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 5
February 8
, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 219
The Hymns LSB #400; #398; #941; #394
The Choir “Jesus Has Come…Pleasure”
Readings Healing for Suffering Humanity

Job 7:1-7

Job endures physical and mental suffering
1 Corinthians 9:16-23  Paul identifies with people of all conditions to win them for Christ
Mark 1:29-39 Jesus heals various physical and mental diseases
The Sermon “Sometimes Life Stinks!” – All three lessons

The Acolyte

Kyle Freimuth

 

+  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—Wava Lichtle, Lauren Hockemeyer, Chris Lichtle, Tyler Stoppenhagen, Jo Buuck (her 95th!), Mark Conrad, Todd Lee, Adam Sielschott, Sophia Baumann, Brett Conrad, Kathryn Jenkins, Doris Conrad, and Rudy Eidam.  We also remember our 7th & 8th grade Sunday School teachers, Pam Everett and Wava Lichtle, our Wyneken special education teacher, Julie Miller, and Leslie Lawson who teaches in the East Allen system.    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, Roz Schamerloh, Gerhard Werling, Don Gehres, Joan Sielschott (Sean’s mother) who is undergoing tests, 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 Aaron Rhymer to the Friedheim family.  Aaron transferred to us from St. John’s Bingen.  We pray the Lord’s blessings upon him.

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of Matthew Jackson (Mark Jackson’s son) who was called to his heavenly home on Wednesday, January 28, and was given Christian burial this past week.  We pray that the God of all comfort be with those who mourn, reminding them of that great day when all believers in Christ will be reunited in heaven.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – The Apostle Paul writes, “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” Paul followed that sentence with a sobering exhortation to us, his readers:  “And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).  This, then, is what our response should be to God’s great love for us.  Just as He demonstrated His love for us, so is our love for Him seen in our actions toward others.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “God’s Glory Manifested in Cleansing.”

Rev. Phillip Phifer will be installed as Senior Pastor at Zion (Decatur) this afternoon 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.  President Dr. Dean Wenthe from Ft. Wayne’s Concordia Theological Seminary will deliver the sermon, “The Healing Light of Jesus,” from John 8:12.  When Jesus is in our home, there is peace and His presence lifts our burdens and frailty as He promises sure and full life forever.

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.  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.”  Today’s broadcast has been sponsored in honor of Jo Buuck’s 95th birthday.

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 Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus’ sermon is “Christ in the Midst of Change” from 1 Corinthians 9:22-23.  Christ brings real change.  Find out how – and why!

Just a reminder that next Sunday the Sunday School classes who normally meet in the Parish Hall basement will be meeting at a different location.  You might want to check with your teacher today to find out where you will meet next week.

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. 

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 6 p.m. on Monday, February 9, at the Adams County Service Complex.  They will then be off until the tourney begins on February 23.  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 left for Mad River Mountain this morning for their annual ski trip.  They should return around 8 p.m.  We pray for their safe travel.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest on Thursday, February 19.  Volunteers are needed to help assist residents to this service.  If you could help, please contact Pastor Dahling.  You would need to arrive around 1 p.m.

Because of LBI, the Altar Guild meeting has been moved to Monday, February 16, at 8 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the church basement following the Monday evening Bible class.

The Busy Women’s Bible class will not meet tomorrow evening, but will resume on the 16th.

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). 

You can get a start on your spring cleaning by clearing out some clothes from your closets and then donating your clean, gently used items to Immanuel House.  A box has been placed in the Parish Hall near the east door.  You can put your donations in this box and Joe Gorman will deliver them to Immanuel House.  Thank you for supporting this ministry.

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.  A big thank you to those who have already volunteered to bring items.  As you can see, the list is getting shorter.  The following items are still needed, however.  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. (Please note that the chickens and turkeys are needed by Sunday, February 22.)  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.  Thank you!

Chickens – 7 whole (Need by February 22)

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Turkeys – 4 whole (Need by February 22)

Lettuce – 2 heads

Noodles – 9 lbs. (narrow cut)

Celery – 3 bunches

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Vinegar – 16 oz.

Beef Broth – 4 gallons

Cabbage – 2 heads

Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 12 lbs.

Hamburger – 40 lbs.

McDonald’s Orange Drink Mix – 3 gallons

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Brown Sugar – 2 lbs.

Hot Dog Buns – 17 dozen

Hamburger Buns – 40 doz.

Pineapple Slices – 6 quarts

Ice – 30 lbs.

The congregation is invited to an “Open House” next Sunday, February 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Woodcrest in honor of Donna Hileman.  Donna will be celebrating her birthday on the 16th.  The gift of your presence is the most precious one of all, please bring no others.  Thank you.

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 today.  There will be an opportunity to have your blood pressure checked either before or after the worship service.  Anne Fuhrmann will be taking the blood pressures this morning. 

Next Sunday, February 15, is our special service in honor of those who are married.  Following the worship service, there will be a “reception” with cake and light refreshments being served as well as a short program.  All members are invited to come to 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!

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!

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.

St. John’s Bingen, along with New Life Lutheran Church, is hosting a benefit dinner for Roger and Carrie Macke who lost their home due to a fire on December 21.  The dinner will be held at Wyneken from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 15.  On the menu, pulled pork and sauerkraut sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, applesauce, desserts, and drinks.  A free-will offering will be taken.

Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church will have their annual fish fry and bake sale on Saturday, February 14, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children (5-12), and free for those children 4 and under.  Carry outs are available.

