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
Parish Nurse’s E-Mail – wlwlichtle@hotmail.com

Mr. Lowell Timm, Principal, Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School
Mrs. Sandy Blomenberg, Director of Music
Mrs. Wava Lichtle, Parish Nurse

Welcome!  We are so glad you have chosen to worship with us this morning.  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 card and place it in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church.   Please come and worship with us again soon.

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Proper 22 – Pentecost 20 (LWML Sunday)
October 5
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

LSB #566, vv. 1-2; vv. 3-4; #637; #816; #633; #752;

#566, vv. 5-6


The Order of Service Divine Service Setting Three, LSB page 184
The Hymns LSB #819, vv. 1-4, #544; #730; #611; #760; #819, v. 5
The Men’s Chorus “Like as a Father”
Readings The Vineyard of God’s People
Isaiah 5:1-7 God’s people receive judgment for evil fruit
Philippians 3:4b-14 God’s people strive to be examples worthy of Christ
Matthew 21:33-36 God’s people refuse to return to God His due
The Sermon

“A Vineyard for Rent” – Matthew 21:33-36

The two sons represent two kinds of sinners.

  1. The Lost Sinner – the one who said, “I go, sir” (v. 30)
  2. The Saved Sinner (v. 29)

The Acolyte

Alan Bergdall


+  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—Robert Hartmann, Tori Johnson, Shayla Lee, Jenny Spangler, Mary Gallmeyer, Dana Myers, William Albert Case (his first!), Mike Heckman, Ashley Hunkins, Carley Manley, Sara Rhymer (Mrs. Aaron), and JoEllen Eidam.  We also remember Wava Lichtle & Pam Everett, our 7th & 8th grade Sunday School teachers, Keith Dicke, our Wyneken 7th grade teacher, and Linda Keuneke who teaches at Bishop Luers.    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 George Geyer, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – In Isaiah 43:1 we read, “But now, this is what the Lord says—He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.”  God has chosen and called us to be His stewards (John 15:16).  Through Scripture, we recognize that we are stewards by God’s activity.  We are now God’s new creation equipped to follow and serve Him.  As Christians saved by grace, we are God’s workmanship created to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   This week’s theme is “God’s Generous Goodness.”

Did you now that Worship for Shut-Ins began their television ministry in the Ft. Wayne viewing area on October 5, 1980, 29 years ago today?  They are now worldwide via satellite and the Internet.  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. Walter M. Schoedel, from Lutheran Senior Services in St. Louis, Missouri, will speak.  His sermon, “The 7 Up’s – A Model for Living!” is based on Psalm 92:12-15.  God teaches us how to live as we travel through the various stages of life.

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.   Today’s message is “Mirror, Mirror” from Matthew 21:43.  Watch out!  A mirror may be TOO revealing!

You can listen to Issues, Etc., on demand.  Issues, Etc. is produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  Listen to what you want when you want at www.issuesetc.org.

This morning our service can also be heard live on WZBD (92.7 FM) from 9:05 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  Pass the word on to others!  Our services will be broadcast weekly from now on.

We welcome Ryan Beffrey to Friedheim.  He is a first-year seminarian student and will be one of our fieldworkers.  May the Lord bless him as he prepares for the ministry!

Jan Buuck is October’s “Meals of Grace” coordinator.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry, contact Jan at 639-3380.   (Please note that on the calendar page of the newsletter, Jan’s number was listed incorrectly.  Please correct it to the above number.)    

If you have any health-related questions or concerns or would like to have someone check in on a loved one (or yourself), please contact our Parish Nurse, Wava Lichtle.  She can be reached at home (547-4143), by her cell phone (701-4360), or by her e-mail (wlwlichtle@hotmail.com).  You may even contact the church office and the message will be given to Wava. 

Today is LWML Sunday.  “Prayer Partner” names will be exchanged.  Extra forms can be found in either entranceway of the church.  All adult members of the congregation are welcome to take part in this program.  There are boxes in each entranceway for you to put this slip.  Remember; do not take a form out until after the worship service this morning.  At that time all names will be combined into one box and placed in the south entranceway.

The mite total thus far for 2008 is $579.12.  This is about half of our 2007 donations.  Please consider adding to our mighty mites to help our LWML mission projects.  Every penny of this is shared with others with many lives in the USA and world being touched by these.  Thanks in advance for helping others!  You will also find a mite envelope included in today’s bulletin.  You may place your gift for the mission work of the LWML in this envelope and bring it to the next quarterly meeting (Tuesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement), place it in the offering plate, or give it to Cindy Wass, our LWML treasurer.  There will also be a door collection this morning to benefit the work of the LWML. 

