2019 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 2019

A FATHER’S PRAYER

-Author Unknown

Give me, O God, the wisdom that I need

To mold the tender lives within my care:

Give me the power that I may subtly lead

Them to  righteousness – true joy is there.

I ask for them no rainbowed path of ease;

I ask for them no store of wealth and fame;

I only ask that by their lives they please

Thee and the world with an untarnished name,

I know that man is weak, and life is strong,

And sometimes honest roads look very drear;

That winning laurels often takes too long

And luring vistas from all sides appear.

But while my young are still beneath my wing,

God, help me guide them right in everything.

CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor

Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus

Mr. David Rutt, Music Director

Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary

Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS

Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent

Mrs. Barbara Coller, Council Secretary

Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary

COUNCIL MEMBERS/TERM EXPIRES

         John Funk                                                                    End of 2020                    

         Kimberly Grinage – President                               End of 2019                                     

         Samantha Grinage                                                End of 2020       

         Peggy Harter                                                         End of 2020        

         Jeffrey Klinger                                                    End of 2019      

         Payton Mentzer                                                 End of 2020     

         Donald Moll                                                           End of 2021                                                

         Mary Pachuilo                                                       End of 2019                                                          

         Evelyn Sheetz                                                     End of 2021       

         Gerald Speicher – Vice President                         End of 2021                         

         Janet Weidner                                                       End of 2019

            June 21, 2019 is one of my favorite days of the year – it’s the first day of Summer.  I love summer!

I can’t help but to think of that song by George Gershwin: “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”  Although things remain busy here in the summer at Alsace Church with the Peach Festival, Vacation Bible School, and Church Camp, summertime just seems more relaxed.

            Summertime is also the time for vacations, the time when we are supposed to “get away from it all” for a while.  However, a recent study showed that 40 percent of Americans do not take all their paid time off, even though their employers encourage them to take their vacation time.  Studies also show that Europeans, who work less hours and vacation more than twice the time Americans do, are more productive in the workplace overall.  So, what’s wrong with us? 

            Did you know that the Bible encourages us to take vacations?  Cindi McMenamin, a national speaker and best-selling author, says there are five reasons that taking a vacation is biblical.  First, Jesus was all for a “getaway.”  In Mark 6:31-32, we read: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure             even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.”  Jesus knew that His followers needed time to refocus and revitalize their souls, and also to rest.  Jesus knows we need time to rest and recoup, and He goes with us to pour rest back into our soul.

            Second, vacations make us better stewards.  Studies have shown that workers are far more productive after returning from a vacation, because of the fact that increased hours of sleep and decreased levels of stress led to more productivity.  The Bible commands us to be good stewards and by giving our best at what we do.  In Colossians 3:23, we are told, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

            Third, vacations reduce stress.  Stress kills the body, and the Bible tells us to care for our bodies as the dwelling place of God: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).  So, treat your temple carefully by giving it the rest and change of pace that it occasionally needs.

            Fourth, vacations spur our creativity and worship.  Vacations give us the opportunity to be outdoors and experience the wonder of what God has made by enjoying His blessings.  We all need these times to rejuvenate our creativity for our work.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  We can enjoy our time off, and enjoy this time with God.

            Fifth, vacations prevent burnout.  Symptoms of burnout include: irritability; outbursts of anger and cynicism; badly treating your friends, family members, co-workers, and even strangers.  Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).  You can better love your neighbors by doing what it takes to re-energize your soul and avoid burnout.

            So, go ahead and take that vacation.  Those you love will thank you for it.  And, you may find yourself experiencing more of God as well!

Wishing You Peace and Rest for Your Soul,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Pastor Nelson will be on vacation from June 24 through July 8.  Pastor Dave Reinwald will be providing pastoral care.  Call the church office with any pastoral needs.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

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

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

June 2 (white) – 7th Sunday of Easter

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

June 16 (white) – The Holy Trinity/Father’s Day

June 23 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher Gerry Arndt

June 30 (green) – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher Tim Speicher

July 7 (green) – 4th Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher Don Kerns

July 14 (green) – 5th Sunday after Pentecost; Peach Festival

July 21 (green) – 6th Sunday after Pentecost; VBS begins

July 28 (green) – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

August 4 (green) – 8th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion

August 11 (green) – 9th Sunday after Pentecost; Praise & Worship, featuring 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.

Christian Education

Join the Couples and Friends Sunday School class at 9:30 this Summer as we embark on a study of Mark Batterson’s novel, “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive when Opportunity Roars,”  This easy-to-read book challenges us to dream big for God, and then by faith, take the first steps toward making those God-dreams a reality.  If you are interested in joining us, please see Ryan Breisch for a copy of the book beginning June 2.  You can also contact him at 610-790-7992 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Reading Schedule (to be completed by class date)

June 9 – Chapters 1 and 2 (Locking Eyes with Your Lion/The Odd Thing About Odds)

June 23 – Chapter 3 (Unlearning Your Fears)

June 30 – Chapter 4 (The Art of Reframing)

Christian Education, cont.

July 21 – Chapter 5 (Guaranteed Uncertainty)

July 28 – Chapter 6 (Playing it Safe is Risky)

August 4 – Chapter 7 (Grab Opportunity by the Mane)

August 18 – Chapter 8 (The Importance of Looking Foolish)

August 25 – Chapters 9 and 10 (Unleash the Lion Chaser Within/The Multiplication Anointing)

Church Camp 2019

August 4 – 9, 2019

Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA

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

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

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

(Isaiah 40:31)

Registration Forms are available at the church!

Deadline to register is June 30

A $35 Deposit reserves your spot!

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

(Financial assistance is available – speak to Pastor Nelson)

No one should miss out on camp because of money!

Day of Pentecost, Holy Communion & Confirmation

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Wear something RED to church this day!

Congratulations and Best Wishes are extended to the two Confirmands:

Kaylie Moll and Samuel Sharp

Join them as they affirm their baptism and affirm their faith in the Almighty God!

