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Servant Schedules and Sermon Topics ~ CANCELLED Worship Services for May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2020


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In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell at 610-762-2139.

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COV-19 UPDATE

We are all anxious to get back to our normal day to day activities. Due to the recent closings and cancellations, schedules of meetings and gatherings are tentative and are reliant on the status of social distancing requirements. Please continue to pray for those on the front line, putting themselves at risk every day, as well as those who have been affected by health issues. Continue to be safe, taking precautions seriously to prevent contracting and spreading the virus.

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ONLINE SERVICES ARE OFFERED ON MAY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 WITH PASTOR LISA BORRELL AND PASTOR DAN EISENBERG

As you all know, our Sunday services have been put on hold for the time being, as our country is dealing with COVID-19. Since we have been asked and directed to practice physical distancing, New Jerusalem has been given an opportunity for an alternate worship experience.

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Pastor Lisa Borrell–New Jerusalem's Visitation Pastor would like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or their website at www.friedenscentervalley.com to watch online Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m. If you want to follow along with a bulletin, please use the following link friedenscentervalley.com/newsletters-%2F-bulletins and look for the date under Bulletins.

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At 10:00 a.m., you can log in to see a live stream Sunday worship service from St. John's Lutheran Church in Mayfair, PA, an area outside of Philadelphia. Pastor Daniel Eisenberg, whom some of you may remember from his youth group days at NJ, is the pastor there. He has graciously invited us to view his service on Facebook or through the church's website. The addresses are:

facebook.com/stjohns-mayfair or www.stjohnsmayfair.org.

If you use the church website, you will need to click on the light blue bar in the middle of the page.

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We thank Pastor Lisa and Pastor Dan for inviting us to join them for their worship services.

Have a lovely day and prayers for a peaceful week ahead!

Stay safe and be well. Church Council

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FREE FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL

Are you looking for ways to support faith formation at home? Sparkhouse is excited to announce Family Sunday School, a free 8-week lesson series for families! Each week Sunday School curriculum developer (and former summer camp Arts and Crafts director) Dr. Dawn Rundman and her family will host Family Sunday School. Each episode presents a lesson based on Lectionary readings that families can watch together. The Bible story, illustrations, and other content are based on Spark: Activate Faith Lectionary Sunday School lessons.You are welcome to distribute, post, and reproduce the lesson materials for your church families in whatever way works for you. We’ll post a new lesson every Tuesday for the following Sunday. Lessons will be posted through Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020. The first lesson, Doubting Thomas, is available now at https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/promos/family-sunday-school/?utm_campaign=SHC%20Children&utm_

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

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'The Lord's Prayer' Sung by Andrea Bocelli

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'The Prayer' Sung by Andrea Bocelli and Katherine McPhee

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'When You Walk Through A Storm'' Sung by Josh Groban

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March 2020 ~ I hope you and your family are doing well. The Church Council has been following the progression of the coronavirus. Following the recommendation of Governor Wolf, and in an effort to do our part, the Church Council has taken a measured approach to discontinue worship, preschool, and all activities at the church until further notice. Continue to watch our webpage at www.newjerlc.org for prayer guidance and video sermons. This is all new to us, so bare with us.

We are asking everyone to refrain from entering the building unless absolutely necessary (secretary, church maintenance, cleaning staff, etc.) as the building has been sanitized. Church council is meeting virtually and there is a skeleton crew of food bank workers that are providing life sustaining supplies to families by curbside pick up.

Of course, cancelling these services will affect us financially - so we encourage you to mail in your offering or use www.newjerlc.org/online-giving. The church continues to have expenses even when we are not worshiping under one roof.

Stay safe and be well. Cindy Hart–Church Council President

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PA GOVERNOR TOM WOLF EXTENDS

THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER UNTIL JUNE 4, 2020.

