2018 October Messenger

Posted by Cynthia Speicher, With 0 Comments, Category: Announcements,

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”
October, 2018

AUTUMN
-Author Unknown

Autumn is so beautiful
Unfolding on the land,
With leaves of every color
Painted by His hand.
The wind blows hard,
The leaves fall down;
And God’s bright carpet
Then covers the ground.

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
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

TRUST IN THE LORD

In 1 Kings 17:8-16 you will find a wonderful story of a faithful widow and Elijah the prophet. God instructs Elijah to go and live in the town of Zaraphath where there is a famine taking place. Elijah meets a widow who has a young son. When Elijah asks her for some water and bread, she informs Elijah that she only has enough flour and oil to make a small loaf to feed her son and herself, and “then my son and I will die” (1 Kings 17:12).
When we read or hear stories like the widow of Zaraphath and her son, we often focus on the things they do not have. They did not have a husband/father, food or money. Things looked very bleak for them.
But look at what they did have. They had each other; they had love and hope; and they had a loving and compassionate God, who was faithful to provide for them. Read the rest of the story to discover how God cared and provided for them.
This story challenges us to look at life a bit differently than we usually do. When we look at what we have, it is tempting to worry about what we do not have. Worry leads to doubt and unbelief in our loving God who is always watching out for us and giving us all that we need.
We need to trust God and sometimes take a leap of faith. The Lord God will never abandon us or lead us astray. His word always assures us of that. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a great passage to hang on your refrigerator or anywhere you might see it every day.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
(Proverbs 3:5-6, New Living Translation).

Blessings!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Funerals
Hildegarde Breidenbach
Evelyn Lachman
H. Stephanie Bach
Mary Jane Dowd

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.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Every Sunday at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
(The liturgical color for each Sunday is listed in parenthesis)

September 30 (green) – 19th Sunday after Pentecost; Praise & Worship
October 7 (green) – 20th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion 8:15, 10:45, & 2:00 p.m.
October 14 (green) – 21st Sunday after Pentecost
October 21 (green) – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
October 28 (red) – Reformation Sunday
November 4 (white) – All Saints’ Sunday; Holy Communion; Commemoration of Faithful Departed
November 11 (green) 25th Sunday after Pentecost; Veterans Day Observance

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.

2018-2019 Confirmation Class
If you missed the meeting on September 23, you can still register to be a part of this year’s class. All youth in the 7th grade and above are welcome to be a part of the Confirmation Class. Requirements include: attendance at Sunday worship and confirmation classes; involvement in the Youth Group; attend the Winter Retreat on February 1-3, 2019 at Camp Swatara. Those who successfully complete the Confirmation program will be confirmed on Sunday, June 9, 2019. To get on board or with any questions, contact Pastor Nelson.

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
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!

Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 21, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Supper is served at 5:00 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.

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held October 7.

Senior Club
Payment ($98 per person) for the trip to Hunterdon Hills on Friday, December 14, is due to Pat Coller no later than October 19.

The Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at The Ann at Reading. The Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. For tickets, please see Mary Jane Hoffman.

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

Supper Club
Listed below are the remaining restaurants for 2018. The entire bill will be on ONE CHECK, and there will be NO COUPONS allowed. If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to Alsace Youth Group. Please do not fill the amount on the check until you get to the restaurant. Prices and food choices are subject to change. Because of the large number of people attending, the restaurant adds a 20% tip to the bill. Please figure that into your total. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m. If anyone needs a ride please call the church office by the Monday of the Supper. November 7 – Hoss’s
December 5 – P.J. Wheilihan’s

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the church. We continue our study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.” Here is the schedule for October and November:
October 3 Session 12: The Trials of a King
2 Samuel 11-12, 18-19; 1 Chronicles 22, 29; Psalm 23, 32, 51

October 10 Session 13: The King Who Had It All
1 Kings 1-8, 10-11; 2 Chronicles 5-7; Proverbs 1-3, 6, 20-21

October 17 Session 14: A Kingdom Torn in Two
1 Kings 12-16

October 24 Session 15: God’s Messengers
1 Kings 17-19; 2 Kings 2-4, 6; Hosea 4-5, 8-9, 14; Amos 1, 3-5, 9

October 31 Session 16: The Beginning of the End
2 Kings 17-19; Isaiah 3, 6, 13-14, 49, 53

November 7 Session 17: The Kingdoms’ Fall
2 Kings 21, 23-25; 2 Chronicles 33, 36; Jeremiah 1-2, 4-5, 13, 21;
Lamentations 1-3; Ezekiel 1-2, 6-7, 36-37

November 14 Session 18: Daniel in Exile
Daniel 1-3, 6; Jeremiah 29-31

Note: There will be no Bible Study on November 21 & 28, and none in December.
It will resume on January 9, 2019

Community Events
Berks County’s Best Kept Secrets
The Harvest Highlights Tour: Shopping/Food/Fun, will take place from November 1 thru November 10. Tickets are $10 each with $1 per ticket donated to the Community Prevention Partnership. For $10 you get: a guide describing each of the 16 businesses; a map to show you how to get around in your own vehicle; valuable coupons from each business; FREE gifts, refreshments, door prizes, raffles, tours, demos or games, etc. at each stop; chance to win a $400 shopping spree. No purchase necessary. Mention Coupon Code: CLUB MEMBER and receive $1 off per ticket up to 6 tickets. For more information and to purchase your tickets check out www.bestkeptsecretstour.com or call 717-721-9409.

Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends
On Tuesday, October 16, Boscov’s Department store will host the 22nd Anniversary of their popular Friends Helping Friends, a special day filled with fun and fundraising to benefit area non-profit organizations. Everyone who purchases a $5 Friends Helping Friends pass receives a 25% discount shopping pass for purchases made only on October 16. In addition, they are eligible to win a $100 or $500 gift card. If interested in purchasing a pass, please see a youth member or advisor, stop at the Fellowship table on a Sunday morning or stop in the office during the week between 9:00 and 4:00.

Muhlenberg Library
Fall Book Sale: Wednesday, October 10 through Saturday, October 13
Hardcover, paperbacks, audiobooks, music CD’s and DVD movies for great prices!
Wed. Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat. – $5 for a Bag Full of Books from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Under a Spell at MCL: Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All day basic – $5 (excludes Charlie Adams); Charlie Adams Special – $10.00 (all other events included). Children 0-2 years old and non-participating adults accompanying children are free.
10:00-12:00: Trunk or Treat, Children’s Craft, Hay Bale Maze (weather permitting), Face Painting
12:00-12:15: Costume Parade and Contest
12:30-1:30: Dream Catcher Craft for Teens/Adults only
1:45 – 3:00: Halloween-themed Escape Room for Teens/Adults only
2:00 – 3:00: Children’s Movie and Ghost Stories with Charlie Adams III

NYC Bus Trip to see Harry Potter Exhibit: Friday, October 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $70 per person. Visit the New York Historical Society Museum & Library for a guided tour of Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Then enjoy free time in NYC! Tickets include round trip transport to NYC, entry to the New York Historical Society Museum & Library, and a guided tour of the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Please be advised that the exhibit is not geared toward young children. For
more information about the exhibit, visit the museum website.

Community Events, cont.
St. John’s Gernant’s Church, 13 Gernant’s Church Road, Leesport
Homemade Pot Pie Dinner served Family Style: Saturday, October 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-11. Facility is handicap accessible and air conditioned. Prices & Dinner dates subject to change.

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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.

Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, November 4 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, November 6 – Senior Club to Brownstone, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 7 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 7 – Supper Club at Hoss’s, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, November 18 – Congregational Meeting & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 21 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21 – Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 22 – Office Closed
Tuesday November 27 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 2 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 5 – Supper Club at P.J. Wheilihan’s, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 – Senior Club Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 14 – Senior Club to Hunterdon Hills, 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, December 19 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 25 – Office Closed

Tuesday, January 1 – Office Closed
Thursday, January 3 – Senior Club Trip Sign-ups, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 8 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 9 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15 – Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 16 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Friday, January 18 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, January 27 – Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Adam Long – October 1
Mya Vaccaro – October 2
Tristan Farr – October 5
Julia & Savannah Stricker – October 5
Mikenzie Sterner – October 12
Julia Hevalow – October 16
Samarra Sarangoulis – October 20
Abigail Reinert – October 21
Rylee Malick – October 31

Cindy Speicher – October 28
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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.

October 20 – Cherry Crest Farm Corn Maze – “Board Game Madness”
We will leave the church at 12:30 p.m. Please eat lunch before you come.
Cost is $20 per person. We will stop at CC’s Pizza on the way home.

October 21 – Oktoberfest from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bring your favorite board games/card games and something to share for supper.
Supper is at 5:00 p.m. Please sign up and let us know what you will be bringing for supper.

October 28 – Trunk or Treat
We will set up at 3:00 p.m., Trunk or Treat is from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Please sign up and let us know if you want to serve food, run games or judge cars.
NOTE: Rain Date is Monday, October 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 4 – Lunch, Movie and Discussion
We will have subs for lunch and then watch “I Can Only Imagine” followed by discussion.

Saturday, November 10 – Vendor Fair from 9:00 to 1:00, set up at 8:00 a.m.
Need help serving food and drinks.

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Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:
Thursday, November 29 – Decorate Church for Christmas
Friday, December 14 to Saturday, December 15 – Babysitting/Advent Sleepover
Sunday, January 6 – Take down decorations
Saturday, January 12 – Arnold’s
Saturday, January 19 – Snow Date for Arnold’s
Sunday, January 27 – Winterfest
Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara
Sunday, February 24 – Lunch & Painting
Sunday, February 24 – Reading Royals Hockey Game
Sunday, March 10 – Lunch and Laser Quest with Good Shepherd’s Youth Group
Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31 – Breakaway Conference in Ocean City, MD
Sunday, April 7 – Deposit due for Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
Sunday, April 7 – Blessing Bags & Stuff Eggs
Saturday, April 13 – Egg Hunt & The Works
Saturday, May 11 – Bushkill Falls
Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale
Thursday, June 20 to Sunday, June 23 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
Friday, July 12 – Peach Festival Preparation
Saturday, July 13 – Peach Festival Preparation
Sunday, July 14 – Peach Festival Preparation & Festival
Sunday, August 4 to Friday, August 9 – Church Camp
Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party at Woodcrest Retreat

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
October 1 – Marcella Bealer, Adam Long
October 2 – Sharon Doerrman, Mya Vaccaro
October 3 – Bella Castro, Brody Mooney
October 4 – Barbara A. Weidenhammer
October 5 – Tristan Farr, Lorenzo Ocasio Hartman, Kym Koch, C. Richard Schaffer, Sr.
October 6 – Dolores Cameron

October 7 – Jennifer Alexander, Gayle Yuhas
October 8 – Barbara D. Weidenhammer, Linda Zuy
October 9 – Giovanni Antonini, Susan Coughlin
October 12 – Aaron Nelson, Andrew Ravel; Gavin Shaffer

October 14 – Laura Yoder
October 15 – Joshua Santiago
October 16 – Julia Hevalow
October 17 – Sherri Mengel
October 18 – Gracie Artim, Denise Latshaw
October 19 – Susanne Glembocki, Alexis O’Brien, Barbara Slusser
October 20 – Samarra Sarangoulis

October 22 – Barry Kauffman, Margaret Kuder
October 25 – Gregory Buckley, Donald Moll, Ray Shultz
October 26 – Kenneth Ravel
October 27 – Kimberly Seiz

October 28 – John Behm, Josephine Hartman, Cynthia Speicher
October 29 – Robert Fryer, Brock Wineberg
October 31 – Harry Crammer, Judith Cramner, Mary Mertz, Jean Wanner, Russel Yoder

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES
October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Tuesday, October 2 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 a.m.

Wednesday, October 3 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Knight & Day

Sunday, October 7 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Communion Service, 2:00 p.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Church Council, 7:00 p.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 14 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, October 16 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, October 17 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Friday, October 19 Messenger Article Deadline

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES, cont.
Sunday, October 21 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Oktoberfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23 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, October 24 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 28 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Trunk or Treat, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 29 Rain date for Trunk or Treat, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a30 p.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.


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2018 September Messenger

Posted by Cynthia Speicher, With 0 Comments, Category: Announcements,

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”
September, 2018

HAPPY LABOR DAY
-Unknown

God of shop and marketplace,
Of farm and studio,
Factory and shipping lane,
Of school and busy home:
Bless the produce of our hands.
Redeem our work for Kingdom use.
By your grace, our efforts stand,
All offered up to you.

There in Eden, You proclaimed
That we should work the earth –
Stewards over all we named,
Delighting in their worth.
Through our fall we brought decay,
Lost access to Jehovah’s rest.
Through the cross, we rest in faith
And all our labor’s blessed.

In your image we are made:
Creative, like You are,
Forming goods for use and trade
Just like You formed the stars.
Send us out in power and skill
To worship through each task assigned.
By Your Spirit we fulfill
The holy, grand design.

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
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

What is the Word of God?

“For the word of God is alive and powerful.
It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword,
cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.
It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Hebrews 4:12

While this verse from Hebrews tells us about the power of the Word of God, it does not define what the Word of God is. The Word of God is three things:
• The Written Word (the Bible)
• The Spoken Word (preaching and teaching)
• The Living Word (Jesus)

Most of us think of the Bible when we hear the phrase, “The Word of God.” And, indeed it is. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
The Bible also tells us that the Word of God is the spoken Word in preaching and teaching. In Acts 4:31, we read that the first disciples of Jesus “were filled with the Holy Spirit … and preached the word of God with boldness.” And in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul informs the Christians in Thessalonica, “you accepted what we said as the very word of God – which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.”
In the entire first chapter of John’s Gospel, we learn that Jesus is the Living Word of God. “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son” (John 1:14).
The Bible itself tells us the importance of the Word of God. “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever!” (Isaiah 40:8). And in Paul’s list of the “Armor of God” in Ephesians 6:13-18, the Word of God is our only offensive weapon: “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
As God’s people, we need to be constantly engaged in the Word of God, reading it, studying it, even memorizing it. Join a Bible Study group, like the one that meets on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (beginning September 19). Join a Sunday School class – Sunday School isn’t just for children! We do have Sunday School classes every Sunday for all ages – even adults! Be engaged in the Word of God!

Your Brother 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.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Every Sunday at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
(The liturgical color for each Sunday is listed in parenthesis)

September 2 (green) – 15th Sunday after Pentecost; Sacrament of Holy Communion
September 9 (green) – 16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 16 (green) – 17th Sunday after Pentecost; Rally Day
Recognition of Christian Education Committee
September 23 (green) – 18th Sunday after Pentecost
September 30 (green) – 19th Sunday after Pentecost; Praise & Worship
October 7 (green) – 20th Sunday after Pentecost; Sacrament of Holy Communion
2:00 Holy Communion in the chapel
October 15 (green) – 21st Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Christian Education Committee
Thank you so much for your donations to our military care packages. We filled 14 boxes! These boxes and 54 cards were sent to 3 different military units. Please continue to keep all who serve and their families in your prayers.

Church Camp 2018 Reflections
Church Camp 2018 was a great week of Christian fellowship, learning and fun. There were 28 energetic, cooperative, polite and enthusiastic campers, and 19 dedicated, charismatic staff.
The weather was a bit damp but did not seem to bother any of the campers. The theme, “The Puzzle Piece – Piecing It Together,” helped us know and appreciate the connectedness we have with God and one another.

