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

Mr. Lowell Timm, Principal, Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School
Mrs. Sandy Blomenberg, Director of Music

We welcome you to Friedheim on this first Sunday in May.  If you will be communing with us, please fill out a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church and they may be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.   Take a moment to read the Statement of Communion Practice, prior to going to communion.  If you are visiting us this morning, please sign your name in one of our guest registries in either entranceway of the church.  Please visit with us again soon.    


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Easter 4-Confirmation Sunday
May 3, 2009

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

LSB Page 184



The Ringing of the Church Bell



The Processional Hymn (please rise)

LSB #666

“O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe”



The Invocation


In the Name of God, the Father, Who created us; in the Name of God, the Son, Who redeemed us; in the name of God, the Holy Ghost, Who gave us eternal life.





An Act of Adoration


Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord!


Give us a joyous shout in honor of the rock of our salvation!


Come before Him with thankful hearts.


Let us sing him psalms of praise.


For the Lord is a great God, the Great King of all ages:


He controls the formation of the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains:  All are His;


He made the sea and formed the land;


They too are His.


Come, kneel before the Lord, our Maker.


For He is our God.


We are His sheep;


And He is our Shepherd.


Oh, that you would hear His calling you today, and come to Him!





An Act of Confession (in unison)

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You alone.  We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, so that we can be the children You would have us to be.



The Absolution

Come, receive the power of His Holy Spirit, which cleanses, heals, and empowers each one of us to a new life.  Wake up afresh, to be cleansed from all of your sin.  You have been forgiven.  Now you are free to live for the reason you were created.  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The Choir

“A Faithful Shepherd is My Lord”



The Lessons

The Risen Good Shepherd

Acts 4:23-33 The risen Shepherd emboldens and unifies His sheep
1 John 3:16-24 The risen Shepherd feeds us with knowledge
John 10:11-18 The Good Shepherd dies for His sheep and rises



The Confession of Faith (The Nicene Creed)

LSB Page 191



The Sermon Hymn

LSB #685

“Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus”



The Sermon

“Fact, Faith, Feelings” – Ephesians 2:8-9



The Gathering of the Morning Offerings 




The Rite of Confirmation


After the Confirmands receive the blessing, we ask the congregation to stand and join in a prayer of commitment to Jesus Christ.  As we think of the day when we spoke our vows, may this confession renew our faith that we might more diligently and faithfully serve Him and walk in His ways.



The Pledge of Commitment to Christ (in unison)


Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and King, we look to You today, as we pledge ourselves anew to the faith and work of Your kingdom.  Forgive our failures of the past, and enable us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to lift anew our hearts and our minds, that we may constantly serve You and love You, as You have served and loved us.  Dear Savior, accept our hearts this day, and make them always Yours.  Amen.



The Intercessions for the Confirmands and the People of God at Friedheim



The Lord’s Prayer




The Consecration of the Elements




The Distribution 


The confirmation class will commune as a class, followed by the congregation.



The Distribution Hymns


“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”

LSB #709

“The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”

LSB #710

“Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”

LSB #711

“Have No Fear, Little Flock”

LSB #735



The Closing Collect

“Go, My Children, with My Blessing”



The Benediction




The Recessional Hymn

LSB #740

“I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”



+ Soli Deo Gloria +



The Acolyte

Alex Miller

The Organist

Sandy Blomenberg

The Pastor

Rev. Daniel F. Dahling

Sermon Text

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.    

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.

