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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Epiphany 1
January 11
, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 219
The Hymns LSB #593; #405; #941; #692
The Choir “Christ When…Baptized”
Readings The Baptism of Our Lord

Genesis 1:1-5

The beginning
Romans 6:1-11 Dead to sin, Alive in Christ
Mark 1:4-11 John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan
The Sermon “The Two Great Days of Your Life” –Mark 1:9-11

The Acolyte

Brett Hormann


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

In place of the Te Deum, we will be singing hymn #941, “We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God.”

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Spencer Scheumann, Alyssa Schuller, Jacob Lee, Mike Brandt, Dave Miller, Jordan Rhymer, Tami Stoppenhagen, Caden Culp, Kathy Moellering, Ethan Lehman, and Brian Lawson. We also remember our substitute Sunday School teachers (Teri Conrad, Lin Gorman, Sharon Franke, Sara Rhymer, and Cindy Wass), as well as the pastors who serve our Wyneken school (Rev. Dan Brege, Rev. John Dreyer, and Rev. Daniel Dahling) and Christine Bultemeier who teaches at Heritage Junior High.    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 has returned home, Jim Riemke, Dick Hileman who is now a resident at Woodcrest, Donna Hileman as she goes through this transition in her life, and Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother).

We welcome into church membership through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism Parker Hadley Burden, son of Jon & Kacey (Liecthy) Burden.  Sarah Rhymer (Mrs. Aaron) and Jacob Lee are Parker’s sponsors.  We pray that 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), and Josh Colwell (Tiffany’s husband), as well as Lydia Reynolds (niece of Dick & Donna Hileman), Nicolas Timm (Lowell & Jean’s son who has enlisted with the Marines), 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.

Sunday School classes resume today while Adult Bible class begin again next Sunday, January 18.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Firstfruits giving means that we give to God first rather than giving God the leftovers after our own needs are met.  When we give our firstfruits, no matter what the gift, we acknowledge that God is first in our lives and that He is the owner and giver of all that we have.  Firstfruits giving expresses the special relationship that we have with Jesus Christ.  God gave us His first and best when He gave His one and only Son Who gave His best, His very life, to win our salvation.  As His people, we receive with gratitude and respond faithfully and generously.  We give our firstfruits, setting aside our offerings to the Lord first before fulfilling our other obligations.  Faith empowers us to give our firstfruits. 

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

Rev. Phillip Phifer has accepted the call to service Zion (Decatur).  Information on his installation will be passed on as soon as it is available.

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. James Elsner of Prince of Peace in Hudson, Indian will deliver the sermon, “Time to Wash Up!” from Mark 1:4-11.  Time to wash up!  That’s what John was telling people when Jesus came to be baptized.  Baptism cleans us of our sin.  And, it gets us ready for life with God!

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 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.

What are you doing to increase your knowledge of the Bible and God’s will for your life?  The Decatur Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI) has a four-week course that’s just right for you.  Choose from “Christians and the Challenge of Islam,” “The Book of Romans,” “Creation Apologetics,” and “Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey.”  LBI classes meet on Tuesday nights (January 27- February 17).  Minimal time commitment…Low cost…No homework!  For more information or to pre-register, please contact Tim Blomenberg or Denny Werling, our LBI representatives, or call 724-7177.  Remember, if you need transportation to and from the Institute, both Tim and Denny 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 your name on this sheet so that others can see which weeks are open.  Thank you

Have your blood pressure checked this morning by our Parish Nurse, Wava Lichtle, or one of her helpers.  You can have this done either before of after the worship service.

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 & Brayton Kaehr, Grace Bradtmueller, Brooks Myers, Michael Blomenberg, and Alyssa Schuller.  (Those students who are in the pre-school/kindergarten class will find their pieces in their Sunday School room.)  Thanks!

The men’s basketball team has only one game this week.  They will face St. Mark’s at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 12, at the Adams County Service Complex.  If you have any other questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597)  

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.

The LYF is planning a gym night at Wyneken (possibly the 25th of this month).  Please watch the bulletin for the most up-to-date information.  The February ski trip needs to be discussed.

Stay for the information meeting to be held following today’s worship service.  Grinsfelder Architects are here with drawings of the proposed expansion project.  Please try to stay 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 this 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!

Do you have some free time?  Would you like to volunteer to be one of our three Thrivent coordinators?  If so, (or you would like more information about the duties and responsibilities), please contact Leesa Heckman (724-4340) or Betty Sielschott (724-3946).  Until we have the third coordinator, Thrivent will not release any funds to our church.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering.

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.

January is Pro-life month.  The Decatur Area Lutheran’s for Life has been an instrument in sharing this precious gift of life to our church community.  Please take a moment to look over the insert included in today’s bulletin with more information on this organization and how you can support their work.

Jim & Heidi Wilkinson are 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!

On Sunday, January 18, the Kantorei of Concordia Seminary will participate in a service of Epiphany Choral Vespers at 4 p.m. in Kramer Chapel on the Seminary campus.  You are invited to attend.

