in the pursuit of pastoral care.

We remember the men at the Ft. Wayne Seminary who are awaiting their first calls or vicarage placement.  Vicarage assignments will be given on Tuesday, April 22, while first calls will be held on Wednesday, April 23.  We especially remember in our prayers Jeff Keuning, John Wurst, and Conrad Oehlert who served as vicars under Pastor Dahling’s supervision and will be receiving their first calls on Wednesday evening.  The Seminary has arranged to have a live audio Webcast.  Go to www.ctsfw.edu/cts/placement and following the instructions.  Both services begin at 7 p.m.  May the Lord guide and lead them as they begin their ministries. 

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. 

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “The Spirit in the Christian’s Life.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Knowing that God is the Creator and Provider of all things motivates us to worship Him through our faithful stewardship.  As faithful stewards, we acknowledge God as the source and owner of everything.  We are merely managers or caretakers of His property that is on loan to us.  In our faithful stewardship, we seek to use our lives and blessings according to His will.  We understand that our main purpose is to serve and glorify Him.  We seek God’s wisdom and strength to fulfill our stewardship tasks, and we are aware of our need to be responsible and accountable.  The reward for our faithfulness will come from hearing God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23). 

Dr. Horace D. Hummel will lead a course on “Ezekiel” at the Seminary from May 12-14.  For more information you can contact Carrie O’Donnell (260-452-2241).  The Seminary also has a new Continuing Education page on their website.  You can log on to www.ctsfw.edu/continuing-ed/index.php and register from this site.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be hosting a reception for this year’s confirmation class after the worship service next Sunday, April 27.  You are invited to come down to the church basement, enjoy a light snack, and visit with the members of the class of 2008—Gunnar Cale, P. J. DeKoninck, Rosa DeKoninck, Bethany Evans, and Ethan Lichtle.  Thrivent will also be presenting a gift to each of the members of the class.

 Monica Stoppenhagen is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for April.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Monica at 547-4405. 

Council Members:  The minutes from the April 1 Council Meeting are in your slots in the entranceways of the church.  You may pick them up as you leave the worship service this morning.  Just a reminder that the next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

Our LYF will have a paper and aluminum can drive this Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  If you would like to have the youth come to your home and pick up your papers and/or cans, please contact one of the counselors—Mike Conrad (547-4717), Stan Stoppenhagen (728-9101), or Jerry Bultemeyer (724-9829).  You may also bring your papers and/or cans to the Parish Hall that day.

On Sunday, April 27, the LYF will be assisting residents of Lutheran Home to their chapel services.  Please meet at the Parish Hall at 9 a.m.  Following this worship service, the group will head to Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen’s home for lunch (provided by Donna Hileman).  Discussion about the white water rafting trip will be on the agenda.  If you can’t be at this meeting, please contact Denise Conrad (547-4717) and let her know if you want to go on the rafting trip this summer.

Just a reminder to this year’s confirmation class:  The photographer will be here on Saturday, April 26.  Please be at church by 8:45 a.m. and don’t forget your gown!!

Did you chair a committee for the Soup & Sandwich and have yet to turn in your report form?  Less than half of the reports have been returned.  It is very helpful to have the notes and list of volunteers who helped in each committee as the process begins for the coming year.  Please take a moment to complete this form and return it to Rich and Kim Weiland.  Thanks!

The deadline for filling out the Ruth Armel Scholarship that is used to attend the Indiana District LWML Convention in Ft. Wayne this summer is fast approaching.  Scholarship guidelines and an application are available from Marlene Conrad or Kathy Bultemeier.  The completed form needs to be returned by April 30.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be held at Bellmont Middle School on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14.  Would you like to collect donations, participate in the Relay for Life walk, and receive a Relay for Life T-shirt?  If so, please contact Leesa Heckman by Sunday, May 4.  She will have the registration form that you need to complete and the participant’s packet.  Thanks!

 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.  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.  The hog roast begins at noon.  Here’s a little information about the poker run.  All vehicles are welcome with the last bike out at 1 p.m. and the last bike in at 5 p.m.  The cost is $10 a player and $5 a passenger.  Family activities will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and include performances by Bellmont’s Brave Generation and Ladies Show Choir, face painting, games, and volleyball.  Beginning at 4 p.m. three different bands will be performing, Edible, Birch Band, and Lost Vegas.  There will also be raffles of donated goods and services from local businesses.  Some of the items include a set of tires from Zurcher Tire, a duel exhaust for a pick up from Bodies Exhaust, over $500 in trany service from Expert Transmission, and much more.  T-shirts can be pre-ordered for this event and will cost $10 for adult sizes small to x-large and $12 for 2XL and 3 XL shirts.  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.

The ladies of Emmanuel Lutheran (Soest) will hold a Rummage Sale and Bake Sale on Thursday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Family Life Center.  Friday is a Sack Sale.  Limited matching funds are being provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 7819 Decatur Road, is having a Rummage & Bake Sale on Friday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a $2 bag sale on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Here it comes!  Summer will be here before you know it!  What will you be doing when June, July, and August roll around?  Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of an experience at Camp Lutherhaven!  Registrations are still being accepted, but hurry!  Spaces are filling up quickly.  Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org or find out more information by calling 260-636-7101.  (You can also find some brochures in the south entranceway of the church.

The Men’s FastPitch Softball League is sponsoring a golf outing on Saturday, May 17, at the Grey Goose in Decatur beginning at 1 p.m.  This four-man scramble costs only $50 per participant.  Food and prizes will be available at Three Kings in Hoagland following the tournament.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Jason Buuck at 413-0702.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 228; Sunday School – 38; Monday Night Bible Class – 6; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 4; Early-bird Bible Class - 17 

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,813.89

Missions

$345.00

Wyneken News

Although Ultra Zone is no longer on the order sheet, there are still a few 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.

