Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing one of our guest registries.  There is a registry in either entrance way of the church.   We welcome you to join us in any of our worship and program life during this season of Advent.  If you wish to commune this morning, please complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entrance way of the church.  You may place the card in the offering plate or give it to one of the Deacons. 
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Advent 3
December 17, 2000

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Choral Prelude "Advent Joy"
Order of Worship TLH Page 46
Opening Hymn "Hark the Glad Sound" TLH #66 ©
The Choir  "Once in Royal David's City"
The Readings Reasons to Rejoice
Zephaniah 3:14-18 Rejoice for God is with you
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord who is at hand
Luke 3:7-18 Rejoice over the news of Christ's coming
Sermon Hymn "Joy to the World" TLH #87 ©

"Good News - Bad News"
Luke 3:7-18

1. The Bad News
2. The Good News

Gathering of Morning Offerings "Away in a Manger" - The Choir
Installation of Church Council Members
Prayers for the People of God at Friedheim
The Lord's Prayer
The Confession & Absolution
The Words of Institution
The Distribution
Distribution Hymns "O Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee" TLH #58 ©
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing" The Choir
"Hosanna to the Living Lord" TLH #70 ©
The Closing Collect
The Benediction
The Choir "Christmas Classic Celebration"
The Acolyte Hank Dahling


Statement of Communion Practice

Advent means "coming."  Christ came in the flesh at Bethlehem, He comes now in Word and Sacrament, and He will come again in judgment.  As we look forward to His final coming, we find our deepest joy and comfort in His present coming with His very body and blood for our forgiveness.  As we receive the Lord's Supper today, guests desiring to commune are asked to speak with the pastor before the service.  For Scriptural reasons, we practice close communion.


We remember our members celebrating birthdays this week -- Ruth Heckman, Shirley Hormann, Julie Heckman, Zach Stoppenhagen, Sean Bultemeier, Alma Keidel, Veronica Moellering, Tia Lee, Corena Buuck (who is celebrating her 95th birthday) and Larry Caston. We also remember in our prayers our Wyneken cooks, Angie Werling, Sharon Brenneke and Marcia Selking, and our Wyneken custodian, Kim Ehlerding, as well as Cindy Des Jean who teaches in the public school in our prayers.  In addition, we remember Monica Stoppenhagen, one of our Sunday School teachers, in our prayers.  May the Lord continue to guide, direct, and bless their lives.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His presence in their lives. We especially remember Hildegard Kiefer who returned home following a stay in the Extended Care Unit at Adams County Hospital, Joyce Heckman who is a patient at IU Medical Center at Indianapolis and Esther Gallmeyer who is a patient at St. Joe Hospital.

The choir enhances our worship services each Sunday.  This morning we especially wish to thank them for their Christmas gift to us, the gift of song.  May the Lord continue to bless each of you.

Included in this morning's bulletin is a study guide ("Time in the Word") for this week.  Please take a few moments each day to go over this information.  The theme for this week is "How God Sent His Son."  

Make plans to attend our midweek Advent service at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, December 20.  Pastor Dahling's sermon will be "Rejoice in Jesus." 

Listen to The Lutheran Hour.  The show airs on Sunday on WLW (700) out of Cincinnati at 7:00 a.m. and on Van Wert stations WERT (1220) and WKSD (99.7 FM) at 10:30 a.m.  The program can also be heard on Sunday at 8:05 a.m. on WBZD (92.7 FM) and at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on WFCV (1090).  

Christmas boxes have been placed in the furnace room for the congregation to place any gifts for our workers - (Pastor Dahling, Sandy Blomenberg, Marvin Drier, Bob & Ruth Armao, Anne Hess, Jon Smithley and Mark Sedwick.)   If you wish to give a monetary gift, please see one of our Elders (Wally Bultemeier, Dave Conrad, Les Conrad or Jim Fuhrman) and they will make sure the gift reaches the appropriate individual.

There are less than 60 cookbooks left and only 15 “Hints” books available.  If you wish to purchase any for the holiday giving, you may wish to do so soon.  Cookbooks cost $8 each while the Almanac is $4.  You may contact the church office if you wish to purchase a book. 

Church Council members for 2001 will be installed during this morning's worship service.  Newly elected members as well as those who continue to serve will be asked to come forward.  A special thanks to these individuals who willing give so generously of their time for our congregation.  This is also an opportunity to thank our outgoing officers for their contributions to our church.  The election results are as follows:

Vice Chairman- Dennis Werling Elders- Ron Bultemeier
Jim Bultemeyer
Financial Secretary- Sylvia Scheumann Deacons- Mike Conrad
Ryan Linnemeier
Foundation- Larry Hitzfield Trustees- Steve Conrad
Dale Heckman
Board of Education- Phil Franke Evangelism- Scott Hormann

Christmas Eve program practice continues in church this morning following the worship service.  Students in Mrs. Bonnie Buuck’s class will practice in church this morning and then go to the Parish Hall for their class.  

For your convenience there are envelopes in either entrance way of the church in which you may place your contribution to the Wyneken Expansion project.  Make sure your name and offering envelope number are included on the envelope.

Friedheim's men's basketball team will be playing Pleasant Dale on Monday, December 18, at 8:00 p.m. at Monmouth.  They will play Pleasant Mills at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, at  Bellmont Middle School.

The Tabea Society has rescheduled their Christmas party for Noon on Friday, December 29.  The party will be at Lutheran Home.

A special thanks to Tim Blomenberg for getting the word processor in the office back in working order.  Your help was very much appreciated!

Wyneken News

Christmas break begins on December 20.  School resumes on January 3.  The school building will be closed December 20-26 for cleaning and waxing. 

The annual Christmas assembly will be held on Tuesday, December 19, beginning at 12:40 p.m.  Parents, Grandparents and friends are invited to come and be a part of this sing-a-long.

Members and associate members of AAL and Lutheran Brotherhood, who have not yet given a gift for the year 2000, may still give a monetary gift to Wyneken.  Application forms are in either entrance way of the church.  Checks should be made payable to Wyneken Lutheran School and mailed to the school by December 31, 2000.

See Kris Blomenberg if you would like to purchase SCRIP today.

The Hot Lunch Committee would like to have all outstanding lunch debts paid in full for the first half of the school year.  If you have any questions on your account, please contact Darrell Ehlerding at 547-4229 (in the evening, please).

ATTENDANCE: Worship Service - 267; Sunday School - 78; Bible Class - 22


Amount Received

Amount Needed

Home Purpose




$813.00 $346.15

YTD Received

YTD Needed
Home Purpose $228,734.41 $250,317.50
Missions $17,230.00 $17,300.60


TODAY 9:00 A.M.

Worship Service - Holy Communion (Installation of 2001 Council)

10:30 A.M. Sunday School & Bible Class
MONDAY 7:00 P.M. Adult Bible Class
8:00 P.M. Men's Basketball @ Monmouth

Chapel @ Wyneken    

7:00 P.M. Choir
8:00 P.M. Men's Basketball @ BMS
WEDNESDAY 7:30 P.M. Midweek Advent Service  


December 24 9:00 A.M.

Worship Service

10:15 A.M. Sunday School & Bible Class
7:00 P.M. Children's Christmas Eve Program (a hymn sing will begin at 6:30 p.m.)
December 25 9:00 A.M. Christmas Day Worship Service
December 26 7:00 P.M. Men's Basketball @ BMS
December 28 8:00 P.M. Men's Basketball @ BMS
December 29 Noon Tabea Society Christmas Party @ Lutheran Home

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