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 given to one of the Deacons or placed in the offering plate.  Please come and worship with us again soon.

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Lent 1
March 1, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 184
The Hymns LSB #942; #656; #436; #622; #632; #917
The Choir “Jesus, What a Friend”
Readings Lent is a Time of Testing
Genesis 22:1-18 Abraham’s faith is tested
Romans 8:21-29 Faith is tested by life’s sufferings
Mark 1:12-15 Faith is tested by temptation
The Sermon “Lead Us Not into Temptation” –  Mark 1:12-15

The Acolyte

Jacob Bergman


+  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 thank Rev. Michael Barnes who is delivering this morning’s sermon.  May the Lord continue to bless him in his minisitry.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Jennifer Eidam, Dan Buuck, Alvin Witte, Carsten Hudson (his first!), Delmar Heckman, Don Buuck, Lisa Lee, Evelyn Keuneke, and Pat Schlemmer.  We remember our 1st & 2nd grade Sunday School teacher, Tina Geels, and our Wyneken 7th grade teacher, Keith Dicke as well as Monica Stoppenhagen who teaches at Heritage Jr. High 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, Connie Darnell (Carol Hitzfield’s sister), Jayden Patterson (Coach Larry Patterson’s grandson) who underwent open heart surgery last Tuesday, and Karen Johnson (Leslie Lawson’s mother).

We remember in our prayers the family and friends of Gerhard Werling who was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, February 26, and will be given Christian burial on Monday, March 2.  In addition, we remember the family and friends of Lester Kaehr (Jon’s grandfather and Nancy’s father-in-law) as well as Al Miller (Alma Miller’s brother-in-law) who were called to their heavenly home and given Christian burial this past week.  May the God of all comfort be with those who mourn reminding them of that great day when all believers will be reunited in heaven.

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 – Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but it does not come without cost!  We cannot buy it or earn it.  God gave it to us in the person of His Son, “a lamb without blemish or defect.”  Only through “the precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:19) could the debt of our sin be paid.  St. Peter says, in light of this great gift, we “have sincere love for [our ] brothers [and] love one another deeply, from the heart” (I Peter 1:22).

You are invited to return this Wednesday, March 4, for our second midweek Lenten worship service.  The service begins at 7 p.m.  Pastor John Dreyer from Bingen will be our guest preacher.  His sermon, “We are Temporary—God is Eternal.” is based on Psalm 102.   Our LYF invites you to a Mexican supper on the 4th 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 of Suffering.”

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. 

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 the 40th wedding anniversaries of Sam & Judy Baumann, Les & Karen Conrad, and Jim & Evie Fuhrman.

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.   

There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class next Sunday, March 8, because of our Soup & Sandwich.  Classes will resume on the 15th.

Jan Buuck (639-3380) is March’s “Meals of Grace” coordinator.  Please contact Jan if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church.  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.  Reservations for the LWML National Convention in Portland, Oregon open on March 2.  Look at your Quarterly for more information.  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. 

There are still a few copies of our 2009 devotional booklet, Let Us Enter the Journey of Lent, left.  You may pick up a copy 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.

The LYF will be having a paper/aluminum can drive this Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  You may drop your paper and/or cans off at the Parish Hall during that time (there will be youth there to help unload) or, if you wish, LYF members can come to your home and pick up your papers and/or cans.  If you would like pick-up service, please contact one of the LYF counselors—Jerry Bultemeyer (724-9829), Mike Conrad (547-4717), or Stan Stoppenhagen (728-9101).  Thanks!

The door collection for Lutheran Hour Ministries will take place this morning.  The door collection for Worship for Shut Ins and International Missions scheduled for this morning will be moved to Sunday, March 15.

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.

The men’s basketball team is in the semi-finals set for Monday, March 2, in the Adams County Service Complex at 7 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 8 p.m. 

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.

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

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 next Sunday, March 8, at Wyneken.  Serving times have changed.  Serving will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.  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.  If you can donate salads and desserts, please contact Stan & Tami Stoppenhagen (salads) at 728-9101 or Glenn & Angie Buuck (desserts) at 639-3804 immediately.   If you can donate any of the following, please contact the Weiland’s (639-3804) or the Kiefer’s (547-4327) immediately.  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.


LYF Members:  Please note that since the serving time has changed for the soup and sandwich your shift times to work the church dinner have also changed.  The seniors and sophomores will work from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while the freshmen and juniors are to work from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The LYF is reminded that a mid-week Lenten supper will be served on Wednesday, March 4.  It’s Mexican night!  Each youth group member is asked to bring 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 today.  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. 

There will be a blood pressure clinic next Sunday, March 8, either before of after the worship service.

The 27th Annual LLL Prayer Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 8 a.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive in Waynedale.  The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Klaus will be the main speaker.  Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from our LLL representative, Al Hormann.  You can also buy tickets at the door.

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!

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 (724-7177) 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.)

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 8.  Set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.  You don’t want to be late for church!

