DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019 MESSENGER

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

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”
December, 2018/January, 2019

It comes every year and
will go on forever. And
along with Christmas
belong the keepsakes
and the customs. Those
humble, everyday things
a mother clings to, and
ponders, like Mary in
the secret spaces of her
heart. – Marjorie Homes

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

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

Council Members/Term Expires
Shelly Deeds End of 2020
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2020
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Payton Mentzer End of 2020
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018

Silent Night, Holy Night, All is Calm, All is Bright
Jesus Lord at Thy Birth

In 1818, a touring group of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. On December 23 they arrived at Oberndorf, a village near Salzburg, where they were to re-enact the story of Christ’s birth in St. Nicholas Church. Unfortunately, the church organ was not working and would not be repaired before Christmas. Some say that mice were the reason the organ was not working; others say that moisture had seeped into the organ chamber and rusted the pipes. Because the church organ was out of commission, the actors presented their Christmas drama in a private home.
After witnessing that Christmas presentation of the birth of Jesus, pastor Josef Mohr decided to take a different and longer way home to have some time to reflect and meditate on the beautiful Christmas story. That longer path took him up over a hill overlooking the village. From that hilltop, Mohr looked down on the peaceful snow-covered village. As he gazed down at the glowing Christmas-card scene, he was reminded of a poem he had written a couple of years ago. That poem was about the night when angels announced the birth of the long-awaited Messiah to shepherds on a hillside.
Josef Mohr decided those words might make a good carol for his congregation the following evening at their Christmas eve service. The one problem was that he did not have any music to which that poem could be sung. So, the next day Mohr went to see the church organist, Franz Gruber. With his guitar, Gruber had managed to compose a musical setting for the poem in only a few hours. The pastor and organist now had a Christmas carol that could be sung without the organ. On Christmas Eve, the little Oberndorf congregation heard Gruber and Mohr sing their new composition to the accompaniment of Gruber’s guitar. And, “Silent Night, Holy Night” was born!
Weeks later, well-known organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived in Oberndorf to fix the organ in St. Nicholas church. When Mauracher finished, he stepped back to let Gruber test the instrument. When Gruber sat down, his fingers began playing the simple melody he had written for Mohr’s Christmas poem. Deeply impressed, Mauracher took copies of the music and words of “Silent Night” back to his own Alpine village of Kapfing. There, two well-known families of singers – the Rainers and the Strassers – heard it. Captivated by “Silent Night,” both groups put the new song into their Christmas season repertoire.
The Strasser sisters spread the carol across northern Europe. In 1834, they performed “Silent Night” for King Frederick William IV of Prussia, and he then ordered his cathedral choir to sing it every Christmas Eve.
Twenty years after “Silent Night” was written, the Rainers brought the song to the United States, singing it (in German) at the Alexander Hamilton Monument located outside New York City’s Trinity Church.
In 1863, nearly fifty years after being first sung in German, “Silent Night” was translated into English. Eight years later, that English version made its way into print in Charles Hutchins’ Sunday School Hymnal. Today the words of “Silent Night” are sung in more than 300 different languages around the world.

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This year we celebrate 200 years of the most popular, well-known, and favorite Christmas carol of all time – “Silent Night, Holy Night.” Join us as we reflect on the simple yet profound message of this beloved Christmas carol.

Wishing You a very Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

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

Funerals
William Maslo
Carl Eschelman

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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 2 (blue) – 1st Sunday of Advent; Sacrament of Holy Communion
December 9 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent
December 16 (blue) – 3rd Sunday of Advent
Sunday School Christmas Program (snow date 12/23)
December 23 (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 30 (white) – 1st Sunday of Christmas;
Ryan Breisch is Preaching & Leading Worship
January 6 (white) – The Epiphany of Our Lord; Sacrament of Holy Communion
January 13 (white) – The Baptism of Our Lord
January 20 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
January 27 (green) – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany; Souper Bowl Sunday
February 3 (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.

2018 Advent Theme
The 2018 Advent Theme is “Celebrating 200 Years of ‘Silent Night, Holy Night.’” The theme hymn will be “Silent Night, Holy Night,” which will be sung each Sunday as a candle is lit on the Advent wreathe.
December 2 – “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”
December 9 – “Quake at the Sight”
December 16 – “Lend Your Light”
December 23 – “The Dawn of Redeeming Grace”

Christmas Eve Worship
5:00 p.m. – Children and Family Worship
A special gift and blessing for all children present
“Candle-lighting” with glow sticks

11:00 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight Worship
Special Prelude Music begins around 10:30
This Service will be broadcast live on radio 92.3 FM and 1340 AM
And at iheart.com

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.

