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 4
December 21
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

LSB Page 184

 

 

The Prelude – The Choir

“Here I Am to Worship”

 

 

The Invocation

 

 

 

The Opening Hymn

LSB #358, vv. 1-5

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

 

 

The Choir

“Away in a Manger”

 

 

Theme of the Day

The Time Has Come

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

… for the disclosure of mystery

Romans 16:25-27

…for the fulfillment of prophecy

Luke 1:26-38

… for the birth of the Messiah

   
The Sermon Hymn

LSB #358, vv. 6-10

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

   
The Sermon

“In the fullness of time, Christ is born”
Luke 1:26-38

   
The Gathering of the Morning Offering  
   
The Choir

“Heaven and Nature Sing”

   
The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim  
   
The Lord’s Prayer  
   

The Distribution Hymns

 
“Now Sing We, Now Rejoice” LSB #386
“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” LSB #341
“Who Is This Child” The Choir
“Lo!  He Comes with Clouds Descending” LSB #336
   
The Collect  
   
The Prayers  
   
The Closing Hymn

LSB #358, vv. 11-15

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

   
The Benediction  
   
The Postlude - The Choir

“How Should a King Come”

   
The Acolyte

Jacob Bergman


+  Soli Deo Gloria  + 

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing our guest registry, which can be found in either entranceway of the church.  We welcome you to Friedheim and invite you to worship with us again soon.  If you are communing, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  Cards can be found in either entranceway of the church.  You may give the card to one of the Deacons or place it in the offering plate.

We thank Sandy Blomenberg, our choir director, and the members of the Friedheim choir for their gift of music this morning.  We are blessed to have such talented individuals in our congregation and appreciate the extra work they put into today’s worship service.  May the Lord richly bless each of them.

Announcements

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Tia Lee, Larry Caston, Randy Hockemeyer, Ed Miller, Oliver Gehres, Jason Miller, Carol Brandt, Elizabeth Kiefer, Angie Werling, Cindy Des Jean, and Brian Schlemmer.  We also remember our 3rd & 4th grade Sunday School teachers, Deb Bergman and Betty Sielschott, our Wyneken cooks, Sharon Franke, Shelly Kiefer, and Penny Albersmeyer, as well as Judy Baumann, who teaches at Monmouth.    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 Betty Sielschott, Connie Daenell (Carol Hitzfield’s sister), and Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother).

We remember Marvin & Laurina Conrad in our prayers, as they will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary this Saturday, December 27.  May our Heavenly Father continue to be the center of their home, blessing them and guiding them throughout their lives.

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, Brian Moeller, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband), our reservists, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen, Mike Brandt, 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 invite you to join us as we celebrate the Savior’s birth.  Our Sunday School students will tell us the Christmas story on Christmas Eve.  The worship service begins at 7 p.m.; however, there will be a hymn sing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the 24th.  On Christmas Day, there will be a service of carols and readings, with Holy Communion being celebrated, with the service beginning at 9 a.m.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – The birth of Jesus was announced by the angels to shepherds who were watching their sheep near Bethlehem.  They didn't take the news lightly.  As soon as the angels had left, they went to Bethlehem.  They checked out the situation.  They didn't know they were stewards of the Gospel, but, the Bible tells us, "When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them" (Luke 2:17-18).  Let's join the shepherds and "spread the word concerning what [has] been told [us] about this child . . .” 

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Human Responses to Divine Initiative.”

The Rev. John Dreyer who is currently at the Ft. Wayne Seminary, has accepted Bingen’s call and will be installed on January 4 at 3 p.m.  Zion (Decatur) has called Rev. Phillip Phifer who is serving the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi, Texas and is still awaiting his reply.   We remember these congregations and Rev. Phifer 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.  A 30-minute Christmas special, “Sing to the King” will be broadcast several times this week.  It will include many of your favorite Christmas carols (and a few new ones) performed by choirs and soloists who regularly appear on “Worship for Shut-Ins.”  It will be broadcast on Comcast Cable 55 and FiOS Cable 25 on Tuesday, December 23 at 6:30 p.m.; 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve; 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Day; and at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 26.

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 “Bah, Humbug.”  “Tis the season!  Will you be grumpy or happy?

