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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 2019


-Grace E. Easley

There’s never a thought God doesn’t know,

And never an act He doesn’t see.

Every moment of our lives,

He’s looking after you and me.

There’s never a pain He doesn’t share,

And never a joy He doesn’t send,

Never a cry He doesn’t hear,

And never a heart He cannot mend.

There’s never a wrong God doesn’t right,

Or noble deed He doesn’t bless,

Never a worthless soul to Him,

Though it be clothed in shabbiness.

Never a dream He doesn’t know,

Never a hope He doesn’t share,

There’s never a day when God forgets,

And never a time He doesn’t care.


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

Miss Cynthia Speicher, 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

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Philippians 2:13

            I stumbled upon this clever but challenging story called, “The Carpenter’s Tools” (author unknown).  Enjoy and be inspired!

Brother Hammer served as the chairman.  The other members of the tool belt informed him that he must leave, because he was too noisy.  But brother Hammer said, “If I have to leave this carpenter’s shop, then brother Gimlet must go too.  He’s insignificant and makes a very small impression.”  (A gimlet is a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and a cross handle for boring holes.)  Little brother Gimlet  arose and said, “All right, but brother Screwdriver must go also.  You have to turn him around and around to get anywhere with him.”  Brother Screwdriver turned to the other tools in the belt and said, “If you wish, I will go, but brother Plane must leave too.  All of his work is on the surface; there’s no depth to what he does.”  To this, brother Plane leveled his terse replay, “Well, then, brother Saw will have to depart too.  The changes he proposes always cut too deep.”  Brother Saw complained saying, “Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I leave, for he’s always measuring other folks as though he were the only one who is right.”  Brother Ruler then surveyed the group and said, “Brother Sandpaper doesn’t belong here either.  He’s rougher than he ought to be, and is always rubbing people the wrong way.”

            In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in.  He had come to perform his day’s work.  He put on His tool belt and went to the workbench to make a pulpit.  He employed the Ruler, the Saw, the Plane, the Hammer, the Gimlet, the Screwdriver, the Sandpaper, and all the other tools.  When the day’s work was over, the pulpit was finished, and the carpenter went home.

            All the accusations against each of these tools were absolutely true, yet the carpenter used every one of them.  No matter which tool He used, no other tool could have done the work better. 

            You and I are God’s “tools”.  While we have our flaws, each of us has a purpose, ability, and a task to perform.  Won’t you let God use you today?

Working Together in Christ,

Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Pastor Nelson will be on vacation from September 12 through September 18.  Pastor Paul Clark will be providing pastoral care.  Call the church office with any pastoral needs.


Marie Kase

Jane Cote


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

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

September 1 (green) – 12th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion

September 8 (green) – 13th Sunday after Pentecost; Promotion Sunday

September 15 (green) – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

                                         Guest Preacher: Pastor Paul Clark

September 22 (green) – 15th Sunday after Pentecost; Rally Day

September 29 (green) – St. Michael and All Angels; Praise & Worship

October 6 (green) – 17th Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Communion

                                    2:00 p.m. Brief worship with Holy Communion

October 13 (green) – 18th Sunday after Pentecost


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 was a great week of Christian fellowship, learning and fun.  There were 24 energetic, cooperative, polite and enthusiastic campers, and 22 dedicated, charismatic staff.  The weather was almost perfect, with warm days, cool nights (for sleeping), and just one afternoon of rain.  The theme, “Soar-Navigating God’s Grace,” helped us understand how God loves, forgives, provides, equips and guides us so that we can soar.

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
  • Team games – relays, water balloon fight, scavenger hunt
  • Swimming and free time
  • Boating and Mini-Golf
  • Wednesday night beach party


  • The emotional closing Love Feast
  • The musical program, “The Amazing Grace Race,” presented by all the church campers
  • Tuesday camp fire and cook out
  • Creative meal prayers to Disney tunes, accompanied on the ukulele
  • Fire alarm going off, twice, because of a faulty exhaust fan
  • “Mind” games (“There’s a storm coming!”)
  • Making memories

          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 2019 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.  Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s dates and theme, the 46th year of Church Camp!


