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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, 2017

-T.V. Garrard

Let me be thankful, O Lord I pray
Starting with the light of day;
Then for every breath I breathe,
And for the right to believe.

For every finger on my hand,
For every hair upon my head,
My arms, my legs, my ears and eyes;
All my blessings so great in size.

And let me always remember, too,
To thank you, God, for YOU.

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
Richard Bailey, Jr. End of 2017
John Funk End of 2017
Kimberly Grinage – President End of 2019
Peggy Harter End of 2017
Jeffrey Klinger – Vice President End of 2019
Donald Moll End of 2018
Mary Pachuilo End of 2019
Evelyn Sheetz End of 2018
Gerald Speicher End of 2018
Lee Strause End of 2017

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.”
Psalm 100:4

As the month of November is upon us, we turn our attention to thanksgiving. There are many verses of Scripture one could quote that express thanks and praise to God. Even the Psalms of lament often end with words of thanks and praise. In the midst of lamenting all the bad things that the Psalmist feels, he recalls the past blessings of God, and realizes that God has, and never will, abandon him.

What is the difference between giving thanks to God and blessing/praising His name? Is there a difference? When we give thanks, we stand on the same level as the person who receives our words. But when we bless or praise someone, we must stand on a lower level and raise the person praised to a higher pedestal; we express either who they are or what they have done that has merited their being praised.

Every time we come to the House of God, it is with both an attitude of gratefulness for all that God had done and a word about how great God is. This is not to say that there are not times when we do come with heavy hearts. But when that happens, we need to recall who God is and what God has done for us in the past so that we have hope for the immediate trial we face.

Give thanks AND praise! God is worthy!

With Many Blessings,
The Rev. Richard A. Nelson

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.

Peyton Emilee Mengel
Parents: Ryan Mengel and Nicole Hart

Sandra Neuheimer

Our oldest member, Sara Moyer, will be turning 100 on November 16. If you wish to send her a birthday card, her address is: Berks Heim, P. O. Box 1495, Reading, 19603.

Every Sunday at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
(The liturgical color for each Sunday is listed in parenthesis)

November 5 (white) – All Saints’ Sunday; Sacrament of Holy Communion
Remembering the Faithful Departed
November 12 (green) – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost; Youth-Led Praise & Worship
November 19 (green) – 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Recognition of Bereavement Committee and the “Messenger” Mailers
Congregational Meeting and Luncheon
November 22 (white) – Thanksgiving Eve Worship, 7:00 p.m. at Alsace Lutheran
November 26 (white) – Christ the King Sunday
December 3 (blue) – 1st Sunday of Advent; Sacrament of Holy Communion
December 10 (blue) – 2nd Sunday of Advent
Recognition of Social Ministry Committee and Soup Kitchen
Sunday School Christmas Program (snow date, Dec. 17)
December 17 (blue) – 3rd Sunday of Advent
Church Council, after careful consideration, has approved the following worship times for Christmas services.
Sunday, December 24:
8:15 a.m. The Fourth Sunday of Advent worship (color is blue)
No Sunday School and No 10:45 a.m. worship

5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Family Worship for Children of All Ages (color is white)
11:00 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship (color is white)
Sunday, December 31 (white)
8:15 a.m. Worship, featuring Christmas carols and Lessons (led by Ryan Breisch)
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Christmas Movie with Refreshments
No 10:45 a.m. worship
January 7 (white) – Epiphany Worship, Sacrament of Holy Communion

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.

Annual Congregational Meeting & Luncheon
Sunday, November 19, 2017
The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be conducted at the conclusion of the 10:45 a.m. Worship, approximately at 11:30 a.m., on Sunday, November 19. Special reports will be presented, Church Council nominees elected, and the 2018 Budget proposed for adoption. All voting members of the congregation should attend!
Following the Meeting, a catered Luncheon will be served in the Bertha Weber room.

Fellowship/Supper Club
As a reminder, the entire restaurant 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. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m. Our final Supper Club in 2017 will be held at Mimmo’s on Wednesday, December 6. The sign-up sheet and menu has been posted outside the church office. You may sign up on a Sunday morning or call the church office at 610-929-8727. The deadline to sign up is November26th.

The 2018 “choices” sheet will be in the December/January and February Messengers.

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.

Holiday Vendor Fair
Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Homemade turkey bbq, soup and baked good available for purchase

Vendors participating are: Thirty-One, Avon, Lularoe, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay,
Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry and Tupperware. We will also be selling Chick-fil-A calendars and the following items: from Sherry’s Hodge Podge:
Dip Mixes: Bacon, Bacon Horseradish, Cheddar Ranch, Cheesy Onion, Fiesta, Garden Party, Garlic & Herb, PA Dutch Caramel Apple, Pina Colada Fruit Dip, Taco and Sun Dried Tomato and Basil – $3.00 each
Jelly: Apple Raspberry, Black Cherry and Peach – $5.50 each
Mustard: Bacon Chipotle and Sweet & Spicy Dipping Mustard – $5.50 each

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
The MCFP continues to serve the needs of those in our community. 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!

