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!  As you enter the sanctuary today to worship the Lord, greet each other in Christian love.    If you are communing today, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church.  You may place the card in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons.  If you are visiting, please sign your name to the guest registries found in either entranceway of the church.  Please come and worship with us again soon.
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Pentecost 2
June 1
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #768, #575, #702; #685; #718; #890
Special Music “Wonderful, Merciful Savior”
Readings

Obedience to God’s Word

Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28  Obedience to God’s Word brings blessing
Romans 3:21-28 Obedience to God’s Word results from grace
Matthew 7:15-29 Obedience to Jesus’ words brings security
The Sermon

“Stability in the Storm” – Matthew 7:15-29

Two men in a storm:

  1. The foolish man who built on sand (vv. 26 & 27).  He heard but did not obey.
  2. The wise man who built on rock (vv. 24 & 25).  He heard and obeyed and, consequently, had stability, security, and safety.

The Acolyte

Ben Miller

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

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—Andrea Johnson, Alicia Drier, Aaron Bergman, David Brandt, Daniel Linnemeier, Mike Selking, Sam Baumann, Denise Conrad, Chase McAllister, Devin Sielschott, Joe Gorman, and Kacey Liechty.  As the school year comes to a close, we remember all those who teach, whether in the public or parochial system.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We remember Delmar & Joyce Heckman in our prayers as they will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary this Thursday, June 5.  We also keep in our prayers Ashley Darling and Jason Miller who will be married this Saturday at Friedheim.  May our loving Father continue to be at the center of their homes, 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 Roz Schamerloh, Katie Jenkins who underwent testing at Lutheran Hospital, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), Joanne Franz (Jill Baumann’s sister), 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), 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 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.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the Class of 2008.  We remember in our prayers Becky Blomenberg, Kyle Brodbeck, Jordan Buuck, Rachelle Buuck, Gabby Cale, April Erxleben, James Fuhrmann, Shayla Lee, Emma Lichtle, and Carley Manley as they graduate from Adams Central and Bellmont this afternoon and Heritage this Friday evening.  The single white rose in the arrangement is in loving memory of Ivy Mourey who would have been a member of this class.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be presenting each class member with a small gift to commemorate this milestone in their lives.  May the Good Shepherd continue to guide, bless, and protect these young people as they start the next phase of their lives.

We rejoice with Christian & Heather Robinson of the birth of their first child, a son, Brody David, who was born on Friday, May 16, and to Brad & Christine (Schuller) Biggs on the birth of their daughter, Breanna Lynn, on Wednesday, May 28.  Lorenz Michael Erxleben Conrad, son of Nathan Conrad and Eliza Erxleben, will be baptized this afternoon.  His godparents are Emily Conrad and Taylor Rice.  May our Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on these most precious of His lambs.

We thank Tim & Becky Blomenberg and Ben Moeller for the gift of song this morning.  It has truly enhanced our 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.  This morning’s message by the Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus is “Making the Cut” from Matthew 9:11.

Today we begin our review of Luther’s Small Catechism.  We will be looking over the first three commandments.  Please turn to page 321 in the Lutheran Service Book.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – A little boy was fidgeting in church one Sunday morning during the pastor’s sermon.  Finally, he leaned over to his mother and asked, “Mom, if we give the money now, do you think he’ll let us go?”  If this boy expresses our idea of stewardship, we are missing the true meaning, purpose, and joy that are associated with giving.  Our giving should express our thankfulness for Who God is and what He does for us.  Through our giving, we worship and honor our heavenly Father.  We give not because God needs our gifts, but because we have a need to give.  God in His sovereignty chooses to bless us as we give (Acts 20:35).

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

The Tuesday morning Early-bird Bible Class will not meet again until September.  Watch the newsletter and bulletins for the date.

Christine Bultemeier is 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.   

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!

Ladies, do you plan on going to the LWML convention later this month?  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.  Beginning next Sunday, there will be boxes in church for the ingathering for the convention.  Wings of Hope, a ministry to women who have been recently released from penal institutions, and Hope Alive, which offers services to hurting persons in the form of housing, counseling, and support groups, regardless of their ability to pay, will be the recipients of the ingathering.  The following items are needed:  paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and paper plates (Wings of Hope) and Kroger gift cards, Wal-Mart gift cards, paper towels, and Kleenex (Hope Alive). Donations will be collected from Sunday, June 8, through Thursday, June 19.

Our missionaries, Chuck & Jeanette Groth, will be speaking at the LWML convention in Ft. Wayne 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.  We are also having a “card shower” in honor of Rev. Groth’s 60th birthday in July.  You can put your cards in the marked boxes that will be in either entranceway of church from June 8 through June 22.  Thanks for your help!

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.

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 to sell luminaries and accept donations.  You are also invited to the meal being served on Friday, June 13, beginning at 5 p.m.  What’s on the menu?  Chicken noodle soup, hot chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and a variety of delicious desserts.  A free will donation will be taken for the supper with 100% of these funds going to the Relay for Life.   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!

