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 5
March 29, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 184
The Hymns LSB #435; #437; #527; #566; #427; #392
Readings Lent is a Time of Sacrifice

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Sacrifice the old covenant for a new one
Hebrews 5:7-9  Obedience comes from sacrifice
John 12:20-33   Through sacrifice comes glory
The Sermon ”Jesus, the Man of the Hour” – John 12:20-33

The Acolyte

Shelby Kiess


+  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—Micki Blomenberg, Angie Buuck, Valerie Jackson, Les Conrad, Carissa Schultz, Jodi Svoboda, Aaron M. Conrad, Ted Gallmeyer, Ben Miller and Richard Scheumann.  We remember our Sunday School Superintendent, Kristin Scheumann, our Wyneken 3rd grade teacher, Michelle Martin, as well as Deb Miller who teaches at Concordia Lutheran Elementary 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 who was transferred to an Indianapolis hospital after a stay at Parkview, Jim Riemke, Dick Hileman, Donna Hileman, George Geyer, 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.

The flowers on the altar have been placed in church, with much love, by Jared & Heath Witte to the glory of God and in honor of the 13th wedding anniversary of their parents, Mark & Dian Witte, tomorrow, March 30.  May the Lord continue to bless this family.

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – 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.

You are invited to return this Wednesday, April 1, for our sixth midweek Lenten worship service.  The service begins at 7 p.m.  Rev. Dahling’s sermon is based on Psalm 38.   

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 Opportunity.

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.  Today’s gust preacher is the Rev. Nathan Meador.  His sermon, “Knowing Your Place,” is based on Mark 10:35-45.   

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.  Kim Weiland (639-3804) will be the April coordinator.  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! 

Do you still need a Friedheim calendar?  The new sale price is $10 and you can pick one up following today’s worship service from any LYF member.  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. 

Parents of the 2009 Confirmation Class:  Please remember that your order (including payment) for flowers for confirmation is due to Hollie Hormann by Sunday, April 5.  Thanks!

In case of inclement weather, 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, will be the rain date for our grounds clean up.  We will pick up sticks and pinecones, etc. Please bring rakes, a good pair of gloves, buckets, and wheelbarrows.  Many helping hand (men, women, and children), will make this task go quickly.    In fact, high school students might want to use this as one of their community service projects to be placed on their scholarship applications. 

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). 

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

If you are missing any dishes, please take a moment to look in these three locations—Parish Hall kitchen, church basement (furnace room), church basement (main room).  There is quite a collection growing and it would be wonderful for all these items to find their way back home!

The LYF hope you will come to our last mid-week Lenten supper on Wednesday, April 1 (no foolin’!).  It’s time to enjoy some delicious soup, salad, dessert, and drink!  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).  A freewill donation will be accepted.  Come out and enjoy good food and Christian fellowship!

Extra Easter flower order forms can be found 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 this Tuesday, March 31, if you are ordering flowers through the committee.

Pastor Dahling will be conducting the worship service at Woodcrest on Maundy Thursday, April 9.  If you can help with getting the residents to this worship service on that day, it would be very much appreciated.  You would need to be at Woodcrest by 1 p.m.  Please let Pastor Dahling know if you can help.  Thanks in advance!

Soon it will be time to order the LWML Quarterlies.  If you would like to help defray the cost ($5.50 per year), it would be much appreciated.  You may give your money to Cindy Wass, our LWML treasurer, place it in the collection plate (clearly marked LWML), or bring it to the next LWML meeting on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.  Don’t forget to bring your mites to the meeting!

Youth ushers for April are Caleb Buuck and Paul Drier.  Cheryl Bultemeyer and Jan Buuck will be serving on Altar Guild.

Council Members:  The minutes from the March 3, 2009 Council Meeting can be found in your slots in the entranceways of church.  You may pick them up as you leave the worship service this morning.  The next Council meeting is set for Tuesday, April 7, at 8 p.m.

The April Quarterly Voters’ Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in church.  Normally this meeting is scheduled for the second Sunday of the month.  This year, Easter is also on that date, so the meeting needed to be rescheduled to another date.  Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this important meeting of the church.

When going through your closets, remember Immanuel House.  Your clean, gently used items can be placed in the box in the Parish Hall near the east door.  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—lightweight new spring jackets, new hooded sweatshirts, new socks, 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!

