DECEMBER 2017/JANUARY 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”
December, 2017/January, 2018

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS
-Helen Steiner Rice

Is it just a day at the end of the year?
A gay holiday filled with merry good cheer?
A season for presents – both taking and giving?
A time to indulge in the pleasures of living?
Are we lost in a meaningless, much-muddled haze?
Have we closed our eyes to God and His love?
And turned our eyes from “The Bright Star Above?”
Oh, Father in Heaven, renew and restore
The real, true meaning of Christmas once more.
So we can feel in our hearts again that
“Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men”
Is still a promise that man can claim if he but
seeks it in Thy name.

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
Richard Bailey, Jr. End of 2017
John Funk End of 2017
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2017
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018
Lee Strause End of 2017

THE LEGEND OF ST. NICHOLAS

During the last years of the Roman Empire, in the city of Myra, the regional bishop died. A local man, Nicholas, who was known by all to be a very holy person and a devoted follower of Christ, was elected as the new bishop with little or no opposition. Nicholas’ first act as bishop was to give away all his wealth, for he was a very rich man. He started giving all of his possessions and money away, but an angel appeared to him in a dream one night and said, “Nicholas, you must not give all of your wealth away. Save three bags of gold until I tell you what to do with it.” Nicholas did what the angel commanded and hid three bags of gold under his bed. Every night he waited for a message as to what to do with the money.
When the angel finally returned in a dream, the angel said, “Nicholas, tonight you must take one of your bags of gold and go to the pawnbroker who has three daughters. He is very poor and his daughters will not be able to marry without a dowry. Otherwise they will be sold into slavery.” Nicholas woke from his dream, got dressed and took one bag of gold, went to the pawnbroker’s home, dropped the bag of gold inside an open window, and quickly fled; he didn’t want to disturb the family. In the bag was sufficient gold for a dowry for the eldest daughter, allowing her to wed. She and her father were full of joy.
The next evening the angel returned to Nicholas in a dream and said, “Nicholas, take another bag of gold and go to the pawnbroker’s home for his younger two daughters are in jeopardy of being sold into slavery.” Nicholas immediately woke and went to the home. He went to the window, but it was locked. He went to another window, slowly and quietly opened it, dropped the bag of gold inside, and again quickly fled. Now two sisters were happy, but not the youngest.
The next evening Nicholas had another dream, as he knew he would, for all good things come in threes. The angel came and repeated the story from the previous two evenings. Nicholas got up and went to the pawnbroker’s home. Meanwhile the pawnbroker was very curious who was leaving these bags of gold. Like Nicholas, he knew good things come in threes and thus he locked the door and all the windows, forcing, he hoped, the generous benefactor to go to the back of the house where he could be discovered. Bishop Nicholas arrived and tried a window, then another, and another, but all were locked. But instead of going to the back of the house, he climbed up the side and reached the roof. From there he dropped the gold down the chimney. Again, there was sufficient money for a dowry for his youngest daughter. The pawnbroker never knew of the bishop’s kindness, but others did and later told the story of Nicholas. Over time, the story of Nicholas’ goodness reached central Europe. To this day, people remember the man who became known in legend as Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus), as a man who gave gifts imitating God’s gift of himself to the world.
This legend of Bishop Nicholas, and the birth of Jesus recorded in Luke, are integrally related. In each case, a promise was made and a gift given. This is what certainly lies at the heart of, not only the Christmas message, but the Christian faith!

Wishing All a Blessed Christmas and Joyous New Year!
The Rev. Richard A. Nelson

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

Baptisms
Owen Michael Weller
Parents: Ernest & Melissa Weller, III

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)

December 3 (blue) – 1st Sunday of Advent; Sacrament of Holy Communion
December 10 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent;
Recognition of Social Ministry Committee and Soup Kitchen
Sunday School Christmas Program (snow date, Dec. 17)
December 17 (blue) – 3rd Sunday of Advent;
December 24 (blue) – 4th Sunday of Advent; 8:15 Worship Only;
No Sunday School and No 10:45 worship
December 24 (white) – Christmas Eve – 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 31(white):
8:15 a.m. Worship, featuring Christmas carols and Lessons (led by Ryan Breisch)
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Christmas Movie with refreshments
No 10:45 a.m. worship
January 7 (white) – Epiphany Worship; Sacrament of Holy Communion
January 14 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
January 21 (green) – Youth-Led Praise & Worship
January 28 (green) – 4th Sunday after Epiphany (Souper Bowl Sunday)
February 4 (green) – 5th 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.

2017 Advent Theme
The 2017 Advent Theme is “New Beginnings.” The theme hymn is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” which will be sung each Sunday as a candle is lit on the Advent wreathe.
December 3 – “Don’t Fear the Wait”
December 10 – “Blazing a Path to Christ”
December 17 – “A New Day is Coming”
December 24 – “Perceiving the Presence of God”

Babysitting
Parents – need to do some Christmas shopping but can never find the time? When was the last time you had a nice “Dinner for Two?” The Youth Group is here to help! On Friday, December 8 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., they are offering FREE babysitting for children from infant to age 11. There will be games, crafts and snacks for them to do while they are here. Forms can be picked up on a Sunday morning or you can call the church office to sign-up. The deadline is Sunday, December 3 so we can make sure we have enough supplies for all who are attending.

Christmas Shopping
The youth are selling Scrip Gift Cards: Forms can be picked up on a Sunday morning or you can call the church office during the week. Deadline to order and make payment is Sunday, December 3.

