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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”

June/July 2019


-Author Unknown

Give me, O God, the wisdom that I need

To mold the tender lives within my care:

Give me the power that I may subtly lead

Them to  righteousness – true joy is there.

I ask for them no rainbowed path of ease;

I ask for them no store of wealth and fame;

I only ask that by their lives they please

Thee and the world with an untarnished name,

I know that man is weak, and life is strong,

And sometimes honest roads look very drear;

That winning laurels often takes too long

And luring vistas from all sides appear.

But while my young are still beneath my wing,

God, help me guide them right in everything.


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


         John Funk                                                                    End of 2020                    

         Kimberly Grinage – President                               End of 2019                                     

         Samantha Grinage                                                End of 2020       

         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                         

         Janet Weidner                                                       End of 2019

            June 21, 2019 is one of my favorite days of the year – it’s the first day of Summer.  I love summer!

I can’t help but to think of that song by George Gershwin: “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”  Although things remain busy here in the summer at Alsace Church with the Peach Festival, Vacation Bible School, and Church Camp, summertime just seems more relaxed.

            Summertime is also the time for vacations, the time when we are supposed to “get away from it all” for a while.  However, a recent study showed that 40 percent of Americans do not take all their paid time off, even though their employers encourage them to take their vacation time.  Studies also show that Europeans, who work less hours and vacation more than twice the time Americans do, are more productive in the workplace overall.  So, what’s wrong with us? 

            Did you know that the Bible encourages us to take vacations?  Cindi McMenamin, a national speaker and best-selling author, says there are five reasons that taking a vacation is biblical.  First, Jesus was all for a “getaway.”  In Mark 6:31-32, we read: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure             even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.”  Jesus knew that His followers needed time to refocus and revitalize their souls, and also to rest.  Jesus knows we need time to rest and recoup, and He goes with us to pour rest back into our soul.

            Second, vacations make us better stewards.  Studies have shown that workers are far more productive after returning from a vacation, because of the fact that increased hours of sleep and decreased levels of stress led to more productivity.  The Bible commands us to be good stewards and by giving our best at what we do.  In Colossians 3:23, we are told, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

            Third, vacations reduce stress.  Stress kills the body, and the Bible tells us to care for our bodies as the dwelling place of God: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).  So, treat your temple carefully by giving it the rest and change of pace that it occasionally needs.

            Fourth, vacations spur our creativity and worship.  Vacations give us the opportunity to be outdoors and experience the wonder of what God has made by enjoying His blessings.  We all need these times to rejuvenate our creativity for our work.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  We can enjoy our time off, and enjoy this time with God.

            Fifth, vacations prevent burnout.  Symptoms of burnout include: irritability; outbursts of anger and cynicism; badly treating your friends, family members, co-workers, and even strangers.  Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).  You can better love your neighbors by doing what it takes to re-energize your soul and avoid burnout.

            So, go ahead and take that vacation.  Those you love will thank you for it.  And, you may find yourself experiencing more of God as well!

Wishing You Peace and Rest for Your Soul,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Pastor Nelson will be on vacation from June 24 through July 8.  Pastor Dave Reinwald will be providing pastoral care.  Call the church office with any pastoral needs.


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

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

May 30 (Thursday) – Ascension Day Worship, 10:00 a.m., sponsored by the Alsace Senior Club

June 2 (white) – 7th Sunday of Easter

June 9 (red) – The Day of Pentecost; Holy Communion; Confirmation

June 16 (white) – The Holy Trinity/Father’s Day

June 23 (green) – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher Gerry Arndt

June 30 (green) – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher Tim Speicher

July 7 (green) – 4th Sunday after Pentecost; Guest Preacher Don Kerns

July 14 (green) – 5th Sunday after Pentecost; Peach Festival

July 21 (green) – 6th Sunday after Pentecost; VBS begins

July 28 (green) – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

August 4 (green) – 8th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion

August 11 (green) – 9th Sunday after Pentecost; Praise & Worship, featuring Church Campers

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

Join the Couples and Friends Sunday School class at 9:30 this Summer as we embark on a study of Mark Batterson’s novel, “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive when Opportunity Roars,”  This easy-to-read book challenges us to dream big for God, and then by faith, take the first steps toward making those God-dreams a reality.  If you are interested in joining us, please see Ryan Breisch for a copy of the book beginning June 2.  You can also contact him at 610-790-7992 or ryanabreisch@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Reading Schedule (to be completed by class date)

June 9 – Chapters 1 and 2 (Locking Eyes with Your Lion/The Odd Thing About Odds)

June 23 – Chapter 3 (Unlearning Your Fears)

June 30 – Chapter 4 (The Art of Reframing)

Christian Education, cont.

