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!  It is again a beautiful summer day.  It is good to take a moment to reflect on all the blessings our Lord has given to us, including the opportunity to worship with other Christians.  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 16 – Pentecost 14
August 24
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #556, vv. 1-4; vv. 5-7; vv. 8-10
Readings

God’s self-Disclosure to His People

Isaiah 51:1-6  God discloses Himself in His name
Romans 11:22-12:8 Knowledge of God is deeper than our understanding
Matthew 16:13-20 God reveals that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God
The Sermon

“A Great Confession” – Matthew 16:13-20

What did God say through Peter?

1.  Jesus is His Son—they share the same nature:  Jesus’ being

2.  Jesus is the Messiah—Redeemer, Savior:  Jesus’ nature and work

The Acolyte

Kyle Freimuth

 

+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Tom Blomenberg, Freddie Geels, Gary Robinson, Danielle Timm, Chris Rhymer, Eldora Scheumann, Timberlee Weiland, Delaney Lawson, Jim Buuck, Alyssa Strickler, Marla Manley, and Brandon McCloskey.  We also remember our Wyneken School Board, especially the members from Friedheim—Mitch Baumann, Scott Hormann, and Duane Kiess—and Judy Baumann who teaches at Monmouth.    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), Lilly Kilgore (great-niece of Don & Bev Jenkins) who remains a patient at Riley Hospital, Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother), Cheri White (Angie Werling’s cousin), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

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), James Johnson (Jean Timm’s nephew), Chad Hall (Doris Conrad’s son-in-law), 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 remember in our prayers Adam & Mindy Buuck who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Monday, August 24, and Allen & Shirley Buuck who will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this Tuesday, August 26.  May our Heavenly Father remain at the center of their homes, blessing and guiding them.

We keep the members of St. John’s Bingen and Zion Lutheran in Decatur in our prayers.   Bingen’s has issued a call to Rev. Marcus R. Jauss from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Higginsville, Missouri, while Zion continues in their search for a minister.  May the Lord guide Rev. Jauss as he contemplate this call and keep all three congregations in your prayers.

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.    

You can listen to Issues, Etc., on demand.  Issues, Etc. is produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  Topics include:  Islam, Defending the Pro-Life position, God’s Will for Your Daily Life, Religion & Politics, Biblical Interpretation, the Pop Spirituality of Oprah Winfrey, Movie Reviews, Christ-Centered Fatherhood, Creation vs. Evolution, Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses and more.  Listen to what you want when you want at www.issuesetc.org.

In today’s review of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will focus on the first nine questions of Christian Questions with Their Answers as prepared by Dr. Martin Luther.  Please turn to page 329 in the Lutheran Service Book.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – As New Testament Christians, we live under grace in response to the love Jesus has shown us by His sacrifice for our sins.  We are no longer bound by the legalism of the Law.  Christ, because His love for us, fulfilled the Law on our behalf (Romans 13:10).  Through Him, we are enabled to be faithful to His command to love one another as He has loved us (John 13:34).  Just as Jesus spared nothing as He demonstrated and continues to demonstrate His love for us, let us be generous and open-handed in showing love to all.

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

Kim Weiland is the August “Meals of Grace” coordinator.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry, contact Kim at 639-3804.   

Pastor Dahling has been called for jury duty in the District Court on August 26-28.  If you find that you are in need of pastoral care during that time, you may contact Pastor Daniel Brege at Preble.

There will be a Special Voters’ Meeting today.  The topic to be discussed is the roof project at Wyneken.  Please stay for this short meeting after our worship service today.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest on Thursday, September 4.  Helpers are needed to provide assistance to residents to get to the chapel service.  If you can help, please let Pastor Dahling know.  You would need to be at Woodcrest between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m.  Thanks!

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 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.

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, 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. 

