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

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

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

Welcome!  As you enter the sanctuary today to worship the Lord, greet each other in Christian love.  It is wonderful to be in the house of the Lord, a freedom we enjoy in this country of ours.  Through the grace of God, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who gave their lives for this freedom.  Remember them on this Memorial Day. 
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Memorial Day
May 25
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #905, #732, #965

Isaiah 49:8-16a       

The Restoration of Israel
Romans 1:8-17   Paul’s longing to visit Rome
Matthew 6:24-34  Do Not Worry
The Sermon

“Commitment—It’s Such a Difficult Thing!” – Matthew 6:24-34

With so much that concerns us, worries us, trust becomes a test of our allegiance.

  1. God demands our complete allegiance (v. 24).

  2. Worry gives evidence of “mammon’s sway” (vv. 25-30)

  3. God is to hold sway in our lives (vv. 31-34).

The Acolyte

Katie Linnemeier


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Ramona Black, Lily Ripley, Derek Schultz, Ruby Werling, Mitzi Gardner, Loren Hartmann, Tami Schultz, David Blomenberg, Rudi Eidam, Adam Buuck, Zac Lichtle, and Sherri Johnson.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Linda Keuneke who teaches at Luers and Stephanie Comer, our Wyneken custodian and Dani Fuhrman, the Wyneken school secretary.  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, Roz Schamerloh, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), Joanne Franz (Jill Baumann’s sister), Kristie White (DeWayne and Dale Gallmeyer’s niece) who has returned home, and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers Jill Blomenberg & Zachary Dougal who were married yesterday afternoon.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon this couple as they begin their lives together.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Glen McBride, grandfather of Bev Jenkins and Rich Weiland, who was called to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 21, and was given Christian burial this past week.  May the God of all comfort be with those who 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.

Congratulations to Elfurt & Adele Blomenberg who will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary this Thursday, May 29.  May the Lord continue to be at the center of their home, blessing them and watching over them.

We keep the members of St. John’s Bingen and Zion Lutheran in Decatur in our prayers as they continue their searches for ministers to serve their congregations.  Zion has issued a call to Rev. Daniel Schumm who is currently serving the congregation at Carmel Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana.  May our Heavenly Father guide him as he contemplates this call.

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.  This morning’s message by Rev. Michael Walther is “Are You in the Right Fight?” from 1 Timothy 6:12.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Obedience to God’s Word.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Remembering that God owns everything prompts a remarkable shift in our view of stewardship.  Usually when we think of stewardship, we define it as our giving to God or to the church something that belongs to us.  However, stewardship is just the reverse, because it is our freely using, enjoying, and giving what already belongs to God (Psalm 50:9-12).  The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land on which we live are all gifts from God.  All that we have are gifts we enjoy out of God’s love for us.

Christine Bultemeier will be the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for June.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Christine at 639-6332.  Shirley Hormann (724-3101) is the May coordinator. 

Have you ever considered helping out with “Meals of Grace?”  We are in need of volunteers to fill in the months from July on.  If you are interested or would like more information as to what exactly is involved, please contact Kris Blomenberg (547-4673).  THANKS!

Youth ushers for June are Elliot Conrad and P. J. DeKoninck.  Serving on Altar Guild are Kathy Bultemeier and Evie Fuhrman.

Parents of the 2008 Confirmands:  Please return the picture proofs and your orders as soon as possible to Pastor Dahling.  No orders can be taken to the photographer until all proofs are returned.  Thanks!

Ladies, do you plan on going to the LWML convention in June?  You can still register, but you must pay an additional $10.  There are registration forms in the Spring LWML Quarterly.  The cost is $75 for the three-day convention (June 20-22) but that doesn’t include meals or hotel rooms.  If you can’t make it all three days, you can register for just one or two of the days.  These costs are as follows:  $25 for Friday, $50 for Saturday, and $25 for Sunday.  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 and then will come and visit our church on Tuesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m.  The Groth’s will be giving a PowerPoint slide presentation, along with a lot of ‘show and tell’ items about their mission work in Cambodia.  Mark your calendars to attend this interesting and exciting session, meet the Groth’s, and hear about their mission work in Cambodia.  A time for fellowship will follow in the church basement after the presentation.

