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Ministries for April 1–30, 2022 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Apr 10



. . . in April



WISHING YOU A BLESSED AND JOYOUS EASTER!


NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL

LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2022!

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 email MizLKB@aol.com.


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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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Friday, April 1, 2022

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, April 2, 2022

CLOSED Church Office

TBA—Work Party


Sunday, April 3, 2022

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—Children's Choir

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 5th Sunday of Lent

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

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

11:30 a.m.—Choir Practice

CANCELLED 6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 4, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:30 p.m.—Technology Committee Meeting


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

6:00 p.m.—Soup Supper at Christ Lutheran Church in Hellertown

7:00 p.m.—Lenten Worship Service at Christ Lutheran Church in Hellertown

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 7, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

6:30 p.m.—Preschool Committee Meeting


Friday, April 8, 2022

CLOSED Church Office

9:00 a.m.—Food Bank Delivery


Saturday, April 9, 2022

CLOSED Church Office

TBA—Plant Swap

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

4:00–6:00 p.m.—Frieden's Church Drive Thru Roast Beef Dinner


Sunday, April 10, 2022





8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—Children's Choir

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ Palm Sunday ONLINE Worship (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour AND Souper Bowl Sunday

(see Mark Your Calendar below)

11:30 a.m.—Choir Practice

1:00 p.m.—Bingo (see Mark Your Calendar below)

6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 11, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 noon—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 14, 2022






7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

7:00 p.m.—Maundy Thursday Worship Service at Frieden's Lutheran Church

6:00 p.m.—Church Community Life (CCL) Committee Meeting


Friday, April 15, 2022






CLOSED Church Office

7:00 p.m.—Good Friday Worship Service at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church


Saturday, April 16, 2022

CLOSED Church Office

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

3:30–5:00 p.m.—Egg Hunt (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, April 17, 2022




EASTER BLESSINGS ~ Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!


8:00–9:15 a.m.—Easter Breakfast

8:45 a.m.—NO Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—NO Children's Choir

9:30 a.m.—Brass Quartet Preludes

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ EASTER SUNDAY

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—NO Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:30 a.m.—NO Choir Practice

6:00 p.m.—NO Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 18, 2022

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

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

12:00 noon—Prime Timers (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—Endowment Committee Meeting


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

6:00 p.m.— SV Rail Trail Walk

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 21, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

6:00 p.m.—Church Community Life (CCL) Committee Meeting


Friday, April 22, 2022

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, April 23, 2022

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, April 24, 2022

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—Children's Choir

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 2nd Sunday of Easter

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:30 a.m.—Choir Practice

6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 25, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—May Angelus Deadline


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

6:00 p.m.—SV Rail Trail Walk

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 28, 2022

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:00 p.m.—Bible Study (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, April 29, 2022

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, April 30, 2022

CLOSED Church Office


 


TO JOIN US AT NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3233 APPLES CHURCH ROAD, BETHLEHEM, PA 18015 ON SUNDAY MORNING AT 10:00 A.M. FOR WORSHIP WITH PASTOR LISA AND ITS MEMBERS.


IF YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE ATTENDING SERVICES IN PERSON, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US ONLINE AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL CLICK HERE.



Hope to see you there!

Peace be with you.


 

'INVITED' by Rev. Sarah Are

Reader Kris Thomas

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

You are invited, this invitation is for you!

 

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

www.facebook.com/njelc3233/


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.

 

The 2021 Church Directory is available and a copy can be picked up in the Narthex. If you are unable to pick one up in person, please contact the church office at 610-838-0731.


Please contact the church office if any of your personal information needs to be changed, updated, or removed in our system starting 2022.


Contact the church office to make arrangements for giving envelopes to be picked-up or to be mailed. Your Tithing keeps the doors open and the ministry doing great work. We would like to say "Off to a great start"… the drop box installed (outside the building, by the office entrance) has been used by many already, keep it going.

 

2022 Giving Envelopes ~ Your envelopes will be available for pick up at any Sunday worship service. 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. We appreciate everyone’s continued financial support throughout these challenging times. (As you are well aware, even if we are not inside the building, the bills keep coming in every month.)


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

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

 

NJELC Property Building Fund March 2022 Update ~ To date we have nearly $34,000.00 earmarked for our upcoming 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) be directed to Jeanette—Office Administrator by calling 610-838-0731 or emailing newjerelc@gmail.com.

  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.

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

 


 

NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 68 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 grateful 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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THANK YOU TO ALL for helping Jack Reiss celebrate becoming a centurion! His week was full of love and surprises including receiving 504 birthday cards (as of 2/25) from family, friends, strangers, children, veterans, and people from across the country. He read them all! His celebration included a fire truck parade. Mayor declaration of "Jack Reiss Day", a McDonald's party, family luncheon, visits from friends, phone calls from out of state and those countless cards. He truly felt all the outpouring of love and deeply appreciated it. What a guy!!!


