November 2018 Messengers

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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
Sunday School for all ages – 9:30 a.m.

“Church on the Hill, Standing on the Word”
November, 2018

-Ardis Rittenhouse

The morning sun that awakens me
Makes me thankful that I can see.
Loved ones voices each so dear
Make me thankful I can hear.
Health and strength that get me through
Make me thankful for what I can do,
Faith that does not let me stray
Makes me thankful for each day.
A mind that reasons and is fair
Makes me thankful that I care.
A heart that accepts help from above
Makes me thankful for God’s love.

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

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

Excerpts from the Constitution of Alsace Lutheran Church
(Approved 11/17/2006)

“The powers of this congregation are vested in the Annual Meeting called and conducted as provided for in this constitution.” (Article 5, S5.02.)

“The annual meeting of this congregation shall be held at a time specified by the Church Council.” (Article 10, S10.01.)

“The congregation is authorized to: a. call a pastor; b. terminate the call of a pastor; c approve the annual budget; d. acquire real and personal property by gift, devise, purchase, or other lawful means; e. hold title to and use the property for any and all activities consistent with its purpose;
f. sell, mortgage, lease, transfer, or otherwise dispose of its property by any lawful means;
g. elect its Church Council and require it to carry out its duties in accordance with this constitution;
h. terminate its relationship with the AFLC.” (Article 5, S5.03; highlighting is added)

“VOTING members are confirmed members who shall have communed on the record at least once within the previous twelve-month period. Only VOTING members shall have a voice and vote at any annual or special congregational meeting …” (Article 8, S8.02.c)

The annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, November 18, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service, approximately 11:30 a.m. Agenda items include: election of Church Council members; adoption of the 2019 Budget; a presentation on a proposed digital sign; other reports. Following the meeting, a catered luncheon will be served in the Bertha Weber room.

All active, voting members should plan to attend! Come and support the ministry of your church! Come and let your voice be heard! Come for the fellowship! Come for the food! Come and fulfill your duty as a member of Alsace Lutheran Church!

Together in Ministry,
Pastor Richard A. Nelson

Jaiden Lee Plylaharn – son of Jason & Yanaira Plylaharn

Mark Hartman
Sandra Shultz

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)

November 4 (white) – All Saints’ Sunday; Holy Communion; Commemoration of Faithful Departed
November 11 (green) 25th Sunday after Pentecost; Veterans Day Observance
November 18 (green) – 26th Sunday after Pentecost
November 21 (Wed.) – Thanksgiving Eve Worship at Grace (Alsace) U.C.C., 7:00 p.m.
November 25 (white) – Christ the King Sunday
December 2 (blue) – 1st Sunday of Advent; Sacrament of Holy Communion
December 9 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on November 4 and December 2. Watch for the 2019 Schedule of Holy Communion in the next issue of “The Messenger.”

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.

Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting of Alsace Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday,
November 18, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service (approximately 11:30 a.m.)
Agenda includes: presentation of reports; election of members to Church Council; and the adoption of the 2019 Budget. All active, voting members of the church should attend. A catered luncheon will be served in the Bertha Weber Room following the Meeting.

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!

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.

Senior Club
2019 Membership Dues ($3 per person) can be paid to Gerald Speicher. Gerald will be sitting in the Library, every Sunday, before and after Sunday School.

The Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at The Ann at Reading. The Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. For tickets, please see Mary Jane Hoffman.

Friday, December 14 – Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see “A Playhouse Christmas.”

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

Social Ministry
Well, it’s that time again. We’ve been contacted by the Salvation Army to remind us of the Angel Tree Program, and to see how many tags we’ll be needing for on our tree this year. We’ve ordered them and they should be available sometime around Thanksgiving Day. We should have plenty of time to pick a needy child or senior, purchase a gift and get it back to the church by their deadline (which we’re not aware of yet).

They always do an outstanding job with their Christmas projects, and hopefully this year will be no different. Last year they provided 20,003 gifts to children and seniors throughout Berks County! What a fantastic way to teach, or remind them of the greatest gift of all – the gift of Jesus Christ! Let us help once again, to get that point across.