SCRIP is looking for an assistant to help with the inventory orders every other week and every third week throughout the summer months.  The job consists of counting money, calling in the orders, and printing checks.  The ordering process takes approximately 2 hours.  If you are interested in this volunteer position, please contact Jane Kleine (639-7244) or Sara Butler (724-7025).

Chapel offerings for April and May will be going to help defray the medical expenses of Nick & Rebecca Hoffman.  Nick is a Wyneken grad and the family attends St. Paul’s Preble.

The Wyneken Music Department will present their annual Spring Music Concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m.  Those participating include recorders, chimes, band (both beginners and advanced), Wyneken Chorus, the 6th-8th grade choirs.  All are invited to attend this special evening of musical entertainment.

Students in grades 3-8 will begin NWEA Testing on April 21, continuing through May 1.  Parents, please try to avoid making any appointments on these dates or planning vacations during this time.  Thank you.

Market Day order forms are included in this morning’s bulletin.  Order sheets need to be returned to Wyneken by Wednesday, April 30, with Internet orders (www.marketday.com) due by noon on Saturday, May 3.  If you order $75 or more, you will receive a free beach bag (a $20 value).  Check out the “Grill to Perfection,”  “Beach BBQ,” “More than Entertaining,” ”Rise & Shine,” and “Summer Stock Up” items as you look over the order form.  Pick-up date is set for Thursday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the old gym.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

North Adams’ Kindergarten Round-Up is set for Thursday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Northwest Elementary School in Decatur.  All students attending kindergarten at Wyneken (even those who live in other school districts) need to attend this meeting.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Wyneken (639-6177).  They will send the packet of information to you when it becomes available to them.

Grandparents/Special Friends Day is Friday, May 2.   All kindergarten students will be attending school this day.  Registration forms need to be returned by Friday, April 25, especially if your guests will be eating lunch at Wyneken.  Please remember that lunches need to be pre-ordered.  The Scholastic Book Fair will also be held that week (April 28-May 2).

There are still several families who have not returned their enrollment forms for the 2008-9 school year.  A $25 late fee will be due with the enrollment form.

Any parents who would like childcare over the summer months are asked to call the Childcare office (639-6064) as soon as possible.  Also, there are still some outstanding bills and another billing is on the way.  Please make your payments as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Childcare office.

Show your school pride by displaying a Wyneken window decal.  The cost is $7.50 and can be purchased in the school office or by contacting Linda Kleine (639-3749).  Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2009’s trip to DC next spring.

Due to all the cancellations due to weather, the last day of school will now be Wednesday, June 4.  School will dismiss at 11 a.m., with the awards ceremony at 8:30 a.m. and closing chapel at 10 a.m.  No lunch will be served.  Students who ride North Adams busses will need transportation both to and from school that day.  Students who ride East Allen busses will need transportation home.  All fees (lunch, childcare, tuition, athletics, library, etc.) need to be up-to-date or your child will not receive their report card.

Eighth grade graduation will be held at Zion, Friedheim, on Tuesday, June 3, at 7 p.m.  This will be a communion service.

Sports

Games continue this week with the varsity squad playing three games.  On Tuesday, April 22, they face Concordia, on Wednesday, April 23, Central will be their opponent.  Both games are at Wyneken and scheduled to be played following the JV contests (around 5:30 p.m.).  On Friday, April 25, Emmanuel-St. Michael will be the opponent.  This game will also be played at Wyneken with a start time of 4:15 p.m.  The JV team has two games this week.  On Tuesday, April 22, they face Concordia and on Wednesday, April 23, Central is the opponent.  Both games are at Wyneken and begin at 4:15 p.m.  Come and support our young athletes!

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  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 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
    May newsletter articles needed in church office
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. LYF Paper/Can Drive
  8:45 a.m. Confirmation Practice & Pictures

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

April 27

9:00 a.m.

Examination Sunday

  10:00 a.m. Reception for Confirmands
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
April 28 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
April 29 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
April 30   Ruth Armel Scholarship Deadline
  7:00 p.m. Choir
May 1 7:00 p.m. Ascension Worship Service with Holy Communion
May 2 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken (Grandparents/Special Person Day)
May 3   Friends of Wyneken Bus Trip

You can follow along as the choir sings, “The Savior’s Call.”  The words are printed below.

I heard the Savior calling:  “Come back my wand’ring child,
I see thee staying, falling, On pathless desert wild.”
Midst sin and pain appalling I heard the Savior calling:
“My strength sustains the falling, Come back to me my child.” 
I’m coming, yes, I’m coming, The loving call I hear. 
I’m coming, yes I’m coming To Thee, my Savior dear.

I heard the Shepherd calling:  “Come back my wand’ring sheep.
Why are ye stumbling, sprawling, Midst rocks and mountains steep?”
Midst thorns and thistles crying:  “Why will ye still be dying,
Your dearest friend denying, Come find the wand’ring sheep.
I’m coming, yes, I’m coming, The loving call I hear. 
I’m coming, yes I’m coming To Thee, my Savior dear.

I heard my Savior sighing, “Why must I call in vain? 
So long have I been trying To bring you back again.”
I heard the Savior crying:  “Why will ye still be dying,
Your dearest friend denying, Come back to me again.”
I’m coming, yes, I’m coming, The loving call I hear. 
I’m coming, yes I’m coming To Thee, my Savior dear.

My Shepherd came and sought me And down to me did bend,
And in His arms He caught me To all my sores did tend,
From all the foes that fought me With His own blood He bought me,
And to the flock He brought me, My dearest, dearest friend.
I’m coming, yes, I’m coming, The loving call I hear. 
I’m coming, yes I’m coming To Thee, my Savior dear.