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Ministries for May 1–31, 2023 and Upcoming Events

Updated: May 25, 2023

. . . in May

May God fill you will his goodness every day and

may the love of Jesus overflow from you to others throughout the year!

In case of a pastoral emergency,

please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell at 610-838-0731 or email

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12


by Vince Gill and Jenny Gill with Lyrics

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Monday, May 1, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—SV Trail Walking Group

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, May 4, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Church Office Hours

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club (Conference Room)

6:30 p.m.—CCL Committee Meeting

Friday, May 5, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

Saturday, May 6, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

4:30–5:00 p.m.—Worship Service

Sunday, May 7, 2023

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School (Last SS Classes until the Fall)

9:30 a.m.—Children's Choir

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service/Baptisms ~ 5th Sunday of Easter

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:00 a.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting

6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Year End Party

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, May 8, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:30 p.m.—Christian Education Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—SV Trail Walking Group

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, May 11, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Church Office Hours

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club (Conference Room)

Friday, May 12, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

9:00 a.m.—Food Bank Delivery (see Mark Your Calendar below)

Saturday, May 13, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

1:00–5:00 p.m.—Women's Mini Retreat/Men's Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Sunday, May 14, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in the Fall)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 6th Sunday of Easter

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, May 15, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

12:00 p.m.—CANCELLED PrimeTimers (see Mark Your Calendar below)

6:30 p.m.—Technology Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—SV Trail Walking Group

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, May 18, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Church Office Hours

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club (Conference Room)

6:30 p.m.—Preschool Committee Meeting

Friday, May 19, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

Saturday, May 20, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

8:30–10:45 a.m.—Food Bank Distribution (see Mark Your Calendar below)

Sunday, May 21, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in the Fall)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 7th Sunday of Easter

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

6:30 p.m.—Youth Group Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, May 22, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—June Angelus Deadline

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—Book Club (Conference Room) (see Mark Your Calendar below)

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—Food for Friends

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, May 25, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Church Office Hours

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club (Conference Room)

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at Vassi's Drive-In in Hellertown

Friday, May 26, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

Saturday, May 27, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

8:30–10:45 a.m.—Food Bank Distribution (see Mark Your Calendar below)

Sunday, May 28, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in the Fall)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ Day of Pentecost/Confirmation

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

6:30 p.m.—NJELC Youth Group Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, May 29, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—CLOSED Church Office Hours

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Pastor Lisa's Office Hours

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—AA




If you do not feel comfortable attending worship in person, we respect your decision and invite you to tune into our online Sunday Worship Service (via the church’s website at our Youtube livestream link).

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1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. PLEASE NOTE: Our June Saturday worship service will be held on Saturday, June 10th. New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church welcomes members and friends of the community to gather in an informal setting to hear the Word, share in the Lord’s Supper, connect with one another, and gain strength for the journey.

May the blessings of our Savior bring hope and peace.

Pastor Lisa Borrell

Praying you'll join us!

Peace be with you.


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

In all circumstances, never forget that we still are the church! As Martin Luther proclaimed in his most recognizable Reformation hymn, “A Mighty Fortress,”

God’s truth forever shall abide. Even COVID –19 has no power over us.


If you are not receiving the Angelus (Church Newsletter) either electronically or via the mail or your information needs to be updated, please contact the church office at 610-838-0731 and provide your name, email, and address, etc. to correct to error.

2023 Giving Envelopes are available ~ Your envelopes will be available for pick up and can be found on the window in the Narthex. You may also contact the church office via email or call to make arrangements for envelopes to be left in the blue bin outside the church by the lower doors for pickup any day Monday through Wednesday after 10:00 a.m. Please take family and friend's envelopes along if possible.

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If you would like to receive credit on your church financial statement for cash donations, please make sure that they are placed in an envelope with your name(s) clearly marked. We cannot keep record of cash gifts if we do not know from whom they were received. Thank you so much!

Together, we are the Body of Christ. We appreciate everyone’s continued financial support throughout these challenging times. God is good and gives us what we need.

Your Offering Checks can be made out to: New Jerusalem Church or NJELC

and mailed to:

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3323 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015


We have partnered with Vanco Payment Solutions to allow church members to contribute their offerings electronically from their personal checking or saving accounts directly to the church at no cost to them. Click this link Vanco Website to create your free online profile and set up your giving preferences. Giving will now be easier and hassle free.

