DECEMBER 2019/JANUARY 2020

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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”

December 2019/January 2020

The Christmas List

-Unknown

Give a gift of laughter,

give a gift of song.

Give a gift of sympathy

to last a whole life long

Give a cheerful message,

give a helping hand.

Tell your sorry neighbor

that you understand,

Wash the supper dishes,

help to dust the room;

Give a smile to leaven

someone’s hour of gloom!

Give a gift of sharing,

sweeten dreary days

For the lost and lonely,

give yourself ALWAYS!

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

Miss Cynthia Speicher, 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

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,

who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

            I once heard a touching story (author unknown) that describes what Christmas is all about.  I hope you enjoy it.

            Jeffie was in his playpen and he was crying.  Tears were rolling down his little cheeks, his face was red as it could be.  He was crying, and he looked pitiful in his little baseball T-shirt and diaper.  Then Jeffie’s Grandpa entered the room; Jeffie’s little face lit up when he saw his Grandpa!  He immediately reached out his little arms and said, “Out PawPaw out.”

            What is a Grandpa to do?  How can someone resist that?  So Grandpa went over to the playpen and bent over.  He reached down to lift his little grandchild from captivity and distress.  Just then “Law and Order” walked into the room.  Mommy said, “Jeffie, you stay right there!  I’m punishing you because you have been naughty!  Dad, leave Jeffie alone!”

            What is a Grandpa to do?  Grandpa backs off and things, “I can’t just pick up a book and read it with Jeffie here.  He would think I was uncaring and distant.  I can’t leave the room because he would feel like I abandoned him.”  What is a Grandpa to do?  But love always finds a way.

            Since Grandpa couldn’t take Jeffie out of the playpen, Grandpa climbed in with Jeffie!  Grandpa said, “If you are in the playpen buddy, I’m in the playpen too.”  Having Grandpa join him in his “prison cell” brought Jeffie great comfort and joy.  In the midst of his captivity, Jeffie no longer felt so alone.

            What Jeffie’s Grandpa did is a picture of what Jesus Christ did for us when He came to earth as a baby.  God the Father yearned to reach down into our “playpen of captivity” and pull us out.  He could not because of our disobedience, because of our sin.  What did God do?  God climbed into our “playpen” with us!  When Jesus Christ entered into our “playpen of captivity” and died for us, He took the consequences of sin and disobedience that should have been ours alone, releasing us from our captivity, allowing us the opportunity to experience the fullness of life God has for us, both here and forever!

            This story is an illustration of the Incarnation, which is the theological term used to indicate how God took on human flesh in the person of Jesus and came to earth to live with us.  That is what we celebrate during Advent and Christmas seasons.  And that is what Christmas is all about!

            Wishing you all a –

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Pastor Richard Nelson

NOTE: Pastor Nelson will be away from December 26 through January 2.  Please call the church office with any pastoral needs.  Pastor David Reinwald will be providing pastoral care while Pastor Nelson is

Wedding

Richard Geary & Beth Spangler

Funeral

Peggy Glaser

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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

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

December 1 (blue) – 1st Sunday of Advent; Holy Communion

December 8 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 15 (blue) – 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 22 (blue) – 4th Sunday of Advent

December 24 (white) – Christmas Eve Worship   

            5:00 p.m.     Worship for Children of All Ages

            11:00 p.m.   Traditional Candlelight Worship

December 29 (white) – 1st Sunday of Christmas: Ryan Breisch leading a service of Lessons & Carols

January 5 (white) – 2nd Sunday of Christmas; Holy Communion; 2:00 Holy Communion

January 12 (white) – The Baptism of Our Lord

January 19 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

January 26 (green) – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

February 2 (green) – 4th Sunday after Epiphany

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.

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 not 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.

2019 Advent Theme

The 2019 Advent Theme is “Wake Up!”  Join us as we wait and prepare for the coming of the promised Messiah.  The Theme Hymn will be “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” which will be sung each Sunday as a candle is lit on the Advent wreathe.  Here is the schedule:

            December 1 – “Wake Up!”

            December 8 – “Hope From a Stump”

            December 15 – “Be Patient”

            December 22 – “A Man of God”

Wednesday Bible Study

The Wednesday Bible Study does not meet in December.  It will resume on January 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. when we will continue our study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

Christmas Eve Worship

5:00 p.m. – Children and Family Worship

Blessing of the Children and Candle-Lighting with Glow Sticks

A special gift for all children present

Christmas Eve Worship, cont.

11:00 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight Worship

Special Prelude Music begins around 10:30 p.m.

Recognition of Military Personnel and Veterans

Singing of “The Lord’s Prayer”

Candlelighting & Carol-Sing

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.

2020 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): January 5 (also at 2:00 p.m. weather permitting); February 26 (Ash Wednesday) at Noon & 7:00 p.m.; March 1; April 8 (Holy Wednesday) at 1:00 p.m. only; April 9 (Maundy Thursday) at 7:00 p.m.; April 10 (Good Friday) at 1:00 p.m.; April 12 (Easter); May 3 (also at 2:00 p.m.); May 31 (Day of Pentecost); August 2; September 6; October 4 (also at 2:00 p.m.);

November 1; December 6.