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

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

ALSO, Alsace Church is the host church for the January distribution on Thursday, January 17, 2019. 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.

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

Communion Schedule, cont.
Notes: There will be no Communion service in February or July; There will only be one Holy Communion Service on Holy Wednesday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. (no service at 7:00 on Holy Wed.); 2:00 p.m. Communion Services will be held on May 5 and October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club
2019 Membership Dues ($3 per person) can be paid to Gerald Speicher. Gerald will be in the Library, every Sunday, before and after Sunday School.

The Annual Christmas Luncheon will take place at The Inn at Reading on Tuesday, December 11. The Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, December 2. For tickets please see Mary Jane Hoffman.

Our final trip for 2018 will take place on Friday, December 14 when we travel to Hunterdon Hills to see their Christmas Show, “A Playhouse Christmas.”

Trip sign-ups will take place on Thursday, January 3. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and sign-ups begin at 8:30.

Luncheon tickets for Tuesday, January 15, can be purchased from Pat Berger. Cost is $5 per person. The meeting begins at 11:30, lunch is served at Noon and there will be Cash Bingo instead of entertainment at 1:00.
Please check your Brochures for the list of items to bring for the Alsace Social Ministry Pantry!

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

Souper Bowl Sunday
January 27, 2019
This annual event raises money for local food pantries and soup kitchens. Please bring an extra dollar or two with you and 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.

2018 Sunday School Christmas Program
“The M & M Christmas Story”
Sunday, December 16, 9:30 a.m.
(snow date – December 23)
Bertha Weber Room
Presented by the children and youth of the Sunday School
Invite your friends and family members
Refreshments served following the Program

Supper Club
Check out the enclosed flyer to vote for 2019

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible Study does not meet in December. It will resume on January 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the church. We continue our study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.” Here is the schedule for January:

January 9 Session 19: The Return Home
Ezra 1-6; Haggai 1-2; Zechariah 1, 8

January 16 Session 20: The Queen of Beauty and Courage
Esther 1-9

January 23 Session 21: Rebuilding the Walls
Ezra 7; Nehemiah 1-2, 4, 6-8; Malachi 1-4

January 30 Session 22: The Birth of the King
Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2; John 1

February 6 Session 23: Jesus’ Ministry Begins
Matthew 3-4, 11; Mark 1-3; Luke 8; John 1-4

Winterfest
Sunday, January 27, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Supper is served at 5:00
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 bring for the supper.

COMMUNITY
Opus One
Masterwork Chorus: Vaughan Williams’ Hodie
Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m.
St. John Baptist de la Salle, Shillington
Collaboration with Berks Youth Chorus
All singers from the community are welcome to participate

ECHO: A New Creation
Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Jesuit Center, Wernersville

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

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

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

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THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS
-Ron Berris

The Almighty became an infant,
The Shepherd became a lamb,
The Judge took our sentence,
The Lord became a man,
The Invisible became visible
The Eternal stepped into history
To make His own again.

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Logan Rea – 12/2 Gabriel Sharp – 1/1
Chase Wunsch – 12/2 Sydney Hartman – 1/8
Hunter Fake – 12/3 Kyla Bailey – 1/12
Aiden Gehret – 12/7 Kaylie Moll – 1/13
Kyle Seiz – 12/8 Daegn Gehris – 1/15
Chelsea Lewis – 12/11 Tyrus Kauffman – 1/15
Felicia Phillips – 12/17 Jaden Kelly – 1/17
Shay Dobson – 12/22 Austin Swartley – 1/17
Jayda Garwood – 12/23 Julian Sharp – 1/23
Evan Dobson – 12/24 Angelina Garwood – 1/24
Malachi Kauffman – 1/25

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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, November 29 – Decorate the church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.
Come and help. Parents and siblings are welcome to help.

Saturday, December 8 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat
If you haven’t signed up, do so by December 2

Friday, December 14 – Advent Sleepover with Babysitting
Arrive by 5:30 p.m. (eat dinner before coming to church).
Babysitting is from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Bring cookie dough to make Christmas Cookies after the children leave.