2017 Sacrament of Holy Communion Schedule
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the following Sundays and Holidays:
November 5; and December 3.

Senior Club
Gerald Speicher will be in the Library, beginning Sunday, November 5 to collect your $3 membership dues.

Our November trip will take place on Wednesday, November 8, when we travel to Doolan’s to see the Three Irish Tenors.

The Annual Christmas Luncheon will take place at The Inn at Reading on Tuesday, December 12.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from Mary Jane Hoffman.

The Senior Club will be traveling to The Inn at Crumpin’ Fox from October 21 to 25, 2018. Check out their website: to get more information on the Inn and surrounding area/activities to do. If you are interested in traveling with us next year, please call Barb Tillman
at 610-775-7432.

Gift certificates can be purchased throughout the year from Irene Stoudt (610-929-8275).

Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Alsace Lutheran Church
Grace (Alsace) UCC will be joining us for worship
Refreshments will be served following the worship
Join us in giving thanks to our Awesome God!

Wednesday Bible Study
A Study on “The Life of Martin Luther – A Historical Journey and Bible Study,” began on
September 20 and continues each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. through November 15. Everyone is welcome!
Here is the remaining schedule:
November 1 – Session 7: Luther’s Work of Reform (Jeremiah 18:1-11)
November 8 – Session 8: Luther’s Later Life (Deuteronomy 4:5-10)
November 15 – Session 9: The Reformation Legacy (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

Youth Fundraisers
1) Sheetz Coupon Books – $10
Coupons are for various items and are good for 3 years. Can use more than one at a time.
2) Chick-fil-A Calendars – $10
Each month has a special item(s). There are even some “mystery ones” that you find out at the beginning of those months.
3) Bon Ton Community Day Booklets – $5 for Wednesday, November 8 to Saturday,
November 11.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 1009 Elizabeth Avenue, Laureldale
A Program of Organ Music, Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, will be held on Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. The concert features Marlin Kerschner, organist. The program combines a visual presentation with music of the Renaissance and compositions on the hymns of Martin Luther. A free-will offering will be taken for hurricane relief.

Reading Civic Theatre, 2nd & Penn Street, Reading
The Reading Civic Theatre presents: Fiddler on the Roof at the Miller Center for the Arts. The performances are on December 15th & 16th at 7:30 p.m. and December 17th at 2:00 p.m. Alsace member, Samantha Grinage, will be playing Hodel. Cost is $25 per person. For tickets call 610-607-6270 or go on-line to: or

Community, cont.
Reading High School
We will begin 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.

St. John’s Gernant’s, 13 Gernant’s Road, Leesport
“21st Annual” Holiday Bazaar & Potato Filling Sale – Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 to 2:00.
Crafts, Baked Goods, Food (eat in or take out). Call Memorial Hall office at 610-926-2384 to pre-order filling.

Join them on Sunday, November 12, 3:00 p.m., for patriotic music from local community churches. There will be readings, participation from a local Boy Scout troop and a musical video presentation presented by the audio-visual class at Hamburg High School. An offering will be taken to benefit a local veteran organization. Light refreshments will be available after the program.

St. Luke’s Church, 5th & Franklin Streets, Shoemakersville
Dorcas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 to 1:00. 1st Prize – Ivory Queen Size Quilt. Soup & refreshments on sale – Pies, Cookies, Cakes.

St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg
St. Michael’s will be holding a Holiday Bazaar on Friday, November 10 from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday, November 11 from 8:00 to 1:00. There will be a Basket Raffle, Flea Market and Food Sale. Chicken Platters will be available on Friday night and Breakfast Sandwiches Saturday. Lunch items, cookies and baked goods will be available both days.

Dates for Your Calendar:
Sunday, November 5 – Holy Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 – Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 – Youth Service, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
November 12 – Belle Tones Concert, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 – Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 17 – Messenger Article Deadline
Sunday, November 19 – Congregational Meeting & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Eve Service at Alsace Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 23 – Office Closed
Friday, November 24 – Office Closed
Tuesday, November 28 – Messenger Mailers, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 3 – Advent Communion, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, December 5 – Senior Club Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 6 – Supper Club, 6:00 p.m. at Mimmo’s
Saturday, December 9 – GREC Concert, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 – Sunday School Christmas Program, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12 – Senior Club Christmas Luncheon at The Inn at Reading, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 12 – Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13 – Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 – Sunday School Christmas Program Snow Date
Wednesday, December 20 – Senior Club to American Music Theatre, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 24 – Worship, 8:15 a.m. ONLY
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Worship, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 11:00 p.m.
Monday, December 25 – Office Closed
Sunday, December 31 – Worship, 8:15; Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. ONLY

Amanda Hoover – 11/3
Emily Keller – 11/4
Richard Bailey, Jr. – 11/7
Rachel Reinhard – 11/9
Cameron Shoumlisky – 11/9
Megan O’Keefe – 11/13
MarissaJo Scheck – 11/13
Timothy Yanick – 11/14

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.

