2018 MAY 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”
May, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Gerald Speicher End of 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Funerals
William Sassaman, Sr.
Kristine Barrall
June Dobson

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
May 6; May 20 (Day of Pentecost); June 3; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held May 6 and October 7.

 

Senior Club
Thursday, May 3 – Trip to Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to see “Grease.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

-Unknown

 

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

-Unknown

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

 

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

 

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

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

Rachel Nelson – 5/16

 

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:

June 2 – Breakfast at Shady Maple and Quilt Shopping for Peach Festival
June 21-24 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
July 13, 14 & 15 – Peach Festival Prep

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

May 6 – Raymond Lascomb
May 7 – Mariann Kauffman, Carolyn McDonough, Stanley Schaffer, Sr.
May 8 – Catherine Angstadt, Diane Hartman, Mary Mack, Sophie Neuheimer
May 9 – Arailyn Walters
May 10 – Michael Gauby, Ronald Heffner
May 11 – Ava Amato, Jackson Craft, Judith Geissler
May 12 – Julia Bond

May 13 – Parker Endy, Richard Hoffman, Sylvia Salsano
May 14 – Jameson Moore, Landon Weller
May 15 – Gale LeClair, Jean Weidenhammer
May 16 – Rachel Nelson, Faythe Phillips
May 18 – David Ritter
May 19 – Adalyn Smith

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

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

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MAY ACTIVITIES
Tuesday, May 1 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2 Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 16 Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 18 Messenger Article Deadline

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 28 Office Closed

Tuesday, May 29 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.
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APRIL 2018 MESSENGER

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

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

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

AN EASTER WISH
-June Masters Bacher

The world springs up
All fresh and sweet,
With wings of faith
Upon its feet…

Would that each heart
Were more like it;
By hope made strong
And faith made fit

To reach towards God’s
Eternal blue
With loves that polished
It like new –

A heart that hopes
And prays and sings
And soars by faith
On Easter wings.

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

 

 

 

WE ALL BLEED THE SAME

Woke up today; another headline
Another innocent life is taken in the name of hatred
So hard to take, and if we think that it’s all good
Then we’re mistaken
Are you left? Are you right? Pointing fingers, taking sides
When are we gonna’ realize – We all bleed the same
We’re more beautiful when we come together
We all bleed the same, so tell me why we’re divided
Tell me, who are we to judge someone
By the kind of clothes they’re wearing or the color of their skin?
Are you black? Are you white? Aren’t we all the same inside?
Father, open our eyes to see!

These are some lyrics from a song titled, “Bleed the Same,” written and sung by Christian recording artists Mandisa and TobyMac. It is a poignant song for our day and time when there is so much division and violence in our country.
In John 1:43-51, we read how Philip, after being called by Jesus, went to Nathanael and told him that “we have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael responds, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” To which Philip says, “Come and see.” Philip challenged Nathanael’s prejudice!
Like Philip, we are called to invite others to “Come and see” what we have seen in Christ Jesus. We have seen a Lord who challenges our way of judging others and the world. We have seen a Lord who broadens our vision of humanity and our vision of God. We have seen a Lord who extends grace and acceptance to all people, through His own sacrifice. In Jesus, we are more alike than we are un-alike! We all “Bleed the Same!”
The song, “Bleed the Same” concludes:
Only love can drive out all the darkness
What are we fighting for? We were made to carry one another
We were made for more!
We all bleed the same; we’re more beautiful when we come together
Let’s stand united! We all bleed the same
So tell me why we’re divided.
If we’re gonna’ fight, let’s fight for each other
If we’re gonna’ shout, let love be the cry
We all bleed the same! Let’s stand united!

United in Christ!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Baptisms
Kaelyn Mae Walters
Parents – Jason & Stephanie Walters

Funerals
Paul Klinger
Terry Moore
William Manderbach, Sr.
Jacquelyn Hasker

 

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)

March 28 (purple) – Holy Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.
March 29 (purple) – Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.
March 30 (black) – Good Friday
1:00 p.m. – Community Service with Holy Communion
Preacher: Michael Kaucher, Executive Director of the Reading Berks Conference of Churches
Special Music by the Berks Encore Chorale
7:00 p.m. – Service of Tenebrae (Shadows)
(Communion will not be offered at this service)
April 1 (white) – Easter Day Worship with Holy Communion
April 8 (white) – 2nd Sunday after Easter
April 15 (white) – 3rd Sunday after Easter
April 22 (white) – 4th Sunday after Easter; Praise & Worship
April 29 (white) – 5th Sunday after Easter
May 6 (white) – 6th Sunday after Easter with Sacrament of Holy Communion; 2:00 Abbreviated Worship with Holy Communion in Chapel
May 10 (Thursday) – Ascension Day Worship, 10:00 a.m.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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!