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, you can find communion cards in either entranceway of the church.  You may put your completed card in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons.  Please come and worship with us again soon.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Don Erxleben, Jim Riemke, Perry Caston, Tim Blomenberg, Kayla Johnson, Lorenz Conrad, Gilbert Hartmann, Allison Hormann, Brittany Bergdall, and Anna Buuck.  We remember our 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School teacher, Tina Geels, our Wyneken teacher’s aides, Susie Ehlerding, Hollie Hormann, LaDonna McBride, and Gemila Rabel, as well as Cindy Des Jean who teaches at Bellmont High School.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We remember the nine young people, our catechumens, who will receive the Rite of Confirmation this morning—Alan, Jacob, Kyle, Ryan, Brett, Shelby, Katie, Ben, and Madison.  Flowers have been placed on the altar to the glory of God and in honor of these young people.  May the Great Teacher continue to guide and direct them and may their faith continue to grow.  May the Lord’s blessings be bestowed on each of them.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We especially remember Elfurt Blomenberg (Adams Memorial), Lynn Fuhrmann, Jim Riemke, Dick Hileman, Donna Hileman, and Connie Darnell (Carol Hitzfield’s sister).

We remember in our prayers the friends and family of William White, grandfather of the Bergdall children, who was called to his heavenly home last Sunday morning and was given Christian burial on Thursday, April 30.  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 Richard & Margaret Buuck in our prayers as they will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary this Friday, May 8.  May our Heavenly Father be their constant companion and remain at the center of their home.

We remember in our prayers Marvin & Lorena (Witte) Hockemeyer, parents of Randy Hockemeyer, who were married here at Friedheim 50 years ago on May 1 by Rev. Albert Fenner.  They will receive friends and family at an open house in our Parish Hall this afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  This reception is hosted by their children Randy (Trisha) Hockemeyer and Robin (Rod) Hormann.  The flowers on the altar have been placed there, with much love and admiration, by their children and grandchildren to the glory of God and in honor of this special day.  May our loving Savior continue to bless and guide them, remaining at the center of their home.

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, 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), Nic 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 – The Lord promises to bless those who thankfully acknowledge and respond to Him as Lord of all.  We are blessed so that we may generously give to others and bring glory and honor to God as His kingdom is extended.  “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).

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

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 Richard & Margaret Buuck’s 66th wedding anniversary, sponsored by their family.

You can listen to Issues, Etc., when you want and want you want at www.isuesetc.org. Issues, Etc. is produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.

Listen 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.

Trisha Hockemeyer (547-4744) is May’s “Meals of Grace” coordinator.  Please contact Trisha if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church.

Grinsfelder has now given two presentations, on January 11 and on April 28, showing a possible way to create a gathering area and place bathrooms on the main floor of the church and to add classroom space, kitchen area, and offices.   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.  Conceptual drawings for a Parish Hall type addition have also been (or will soon be) placed on the website.  You might especially want to check out the Expansion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to see if one of your questions is answered there.  There will be one more informational meeting to present these conceptual drawings of a Parish Hall and to take questions.  The second informational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, following the worship service.  Questions or comments should be directed to the following:  Chairman of the Congregation – Mike Conrad (547-4717), Chairman of the Elders – John Nidlinger (724-9920), and Planning Committee Representative – Mike Werling (639-6132). 

Still want a Friedheim calendar?  There still available and now for only $10.  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.



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

Council Members:  If you haven’t picked up last month’s Council minutes, they can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  The next Council meeting is this Tuesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

Keep Immanuel House in your thoughts when you are cleaning out your closets.  Your clean, gently used items can be placed in the box in the Parish Hall near the east door and Joe Gorman will deliver them to Immanuel House.  Thank you for your generous support of this ministry.

Next Sunday we will take a few moments and honor those Sunday School students who have faithfully attended class throughout the year.  In addition, our 2nd graders (Jacob Baumann, Carrington Bultemeier, Emma Buuck, Tori Johnson, Payton Lengerich, and Tanner Walker) will receive Bibles and our 6th graders (Alex Baumann, Andy Blomenberg, Elliot Gehres, Kathryn Jenkins, Kayla Johnson, Meghan Manley, and Carissa Schultz) will receive Luther’s Small Catechism.  If your child is a baptized member at Friedheim, is a 2nd or 6th grader, and is not on the above list, please contact the church office immediately so that their names can be included next Sunday to receive a Bible or catechism.  Thank you

Next Sunday will also be the last day for Sunday School for this school year.  Traditionally a picnic has been held; however, since it’s Mother’s Day, it was decided to serve light refreshments after church (donuts, fruit, and drink) instead.

