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.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be given to one of the Deacons or placed in the offering plate.  Please come and worship with us again soon.

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Advent 1
November 30
, 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 #334; #335; #332; #628; #617; #345
The Choir  
Readings The Second Coming
Isaiah 64:1-9

Long for His Coming

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Be sustained by grace while waiting for His coming
Mark 13:33-37  Watch for His unexpected return
The Sermon

“God requires us to be alert” – Mark 13:33-37

  1. The Lord wants us to be spiritually alert at all times.
  2. God Himself effects spiritual alertness in us.
 

The Acolyte

Kyle Freimuth

 

+  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—Joey Des Jean, Paul Fuhrmann (his 91st), George Evan Gardner (his first), Jane Thieme, Paul Des Jean, Doug Hormann, Gerhard Werling, Dawn Miller, Dorothy Heckman, and Sara Werling.  We also remember our Sunday School Assistant Superintendent, Amy Walker, Janine Albert, our Wyneken pre-kindergarten teacher, and Deb Miller, who teaches at Concordia Elementary.    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 the Wright triplets (Maggie, Gwen, and Lilly) who have been dismissed from the hospital and have returned home to Hamlet, Indiana, and Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother).

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Sherrill Werling (Dawn Buuck’s mother) who was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, November 26, and was given Christian burial yesterday afternoon.  We pray that our loving Father will comfort this family as they mourn and remind them of that great day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

We remember Dale & Mary Gallmeyer in our prayers as they celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary today.  Willis & Marlene Conrad will be celebrating their 45th anniversary this Saturday, December 6.  May our Loving Lord and Savior remain at the heart of their homes, blessing them and guiding them throughout their lives together.

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, 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.

Our midweek Advent services begin this Wednesday, December 3.  Church begins at 7 p.m.  Choir practice will follow the worship service.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (Hebrews 12:1).  As we think of the faithful saints who have gone before us and who preserved for the Church a true and correct doctrine of the Holy Scriptures, we are encouraged by what they accomplished for the Kingdom of God through their dedicated concern for the mission of the Church.  We, then, are motivated to follow their example and to continue what they have begun, in grateful response to God's love and provision for us.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Prepare for Christ’s Coming.”

St. John’s Bingen has issued a call to Rev. John Dreyer who is currently at the Ft. Wayne Seminary, while Zion (Decatur) has called Rev. Phillip Phifer who is serving the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.   We remember the three congregations, Rev. Phifer, and Rev. Dreyer in our prayers as they contemplate these calls.

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 “How Then can We be Saved?” from Isaiah 64:1-9.  The Rev. Andy Spalleck is the guest speaker.

“Advent by Candlelight” will be held tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for everyone to have an opportunity to view the tables and visit a little prior to the start of the evening.)  Hostesses will be able to set up their tables anytime after 5 p.m. today or anytime on Monday.   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.  Kim will also have SCRIP available tomorrow evening.)

Just a reminder that those individuals involved with the Advent By Candlelight program, that there will be a practice at 4 p.m. today in the Parish Hall.

The December “Meals of Grace” coordinator is Sara Rhymer (547-4408).   Please contact Sara if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church.

Youth ushers for December are Chris and James Gorman.

Evie Fuhrman and Shelly Kiefer are on Altar Guild for December.

Council Members:  You can pick up your minutes from the November 4 Council Meeting after the worship service today.  Please try to attend this Tuesday’s meeting.  The budget for 2009 will be discussed.  If you haven’t turned in your budget numbers to the church office, please do so by December 1.  The next Council Meeting is Tuesday, December 2, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

The Budget & Election Meeting will be held after the worship service on Sunday, December 14.  The meeting will be held in the church basement since the children will be practicing their Christmas program in church.

There are sign-up sheets in the south entranceway for the 2009 sponsorship of our weekly radio broadcast as well as placing flowers on the altar.  Information was included in the December newsletter concerning both.  Don’t forget to complete these forms as well so that others can see which weeks are open.  Thank you

The men’s basketball team has this week off.  Their next game is against Preble on Monday, December 8, at Monmouth Elementary School at 7 p.m.  If you have any other questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597)

The Tabea Society will have their Christmas party at Concord Village this Wednesday, December 3.  Please be there by 11:30 a.m.

The LYF invites you to join them for supper.  Enjoy soup, salad, breadsticks, and dessert before our midweek Advent worship service this Wednesday, December 3.  Serving begins at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  A free will offering will be accepted.

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.

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.

