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Ministries for April 1–30, 2021 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Apr 26



. . . in April



New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wishes you and your family

a blessed and joyous Easter filled with hope and love!


GOOD NEWS. . .OUR OUTDOOR PARKING LOT WORSHIP SERVICES

ARE BACK STARTING 4/4/2021!

JOIN US HERE IN PERSON AT NEW JERUSALEM EVAN. LUTHERAN CHURCH

IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT OR ONLINE CLICK HERE

FOR OUR OUTDOOR EASTER SERVICE ON

SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021: 9:30 A.M. BRASS QUARTET PRELUDE AND 10:00 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE


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OLD RUGGED CROSS WITH LYRICS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOmipqhQBOM









HE LIVES WITH LYRICS ~ Sung by Blue Mountain Mennonite Church Youth Choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF6aBDS3drA



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NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL

LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2021!


LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH - WHISPERS OF MY FATHER

by Vince Gill and Jenny Gill with Lyrics

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQi1qB_9tkQ


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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!


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In case of a pastoral emergency,

please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell at 610-838-0731 or email MizLKB@aol.com.


TO JOIN US SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 10:00 A.M. FOR

OUR PARKING LOT WORSHIP SERVICES (PLEASE NOTE: OUTSIDE WORSHIP ON 4/25/2021 IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER—ONLINE ONLY CLICK HERE)

AT NJELC WITH PASTOR LISA AND ITS MEMBERS OR, IF YOU CAN'T JOIN US IN PERSON, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US ONLINE AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL CLICK HERE.


NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (NJELC) IS LOCATED AT

3233 APPLES CHURCH ROAD, BETHLEHEM, PA 18015.


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MORE GOOD NEWS ~

COFFEE HOUR RETURNS – OUTDOORS Starting Sunday, May 2, 2021!


  • The first and third Sunday of each month

  • Will only be offering coffee/juice/water (no food at this time)

  • For the safety of all, please read the guidelines below:

1. Please stay in your car until those who are leaving drive out of parking area.

2. Be aware of cars exiting throughout this time.

3. Please wear your mask.

4. Coffee will be dispensed for you outside the lower entrance.

5. Condiments will be located at the end of the sidewalk.

6. Please bring your own chair and congregate in the lower parking lot area.

7. Remember to social distance when you are talking/drinking.


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'INVITED' by Rev. Sarah Are

Reader Kris Thomas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Va5ukmf1M

You are invited, this invitation is for you!


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Hope to see you there!

Peace be with you.



EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 14, 2020

NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS



SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR INDOOR WORSHIP


(PLEASE NOTE … these may be revised as we continue to tweak what works most efficiently for our congregation.)


+ Persons at a high risk due to age or health are encouraged to stay at home, especially if exhibiting symptoms such as high fever, cough, loss of smell or taste, or shortness of breath.


+ Masks must be worn at all times properly covering one’s nose and mouth. (Only children who are 2 years of age or younger are exempt from this practice.) If you would arrive at church only to discover that you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available at various locations for your use.


+ There will be no formal collection of offering during the service. Receptacles will be provided in the Narthex area for worshippers to deposit their offering envelopes (which also may be mailed in to the church office).


+ Holy Communion will continue to be received via individually sealed cups/wafers which will be distributed as worshippers enter the sanctuary. We will commune in the pews and collect the used packages for proper disposal after worship.


+ To minimize the risk of transmitting germs, worshippers will not be greeted with handshakes following the service nor will the traditional “passing of the peace” take place. Members and friends may certainly speak with each other outside.


+ At this point in time, no congregational singing will take place during the worship service. The reasoning behind this is that there remains the risk of producing aerosols (droplets of water suspended in air) that can spread the coronavirus. We will work hard to make a joyful noise in other ways (organ/piano/bells; possible soloists or instrumentalists who are socially distanced from the congregation). While this may not be ideal, it is the safest practice for the welfare of all.


