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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”
February, 2018



If you are impatient, sit down quietly and talk with Job.
If you are just a little strongheaded, go and see Moses.
If you are getting weak-kneed, take a good look at Elijah.
If there is no song in your heart, listen to David.
If you are a policy man, read Daniel.
If you are getting sordid, spend a while with Isaiah.
If your faith is below par, read Paul.
If you are getting lazy, watch James.
If you are losing sight of the future, climb up the stairs of Revelatiom

and get a glimpse of the Promised Land.


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




According to Genesis 1:1-5, the first thing God created was light. Before light, there was only darkness. God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light (Genesis 1:3). Light was created before the sun and the moon. “God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4).
If this “light” is not the sun, then what is it? (I will leave that for you to ponder!)

Light determines “day” and “night”. On the first day there was evening and morning. It was on the Fourth Day that God created the two “lights.” If you read Genesis 1:14-19, you will notice that the words “sun” and “moon” are not mentioned, probably because both words were used as proper names for pagan deities. In Genesis, they are light-givers to separate the day from the night and to give light to the earth: “God made the two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night – and the stars” (Genesis 1:16).

As we are now in the midst of the Winter season, and the sun is only visible for a few hours, it can be quite depressing. We need the Light, and we need to be the light for others! In Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells His followers, “You are the light of the world.” But in John 8:12, Jesus says that He is the Light of the world.” We, then, are not the Light; the light we have to shine is a reflection of the true Light – Jesus! Any light that glows within us comes from Jesus. And so, we let our light shine for His glory!

There is a little story that illustrates this point. There was once a blind woman who used her meager resources to have a light placed on the street near her home, not because it would help her, but because it would contribute to the safety of strangers who passed that way. There is no better example of sharing the Light which Jesus has entrusted to us. It is by letting Light be seen that we glorify Him!

“Let YOUR light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to our Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

With the warmth of Christ!
Pastor Richard A. Nelson


Margaret Turner
Betty Hohl
A. Myrle Wiand


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)

February 4 (green) – 5th Sunday after Epiphany – Guest Preacher, Pastor Don Kerns

February 11 (white) – The Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 14 (purple) – Ash Wednesday: 12 Noon and 7:00 p.m., Imposition of Ashes & Holy Communion

February 18 (purple) – 1st Sunday in Lent

February 21 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room

February 25 (purple) – 2nd Sunday in Lent

February 28 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room

March 4 (purple) – 3rd Sunday in Lent; Sacrament of Holy Communion

March 7 (Wednesday) – Lenten Study, 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. in Bertha Weber Room

March 11 (purple) – 4th Sunday in Lent; Daylight Savings Time Begins!
(Turn clocks ahead one hour)


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.


Disaster Relief Funds Update
Church Council, at its January meeting, decided to match the contributions through Benevolence funds, making a grand total of $4800. After careful consideration of where to best send our funds, it was decided to send equal donations ($1600 each) to three relief effort organizations. They are:
Centro Hispano (Hispanic Center) of Reading, PA to help displaced families from Puerto Rico;
Napa Valley Community Foundation in Napa, California for fire relief efforts;
Disaster Relief, cont.
Samaritan’s Purse – a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world – for hurricane relief in Texas and Florida.
Thank you for your generous donations to help all those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and the fire in California.


The Fellowship Committee is continuing the Supper Club in 2018. We are compiling the list of restaurants for 2018. Check out the March Messenger for the “dining choices” for April through December, 2018. 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.


Discount tickets are being sold for the 2018 Hersheypark season. This year the “All-age Admission Tickets” are for ages 3+. The cost is $34.85 per person (cost at the gate is $67.80 per person). If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please sign-up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board outside the church office or call the church office at 610-929-8727 during the week. We need a minimum of 20 tickets purchased to get the discount. Orders are due by Sunday, April 1. If we do not have at least 20 tickets, we will not be placing an order. If we do have the 20 tickets, payment will be due by Sunday, April 29.


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.


In the Event of Bad Weather
In the event that Sunday morning worship would need to be cancelled due to severe weather, you can now check WFMZ-TV. Check your local TV station, or you can see all the closings posted at wfmz.com. Also, if you are ever in doubt, you can call Kim Grinage (610-376-1962), Jeffrey Klinger (610-775-5787) or Pastor Nelson (610-944-6131).


2018 Lenten Schedule
The season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14 with Ash Wednesday. Worship Services of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes will be conducted at 12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.
Mid-Week Lenten Studies will be offered at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. on the Wednesdays in Lent. All will be held in the Bertha Weber Room. Members of Grace (Alsace) will be joining us for these Five Wednesday Lenten Studies.
Holy Week Services at Alsace Lutheran are:
March 28 – Holy Wednesday, Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
March 29 – Maundy Thursday, Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
March 30 – Good Friday Community Service, 1:00 p.m. with Holy Communion
March 30 – Good Friday Service of Tenebrae, 7:00 p.m.


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!


