DECEMBER 2019/JANUARY 2020

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THE MESSENGER

ALSACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.alsacelutheranchurch.org

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/alsacelutheran

2201 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA 19605

Phone: 610-929-8727

Fax: 610-929-5397

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

8:15 Service Broadcast live over 1340AM

Streamed on the Internet at www.iheart.com

Sunday School for all ages – 9:30 a.m.

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”

December 2019/January 2020

The Christmas List

-Unknown

Give a gift of laughter,

give a gift of song.

Give a gift of sympathy

to last a whole life long

Give a cheerful message,

give a helping hand.

Tell your sorry neighbor

that you understand,

Wash the supper dishes,

help to dust the room;

Give a smile to leaven

someone’s hour of gloom!

Give a gift of sharing,

sweeten dreary days

For the lost and lonely,

give yourself ALWAYS!

CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor

Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus

Mr. David Rutt, Music Director

Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary

Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS

Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Council Secretary

Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary

COUNCIL MEMBERS/TERM EXPIRES

         John Funk                                                             End of 2020                 

         Kimberly Grinage – President                               End of 2019                                     

         Samantha Grinage                                                End of 2020       

         Peggy Harter                                                          End of 2020        

         Jeffrey Klinger                                                       End of 2019      

         Payton Mentzer                                                      End of 2020     

         Donald Moll                                                            End of 2021                                                

         Mary Pachuilo                                                        End of 2019                                                          

         Evelyn Sheetz                                                        End of 2021       

         Gerald Speicher – Vice President                          End of 2021                         

         Janet Weidner                                                       End of 2019

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

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

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

John 1:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Wishing you all a –

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Pastor Richard Nelson

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

Wedding

Richard Geary & Beth Spangler

Funeral

Peggy Glaser

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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

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

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

December 8 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 15 (blue) – 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 22 (blue) – 4th Sunday of Advent

December 24 (white) – Christmas Eve Worship   

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

            11:00 p.m.   Traditional Candlelight Worship

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

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

January 12 (white) – The Baptism of Our Lord

January 19 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

January 26 (green) – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

February 2 (green) – 4th Sunday after Epiphany

Sharing the Ministry of Alsace

Be sure to tell others about the ministry of Alsace:

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

How to become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church

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

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –

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

If you are not a member of another Christian Church –

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

2019 Advent Theme

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

            December 1 – “Wake Up!”

            December 8 – “Hope From a Stump”

            December 15 – “Be Patient”

            December 22 – “A Man of God”

Wednesday Bible Study

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

Christmas Eve Worship

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

Blessing of the Children and Candle-Lighting with Glow Sticks

A special gift for all children present

Christmas Eve Worship, cont.

11:00 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight Worship

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

Recognition of Military Personnel and Veterans

Singing of “The Lord’s Prayer”

Candlelighting & Carol-Sing

Hearing Devices

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

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

2020 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays (all times are 8:15 and 10:45, unless otherwise noted): January 5 (also at 2:00 p.m. weather permitting); February 26 (Ash Wednesday) at Noon & 7:00 p.m.; March 1; April 8 (Holy Wednesday) at 1:00 p.m. only; April 9 (Maundy Thursday) at 7:00 p.m.; April 10 (Good Friday) at 1:00 p.m.; April 12 (Easter); May 3 (also at 2:00 p.m.); May 31 (Day of Pentecost); August 2; September 6; October 4 (also at 2:00 p.m.);

November 1; December 6.

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

Hospital Admissions

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

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

How to Become a Member of Alsace Lutheran Church

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

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –

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

If you are a member of another Christian church –

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

In the Event of Bad Weather

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

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

Donations of the following items are most needed, as these items are not readily available from the Food Bank: toilet paper; paper towels; bath soap; laundry detergent; fabric softener; Kleenex; shampoo; toothpaste; plastic grocery bags.  Bring any donations to church and place in the box marked “Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.”  Thank you for your continued support of the MCFP!

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

Senior Club

Wednesday, December 4 – American Music

Christmas Show “Joy to the World”                      

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

Senior Club, cont.

