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.  Please come back and worship with us again soon.        
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Easter 6-Examination Sunday
April 27
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Service of Prayer and Preaching, Page 260

The Hymns LSB #578; #547; #837
The Solo “Spirit Song”
The Theme of the Day

The Spirit in the Christian’s Life 

Acts 17:16-31 The Spirit as an “unknown God”
1 Peter 3:13-22 Christians are alive in the Spirit
John 14:15-21 Jesus promises to send the Spirit
The Sermon

The Examination of the Class of 2008

Gunnar Allan Cale

Paul John DeKoninck

Rosa Marie DeKoninck

Bethany Jo Evans

Ethan Theodore Lichtle

The Acolyte

Jacob Bergman


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Kim Stoppenhagen, Kim Schamerloh, Tanner Walker, Don Erxleben, and Jim Riemke.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Lisa Bills, Stan Stoppenhagen, our 5th & 6th grade Sunday School teacher, and Becky Klenke, our Wyneken 1st 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, Armilla Conrad who has returned home, 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 has returned to the States,  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 and Zion Lutheran in Decatur in our prayers as they search for ministers to serve their congregations.  Rev. Daniel Grams from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Garfield, New Jersey, has returned the call.  Both Bingen and Zion continue their searches.  May our Heavenly Father continue to guide all in the pursuit of pastoral care.

May the God of comfort be with Kevin and Dawn Buuck and their family as Dawn’s uncle was called home to be with his Savior this past week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them. 

We thank Jean Timm for her solo this morning.  We also thank the choir as they sing both the Old Testament and New Testament canticles in this morning’s order of service.

Ascension services will be held this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon will be “A Prayed for People” from John 17:1-11.  Holy communion will be celebrated.  Plan on attending this worship service.

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. 

The Monday Night Bible Class will not meet tomorrow.  The class will next meet on Monday, May 5.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Christians in a non-Christian World.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – As God’s stewards, our first assignment was given to us in Genesis 1:28: “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ ”   God delegated us as His representatives to rule the earth in His place.  We have been given dominion over God’s creation.  Because God has retained His ownership of all things, we are stewards who are responsible and accountable to God.  God is the owner; we are the stewards or managers.

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 this morning.  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.  Shirley Hormann will be May’s coordinator. Serving on Altar Guild for May are Ann Crosby and Shirley Hormann.  Kevin & Derek Schultz will be youth ushers for May.

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.

This morning 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.

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.

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 17th Annual Bargain Bonanza Extravaganza Garage Sale, sponsored by Lutheran Home/Concord Village will be held at International Park in Ft. Wayne.  Please use the entrance gate off of Meyer Road, not the entrance at International Harvester tower at Pontiac and Coliseum.  You can shop on Thursday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Friday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday’s sale is a “bag sale.”  Check out all the bargains.  The proceeds are to go to renovating the open hallway, which runs parallel to the Assisted Living Dining Room.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is supplying matching funds through their “Care Abounds in the Community” program.

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.

New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian is having a Senior Citizen’s Dinner and Program on Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall.  There will be a sing-a-long with Ed Higgins and an educational program entitled “Maintain Your Brain.”  A free-will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the food.  Please call New Hope’s church office (622-7954) by Tuesday, April 29, with your reservations.

The youth of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest), 9909 Wayne Trace, are sponsoring a drive-thru Mother’s Day Chicken Dinner on May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring High’s BBQ chicken.  The price is $7 for a half chicken, baked potato, applesauce, roll, and cookie or $5 for just chicken only.  For pre-sale tickets you can contact the church at 447-3005.  Proceeds will go to the youth attending this summer’s mission trip in Atlanta.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 223 with 151 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 37; Adult Bible Class – 14; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 16 



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




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.

Students in grades 3-8 began NWEA Testing on April 21, and will continue testing 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 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.

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).  The Book Fair will be open from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day.  Please check out all the available items—children’s books, adult books, and Christian books.

Wyneken will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, May 5, for a teacher in-service day.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both to and from school.  If your child rides an East Allen bus, you will need to find transportation home.  Remember to call Extended Care (639-6064) if you need to utilize this service.

There are still several families who have not returned their enrollment forms for the 2008-09 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.

The 7th & 8th graders recently participated in a speech contest.  Madison Stoppenhagen was one of the top five students in 7th grade and Ethan Lichtle one of the top five from 8th grade.  Madison was in second place overall.  Great job!

