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

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Proper 11 – Pentecost 9

A Service of Thanksgiving Celebrating the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Divine Ordination of Pastor Daniel F. Dahling

July 20, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Ringing of the Church Bell



The Order of Service

Divine Setting Three, page 184



The Organ Prelude



The Opening Hymn

LSB #869

“With the Lord Begin Your Task”




In the Name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.







These are they who have come out of the great tribulation;


They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.





Blessed are those whose strength is in You,


Who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.




Jesus said:  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,


The first and the last, the beginning and the end.”  Alleluia!



The Lessons

God’s Faithful People

Isaiah 44:6-8

The faithful believe in the one true God

Romans 8:18-27

The faithful have the Spirit intercede for them

Matthew 13:24-30

The faithful enter heaven



The Sermon Hymn

LSB #655

“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”



The Sermon

“What a Way to Give”


2 Corinthians 8:1-9



The Offertory




The Gathering of the Morning Offerings




The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim




The Lord’s Prayer

Lydia Dahling



The Words of Institution




The Distribution




The Distribution Hymns


“Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus”

LSB #685

“I Love Your Kingdom, Lord”

LSB #651

“Crown Him with Many Crowns”

LSB #525

“You Are the Way; through You Alone”

LSB #526

“O Savior, Precious Savior”

LSB #527



The Closing Prayer




The Benediction




The Closing Hymn

See Insert

“Father of Creation”


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

Guest Preacher

Rev. Timothy Sims


Rev. Robert Armao


Lydia Dahling


Cindy Houser


Katie Linnemeier

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.”
1 Timothy 1:12  

Sermon Text

And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.  Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.  And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.  So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.  But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.  I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.   

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Our Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, who alone doest great wonders, send down upon Thy ministers and upon the congregations committed to their charge the healthful Spirit of Thy grace; and that they may truly please Thee, pour upon them the continual dew of Thy blessing; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.  Amen.

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.


Pastor Dahling was born on January 4, 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Dr. Fred and Sue Dahling, and was baptized on March 10, 1957 by Pastor H. H. Luecke at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, Indiana.  He attended Central Lutheran School and was confirmed in the faith at Emanuel on May 23, 1971 by Pastors Stratford Eynon and Timothy Sims.  His confirmation verse is John 10:27-28.  He attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Ft. Wayne and graduated from Indiana University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies.  Pastor and Tammy were married on July 11, 1981 and spent the next year at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Island, Illinois, where Pastor spent his Vicarage under the supervision of Pastor Henry Lubben.  Pastor graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree and was called to Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing, Illinois.  Pastor Sims ordained him on July 3, 1983 at Emanuel, New Haven, and installed him when he became the pastor here at Zion, Friedheim, on March 22, 1987.

While at Zion, Pastor Dahling has served the Decatur Circuit as LLL Zone Pastoral Advisor, the LWML Pastoral Advisor, and as Circuit Counselor since 2003.  In the past three years, he has supervised three Vicars in our Circuit—Jeffrey Keuning who served Peace, Berne; Conrad Oehlert who served Immanuel, Union Township; and John Wurst who served at St. John’s Bingen.  He was the Decatur Circuit Pastoral delegate to the 1992 Synodical Convention.

Pastor Dahling has served the Indiana District as a board member of the Evangelism Committee, the Missions Board, the Midwest China Ministry Task Force, and the Rural Ministry Task Force.  He served as the Pastoral Advisor to the Indiana District Lutheran Layman’s League and has served the community as a board member of Luther East High School in Lansing, Illinois, the Adams County Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association, the Board of Directors of Lutheran Homes, Ft. Wayne, and as volunteer chaplain at the Golden Meadows Home in Decatur.

Tamara (Buhr) Dahling was born on March 15, 1958, the daughter of Ralph and Gloria Buhr.  She was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne.  She attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Ft. Wayne and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Indiana University in 1980.  She received her Masters in Library Science degree from Indiana University in 1981.  She has worked as a reference librarian for nearly twenty years, opting to stay at home when the children were younger.  She has sung in Friedheim’s choir for the past twenty-one years, was a volunteer librarian at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School, served on several church and school grant writing committees, and is one of Zion’s five delegates to the Lutheran Foundation.

Henry Dahling was born on September 6, 1986 in Munster, Indiana, baptized on October 5, 1986 at Trinity in Lansing, Illinois, and confirmed here at Zion on May 6, 2001.  He attended Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School and graduated from Bellmont High School in May 2005.  He is a senior at Indiana State University with a double major in Criminology and Psychology.

Lydia Dahling was born on April 25, 1989.  She was baptized on May 14, 1989 and was confirmed on May 4, 2003, both at Zion.  Lydia also attended Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School and Bellmont High School, graduating from Interlochen Arts High School in May 2007.  She will be a sophomore at the Jacobs School of Music on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, majoring in vocal performance with a minor in Russian.

