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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Transfiguration of our Lord
February 22
, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 219
The Hymns LSB #593; #414; #941; #816
The Choir “Jesus on the Mountain Peak”
Readings The Vision Glorious

2 Kings 2:1-12a

Elisha sees the glorious departure of Elijah

2 Corinthians 2:12 – 4-2 Spirit-possessed people see the glory of God
Mark 9:2-9 At Transfiguration, we see the glory of God in Jesus
The Sermon “Jesus Revealed” – Mark 9:2-9

The Acolyte

Jacob Bergman

 

+  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—Nathan Conrad, Kylene Deitemyer, Alex Miller, J. J. Everett, Joey Gorman, Leslie Lawson, Gary Knipstein, Ben Moeller, Gunnar Cale, Luke Conrad, Justin Jackson, and Jacob Stoppenhagen, as well as those who had birthdays last 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.  Wednesday, February 25, is also the anniversary of the founding of Friedheim 171 years ago.  We remember our 3rd & 4th grade Sunday School teachers, Deb Bergman and Betty Sielschott, and our 5th & 6th grade teacher, Stan Stoppenhagen, and our Wyneken 8th grade teachers, Amber Franz and Marvin Drier, and Sara Rhymer who teaches at Northwest Elementary in Decatur 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, Charles Duerk (Christine Bultemeier’s father) who has returned home, 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 into church membership, through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Katherine Claire Kitson, daughter of Don & Beth (Fuhrman) Kitson.  Kate’s godparents are Chad & Erin Fuhrman and Amanda Baker.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We also welcome into church membership, through adult instruction, Jan Gross and her son, Ryan.  May the Lord bless this family as they become part of our Friedheim family.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – God never abandons us, but we can choose to turn away from Him.  God wants the best for us, and His best for us is that we deny ourselves and follow Him.  “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self” (Luke 9:25).  If we want to focus only on what is ours and take care of only ourselves, God will be pushed out of our lives.  We become selfish and self-centered when we put our interests first.

You are invited to return this Wednesday, February 25, for our Ash Wednesday worship service.  The imposition of ashes will take place prior to the worship service. The service begins at 7 p.m.  Pastor Dahling’s sermon is based on Psalm 6, “Deliver Me from My Sins and My Enemies.”   Our LYF invites you to supper on the 25th in the Parish Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.  A freewill offering is being accepted.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Lent is a Time for Testing.”

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. James Elsner of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hudson, Indiana is delivering the sermon message, “Are You Tuned In?” from Mark 9:2-9.  Radio signals can be fuzzy and unclear.  But God’s signal—His Gospel message—is clear and strong in Jesus Christ!

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 is in honor of Ben & Norma Miller’s 63rd wedding anniversary.

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. Martin Schultz is the guest preacher today.

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.  Jan Buuck (639-3380) will be the coordinator for March.  Our supply in the freezer is getting low.  If you would like to donate any items—casseroles, soups, desserts, applesauce, anything that freezes well—in either family-size or servings for one or two, it would be very much appreciated.  Just label your donation (short description and date placed in freezer).  Thanks for your help! 

Council Members:  The minutes from the February 2, 2009 Council Meeting can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  The Standing Resolutions can also be found in your slots.  The next Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

The LWML Spring Quarterly has arrived.  You may pick up a copy as you leave the worship service this morning.  The Portals of Prayer for April – June have also arrived.  Don’t forget to take one home with you. 

The 2009 devotional booklet, Let Us Enter the Journey of Lent, is being distributed this morning.  Copies of the booklet can be found in either entranceway of the church.  Please take a copy home with you.  A special thank you goes out to those members who took the time to write one of the daily entries.

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 still copies of the 2009 Membership Directory and the 2008 Annual Report for you to take home if you have not yet done so.  You can find them in either entranceway of the church.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is the 2009 Lenten Devotions written by those associated with LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots U.S.) who minister to the Native American Nation in North America.  Please pray for the success of this mission field.

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.

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 today.)  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 in advance 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.

Coffee (decaf) – 3 lbs.

Ice – 30 lbs.

CASH

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 all our wonderful couples who were such good sports in our "Not so Newlywed Game."  Luke and Kim Case beat Gene and Irene Kiess, Dean and Cindy Wass, and Pastor and Tammy Dahling to be our grand champions.  Thank you as well to Stan Stoppenhagen who did a stand out job as emcee.  Thank you also to Michelle Knipstein for the beautiful cupcakes that were enjoyed by all.

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!

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.)  There is a door collection this morning to support this ministry.