There will be a benefit Soup & Sandwich Dinner (dine in or carry out) on Sunday, September 7, to benefit Jesse & Louann (Fuelling) Wolfe.  (Louann is Cindy Wass’ cousin.)  The meal will be at St. Peter-Immanuel School (corner of 1100 N and State Road 101) with serving from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The menu includes Manley’s pulled pork sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, assorted salads and desserts, soft-serve ice cream, and drinks.  A free-will donation will be accepted.  There will also be baked goods, craft items, and garden produce for sale.  Donations of any of these items are welcome and can be brought to St. Peter-Immanuel that morning (or to our church basement by 9 a.m. that day).  You may be wondering why the benefit is needed.  Jesse has had more than one surgery to repair seeping aneurysms (during one of the surgeries, the last blood vessel to his colon was severed) and still has multiple aneurysms; he also has recurring kidney stones for which he has had surgery, and his body has trouble retaining nutrients to keep his body healthy.  He lost his job with ADM in December 2001 due to cut backs and four days before he got a temporary job with the USDA he was diagnosed with the aneurysms.  He has been on disability for the last two years.  Louann has a right hip replacement and complete knee replacement in the last two years.  She works at Bellmont Middle School as a cook; however, cooks do not get paid insurance.  They need to pay for their own health insurance, and this is costing them over $1,000 a month.  The insurance cost, as well as the cost of meeting their deductible, is starting to deplete their savings and cause a financial hardship.  (To read a more complete account concerning the Wolfe’s, information sheets are available in either entranceway of the church.)  This benefit will be a great benefit for them. 

Friedheim (along with Preble) is in charge of the desserts for the Wolfe benefit.  Needed are 20 pans (9” x 13” in disposable pans), as well as some cookies, and individuals who are willing to work a shift.  Workers are still needed for the noon to 1:30 p.m. shift.  If you can work this last shift or donate a dessert, please contact Leesa Heckman (724-4340) or Betty Sielschott (724-3946).  If it’s more convenient for you, you can drop your dessert off in our church basement by 9 a.m. that morning and someone will take it over to SPI for you.  Donations for their craft and bake sale can also be dropped off at church and they will be taken over.  If the item is for the bake sale, please have it clearly marked so that it doesn’t get confused with the dessert donations.  Thanks to those who have already offered donations and are willing to work.  It is much appreciated.

Movie night has been set for our LYF!!  Youth group members are invited to the home of Paul Drier (3091 W 750 N in rural Decatur) on Sunday, September 14, at 5 p.m. for supper and the movies (and a short business meeting).  The counselors will provide drinks and your table service.  Youth group members are asked to bring a dish to share.  Hopefully, many of the youth will be able to make it.

The LYF will have a paper/aluminum can drive sometime in October.  The congregation is asked to save these items for the youth group to pick up.  Watch the bulletin and/or newsletter for the date.

Can you help with “Advent by Candlelight?”  If so, please contact Ann Crosby or Kathy Bultemeier, the society’s president and vice president, as soon as possible. 

Our Sunday School classes are collecting school supplies to help families who are facing some financial hardships as this school year begins.  A list was included in your August newsletter (and is also posted in either entranceway of the church).  This will be an on-going collection as paper, pencils, glue, etc. is needed all year round.  You may place your donations in the same boxes that are used for “The Kids Helping Kids” clothing drive. Thanks!

There are a few openings that need to be filled to complete our Sunday School staff. If you would be interested in teaching (or team teaching), substituting, or helping out in a class, you may contact Kristin Scheumann (639-3042), Amy Walker (547-4648), or Pastor Dahling.  Thanks!

The LWML is planning a brunch on Rally Day (September 14) and the menu will include hash brown casserole, egg & sausage casserole, mixed fruit, smoke-y-links, breakfast rolls, donuts, muffins, juice, and coffee.  Ladies, your help is needed to make this a successful event.  If you could help with food preparation the day before (beginning at 8 a.m.), donate sweet rolls, muffins, or breads, set-up, or help serve on the 14th, please contact one of the LWML officers—Ann Crosby, Kathy Bultemeier, Dorothy Heckman, or Cindy Wass.  Thanks in advance for your help!

The Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is collecting money to help those affected by the Midwest floods.  If writing a check, please make it payable to “Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans” and write “2008 Midwest Flooding Response” on the memo line.  The checks can be sent to Dorothy Reiter, 2935 E US Highway 224, Decatur, IN  46733.  The Chapter is accepting donations through September 28.

Are you a Thrivent member?  Do you plan on utilizing Thrivent’s GivingPlus program?  Thrivent GivingPlus Gift Forms can be found in either entranceway of the church.  By utilizing this member benefit, you can increase your contribution to the school by 50%--A $600 contribution from you is increased by $300 through Thrivent’s match, making a total donation to Wyneken of $900.  Where else can you get that type of return on investment?  If you have questions about the program, please contact Mike Heckman, our Wyneken Contributions Treasurer. 

Has your college student already headed back to campus?  If would be very helpful that once you know your child’s address (whether on-campus or off-campus housing is used) and e-mail address, to forward that information on to the church office.  If your child’s address has remained the same, please pass that information on also.  You can e-mail the church office at churchoffice@zionfriedheim.org.  Thanks!