Hearing Devices

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

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

Hospital Admissions

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

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

How to Become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church

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

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –

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

If you are a member of another Christian Church –

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

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

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

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

Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

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

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule

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

August 4; September 1; October 6 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.); November 3;

December 1

Notes: There will be no Communion service in July; 2:00 p.m. Communion Service will be held on October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club

Tuesday, June 11, 1:00 p.m. – Annual Picnic & Meeting

Meeting in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) at Alsace.  Cost is $5 per person and can be purchased from Bob Boyer or Lydia Smith.

Tuesday, June 18, 9:15 a.m.

Spirit of America Luncheon Cruise and bus tour of the “Murals of Philadelphia.

Senior Club, cont.

Payment ($75.00 per person) for the trip to Lancaster County on Tuesday, August 20, is due to Pat Coller no later than June 25.

Wednesday, July 10, 9:45 a.m.

Buffet Lunch at Eden Resort then off to Fulton Theater for the Broadway Show, “Mama Mia.”

Payment ($80.00 per person) for the Mystery Trip on Wednesday, September 11, is due to Pat Coller no later than July 17.

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

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

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

Supper Club

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

Wednesday, July 3 – Blind Hartman’s

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, June 23

Wednesday, July 31 – Mimmo’s

(Church Camp on Wednesday, August 7)

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 1

Wednesday, September 4 – Schmeck’s Villa

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

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

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads

Texas Roadhouse

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

Vacation Bible School

Sunday, July 21 through Thursday, July 25

6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Classes are offered for all those 3-years old through the 5th grade

(Older Youth and Adults can be Helpers!)

Theme: “Miraculous Mission – Jesus Saves the World”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,

that whoever believes in Him should not perish

but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Closing Program: Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers Needed – Thursday, July 18 – MCFP

July 18 is Alsace Church’s turn to sponsor the food distribution at the Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.  Set up begins at 10:30 a.m.  If you can lift boxes and help unload food, please show up by 2:30 p.m.  If you can just help with the distribution, come around 2:45.  Remember to wear closed-toe shoes, no flip flops or sandals.

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.

Concluding the study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story”

June 5 & June 12

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

          6/10 – Brooke Wisniewski                                                7/1 – Taylor Swartley

          6/10 – Mason Yerger                                                       7/1 – Kaden Swavely

          6/11 – Casine’ LaBorde                                                   7/5 – Hanna Kline

          6/12 – Samantha Grinage                                                7/8 – William Hower, Jr.

          6/17 – Dylan Slusser                                                        7/9 – Jack Sahaida

          6/19 – Taylor Oxenreider                                                  7/16 – Teresa Reed

          6/22 – Gabrielle Werley                                                    7/17 – Cameron Urenko

          6/28 – Karleigh Mueller                                                    7/21 – Dakota Yeager

          6/29 – Olivia Gehris                                                         7/28 – Peyton Stricker

                                                    7/16 – Leanne Nelson

                                                   7/22 – Kim Grinage

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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 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple & Shopping for Quilt

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

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

          Festival Raffle.

          Cost is $13 for breakfast.

Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23 – Ocean City, NJ – Here We Come!!!

          Balance is due to either Pastor Nelson or Cindy Speicher by Sunday, June 2.

Peach Festival:  We NEED EVERYONE TO HELP!!!!

Friday, July 12 – 6:30 p.m., Preparation in kitchen

Saturday, July 13 – 8:00 a.m., Peeling Peaches and other preparations

Sunday, July 14 – Peach Festival Day; Help is needed from 8:00 a.m. till evening

The Peach Festival is our biggest fund raiser, and the money we profit is used to keep costs down for youth events all year long.  We can’t do this festival without YOU!  If you haven’t already volunteered, see Cindy.  AND, SHOW UP READY TO WORK!!!

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

  • Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
  • Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat
  • Sunday, September 22 – Youth Re-Organizational Meeting

Something NEW is coming in September just for Youth!!!

Look for a mailing coming to your home by the end of August!

Led by Rachel Nelson, this will be a time for Teens to get together and talk, learn and grow in faith.  Are you intrigued?  Plan to attend the introductory meeting for this NEW thing on Sunday, September 8 at 9:30 a.m.

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ONE NATION WITHOUT GOD

-Unknown

America, the beautiful.

Home of the brave and free,

is threatened by evil

that we don’t see.

We are “One nation, under God.”

Guided by His loving light,

but we’ll be a nation “without” God

if we don’t stand and fight.

We, the vast majority,

must join hand in hand

before the small minority

takes God’s name from our land.

No matter our religion,

we have a job to do;

We must band together

to defeat the ungodly few.

God gave us freedom in this land

to worship and to pray.

How can we idly just sit by

watching it be taken away?

There is a God in Heaven.

Let’s not let His light go dim.

How can He bless us from above

if we won’t acknowledge Him?

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

June 1 – Gabriella Artim

June 2 – Pearl Schaeffer

June 5 – Craig Mengel, Jill Wineberg

June 8 – Sherri Elswick, Peyton Mengel

June 9 – Kris Gantert, Carlos Ortiz, Ariella Palmer, Victoria Rothenberger, Keith Scheirer,

                             Evelyn Shuker, Jayden Velazquez

June 10 – Timothy Brickel

June 11 – Diane Becker, Richard Lentz, Kayden Stewart

June 12 – Jillian Breisch, Samantha Grinage, Grace Youndt

June 18 – Luther Kauffman, Barbara Tillman

June 19 – Alexander Gehret, Chris Luppold

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 – Elijah Persad

June 28 – Richard Gerhart, Lindlee Terenchin

June 29 – Avery Etzel

June 30 – Preston Smith           

JUNE ACTIVITIES                      

Saturday, June 1                       7:30 a.m. – Youth Group to Shady Maple & Quilt Shopping

Sunday, June 2                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Tuesday, June 4                        9:00 a.m. – Senior Club Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 5                   6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Country Fare in Myerstown

Sunday, June 9                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Holy Communion

                                                9:30 – Sunday School

                                                10:45 – Confirmation

JUNE ACTIVITIES, cont.