Rural King is once again giving a rebate for purchases made from February 16-22.  Original receipts must be turned in to the church office by February 23 in order to submit them to Rural King for the 5% rebate.  Thanks.

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! 

A special thank you goes to Pastor Dahling for his special visits and prayers during my recent hospitalization.  – Don Gehres

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 234 with 162 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 45; Bible Class – NA; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 18

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,773.39

Missions

$530.00

Wyneken Contributions for January were $1,860.

Wyneken News

Wyneken is hosting an “Open House” today 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!

Please do not park in the bus loading/unloading zone on the south side of the school from 7:55 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. and from 2:35 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday.  This is the entire sidewalk area along the south side of the school.  Families who are dropping their children off for the childcare will need to use the spaces provided in the parking lot out beyond the sidewalk area.  Also, please keep the sidewalk spaces open along the lower grade hallway doors where the Pre-School/Pre-K children are picked up each day from 11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Would you be willing to place a Wyneken Enrollment Yard Sign in your yard?  Signs are available in the school office.  Please contact them if you would like to help advertise our school.

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.  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.

Wednesday, February 11, is the mid-term of the third quarter.  Reports will be sent home with the students on Tuesday, February 17, with parent/teacher conferences scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20.  School will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. both these days.  All students will be a pick up.  There is no bus service home for students who ride either North Adams or East Allen buses.  Remember, you can contact Extended Care (639-6064) if you need to use their services.

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.  The Science Fair Open House will be on Sunday, February 22, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Monday, February 9, is our next PTL Meeting.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with babysitting provided by the 8th graders.  The Stoppenhagen brothers—Josh, Zach, and Jacob—will be the guest speakers.  They will talk about their service to our country and share their experiences while in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Even if you don’t have a child at Wyneken, you are welcome to come to this presentation.  The business meeting will follow their presentation, so if you don’t wish to stay for the business portion of the meeting, you may feel free to leave.

Monday, February 16, will be used as a make-up day.  Bus transportation is available for all students that day.  If you are already planning your summer vacation, please keep in mind that the school year has been extended due to the many snow days we have experienced.  School will be held on June 1, 2, and 3.  (These are also make up days for North Adams.)

Wyneken will be participating in “Pennies for Patients,” a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Money is being collected now through February 20.

Keep Tuesday, March 17, open on your calendar.  The lower grade program will be held that evening at 7 p.m.  Help will be needed with costumes and scenery.  An organization meeting is being planned for Friday, February 13, following the Valentine parties.  The meeting will be held in the Kindergarten room from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Come to the Teddy Bear Time on Thursday, February 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the pre-school and kindergarten rooms.  There will be stories, activities, and snacks.  Bring your teddy bear or favorite animal to this open house for pre-school, pre-K, and kindergarten families.

Sports

Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams lost in the semi-final round on Saturday the 31st.   All our athletes would like to thank the coaches, parents, and fans that have supported them throughout the year.

Wrestling practice continues with the first meet scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken.  On Thursday, February 19, there will be weigh ins for all our wrestlers at Concordia High School in the afternoon.

The Bellmont Cheer Program is holding a one-day cheer camp on Saturday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the high school for all girls in Pre-K through 8th grade.  The cost is $20.  Registration forms are available in the school office and must be returned to Bellmont no later than February 16 with payment.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 8:30 a.m. LYF to Ski Trip to Mad River
  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
MONDAY 6:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. PTL Meeting @ Wyneken
TUESDAY 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
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open

 

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

 

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
FRIDAY 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

February 15 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

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

Reception in Parish Hall

February 16 6:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
February 17 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Lutheran Bible Institute
February 18 All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
  7:00 p.m. Choir
February 19   March newsletter items needed

 

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  1:00 p.m. Woodcrest Chapel

February 20

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open

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

Stewardship is a Matter of the Heart

God gives us the privilege and opportunity to be His stewards.  Even though God gives us all things, He still allows us the freedom to choose whom or what we will serve.  Whether we are stewards for the Lord, for ourselves, or for some other master depends on what controls our hearts.  What or whom we love, serve, and follow is dictated by what our hearts value as most important.  The choices we make reflect what is in our hearts.  Satan is doing everything possible to take the love, compassion, and peace from our hearts that only Jesus offers. 

In Matthew 6:21 Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  We can paraphrase this by saying, “Show me your treasure and I will show you your heart.”  What we treasure the most receives our time, energy, money, and heart.  Each of us determines where his treasures lie.  What do you love and treasure the most?  Unfortunately, some of us may find treasures in our homes, careers, cars, hobbies, or investments.  God continually invites us to make Him our treasure.  If our hearts are right, our treasures will be right.

Jesus spoke about the relationship between the condition of a tree and the fruit that it bears.  “Make a tree good and the fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit”  (Matthew 12:33).  In the same way that the condition of the tree determines its fruit, so will the thoughts of our hearts dictate our words and actions (Matthew 12:34-35).  When our hearts are filled with God’s presence, we reflect God’s love, goodness, and kindness.  When our hearts are right with God, our eyes are opened to the opportunities to serve and help others.  When God controls our hearts, we willingly use our time, talents, and money in ways that glorify Him.  Good hearts produce good fruit.  Through time spent in God’s Word and through participation in the Sacraments, God changes our hearts, making us faithful disciples and stewards for Christ.  As Solomon wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).