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 3
January 25
, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 219
The Hymns LSB #730; #839; #941; #685
The Choir “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”
Readings The Time Has Come

Jonah 3:1-5, 10        

The time to repent
I Corinthians 7:29-31  The time to prepare for the end of time
Mark 1:14-20  The time to begin ministry
The Sermon “A Lesson in Repentance” – Jonah 3:1-5, 10

The Acolyte

Katie Linnemeier


+  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—Caleb Buuck, Dylan Lengerich, Marilyn Buuck, Marc Lichtle, Alex Weiland, Jim Crosby, Matt DeKoninck, Andrew Werling, Nan Nidlinger, and Sabrina Putteet.  We also remember our Sunday School Superintendent, Kristin Scheumann, as well as our Wyneken principal, Lowell Timm, and Gretchen Hudson.    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 who was a patient at Parkview, Roz Schamerloh who was a patient at Adams Memorial, Kaity Jenkins who is undergoing testing, 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, 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 – The psalmist declared, “The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).  This is a basic concept that Christian stewards must comprehend and accept.  Knowing this to be true, we are less likely to grasp at worldly possessions and wealth.  We are more apt to use our gifts for His glory and not just to please ourselves.  We are better able to become the cheerful, generous givers that Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 9:7.  This truth teaches us to acknowledge that God is the owner, and we are just managers.

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

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. Daniel J. Brege from Preble will deliver the sermon, “Jesus Preaches” from Mark 1:14-15.  One of Christ’s main purposes was preaching.  When Christ preached the Gospel—the good news of our salvation—He was informing the people that they were to watch the Gospel unfold.  It unfolded in Christ as He went to the cross and rose from the grave.  Today’s proclamation is still the Gospel, but it is a Gospel that has been finished in Christ Jesus.  Repent and believe in the Gospel!

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!  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.   

Kris Blomenberg (547-4673) will coordinate the remaining January dates for  “Meals of Grace.”  Please contact Kris if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church.  Cindy Wass will be the coordinator for February.

What are you doing the next four Tuesday nights?  Come and learn at the Decatur Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI).  Four different classes are offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th & Monroe Streets, Decatur.  Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $7.50 and covers all four weeks.  LBI is free to elementary, high school and college students.  For more information, 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.

Council Members:  The minutes from the January 6 Council Meeting are in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  The next Council Meeting is on Monday, February 2, at 8 p.m. in the church basement. The meeting was changed as not to conflict with LBI.

The Bereavement Committee would like to thank all those who donated their food and/or time to help serve at Mrs. Scheumann’s funeral.  You will find your containers in the Parish Hall kitchen.  If you are missing a baking dish, bowl, or pie plate, you might want to look in the Parish Hall kitchen as well as in the furnace room in the church basement.  There is quite a collection there!

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

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, 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 doesn’t play this week.  There next game is on Monday, February 2, at 8 p.m. at the Adams County Service Complex.  They will face Church of God.  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 will have a gym night at Wyneken this afternoon starting at 4 p.m., concluding around 6 p.m.  Pizza will be provided.  You need to bring your own drinks and snacks to share.  The February ski trip is one item that needs to be discussed.

Please don’t forget to turn in your devotion that will appear in our 2009 Lenten Devotional Booklet, “Let Us Enter the Journey of Lent.”   Please turn it in as soon as possible.  Thanks to those who have already done so.

On January 11, 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 Sunday to help explain the concept and answer questions.  There are drawings in church (near the pulpit) for you to look over.  You can also go to the church’s website, www.zionfriedheim.org, and click on “Church Expansion Proposal Information.”  An artist’s rendition of the proposed expansion from both the northwest and southwest view are available for you.  By clicking on the pictures, an enlarged view can be previewed.  From this site you can go to 1st floor plan of proposed site, as well as proposals of the basement plan, north elevation, south elevation, and west elevation.  A site plan for the proposed expansion is also included.  You might especially want to check out the Expansion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to see if one of your questions is answered there.  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 today’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)

Canned Beef – 16 lbs.

Pork Shoulder – 9.5 lbs.

Onions – 5 lbs.

Noodles – 18 lbs. (narrow cut)

Turkeys – 4 whole (Need by March 1)

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Beef Broth – 4 gallons

Lettuce – 2 heads

Cabbage – 2 heads

Celery – 3 bunches

Potatoes – 15 lbs.

Tomatoes – 8 quarts

Vinegar – 16 oz.

Hamburger – 40 lbs.

Sweet Onions – 4 large

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Coffee (regular) 3 lbs.