Highlights of this year:
• Morning Praise & Worship and Evening vespers with lots of singing, clapping and dancing in praise of our awesome God;
• Great meals and snacks prepared and served by our own Kitchen staff;
• Amazing crafts;

Church Camp, cont.
• Team games – relays, counselor hunt, water games;
• Swimming and free time;
• Boating and Mini-Golf;
• Wednesday night pool party;
• The emotional closing Love Feast;
• The musical program, “The Star Factor – Many Gifts, One Voice,” performed by all the church campers.

Thanks again to our fantastic Camp Staff, who keep on giving and giving even when the days seem to get longer and tiring, and the sleeping gets shorter.

Church Camp 2018 is now history, but biblical truths were learned and experienced, memories were made and cherished, and now we look forward to next year’s camp. The tentative dates for Church Camp 2019 are August 4-9 at Camp Swatara.

2018-2019 Confirmation Class
An informational meeting for the next Confirmation Class will take place on Sunday, September 23
at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel. All the youth in the 7th grade and above are welcome to be a part of the Confirmation Class. Requirements include: attendance at Sunday worship and confirmation classes; involvement in the Youth Group; attend the Youth Group Winter Retreat on February 1-3, 2019 at Camp Swatara, Those who successfully complete the confirmation program will be confirmed on Sunday, June 9, 2019, More details will be shared at the meeting on September 23.
Any questions about the Confirmation program can be directed to Pastor Nelson.

Fellowship/Supper Club
The remaining restaurants are:
October 3 – Knight & Day
November 7 – Hoss’s
December 5 – P.J. Wheilihan’s

The Fellowship Committee is continuing the Supper Club in 2019. Since we have been to all the requested restaurants, we would like your assistance in selecting the restaurants for each month, beginning in April through December. If you have any new suggestions or would like to repeat ones that we have already been to, please fill out the sheet at the end of the Messenger. The deadline to return the list is Sunday, January 27. Same rules apply, ONE CHECK and NO COUPONS.

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
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 item. 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!

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held October 7.

Senior Club
Our Mystery Trip will take place on Tuesday, September 11. We leave the back parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and will return approximately 6:00 p.m. after our great adventure!

Payment ($88 per person) for the trip to Jersey Dreamers on Tuesday, November 6, is due to Pat Coller no later than September 11.

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

Social Ministry
Thank you to the person/persons, who brought in all the tomatoes on Sunday, August 19. You must have had a “bumper” crop, and your generosity is appreciated. Don’t forget to check the vegetable bin every Sunday; you never know what you’ll find.

Wednesday Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Topic: “The Story – Getting to the Heart of God’s Story”
This study covers the entire salvation story in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The Fall study will begin on Wednesday, September 19, with the book of First Samuel.
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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). 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.

Community Events
Berks County’s Best Kept Secrets
The Harvest Highlights Tour takes place from November 1 through November 10 and includes shopping, food and fun. Tickets are $10 each and $1 per ticket will be donated to the Community Prevention Partnership. You get: a guide describing each of the 16 businesses; a map to show you how to get around in your own vehicle; valuable coupons from each business; FREE gifts, refreshments, door prizes, raffles, tours, demos or games, etc. at each stop; chance to win a $400 shopping spree. No purchase necessary. For a complete list of rules and to purchase your tickets, call 717-721-9409. You can also check their website at www.bestkeptsecretstour.com.
Mention Coupon Code: CLUB-MEMBER and receive $1 off per ticket for up to 6 tickets.

Muhlenberg Community Library
Designer Purse Bingo Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, September 23. Check with the Library for details.

Community, cont.
Rosedale Camp Grove
Sunday, September 2 – Gospel Jazz at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Mike Eben – Saxes; Carl Zeplin – guitar; Ken Kemmerer – tuba; Joel Evans – drums.
Free will offering will be taken and an Ice Cream social will follow the program.

Sunday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. – Rosedale’s 50’s Night

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LORD, on this Labor Day, we thank you for the blessing of work.
We ask for strength to complete each day,
We ask for rest when we are weary.
We ask Your guidance for everyone seeking employment and we ask
that You be with those whose faces we might never see, but who
work tirelessly each day for the good of us all. Amen.

Restaurant Suggestions for the Supper Club
Please fill out the information below and return the form to anyone on the Fellowship Committee: Janet & Rick Weidner, Barbara Coller, Kim Grinage, Lisa O’Brien, Georgeann Waldbiesser, Cindy Speicher. You can also place them on the secretary’s desk in the church office.

Name___________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

Dates for Your Calendar
Tuesday, October 2 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 3 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 19 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, October 21 – Senior Club to the Inn @ Crumpin Fox, 7:45 a.m.
Sunday, October 21 – Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 – Trunk or Treat, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat rain date
Tuesday, October 30 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, November 4 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, November 6 – Senior Club to Brownstone, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 7 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, November 18 – Congregational Meeting & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 21 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21 – Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 22 – Office Closed
Tuesday November 27 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 2 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 5 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 – Senior Club Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 14 – Senior Club to Hunterdon Hills, 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, December 19 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 25 – Office Closed

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays

Tyler Geddio – 9/3
Derek Witkowski – 9/4
Alexander DeLeon – 9/7
Reese Gauby – 9/15
Briana Silasavage – 9/17
Zoe Stewart – 9/22
Payton Mentzer – 9/23
Emme Malick – 9/28

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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.

The Fall General Planning Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 16 at 12 Noon,
Plan to join us for lunch, and share your ideas for events and activities. Bring your calendars!
Remember to sign up by September 9!

Looking ahead to 2019 –
2019 Winter Retreat will take place at Camp Swatara in the West Retreat!
The dates are Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3, 2019.

September Birthdays
September 1 – Krystina Missimer

September 2 – Joan Colsher, Thomas Terenchin, Sr., Joyce Young
September 3 – Jaxon Bond, Sandra Maslo, James Williams
September 4 – Arlene Yeager
September 6 – Pastor Brophy
September 7 – Todd Boughter, Alexander DeLeon, James Jacobs, Charlene Leisey, Dennis Smith,
Tom Terenchin, Jr.
September 8 – Carol Gilbert

September 9 – Elizabeth Weidner
September 12 – Edward Hartman, Natalie Kurowski, Molly Wineberg
September 13 – Imani Ortiz
September 14 – Heather Stricker
September 15 – Reese Gauby, Carol Kunsman, Kendal Rosenthal, Annora Witkowski

September 16 – Brody Woodward, Sandra Zeiler
September 17 – Betty Dutt, Kenneth Long, Rodney Rothenberger, Betty Stump
September 21 – Jeffrey Klinger, Sr., Elle Miller, Patricia Niemczyk
September 22 – Cooper Eppihimer, Keegan Eppihimer, Sandra Joy, Dorothy Mitchell, Zoe Stewart

September 23 – Christopher Gruber, Payton Mentzer, Carol Stoudt
September 24 – Sheron Kauffman, Gloria Lawrence
September 25 – Joyce Bair, Jared Terenchin
September 26 – Joan Skrocki
September 27 – David Rutt
September 28 – Emme Malick
September 29 – Joan Bollinger

September 30 – Kyle Gantert, Jennifer Janke
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SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES
Sunday, September 2 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Christian Education/Teachers/Helpers Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Monday, September 3 Office Closed

Tuesday, September 4 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 a.m.

September Activities, cont.
Wednesday, September 5 Supper Club at Schmeck’s Villa, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 9 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.

Tuesday, September 11 Senior Club Mystery Trip, 8:45 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12 Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 14 – Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, September 16 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Group Meeting, Noon
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18 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, September 19 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Sunday, September 23 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Confirmation Class Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25 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, September 26 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 30 Praise & 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.


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2018 AUGUST 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”
August, 2018

EACH LIFE AFFECTS ANOTHER
-Author Unknown

We may not always realize that everything we do,
Affects not only our lives, but touches others, too;
For a little bit of thoughtfulness that shows someone you care,
Creates a ray of sunshine, for both of you to share.
Yes, every time you offer someone a helping hand;
Every time you show a friend you care and understand,
Every time you have a kind and gentle word to give;
You help someone find beauty, in this precious life we live.
For happiness brings happiness, and loving ways bring love;
And giving is the treasure, that contentment is made of.

