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 visiting, please sign your name to one of the guest registries that can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Please come and worship with us again soon.

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Proper 7 – Pentecost 5
June 22
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #593; #725; #729
Readings Freedom from Fear

Jeremiah 20:7-13               

From the fear of persecution
Romans 6:12-23   From the fear of death
Matthew 10:5a, 21-33  From the fear of the consequences of discipleship
The Sermon

“The Conquest of Fear” – Matthew 10:26-33

Faith conquers fear because--

  1. Faith is certain we shall overcome (v. 21)
  2. Faith is in God rather than in man (v. 28)
  3. Faith in God’s care for us (vv. 29-31)

The Acolyte

Jacob Bergman

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Andy Buuck, Ryan Hockemeyer, Scott Hormann, Christian Lehman, Megan Selking, Candace McMullan, Aubrie Krueckeberg, Brandan Bergdall, and Bruce Bultemeier.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We welcome into church membership, through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Breanna Lynn Biggs.   Breanna is the daughter of Brad & Christine (Schuller) Biggs.  Her godmothers are Robin Secaur and Chris Crickard.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

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 for her continued health, Ruby Werling who has returned home, Ben Miller who had been at Lutheran Hospital but has returned home, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember Jenny Schamerloh and Matthew Koerner in our prayers as they will be married this Saturday afternoon at Zion in Decatur.  May our Heavenly Father bless this couple as they begin their lives together.

We remember those who are serving our country—Jason Putteet who is in South Korea, our reservists, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen who are in Iraq, Brian Moeller, Mike Brandt, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband), 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. Rev. Daniel Schumm has returned the call he received from Zion

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.   They are also now broadcasting via the DIRECTV Channel 377 on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

 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 “That Sounds Fair” from Matthew 10:32-33.  Share the Savior or sit tight?  Easy to say, hard to do.  How do you fit in?

We continue with our review of Luther’s Small Catechism. Today, we will finish with the Close of the Commandments and begin reviewing the First Chief Part of the First Article of the Apostle’s Creed.  Please turn to page 322 in the Lutheran Service Book.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – God wants us to excel in all areas of our lives: “in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in [our] love for [others]” (2 Corinthians 8:7).  He also wants us to “excel in this grace of giving.”  Understanding who God is and what He has done and continues to do for us prompts us to give generously and cheerfully of our money.  By grace, we can excel in the grace of giving.  Because of the grace that God has given us, we can give our first and best to God through our churches.

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

LYF MEMBERS:  If you are going on the whitewater rafting trip, just a reminder that we are leaving on Monday, June 30, at 7 a.m. from the Parish Hall.  We will be whitewater rafting on the lower New River, camping, hiking, and enjoying campfire fellowship at Babcock State Park in West Virginia and will be returning on Wednesday, July 2, around 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.  You will need money for lunch on the way out and supper on the way home.  Don’t forget to look over the list of items needed for the trip (closed toe shoes are a must for rafting, so don’t forget to pack a pair of tennis shoes—no flip-flops are allowed on the rafting trip).  You will also need to have a signed “Release, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity” form from The Rivermen, Inc. signed by yourself and your parents (if you are under 18) that we must have prior to leaving for the trip.  You might want to bring extra spending money if you wish to purchase a “Riverman” t-shirt or buy any other souvenirs or snacks. 

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!

Our missionaries, Chuck & Jeanette Groth, will be visiting our church this 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.  Did you forget to bring you card this morning?  There are boxes of blank birthday cards (and pens) in either entranceway of the church.  All you need to do is take a card out, sign your name, and place the card in the marked box.  Take a moment after the worship service this morning to do this. 

Council Members:  The minutes from the June 5 Council Meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  You may pick them up after the worship service.  The next Council Meeting is Tuesday, July 1.

Have you ever wondered what the duties and responsibilities of being an Altar Guild member encompass?  Have you thought, “I wouldn’t mind helping out one month out of the year, but I don’t know who to ask.”  Currently, the Altar Guild has about 15 members, and it would be nice to have a few more.  The Altar Guild meets four times a year (the second Tuesday in the months of February, May, August, and November).  If you have questions or would like to become a member, please contact Tina Geels (260-705-1292). 

In anticipation of the 175th anniversary of our church, the Altar Guild is looking at replacing the paraments and communionware (both are showing wear after nearly 25 years of use).  The Altar Guild will be asking for donations to help accomplish this project.  More information will be printed in the July newsletter.

Do you like walking and hiking?  Anyone interested in joining us for a walk on Wednesdays is welcome!  We will carpool to a nature preserve or park and take a hike to enjoy what God has provided us.  Requirements are that you must be able to walk on uneven terrain and tolerate up to an hour's walk at an easy pace.  Meet in the church parking lot at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday; we will be home by dark.  If you have questions, contact Shirley Drier at 547-4419 or skd3091@hotmail.com.

Did you misplace your reservation form for Pastor’s Appreciation Dinner on July 20?  Extra forms can be found in either entranceway of the church.  You can fill out the bottom of the slip and place it in the offering plate or e-mail Joe & Lin Gorman with the requested information at gorman@usppp.com.    Reservations are needed back by Sunday, July 6.  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).  The picnic will be held rain or shine.  In case of inclement weather, the activities will be moved indoors to the Parish Hall.  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.  Don’t miss out on this weekend of fun!

