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

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Palm Sunday
April 5, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service LSB Page 184
The Hymns LSB #593; #442; #546; #547; #971(insert); #900; #443
The Choir “Hosanna”
Readings Lent is a Time of Opportunity

Zechariah 9:9-10

Your King comes to you – a promise
Philippians 2:5-11 In humility, Christ came to earth to die
John 12:12-16 Christ came to Jerusalem to be king
The Sermon

”Ride On, Ride On, In Majesty” – John 12:12-16

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—Don Kitson, Hunter Wilkinson, Max Stoppenhagen, Leesa Heckman, Jerry Bultemeyer, Jill Baumann, Joy Erxleben, Carmela Keuneke, and Teri Conrad.  We remember our assistant Sunday School Superintendent, Amy Walker, our Wyneken 2nd grade teacher, Heidi Werling, as well as Candace McMullan who teaches at Immanuel Lutheran School in Riverside, California.  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, George Geyer, and Connie Darnell (Carol Hitzfield’s sister).

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 Ashlyn Nicole Baumann, daughter of Chad & Jill (Fuleki) Baumann, to church membership through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Gretchen Hudson and Jena Arriaga are Ashlyn’s godmothers.  May the Good Shepherd keep an ever-watchful eye on this most precious of His lambs.

We remember in our prayers Ashley Manley and Jared Beard who were married yesterday afternoon at Friedheim.  May the Lord bless this young couple as they begin their lives together, always being at the center of their home.

This morning we are using the new communion ware, which is dedicated to the glory of God and was purchased through the generosity of numerous members and organizations of our church.  We thank God for the blessings we receive daily and we rejoice in the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation offered to us.

There will be no adult Bible Class this morning (or next Sunday, Easter Sunday).  Adult Bible Class will resume on Sunday, April 19.

Our Holy Week services began with today’s Palm Sunday worship service. This morning we will re-affirm our confirmation vows, as in the past, it was a tradition to have Examination on Palm Sunday.  Please turn to page 272 in your Lutheran Service Book as we reflect on the vows taken in our youth and renew those vows this morning.  The Maundy Thursday service on April 9 and the Good Friday service on April 10 both begin at 7 p.m., with Holy Communion offered at both services.     

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – The seasons have passed – Advent and Christmas, Epiphany and Lent – and now we celebrate the greatest festival of the Church year: the Resurrection of our Lord.  By this miraculous event, God speaks a great “Yes!”  “Yes!  Christ is risen!”  And because He is risen, we, too, will rise and live eternally.  We rejoice with the Apostle Paul who declared, “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “Life Conquers Death!”

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 Gerhard Werling.

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 sermon, “God’s Friday,” is based on John 19:30.  Many call it Good Friday—but is it, really?   

Kim Weiland (639-3804) is April’s “Meals of Grace” coordinator.  Please contact Kim 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! 

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 today.  Thanks!

Don’t forget to bring your Easter flowers to church by 8 a.m. this Saturday, April 11, if you didn’t purchase them through the Decorating Committee.  If you want acknowledged in the Easter Sunday bulletin, you must contact the church office by tomorrow, April 6.  You can either phone (547-4248) or send an e-mail (churchoffice@zionfriedheim.org) with the needed information (name of donor and name(s) of those being remembered or honored). Thanks!

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 is 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 invites you to their Easter breakfast, served between services on Sunday, April 12.  The menu includes scrambled eggs, ham, smokey links, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, mixed fruit, breakfast rolls, orange juice, milk, and coffee.  Each youth group member is asked to bring one dozen breakfast rolls, except for the seniors who are to bring one gallon of orange juice.   Youth are asked to be at the Parish Hall by 6 a.m. on Sunday and at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10, for set up.  A freewill donation will be accepted.  Come out and enjoy good food and Christian fellowship!

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!

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.  Because of this meeting, neither the Adult Bible Class nor the Busy Women’s Bible Class will meet on the 13th.

Don’t forget to get your blood pressure checked next week.  Nurses will be available both before and after the worship service.

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.

The Trustees would like to thank all those who helped with grounds clean up on the 28th.  Many projects were completed.  Your willingness to give of your time was so very much appreciated.

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!