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!

Are you willing to help with our Sunday School program?  We are looking for an individual who would volunteer to serve as Assistant Sunday School Superintendent for the 2009-2010 school year.  This individual would then become the Sunday School Superintend the following year.  If you have questions or would be willing to be a part of this program, please contact a member of the School Board (Mitch Baumann, Randy Hockemeyer, or Scott Hormann) or our current Sunday School administrators—Kristin Scheumann, our Sunday School Superintendent, or Amy Walker, the Assistant Sunday School Superintendent.  Thanks!

The Adams County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will again participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This event is an 18-hour celebration of life for cancer survivors, a memorial for loved ones lost, and a rally for the community to fight cancer. This year the Relay will be held at Adams Central School in Monroe on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27. If you would like to collect donations, participate in the walk, and receive a Relay for Life T-shirt, you need to complete a registration form today. All cancer survivors are encouraged to participate. Thrivent will contribute additional funds to all donations collected. Please contact Leesa Heckman (724-4340) to get your registration form and participant’s packet. Thanks!

The church picnic is set for Saturday, June 20.  Your help is needed!  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!

Donna Hileman is our Lutheran Home Key Lady and, therefore, a member of the Lutheran Home Auxiliary.  In this position, Donna has served as a liaison between our congregation and Lutheran Home.  Lutheran Home assigns our congregation dates to bring birthday cakes (usually once a year) for the month and to assist residents to their Sunday worship services by pushing wheelchairs (once or twice per year). Donna then asks for donations or assistance for those dates. There is no need for cakes for the remainder of the year.  However, our congregation has been assigned July 5 to push wheelchairs.  (The youth group will be unable to help on the 5th, so other individuals or groups are needed for that day.)  Donna also contacted the church office with information concerning upcoming activities (card party, chicken BBQ, ice cream social, garage sale, etc.) that should be publicized.  If you would like to serve in this capacity or need more information, please contact Mike Conrad (547-4717) or Pastor Dahling as soon as possible.

Would you be willing to serve as our lay delegate to the convention to be held in Ft. Wayne this summer?  The District Convention will be held on June 25 and 26.  If you would be willing to go, please contact Mike Conrad (547-4717) or Pastor Dahling as soon as possible.

As a way of assisting the Decatur community during these difficult economic times, Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W Monroe St, will offer free suppers to anyone in Adams County and the surrounding area on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. now through, Thursday, June 4.  After the meal, there will be a Bible study available for adults, teens, and children for those who wish to stay.  Donations and helpers are greatly needed as this is not a budgeted project; it is a ministry.  Please contact Sandy Criswell (724-8414) if you can help.

Spring has sprung, and you’re invited to experience the uniqueness of Camp Lutherhaven this summer!  Come for the week or make plans to attend the celebration of Camp’s 60th year in ministry.  The summer theme is “seasons of Life” based on John 10:10.  Camp Lutherhaven is registering campers of all ages for all sorts of exciting camping experiences lasting from one through six days.  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.

The Decatur FastPitch Softball League is sponsoring at golf outing at Grey Goose on Saturday, May 16.  The cost is $200 per four-man team.  Contact Jason Buuck (623-6535) if you are interested in participating or need more information (start time, for example) concerning the event.

You are invited to the First Sunday Brunch at Ft. Wayne’s Seminary in the Katherine Luther Dining Hall today.  Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Tickets are $11 for adults.  If you purchase them at Concordia High School, half of the purchase price will be donated to the High School’s Tuition Assistance Fund.

New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian is having a Senior Citizen’s Dinner and program on Thursday, May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall.  There will be a sing-a-long with Ed Higgins and entertainment by the Mossburg Strings.  A freewill offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the food.  Please all the church office at New Hope (622-7954) by tomorrow if you wish to attend. 