Tuesday, December 10 – Annual Christmas Luncheon

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

See Mary Jane Hoffman for tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

Souper Bowl Sunday

January 26, 2020

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

2019 Sunday School Christmas Program

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”

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

(snow date – December 22)

Bertha Weber Room

Presented by the children and youth of the Sunday School

Sunday School Christmas Program, cont.

Invite your friends and family members

Refreshments served following the Program

Supper Club

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

Texas Roadhouse

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

Winterfest

Sunday, January 26, 2020

3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

EVERYONE IS INVITED!

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

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

            December                                                                              January

            December 2 – Logan Rea                                                   January 1 – Gabriel Sharp

            December 2 – Chase Wunsch                                           January 8 – Sydney Hartman

            December 3 – Hunter Fake                                                January 12 – Kyla Bailey

            December 5 – Joan Houser                                                January 13 – Kaylie Moll

            December 7 – Aiden Gehret                                               January 15 – Daegn Gehris

            December 8 – Kyle Seiz                                                     January 15 – Tyrus Kauffman

            December 11 – Cannon Youndt                                        January 17 – Jaden Kelly

            December 22 – Shay Dobson                                            January 17 – Austin Swartley

            December 23 – Jayda Garwood                                        January 23 – Julian Sharp

            December 24 – Evan Dobson                                            January 24 – Angelina Garwood

            December 29 – Chase Homan                                          January 27 – Ethan Miller

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

Thursday, December 5 – Decorate the church for Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, December 21 – Hershey Christmas Candylane

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

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

            souvenirs.

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Monday, December 23 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple

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

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

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

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

            church.  Please come and help!

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

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

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

Sunday, January 26 – Souper Bowl Sunday

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

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

            Pastor Nelson with any questions.

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

            Registration forms will be available at the Advent Sleepover.

            The theme this year is “More Than Conquerors”.

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

Upcoming Dates & Events – Mark Your Calendars

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

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

            Sunday, March 15 – Laser Quest

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

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

            Saturday, May 2 – Amish Farm and Cicis Pizza

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

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

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

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

December Birthdays

December 1              Barbara Kutz

December 2              George Bare

December 3              Evelyn Cooper, Ryan Hoover, Tyler Reed

December 4              Ava Endy, Lance Robertson, Jr.

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

December 6              Lyn Yeager

December 7              Kevin Batz, Matthew Smith

December 8              Kyle Seiz, Michael Selig

December 11            Cannon Youndt

December 12            Lotus Fegley, Lois Vedock

December 15            Mena Cervola, Thomas Cervola

December 16            Justin Fake, Ronald Redcay

December 17            Raymond Neuheimer

December 18            Suzanne Lesagonicz

December 20            Kimberly Mentzer

December 23            Jordin Cramner

December 24            Carol Drobnick, Owen Bieber

December 27            Marilyn Stalnecker

December 29            Chase Homan

December Events

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

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

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

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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

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

December 5              Youth decorating for Christmas

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

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

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

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

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

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

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

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

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

December  Events, cont.

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

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.                                                  

January Birthdays

January 1                   Gabriel Sharp

January 2                   Jessica Bailey, Jean Beaver, Andrea Bitler

January 5                   Nancy Gehret

January 6                   Crew Wasilewski

January 7                   Arianna Alexander, Doris Whitman

January 8                   Robert Gehman

January 9                   Gerald Amole, Julie Tryon

January 11                Cameron Mengel

January 12                Kyla Bailey

January 13                Kaylie Moll

January 16                Betty Fryer, Sandy Orwig

January 17                Andrew Kauffman, Izabella Lugo

January 18                Sonia Janke

January 19                Rose Gruber, Brayden Stricker, Kimberly Wunsch

January 20                Doris Yerger

January 21                Sean Livingood, Mason Stricker

January 22                Nancy East

January 23                Tiffany Puwalski, Julian Sharp

January 24                Saraiah Castro, Colby Stricker

January 25                Marie Fetter

January 26                Mary Pachuilo

January 27                June Kurzweg, Ethan Miller

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

January 30                Denise Keller, Debra Redcay

January 31                Patrick Grinage

January Events

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

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Take down Christmas decorations, Noon

                                    Holy Communion, 2:00 p.m.