Tuesday, June 11                      1:00 p.m. – Senior Club Luncheon & Meeting

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

Thursday, June 13                     7:10 p.m. – Alsace Night at the R Phils

Sunday, June 16                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Tuesday, June 18                      9:15 a.m. – Senior Club Trip to Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 19                 4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen

Thursday, June 20                     9:00 a.m. – Youth Group leaves for Ocean City, NJ

Sunday, June 23                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 – Sunday School

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

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

JULY BIRTHDAYS

July 1 – Marion Royer, John Smith, 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

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, Betty Ruth

July 15 – Craig Hartman

July 16 – Kathleen Dautrich, Leanne Nelson, Analiyse Pacheco, Parker Smith

July 17 – Brenda Benham, Lynne Brightbill

July 18 – Barbara Anderson, Benjamin Breisch

July 19 – Robert D. Hill, Trevor Sustala

July 20 – Beth Hartman

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 – Bob Boyer, Matthew Pachuilo

July 29 – Gerald Kunkel, Myles Lopez

July 30 – Shawna Cramner, Patricia Rittenhouse

JULY ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, July 3                    6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Blind Hartman’s

Thursday, July 4                        Independence Day, Office Closed

Sunday, July 7                           8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Wednesday, July 10                   9:45 a.m. – Senior Club to Fulton Theater

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting

JULY ACTIVITIES, cont.

Friday, July 12                           6:30 p.m. – Peach Festival Preparation

Saturday, July 13                       8:00 a.m. – Peach Festival Preparation

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

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

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                4:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Peach Festival/Uptown Band & Jeff Krick, Jr.

Friday, July 19                           Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, July 21                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                6:15 to 8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 22                        6:15 to 8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School

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

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

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

Sunday, July 28                        8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Tuesday, July 30                       8:00 a.m. – Messenger Mailers

Wednesday, July 31                   6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Mimmo’s


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2019 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 2019

Mother’s Love

-Unknown

Mother’s love is like an island

In life’s ocean, vast and wide,

A peaceful, quiet shelter

From the wind, the rain, the tide.

It is bound on the north by hope,

By patience on the west,

By tender counsel on the south

And on the east by rest.

Above it like a beacon light

Shine faith, and truth, and prayer;

And through the changing scenes of life

I find a haven there.

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

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

(Mark 16:19)

“Jesus led his disciples out as far as Bethany,

and, lifting up his hand, he blessed them.

While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them

and was carried up into heaven.”

(Luke 24:50-51)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Confident Hope,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Funeral

John C. Beil

CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor

Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus

Mr. David Rutt, Music Director

Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary

Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS

Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent

Mrs. Barbara Coller, Council Secretary

Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary

COUNCIL MEMBERS/TERM EXPIRES

         John Funk                                                                    End of 2020                    

         Kimberly Grinage – President                               End of 2019                                     

         Samantha Grinage                                                End of 2020       

         Peggy Harter                                                         End of 2020        

         Jeffrey Klinger                                                    End of 2019      

         Payton Mentzer                                                 End of 2020     

         Donald Moll                                                           End of 2021                                                

         Mary Pachuilo                                                       End of 2019                                                          

         Evelyn Sheetz                                                     End of 2021       

         Gerald Speicher – Vice President                         End of 2021                         

         Janet Weidner                                                       End of 2019

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

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

May 19 (white) – 5th Sunday of Easter

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

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

June 2 (white) – 7th Sunday of Easter

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

Sharing the Ministry of Alsace

Be sure to tell others about the ministry of Alsace:

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

Church Camp 2019

August 4 – 9, 2019

Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA

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

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

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

(Isaiah 40:31)

Registration Forms are available at the church!

Deadline to register is June 30

A $35 Deposit reserves your spot!

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

(Financial assistance is available – speak to Pastor Nelson)

No one should miss out on camp because of money!

Hearing Devices

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

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

Hospital Admissions

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

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

How to Become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church

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

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –

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

If you are a member of another Christian Church –

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

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

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

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

Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

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

Reading Fightin’ Phils

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

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule

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

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

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule, cont.

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

Notes: There will be no Communion service in July;

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

Senior Club

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

Tuesday, May 28 – Green Grove Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supper Club

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

Wednesday, June 5 – Country Fare, Myerstown

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 26

Wednesday, July 3 – Blind Hartman’s

Wednesday, July 31 – Mimmo’s

(Church Camp on Wednesday, August 7)

Wednesday, September 4 – Schmeck’s Villa

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

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

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads

Wednesday Bible Study

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

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

COMMUNITY

Reading High School

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

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

feminine hygiene products; hairbrushes; make-up

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

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

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

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

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

Ava Amato – 5/11

Jackson Craft – 5/11

Faythe Phillips – 5/16

Josie Geddio – 5/26

Logan Kline – 5/30

Jaison Rivera – 5/30

Rachel Nelson – 5/16

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

Saturday, May 11 – .

Trip and Hike at Bushkill Falls

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

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

          bottle for the hike.

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

          Bring extra money for spending.

Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale

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

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

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

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

          Festival Raffle.

          Cost is $13 for breakfast.

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

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

MAY BIRTHDAYS

May 1 – Jason Playharn, Jr.