Friday, December 21 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple
Leaving the church parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $13, paid by Dec. 16

Sunday, January 6 – Undecorate the church
12 Noon, following 10:45 worship.
The more help we have, the less time it will take.

Saturday, January 12 – Bowling at Berks Lanes (snow date is January 19)
Meet at the church by 7:00 p.m.
Bowling is from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
After bowling, we will go to Applebees for their ½ price appetizers
Cost is $15 which includes bowling and Applebees!

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Sunday, January 27 – Souper Bowl Sunday
Volunteers are needed to hold soup kettles for people to make contributions for the food
pantry and soup kitchen. See Pastor Nelson

Sunday, January 27 – Winterfest
Bring your favorite card/board games and something to share for supper. See Cindy or
Pastor Nelson for food ideas.

Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara
Theme: “Precious Promises”
See the registration form and register by January 20.

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

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS
December 1 – Barbara Kutz
December 2 – George Bare, Logan Rae, Chase Wunsch
December 3 – Evelyn Cooper, Tyler Reed, Ryan Hoover
December 4 – Ava Endy, Lance Robertson, Jr.
December 5 – Joan Houser, Arlene Klopp, Jaylianni Ortiz, Jalianni Ortiz, Donald Shade
December 6 – Lyn Yeager
December 7 – Kevin Batz, Matthew Smith
December 8 – Kyle Seiz, Michael Selig

December 10 – Hunter Engle
December 11 – Cannon Youndt
December 12 – Lotus Fegley, Cate Kennedy, Lois Vedock
December 14 – Shirley Dautrich
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 21 – Brandon Rothermel
December 22 – Shay Dobson

December 24 – Carol Drobnick, Marion Henry
December 25 – Owen Bieber, Carol Fair, Diane Schlegel
December 26 – Nancy Drexler
December 27 – Marilyn Stalnecker
December 29 – Chase Homan

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, John Beil, Barry Leisey, Doris Whitman
January 8 – Robert Gehman
January 9 – Gerald Amole, Julie Tryon
January 11 – Cameron Mengel
January 12 – Kyla Bailey

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS, cont.
January 13 – Kaylie Moll
January 16 – Betty Fryer, Sandy Orwig
January 17 – Andrew Kauffman, Jaden Kelly, Isabella Lugo, Joshua Ravel
January 18 – Debra Brickel, Sonia Janke
January 19 – Joyce Blimline, Patricia Dato, Rose Gruber, Brayden Stricker, Kimberly Wunsch

January 20 – Doris Yerger
January 21 – Sean Livingood, JanaLance Robertson, 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, Ruth Sweitzer
January 29 – Donald Cameron, Kenneth Dietz, Levi Persad, Shirley Scornavacchi, Wayne Young
January 30 – Denise Keller, Debra Redcay, Ryan Stricker
January 31 – Patrick Grinage, June Seibert
January 30 – Denise Keller, Debra Redcay
January 31 – Patrick Grinage

DECEMBER ACTIVITIES
Sunday, December 2 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, December 5 Supper Club at P.J. Wheilihan’s, 6;00 p.m.

Saturday, December 8 Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat, 5:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, December 11 Senior Club Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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

Friday, December 14 Senior Club to Hunterdon Hills, 9:15 a.m.
FREE Babysitting, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Youth Group Advent Sleepover, 8:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 16 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Christmas Program, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19 Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Friday, December 21 Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 22 RBCC Christmas Church Tour, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

DECEMBER ACTIVIES, cont.
Sunday, December 23 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. (Snow Date for Program)

Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25 Office Closed

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

JANUARY ACTIVITIES
Tuesday, January 1 Office Closed

Thursday, January 3 Senior Club Trip Sign-ups, 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, January 6 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth take down Christmas decorations, Noon
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, January 9 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 12 Youth to Berks Lanes & Applebee’s, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 13 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

JANUARY ACTIVITIES, cont.
Tuesday, January 15 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, January 18 Messenger Article Deadline

Saturday, January 19 Snow Date for Berks Lanes

Sunday, January 20 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 27 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 29 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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


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November 2018 Messengers

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”
November, 2018

MY EVERYDAY THANKSGIVING
-Ardis Rittenhouse

The morning sun that awakens me
Makes me thankful that I can see.
Loved ones voices each so dear
Make me thankful I can hear.
Health and strength that get me through
Make me thankful for what I can do,
Faith that does not let me stray
Makes me thankful for each day.
A mind that reasons and is fair
Makes me thankful that I care.
A heart that accepts help from above
Makes me thankful for God’s love.

