2019 April Messenger

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E-mail: alsacelutheran@verizon.net

Web: www.alsacelutheranchurch.org

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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”

April 2019

                                                E -nvision His love deeply

                                                A -ccept His love willingly

                                                S -eek His love continually

                                                T -rust His love implicitly

                                                E -mbrace His love whole-heartedly

                                                R -eturn His love generously


“Two men in dazzling clothes suddenly appeared and said to the women,

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen!”

(Luke 24:4-5)

            The month of April turns our focus to Easter, the crown of all Christian holy-days!  This year, Easter Sunday is April 21, one of the latest dates that Easter is celebrated.  The date of Easter varies from year to year, based on a formula that goes way back to the beginning of the church.

            In 325 A.D., Constantine, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, convened the Council of Nicea.

Among the business before the council was to establish a uniform date for Easter.  Out of the discussion and debate came the “Easter Rule,” setting Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.  As is often the case with church councils, the decision was not unanimous.  The Eastern bishops wanted to schedule Easter in conjunction with the Jewish Festival of Passover since, after all, Jesus went to Jerusalem, in the first place, to celebrate Passover.  The Western bishops preferred a date corresponding with the beginning of spring, because that was the time already established for a lot of pagan celebrations, and they figured to capitalize on the momentum.  This is why, to this day, we have such things as the Easter Bunny and colored eggs associated with Easter.  This disagreement, as well as other issues, led to an eventual split in the Christian Church.  To this day, we, who are descendants of the Western line of Christiandom, use a different calendar than the Eastern Orthodox churches.  Sometimes our celebration of Easter falls on the same day, and sometimes it varies by as much as five weeks!

            In 2019, the spring equinox falls on March 20, and the full moon also is March 20.  In following the formula, why isn’t Easter than on March 24?  As it turns out, to make things a little simpler for the Christian Church, the spring  equinox was determined to always be March 21.  (In reality, the equinox can happen on March 19, 20, or 21.)  Since the first full moon after March 21 doesn’t occur until April 19 this year, Easter will be celebrated on April 21.  Incidentally, Orthodox Easter will be celebrated just a week later, on April 28, because Passover ends on April 27.

            It doesn’t really matter when we observe Easter Sunday.  Every Sunday in the Christian church is a

“little Easter” (yes, even during the Lenten season; that is why the Sundays are not counted in the 40 days of Lent).  What really matters is that we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and recall everything that great day brings us: life out of death; assurance of the forgiveness of sins; and an eternal life with our Risen Lord!

            Let us always proclaim, with great joy and gusto: “The Lord is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Amen!

With Easter Joy,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson


Russel Yoder


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


         John Funk                                                                         End of 2020

         Kimberly Grinage – President                                  End of 2019

         Peggy Harter                                                              End of 2020

         Jeffrey Klinger                                                         End of 2019

         Payton Mentzer                                                        End of 2020

         Donald Moll                                                             End of 2021

         Mary Pachuilo                                                         End of 2019 

         Evelyn Sheetz                                                          End of 2021

         Gerald Speicher – Vice President                              End of 2021      


Every Sunday at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

(The liturgical color for each Sunday is listed in parenthesis)

March 31 (purple) – 4th Sunday in Lent; Guest preacher – Don Kerns

April 3 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

April 7 (purple) – 5th Sunday in Lent

April 10 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.

April 14 (purple) – Palm Sunday; Sunday of the Passion

April 17 (purple)Holy Wednesday, Sacrament of Holy Communion, 1:00 p.m. Only!

April 18 (purple) – Maundy Thursday, Sacrament of Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.

April 19 (black) – Good Friday Community Service, 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion1

                              Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m.

April 21 (white/gold) – Easter Day, Sacrament of Holy Communion

April 28 (white) – The 2nd Sunday of Easter

May 5 (white) – The 3rd Sunday of Easter, Sacrament of Holy Communion

                           2:00 p.m. Abbreviated Worship with Holy Communion

May 12 (white) – 4th Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day

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 2019

August 4 – 9, 2019

Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA

Camp is for all children/youth age 6 through 18 years old

2019 Theme: “Soar – Navigating God’s Grace”

“Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles.”