Below is a brief description about 'Giving Electronically':

Electronic gifts are fast and secure, and they reduce administrative costs, allowing more of every dollar to fund the important work we are called to do.

+ Give anytime, anywhere to your favorite funds

+ Schedule and manage recurring donations even when you are on vacation

+ Make one-time donations to special appeals

+ Pay for events, programs, and other activities

+ Don’t have to cash or a checkbook


NJELC Property Building Fund ~ Exterior painting of the church, new ramp, and parking lot improvements.

Please consider making a donation towards this 3-prong project. Just mark you check, envelope, or VANCO donation(s) for the 'Building Fund' and it will be designated toward this project. Thank you for consideration in helping to raise the necessary funds. Any questions please see any Property Committee member.


Chalisters are needed … When we go back to offering altar Communion, we will need chalisters to help serve. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex if interested. The primary responsibility would only be to pour the grape juice chalice as we will no longer be offering the sacrament by common cup.

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Acolytes are needed … All interested youth (especially Confirmands) are asked to see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Thanks! Pastor Lisa will offer instruction when a list of volunteers has been made.

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New Prayer List Guidelines

  1. All name requests (additions, deletions) tto be directed to Jeanette— Office Administrator by calling 610-838-0731 or emailing

  2. Please remember to get the individual's permission before submitting.

  3. One can request an individual's or family's name be included on the list when there in a health or community concern or death.

    1. If it is a health concern, the person's name will remain on the list for four (4) weeks unless a request is made to keep it on longer, i.e., in the case of a prolonged condition or illness.

    2. If a death has occurred, the name will be listed for two (2) weeks.

    3. If it is a community concern, the concern will be listed for two (2) weeks.

    4. A person's name may be kept on for longer than four (4) weeks if Jeanette is informed of this request.

    5. EVERYONE can use prayers. This list was created for the purpose of lifting up current prayer needs.


NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 74 families were served in the month of April. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during these challenging times. We also extend our thanks to First UCC in Hellertown for providing Easter baskets to the children of the Food Bank. We are so grateful for the generosity of our community! Your kindness is appreciated!

A special thank you to all the hard-working volunteers

who help keep the NJ Food Bank operating!

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Thank you from ELCA ~ We are grateful of your special gift in support of ELCA World Hunger ministries. You are creating new beginnings. Thank you for sharing the hope of new life and the fullness of Christ’s joy!

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Thank you to all who directed their Thrivent Choice Dollars® to New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church. We appreciate you thinking of our church in this way!

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Thank you to all our Essential Workers!



In an effort to keep email mass communication efficient, Council has agreed to send mass email information out once a week. The "Weekly Update" email will be sent out Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. Any requests during the week for an email blast will be captured in this weekly email. The weekly prayer list will continue to be sent out on Monday mornings. Thank you.


Tina McCardle has GIANT GIFT CARDS for sale and accepts cash or checks to NJELC. They come in $25, $50, or $100 amounts. Call her at 610-838-6784 to make arrangements. She usually has them on hand when you see her as well. It's an easy way to support our ministry at NJ which benefits our current budget. Thanks to the many who are regular participants!

Would be willing to participate? I usually have gift cards on hand, so when you see me, please ask to buy some gift cards. Cash or checks made out to NJELC are accepted. We will be dropping the Valley Farms Gift Card, as they recently were sold to another owner. Giant cards are available in $25, $50, and $100 denominations. Please contact me at or 610-838-6784 and we can make arrangements to have you purchase gift cards.

Thanks to everyone who regularly buys cards to support the ongoing ministry of New Jerusalem Church. ~ Tina McCardle

They make great gifts!


We will be selling “Monthly Madness Cards” for

Dan Schantz Greenhouse. This $25 card entitles you to get one FREE item every month of the year. $100 value for $25 and New Jerusalem makes a profit on every card.

The best part -- it NEVER expires! You redeem the card 12 different months and receive 12 very nice plants, flowers, pumpkins, etc. Can’t get to Lehigh Street in January? No problem -- next January the card is still good. Great gift idea! See posters around the church or Phyllis Reiss for more details at or 610-653-8655.