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, 1010 W. Monroe Street in Decatur, on Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m.  A variety of contemporary, popular, and sacred music will be performed by each of the ensembles.  Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken during the concert.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  Please feel free to invite your family and friends and join them for this wonderful night of music.  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 March 8.  (The receipts need to be turned in to Rural King no later than March 9.)

Youth ushers for March are Matt Gorman and Shawn Kiess.  Serving on Altar Guild for March are Pat Buuck and Tina Geels.

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all the members who remembered me with cards and well wishes on my 95th birthday.  It made my day even more special by your thoughtfulness.  May the Lord bless each of you. — Jo Buuck

Dearest friends and family of Zion, Friedheim, We would like to thank all of you for the overwhelming outpouring of love and generosity you have shown us.  The benefit dinner was so delicious and wonderful.  Thanks for all the time and hard work it must have taken.  We appreciate all of you and wish you the Lord’s richest blessings.  – Roger & Carrie and the entire Macke family

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 244 with 162 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 47; Monday Night Bible Class - 4; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class - 19

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$4,487.89

Missions

$155.00

Wyneken News

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.

The Science Fair Open House will be held today from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Don’t forget to return your Market Day order form 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 mini grilled cheese melts ($9.99), petite garden vegetables ($9.75), and southwest chicken pocket ($12.45). 

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.  A joint chapel service will be held at St. John’s Bingen (grades K-4) and Bethlehem, Ossian, (grades 5-8) beginning at 9:45 a.m.  Family and friends are invited to attend these services. 

Spring ISTEP testing will begin on March 2 and continue through March 13Please do not make appointments for your child during this time if at all possible.

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.

Enrollment forms for the 2009-2010 school year are being prepared and will be mailed to Wyneken families in mid-March (before spring break).  If you know of a family who is interested in sending their child to Wyneken, please have them contact the school office to be placed on our mailing list as soon as possible.  If you have had a recent change of address, please contact the office so records can be updated.

Sports

Wrestling practice continues with the first meet scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken with teams from Concordia, St. Peter, Suburban Bethlehem, Emmanuel-St. Michael, Unity, and Wyneken.  On Thursday, February 26, the team will be at a meet at St. Peter’s at 4:15 p.m. involving teams from Holy Cross, Wyneken, and St. Peter.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Baptism of Katherine Claire Kitson
10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Science Fair Open House @ Wyneken

MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
8:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
WEDNESDAY 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

THURSDAY

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Doris Conrad’s

FRIDAY

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

March 1 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

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

Lutheran Schools Week          

March 2 Joint Chapel Services
7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball Semi-Finals Game
8:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball Championship Game
March 3 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 4 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
6:00 p.m. LYF Supper
7:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten Worship
8:00 p.m. Choir

March 5

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class

March 6

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open
March 7 Set up for Soup & Sandwich

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

Dangers of Materialism

We live in a land of plenty, which promotes its own twist on contentment.  Its version is “buy and possess.”  Our culture is geared far more to the material than the spiritual.  Our society tells us that we need and deserve more, and that life is not complete unless we have the finest homes and cars plus wealth and success.  We are led to believe that happiness and contentment are within our reach if we just acquire a few more things.  Advertisements are geared to make us feel discontent so that we will buy more things to make us happy.

Greed will not allow contentment, because it always urges us to acquire more.  No matter how hard we try, we cannot be satisfied by worldly things.  There is truth in the old adage, “The more you gets the more you wants.”   The love of money can potentially possess a person’s life like no other emotion can.  A person can spend a lifetime chasing prosperity that, when found, often destroys him as discussed in the following story:

A ship full of men sailed to an island to look for gold.  When they arrived, they divided into two groups.  One group would dig for gold; the other would plant crops and prepare the food.  As time went on, they found gold.  More of the men who prepared the food began to dig for gold.  As more men came to the island, most of them also dug for gold.  Even the ship was torn apart so the wood could be used to support the mineshafts.  The story ends when some time later, people visited the island and found skeletons draped over vast treasures.  Greed had taken over; and they had completely missed their meaning and purpose in life.

Riches can easily consume us.  It has been said that most people when tested with adversity stay strong and moral, but fewer people when tested with prosperity keep their original values and purposes.”  It is ironic that, as one of the most prosperous countries, our ratio of drug abuse, spouse and child beatings, divorce, and crime indicate a nation out of control.  Wealth seems to contribute to the problems rather than alleviate them.

Money has been called the “the god of those who have too much, and the goal of those who have too little.”  Blessed indeed is the person who avoids these extremes.  Max Anders said it well; “God wants us to have wealth; we must be careful not to settle for money.”  Our goal as God’s people is to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  He has promised to take care of our needs.