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.  You may give the card to one of the Deacons or place it in the offering plate.  Please come and worship with us again soon.

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A Service for the Renewal of Marriage Vows
February 15, 2009
 

God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.”
1 John 4:16

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

P: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  Thanks be to God.
C:    
We have come together to give thanks to God for the enrichment of our lives through marriage; for the many blessings given to us in times of joy and in times of sorrow. The scriptures set before us shows us that marriage is part of God’s creation and a holy mystery in which man and woman become one flesh. It is God’s purpose that, as husband and wife give themselves to each other in love throughout their lives, they shall be united in that love as Christ is united with His Church. In this service you will be invited to renew and affirm the solemn vows, which you made in the sight of God and before your families and friends when you were married.
     
P:

This is the day that the Lord has made

C: We will rejoice and be glad in it.  
     
P: Let us give thanks to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ
C: Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.
     
 The Opening Hymn

LSB #859

“Lord When You Came as Welcome Guest”

     
P: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that all who believe in him should not perish but have eternal life. Let us therefore confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments, and to live in love and peace with all.
C:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, We have sinned in thought and word and deed, And in what we have left undone. We are truly sorry, and humbly repent. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, Have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may walk in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

     
P: Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, Have mercy on you, Pardon and deliver you from all your sins, Confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, And keep you in eternal life; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.
     
P: Let us pray:  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you gave marriage to be a source of blessing to us:  We thank you for the joys of family life: May we know your presence and peace in our homes, fill them with your love, and use them for your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.  
     

The Re-affirmation of Marriage Vows

Those who wish to renew their vows stand and say together:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all your blessings to us. We thank you for all things that have enriched our lives, for all people who have blessed us with their love and friendship. We thank you for Christian marriage, for our homes and families and friends. Give us, O Lord, this further blessing, that as we have freely received, so we may freely give. Confirm and strengthen our marriages that our homes may be to us, and to friend and stranger, places of joy and gladness. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
P:

Do you here, in the presence of God and this congregation renew and affirm the vows you made to each other when you bound yourselves together in holy matrimony?

C: We do.
     
P: Will you seek to nurture and daily affirm your love and commitment to each other in the light of the love that God has revealed to us in Jesus Christ?
C: We will.
     
P:

Please take your partner’s right hand in yours and say together,

C:

I renew my vow to you, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part, according to God’s holy law.

     
P: Let us pray.  Gracious and eternal God, look with favor on all who have come to renew their marriage vows. Grant them your blessing, and assist them with your grace, that with steadfast love they may continue to honor and keep the promises they have made; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.  
     

The Prayer (in unison)

 

Gracious God, we remember with thanksgiving our vows of love and commitment to you and to each other in marriage. We pray for your continued blessing. May we learn from our joys and sorrows, and discover new riches in our life together in you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Almighty and most merciful Father, the strength of all who put their trust in you.  We thank you that in marriage we were brought together. Enrich us by your grace and strengthen us to keep those vows which we have today renewed in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

The Solo

“O Perfect Love”
     

The Epistle Lesson

1 Corinthians 13
     

The Gospel Lesson

John 2:1-11
     

The Sermon Hymn

LSB #860

“Gracious Savior Grant Your Blessing”

     
The Sermon

“It’s a Miracle” – John 2:1-10

     

The Gathering of the Morning Offerings

 
     
The Acclamations  
P:

Dear friends, since God so loved us:

C:

We ought also to love one another.

 

 

P:

This is love, not that we loved God:

C:

but that he loved us and sent his Son.

 

 

P:

He is the sacrifice for our sins:

C:

that we might live through him.

 

 

P:

If we love one another:

C:

God lives in us. (1 John 4: 10-12).

     

The Prayers of Intercession

 
P:

As we give thanks today for marriage, let us pray that God will keep these and all other married couples faithful to their marriage vows. That they may live and grow together in love and peace all the days of their life, Lord, in your mercy

C: Hear our prayer.
     
P:

That they may continue truly and faithfully to perform those vows which they have made together in your sight, Lord, in your mercy

C:

Hear our prayer.

 
     
P: May their life together be a witness to your love in this troubled world; may unity overcome division, forgiveness heal injury, and joy triumph over sorrow, Lord, in your mercy
C: Hear our prayer.  
     
P:

May their home be a place of love, security and truth, Lord, in your mercy

C: Hear our prayer.  
     
