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!  We are pleased that you have chosen to join us this Fourth of July weekend.  We not only celebrate the independence of our country but our right to worship as free citizens.    If you are visiting, please sign your name to one of the guest registries that can be found in either entranceway of the church.  If you are communing, take a moment to complete a communion registration card (found in either entranceway of the church) and place the card in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons.  Please come and worship with us again soon.

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Proper 9 – Pentecost 7
July 6
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Setting Three, LSB Page 184

The Hymns

LSB #717; #752; #637; #636; #965

The Theme of the Day

Peace for the World

Zechariah 9:9-12

Peace for the nations

Romans 7:14-25a

Peace for the individual

Matthew 11:25-30

Peace for the followers of Christ

The Sermon

Dan Harders to preach

The Acolyte

Kyle Freimuth

 

+  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 wish to thank Dan Harders, our fieldworker, for delivering this morning’s sermon meditation.  We pray that our Heavenly Father will continue to guide and direct him as he studies for the ministry.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Linda Conrad, Meri Everett, Travis Hockemeyer, Mark Jackson, Don Bultemeier, Jarvis Cale, Sam Conrad, Shawn Kiess, Alex Lichtle, Dawn Stoppenhagen, Stephanie Freimuth, Dave Roemer, and Noah Alan Schamerloh (his first!).  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 Roz Schamerloh for her continued health, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We welcome into membership, through adult confirmation class, Brian Schlemmer, Patricia Schlemmer, and Sarah Kohne.  May our Heavenly Father guide, protect, lead, and bless them as they have found a church home here at Friedheim.

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 prepare to make calls for ministers to serve their congregations. We also rejoice with Vicar John Wurst as he has received his placement to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minnesota.   

There will be a door collection to benefit Lutheran Social Services after the worship service this morning.

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.   

In today’s review of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will focus on the Lord’s Prayer, the most excellent of all prayers, taught by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  Please turn to pages 323-324 in the Lutheran Service Book.

Attention:  Parents of the 2008 Confirmands:  The confirmation pictures have arrived.  Pictures can be found in the sacristy and you may pick them up this morning following the worship service.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – As we celebrated the Fourth of July this past weekend let us reflect on the words of Peter Marshall as he spoke before the U.S. Senate:  Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free.  Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived.  Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books.  It costs too much to be hoarded.  Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.

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

Roz Schamerloh is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for July.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Roz at 724-8772.   

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

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 communion ware (both are showing wear after nearly 25 years of use).  The Altar Guild is asking for donations to help accomplish this project.  If you would like to contribute, donations should be given to Shelly Kiefer, the Altar Guild Treasurer.  More information was included in the July newsletter.

The LWML will have their quarterly meeting this Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.  A report will be given about the recent convention and there is a need to discuss whether to host “Advent by Candlelight” again this year.  Please plan on attending!

The Blood Pressure Clinic is scheduled for next Sunday, July 13.  You can have your blood pressure taken either before or after the worship service.

The LWML Thursday morning Bible Class will meet at the home of Marlene Conrad this Thursday, July 10, at 9 a.m.

Are you missing a set of house keys?  A set was found in the grass.  They are on a military/religious key chain.  Please contact the church office if these are yours or you know to whom they belong.  Thanks!

Council Members:  The minutes from the July 1 Council Meeting are in your slots.  You may pick them up after the worship service today.

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.

Love, Inc. is again sponsoring “Clothe-a-Kid,” a ministry that provides basic clothing for children as they return to school in the fall.  Paul Drier is spearheading a project to help these families as he did last year.  Each child is given a new pair of pants, two shirts, socks, underwear, and a light jacket.  (This means a financial commitment between $40 and $60 per child, depending upon where the items are purchased and if items can be found on sale.)  How can you help?  Please contact the Drier’s at 547-4419 (please leave a message) or e-mail them at skd3091@hotmail.com today to let them know if you would be willing to give a monetary donation (and how much) or if you would like to shop for a child.  Once Love, Inc. knows how many children Friedheim is willing to sponsor, they will give us information about the child (clothing size, male or female).  DO NOT PURCHASE ANY ITEMS YET.  Right now Paul just needs to know who else wants to help with this project.  Last year, 13 children were helped through the congregation’s efforts.  Do you think we can top that number this year?  Thanks in advance for your support.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest on Thursday, July 17.  If you would be willing to help residents come to the chapel service, please contact Pastor Dahling.  You would need to be at Woodcrest around 12:45 p.m.

Come and honor Pastor Dahling for his 25 years in the Ministry.  After church on July 20, we will be having a complimentary lunch, catered by Manley Meats, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Wyneken School.  Your RSVP will help the committee get an approximate count for the meal.  Please remember that everyone in the congregation is welcome—all ages—bring your children!    You may use the form in today’s bulletin, e-mail Joe or Lin Gorman at gorman@usppp.com, or call Sam or Judy Baumann at 547-4754 or Jim or Ruth Heckman at 724-3186.  If you could let us know today it would be a tremendous help.  We hope you and your family can join in the celebration on July 20.  Thanks!

Don’t forget about the church picnic on Saturday, July 19.  You can enjoy good food (a hog roast), fellowship, and entertainment (Bill Werling’s band will be playing that evening).  Each family is asked to bring a dish to share.  Lemonade and water will be provided (if you want pop, you will need to bring your own), as will the table service.  The LYF will be manning the ice cream sundae bar.  You might want to bring your own lawn chairs for a little bit more comfort.  The picnic will be held rain or shine.  Activities begin at 4 p.m.  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.  A complimentary catered meal will be served at Wyneken beginning at 11 a.m.  Don’t miss out on this weekend of fun!

