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

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

-Author Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 17 Messenger Article Deadline

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

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

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

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

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


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