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

“In Christ, we, though many, form one body and
each member belongs to all the others.”
Romans 12:5

This verse from Romans 12:5 serves as the theme verse for this year’s Church Camp, “The Puzzle Piece – Piecing It Together.” Church Camp will be held August 5 through 10 at Camp Swatara. Through all the daily activities – Bible study, worship, crafts, music and recreation, Church Camp 2018 will help participants know and appreciate the connectedness we have with God and one another.

Each day of Church Camp will focus on a feature of puzzle-building:

• Day 1 – The First Piece of the Puzzle
Jesus told us the greatest commandments are to love God and to love others.
The Bible Lesson is Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Daily Verse: Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the
second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39

• Day 2 – The Missing Piece of the Puzzle
Jesus seeks, cares for, and saves the lost.
Bible Lesson is Luke 15:1-10, the parables of the Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep.
Daily Verse: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

• Day 3 – The Difficult Piece of the Puzzle
God never gives up on us.
Bible Lesson is Jonah 1:1-3:10, God saves Jonah despite his disobedience.
Daily Verse: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

• Day 4 – The Unique Piece of the Puzzle
God created us as unique beings with special gifts to share.
Bible Lesson is Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the talents.
Daily Verse: “Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the
good of others the special gift he has received from God.” 1 Peter 4:10

• Day 5 – The Complete Piece of the Puzzle
All the pieces of the puzzle are necessary to complete the puzzle.
Bible Lesson is 1 Corinthians 12:12-17, the unity and diversity of the Body.
Daily Verse: “In Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to
all the others.” Romans 12:5

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The most important thing the Church Camp participants will (hopefully) realize is that Jesus is the final piece that will complete the puzzle of your life. Make Jesus the final puzzle piece of your life, and complete the beautiful masterpiece God intended you to be!

Blessings,
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

NOTE: Pastor Nelson will be away August 13 through August 27. Pastor David Reinwald of Kissinger’s Church will be “on call” to provide pastoral care while Pastor Nelson is away.

Funerals
Fern Madenford
Donald Elswick
Kathryn Seidel
Donald Hassler
Gloria Heere
Rev. Charles Fair

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)

August 5 (green) – 11th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion
August 12 (green) – Musical, “The Star Factor – Many Gifts, One Voice”
August 19 (green) – 13th Sunday after Pentecost; Pastor Don Kerns, preaching
August 26 (green) – 14th Sunday after Pentecost; Pastor Donald Simmons, preaching
September 2 (green) – 15th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion
September 9 (green) – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

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
August 5-10, 2018
Camp Swatara
“The Puzzle Place – Piecing It Together”
Please pray that this year’s Church Camp will be inspirational, educational, and enjoyable for all who attend. Pray especially for all the Church Camp Staff, most who give a week’s vacation to make Church Camp possible. This year’s staff includes: Jillian Breisch, Ryan Breisch, Traci Frymoyer, Sandy Graffius, Kim Grinage, Patrick Grinage, Samantha Grinage; Denise Keller, Kim Mentzer, Leanne Nelson, Rachel Nelson, Pastor Nelson, Lisa O’Brien, Matthew Pachuilo, Daniel Redcay, Katie Rowley, Nina Rowley, David Rutt, Cindy Speicher, and Elizabeth Weidner.

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.

NOTE: Penn State/St. Joseph Hospital is no longer contacting us about Alsace members who are in the hospital. If you or a family member is a patient there, please call the church office with the patient’s name and room number so Pastor Nelson can visit.

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.

How to Become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church, cont.
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
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 High School
We will begin collecting for the Reading High School and the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program on Sunday, August 19. If you are able to donate, please place your items 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 gran 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.

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held October 7.

Senior Club
Tuesday, August 21 we will travel to the Adventure Aquarium. Lunch will be at City Tavern, a 1773 restaurant where George Washington’s pre-inaugural ball was held. We will enjoy the food of well- known Chef Walter Staib who appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Iron Chef and Food Network.

Payment ($100 per person) for the trip to West Point on Thursday, October 25, is due to Pat Coller no later than August 30.

Senior Club, cont.
PLEASE NOTE: Pat Coller has a new address:
218 Reserve Way, Temple, PA 19560. His phone number is the same.

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

Supper Club
Listed below are the remaining restaurants for 2018. The entire restaurant bill will be on ONE CHECK, and there will be NO COUPONS allowed. If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to Alsace Youth Group. Please do not fill the amount on the check until you get to the restaurant. Prices and food choices are subject to change. Because of the large number of people attending, the restaurant adds a 20% tip to the bill. Please figure that into your total. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m. If anyone needs a ride, please call the church office by the Monday of the Supper. September 5 – Schmeck’s Villa
October 3 – Knight & Day
November 7 – Hoss’s
December 5 – P.J. Wheilihan’s

Community Events

Rosedale Camp Grove
Saturday, August 11 – Silent Auction and Benefit Dinner at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 12 – Men in Harmony at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 17 – Family Camp Out – check in time is 4:00 p.m.
Things to bring: your tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, folding chair
6:00 p.m. – Hot Dogs, 7:00 p.m. – movie “Wonder”, after movie, campfire and smores
Stay over and join them for Saturday morning breakfast.

Saturday, August 18 – Child Evangelism Fellowship of Reading & Berks Co., 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
RSVP by August 10 for lunch only (610-374-4634). Cost for lunch is $5 and a free will offering will also be taken.

Sunday, August 19 – America’s Spiritual Condition by Jonathan Cahn at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 26 – Hymn Sing at 6:30 p.m. with ice cream social to follow.

Sunday, September 2 – Gospel Jazz at 6:30 p.m. with ice cream social to follow.
Mike Eben, Carl Zeplin, Ken Kemmerer, Joel Evans. Free will offering will be taken.

Dates for Your Calendar:
Monday, September 3 – Office Closed
Tuesday, September 4 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 5 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11 – Senior Club Mystery Trip, 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, September 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 14 – Messenger Article Deadline
Wednesday, September 19 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 25 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 30 – Praise & Worship Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, October 2 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 3 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 19 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, October 21 – Senior Club to the Inn @ Crumpin Fox, 7:45 a.m.
Sunday, October 21 – Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 – Trunk or Treat, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat rain date
Tuesday, October 30 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, November 4 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, November 6 – Senior Club to Brownstone, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 7 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, November 18 – Congregational Meeting & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 21 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21 – Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 22 – Office Closed
Tuesday November 27 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Lindsey Lesik – 8/4
Dominique Kline – 8/9
Julian Torcivia – 8/18
Madelyn DeRoche – 8/19
Keegan Weeks – 8/20
Anthony Joy – 8/21
Gavin Houser – 8/22
Ashley Witkowski – 8/23
Nathaniel Coller – 8/29

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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.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped with this year’s Peach Festival! It was a huge success!
We could never have the Peach Festival without everyone’s participation!

August 25 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat
This is an event for the entire church family, friends and guests!
Check out the registration form included in this issue of “The Messenger.”

September 16 – General Planning Meeting, 12 Noon
Bring your ideas and suggestions for events and activities for this year!

Looking Ahead –
The 2019 Winter Retreat will be held February 1 – 3, 2019 at Camp Swatara.
Save the Date!!!

