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 17 – Pentecost 15
August 31
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns LSB #722; #560; #531; #425; #427; #923
Readings

Sacrifice as a Way of Life

Jeremiah 15:15-21 

God’s faithful are persecuted
Romans 12:9-21  A life of sacrifice as worship of God
Matthew 16:21-28  The necessity of cross-bearing
The Sermon

“Your Destiny” – Matthew 16:21-28

1.  For Jesus – the cross

2.  For Christians – cross bearing

The Acolyte

Brett Hormann

 

+  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—Madelyn Gardner, Richard Buuck (his 96th), David Mourey, Jr., Aaron D. Conrad, Elaine Derrow, Madison Marie Cross (her first), Jim Heckman, Ethan Lichtle, Hank Dahling, Mendi Kaehr, and Cecelia Smith.  We also remember our Wyneken School Board, especially our Wyneken principal, Lowell Timm, and Toney Bergman who teaches and coaches football at Bellmont High School.    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 Armilla Conrad who is a patient at Adams Memorial, 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 our 7th grade teacher Keith Dicke and his family.  A house fire at the home of Keith’s grandparents took his grandfather’s life and caused the hospitalization of his grandmother, who is now recovering (his grandfather was able to get her out of the home).  May God’s loving arms surround this family, bringing them comfort during these difficult days and remind them of that great day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

We remember in our prayers Jim & Evie Fuhrman who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today.  The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of this occasion.  May our Heavenly Father remain at the center of their home, blessing and guiding them.

We keep the members of St. John’s Bingen and Zion Lutheran in Decatur in our prayers.   Both parishes continue in their search for a minister as Rev. Marcus R. Jauss has returned his call to Bingen.

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.  Next Sunday, Rev. James L. Elsner, from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hudson, Indiana, will speak.  His sermon, “When a Brother Sins,” is from Matthew 18:14-15.  When someone hurts us, Jesus guides us to address the sin in love.

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 Questions 10 - 15 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 – All of us have been confronted with situations when we have lacked the wisdom and the self-discipline to say, “No” to what is displeasing to God.  As we grow in faith, though, we learn to “submit [our] selves . . . to God . . . [and to] resist the devil . . .” (James 4:7).  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age . . .” (Titus 2:11-12).  Although we are tempted daily to make choices that gratify our sense, by God’s grace, we can “live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.” 

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

Trisha Hockemeyer is September’s “Meals of Grace” coordinator.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry, contact Trisha at 547-4744.   

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest this 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).  More info on this project was printed in the September newsletter.  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 and next Sunday’s worship services 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.  They will need to be packed away prior to the first day of Sunday School, September 14. 

Concordia Theological Seminary invites you to their Sunday Brunch on September 7.  Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Katherine Luther Dining Hall.  The 7th will also be their 50th anniversary celebration and the opening service day of the new academic year. 

Mike Buuck and Clayton Stoppenhagen are youth ushers for September.  Adele Blomenberg & Marlene Conrad are on Altar Guild for September.

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.

There will be a benefit Soup & Sandwich Dinner (dine in or carry out) next 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 after he got a temporary job with the USDA and just three weeks before his daughter’s wedding, 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 help to 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.  Please contact Leesa Heckman (724-4340) or Betty Sielschott (724-3946) if you can help.  If it’s more convenient for you, you can drop your dessert off in our church basement by 9 a.m. on the 7th and someone will take it over to SPI for you.  Donations for their craft and bake sale can also be dropped off in the church basement 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.

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 can be found 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!

Sunday School materials are here!  If you would like to pick up your packets, you will find them on the safe outside the office in the Parish Hall.  Classes will begin on the 14th.  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 brunch is set for 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 Fall Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly has arrived!  Copies can be found in either entranceway of the church.  You may pick up your copy as you leave the service this morning.

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!

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.  The cost is $15 per person.  The registration fee includes a box lunch.  A registration master list is in the church office.  

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 242; Monday Night Bible Class - 5

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,606.27

Missions

$120.00

Wyneken Contributions (through August 24) - $3,800; Year-to-date - $33,415

Wyneken News

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 all day in the school office as well as after school on Monday, Wednesday, and 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!  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.

The Scholastic 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 on Wednesday, September 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Your child will also have a chance to go to the Book Fair during the school day and after school. 

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.  If the permission slip is not returned by this time, your child will not be permitted to ride the bus and will be sent to the after school child care room to await pick up.  No phone calls will be allowed.

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.  In fact, the PTL is in need of 2-4 volunteers to help with the Christmas card fundraiser.  This involves organizing and distributing the catalogues.  If you have any questions or would like to help with this project, please contact the PTL president, Kenton Kleine, at 639-3749 as soon as possible.  Your input is important to this organization of our school.  Come!  The 8th grade students provide childcare for the evening.

Chapel offerings for the first quarter will benefit Unity Lutheran School, an inner city mission school in East St. Louis, Illinois.  Unity has outgrown their present building and is currently in the middle of a school building project.  Please keep the school, their staff, students, and parents in your prayers.

School pictures will be taken on Friday, September 12.

Fall ISTEP+ testing is scheduled for September 15-26 for children in grades 3-8.  Parents are strongly discouraged from removing their children for any appointments or vacations during this time.

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 Tammy Melcher in the Child Care office (639-6064) as soon as possible.

One or two parents (or grandparent) volunteers are needed to cut and sort the Campbell’s labels that are collected in the office.  This would need to be done about once a week.  Stop in the school office for more information.

A limited number of 2007-2008 yearbooks are available for $17.  They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Home events have begun for our soccer (boys) and volleyball (girls) teams.  That means our concession stand is 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.

The boys’ varsity soccer team will host Unity on Wednesday, September 3, at 4:15 p.m. and Central on Friday, September 5, at 5:30 p.m.  The JV soccer team will play Concordia at the Seminary at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 4.  The 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams will face Holy Cross at Wyneken on Wednesday, September 3, at 4:15 p.m. (7th) and 5:30 p.m. (8th).  The 8th graders will also face St. Paul on Saturday, September 6, at noon with the 7th grade team facing Ascension at 2 p.m.  Both games are at Concordia Lutheran High School.  The 6th grade volleyball team plays Zion (Decatur) at Wyneken at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 4.  Come out and support our young athletes.  Remember, that there is no admission fee to the games at Wyneken unless it is a tourney. 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

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

Trustees’ Meeting

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

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

September 7 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:30 a.m.

Benefit for Wolfe family @ SPI

September 8 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
September 9 6:00 p.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
September 10 7:00 p.m. Choir
September 11 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s

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

Relevant Living

A bride of a few months listened to two members of her husband’s family deciding who the happiest couple they knew were.  The decision for first place went to a cousin and his wife.  A little surprised at first, she studied the situation.  She found that the happiest-couple-in-the-world had the lowest income of any of the brothers and sisters in the family.  She found that they lived in the smallest house; they knew the fewest big-name people; their professional work drew the least national recognition.  But she also discovered that they had jobs which were their choice of any in the world; they liked their community; they lived in the part of the United States they loved most; their home was the center of informal friendly groups; they had more interests on the string than a dozen people could conquer in a lifetime; they instigated many church activities and worshipped every Sunday.  The young bride came to the decision that this couple was happy not because of the money they did not have, and not because of the money they did have, but because the interests around which their lives centered were interests that money had no power to make or break.  Their greatest happiness was found outside the realm of things.

(Harriet H. Dexter)