May 3 – Leo Velazquez

May 6 – Raymond Lascomb, Kaelyn Walters

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

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

May 9 – Aralyn Walters

May 10 – Michael Gauby, Ronald Heffner

May 11 – Ava Amato, Jackson Craft, Judith Geissler

May 12 – Julia Bond

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

May 14 – Jamison Moore, Landon Weller

May 15 – Piper Tryon, Jean Weidenhammer

May 16 – Rachel Nelson, Faythe Phillips

May 18 – David  Ritter

May 19 – Adalyn Smith

May 20 – James Seiz

May 22 – Ray Carbaugh

May 23 – Phyllis Luppold

May 24 – Piper Smith

May 26 – Josie Geddio, Charlotte Moore, Susan Thomas

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

May 29 – JaLancey Robertson, Jenna Terenchin

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

MAY ACTIVITIES                        

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

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

Thursday, May 2                        National Day of Prayer

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

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

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

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

                                                2:00 p.m. – Brief Communion Service

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

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

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

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 a.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 a.m. – Reunion Choir

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

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting

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

Sunday, May 12                        Mother’s Day

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

                                                9:30 – Sunday School & Confirmation

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

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

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

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

                                                4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen

Friday, May 17                          Messenger Article Deadline

Saturday, May 18                      Armed Forces Day

MAY ACTIVITIES, cont.

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

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

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

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

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

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

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

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

                                                9:30 – Sunday School

Monday, May 27                       Memorial Day

                                                Office Closed

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

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

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

                                                1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

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


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2019 April 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”

April 2019

                                                E -nvision His love deeply

                                                A -ccept His love willingly

                                                S -eek His love continually

                                                T -rust His love implicitly

                                                E -mbrace His love whole-heartedly

                                                R -eturn His love generously

-Unknown

“Two men in dazzling clothes suddenly appeared and said to the women,

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen!”

(Luke 24:4-5)

            The month of April turns our focus to Easter, the crown of all Christian holy-days!  This year, Easter Sunday is April 21, one of the latest dates that Easter is celebrated.  The date of Easter varies from year to year, based on a formula that goes way back to the beginning of the church.

            In 325 A.D., Constantine, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, convened the Council of Nicea.

Among the business before the council was to establish a uniform date for Easter.  Out of the discussion and debate came the “Easter Rule,” setting Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.  As is often the case with church councils, the decision was not unanimous.  The Eastern bishops wanted to schedule Easter in conjunction with the Jewish Festival of Passover since, after all, Jesus went to Jerusalem, in the first place, to celebrate Passover.  The Western bishops preferred a date corresponding with the beginning of spring, because that was the time already established for a lot of pagan celebrations, and they figured to capitalize on the momentum.  This is why, to this day, we have such things as the Easter Bunny and colored eggs associated with Easter.  This disagreement, as well as other issues, led to an eventual split in the Christian Church.  To this day, we, who are descendants of the Western line of Christiandom, use a different calendar than the Eastern Orthodox churches.  Sometimes our celebration of Easter falls on the same day, and sometimes it varies by as much as five weeks!

            In 2019, the spring equinox falls on March 20, and the full moon also is March 20.  In following the formula, why isn’t Easter than on March 24?  As it turns out, to make things a little simpler for the Christian Church, the spring  equinox was determined to always be March 21.  (In reality, the equinox can happen on March 19, 20, or 21.)  Since the first full moon after March 21 doesn’t occur until April 19 this year, Easter will be celebrated on April 21.  Incidentally, Orthodox Easter will be celebrated just a week later, on April 28, because Passover ends on April 27.

            It doesn’t really matter when we observe Easter Sunday.  Every Sunday in the Christian church is a

“little Easter” (yes, even during the Lenten season; that is why the Sundays are not counted in the 40 days of Lent).  What really matters is that we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and recall everything that great day brings us: life out of death; assurance of the forgiveness of sins; and an eternal life with our Risen Lord!

            Let us always proclaim, with great joy and gusto: “The Lord is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Amen!

With Easter Joy,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Funeral

Russel Yoder

CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor

Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus

Mr. David Rutt, Music Director

Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary

Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS

Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent

Mrs. Barbara Coller, Council Secretary

Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary

Mr. D. Richard Wieder, Treasurer

COUNCIL MEMBERS/TERM EXPIRES

         John Funk                                                                         End of 2020

         Kimberly Grinage – President                                  End of 2019

         Peggy Harter                                                              End of 2020

         Jeffrey Klinger                                                         End of 2019

         Payton Mentzer                                                        End of 2020

         Donald Moll                                                             End of 2021

         Mary Pachuilo                                                         End of 2019 

         Evelyn Sheetz                                                          End of 2021

         Gerald Speicher – Vice President                              End of 2021      

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

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

March 31 (purple) – 4th Sunday in Lent; Guest preacher – Don Kerns

April 3 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

April 7 (purple) – 5th Sunday in Lent

April 10 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

April 14 (purple) – Palm Sunday; Sunday of the Passion

April 17 (purple)Holy Wednesday, Sacrament of Holy Communion, 1:00 p.m. Only!

April 18 (purple) – Maundy Thursday, Sacrament of Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.

April 19 (black) – Good Friday Community Service, 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion1

                              Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m.

April 21 (white/gold) – Easter Day, Sacrament of Holy Communion

April 28 (white) – The 2nd Sunday of Easter

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

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

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

Sharing the Ministry of Alsace

Be sure to tell others about the ministry of Alsace:

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

Church Camp 2019

August 4 – 9, 2019

Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA

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

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

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

(Isaiah 40:31)

Registration Forms are available at the church!

Deadline to register is June 30

A $35 Deposit reserves your spot!

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

Church Camp, cont.

(Financial assistance is available – speak to Pastor Nelson)

No one should miss out on camp because of money!

21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 12 Noon Alsace Ball Field

For all children age 0 through 4th grade

Sponsored by the Youth Group

Everyone Welcome!

55th Annual Community Good Friday Service

Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Preaching: Pastor Paul Clark

Former Chaplain at Albright College, and

Former Visitation Pastor at Alsace Lutheran Church

Special Music by the Greater Reading Encore Chorale

Sacrament of Holy Communion

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.

2019 Lenten Schedule

Mid-Week Lenten Studies will be offered at 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. on the Wednesdays in Lent.  All will be held in the Bertha Weber Room.  Dates are April 3, 10.