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Thank you from ELCA: We are grateful of your special gift in support of ELCA World Hunger 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 for the heartful prayer shawl and all the prayers and love that come with it. Surgery and healing and illness are hard, but a gift such as this helps so much. I am grateful for your continuing prayers for rehab and recovery. Thank you! Blessings and Joy, Mary Bender


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Thank you to all who donated fun band-aids to brighten up a child's day at the

St. Luke's Pediatric Unit! We collected 5,755 band-aids!




Boo Boo Bunny thanks everyone who will bring a big smile to a child's face!





Thank you from The Pediatric Team at St. Luke’s University Health Network … Thank you so much for the band-aid donation to our pediatric patients here at

St. Luke’s. Your generosity and thoughtfulness will continue to bring many smiles to our pediatric patients. Thank you so much!


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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 to all our Frontline and Essential Workers!

 






FOR 2022 UPCOMING EVENTS

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 newjertech@gmail.com.

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

 

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 cameron35@rcn.com 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!

 

The Property Committee is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping to maintain our lovely gardens in the front of the church and the side garden for the upcoming growing season. It would require some weeding, planting, and pruning every 2–3 weeks.


If you are interested in helping, please see or call Phyllis Reiss (610-653-8655) or Tina McCardle (610-838-6784 / 484-223-6498) to let them know if you can help. Many hands make quick work! Thanks!

 

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: btyoung9396@gmail.com or

call 610-797-8440.

 

New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs: Ritz crackers and Saltines


Thank you for your contributions!

Food Bank Delivery: Friday, April 8, 2022


Distribution Days: Saturday, April 9 and 16, 2022 from 8:30–10:45 a.m.


Approximately 68 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 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!


 

EASTER FLOWER FORM

(Please submit your form to the church office by Sunday, April 3, 2022. Thank you)


Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________


Envelope: # ____________________________ Amount: $ ____________________________


Dedication: ____________________________________________________________________________________


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ROAST BEEF DINNER

Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church

2451 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA


Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Invites you to enjoy a good meal which benefits the local Meals on Wheels!


The dinner consists of roast beef, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies,

roll, salad, and dessert. Cost = $15


Pre-orders are available by calling the church office at 610/865-4144 or through the website at friedenscentervalley.com.


 


IT'S BACK! BINGO will be held on

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.



 

Egg Hunt ~ Please join us for an egg hunt on Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m. in the Upper Room. Activities include crafts, puzzles, coloring and a guessing game. Children (ages 0–6th grade) will be divided by age groups to hunt eggs. We will hunt outside as long as the weather permits. Prizes will be awarded along with a free raffle for a special Easter cake and other small prizes.


Donations of snacks, drinks, and dyed hard-boiled eggs would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off during Holy Week and placed in the kitchen. Please place eggs in the refrigerator and mark food and drink donations for the Egg Hunt. Eggs must be at the church no later than 2:30 p.m. so they can be hidden in time for the egg hunt. Volunteers (7th grade or older) are needed to set up/clean up, help hide eggs, bake the raffle cake, and assist with the activities and snacks.


Please contact Marianne Zellner at 610-216-1016 or beachbummez@ptd.net with questions or to volunteer.


 


Easter Breakfast will be served on Sunday, April 17, 2022 from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or on the bulletin board by the kitchen if you and your family members plan to attend.


The church will provide scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, and pancakes. We would also like to have baked goods to serve, so if you would be willing to bring something for that, please sign up on the sheet by the kitchen.


 

Prime Timers will meet on

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 12:00 noon.


We will be playing board games.


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.


 

Walk with New Jerusalem! Join us Wednesday evenings from April 20–June 1, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. to walk on the Saucon Rail Trail. We’ll start from the Upper Saucon Township Park on Preston Lane off Rte. 378. 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. Friends also welcome!


NOTE: Bikers are welcome, but you will have to coordinate your own ride. Walks are weather permitting. Questions, please contact Pat Leith (610-838-0427 – text or voice).


 



 

Summer Women Event Dates and Lodging Information


Two years ago, we put a deposit at St. Peter’s (Son and Sand Retreat Center) located in Ocean City, Maryland. COVID 19 hit and closed everything down. They are opening May 1st this year.


Mark you calendar: Thursday–Saturday, June 23–25, 2022 have been booked for New Jerusalem Church.


If you have interest in attending this summer event, please contact Terry Ravier by March 31, 2022 for more details. Here is the link for the housing/retreat center https://www.stpetersoc.com/son--sand-retreat-center.html or you could find your own housing if you like and join us.


 




To learn more about the 2021 postponement and the 2022 Gathering, please visit: elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19.


The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022.


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Calling all high school youth to join us in Minneapolis!


THE THEME IS. . .

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

More information forthcoming.

 








If you would like to read the Synod News, you may find it online at http://nepasynod.org/publications/synod-news/. The most current copy is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex area.



 

2022 Altar Flower Sign-up Sheet is located in the Narthex or call the church office at 610-838-0731.

Altar flowers are a great way to honor or remember someone dear. A monetary amount has not been set, so we are asking for free will donations for the time being.   Anyone wanting to donate towards these flowers may use the envelope that has been included with one’s offering envelopes.

 

UPDATE MEMBER(S) INFORMATION



  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: _____________________