FOOD FOR FRIENDS ~ The Food For Friends (FFF) Ministry is one of those special ministries that happens behind the scenes. We have a small group of volunteers who give of their time and talent to feed the hungry. Food For Friends is a program based in Quakertown through the Richland Friends Church. The roots of FFF dates back to 1998 when Mary Miller, the Ag teacher at Upper Bucks County Technical School had a The rest is history, with six volunteer groups now sharing the load of providing a hot meal for anyone in need on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday of every month.

Our NJELC Apples Church group covers 6 dinner events a year and has provided up to 150 to-go meals in one night. Prior to COVID, the groups would provide a sit-down meal and serve the patrons which also included some good conversation and fellowship. Everyone involved always tells me how wonderful the experience was for them. It’s enjoyable for me to see people help others and know we are making a difference in our community. If you are interested in helping with future events, please contact Bill Young via email: or

call 610-797-8440.


Property Committee Update ~ Our building fund project for the new handicap ramp and steps to the entrance of the Nave has been completed. You may contribute to the Capital Campaign/Building Fund by noting on your check or envelope you would like your gift to go there. Thank you for all your support!

Please speak with any Property Committee member (Bill Bender, Bill Young,

Jere Reiss, Jesse Hart, Terry Ravier, Tina McCardle, and Russ Pacala), if you have questions.


New Jerusalem decals…New Jerusalem shirt decals are still available at Saucon Valley Sporting Goods located at the Water Street Plaza. Please contact Kathy Fenstermacher at church for more information.


The Card Club will be meeting on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room for an afternoon of recreation and fellowship with one another.


New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs: Assorted juices

Thank you for your contributions and

to all of our faithful volunteers!

Food Bank Delivery: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days: Saturday, May 20th from 8:30–10:45 a.m. AND

Saturday, May 27th from 8:30–10:45 a.m.

Approximately 74 families were served in the month of April. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during these challenging times. We also extend our thanks to First UCC in Hellertown for providing Easter baskets to the children of the Food Bank. We are so grateful for the generosity of our community! Thank you!

For more information about our Food Bank, please click here.

A special thank you to all the hard-working volunteers who help keep the NJ Food Bank operating and to our most generous community!

Thank you for making this community stronger!


Walk with New Jerusalem! Wednesday evening walks from April 12 to May 17, 2023 on the

Saucon Rail Trail.

We’ll start from the Upper Saucon Township Park on Preston Lane off Route 378 at 6:00 p.m. This is a large township park with plenty of parking.

Meet outside the restroom facilities (a tan colored building on the north side of the park). Please be on time, so you know if we are heading north or south on the trail. Bring water/snack as needed. NOTE: Bikers are welcome, but you will have to coordinate your own ride. to Pat Leith (610-838-0427 – txt or voice).


New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church


All are welcome!

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023

Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m. ~ Dinner will be prepared and served by the men. They will be cooking their delicious Dutch Oven dishes.

Registration deadline is May 5, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact or 610-360-0956.

An afternoon for learning about Women in the Bible, Fun and Fellowship.

A free will offering to help support: Diakon Family Life Services

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,

clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.



(This is a Thrivent Action Team Educational Event!)

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023

Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Where: New Jerusalem Apples Church

What we’ll be doing: Men will be learning the joy of cooking with a Dutch oven.

At least 5 main course entrees and desserts will be created. No Dutch oven, no problem. We have extras. All ingredients and charcoal will be supplied.

This is being done in conjunction with the Women’s Mini Retreat the same day.

We are supplying the dinner food.

Email or sign up by the deadline: Gentlemen, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex by Sunday, May 7th.



Prime Timers will meet on

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at noon.

We will be playing ”BINGO".

A Sign-up Sheet will be posted in the Narthex.

All are welcome ~ hope to see you there!

For questions, please contact Loretta at 610-838-7428.



ATTENTION ~ Families of the Class of 2023 Graduates!

We would like to share warm wishes and congratulations with your upcoming graduate in the next Angelus.

Please send a short message regarding your grad by Sunday, May 22, 2023. Information should include: name, school, degree (if applicable), and future plans. Thanks!


Welcome all readers ~ Book Club will meet on May 23, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Hope to see the familiar faces as well as newcomers.

