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 2
December 7
, 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 #350; #336; #344; #621; #352, vv. 1-5, v. 6
The Choir “The Mystery”
Readings Prepare for Christ’s Coming

Isaiah 40:1-11         

Prepare for Christ’s Coming
2 Peter 3:8-14 The Promise of His Coming
Mark 1:1-8 The First coming of Christ
The Sermon “Prepare for the Savior’s Coming by Repentance” – Mark 1:1-8

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—Marvin Conrad, Steve Conrad, Konner Steven Colwell (his first), Zane Buuck, Markie Mourey, Todd Scheumann, Alex Baumann, Cheryl Bultemeyer, Bernice Caston, and Todd Gehres.  We also remember our 7th & 8th grade Sunday School teachers, Wava Lichtle & Pam Everett, our Wyneken teacher’s aides, Susie Ehlerding, Hollie Hormann, LaDonna McBride, and Gemila Rabel, and Addy Schuller, who teaches at Bethlehem (Ossian).    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, especially Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother).

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, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen who have all arrived back home after a tour in Iraq, 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.

We remember Bob & Amy Arriaga who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Monday, December 8.  May the heavenly Father remain at the heart of their home, blessing and guiding them.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday, December 6, of Willis & Marlene Conrad.  The flowers have been placed in church with much love and admiration by their children and grandsons, Matthew & Corbin Lee.  May the Lord richly bless this family.

A special welcome to our Wyneken 3rd through 5th graders who helped accompanied Jean Timm in singing “The Mystery.”  This special music helped enhance our worship service this morning.

Our second midweek Advent services will be held on Wednesday, December 10.  Church begins at 7 p.m.  Choir practice will follow the worship service.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah . . . out of you will come for Me One Who will be ruler over Israel" (Micah 5:2), so wrote the prophet Micah some 750 years before Jesus' birth took place.  Have you ever waited for a prayer to be answered?  Have you waited 750 years?  Does your circumstance seem impossible?  Think about the circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth.  The young woman God chose to be His mother didn't even live in Bethlehem.  Solution?  Put a bug in the ruler's ear; have him call for a census.  Mary and Joseph are on their way.  The rest is history! Perhaps you're in an obscure place, waiting to be used by God.  Your wait is not in vain.  God isn't through yet, and He has a plan for you, too!

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

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 “Prince of Peace and Power.”  Not every leader who has power brings peace.  But this One did!

The Budget & Election Meeting will be held after the worship service next Sunday, December 14.  The meeting will be held in the church basement since the children will be practicing their Christmas program in church.  The following individuals are running for Council positions.  The Church Council will be installed on Sunday, December 28. 

Vice Chairman

Financial Secretary

Sam Baumann

Stephanie Freimuth

Tom Blomenberg

Dennis Werling

 

 

Elders

Deacons

Tim Blomenberg

Don Kitson

Waldo Bultemeier

Brad Schamerloh

Dave Conrad

Todd Scheumann

John Nidlinger

Kent Stoppenhagen

 

 

Evangelism

Board of Christian Education

Ruth Heckman

Joe Gorman

Shelly Kiefer

Randy Hockemeyer

 

 

Friedheim Foundation

Trustees

Jane Thieme

Chad Baumann

Judy Werling

Don Gehres

 

Ed Geyer

Board of Stewardship

Dale Heckman

Lisa Bultemeier

 

Tami Schultz

 

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.

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

Through a generous donation from the Harants family in loving memory of their daughter and granddaughter, Julie & Megan Sambol, nativity sets are given to each of our children, one piece per year through their 8th grade year.  The first pieces of the set are given out the year prior to the start of kindergarten.  Those receiving their first pieces this year are Grayson Lehman, Jordan Rhymer, Remington Bultemeier, Max Stoppenhagen, Anna Lawson, and Grace Buuck.

Christmas Eve program practice begins today.  The children are asked to remain in church (except for Mrs. Freimuth nursery-kindergarten class who are to go over to the Parish Hall and meet in their classroom) for the practice.

The men’s basketball team will face 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 LYF invites you to join them for supper.  Enjoy spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, and dessert before our midweek Advent worship service this Wednesday, December 10.  Serving begins at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  A free will offering will be accepted.  LYF members are reminded to bring one jar of spaghetti sauce and a dessert for the 10th.  Youth are asked to be at the Parish Hall by 5 p.m. (or as soon as you can after your various practices).