The LWML Quarterly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14, in the church basement, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Items on the agenda are election of officers and planning for “Advent by Candlelight.”  Please bring along a pair of scissors, as there should be time to cut stamps for missions.  Hope to see a lot of faces on Tuesday night!

The LLL/LWML Fall Rally will be held next Sunday, October 12, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Bingen.  Rev. Donald Sauls of Peace, Berne, will be the speaker, telling us more about “Compassionate Ministries” that work in southern Adams County.  A light supper will be served following the Rally.  All are welcome!

Mark your calendar now for the Quarterly Voters’ Meeting to be held after the worship service next Sunday, October 12.  Stay and hear the reports from the various Committees and Boards.

Just a reminder that Friedheim has been asked to provide cakes to help with the birthday celebrations at the Lutheran Home for the month of October.  Please contact Donna Hileman (639-3125) to volunteer to bring a cake (and let her know which kind).  Please bring your cake to the church basement by 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8.  Thanks to all those who have already volunteered to make a cake!

The LYF will have a paper/aluminum can drive this Saturday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  If you want your papers and cans picked up, please contact one of the LYF counselors—Jerry Bultemeyer, Mike Conrad, or Stan Stoppenhagen.  You may also bring your papers and cans to the Parish Hall that morning.  Thanks!

The 7th & 8th grade Sunday School class is putting together “special” calendars for the shut ins and elderly of our congregation.  What is needed for a family member of those receiving these calendars to contact Wava Lichtle and give her the birthdays, anniversaries, and other special days to be highlighted on these calendars.  Please contact Wava by next Sunday, October 12, with this information.  The hope is to deliver these calendars before Christmas.

Council Members:  The minutes of the September 2 Council Meeting can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  The next Council Meeting is this Tuesday, October 6, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

Next Sunday, our monthly Blood Pressure Clinic is scheduled.  Take a moment to have your blood pressure checked and recorded. You can do this either prior to or after the worship service.  Information will also be available on nutritious Halloween treats.  Wear orange next Sunday to welcome fall!!

Our Sunday School classes are collecting school supplies to help families who are facing some financial hardships.  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.  There is also a need for clothes—gloves, coats, socks, hats, underwear, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants—that would fit children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.  You may place your donations in the boxes marked “Kids Helping Kids.”  Thanks!

The Morning Glories will be going to the annual Holiday Craft Bazaar at Concordia Lutheran High School from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, October 11.  Start shopping early with a variety of holiday items, gift ideas, and baked items.  Lunch is available.  This event is sponsored by the Concordia JROTC Boosters.  If you would like to help the Morning Glories by transporting items to the show on Friday evening (6:30 p.m.) or from the show (after 3 p.m. on Saturday), please contact Marlene Conrad or Shirley Buuck.  If you have any item you would like to donate to the show, you can bring it to the Parish Hall by Friday morning, October 10. 

The Fall Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly as well as the October – December Portals of Prayer are here.  Copies can be found in either entranceway of the church.  You may pick up your copy as you leave the service this morning.

Anyone interested in having their name submitted to serve on the Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is asked to contact any current Board member—Duane Franz (623-6728), Ralph Ewell (547-4169), Dorothy Reiter (724-7666), Shirley Hormann (724-3101), Jeannie Thieme (728-2242), or Sharon Busick-Howell (623-6568).  Positions available are Vice President, Assistant Financial Director, Records Director, or Congregational Service Team Director.  Those presently serving have reached their service time limit.  People are needed to serve in these positions or the Adams County Chapter will not receive funding from Thrivent Financial to help with benefits for deserving people.  (The chapter leadership board is responsible for approving the Care Abounds in Communities program activity/funding issues.)  The only requirement to serve is that you must be a Thrivent Financial Benefit member 16 years of age or older.  Please consider this volunteer service to your Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Adams County Chapter and contact a Board member by October 8.  Thank you.

The Bereavement Committee would like to thank all those who donated or helped with the two funerals this week.  You may pick up your pans in the Parish Hall kitchen.