 

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

August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held May 6 and October 7.

 

Senior Club
The April trip will be to Sight & Sound for their new performance, “Jesus.” A Buffet Dinner will be at Eden Resort.

Payment ($70 per person for the trip on Tuesday, June 19 to Mt. Airy Casino, is due to Pat Coller no later than April 24.

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

 

Social Ministry Committee
A special “thank you” to the members of the Senior Club for bringing a pantry item, or two, along to each meeting that they had at the church. For the months of January, February, and March, they helped to replenish the things that we supply to people in need. Their thoughtfulness and generosity is gratefully appreciated.

 

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
A deposit of $139.00 has been deposited in Alsace Lutheran Church’s account on behalf of Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice® program. Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your congregation are: Cynthia Speicher and Gerald Speicher.

 

Wednesday Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., beginning April 4
Topic: “The Story – Getting to the Heart of God’s Story”
We will begin a study of the entire salvation story in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. This Spring study will take us through the books of Genesis through Ruth. In the Fall, we will pick up with the book of First Samuel.
Here is the schedule:
April 4 – “Creation: The Beginning of Life as We Know It”
April 11 – “God Builds a Nation”
April 18 – “Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh”
April 25 – “Deliverance”
May 2 – “New Commands and a New Covenant”
May 9 – “Wandering”
May 16 – “The Battle Begins”
May 23 – “A Few Good Men … and Women”
May 30 – “The Faith of a Foreign Woman”

 

Community Events
Bern Reformed U.C.C. Church, 3196 Bernville Road, Leesport
Bern Church is excited to announce the bus trip you have all been waiting for1 The new Museum of the Bible is an unparalleled experience using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life.
The trip will take place on Saturday, June 9, through Boscov’s Travel, who will provide round trip transportation via private Motorcoach to Washington DC. The first stop will provide free time at the National Mall Museums followed by a reserved time (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.) at the Museum of the Bible. Cost is $81 for adults, $75 for youth (5-11), and $67 for children (under 5). The bus will leave Bern Church at 7:00 a.m. and return by 9:00 p.m. To make your reservation, please call Lacey (Boscov’s) at 610-374-0141.
Deadline to register is April 8th.

 

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:
Tuesday, May 1 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 2 – Bible Study – “New Commands and a New Covenant”, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at The Van Reed Inn
Thursday, May 3 – Senior Club to Dutch Apple, 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, May 5 – Youth Group Mystery Trip, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 6 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 – Active Shooter Training, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 7 – Christian Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 – Bible Study – “Wandering”, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 – Ascension Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day
Wednesday, May 16 – Bible Study – “The Battle Begins”, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, May 20 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Confirmation
Wednesday, May 23 – Bible Study – “A Few Good Men … and Women”, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 – Yard Sale on back parking lot, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday, May 28 – Office Closed
Tuesday, May 29 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 30 – Bible Study – “The Faith of a Foreign Woman”, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 – Youth to Shady Maple for Breakfast and then shopping for Quilt, 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 6 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Coastal Grill
Tuesday, June 12 – Senior Club Picnic, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 – Alsace Night at the Fightin’ Phils, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 – Senior Club to Mt. Airy Casino, 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, June 20 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21 – Youth Group to Ocean City, NJ, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 3 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 4 – Office Closed
Tuesday, July 10 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Anthony’s in Wyomissing
Friday, July 13 – Peach Festival Preparation, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 – Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 15 – Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 15 – Peach Festival with Uptown Band, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 – Senior Club to American Music, 11:15 a.m.
Friday, July 20 – Messenger Article Deadline

Dates for Your Calendar, cont.:
Sunday, July 22 – Church Camp Staff Meeting, Noon
Sunday, July 22 to Thursday, July 26 – VBS, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 – Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, July 29 – Church Camp Parent Meeting, Noon
Tuesday, July 31 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
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GOD BLESS AND GRANT YOU A VERY HAPPY EASTER
-Unknown

The lovely Easter story
Is a specially joyous one
For God so loved the world
He gave to us His Son.

