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

We welcome you to Friedheim on this first Sunday in May.  If you will be communing with us, please fill out a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church and they may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.   Take a moment to read the Statement of Communion Practice, prior to going to communion.  If you are visiting us this morning, please sign your name in one of our guest registries in either entranceway of the church.  Please visit with us again soon.     
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Easter 7-Confirmation Sunday
May 4, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

LSB Page 184



The Ringing of the Church Bell



The Processional Hymn (please rise)

LSB #770

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”



The Invocation


In the Name of God, the Father, Who created us; in the Name of God, the Son, Who redeemed us; in the name of God, the Holy Ghost, Who gave us eternal life.





An Act of Adoration


Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord!


Give us a joyous shout in honor of the rock of our salvation!


Come before Him with thankful hearts.


Let us sing him psalms of praise.


For the Lord is a great God, the Great King of all ages:


He controls the formation of the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains:  All are His;


He made the sea and formed the land;


They too are His.


Come, kneel before the Lord, our Maker.


For He is our God.


We are His sheep;


And He is our Shepherd.


Oh, that you would hear His calling you today, and come to Him!





An Act of Confession (in unison)

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You alone.  We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, so that we can be the children You would have us to be.



The Absolution

Come, receive the power of His Holy Spirit, which cleanses, heals, and empowers each one of us to a new life.  Wake up afresh, to be cleansed from all of your sin.  You have been forgiven.  Now you are free to live for the reason you were created.  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The Choir

“I Am a Child of the Lamb”



The Lessons

Christians in a non-Christian World

Acts 1:12-26

Christians in the world pray for the Spirit

1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11

Christians in the world share Christ’s sufferings

John 17:1-11

Christians in the world are prayed for



The Confession of Faith (The Nicene Creed)

LSB Page 191



The Sermon Hymn

LSB #575

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”



The Sermon

“In All Things Give Thanks” – Psalm 106:1-5


With the Psalmist, we can give thanks to God for the blessings He offers.

1. O give thanks unto the Lord
2. for He is Good
3. His mercy edures forever. 



The Gathering of the Morning Offerings 




The Rite of Confirmation


After the Confirmands receive the blessing, we ask the congregation to stand and join in a prayer of commitment to Jesus Christ.  As we think of the day when we spoke our vows, may this confession renew our faith that we might more diligently and faithfully serve Him and walk in His ways.



The Pledge of Commitment to Christ (in unison)


Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and King, we look to You today, as we pledge ourselves anew to the faith and work of Your kingdom.  Forgive our failures of the past, and enable us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to lift anew our hearts and our minds, that we may constantly serve You and love You, as You have served and loved us.  Dear Savior, accept our hearts this day, and make them always Yours.  Amen.



The Intercessions for the Confirmands and the People of God at Friedheim



The Lord’s Prayer




The Consecration of the Elements




The Distribution 


The confirmation class will commune as a class, followed by the congregation.



The Distribution Hymns


“I’m But a Stranger Here”

LSB #748

“Glory Be to Jesus”

LSB #433

“At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”

LSB #633

“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”

LSB #556



The Closing Collect




The Benediction




The Recessional Hymn

LSB #922

“Go, My Children, with My Blessing”



+ Soli Deo Gloria +



The Acolyte

Brett Hormann

The Organist

Sandy Blomenberg

The Pastor

Rev. Daniel F. Dahling

Sermon Text

“O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.  Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.  My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord, How long?  Return, O Lord, deliver me!  Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!  For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?” – Psalm 106:1-5

Statement of Communion Practice

Luther found his deepest treasure in the forgiveness of sins and called it “the sun around which all other doctrines revolve like planets.”  Jesus promised forgiveness in the Lord’s Supper.  Deeply thankful for His gift to us here, we also express our deep desire to celebrate the sacrament according to His Will.  As this includes doctrinal oneness, we practice close communion and asks guests to speak with the pastor before the service.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Perry Caston, Tim Blomenberg, Kayla Johnson, Gilbert Hartmann, Allison Hormann, Brittany Bergdall, Anna Buuck, Sandy Blomenberg, and Luke Bultemeier.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Christine Bultemeier who teaches at Heritage, Deb Bergman and Betty Sielschott, our 3rd & 4th grade Sunday School teachers, and Rae Fuhrmann, our Wyneken kindergarten teacher.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We especially remember our Confirmands this morning—Gunnar Cale, P. J. DeKoninck, Rosa DeKoninck, Bethany Evans, and Ethan Lichtle—as they become communicant members of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  May the Triune God keep them safe and protect them as they continue to grow in their faith.  The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the class.

