MARCH 2018 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”
March, 2018

PALM SUNDAY
-Kay Hoffman

They waved palm branches as He passed
And hailed Him as their King;
Yet, they knew not of the sorrow
The coming week would bring.

The glad acclaim would soon give way
To jeers and mockery;
In Pilate’s court He’d be condemned
To a cross on Calvary.

But Jesus knew He was the price
In God’s redemptive plan,
The Sacrificial Lamb come down
To die for sins of man.

The centuries have passed and still
He seeks those lost in sin,
Pleading with unyielding hearts
To repent and follow Him.

On this day we shout our praise,
O, let us not delay;
The palm-strewn path of long ago
Still leads to Him today.

CHURCH STAFF
Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor
Rev. Charles E. Fair, Pastor Emeritus
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
Shelly Deeds End of 2020
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2020
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Payton Mentzer End of 2020
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018

GO FOR THE GOLD!

By the time you read this, all the medals will have been given out at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. I am sure many of us were glued to our television screens, holding our breath as the skiers came crashing down the mountain, or as the ice skaters attempted quadruple jumps, or as we enjoyed watching that unique sport of curling, and all the other events. We saw countless athletes raise their hands in the air, or fall on their knees, thanking God for their success, and hoping it would be enough to win a medal. Now the 2018 Winter Games are history. There have been some interesting events, controversial decisions, subjective judging, and heartwarming surprises.

There is a theological quality about the Olympic Games. It is more than the unity of people and culture. It has to do with the quest for the gold. All of those Olympic athletes went to the games in hope of gold. They tried their best. They gave it their all.

When it comes to us and our Christian faith, Christ asks for nothing less. We are called to “go for the gold!” In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul wrote, “One thing I do; forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Our prize for faithfulness is much more than a gold medal! Paul, referring to the Olympic games in his time, writes in 1 Corinthians 9:25, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” Our prize is an eternal relationship with our Savior!

Go for the gold – the Gold only offered through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Yours in Christ!
The Rev. Richard A. Nelson

New Volunteers are needed to work the sound system and radio transmission during our Sunday morning worship services. Anyone interested please speak to Lee Strause. Training will be provided.

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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 28 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room
March 4 (purple) – 3rd Sunday in Lent; Sacrament of Holy Communion
March 7 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room
March 11 (purple) – 4th Sunday in Lent; Daylight Savings Time Begins! (Turn clocks ahead one hour)
March 14 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room
March 18 (purple) – 5th Sunday in Lent
March 21 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room
March 25 (purple) – Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion
March 28 (purple) – Holy Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.
March 29 (purple) – Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.
March 30 (black) – Good Friday
1:00 p.m. – Community Service with Holy Communion
Preacher: Michael Kaucher, Executive Director of the Reading Berks Conference of Churches
Special Music by the Berks Encore Chorale
7:00 p.m. – Service of Tenebrae (Shadows) (Communion will not be offered at this service)
April 1 (white) – Easter Day Worship with Holy Communion
April 8 (white) – 2nd Sunday after Easter

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.

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS
20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 12 Noon Alsace Ball Field
For all children age 0 through 4th grade
Sponsored by the Youth Group

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
Discount tickets are being sold for the 2018 Hersheypark season. This year the “All-age Admission Tickets” are for ages 3+. The cost is $34.85 per person (cost at the gate is $67.80 per person). If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board outside the church office or call the church office during the week. We need a minimum of 20 tickets purchased to get the discount. Orders are due by Sunday, April 1. No payment is needed. If we do not have at least 20 tickets, we will not be placing the order. If we do have 20 tickets, payment will be due by Sunday, April 29th.

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 would need to be cancelled due to severe weather, you can now check WFMZ-TV. Check your local TV station, or you can see all the closings posted at wfmz.com. Also, if you are ever in doubt, you can call Kim Grinage (610-376-1962), Jeffrey Klinger (610-775-5787) or Pastor Nelson (610-944-6131).

2018 Lenten Schedule
Mid-Week Lenten Studies continue on Wednesdays at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Bertha Weber Room.
Holy Week Services at Alsace Lutheran are:
March 28 – Holy Wednesday, Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
March 29 – Maundy Thursday, Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
March 30 – Good Friday Community Service, 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion
March 30 – Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m.

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.” Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

Reading Fightin’ Phils
The Youth are selling 2018 Ticket Books. The books have 6 General Admission Tickets to use throughout the regular season home games. The cost is $27 per person ($15 discount). To place an order, please see Cindy Speicher on a Sunday morning or call the church office during the week. The deadline to order and make payment is Sunday, March 18th. The season begins on
Thursday, April 3rd.

The congregation is invited to join the Youth Group for a Faith & Family Night at the Fightin’ Phils on Thursday, June 14th, 7:05 p.m. The cost is $9 for green reserved seats. Please sign up on the sheet posted outside the church office or call the office during the week. The deadline to sign up and pay is Sunday, May 6th. Check should be made payable to Alsace Youth Group.

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
March 4; March 28 (Holy Wednesday); March 29 (Maundy Thursday); March 30 (Good Friday, 1:00 p.m.); April 1 (Easter); May 6; May 20 (Day of Pentecost); June 3; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held May 6 and October 7.

Senior Club
The March Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, March 20. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon and the Berks Therapy Dogs will begin at 1:00. Cost is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased from Pat Berger.
Please remember to bring an item(s) for the Alsace Social Ministry Pantry. Items needed are listed in the Brochure.

Payment ($82 per person) for the trip to Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre on Thursday, May 3, is due to Pat Coller no later than March 8.

