2018 October Messenger

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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”
October, 2018

-Author Unknown

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

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

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

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Hildegarde Breidenbach
Evelyn Lachman
H. Stephanie Bach
Mary Jane Dowd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cindy Speicher – October 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 19 Messenger Article Deadline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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