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

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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

                                    Church Council, 7:00 p.m.

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

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

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

                                    Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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

                                    Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

January 17                Messenger Article Deadline

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

January Events, cont.

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

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

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

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

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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

January 26                Souper Bowl Sunday

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

                                    Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.

                                    Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

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

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

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

                                    Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.

                                    Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.

                                    Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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

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


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2019 SEPTEMBER MESSENGER

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

THE MESSENGER

ALSACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.alsacelutheranchurch.org

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/alsacelutheran

2201 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA 19605

Phone: 610-929-8727

Fax: 610-929-5397

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

8:15 Service Broadcast live over 1340AM

Streamed on the Internet at www.iheart.com

Sunday School for all ages – 9:30 a.m.

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”

September 2019

NEVER A TIME

-Grace E. Easley

There’s never a thought God doesn’t know,

And never an act He doesn’t see.

Every moment of our lives,

He’s looking after you and me.

There’s never a pain He doesn’t share,

And never a joy He doesn’t send,

Never a cry He doesn’t hear,

And never a heart He cannot mend.

There’s never a wrong God doesn’t right,

Or noble deed He doesn’t bless,

Never a worthless soul to Him,

Though it be clothed in shabbiness.

Never a dream He doesn’t know,

Never a hope He doesn’t share,

There’s never a day when God forgets,

And never a time He doesn’t care.

CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor

Rev. Mark E. Brophy, Pastor Emeritus

Mr. David Rutt, Music Director

Mrs. Nina Rowley, Organist

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Secretary

Mr. William Reber, Jr., Sexton

CHURCH OFFICERS

Mrs. Sherri Mengel, Sunday School Superintendent

Miss Cynthia Speicher, Council Secretary

Ms. Carol Kunsman, Envelope Secretary

COUNCIL MEMBERS/TERM EXPIRES

         John Funk                                                                    End of 2020                    

         Kimberly Grinage – President                               End of 2019                                     

         Samantha Grinage                                                End of 2020       

         Peggy Harter                                                         End of 2020        

         Jeffrey Klinger                                                    End of 2019      

         Payton Mentzer                                                 End of 2020     

         Donald Moll                                                           End of 2021                                                

         Mary Pachuilo                                                       End of 2019                                                          

         Evelyn Sheetz                                                     End of 2021       

         Gerald Speicher – Vice President                         End of 2021                         

         Janet Weidner                                                       End of 2019

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Philippians 2:13

            I stumbled upon this clever but challenging story called, “The Carpenter’s Tools” (author unknown).  Enjoy and be inspired!

Brother Hammer served as the chairman.  The other members of the tool belt informed him that he must leave, because he was too noisy.  But brother Hammer said, “If I have to leave this carpenter’s shop, then brother Gimlet must go too.  He’s insignificant and makes a very small impression.”  (A gimlet is a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and a cross handle for boring holes.)  Little brother Gimlet  arose and said, “All right, but brother Screwdriver must go also.  You have to turn him around and around to get anywhere with him.”  Brother Screwdriver turned to the other tools in the belt and said, “If you wish, I will go, but brother Plane must leave too.  All of his work is on the surface; there’s no depth to what he does.”  To this, brother Plane leveled his terse replay, “Well, then, brother Saw will have to depart too.  The changes he proposes always cut too deep.”  Brother Saw complained saying, “Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I leave, for he’s always measuring other folks as though he were the only one who is right.”  Brother Ruler then surveyed the group and said, “Brother Sandpaper doesn’t belong here either.  He’s rougher than he ought to be, and is always rubbing people the wrong way.”

            In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in.  He had come to perform his day’s work.  He put on His tool belt and went to the workbench to make a pulpit.  He employed the Ruler, the Saw, the Plane, the Hammer, the Gimlet, the Screwdriver, the Sandpaper, and all the other tools.  When the day’s work was over, the pulpit was finished, and the carpenter went home.