The 25th annual Grand Ol’e Lutheran Fellowship (G.O.L.F.) Outing will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Deer Track Golf Course, Auburn, Indiana.  This tournament will again benefit the Seminary to help with the construction of a playscape on the seminary campus.  This creative children’s play area will not only benefit the children of our seminary families but also those children in the surrounding community.  The Playscape Construction Week is scheduled for October 7-11, 2008.  This is the final year that the tournament proceeds will go towards this project!  Your donation of $85.00 per golfer will cover the green fees, cart, and a catered dinner after the round of golf.  For more information or to register, please contact Nancy Embler at 260-452-2162 or at Nancy.Embler@ctsfw.edu.  Space is limited so please register early!

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 was 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.

We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who sent cards, brought food, and remembered us in their prayers at the passing of Chris’ mom.  Your thoughtfulness was so very much appreciated. – Chris & Wava Lichtle & family

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 179; Early-bird Bible Class -17 

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$2,740.43

Missions

$230.00

Wyneken Contributions for May were $2,130, bringing the year-to-date total to $19,460.

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 this Monday and Wednesday and after school this Wednesday.   Think SCRIP when purchasing those graduation, shower, and wedding gifts.  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 Sara Butler (724-7025).

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 was May 30.  Students who ride East Allen busses will need transportation home on the 4th.  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, this 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.

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, Child Care is 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. 

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!!  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.

Market Day order pick-up date is Thursday, June 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

Parents, you might want to look at the “Lost & Found” table that will be set up in the hallway.  There has been quite an accumulation of items over the school year and you might want to see if anything looks familiar.  Anything not picked up by the last day of school will be donated to Goodwill.

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).  Remember, once summer hours start, you’ll need to call the office from 9 a.m. to noon.

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 this time you can order a full slab of ribs ($8).  You can purchase pre-sale tickets through Sunday, June 8.  Serving will be on Sunday, June 15, following the worship service and continuing until 11:15 a.m.  Anything not picked up by that time will be taken back to the Bingen location (the old Meyer’s Service Station across from Bingen church).  That location will be open until 12:30 p.m.  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, beginning at 8 a.m.  Plans are to wash walls, dust corners, clean windows, etc., so you may wish to bring some buckets and rags (and willing hands!).  If we have enough volunteers, we should be able to finish up by noon.  Please mark your calendars and see if you can help even for a few hours.  Thanks!

The school office will be open mornings only (9 a.m. to noon) during the summer months.

The faculty and staff of Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School wish the students a safe and fun Christ-filled summer!  See you on August 18 for the first day of school for 2008-2009!!

Sports

Basketball open gym will be held every Sunday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., except on holiday weekends. 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.

Congratulations to Shelby Kiess who received the “Most Improved Player” award in girls’ soccer, while Alyssa Strickler was named “Most Improved Player” in girls’ basketball.  Gunnar Cale was named co-“Most Valuable Player” in basketball while Jacob Bergman received the “Attitude & Hustle” award in basketball.  Jacob was also named as “Most Improved Player” in wrestling. 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Recognition of the Class of 2008
  2:00 p.m.

Men’s softball vs. Fuelling

  3:30 p.m. Men’s softball vs. Union
MONDAY 8:30 a.m. Fun Day @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation @ Friedheim
(Holy Communion—Reception in Parish Hall)
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
  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
SATURDAY 4:30 p.m. Miller/Darling Wedding

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

June 8

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

June 9 7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
June 10 7:00 p.m. Men’s softball vs. Soest
June 11 8:30 p.m. Men’s softball vs. Bethlehem, Ossian
June 12 8:00 a.m.

Thrivent Meeting at Adams Memorial

  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s
June 13 5:00 p.m. Relay for Life Supper @ Bellmont Middle School
  6:00 p.m. Relay begins
  9:45 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony (approximate time)
June 14 Noon Relay ends

If you would like to follow along as the trio sings this morning, the words to “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” are printed below.

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh you rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we've hopelessly lost the way

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne

Authors:   Dawn Rogers and Eric Wyse

 She Did What She Could

In Mark 14:1-9, we are told of a woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume.  Responding to the disciples’ criticism of the woman using such expensive perfume, Jesus said, “She did what she could” (verse 8a).   To honor Jesus, she shared what was most dear and precious to her.  This was not a meaningless gesture.  She was not giving leftovers.  She gave her best.

In light of this story, we might want to ask, “What do we have that we could use to honor Jesus?”  If we take inventory, we find we have a lot to use and to give.  First of all, we can give of our time.  Being good stewards of our time implies that we will not be wasting our time but using it for God-pleasing purposes.  In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul wrote, “Be careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity . . .” (Ephesians 5:15).  Using our time in the service of others is a wonderful way to use what we’ve been given in service for Jesus. 

We can also serve Jesus with our talents.  Whether God has given us many or few abilities, we can, with God’s strength, be of help to others.  Peter encourages this service in 1 Peter 4:10-11: Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  Amen.”

We can also do what we can with our money.  Through the giving of our money to the needy and to extend God’s kingdom, we are honoring Jesus.  When we hear how Jesus commended the woman who anointed Him as a way to honor Him, we are also encouraged to do what we can.