We remember in our prayers Gerhard & Dorothy Werling who will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary on Monday, May 5, Dale & Leesa Heckman, who celebrate their 30th anniversary on Tuesday, May 6, and Richard & Margaret Buuck who celebrate 65 years of marriage on Thursday, May 8.  May our loving Father remain at the heart of their homes, strengthening and blessing them each and every day.

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, Roz Schamerloh, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), Joanne Franz (Jill Baumann’s sister), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Agnes Lichtle, Chris’ mother, who was called home to be with her Savior on Tuesday, April 29, and was given Christian burial on Friday, May 2.  May the God of all comfort be with them as they mourn, reminding them of that great day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

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), 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.  May our Heavenly Father continue to guide all in the pursuit of pastoral care.

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 Advent of the Spirit.”

There will be a door collection this morning to benefit the Gideons.

The Sunday School classes are not meeting this morning, but will resume next Sunday, May 11.  The Sunday School recognition and picnic will be held on Sunday, May 18.

Because of the Pastors’ Conference next week (Monday and Tuesday), the Monday Night Bible Class will not meet on the 12th nor will the Early-bird Bible Class meet on the 13th.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – By nature, we are selfish and greedy people.  Our society encourages that sinful mindset by telling us that more and newer is better.  Although Scripture nowhere teaches us that being rich is sinful, it does warn us that wealth may be a trap and temptation “that plunges men into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9).  Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). An indication that our money has become overly important to us is when we ignore the needs of others and the needs of our church.  With God’s strength, we can place God first and overcome the temptation to love our money.

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.

Shirley Hormann is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for May.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Shirley at 724-3101. 

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.

The Morning Glories are on their “summer break,” although plans are being made for a day to work on blankets for World Relief sometime this summer.  Watch the bulletin and newsletter for up-to-date information on this activity.  There is plenty of quilting projects (baby blankets and wall hangings) to be done.  If you would be willing to help with these, please contact Marlene Conrad or Shirley Buuck.  All supplies will be furnished.

Ladies, do you plan on going to the LWML convention in June?  If so, to avoid a late fee, your registration must be postmarked by May 20.  There are registration forms in the Spring LWML Quarterly.  The cost is $75 for the three-day convention (June 20-22) but doesn’t include meals or hotel rooms.  Remember, the convention is being held at Ft. Wayne this year.  It’s an ideal time to attend, especially if you have never attended a convention before.  Our missionaries, Chuck & Jeanette Groth, will be speaking at the convention.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest on Thursday, May 29.  If you can help the residents come to chapel that day, please contact Pastor Dahling.  You should be at Woodcrest by 12:45 p.m. 

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 today.  She will have the registration form that you need to complete and the participant’s packet.  Food donations and workers are also needed for the meal on the 13th.  If you can donate any of the following—three large crock pots of sloppy joes or desserts or can work that day, please contact Betty Sielschott (724-3946).  The German potato salad has already been donated.  (More specific information was included in the newsletter that you just received this past week).  Thanks!

When making your summer plans, keep the weekend of July 19-20 open.  On Saturday, July 19, the church picnic will be held in the afternoon, with good food, fellowship, and entertainment (Bill Werling’s band will be playing that evening).  On Sunday, July 20, there will be a special church service and meal to commemorate Pastor Dahling’s 25 years in the ministry.  (Watch the newsletter for the most up-to-date information.)  Please mark your calendars now and plan on attending both of these events.

A Hog Roast/Poker Run Benefit for Nick and Rebecca Hoffman will be held this 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.  Please keep this family in your prayers.