There is information concerning Lutheran Home/Concord Village Bargain Bonanza Extravaganza Garage Sale on May 7, 8, and 9, Lutheran Home’s Antique Appraisal Show on Thursday, May 21, and their Memorial Chapel Hymnal Project.  Please take the time to look over the information and see if you want to participate in any of these events.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 274; Sunday School – 19; Busy Women’s Bible Class - 5; Early-bird Bible Class – 19



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose




Wyneken News

Think of SCRIP when making your purchases.  SCRIP is available daily in the school office or by contacting any SCRIP representative (Kim Weiland is our SCRIP rep).  You can see Kim this morning or e-mail her at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

We pray for safe travel as the upper grades have field trips this week.  The 8th grade class is heading to Washington, DC on Monday evening, returning on Saturday, May 9.  The sixth graders will be at Camp Lutherhaven from Wednesday-Friday this week and the 7th grade class will head to the Henry Ford Museum on Friday.

The Wyneken Class of 2010 will have a Mother’s Day BBQ chicken dinner.  The cost is $5 for one-half chicken.  Today is the last day to purchase pre-sale tickets!  See a 7th grader today to get your tickets.  Friedheim’s 7th graders are Trevor Black, Kolton Everett, Anna Franke, Freddie Geels, Ryan Hockemeyer, Kaity Jenkins, and Alyssa Strickler.  Thanks for supporting the class’s efforts in raising funds for their DC trip next spring.  Serving will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continues until 12:30 p.m.  (Usually serving stops at approximately 11:30 a.m. here at Friedheim and the remaining chicken is taken over to Bingen for pick up.)

Market Day pick up is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, between 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, you can call Sharon Franke at 623-3992.

Would you like to help promote Wyneken?  Yard signs are available encouraging enrolling children at Wyneken.  It would be wonderful to get more of these signs out in the community, especially if you are in a high-traffic area.  For your convenience signs can be picked up in either entranceway of the church.  Thanks for your help!

 The last day to take an AR test to qualify for any of the awards trips is Tuesday, May 19.  The last day to chick out library books is Friday, May 15.  All books need to be returned by Wednesday, May 20.

Wyneken will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, May 4, for teacher in-service.  Neither North Adams nor East Allen schools will provide transportation home that day.  Please make arrangements for your children to get home tomorrow.  Remember if you need to use childcare, contact them at 639-6064.

Circle Friday, May 15, on your calendar as this is the night for the PTL’s Family Square Dance.  Bill Werling and the band, Breakaway, will be feature.  The Hayloft’s doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  A family pass (for all members in your household) can be purchased for $30.  Individual tickets are $7.  See Corbin Bultemeier for pre-sale tickets.  Tickets are also available in the school office.

The chapel offerings have been designated to the Confessional Lutheran Education Foundation to help pay for a mission trip that Pastor Daniel Brege of St. Paul’s will be taking to Sri Lanka, Ghana, or another site.  His destination and departure date are not known at this time and will not be known until he gets closer to raising the $5,000 needed for the trip.

A joint worship service is being planned for Sunday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Wyneken.  This service will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.  The service will be held at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School in the gymnasium.  Brain German, a former student at Wyneken who is currently serving his vicarage, will be preaching.  Special music will be presented by the adult choirs of Bingen, Friedheim, and Preble, the Wyneken choir, the Wyneken chimes, and the Wyneken band (with Sam Steiner, a Wyneken 5th grader on keyboard).  A spaghetti dinner, catered by the 7th grade class, will follow the worship service and be served in the cafetorium.  A free will offering will be accepted for the meal.  Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this service.

Please take a moment to look at the reservation form concerning the meal on the 17th that is included in today’s bulletin and complete and return it today.  To help in planning the meal, the 7th grade class is asking for your assistance so that they can get a guestimate of how many people will come to the meal.   They would hate to run out of food, or on the other hand, have way too much left over.   There will be boxes in either entranceway of the church for you to leave this form.  Thank you!

Eighth grade graduation is at Preble at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1.  The last day of school is Tuesday, June 2.  Summer office hours, 9 a.m. to noon, begin on June 3.