            All the accusations against each of these tools were absolutely true, yet the carpenter used every one of them.  No matter which tool He used, no other tool could have done the work better. 

            You and I are God’s “tools”.  While we have our flaws, each of us has a purpose, ability, and a task to perform.  Won’t you let God use you today?

Working Together in Christ,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Pastor Nelson will be on vacation from September 12 through September 18.  Pastor Paul Clark will be providing pastoral care.  Call the church office with any pastoral needs.

Funerals

Marie Kase

Jane Cote

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

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

September 1 (green) – 12th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion

September 8 (green) – 13th Sunday after Pentecost; Promotion Sunday

September 15 (green) – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

                                         Guest Preacher: Pastor Paul Clark

September 22 (green) – 15th Sunday after Pentecost; Rally Day

September 29 (green) – St. Michael and All Angels; Praise & Worship

October 6 (green) – 17th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion

                                    2:00 p.m. Brief worship with Holy Communion

October 13 (green) – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

SHARING THE MINISTRY OF ALSACE

Be sure to tell others about the ministry of Alsace:

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

CHURCH CAMP REFLECTIONS

          Church Camp 2019 was a great week of Christian fellowship, learning and fun.  There were 24 energetic, cooperative, polite and enthusiastic campers, and 22 dedicated, charismatic staff.  The weather was almost perfect, with warm days, cool nights (for sleeping), and just one afternoon of rain.  The theme, “Soar-Navigating God’s Grace,” helped us understand how God loves, forgives, provides, equips and guides us so that we can soar.

Highlights of this year:

  • Morning Praise & Worship and Evening Vespers with lots of singing, clapping and dancing in praise of our awesome God;
  • Great meals and snacks prepared and served by our own Kitchen staff
  • Amazing Crafts
  • Team games – relays, water balloon fight, scavenger hunt
  • Swimming and free time
  • Boating and Mini-Golf
  • Wednesday night beach party

CHURCH CAMP, cont.

  • The emotional closing Love Feast
  • The musical program, “The Amazing Grace Race,” presented by all the church campers
  • Tuesday camp fire and cook out
  • Creative meal prayers to Disney tunes, accompanied on the ukulele
  • Fire alarm going off, twice, because of a faulty exhaust fan
  • “Mind” games (“There’s a storm coming!”)
  • Making memories

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

          Church Camp 2019 is now history, but biblical truths were learned and experienced, memories were made and cherished, and now we look forward to next year’s camp.  Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s dates and theme, the 46th year of Church Camp!

2019-2020 CONFIRMATION CLASS

An informational meeting for the next Confirmation Class will take place on Sunday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel.  All youth in 7th grade and above are welcome to be a part of the Confirmation Class.  Requirements include: attendance at Sunday worship and confirmation classes; involvement in the Youth Group; attendance at the Winter Retreat on January 31 – February 2, 2020 at Camp Swatara.  Those who successfully complete the confirmation program will be confirmed on Sunday, May 31, 2020.  Any questions about the Confirmation program can be directed to Pastor Nelson.

HEARING DEVICES

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

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

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

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

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

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF ALSACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

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

If you are already a member of a Lutheran Church –

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

How to become a Member, cont.

If you are a member of another Christian Church –

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

FELLOWSHIP FUNDRAISER

The Fellowship Committee is having a Fundraiser to help with the cost of purchasing donuts and drinks to serve before Sunday School.  They are selling sandwich coupons from V & S in Temple.  The coupons are $7.00 each and are good for one small sandwich.  Sandwich choices are: Ham,

Tuna, Cheese Italian, Italian, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Meatball, Special Cheesesteak or Steak with onions.  If you are interested in purchasing coupons, please stop at the Fellowship Table on Sunday morning or call the church office during the week.  Payment must be made by Sunday, September 8th.  Thank You!

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

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):

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

Notes: 2:00 p.m. Communion Service will be held on October 6 in the chapel.

SENIOR CLUB

Wednesday, September 11 – Mystery Trip

Enjoy a fun filled day with multiple stops and minimal walking.

