FEBRUARY 2019 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”
February, 2019

TEN THINGS GOD WANTS YOU TO REMEMBER
-Unknown

1. I will give you rest.
2. I will strengthen you.
3. I will answer you.
4. I believe in you.
5. I will bless you.
6. I am for you.
7. I will not fail you.
8. I will provide for you.
9. I will be with you.
10. I love you.

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
Mr. D. Richard Wieder, Treasurer

Council Members/Term Expires
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
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

“Because of His glory and excellence, God has given us great and precious promises.”
2 Peter 1:4

A promise is a statement by a person that he or she will or will not do something; a cause or ground for hope. The Bible is full of promises God had made! According to one source, there are 3,573 promises recorded in the Bible! We can trust God completely because He always keeps His promises. He will never make a promise that He won’t keep!
There are promises in the Bible for every situation that you may go through in life: when you are sad; worried; when you doubt; when you feel alone; and even when you feel like sinning. Here are just a few of God’s promises:

• God loves us unconditionally
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

• God promises us peace
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

God promises protection
“The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life.” Psalm 121:7

• God promises comfort
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

God promises to guide us
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8

“’I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” Jeremiah 29:11-13

• God promises us eternal life
“Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.” John 6:47

“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live,
even though they die.’” John 11:25

The ultimate, final and best promise of God in the entire Bible began in the Old Testament
when God promised to send a Savior. God fulfilled that promise in the New Testament when

God sent His only Son to save the world! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Live in God’s Precious Promises!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Funerals
Violet Moyer
Edith Hafer

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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)

February 3 (green) – 4th Sunday after Epiphany; Guest Preacher – Pastor Gerry Arndt
February 10 (green) – 5th Sunday after Epiphany
February 17 (green) – 6th Sunday after Epiphany
February 24 (green) – 7th Sunday after Epiphany
March 3 (white) – Transfiguration of Our Lord; Sacrament of Holy Communion
March 6 (purple) – Ash Wednesday: 12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.
Imposition of Ashes & Holy Communion

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.

Disaster Relief Funds Update
Church Council, at its January meeting, decided to match the contributions through Benevolence funds, making a grand total of $2,090. The funds were given to Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational, evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Our contribution was designated for United States relief.

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.

Hersheypark
The Youth Group is selling discount tickets for the 2019 season. The tickets are $32.95 for ages 3+ to be used from May 3 to September 29, 2019. We need a minimum of 20 tickets to get the discount. Hersheypark Meal Tickets are also available to purchase at a cost of $11.99 each. Deadline to order and pay for the tickets is Sunday, March 17. Checks should be made payable to Alsace Youth Group.

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 all the closings posted at wfmz.com. If you are ever in doubt, you can call Kim Grinage (610-376-1962) or Pastor Nelson (610-944-6131).

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry
NEW: 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.”

MCFP, cont.
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 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):
March 3; March 6 (Ash Wednesday) at 12 Noon & 7:00 p.m.; April 17 (Holy Wednesday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 18 (Maundy Thursday) at 7:00 p.m.; April 19 (Good Friday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 21 (Easter); May 5 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.); June 9 (Day of Pentecost & Confirmation); August 4; 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 February or July; There will only be one Holy Communion Service on Holy Wednesday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. (no service at 7:00 on Holy Wed.); 2:00 p.m. Communion Services will be held on May 5 and October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club
Payment ($85 per person) for the trip on Tuesday, April 9 to Dutch Apple, is due to Pat Coller no later than February 10.

Luncheon tickets for Tuesday, February 19, can be purchased from Pat Berger or Bob Boyer. Cost is $5 per person. The meeting begins at 11:30, lunch is served at Noon and Mary (with a surprise) will begin at 1:00.
Please check your Brochures for the list of items to bring for the Alsace Social Ministry Pantry!

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

Supper Club
Check out the upcoming March Messenger for the list of restaurants for 2019!