Holy Wednesday: April 17, one worship with Holy Communion at 1:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday: April 18, worship with Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday: April 19, Community Service at 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion, and

                             Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

In addition to the items listed below, the Pantry is also looking for plastic grocery bags for the distribution.  Bags can be put in the same box with the other items.  Donations of the following items are most needed, as these items are not readily available from the Food Bank: toilet paper; paper towels; bath soap; laundry detergent; fabric softener; Kleenex; shampoo; toothpaste.  Bring any donations to church and place them in the box marked “Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.” 

Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

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

Reading Fightin’ Phils

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

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule

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

April 17 (Holy Wednesday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 18 (Maundy Thursday) at 7:00 p.m.;

April 19 (Good Friday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 21 (Easter); May 5 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.); June 9 (Day of Pentecost & Confirmation); August 4; September 1; October 6 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.); November 3; December 1

Notes: There will be no Communion service in July; There will only be one Holy Communion

Service on Holy Wednesday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. (no service at 7:00 on Holy Wed.); 2:00 p.m. Communion Services will be held on May 5 and October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club

Tuesday, April 9 – Trip to Dutch Apple to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Luncheon Buffet.  Leave at 10:15 a.m., Return approximately 5:30 p.m.

Senior Club, cont.

Payment ($95 per person) for the trip on Tuesday, June 18, to Spirit of Philadelphia Luncheon Cruise and bus tour of the “Murals of Philadelphia,” is due to Pat Coller no later than April 23.

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

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

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

Supper Club

Same rules as before:  One check, no coupons and please do not fill out your check until you arrive at the restaurant.           Wednesday, May 1 – Ganly’s Pub

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, April 21

Wednesday, June 5 – Country Fare, Myerstown

Wednesday, July 3 – Blind Hartman’s

Wednesday, July 31 – Mimmo’s

(Church Camp on Wednesday, August 7)

Wednesday, September 4 – Schmeck’s Villa

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

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

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads

Wednesday Bible Study

Resumes April 24 at 1:30 p.m.

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

COMMUNITY

Benefit Concert for Abilities in Motion Youth Programs

Tribute Concert by Jeff Krick, Jr., Elvis Tribute Performer

Saturday, April 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

Advance tickets – $15/at the door – $20

Tickets may be purchased at AIM’s Reading Office, 210 N 5th Street or

Contact Jaclyn Nagle at 610-376-0010, ext. 104

Reading High School

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

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

feminine hygiene products; hairbrushes; make-up

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

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

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

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

St. John’s Gernant’s Church, 13 Gernant’s Church Road, Leesport

Gift Baskets/Meat Trays Bingo in Memorial Hall

Sunday, April 14 – Doors open at 12:30; Early Bird Specials at 1:15; Program Bingo at 1:30

Advance tickets – $20/at the door – $25 (ticket price includes a hot dog & drink)

No outside food or beverages allowed

For more information or to order tickets, please call Sam Reimert at 484-269-4205

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

Samantha Stoudt – 4/1

Dylan Kelly – 4/2

Gabrielle Daubenspeck – 4/10

Alana Alexander – 4/13

Taylor Mentzer – 4/18

Ally Fair – 4/26

Haley Daubenspeck – 4/29

Ryan Selulski – 4/29

Jackson Wagner – 4/30

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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.

NOTE: The deposit of $50 is due for the Shore Trip (June 20-23) on April 7!  Don’t miss out!

April 7 – Lunch, Stuff Eggs and Pack Up “Blessing Bags”

          After lunch, we will stuff the eggs for the Egg Hunt, and pack up the “Blessing Bags” for

          the Opportunity House. The more help, the quicker it goes!

April 13 – Easter Egg Hunt

          Report to the church by 10:30 a.m.

          Lunch will be at “The Works”

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

  • Saturday, May 11 – Trip and Hike at Bushkill Falls
  • Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale
  • Saturday, June 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple, Shopping for Quilt
  • Thurs.-Sun., June 20-23 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
  • Fri., Sat., Sun., July 12-15 – Peach Festival
  • Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
  • Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

April 1 – Linda Buckley, Jean Riegel, Lucille Stoudt

April 2 – Jayden Reed, Evan Seiz, Meadow Webb

April 3 – Gloria Lombardo, Pamela Schearer, Elmer Wert

April 4 – Mae Kauffman

April 5 – Pastor Kerns

April 6 – Patrick Coller, William Coughlin

April 8 – Shirley Stricker

April 10 – John Bixler, Gabrielle Daubenspeck

April 11 – Carson Kenderdine

April 12 – Tyler Latshaw

April 13 – Alana Alexander, Toby Deysher

April 14 – Sherry Jacobs

April 15 – Arthur Arbogast, Donald Fegley, Ralph Janke, Evelyn Sheetz

April 16 – Linda Santiago

April 17 – Timothy Latshaw, Lee Strause

April 18 – Louis Ryder, Joel Seibert

April 19 – Matthew Breisch

April 20 – Anna Miller

April 21 – Joan Johnson

April 23 – Matthew Adamitis, Angel Alvarez, Mackenzie Mentzer

April 24 – Roger Endy, Pamela Stauffer

April 25 – Linda Illig, Amy Sharp

April 26 – Emmalyn Artim, Jeffrey Cox

April 27 – Ralph Kauffman, Sharen Yeager

April 28 – Noah Gehret

April 29 – Haley Daubenspeck, Irene Davis, Elijah Hartman, Robert Janke, Ann Miller,

               Logan Shaffer, Karla Tryon

April 30 – Glenn Dowd, Marie Gehret, Rayson Hoffa

APRIL ACTIVITIES                     

Tuesday, April 2                        9:00 a.m. – Senior Club Board Meeting

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

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 3                   1:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Studies

APRIL ACTIVITIES, cont.