Payment ($70 per person) for the trip on November 12 to Mt. Airy Casino, is due to Lydia Smith no later than September 17.

Senior Club, cont.

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, October 2 – Fiore’s

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 22

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.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday Bible Study will resume on September 25 at 1:30 p.m., and continue each Wednesday.  We will begin with a study on Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  Everyone is always welcome!

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COMMUNITY

Tower Health at Home is currently recruiting new volunteers for their Hospice Program.  Volunteering for hospice is a beautiful ministry that is appreciated by our patients and families.  Our volunteers are wonderful individuals who dedicate their time and talents to improve the quality of life of our patients during this time of need.  They are looking for compassionate volunteers who may be a good listener, enjoy playing an instrument, willing to help family members run errands or assist with administrative tasks at our office.  These simple gestures make a huge difference. 

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Cassondra Kissinger, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 610-378-0481, ext. 3115 or email her at:

[email protected]

YOUTH PAGE

Birthdays

Tyler Geddio – 9/3

Derek Witkowski – 9/4

Alexander DeLeon – 9/7

Reese Gauby – 9/15

Briana Silasavage – 9/17

Zoe Stewart – 9/22

Payton Mentzer – 9/23

Emme Malick – 9/28

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

September 8 – Introductory Meeting for “Teen Talk”

          Led by Rachel Nelson, this will be a time for Teens to get together to talk, learn and grow

          in faith. 

          Come out on September 8 at 9:30 in the Senior Youth Group Room.

          All Youth 12 years old and up are welcome!

September 22 – General Planning Meeting – 12 Noon

          Bring your ideas and suggestions for events and activities for the upcoming year!

          We will be ordering small sandwiches from V & S for lunch. 

               Choices are: Ham, Tuna, Cheese Italian, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Meatball,

                                   Special Cheesesteak or Steak with onions.

               If you are planning on attending the meeting and would like a sandwich, please

               let Pastor Nelson or Cindy know by Sunday, September 8th.  The youth group will

               be paying for the sandwiches.

Dates for your calendar:

The 2020 Winter Retreat will be held at Camp Swatara on Friday, January 31 to Sunday,

February 2.  Plan to attend!

SEPTRMBER BIRTHDAYS

September 1              Krystina Missimer

September 2              Joan Colsher, Thomas Terenchin, Sr., Joyce Young

September 3              Jaxon Bond, Sandra Maslo, James Williams

September 4              Arlene Yeager

September 6              Pastor Mark Brophy

September 7              Todd Boughter, James Jacobs, Charlene Leisey, Dennis Smith,

                                 Thomas Terenchin, Jr.

September 8              Carol Gilbert

September 9              Elizabeth Weidner

September 12             Edward Hartman, Natalie Kurowski, Molly Wineberg

September 13             Imani Ortiz

September 14             Heather Stricker

September 15             Carol Kunsman, Kendal Rosenthal, Annora Witkowski

September 16             Sandra Zeiler

September 17             Betty Dutt, Kenneth Long, Rodney Rothenberger, Betty Stump

September 21             Jeffrey Klinger, Sr., Elle Miller, Patricia Niemczyk

September 22             Cooper Eppihimer, Keegan Eppihimer, Sandra Joy, Dorothy Mitchell

September 23             Christopher Gruber, Payton Mentzer, Carol Stoudt

September 24             Sheron Kauffman, Gloria Lawrence

September 25             Joyce Bair, Jared Terenchin

September 26             Joan Skrocki

September 27             David Rutt

September 28             George Becker

September 29             Joan Bollinger

September 30             Kyle Gantert, Jennifer Janke

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES                               

September 1                             8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Holy Communion

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

September 2                             Labor Day – Office Closed

September 3                             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

September 4                             6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Schmeck’s Villa

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

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School, Promotion

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

September 10                            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

September 11                            8:15 a.m. – Senior Club Mystery Trip

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council

September 13                            Messenger Article Deadline

September 15                            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

September 17                            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

September 18                            4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES, cont.

September 22                            8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School, Rally Day

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

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

September 24                            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

September 29                            8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Praise & Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir


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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

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”

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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