2019 MAY MESSENGER

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THE MESSENGER

ALSACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.alsacelutheranchurch.org

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/alsacelutheran

2201 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA 19605

Phone: 610-929-8727

Fax: 610-929-5397

Morning Worship: 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

8:15 Service Broadcast live over 1340AM

Streamed on the Internet at www.iheart.com

Sunday School for all ages – 9:30 a.m.

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”

May 2019

Mother’s Love

-Unknown

Mother’s love is like an island

In life’s ocean, vast and wide,

A peaceful, quiet shelter

From the wind, the rain, the tide.

It is bound on the north by hope,

By patience on the west,

By tender counsel on the south

And on the east by rest.

Above it like a beacon light

Shine faith, and truth, and prayer;

And through the changing scenes of life

I find a haven there.

“The Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to his disciples,

was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”

(Mark 16:19)

“Jesus led his disciples out as far as Bethany,

and, lifting up his hand, he blessed them.

While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them

and was carried up into heaven.”

(Luke 24:50-51)

            Ascension Day is always observed 40 days after Easter, and it always falls on a Thursday.  Ascension Day commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven after His resurrection on Easter Sunday.  The biblical account of the ascension of Jesus is found in four places: Matthew 28:16-20;

Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:50-53; and Acts 1:6-11.

            During the 40-day period before Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus preached and intermingled with His disciples and many of His followers.  We call these the “post-resurrection” appearances.  After 40 days, Jesus called together His 11 disciples (Judas Iscariot had died) and gave them their final blessing and commission.

            According to church tradition, Ascension Day was first celebrated in the year 68 AD.  Some of the rituals of Ascension Day include putting out the Easter (Paschal) candle; processions with torches and banners; and the blessing of fruits and vegetables.  In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated on Ascension Day.  This tradition dates back to the 18th century when prizes were awarded to fathers after Ascension Day parades.  An old tradition in England is that if it is sunny on Ascension Day, it will be a warm summer; but if it rains, there will be a poor harvest, and livestock will suffer from disease.  In Sweden, people go into the woods very early in the morning of Ascension Day to hear the birds at sunrise.  It is said to be good luck if a cuckoo bird is heard from the east or west.

            This year, Ascension Day falls on May 30.  The Alsace Senior Club has sponsored an Ascension Day service for many years.  Everyone is welcome to attend the worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel.  During our Ascension Day observance, we remember all those individuals who have ascended to heaven since the previous Ascension Day.

            Ten days after Ascension Day is the Day of Pentecost which commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples  Pentecost ends the church cycle of Easter that begins the long season of Pentecost. 

            The final words of Jesus as He ascended into heaven are these: “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  May we always remember this promise and be assured that wherever we go and whatever we do, our Risen and Ascended Lord is with us!

With Confident Hope,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Funeral

John C. Beil

CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor

Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus

Mr. David Rutt, Music Director

Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary

Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS

Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent

Mrs. Barbara Coller, Council Secretary

Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary

COUNCIL MEMBERS/TERM EXPIRES

         John Funk                                                                    End of 2020                    

         Kimberly Grinage – President                               End of 2019                                     

         Samantha Grinage                                                End of 2020       

         Peggy Harter                                                         End of 2020        

         Jeffrey Klinger                                                    End of 2019      

         Payton Mentzer                                                 End of 2020     

         Donald Moll                                                           End of 2021                                                

         Mary Pachuilo                                                       End of 2019                                                          

         Evelyn Sheetz                                                     End of 2021       

         Gerald Speicher – Vice President                         End of 2021                         

         Janet Weidner                                                       End of 2019

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Every Sunday at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

(The liturgical color for each Sunday is listed in parenthesis)

May 5 (white) – The 3rd Sunday of Easter, Sacrament of Holy Communion

                           2:00 p.m. Abbreviated Worship with Holy Communion

May 12 (white) – 4th Sunday of Easter; Mother’s Day

May 19 (white) – 5th Sunday of Easter

May 26 (white) – 6th Sunday of Easter; Memorial Day Observance

May 30 (Thursday) – Ascension Day Worship, 10:00 a.m., sponsored by the Alsace Senior Club

June 2 (white) – 7th Sunday of Easter

June 9 (red) – The Day of Pentecost; Holy Communion; Confirmation

Sharing the Ministry of Alsace

Be sure to tell others about the ministry of Alsace:

It is a welcoming and friendly congregation.  There is always inspiration and hope, not to mention good food!  The people of Alsace have a sense of purpose and mission of serving others.  Alsace centers its congregational life on the grace of God, which is for all people.  Start spreading the news; that is, the “Good News” of God’s love and the ministry and mission of Alsace.