We will meet in the conference room across from the office.

Friends are welcome to join us, so pass the word!

If you have any questions, please contact Pat Leith by e-mail at or call /text at 610-838-0427.


All social events begin at 7:00 p.m.

All dates are weather pending and if it's questionable use your judgment.

If conflicts arise, they will be communicated

when they present themselves.

· Thursday, May 25th ~ Vassi's Drive Inn ~ 1666 Main St. ,Hellertown, PA 18055

· Tuesday, June 20th ~ Rita's ~ 1130 Main St., Hellertown, PA18055

· Wednesday, July 19th ~ The Bethlehem Dairy Store, also known as The Cup ~

1430 Linden St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

· Sunday, August 13th ~ Gridas or Gs to go ~ 36 N Main St., Richlandtown, PA 18955

· Friday, September 8th ~ The Inside Scoop ~ 301 N. 3rd St., Coopersburg, PA 18036

If you're available, please join other members and bring your friends along too. Enjoy a sweet treat and relax with one another in fellowship.

Have a great time!

If you have one, wear a New Jerusalem, Vacation Bible School, or a Thrivent shirt.

Decals are available at Saucon Valley Sporting Goods

in the Water Street Plaza in Hellertown.

(Monday through Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-3).


In honor of National Foster Care Awareness month, NJELC will be launching a new ministry called,

'New Jerusalem Fosters Love'.

Our goal is to be a foster-friendly congregation where families know they will receive love and support, increase awareness of the needs of orphans in our community, and prayerfully fulfill God’s plan for his children.

We will be hosting a Speaker’s Panel on June 11, 2023 after Coffee Hour to learn about the Foster Care System and the needs of our community. Hope to see you there!

“Everyone Can Do Something”


IRON PIGS GAME ~ Friday, June 16, 2023 at 7:05 p.m. Please join New Jerusalem and friends to see the Pigs play the Toledo Mud Hens. Fireworks after the game.

This is “Faith Night” at Coca-Cola Park so many churches are taking part. Tickets are limited. Tickets are $12 (including $2 food credit). Speak with Phyllis Reiss (610-653-8655 or ASAP!


If you would like to read the Synod News, you may find it online at The most current copy is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex area.


2023 Altar Flower Sign-up Sheet is located in the Narthex or call the church office at 610-838-0731.

Altar Flower Sponsorship Update …The cost of sponsoring altar flowers is $30. If there are two sponsorships on any given Sunday, the cost is $15/per sponsor. However, two separate flower arrangements can also be provided, one from each sponsor; each sponsor will then pay $30 each. Please let Barbara Young or Shirlene Moser know your preference when sponsoring altar flowers. Thank you!

Altar flowers are a great way to celebrate a special occasion or

honor or remember someone dear.


What is Mutual Ministry at New Jerusalem? Did you know that there is a Mutual Ministry Committee here at New Jerusalem?

Mutual Ministry is loosely defined as the interaction between the pastor, professional staff, Church Council, and the congregation to foster communication and support between these three groups. Typical tasks of the Mutual Ministry Committee include providing a listening ear to each group and a means to interact in a confidential way to resolve issues that may arise between, and within, each group. The committee also assists Church Council in conducting an annual performance review of the Church’s professional staff, as well as providing input into creating and revising employee job descriptions.

Currently, this committee is comprised of three members (Tina Miller, Tina Young, and Tim Fulmer) who are appointed to serve a three-year term as approved by the Pastor and Church Council President. The committee is currently seeking additional members, so any interested members of the congregation are invited to contact Pastor Lisa; Church Council President, Marianne Zellner; or any current Mutual Ministry Committee member for more information.

Any member of the congregation that desires to seek assistance from the Mutual Ministry Committee may do so by contacting a member of the committee to arrange a meeting with the committee to discuss issues dealing with interactions with pastor/professional staff, Church Council, and/or other members of the congregation. All contact with the Mutual Ministry Committee is kept confidential between the parties involved in the issue; and the hopeful outcome of this process is to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of all parties.


Have you ever taken a photo* at a New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church (NJELC) event?

We would LOVE to share your photos on the NJELC website and/or Facebook!