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

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

Council Members/Term Expires
Shelly Deeds End of 2020
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2020
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Payton Mentzer End of 2020
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018

Excerpts from the Constitution of Alsace Lutheran Church
(Approved 11/17/2006)

“The powers of this congregation are vested in the Annual Meeting called and conducted as provided for in this constitution.” (Article 5, S5.02.)

“The annual meeting of this congregation shall be held at a time specified by the Church Council.” (Article 10, S10.01.)

“The congregation is authorized to: a. call a pastor; b. terminate the call of a pastor; c approve the annual budget; d. acquire real and personal property by gift, devise, purchase, or other lawful means; e. hold title to and use the property for any and all activities consistent with its purpose;
f. sell, mortgage, lease, transfer, or otherwise dispose of its property by any lawful means;
g. elect its Church Council and require it to carry out its duties in accordance with this constitution;
h. terminate its relationship with the AFLC.” (Article 5, S5.03; highlighting is added)

“VOTING members are confirmed members who shall have communed on the record at least once within the previous twelve-month period. Only VOTING members shall have a voice and vote at any annual or special congregational meeting …” (Article 8, S8.02.c)

The annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, November 18, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service, approximately 11:30 a.m. Agenda items include: election of Church Council members; adoption of the 2019 Budget; a presentation on a proposed digital sign; other reports. Following the meeting, a catered luncheon will be served in the Bertha Weber room.

All active, voting members should plan to attend! Come and support the ministry of your church! Come and let your voice be heard! Come for the fellowship! Come for the food! Come and fulfill your duty as a member of Alsace Lutheran Church!

Together in Ministry,
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Baptism
Jaiden Lee Plylaharn – son of Jason & Yanaira Plylaharn

Funerals
Mark Hartman
Sandra Shultz

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

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

November 4 (white) – All Saints’ Sunday; Holy Communion; Commemoration of Faithful Departed
November 11 (green) 25th Sunday after Pentecost; Veterans Day Observance
November 18 (green) – 26th Sunday after Pentecost
November 21 (Wed.) – Thanksgiving Eve Worship at Grace (Alsace) U.C.C., 7:00 p.m.
November 25 (white) – Christ the King Sunday
December 2 (blue) – 1st Sunday of Advent; Sacrament of Holy Communion
December 9 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on November 4 and December 2. Watch for the 2019 Schedule of Holy Communion in the next issue of “The Messenger.”

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.

Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting of Alsace Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday,
November 18, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service (approximately 11:30 a.m.)
Agenda includes: presentation of reports; election of members to Church Council; and the adoption of the 2019 Budget. All active, voting members of the church should attend. A catered luncheon will be served in the Bertha Weber Room following the Meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Senior Club
2019 Membership Dues ($3 per person) can be paid to Gerald Speicher. Gerald will be sitting in the Library, every Sunday, before and after Sunday School.

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

Friday, December 14 – Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see “A Playhouse Christmas.”

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

Social Ministry
Well, it’s that time again. We’ve been contacted by the Salvation Army to remind us of the Angel Tree Program, and to see how many tags we’ll be needing for on our tree this year. We’ve ordered them and they should be available sometime around Thanksgiving Day. We should have plenty of time to pick a needy child or senior, purchase a gift and get it back to the church by their deadline (which we’re not aware of yet).

They always do an outstanding job with their Christmas projects, and hopefully this year will be no different. Last year they provided 20,003 gifts to children and seniors throughout Berks County! What a fantastic way to teach, or remind them of the greatest gift of all – the gift of Jesus Christ! Let us help once again, to get that point across.

Details to follow.

Scrip Gift Cards
The Youth Group will be ordering gift cards for Christmas. Lists of businesses participating can be found on the windowsills in the church. If there is something you are looking for that is not on the list, please call the church office to see if they have been added on the website. The deadline to place your order, with payment, is Sunday, December 2.

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

Vendor Fair
The Youth Group will be hosting a Holiday Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Turkey BBQ, Hots Dogs, Snacks, Baked Goods and Bottled Water will be available for purchase. Participating Vendors are: Avon, Crafts by WCA (Josh Weidner),
Laura’s Embroidery and Sewing, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry,
Pink Zebra, Sherry’s Hodge Podge, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, and Thirty-One.