July 21 – Chapter 5 (Guaranteed Uncertainty)

July 28 – Chapter 6 (Playing it Safe is Risky)

August 4 – Chapter 7 (Grab Opportunity by the Mane)

August 18 – Chapter 8 (The Importance of Looking Foolish)

August 25 – Chapters 9 and 10 (Unleash the Lion Chaser Within/The Multiplication Anointing)

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

(Financial assistance is available – speak to Pastor Nelson)

No one should miss out on camp because of money!

Day of Pentecost, Holy Communion & Confirmation

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Wear something RED to church this day!

Congratulations and Best Wishes are extended to the two Confirmands:

Kaylie Moll and Samuel Sharp

Join them as they affirm their baptism and affirm their faith in the Almighty God!

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

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.

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):

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; 2:00 p.m. Communion Service will be held on October 6 in the chapel.

Senior Club

Tuesday, June 11, 1:00 p.m. – Annual Picnic & Meeting

Meeting in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) at Alsace.  Cost is $5 per person and can be purchased from Bob Boyer or Lydia Smith.

Tuesday, June 18, 9:15 a.m.

Spirit of America Luncheon Cruise and bus tour of the “Murals of Philadelphia.

Senior Club, cont.

Payment ($75.00 per person) for the trip to Lancaster County on Tuesday, August 20, is due to Pat Coller no later than June 25.

Wednesday, July 10, 9:45 a.m.

Buffet Lunch at Eden Resort then off to Fulton Theater for the Broadway Show, “Mama Mia.”

Payment ($80.00 per person) for the Mystery Trip on Wednesday, September 11, is due to Pat Coller no later than July 17.

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, July 3 – Blind Hartman’s

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, June 23

Wednesday, July 31 – Mimmo’s

(Church Camp on Wednesday, August 7)

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 1

Wednesday, September 4 – Schmeck’s Villa

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

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

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads

Texas Roadhouse

Alsace Lutheran Church has signed up to participate in Texas Roadhouse’s “Church Bulletin Program.”  All you have to do is take your church bulletin to Texas Roadhouse after the service on any Sunday and you can receive 10% off your total bill.  This is only for Texas Roadhouse in Wyomissing.

Vacation Bible School

Sunday, July 21 through Thursday, July 25

6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Classes are offered for all those 3-years old through the 5th grade

(Older Youth and Adults can be Helpers!)

Theme: “Miraculous Mission – Jesus Saves the World”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,

that whoever believes in Him should not perish

but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Closing Program: Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers Needed – Thursday, July 18 – MCFP

July 18 is Alsace Church’s turn to sponsor the food distribution at the Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry.  Set up begins at 10:30 a.m.  If you can lift boxes and help unload food, please show up by 2:30 p.m.  If you can just help with the distribution, come around 2:45.  Remember to wear closed-toe shoes, no flip flops or sandals.

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.

Concluding the study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story”

June 5 & June 12



          6/10 – Brooke Wisniewski                                                7/1 – Taylor Swartley

          6/10 – Mason Yerger                                                       7/1 – Kaden Swavely

          6/11 – Casine’ LaBorde                                                   7/5 – Hanna Kline

          6/12 – Samantha Grinage                                                7/8 – William Hower, Jr.

          6/17 – Dylan Slusser                                                        7/9 – Jack Sahaida

          6/19 – Taylor Oxenreider                                                  7/16 – Teresa Reed

          6/22 – Gabrielle Werley                                                    7/17 – Cameron Urenko

          6/28 – Karleigh Mueller                                                    7/21 – Dakota Yeager

          6/29 – Olivia Gehris                                                         7/28 – Peyton Stricker

                                                    7/16 – Leanne Nelson

                                                   7/22 – Kim Grinage


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.

Saturday, June 1 – Breakfast at Shady Maple & Shopping for Quilt

          We will be leaving the church at 7:30 a.m. (SHARP!)  Don’t be late!

          After breakfast, we will travel to the “Kitchen Kettle” to select the Quilt for the Peach

          Festival Raffle.

          Cost is $13 for breakfast.

Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23 – Ocean City, NJ – Here We Come!!!

          Balance is due to either Pastor Nelson or Cindy Speicher by Sunday, June 2.

Peach Festival:  We NEED EVERYONE TO HELP!!!!

Friday, July 12 – 6:30 p.m., Preparation in kitchen

Saturday, July 13 – 8:00 a.m., Peeling Peaches and other preparations

Sunday, July 14 – Peach Festival Day; Help is needed from 8:00 a.m. till evening

The Peach Festival is our biggest fund raiser, and the money we profit is used to keep costs down for youth events all year long.  We can’t do this festival without YOU!  If you haven’t already volunteered, see Cindy.  AND, SHOW UP READY TO WORK!!!

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

  • Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
  • Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat
  • Sunday, September 22 – Youth Re-Organizational Meeting

Something NEW is coming in September just for Youth!!!

Look for a mailing coming to your home by the end of August!

Led by Rachel Nelson, this will be a time for Teens to get together and talk, learn and grow in faith.  Are you intrigued?  Plan to attend the introductory meeting for this NEW thing on Sunday, September 8 at 9:30 a.m.