The Preble Volunteer Fire Department invites you to their 15th annual All You Can Eat pancake and whole sausage brunch this Saturday, March 7, at the Preble Fireman’s Park Pavilion.  Serving is from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a freewill donation being accepted.  Proceeds will go towards replaying the loan taken out to purchase the air cascade truck.  Matching funds are available from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 237; Sunday School – 42; Bible Class - 10; Monday Night Bible Class - 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class – 17; Ash Wednesday Worship Service – 121 with 106 receiving Holy Communion



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken Contributions for February - $3,725.  Year-to-date - $5,585.

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.

Market Day pick-up 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.

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.  On Monday, there will be an all school lunch.  Jar Wars are planned for Tuesday-Thursday.  What are Jar Wars?  This special fundraiser is being used to help raise money for our Lutheran missionaries in Ghana, East Africa.  Each day children will be asked to bring in coins (pennies count for you, silver coins count against you.  Children will be given 10 minutes each day to go around to other classrooms and put coins in their jars.  Students will want to put the pennies in their own classroom jars and take all their silver coins to other classrooms.  On Friday, students will participate in games and a volleyball tournament in the afternoon.

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.

Freddie Geels science fair project was chosen as one of the top five this year.  Fantastic job, Freddie!

The cooks are looking for a used refrigerator/freezer in good working condition for the kitchen.  The maximum size to fit is 34” wide.  Since there is no place to hook up for it, an automatic ice maker is not needed.  If you can help out, please contact Sharon Franke at Wyneken (639-6177) from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. only.  Thank you!

Join the children of the Pre-K through 2nd grades at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, for “A Froggy Day in Lindentown.”  The pre-K students will set the mood as little ducks and frogs as they go waddlin’ and hoppin’ around as Bully the Bullfrog comes for a visit and turns everyone’s world upside down.  There will be a PTL bake sale that night.  Parents of program participants are asked to bring in a homemade goodie or two for the bake sale.

The third quarter ends on Friday, March 20, with reports going home with the students on Wednesday, March 25. 

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


Come out and watch our Wyneken wrestlers.  The next meet is Monday, March 2, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken with teams from Central, St. Peter, St. Paul, Emmanuel-St. Michael and Unity participating.  On Thursday, March 5, the team will be at a meet at Emmanuel-St. Michael at 4:15 p.m. involving teams from Woodburn, St. John-Emmanuel, and Emmanuel-St. Michael.  The Concordia Open is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Concordia High School.

Heritage High School is sponsoring volleyball clinics for students in grades 5-8.  There are four sessions.  A registration brochure is in the school office with more information and sign up details.


TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

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

Lutheran Schools Week          

MONDAY 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
TUESDAY 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society
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


9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s


9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. LYF Paper/Can Drive
Set up for Soup & Sandwich


March 8 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Blood Pressure Clinic)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Soup & Sandwich
March 9 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
March 10 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 11 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 12

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class

March 13

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.


Here we have it hot off the press. Another rebuilding tour is in the works for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Indiana District LCMS has once again announced that they will be sponsoring the rebuild of two more homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Yes, you read that correctly, there are still homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, waiting to be rebuilt. The District has also elected to again sponsor volunteers by paying the weekly Room and Board expenses.

Some things have changed since many of you volunteered your time and skills to help the cause. Initially we were working with Bart Tucker and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. They changed their name to Project Rehab and continued to working under Bart’s direction, but divorced from Habitat. Now they are still working under Bart’s direction, but have affiliated themselves with The Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders. This organization was started by Millard Fuller, who was in fact the very same person who started Habitat for Humanity. Unfortunately Mr. Fuller passed away rather unexpectedly within the last couple of weeks.

Bart’s group, with our help, feels that they have completed all the homes located in East Biloxi that qualify under their guidelines for rebuilding. For that reason they have moved their base of operations westward to Pass Christian. The houses they are now working on are located in Bay St. Louis and Waveland, Mississippi.  On this trip down to the Gulf we will be staying in Pass Christian at Camp Gospel. This location is a religious retreat that has regular dormitory buildings for our lodging. I’ve seen this camp and can assure you that it is a very nice and neat set-up.

The dates for our next tour are Week 1—Sunday, March 22 thru Friday, March 27; Week 2—Sunday, March 29 thru Friday; April 3, Week 3—Sunday, April 5 thru Friday, April 10; and Week 4—Sunday, April 12 thru Friday, April 17.

Travel days are Saturday and Sunday and work days are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Room and board will be paid by the Indiana District although volunteers typically go out to eat at their own expense once or twice during the week. Volunteers will need to work out their travel plans, forming groups whenever possible, to share in travel expenses to and from the Coast.

Anyone interested in going to the Coast to volunteer for a week in the rebuilding of a home should contact Mike Bultemeier at (260) 485-1416 or via e-mail at mgb33dodge@msn.com ASAP. There is not much time between now and the beginning of the first week, so please, prayerfully consider this call to action and God’s blessings to you as you contemplate your decision. Thank you.