Camp Lutherhaven sponsors an International Camp for the children of the refugee community.  At present, only five internationals can attend camp due to lack of funding.  The goal is to have 40 children attend.  It costs $255 to send an international child to camp for one week.  Camp Lutherhaven, along with the Indiana District of the LCMS, The All Nations Friendship Center, and missionaries like Jim & Annette Keller, are asking for your help.  Any amount you are able to donate will make an eternal difference.  If you are a Thrivent member, Thrivent will match $1 for every $2 you send.  Funds should be sent directly to Camp Lutherhaven, Attention:  International Camp, 1596 S 150 W, Albion, IN  46701-9695.  Please keep this mission outreach in your prayers.  It can make such a difference, not only in the life of the camper, but of the family.  Many families have been brought to the Lord through this ministry.

The 25th annual Grand Ol’e Lutheran Fellowship (G.O.L.F.) Outing will be held this Saturday, June 28, 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.  

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 222 with 138 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class - 5

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,053.93

Missions

$315.00

Wyneken News

Although Ultra Zone is no longer on the order sheet, there are still a few certificates in stock.  See Kim Weiland 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).

The Wyneken School Board is seeking one or two people to take a leadership role in the project to construct a playground for the Wyneken Day Care.  The goal is to complete this project over the summer.  Anyone interested, please contact Mike Rabel (724-4949) or Ed Albert (547-4171).

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.  Until we know how many children will be utilizing our services, we won’t know what our staffing requirements will be.  We are still taking applications and may need to find individuals who would also be interested in serving as substitute help.  The requirements include that you must be 18 years of age or older and be prepared for a criminal history check (besides enjoying being around children, of course).  If you are interested, you can call the Child Care office (639-6064) or Tami Schultz (547-4540).  Remember, volunteers are always welcome!  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 Music Department is in need of teachers.  We are 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, our band program is in need of a teacher.  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, you’ll need to call the office from 9 a.m. to noon--the summer office hours.

The Wyneken gym floor will be refinished June 23-24.  The gym will be closed to all activities from June 23-28. 

A school workday has been scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 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 there are 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!

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.  There will be no open gym or any sports activities from June 29-July 5.  Open gym will resume on Sunday, July 6. 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service            

    LWML Convention Concludes
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Groth Presentation
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. Walking (meet at Parish Hall)
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Workday @ Wyneken
  4:30 p.m. Schamerloh/Koerner Wedding @ Zion, Decatur

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

June 29

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

June 30 7:00 a.m. LYF leaves for whitewater rafting trip
  7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
July 1 7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
July 2 All Day Tabea Society
  6:30 p.m. Walking (meet at Parish Hall)
  10:00 p.m. LYF returning from whitewater trip

Our Vocation as Stewards

A steward is someone who oversees the affairs for someone else.  That person is a caretaker, an administrator, and a manger for an owner.  In the time of Jesus, the steward represented a trusted overseer of a household.  Jesus said in Luke 12:42, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?” 

As God’s stewards, we realize that we have been gifted with much.  As recipients of God’s blessings, we are managers, not owners.  As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:7, “What do you have that you did not receive?”  Everything we are, have, and will be are gifts from God.  We have been blessed so we can be a blessing to others.  Each of us receives varying amounts of talents and treasures, but all of us are called to be faithful in the stewardship of what we receive.  In the words of Jesus, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48).

We are all stewards.  Some of us are faithful stewards who manage God’s blessings in God-pleasing ways, while others mismanage them.  Others have chosen to be self-centered stewards who only serve themselves.  Some of us may want to be good stewards, but lack wisdom.  To illustrate this point Paul Lindhol, in his book First Fruits, told the story about a man who on a hot summer day decided to stretch out with his pet monkey under the shade of a large tree.  When a fly disturbed him, he ordered his pet monkey, which was beside him to keep the fly away.  The fly landed on the man’s nose and the monkey killed it with a stone badly bruising his master’s nose.  The monkey was faithful but not wise.  We can be stewards who at times will do foolish things, but because of His faithfulness, God will forgive us and give us the wisdom we need to be fruitful and God-pleasing stewards.

As God’s stewards, we understand that we are on a journey with Jesus Christ to serve God’s world wherever we are placed.  As God sent Jesus, we are sent.  We have a high vocation that requires us to have hearts filled with God’s love and minds focused on God’s will.  As the Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:10,  “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

A Lesson from Higher Gas Prices
 

These past few months, we have experienced the highest gas prices on record.  At some locations, the prices are going up daily.  Interestingly, even with gas prices around $4.00 a gallon, many people have not changed their lifestyles by driving less.  Because it is important enough to drive, we spend the money necessary to get us to our destinations, even though we may complain about the high price of gas.
Can we learn a stewardship lesson from both our willingness to spend more money and to find the money necessary for gas?  The message is that, when something is important to us, we will do what is necessary.  Is giving to God out of gratitude for all He has done and all He continues to do important enough for us?  OPEC, oil companies, and those who run the gas stations dictate the prices we pay for gas.  To guide our giving, we have the Bible.  The Bible says that we are to give proportionately, cheerfully, and regularly of the firstfruits of our incomes.
 
In order to continue to pay for gas, many of us have needed to redirect our money from other areas.  If we are to show God more thanks and love through our giving, we also may need to redirect more of our treasures to Him.  Just as we find the money for gas, we can find it to honor our Lord.  When we truly understand how much God loves us, we will willingly and cheerfully increase our giving.