Do you wish to get the Lutheran Witness in 2009?  The subscription rate for 2009 will be $15 per subscription.  Whether your ordering the Witness for the first time or renewing an existing subscription, this information needs to be in the church office no later than Sunday, October 26.  All ordering information must be sent in to the District by October 31.  The church will be billed for the total subscriptions in January.  You may place your payment (cash or check) for your subscription in an envelope marked “Witness subscription.”  If paying by check, please make the check payable to “Zion Lutheran Church.”  Thanks for your help in this matter.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is excited to be presenting this year’s Indianapolis Colts “All Pro Dad Father and Kids Experience” on Saturday, October 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Join Head Coach Tony Dungy for an unforgettable afternoon filled with NFL-themed relationship-building activities and information!  This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to step on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium and get a behind-the-scenes look at many of the stadium’s amenities.  Since this event will sell out very quickly, we have made special arrangements for Thrivent Financial guests to register before the general public.  You can register at www.lutheransonline.com/rfo270.  If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 1-800-956-8300, extension 309, for more information.

Had you planned on helping with the Playscape being built at Concordia Theological Seminary?  Build Week has been changed from October 7-11 to May 5-9.  If you were planning on assisting this week and would still like to volunteer to help in May, please call Denita Krause at 260-452-2223. 

The Fall Bazaar and Oktoberfest will be held at Lutheran Home, 6701 South Anthony Boulevard in Ft. Wayne, on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18.  On Friday activities take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday the bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to noon.  Oktoberfest tickets are $5.50 (pre-sale from Donna Hileman) or $6 at the door.

St. Peter’s Fuelling invites you to their annual Chicken and Swiss Steak Dinner next Sunday, October 12.  Serving is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.  The menu includes Swiss steak or chicken breast, baked potato, green beans, roll, Jell-O salads and applesauce, pie, cake, delights, and a drink.  Home delivery is available for shut ins.  Please call Matt Braun (724-8662) before 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, to make arrangements.  There will also be quilts, bake sale and bazaar items available.

Gift Gathering Parties benefit the annual dinner auction, A Medieval Thanksgiving, sponsored by Concordia Lutheran High School.  The first one GermanFest 2008 will be held this Saturday, October 11, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the home of Jeff & Amy Parrish.  They along with several other couples will host this event.  Guests are asked to bring an auction donation valued at $25 or more.  Then on Friday, October 17, there will be a Tailgate Party at Autumn Ridge Golf Club immediately following the Concordia/Elmhurst football game.  Guests are asked to bring a sports-related gift donation valued at $50.  Reservations are needed for both events.  Please contact Janne Ross at 483-1102, extension 252 to make your reservation or if you have any questions.

Space is still available to attend the upcoming conference to commemorate the bicentennial birthday of William Loehe, the founder of Concordia Theological Seminary.  The conference will be held at the Seminary from 6 p.m. this Friday, October 10, through noon on Saturday, October 11.  The cost is only $25 and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

To Our Dear Church Family, We want to thank you for the cards, words of comfort, care and concern shown to us when our beloved sister, Armilla, passed away.  We appreciate everything that was done for her and us these past weeks.  A special thank you goes out to Pastor Dahling for his visits and prayers. We also wish to thank the Bereavement Committee for the wonderful meal following the funeral.   May the Lord bless each and every one of you.  – The family of Armilla Conrad

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 230; Sunday School – 51; Bible Class – 18; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 18



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




*Includes an $11,000 transfer from the Wyneken Contribution Account. 

September donations to the Wyneken Contribution Account were $1,985, bringing the year-to-date total to $35,400.

Wyneken News

Mark your calendars!  There will be no school on Tuesday, October 7.  The teachers and staff will be having an all-day workshop at Wyneken on the topic of school bullying presented by Bully Safe Schools.  Melanie Scheumann, a member of St. John’s Bingen, will be the presenter.  There will be an awareness and informative session that night for parents/adults only from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  All parents are encouraged to attend this informative session on bullying.

Students who ride North Adams busses will not have transportation to and from school on Monday, October 6.  Please make arrangements for your child to get to and from school that day. 

Fall is here and you might need to start shopping for some warmer clothes.  Goody’s Family Clothing, Penney’s, K-Mart, Macy’s/Ayres, Sears, T. J. Maxx, American Eagle, The Children’s Place, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fashion Bug, Finish Line, Limited, Maurices, Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic, Payless Shoes, and Value City are just a few of the stores on the list where you might want to shop.   Why not buy some SCRIP and help out the school?  Although Gerbers has been sold to Community Market, they will be honoring all outstanding Gerbers SCRIP certificates.  Community Market will be coming on board with their own certificates with a 5% discount to Wyneken.  We still have an inventory of Gerbers SCRIP before we begin selling the Community Market SCRIP.  SCRIP will be available all day in the school office except on Tuesdays as well as after school.  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.

