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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Lent 2
March 8, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 219
The Hymns LSB #904; #809; #941; #924
Readings Lent is a Time of Suffering
Genesis 28:10-17 God confronts Jacob while fleeing from Esau
Romans 5:1-11 Christians rejoice in their sufferings for Christ
Mark 8:31-38 Jesus announces His suffering in Jerusalem
The Sermon

“It’s Not About You” – Mark 8:31-38

The Acolyte

Shelby Kiess

 

+  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—Jeff Bradtmueller, Shirley Witte, Chris Putteet, Amy Arriaga, and Nancy Kaehr.  We remember our pre-K and kindergarten Sunday School teacher, Stephanie Freimuth, and our Wyneken 6th grade teacher, Pam Brewer as well as Kristie Schlemmer who teaches at Bellmont Middle School.    May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We rejoice with Jacob & Jennifer (Grumpp) Conrad on the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Grace, on Wednesday, March 4, in Texas.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

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), 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 – For three years crowds had followed Jesus, bringing their sick to be healed, their children to be blessed, and to hear His teaching.  For three years His disciples had eaten with Him, lived with Him, witnessed His miracles, and heard His teaching.  Yet they couldn’t fathom Jesus’ purpose in coming.  They didn’t understand when He told them about His Crucifixion.  We have a great advantage today, don’t we?  We know what Jesus has done, and we know what He will do.  He will come again!  We do not know when, but we are to be on guard (Mark 13:32-37).  We are to be ready and doing all we can to help others be ready as well.

You are invited to return this Wednesday, March 11, for our third midweek Lenten worship service.  The service begins at 7 p.m.  Dr. Daniel Brege from St. Paul’s Preble will be our guest preacher.  His sermon, “Sinners Cry to the Lord and Wait on Him.” is based on Psalm 130.   Our LYF invites you to Soup & Sandwich 2 on the 11h 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 Cleansing.”

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 loving memory of Eldora Scheumann.

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 today 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! 

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. 

The door collection for Worship for Shut Ins and International Missions scheduled for March 1 has been moved to Sunday, March 15.

Do you still need a Friedheim calendar?  The new sale price is $10 and you can pick one up at today’s Soup & Sandwich dinner.  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. 

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). 

Come to our Soup & Sandwich Dinner today.  Serving will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m., 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.  Enjoy a bowl of soup (turkey noodle, ham & bean, or vegetable), sandwiches (roast beef, hot dog, or sloppy joe), salads, desserts, and a drink.  A free will offering will be accepted.

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 11.  It’s Soup & Sandwich continued!  Each youth group member is asked to bring some type of dessert (pie, cake, cookies, jell-o, 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).

There will be a blood pressure clinic today.  You may have your pressure taken either before of after the worship service.

The 27th Annual LLL Prayer Breakfast will be held this 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.

The Bereavement Committee would like to thank all those who helped in anyway with the Werling funeral dinner.  Whether you donated food, helped in the kitchen, or helped with the clean up, it was all appreciated.  There is quite a collection of dishes in the Parish Hall kitchen (and in the furnace room in the church basement).  If you are missing something from your kitchen, you might want to look at either of these locations for your dish.  Thanks!

Easter flower order forms were included in your March newsletter.  There are also extra forms in either entranceway of the church.  There are boxes in either entranceway of the church for you to place your orders (including your payment).  Please remember that your orders are due by March 31 if you are ordering flowers through the committee.

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!

The Lutheran Foundation is accepting applications for their Lutheran Foundation Health Professions Scholarship Program.  You must plan to pursue a career in a health care profession, reside within the Foundation’s ten-county area (Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley), and plan on attending an accredited post-secondary college, university or technical school.  The application deadline is March 15.  For more information or to download an application, visit www.thelutheranfoundation.org or call 260-458-2112, extension 302.

Bring your friends from school!  Come meet new friends!  Camp Lutherhaven is the place for children, youth, and families to gather this summer for fun and adventure!  Choose from a wide variety of unique camping experiences, and get ready for some excitement!  Got a question, give Camp a call or drop them an email at camp@lutherhaven.org.  Find out more information about the summer programs and about the 60th anniversary by calling 260-636-7101 or visit the Camp’s website at www.lutherhaven.org.  There is also some information in either entranceway of the church.

Camp Lutherhaven is looking for participants in their “Nurse of the Week Program.”  This is a volunteer opportunity to serve as an on-site resource to the First Aid Coordinator for one week (or more if you wish).  Some of the benefits include half-off the registration costs of a camp program for your children, free meals and housing for your family (in one of the air-conditioned Lodge private rooms), time to use the Camp’s facilities, and the chance to make a difference.  A brochure with this information is available in the south entranceway of the church.  You may also wish to contact Camp Lutherhaven at 260-636-7101 or email them at camp@lutherhaven.org.  A copy of your medical license must be included with the registration form.

Camp Lutherhaven also has events for high school students.  There is an information sheet about some great experiences this summer that you may wish to become involved.  There are extra copies in the south entranceway of the church.

"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.  Host families are needed to house the students Sunday evening following the performance (at approximately 8:45 p.m.).  The group will then 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.  Zion is hoping that four or five families from our congregation would be willing to open their homes to these young people.  Please contact Zion’s church office (724-7177) as soon as possible if you can help to house these guests.  Thanks for your help in this endeavor.