P:

For their children, families and friends, and all who share with them in their happiness, Lord, in your mercy

C: Hear our prayer.  
     
P:

May your presence be with all whom they love and who love them, especially those who away from home, Lord, in your mercy

C: Hear our prayer.  
     
P:

For your Church, the Bride of Christ, that it may be united with him in love and faithfulness, Lord, in your mercy

C: Hear our prayer.  
     
P:

For those who have been hurt in marriage and whose marriages have broken down. We also pray for those who are widowed and for those who live alone, Lord, in your mercy

C: Hear our prayer.  
     
P:

We remember with thankfulness our relatives and friends departed this life in your faith and fear, and we pray that we may share with them the joys of your eternal kingdom, Lord, in your mercy

C: Hear our prayer.  
     
All:

Merciful Father, accept these our thanksgivings and prayers for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us. Amen.

     
The Lord’s Prayer  
     

The Words of Institution

 
     

The Distribution

 
     

The Distribution Hymns

 

“Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord”

LSB #637

“Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”

LSB #733

“Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray”

LSB #623

“Christ Be My Leader”

LSB #861
     

The Prayer after the Communion Distribution

 

Heavenly Father, we thank you that in our earthly lives you speak to us of your eternal life: we pray that through our marriages we may know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

     
The Blessing  
P:

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you, and guide you in truth and peace: And the blessing of God Almighty the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you, and remain with you always.

C: Amen.  
     
P: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  
C: In the name of Christ. Amen  
     
The Closing Hymn

LSB #862

“Oh, Blest the House”

     
The Acolyte

Alan Bergdall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ 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—Gary Heckman, Jon Kiefer, Christine Biggs, Lisa Bultemeier, Jim Bultemeyer, Dorothy Droege, Donna Hileman, Lynn Fuhrmann, Laurina Conrad, Randy Everett, Brayton Kaehr, Ryan Linnemeier, Clara Melcher, Jake Melcher, Merilyn Stoppenhagen, Mitch Baumann, Pam Everett, Don Gehres, Gretchen Hudson, Beth Kitson, Trevor Black, Rosa DeKoninck, Vivian Miller, Clayton Stoppenhagen, Kim Weiland, Analise Wilkinson, Kevin Buuck, and Tricia Ripley.  We also remember our 5th & 6th grade Sunday School teacher, Stan Stoppenhagen, one of our Wyneken 8th grade teachers, Amber Franz, and Dave Miller who teaches at Bellmont Middle School.    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, Dick Hileman, Donna Hileman, Gerhard Werling, Joan Sielschott (Sean’s mother), 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.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – In Isaiah 53, we read Isaiah’s wonderful and terrible words about Jesus, the Suffering Servant.  Wonderful words because they tell what Christ has done for us.  Terrible words because they tell what those deeds cost our Savior.  “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (verse 6a).  Arrogant, proud, independent, we think we can do better on our own, so we turn to our own ways, and those ways always get us into trouble.  But, “the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (verse 6b).

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

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 Brege from Preble will deliver the sermon, “His Will,” from Mark 1:40-41.  A leper came to Jesus and prayed, “If you will, you can make me clean.”  Christ willed it, and the man was cleansed from his leprosy.  No man—not even Jesus—wants to die.  Before His death, our Savior prayed for the cup of torture and death to be removed, but He added, “Thy will be done.”  Submitting to the Father’s will, our compassionate Savior didn’t just cure a specific disease, but He earned our eternal salvation—ultimately curing all disease.

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.”  Don and Kathy Brown have sponsored today’s broadcast in honor of Jo Buuck’s 95th birthday and in loving memory of Wilfred Rafert.

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 “A Dirty Job, Done” from Mark 1:45.  Jesus took up the dirtiest job of all.  What’s the reason?

We wish to thank Jean Timm for her solo this morning and her sharing the gift of music with us.  It made today’s special service even more special.  May the Lord continue to bless her.

There is no adult Bible class this morning.  Class will resume next week.  Just a reminder that the Sunday School classes who normally meet in the Parish Hall basement will be meeting at a different location this morning

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 next game for the men’s basketball team is a tourney one.  They will face Cornerstone on Monday, February 23, at 8 p.m.  By winning that game, they will be in the semi-finals on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 8 p.m.  All games are 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.

Pastor Dahling will be preaching at Woodcrest this 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.

