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 4
February 1
, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 184
The Hymns LSB #906; #570; #556; #397; #895
Readings The Nature of Authority

Deuteronomy 18:15-20      

Authority of reception – who gave it

1 Corinthians 8:1-12 Authority of revelation – what you know
Mark 1:21-28    Authority of identity – who you are
The Sermon

“Jesus, the Authority Figure” –Mark 1:21-28

The Acolyte

Ben Miller


+  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—Karen Conrad, Lisa Kiess, Laura Knipstein, Remington Bultemeier, Jim Fuhrman, Allyssa Johnson, Hunter Lengerich, Adele Blomenberg, and Allen Buuck.  We also remember our Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, Amy Walker, as well as our Wyneken resource teacher, Cindy Roy, and Linda Keuneke who teaches at Bishop Luers.    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 is now a resident at Woodcrest, Roz Schamerloh who returned home last Sunday, Gerhard Werling who is a patient at Adams Memorial, Charles Duerk (Christine Bultemeier’s father), Connie Darnell (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, 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.

We welcome Luke Edwin Conrad, son of Jacob & Jennifer (Grumpp) Conrad to the Friedheim family by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Luke will be baptized later today.  His godfathers are his uncles, Aaron and Sam Conrad.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Darlene Stauffer (George & Barb Geyer’s niece) who was called to her heavenly home last Sunday and was given Christian burial on Wednesday.  We pray that the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that great day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought –  “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus commands (Matthew 5:48).  While we know that we can be perfect only as Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us, as Christian stewards, we strive for excellence – not in order to be saved, but because we are already saved!  In our work, in our service, in our giving, in our witnessing, let us strive for excellence.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Healing for Suffering Humanity.”

Rev. Phillip Phifer has accepted the call to serve Zion (Decatur).  His installation is set for Sunday, February 8, at 3:30 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.  Rev. Paul Shoemaker of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven will deliver the sermon, “With Authority!” from Mark 1:21-28.  Satan and his evil followers may seem to have the upper hand—but this is only for a little while.  Ultimately all authority belongs to Jesus.  Satan must submit to Jesus’ authority.

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.”   Today’s broadcast has been sponsored in loving memory of Armilla Conrad.

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.   

Due to moving the Council Meeting to Monday evening, Pastor’s Monday night Bible Class will not meet tomorrow (February 2).  Class will resume on the 9th.

Cindy Wass (623-2209) is February’s “Meals of Grace” coordinator.  Please contact Cindy if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church. 

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.

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

The men’s basketball team faces Church of God at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 2, at the Adams County Service Complex.  If you have any other questions, please contact Steve Conrad (547-4597)

There are still a few calendars left.  You can purchase one this morning from any LYF member.  The cost 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 be heading for Mad River Mountain to ski next Sunday.  The cost is $37 for a lift ticket, $18 for ski rental, and $25 for snowboard rental.  These prices are good as long as at least 15 people attend.  (Preble’s LYF group has also been invited.)  Please meet at the Parish Hall at 8:30 a.m. next Sunday.  We will have a prayer/devotion service prior to our departure.  The plan is to return by 8 p.m.  Please contact Mike or Denise Conrad (547-4717) as soon as possible to let them know if you plan on going.  Adult drivers are also needed. Please contact Mike or Denise Conrad (547-4717) if you can help drive.  Youth are responsible for the cost of this trip; however, any calendar sales made between now and the trip will go towards offsetting the cost of the ski trip.

There are only a few devotions yet to be turned in for our 2009 Lenten Devotional Booklet, “Let Us Enter the Journey of Lent.”   Please do so as soon as possible.  Thanks to those who have already done so.

On January 11, Grinsfelder 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.  This year’s proceeds will be placed in our Special Project Fund/Expansion Fund account.  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.

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.

Onions – 5 lbs.


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.

The Blood Pressure Clinic will be held next Sunday, February 8.  There will be an opportunity to have your blood pressure checked either before or after the worship service.

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” and a short program in the Parish Hall. 

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 Senior Citizen Dinner and program at New Hope will take place on Thursday, February 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall.  There will be a sing-a-long with Ed Higgins.  A free-will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the food.  Please call New Hope’s church office (622-7954) by Monday, February 2, to make your reservations.