Church Announcements

We thank the Rev. Timothy Sims for preaching at today’s service and Rev. Robert Armao for assisting with the service this morning.  We pray the Lord’s blessing upon these men and their ministries.

We wish to remember the Dahling family in our prayers as we celebrate Pastor Dahling’s 25 years in the ministry.  He indeed has been a blessing to this congregation and we pray that the Lord will continue to bless, guide, and direct him as he ministers to the sheep of this fold.  We also pray for the Lord to continue to bless his family as they have supported him in his ministry.

We also thank Lydia Dahling for singing The Lord’s Prayer this morning and to Cindy Houser for playing the organ.  We are blessed to have such musical talent in our congregation and we thank them for sharing these God-given gifts with us.  May the Lord continue to richly bless them.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Ben W. Miller, Randy Moellering, Grace Buuck, Sean Sielschott, Lukas Bobay, Jordan Buuck, Kevin Conrad, and Logan Linnemeier.  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 Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), Donna Schieferstein (former Wyneken teacher) who is a patient at Parkview Hospital, and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember in our prayers today Les & Karen Conrad who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today.  We also rejoice with Al & Shirley Hormann who will celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary tomorrow, July 21.  May our Heavenly Father continue to be at the heart of their home, blessing them and guiding them throughout their lives.

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.   St. John’s Bingen has issued a call to Rev. Daniel Grams who is currently the pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Garfield, New Jersey, while Zion has issued a call to Rev. Barry J. Keurulainen from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Cabot, Pennsylvania.  May the Lord guide Rev. Grams and Rev. Keurulainen as they contemplate these calls and keep all four congregations in your prayers.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of Pastor Dahling’s 25th anniversary of serving in the ministry.  With much gratitude, the Altar Guild has placed the flowers in church today.  Flowers have also been placed in church to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of Les and Karen Conrad.  Their children and grandchildren, with much love and admiration, have put the flowers in church this morning.

John Wurst, former Vicar at St. John’s Bingen, will be ordained into the Holy Ministry at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 13367 W Highland Road in Hartland, Michigan next Sunday, July 27, at 4 p.m.  (Clergy wishing to participate are asked to bring alb with red stole.)  A reception will follow.  On Sunday, August 10, he will be installed as pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, 4219 Grand Avenue in Duluth Minnesota.  We pray the Lord’s blessings on Vicar Wurst, his ministry, and the congregation at Christ the King.

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.    Make sure you listen to the July 27 broadcast, as Rev. Ralph Blomenberg, son of Elfurt & Adele, will be the guest preacher.

In today’s review of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will focus on Petitions 6-7 as well as The Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer.  Please turn to pages 324-325 in the Lutheran Service Book.

The Monday Night Bible Class will not be meeting for the next two weeks.  Class will resume on Monday, August 4, at 7 p.m. in the church basement.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – As chosen and called stewards of God, we must prepare our minds to think as stewards.  The task of a steward is simply to be a responsible manager of the owner’s property until the owner takes it back.  As stewards, we are accountable to God.  “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).  God has placed His trust in us and enables us to be faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “A Christian’s Top Treasure.”

Come and honor Pastor Dahling for his 25 years in the Ministry at the complimentary lunch, catered by Manley Meats, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Wyneken School today.

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!

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.

If you would still like to get a copy of The Lutheran Hymnal, you may go over to the Parish Hall following today’s worship service to pick one up.  There are hymnals in memory of Louis F. Bultemeier, Herman Stoppenhagen, Erwin Buuck, Julius Scheumann, and Etta Trueger, as well as those in honor of the LYF and St. Paul’s Business and Professional Women.  The hymnals will be available for pick-up throughout the month of August.  They will need to be packed away prior to the first day of Sunday School, September 14. 

Paul Drier is coordinating “Clothe-A-Kid,” an outreach of Love, INC. to help provide basic clothing for children as they return to school this fall.  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?   LOVE, INC, has indicated that there is a great need to find sponsors this year.  Please contact the Drier’s as soon as possible at 547-4419 (please leave a message if no one is home) or e-mail them at skd3091@hotmail.com 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.  DO NOT PURCHASE ANY ITEMS YET. 

A decision was made at the last LWML Quarterly Meeting to again sponsor “Advent by Candlelight.”  Help is needed with this project.  If you would be willing to help plan the program that night, please contact Ann Crosby or Kathy Bultemeier, the society’s president and vice president, as soon as possible. 

“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.

Violinist Caleb Mossburg and mezzo-soprano Lydia Dahling will be presenting a recital next Sunday, July 27, at 4 p.m. at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne Street in Ft. Wayne.  They will perform a wide spectrum of music, including works by J. S. Bach, Sergei, Rachmaninoff, Cesar Frank, Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein.  Caleb and Lydia are students at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington where both will be sophomores this fall.  You are cordially invited to attend this recital.

