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.   Please come and worship with us again soon.

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Christmas 1
December 28
, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service Readings
The Hymns LSB #362; 350; 374
The Choir “Jesus, Son of God”
Readings Human Responses to Divine Initiative

Isaiah 61:1-10     

Return to God
Colossians 4:4-7 Restoration of Christian Values
Luke 2:25-40 Recognition of the Messiah in a baby
The Sermon “Recognition of the Savior in an infant birth” – Luke 2:25-40

The Acolyte

Madison Stoppenhagen


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Grayson Kaehr, Autumn Schamerloh, Emily Miller, and Janice R. Buuck.  We also remember our 1st & 2nd grade Sunday School teacher, Tina Geels, our Wyneken Child Care staff, Tammy Melcher, Tami Schultz, Kim Johnson, Logan Schieferstein, Dawn Schieferstein, Colleen Fuhrmann, and Christina Plumley, as well as Toney Bergman, who teaches at Bellmont High School.    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 Connie Daenell (Carol Hitzfield’s sister) and Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother).

Congratulations to Don & Beth (Fuhrman) Kitson on the birth of their daughter, Katherine Claire.  Katherine was born on Saturday, December 20.  May 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, 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.

You are invited to join us for our New Year’s Eve service on Wednesday, December 31.  Church begins at 7 p.m.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon is “A New Year’s Message.”

There will be no Sunday School classes until Sunday, January 11.  Sunday Adult Bible class will resume on Sunday, January 18.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Why do we decorate our Christmas trees with lights?  Of course, we enjoy the beauty of those lights, especially in a darkened room, but take some time this Christmas season to meditate in that quiet dark room where your tree stands all aglow.  Think about what those lights represent: the Son of God, in whom ". . . was life, and that life was the light of men" (John 1:4).  Then “. . . testify concerning that light, so that through Him all men might believe" (John 1:7).  Use all the strength God gives you to tell others that Jesus is “the light of the world.”  (John 9:5).  

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  

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. 

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.    Dr. James Kalthoff will be the guest speaker today.

Just a reminder that any contributions you wish to have included in your 2008 Offering Statement, must reach the respective treasurers (Home Purpose – Denny Werling, Missions – Jan Buuck, Friedheim Foundation – Dean Wass, and Wyneken Contributions – Mike Heckman) by December 31.  Thanks!

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 new officers are listed below.  The 2009 Church Council will be installed this morning. 

Vice Chairman

Financial Secretary

Tom Blomenberg

Dennis Werling





Dave Conrad

Brad Schamerloh

John Nidlinger

Todd Scheumann




Board of Christian Education

Ruth Heckman

Randy Hockemeyer



Friedheim Foundation


Judy Werling

Chad Baumann


Dale Heckman

Board of Stewardship


Lisa Bultemeier


The Council minutes from December 2 can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  In the south entranceway, the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Recording Secretary, Synodical Treasurer; Deacons, Evangelism, Friedheim Foundation, and Stewardship while in the north entranceway, the Financial Secretary, Home Purpose Treasure, Elders, Deacons, Trustees, and Board of Education will locate their minutes.  The next Council Meeting is Tuesday, January 6, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

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. Roz Schamerloh (724-8772) is the coordinator for January.

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 or special friends, please see Amy Walker this morning and get the latest addition to their set:  Emma & Gregg Buuck, Elliot & Oliver Gehres, Alyssa Schuller, and Gabrielle Brandt.  Thanks!

The men’s basketball team has only one game this week.  They will face Cornerstone on Monday, December 29, at Bellmont Middle School at 6 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 have one more chance this morning to check out crafts that the Morning Glories have available and make a purchase if you so desire.  The crafts are set up in Room D at the Parish Hall, which 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!

Just a reminder that there will be an informational meeting on Sunday, January 11.  Grinsfelder Architects will be here with drawings of the proposed expansion project.  Please try to stay following the church service for this presentation.

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.

The Trustees (as well as the entire congregation) would like to thank the faithful service of Cheryl Bultemeyer (Parish Hall Custodian), Tina Geels (Church Custodian), and Mike Buuck (Groundskeeper).  They have done an excellent job in performing their tasks.  We welcome Jim & Heidi Wilkinson as our new custodians (both Parish Hall and church) and groundskeeper.  Remember, if you wish to use the Parish Hall or the tables, chairs, or roasters, you will now need to call the Wilkinson's at 260-402-6250 for there availability.  Thanks!

The LWML Thursday morning Bible Class will meet at the home of Marlene Conrad on January 8 at 9 a.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 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 next brunch at Concordia Theological Seminary is Sunday, January 4, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Katherine Luther Dining Hall on the campus located at 6600 N Clinton Street.  The brunch is $11 for adilts and $10 for senior citizens.

Concordia Lutheran High School’s Thrift Shop is having a year-end-sale now until January 3.  You will find half-off items throughout the store (some exceptions may apply).  The 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 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 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.

Did you wonder who accompanied Jean Timm in singing “The Mystery” on Sunday, December 7, and at our December 17 mid-week service?    It was some of our 3rd – 5th graders—Ryan Freimuth, Timberlee Weiland, Aaron Bergman, Madilyn Baumann, Hanna Walker, Travis Hockemeyer, and Lucas Strickler.  Thank you so much for sharing your gift of song with us. 

Youth ushers for January are Kevin and Derek Schultz.  Adele Blomenberg and Evie Keuneke will be on Altar Guild.

Next Sunday there will also be a door collection for the Concordia Seminary.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 184 with 122 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – NA



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions – 12/17


Missions – 12/17


*Includes a transfer of $8,200 from the Wyneken Contributions account.

Wyneken News

You can get SCRIP for that after-Christmas shopping.  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.

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.

You can give or mail your Market Day 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.  It reopens 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.


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. 


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 @ BMS
December 31 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service


January 4 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

January 5 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ Service Complex
January 6 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

January 7

7:00 p.m. Choir

January 8

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s

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

Our Gifts to Jesus

Christmas is the gift-giving season.  Even though the stores are super-stocked, it is often difficult to find just the right gift for every person on our lists.  God had no such problems.  He knew exactly what each person needed.  In fact, He knows our needs better than we know them, and He knew them before we were ever born.  The timing of His most indescribable gift was perfect.  “When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4).  Now, that’s a gift that can’t be topped!  And it’s the gift that truly keeps on giving!  How do we respond to what God has given us?  Shouldn’t we be asking, “What have I given to Him?”  Certainly, we don’t go to the malls to shop for Jesus, but we do know that we please Him by our love and obedience.  The best gift that we can possibly give Him is to show Him our love by faithfully and obediently doing what He asks of us.  Our Heavenly Father is pleased when we seek to please Him by doing His will.  In this Advent season, remember that, even though we don’t gift-wrap gifts for Jesus, we can give Him the gifts of love and obedience.


Dear Jesus, Thank You for leaving the glories of heaven to be my Savior.  Thank You for Your love that teaches me to love.  Grant me faith so I can follow Your ways and be obedient to Your Word.  I ask Your blessings on this Christmas season.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.