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.)

St. John Lutheran Church-Bingen is having their annual Fish & Tenderloin dinner on Sunday, March 15, with serving from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.  On the menu (besides the delicious fish and tenderloin) are au gratin potatoes, baked beans, applesauce, homemade desserts, and orange drink, milk, and/or coffee.  The cost is Adults ($8.00), Children ages 6 years. to 12 years ($4.50) and Children 5 years & under (free).  Proceeds are being donated to Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School roof project and will receive Thrivent Financial matching funds.

Poe’s Pancake & Sausage is Sunday, March 22, at the Poe Fire Station.  Serving is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $6 for adults, $2.50 for children (6-12), and free for those children under the age of 6.  All proceeds will go towards a new Jaws of Life.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a co-sponsor of this event and will be providing matching funds.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 215 with 148 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 35; Bible Class - NA; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 6; Early-bird Bible Class – 18; Midweek Lenten Worship Service – 99

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$3,795.25

Missions – 2/25

$273.91

Missions – 3/01

$502.00

Door Collection – Lutheran Hour Ministries - $159

Wyneken News

Our Wyneken School is seeking bids for lawn care for the 2009 season. Those wishing to bid are requested to submit the bid to the Wyneken school office no later than Tuesday, March 31. The bid shall include two (2) costs as follows: Bid A) Mowing & trimming of property as required, one (1) application of weed killer, one (1) application of fertilizer to the soccer field, and fall leaf disposal.  Bid B) Trimming of shrubs/bushes and one (1) replacement of existing mulch. Please contact a school board member (Friedheim’s members are Mitch Baumann, Randy Hockemeyer, and Scott Hormann) or the school office at 260-639-6177 with any questions. 

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.

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

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!

Since our band instructor, Mr. Munoz, is on his spring break this week, there will be no band March 9-13.  Band resumes next week.

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.

Wyneken will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, for teacher in service.  Students who ride East Allen buses will have transportation home that day.  For those students riding North Adams buses, arrangements will need to be made to bring your children home that day.  Remember, if you need to use the Childcare, please contact them in advance (639-6064).

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

Wyneken’s Spring Break is the week of March 29—East Allen’s Spring Break.  North Adams will have spring break the week of March 23.  Parents, if you have children that ride on the North Adams buses, please make arrangements for your child to get to and from school that week.

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.

Unity Lutheran School is hosting the Northeast Indiana Area Lutheran Schools Spelling Contest for grades 3-8 on Monday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m.  Two students from each class will be participating.  Good luck at the contest!

A thank you goes out to those who supported the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Fundraiser.  A check in the amount of $343.16 was sent to support this charity.

Sports

Come out and watch our Wyneken wrestlers.  The next meet is Monday, March 9, at 4:15 p.m. at Holy Cross with teams from Concordia, St. Paul, Emmanuel-St. Michael, and Holy Cross participating.  On Thursday, March 5, the team will be at a meet at St. Peter at 4:15 p.m. involving teams from Central, Woodburn, and St. Peter.  The Concordia Open is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Concordia High School.

The LSAA Championships will be held at Wyneken on Saturday, March 21, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding around 3 p.m.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  Volunteers are needed to help with the scoreboard, scorebook keepers, announcers, concessions, and gate fees.  Friends and family of our Wyneken family are being asked to help with this tournament.  There is a sign-up sheet on the    door to the concession stand for you to volunteer for a time most convenient for you.  (Just a reminder that all varsity parents will be assigned a time to work for this event.)  Wrestling parents are also asked to bring in some sloppy joe meat and/or buns for the concession stand that day.  Thanks so much for your cooperation.

Heritage High School is sponsoring volleyball clinics for students in grades 5-8.  There are four sessions (one each in March, April, May, and June).  A registration brochure is in the school office with more information and sign up details.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Blood Pressure Clinic)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Soup & Sandwich
MONDAY 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
WEDNESDAY 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
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

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. LLL Prayer Breakfast @ Mt. Calvary

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

March 15 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

Door Collection                                               

10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class
Noon Baptism of Hunter Ryan Lengerich                                         
March 16 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
March 17 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
March 18 All Day Tabea Extra Quilting
8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
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 19

9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class

March 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.

We Want to Give

      Isn’t it great to please your parents, spouse, children, or friends by giving them gifts?  Both the anticipation of the person’s reaction to the gift and the actual response can be priceless.  Giving is a wonderful expression of love.  Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  When we as Christians give to Jesus out of love, we are giving for the right motive.  The motive for our giving is more important than the gift itself.  God is not glorified if we give Him only our leftovers out of a sense of obligation or if we give to receive earthly recognition or to get a tax break.  Jesus gave His life even for the person who will not acknowledge His gift, much less express any appreciation for it.

Our heavenly Father showed how much He loved us and was willing to give to us.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  God’s nature is to love and give.  When we spend time in God’s Word and participate in the Sacrament, the Holy Spirit matures our faith and leads us to give from hearts that He has filled with love and joy.

God, Who first loved us, enables our faithful response to His love and grace.  Because our hearts are filled with His love, we give cheerfully and generously.  Love motivates us to be givers rather than takers.  Giving puts our love into action.

May God grant us all loving hearts and make us cheerful givers of the gifts, which He has entrusted to us.