Thursday, April 4                       6:00 – Supper Club at Knight & Day

Sunday, April 7                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                12:00 p.m. – Youth Group Lunch & Activity

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, April 9                        10:15 a.m. – Senior Club Trip

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 10                  1:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Studies

Saturday, April 13                      10:30 a.m. – Youth set up for Egg Hunt

                                                12:00 p.m. – Community Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 14                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Tuesday, April 16                      10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 17                  1:00 p.m. – Holy Wednesday Communion

Thursday, April 18                     7:00 p.m. – Maundy  Thursday Communion

Friday, April 19                          1:00 p.m. – Good Friday Community/Communion Service

                                                7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Sunday, April 21                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Monday, April 22                       Office Closed

                                                Messenger Article Deadline

APRIL ACTIVITIES, cont.

Tuesday, April 23                       10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 24                  1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

Sunday, April 28                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

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

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir  

Tuesday, April 30                       8:00 a.m. – Messenger Mailers

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

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

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2019 MARCH 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”

March, 2019

MARCH

-Edna C. Lovelace

March likes to tease and make us think

That spring’s around the bend;

The winds are soft and gentle

Like a little lamb and then –

Before we know what’s happening

The winds are harsh and cold;

We know that winter’s still around –

We are not really fooled.

March is so unpredictable,

It can’t make up its mind –

But we need a little patience

And one day we will find

That there are little catkins

On the pussy willow trees;

Spring is just around the corner

And the wind is just a breeze.

“I have cared for you since you were born.

I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age.

I made you, and I will care for you.  I will carry you along and save you.

(Isaiah 46:3-4)

            This Bible passage from Isaiah 46 has tremendous meaning for me personally, now that I am advancing in age.  On March 18, I will be celebrating my 60th birthday!  When I was in my teens and early twenties, I could never think of myself as being 60!  Now that it is here, I wonder where have all those years gone!

            Turning  60 years old gives me the opportunity to look back over my life.  There have been many success and failures, joys and sorrows, challenges and disappointments.  Through all my 60 years, however, I have felt the presence of God.

            Here are just some of the major events of my 60 years:

Born on March 18, 1959 in Warwick, RI

Baptized in April of 1959 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Warwick, RI

Confirmed on October 21, 1973 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Warwick, RI

Graduated from Tollgate High School, Warwick, RI, in June of 1977

Graduated from Upsala College, East Orange, NJ on May 29, 1981

Completed my internship in pastoral ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kreidersville, PA, August 1983 to August 1984, where I met my future wife.

The death of my younger sister at the age of 18 on November 28, 1985 (Thanksgiving Day)

Graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA on May 12, 1985

Ordained a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Warwick, RI on September 29, 1985

Began my pastoral ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia, PA on October 1, 1985

(Installed on October 27, 1985)

Engaged to Leanne Newhard on February 15, 1986

Married Leanne Newhard on November 14, 1987 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kreidersville, PA

Birth of a daughter, Rachel, on May 16, 1990

Baptism of Rachel on July 8, 1990 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia, PA

Began my pastoral ministry at Hope Lutheran Church, Bowers, PA on September 1, 1990

(Installed on November 18, 1990)

Purchased my first home in Fleetwood, PA in October, 1990

Birth of a son, Aaron, on October 14, 1994

Baptism of Aaron on December 4, 1994 at Hope Lutheran Church, Bowers, PA

Began my pastoral ministry at Alsace Lutheran Church on September 1, 1995 (Installed on October 15, 1995)

Confirmation of Rachel on June 8, 2003 at Alsace

The death of my mother on June 3, 2004

Confirmation of Aaron on May 11, 2008

                                                                                                Continued on next page…

Called as Senior Pastor of Alsace on October 6, 2013 (Installed on April 6, 2014 – I was too sick to attend; it was the first installation of a pastor by phone!)

Father-in-Law died on January 26, 2016

            I know there are many more events to come, God willing!  I cling to the promise of Isaiah 46:3: “I will be your God throughout your lifetime…”  God is good!  I have been blessed!

In Thanksgiving,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Baptism

Rayson Curtis Hoffa

Parents:  Jason and Danielle

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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)

March 3 (white) – Transfiguration of Our Lord; Sacrament of Holy Communion

March 6 (purple) – Ash Wednesday: 12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.      Imposition of Ashes & Holy Communion

March 10 (purple) – 1st Sunday in Lent   (Daylight Savings Time begins)

March 13 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

March 17 (purple) – 2nd Sunday in Lent

March 20 (Wednesday) – Lenten  Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

March 24 (purple) – 3rd Sunday in Lent

March 27 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

March 31 (purple) – 4th Sunday in Lent; Guest preacher – Don Kerns

April 3 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

April 7 (purple) – 5th Sunday in Lent

April 10 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

April 14 (purple) – Palm Sunday; Sunday of the Passion

April 17 (purple) – Holy Wednesday, Sacrament of Holy Communion, 1:00 p.m. Only!

April 18 (purple) – Maundy Thursday, Sacrament of Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.

April 19 (black) – Good Friday Community Service, 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion

                              Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m.

CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor

Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus

Mr. David Rutt, Music Director

Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary

Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS

Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent

Mrs. Barbara Coller, Council Secretary

Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary

Mr. D. Richard Wieder, Treasurer

Council Members/Term Expires

John Funk                                                                                       End of 2020

Kimberly Grinage – President                                                        End of 2019

Peggy Harter                                                                                     End of 2020

Jeffrey Klinger                                                                                 End of 2019

Payton Mentzer                                                                                End of 2020

Donald Moll                                                                                     End of 2021

Mary Pachuilo                                                                                 End of 2019

Evelyn Sheetz                                                                                  End of 2021

Gerald Speicher – Vice President                                                   End of 2021

Note from Church Council:

An informational session on the electronic sign will be held on Sunday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. in the Bertha Weber room.   All are welcome to attend!

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.

Hearing Devices

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

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

Hersheypark

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

Hospital Admissions

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

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

How to Become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church

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

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –

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

If you are a member of another Christian Church –

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

In the Event of Bad Weather

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

2019 Lenten Schedule

Mid-Week Lenten Studies will be offered at 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. on the Wednesdays in Lent.  All will be held in the Bertha Weber Room.  Dates are March 13, 20, 27 & April 3, 10.