“Lutheran Night” at the Fort Wayne Wizards will be on Friday, August 15.  The Wizards will be playing the South Bend Silver Hawks at 7 p.m. that night.  This is a fireworks night and also a student reward night where kids with an “A” on their report card will receive a free speed pitch voucher and a free popcorn.  You will also receive a voucher for a Lutheran Night hat from Thrivent and also be eligible to win one of several prizes to be given away.  Tickets are limited and are being sold for $3.  Please contact Leesa Heckman at 724-4340 to purchase tickets.

You are welcome to come to Summer Sunday Brunch at Concordia Theological Seminary at the Katherine Luther Dining Hall today.  Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1:30 p.m.  All brunches feature full breakfast and lunch selections with main entrees, side dishes, and a salad bar.  You can end your feast with a tasty choice from the dessert bar.  Shuttles to the dining hall are available at the Welcome Center (across from the first parking lot upon entering campus from Clinton Street).  Cost is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (60 or older), and $5 for children 4-12 years of age. 

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 in the life of the entire family.  Many families have been brought to the Lord through this ministry.

Copies of the latest edition of The Lutheran Journal can be found in the north entranceway of the church.  Take one home and look over the articles.

Just a reminder that the Quarterly Voters’ Meeting will be held next Sunday, July 13, following the worship service.  Plan on attending!!  Reports that need to be duplicated for the meeting need to be in the church office by Thursday, July 10.

Camp Lutherhaven’s Annual Chicken Dinner will be held on Sunday, July 20, to celebrate their 59th year in the ministry.  Rev. Tom Eggold will be preaching at the 11 a.m. worship service, followed by the chicken dinner.  The dinner includes chicken, rolls, vegetables, drinks, and dessert.  The cost for adults is $7; children, $5.  Funds raised will be used to help support the new Treetop Village.

Come to the Ice Cream Social at Lutheran Home/Concord Village next Sunday, July 13, from noon to 3 p.m.  Enjoy ice cream for only 5 cents a dip.  There will also be free hot dogs and drinks courtesy of WLDE 101.7.  This event is part of Three Rivers Festival.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 187 with 124 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class - 5  

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$15,905.35*

Missions

NA

*Includes a $12,000 transfer from the Wyneken Contributions Account.

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).

In preparing for the Annual Association Meeting, which will be held on Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in Bingen’s Fellowship Hall, all reports that are to be included in the Annual Report need to be at the school office no later than Friday, July 11.  Thanks so much for your cooperation in this matter.

Child Care Director Needed:  Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School is looking for a Child Care Director.  The Child Care Director is responsible for the scheduling and hiring of workers, weekly billing, and payroll.  The applicant must have leadership, good communication, and general office skills.  This is a part-time position of 20 hours per week.  For additional information, please contact Tami Schultz at 260-547-4540.  If you are interested in the position, please send your resume to Wyneken to the attention of Mr. Timm.

Wyneken is in need of 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, a band teacher is needed.  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 Child Care will be closed the week of July 21-25.  The hallway floors are being refinished and there will be strong fumes. 

Meri Everett’s firm, Design Collaborative, is involved in raising funds for Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.  Wyneken is one of the local schools who benefits from JA involvement.  If you would like to sponsor her in the bowl-a-thon to be held in August, you can log on to https://fundraising.intelis.com/jani/?A=51512.  (This is the correct site—a number was missing in last week’s bulletin.)  This site will tell you a little more about the event and allow you to make donations.

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.  If you are a soccer player, open field for soccer is held at Wyneken each Monday in July from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Coaches (at various grade levels) will be needed for soccer, basketball, and cheerleading for the 2008-2009 school year.  Please prayerfully consider helping our children.  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the school office (639-6177).  Thank you.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

   

Reservation forms for Pastor’s appreciation dinner need to be returned

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. Walking (meet at Parish Hall)
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s
FRIDAY Noon  Reports for Wyneken Association meeting due

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

July 13

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Blood Pressure Clinic)

  10:00 a.m. Quarterly Voters’ Meeting
July 14 7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
July 16 All Day Tabea Extra Quilting
  6:30 p.m. Walking (meet at Parish Hall)
July 17 1:00 p.m.  Pastor @ Woodcrest
July 19 4:00 p.m. Church Picnic

An Independence Day Prayer

At this season, O God, we are especially mindful of Thy dealings with us as a nation.  Your hand prepared this land for human habitation, Your spirit moved our fathers and mothers to seek its shores; by their trust in Thee our founding parents made declaration of the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; through the loyalty of many persons, a great heritage is in our possession.

Forgive us our national and personal sins.  May we be humble in the acceptance of our heritage.  Keep us loyal to the high aims, which have been set before us.  Grant us great sympathy with all the peoples of the earth in their quest for life and liberty.  Help us to share our blessings with others.  And enable us to stand for righteousness and truth against their enemies.

Lead us in paths of peace.  Inspire us with earnestness in the building of Thy Kingdom.  Bless, we pray, the officials of our nation and all who labor with them.  May they be guided by Thy spirit in all the difficult decisions they face.

Help us, O God, to be loyal citizens of our country and true followers of Thy way.  When our duties to the nation and to Thy Kingdom conflict, give us the wisdom and the courage to follow your higher way.

There are two freedoms:  The false, where we are free to do what we like; and the true, where we are free to do what we ought. –Charles Kingsley