+ Likewise, we will not be hosting any coffee hours or in person church suppers until it is deemed safe to do so.


+ One person or one family unit will be permitted in the restrooms at a time.


+ Worshippers will maintain social distancing while in the sanctuary. Pews have been cordoned off and marked so that people will visually be reminded of where they may be seated for the service. The pews in the balcony will also be available for seating for those who are more readily able to climb steps.


+ Children must remain with the adults with whom they came.


+ The church will be cleaned after worship each week to ensure cleanliness for the next gathering.


Any virus outbreak in the "in person" worshipping community will necessitate the

closing of the church until further notice when it is deemed safe to re-enter.


The Council understands if you do not feel comfortable attending in person worship just yet. We respect your decision and invite you to tune into the service (via the church’s website at Youtube livestream link) as it will be live streamed each Sunday. We are working on all the details to make that happen so we may reach as many interested viewers as possible. This is a learning process for all of us and we thank you kindly for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters.


Just as we have figured out how to adjust to a different world than what we had, we are appreciating the new dimensions of worship that still speak to our faith experience. I thank you for your willingness to engage in this way, whether in person or via online services.


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.

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

www.facebook.com/njelc3233/


Thursday, April 1, 2021







CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—ONLINE Maundy Thursday Worship Service at NJELC

Youtube livestream link <--click here

Friday, April 2, 2021







CLOSED Church Office

7:00 p.m.—ONLINE Good Friday Worship Service at Frieden's

https://friedenscentervalley.com/online-church-services <--click here


Saturday, April 3, 2021







CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, April 4, 2021




EASTER ~ ALLELUIA!

9:30 a.m.—Musical Preludes by our Brass Quartet

10:00 a.m.—Parking Lot Worship Service & ONLINE ~

(Visit NJELCs worship service ONLINE at our Youtube livestream link <--)


CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, April 5, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 6:30 p.m.—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, April 8, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

Friday, April 9, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, April 10, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, April 11, 2021

10:00 a.m.—ONLINE ONLY CLICK HERE ~ Second Sunday of Easter

CANCELLED OUTDOOR PARKING LOT WORSHIP SERVICE

11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, April 12, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

6:00 p.m.—Sundaes on Wednesday—Parking Lot (see Mark Your Calendar below)

CANCELLED 6:30 p.m.—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 15, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, April 16, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing


Saturday, April 17, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, April 18, 2021

10:00 a.m.—Parking Lot Worship Service & ONLINE CLICK HERE ~

Third Sunday of Easter

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, April 19, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

TBD 12:00 p.m.—Prime Timers (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 6:30 p.m.—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 22, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, April 23, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing


Saturday, April 24, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

2:30-4:00 p.m.—Take Out Italian Dinner Pickup (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, April 25, 2021

10:00 a.m.—NO Parking Lot Worship Service—ONLINE Only CLICK HERE ~

Fourth Sunday of Easter

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 26, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

9:00 a.m.—May Angelus Deadline

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 6:30 p.m.—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 29, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, April 30, 2021

CLOSED Church Office



2021 Giving Envelopes ~ Thank you for the offerings you have made and continue to make to New Jerusalem Church. Your offerings of time, God-given talents, and monetary offerings help support all that we do.


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.


During this time that the church is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic,

please make your Offering Checks out to: New Jerusalem Church or NJELC

and mail it to:

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3323 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015

OR

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


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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.


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New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs: Canned Vegetables and Marshmallow Fluff—Thank you for your contributions!

Food Bank Delivery:

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.


(UR) Food Packing:

Friday, April 17 and 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.


Distribution Days: DRIVE THROUGH FOOD BANK PICK-UPS from 8:30–10:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Approximately 70 families were served in the month of March. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during these challenging times. We are so thankful for the generosity of our community! Thank you!


Volunteer Information

If you or your group or organization (ages 12 or older) are interested in volunteering at the food bank, please see or contact Tammy Welch at donniesmom180@yahoo.com.

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!


NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 70 families were served in the month of March. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during this challenging time. We are so thankful for the generosity of our community! Thank you!


A special thank you to all the hard-working volunteers

who help keep the NJ Food Bank operating!


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ZOOM Virtual Cooking Show hosted by NJELC on March 13, 2021 ~ Thank you to everyone who participated and enjoyed a fun evening of cooking and dining!

We made chicken bruschetta, potato filling, glazed carrots, and apple crisp. Compliments to the chef(s)!


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Message from Denise Hoffert… I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all for the cards, prayers, texts and phone calls during my hospitalization at the end of December into January. I am so blessed to have all the support, compassion, caring, and love from my church family while in the hospital and during my recovery at home. Prayers are awesome! Blessing and Peace be with you.

THANK YOU … Denise Hoffert


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Thank you to all who directed their Thrivent Choice Dollars® to New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Your generosity is most appreciated.


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Thank you from Weston Care: We at Weston Care Center want to thank each and every one of you for thinking of us on Valentine’s day. You mean the world to us! God Bless, Weston Care


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Thank you from NEPS for Mission Support Giving: Thank you! Your generosity makes a difference. A little over half of your mission support funds ministries in our synod territory. Some of it comes back to congregations or groups of congregations in the form of grants! The rest is sent to the ELCA churchwide organizations to support ministries done in our name across the county and around the world.


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Thank you from ELCA: We are grateful of your special gift in support of ELCA ministries. Through your generosity, you are joining hands with many others to equip households and communities to break the cycle of poverty and hunger, build up leaders for our church and for our future, and spread the good news of God’s love.

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Thank you to all our Frontline and Essential Workers!






FOR 2021—2022 UPCOMING EVENTS



A Bigger Purpose Kitten Rescue ~ As we approach Easter and observe Lent, we will be collecting items for "A Bigger Purpose Kitten Rescue" from Wednesday, February 17 to Sunday, April 4, 2021. At the age of 12, Riley Craig, one of our church members, opened this kitten rescue to save orphaned kittens and those kittens in need.


There will be a tote on the front porch of the church (under overhang) for you to drop off your donations.


Here is a list of items that are needed:

Iams dry cat and kitten food

Friskies canned cat food

Clumping cat litter (high priority)

Whole earth farms canned kitten food (high priority)

Yesterday's news non-clumping litter

New cat toys and wand toys

New/gently used hard sided cat carriers

New/gently used baby blankets

Clorox wipes

Paper towels

Unscented baby wipes

Tissues with lotion

New/gently used cat beds

Puppy pads

New plastic litter scoops

New litter boxes

Cardboard trays from canned food

Paper plates

Plastic spoons


They are also accepting cash donations, gift cards to Chewy, PetSmart, Petco, Amazon and Visa. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cindy Hart at 484-548-3937.

Yes, you read that correctly. Wednesday, April 14, 2021 = Sundaes on Wednesday! We will meet in the upper parking lot for a socially distanced fellowship gathering at 6:00 p.m. The evening is for folks of all ages to enjoy and will include a lesson, activity, and, of course, ice cream. Bring lawn chairs along. Masks to be worn unless eating ice cream.

JOIN THE FUN!


TAKE OUT ITALIAN DINNERS

Italian Dinner with Salad and Bread

Saturday, April 24, 2021 ~ Pick-up time at the church is between 2:30-4:00 p.m.


Order form and payment submitted to church by April 15, 2021:

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church (NJELC)

3233 Apples Church Road

Bethlehem, PA 18015


Proceeds to assist with parking lot improvements.

Any questions? Please contact Terry Ravier at tsravier3@gmail.com.


Name: __________________________________________________________________________________


Phone: _____________________________________


Dinner (Gluten Free Available)


Spaghetti: $8.00 each

Amount: # __________________ Price: $______________________ Total: $ _____________________


Gluten Free Spaghetti: $9.00 each

Amount: # __________________ Price: $______________________ Total: $ _____________________