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

Christmas Eve 11:00 p.m.
Traditional Candlelight Worship
Special Prelude Music begins around 10:30
This service is broadcast live on 92.3 FM and 1340 AM and at iheart.com

Fellowship
The Fellowship Committee is continuing the Supper Club in 2018. We would like your assistance in selecting the restaurants for each month, beginning in April through December. The list of restaurants is included in this Messenger. The deadline to return the list is Sunday, January 28. 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.

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).

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry
The MCFP continues to serve the needs of those in our community. 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:
January 7; February 14 (Ash Wednesday-12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.); March 4; March 28 (Holy Wednesday); March 29 (Maundy Thursday); 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
Gerald Speicher will be in the Library on Sunday morning, before and after Sunday School, to collect your $3 membership dues for 2018. You may also mail your dues (checks only) to him at:
3311 Marion Avenue, Laureldale, PA 19605.

Our Christmas Luncheon will take place at The Inn at Reading on Tuesday, December 12 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from Mary Jane Hoffman.
Gerald Speicher will have your 2018 membership cards and you will receive the 2018 Brochures.

Our final trip for 2017 will take place on Wednesday, December 20, when we travel to the American Music Theatre for their Christmas Show, “Home for the Holidays.”

Trip sign-up will take place on Thursday, January 4. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., sign-up begins at 8:30.

The first Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, January 16. Meeting begins at 11:30, lunch is served at Noon and the entertainment, “Musical Cousins Plus One,” will begin at 1:00. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased from Pat Berger.

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

Souper Bowl Sunday
January 28, 2018
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.

2017 Christmas Program
Sunday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.
(snow date, December 17)
Bertha Weber Room
Presented by the children and youth of the Sunday School
Invite your friends and family members!

Volunteers Needed at Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Alsace Church is the host church for the January distribution at the Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry on January 18. If you are able to lift heavy boxes, please arrive by 2:15 p.m. To help only with the distribution, please arrive by 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible study will resume on January 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with a 5-week study on the Letters of John. Here is the schedule:
January 10: Introduction; 1 John 1 – 2:27
January 17: 1 John 2:28 – 3:24
January 24: 1 John 4 and 5
January 31: 2 John
February 7: 3 John

Youth Fundraisers
1) Chick-fil-A Calendars – $10 each
Each month has a special item or items. There are even some “mystery” ones that you find out at the beginning of those months.
2) Sherry Hodge Podge Dips, Jellies and Soup Mixes for Super Bowl Sunday, February 4. Cost is $3 for Dips, $5.50 for Jellies and $6.50 for Soup Mixes. We are only taking orders! The deadline to place your order is Sunday, January 14. You can see someone in the Bertha Weber room on a Sunday morning or call the church office during the week to place your order. Payment needs to be made by January 14. Checks should be made payable to Alsace Youth Group.

Community Events
Reading Civic Theatre presents “Fiddler on the Roof” on December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Miller Center for the Arts (2nd & Penn Streets, Reading). Alsace member, Samantha Grinage, will be playing Hodel. For tickets call 610-607-6270 or go on-line to www.readingcivic.org or www.racc.edu/millercenter.

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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Long ago a Child came down
To a little sleepy town,
And upon that Christmas morn,
Christ the heavenly King was born.

The Church Staff
of
Alsace Lutheran Church
Wishes Everyone
a
Blessed Christmas
and a
Happy, Healthy New Year!

Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, December 3 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, December 3 – Peach Festival Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 6 – Supper Club at Mimmo’s, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 8 – FREE Babysitting, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, December 8 – Advent Sleepover, 8:30 p.m. to Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 9 – GREC Christmas Concert, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 – Sunday School Christmas Program, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12 – Senior Club Christmas Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20 – Senior Club to American Music Theatre, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, December 22 – Shady Maple Midnight Gladness, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 – Worship, 8:15 ONLY
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11:00 p.m.
Monday, December 25 – Office Closed
Monday, January 1 – Office Closed
Tuesday, January 2 – Senior Club Board Meeting
Thursday, January 4 – Senior Club Trip Sign-ups, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 4 – Youth take down Christmas decorations, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday. January 7 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, January 9 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 13 – Youth to Sky Zone, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 – Youth Service rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16 – Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 17 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 19 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, January 21 – Youth Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Friday, January 26 – Youth to Harrisburg Quake
Sunday, January 28 – Winterfest, 3:00 p.m.

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
12/2 – Logan Rea 12/3 – Hunter Fake 12/7 – Aiden Gehret
12/8 – Kyle Seiz 12/11- Chelsea Lewis 12/17-Felicia Phillips
12/20 – Gabrielle Ferling 12/21 – Brandon Rothermel 12/23 – Jayda Garwood
12/24 – Evan Dobson 12/26 – Hunter Moyer 12/26 – MaKenna Moyer
1/1 – Gabriel Sharp 1/8 – Sydney Hartman 1/8 – Zachary Reinhard
1/2 – Kyla Bailey 1/15 – Daegn Gehris 1/15 – Tyrus Kauffman
1/17 – Jaden Kelly 1/17 – Austin Swartley 1/21 – Mason Stricker
1/23 – Julian Sharp 1/24 – Angelina Garwood 1/25 – Malachi Kauffman

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 30 – Decorate the church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.
Please help us decorate the church for Christmas!
Parents and siblings are welcome to come and help!

