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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”
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.


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


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

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.


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


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


2018 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.


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.



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.



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


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


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


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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