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Pastor Lisa Borrell's Message for August 2023, Church Council Connection, and Music News

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

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May God fill you will his New 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 or email

Pastor Lisa will be holding office hours at the church on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Please give me a call ahead of time if possible so that we can arrange for a time to meet and speak. To note … Hershey kisses are always available on my desk if you, like I, have a need for chocolate! I can also be reached via text messages to my cell phone, Facebook Messenger, or email ( Please understand if sometimes I cannot answer a call promptly. Kindly leave me a voice message and I will contact you as soon as I am able. ~ Pastor Lisa


During the month of August, our congregation will be joyfully welcoming 11 new members into our Christian fellowship! Chances are that you’ve seen these good folks at worship already and may have spoken with them during coffee hour. If not, please take the time to introduce yourself and extend a warm New Jerusalem welcome.

Emily & Mark Brownson ~ Emily and Mark are no strangers to NJ because they’ve been worshipping with us for quite some time and participate in various ministries like Evangelism & the women’s retreat (E) and serving as a lector (M). The couple comes to us by way of Delaware where they raised their 4 children. (Caroline Skuba is their daughter and Brady & Jake, their grandsons.)

Mark, who enjoys wood making projects, is a retired realtor and Emily, who has a green thumb, is a retired 2nd grade teacher.

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Mardi Fogel ~ Mardi, too, is a familiar face at NJ as his wife, Robin, and kids, Zac, Katie, and Ben are active members.

Mardi works as a helicopter mechanic for Carson Helicopters and enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling in his downtime. He and his family are big Disney fans! He plays an active role in scouting, serving as a mentor for many youth participants.

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Carol & Terry Knauss ~ The couple transferred to our congregation from Light of Christ Lutheran in Bethlehem. They like the pastor, people, sermons, and service here at NJ and have felt very welcome.

Terry is a retired manufacturing/customer service manager while Carol works as a physical therapist assistant at Good Shepherd. They are parents to sons, Matthew and Chris, and Ben who now rests in the arms of our Lord. Carol enjoys cooking and baking in her free time while Terry keeps active with bowling and darts.

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Linda & Jerry Latchic ~ Linda and Jerry hail from the east side of Allentown where they were active members of the former St. Joseph’s Lutheran. What attracted them to NJ was the mission and outreach of the congregation as well as the friendliness of our members. (Being friends with Pastor Lisa for the past 35 years didn’t hurt either!)

They are both very family-oriented and enjoy spending time with their siblings, nieces, and nephews. Jerry, retired from PPL, regularly volunteers in various soup kitchens in the Lehigh Valley. Linda, retired from working in several doctors’ offices, is a huge Englebert Humperdinck fan and will readily share how he kissed her on stage!

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Barb Plohochi ~ Barb keeps her plate full by owning, operating, and traveling for her own environmental consulting business and raising 2 daughters and 2 sons with her wife, Alice. All the kids are pursuing or have graduated with higher education degrees which would make any parent proud!

She enjoys the pastor and the traditional worship service here at NJ. In her downtime, Barb likes to keeps active with golf (Fore!), sports, and travel.

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Debra & Kevin Schrantz ~ Deb and Kevin join LOTS of relatives in membership here at NJ and find the people friendly and the worship service uplifting.

Together, they have a blended family of 4 adult children with whom they love to spend time. Deb, who works at Greene Tweed Aerospace Warehouse, enjoys getting her hands dirty gardening and taking family camping trips. Kevin (the youngest of the 12 Schrantz kids!) is a leadman with Penn Color and also keeps active biking, hiking, and kayaking. They both adore being with their young grandchildren.

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Sharon Weisser ~ Sharon is a dear friend of the Fogel family with whom she resides. She likes attending worship with them and is eager to become a part of the congregation.

She loves hanging out with friends, watching MeTV, and listening to music. Quiz her on popular tunes and artists if you dare! Sharon also loves reading books to children.

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A friendly reminder…

As per our congregational constitution, members who wish to remain on the active roles of New Jerusalem, must receive the sacrament of Holy Communion and give a contribution of record (offerings given in a designated envelope or another envelope with your name clearly indicated on front) at least once a year. Worshippers are encouraged to complete a Communion Record slip (found in the pew racks in the church sanctuary) twice a year when in attendance and place the slip in the offering plate.

The office is compiling a new address, email, and telephone directory for active members which will be published later in the summer; thus, we are seeking the most current information as possible. If any of your personal info has changed, please let the church office know by calling 610-838-0731 or by emailing Jeanette at Thank you for your help!

Also, if anyone would like to receive Communion, but cannot physically attend church, please reach out to Pastor Lisa Borrell at the office. She would be most happy to make a visit and share the sacrament in your home.

Blessings to one and all during this summer season.

In Christ's service, Pastor Lisa




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).