Friday, December 8-Saturday, December 9 – Advent Sleepover with Babysitting
Meet at the church by 5:15 p.m.
We will provide babysitting service from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
At 9:00 p.m. we will go “Glow” Bowling, then return to the church for snacks and devotions.
Cost is $5 per person.

Friday, December 22 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple
Leaving the church parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $13, paid by Dec. 17.
Family members and friends are welcome!

Thursday, January 4 – Remove Christmas Decorations
Meet at the church at 6:30 to take down and put away all the Christmas decorations.
The more help we have, the less time it will take.

Saturday, January 13 – Trip to Sky-Zone & Practice for Youth-Led Worship
Meet at the church by 1:00 p.m. We will have a 90-minute session at Sky-Zone.
We will return to the church for pizza party, and then rehearse for the Worship.
Cost for Sky-Zone is $18.

Sunday, January 14 – Youth Meeting & Practice for Youth-Led Worship
Meet at the church at 7:00 p.m.
If you want to participate in the worship, please speak to Pastor Nelson

Continued on next page…

Sunday, January 21 – Souper Bowl Sunday & Youth-Led Worship

February 2-4 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara – “You’ve God a Friend”
See the registration form and register by January 21!

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:

February 18 – Stuff Eggs; Reading Royals game
March 4 – Laser Quest
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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NOVEMBER 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”
November, 2017

LET ME BE THANKFUL
-T.V. Garrard

Let me be thankful, O Lord I pray
Starting with the light of day;
Then for every breath I breathe,
And for the right to believe.

For every finger on my hand,
For every hair upon my head,
My arms, my legs, my ears and eyes;
All my blessings so great in size.

And let me always remember, too,
To thank you, God, for YOU.

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
Richard Bailey, Jr. End of 2017
John Funk End of 2017
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2017
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018
Lee Strause End of 2017

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.”
Psalm 100:4

As the month of November is upon us, we turn our attention to thanksgiving. There are many verses of Scripture one could quote that express thanks and praise to God. Even the Psalms of lament often end with words of thanks and praise. In the midst of lamenting all the bad things that the Psalmist feels, he recalls the past blessings of God, and realizes that God has, and never will, abandon him.

What is the difference between giving thanks to God and blessing/praising His name? Is there a difference? When we give thanks, we stand on the same level as the person who receives our words. But when we bless or praise someone, we must stand on a lower level and raise the person praised to a higher pedestal; we express either who they are or what they have done that has merited their being praised.

Every time we come to the House of God, it is with both an attitude of gratefulness for all that God had done and a word about how great God is. This is not to say that there are not times when we do come with heavy hearts. But when that happens, we need to recall who God is and what God has done for us in the past so that we have hope for the immediate trial we face.

Give thanks AND praise! God is worthy!

With Many Blessings,
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.

Baptism
Peyton Emilee Mengel
Parents: Ryan Mengel and Nicole Hart

Funerals
Sandra Neuheimer

Our oldest member, Sara Moyer, will be turning 100 on November 16. If you wish to send her a birthday card, her address is: Berks Heim, P. O. Box 1495, Reading, 19603.

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

November 5 (white) – All Saints’ Sunday; Sacrament of Holy Communion
Remembering the Faithful Departed
November 12 (green) – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost; Youth-Led Praise & Worship
November 19 (green) – 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Recognition of Bereavement Committee and the “Messenger” Mailers
Congregational Meeting and Luncheon
November 22 (white) – Thanksgiving Eve Worship, 7:00 p.m. at Alsace Lutheran
November 26 (white) – Christ the King Sunday
December 3 (blue) – 1st Sunday of Advent; Sacrament of Holy Communion
December 10 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent
Recognition of Social Ministry Committee and Soup Kitchen
Sunday School Christmas Program (snow date, Dec. 17)
December 17 (blue) – 3rd Sunday of Advent
Church Council, after careful consideration, has approved the following worship times for Christmas services.
Sunday, December 24:
8:15 a.m. The Fourth Sunday of Advent worship (color is blue)
No Sunday School and No 10:45 a.m. worship

5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Family Worship for Children of All Ages (color is white)
11:00 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship (color is white)
Sunday, December 31 (white)
8:15 a.m. Worship, featuring Christmas carols and Lessons (led by Ryan Breisch)
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Christmas Movie with Refreshments
No 10:45 a.m. worship
January 7 (white) – Epiphany Worship, Sacrament of Holy Communion

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

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS
Annual Congregational Meeting & Luncheon
Sunday, November 19, 2017
The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be conducted at the conclusion of the 10:45 a.m. Worship, approximately at 11:30 a.m., on Sunday, November 19. Special reports will be presented, Church Council nominees elected, and the 2018 Budget proposed for adoption. All voting members of the congregation should attend!
Following the Meeting, a catered Luncheon will be served in the Bertha Weber room.

Fellowship/Supper Club
As a reminder, 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. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m. Our final Supper Club in 2017 will be held at Mimmo’s on Wednesday, December 6. The sign-up sheet and menu has been posted outside the church office. You may sign up on a Sunday morning or call the church office at 610-929-8727. The deadline to sign up is November26th.

The 2018 “choices” sheet will be in the December/January and February Messengers.

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.