Roadshow at Hershey Arena
This event is similar to Winter Jam but will be held in the Hershey arena on Saturday, February 17. Doors open at 4:45 and the show starts at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Artists include: Matthew West, Natalie Grant, For King & Country, Zach Williams and Bethel Music. If anyone is interested in attending this event but does not want to drive themselves, please call the church office by Sunday, February 11.


2018 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays: February 14 (Ash Wednesday-12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.); March 4; 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 4th; December 2.
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion in the chapel will be held May 6 and October 7.


Senior Club
Our February Luncheon takes place on Tuesday, February 20. The meeting begins at 11:30, Lunch is served at Noon and the entertainment, “Joe Solysik” begins at 1:00. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased from Pat Berger.
Please bring an item(s) with you for the Alsace Social Ministry Pantry. Items needed are listed in the Brochure.

Payment ($110 per person) for the trip to Sight & Sound on Tuesday, April 17, is due to Pat Coller no later than February 20.

Payment ($82 per person) for the trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre on Thursday, May 3, is due to Pat Coller no later than March 8.

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


Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible study on the Letters of John has two remaining dates: January 31 and February 7. The Study begins at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!


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
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.


Sunday, March 4 – Communion Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, March 4 – Youth Group to Lunch & Laser Tag with Good Shepherd, Noon
Tuesday, March 6 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 13 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 16 – Messenger Article Deadline
Tuesday, March 20 – Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 21 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 – Youth set up for Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m.; Community Egg Hunt, Noon
Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday
Tuesday, March 27 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 28 – Holy Wednesday Communion, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 – Maundy Thursday Communion, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30 – Good Friday Community Service with Communion, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30 – Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 1 – Easter Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Monday, April 2 – Office Closed
Tuesday, April 3 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 4 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13 – Messenger Article Deadline
Tuesday, April 17 – Senior Club Trip to Sight & Sound, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 18 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20 – Youth Supper, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21 – Youth 24-Hour Famine
Sunday, April 22 – Youth Praise & Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, April 24 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 2 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.
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.
Wednesday, May 9 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day
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
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.


February 1 – James Gruber, Mark Joy, Horst Tryon
February 3 – James Greth, Parker Strauss

February 4 – William Sassaman, Sr.
February 5 – Shelly Deeds, Kylie Gunter, George Hasker, Samuel Livingood
February 6 – Gloria Heere
February 9 – Isabella Long
February 10 – Deborah Bare, Fern Jarsocrak, Ava Ortiz

February 12 – Louis Ryder, Beverly Smith
February 13 – Louise Mirenna, Morgan Waits
February 14 – Derrick Redcay, Dennis Teitsworth
February 15 – Lloyd Bauer, Jr., Edith Hafer, Fern Madenford
February 16 – Suzanne Ryder

February 18 – Mabel Eschelman
February 21 – Doris Reifinger
February 23 – Fern Hartman, Jadon Ortiz, Daniel Sharp, Barbara Strause, Hugh Tait
February 24 – Gladys Funk

February 25 – Marie Kisling
February 27 – Jack Clark
February 29 – Catherine Shade


Friday, February 2 Youth to Camp Swatara, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 4 Worship Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Sherry’s Hodge Podge orders can be picked up

Monday, February 5 Christian Education Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6 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, February 7 Bible Study on 3 John, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 11 Worship Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14 Ash Wednesday Communion, Noon & 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 16 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, February 18 Worship Services, 8;15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Reading Royals Game, 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20 Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21 Lenten Service
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 25 Worship Services, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27 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, February 28 Lenten Service


February Birthdays

Cameron Hoke – February 12
Bryanna Rivera – February 14
Jaxon Geddio – February 21
Hailey Schlieve – February 24

Shelly Deeds – February 5


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.

February 2-4 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara – “You’ve Got a Friend”

February 18 – Meet after church to Stuff Eggs for Egg Hunt
Reading Royals Hockey Game, 4:00 p.m.

March 4 – Laser Quest (Let’s win the trophy back!)
Details to follow!

A Note about the 24-Hour Famine!
We have tentatively scheduled the Famine for April 20-21 (Friday night to Saturday night). During the Famine, we keep busy with interactive games and simulations to learn about those who suffer from hunger. We also take drink breaks, but have no food for 24 hours. The Famine is also a fund-raiser for World Vision, which provides food, shelter, and other services to those who live in poverty.
We need to have a minimum of 15 participants in order for the Famine to happen.
Also, participants must collect money from sponsors for World Vision. Anyone who wishes to participate in the Famine must sign up and commit to attending and getting sponsors by the time of the Winter Retreat. If you have any questions, speak to Pastor Nelson or any other youth advisor.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar:
March 24 – Egg Hunt; “The Works”
April 20-21 – 24-Hour Famine (note: a minimum of 15 must participate)
April 22 – Youth-Led Praise & Worship
May 5 – Mystery Trip!?!
May 26 – Yard Sale
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


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