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS
August 1 – LaRue Hartman, G. Martin Wegman, Andrea Williams
August 3 – Jeannette Endy, Richard Hole
August 4 – Audrey Dietz, Tyler Keller

August 6 – Sophia Curran, Amanda Latshaw
August 7 – Joyce Hyatt, Mallory Wineberg
August 8 – Rudolph Drobnick
August 10 – Khloe Janke
August 11 – Joyce Diehl, Marie Piacine

August 12 – Leslie Heere, Georgeann Waldbiesser
August 13 – Cheryl Thompson, George Verret, Jr., Ricky Weidner
August 15 – Bonnie Wieder
August 16 – Teagen Fox, Naomi Pritchard
August 17 – Judith Conrad, Stella Lightcap
August 18 – William Buchanan, Jr., Donna Dillon, Ryan Oxenreider, Ronald Slusser

August 19 – Barbara Brophy, Blayk Focht, Preston Kenderdine, Ruth Pauley, Amelia Sahaida
August 20 – Lori Fitzgerald, Keegan Weeks
August 21 – Anthony Joy
August 22 – Deborah Baer, Ziley Hoffa, Gavin Houser, Janet Weidner
August 23 – Carson Halvin, Betty Noll, Ashley Witkowski
August 24 – Gloria Grimes, Icyandra Hoffa, Verna Wagner
August 25 – June Jarmoski

August 26 – Deborah Boughter
August 27 – Casiana Laborde, Paul Manrodt
August 28 – Jodie Michewicz
August 29 – Nathaniel Coller, Peggy Harter
August 30 – Jade Daly, Jerrold Reber, Shirley Solt
August 31 – Sharon Behm, Barbara Ravel, Finnley Wasilewski, John D. Weidenhammer

AUGUST ACTIVITIES
Wednesday, August 1 Supper Club at Fiore’s, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 5 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Church Camp begins, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 10 Church Camp Program at Camp Swatara, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 12 Praise & Worship/Camp Program, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 14 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 15 Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Friday, August 17 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, August 19 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 21 Senior Club Trip to Adventure Aquarium, 7:45 a.m.

Saturday, August 25 Pool Party at Woodcrest Retreat, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 26 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 28 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.


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2018 JUNE/JULY 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”
June/July, 2018

MY FATHER IS A CHRISTIAN
-Joanna Fuchs

My father is a Christian
He leads our household well;
With instruction from the Bible,
Right behavior he’ll compel.

Yet he steers us with compassion;
His gentle love is true;
He conforms to our Lord Jesus,
So we know just what to do.

He teaches us with purpose,
Guides us in all Godly ways,
So we will take the right path,
And serve our Lord with praise.

I’m glad you’re a Christian, Dad;
You help me see things clearly.
I’ll always look up to you,
And love you very dearly.

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

DOES GOD HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR?

That’s a question I have often pondered. I have always believed God had a sense of humor because of some comical sayings and events in the Bible.

The book of Proverbs can be a funny book at times. For example, Proverbs 11:22 says, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” You wonder if the author of Proverbs had just fought with his wife when he wrote, “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife” (Proverbs 21:9). And then there is the favorite verse of ‘night owls’: “If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse” (Proverbs 27:14). That is a great verse to quote to prove that not everyone wakes up cheery!

Perhaps the funniest verse in the Bible is from Hebrews 11:12: “And so a whole nation came from this one man (Abraham) who was as good as dead – a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.” When Abraham and Sarah were well passed child-rearing days, Sarah did become pregnant, gave birth to a son, and what did they name him? Isaac, which literally means, “he will laugh!”

Our loving and yes, humorous God, inspired the author of Proverbs to write, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful” (Proverbs 15:13), and “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart” (Proverbs 15:30). Proverbs 16:24 says, “Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

Keep Smiling!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Weddings
Benjamin and Alysson (Dengler) Robitzer

Funerals
Gale LeClair

NOTE: Pastor Nelson will be away June 25 through July 9. Pastor David Reinwald of Kissinger’s Church will be “on call” to provide pastoral care while Pastor Nelson is away.

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.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Every Sunday at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
(The liturgical color for each Sunday is listed in parenthesis)

June 3 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost with Holy Communion
June 10 (green) – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
June 17 (green) – 4th Sunday after Pentecost; Father’s Day
June 24 (green) – 5th Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher: Pastor Don Kerns
July 1 (green) – 6th Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher: Pastor Don Kerns
July 8 (green) – 7th Sunday after Pentecost
July 15 (green) – 8th Sunday after Pentecost; Peach Festival
July 22 (green) – Commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene
July 29 (green) – 10th Sunday after Pentecost; Praise & Worship
Recognition of 2018 Church Camp Staff
August 5 (green) – 11th Sunday after Pentecost with Holy Communion
Church Camp Begins
August 12 (green) – Musical, “The Star Factor – Many Gifts, One Voice”
By the 2018 Church Campers

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.

Concert
“Songs of American Composers”
By The Greater Reading Encore Chorale
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Alsace Lutheran Church
Spread the word and plan to attend!

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.

Collection for Military Care Packages
During the month of June, our Sunday School classes will be collecting items to make care packages for military units. Three members of Alsace will be among the recipients. If you would like to donate, please bring any of the requested items below to the church, and place them in the big red box in the Bertha Weber Room.
On Sunday, June 3rd, during the Sunday School hour, we will be making cards to thank the many men and women who are serving our country. Everyone is welcome to come and make a card.

Requested Items
Toiletries/Personal Care: Chapstick; baby wipes; individually packaged tissues

Games and Puzzles: Puzzle Books (crosswords, word search, Sudoku); frisbees, hacky sacks;
playing cards

Writing Material: notepaper, envelops, pens, pencils, stamps

Food and Drink: canned or individually packaged snacks (Pringles, nuts and trail mix, granola
bars, twizzlers, gum, hard candy, Swedish fish, Lance crackers);
single bottle-size drink mixes (such as Gatorade, Crystal Light, or Mios).

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

MCFP, cont.
any donations to church and place them in the box marked “Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.” Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

Volunteers from Alsace are needed for the Pantry Distribution on Thursday, July 19. If you can help lift and sort boxes, please arrive by 2:00 p.m. If you can help with distribution, arrive by 2:45 p.m. Please remember to wear shoes/sneakers; flip flops and sandals are not allowed for your safety.

2018 Church Camp
August 5-10, 2018
Camp Swatara
Theme: “The Puzzle Place – Piecing It Together”
Theme Verse: “In Christ, we, though many, form one body and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:5)
Purpose Statement: Through Bible Study, Worship, Crafts, Music, Recreation and Fun, Church
Camp 2018 will help participants know and appreciate the connectedness we have with
God and one another.
To All Former and New Campers: Please be sure to read the new registration form in its entirety,
and complete all necessary forms.
Also, please note that due to scheduling conflicts with Camp Swatara, campers should not plan to
arrive at camp on Sunday, August 5 until 7:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline is July 1!
Pre-Camp Meeting (All forms are due!) – July 29

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
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
Annual Picnic and Meeting to elect officers will be held at Alsace at 1:00 on Tuesday, June 12. There will also be Bingo. Cost is $5 per person for the meal which will be served at 4:30. Tickets can be purchased from Bob Boyer or Lydia Smith.

Tuesday, June 19, we travel to Mt. Airy Casino. The trip includes $15 slot play, lunch buffet and the Las Vegas legendary tribute show.

Payment ($85 per person) for the trip to the Adventure Aquarium on Tuesday, August 21, is due to Pat Coller no later than June 26.

Senior Club, cont.
Thursday, July 19, we travel to American Music to see “Songs of the Silver Screen.” Lunch will be at Miller’s Smorgasbord.

Payment ($95 per person) for the Mystery Trip on Tuesday, September 11, is due to Pat Coller no later than July 17.

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

Social Ministry Committee
Spring has finally come and it’s time to dig up the soil and plant our gardens. It’s time to think about God’s Vegetable Bin now, and put plants in to pick and bring to church on a Sunday for others to enjoy. Not everyone has room for a garden, like people who live in apartments or assisted living places, but they still eat and enjoy the fresh vegetables that appear on the table each week.

Tomatoes seem to be the most plentiful each year, but we could use lots more so that everyone has a chance to taste a fresh picked tomato for in a sandwich or a salad.

Cucumbers and squashes grow like crazy, and go a long way. Also, zucchinis. Or why not put a few sweet pepper plants in the ground. Plant more than you need so that you are able to share
your extras with the rest of the congregation. Maybe they will bring something that you didn’t plant, and then you, too, will benefit from what they planted.

