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, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card and place the card 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 28
November 16
, 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 #593; #676; #851; #508; #674; #748
The Choir “I Heard the Savior Calling”

Preparation for the Lord’s Coming

Zephaniah 1:7-16  Warning of Coming Destruction
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  The Coming of the Lord
Matthew 25:14-30  The Parable of the Talents
The Sermon “What have you done?” – Matthew 25:14-30

The Acolyte

Ben Miller


+  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—Tony Jordan, Monica Stoppenhagen, Pat Buuck, Norma Miller, Carol Selking, Jason Putteet, Tessa Roemer, Lisa Bills, Sharon Franke, Shelly Kiefer, Alan Bergdall, Troy Fuhrmann, Sherril Bradtmueller, Paul Drier, Dan Schuller, and Dean Wass.  We also remember our Sunday School helpers (Jenna Timm, Allison Hormann, and Ethan Lichtle), Becky Klenke, our Wyneken 1st grade teacher, and Kristin Scheumann, who teaches at Northwest Elementary School in the North Adams system.    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 Oliver Christiansen (Judy Werling’s father), Marvin Drier’s father, Marvin, who is recovering at home, the Wright triplets (Maggie, Gwen, and Lilly), Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We welcome into church membership, through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Colin J Ripley, son of Jeff & Tricia (Bultemeyer) Ripley.  His godmothers are Ashley Thieme and Stephanie Schlittler.  We pray that the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We remember those who are serving our country—Jason Putteet who is in South Korea, Randy McAllister (Fern Riemke’s son and brother of Kim, Terry, and Julie) who is serving in Germany, our reservists, Zach and Jacob Stoppenhagen who are in Iraq, Josh Stoppenhagen who has returned to the States from Iraq this past week, Brian Moeller, Mike Brandt, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband), Cody Kiess (grandson of Gene & Irene Kiess), Josh Colwell (Tiffany’s husband), and Danny Cross (Laura Knipstein’s fiancée), as well as Lydia Reynolds (niece of Dick & Donna Hileman), James Johnson (Jean Timm’s nephew), and Chad Hall (Doris Conrad’s son-in-law).  May the Lord protect and guide them in their missions.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not  by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Salvation is a gift of God; we neither deserve it nor can we earn it.  God gave it out of love for us (John 3:16).  Jesus came to be our Savior while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).  Because Christ first loved us, we will want to give of our time, talents, and treasures in love and thankfulness to Him to help build and strengthen the members of the household of faith and to share the message of salvation with the whole world.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Three Kingships of Christ.”

St. John’s Bingen has issued a call to Rev. John Dreyer who is currently at the Ft. Wayne Seminary.  We remember the congregation and Rev. Dreyer in our prayers as he contemplates this call.

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. 

If you are unable to come to church, make sure you listen to our live service on WZBD (92.7 FM).  Our service is broadcast from 9:05 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.  Pass the word on to others!  (Please do not use the phone line in the church basement or in the Parish Hall during this time.  This is the line that the service is being broadcast from and if you use the phones, your conversation will also be broadcast.)   You can also listen to the broadcast over the Internet.  Just log on to our website (www.zionfriedheim.org) and click on “Listen to Zion’s worship service on WZBD radio from 9:05 - 9:50 a.m. on Sunday mornings.”  This might be a great way for those who can’t pick up the signal or live farther away to “hear from home.” 

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.

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.    This week’s message is “I Didn’t Know.”  As much as you may have learned, there is always something you didn’t know.  Can you afford to miss hearing about it now?

Our missionaries, Chuck and Jeanette Groth, will be celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary on December 19.  Jeanette will celebrate her birthday on the 29th of this month.  Jan Buuck is coordinating a “card shower” for them.  There are boxes in either entranceway of the church for you to place your cards.  Jan will then collect and mail them.  Since it usually takes a few weeks for the mail to reach them, Jan would like all who wish to send them well wishes (and perhaps words of encouragement) to have the cards back to church today.  There are blank cards in either entranceway for you to sign and place in the box if you have forgotten to bring a card from home.