Holiday Vendor Fair
Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Homemade turkey bbq, soup and baked good available for purchase

Vendors participating are: Thirty-One, Avon, Lularoe, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay,
Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry and Tupperware. We will also be selling Chick-fil-A calendars and the following items: from Sherry’s Hodge Podge:
Dip Mixes: Bacon, Bacon Horseradish, Cheddar Ranch, Cheesy Onion, Fiesta, Garden Party, Garlic & Herb, PA Dutch Caramel Apple, Pina Colada Fruit Dip, Taco and Sun Dried Tomato and Basil – $3.00 each
Jelly: Apple Raspberry, Black Cherry and Peach – $5.50 each
Mustard: Bacon Chipotle and Sweet & Spicy Dipping Mustard – $5.50 each

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.

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS, cont.
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
The MCFP continues to serve the needs of those in our community. 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!

2017 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
November 5; and December 3.

Senior Club
Gerald Speicher will be in the Library, beginning Sunday, November 5 to collect your $3 membership dues.

Our November trip will take place on Wednesday, November 8, when we travel to Doolan’s to see the Three Irish Tenors.

The Annual Christmas Luncheon will take place at The Inn at Reading on Tuesday, December 12.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from Mary Jane Hoffman.

The Senior Club will be traveling to The Inn at Crumpin’ Fox from October 21 to 25, 2018. Check out their website: crumpinfoxinn.com to get more information on the Inn and surrounding area/activities to do. If you are interested in traveling with us next year, please call Barb Tillman
at 610-775-7432.

Gift certificates can be purchased throughout the year from Irene Stoudt (610-929-8275).

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS, cont.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Alsace Lutheran Church
Grace (Alsace) UCC will be joining us for worship
Refreshments will be served following the worship
Join us in giving thanks to our Awesome God!

Wednesday Bible Study
A Study on “The Life of Martin Luther – A Historical Journey and Bible Study,” began on
September 20 and continues each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. through November 15. Everyone is welcome!
Here is the remaining schedule:
November 1 – Session 7: Luther’s Work of Reform (Jeremiah 18:1-11)
November 8 – Session 8: Luther’s Later Life (Deuteronomy 4:5-10)
November 15 – Session 9: The Reformation Legacy (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

Youth Fundraisers
1) Sheetz Coupon Books – $10
Coupons are for various items and are good for 3 years. Can use more than one at a time.
2) Chick-fil-A Calendars – $10
Each month has a special item(s). There are even some “mystery ones” that you find out at the beginning of those months.
3) Bon Ton Community Day Booklets – $5 for Wednesday, November 8 to Saturday,
November 11.

COMMUNITY
Calvary Lutheran Church, 1009 Elizabeth Avenue, Laureldale
A Program of Organ Music, Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, will be held on Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. The concert features Marlin Kerschner, organist. The program combines a visual presentation with music of the Renaissance and compositions on the hymns of Martin Luther. A free-will offering will be taken for hurricane relief.

Reading Civic Theatre, 2nd & Penn Street, Reading
The Reading Civic Theatre presents: Fiddler on the Roof at the Miller Center for the Arts. The performances are on December 15th & 16th at 7:30 p.m. and December 17th at 2:00 p.m. Alsace member, Samantha Grinage, will be playing Hodel. Cost is $25 per person. For tickets call 610-607-6270 or go on-line to: www.readjngcivic.org or www.racc.edu/millercenter.

Community, cont.
Reading High School
We will begin 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.

St. John’s Gernant’s, 13 Gernant’s Road, Leesport
“21st Annual” Holiday Bazaar & Potato Filling Sale – Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 to 2:00.
Crafts, Baked Goods, Food (eat in or take out). Call Memorial Hall office at 610-926-2384 to pre-order filling.

Join them on Sunday, November 12, 3:00 p.m., for patriotic music from local community churches. There will be readings, participation from a local Boy Scout troop and a musical video presentation presented by the audio-visual class at Hamburg High School. An offering will be taken to benefit a local veteran organization. Light refreshments will be available after the program.

St. Luke’s Church, 5th & Franklin Streets, Shoemakersville
Dorcas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 to 1:00. 1st Prize – Ivory Queen Size Quilt. Soup & refreshments on sale – Pies, Cookies, Cakes.

St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg
St. Michael’s will be holding a Holiday Bazaar on Friday, November 10 from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday, November 11 from 8:00 to 1:00. There will be a Basket Raffle, Flea Market and Food Sale. Chicken Platters will be available on Friday night and Breakfast Sandwiches Saturday. Lunch items, cookies and baked goods will be available both days.

Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, November 5 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 – Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 – Youth Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
November 12 – Belle Tones Concert, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 17 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, November 19 – Congregational Meeting & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Eve Service at Alsace Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 23 – Office Closed
Friday, November 24 – Office Closed
Tuesday, November 28 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 3 – Advent Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, December 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 6 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Mimmo’s
Saturday, December 9 – GREC Concert, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 – Sunday School Christmas Program, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12 – Senior Club Christmas Luncheon at The Inn at Reading, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 – Sunday School Christmas Program Snow Date
Wednesday, December 20 – Senior Club to American Music Theatre, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 24 – Worship, 8:15 a.m. ONLY
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Worship, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 11:00 p.m.
Monday, December 25 – Office Closed
Sunday, December 31 – Worship, 8:15; Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. ONLY

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Amanda Hoover – 11/3
Emily Keller – 11/4
Richard Bailey, Jr. – 11/7
Rachel Reinhard – 11/9
Cameron Shoumlisky – 11/9
Megan O’Keefe – 11/13
MarissaJo Scheck – 11/13
Timothy Yanick – 11/14

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.