Parsley is a great item to plant. One pack will give you a nice bed of parsley. It may not be “filling”, but it make salads, soups, etc. taste so much better and it may even come up again next year for you.

So, see what you can come up with and let’s fill the “bin” to overflowing each week. A few baskets are in the hallway at the entrance to the nave for your donation.

Supper Club
Listed below are the remaining restaurants for 2018. The entire bill will be on ONE CHECK, and there will be NO COUPONS allowed. If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to Alsace Youth Group. Please do not fill the amount on the check until you get to the restaurant. Prices and food choices are subject to change. Because of the large number of people attending, the restaurant adds a 20% tip to the bill. Please figure that into your total. We will meet at the restaurant by 6:00 p.m. If anyone needs a ride, please call the church office by the Monday prior to the Supper. June 6 – Coastal Grill
July 11 – Anthony’s Pizza
August 1 – Fiore’s
September 5 – Schmeck’s Villa

Supper Club, cont.
October 3 – Knight & Day
November 7 – Hoss’s
December 5 – P.J. Wheilihan’s

Thrivent Choice
A deposit has been made into the church’s account on behalf of Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice® program in the amount of $203.00. Thrivent Financial member, Dennis Smith, directed Choice Dollars to the church.

Vacation Bible School
July 22 – 26, 2018
(Sunday through Thursday)
6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Theme: “Splash Canyon – God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride”
If you would like to help at VBS, speak to Jillian Breisch or Pastor Nelson
Classes are offered for children up to the 5th grade
(Older children/Teens can be helpers!)

Community Events
Muhlenberg Community Library
Summer Quest: Libraries Rock Kick-Off on Saturday, June 9
Wear your best 50’s style – poodle skirts, saddle shoes, popped collars, rolled up sleeves and slicked back hair! Elvis impersonator Jeff Krick, Jr. will be there from noon to 1:00 PM. Stop by the Sweet Ride mobile ice cream parlor for a sweet treat. Sweet Ride Ice Cream will be generously donating a portion of their proceeds that day to the Muhlenberg Community Library! The event is open to all ages!

Schell’s Miniature Golf Day – Wednesday, June 11 from 10:00AM to 10:00PM
Golf all or part of the day for $5 with a ticket purchased at the library! All proceeds go to the library.

Muhlenberg Township Parks & Recreation – Jim Dietrich Park
Spring Fiesta – Saturday, June 9 from 11AM to 9PM
This event is to celebrate Spring Fiesta; Berks’ Best Tacos. There will be music, dance, various food vendors with a taco related item on the menu, crafters, beer and a frozen drink tent and so much more. There will be pinatas and even a bit of mechanical bull riding. Activities will be based near the farmhouse at the park.

Muhlenberg Township Parks, cont.
Concerts in the Park
If the weather is questionable the call will be made by 12 noon to go inside at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at the corner of Tuckerton and Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Roads. Concerts will start at 6PM and have a short intermission. Refreshments will be available from the Friends of the Muhlenberg Community Library. The concert line up is Dave Kline and the Report on June 15; The Snack Club with Ken Kemmerer and Mike Eben on June 29; Barefoot Bobby and the Breakers on July 13.

For more details on both these events call 610-929-4727 or visit their Facebook page.

Reading High School
We will begin taking donations beginning Sunday, August 19.

Rosedale Camp Grove, Laureldale
Breakfast Every Saturday until September from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. All you can eat for $5.00. Cost includes pancakes, eggs, waffles, sausage, OJ, Coffee and Omelets.

Teen Challenge Choir – Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. Ice cream following program.

Meet & Greet – Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Event will be held in the dining hall at no charge. RSVP to Gaylene at 610-823-7827.
Stay and enjoy an evening with Karl Hausman at 6:30.*

Father’s Day BBQ on Sunday, June 17 from Noon to 2:00. Cost is $5 per person.

Christian Singers/Songwriter Kira Shcherbakova – Sunday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Free-will offering will be taken.*

New Earth Band – Sunday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m.*

How Blessed – Sunday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m.*
Weekend Patriotic Events
Saturday, July 14
Dinner served at 4:00 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, Veterans FREE.
Re-Creation Musical Group/Variety Group at 6:30 p.m.*
Sunday, July 15
Re-Creation/Gospel Concert at 10:00 a.m.
The Belle Tones in Concert at 6:30 p.m. Free will offering will be taken.*

Mended Heart Country Gospel Music Ministry at 6:30 p.m. Free will offering will be taken.*

*Ice cream following program.

Dates for Your Calendar:
Wednesday, August 1 – Supper Club at Fiore’s, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, August 5 to Friday, August 10 – Church Camp
Friday, August 10 – Church Camp Program at Camp Swatara, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 – Church Camp Program, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, August 15 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Friday, August 17 – Messenger Article Deadline
Tuesday, August 21 – Senior Club to Adventure Aquarium, 7:45 a.m.
Saturday, August 25 – Pool Party at Woodcrest Retreat, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28 – Messenger Mailers

Monday, September 3 – Office Closed
Tuesday, September 4 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 5 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11 – Senior Club Mystery Trip, 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, September 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 14 – Messenger Article Deadline
Wednesday, September 19 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 25 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 30 – Praise & Worship Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, October 2 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 3 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 19 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, October 21 – Senior Club to the Inn @ Crumpin Fox, 7:45 a.m.
Sunday, October 21 – Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 – Trunk or Treat, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat rain date
Tuesday, October 30 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
June Birthdays July Birthdays
Brooke Wisniewski – 6/10 Taylor Swartley – 7/1
Mason Yerger – 6/10 Kaden Swavely – 7/1
Casine’ LaBorde – 6/11 William Hower, IV – 7/8
Sydney Aldinger – 6/12 Jack Sahaida – 7/9
Samantha Grinage – 6/12 Teresa Reed – 7/16
Madison Daubenspeck – 6/13 Cameron Urenko – 7/17
Dylan Slusser – 6/17 Dakota Yeager – 7/21
Taylor Oxenreider – 6/19 Peyton Stricker – 7/28
Carter Williams – 6/21 Rachel Knight – 7/30
Gabrielle Werley – 6/22
Amanda Torres – 6/26 Leanne Nelson – 7/16
Olivia Gehris – 6/29 Kim Grinage – 7/22
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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, June 2 – Breakfast at Shady Maple & Quilt Shopping
We will be leaving the church at 7:30 a.m.!
After breakfast, we will travel to the “Kitchen Kettle” to pick a quilt for the Peach
Festival Raffle.
Cost is $13 for breakfast

June 21-24 – Shore Trip in Ocean City, NJ
Balance is due to either Pastor Nelson or Cindy Speicher by Sunday, June 4th.
The Youth and Advisors are looking forward to a fun-filled, warm and sunny weekend!

July 13, 14, 15 – Peach Festival
All Youth, their Parents, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends and Anyone
and Everyone else are needed to help with the Peach Festival! The profit from the Peach
Festival goes to support all the activities and ministries of the Youth Group for 2018-
2019.
If you haven’t already done so, see Cindy to sign up to help at one of the stands.
The Preparation for the Festival begins on Friday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Much help is needed on Saturday, July 14 beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Help is needed on Sunday, July 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the back parking lot.
Raffle Tickets are available from Leanne Nelson. REMEMBER: for each raffle ticket a
youth member sells, he/she will receive 50 cents “on account” to be used towards events,
like the Shore Trip or the Winter Retreat, When you sell your tickets, the money and stubs
need to be turned in to Leanne Nelson before you are given more tickets. We ask each
youth member to sell at least $20 of raffle tickets. (They are very easy to sell – just ask
people before and after church!)