What greater gift could He bestow
What richer blessing give
Than His promise that in Christ
Our souls will always live.

As you turn to Him in prayer
Now Easter’s here once more
May He be moved to grant those
Things you may be asking for.

This is the day the Lord has made
And each hour will be blessed
If you just ask Him for the strength
To do your very best.

Whatever path you follow
He’ll be walking by your side
To be your source of comfort,
Your friend and constant guide.

The Lord is understanding
His mercy will not fail,
His love for you is infinite,
His wisdom will prevail.

Remember this each morning
And you’ll not be afraid
To face with growing confidence
The day the Lord has made.

 

 

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Samantha Stoudt – 4/1
Dylan Kelly – 4/2
Alana Alexander – 4/13
Taylor Mentzer – 4/18
Ally Fair – 4/26
Haley Daubenspeck – 4/29
Ryan Sekulski – 4/29

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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.

The 24-Hour Famine has been cancelled; we had no registrations!

April 8 – The Deposit of $50 is due for the Shore Trip (June 21-24)

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

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

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

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:

June 2 – Breakfast at Shady Maple and Quilt Shopping for Peach Festival
June 21-24 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
July 13, 14 & 15 – Peach Festival Prep

 

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS
April 1 – Linda Buckley, Jean Riegel
April 2 – Jayden Reed, Evan Seiz, Meadow Webb
April 3 – Gloria Lombardo, Pamela Schearer, Elmer Wert
April 4 – Mae Kauffman
April 5 – Pastor Kerns
April 6 – Patrick Coller, William Coughlin

April 8 – Kathleen Rathman, Shirley Stricker
April 10 – John Bixler, Gabrielle Daubenspeck

April 12 – Tyler Latshaw
April 13 – Alana Alexander, Toby Deysher
April 14 – Katelyn Deeds

April 15 – Arthur Arbogast, Donald Fegley, Ralph Janke, Evelyn Sheetz
April 16 – Linda Santiago
April 17 – Harold Boyer, Timothy Latshaw, Lee Strause
April 18 – Louis Ryder, Joel Seibert
April 19 – Matthew Breisch, M. Jane Dowd, James Rathman
April 20 – Anna Miller
April 21 – Joan Johnson

April 23 – Angel Alvarez, Mackenzie Mentzer
April 24 – Roger Endy, Pamela Stauffer
April 25 – Linda Illig, Amy Sharp
April 26 – Emmalyn Artim, Jeffrey Cox, Ally Fair
April 27 – Ralph Kauffman, Sharen Yeager
April 28 – Noah Gehret

April 29 – Haley Daubenspeck, Irene Davis, Robert Janke, Ann Miller, Logan Shaffer
April 30 – Glenn Dowd, Marie Gehret

 

 

APRIL ACTIVITIES
Sunday, April 1 Easter Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Monday, April 2 Office Closed

Tuesday, April 3 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4 Bible Study, 1:30 a.m.
Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Dutchway, Myerstown

Sunday, April 8 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, April 10 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, April 11 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 13 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, April 15 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, April 17 Senior Club to Sight & Sound, 9:00 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 Praise & 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, April 24 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, April 25 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 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.


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MARCH 2018 MESSENGER

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


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FEBRUARY 2018 MESSENGER

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

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

 

TIMELY ADVICE
-Unknown

If you are impatient, sit down quietly and talk with Job.
If you are just a little strongheaded, go and see Moses.
If you are getting weak-kneed, take a good look at Elijah.
If there is no song in your heart, listen to David.
If you are a policy man, read Daniel.
If you are getting sordid, spend a while with Isaiah.
If your faith is below par, read Paul.
If you are getting lazy, watch James.
If you are losing sight of the future, climb up the stairs of Revelatiom

and get a glimpse of the Promised Land.

 

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

 

 

SHINE!

According to Genesis 1:1-5, the first thing God created was light. Before light, there was only darkness. God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light (Genesis 1:3). Light was created before the sun and the moon. “God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4).
If this “light” is not the sun, then what is it? (I will leave that for you to ponder!)

Light determines “day” and “night”. On the first day there was evening and morning. It was on the Fourth Day that God created the two “lights.” If you read Genesis 1:14-19, you will notice that the words “sun” and “moon” are not mentioned, probably because both words were used as proper names for pagan deities. In Genesis, they are light-givers to separate the day from the night and to give light to the earth: “God made the two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night – and the stars” (Genesis 1:16).