The Friends of Wyneken is sponsoring a bus trip to Frankenmuth and Bronner’s on Thursday, September 18.  Cost of the trip is $50 per person with a deadline to sign up of August 18.  The bus will stop at Decatur (6 a.m.), Ft. Wayne (6:30 a.m.), and Auburn (7 a.m.).  For more information you can contact Pendy Selking (547-4422), Karen Heller (724-7959), or John Kalb (260-432-2369). 

You are invited to attend the International Convention of the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Lexington, Kentucky this July 24-27.    Come to “Live by the Spirit” and participate in The Lutheran Hour Rally, outreach workshops, and hear inspiring messages from various guest speakers.  The Lutheran Hour Rally will be held at 4 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, July 26.  Event parking and admission are free and open to the public.  Rev. Ken Klaus of The Lutheran Hour will speak and the Christian band Mile 7 will perform.  More information about the speakers can be found on the bulletin board in the south entranceway of the church. 

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 211; Monday Night Bible Class - 5



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

When planning your summer get-a-ways or looking at those back-to-school bargains, don’t forget SCRIP.  You can see Rich 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).

Registration forms have been mailed.  If you don’t receive yours in the mail, please contact the school office (639-6177). 

The Annual Association Meeting will be held on Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in Bingen’s Fellowship Hall.  There is a copy of the Wyneken’s Annual Report in either entranceway of the church.  Please pick a copy up as you leave the worship service this morning and plan on coming to this important meeting.

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 by Monday, July 28

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 this week.  The hallway floors are being refinished and there will be strong fumes. 

Mark Saturday, August 2, on your calendar.  The cafetorium floor needs to be cleaned and waxed.  Work begins at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

The Wyneken Class of 2009 continues with their fundraising efforts to help defray the cost of their Washington, DC trip next spring.  They are planning an 18-hole Florida Scramble, with a shotgun start, at Cross Creek Golf Course in Decatur on Sunday, September 7.  The cost is $50 per person or $200 per team with the cart and meal included.  Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with a start time of 1 p.m. and supper served at 5 p.m.  There are registration forms in either entranceway of the church.


Basketball open gym for 4th graders on up will be held tonight and next Sunday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  If you are a soccer player, open field is held at Wyneken on Monday, July 21 and 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Volleyball open gym will be held on Sunday, August 3 & 10, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Are you interested in coaching at Wyneken?.  A head coach must be 18 years of age or older and, if in college, should not be carrying a full academic course load.  Coaches are needed for varsity soccer (practices may begin on August 11), cheerleading (practices begin in September), and basketball (JV girls (one team), 7th grade boys and girls) with practices to begin late in October.   Please prayerfully consider helping our children.  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the school office (639-6177).  Thank you.

The varsity boys’ basketball teams will again be participating in the Indy tourney.  The tournament has moved to November 14-16.  Reservations are being made at the Hampton Inn.

Wyneken will again host a physical night.  It will be held on Wednesday, August 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  A sign-up sheet will be available at registration on Tuesday, August 5.



9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion (Pastor’s 25th Anniversary in the Ministry)

  11:00 a.m.

Complimentary meal @ Wyneken                     

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Class
TUESDAY   Newsletter articles for August needed in church office
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. Walking (meet @ Parish Hall)
SATURDAY 3:30 p.m. Rhymer/Kohne Wedding


July 27

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

July 28 7:00 p.m. Association Meeting @ Bingen
July 30 6:30 p.m. Walking (meet @ Parish Hall)

Can We Let Go?

Is our relationship with God based on what we receive from Him, or do we love Him for the love and mercy He has shown to us, His children?  We can focus too much on what God provides.   Rather than seeking a relationship with Him, we can seek the things that come from His hand.

In Job, we find a person who appreciated all that God had blessed him with, but Job also demonstrated that he was not overly attached to the things of this world.  Job said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21).  His relationship with the Lord was not dependent upon what he had.

What if God tested our loyalty and faithfulness to Him as He tested Job?  Do we understand that our homes, cars, investments, family, and friends have been created by God and given to us by Him?  If God decided to take the things of this world away from us, how would react?  Would we be angry and forcibly attempt to get them back?  Would we accept God’s will for us, as Job did?  If we truly believe all we are and have are a gift from God, we are not justified in trying to get everything back no matter the cost.  God wants us not to be obsessed with what He entrusts to us.  He gives us the ability to be content in all circumstances.

Through faith, we know and trust that God will provide for us.  We can live with the attitude that whatever God wants us to have we will have, and, if He wants to take away what we have, we can live without them.  As believers, we know that God is in control, and whether we have little or much, we will love and serve Him.