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible Study continues with the study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.”
Here is the schedule for February:
February 6 Session 23: Jesus’ Ministry Begins
Matthew 3-4, 11; Mark 1-3; Luke 8; John 1-4

February 13 Session 24: No Ordinary Man
Matthew 5-7, 9, 14; Mark 4-6; Luke 10, 15; John 6

February 20 Session 25: Jesus, Son of God
Matthew 17-21; Mark 8-12, 14; Luke 9, 22; John 7-8, 11-12

February 27 Session 26: The Hour of Darkness
Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 13-14, 16-19

COMMUNITY
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Stoudts Ferry Bridge & Tuckerton Road
You are invited to an evening with Jeffrey Krick, Jr., the award-winning Elvis tribute artist
to benefit children of pediatric cancer. The event will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019,
from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person prior to the show/$12 per person at the door.
Presented by Good Shepherd Youth Ministry

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
Hunter Smith – 2/9
Bryanna Rivera – 2/14
Lainey Ortiz – 2/20
Anna Elia – 2/21
Jaxon Geddio – 2/21
Charley Stricker – 2/21
Jadon Ortiz – 2/23
Hailey Schlieve – 2/24
Colby Painter – 2/26

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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.

Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara
Theme: “Precious Promises”

Sunday, February 24 – Painting Project & Reading Royals Game
Meet after church for lunch; we will be making some signs to post outside for the Yard Sale,
Peach Festival and Vendor Fair.
The Reading Royals Game begins at 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates & Events – Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
• Sunday, March 10 – Laser Quest
• Sunday, March 24 – Painting Party: $15 (40 max., first-come, first served)
• Fri.-Sun., March 29-31 – Breakaway Event in Ocean City, MD
• Sunday, April 7 – Stuff Eggs and Pack Up “Blessing Bags”
• Saturday, April 13 – Easter Egg Hunt; Lunch at The Works
• Saturday, May 11 – Trip and Hike at Bushkill Falls
• Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale
• Saturday, June 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple, Shopping for Quilt
• Thurs.-Sun., June 20-23 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
• Fri., Sat., Sun., July 12-15 – Peach Festival
• Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
• Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
February 1 – James Gruber, Mark Joy, Horst Tryon

February 3 – James Greth, Parker Strauss
February 5 – Kaylie Gunter, George Hasker, Samuel Livingood
February 9 – Isabella Long

February 10 – Deborah Bare, Fern Jarsocrak, Ava Ortiz
February 12 – Louis Ryder, Beverly Smith
February 13 – Louise Mirenna, Morgan Waits
February 14 – Derrick Redcay, Dennis Teitsworth
February 15 – Lloyd Bauer, Jr.
February 16 – Suzanne Ryder

February 18 – Mabel Eschelman
February 21 – Jaxon Geddio, Doris Reifinger
February 22 – Colby Woodward
February 23 – Fern Hartman, Jaden Ortiz, Daniel Sharp, Barbara Strause, Hugh Tait

February 24 – Gladys Funk
February 25 – Marie Kisling
February 26 – Timothy Hartman
February 27 – Jack Clark
February 29 – Catherine Shade

FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES
Friday, February 1 5:00 p.m. – Youth to the Winter Retreat

Sunday, February 3 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship
9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School and Confirmation

Tuesday, February 5 9:00 a.m. – Senior Club Board Meeting
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, February 6 1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

Sunday, February 10 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship
9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School and Confirmation
6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, February 12 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, February 13 1:30 p.m. – Bible Study
7:00 p.m. – Church Council

Friday, February 15 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, February 17 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship
9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School and Confirmation
6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, February 19 11:30 a.m. – Senior Club Luncheon
7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers
8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, February 20 1:30 p.m. – Bible Study
4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen

Sunday, February 24 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship
9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School and Confirmation
12:00 p.m. – Youth Meeting
4:00 p.m. – Reading Royals
6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, February 26 8:00 a.m. – Messenger Mailers
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, February 27 1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

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