Council Members:  Just a little reminder that the June Council meeting is being moved to Wednesday, June 4.  On June 3, the Wyneken 8th grade graduation will be held here at Friedheim.  You can pick up your minutes from the May 6 meeting this morning.  You will find them in your slots in either entranceway of the church.

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

The Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is again participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  This event will be held at Bellmont Middle School on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14.  Friedheim’s walkers are Marlene Conrad, Sharon Franke, Joyce Heckman, Leesa Heckman, Al Hormann, Shirley Hormann, Allison Hormann, and Betty Sielschott.  For a $10 donation, you can purchase a luminary in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who has lost their battle.  Relay for Life participants will have a table set up after church this morning and next Sunday, June 1, to sell luminaries and accept donations.  Food donations and workers are needed for the Relay for Life meal on the 13th.  If you can donate a large crock pot of sloppy joes (8 lbs. of hamburger), a dessert (recipe provided) or can work at the meal, please contact Betty Sielschott (724-3946).  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.  On the 20th, a catered meal will be served at Wyneken beginning at 11 a.m.  (An RSVP form will be included in the June newsletter.  A number count is needed by July 6.)  Please mark your calendars now and plan on attending both of these events.

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 District 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.

Concordia Lutheran High School has an opening for a fulltime science teacher.  Candidates must be licensed in both biology and chemistry.  Interested candidates should submit a resume to Principal John Marks by e-mail at or by fax at 260-471-0180.

Spring has sprung, and you’re invited to experience the uniqueness of Camp Lutherhaven this summer!  The summer theme is “Get Out and Stay Out” based on Matthew 14:28-29.  Camp Lutherhaven is registering campers of all ages for all sorts of exciting camping experiences lasting from one through six days.  Register online at or find out more information by calling 260-636-7101.  (There are brochures in the south entranceway.)

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 287 with 127 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class - 4; Early-bird Bible Class - 18; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6 



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.   Think SCRIP when purchasing those graduation, shower, and wedding gifts.  See Kim about purchasing SCRIP this morning.  You can e-mail her at 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).

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.

The last day of school is 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.  In fact, students riding North Adams busses will need to arrange transportation to and from school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (June 2-4) as North Adams’ last day of school is May 30.  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.  Following the worship service, there will be a reception in the Parish Hall.

Inventory of library books will take place this week.  If you can help with the inventory, please contact Mrs. Rabel at 724-4949 or

Don’t forget to send in your Campbell’s labels and General Mills Box Tops.  Please have these items to Wyneken by Tuesday, May 27.  Wednesday, May 28, is the last day to bring in your empty ink cartridges.  Please continue to save these items over the summer and be ready to send them in to Wyneken once school resumes in the fall. Thanks!

The Child Care is in a transition phase with the child-to-staff ratio and they are taking applications for anyone who may be interested in part-time summer work.  You must be 18 years of age or older and be prepared for a criminal history check.  If you are interested, you can call the Child Care office (639-6064) or Tami Schultz (547-4540).  Remember, volunteers are always welcome!  In addition, the child care has two other items to be addressed.  They are trying to find out who might be in need of their services over the summer.  If you need more information about the Wyneken program or if you know that you will want your child to be in Wyneken’s summer program, please contact the Child Care office and they can help with any questions or scheduling.  The Child Care is also going to put in a washer and dryer.  If you have a gently used pair, please contact Wyneken’s Child Care and let them know the purchase price to see if it fits into their budget.  Again, the numbers to call are the Child Care office at Wyneken at 639-6064 or Tami Schultz’ home phone (547-4540).  Thanks in advance!