A Decatur area church summer co-ed slow-pitch softball league is now forming with games to be played on Sunday afternoons in Decatur.  You must be 18 years old to play.  If anyone is interested in this league, you must contact Zion Lutheran Church (724-7177) in Decatur by Monday, March 30.

You can enjoy brunch at the Seminary next Sunday, April 5.  Brunch is served in the Katherine Luther Dining Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Music this month is by The Shepherd’s Brass. Purchase your tickets at CLHS for $11 and half of the proceeds from this ticket will go into the Concordia Lutheran High School need-based scholarship fund.  Tickets are available at Concordia Lutheran High School, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Trinity Lutheran Church, 7819 Decatur Road in Ft. Wayne is having a Rummage and Bake Sale on Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4.  Hours on Thursday and Friday are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Saturday, hours are 9 a.m. to noon with a $2 bag sale or three bags for $5.  There is a large assortment of good, usable items.

Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI) will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 19, at Goeglein’s, 7311 Maysville Road in Ft. Wayne at 1 p.m.  Reservations for the buffet luncheon must be made by April 13.  Please contact Annette Diemer at LSSI, 330 Madison Street, Ft. Wayne, IN  46802, by e-mail at aldiemer@lssin.org, or by calling her at 969-3355.

St. John Lutheran Church (Flatrock), 12912 Franke Road in Monroeville has a Spring Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18.  Hours on Friday are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.  There will be a $2 bag sale on Saturday.

Trinity Lutheran Church’s Men’s Club invites you to come and get some Nelson’s port-o-pit chicken on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southtown Wal-Mart parking lot.  The cost is $6 for one-half chicken.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing matching funds.

Watermelon, sunscreen, moonwalk, music, food, fellowship…what do these all have in common?  Our church picnic, of course!  The picnic is on Saturday, June 20.  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 DesJean, or Lisa Bultemeier.  Thank you!

Do you want an adventure this summer?  Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to Camp Lutherhaven where you can swim, hike, fish, go boating, climb Muncie Mountain, practice your archery skill, play sports and games, meet new friends, raid the canteen, and gather each night around an evening campfire.  Choose from a wide variety of unique camping experiences, and get ready for some excitement!  You can also take in all these activities during the celebration of their 60th anniversary on August 2.  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.

To Our Friedheim Family, We wish to express our thanks for the many words of comfort, cards, food, visits, prayers, and the Christian care and concern shown to and for us during the time of Gerhard’s illness and passing.  We would especially like to thank Pastor Dahling for his many visits and prayers.  All these gestures made some difficult days easier to bear.  May the Lord continue to bless each and every one of you.  – The family of Gerhard Werling

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 250; Sunday School – 51; Bible Class – 14; Monday Evening Bible Class – 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 9; Early-bird Bible Class – 20; Midweek Lenten Worship Service – 62



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions - 3/18


Missions - 3/22


Wyneken Contributions (through March 22) - $6,823, with a year-to-date total of  $12,408.

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.  (Please remember that Wyneken’s spring break is that week and the last day of school prior to break was March 27.)  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. 

Think of SCRIP when making your purchases.  The Next Page Bookstore & More certificates are now available in $5 denominations.   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.

Market Day Internet orders are due by 11 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Thursday, April 2.  Delivery will take place on Tuesday, April 7, from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Please note that some dates changed because of Wyneken’s spring break and that the pick-up time has been changed from the information in last week’s bulletin.  Any questions?  Contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

Wyneken’s Spring Break is this week—East Allen’s Spring Break.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 6.

Enrollment forms for the 2009-2010 school year were mailed to Wyneken families on Friday, March 20.  If you don’t receive yours in a timely manner, please contact Wyneken.  (Remember, the school is closed this week due to spring break.)  The forms are to be returned by April 10 to avoid a $25 late fee.  (This late fee only applies to returning families.)  A pre-school program for three and four year olds will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, while a pre-kindergarten program for four and five year olds will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings (and afternoons if the numbers warrant it).  The kindergarten program is a five-day full day program.