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the church. We continue our study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.” Here is the schedule for November:
November 7 Session 17: The Kingdoms’ Fall
2 Kings 21, 23-25; 2 Chronicles 33, 36; Jeremiah 1-2, 4-5, 13, 21;
Lamentations 1-3; Ezekiel 1-2, 6-7, 36-37

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

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

Community Events
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road, Reading
Good Shepherd will be holding their annual Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, November 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Food with baked goods (noon-5:30); Children’s Carnival, Face Painting, Bounce House and an Obstacle Course Play Land (1:00-4:00); Free Live Entertainment, Home Vendors (noon-5:00); Chinese Auction and Hayrides (1:00-5:00). Entertainment Schedule:
12:30 to 1:45 – David Cullen
2:00 to 2:45 – The Pretzel City Chorus
3:00 to 5:00 – Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Jeffrey Krick, Jr.
5:30 to 6:30 – Charlie Adams

Muhlenberg Library
A Very Frozen Holiday Party & Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 8th 11:00AM to 2:00PM
Join them for a special holiday party with music, snacks, crafts, stories and so much more. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and maybe even Olaf will stop by for an hour-long visit at approximately 11:00.

Muhlenberg Middle School, Bellevue Avenue, Laureldale
The Middle School presents “Disney Peter Pan, Jr.” on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 17 at 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. Pre-Purchase tickets at www.mmsmusical.muhlsdk12.net. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Free Show for Senior Citizens on Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m.

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

Community Events, cont.
Reading High School, cont.
following items, please place them in the Chapel foyer. Thank you!

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

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The First Thanksgiving
-Arthur Guiterman

So once
in every year
we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord
with feast and song
In thankfulness
of heart.

If the only prayer you said in your life was, “thank you,”
that would suffice.

-Meister Eckhart

Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, December 2 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 5 – Supper Club at P.J. Wheilihan’s, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat in Ephrata, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 – Senior Club Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 14 – Senior Club to Hunterdon Hills, 9:15 a.m.
Friday, December 14 – Free Babysitting, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, December 14 – Youth Group Advent Sleepover, 8:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 16 – Greater Reading Encore Chorale Concert, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 21 – Youth Group to Shady Maple Midnight Gladness, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 25 – Office Closed

Tuesday, January 1 – Office Closed
Thursday, January 3 – Senior Club Trip Sign-ups, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 8 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 9 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15 – Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 16 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Friday, January 18 – Messenger Article Deadline
Wednesday, January 23 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 – Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 30 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3 – Youth Group Winter Retreat
Tuesday, February 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 6 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, February 15 – Messenger Article Deadline
Wednesday, February 20 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 – Youth Lunch and Painting, Noon
Sunday, February 24 – Reading Royals Hockey Game, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 27 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Amanda Hoover – 11/3
Emily Keller – 11/4
Rachel Reinhard – 11/9
Cameron Shoumlisky – 11/9
MarissaJo Scheck – 11/13
Timothy Yanick – 11/14
Samuel Sharp – 11/16

Traci Frymoyer – 11/28

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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.

Sunday, November 4 – Lunch, Movie and Discussion
At 12 Noon, we are having sandwiches for lunch – plate your order on the sign up sheet.
We will watch the movie, “I Can Only Imagine.”

Saturday, November 10 – Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Help is needed to set up, serve food, and clean up!

Thursday, November 29 – Decorate the church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.
Come and help. Parents and siblings are welcome to help.

Upcoming Dates & Events – Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
• Saturday, December 8 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat
• Friday, December 14 – Advent Sleepover, with babysitting; making cookies
• Sunday, December 16 – Sunday School Christmas Program
• Friday, December 21 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple
• Sunday, January 6 – Undecorate the church
• Saturday, January 12 – TBA
• Sunday, January 27 – Souper Bowl Sunday; Winterfest
• Fri.-Sun., February 1-3 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara
• Sunday, February 24 – Painting Party & Reading Royals Hockey Game
• Sunday, March 10 – Laser Quest
• Fri.-Sun., March 29-31 – Youth Congress in Ocean City, MD