JUNE BIRTHDAYS
June 1 – Gabriella Artim, David Ravel
June 2 – Pearl Schaffer

June 5 – Craig Mengel, Jill Wineberg
June 6 – Jaeden Ferling
June 8 – Sherri Elswick, Peyton Mengel
June 9 – Kris Gantert, Carlos Ortiz, Ariella Palmer, Victoria Rothenberger, Keith Schearer,
Evelyn Shuker, Jaydin Velazquez

June 10 – Timothy Brickel
June 11 – Diane Becker, Richard Lentz, Kayden Stewart
June 12 – Jillian Breisch, Samantha Grinage, Grace Youndt
June 14 – Ruth Springer

June 17 – Dylan Slusser
June 18 – Luther Kauffman, Barbara Tillman
June 19 – Michelle Cervola, Alexander Gehret, Chris Luppold
June 20 – Raymond Strunk, Jr.
June 22 – Evelyn Irons, Mae McNear, Stacy Yerger
June 23 – Stephen Seyfert, Rodney Yeager

June 24 – Irvin Henry, Norah Klinger, Gerald Speicher
June 25 – Beverly Gaiewski, Robert Mack, Ruth Seyler
June 26 – Gladys Moyer, Kolby West
June 27 – Hildegarde Breidenbach, Elijah Persad
June 28 – Richard Gerhart, Lindlee Terenchin
June 29 – Jace Bradford-Marty, Avery Etzel
June 30 – Preston Smith

JULY BIRTHDAYS
July 1 – Marion Royer, John Smith, Taylor Swartley, Kaden Swavely
July 3 – Julia Carbaugh, Ashley Selig, Henrietta Ziegler
July 4 – Aubree Baer, Raydel Verret
July 5 – Michael Ray
July 7 – Dorothy DeLong

July 8 – Lewis Blimline, Luther Bollinger, Thomas Moore, Jr.
July 9 – Herbert Mertz, Jack Sahaida
July 10 – Alexander Long
July 12 – Robert L. Hill, Ryan Moll, Stephanie Waits
July 13 – Linda Woomer
July 14 – Jane Cote, Betty Creary, Adam Livingood, Nancy Ravel, Betty Ruth

July 15 – Craig Hartman
July 16 – Kathleen Dautrich, Leanne Nelson, Analiyse Pacheco, Teresa Reed, Parker Smith
July 17 – Brenda Benham, Lynne Brightbill
July 18 – Barbara Anderson, Benjamin Breisch
July 19 – Craig Bossler, Robert D. Hill, Trevor Sustala
July 20 – Beth Hartman
July 21 – Jack Rothenberger

July 22 – Kimberly Grinage, Janice Hole
July 24 – Greta Wagner
July 25 – Jean Ferro, Brian Redcay
July 27 – Brenda O’Connell, Forrest Wanner
July 28 – Robert Boyer, Matthew Pachuilo

July 29 – Gerald Kunkel, Myles Lopez
July 30 – Shawna Cramner, Rachel Knight, Patricia Rittenhouse

JUNE ACTIVITIES
Saturday, June 2 Youth Group to Shady Maple and Quilt Shopping, 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 3 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 5 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 6 Supper Club at Coastal Grill, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 9 Greater Reading Encore Chorale, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 10 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 12 Senior Club Picnic, 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13 Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 14 Alsace Night at the Reading Fightin Phils, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, June 17 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 19 Senior Club to Mt. Airy Casino, 9:15 a.m.

Wednesday, June 20 Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Thursday, June 21 Youth Group to Ocean City, NJ, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 24 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

JULY ACTIVITIES
Sunday, July 1 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

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

Wednesday, July 4 Office Closed

JULY ACTIVITIES, cont.
Sunday, July 8 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 10 Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11 Supper Club at Anthony’s Pizza, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 13 Peach Festival Preparation, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 14 Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 15 Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.
Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Peach Festival, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Thursday, July 19 Senior Club Trip to American Music, 11:15 a.m.

Friday, July 20 Messenger Mailers

Sunday, July 22 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Church Camp Staff Meeting, Noon
Vacation Bible School, 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, July 23 Vacation Bible School, 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24 Vacation Bible School, 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25 Vacation Bible School, 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26 Vacation Bible School, 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 29 Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Church Camp Parent Meeting, Noon

Tuesday, July 31 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

The Annual Peach Festival will be held Sunday, July 15 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Uptown Band will be performing from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs.

Raffle Tickets are now being sold by our youth and advisors. The is $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. In addition to the quilt, as other items are donated, we will post the list outside the church office.

We are in need of the following by Friday, July 13:
Crock pots, roasters, coolers (will be sitting on cement)
People to roast turkeys (we have 11). We ask that you cut up the meat, save your broth and bring to the church by Friday, no later than 6:30.
People to donate baked goods (please put on disposable plates)
Stuffed animals (in good condition) or other items for game prizes (search the Dollar Store)

Pork BBQ, Turkey BBQ, Soup, Peaches
The cost is $10 per quart. Deadline to pre-order and pay is Sunday, July 1, so we know if we need to purchase more items. The pre-orders will be available for pick-up in the church on the day of the Festival between 4:00-5:00 p.m. and between 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Pint and Quart containers will also be available at the Festival, no earlier than 7:00 p.m. and while supplies last, to allow everyone the opportunity to have their meal if they arrive later.

To save lines at the Festival, food tickets are available to purchase on a Sunday morning in the annex hallway, the Bertha Weber room or you can stop in the office during the week (please call first). Pick up a small flyer listing all the prices. You can find them on the windowsills, the Pastor’s entrance and the Chapel entrance.

If you are able to donate any of the items and/or would like to pre-order your quarts, please fill out the information below and return it to either Pastor Nelson, Cindy Speicher or you may put it on the desk inside the office. THANK YOU!

Name________________________________________ Phone No.__________________________

Crock Pots________ Roasters________ Cooler’s________ Tents________

Baked Goods________ Item(s) Bringing__________________________________________________

Can roast a turkey (they can be picked up any time after July 1)____________

Pre-Orders (number of quarts – $10 each)
Pork BBQ_______ Turkey BBQ_______ Beef Vegetable Soup_______ Peaches_______

Will pick up 4:00-5:00________ Will pick up 7:00-8:00______ Will pick up Monday______


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2018 MAY MESSENGER

Posted by Cynthia Speicher, With 0 Comments, Category: Announcements,

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, 2018

It began as Decoration Day, when garlands were placed on the graves of the Civil War dead. It became Memorial Day, an occasion for America to honor those who gave their lives in all wars. It has continued with solemn ceremonies in cemeteries across the country, with parades of school children proudly carrying American flags. And on this day families have decorated the graves of those whose memory they cherish.

Yes, we need to relax and enjoy the holiday, but let us not forget to display the Stars and Stripes in our yards; to take that journey to the cemetery with our tokens of geraniums and peonies and wreaths; to wear the Veteran’s poppy with concern for his welfare.

Let us remember who we are and where we are – Americans in a free land with the power of self-determination, and pause to honor those who have preserved our heritage.

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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

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According to laws of aerodynamics
The bumble bee cannot fly;
His body is too heavy for its wings
And that’s the simple reason why.

But the bumble bee doesn’t know this fact
And so it flies anyway for all to see.
Remember this when you’re losing faith or hope;
God’s proof that the impossible can be!
(A. S. Waldrop)

This little poem is printed on a card that came with a small metal bumble bee that can be kept in a pocket. It is a simple illustration of the kind of faith we have in our Risen Lord. In these days of the Easter season, we have seen the impossible become possible. In fact, throughout His earthly life, Jesus did some impossible things: changing water into wine, healing a man born blind; raising people from the dead; walking on water; calming violent storms, just to name a few.
Perhaps the most amazing thing that Jesus did was to change common, ordinary people into courageous witnesses of faith. As we read in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection appearances, the disciples were often found cowering in fear behind locked doors. They were afraid for their very lives. After all, they were living in dangerous times. Anyone associated with the crucified criminal accused of treason would certainly be guilty.
Yet, after those disciples saw, touched and fellowshipped with the Risen Jesus, they were strengthened in faith, empowered for their mission, and they went into all the world to proclaim this Good News –
“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by
miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves
know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and
you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God
raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible
for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:22-24).