The JV soccer team plays on Monday, May 4, at 4:15 p.m. at Wyneken.

The athletic banquet for our 7th and 8th grade athletes is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, at 5 p.m.  Don’t forget to bring a dish to share!

Heritage High School is sponsoring a non-contact basic skills camp for boys in grades 1-6 on May 19-21 from 3:20 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage.  The cost is $40.  You can pick up a registration form in the school office or go on-line at www.heritagehsfootball.com.


May 3 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with HC (Confirmation)

10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
May 4 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
May 5 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  7:00 p.m.

Elders’ Meeting

  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
May 6 All Day Tabea Society
8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
7:00 p.m. Choir
May 7 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman's
May 8 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open


May 10 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service (Choir Service & Sunday School Recognition)

10:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
May 11 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. Busy Women's Bible Study
May 12 6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class
  7:30 p.m. Altar Guild
May 13 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House Open
May 14 9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  7:00 p.m. Board of Education
May 15 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Immanuel House open

 Confirmation Class of 2009

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.    - Ephesians 2:8-9

Alan William Bergdall


Brian Bergdall & Donna (White) Bergdall


November 20, 1994


February 12, 1995 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bluffton, Indiana


Richard A. Smith; Ranee M. Myers

Confirmation Verses:

  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.  – Matthew 25:35
  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. – Psalm 37:5
Jacob Lee Bergman


Toney & Debra (Kiess) Bergman


August 2, 1994


August 28, 1994 at Zion, Friedheim


Cynthia Des Jean; Rick Burkhalter; Kevin Burkhalter

Confirmation Verses:



I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13




If you continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32

Kyle Jacob Freimuth


Gregg & Stephanie (Jordan) Freimuth


October 22, 1994


February 5, 1995 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gar Creek


Stacie Martin; Laura Freimuth

Confirmation Verses:

  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
  God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1
Ryan Neil Gross


Matthew Gross & Jan (Keller) Gross         


April 27, 1994


September 3, 1994 at Zion United Church of Christ


Michael Fick; Elizabeth Souder

Confirmation Verses:


I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13                 

  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. – John 10:27-28

Brett Allen Hormann


Scott & Hollie (Dafforn) Hormann


September 15, 1994


October 30, 1994 a Zion, Friedheim


Tracy & Debra Stevens

Confirmation Verses:

  I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13
  I am the Vine, ye are the branches.  He that abideth in Me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. – John 15:5

Shelby Jene Kiess


Duane & Lisa (Gilpin) Kiess


January 19, 1995


February 12, 1995 at Zion, Friedheim


Cynthia Des Jean; Nanette Nidlinger

Confirmation Verses:

  Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. – Psalm 71:3
  I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me. – John 14:6

Katie Lynn Linnemeier


Michael & Rhonda (Miller) Linnemeier


November 9, 1994


November 27, 1994 at Zion Lutheran Church, Bull Rapids, Woodburn, Indiana


Ryan Linnemeier; Kevin Linnemeier

Confirmation Verses:

  I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. – John 8:12b
  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. – Acts 16:31

Benjamin Wayne Miller


Michael & Dawn (Gallmeyer) Miller


July 20, 1994


August 14, 1994 at Zion, Friedheim


Dan Gallmeyer; Jon Gallmeyer; Bill Miller

Confirmation Verses:

  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27

Madison Renae Stoppenhagen


Kent & Monica (Liechty) Stoppenhagen


August 20, 1994


September 18, 1994 at Zion, Friedheim


James Everett, Jr.; Tab Liechty

Confirmation Verses:

  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
  The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the Strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1 

A Confirmation Prayer

May God show you favor
And smile on you, I pray,
And bless your confirmation,
On this, your special day.

May you never waiver,
Where the scriptures are concerned,
And always keep within your heart
These lessons you have learned.

 Take all your problems to the Lord
And in Him confide
And in trials and temptations,
May He always be your guide.

As you mature in Christ,
May you grow strong in every way
And continue the life you’ve started
On this your confirmation day.

 Ramona K. Cecil