The LYF will be selling 2009 calendars featuring pictures of our church.  Before purchasing, you can look at the posters in both entryways of the church to see what pictures will be featured each month.  The cost of the calendar is $15.  There is a sign-up sheet with the posters for those who would like to be contacted when the calendars arrive.  It may be mid-December before they arrive from the printer.  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.    

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. 

The LWML would again like to thank everyone who helped make last week’s Advent by Candlelight so memorable.  A total of $1,020 in cash and gift cards was collected for “A Friend’s House.”  A special thanks goes out to those who so generously supported this Christian ministry to women.

The Morning Glories raised $396.25 at the St. Jude Craft Show.  A word of thanks to those who helped transport items to and from the show, donated craft items, or worked the show.  All your help is appreciated! 

Today (and for the next three Sundays) you will have the opportunity to check out the crafts that the Morning Glories have available and to make a purchase if you so desire.  The crafts will be set up in Room C at the Parish Hall.  The room will be open following the worship service today.  Take a moment to go over and look at all the items.  If you wish to make a purchase, be sure you write down the items in the book provided.  There will be a box for you to place your money.  Any checks should be written to Zion Morning Glories.  Happy shopping!

The Portals of Prayer (January-March) are here.  Take home a copy for yourself.  Perhaps you would also like to share a copy with a friend.

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!

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.

The Seminary Guild invites you and friends to their Christmas Reception on Tuesday, December 9, at 1 p.m.  You can enjoy the special music of the Kantori in Kramer Chapel and the fellowship in the Commons.  Individuals are also encouraged to help supply the Christmas Marketplace for the children of students to shop for their family Christmas gifts.  Gift cards are always welcome.  Ladies are also needed on Saturday, December 13, to help the children shop and wrap gifts.  If you are interested in helping or what more information, please contact Lynn Brege at 547-4256.

Martini Lutheran Church in New Haven will have their Annual Live Nativity today, 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 holiday season is a difficult time for families grieving the death of a child, who died at any age from any cause and regardless of the length of time it has been since the death.  A Candle Lighting Memorial Service will be held in conjunction with the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, December 14, at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Center in Decatur.  The ceremony will be outdoors around the gazebo and moved inside Riverside Center if the weather warrants it.  The ceremony will feature music, readings, reflections, and a remembrance ceremony with the reading of children’s names during the candle lighting.  Light refreshments will be served inside following the memorial service.  Parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends are invited to attend.  If you are unable to attend but would still like your child’s name read or if you have any questions, please contact Sandy Girod (547-4267), Susan Miller (724-8510), Susan Wilder (728-2926), or Nora Niblick (724-6460. 

Have you wondered who and why “Immanuel House” was created?  In a time when the economy is failing, leaving families to struggle, this ministry is intended to give a “helping hand.”  There are gently used (and some new) items sized from infant to adult (clothes, shoes, and boots).  If your budget is just too tight, you are welcome to come, shop, and select some clothes for your family (no referrals needed).  There is no charge.  If you feel more comfortable, you can leave a donation (only what you are comfortable with).  For the thrifty shoppers out there who are regular customers of consignment shops in the area, keep Immanuel House in mind.  Stop in and shop and make a fair donation to the cause as well.  The store hours are 9 a.m. to 3p.m. on Wednesday and Friday or by appointment.  You can call Janice Fuelling at 260-723-7326.   Immanuel House is located at 8545 N 500 E in Decatur in the two-story home (the old teacherage) just north of Immanuel’s cemetery (across from the old school).  Right now there are a lot of holiday sweaters and clothing available. 

Rachelle Buuck will be featured in the 75th anniversary of the annual Purdue Christmas show on December 12-14.  Tickets are on sale now with performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, the 12th; noon, 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Saturday, the 13th, and noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, the 14th.  Call 765-494-3933 or 1-800-914-SHOW for great seats!

