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 placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  Please come and worship with us again soon.

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Epiphany 2
January 18
, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 184
The Hymns LSB #791; #688; #682; #575; #807; #921
The Choir “Today We All…Disciples”
Readings

The Call to Glory

1 Samuel 3:1-10 The call to a vocation
1 Corinthians 6:16-20 The call to glorify God in the body
John 1:43-51 The call to discipleship
The Sermon “Follow Me!” – John 1:43

The Acolyte

Shelby Kiess

 

+  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—Josh Blomenberg, Cam Thieme, Hanna Walker, Shelby Kiess, Madison Schuller, Emily Conrad, Mark Witte, Carol Hitzfield, JD Nidlinger, Tom Brandt, and Craig Linnemeier.  We also remember our Sunday School helpers (Allison Hormann, Ethan Lichtle, and Jenna Timm), as well as the School Board, especially those members serving from Friedheim (Mitch Baumann, Randy Hockemeyer, and Scott Hormann), and Cindy Des Jean who teaches at Bellmont.    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, Jim Riemke, Paul Fuhrmann, Dick Hileman, Donna Hileman, and Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother).

We remember in our prayers the family and friends of Eldora Scheumann who was called to her heavenly home last Sunday and was given Christian burial on Friday.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that great day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

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, 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), 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.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Christian stewards seek to emulate their Lord by giving their very best, just as He gave His best, His only begotten Son.  Therefore, we give the best part of our time, the first day of the week, as we gather together with other believers to receive more of God’s gifts and to worship Him with prayer and praise and our offerings.  We offer our service to God through service to others, and we give the first part of our incomes.  By using His gifts according to His will, we honor our Lord.

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

Rev. Phillip Phifer has accepted the call to serve Zion (Decatur).  His installation is set for Sunday, February 8, at 3 p.m.  The congregation is invited to attend.

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.  Dr. Walter A. Maier III from Concordia Seminary in Ft. Wayne will deliver the sermon, “Omniscient and Omnipresent” from Psalm 139:1-10.  God’s omniscience and omnipresence do not fill us with terror, but reverent awe and joy.  For we are His children, through faith in Christ.  Those attributes of God mean for us help and blessing.

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.

Come and learn at the 41st annual Decatur Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI).  Students can choose from four stimulating courses:  “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).  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

Since the LWML meeting was cancelled last Tuesday because of inclement weather, you may wish to give your mite envelopes to Cindy Wass, the LWML treasurer, or place your mite envelope in the offering plate.

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, 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 Preble at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 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.

Please don’t forget about our 2009 Lenten Devotional Booklet, “Let Us Enter the Journey of Lent.”  If you didn’t turn in your devotional, please do so as soon as possible. 

Last Sunday, Grindsfelder gave a presentation showing a possible way to create a gathering area and place bathrooms on the main floor of the church.   Planning Committee and Council members will be available after services today and the next two Sundays to help explain the concept and answer questions.  The church’s website will also be used to present the concept and answer frequently asked questions.  The Council wishes to allow members who cannot attend the Special Voters’ Meeting on February 8 to contact any of the following three people and express their opinion before the meeting:  Chairman of the Congregation – Mike Conrad (547-4717), Chairman of the Elders – John Nidlinger (724-9920), and Planning Committee Representative – Mike Werling (639-6132). 

Before you know it, it will be time for our annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner.  The date is set for Sunday, March 8, at Wyneken.  Co-chairing this year’s dinner are Rich & Kim Weiland and Kent & Shelly Kiefer.  The project these funds will benefit will be decided at next week’s Annual Meeting.  To make this year’s dinner a success, your help is needed.  The following items are needed for the meal.  In addition, salads and desserts will be needed.  Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen are in charge of salads, with Glenn & Angie Buuck chairing the Dessert Committee.  If you wish to donate to either of these committees, please contact the Stoppenhagen’s (728-9101) or the Buuck’s (639-3278) by February 28.  If you can donate any of the following, please contact the Weiland’s (639-3804) or the Kiefer’s (547-4327).  Again, please contact them by February 28 if you can donate any of these items. As in the past, extra high chairs are always helpful.  If you would rather donate cash and let the committee purchase what is needed, that would also be appreciated.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Chickens – 7 whole (Need by March 1)

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Celery – 3 bunches

Bacon – 5 lbs.

Peach Halves – 8 quarts

Tomatoes – 8 quarts

Pork Shoulder – 16 lbs.

Pineapple Slices – 6 quarts

Hamburger – 50 lbs.

Onions – 10 lbs.

Vanilla Pudding – 1 gallon

Ketchup – 2 squeeze bottles

Noodles – 18 lbs. (narrow cut)

Brown Sugar – 2 lbs.

Barbeque Sauce – 2 squirt bottles

Hot Dogs – 20 lbs.

Ice – 30 lbs.

Pickle Relish – 2 squirt bottles

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Hot Dog Buns – 17 dozen

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Beef Broth – 4 gallons

Sweet Onions – 4 large

Coffee (regular) 3 lbs.

Cabbage – 2 heads

Canned Beef – 16 lbs.

Pear halves – 4 quarts

Potatoes – 15 lbs.

Smoked ham – 16 lbs.

Chocolate Pudding – 1 gallon

Tomato Juice – 8 quarts

Navy beans – 22 lbs.

Tapioca Pudding – 1 gallon

Ketchup – 3 gallons

Carrots – 3 lbs.

Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 25 lbs.

Mustard – 2 squirt bottles.

Turkeys – 4 whole (Need by March 1)

McDonald’s Orange Drink Mix – 3 gallons

Horseradish Sauce – 2 squirt bottles

Roast Beef – 55 lbs.

Vinegar – 16 oz.