Saturday, November 4 – Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Farm
Meet at the church by 1:00 p.m. Cost is $20. Money needed for supper.

Sunday, November 5 – Deadline to register and make payment for the Harrisburg Quake! You can give your form/money to either Pastor Nelson or Cindy Speicher.

Sunday, November 5 – Practice for Youth-Led Worship, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 11 – Holiday Vendor Fair, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Help is needed to set up, serve food and clean up!

Sunday, November 12 – Youth-Led Praise & Worship at both services

Sunday, November 19 – Annual Congregational Meeting
All Confirmed, Voting Members should plan to attend and let your voice and vote be heard.

Thursday, November 30 – Decorate the church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.
Please help us decorate the church for Christmas!
Parents and siblings are welcome to come and help!

Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9 – Advent Sleepover with Babysitting
Meet at the church by 5:15 p.m. (please eat something before you come).
We will provide babysitting service from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
At 9:00 p.m. we will go “Glow” Bowling, then return to the church for snacks and devotions.

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Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar:

December 16 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat – open to family and friends
December 22 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple – open to family and friends
January 4 – Remove Christmas decorations
January 13 – Sky Zone, and Practice for Youth-Led Worship
January 14 – Youth Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
January 21 – Souper Bowl Sunday; Youth-Led Praise & Worship
January 26-28 – Youth Quake in Harrisburg (registration due Nov. 5!!!)
January 28 – Souper Bowl Sunday
February 2 to 4 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara
February 18 – Stuff Eggs; Reading Royals game – open to family and friends
March 4 – Laser Quest
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
July 14 – Peach Festival Preparation
July 15 – Peach Festival Preparation; Peach Festival 4:00-8:00
August 5 to August 10 – Church Camp
August 25 – Pool Party at Woodcrest Retreat – open to family and friends

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:
November 1 Lindsey Gantert, Lori Harner
November 2 Mark Gilbert, Cheryl Kring
November 3 Amanda Hoover, Gail Manderbach
November 4 Emily Keller

November 5 Jane Weidenheimer
November 6 Harvey Bittler, Jr., Nancy Cox. Carol Harner, Stephanie Jefferson, Mia Lopez
November 7 Richard Bailey, Jr., Angel Santiago, Paul Yadlosky
November 8 Carl Eschelman, G. Manwiller, Paul Rittenhouse, Jr.
November 9 Rachel Reinhard, Cameron Shoumlisky
November 10 Shawn Kline
November 11 Pastor Fair, Elmer Schuler

November 12 Roger Baer, Cassandra Hartman, Brenda Meyers
November 13 Carl Schupp
November 14 Berenice McGavin, Joan Tait
November 15 Elwood Diehm
November 16 Joan Hassler, Sara Moyer, Yvonne Ravel, Samuel Sharp
November 17 Katelyn Murphy
November 18 Gavin Cole, Richard Waldbiesser

November 20 Thomas Raifsnider
November 21 Gloria Scheirer
November 22 Lydia Smith, Amy Stalnecker
November 25 Arthur Thomas, Jr.

November 26 Geraldine Kennedy, Ruth McCann, Mary Scholz
November 27 Barbara Coller, Eleanor Wagner
November 28 Traci Frymoyer
November 29 Douglas Wieder
November 30 Emma Eppihimer

NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES
November 1 Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Supper Club at Mimmo’s, 6:00 p.m.

November 4 Youth Group to Corn Maze, 1:00 p.m.

November 5 Daylight Savings Time ends
Communion Service, 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.
Youth Service Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.

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

November 8 Senior Club to Doolan’s, 8:00 a.m.
Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.

November 11 Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

November 12 Youth-Led Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Belle Tones Concert, 3:00 p.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

November 14 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.

November 15 Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

November 17 December/January Messenger Article Deadline

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November 19 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Congregational Meeting/Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

November 21 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

November 22 Thanksgiving Eve Service at Alsace Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.

November 23 Office Closed

November 24 Office Closed

November 26 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

November 28 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

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


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Trunk or Treat

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JOIN US FOR OUR
3RD ANNUAL
TRUNK OR TREAT NIGHT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

SPONSORED BY THE
ALSACE SENIOR YOUTH GROUP
2201 KUTZTOWN ROAD, READING
(BACK PARKING LOT OFF OF 11TH STREET OR THROUGH THE CEMETERY FROM KUTZTOWN ROAD)

Members who are decorating their cars should have something to hand out to the children (candy, pens, pencils, etc.). If you need ideas for decorating your cars, you can google “trunk or treat”. The Youth Group will be providing FREE hot dogs, chips, baked goods and water. Volunteers are needed to help serve, donate baked goods, and judge the cars. SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!!!!!
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Please fill out the following information and return it to Pastor Nelson or Cindy Speicher by Sunday, October 22nd.