Details to follow.

Scrip Gift Cards
The Youth Group will be ordering gift cards for Christmas. Lists of businesses participating can be found on the windowsills in the church. If there is something you are looking for that is not on the list, please call the church office to see if they have been added on the website. The deadline to place your order, with payment, is Sunday, December 2.

Supper Club
The entire bill will be on ONE CHECK, and there will be NO COUPONS allowed. If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to Alsace Youth Group. Please do not fill the amount on the check until you get to the restaurant. Prices and food choices are subject to change. Because of the large number of people attending, the restaurant adds a 20% tip to the bill. Please figure that into your total. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m. If anyone needs a ride please call the church office by the Monday of the Supper. Our last Supper Club will be on December 5 – P.J. Wheilihan’s

Vendor Fair
The Youth Group will be hosting a Holiday Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Turkey BBQ, Hots Dogs, Snacks, Baked Goods and Bottled Water will be available for purchase. Participating Vendors are: Avon, Crafts by WCA (Josh Weidner),
Laura’s Embroidery and Sewing, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry,
Pink Zebra, Sherry’s Hodge Podge, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, and Thirty-One.

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the church. We continue our study, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Story.” Here is the schedule for November:
November 7 Session 17: The Kingdoms’ Fall
2 Kings 21, 23-25; 2 Chronicles 33, 36; Jeremiah 1-2, 4-5, 13, 21;
Lamentations 1-3; Ezekiel 1-2, 6-7, 36-37

November 14 Session 18: Daniel in Exile
Daniel 1-3, 6; Jeremiah 29-31

Note: There will be no Bible Study on November 21 & 28, and none in December.
It will resume on January 9, 2019.

Community Events
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road, Reading
Good Shepherd will be holding their annual Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, November 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Food with baked goods (noon-5:30); Children’s Carnival, Face Painting, Bounce House and an Obstacle Course Play Land (1:00-4:00); Free Live Entertainment, Home Vendors (noon-5:00); Chinese Auction and Hayrides (1:00-5:00). Entertainment Schedule:
12:30 to 1:45 – David Cullen
2:00 to 2:45 – The Pretzel City Chorus
3:00 to 5:00 – Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Jeffrey Krick, Jr.
5:30 to 6:30 – Charlie Adams

Muhlenberg Library
A Very Frozen Holiday Party & Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 8th 11:00AM to 2:00PM
Join them for a special holiday party with music, snacks, crafts, stories and so much more. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and maybe even Olaf will stop by for an hour-long visit at approximately 11:00.

Muhlenberg Middle School, Bellevue Avenue, Laureldale
The Middle School presents “Disney Peter Pan, Jr.” on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 17 at 1:30 & 7:00 p.m. Pre-Purchase tickets at Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Free Show for Senior Citizens on Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m.


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

Community Events, cont.
Reading High School, cont.
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.


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The First Thanksgiving
-Arthur Guiterman

So once
in every year
we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord
with feast and song
In thankfulness
of heart.

If the only prayer you said in your life was, “thank you,”
that would suffice.

-Meister Eckhart

Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, December 2 – Communion Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 5 – Supper Club at P.J. Wheilihan’s, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat in Ephrata, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 – Senior Club Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 14 – Senior Club to Hunterdon Hills, 9:15 a.m.
Friday, December 14 – Free Babysitting, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, December 14 – Youth Group Advent Sleepover, 8:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 16 – Greater Reading Encore Chorale Concert, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 21 – Youth Group to Shady Maple Midnight Gladness, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 25 – Office Closed

Tuesday, January 1 – Office Closed
Thursday, January 3 – Senior Club Trip Sign-ups, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 8 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 9 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15 – Senior Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 16 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Friday, January 18 – Messenger Article Deadline
Wednesday, January 23 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 – Winterfest, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 30 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3 – Youth Group Winter Retreat
Tuesday, February 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 6 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, February 15 – Messenger Article Deadline
Wednesday, February 20 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 – Soup Kitchen, 4:40 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 – Youth Lunch and Painting, Noon
Sunday, February 24 – Reading Royals Hockey Game, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 27 – Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.