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2023 AT 10:00 A.M.



Lunch will follow the service. The church will provide hotdogs, beef BBQ and beverages. Bring a covered dish to share, games, bring a lawn chair, and invite a friend—the more the merrier.

NO live streaming of the worship service today,

please join us in person in the beautiful outdoors.

Directions to Spring Valley Sportsmen’s Club: Apples Church Road to Bingen Road, first left onto Spring Valley Road, continue to stop sign, go straight head, and at the Y bare right. Entrance 200 feet on right side of road.

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1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. 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

Hope to see you there!

Peace be with you.


The church continues to have expenses throughout the year

and we encourage you to mail in your offering or

Thank you and God bless


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

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)



Greetings from your New Jerusalem “Apples” Church Council

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The next Church Council Meeting will be held on

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

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The Council officers for 2023 are:

  • President: Bill Young (484-544-1294)

  • Vice President: Caroline Skuba (610-597-8764)

  • Secretary: Sarah Parente

  • Treasurer: Terry Ravier

  • Council Members: Angela Fulmer, Jesse Hart, Pat Leith, Joanne Robbins, and Robin Rooth-Fogel

As always, please keep the council members and

all those in leadership positions for this congregation in prayer.

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Hello from your New Jerusalem “Apples” Church council. In an effort to improve communication across the channels of our congregation, we have decided to provide a brief summary of what is happening at our Council monthly meetings. Some of you might not be aware that all are invited to attend Church Council meetings, which are held every second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Any questions or concerns should be brought to the meeting or placed in the question box located in the Narthex. Of course, you can always catch up to a current council member and ask them for help as well. As your Council President, I am available by email at or phone 610-554-1294.


NJELC Church Council continues to take care of business during the summer months. Committee’s around the church continue to work improving communication, planning activities and recruiting new members.

Property committee finalized the railing installations and finished grading the lawn in the front of the church. Our church really looks great!!

Thanks to Terry and JC Ravier for coordinating flag placement in our cemetery for our Veterans.

The parking lot project was approved to move forward, so we should see some action soon towards a sustainable parking lot for the future. The Parking Lot Project will begin the first week of August 2023, although no date has been set yet. This project is very weather dependent. Please be aware and make necessary arrangements if you have any meetings during the week.

It warms my heart to see our membership growing, baptism’s happening and a newly formed Youth group gearing up for great times this Fall.

We are certainly blessed with a caring and outgoing congregation who supports so many wonderful ministries in our church and community. I encourage you to get involved any way you can.

Peace be with you,

Bill Young, Council President

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Something to keep in mind as throughout the year…The expenses of the church (heating/cooling, fuel, electricity, salaries, upkeep, cleaning, etc.) continue even when you are on vacation, not in attendance, or when no one is in the building. All confirmed members are encouraged to give on a regular basis so that the important ministries of the church will not be disrupted. We encourage you to mail in your offering or use

Thank you and God bless

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Council Question Box (As a reminder, there is a wooden box located on the shelf in the Narthex. Congregation members are encouraged to write a question/

concern/comment for the council. You can also speak with a council member. These questions/concerns/comments will be read at the council meeting and discussed. The response will be placed in the next Angelus or, if signed, will be relayed to the individual.)


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.


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.

All are welcome ~ Please join us for choir practice on

Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

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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.


Endowment & Finance Committee News!

2023 Fall Endowment Grant applications will be available in the church office, Endowment mailbox in August. Deadline for fall applications is October 8, 2023.

MISSION & MINISTRY ENDOWMENT FUND ~ 2023 grant amount is $2,750.

The Endowment Committee anticipates there will be a distribution of income available this fall from the Mission & Ministry Endowment Fund. The anticipated amount is $600.

Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following ministry areas:

  • Mission: Local, regional and world projects

  • Education: Higher education and continuing education expenses

  • Youth: Support for youth of all ages

  • Worship and Music: Support for the worship of the church

  • Capital Projects: Major renovations and building of new facilities for the church

There will be no distribution of income available from the Property Endowment Fund.

The spring distribution was $20,000.

Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following property areas:

  • Maintenance; General Upkeep

  • Restoration

  • Repairs

  • Capital Project

  • Equipment Purchases

  • Property Acquisition

The Endowment committee will also have a distribution from the Christian Education Endowment Fund. The anticipated amount is $1,400.

The spring distribution was $600.

Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following property areas:

  • Sunday Church School

  • Vacation Bible School

  • Christian Youth Activities

  • Adult Christian Education

  • Teacher's Education

Endowment—The gift that keeps on giving!

See any Endowment & Finance Committee member if you have questions.

Tim Frey, Chairperson

Russ Pacala Jr., Vice Chairperson

Tina McCardle

Terry Ravier



  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 as of ______________ 2023 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.


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​​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!

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