2018 September 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”
September, 2018


God of shop and marketplace,
Of farm and studio,
Factory and shipping lane,
Of school and busy home:
Bless the produce of our hands.
Redeem our work for Kingdom use.
By your grace, our efforts stand,
All offered up to you.

There in Eden, You proclaimed
That we should work the earth –
Stewards over all we named,
Delighting in their worth.
Through our fall we brought decay,
Lost access to Jehovah’s rest.
Through the cross, we rest in faith
And all our labor’s blessed.

In your image we are made:
Creative, like You are,
Forming goods for use and trade
Just like You formed the stars.
Send us out in power and skill
To worship through each task assigned.
By Your Spirit we fulfill
The holy, grand design.

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

What is the Word of God?

“For the word of God is alive and powerful.
It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword,
cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.
It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Hebrews 4:12

While this verse from Hebrews tells us about the power of the Word of God, it does not define what the Word of God is. The Word of God is three things:
• The Written Word (the Bible)
• The Spoken Word (preaching and teaching)
• The Living Word (Jesus)

Most of us think of the Bible when we hear the phrase, “The Word of God.” And, indeed it is. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
The Bible also tells us that the Word of God is the spoken Word in preaching and teaching. In Acts 4:31, we read that the first disciples of Jesus “were filled with the Holy Spirit … and preached the word of God with boldness.” And in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul informs the Christians in Thessalonica, “you accepted what we said as the very word of God – which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.”
In the entire first chapter of John’s Gospel, we learn that Jesus is the Living Word of God. “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son” (John 1:14).
The Bible itself tells us the importance of the Word of God. “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever!” (Isaiah 40:8). And in Paul’s list of the “Armor of God” in Ephesians 6:13-18, the Word of God is our only offensive weapon: “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
As God’s people, we need to be constantly engaged in the Word of God, reading it, studying it, even memorizing it. Join a Bible Study group, like the one that meets on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (beginning September 19). Join a Sunday School class – Sunday School isn’t just for children! We do have Sunday School classes every Sunday for all ages – even adults! Be engaged in the Word of God!

Your Brother in Christ,
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.

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

September 2 (green) – 15th Sunday after Pentecost; Sacrament of Holy Communion
September 9 (green) – 16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 16 (green) – 17th Sunday after Pentecost; Rally Day
Recognition of Christian Education Committee
September 23 (green) – 18th Sunday after Pentecost
September 30 (green) – 19th Sunday after Pentecost; Praise & Worship
October 7 (green) – 20th Sunday after Pentecost; Sacrament of Holy Communion
2:00 Holy Communion in the chapel
October 15 (green) – 21st 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.

Christian Education Committee
Thank you so much for your donations to our military care packages. We filled 14 boxes! These boxes and 54 cards were sent to 3 different military units. Please continue to keep all who serve and their families in your prayers.

Church Camp 2018 Reflections
Church Camp 2018 was a great week of Christian fellowship, learning and fun. There were 28 energetic, cooperative, polite and enthusiastic campers, and 19 dedicated, charismatic staff.
The weather was a bit damp but did not seem to bother any of the campers. The theme, “The Puzzle Piece – Piecing It Together,” helped us know and appreciate the connectedness we have with God and one another.

Highlights of this year:
• Morning Praise & Worship and Evening vespers with lots of singing, clapping and dancing in praise of our awesome God;
• Great meals and snacks prepared and served by our own Kitchen staff;
• Amazing crafts;

Church Camp, cont.
• Team games – relays, counselor hunt, water games;
• Swimming and free time;
• Boating and Mini-Golf;
• Wednesday night pool party;
• The emotional closing Love Feast;
• The musical program, “The Star Factor – Many Gifts, One Voice,” performed by all the church campers.

Thanks again to our fantastic Camp Staff, who keep on giving and giving even when the days seem to get longer and tiring, and the sleeping gets shorter.

Church Camp 2018 is now history, but biblical truths were learned and experienced, memories were made and cherished, and now we look forward to next year’s camp. The tentative dates for Church Camp 2019 are August 4-9 at Camp Swatara.

2018-2019 Confirmation Class
An informational meeting for the next Confirmation Class will take place on Sunday, September 23
at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel. All the 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 1-3, 2019 at Camp Swatara, Those who successfully complete the confirmation program will be confirmed on Sunday, June 9, 2019, More details will be shared at the meeting on September 23.
Any questions about the Confirmation program can be directed to Pastor Nelson.

Fellowship/Supper Club
The remaining restaurants are:
October 3 – Knight & Day
November 7 – Hoss’s
December 5 – P.J. Wheilihan’s

The Fellowship Committee is continuing the Supper Club in 2019. Since we have been to all the requested restaurants, we would like your assistance in selecting the restaurants for each month, beginning in April through December. If you have any new suggestions or would like to repeat ones that we have already been to, please fill out the sheet at the end of the Messenger. The deadline to return the list is Sunday, January 27. 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.