Name__________________________ Phone #_____________

Will decorate my car_______

Will volunteer to serve___________ Will donate baked goods__________


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Holiday Vendor Fair

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HOLIDAY VENDOR FAIR
ALSACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2201 KUTZTOWN ROAD, READING
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Come and finish your Christmas Shopping!
Vendors:
Avon, Lularoe, Sherry’s Hodge Podge, Paparazzi Jewelry,
Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tupperware and more…

 

Home-made Turkey BBQ
Homemade Soup
$3 for sandwich/bowl; $5 for pints
Baked Goods
Snack Bags
Water

 


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October Messenger, 2017

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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”
October, 2017

 

I COME WITH THANKS
-Marie J. Post

I come with thanks today, O Lord
That, in fulfillment of thy word,
The seasons change. These autumn days,
Warmed with the sun and blue with haze,
Have filled my heart and voice with praise,
Each burning leaf, each golden flower
Is proof sufficient of thy power.
Each bending, fruit-filled orchard bough
Speaks praise to its Creator now,
So men must come who plant and plow.
Lord, thou hast spread such beauty out
That only foolish hearts can doubt.
This season fills me with content
I stand before it, reverent
And praise Thee for this glory sent.

 

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
Richard Bailey, Jr. End of 2017
John Funk End of 2017
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2017
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018
Lee Strause End of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For we are justified (saved) by faith through grace.”
Romans 3:28

 

October 31, 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed the “95 Theses,” or statements against indulgences (papers that people could buy to forgive sins) on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The Reformation of the Christian Church began that day, and continues to this day.
The observance of Reformation Day was once an occasion for anti-Roman Catholic protests. No longer! Rather, it is a time to recall that the Reformation is a movement which is never complete!
Christians must ever be about the task of cleansing and reforming the church to keep the Gospel of Jesus Christ central in its life, teachings and practices. To do that, the church must live in that freedom of the Gospel which enables it to examine and test its life and faith in the light of the revelation of Jesus Christ. That is how the word of the 16th century reformation began.
The Reformation did not happen over-night. The making of Martin Luther as a reformer was gradual. Personally, Luther suffered through periods of deep depression and self-doubts. What was most consistent in his efforts was the freedom he enjoyed to question anything that hindered the Gospel. That freedom was not only assurance for him, but it also spurred him on. He was never afraid to advance the cause of the Gospel with the highest government officials or church-persons as well as to address himself to peasants and children.
As reformers today, may we be so bold to defend the Gospel of Jesus in word and in deed!

Saved by Grace through Faith,
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.

 

 

 

Adult Baptism
Wayne Theodore Young

Funerals
Mary Lutz

 

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

October 1 (green) – 17th Sunday after Pentecost; Sacrament of Holy Communion
2:00 Holy Communion in the chapel
October 8 (green) – 18th Sunday after Pentecost
October 15 (green) – 19th Sunday after Pentecost; Recognition of Audit, Endowment, Finance,
Stewardship, & Personnel/Gaul Estate Committees
October 22 (green) – 20th Sunday after Pentecost
October 29 (red) – Reformation Sunday; traditional liturgy with hymns by Martin Luther
Portrayal of Martin Luther
November 5 (white) – All Saints’ Sunday; Sacrament of Holy Communion
November 12 (green) – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost; Youth-Led Praise & Worship

 

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
2017-2018 Confirmation Class
Confirmation Classes will begin on October 8. If you missed the meeting on September 24, 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 Youth Group Winter Retreat on February 2-4, 2018 at Camp Swatara. Those who successfully complete the confirmation program will be confirmed on Sunday, May 20, 2018. To get on board or with any questions about the Confirmation program, contact Pastor Nelson.

 

 

 

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS, cont.
Fellowship/Supper Club
As a reminder, 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. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m.
November 1 – Kutztown Tavern
December 6 – Mimmo’s

The sign-up sheet and menu for Kutztown Tavern has been posted outside the church office. You may sign up on a Sunday morning or call the church office at 610-929-8727.

 

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.

 

Looking Ahead
Church Council, after careful consideration, has approved the following worship times for Christmas services.
Sunday, December 24:
8:15 a.m. The Fourth Sunday of Advent worship
No Sunday School and No 10:45 a.m. worship

5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Family Worship for Children of All Ages
11:00 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS, cont.
Looking Ahead, cont.
Sunday, December 31:
8:15 a.m. Worship, featuring Christmas carols and Lessons (led by Ryan Breisch)
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Christmas Movie with refreshments
No 10:45 a.m. worship

 

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry
The MCFP continues to serve the needs of those in our community. 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!

Hoss’s Community Night Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, October 24 in Leesport. Hoss’s will donate 20% or 25% of your pre-tax total check to Muhlenberg Food Pantry. Cash Cow Cards are located at the table inside the Annex entrance. You must present the card to your waiter/waitress for the Pantry to get the donation.

 

Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 22, 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Supper served at 5:00 p.m.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Bring your favorite board game or card game, and something for 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.

 

2017 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
October 1; November 5; and December 3.
2:00 p.m. Communion Services in Chapel: October 1.

 

Senior Club
Payment ($75 per person) for the trip on Wednesday, December 20 to American Music Theatre is due to Pat Coller no later than October 19.

Our October trip will take place on Wednesday, October 25, when we travel to the Casino Resorts to see the show titled, “Four by Four,” music by the Beach Boys, Beetles, Bee Gees and Motown. Cost includes: $25 slot, $20 food credit and show. MUST HAVE ID!

The Annual Christmas Luncheon will take place at The Inn at Reading on Tuesday, December 12.

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS, cont.
Senior Club, cont.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from Mary Jane Hoffman.

The Senior Club will be traveling to The Inn at Crumpin’ Fox from October 21 to 25, 2018. Check out their website: crumpinfoxinn.com to get more information on the Inn and surrounding area/activities to do. If you are interested in traveling with us next year, please call Barb Tillman
at 610-775-7432.

Gift certificates can be purchased throughout the year from Irene Stoudt (610-929-8275).