An informational meeting for the next Confirmation Class will take place on Sunday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel.  All youth in 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; attendance at the Winter Retreat on January 31 – February 2, 2020 at Camp Swatara.  Those who successfully complete the confirmation program will be confirmed on Sunday, May 31, 2020.  Any questions about the Confirmation program can be directed to Pastor Nelson.


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.


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.


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.

How to become a Member, cont.

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.


The Fellowship Committee is having a Fundraiser to help with the cost of purchasing donuts and drinks to serve before Sunday School.  They are selling sandwich coupons from V & S in Temple.  The coupons are $7.00 each and are good for one small sandwich.  Sandwich choices are: Ham,

Tuna, Cheese Italian, Italian, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Meatball, Special Cheesesteak or Steak with onions.  If you are interested in purchasing coupons, please stop at the Fellowship Table on Sunday morning or call the church office during the week.  Payment must be made by Sunday, September 8th.  Thank You!


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.


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):

September 1; October 6 (8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.); November 3; December 1

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


Wednesday, September 11 – Mystery Trip

Enjoy a fun filled day with multiple stops and minimal walking.

Payment ($70 per person) for the trip on November 12 to Mt. Airy Casino, is due to Lydia Smith no later than September 17.

Senior Club, cont.

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.


Same rules as before:  One check, no coupons and please do not fill out your check until you arrive at the restaurant.          

Wednesday, October 2 – Fiore’s

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 22

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

Wednesday, December 4 – Crossroads


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.


The Wednesday Bible Study will resume on September 25 at 1:30 p.m., and continue each Wednesday.  We will begin with a study on Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  Everyone is always welcome!



Tower Health at Home is currently recruiting new volunteers for their Hospice Program.  Volunteering for hospice is a beautiful ministry that is appreciated by our patients and families.  Our volunteers are wonderful individuals who dedicate their time and talents to improve the quality of life of our patients during this time of need.  They are looking for compassionate volunteers who may be a good listener, enjoy playing an instrument, willing to help family members run errands or assist with administrative tasks at our office.  These simple gestures make a huge difference. 

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Cassondra Kissinger, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 610-378-0481, ext. 3115 or email her at:




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.

September 8 – Introductory Meeting for “Teen Talk”

          Led by Rachel Nelson, this will be a time for Teens to get together to talk, learn and grow

          in faith. 

          Come out on September 8 at 9:30 in the Senior Youth Group Room.

          All Youth 12 years old and up are welcome!

September 22 – General Planning Meeting – 12 Noon

          Bring your ideas and suggestions for events and activities for the upcoming year!

          We will be ordering small sandwiches from V & S for lunch. 

               Choices are: Ham, Tuna, Cheese Italian, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Meatball,

                                   Special Cheesesteak or Steak with onions.

               If you are planning on attending the meeting and would like a sandwich, please

               let Pastor Nelson or Cindy know by Sunday, September 8th.  The youth group will

               be paying for the sandwiches.

Dates for your calendar:

The 2020 Winter Retreat will be held at Camp Swatara on Friday, January 31 to Sunday,

February 2.  Plan to attend!


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 Mark Brophy

September 7              Todd Boughter, James Jacobs, Charlene Leisey, Dennis Smith,

                                 Thomas 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             Carol Kunsman, Kendal Rosenthal, Annora Witkowski

September 16             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

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             George Becker

September 29             Joan Bollinger

September 30             Kyle Gantert, Jennifer Janke

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES                               

September 1                             8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Holy Communion

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

September 2                             Labor Day – Office Closed

September 3                             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

September 4                             6:00 p.m. – Supper Club at Schmeck’s Villa

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

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School, Promotion

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

September 10                            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

September 11                            8:15 a.m. – Senior Club Mystery Trip

                                                7:00 p.m. – Church Council

September 13                            Messenger Article Deadline

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

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

September 17                            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

September 18                            4:40 p.m. – Soup Kitchen


September 22                            8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School, Rally Day

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

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir

September 24                            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

September 29                            8:15 & 10:45 a.m. – Praise & Worship

                                                9:00 a.m. – Junior Choir

                                                9:30 a.m. – Sunday School

                                                6:00 p.m. – Youth Choir


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