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!

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to get more organized?  Perhaps even clean out some of those closets?  Immanuel House is up and running and serving clients and continues to accept donations of gently used clothing.  Perhaps, you might want to donate some of those clothes to Immanuel House, but don’t want to drive over to Immanuel.  Joe Gorman has offered to be a “runner” and deliver your donations to Immanuel House.  Details are being worked out as to where to put a collection box.  Watch the bulletin and newsletter for further information.  (Thanks, Joe, for your help.)

Register now for the Men’s Retreat, “Real Men Follow Jesus,” to be held at the Ft. Wayne Seminary February 1-2.  Can the local church be a place where the average guy can connect with God?  This retreat will focus on God’s Word regarding such topics as masculinity, spiritual leadership, and the future of men in the church.  In addition to Bible study, there will be three-on-three basketball and time set aside to watch the Super Bowl on the big screen!  The fee is $100 and includes Sunday evening and Monday meals and on-campus housing on Sunday night.  Monday night lodging is available for an additional $25.  For more information or to register, chick their website, www.ctsfw.edu, e-mail retreats@ctsfw.edu, or call 260-452-2241.

Ring in the New Year with savings at the Concordia Lutheran High School (CLHS) Thrift Shop on January 16-24.  Stop in for their Buy One, Get One FREE (some exceptions may apply) sale. Be sure to pick up a CLHS Thrift Shop Punch Card.  Each $10 purchase of any merchandise at any visit receives a punch.  After five punches, you receive $5 off your sixth purchase.  The shop is located at 3436 N. Anthony Shopping Center and shop hours are Monday, 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 213 with 159 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 17



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose - 12/31


Home Purpose - 1/04


Missions – 12/31


Missions – 1/04


Door Collection for Concordia Seminary - $165.00

How many of your New Year’s Resolutions have you already broken?  God resolved from eternity to provide a way for us to escape from the penalty of sin: eternal death.  It’s a resolution He has kept in His Son Jesus.  Let us resolve, by the power of His Holy Spirit working within us through Word and Sacrament, to desire and to do that which is pleasing to God and those around us.

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.  Don’t forget that you can use your Wal Mart SCRIP at Sam’s Club also!  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.  Report cards will be held until these fees are paid.  Thank you.

Science project display boards are available in the school office at a cost of $3 each.  Please bring the exact change.  Thanks!

This year’s 7th grade class will begin their fundraising for the DC trip with a game against the K105 Hoopsters.  The game will be played at Wyneken on Wednesday, December 21, at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students, with a family pass at $8.  Concessions will be available.  Come on out and cheer for the Wyneken team and have a Family Night with K105 at Wyneken!  Some of the members of the Wyneken squad will be Randy Everett, Chris Rhymer, and Tina Geels, with more players to be named later.  There will be a meeting/practice at 3 p.m. at Wyneken this afternoon for those involved with the game.

Timi Weiland was one of the 5th grade participants in the school spelling bee last week.

The end of the semester was Friday, January 9, with reports being sent home with the students on Wednesday, January 14.    

NWEA Testing dates for students in grades 3-8 will take place January 19 through January 30.  Parents, please try not to make any appointments or plan vacation days for this time period. 

Monday, January 19, is a make-up for Wyneken for October 7 (teacher/staff workshop). Monday, February 16, will also be used as a make-up day.  Students who ride North Adams busses will have transportation both of these days.  If your child rides on an East Allen bus, you will need to find transportation to and from school on January 19.


Several games are scheduled for this week.  The 8th grade teams will face Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) at Wyneken on Monday, January 12.  The girls play at 4:15 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 15, both teams again play, facing St. John-Emmanuel (Flatrock) at Wyneken with the girls’ contest at 4:15 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.  On Saturday, January 17, the varsity boys play Zion (Ft. Wayne) at 9:15 a.m. at Zion.  The 6th grade boys’ team plays Bethlehem (Ft. Wayne) at 4:15 p.m. at Bethlehem on Monday, January 12.  The 5th grade boys’ team faces St. John-Emmanuel (Flatrock) at Wyneken at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14.  Both the 5th and 6th grade boys’ teams will be in tournament play this Saturday, January 17, at Wyneken.  The 5th grade boys begin tournament play at 8 a.m., while the 6th grade tourney starts at noon.  Check with a player concerning and opponents and specific game times.  Good luck, guys!  Remember, always check with a player for the most up-to-date information on games.

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

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.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

    Baptism of Parker Hadley Burden
     Blood Pressure Clinic
  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. Informational Meeting
MONDAY   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
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting


8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
  7:00 p.m. Choir


9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Ann Crosby’s

Lenten Devotionals due to Pastor Dahling

SATURDAY 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open


January 18 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  10:00 a.m. Informational Meeting
January 19 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 20 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
January 21 All Day Tabea Extra Quilting


8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
  7:00 p.m. Choir

January 22

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
January 23 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open

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