(Isaiah 40:31)

Registration Forms are available at the church!

Deadline to register is June 30

A $35 Deposit reserves your spot!

Cost is $175 per person, which includes lodging, food, crafts, & camp shirt

Church Camp, cont.

(Financial assistance is available – speak to Pastor Nelson)

No one should miss out on camp because of money!

21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 12 Noon Alsace Ball Field

For all children age 0 through 4th grade

Sponsored by the Youth Group

Everyone Welcome!

55th Annual Community Good Friday Service

Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Preaching: Pastor Paul Clark

Former Chaplain at Albright College, and

Former Visitation Pastor at Alsace Lutheran Church

Special Music by the Greater Reading Encore Chorale

Sacrament of Holy Communion

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.

2019 Lenten Schedule

Mid-Week Lenten Studies will be offered at 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. on the Wednesdays in Lent.  All will be held in the Bertha Weber Room.  Dates are April 3, 10.

Holy Wednesday: April 17, one worship with Holy Communion at 1:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday: April 18, worship with Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday: April 19, Community Service at 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion, and

                             Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.

Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry

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!

The MCFP is looking for some new volunteers who can help with the distribution, which is the third Thursday of every month.  Help is especially needed from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. to help the clients bring their food to their cars.  For more information or to volunteer, please speak to Pastor Nelson.

Reading Fightin’ Phils

The Youth Group is selling tickets for the Faith & Family Night baseball game on Thursday, June 13 at 7:10 p.m.  The cost is $7 per person for a seat in the green section of the grandstand.  Deadline to sign up and pay for the tickets is Sunday, May 12.  Checks should be made payable to Alsace Youth Group.

2019 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays (all times are 8:15 and 10:45, unless otherwise noted):

April 17 (Holy Wednesday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 18 (Maundy Thursday) at 7:00 p.m.;

April 19 (Good Friday) at 1:00 p.m. only!; April 21 (Easter); May 5 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.); June 9 (Day of Pentecost & Confirmation); August 4; September 1; October 6 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.); November 3; December 1

Notes: There will be no Communion service in July; There will only be one Holy Communion

Service on Holy Wednesday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. (no service at 7:00 on Holy Wed.); 2:00 p.m. Communion Services will be held on May 5 and October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club

Tuesday, April 9 – Trip to Dutch Apple to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Luncheon Buffet.  Leave at 10:15 a.m., Return approximately 5:30 p.m.

Senior Club, cont.

Payment ($95 per person) for the trip on Tuesday, June 18, to Spirit of Philadelphia Luncheon Cruise and bus tour of the “Murals of Philadelphia,” is due to Pat Coller no later than April 23.

If you have any questions about membership, please contact Gerald Speicher at 610-929-9623.

If you want to sign up for any trips or have questions about any trips, please contact Pat Coller at 610-929-8275 or Michelle Shunk at 424-333-5311.

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

Supper Club

Same rules as before:  One check, no coupons and please do not fill out your check until you arrive at the restaurant.           Wednesday, May 1 – Ganly’s Pub

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, April 21

Wednesday, June 5 – Country Fare, Myerstown

Wednesday, July 3 – Blind Hartman’s

Wednesday, July 31 – Mimmo’s

(Church Camp on Wednesday, August 7)

Wednesday, September 4 – Schmeck’s Villa

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

Wednesday, November 6 – Applebee’s, 5th Street Highway

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads

Wednesday Bible Study

Resumes April 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Join us as we continue the study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.”


Benefit Concert for Abilities in Motion Youth Programs

Tribute Concert by Jeff Krick, Jr., Elvis Tribute Performer

Saturday, April 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

Advance tickets – $15/at the door – $20

Tickets may be purchased at AIM’s Reading Office, 210 N 5th Street or

Contact Jaclyn Nagle at 610-376-0010, ext. 104

Reading High School

The following items are 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 Church, 13 Gernant’s Church Road, Leesport

Gift Baskets/Meat Trays Bingo in Memorial Hall

Sunday, April 14 – Doors open at 12:30; Early Bird Specials at 1:15; Program Bingo at 1:30

Advance tickets – $20/at the door – $25 (ticket price includes a hot dog & drink)

No outside food or beverages allowed

For more information or to order tickets, please call Sam Reimert at 484-269-4205



Samantha Stoudt – 4/1

Dylan Kelly – 4/2

Gabrielle Daubenspeck – 4/10

Alana Alexander – 4/13

Taylor Mentzer – 4/18

Ally Fair – 4/26

Haley Daubenspeck – 4/29

Ryan Selulski – 4/29

Jackson Wagner – 4/30


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.