As we are now in the midst of the Winter season, and the sun is only visible for a few hours, it can be quite depressing. We need the Light, and we need to be the light for others! In Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells His followers, “You are the light of the world.” But in John 8:12, Jesus says that He is the Light of the world.” We, then, are not the Light; the light we have to shine is a reflection of the true Light – Jesus! Any light that glows within us comes from Jesus. And so, we let our light shine for His glory!

There is a little story that illustrates this point. There was once a blind woman who used her meager resources to have a light placed on the street near her home, not because it would help her, but because it would contribute to the safety of strangers who passed that way. There is no better example of sharing the Light which Jesus has entrusted to us. It is by letting Light be seen that we glorify Him!

“Let YOUR light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to our Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

With the warmth of Christ!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

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Funerals
Margaret Turner
Betty Hohl
A. Myrle Wiand

 

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)

February 4 (green) – 5th Sunday after Epiphany – Guest Preacher, Pastor Don Kerns

February 11 (white) – The Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 14 (purple) – Ash Wednesday: 12 Noon and 7:00 p.m., Imposition of Ashes & Holy Communion

February 18 (purple) – 1st Sunday in Lent

February 21 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room

February 25 (purple) – 2nd Sunday in Lent

February 28 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room

March 4 (purple) – 3rd Sunday in Lent; Sacrament of Holy Communion

March 7 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room

March 11 (purple) – 4th Sunday in Lent; Daylight Savings Time Begins!
(Turn clocks ahead one hour)

 

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

 

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS
Disaster Relief Funds Update
Church Council, at its January meeting, decided to match the contributions through Benevolence funds, making a grand total of $4800. After careful consideration of where to best send our funds, it was decided to send equal donations ($1600 each) to three relief effort organizations. They are:
Centro Hispano (Hispanic Center) of Reading, PA to help displaced families from Puerto Rico;
Napa Valley Community Foundation in Napa, California for fire relief efforts;
Disaster Relief, cont.
Samaritan’s Purse – a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world – for hurricane relief in Texas and Florida.
Thank you for your generous donations to help all those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and the fire in California.

 

Fellowship
The Fellowship Committee is continuing the Supper Club in 2018. We are compiling the list of restaurants for 2018. Check out the March Messenger for the “dining choices” for April through December, 2018. 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.

 

Hersheypark
Discount tickets are being sold for the 2018 Hersheypark season. This year the “All-age Admission Tickets” are for ages 3+. The cost is $34.85 per person (cost at the gate is $67.80 per person). If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please sign-up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board outside the church office or call the church office at 610-929-8727 during the week. We need a minimum of 20 tickets purchased to get the discount. Orders are due by Sunday, April 1. If we do not have at least 20 tickets, we will not be placing an order. If we do have the 20 tickets, payment will be due by Sunday, April 29.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

2018 Lenten Schedule
The season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14 with Ash Wednesday. Worship Services of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes will be conducted at 12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.
Mid-Week Lenten Studies will be offered at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. on the Wednesdays in Lent. All will be held in the Bertha Weber Room. Members of Grace (Alsace) will be joining us for these Five Wednesday Lenten Studies.
Holy Week Services at Alsace Lutheran are:
March 28 – Holy Wednesday, Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
March 29 – Maundy Thursday, Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
March 30 – Good Friday Community Service, 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion
March 30 – Good Friday Service of Tenebrae, 7:00 p.m.

 

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

 

Roadshow at Hershey Arena
This event is similar to Winter Jam but will be held in the Hershey arena on Saturday, February 17. Doors open at 4:45 and the show starts at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Artists include: Matthew West, Natalie Grant, For King & Country, Zach Williams and Bethel Music. If anyone is interested in attending this event but does not want to drive themselves, please call the church office by Sunday, February 11.

 

2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays: February 14 (Ash Wednesday-12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.); March 4; March 28 (Holy Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.);
March 29 (Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.); March 30 (Good Friday, 1:00 p.m.); April 1 (Easter); May 6; May 20 (Day of Pentecost); June 3; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4th; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held May 6 and October 7.

 

Senior Club
Our February Luncheon takes place on Tuesday, February 20. The meeting begins at 11:30, Lunch is served at Noon and the entertainment, “Joe Solysik” begins at 1:00. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased from Pat Berger.
Please bring an item(s) with you for the Alsace Social Ministry Pantry. Items needed are listed in the Brochure.