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

COMMUNITY INFORMATION & EVENTS
Reading High School
We will continue collecting the following items 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.

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Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, April 1 – Easter Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Monday, April 2 – Office Closed
Tuesday, April 3 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 4 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Dutchway, Myerstown
Wednesday, April 11 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13 – Messenger Article Deadline
Tuesday, April 17 – Senior Club Trip to Sight & Sound, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 18 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20 – Youth Supper, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21 – Youth 24-Hour Famine
Sunday, April 22 – Youth Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, April 24 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 1 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 2 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at The Van Reed Inn
Thursday, May 3 – Senior Club to Dutch Apple, 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, May 5 – Youth Group Mystery Trip, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 6 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 – Ascension Day Service. 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day
Wednesday, May 16 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, May 20 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Confirmation
Saturday, May 26 – Yard Sale on back parking lot, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday, May 28 – Office Closed
Tuesday, May 29 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 2 – Youth to Shady Maple for Breakfast and then shopping for Quilt, 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 6 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Coastal Grill
Tuesday, June 12 – Senior Club Picnic, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 – Senior Club to Mt. Airy Casino, 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, June 20 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21 – Youth Group to Ocean City, NJ, 10:00 a.m.

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YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Morgan Christman – 3/1
Abby Warren – 3/4
Benjamin Villareal – 3/7
Kalika Kauffman – 3/8
Trishia Reed – 3/8
Jacob Stoudt – 3/8
Jordi Farr – 3/14
Joseph Vaccaro – 3/14
Austin Kerschner – 3/18
Allie Painter – 3/18
Madison & Nathan Rentschler – 3/18
Alexa Cipolla – 3/19
Gavin Torok – 3/27

Pastor Nelson – 3/18
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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.

March 4 – Laser Quest (Let’s win the trophy back!)

March 24 – Egg Hunt!
Report to the church by 10:00 a.m.
Lunch at “The Works” will follow the Egg Hunt

A Note about the 24-Hour Famine!
We have tentatively scheduled the Famine for April 20-21 (Friday night to Saturday night).
During the Famine, we keep busy with interactive games and simulations to learn about those who suffer from hunger. We also take drink breaks, but have no food for 24 hours. The Famine is also a fund-raiser for World Vision, which provide food, shelter, and other services to those who live in poverty.
We need to have a minimum of 15 participants in order for the Famine to happen.
Also, participants must collect money from sponsors for World Vision. Anyone who wishes to participate in the Famine must sign up using the registration form by March 4. If we do not have 15 youth participating, this event will be cancelled. If you have any questions, speak to Pastor Nelson or any other youth advisor.

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:

April 20-21 – 24-Hour Famine (note: a minimum of 15 must participate)
April 22 – Youth-Led Praise & Worship
May 5 – Mystery Trip!?!
May 26 – Yard Sale
June 2 – Breakfast at Shady Maple and Quilt Shopping for Peach Festival
June 21-24 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
July 13, 14 & 15 – Peach Festival Prep

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MARCH BIRTHDAYS
March 1 – Raymond Weidenhammer, Jr.,
March 2 – Donna Deluca, Cailin Wunsch

March 4 – Andrew Breisch
March 5 – Ardis Haines, Lesley Wegman
March 6 – Judith Moll
March 7 – Carter Kalbach
March 8 – Kalika Kauffman
March 9 – Jennifer Youndt
March 10 – Daniel Redcay

March 11 – Nina Rowley
March 12 – Camdyn Gunter
March 13 – John Funk, Virginia Gerhart, Ethel Schaeffer
March 14 – Mary Brubaker, Carl Spayd
March 16 – Shirley Auchenbach, Landon Gauby, Anthony Pachuilo, Mary Swavely
March 17 – Anna Gaydos, Patricia Ritz

March 18 – Pastor Nelson
March 19 – Richard Batz, Aralyn Hoffa
March 20 – Ryan Breisch, Geraldine Hafer
March 22 – Patricia Berger, Emma Cervola
March 23 – Shirley Kaupp

March 25 – Colin Mengel
March 26 – Logan Cole, Lilly Jankowski
March 27 – William Reber, Jr.
March 28 – David Hartline
March 30 – Irene Stoudt

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MARCH ACTIVITIES
Sunday, March 4 Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth to Lunch & Laser Tag with Good Shepherd, Noon
Youth Bells, 5:15 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6 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.

Wednesday, March 7 Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 11 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14 Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 16 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, March 18 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20 Senior Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21 Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 Youth set up for Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m.
Community Egg Hunt, Noon

Sunday, March 25 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 27 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.

Wednesday, March 28 Holy Wednesday Communion, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 29 Maundy Thursday Communion, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30 Good Friday Community/Communion, 1:00 p.m.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m.

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GOD IS IN EVERY TOMORROW
-Laura A. Barter Snow

God is in every tomorrow,
Therefore I live for today,
Certain of finding a sunrise,
Guidance and strength for the way;
Power for each moment of weakness,
Hope for each moment of pain,
Comfort for every sorrow,
Sunshine and joy after rain.

God is in every tomorrow,
Planning for you and for me;
Even in the dark will I follow,
Trust where my eyes cannot see.
Stilled by His promise of blessing,
Soothed by the touch of His hand,
Confident in His protection,
Knowing my life-path is planned.

God is in every tomorrow,
Life with its changes may come,
He is behind and before me,
While in the distance shines home!
Home – where no thought of tomorrow
Ever can shadow my brow,
Home – in the presence of Jesus,
Through all eternity – NOW!

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