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 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 (date yet to be determined) to contact any of the following three people and express their opinion prior to that 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). 

Our annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner is Sunday, March 8, at Wyneken.  Co-chairing this year’s dinner are Rich & Kim Weiland and Kent & Shelly Kiefer, with the proceeds placed in our Special Project Fund/Expansion Fund account.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be co-sponsoring this event, receiving matching funds up to $1,250.  As you can see, the list is getting shorter with the following items still needed.  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) by February 28. (Please note that the chickens and turkeys are needed by next 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 for your support.

Beef Base – 1 lb.

Cottage Cheese – 5 lbs.

Chicken Base – 2 lbs.

Beef Broth – 4 gallons

Pineapple Slices – 6 quarts

Cabbage – 2 heads

Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 12 lbs.

Hamburger – 20 lbs.

McDonald’s Orange Drink Mix – 3 gallons

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Hot Dog Buns – 17 dozen

Hamburger Buns – 40 doz.

Ice – 30 lbs

Cash

 The congregation is invited to an “Open House” today 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.

The LYF will be going as a group to Mrs. Hileman’s open house.  Please meet at the home of Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen at 2 p.m. today.  Thanks!

The LYF is reminded that our mid-week Lenten suppers will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 25.  On the menu, spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, dessert, and drinks.  Each youth group member is asked to bring one jar of spaghetti sauce, as well as some type of dessert (pie, cake, cookies, jello, applesauce, pudding, etc.).  Serving begins at 6 p.m.  Youth are asked to be at the Parish Hall by 5 p.m. (or as close to that time as your schedules allow).

Preble’s LYF has invited our youth group (along with our 7th and 8th graders) to join them for an afternoon of laser tag at Ultra Zone on Sunday, March 1.  The plan is to leave from St. Paul’s Preble at 1 p.m. and return around 5 p.m.  The cost of the outing is $15, which includes two games of laser tag and supper at McDonald’s.  They plan on returning to Preble around 5 p.m.  To help in reserving space at Ultra Zone, please contact John or Claudia Schueler (547-4677) or Paul or Missy Hockemeyer (547-4428) by Wednesday, February 25.  Adult drivers are also needed.  If you would be willing to drive, please contact the Schueler’s or Hockemeyer’s.  Thanks!

Parents of students in the 2009 Confirmation class are reminded that there will be a short meeting following the Ash Wednesday worship service on the 25th.  Please try to attend this meeting.

A special thank you goes out to Dorothy Heckman who has volunteered to serve as our third Thrivent coordinator.

Today is our special service in honor of those who are married.  Included in today’s bulletin is a list of those married couples, along with their anniversary dates.  (Every attempt was made to include all our couples.  If a name is missing or a date is wrong, please accept our apologies in advance and then please contact the church office with the correct information.)  Following the worship service, there will be a “reception” in the Parish Hall with cake and light refreshments being served as well as a short program.  All members are invited to attend.  The children are encouraged to attend their Sunday School classes; there will be plenty of cake for them to enjoy after class! 

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.

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!

St. John’s Bingen, along with New Life Lutheran Church, is hosting a benefit dinner for Roger and Carrie Macke who lost their home and all their processions due to a fire on December 21.  The dinner will be held at Wyneken from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.  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.  Thrivent is matching a $1 for every $4 raised.

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has designated February 22 as Lutheran Hour Ministries Sunday.   LHM is independently funded by caring individuals like us and receives no direct support from The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  All contributions are eligible for matching funds through the Thrivent GivingPlus program by filling out the appropriate form.  (If you have questions, contact Al Hormann.) Next Sunday there will be a door collection to support this ministry.

Concordia Lutheran High School A Cappella Choir presents its Home Concert on Monday, February 16, at Kramer Chapel (Concordia Seminary campus) beginning at 7:00 pm.  This concert of sacred choral music is the concluding event in their weekend trip to the greater Chicago area.  The concert is open to the public and a free-will offering will be gathered.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: "Crown Him With Many Crowns", a musical offering featuring the Konzertchor and Symphonic Band of Sheboygan Lutheran High School, will be presented at Zion Lutheran Church, Decatur, on Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m.  Families are needed to house the students Sunday evening following the performance (at approximately 8:45 p.m.).  They will depart from Zion, Decatur, at 7:30 a.m. on Monday.  It is preferred that families take 4 students (either all boys or all girls), but exceptions can be made for only 2 students.  Please contact Zion’s church office (724-717) if you can help to house these guests.  