There are also boxes in either entranceway of the church for you to place your reservation form for “Advent by Candlelight.”  There are extra forms in either entranceway of the church.  This event has been very well attended over the past years and the ladies look forward to your being able to come again this year and begin the Advent journey together.  It will be held on Monday, December 1, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Hostesses (and co-hostesses) will be needed for that evening.  If you are willing to serve in that capacity, make sure you mark your reservation form accordingly and return it today.  For those who just wish to attend this enjoyable evening, your form needs to be returned by next Sunday, November 23.  If you would like to help in some other way that evening (setting up tables prior to, helping take down, make drinks, work on the program), please contact one of our LWML officers—Ann Crosby, Dorothy Heckman, Kathy Bultemeier, or Cindy Wass—and they will see that the committee is aware of your offer of help.  Remember, “A Friend’s House,” will be the recipient of the ingathering.  (WalMart gift cards or a monetary donation will be accepted.  (You may wish to purchase the WalMart gift card through SCRIP and help out our school also.)

The Trustees (Sean Sielschott, Don Gehres, Corbin Bultemeier, and Denny Schuller) would like to remind anyone who wishes to bid on the following jobs—Parish Hall custodian, church custodian, lawn mowing, or snow removal—that their bid needs to be submitted no later than November 23.

The November “Meals of Grace” coordinator is Monica Stoppenhagen (547-4405).   As the weather cools, there is a need for soups (especially in serving sizes for one or two).  When cooking for your own family, if you would like to make a little extra and place it in a container, mark the type of soup it is, put a date on the package, and place it in the freezer located in the furnace room in the church basement, it would be very much appreciated.  Those who have been the beneficiaries of this service of our church have been very appreciative. 

The men’s basketball team faces Cornerstone on Monday, November 17, at Monmouth Elementary School at 6 p.m.  Anyone who enjoys playing basketball is welcome to join the team (you must be high school age or older).  If you have any other questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597)

St. John’s LYF has invited our youth group to join them at a “lock in” at Wyneken this Friday, November 21, from 7 p.m. to midnight.  Youth are asked to bring a snack and $1 to help pay for the drinks.  Parents are needed to be chaperones for that night.  Please contact Mike or Denise Conrad (547-4717) if you would be willing to help.

The LYF will be selling 2009 calendars featuring pictures of our church.  Before purchasing, you will be able to see the pictures being used for each month.  The cost of the calendar is $15.  Keep this in mind when planning your calendar purchases.

The LYF is reminded that they will be assisting the residents of Lutheran Home to their worship service next Sunday, November 23.  Please meet at the Parish Hall at 9 a.m.  Dick & Donna Hileman have invited the youth group to their home following this activity for lunch (and a short business meeting).  Plan on being there!

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Adams County Chapter, will have their December 11 meeting, with breakfast, at 8 a.m. at Norm’s Preble Garden.  All board members, coordinators, special advisors, CLU FIC Financial consultants of our Thrivent Financial offices, members, spouses, and any other interested party are encouraged to attend.  Please notify Shirley Hormann (724-3101, by Monday, December 1, if you wish to attend.

Our Sunday School classes continue to collect items for families in Adams County.  A list can be found in either entranceway of the church.  There is a need for clothes—new gloves, new coats, new socks, new hats, and new underwear—that would fit children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  The greatest need is for sizes 5-10, both girls and boys.  You may place your donations in the boxes marked “Kids Helping Kids.”  Thanks!

Announcing the opening of “Immanuel House – Caring and Giving” at 8545 N 550 E Decatur, Indiana.  Immanuel House is located in the teacherage at Immanuel Lutheran Church, across from the old school.  There is a need for good clean used clothing for adults and children.  Items can be dropped off each Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.  Shopping will be by referral from pastors, teachers, and friends.  Please contact Janice Fuelling at 724-7326 if you have any questions.

A Note from the Synod’s Foundation - Federal legislation has opened new stewardship opportunities to strengthen ministry. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allows an individual over the age of 70 1/2 to make a gift up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) to ministry without increasing taxable income for 2008.  Those interested in taking advantage of this special rule need to contact their IRA account administrator for the necessary paperwork to complete the transfer. To ensure that the transfer qualifies, a check from the IRA account administrator should be received by the ministry by December 31, 2008.