Church Camp 2019

August 4 – 9, 2019

Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA

Camp is for all children/youth age 6 through 18 years old

2019 Theme: “Soar – Navigating God’s Grace”

“Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles.”

(Isaiah 40:31)

Registration Forms are available at the church!

Deadline to register is June 30

A $35 Deposit reserves your spot!

Cost is $175 per person, which includes lodging, food, crafts, & camp shirt

(Financial assistance is available – speak to Pastor Nelson)

No one should miss out on camp because of money!

Hearing Devices

Wireless hearing devices are available to those who need or desire them for our worship services.

They may be obtained by seeing Lee Strause on a Sunday morning.

Hospital Admissions

Please inform the church office when a member is hospitalized or admitted to a health care facility, including room numbers.  Due to the HIPPA laws, information about hospital and health

care facility admissions is limited and often restricted.  Without your help, we cannot track and follow up with visits and prayers.

How to Become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church

Speak to Pastor Nelson if you are interested in membership, or know someone who might be!

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –

Simply call the church office (610-929-8727), give the secretary the name of your previous church, and we will request a Letter of Transfer.

If you are a member of another Christian Church –

Simply contact the Pastor, and you will be invited to a New Member class, after which you will join Alsace by Affirmation of Faith.

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

In addition to the items listed below, the Pantry is also looking for plastic grocery bags for the distribution.  Bags can be put in the same box with the other items. 

Donations of the following items are most needed, as these items are not readily available from the Food Bank: toilet paper; paper towels; bath soap; laundry detergent; fabric softener; Kleenex; shampoo; toothpaste.  Bring any donations to church and place them in the box marked “Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.” 

Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

The MCFP is looking for some new volunteers who can help with the distribution, which is the third Thursday of every month.  Help is especially needed from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. to help the clients bring their food to their cars.  For more information or to volunteer, please speak to Pastor Nelson.

Reading Fightin’ Phils

The Youth Group is selling tickets for the Faith & Family Night baseball game on Thursday, June 13 at 7:10 p.m.  The cost is $7 per person for a seat in the green section of the grandstand.  Deadline to sign up and pay for the tickets is Sunday, May 12.  Checks should be made payable to Alsace Youth Group.

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays (all times are 8:15 and 10:45, unless otherwise noted):

May 5 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.); June 9 (Day of Pentecost & Confirmation); August 4;

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule, cont.

September 1; October 6 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.); November 3; December 1

Notes: There will be no Communion service in July;

2:00 p.m. Communion Services will be held on May 5 and October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club

Payment ($100 per person) for the trip to Fulton Theater on Wednesday, July 10, is due to Pat Coller no later than May 15.

Tuesday, May 28 – Green Grove Gardens

Farmhouse family style dinner and concert, “God Bless America.”

Ascension Day Service – Thursday, May 30, 10:00 a.m.

Service in the Kissinger Chapel – will memorialize all our Senior Club members who passed away since Ascension Day, 2018.  Coffee hour will follow.

If you have any questions about membership, please contact Gerald Speicher at 610-929-9623.

If you want to sign up for any trips or have questions about any trips, please contact Pat Coller at 610-929-8275 or Michelle Shunk at 424-333-5311.

Gift certificates can be purchased throughout the year from Irene Stoudt.  You may call her at 610-929-8275.

Supper Club

Same rules as before:  One check, no coupons and please do not fill out your check until you arrive at the restaurant.          

Wednesday, June 5 – Country Fare, Myerstown

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 26

Wednesday, July 3 – Blind Hartman’s

Wednesday, July 31 – Mimmo’s

(Church Camp on Wednesday, August 7)

Wednesday, September 4 – Schmeck’s Villa

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

Wednesday, November 6 – Applebee’s, 5th Street Highway

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads

Wednesday Bible Study

Every Wednesday in May at 1:30 p.m.

Join us as we continue the study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.”

COMMUNITY

Reading High School

The following items are for the Reading High School and the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program (ECYEH).  Their goal is to provide a resource room that will be available to students.  This room will offer provisions to fulfill their basic needs such as food, hygiene products and school supplies.  If you are able to donate any of the following items, please place them in the Chapel foyer.  Thank you!