Send them to:

+ Facebook: Kathy Fenstermacher at or

Caroline Skuba at

+ NJ Website: Linda Weaver at

*PLEASE NOTE: If you share photos, you are giving NJELC permission to post the photo publicly of all persons in the photograph(s).


Our Music Director, Edward L. Walakovits, is a skilled Organist and Choir Director with more than 30 years of experience. He is experienced in playing the pipe organ and piano. Ed has a working knowledge of liturgy and choral styles. He is an effective leader with an eye for developing and motivating choir members. Ed graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance with a minor in Music.

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Choir rehearsals are held on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: All are Welcome!

Feel free to join the choir—all voices and skill levels are welcome!

If you have any questions, please see Ed.

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The Worship and Music Committee is always looking for any and all volunteers who are interested in special singing, either solo or with others and/or playing an instrument for additional special music to enhance our worship service and should be coordinated with Ed Walakovits–Music Director.


Calling all volunteers … we are in great need of volunteers (ushers, greeters, lectors, and general helpers) for our

10:00 a.m. indoor worship services. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex area for those who would like to serve. Thank you!


Please provide your email address to both the church office at and to Caroline Skuba at so the electronic volunteer sign-up sheet link can be sent to you.


Coffee Hour Sign-Up ~ If you are interested, please use the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board by the kitchen in the Upper Room. Any questions, please see Tina Young.


Technology Committee ~ I guess we could thank COVID for helping establish the Technology Committee at NJELC. The Parking Lot Service, live streaming on YouTube not to mention Facebook, and the church website have become a necessity in the 21st century in order to give our members different options to worship with us. It’s a changing world indeed, but we need to evolve in order to survive.

The Technology Committee oversees live streaming, Facebook, church website, sound system, and security cameras. Our mission is to use technology to

reach more people with our ministry and make it easier for congregational members to share information.

We have established a dedicated email for technology questions, picture sharing and digital storage. Many of you have pictures you may want to share with our church community. All pictures can be emailed to

NOTE: Any picture sent to us is with the understanding we have permission to use it on social media or the church website.

The following people are part of the Technology Committee:

  • Bill Young: Committee Chairperson, Website, Live-Streaming, Equipment, and Security

  • Angela Fulmer: Live-Streaming, Pictures, and Facebook

  • Linda Weaver: Website and Pictures

  • Sharon Bender: Website, Live-Streaming, and Council Liaison

  • Caroline Skuba: Facebook and Pictures

  • Ben Fogel: Live-Streaming and Equipment

  • Kathy Fenstermacher: Facebook

  • Terry Ravier: Live-Streaming and Security


Prayer Shawls ~ There is a basket of beautiful handmade prayer shawls in the Narthex. If you know of someone who is having hard times (illness, sadness, troubles, or just because), please take one for them.

These shawls are meant to show a tangible message of God's love and the care and concern of friends from New Jerusalem.


​Would you like to learn to Quilt?

If you would like to learn or already know how, please join our quilters on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m.


Do you like to pray? Do you like to pray for others?

New Jerusalem has had a devoted prayer group to minister to people of our congregation, our extended families and neighbors, and outside concerns for many years. Many people were not aware of this ongoing ministry of the church. If you or someone you know needs prayers from this group or wishes to be a part of the group to pray, please do not hesitate to email Kathy Fenstermacher at She in turn will notify others in the group to add your request to the list for daily prayers on your behalf. Prayers can be made for an illness, surgery, death, or other reasons. The reason does not need to be stated or the type of illness or surgery. After the crisis has passed that name may be added to the church prayer list that is provided every Sunday in the bulletin. If someone just wants a name added to the church prayer list in the bulletin, please call and leave a message with the church office at 610-838-0731. Please indicate if you would like a phone call, home, or hospital visit from Pastor Lisa.

Any church member who is in need of meals during a time of illness, injury,

death, birth, or some other disability is welcome to contact Sharon Bender at

610-597-8764 or email her at She will arrange meals to be delivered to the family or person in need.

Thank you for being part of this ministry!


Volunteers Needed for our Fellowship Committee ~ The Fellowship Committee provides tasty treats for your enjoyment after worship every Sunday and is in need of additional volunteers to provide items. If you have any interest in providing an occasional snack for coffee hour, please see or get in touch with Tina Young. If you would like to team up with another family or a couple of people, we can work with you on doing that. If you would like to offer your assistance on setup and or clean up, that is welcome also.