Worcestershire Sauce – 1 bottle

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Hamburger Buns – 35 doz. (?)

 

Lettuce – 2 heads

 

Make plans on attending our Annual Meeting to be held next Sunday, January 25, following the worship service.  Listen to the reports from the various boards and committees.  Your input is important.

Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc. has opened a new Northeast Region office at 3948-A New Vision Drive in Ft. Wayne.  Deaconess Judith E. Anderson is the Parish Ministry Consultant for Bethesda.  You can contact her at janderso@blhs.org or by phone 260-452-2283 or 260-348-3271.  Bethesda provides support services to people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Do you have some free time?  Would you like to volunteer to be one of our three Thrivent coordinators?  If so, (or if 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.

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!

The Kantorei of Concordia Seminary will participate in a service of Epiphany Choral Vespers at 4 p.m. this afternoon 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.)

Watermelon, sunscreen, moonwalk, music, food, fellowship…what do these all have in common?  Our church picnic, of course!  The picnic has been scheduled for Saturday, June 20, so make sure to mark the date on your calendar.  What else can you do?  You could volunteer to help.  Individuals are needed to help set up, take down, organize the food, plan the games, and take care of the drinks.  If you are interested in helping make this wonderful afternoon/evening a reality, please contact a member of the Board of Stewardship—Shirley Drier, Cindy Des Jean, or Lisa Bultemeier.  Thank you!

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 now through January 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. 

A “Biscuit & Gravy Brunch” is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7819 Decatur Road today with serving from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The meal includes biscuits and gravy, eggs, hash browns, fruit cup, and beverages.  The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12.  Those children who are four and under can eat free.  There will also be a freewill offering bake sale.  Proceeds will be used to benefit Trinity’s flooring replacement in their Fellowship Hall.  Trinity is also sponsoring a Fazoli’s Spaghetti Lunch & Silent Auction for Sunday, February 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The meal will include Fazoli’s spaghetti with meat sauce, breadsticks, and salad.  Homemade desserts and beverages will also be included.  This is a pre-sale ticket lunch only with tickets reserved in advance by February 8.  Please call Robin Mart at 478-6250 to reserve your tickets.  The cost is $8 for adults, children (5-12) - $5, and children (4 and under) - $2.  There will also be a silent auction during this time.  Again, proceeds will benefit replacement of the flooring in their Fellowship Hall.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 255; Sunday School – 41; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 21

OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,142.72

Missions

$360.00

Wyneken News

Wyneken is hosting an “Open House” on Sunday, February 8, from noon to 3:00 p.m.  Families in the congregation and community who are not currently sending their children to Wyneken are encouraged to explore the educational opportunities at Wyneken.  You can tour the school, see the classrooms, and talk to the teachers.  Let your family and friends know about this opportunity!

Purchase SCRIP for your day-to-day needs—food, gasoline, clothes, restaurants.  All are available on the SCRIP order form.  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.

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

Take a moment to look over the Market Day order form included in today’s bulletin.  It is “Food for Thought” month.  Wyneken can earn books in addition to earning a profit on every item purchased.  Frequent Buyers can receive a free insulated bag by ordering at least $35 worth of items from February to April.  Order sheets need to be returned to Wyneken by Wednesday, January 28, with Internet (www.marketday.com) and phone orders needed by noon on Saturday, January 31.  Pick up date and time is Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Contact Sharon Franke (623-3992) if you have any questions.

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 this Wednesday, January 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, Kent Stoppenhagen, Trish Hockemeyer, and Tina Geels, with some possible additions. 

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.

Sports

The season is winding down.  Games are scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, for four of our teams.  The 7th grade girls’ team faces Adams Central at 4:30 p.m.; the 8th grade girls’ team at 5:45 p.m.; and the varsity boys’ team at 6:45 p.m.  All three games are at Adams Central.  The 6th grade boys will play St. Peter-Immanuel at Wyneken at 5:30 p.m.  The 6th graders will face Bellmont Middle School on Monday, January 19, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken.

The Athletic Boosters would greatly appreciate donations of Gatorade drink in 20 oz. capped bottles.  Your donations help offset athletic expenses.  Thanks!

The LSAA Boys’ Basketball tournament will be held January 24-31 with first-round games beginning on the 24th; the Girls’ Tournament, January 26-31, with first-round games to start on the 26th.  Game locations, times, and opponents weren’t available as the bulletin went to press.  Check with a player for the most up-to-date information.

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 this afternoon.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
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
WEDNESDAY 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

THURSDAY

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

February Newsletter articles due in church office

  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

January 25 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School
  10:00 a.m. Annual Meeting
January 26 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.

Busy Women’s Bible Class

January 27 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute
January 28 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken

 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
  7:00 p.m. Choir

January 29

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class

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

Seeking God’s Help

Are you asking for God’s help or do you depend on your own abilities?  God is willing to help, but we are free to seek that help or ignore it.  The Bible is filled with people who sought God’s help to accomplish tasks rather than relying on their own strength.  These stories are an encouragement to us because they point out how much more can be accomplished with God.  One remarkable story is about Nehemiah who rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem.

In the book of Nehemiah, we find Nehemiah sizing up the situation and understanding the awesome challenge it would be to build the walls of Jerusalem.  Because Nehemiah had the confident expectation that God would help, he rallied God’s people around him to take on a difficult project.  Nehemiah’s confidence in God is shown in Nehemiah 2:20 which reads, “The God of heaven will give us success.”  The same confidence is shared in 4:20: “Our God will fight for us.”

Just as Nehemiah experienced God’s help and strength, we can also expect and receive that same support and help.  God expects us to do good works, and He will equip us to do them.  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

We can move forward in faith trusting that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

May God grant us the wisdom always to remember this statement: “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”