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A message from Pastor Lisa Borrell, Visitation Pastor for New Jerusalem Church:

Dear members of New Jerusalem,

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To say that we are now living in trying times would be a complete understatement. As I’m sure everyone is aware, employees at grocery stores are doing everything they can to keep the shelves restocked; truck drivers are traveling non-stop to deliver goods to the stores and warehouses; hospital and other medical personnel are working exhaustingly long hours to offer care during this pandemic; schools and colleges are shut down and teaching by remote access; businesses deemed “non-essential” have also been shut down for the foreseeable future; and the government has declared a national emergency the likes of which we have rarely, if ever, seen in our lifetimes.

Please use your best judgment and practice good safety measures during this time, particularly those who have been identified with a higher health risk. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Strictly limit your exposure to other people unless you have to go out for necessary medical appointments or to purchase items at the store. These are some of the best ways to help “flatten the curve” of infection. And though we must distance ourselves physically for a time, that doesn’t mean that we can’t stay connected. Make an overdue phone call (especially to those who are elderly) … write an old-fashioned handwritten note … send a text … airdrop a family photo. Your efforts will definitely be appreciated!

Also crucial during this time of crisis is the continuance of giving your financial offerings to the church. These may be mailed to the office at the address noted above. Please consider using tape or water to seal your envelopes to lessen the transmission of germs. The congregation certainly understands if this imposed isolation has caused hardship due to unexpected unemployment at this time.

Additionally, I’d like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or website (www.friedenscentervalley.com) in order to watch recordings of remote worship. A brief worship service was added this past Sunday and another will be coming later this week. While it’s certainly not the same as being together in person, it is a way we can share in our devotions together. Please know that we are only as far away from each other as our thoughts, hearts, and prayers. If anyone should need to reach me, my telephone number is 610-762-2139. Be well.

God’s peace be with you all. The Rev. Lisa K. Borrell, New Jerusalem’s Visitation Pastor

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A message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on COVID-19:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Nd_T4R_EY

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You can also visit World Vision for prayers to be said for people affected by the coronavirus at

www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/prayers-people-affected-new-coronavirus

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You can also visit New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/njelc3233/

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Acolytes, Assistant Ministers, Chalisters, Lectors, Pastor Assistants (Council Members), please see the sign-up sheets in the Narthex for volunteer opportunities. Thank you.

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SATURDAY SERVICES will be held on the following dates on:

At this time there will be NO Saturday Evening Worship Services (TBD)

Saturday Services have a smaller, more intimate feel, and are typically held on

the first Saturday of the month, with some variations to capture important dates

in the church year, like Easter. You are invited to join us for these communion services.

CANCELLED Servants for Sunday, May 3, 2020

​Acolyte: N/A

Altar Guild: N/A

Assisting Minister: N/A

Chalister: N/A

Coffee Hour: N/A

Lector: N/A

Pastor's Assistant: N/A

Ushers: N/A

CANCELLED Sunday, May 3, 2020 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Today is sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Jesus is called the “gate” of the sheep in today’s gospel. The risen Christ opens the way to abundant life. He anoints our heads with oil and guides us beside the still waters of our baptism. Each Sunday he spreads a feast before us amid the world’s violence and war. We go forth to be signs of the resurrection and extend God’s tender care to all creation.

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Pastor Lisa Borrell–New Jerusalem's Visitation Pastor would like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or their website (www.friedenscentervalley.com) to watch online Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m.

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At 10:00 a.m., you can log in to see a live stream Sunday worship service from St. John's Lutheran Church in Mayfair, PA, an area outside of Philadelphia. Pastor Daniel Eisenberg, whom some of you may remember from his youth group days at NJ, is the pastor there. He has graciously invited us to view his service on Facebook or through the church's website. The addresses are:

facebook.com/stjohns-mayfair or www.stjohnsmayfair.org.

If you use the church website, you will need to click on the light blue bar in the middle of the page.

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CANCELLED Servants for Sunday, May 10, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: TBA

Lector: TTBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA

Ushers: TBA

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CANCELLED Sunday, May 10, 2020 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, today’s gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. Our baptism commissions us to share Jesus’ mission in the world. As 1 Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to proclaim the one who called us out of darkness into light. In words and deeds we bear witness to the risen Christ—our way, our truth, our life.