America, the beautiful.

Home of the brave and free,

is threatened by evil

that we don’t see.

We are “One nation, under God.”

Guided by His loving light,

but we’ll be a nation “without” God

if we don’t stand and fight.

We, the vast majority,

must join hand in hand

before the small minority

takes God’s name from our land.

No matter our religion,

we have a job to do;

We must band together

to defeat the ungodly few.

God gave us freedom in this land

to worship and to pray.

How can we idly just sit by

watching it be taken away?

There is a God in Heaven.

Let’s not let His light go dim.

How can He bless us from above

if we won’t acknowledge Him?


June 1 – Gabriella Artim

June 2 – Pearl Schaeffer

June 5 – Craig Mengel, Jill Wineberg

June 8 – Sherri Elswick, Peyton Mengel

June 9 – Kris Gantert, Carlos Ortiz, Ariella Palmer, Victoria Rothenberger, Keith Scheirer,

                             Evelyn Shuker, Jayden Velazquez

June 10 – Timothy Brickel

June 11 – Diane Becker, Richard Lentz, Kayden Stewart

June 12 – Jillian Breisch, Samantha Grinage, Grace Youndt

June 18 – Luther Kauffman, Barbara Tillman

June 19 – Alexander Gehret, Chris Luppold

June 22 – Evelyn Irons, Mae McNear, Stacy Yerger

June 23 – Stephen Seyfert, Rodney Yeager

June 24 – Irvin Henry, Norah Klinger, Gerald Speicher

June 25 – Beverly Gaiewski, Robert Mack, Ruth Seyler

June 26 – Gladys Moyer, Kolby West

June 27 – Elijah Persad

June 28 – Richard Gerhart, Lindlee Terenchin

June 29 – Avery Etzel

June 30 – Preston Smith           

JUNE ACTIVITIES                      

Saturday, June 1                       7:30 a.m. – Youth Group to Shady Maple & Quilt Shopping

Sunday, June 2                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Tuesday, June 4                        9:00 a.m. – Senior Club Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 5                   6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Country Fare in Myerstown

Sunday, June 9                         8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Holy Communion

                                                9:30 – Sunday School

                                                10:45 – Confirmation


Tuesday, June 11                      1:00 p.m. – Senior Club Luncheon & Meeting

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

Thursday, June 13                     7:10 p.m. – Alsace Night at the R Phils

Sunday, June 16                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Tuesday, June 18                      9:15 a.m. – Senior Club Trip to Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 19                 4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen

Thursday, June 20                     9:00 a.m. – Youth Group leaves for Ocean City, NJ

Sunday, June 23                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 – Sunday School

Sunday, June 30                        8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School


July 1 – Marion Royer, John Smith, Kaden Swavely

July 3 – Julia Carbaugh, Ashley Selig, Henrietta Ziegler

July 4 – Aubree Baer, Raydel Verret

July 5 – Michael Ray

July 7 – Dorothy DeLong

July 8 – Lewis Blimline, Luther Bollinger, Thomas Moore, Jr.

July 9 – Herbert Mertz

July 10 – Alexander Long

July 12 – Robert L. Hill, Ryan Moll, Stephanie Waits

July 13 – Linda Woomer

July 14 – Jane Cote, Betty Creary, Adam Livingood, Betty Ruth

July 15 – Craig Hartman

July 16 – Kathleen Dautrich, Leanne Nelson, Analiyse Pacheco, Parker Smith

July 17 – Brenda Benham, Lynne Brightbill

July 18 – Barbara Anderson, Benjamin Breisch

July 19 – Robert D. Hill, Trevor Sustala

July 20 – Beth Hartman

July 22 – Kimberly Grinage, Janice Hole

July 24 – Greta Wagner

July 25 -Jean Ferro, Brian Redcay

July 27 – Brenda O’Connell, Forrest Wanner

July 28 – Bob Boyer, Matthew Pachuilo

July 29 – Gerald Kunkel, Myles Lopez

July 30 – Shawna Cramner, Patricia Rittenhouse


Wednesday, July 3                    6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Blind Hartman’s

Thursday, July 4                        Independence Day, Office Closed

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

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

Wednesday, July 10                   9:45 a.m. – Senior Club to Fulton Theater

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council Meeting


Friday, July 12                           6:30 p.m. – Peach Festival Preparation

Saturday, July 13                       8:00 a.m. – Peach Festival Preparation

Sunday, July 14                         8:00 a.m. – Peach Festival Preparation

                                                8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                4:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Peach Festival/Uptown Band & Jeff Krick, Jr.

Friday, July 19                           Messenger Article Deadline

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

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                6:15 to 8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 22                        6:15 to 8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, July 23                       6:15 to 8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School

Wednesday, July 24                   6:15 to 8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School

Thursday, July 25                      6:15 to 8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School

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

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

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

Wednesday, July 31                   6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Mimmo’s


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