Just a reminder that as the mowing season will be here soon, it’s time to remove any cemetery decorations that may impede the mowing process.  You are also reminded that when wishing to borrow items (tables, chairs, roasters, etc.) from the Parish Hall, you need to contact the Parish Hall custodian, Heidi Wilkinson, at 260-402-6250.  Thank you for your help in these matters.

You can enjoy brunch at the Seminary today 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.  

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 Des Jean, or Lisa Bultemeier.  Thank you!

Concordia Theological Seminary is offering a new retreat entitled “Contending for the Faith in the Twenty-First Century.”  This retreat will be held on May 1-2 and will offering presentations on differing topics, such as atheism, Islam, and the historical and practical implications of a Christian witness.  Attendees will come away with a greater confidence and insight into Christian witness in the public arena and will be given the tools to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for the reason for the hope among us” (I Peter 3:15).  The cost of the retreat is $50 and includes lunch and refreshments.  To register, call 260-452-2100, email retreats@ctsfw.edu, or go to www.ctsfw.edu/retreats.

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.

I want to take this time to thank each one of you who has prayed and been attentive to our family during the time of my mom, Karen (Scheumann) Johnson’s illness.  It is very special being new to this church family and have so many show their care and concern.  Mom has completed her treatments and everything looks clear so we are very thankful to the Great Physician.  However, the next two years will be crucial regarding a reoccurrence of the cancer.  Believing in the power of prayer, we value your continued prayers for mom.  Thank you all once again for being par of (sharing in) the healing process for mom and our family.  Sincerely, Leslie Lawson

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 206 with 143 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 31; Bible Class – 22; Monday Evening Bible Class – 5; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 7; Early-bird Bible Class – 19; Midweek Lenten Worship Service – 82

 OFFERINGS LAST WEEK

Fund

Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose

$19,464.00*

Missions - 3/25

$94.51

Missions - 3/29

$215.00

*Includes a transfer of $16,000 from the Wyneken Contributions Fund.

Wyneken News

On Sunday, April 19, we will be honoring Marvin Drier on the occasion of his 25 years in the teaching ministry.  Prior to the luncheon (serving to start at 12:30 p.m. with a meal catered by Norm Schueler) to be held in the old gym at Wyneken, you will have an opportunity to visit with Mr. Drier (starting at noon).  A short program will follow the luncheon.

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.  (Kim will be out of town April 17-19 and April 24-26.  If you will need SCRIP those weekends, please contact her before April 16 or April 23.  Thanks!)

Market Day delivery will take place on Tuesday, April 7, from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Any questions?  Contact Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

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.  The forms are to be returned by April 10 (please remember there is no school on Good Friday, 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.

There is no school this Friday, April 10.  Also, please remember that North Adams does not have school on Monday, April 13.  Students who ride those busses must find transportation to and from school that day.

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 30.  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 following students were on Wyneken’s Honor Roll for the third quarter—Andrew Blomenberg, Anna Franke, Alyssa Strickler, and Brett Hormann.  Achieving Honorable Mention status—Aaron Bergman, Ryan Freimuth, Timi Weiland, Kathryn Jenkins, Taylor Rhymer, Shelby Kiess, and Madison Stoppenhagen,

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)

Sports

The first game for both soccer teams (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.

THIS WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

TODAY 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
11:00 a.m. Brunch at the Seminary
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
7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
THURSDAY 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
8:00 p.m. Choir

FRIDAY

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open

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

NEXT WEEK AT FRIEDHEIM

April 12 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service
7:15 a.m. Easter Breakfast in Parish Hall
9:00 a.m.

Easter Festival Worship Service with Holy Communion

Blood Pressure Clinic 

April 13 7:00 p.m. Quarterly Voters’ Meeting
April 14 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
7:30 p.m. LWML Meeting
April 15 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
April 16 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Adele Blomenberg’s

April 17

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open
April 18 Conrad/Curtis Wedding

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

What are the best gifts to give?  From “What An Angel Might Say perpetual calendar (Mostly Memories, Inc., 2001, March 29 entry), the answer is as follows:

To your friend – loyalty;
To your enemy – forgiveness;
To your boss – service;
To a child – a good example;
To your parents – gratitude and devotion;
To your wedding mate – love and faithfulness;