Saturday, November 4 – Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Farm
Meet at the church by 1:00 p.m. Cost is $20. Money needed for supper.

Sunday, November 5 – Deadline to register and make payment for the Harrisburg Quake! You can give your form/money to either Pastor Nelson or Cindy Speicher.

Sunday, November 5 – Practice for Youth-Led Worship, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 11 – Holiday Vendor Fair, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Help is needed to set up, serve food and clean up!

Sunday, November 12 – Youth-Led Praise & Worship at both services

Sunday, November 19 – Annual Congregational Meeting
All Confirmed, Voting Members should plan to attend and let your voice and vote be heard.

Thursday, November 30 – Decorate the church for Christmas, 6:30 p.m.
Please help us decorate the church for Christmas!
Parents and siblings are welcome to come and help!

Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9 – Advent Sleepover with Babysitting
Meet at the church by 5:15 p.m. (please eat something before you come).
We will provide babysitting service from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
At 9:00 p.m. we will go “Glow” Bowling, then return to the church for snacks and devotions.

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Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar:

December 16 – Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat – open to family and friends
December 22 – Midnight Gladness at Shady Maple – open to family and friends
January 4 – Remove Christmas decorations
January 13 – Sky Zone, and Practice for Youth-Led Worship
January 14 – Youth Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
January 21 – Souper Bowl Sunday; Youth-Led Praise & Worship
January 26-28 – Youth Quake in Harrisburg (registration due Nov. 5!!!)
January 28 – Souper Bowl Sunday
February 2 to 4 – Winter Retreat at Camp Swatara
February 18 – Stuff Eggs; Reading Royals game – open to family and friends
March 4 – Laser Quest
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
July 14 – Peach Festival Preparation
July 15 – Peach Festival Preparation; Peach Festival 4:00-8:00
August 5 to August 10 – Church Camp
August 25 – Pool Party at Woodcrest Retreat – open to family and friends

November 1 Lindsey Gantert, Lori Harner
November 2 Mark Gilbert, Cheryl Kring
November 3 Amanda Hoover, Gail Manderbach
November 4 Emily Keller

November 5 Jane Weidenheimer
November 6 Harvey Bittler, Jr., Nancy Cox. Carol Harner, Stephanie Jefferson, Mia Lopez
November 7 Richard Bailey, Jr., Angel Santiago, Paul Yadlosky
November 8 Carl Eschelman, G. Manwiller, Paul Rittenhouse, Jr.
November 9 Rachel Reinhard, Cameron Shoumlisky
November 10 Shawn Kline
November 11 Pastor Fair, Elmer Schuler

November 12 Roger Baer, Cassandra Hartman, Brenda Meyers
November 13 Carl Schupp
November 14 Berenice McGavin, Joan Tait
November 15 Elwood Diehm
November 16 Joan Hassler, Sara Moyer, Yvonne Ravel, Samuel Sharp
November 17 Katelyn Murphy
November 18 Gavin Cole, Richard Waldbiesser

November 20 Thomas Raifsnider
November 21 Gloria Scheirer
November 22 Lydia Smith, Amy Stalnecker
November 25 Arthur Thomas, Jr.

November 26 Geraldine Kennedy, Ruth McCann, Mary Scholz
November 27 Barbara Coller, Eleanor Wagner
November 28 Traci Frymoyer
November 29 Douglas Wieder
November 30 Emma Eppihimer

November 1 Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Supper Club at Mimmo’s, 6:00 p.m.

November 4 Youth Group to Corn Maze, 1:00 p.m.

November 5 Daylight Savings Time ends
Communion Service, 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.
Youth Service Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.

November 7 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.

November 8 Senior Club to Doolan’s, 8:00 a.m.
Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.

November 11 Holiday Vendor Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

November 12 Youth-Led Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Belle Tones Concert, 3:00 p.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

November 14 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.

November 15 Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.
Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.

November 17 December/January Messenger Article Deadline

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November 19 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Congregational Meeting/Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Youth Bells, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Choir, 6:00 p.m.

November 21 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.

November 22 Thanksgiving Eve Service at Alsace Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.

November 23 Office Closed

November 24 Office Closed

November 26 Worship, 8:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

November 28 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.

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


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