Ash Wednesday: March 6, 12 Noon and 7:00  p.m.   Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion

Holy Wednesday: April 17, one worship with Holy Communion at 1:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday: April 18, worship with Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday: April 19, Community Service at 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion, and

                             Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

NEW: In addition to the items listed below, the Pantry is also looking for plastic grocery bags for the distribution.  Bags can be put in the same box with the other items.  Donations of the following items are most needed, as these items are not readily available from the Food Bank: toilet paper; paper towels; bath soap; laundry detergent; fabric softener; Kleenex; shampoo; toothpaste.  Bring any donations to church and place them in the box marked “Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.” 

Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

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

A Fundraiser for the Pantry will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at the Leesport Diner.  15% of your bill will be given to the Pantry.  Good anytime from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  You need a ticket to participate.  Tickets are available at the church.

Reading Fightin’ Phils

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

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule

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

March 3; March 6 (Ash Wednesday) at 12 Noon & 7:00 p.m.; April 17 (Holy Wednesday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 18 (Maundy Thursday) at 7:00 p.m.; April 19 (Good Friday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 21 (Easter); May 5 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.); June 9 (Day of Pentecost & Confirmation); August 4; September 1; October 6 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.); November 3; December 1

Notes: There will be no Communion service in July; There will only be one Holy Communion

Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule, cont.

Service on Holy Wednesday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. (no service at 7:00 on Holy Wed.); 2:00 p.m. Communion Services will be held on May 5 and October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club

Luncheon tickets for Tuesday, March 19, can be purchased from Pat Berger or Bob Boyer.  Cost is $5 per person.  The meeting begins at 11:30, lunch is served at Noon and Karl Hausman will begin at 1:00.

Please check your Brochures for the list of items to bring for the Alsace Social Ministry Pantry!

Payment ($60 per person) for the trip on Tuesday, May 28 to Green Grove Gardens, is due to Pat Coller no later than March 26.

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

Supper Club

Same rules as before:  One check, no coupons and please do not fill out your check until you arrive at the restaurant.           Thursday, April 3 – Knight & Day

(Lenten Service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2)

Wednesday, May 1 – Ganly’s Pub

Wednesday, June 5 – Country Fare, Myerstown

Wednesday, July 3 – Blind Hartman’s

Wednesday, July 31 – Mimmo’s

(Church Camp on Wednesday, August 7)

Wednesday, September 4 – Schmeck’s Villa

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

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

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads

Wednesday Bible Study

The Wednesday Bible Study continues with the study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.”

Here is the upcoming schedule:

               April 24       Session 25: Jesus, Son of God

                                 Matthew 17-21; Mark 8-12, 14; Luke 9, 22; John 7-8, 11-12

                                 Session 26: The  Hour of Darkness

                                 Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 13-14, 16-19

Wednesday Bible Study, cont.

          May 1           Session 27: The Resurrection

                             Matthew 27-28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 19-21

          May 8           Session 28: New Beginnings

                             Acts 1-10, 12

          May 15         Session 29: Paul’s Mission

                             Acts 13-14, 16-20; Romans 1, 3-6, 8, 12,15

                             1 Corinthians 1, 3, 5-6, 10, 12-13,15-16

                             Galatians 1, 3, 5-6; 1 Thessalonians 1-5

          May 22         Session 30: Paul’s Final Days

                             Acts 20-23, 27-28; Ephesians 1-6; 2 Timothy 1-4

          May 29         Session 31: The End of Time

                             Revelation 1-5, 19-22

COMMUNITY

Reading High School

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

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

feminine hygiene products; hairbrushes; make-up

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

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

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

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

St. John’s Gernant’s Church, 13 Gernant’s Church Road, Leesport

“Homemade” Pot Pie Dinner (Family Style)

Memorial Hall

Saturday, March 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Donation: Adult – $10; Children 5 to 11 – $5

Pricing and Dinner dates subject to change

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

Abby Warren – 3/4                                        Austin Kerschner – 3/18

Benjamin Villareal – 3/7                                Allie Painter – 3/18

Kalika Kauffman – 3/8                                  Madison Rentschler – 3/18

Trishia Reed – 3/8                                        Nathan Rentschler – 3/18

Jacob Stoudt – 3/8                                       Alexa Cipola – 3/19

Jordi Farr – 3/14                                           Gavin Torok – 3/27

Joseph Vaccaro – 3/14

Pastor Nelson – 3/18 

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

March 10 – Laser Quest

          Sign up to participate!  Let’s Defend our trophy!

          Cost is $25 per person

          Pizza will be served at Laser Quest!

April 7 – Lunch, Stuff Eggs and Pack Up “Blessing Bags”

          After lunch, we will stuff the eggs for the Egg Hunt, and pack up the “Blessing Bags” for

          the Opportunity House. The more help, the quicker it goes!

April 7 – $50 non-refundable deposit due for the trip to Ocean City, NJ.  If you need a registration

              form, please see Pastor Nelson or Cindy.

April 13 – Easter Egg Hunt

          Report to the church by 10:30 a.m.

          Lunch will be at “The Works”

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

  • Saturday, May 11 – Trip and Hike at Bushkill Falls
  • Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale
  • Saturday, June 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple, Shopping for Quilt
  • Thurs.-Sun., June 20-23 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
  • Fri., Sat., Sun., July 12-15 – Peach Festival
  • Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
  • Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

March 1 – Raymond Weidenheimer

March 2 – Donna Deluca, Sandra Thomas, Cailin Wunsch

March 4 – Andrew Breisch

March 5 – Ardis Haines, Lesley Wegman

March 6 – Judith Moll

March 7 – Carter Kalbach

March 8 – Kalika Kauffman, Trishia Reed

March 10 – Daniel Redcay

March 11 – Nina Rowley

March 12 – Camdyn Gunter

March 13 – John Funk, Virginia Gerhart, Ethel Schaeffer

March 14 – Mary Brubaker, Carl Spayd

March 16 – Shirley Auchenbach, Landon Gauby, Anthony Pachuilo, Mary Swavely

March 17 – Anna Gaydos, Patricia Ritz

March 18 – Pastor Nelson

March 19 – Richard Batz, Aralyn Hoffa

March 20 – Ryan Breisch, Geraldine Hafer

March 22 – Patricia Berger, Emma Cervola

March 23 – Shirley Kaupp

March 25 – Colin Mengel

March 26 – Lilly Jankowski

March 27 – Elizabeth Hartman, William Reber, Jr.

