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, 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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Christmas 2
January 4
, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 184
The Hymns LSB #850; #410; #686; #395; #367, vv. 1-4; #367 v. 5
Readings Spiritual Blessings

1 Kings 3:4-15    

Solomon asks for wisdom

Ephesians 1:3-14 Spiritual blessings in Christ
Luke 2:40-52 The boy Jesus at the temple
The Sermon “God’s Eternal Plan for Christmas” –Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18

The Acolyte

Ryan Gross

 

+  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—Dave Buuck, Brett Gallmeyer, D. J. Kitson, Sheila Putteet, Davon Bultemeier, Waldo Conrad, Kris Blomenberg, Lori Minden, Dennis Schuller, and Olivia Conrad. We also remember our nursery & Kindergarten Sunday School teacher, Stephanie Freimuth, our Wyneken Music Department staff, Emily Nelson (vocal), Bryan Munoz (band), and Becky Klenke (chimes), as well as Lisa Bills.    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 Lynn Fuhrmann who is a patient at Parkview, Connie Daenell (Carol Hitzfield’s sister), and 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, 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 remember in our prayers the family and friends of Albert Meyer (Eldora Scheumann’s brother) who was called to his heavenly home on December 26 and was given Christian burial on December 31.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that glorious day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in honor of the 63rd wedding anniversary of Ben & Norma Miller this Tuesday, January 6.  The flowers have been placed in church, with much love and admiration, by their children and grandchildren.  May the Lord continue to bless this couple.

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

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – 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. 

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “The Baptism of Our Lord.”

The Rev. John Dreyer will be installed this afternoon at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Bingen.  The congregation is invited to attend.  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.  The Rev. Richard M. Koehneke of Holy Cross Lutheran Church will deliver the sermon, “The Three Gifts,” from Matthew 2:11.  The wise men brought three gifts to the Christ Child:  Gold, Incense, and Myrrh.  We also bring the Lord our gifts to honor Him.

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.   

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 will find their minutes 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 January “Meals of Grace” coordinator is Roz Schamerloh (724-8772).   Please contact Roz if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church.

If you’ve never attended the Decatur Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI), make it one of your New Year’s Resolutions!  LBI classes meet on Tuesday nights, January 27 to February 17, at Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur.  Come and learn!  Choose from four courses of study:  “Christians and the Challenge of Islam,” “The Book of Romans,” “Creation Apologetics,” and “Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey.”  Minimal time commitment…Low cost…No homework!  For more information, please contact Denny Werling or Tim Blomenberg, our LBI congregational representatives, or call 724-7177.  Pamphlets are included in today’s bulletin with more information.  Remember, if you need transportation to and from the Institute, both Denny Werling and Tim Blomenberg have offered to let you ride to LBI with them.  Don’t forget to give them a call.

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.  Don’t forget to sign up on 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 the sets for Emma & Gregg Buuck, Bailey Kaehr, and Alyssa Schuller.  Thanks!

The men’s basketball team has only one game this week.  They will face Berne Mennonite on Monday, January 5, at the Adams County Service Complex at 7 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.

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.

Please don’t forget about our 2009 Lenten Devotional Booklet, “Let Us Enter the Journey of Lent.”  The hope is to have all devotions turned in 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 to those who have already volunteered.

Soon it will be time to put the Annual Report together.  If you have reports that need to be included in the Annual Report, please try to have them to the church office by Monday, January 12.  Any changes to the membership directory (phone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc.) are also needed by January 12.  Thanks for your help!

The LWML Quarterly Meeting will be held in the church basement on Tuesday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m.  You might want to bring your scissors along to help cut stamps.  Also, don’t forget your mite envelopes!

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 their availability.  Thanks!

We would like to thank the Decorating Committee for the wonderful job they did beautifying our church this Christmas season.  The children of the congregation also loved the treat bags they received on Christmas Eve.  We would also like to acknowledge the following for placing poinsettias in church.

In Memory Of

By:

Adrian & Agnes Lichtle; Adolph & Wilma Schaper, Wilhelm & Anna Witte

Chris & Wava Lichtle and family

Arthur & Alma Boenker

Allen Buuck family

Cliff & Margaret Kiefer

Sean & Betty Sielschott

 

 

In Honor Of

By:

Uncle Fred, Aunt Alice, Jerry & Joan Sielschott

Sean & Betty Sielschott

Richard & Margaret Buuck

Allen Buuck family

Our grandchildren & great grandchild

Al & Shirley Hormann

Our children & grandchildren

Jim & Evie Fuhrman

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 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!

The next brunch at Concordia Theological Seminary is today 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 adults and $10 for senior citizens.

There is a door collection this morning for the Concordia Seminary.

Attendance:  Christmas Eve Worship Service – 312; Christmas Day Worship Service – 186 with 141 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday Worship Service – 206; New Year’s Eve Worship Service – 79

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose - 12/24

$270.00

Home Purpose - 12/25

$1,617.00

Home Purpose - 12/28

$5,469.51

Missions - 12/24

$478.01

Missions – 12/25

$630.68

Missions – 12/28

$685.00

Wyneken contributions for December were $3,040, bringing the year-to-date total to $$46,720.

Wyneken News

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

Market Day pick-up date is Thursday, January 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   

The Wyneken Child Care would appreciate any outstanding payments be made by January 9.

Wyneken will resume classes tomorrow, January 5.

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). 

Sports

Several games are scheduled for this week.  The 7th grade girls’ team will face a team from Bellmont Middle School at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, at the Middle School.  The 8th grade girls’ team plays Unity on Thursday, January 8, at 4:15 p.m. while the varsity boys’ team will play Unity at 5:30 p.m.  Both games are at Wyneken.  The 6th grade boys play Unity at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, at Wyneken and will be at Bellmont Middle School on Saturday, January 10, at 8:30 a.m. for a game.

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 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.

Congratulations to the boys’ varsity team, as they won the Heritage Feeder Tournament over the Christmas holiday.  Members of the team from Friedheim include Jacob Bergman, Ryan Gross, Ryan Hockemeyer, and Brett Hormann.  Great job, boys!

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

    Door Collection for Concordia Seminary
  3:00 p.m. Installation of Rev. Dreyer @ Bingen
MONDAY 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
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
   8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken

 

7:00 p.m. Choir

THURSDAY

8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 11 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

    Baptism of Parker Hadley Burden
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. Informational Meeting
January 12   Reports for Annual Report due in Church Office
  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 13 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting

January 14

8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir

January 15

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
   

Lenten Devotionals due

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