May the Risen Christ inspire you to share the love and good news of the Gospel to everyone you meet!

The peace and love of the Risen Christ be with you always!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Funerals
William Sassaman, Sr.
Kristine Barrall
June Dobson

 

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)

April 29 (white) – 5th Sunday of Easter
May 6 (white) – 6th Sunday of Easter with Sacrament of Holy Communion
2:00 Abbreviated Worship with Holy Communion
May 10 (Thursday) – Ascension Day Worship, 10:00 a.m.
May13 (white) – 7th Sunday of Easter; Mother’s Day
May 20 (red) – The Day of Pentecost with Holy Communion and the Rite of Confirmation
May 27 (white) – The Holy Trinity
June 3 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost with Holy Communion
June 10 (green) – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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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.

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2018 Church Camp
August 5-10, 2018
Camp Swatara
Theme: “The Puzzle Place – Piecing It Together”
Theme Verse: “In Christ, we, though many, form one body and each member belongs to all the  others. (Romans 12:5)
Purpose Statement: Through Bible Study, Worship, Crafts, Music, Recreation and Fun, Church Camp 2018 will help participants know and appreciate the connectedness we have with God
and one another.
To ALL Former and New Campers: Please be sure to read the new registration form in its entirety, and complete all the necessary forms.
Also, please note that due to scheduling conflicts with Camp Swatara, campers should not plan to arrive at camp on Sunday, August 5 until 7:00 p.m.

 

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
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!

 

Outside Sign
We are looking for a person or persons to volunteer to update the outside sign on a regular basis. The sign is located on Kutztown Road. If you are willing to volunteer, please call the church office. Thank you!

 

Reading Fightin Phils Faith & Family Night
The Youth Group has reserved seats at the Reading Fightin Phils for their Faith & Family Night on Thursday, June 14 at 7:05 p.m. Cost is $9 per person for seats in the green section in the grandstand. If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board outside the church office. Deadline to sign up and make your payment is Sunday, May 6.

 

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
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
Thursday, May 3 – Trip to Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to see “Grease.

Thursday, May 10 – Ascension Day Service at 10:00 a.m. Coffee hour will follow.

Payment ($85 per person) for the trip to American Music on Thursday, July 19, is due to Pat Coller no later than May 24.

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

 

Thrivent Financial For Lutherans
A deposit of $2,615.00 has been deposited in Alsace Lutheran Church’s account on behalf of Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice Program. Thrivent Financial members directing their Choice Dollars to Alsace are: Katharine Fick, Gloria Grimes, Kimberly Grinage, Rev. Richard Nelson and Paul Rittenhouse, Jr.

 

Wednesday Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Topic: “The Story – Getting to the Heart of God’s Story”
This study covers the entire salvation story in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
This Spring study will take us through the books of Genesis through Ruth. In the Fall, we will pick up with the book of First Samuel. (Bible Study does not meet in June, July, & August.)
Here is the schedule:
May 2 – “New Commands and a New Covenant”
May 9 – “Wandering”
May 16 – “The Battle Begins”
May 23 – “A Few Good Men … and Women”
May 30 – “The Faith of a Foreign Woman”

 

Community Events
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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A MOTHER’S PRAYER
Make me a wise mother, O Lord. Keep me calm and give me patience to bear the small, irritating things in the daily routine of life. Give me tolerance and understanding to bridge the gulf between my generation and that of my children. Let me not be too ready to guide my children’s stumbling feet, but allow me to be ever near to bind their bruises. Give me a sense of humor that I may laugh with them but NEVER at them. Let me refrain from preaching with words! Keep me from forcing their confidences, but give me a sympathetic ear when my children come to me. Help me to teach them that life must NOT BE FILLED WITH COMPROMISES, but must be replete with victories. Make me humble. Keep my children close to me, O Lord, though miles may separate
us. And let Thy light so shine upon me that they, too, will perceive Thy glory. Amen.

-Unknown

 

Be very careful If you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib: not from his feet to be walked on; not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal, under the arm to be protected and next to the heart to be loved.

-Unknown

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Dates for Your Calendar:
Saturday, June 2 – Youth to Shady Maple for Breakfast and then shopping for Quilt, 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 3 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, June 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 6 – Supper Club at Coastal Grill, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12 – Senior Club Picnic, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 – Alsace Night at the Reading Fightins, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 – Senior Club to Mt. Airy Casino, 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, June 20 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Thursday, June 21 – Youth Group to Ocean City, NJ, 10:00 a.m.

 

Tuesday, July 3 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 4 – Office Closed
Tuesday, July 10 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11 – Supper Club at Anthony’s Pizza, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 13 – Peach Festival Preparation, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 – Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 15 – Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 15 – Peach Festival with Uptown Band, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 – Senior Club to American Music, 11:15 a.m.
Friday, July 20 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, July 22 – Church Camp Staff Meeting, Noon
Sunday, July 22 – VBS, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Monday, July 23 – VBS, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24 – VBS, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 – VBS, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 – VBS, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 – Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, July 29 – Church Camp Parent Meeting, Noon
Tuesday, July 31 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

 

Wednesday, August 1 – Supper Club at Fiore’s, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 to Friday, August 10 – Church Camp
Friday, August 10 – Church Camp Program at Camp Swatara, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 – Church Camp Program, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, August 15 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Friday, August 17 – Messenger Article Deadline
Tuesday, August 21 – Senior Club to Adventure Aquarium, 7:45 a.m.
Saturday, August 25 – Pool Party at Woodcrest Retreat, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28 – Messenger Mailers

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YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Ava Amato – 5/11
Faythe Phillips – 5/16
Josie Geddio – 5/26

Rachel Nelson – 5/16

 

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.

May 5 – Mystery Trip!?!?
Meet at the church by 10:00 a.m.
Wear good walking shoes, and dress for weather (we will be outside).
Cost is $16.50 per person, which includes lunch.
Bring extra money for snacks and souvenirs

May 20 – Help needed to move tables to back parking lot for yard sale

May 26 – Yard Sale
Help needed at 6:30 a.m. to set up; Sale runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Help needed to sell refreshments during the sale, and then for clean-up.

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:

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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MAY BIRTHDAYS
May 1 – Jason Plylaharn,Jr.
May 3 – Leo Velazquez

May 6 – Raymond Lascomb
May 7 – Mariann Kauffman, Carolyn McDonough, Stanley Schaffer, Sr.
May 8 – Catherine Angstadt, Diane Hartman, Mary Mack, Sophie Neuheimer
May 9 – Arailyn 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, Sylvia Salsano
May 14 – Jameson Moore, Landon Weller
May 15 – Gale LeClair, Jean Weidenhammer
May 16 – Rachel Nelson, Faythe Phillips
May 18 – David Ritter
May 19 – Adalyn Smith

May 20 – Violet Moyer, James Seiz
May 22 – Ray Carbaugh
May 23 – Phyllis Luppold, Piper Smith
May 26 – Josie Geddio, Charlotte Moore, Susan Thomas

May 28 – Jeffery Eshbach, Joe Fitzgerald, Ira Johnson
May 29 – JaLancy Robertson, Philip Schlegel, Jenna Terenchin
May 30 – Mary Jane Hoffman, Alexander Jamison, Logan Kline, Michele Klinger, Jaison Rivera

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MAY ACTIVITIES
Tuesday, May 1 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, May 2 Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 3 Senior Club Trip to Dutch Apple, 9:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 5 Youth Group Mystery Trip, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 6 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Communion Service, 2:00 p.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8 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, May 9 Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 13 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 15 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, May 16 Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 18 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, May 20 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Confirmation
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22 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.

Saturday, May 26 Yard Sale, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 27 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 28 Office Closed

Tuesday, May 29 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.
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