The January-March Portals of Prayer have arrived.  You can pick up a copy for yourself after you leave the worship service this morning.  Please feel free to share a copy with a friend, co-worker, or loved one who believe could benefit from these daily devotions.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest on Thursday, December 18.  If anyone wishes to help assist residents to the chapel service, please contact Pastor Dahling.  You would need to be at Woodcrest around 12:45 p.m. 

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.

Circle next 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 Trustees would like to say a special thank you to Paul Werling and Jeff Bradtmueller for the work they did at church and the Parish Hall.  It was very much appreciated.

The Morning Glories will be going to the Wyneken Craft show this Saturday, December 6.  The group will be in the Music Room.  This is the last show of the year.  However, the crafts will be set up in the Parish Hall throughout December for you to browse and shop.  The Craft Room (Room D) will be open on December 7, 14, and 21 after the worship service to give you the opportunity to look at what the group has made throughout the year.  Sales at Cornerstone Church on November 22 were $209.75.  Thanks for your support.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 226; Sunday School – 47; Bible Class - 15; Monday Night Bible Class – 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 20; Thanksgiving Eve Worship - 85 with 66 receiving Holy Communion; Thanksgiving Day Worship -- 99 with 86 receiving Holy Communion

  OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,859.38

Missions

$295.00

Wyneken contributions for November (through 11-23) were $3,850, bringing the year-to-date total to $43,680.

Wyneken News

The annual SCRIP holiday contest will run through Sunday, December 7.  Funds raised through this contest will go toward the acoustic and lighting fund for the cafetorium.  Think of SCRIP when doing your holiday shopping—gift cards are always appreciated!  Community Market SCRIP is now available.  This is good for all Community Markets, including the store in Ossian.  There are still a few Gerber’s SCRIP certificates left which Community Market will honor.  Hallmark is the newest vendor on our list of SCRIP providers.  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.

The 5th and 1st grade class is sponsoring five families in the Adopt-A-Family program through Lutheran Social Services.  A revised 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, all items are to be new and need to be back at school by Tuesday, December 9.  Thanks!

It’s Cookie Dough Bonus Days for Market Day.  Purchase some cookie dough and earn extra profits for Wyneken.  There are even holiday cookie shapes.   Since this is the last order before Christmas, check out the special Christmas items and think about your holiday entertaining needs before placing your order.  Internet and phone orders are 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 ended on Wednesday, November 26.  Reports will be sent home with the students on Wednesday, December 3.  Any family with outstanding Extended Care payments and/or Christmas card/gifts fundraiser will have their child’s report withheld until payment is fully made.  Payment to the Extended Care must be made by December 5 or a $10 late fee will be added.

Wyneken will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, for teacher in-service.  Students who ride East Allen busses will have transportation both to and from school that day.  Those children who ride North Adams busses will need to find transportation home.  Again, don’t forget to contact Wyneken’s Extended Care at 639-6064 if you need to use their service.  Thanks!

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.  If you haven’t done so, please do so as soon as possible. 

The 8th grade class is selling poinsettias, wreaths, and swags.  The first delivery date was last Friday.  However, you haven’t missed out.  A second delivery date is set for Friday, December 5, with an order deadline of December 1.  Extra order forms can 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, Ryan Gross, 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 this weekend (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.  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.

A total of $225 was raised in the St. Jude Math-a-Thon with only seven students participating.  Travis Hockemeyer was one of those.  Thanks!

Sports

The varsity teams resume play.  The 8varsity boys play Zion on Thursday, December 4, at 4:15 p.m.  The 7th and 8th grade girls’ teams play St. John the Baptist on Thursday, December 4, at 5:30 p.m. (8th grade), and 6:45 p.m. (7th grade).  All three games are at Wyneken.  The 5th & 6th grade boys will face Central at Central on Monday, December 1, with games at 4:15 p.m. (5th grade) and 5:30 p.m. (6th grade).   

There are knit hats, T-shirts, long sleeve T’s, crew sweatshirts, sweat pants, and a hooded sweatshirt for sale at discounted prices still available.  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!

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

SUNDAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  4:00 p.m. Practice for Advent by Candlelight
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Advent by Candlelight
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  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
  11:45 a.m.

Tabea Society Christmas luncheon @ Concord Village

  6:00 p.m. LYF Advent Supper
  7:00 p.m.

Mid-week Advent Service

  8:00 p.m. Choir
FRIDAY 2:00 p.m. Set up for craft show
SATURDAY 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft Show @ Wyneken

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 7 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Christmas Eve Practice & Bible Class
December 8 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
December 9 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
December 10 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m. LYF Spaghetti Supper
  7:00 p.m.

Mid-week Advent Service

  8:00 p.m. Choir
December 11 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Norm’s Preble Gardens
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s

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