Just a reminder that if you purchased anything at Rural King from August 11-17, Rural King will rebate 5% of the net total of purchases made from their store.  Please bring the original receipts to the church office (a copy of the receipt can be made for your files) until Wednesday.  The church office must have the receipts turned in to the store no later than August 30. 

The Portals of Prayer for October – December have arrived.  You may take one home as you leave the worship service today.

Council Members:  The minutes from the August 5 Council Meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  You may pick them up as you leave the service today.  The next Council Meeting is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, in the church basement.

You are invited to the 2008 Carload Conference for congregational leaders on Saturday, September 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lutheran High School, 5555 S. Arlington Avenue, in Indianapolis.  Enjoy a large selection of topics, presented in a popular small group format.  Learn new skills.  Share experiences and challenges.  Network with other congregational leaders.  Discover new resources available.  Bring a whole carload for one low rate of $50.  The registration fee includes a box lunch.  A registration master list is in the church office.  If you would like to go, please contact the church office by Thursday, August 28.  To receive the $50 rate, all registrations must be received by Tuesday, September 2.  The $15 per person applies to anything after that time.

Concordia Theological Seminary is offering several fall retreats.   You can check out the different retreats by visiting their website, www.ctsfw.edu, and click on Events and then click on Seminary Retreat.  You can also call 260-452-2204.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 210 with 142 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class - 4

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,261.70

Missions

$155.00

Wyneken News

There are three new staff members at Wyneken.  We welcome Mrs. Emily Nelson who will lead our vocal music department, Mr. Brian Munoz, who is our Band Director, and Mrs. Julie Miller who is our special education teacher.  May the Lord bless each of these individuals as they teach the lambs of the flock.

Wyneken Lutheran School WILL need to hire a teacher's aide for this school year. It would be a part-time position of less than 30 hours. Please contact Mr. Lowell Timm at 639-6177 for more information.

Have you looked over a SCRIP order sheet lately?  Check out all the vendors from whom you can purchase SCRIP.  How many of these stores do you regularly do business with?  Why not buy some SCRIP and help out the school?  SCRIP will be available after school on Wednesdays and Fridays and in the school office all day on Friday.  You can see Kim Weiland about purchasing SCRIP this morning.  You can also e-mail her at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

A Note from the Cooks:  Is your garden and/or orchard overflowing with fruits and vegetables? Donations are always gladly and willingly accepted to help out our school lunch program.  If you have fruits, vegetables, or meat that you would like to donate, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).  Thanks!

Market Day, a PTL fundraising program, is back!  Order forms are in today’s bulletin or you can always go on-line and place your order (www.marketday.com).  If you purchase three of any of the following items, you will receive a free photo tote (a $19.99 value)—cinnamon crunch French toast bites ($7.98), oven-ready butterfly shrimp ($15.19), French breadsticks ($8.09), garlic & herb shrimp ($13.99), crab cakes ($13.19), chocolate chip cookie dough ($6.29), French toast sticks ($5.99) home-style biscuit dough ($6.99), seasoned scallops ($12.79), breaded mozzarella sticks with sauce ($11.39), and barbecued pork ($13.29).  Look over the customer favorites, butcher shop meats, fish & seafood, roasts, appetizers, poultry, 5 a Day, family meals, side dishes, lunch, fab favs, soups & sandwiches, Under $10 and under 10 minutes Meals for 2, desserts, and beverages.  Frequent Buyers:  By placing an order of $35 or more in two or more months from September-November, and by placing an additional order totaling $35 or more in December, you will receive a four-pack of ChicNSteakes.  Order forms will need to be returned to school by Wednesday, August 27, with both Internet orders and phone orders (please call Sharon Franke at 623-3992) due by noon on Saturday, August 30.  Pick-up date is Thursday, September 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the old gym.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke.  Your support of this program is very much appreciated.

Mark Tuesday, September 2, on your calendar.  The annual Open House/Scholastic Book Fair will be held that evening at 7 p.m.  Parents, you can visit with your child’s teacher, see the classroom, ask questions, and show an interest in your child’s education.  The Book Fair will open on Tuesday, September 2, and will run through the week (7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).  You can visit the Book Fair with your child at the Open House; your child will also have a chance to go to the Book Fair during the school day and after school.  The Book Fair will also be open on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

East Allen Schools will begin dismissing students early every Wednesday, beginning on September 3.  If your child rides an East Allen bus and will be leaving early each Wednesday (2:10 p.m.), signed permission forms need to be on file in the school office.  Please turn these in by September 2.