Amanda Hoover – 11/3
Emily Keller – 11/4
Rachel Reinhard – 11/9
Cameron Shoumlisky – 11/9
MarissaJo Scheck – 11/13
Timothy Yanick – 11/14
Samuel Sharp – 11/16

Traci Frymoyer – 11/28


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.

Sunday, November 4 – Lunch, Movie and Discussion
At 12 Noon, we are having sandwiches for lunch – plate your order on the sign up sheet.
We will watch the movie, “I Can Only Imagine.”

Saturday, November 10 – Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Help is needed to set up, serve food, and clean up!

Thursday, November 29 – Decorate the church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.
Come and help. Parents and siblings are welcome to help.

Upcoming Dates & Events – Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
• Saturday, December 8 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat
• Friday, December 14 – Advent Sleepover, with babysitting; making cookies
• Sunday, December 16 – Sunday School Christmas Program
• Friday, December 21 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple
• Sunday, January 6 – Undecorate the church
• Saturday, January 12 – TBA
• Sunday, January 27 – Souper Bowl Sunday; Winterfest
• Fri.-Sun., February 1-3 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara
• Sunday, February 24 – Painting Party & Reading Royals Hockey Game
• Sunday, March 10 – Laser Quest
• Fri.-Sun., March 29-31 – Youth Congress in Ocean City, MD

Continued on next page…

• Sunday, April 7 – Stuff Eggs and Pack Up “Blessing Bags”
Deposit due for Shore Trip to Ocean City, NJ
• Saturday, April 13 – Easter Egg Hunt; Lunch at The Works
• 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 12-14 – Peach Festival
• Sun.-Fri., August 4-9 – Church Camp
• Saturday, August 24 – Pool Party & Picnic at Woodcrest Retreat

November 1 Lindsey Gantert
November 2 Mark Gilbert
November 3 Amanda Hoover, Gail Manderbach

November 4 Emily Keller
November 5 Jane Weidenheimer
November 6 Harvey Bittler, Jr., Nancy Cox, Stephanie Jefferson, Mia Lopez
November 7 Richard Bailey, Jr., Angel Santiago
November 8 Arlene Ditizio, Carl Eschelman, G. Manwiller, Paul Rittenhouse, Jr.
November 9 Rachel Reinhard, Cameron Shoumlisky

November 11 Elmer Schuler
November 12 Roger Baer, Brenda Meyers
November 14 Patricia Lentz, Berenice McGavin, Joan Tait
November 16 John A. Funk, Joan Hassler, Yvonne Ravel, Samuel Sharp
November 17 Jaiden Plylaharn

November 18 Gavin Cole, Richard Waldbiesser
November 20 Rodney Miller, Thomas Raifsnider
November 21 Gloria Scheirer
November 22 Lydia Smith, Amy Stalnecker

November 25 Brian Doerrman, Arthur Thomas, Jr.
November 26 Geraldine Kennedy, Ruth McCann, Mary Scholz
November 27 Barbara Coller, Eleanor Wagner
November 28 Traci Frymoyer
November 29 D. Richard Wieder
November 30 Emma Eppihimer, Joslynn Roderick

Sunday, November 4 Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Youth Lunch, Movie & Discussion, 12 Noon
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5 Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 6 Men’s Choir, 10:00 a.m.
Senior Choir, 10:30 a.m.
Alsace Ringers, 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Choir, 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, November 7 Senior Club Trip, 7:00 a.m.
Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Hoss’s

Saturday, November 10 Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 11 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, November 13 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, November 14 Bible Study, 1:30 p.m.
Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 16 Messenger Article Deadline

Sunday, November 18 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, November 20 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, November 21 Thanksgiving Eve Service at Grace (Alsace) UCC, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving – Office Closed

Sunday, November 25 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, November 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.

Thursday, November 29 Youth decorate church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.


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