Notes: There will be three 2:00 p.m. services with Holy Communion in the chapel: January 5 (weather permitting); May 3; and October 4.

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.

In the Event of Bad Weather

In the event that Sunday morning worship or other events at the church would need to be cancelled due to severe weather, you can check WFMZ-TV.  Check your local TV station, or you can see the closings posted at wfmz.com.  If you are ever in doubt, you can call Pastor Nelson (610-944-6131) or Kim Grinage (610-376-1962).

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

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; plastic grocery bags.  Bring any donations to church and place in the box marked “Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.”  Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

Alsace Church is the host church for the January distribution, on Thursday, January 16, 2020.  If you are able to lift boxes and sort food, please arrive by 2:15 p.m.  To help only with the distribution, please arrive by 2:45 p.m.  The Pantry is located at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Stoudts Ferry Bridge & Tuckerton Roads.

Senior Club

Wednesday, December 4 – American Music

Christmas Show “Joy to the World”                      

Family style lunch at Steamboat Restaurant – Roasted Turkey and Lancaster County Baked Ham        

Senior Club, cont.

Tuesday, December 10 – Annual Christmas Luncheon

The Inn at Reading                          Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m.                  Cost is $25 per person

See Mary Jane Hoffman for tickets

2020 Trip Sign-ups on Thursday, January 9.  Doors open at 8:00 a.m.; sign up begins at 8:30.

January Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, January 21.  Cost is $5 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the Christmas Luncheon or on a Sunday morning in the church Library after December 10.

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

He will be in the church Library on Sunday morning to begin taking membership dues.

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.

Souper Bowl Sunday

January 26, 2020

This annual event raises money for local food pantries and soup kitchens.  Please bring an extra dollar or two with you to drop it off in the soup kettles as you leave worship.  All donations will be given to Alsace Soup Kitchen and the Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.

2019 Sunday School Christmas Program

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Sunday, December 15, 9:30 a.m.

(snow date – December 22)

Bertha Weber Room

Presented by the children and youth of the Sunday School

Sunday School Christmas Program, cont.

Invite your friends and family members

Refreshments served following the Program

Supper Club

Watch the Sunday Bulletins for the list of restaurants to pick for 2020.

Texas Roadhouse

Alsace Lutheran Church has signed up to participate in Texas Roadhouse’s “Church Bulletin Program.”  All you have to do is take your church bulletin to Texas Roadhouse after the service on any Sunday and you can receive 10% off your total bill.  This is only for Texas Roadhouse in Wyomissing.

Winterfest

Sunday, January 26, 2020

3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

EVERYONE IS INVITED!

Bring your favorite board games or card games, and something to share for the Supper.  Please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board outside the church office, and indicate what you will be bringing for the supper.

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

            December                                                                              January

            December 2 – Logan Rea                                                   January 1 – Gabriel Sharp

            December 2 – Chase Wunsch                                           January 8 – Sydney Hartman

            December 3 – Hunter Fake                                                January 12 – Kyla Bailey

            December 5 – Joan Houser                                                January 13 – Kaylie Moll

            December 7 – Aiden Gehret                                               January 15 – Daegn Gehris

            December 8 – Kyle Seiz                                                     January 15 – Tyrus Kauffman

            December 11 – Cannon Youndt                                        January 17 – Jaden Kelly

            December 22 – Shay Dobson                                            January 17 – Austin Swartley

            December 23 – Jayda Garwood                                        January 23 – Julian Sharp

            December 24 – Evan Dobson                                            January 24 – Angelina Garwood

            December 29 – Chase Homan                                          January 27 – Ethan Miller

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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.

Thursday, December 5 – Decorate the church for Christmas

            Come and help from 6:00 p.m. on to prepare the church for Christmas.

            The more help we have, the faster it goes.  Parents and siblings are welcome to help!

Friday, December 6 – Advent Sleepover with Babysitting Service & Bowling

            Report at 5:30 p.m. for Babysitting (6:00 – 8:30 p.m.).

            Bowling will follow.  Cost is $15 for bowling, pizza and drinks.

Saturday, December 21 – Hershey Christmas Candylane

            Meeting at the church by 1:00 p.m.

            If you did not pay by November 17, the cost is $30 at the gate; other money is need for food and

            souvenirs.

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Monday, December 23 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple

            Meeting at the church by 6:30 p.m.

            Cost is $13; Deadline to sign up and pay is December 15.

Sunday, January 5, 2020 – Remove and Store Christmas Decorations

            Following the 10:45 a.m. worship service, we will be taking down the Christmas decorations in the

            church.  Please come and help!

Sunday, January 19 – Supper and Concert with Swen & Dean

            Join us for supper in the Bertha Weber room for a light supper and chat with Swen & Dean.  The

            concert follows.  Please sign up by Sunday, January 5th so we know how many to prepare for!