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.

Nelson’s port-a-pit chicken will be available on Mother’s Day, May 11.  The Class of 2009 is sponsoring this fundraiser.  Tickets are on sale after church or from any 7th grade student.  Friedheim’s 7th graders include Jacob Bergman, Kyle Freimuth, Brett Hormann, Shelby Kiess, Katie Linnemeier, and Madison Stoppenhagen.  The cost is $5 per half a chicken.  Pick-up time is after the worship service, continuing until 11:15 a.m.  Anything not picked up by that time will be taken back to the Bingen site (the Old Meyer’s gas station), which will be serving until 12:30 p.m.  The class is also selling plants and flowers.  Flower certificates from Schmuckers Nursery (Doty Road/SR37), McNamara’s at Sandpoint, and The Grainery are available.  Orders are also be taking for plants from Heller Nursery.  The first delivery is Saturday, May 10.  The class is also selling cheese balls with three varieties available—chipped beef & cheese ($7), sharp cheddar with almonds ($7), and a chocolate chip dessert cheese ball ($8).  Order forms are available in the school office.  If you want delivery by confirmation, your order must be in by Monday, April 28, with pick up after school in the school office on Thursday, May 1, and if you want it by Mother’s Day, your order must be in by Monday, May 5, with pickup by Thursday, May 8.    Profits from these fundraisers will go towards paying for their trip to DC next spring.

Matt’s Rack is a clothing bank that is starting for the Lutheran School system and will be located in the Ft. Wayne area.  It will serve children from pre-K through high school and hopes to be open by the fall.  They are looking for donations to fill the “bank.”  They are looking for new or gently used items that are clean and appropriate for school.  They are in need of winter coats, spring jackets, sweatshirts, winter hats, gloves, mittens, boots, winter/spring/summer/fall clothing, and uniforms.  In the near future, Wyneken will designate a certain week for you to bring in your donations. 


The varsity has only one game this week.  They will play Holy Cross at Wyneken at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2.  This is their last scheduled game prior to the LSAA tournament.  The JV team also plays at Wyneken on the 2nd.  Their game, against Holy Cross, starts at 4:15 p.m.

Basketball open gym will be held every Sunday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning today.  This is open to students fourth grade and up.

Sport camp information is starting to appear in the school office.  Come in and see what is being offered in the area for your child.



9:00 a.m.

Examination Sunday

  10:00 a.m. Reception for Confirmands
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class (Parish Hall)
  6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
    Ruth Armel Scholarship Deadline
WEDNESDAY 7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 7:00 p.m. Ascension Worship Service with Holy Communion
FRIDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken (Grandparents/Special Person Day)


May 4

9:00 a.m. Confirmation Sunday with Holy Communion

Door Collection for the Gideons

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
May 5 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

    Busy Woman’s Bible Class
  6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
May 6 7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
May 7 7:00 p.m. Choir
May 8 8:00 a.m Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad’s
May 10 Noon - ?? Benefit for Nick & Rebecca Hoffman

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

O let the Son of God enfold you with His Spirit and His love,
Let Him fill your life and satisfy your soul.
O let Him have the things that hold you and His Spirit, like a dove,
Will descend upon your life and make it whole.

Refrain:  Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

O come and sing the song of gladness as your hearts are filled with joy,
Lift your hands in sweet surrender to His name.
O give Him all your tears and sadness, give Him all your years of pain,
And you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.    Refrain

Giving God our First Priority

Have you ever worked and worked to see very little result from your big efforts?  In the Old Testament book of Haggai, the work of God’s people was producing no fruit.  They toiled in the fields, but there was no harvest.  God was upset with them so he made their efforts fruitless.  Because their priorities were focused only on themselves rather than God, God “called for a drought on the fields and the mountains” (Haggai 1:11).  He even “blew away” (verse 9) what they had brought home. 

The reason for God’s wrath was expressed in verse 4: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”  God had finally had enough of their self-centeredness.  His priorities were not His people’s priorities. 

He got their attention by making life difficult for them. God’s people responded.  They “obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai” (vs. 12).  God’s priorities became the priorities of the people.  In the same way as the people in the time of Haggai examined and changed their priorities, we need to make sure that we are putting God’s priorities for our lives first.  Our focus can’t be on building bigger and better homes or larger retirement accounts for ourselves.  God is calling us to make a difference in people’s lives.  We need to ask God what He wants to accomplish through us.