I would first like to thank everyone who has ever led or helped with a coffee hour. Without your help, this time of fellowship would not be possible. As we move forward, I have updated and attached the current coffee hour duty list to reduce confusion and apprehension. We need more people to sign up for weekly coffee hour as leaders (who would organize a small group) and bakers (who would support current leaders). Please consider this important ministry that builds community in our church. Contact Tina Young at or

call 610-533-4977.


New Jerusalem Church will hold periodic fundraising events for our veterans. Participants may visit residents, play games, share stories, read to them, or we can offer support. The congregation will be kept informed of the veterans we are helping. Any questions, contact Cindy Hart.


Please contact the church office at 610-838-0731 if any of your personal information needs to be changed, updated, or removed in our system starting 2023.



  1. I/we would like a call from Pastor Lisa Borrell. Yes or No

  2. I/we would like to be removed from all correspondence. Yes or No

  3. I/we would like to be removed or become inactive from the rolls. Removed or Inactive

  4. I/we would like our information in the 2021 church directory. Yes or No

(If no, mark a P next to information that you want kept private—

for church record only)

First Name(s): _______________________________________ & _______________________________________

Last Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________________________

City: _______________________________________________ State: _________ Zip: _____________________

Home Phone: __________________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone(s): ________________________________________, ________________________________________

Email Address(s): ______________________________________, ______________________________________

List Family Members:

Name(s) Birthday(s)


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Our bylaws B8.02.b: A confirmed member who does not attend church service, who does not partake in holy communion, and who has made no contribution of record to this congregation shall be classified as an inactive member without the right to vote.


Welcome to Apple's Preschool at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church!

Our program consists of four classes designed to fit the needs of every student and their family. Through many learning activities, crafts, songs, books, and much more, children are engaged to learn their letters, numbers, colors, shapes, patterns, opposites, rhyming, sequencing, size, etc., along with writing skills. With a soft Christian environment children are guided through their days to share and care, while using their imaginations and energy to fill our spacious classroom with joy.

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We have open enrollment for our Three Year Old Class and Pre-K Classes. It is never too soon to enroll for the 2023-2024 school year. Miss Shani can be reached at for preschool information and/or tours of the classroom.

Apple's Preschool is looking forward to the new year bringing us a lot of fun learning through activities, crafts, music, books, and much more.

May God bless us all this year with healthy bodies, patience, and loving hearts.

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Our schedule and tuition rates will be as follows:

Three Year Old Class to be held on

Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Tuition is $160/month

Pre-K Class to be held on

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00–11:30 a.m. OR 12:30–3:00 p.m.

Tuition is $200/month

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We had a lot of exciting things happen in April! After our Easter Egg Hunt and Party, we welcomed 10 tiny caterpillars that we have watched turn into their chrysalides. We anxiously are awaiting the experience of a transformation into butterflies and will then set them free.

The children, parents, and teachers enjoyed the play, "The Wizard of Oz", at DeSales University and were excited to meet the characters afterwards.

We had a visit from Miss Andrea from the Hellertown Area Library and she read wonderful books to us, taught us new songs, and gave us information on their summer programs.

Earth Day lessons, coloring pages, and science experiments were wonderful ways to teach the children how to take care of their world. The PreK class had a visit from a couple two-week old emus. They were adorable and so cute in their little sock diapers.

Our next spring fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to closing at The Inside Scoop in Coopersburg. Come out to meet the teachers, learn about our programs, and of course to enjoy some ice cream!

The Apple's Preschool Closing Program will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

It's May. . .Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers and Happy Memorial Day to all!

Miss Shani and Miss Katrina

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Miss Shani And Miss Katrina,

Our Apple's Preschool Classroom, And April 2023 Memories

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For more information about Apple's Preschool click here.

You can also find us on Facebook at


May the beauty of God be reflected in your eyes, the love of God be

reflected in your hands, the wisdom of God be reflected in your words,

and the knowledge of God flow from your heart,

that all might see, and seeing, believe.

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Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present,

nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

God, the creator, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,

bless you and keep you in eternal love.

The members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wish you a blessed day and we pray that your day is filled with hope, love, peace, and good health!