SCRIP is looking for an assistant coordinator and would like your help.  If you would like to get more involved with your child’s school, this is a great way to do it.  This position involves helping with the SCRIP orders a few hours every other week, as well as some computer and manual bookkeeping duties.  If anyone is interested or would like to know more about the SCRIP program, call Jane Kleine (639-7244) or Sarah Butler (724-7025).  The funds this program raises is a great asset; please prayerfully considering helping.

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.

The first quarter ends on Friday, October 17.   Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, October 21.  Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23.  School will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. both days.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both days; East Allen students will need to find transportation home.  There will be no school on Friday, October 24.

If there is a weather-related school delay, chimes will meet 30 minutes before the start of classes (example, when there is a two-hour delay, chimes would meet at 9:30 a.m.).

Just a reminder that the last day to wear shorts is Wednesday, October 15.

Help is needed in the library.  If you can help with the following classes and times, please contact Mrs. Gemila Rabel at Wyneken (639-6177) or home (724-4949):  pre-school on Thursday mornings from 10:40 a.m. to 11 a.m., 4th graders on Thursdays from 1:25 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., and 7th/8th graders on Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.  Thanks!

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.

The 8th grade class is making plans for the annual carnival to be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  (Please remember that an adult or high-school-aged person must accompany all children under the age of 12.)  It will be a sports theme this year.  A “silent auction” will again take place this year.  If you have any items you would like to donate to this cause, please contact Hollie Hormann (724-8538).  The class will also be selling poinsettias and fresh pine arrangements towards the end of October and continuing through November.  Watch the bulletin and/or newsletter for the latest news.

The craft show is just around the corner (December 6).  Booth space is still available.  If you are interested in being a vendor at the show, please contact Jani McDowell (639-3401) or Dawn Norton (447-4406).


The varsity soccer team faces St. Peter at 7 p.m. at St. Peter.  First and second round games are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10.  Ask a player for game time and location.   The varsity volleyball team begins tournament action on Saturday, October 11, with second round action slated for Wednesday, October 15.   The semi-finals and finals will be played at Wyneken on Saturday, October 18.   Again, game time, location, and opponents weren’t available as the bulletin went to press.  Contact a player for this needed information.  The 5th & 6th grade volleyball teams play Central at Wyneken on Monday, October 6, with the 5th graders playing at 4:15 p.m. and the 6th graders at 5:30 p.m.  Come out and support our young athletes.  Remember, that there is no admission fee to the games at Wyneken unless it is a tourney. 

The Decatur Parks & Rec Department is offering children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade the opportunity to play basketball.  Registration is going on now through October 24 at the Park & Rec office at the Decatur Riverside Center.  The fee is $30 and due at the time of registration.  The league plays on Sunday afternoons at the Bellmont High School main gym beginning in November

The Athletic Boosters are accepting donations of bottled water, Gatorade, pop (Pepsi & Coke products, especially) in 20 oz. (or smaller) capped bottles.  No cans of any kind can be accepted.  Your donations will help offset some of our athletic expenses (officiating, uniforms, equipment, fees, etc.).  Thanks for your support.  You can drop the items off in the school office.  Please mark them “Athletic Boosters.”


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion (LWML Sunday)

    Prayer Partner names exchanged
  10:15 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Class

  3:00 p.m. SRD Workshop at Bethlehem (Ossian)
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
TUESDAY 6:00 p.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  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 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  8:30 a.m.

Cakes for Lutheran Home needed in church basement

  7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Set up for Craft Show (CLHS)
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. LYF Paper & Can Drive
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft Show @ Concordia High School    


October 12 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (wear orange)    

    Blood Pressure Clinic
  10:00 a.m. Quarterly Voters’ Meeting
  10:00 a.m.

Sunday School

  3:00 p.m. LWML/LLL Rally at Bingen
October 13 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
October 14 6:00 p.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting   
October 15 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  7:00 p.m. Choir
October 16 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
October 17 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Lutheran Home Bazaar & Oktoberfest
October 18 9 a.m. – noon   Lutheran Home Fall Bazaar   

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