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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”
April, 2018

-June Masters Bacher

The world springs up
All fresh and sweet,
With wings of faith
Upon its feet…

Would that each heart
Were more like it;
By hope made strong
And faith made fit

To reach towards God’s
Eternal blue
With loves that polished
It like new –

A heart that hopes
And prays and sings
And soars by faith
On Easter wings.

Rev. Richard A. Nelson, Pastor
Rev. Charles E. Fair, Pastor Emeritus
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





Woke up today; another headline
Another innocent life is taken in the name of hatred
So hard to take, and if we think that it’s all good
Then we’re mistaken
Are you left? Are you right? Pointing fingers, taking sides
When are we gonna’ realize – We all bleed the same
We’re more beautiful when we come together
We all bleed the same, so tell me why we’re divided
Tell me, who are we to judge someone
By the kind of clothes they’re wearing or the color of their skin?
Are you black? Are you white? Aren’t we all the same inside?
Father, open our eyes to see!

These are some lyrics from a song titled, “Bleed the Same,” written and sung by Christian recording artists Mandisa and TobyMac. It is a poignant song for our day and time when there is so much division and violence in our country.
In John 1:43-51, we read how Philip, after being called by Jesus, went to Nathanael and told him that “we have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael responds, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” To which Philip says, “Come and see.” Philip challenged Nathanael’s prejudice!
Like Philip, we are called to invite others to “Come and see” what we have seen in Christ Jesus. We have seen a Lord who challenges our way of judging others and the world. We have seen a Lord who broadens our vision of humanity and our vision of God. We have seen a Lord who extends grace and acceptance to all people, through His own sacrifice. In Jesus, we are more alike than we are un-alike! We all “Bleed the Same!”
The song, “Bleed the Same” concludes:
Only love can drive out all the darkness
What are we fighting for? We were made to carry one another
We were made for more!
We all bleed the same; we’re more beautiful when we come together
Let’s stand united! We all bleed the same
So tell me why we’re divided.
If we’re gonna’ fight, let’s fight for each other
If we’re gonna’ shout, let love be the cry
We all bleed the same! Let’s stand united!

United in Christ!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Kaelyn Mae Walters
Parents – Jason & Stephanie Walters

Paul Klinger
Terry Moore
William Manderbach, Sr.
Jacquelyn Hasker


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)

March 28 (purple) – Holy Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.
March 29 (purple) – Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m.
March 30 (black) – Good Friday
1:00 p.m. – Community Service with Holy Communion
Preacher: Michael Kaucher, Executive Director of the Reading Berks Conference of Churches
Special Music by the Berks Encore Chorale
7:00 p.m. – Service of Tenebrae (Shadows)
(Communion will not be offered at this service)
April 1 (white) – Easter Day Worship with Holy Communion
April 8 (white) – 2nd Sunday after Easter
April 15 (white) – 3rd Sunday after Easter
April 22 (white) – 4th Sunday after Easter; Praise & Worship
April 29 (white) – 5th Sunday after Easter
May 6 (white) – 6th Sunday after Easter with Sacrament of Holy Communion; 2:00 Abbreviated Worship with Holy Communion in Chapel
May 10 (Thursday) – Ascension Day Worship, 10:00 a.m.



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.


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!


2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
March 28 (Holy Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.); March 29 (Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.); March 30 (Good Friday, 1:00 p.m.); April 1 (Easter); May 6; May 20 (Day of Pentecost); June 3;

August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held May 6 and October 7.


Senior Club
The April trip will be to Sight & Sound for their new performance, “Jesus.” A Buffet Dinner will be at Eden Resort.

Payment ($70 per person for the trip on Tuesday, June 19 to Mt. Airy Casino, is due to Pat Coller no later than April 24.

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


Social Ministry Committee
A special “thank you” to the members of the Senior Club for bringing a pantry item, or two, along to each meeting that they had at the church. For the months of January, February, and March, they helped to replenish the things that we supply to people in need. Their thoughtfulness and generosity is gratefully appreciated.


Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
A deposit of $139.00 has been deposited in Alsace Lutheran Church’s account on behalf of Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice® program. Thrivent Financial members directing Choice Dollars to your congregation are: Cynthia Speicher and Gerald Speicher.


Wednesday Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., beginning April 4
Topic: “The Story – Getting to the Heart of God’s Story”
We will begin a study of the entire salvation story in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. This Spring study will take us through the books of Genesis through Ruth. In the Fall, we will pick up with the book of First Samuel.
Here is the schedule:
April 4 – “Creation: The Beginning of Life as We Know It”
April 11 – “God Builds a Nation”
April 18 – “Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh”
April 25 – “Deliverance”
May 2 – “New Commands and a New Covenant”
May 9 – “Wandering”
May 16 – “The Battle Begins”
May 23 – “A Few Good Men … and Women”
May 30 – “The Faith of a Foreign Woman”


Community Events
Bern Reformed U.C.C. Church, 3196 Bernville Road, Leesport
Bern Church is excited to announce the bus trip you have all been waiting for1 The new Museum of the Bible is an unparalleled experience using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life.
The trip will take place on Saturday, June 9, through Boscov’s Travel, who will provide round trip transportation via private Motorcoach to Washington DC. The first stop will provide free time at the National Mall Museums followed by a reserved time (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.) at the Museum of the Bible. Cost is $81 for adults, $75 for youth (5-11), and $67 for children (under 5). The bus will leave Bern Church at 7:00 a.m. and return by 9:00 p.m. To make your reservation, please call Lacey (Boscov’s) at 610-374-0141.
Deadline to register is April 8th.