 

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 29, 2017
4:00-6:00 p.m. on Back Parking Lot

Churches across the country are reaching out to children by hosting a Trunk or Treat, as a safe and alternative way to celebrate Halloween. The idea behind this event is very simple: Church members decorate the trunk of their cars and hand out treats. Parents who bring their children come because this is a safe place to “trick or treat”, and churches benefit by hosting an event that reaches out in the local community.
Here is how YOU can participate:
• Decorate your car and hand out treats
• Volunteer to help with refreshments
• Donate a baked good (cookies, brownies, etc.)
• Tell your neighbors, friends, relatives and bring them on October 29
(Please indicate your participation on the flyer so we can plan accordingly.)

 

Updating our Homebound
We are currently updating the list of our homebound members. If there is a family member or friend you would like to add to the Homebound List, please call the church office. Also, if there has been a change in address and/or phone number for our current Homebound members, please call the church office with the updates. Thank You for your cooperation as we continue to reach out and minister to our members.

 

Wednesday Bible Study
A 9-Week Study titled, “The Life of Martin Luther – A Historical Journey and Bible Study,” began on September 20 and continues each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. through November 15. Everyone is welcome!
Here is the schedule:
September 20 – Session 1: The Beginning of the Reform (Ephesians 4:1-16)
September 27 – Session 2: Luther’s Early Life (Romans 3:9-20)
October 4 – Session 3: Justification by Faith (Romans 3:19-26)

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION & EVENTS, cont.
Bible Study, cont.
October 11 – Session 4: The Indulgence Debate (Acts 8:9-24)
October 18 – Session 5: Reaction from Rome (Jeremiah 11:1-8)
October 25 – Session 6: Luther’s Trial and Exile (Ephesians 6:10-20)
November 1 – Session 7: Luther’s Work of Reform (Jeremiah 18:1-11)
November 8 – Session 8: Luther’s Later Life (Deuteronomy 4:5-10)
November 15 – Session 9: The Reformation Legacy (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

 

Youth Fundraisers
1) Sheetz Coupon Books – $10
Coupons are for various items and are good for 3 years. Can use more than one at a time.
2) Rita’s Cards – Cost is $5 and offers 10% off your entire purchase. Expires 10/31/17
3) Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends – Tuesday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Your $5 Shopping Pass buys a FULL DAY of: 25% Off Discount Shopping Pass; Refreshments, Entertainment and Fabulous Register to Win Prizes. You can purchase your Shopping Pass at the Fellowship Table in the Bertha Weber room, before and after Sunday School.
4) Chick-fil-A Calendars – $10
Each month has a special item(s). There are even some “mystery ones” that you find out at the beginning of those months.
5) Bon Ton Community Day Booklets – $5 for Wednesday, November 8 to Saturday,
November 11.

 

Thank You:
20 years! Who would have thought.

It’s been an interesting journey. I had considered applying for the secretary’s position a few years before, but decided that I didn’t want to give up my seniority and vacation to start over. I didn’t realize until 1997 that God’s plan was put in motion.

Many may not know that I was laid off in the early part of 1997 and was on unemployment. That’s not usually a good thing, but it allowed me to be home with my mom during the summer after she had heart surgery. When the job opened up towards the end of the summer, I decided the time was right to submit an application. I even volunteered to help in the office until the job was filled. When I was “approved” at the council meeting on September 9, I only had one week of unemployment left. God has blessed me in these 20 years and I couldn’t have had a better staff to work with – Pastor Brophy, Pastor Nelson, Dave & Nina and the many sextons and Visitation Pastors over the years.

I want to thank the Church Council for the luncheon and gifts; and to my friends at Alsace for the cards, gifts and well wishes on September 10, and for all the support over these 20 years.

Thank You, cont.
Thanks, also, to those who helped plan, set up and serve – Jessica & Kyla Bailey; Shelly Deeds;
Traci Frymoyer; Kim, Patrick and Samantha Grinage; Craig and Sherri Mengel; Kim and Payton Mentzer; Pastor, Leanne and Rachel Nelson; Dan, Amy, Gabe, Julian and Sam Sharp; Evelyn Sheetz; Lisa Williams

God is good, all the time!

 

 

COMMUNITY
Reading High School
We will begin 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.

Rosedale Camp Grove
Pancake/Waffle/Omelette Breakfast; Every Saturday from now until October 7 from 7:00 to 11:00
AYCE…includes drinks – 1 omelette per person. Cost: $5 for adults; 8 & under are FREE.

Yard Sales; Every Saturday from now until October from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
You may set up on their property, keeping roadways open, tables are NOT provided. Set up is FREE but no food may be sold. Refreshments and breakfast will be sold in our dining hall.
Questions: please call 610-985-0716.

Saturday, October 7, Time to be announced – Fall Party
Fun, food, fellowship, games, Hayrides and campfire (rain date October 14)

 

St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg
St. Michael’s will be hosting a FREE SPAGHETTI SUPPER on Saturday, October 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The meal includes: spaghetti, meatballs, salad, Italian bread, fruit, beverage and dessert. All children receive a free kid’s meal toy!

Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, October 1 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 4- Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 – Supper Club at Longhorn Steakhouse, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 10 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 15 – Confirmation Class begins, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 18 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 20 – Messenger Article Deadline
Saturday, October 21 – Cemetery Tour, 7:13 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 – Oktoberfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25 – Senior Club Trip to Casino-Resorts, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 25 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 – Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat on back parking lot, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 1 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1 – Supper Club at Kutztown Tavern, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 – Youth Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, November 14 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 17 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, November 19 – Congregational Meeting & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Eve Service at Alsace Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 23 – Office Closed
Friday, November 24 – Office Closed
Tuesday, November 28 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
December 3 – Advent Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

YOUTH PAGE
Birthdays
Adam Long – 10/1 Evelyn Roth – 10/15
Mya Vaccaro – 10/2 Joshua Santiago – 10/15
Tristan Farr – 10/5 Julia Hevalow – 10/16
Julia Stricker – 10/5 Samarra Sarangoulis – 10/20
Savannah Stricker – 10/5 Abigail Reinert – 10/21
Mikenzie Sterner – 10/12 Rylee Malick – 10/31
Cindy Speicher – 10/28

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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.

 

Upcoming Events
Sunday, October 14 – Youth Meeting at 7:00 p.m.; Sign-up sheet is posted!
One of the things we will be doing is stuffing bags to hand out to the children who attend the
Trunk or Treat.

Sunday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat, 3:00 set; Event from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
We need help to set up at 3:00, help serve refreshments and judging the cars.

There will also be a Youth Service Rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. See Kim Grinage if you can help.
The Youth Service will take place on Sunday, November 12 at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.

 

Saturday, November 4 – Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Farm
Will meet at 1:00 p.m. and stop for supper on the way home. Cost is $20 for the maze and money for a fast-food stop.

Sunday, November 5 – Final rehearsal for the Youth Service at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 30 – Decorate the church for Christmas at 6:30 p.m.

 

Life Promotions Quake for grade 6-12 will take place at the Harrisburg Hilton on Friday,
January 26 to Sunday, January 28. Registration forms were mailed. The deadline to sign up and make your payment is Sunday, November 5. If you have any questions and/or need another form for a friend, see Pastor Nelson or Cindy Speicher.

 

 

Dates for your calendar:
December 8 & 9 – Babysitting and Advent Sleepover
December 16 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat – open to family and friends
December 22 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple – open to family and friends

January 4 – Un-decorate the church
January 14 – Youth Service practice
January 21 – Youth Service

February 2 to 4 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara. Forms will be available at Advent Sleepover.
February 18 – Reading Royals game – open to family and friends

March 4 – Laser Tag with Good Shepherd Youth Group
March 24 – Egg Hunt

April 20 – 24 Hour Famine. Need a minimum of 15 people to have this event. Deadline to register
will be at the Winter Retreat.
April 22 – Youth Service

May 5 – Mystery Trip
May 20 – Move tables to back lot for Yard Sale
May 26 – Yard Sale; Need help setting up, serving food from 8:00 to 1:00 and cleaning up.

June 2 – Shady Maple for breakfast and quilt shopping
June 21 to June 24 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ

July 13 – Peach Festival Preparation
July 14 – Peach Festival Preparation
July 15 – Peach Festival Preparation; Peach Festival 4:00-8:00

August 5 to August 10 – Church Camp
August 25 – Pool Party at Woodcrest Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS:
October 1 – Adam Long
October 2 – Mya Vaccaro
October 3 – Bella Castro, Brady Mooney
October 4 – Ethan Rothermel
October 5 – Tristan Farr, Lorenzo Ocasio Hartman, C. Richard Schaeffer, Sr., Kym Wrobel,
Marsha Yadlosky
October 6 – Dolores Cameron, Margaret Turner
October 7 – Jennifer Alexander, Gayle Yuhas

October 8 – Barbara Weidenhammer, Linda Zuy
October 9 – Giovanni Antonini
October 12 – Aaron Nelson, Andrew Ravel, Gavin Shaffer, Mikenzie Sterner
October 14 – Laura Yoder

October 15 – Stephanie Bach, Joshua Santiago
October 16 – Julia Hevalow
October 17 – Sherri Mengel
October 18 – Gracie Artim, Landon Hevalow, Denise Latshaw
October 19 – Alexis O’Brien, Barbara Slusser
October 20 – Samarra Sarangoulis
October 21 – Abigail Reinert

October 22 – Barry Kauffman, Margaret Kuder
October 25 – Gregory Buckley, Donald Moll, A. Myrle Wiand
October 26 – Kevin Huey, Kenneth Ravel
October 27 – Kimberly Seiz, Tracey Zele
October 28 – Josephine Hartman, Cynthia Speicher

October 29 – Robert Fryer, Brock Wineberg
October 30 – Logan Schupp
October 31 – Harry Crammer, Judith Cramner, Mary Mertz, Jean Wanner, Russel Yoder

 

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES
Sunday, October 1 Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.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 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, October 4 Bible Study on the Reformation, 1:00 p.m.
Supper Club at Longhorn Steakhouse, 6:00 p.m.

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES, cont.
Sunday, October 8 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School and Confirmation Class, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m. Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10 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 11 Bible Study on the Reformation, 1:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, October 17 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 18 Bible Study on the Reformation, 1:00 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 20 Messenger Article Deadline

Saturday, October 21 Cemetery Tour, 7:13 p.m.

Sunday, October 22 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School and Confirmation Class, 9:30 a.m.
Oktoberfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24 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 25 Senior Club to Casino- Resorts, 8:00 a.m.
Bible Study on the Reformation

Sunday, October 29 Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School and Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Trunk or Treat, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31 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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