Peach Halves – 8 quarts

Pear halves – 4 quarts

Pineapple Slices – 6 quarts

Chocolate Pudding – 1 gallon

Vanilla Pudding – 1 gallon

Tapioca Pudding – 1 gallon

Brown Sugar – 2 lbs.

Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 12 lbs.

Ice – 30 lbs.

McDonald’s Orange Drink Mix – 3 gallons

Hot Dog Buns – 17 dozen

Hamburger Buns – 40 doz.

Make plans on attending our Annual Meeting to be held following today’s worship service.  Listen to the reports from the various boards and committees.  Make sure you pick up a copy of the 2008 Annual Report, as well as the 2009 Membership Directory. 

There was quite a crowd at the 36th annual March for Life held in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 22.  You can go to www.lcms.org/marchforlife and view videos, listen to audio interviews, view photos, and much more.

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.

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.

You are invited to the Hoagland Area Advancement Association Pancake & Sausage Brunch today.  Serving is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoagland Park Pavilion.  The cost is $6 for adults, $2.50 for children 6-12, and free to those five and under.  Profits are used in support of the Hoagland Park, The Hoagland Emergency Medical Service, and the Hoagland Fire Department.

The next Concordia Theological Seminary brunch will be Sunday, February 1, from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Katherine Luther Dining Hall on the CTS campus located at 6600 N. Clinton Street.  Enjoy great food with choral music offerings from CLHS choral students.  When you purchase brunch tickets at CLHS, one-half of the $11.00 ticket price ($10 for seniors) will be donated to the CLHS Need-Based Scholarship Fund.  Simply stop by the office at the high school to purchase tickets for any CTS Sunday Brunch.  For additional information on purchasing tickets, call the high school at 260-483-1102.

Trinity Lutheran Church (Old Decatur Road) is 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.  Proceeds will benefit replacement of the flooring in their Fellowship Hall.

You haven’t forgotten your Prayer Partner, have you?

Mike Buuck and Chase McAllister are youth ushers for February, while Sherril Bradtmueller and Dorothy Heckman are serving on Altar Guild.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 212 with 155 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 46; Bible Class – 15; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 8; Early-bird Bible Class - 17 



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

A Note from the Kitchen:  The cooks would like for you to know that any food items being made from or with peanut butter have been removed from the lunch menu and will not be served to our students until the okay is given by the Indiana Department of the School and Nutrition Programs.

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!

Don’t forget to place your Market Day order.  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.

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

East Allen has a scheduled two-hour delay on Thursday, February 5.  Children who ride East Allen busses will need to find transportation to school that day.

Please contact the Tammy Melcher (639-6064) if you need a childcare statement for tax purposes.  This is being done by request only.

Monday, February 16, will be used as a make-up day.  Bus transportation is available for all students that day.

Eighth graders who will be attending Bellmont High School are to keep Monday, February 2, open.  Freshmen orientation will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school.

The following students were on the Honor Roll for the second quarter as well as the first semester—Andy Blomenberg, Kathy Jenkins, Alyssa Strickler, Brett Hormann, and Shelby Kiess.  Making Honorable Mention for the second quarter and first quarter were Ryan Freimuth, Timi Weiland, Taylor Rhymer, and Madison Stoppenhagen.  For the second quarter Anna Franke was on Honorable Mention, but was on Honor Roll for the first semester.


The LSAA Boys’ Basketball tournament continues this week with the girls’ tournament to start on the 26th.  The boys played yesterday with Round 2 games scheduled for Emmanuel-St. Michael on Tuesday.  The girls are scheduled to play Bethlehem at 6:30 p.m. at Flatrock.  Remember, always check with a player for the most up-to-date information.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

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

Busy Women’s Bible Class

TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute
WEDNESDAY 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


February 1 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
February 2 7:00 p.m.

Elder’s Meeting

  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball at Service Complex
February 3 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute
February 4 All Day Tabea Society
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken


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

February 5

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.

Going Forward

The old year is past, gone forever.  No one can go back in time.  No one can do what he should have done or undo what he shouldn’t have done.  All of us have regrets, and the Apostle Paul was no exception.  He offers us a new perspective, though.  He writes, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Then he adds this counsel: “All of us who are mature should take such a view of things” (Philippians 3:13b-15).


Dear Heavenly Father, You have called me to run the race toward the goal of winning the eternal prize of life eternal with You.  I know I fall short of Your standards.  With a repentant heart, I can do nothing but plead for forgiveness that You extend to me through the blood of Your Son.  Thank You for Your forgiveness and for continuing Your work of sanctification in me.  Through Christ I pray.  Amen.