NOTE: The deposit of $50 is due for the Shore Trip (June 20-23) on April 7!  Don’t miss out!

April 7 – Lunch, Stuff Eggs and Pack Up “Blessing Bags”

          After lunch, we will stuff the eggs for the Egg Hunt, and pack up the “Blessing Bags” for

          the Opportunity House. The more help, the quicker it goes!

April 13 – Easter Egg Hunt

          Report to the church by 10:30 a.m.

          Lunch will be at “The Works”

Upcoming Dates & Events – Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

  • Saturday, May 11 – Trip and Hike at Bushkill Falls
  • Saturday, May 25 – Yard Sale
  • Saturday, June 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple, Shopping for Quilt
  • Thurs.-Sun., June 20-23 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
  • Fri., Sat., Sun., July 12-15 – Peach Festival
  • Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
  • Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat


April 1 – Linda Buckley, Jean Riegel, Lucille Stoudt

April 2 – Jayden Reed, Evan Seiz, Meadow Webb

April 3 – Gloria Lombardo, Pamela Schearer, Elmer Wert

April 4 – Mae Kauffman

April 5 – Pastor Kerns

April 6 – Patrick Coller, William Coughlin

April 8 – Shirley Stricker

April 10 – John Bixler, Gabrielle Daubenspeck

April 11 – Carson Kenderdine

April 12 – Tyler Latshaw

April 13 – Alana Alexander, Toby Deysher

April 14 – Sherry Jacobs

April 15 – Arthur Arbogast, Donald Fegley, Ralph Janke, Evelyn Sheetz

April 16 – Linda Santiago

April 17 – Timothy Latshaw, Lee Strause

April 18 – Louis Ryder, Joel Seibert

April 19 – Matthew Breisch

April 20 – Anna Miller

April 21 – Joan Johnson

April 23 – Matthew Adamitis, Angel Alvarez, Mackenzie Mentzer

April 24 – Roger Endy, Pamela Stauffer

April 25 – Linda Illig, Amy Sharp

April 26 – Emmalyn Artim, Jeffrey Cox

April 27 – Ralph Kauffman, Sharen Yeager

April 28 – Noah Gehret

April 29 – Haley Daubenspeck, Irene Davis, Elijah Hartman, Robert Janke, Ann Miller,

               Logan Shaffer, Karla Tryon

April 30 – Glenn Dowd, Marie Gehret, Rayson Hoffa

APRIL ACTIVITIES                     

Tuesday, April 2                        9:00 a.m. – Senior Club Board Meeting

                                                10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 3                   1:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Studies


Thursday, April 4                       6:00 – Supper Club at Knight & Day

Sunday, April 7                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                12:00 p.m. – Youth Group Lunch & Activity

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

Tuesday, April 9                        10:15 a.m. – Senior Club Trip

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 10                  1:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Studies

Saturday, April 13                      10:30 a.m. – Youth set up for Egg Hunt

                                                12:00 p.m. – Community Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 14                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Tuesday, April 16                      10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 17                  1:00 p.m. – Holy Wednesday Communion

Thursday, April 18                     7:00 p.m. – Maundy  Thursday Communion

Friday, April 19                          1:00 p.m. – Good Friday Community/Communion Service

                                                7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Sunday, April 21                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Monday, April 22                       Office Closed

                                                Messenger Article Deadline


Tuesday, April 23                       10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir

Wednesday, April 24                  1:30 p.m. – Bible Study

Sunday, April 28                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School and Confirmation

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir  

Tuesday, April 30                       8:00 a.m. – Messenger Mailers

                                                10:00 a.m. – Men’s Choir

                                                10:30 a.m. – Senior Choir

                                                7:00 p.m. – Alsace Ringers

                                                8:15 p.m. – Reunion Choir



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