Sunday, January 26 – Souper Bowl Sunday

            Volunteers are needed to hold soup kettles for people to make contributions for the food pantry

            and soup kitchen.  If you can help, sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board.  See

            Pastor Nelson with any questions.

Friday, January 31 – Sunday, February 6 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara

            Registration forms will be available at the Advent Sleepover.

            The theme this year is “More Than Conquerors”.

            Deadline to turn in your form and make your payment is Sunday, January 19!

Upcoming Dates & Events – Mark Your Calendars

            Sunday, February 16 – Stuff Eggs, Lunch, and Reading Royals Hockey Game

            Saturday, February 29 – “The Works”/Extreme Air

            Sunday, March 15 – Laser Quest

            Saturday, April 4 – Egg Hunt and Lunch at Berkshire Mall food court.

            Friday, April 17 – Service Project (TBA), Food, Games, Movie, & Sleepover

            Saturday, May 2 – Amish Farm and Cicis Pizza

            Sunday, May 17 – Heisler’s Dairy Bar and Golf

            Saturday, June 6 – Breakfast at Shady Maple & Shopping for Quilt

            Thursday, June 18- Sunday, June 21 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ

            July 17, 18 & 19 – Peach Festival Preparation and Event

December Birthdays

December 1              Barbara Kutz

December 2              George Bare

December 3              Evelyn Cooper, Ryan Hoover, Tyler Reed

December 4              Ava Endy, Lance Robertson, Jr.

December 5              Joan Houser, Arlene Klopp, Jaylianni Ortiz, Julianni Ortiz, Donald Shade

December 6              Lyn Yeager

December 7              Kevin Batz, Matthew Smith

December 8              Kyle Seiz, Michael Selig

December 11            Cannon Youndt

December 12            Lotus Fegley, Lois Vedock

December 15            Mena Cervola, Thomas Cervola

December 16            Justin Fake, Ronald Redcay

December 17            Raymond Neuheimer

December 18            Suzanne Lesagonicz

December 20            Kimberly Mentzer

December 23            Jordin Cramner

December 24            Carol Drobnick, Owen Bieber

December 27            Marilyn Stalnecker

December 29            Chase Homan

December Events

December 1              Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

December 3              Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

December 4              Senior Club Trip to American Music, 8:45 a.m.

                                    Supper Club at Crossroads, 6:00 p.m.

December 5              Youth decorating for Christmas

December 6              FREE Babysitting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

                                    Youth Advent Sleepover, 8:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

December 8              Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Greater Reading Encore Chorale Christmas Concert, 3:00 p.m.

December 10            Senior Club Christmas Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Combined Christmas Eve Rehearsal, 8:00 p.m.

December 11            Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

December  Events, cont.

December 15            Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School Christmas Program, 9:30 p.m.

December 18            Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

December 21            Youth Group to Hershey Christmas Candyland, 1:00 p.m.

December 22            Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.  (snow date for Christmas Program)

December 23            Youth Group to Shady Maple Midnight Gladness, 6:30 p.m.

December 24            Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.

                                    Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11:00 p.m.

December 29            Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.                                                  

January Birthdays

January 1                   Gabriel Sharp

January 2                   Jessica Bailey, Jean Beaver, Andrea Bitler

January 5                   Nancy Gehret

January 6                   Crew Wasilewski

January 7                   Arianna Alexander, Doris Whitman

January 8                   Robert Gehman

January 9                   Gerald Amole, Julie Tryon

January 11                Cameron Mengel

January 12                Kyla Bailey

January 13                Kaylie Moll

January 16                Betty Fryer, Sandy Orwig

January 17                Andrew Kauffman, Izabella Lugo

January 18                Sonia Janke

January 19                Rose Gruber, Brayden Stricker, Kimberly Wunsch

January 20                Doris Yerger

January 21                Sean Livingood, Mason Stricker

January 22                Nancy East

January 23                Tiffany Puwalski, Julian Sharp

January 24                Saraiah Castro, Colby Stricker

January 25                Marie Fetter

January 26                Mary Pachuilo

January 27                June Kurzweg, Ethan Miller

January 29                Donald Cameron, Kenneth Dietz, Levi Persad, Shirley Scornavacchi

January 30                Denise Keller, Debra Redcay

January 31                Patrick Grinage

January Events

January 5                   Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Take down Christmas decorations, Noon

                                    Holy Communion, 2:00 p.m.

January 7                   Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

January 8                   Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

                                    Church Council, 7:00 p.m.

January 9                   Senior Club Trip Sign-ups, 8:30 a.m.

January 12                Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

January 14                Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

January 15                Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

                                    Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

January 17                Messenger Article Deadline

                                    Youth Group to Harrisburg Quake, 4:00 p.m.

January Events, cont.

January 19                Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Supper with Swen & Dean, 5:00 p.m.

                                    Swen & Dean Concert, 7:00 p.m.

January 21                Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

January 22                Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

January 26                Souper Bowl Sunday

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

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

January 28                Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

January 29                Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

January 31                Youth Group to Winter Retreat, 5:00 p.m.

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