March 28 – David Hartline

March 30 – Irene Stoudt

MARCH ACTIVITIES                            

Sunday, March 3                       8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Holy Communion

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

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

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

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

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

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

MARCH ACTIVITIES, cont.

Wednesday, March 6                 Noon & 7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Communion

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

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

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

                                                12:00 p.m. – Youth Group to Laser Tag

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, March 12                    10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, March 13               1:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Services

Friday, March 15                       Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, March 17                     8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

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

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, March 19                    11:30 a.m. – Senior Club Luncheon

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, March 20               1:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Services

                                                4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen

Sunday, March 24                     8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

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

                                                2:00 p.m. – Congregational Painting Party

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, March 26                    8:00 a.m. – Messenger Mailers

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

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

MARCH ACTIVITIES, cont.

Wednesday, March 27               1:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Services

Friday, March 29                       Youth Group to Breakaway Event in Ocean City, MD

Sunday, March 31                     8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir  

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THE CHRISTIAN HOME

-Velma Redelfs

The Christian home is a haven

And founded upon the Rock

Held firm by the Heavenly Father,

Protected from every shock.

With Christ the Head of the household,

All things take their proper place,

His sweetness and gentleness filter

The trials and cares to erase.

No problem too great for His wisdom,

No trouble too small for His care,

Whatever the danger may threaten,

The Saviour will always be there.

God’s Word bring the light of His presence,

In blessing and strength to His own.

No good will He hold from His loved ones

Who are building a Christian home.


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FEBRUARY 2019 MESSENGER

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THE MESSENGER
ALSACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.alsacelutheranchurch.org
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/alsacelutheran
2201 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA 19605
Phone: 610-929-8727
Fax: 610-929-5397
Morning Worship: 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
8:15 Service Broadcast live over 1340AM
Streamed on the Internet at www.iheart.com
Sunday School for all ages – 9:30 a.m.

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”
February, 2019

TEN THINGS GOD WANTS YOU TO REMEMBER
-Unknown

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

CHURCH STAFF
Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor
Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus
Mr. David Rutt, Music Director
Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist
Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary
Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS
Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent
Mrs. Barbara Coller, Council Secretary
Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary
Mr. D. Richard Wieder, Treasurer

Council Members/Term Expires
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2020
Jeffrey Klinger End of 2019
Payton Mentzer End of 2020
Donald Moll End of 2021
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2021
Gerald Speicher – Vice President End of 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funerals
Violet Moyer
Edith Hafer

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

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

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

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

Hearing Devices
Wireless hearing devices are available to those who need or desire them for our worship services.
They may be obtained by seeing Lee Strause on a Sunday morning.

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

Hospital Admissions
Please inform the church office when a member is hospitalized or admitted to a health care facility, including room numbers. Due to the HIPPA laws, information about hospital and health
care facility admissions is limited and often restricted. Without your help, we cannot track and follow up with visits and prayers.

How to Become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church
Speak to Pastor Nelson if you are interested in membership, or know someone who might be!

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –
Simply call the church office (610-929-8727), give the secretary the name of your previous church, and we will request a Letter of Transfer.

If you are a member of another Christian Church –
Simply contact the Pastor, and you will be invited to a New Member class, after which you will join Alsace by Affirmation of Faith.

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

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry
NEW: In addition to the items listed below, the Pantry is also looking for plastic grocery bags for the distribution. Bags can be put in the same box with the other items. Donations of the following items are most needed, as these items are not readily available from the Food Bank: toilet paper; paper towels; bath soap; laundry detergent; fabric softener; Kleenex; shampoo; toothpaste. Bring any donations to church and place them in the box marked “Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.”

MCFP, cont.
Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

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

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

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays (all times are 8:15 and 10:45, unless otherwise noted):
March 3; March 6 (Ash Wednesday) at 12 Noon & 7:00 p.m.; April 17 (Holy Wednesday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 18 (Maundy Thursday) at 7:00 p.m.; April 19 (Good Friday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 21 (Easter); May 5 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.); June 9 (Day of Pentecost & Confirmation); August 4; September 1; October 6 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.); November 3; December 1
Notes: There will be no Communion service in February or July; There will only be one Holy Communion Service on Holy Wednesday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. (no service at 7:00 on Holy Wed.); 2:00 p.m. Communion Services will be held on May 5 and October 6 in the chapel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hygiene Products: shampoo/conditioner; deodorant; toothbrush and toothpaste; liquid bath soap;
feminine hygiene products; hairbrushes; make-up
School Supplies: binders and folders; pens and pencils; spiral ring notebooks; backpacks
Baby Supplies: baby food; formula; diapers; wipes; baby clothes
Food: granola bars; Nutra grain bars; non-perishables; bottled water; ready to eat food; holiday meals
Miscellaneous: towels; clothing detergent; camping mats; pillows; Gift Cards for grocery stores, clothing stores and fast food; BARTA bus passes; barber shop; Goodwill gift cards for interview clothing; monetary donations made payable to RHS Knight Closet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 5 9:00 a.m. – Senior Club Board Meeting
10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir
10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir
7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers
8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, February 6 1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

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

Tuesday, February 12 10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir
10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir
7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers
8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

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

Friday, February 15 Messenger Article Deadline

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 26 8:00 a.m. – Messenger Mailers
10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir
10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir
7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers
8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, February 27 1:30 p.m. – Bible Study


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