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!

The next Concordia Theological Seminary brunch is today with serving 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. 

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 Hal

Shhh!  On February 11, Jo Buuck will be turning 95.  Her family felt she would love a “card shower.”  Could you take a few minutes and send her some birthday greetings (and maybe even a note)?  Her address is Concord Village – E323, 6723 S. Anthony Blvd., Ft. Wayne, IN  46816.  Remember, it’s a surprise!  (The bulletin she receives won’t have this paragraph in it.)  Thanks! 

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 245; Sunday School – 46; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 20



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose – 1-18


Home Purpose – 1-25




Wyneken News

A Note from the Kitchen:  The cooks would like for you to know that any food items being made form 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” next 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.  Science fair projects are due Friday, February 20.  Thanks!

Market Day pick up is Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Contact Sharon Franke (623-3992) if you have any questions.

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 had “Perfect Church Attendance” for the second quarter: Lucas Strickler, Timi Weiland, Andy Blomenberg, Kolton Everett, Anna Franke, Freddy Geels, Alyssa Strickler, and Brett Hormann.  Those with perfect Sunday School attendance included Tanner Walker, Timi Weiland, Andy Blomenberg, Kayla Johnson, and Freddy Geels.  Those achieving “Perfect School Attendance” for the second quarter are Dylan Lengerich, Jacob Baumann, Carrington Bultemeier, Tori Johnson, Payton Lengerich, Hanna Walker, Madelyn Baumann, Timi Weiland, Andy Blomenberg, Kathy Jenkins, Kayla Johnson, Kolton Everett, Anna Franke, Freddy Geels, Ryan Hockemeyer, Alyssa Strickler, and Brett Hormann.


The LSAA Boys’ Basketball tournament concludes today with the championship game scheduled this afternoon at Concordia High School.  The boys and girls were in the semi-finals yesterday.  Check with a player for the results and the most up-to-date information.

Wrestling practice is scheduled to begin right after school on Monday, February 2, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  A parent meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. that day.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  Noon Baptism of Luke Edwin Conrad
MONDAY 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
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
  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 @ Dorothy Heckman’s
  11:30 a.m. Senior Citizens Dinner @ New Hope
FRIDAY 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open


February 8   LYF to Ski Trip
  9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

  10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
  Noon – 3:00 p.m.  Open House at Wyneken
  3:30 p.m. Installation of Rev. Phifer @ Zion, Decatur
February 9 6:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Class
February 10 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  1:00 p.m. Seminary Guild @ CTS 
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute
February 11 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open


7:00 p.m. Choir
February 12 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial


9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board

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Loving All People

Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12).  Jesus showed His tremendous love for us by going to the cross to suffer and die for us so that we can be reconciled with our heavenly Father.  Christ’s love is in us, and He asks us to reflect His love to others.  As Christ loved all people, we are called to love all people whether or not they like us.

Former President Abraham Lincoln exemplified the ability to reach out in love to an enemy.  His staff often criticized him for his positive treatment of his sworn enemies.  One of the president’s enemies once stated in print that he thought Lincoln was an obvious incompetent in the White House.  The nature of the critic’s attack on Lincoln even degenerated to the level that Lincoln’s physical features were compared to those of a gorilla.  Later, when war broke out between the States, Lincoln asked that critic to serve as his secretary of war.

Lincoln’s advisers were appalled with the President’s actions.  When they asked him why he would choose his critic for such an important post, he responded that he thought Stanton was the best man for the job.  When they advised him that he should seek to destroy his enemies rather than treat them like friends, he reminded them he was destroying his enemies when he made them his friends.  When Lincoln died some years later, Stanton was standing by the president’s bedside.  As he watched Lincoln breathe his last breath, he uttered the words, “There dies the greatest ruler of mankind the world has ever seen.”

We show our spiritual maturity by how we respond to those who have treated us wrongfully.  It is easy to show kindness to friends or people who treat us with kindness.  God’s love is most evident when we show our love to those who dislike us or mistreat us.  It is by God’s grace that we are enabled to show Christian kindness to all people.