Concordia Lutheran High School invites you to Emmanuel:  God With Us, as part of Christmas at the Embassy on Sunday, December 14, at 4 p.m.  Vocalists and instrumentalists will premiere the commissioned Christmas work by Edgar Struble.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students.  You can purchase tickets in the main office at the school from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The 2009 Eternal Word Calendar, provided by Zwick & Jahn, has arrived.  The calendars are in either entranceway and can be picked up following the worship service.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 220 with 152 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 45; Bible Class – 12; Early-bird Bible Class - 15; Midweek Advent Worship - 78

  OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose-Thanksgiving Eve

$1,881.00

Home Purpose-Thanksgiving Day

$15,831.00

Home Purpose-November 30

$2,729.67

Missions

$500.00

Wyneken News

The annual SCRIP holiday contest concludes tomorrow.  Funds raised through this contest will go toward the acoustic and lighting fund for the cafetorium (and over $34,000 in SCRIP has already been sold).  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.  The very last order date prior to Christmas will be placed on December 16.  Anyone needing something specific needs to contact Kim Weiland before this date to ensure that you can get the SCRIP you desire.  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 continues their search for an assistant coordinator. 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 1st and 2nd grades are working on a Christmas gift for the residents of Woodcrest.  Old Christmas cards are needed.  (They will be going to Woodcrest on Friday, December 19.)  Please drop of your old cards as soon as possible.

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 to all who have already contributed.  We will continue to collect items for our 5th family through the holidays.

The remaining registration fees for 2008-2009 are due by Monday, January 12, 2009.   You can either drop your payment off at the school office or mail them to Wyneken.  Thank you.

ISTEP test results for students in grades 3-8 will be sent home prior to the Christmas break.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

The Chimes and Choir will present their third annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m.  Students in grades 5 through 8 will be involved in this concert.  (Fifth grade chimers will meet on Monday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. to practice for the 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!

Besides the old inkjet cartridges, toners, and cell phones that are being accepted for recycling, Advantage Cartridge is also accepting laptops and Ipods.  You can drop off your items in the school office.

Looking Ahead:  Wyneken’s Christmas break is December 20 through January 4.  School will resume on January 5.

Sports

The varsity teams face Central on Thursday, December 11, with the 8th grade boys playing at 4:15 p.m., the 7th grade girls at 5:30 p.m., and the 8th grade girls at 6:45 p.m.  All three games will be played at Central.  On Saturday, December 13, the 8th grade teams will face St. Paul (Ft. Wayne) at St. Paul with the girls’ game to start at 9:15 a.m. followed by the boys’ team at 10:30 a.m.  The 5th grade boys will face Woodburn at Woodburn on Monday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. and will be at Bellmont Middle School at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 13.  Remember, always check with a player about game dates and times to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.     

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

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Christmas Eve Practice & Bible Class
  10:15 a.m. Morning Glories Open House
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
WEDNESDAY 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
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Norm’s Preble Gardens
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
SATURDAY 11:00 a.m. Baptism of Jacob Alan Bultemeier

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 14 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Blood Pressure Clinic)  

  10:00 a.m. Christmas Eve Practice & Bible Class
  10:00 a.m. Budget & Election Meeting
  10:00 a.m. Morning Glories Open House
December 15 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  8:30 p.m. Men’s basketball
December 16 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:30 p.m. Men’s basketball
December 17 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  6:00 p.m. LYF Soup & Salad Supper
  7:00 p.m.

Mid-week Advent Service

  8:00 p.m. Choir
December 18 1:00 p.m. Chapel at Woodcrest
December 19   January Newsletter articles due in at church office

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

Sharing God’s Light

Throughout Scripture, God has used light to manifest His glory.  For example, in announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, God used light.  “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified” (Luke 2:8-9).  As the shepherds were tending their flocks in the field, they experienced what few people have actually seen.  They saw the glory of God.  Later, the Magi followed the brightness of the star which brought them to the stable in Bethlehem.  “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2).  God’s light is in each of us.  As His stewards, we are called to share His light with others.  Without Jesus, there is only darkness.  “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).  We are God’s light in a dark world.  Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise Your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for Your marvelous light that is a lamp to my feet.  Help me to reflect Your light that is within me to others.  Empower me, Lord, to be a light in this dark world.  Lord, I give You praise and thanks.  In Your name I pray.  Amen.