The Dairy Queen trip will take place on Wednesday, May 28, while the Pizza Hut trip will be on Thursday, May 29.

Fun Day is scheduled for Monday, June 2.  Activities begin after morning prayer (8:30 a.m.) and continue throughout the day.  Remember, adult help, including high-school age helpers, are always needed that day!!  Please contact your child’s teacher if you can help.  Thanks! 

All registration fees, hot lunch fees, extended care fees, and overdue library book fees are to be paid in full by Tuesday, June 2.  Report cards will be held from families who have any outstanding fees.  If you have questions concerning these accounts please contact the following:  School office (639-6177), registration fees; Kim Tinsley (622-7841), Hot Lunch; and Tami Schultz (639-6064), Extended Child Care.  Thank you.

Here’s your last chance to order Market Day items for this school year!  Orders need to be returned to school by Wednesday, May 28, with phone and Internet ( orders due by noon on Saturday, May 31.  Items may be picked up on Thursday, June 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  By ordering three items on the front of the order sheet, you will receive a free deep dish apple pie.  Look over the specials in the “Take a Wok on the Wild Side,” “That’s Amorė,” “Cool Eats,” “Hot Deals,” and “Got to get Grillin’!”   There are also sections on summertime car games and recipes.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

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.

The 8th grade class of 2009 is busy with their next fundraiser.  If you missed getting that delicious Nelson chicken for Mother’s Day, you have an opportunity on Father’s Day!  They will again be selling one-half chicken ($5) and a full slab of ribs ($8).  You can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning today and continuing through Sunday, June 8.  If you want the ribs, be sure you purchase your pre-sale tickets.  The committee is only ordering the number of ribs that the pre-sale tickets indicate they need.  See any Wyneken student.   Class members from Friedheim are as follows:  Jacob Bergman, Kyle Freimuth, Brett Hormann, Shelby Kiess, Katie Linnemeier, and Madison Stoppenhagen. 

Looking ahead:  A school workday has been scheduled for Saturday, June 28.  Please mark your calendars.  (A time was not listed on the announcement.) 


Congratulations to the girls’ varsity soccer team on a great season.  They finished tied for second in the league season standings and lost a heartbreaker to Concordia in a shoot out in semi-final tournament play.  A thank you goes out to the coaches and the fans for all the support throughout the season.

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. 

Summer sport camp information is in the school office.  Come in and see what is being offered in the area for your child.



9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s


June 1

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Recognition of the Class of 2008
June 2 8:30 a.m. Fun Day @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
June 3 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation @ Friedheim
(Holy Communion—Reception in Parish Hall)
June 4 8:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony @ Wyneken
  10:00 a.m. Closing Chapel @ Wyneken
  11:00 a.m. School dismissed for this school year
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
June 5 All Day  Tabea Society
June 7 4:30 p.m. Miller/Darling Wedding

One Nation Under God

As Christians and Americans, we have every right to say with great pride:  “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  What we must be aware of is that those words do not support an easy way of life.  Unity, Liberty, and Justice are tender children in a large and heavily populated forest.  In that forest, the sounds of hungry animals constantly fill the air and darkness rises early from the ground.

These fragile children of Unity, Liberty, and Justice do not seek us out.  We must ever search for them.  They do not protect us.  We must protect them.  They do not provide for us.  We must provide for them.  They are our children.  It is by our acceptance of these offspring of Truth that we become the fathers and mothers of Unity, Liberty, and Justice.  When our children are attacked in this forest of prowling beasts, we must place ourselves between them and the danger.  It is the only way that the Children of Truth are saved.

Yes, we all say with great pride, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Those words are more than important, they are vital.  They indicate the foundation of our Christian lives and the American Way.  That foundation is built upon people—Christians who accept the authority of God as being over all and pledge their lives to the protective care of his special truths we know as Unity, Liberty, and Justice.