We wish to thank our outgoing Council members for their devoted service and pray for those remaining on Council as well as those who were elected to serve our church.  The results of last week’s election are as follows:  The 2009 Church Council will be installed next Sunday, December 28. 

Vice Chairman

Financial Secretary

Tom Blomenberg

Dennis Werling

 

 

Elders

Deacons

Dave Conrad

Brad Schamerloh

John Nidlinger

Todd Scheumann

 

 

Evangelism

Board of Christian Education

Ruth Heckman

Randy Hockemeyer

 

 

Friedheim Foundation

Trustees

Judy Werling

Chad Baumann

 

Dale Heckman

Board of Stewardship

 

Lisa Bultemeier

 

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

There are a few children who have yet to pick up their nativity pieces.  Parents, grandparents, please see Amy Walker this morning and get the latest addition to their set:  Emma & Gregg Buuck, Carissa Schultz, Elliot & Oliver Gehres, Bailey Kaehr, Caden Culp, Tia Lee, Becca Evans, Alyssa Schuller, and Gabrielle Brandt.  Thanks!

Christmas Eve program practice continues today.  The children are asked to remain in church, including Mrs. Freimuth’s class.  After Mrs. Freimuth’s students have practiced their part, they will go over to the Parish Hall for their lesson.

The men’s basketball team has two games again this week.  They will face Church of God on Monday, December 22, and St. Mary’s on Tuesday, December 23.  Both games are at Bellmont Middle School at 8 p.m.  If you have any other questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597)

The calendars have arrived!!!  You can purchase your calendar this morning from any LYF member.  The cost of the calendar is $15.  If you would like to send one to a family member or a friend, there are mailers available at a cost of $1 per mailer.  Thanks for supporting this LYF fundraising project.

You can still check out crafts that the Morning Glories have available and make a purchase if you so desire this Sunday and next Sunday.  The crafts are set up in Room D at the Parish Hall and 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 bought 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.  The LWML Quarterlies have also arrived.  Pick up your copy this morning.

Please don’t forget about our 2009 Lenten Devotional Booklet, “Let Us Enter the Journey of Lent.”  The hope is to have all devotions by January 15.  Please contact Pastor Dahling if you would be willing to write a devotion and a passage will be assigned to you.  Thanks!

Circle Sunday, February 15, on your calendar!  There will be a special worship service that day honoring all our married couples.  Following the worship service, there will be a “reception” in the Parish Hall.  At the reception it’s hoped to have a “wedding game” and we need some couples to volunteer to participate.  We would like to have some newlywed couples, some couples married 10-15 years; 25-30 years, 35-40 years; and 50 years plus.  In addition, we would like to put together a “marriage book”—advice, stories, etc.  The Board of Stewardship would have a list of questions and would like to have your perspective.  The booklet would then be handed out on the 15th.  Anyone who would be willing to participate in either the game or the booklet (or both), please contact Shirley Drier at 547-4419, talk to her this morning, or e-mail her at skd3091@hotmail.com by January 31.  Thanks so much for your help in making the 15th a special day.

Rev. Charles & Jeanette Groth wanted to express their thanks for the “care package” they received just this past week.  They loved the birthday and anniversary cards.  It was a real day-brightener for them.  They especially loved the cards from the Sunday School classes.

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.

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. 

Concordia Lutheran High School’s Thrift Shop is having a year-end-sale from December 19-January 3.  You will find half-off items throughout the store (some exceptions may apply).  The shop is located at 3436 N Anthony Shopping Center with shop hours as follows:  Monday (10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.), Tuesday – Friday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Saturday (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).  The store will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

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.

We wish to thank Pastor Dahling for his many visits to Connie while she was a patient at Lutheran Hospital.  The prayers and words of comfort and encouragement mean so much. – Larry & Carol Hitzfield

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 225; Sunday School – NA; Monday Night Bible Class – 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 16; Midweek Advent Worship – 83.

  OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose-Thanksgiving Eve

$5,117.87

Missions - 12/10

$138.33

Missions - 12/14

$1,340.00

Wyneken News

Don’t forget SCRIP as you plan your family gatherings and finish up your shopping needs—gift cards are always appreciated!  Did you know that the Wal Mart gift cards can also be used at Sam’s Club?  If you shop at Sam’s Club, please keep this is mind.  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 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.