Payment ($110 per person) for the trip to Sight & Sound on Tuesday, April 17, is due to Pat Coller no later than February 20.

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

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

 

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible study on the Letters of John has two remaining dates: January 31 and February 7. The Study begins at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

 

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

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

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DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR:
Sunday, March 4 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, March 4 – Youth Group to Lunch & Laser Tag with Good Shepherd, Noon
Tuesday, March 6 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 13 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 16 – Messenger Article Deadline
Tuesday, March 20 – Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 21 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 – Youth set up for Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m.; Community Egg Hunt, Noon
Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday
Tuesday, March 27 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 28 – Holy Wednesday Communion, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 – Maundy Thursday Communion, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30 – Good Friday Community Service with Communion, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30 – Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
February 1 – James Gruber, Mark Joy, Horst Tryon
February 3 – James Greth, Parker Strauss

February 4 – William Sassaman, Sr.
February 5 – Shelly Deeds, Kylie Gunter, George Hasker, Samuel Livingood
February 6 – Gloria Heere
February 9 – Isabella Long
February 10 – Deborah Bare, Fern Jarsocrak, Ava Ortiz

February 12 – Louis Ryder, Beverly Smith
February 13 – Louise Mirenna, Morgan Waits
February 14 – Derrick Redcay, Dennis Teitsworth
February 15 – Lloyd Bauer, Jr., Edith Hafer, Fern Madenford
February 16 – Suzanne Ryder

February 18 – Mabel Eschelman
February 21 – Doris Reifinger
February 23 – Fern Hartman, Jadon Ortiz, Daniel Sharp, Barbara Strause, Hugh Tait
February 24 – Gladys Funk

February 25 – Marie Kisling
February 27 – Jack Clark
February 29 – Catherine Shade

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FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES
Friday, February 2 Youth to Camp Swatara, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 4 Worship Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Sherry’s Hodge Podge orders can be picked up

Monday, February 5 Christian Education Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7 Bible Study on 3 John, 1:00 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, February 14 Ash Wednesday Communion, Noon & 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 16 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, February 18 Worship Services, 8;15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Reading Royals Game, 4:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, February 21 Lenten Service
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, February 28 Lenten Service

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YOUTH PAGE
February Birthdays

Cameron Hoke – February 12
Bryanna Rivera – February 14
Jaxon Geddio – February 21
Hailey Schlieve – February 24

Shelly Deeds – February 5

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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.

February 2-4 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara – “You’ve Got a Friend”

February 18 – Meet after church to Stuff Eggs for Egg Hunt
Reading Royals Hockey Game, 4:00 p.m.

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

A Note about the 24-Hour Famine!
We have tentatively scheduled the Famine for April 20-21 (Friday night to Saturday night). During the Famine, we keep busy with interactive games and simulations to learn about those who suffer from hunger. We also take drink breaks, but have no food for 24 hours. The Famine is also a fund-raiser for World Vision, which provides food, shelter, and other services to those who live in poverty.
We need to have a minimum of 15 participants in order for the Famine to happen.
Also, participants must collect money from sponsors for World Vision. Anyone who wishes to participate in the Famine must sign up and commit to attending and getting sponsors by the time of the Winter Retreat. If you have any questions, speak to Pastor Nelson or any other youth advisor.

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


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SUPER BOWL FUNDRAISER

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

The Youth Group is selling dips, jelly and soup mixes from Sherry’s Hodge Podge to be picked up for Super Bowl Sunday. Orders and payment must be made by Sunday, January 14th so we can get the orders filled and ready for pickup by the Super Bowl.

Items being sold are:
Dips – Cheddar Bacon Ranch, Garlic & Herb, Sun Dried Tomato & Basil, Pina Colada, Cheddar Ranch, Garden Party, Cheesy Onion, Taco, Old as Dirt but still kick ‘in (Bacon Horseradish) and Chive & Garlic. Cost is $3.00 each.

Jelly – Apple Raspberry, Peach and Black Cherry. Cost is $5.50 each.

Soup Mixes – Chicken Noodle, Instant Creamy Potato, Beef Barley and Chicken Rice. Cost is $6.50 each.

If you want to place and order you can call the church office at 610-929-8727 or send an email to [email protected] Checks should be made payable to Alsace Youth Group and mailed to: Alsace Lutheran Church, Attn: Cindy, 2201 Kutztown Road, Reading PA 19605.


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