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.

The family of Eldora Scheumann would like to deeply thank everyone for the memorials, flowers and cards that our family has received.  Also, deep appreciation to pastor for the helping us in our time of need. – The family of Eldora Scheumann

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 266; Sunday School – 47; Bible Class – 15; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class - 19

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$5,741.80

Missions

$395.00

Wyneken News

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, and 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.

Mid-term was extended to Friday, February 13.  Reports will be sent home with the students on Wednesday, February 18, 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 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.)

Take a moment to look over the Market Day order form included in today’s bulletin.  Please return your order sheets by Wednesday, February 25.  Internet and phone orders are due by noon on Saturday, February 28.  Pick-up date is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  (This is a different time than listed on the order form.)  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.  If you order a minimum of $35 from February to April and place an additional order of $35 in May, you will receive a free insulated bag at your May sale pick up.  You can save $5 on your March order and save $5 on your next purchase of Nesquik low fat milk when you purchase three boxes of cookie dough.  Don’t forget to look at all the specials and great price items.  Items new this month are min grilled cheese melts ($9.99), petite garden vegetables ($9.75), and southwest chicken pocket ($12.45). 

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

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.  This open house is for all families with pre-school and kindergarten children (August 1 is the cut-off date).  Children and their parents will have an opportunity to visit with the teachers, participate in various activities, enjoy a story time, and have a snack.  Bring your teddy bear or favorite animal to this open house for pre-school, pre-K, and kindergarten families.  Personnel from the Wyneken Child Care will also be available to answer any questions you might have.  If you know of someone who might be interested in coming to the open house, please contact the school office.  An invitation can be mailed to them.

National Lutheran School’s Week is March 1-7.  This year’s theme is “Securing Each Child’s Future—For Eternity” based on John 3:16.  Watch the bulletin for special activities scheduled for that week.

With all the school closings, the school year has been extended until June 3.  Please keep this date in mind when planning your summer vacations.

Zion Lutheran School in Decatur invites all families to their Winter Carnival, which will be held today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in their Family Life Center.  Enjoy games, food, a Candy Land, cake walk, moon walk, and bid on items at the silent auction.  Tickets are 4 for $1 and are needed for all activities.  Proceeds will go to their staff development, curriculum and classroom equipment, teacher appreciation, and student activities.  Hope you can come!

Sports

Wrestling practice continues with the first meet scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken.  On Thursday, February 26, the team will be at a meet at St. Peter’s at 4:15 p.m.  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 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

10:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:15 a.m.

Reception in Parish Hall

MONDAY 6:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
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 Extra Quilting
8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
7:00 p.m. Choir
THURSDAY March newsletter items needed

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Marlene Conrad’s
1:00 p.m. Woodcrest Chapel

FRIDAY

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

February 22 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Baptism of Katherine Claire Kitson
10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
10:15 a.m.

Reception in Parish Hall

February 23 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
8:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball
February 24 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
February 25 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
6:00 p.m. LYF Spaghetti Supper
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Communion
Confirmation parents to meet following the worship service
8:00 p.m. Choir

February 26

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class

February 27

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open

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Take Up Our Crosses

Just as Christ endured the cross on the path to Golgotha “for the joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2), so He calls us to take up our crosses and follow Him – willingly, joyfully, and triumphantly.  Acceptance of the cross indicates that we are willing to serve in Christ’s name to a hurting world.  We are willing to do His work for His glory, willing to minister to His people through His Spirit, even willing to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Prayer

Good and gracious Heavenly Father, You are the creator and sustainer of all things.  You are the King of glory, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end.  Lord, I am a sinful person who does the things I shouldn’t do and not what I should.  Grant me the strength to live a life that is pleasing to You.  Help me to take up my cross and serve You totally.  In Christ’s name I pray.  Amen.

Say It!

Many of us admire the strong, silent type of person for whom Vermont has become famous.  But I think it was rather too long a silence, which the Vermont farmer broke, when he said to his wife as he sat whittling on the porch, “Do you know, Sarah, you have meant so much to me that sometimes it’s almost more than I can stand not to tell you about it.”  Most of us go too long without telling those nearest to us how much they mean to us.  Silence is golden, but it can become leaden.  So is it in our relations with God.  We become more responsive to God’s goodness by expressing our response. -- (Ralph W. Sockman)