The Wyneken Mini 4-H club will hold meetings each Tuesday in April.  Meetings will run from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the cafetorium.  All children in kindergarten through 2nd grade are eligible.  Extra enrollment forms will be available at the first meeting on the 7th.  Dues are $6 and can be brought to this meeting.  Parent helpers are still needed.  If you have questions or would like to help, please contact Sharon Franke (623-3992) or Cindy Gallmeyer (724-4047). 

The final PTL meeting of the year will be held on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m.  On the agenda, election of officers and finalizing the budget.  Our 8th graders will provided free childcare for your children while you attend this meeting. 

Think Spring!  It’s time to plan out your gardens.  As in the past, the 7th grade class is selling certificates to McNamara’s and The Grainery.  You may purchase these certificates now through April.  The certificates are good until May 31.  For more details or to purchase some certificates, please contact any Wyneken 7th grader.  Friedheim’s 7th graders are Trevor Black, Kolton Everett, Anna Franke, Freddy Geels, Ryan Hockemeyer, Kaity Jenkins, and Alyssa Strickler.  Thanks for supporting the class’s efforts in raising funds for their DC trip next spring. 

The Beginner and Advanced Bands will participate in a Spring Solo & Ensemble Recital on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.  You are invited to attend.

Spring ISTEP testing will take place beginning on April 27 and continue through May 6 for students in grades 3-8.  Parents, please avoid scheduling appointments or taking vacation days during this time.

Grandparent/Special Friend Day is Friday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  More information will be available after Spring Break. 

North Adams will have their annual Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, April 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Monmouth Elementary School.  All students that will be in the kindergarten program at Wyneken for the 2009-2010 school year will need to attend this meeting.  Information on school physicals, immunizations, dental exams, and eye exams, which are required by Indiana law to attend school, will be handed out at this meeting.  Kindergarten students need to be current on their immunizations and have the required exams completed prior to the first day of school in August.  If you cannot attend Round-Up, please contact the Wyneken school office so that they can send the packet of information to you when it becomes available.

Other dates to remember:  April 27-May 1 – Spring Scholastic Book Fair; May 26 – Spring Music Concert (chimes, choirs, bands)


Congratulations to all our Wyneken wrestlers for a runner-up finish at this year’s LSAA Senior Tournament.  Wyneken edged out Central by one-half point to secure second place.  Jacob Bergman captured first place with a pin in the 144 lb. weight class.  The following Friedheim members also earned placements:  Kyle Freimuth finished in 3rd place at the 115 lb. class; Freddie Geels, 2nd in the 168 lb. weight class; and Ryan Hockemeyer, 5th in the 160 lb.  weight class.  Congratulations to all!

Voluntary soccer practices will be held over spring break on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (times not listed).  The first game for both squads (JV and varsity) is on Wednesday, April 15, at Wyneken.  St. Paul will be the opponent.  The JV game is at 4:15 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 5:30 p.m.

Heritage High School is sponsoring volleyball clinics for students in grades 5-8.  There are three sessions left (one in April, May, and June).  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 and Bible Class
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
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 @ Dorothy Heckman's


9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open
SATURDAY 4:30 p.m. Manley/Beard Wedding


April 5 9:00 a.m.

Palm Sunday Worship Service with Holy Communion

(re-affirmation of confirmation vows)
Baptism of Ashlyn Nicole Baumann
10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class
April 6 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
April 7 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
April 8 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
April 9 8:00 a.m. Thrivent meeting @ Adams Memorial
8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
1:00 p.m. Woodcrest Chapel
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion

April 10

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open

7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service of Darkness with Holy Communion
April 11 8:00 a.m. Easter flowers needed at church

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

Thoughts to Ponder

God’s Love Draws Us to Him 

Only Jesus, the Savior, on Whose suffering, death, and resurrection we focus during this time of Lent, can meet all our needs.  His love for us and the salvation He has earned for us draw us away from the pull of the world, away from our own selfish desires, away from that which leads to sin and death.  His love draws us to Himself, to service to others, to using our gifts as we have been blessed in the building up of the Church.  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Prayer:  O Lord, You graciously look on me, not as I deserve, but through Jesus’ eyes of love and forgiveness.  You guard me through this life and keep me safe for eternity.  Give me a readiness to speak of the sacrifice of Your Holy Son Who gave His life for me and all who believe.  Through Christ Who calls me to be a steward for Him.  Amen.