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 item. 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:
October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held October 7.

Senior Club
Our Mystery Trip will take place on Tuesday, September 11. We leave the back parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and will return approximately 6:00 p.m. after our great adventure!

Payment ($88 per person) for the trip to Jersey Dreamers on Tuesday, November 6, is due to Pat Coller no later than September 11.

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

Social Ministry
Thank you to the person/persons, who brought in all the tomatoes on Sunday, August 19. You must have had a “bumper” crop, and your generosity is appreciated. Don’t forget to check the vegetable bin every Sunday; you never know what you’ll find.

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. The Fall study will begin on Wednesday, September 19, with the book of First Samuel.

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). 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.

Community Events
Berks County’s Best Kept Secrets
The Harvest Highlights Tour takes place from November 1 through November 10 and includes shopping, food and fun. Tickets are $10 each and $1 per ticket will be donated to the Community Prevention Partnership. 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. For a complete list of rules and to purchase your tickets, call 717-721-9409. You can also check their website at www.bestkeptsecretstour.com.
Mention Coupon Code: CLUB-MEMBER and receive $1 off per ticket for up to 6 tickets.

Muhlenberg Community Library
Designer Purse Bingo Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, September 23. Check with the Library for details.

Community, cont.
Rosedale Camp Grove
Sunday, September 2 – Gospel Jazz at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Mike Eben – Saxes; Carl Zeplin – guitar; Ken Kemmerer – tuba; Joel Evans – drums.
Free will offering will be taken and an Ice Cream social will follow the program.

Sunday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. – Rosedale’s 50’s Night


LORD, on this Labor Day, we thank you for the blessing of work.
We ask for strength to complete each day,
We ask for rest when we are weary.
We ask Your guidance for everyone seeking employment and we ask
that You be with those whose faces we might never see, but who
work tirelessly each day for the good of us all. Amen.

Restaurant Suggestions for the Supper Club
Please fill out the information below and return the form to anyone on the Fellowship Committee: Janet & Rick Weidner, Barbara Coller, Kim Grinage, Lisa O’Brien, Georgeann Waldbiesser, Cindy Speicher. You can also place them on the secretary’s desk in the church office.










Dates for Your Calendar
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.

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, 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, 5:00 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


Tyler Geddio – 9/3
Derek Witkowski – 9/4
Alexander DeLeon – 9/7
Reese Gauby – 9/15
Briana Silasavage – 9/17
Zoe Stewart – 9/22
Payton Mentzer – 9/23
Emme Malick – 9/28


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.

The Fall General Planning Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 16 at 12 Noon,
Plan to join us for lunch, and share your ideas for events and activities. Bring your calendars!
Remember to sign up by September 9!

Looking ahead to 2019 –
2019 Winter Retreat will take place at Camp Swatara in the West Retreat!
The dates are Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3, 2019.

September Birthdays
September 1 – Krystina Missimer

September 2 – Joan Colsher, Thomas Terenchin, Sr., Joyce Young
September 3 – Jaxon Bond, Sandra Maslo, James Williams
September 4 – Arlene Yeager
September 6 – Pastor Brophy
September 7 – Todd Boughter, Alexander DeLeon, James Jacobs, Charlene Leisey, Dennis Smith,
Tom Terenchin, Jr.
September 8 – Carol Gilbert

September 9 – Elizabeth Weidner
September 12 – Edward Hartman, Natalie Kurowski, Molly Wineberg
September 13 – Imani Ortiz
September 14 – Heather Stricker
September 15 – Reese Gauby, Carol Kunsman, Kendal Rosenthal, Annora Witkowski

September 16 – Brody Woodward, Sandra Zeiler
September 17 – Betty Dutt, Kenneth Long, Rodney Rothenberger, Betty Stump
September 21 – Jeffrey Klinger, Sr., Elle Miller, Patricia Niemczyk
September 22 – Cooper Eppihimer, Keegan Eppihimer, Sandra Joy, Dorothy Mitchell, Zoe Stewart

September 23 – Christopher Gruber, Payton Mentzer, Carol Stoudt
September 24 – Sheron Kauffman, Gloria Lawrence
September 25 – Joyce Bair, Jared Terenchin
September 26 – Joan Skrocki
September 27 – David Rutt
September 28 – Emme Malick
September 29 – Joan Bollinger

September 30 – Kyle Gantert, Jennifer Janke

Sunday, September 2 Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Christian Education/Teachers/Helpers Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Monday, September 3 Office Closed

Tuesday, September 4 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.

September Activities, cont.
Wednesday, September 5 Supper Club at Schmeck’s Villa, 6:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, September 11 Senior Club Mystery Trip, 8:45 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12 Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 14 – Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, September 16 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Group Meeting, Noon
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18 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, September 19 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.

Sunday, September 23 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Confirmation Class Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25 Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m. Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 30 Praise & 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.


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