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.

The 8th grade class is selling two kinds of cheese balls (chocolate chip dessert and chipped beef-n-onion) for $7 each.  They are frozen now and can be kept frozen until ready to eat.  Please contact Jani MacDowell at 705-5264 or 639-3401.

Don’t forget to save the Box Tops from General Mills, Pillsbury, Gold Medal, and other products, as well as your UPC’s from Campbell products.   You can send them into the school office at any time.

Science project display boards are now available in the school office at a cost of $3 each.  Please have the exact amount of money when purchasing the boards.

Since Wyneken’s last day of school prior to the Christmas break was last Friday, you can give or mail your order form to Sharon Franke as long as it reaches her prior to December 31).  Internet and phone orders are due by noon on Saturday, January 3.  Remember you can always go online to www.marketday.com. Pick-up date is Thursday, January 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Take a moment to look over all the great price items, sale items, and what’s new.  Market Day is also offering you the chance to win a three-day cruise onboard the Disney Wonder or over 1,000 other great prizes. 

The Wyneken Child Care will not be open during Christmas break due to a lack of interest.  We will see you back here on January 5.  Notices have been sent to families with outstanding bills.  Please make your payments by January 9.

Wyneken’s Christmas break began December 20 and continues through January 4.  School will resume on January 5.

Looking Ahead:  The Wyneken Spelling Bee will be held at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 8.  The end of the semester is Friday, January 9, with reports being sent home with the students on Wednesday, January 14.  There will be no North Adams bus service on the 9th.  Parents whose children ride North Adams busses, please make arrangements to get your children to and from school that day.  Monday, January 19, is a make-up for Wyneken for October 7 (teacher/staff workshop).  The K105 vs. Wyneken fundraiser basketball game will be held on January 21, at 7 p.m. (more details to follow).  NWEA Testing will be held from January 20-30.

From the Wyneken family to yours—We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Christ’s blessing in the New Year!  Remember the Reason for the Season!

Sports

The varsity boys’ will participate in the Heritage Feeder Tourney on Saturday, December 27, at Heritage High School.  Please contact a player for game time and opponent information.  Good luck, guys!   

The LSAA Boys’ Basketball tournament will be held January 24-31; the Girls’ Tournament, January 26-31.

3rd and 4th grade intramurals will be held again on Saturday, January 10, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Good luck to the following students who will participate in the K of C Free Throw contest:  Madilyn Baumann, Taylor Rhymer, and Brett Hormann.  The contest will be held at St. Aloysius on January 18. 

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion (Choir Service of Song)  

  10:15 a.m. Christmas Eve Practice & Bible Class
  10:15 a.m. Morning Glories Open House
MONDAY 8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
TUESDAY 8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. Hymn sing
  7:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas program
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

December 28 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Installation of 2009 Church Council) 

  10:00 a.m. Morning Glories Open House
December 29 6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball
December 31 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service

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

What's the Good News?

      What a tender time Christmas is!  Everyone adores the Baby in the manger.  Families gather together to sing "Away in the Manger" and wish each other peace on earth.  Too often, however, after the season has passed, many go back to empty lives.  They rush from one task to another, from one activity to another.  They try to do good things, and, when doubts nag at them, they comfort themselves by arguing that they are "good people," after all.  As Christians, all of us must know someone who measures himself by the yardstick of good deeds.  When we hear that sentiment expressed, we cannot stand silent.  We must proclaim the real message of Christmas.  Yes, the Baby was born in a manger, but He didn't remain a helpless creature.  Yes, we should adore the

newborn Christ Child, but we should also worship Him as our Redeemer, the One Who did for us what our good deeds could not.  "For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering" (Romans 8:3).  The helpless Baby grew up, suffered in our places, took the sin of the whole world in His body on the Cross, and brought us salvation. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).  This is the freeing message of Christmas.  Without Christ, there is no peace on earth.  Without Christ, there is no goodness in us.  Without Christ, there is no purpose in life.  Without Christ, there is no life at all.