Another rebuilding trip to Biloxi, Mississippi is in the works for the month of June.  Workdays are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with one hour out for lunch.  Traveling to Biloxi will take place on a weekend with arrival on Sunday afternoon at Camp Biloxi (located behind Good Shepherd Lutheran Church) sometime prior to dinnertime (6 p.m.).  The Indiana Districting is sponsoring four homes and the group will be working with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.  If you are interested in going or would like more information, please contact Paul Des Jean (547-4333) as soon as possible.

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.

The youth of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest), 9909 Wayne Trace, are sponsoring a drive-thru Mother’s Day Chicken Dinner, featuring High’s BBQ chicken, on May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  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.

Martini Lutheran Church, 3333 E Moeller Road in New Haven is sponsoring a carry-out only Mother’s Day Bar-B-Que from 9:30 a.m. until noon.  The cost for one-half chicken is $6; a one-half chicken dinner costs $7.  For information, you can call 749-1813.

The Orphan Grain Train will be in the parking lot at Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W Monroe Street in Decatur on Friday, May 6, from noon until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  They are accepting used clothing and small appliances.  Items are distributed around the country as well as oversees wherever people are in need, whether due to a natural disaster or just extreme need. 

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 175; Sunday School – 38; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 7; Early-bird Bible Class - 17; Ascension Worship - 25 with 21 receiving Holy Communion 



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




*Includes the Rural King rebate of $161.45.

Wyneken contributions for April were $4,585, bringing the year-to-date total to $17,330.

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 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.

We remember in our prayers our 8th graders as they leave for Washington, DC on Monday evening, our 6th graders who will be at Camp Lutherhaven from Wednesday-Friday this week, and our kindergartners who will be going to Concordia High School on Thursday morning to view the Creator’s Garden.

Market Day orders may be picked-up on 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.

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 Child Care (639-6064) if you need to utilize this service.

There are still several families who have not returned their enrollment forms for the 2008-9 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 Child Care 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 Child Care 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.

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.  As a second fundraiser, the class is 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 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.

The Red Cross would like to thank those who donated blood at the recent blood drive (34 productive units were collected).  A single blood donation has the potential to save three lives.

The Child Care is in a transition phase with the child-to-staff ration and applications will be taken soon for additional staff.  If you are interested, you can call the Child Care office (639-6064) or Tami Schultz (547-4540).  Remember, volunteers are always welcome!

The Music Department is in need of teachers.  Mrs. Leanne Busick has decided not to return.  We are, therefore, looking for a music teacher to teach general music to grades K-8.  This is a part-time position of about 9-10 hours per week.  In addition, Mrs. Lisa Solum, our band teacher, will not be returning next year as her husband will be on vicarage in California.  This part-time position is about four hours per week and has been a before-school program.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in either of these positions, please contact Lowell Timm (639-6177).  We wish to thank Mrs. Busick and Mrs. Solum for their dedicated service to our school.  They have both been an asset to Wyneken and will be missed.

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. 


Basketball open gym will be held every Sunday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  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. Confirmation Sunday with Holy Communion

Door Collection for the Gideons

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

Adult Bible Class

    Busy Woman’s Bible Class
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY ALL DAY Tabea Society Business Meeting
  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
SATURDAY Noon - ?? Benefit for Nick & Rebecca Hoffman


May 11

9:00 a.m. Worship Service (Baptism of Emile Black)

 Blood Pressure Clinic

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
May 12 7:00 p.m.

Busy Woman’s Bible Class

May 12-13   Pastors’ Conference
May 14 7:00 p.m. Choir
May 15 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
May 17 1:00 p.m. Golf Outing @ Grey Goose


 May God show you favor
And smile on you, I pray,
And bless your confirmation,
On this, your special day.

May you never waiver,
Where the scriptures are concerned,
And always keep within your heart
These lessons you have learned.

Take all your problems to the Lord
And in Him confide
And in trials and temptations,
May He always be your guide.

As you mature in Christ,
May you grow strong in every way
And continue the life you’ve started
On this your confirmation day.

             – Ramona K. Cecil

Words to Think About

Faith is not belief without truth, but trust without reservation.
What is seen will pass, but what is unseen is eternal.
Grace is God’s resources at Christ’s expense.