Continued on next page…

• Sunday, April 7 – Stuff Eggs and Pack Up “Blessing Bags”
Deposit due for Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
• Saturday, April 13 – Easter Egg Hunt; Lunch at The Works
• Saturday, May 11 – Trip and Hike at Bushkill Falls
• Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale
• Saturday, June 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple, Shopping for Quilt
• Thurs.-Sun., June 20-23 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
• Fri., Sat., Sun., July 12-14 – Peach Festival
• Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
• Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS
November 1 Lindsey Gantert
November 2 Mark Gilbert
November 3 Amanda Hoover, Gail Manderbach

November 4 Emily Keller
November 5 Jane Weidenheimer
November 6 Harvey Bittler, Jr., Nancy Cox, Stephanie Jefferson, Mia Lopez
November 7 Richard Bailey, Jr., Angel Santiago
November 8 Arlene Ditizio, Carl Eschelman, G. Manwiller, Paul Rittenhouse, Jr.
November 9 Rachel Reinhard, Cameron Shoumlisky

November 11 Elmer Schuler
November 12 Roger Baer, Brenda Meyers
November 14 Patricia Lentz, Berenice McGavin, Joan Tait
November 16 John A. Funk, Joan Hassler, Yvonne Ravel, Samuel Sharp
November 17 Jaiden Plylaharn

November 18 Gavin Cole, Richard Waldbiesser
November 20 Rodney Miller, Thomas Raifsnider
November 21 Gloria Scheirer
November 22 Lydia Smith, Amy Stalnecker

November 25 Brian Doerrman, Arthur Thomas, Jr.
November 26 Geraldine Kennedy, Ruth McCann, Mary Scholz
November 27 Barbara Coller, Eleanor Wagner
November 28 Traci Frymoyer
November 29 D. Richard Wieder
November 30 Emma Eppihimer, Joslynn Roderick

NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES
Sunday, November 4 Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Lunch, Movie & Discussion, 12 Noon
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 6 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, November 7 Senior Club Trip, 7:00 a.m.
Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Hoss’s

Saturday, November 10 Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, November 14 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 16 Messenger Article Deadline

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

Tuesday, November 20 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21 Thanksgiving Eve Service at Grace (Alsace) UCC, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving – Office Closed

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

Tuesday, November 27 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, November 29 Youth decorate church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.


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2018 October Messenger

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

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

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”
October, 2018

AUTUMN
-Author Unknown

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

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

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

Council Members/Term Expires
Shelly Deeds End of 2020
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2020
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Payton Mentzer End of 2020
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018

TRUST IN THE LORD

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

Blessings!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 21, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Supper is served at 5:00 p.m.
EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Bring your favorite board games or card games, and something to share for the Supper. Please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board outside the church office, and indicate what you will be bringing for the supper.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cindy Speicher – October 28
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Remember to sign up for all events on the sheets posted on the bulletin board outside the church office, or by responding to the Facebook Page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES
October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Tuesday, October 2 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 a.m.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 14 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Friday, October 19 Messenger Article Deadline

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

Tuesday, October 23 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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


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2018 September Messenger

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

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

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”
September, 2018

HAPPY LABOR DAY
-Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

Council Members/Term Expires
Shelly Deeds End of 2020
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2020
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Payton Mentzer End of 2020
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018

What is the Word of God?

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

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

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

Your Brother in Christ,
The Rev. Richard A. Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Topic: “The Story – Getting to the Heart of God’s Story”
This study covers the entire salvation story in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The Fall study will begin on Wednesday, September 19, with the book of First Samuel.
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Reading High School
We will continue collecting the following items for the Reading High School and the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program (ECYEH). If you are able to donate any of the following items, please place them in the Chapel foyer. Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name___________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

Restaurant___________________________________________________________________

Location_____________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays

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

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

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

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

September Birthdays
September 1 – Krystina Missimer

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 3 Office Closed

Tuesday, September 4 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 a.m.

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 14 – Messenger Article Deadline

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

Tuesday, September 18 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m. Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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

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

Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m. Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

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


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2018 AUGUST MESSENGER

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”
August, 2018

EACH LIFE AFFECTS ANOTHER
-Author Unknown

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

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

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

Council Members/Term Expires
Shelly Deeds End of 2020
John Funk End of 2020
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2020
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Payton Mentzer End of 2020
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading High School
We will begin collecting for the Reading High School and the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program on Sunday, August 19. If you are able to donate, please place your items in the Chapel foyer. Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 17 Messenger Article Deadline

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

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

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

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

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


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