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Pastor Lisa Borrell–New Jerusalem's Visitation Pastor would like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or their website (www.friedenscentervalley.com) to watch online Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m.

AND

At 10:00 a.m., you can log in to see a live stream Sunday worship service from St. John's Lutheran Church in Mayfair, PA, an area outside of Philadelphia. Pastor Daniel Eisenberg, whom some of you may remember from his youth group days at NJ, is the pastor there. He has graciously invited us to view his service on Facebook or through the church's website. The addresses are:

facebook.com/stjohns-mayfair or www.stjohnsmayfair.org.

If you use the church website, you will need to click on the light blue bar in the middle of the page.

CANCELLED Servants for Sunday, May 17, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: TBA

Lector: TBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA

Ushers: TBA

CANCELLED Sunday, May 17, 2020 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Jesus does not abandon his followers. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the Lord’s table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.

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Pastor Lisa Borrell–New Jerusalem's Visitation Pastor would like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or their website (www.friedenscentervalley.com) to watch online Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m.

AND

At 10:00 a.m., you can log in to see a live stream Sunday worship service from St. John's Lutheran Church in Mayfair, PA, an area outside of Philadelphia. Pastor Daniel Eisenberg, whom some of you may remember from his youth group days at NJ, is the pastor there. He has graciously invited us to view his service on Facebook or through the church's website. The addresses are:

facebook.com/stjohns-mayfair or www.stjohnsmayfair.org.

If you use the church website, you will need to click on the light blue bar in the middle of the page.

CANCELLED Servants for Sunday, May 24, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: TBA

Lector: TBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA

Ushers: TBA

CANCELLED Sunday, May 24, 2020 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In today’s gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.

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Pastor Lisa Borrell–New Jerusalem's Visitation Pastor would like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or their website (www.friedenscentervalley.com) to watch online Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m.

AND

At 10:00 a.m., you can log in to see a live stream Sunday worship service from St. John's Lutheran Church in Mayfair, PA, an area outside of Philadelphia. Pastor Daniel Eisenberg, whom some of you may remember from his youth group days at NJ, is the pastor there. He has graciously invited us to view his service on Facebook or through the church's website. The addresses are:

facebook.com/stjohns-mayfair or www.stjohnsmayfair.org.

If you use the church website, you will need to click on the light blue bar in the middle of the page.

CANCELLED Servants for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: TBA

Lector: TBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA

Ushers: TBA

CANCELLED Sunday, May 31, 2020 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Pentecost ~ Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. In Acts the Spirit arrives in rushing wind and flame, bringing God’s presence to all people. Paul reminds us that though we each have different capacities, we are unified in the Spirit that equips us with these gifts. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world.

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Pastor Lisa Borrell–New Jerusalem's Visitation Pastor would like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or their website (www.friedenscentervalley.com) to watch online Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m.

AND

At 10:00 a.m., you can log in to see a live stream Sunday worship service from St. John's Lutheran Church in Mayfair, PA, an area outside of Philadelphia. Pastor Daniel Eisenberg, whom some of you may remember from his youth group days at NJ, is the pastor there. He has graciously invited us to view his service on Facebook or through the church's website. The addresses are:

facebook.com/stjohns-mayfair or www.stjohnsmayfair.org.

If you use the church website, you will need to click on the light blue bar in the middle of the page.

​​ New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wishes you a blessed day

and we pray that Christ's message of eternal life fills you with hope and love!


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New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

Saturday Worship: NO Worship TBD

(1st Saturday of the Month)

Sunday Church School: 10:30 AM (Sept-May)

Office Hours: 7:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Mon-Thurs)

610-838-0731

610-838-8573

newjerelc@gmail.com

Handicapped Accessible

In case of inclement weather, please watch Channel 69 WFMZ, www.wfmz.com or call the church office to listen to the message.

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