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:
Tuesday, May 1 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 2 – Bible Study – “New Commands and a New Covenant”, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at The Van Reed Inn
Thursday, May 3 – Senior Club to Dutch Apple, 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, May 5 – Youth Group Mystery Trip, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 6 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 – Active Shooter Training, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 7 – Christian Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 – Bible Study – “Wandering”, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 – Ascension Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day
Wednesday, May 16 – Bible Study – “The Battle Begins”, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, May 20 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Confirmation
Wednesday, May 23 – Bible Study – “A Few Good Men … and Women”, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 – Yard Sale on back parking lot, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday, May 28 – Office Closed
Tuesday, May 29 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 30 – Bible Study – “The Faith of a Foreign Woman”, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 – Youth to Shady Maple for Breakfast and then shopping for Quilt, 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 6 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Coastal Grill
Tuesday, June 12 – Senior Club Picnic, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 – Alsace Night at the Fightin’ Phils, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 – Senior Club to Mt. Airy Casino, 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, June 20 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21 – Youth Group to Ocean City, NJ, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 3 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 4 – Office Closed
Tuesday, July 10 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Anthony’s in Wyomissing
Friday, July 13 – Peach Festival Preparation, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 – Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 15 – Peach Festival Preparation, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 15 – Peach Festival with Uptown Band, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 – Senior Club to American Music, 11:15 a.m.
Friday, July 20 – Messenger Article Deadline

Dates for Your Calendar, cont.:
Sunday, July 22 – Church Camp Staff Meeting, Noon
Sunday, July 22 to Thursday, July 26 – VBS, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 – Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, July 29 – Church Camp Parent Meeting, Noon
Tuesday, July 31 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.


The lovely Easter story
Is a specially joyous one
For God so loved the world
He gave to us His Son.

What greater gift could He bestow
What richer blessing give
Than His promise that in Christ
Our souls will always live.

As you turn to Him in prayer
Now Easter’s here once more
May He be moved to grant those
Things you may be asking for.

This is the day the Lord has made
And each hour will be blessed
If you just ask Him for the strength
To do your very best.

Whatever path you follow
He’ll be walking by your side
To be your source of comfort,
Your friend and constant guide.

The Lord is understanding
His mercy will not fail,
His love for you is infinite,
His wisdom will prevail.

Remember this each morning
And you’ll not be afraid
To face with growing confidence
The day the Lord has made.



Samantha Stoudt – 4/1
Dylan Kelly – 4/2
Alana Alexander – 4/13
Taylor Mentzer – 4/18
Ally Fair – 4/26
Haley Daubenspeck – 4/29
Ryan Sekulski – 4/29


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 24-Hour Famine has been cancelled; we had no registrations!

April 8 – The Deposit of $50 is due for the Shore Trip (June 21-24)

May 5 – Mystery Trip!?!
Meet at the church by 10:00 a.m.
Wear good walking shoes, and dress for weather (we will be outside).
Cost is $16.50 per person, which includes lunch.
Bring extra money for snacks or souvenirs.

May 20 – Help needed to move tables to back parking lot for yard sale

May 26 – Yard Sale
Help needed at 6:30 a.m. to set up; Sale runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Help needed to sell refreshments during the sale, and then for clean up.

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:

June 2 – Breakfast at Shady Maple and Quilt Shopping for Peach Festival
June 21-24 – Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
July 13, 14 & 15 – Peach Festival Prep



April 1 – Linda Buckley, Jean Riegel
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 – Kathleen Rathman, Shirley Stricker
April 10 – John Bixler, Gabrielle Daubenspeck

April 12 – Tyler Latshaw
April 13 – Alana Alexander, Toby Deysher
April 14 – Katelyn Deeds

April 15 – Arthur Arbogast, Donald Fegley, Ralph Janke, Evelyn Sheetz
April 16 – Linda Santiago
April 17 – Harold Boyer, Timothy Latshaw, Lee Strause
April 18 – Louis Ryder, Joel Seibert
April 19 – Matthew Breisch, M. Jane Dowd, James Rathman
April 20 – Anna Miller
April 21 – Joan Johnson

April 23 – Angel Alvarez, Mackenzie Mentzer
April 24 – Roger Endy, Pamela Stauffer
April 25 – Linda Illig, Amy Sharp
April 26 – Emmalyn Artim, Jeffrey Cox, Ally Fair
April 27 – Ralph Kauffman, Sharen Yeager
April 28 – Noah Gehret

April 29 – Haley Daubenspeck, Irene Davis, Robert Janke, Ann Miller, Logan Shaffer
April 30 – Glenn Dowd, Marie Gehret



Sunday, April 1 Easter Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Monday, April 2 Office Closed

Tuesday, April 3 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 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4 Bible Study, 1:30 a.m.
Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Dutchway, Myerstown

Sunday, April 8 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, April 10 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, April 11 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 13 Messenger Article Deadline

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

Tuesday, April 17 Senior Club to Sight & Sound, 9:00 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 Praise & Worship Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24 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, April 25 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.


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