Hygiene Products: shampoo/conditioner; deodorant; toothbrush and toothpaste; liquid bath soap;

feminine hygiene products; hairbrushes; make-up

School Supplies: binders and folders; pens and pencils; spiral ring notebooks; backpacks

Baby Supplies: baby food; formula; diapers; wipes; baby clothes

Food: granola bars; Nutra grain bars; non-perishables; bottled water; ready to eat food; holiday meals

Miscellaneous: towels; clothing detergent; camping mats; pillows; Gift Cards for grocery stores, clothing stores and fast food; BARTA bus passes; barber shop; Goodwill gift cards for interview clothing; monetary donations made payable to RHS Knight Closet.

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

Ava Amato – 5/11

Jackson Craft – 5/11

Faythe Phillips – 5/16

Josie Geddio – 5/26

Logan Kline – 5/30

Jaison Rivera – 5/30

Rachel Nelson – 5/16

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Remember to sign up for all events on the sheets posted on the bulletin board outside the church office, or by responding to the Facebook Page.

Saturday, May 11 – .

Trip and Hike at Bushkill Falls

          Meet at the church by 10:00 a.m.

          Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather; you may also want to bring a water

          bottle for the hike.

          Cost is $16.50 which includes admission to the Trails and Lunch.

          Bring extra money for spending.

Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale

          Help is needed for set up, selling snacks and drinks, and clean up.

Saturday, June 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple & Shopping for Quilt

          We will be leaving the church at 7:30 a.m. (SHARP!)   Don’t be late!

          After breakfast, we will travel to the “Kitchen Kettle” to select a Quilt for the Peach

          Festival Raffle.

          Cost is $13 for breakfast.

Upcoming Dates & Events – Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

  • Thurs.-Sun., June 20-23 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
  • Fri., Sat., Sun., Mon. – July 12-15 – Peach Festival
  • Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
  • Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat

MAY BIRTHDAYS

May 1 – Jason Playharn, Jr.

May 3 – Leo Velazquez

May 6 – Raymond Lascomb, Kaelyn Walters

May 7 – Mariann Kauffman, Carolyn McDonough, Stanley Schaeffer, Sr.

May 8 – Catherine Angstadt, Diane Hartman, Mary Mack, Sophie Neuheimer

May 9 – Aralyn Walters

May 10 – Michael Gauby, Ronald Heffner

May 11 – Ava Amato, Jackson Craft, Judith Geissler

May 12 – Julia Bond

May 13 – Parker Endy, Richard Hoffman, Jason Moll, Sylvia Salsano

May 14 – Jamison Moore, Landon Weller

May 15 – Piper Tryon, Jean Weidenhammer

May 16 – Rachel Nelson, Faythe Phillips

May 18 – David  Ritter

May 19 – Adalyn Smith

May 20 – James Seiz

May 22 – Ray Carbaugh

May 23 – Phyllis Luppold

May 24 – Piper Smith

May 26 – Josie Geddio, Charlotte Moore, Susan Thomas

May 28 – Jeffery Eshbach, Joe Fitzgerald, Ira Johnson, Philip Schlegel

May 29 – JaLancey Robertson, Jenna Terenchin

May 30 – Mary Jane Hoffman, Alexander Jamison, Logan Kline, Michele Klinger, Jaison Rivera

MAY ACTIVITIES                        

Wednesday, May 1                   1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

                                                6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Ganley’s Pub, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 2                        National Day of Prayer

Sunday, May 5                          8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Communion Service

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School & Confirmation

                                                1:30 p.m. – Thirty-One Fundraiser

                                                2:00 p.m. – Brief Communion Service

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, May 7                         9:00 a.m. – Senior Club Board Meeting

                                                10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 a.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 a.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, May 8                    1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting

Saturday, May 11                      10:00 a.m. – Youth Group to Bushkill Falls

Sunday, May 12                        Mother’s Day

                                                8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 – Sunday School & Confirmation

Monday, May 13                       6:30 p.m. – Christian Education Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 14                       10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, May 15                  1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

                                                4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen

Friday, May 17                          Messenger Article Deadline

Saturday, May 18                      Armed Forces Day

MAY ACTIVITIES, cont.

Sunday, May 19                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School & Confirmation

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, May 21                       10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, May 22                  1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

Saturday, May 25                      8:00 a.m. to Noon – Yard Sale

Sunday, May 26                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 – Sunday School

Monday, May 27                       Memorial Day

                                                Office Closed

Tuesday, May 28                       8:00 a.m. – Sr. Club to Green Grove Gardens

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, May 29                  8:00 a.m. – Messenger Mailers

                                                1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

Thursday, May 30                      10:00 a.m. – Ascension Day Service

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