Motets of Hope & Comfort Concert, A Tribute to Alfred Mann, Jack Ruhl, and Herbert Nuechterlein, is the opening concert for the Bach Collegium.  The Collegium is in its seventh season.  They will be performing at Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry Street in Ft. Wayne at 4 p.m. today.  Selections include J. S. Bach, Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied (BWV 225) (double choir), J. Brahms, Begraebnisgesang (Funeral Song), H. Schuetz, If God be for Us, Who can be Against Us, A. Wyton, The Vision of Isaiah, Josquin des Pres, Hosanna (from “Missa Pange Lingua”), and H. L. Hassler, Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come (double choir).  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne is having an “All You Can Eat” pancake and sausage breakfast today from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Prices are $5 for adults and $1.75 for children (7-12).  Those six and under can eat for free.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest) is having a chili cook-off today from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be a free will offering. 

Circle Sunday, December 7, on your calendar.  Martini Lutheran Church in New Haven will have their Annual Live Nativity, starting at 5 p.m. and repeating every one-half hour.  There will be live animals, singing, and the narration of the birth of Jesus.  Cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee will be available in their Fellowship Hall.

The Friends of Wyneken are sponsoring a bus trip to Christkindlemart located on the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago on Saturday, November 29.  The cost of the trip is $50 and the profits will be used to help restore the former home of Rev. Dr. Fredrick Wyneken.  The Decatur pick up is scheduled for 7 a.m. with a 10 p.m. return time.  There are also pick ups in Ft. Wayne and Columbia City.  (The locations for the pick ups were not included in the information received.)  For more information and reservations call, Pendy Selking (547-4422), Karen Heller (724-7959), or John Kalb (432-2369).

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 252; Sunday School – 52; Bible Class - 27; Monday Night Bible Class – 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 4; Early-bird Bible Class - 15  



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

Look at the SCRIP order form included in this Sunday’s bulletin.  The annual holiday contest begins next Sunday, November 23, and will run through Sunday, December 7.  Funds raised through this contest will be used to help purchase new sound equipment at the school.  Please look over the order form and check to see how many of the vendors listed on the sheet are those that you normally purchase items from.  If you already shop there, why not consider buying SCRIP for those stores and help out the school?  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.

Grades 3-5 presents “The Mystery of the Manger: It’s the Gospel Truth” this Tuesday, November 18, at 7 p.m.   All Wyneken families are invited to attend.  There will be a dress rehearsal on Monday, November 17, at 1 p.m.  Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend this rehearsal (especially if you find it difficult to make it for the Tuesday night performance).  The PTL will have a bake sale that night.  Parents are asked to bring one or two homemade goodies to the bake sale. 

The 5th and 1st grade class is sponsoring four families in the Adopt-A-Family program through Lutheran Social Services.  The November chapel offerings will go towards sponsoring these families.  An information sheet on the needs of each of these families can be found in both entranceways of the church. You can drop your donations off at Wyneken or give them to a Wyneken student to take to school.  Just a reminder that all items are to be new and need to be back at school by Wednesday, December 3.  Thanks!

It’s Cookie Dough Bonus Days for Market Day.  Purchase some cookie dough and earn extra profit for Wyneken.  There are even holiday cookie shapes.   Since this is the last order before Christmas, check out the special Christmas candies and think about your holiday entertaining needs before placing your order.  Orders need to be returned to Wyneken by Tuesday, November 25, with Internet and phone orders due by noon on Monday, December 1.  Pick-up date is Friday, December 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  (Please note this is a change from the normal Thursday night pick up and time.)  The date needed to be changed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mid-term for the second quarter is Wednesday, November 26.  Reports will be sent home with the students on Wednesday, December 3.

Students who ride North Adams busses will need to find transportation to and from school on Wednesday, November 26.  North Adams does not have school that day.  Remember, if you need to use Wyneken’s Extended Care, please contact Tammy Melcher (639-6064) prior to that day.

The Chimes and Choir will present their third annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m.  Students in grades 5 through 8 will be involved in this concert.

There is still a need for a librarian for the 4th grade class—Thursdays from 1:25 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.  If you can help, please contact Mrs. Gemila Rabel at Wyneken (639-6177) or home (724-4949).  Thanks!