The first PTL meeting of this school year will be held on Monday, September 8, at 7 p.m.  The PTL meets just four times during the school year (September, November, February, and April).  It is a great way to get involved with the activities and events at Wyneken.  Much of the fundraising done throughout the year (SCRIP, Market Day, Christmas cards, and bake sales) is done by our PTL.  Your input is important!  Come!  The 8th grade students provide childcare for the evening.

You can now send in those Campbell Soup labels, Big G box tops, and pop tabs to Wyneken that you have been saving all summer long.  This is an on-going project with collection boxes found in the school office (or send the items in with a Wyneken student).  Used printer (not toner) cartridges can also be brought in to the school.

SCRIP is looking for an assistant to help with the inventory orders every other week.  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.  Anyone interested, please contact Mike Rabel (724-4949) or Ed Albert (547-4171).

Advanced Band begins on Thursday, August 28.  The Advanced Band will meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.  Students are to enter through the childcare entrance.  If any 6th – 8th grade students would like to be a part of the percussion section, please come to the first band practice on the 28th.  Information on Beginner Band will be sent home soon.

Your help is needed!  Volunteers are needed to help in the Child Care area, especially at lunch time (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and homework time (2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.).  If you would be able to spare a few hours, even for just one day of the week, it would be a tremendous help.  Please contact the Child Care office (639-6064) as soon as possible.

Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School continues to look 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. Lowell Timm.

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.  You don’t golf, but you are wondering how can I help out?  The class has added carry-out hog roast dinners to the Florida Scramble.  This menu includes pork, sauerkraut, beans, potatoes, slaw, and dessert, with the dinners to be picked up from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cross Creek Golf Course Pavilion.  The tickets cost  $7 and are available presale only.  You can purchase them from any 8th grader.  Friedheim’s 8th graders are as follows:  Jacob Bergman, Kyle Freimuth, Brett Hormann, Shelby Kiess, Katie Linnemeier, and Madison Stoppenhagen.

Sports

Soccer (boys) and volleyball (girls) will begin soon.  That means our concession stand will also be open.  The Athletic Boosters are asking for donations of bottled water, Gatorade, and pop (20 oz. or smaller, capped bottles only, no cans).  These donations help offset the expenses of running an athletic program (officiating fees, uniforms, equipment, tournament fees, etc.).  You may bring your donations (marked “Athletic Boosters”) in to the school office at any time.  Donations will be needed throughout the season.  Individuals who are also willing to work in the concession stand, run the scoreboard, and be lines people are also needed.   Thanks in advance for your help.

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.  An interim varsity soccer coach has been found, but a head coach is still needed.  Coaches are still needed for cheerleading (practices begin in September), and basketball (girls’ JV and 7th grade teams) 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. 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:15 a.m. Special Voters’ Meeting
    Rural King receipts needed
MONDAY 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Wyneken Chapel
  6:30 p.m. Walking (meet @ Parish Hall)

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

August 31 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

September 2 9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m.

Trustees’ Meeting

  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
September 3 All Day Tabea Society
  6:30 p.m. Walking (meet @ Parish Hall)
September 4  1:00 p.m. Chapel @ Woodcrest

Schnorr von Carolsfeld, woodcuts © WELS Permission to use these copyrighted items is limited to personal and congregational use.

Living a Disciplined Lifestyle

The intimate relationship that Jesus establishes with us and through which we are enabled to grow is nurtured by a disciplined lifestyle that incorporates spiritual disciplines.  Examples of spiritual disciplines are praying, worshiping, fasting, serving, and giving.   Richard Foster, in his book Celebration of Discipline, writes “God has ordained the disciplines of the spiritual life as the means by which we place ourselves where He can bless us.” The spiritual disciplines that we develop will put us where Jesus can work within us to transform us and use us.  By grace, God works through these disciplines to mold us and change us into stewards who can bless others as we’ve been blessed.

Another benefit to spiritual disciplines is that they help us to acknowledge our dependence upon God.  God is our power source, so we need to stay connected to Him.  Spiritual disciplines train us to stay connected.  In His Word, God promises never to forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  Although He promises never to leave us, we can sever that connection with Him at any time.  However, without that connection with Him, we are no longer able to live as His children and as His stewards.  Because spiritual disciplines remind us continually of God’s sovereignty and our need for Him, we should incorporate spiritual disciplines into our lives.

In addition, spiritual disciplines help us evaluate our spiritual condition.  If we aren’t practicing spiritual disciplines, we need to question why we aren’t.  Without spiritual disciplines in our lives, we are depriving ourselves of an intimate relationship with Jesus, and we will not be able to practice a pleasing stewardship lifestyle.