All money from the Christmas catalog sales was to be turned in last Monday.  If you haven’t done so, please do so as soon as possible.  Remember, if you have a problem with the order (broken, damaged, or missing items), you need to contact the school office as soon as possible.  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 selling poinsettias, wreaths, and swags.  The first delivery date is November 21 with orders to be turned in no later than Monday, November 17.  A second delivery date is Friday, December 5, with an order deadline of December 1.  Order forms were included in your November newsletter with extra forms found in either entranceway of the church.  Please see any 8th grader to place your order.  Friedheim’s 8th graders include Jacob Bergman, Kyle Freimuth, Brett Hormann, Shelby Kiess, Katie Linnemeier, and Madison Stoppenhagen.  (Remember, if you wish to place any poinsettias in church, you may order them through an 8th grader and they will be delivered to church.  Just make sure you give the bottom half of the order sheet to a member of our Decorating Committee---Tina Geels, Betty Sielschott, Mitzi Gardner, Angie Baumann, Kristie Schlemmer, or Angela Sielschott.  Thanks!)

The craft show is just a few weeks away (December 6) and we’re “bursting at the seams.”  The committee is asking for some help.  Tables from one of our sources are unavailable this year.  If you have any 8-foot-long tables that you would be willing to lend to the committee from Friday, December 5, to Saturday, December 6, please contact Dawn Norton at 413-9400.  If you are interested in being a vendor at the show, please contact Jani McDowell (639-3401) or Dawn Norton (413-9400).  Don’t forget to come to the show and do some holiday shopping.  You can also get your gifts wrapped, enjoy the delicious baked treats at the Cookie Corner, purchase poinsettias and handmade cheese balls, and enjoy a lunch, with gourmet coffee available!  Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 8th grade class would like to thank all those who purchased Gold Canyon candles.  The orders will be distributed to the 8th graders on the 22nd.  Look for your delivery after that date.  Sales were terrific!  The class appreciates all the support shown to them as they raise funds to go to Washington, DC.

We thank you for your donation of $505 to Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School of East St. Louis.  Your donation will be placed in our Time To Build Capital Fund, where it will be used for the construction of our new school.  Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.  Praise God!  Thank you for making it possible for all our students to learn about Jesus.  Without this school, most would never hear.  It’s wonderful to know that the same thing that is happening in Wyneken is also happening here in East St. Louis.  We are grateful for your partnership in this mission.  Thank you and God bless you!


The varsity boys are participating in the Indianapolis tournament today. We pray for safe travel as they return some time today.  Games for the rest of the week are as follows:  The 8th grade girls face St. Joe (Decatur) at St. Joe at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, and St. Peter at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, at Wyneken.  The 7th grade girls will play Emmanuel-St. Michael at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, at Emmanuel-St. Michael.  The JV girls will play Concordia at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, November 17, and Zion (Decatur) at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19.  Both games are at Wyneken.  The varsity boys have games scheduled with St. Joe at St. Joe at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, and against St. Peter on Saturday, November 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Wyneken.  The 5th& 6th grade boys’ teams face Concordia at Wyneken on Monday, November 17.  The 5th graders play at 5:30 p.m. with the 6th grade game to follow at 6:45 p.m.  The 6th grade team will also face Zion (Decatur) at 5:30 p.m. at Wyneken on Wednesday, November 19.  Fans are always welcome!!

Parents, when dropping your children off for practice, please do not leave until you see your child enter the building.  The main inside entrance doors will locked at 3:15 p.m. each day.  The doors are to remain locked during practice.  This is a safety and security issue of our school, our staff, and most importantly our students.  It is of the up-most importance to have your cooperation.

Come to the Fall Wyneken Wear Sale!  There are knit hats, T-shirts, long sleeve T’s, crew sweatshirts, sweat pants, and a hooded sweatshirt for sale at discounted prices.  A representative from the Boosters will be in the school lobby every Wednesday and Friday afternoon (2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.) until the rack is empty!


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Baptism of Colin J Ripley 
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Monmouth
  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
WEDNESDAY All Day Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir

December Newsletter items due 

  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
FRIDAY 7:00 p.m.

LYF “lock-in” at Wyneken


November 23 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  10:00 a.m. LYF to Lutheran Home
November 24 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Class
November 25 6:00 p.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
November 26 All Day Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Service with Holy Communion

  8:00 p.m. Choir
November 27 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Service with Holy Communion
November 28 2:00 p.m. Set up for craft show
November 29 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Craft Show at St. Jude (across from Parkview Hospital)

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