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Ministries for April 1–30, 2024 and Upcoming Events



. . . April & Beyond



May God continue to fill you will his goodness every day and

may the love of Jesus overflow from you to others!


In case of a pastoral emergency,

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


Special Coverage April 1st through 18th: Pastor Lisa Borrell will be away on her continuing education trip. For pastoral emergencies while she is away, please contact Rev, Rich Teitsworth (formerly of First UCC) at 484-695-4554.


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


LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH - WHISPERS OF MY FATHER

by Vince Gill and Jenny Gill with Lyrics


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Monday, April 1, 2024

CLOSED Church Office


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

1:00 p.m.—Movie Matinee

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 2023

Pastor Out of Office

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 4, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Friday, April 5, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, April 6, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

CLOSED Church Office

NO Saturday Worship


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

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

6:15 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 8, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:30 p.m.Choir

7:00 p.m.—Finance

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:30 p.m.—CCL Committee Meeting


Friday, April 12, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, April 13, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, April 14, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 3rd Sunday in Easter

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

12:00 p.m.—Doors Open for Bingo

  1:00 p.m.—Bingo

6:00 p.m.—NJELC Youth Group

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 15, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

7:00 p.m.—Endowment Meeting


Wednesday,  April 17, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  April 18, 2024

Pastor Out of Office

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club (Conference Room)


Friday,  April 19, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday,  April 20, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday,  April 21, 2024

  8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

  8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 4th Sunday in Easter

                       ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)   

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday,  April 22, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—Angelus deadline for May

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday,  April 23, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—Book Club


Wednesday,  April 24, 2024

  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

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  April 25, 2024

 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

6:30 p.m.—Crafting Group (Conference Room)


Friday,  April 26, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday,  April 27, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday,  April 28, 2024

  8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

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

                       ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)   

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday,  April 29, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday,  April 30, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee


 


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 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).


Additional Sunday ministries include:

8:45–9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School

8:45–9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Chat in the Upper Room

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ALSO, SATURDAY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE OFFERED AT 4:30 P.M. ON THE

1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH.

NO Saturday Worship Service in April. Next Saturday Worship will be May 4, 2024!

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.


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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.


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Worship & Music Committee Update ~ With regard to the church survey that was done a while ago, we wanted to update you all on the progress of selecting hymns. Ninety-seven (97) different hymns were submitted to the committee. Of those, 3 are not found in any of our hymnals. Of the remaining 94, 69 have been used, not including the singing of the Lord's Prayer that was suggested by many!


Many have asked about using With One Voice (WOV), the blue smaller book. We know over 80% of the hymns there are included in the Cranberry (red) hymnal, some have different wording or different tunes. Hymns from WOV are used in Saturday services.


Of note ~ hymns may be specific to a season of the church, and therefore not used outside that timeframe. Hymn selection is guided by the reference Sunday & Seasons, which suggests the readings for the day including the Gospel reading. Many times the hymns selected reinforce the lesson from the readings. We also take into consideration copyright laws and fees for use of music.


All in all, your voices have been heard through the survey and also in Sunday services and we look forward to planning to use more of your suggestions.


Respectfully submitted~ Music & Worship committee


 

NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 71 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!

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


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Thank you to Sharon Bender and Ed Walakovits for bringing back the Bell Choir. Also, thank you to all of our talented bell ringers…everyone enjoyed the beautiful music.


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Our New Jerusalem Council would like to extend our grateful appreciation to Linda Weaver, for her years of work on the church’s website. Linda dedicated countless hours of time and energy to keep our site updated with events and information. We wish her all the best in her new found time to relax!


Linda will hand the reins over to Sarah Parente. Welcome and thanks to Sarah!


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Thank you to all our Essential Workers!

 





FOR 2024

UPCOMING EVENTS




Please join us for our Adult Bible Chat on Sunday mornings.


Come participate in a new group that focuses on discussing the Word of God and how it impacts everyday life.


WHAT: An informal discussion about life, using God’s Word to guide us.

WHEN: Sunday mornings from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Upper Room (Fellowship Hall)

WHO: Anyone and everyone (post Sunday School age and up!)


If you have any questions or want to know more, please speak with Tim Fulmer.


 



New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Ritz Crackers, Saltines, and Canned Tuna


Food Bank Delivery: Friday, April 12th

Distribution Days for April: 20th and 27th from 8:30am to10:45am

For Donations...Donations will be received on the 3rd & 4th Fridays of the month from 9am to 11am at the upper entrance. Please DO NOT drop off donations at the lower entrance.


**NEW Phone Number** for the Food Bank is 267-375-9696 if you have any questions!


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

Thank you for making this community stronger!


 



 


 


Calling all Young People in 6th through 12th grades!  




SAVE THE DATES!  Youth Group will meet the third Sunday of each month (March 17, 2024) at 12:00 noon.  

All are welcome! Bring friends, too!



 



PrimeTimers will meet on

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 6:30pm.


We will be listening to a speaker from the Lion's Club.


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


All are welcome ~ hope to see you there!



 



New Jerusalem Fosters Love Update ~ In honor of K.I.N.D.(Kids in need of Diapers) Day May 4th, NJ Fosters Love will be collecting all sizes of diapers to be donated to Northampton and Lehigh County Children and Youth Offices. This will run for the entire month of April. Please look for our collection bin in the Narthex. Thank you for your continued support!


The next event is Foster Care and Child Abuse Awareness Month in May.

On May 19, 2024 at 11:30 a.m., we will host a speaker’s panel featuring stories from Foster Parents. Light refreshments will be served.


 



WELCOME ALL READERS ~ Book Club will meet on Tuesday,

April 23, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room across from the church office.  


The book that will be discussed is "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doeer.


Hope to see the familiar faces as well as newcomers.

All are welcome, so pass the word!


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


 

CRAFT WITH US ~ Do you have a favorite hobby or craft activity? Crafting is a source of relaxation and happiness for many of us. Bring your own project as you work with others.


We will meet in the conference room on the 4th Thursday of each month. Whether it is crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, coloring or something else, please join us on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower conference room. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Fenstermacher or Gina Grekula.


 

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Themed Bingo will occur on Sunday, May 5, 2024.


We are looking for donations/sponsorships of prizes.


If you know a business or are interested in helping, please contact Cindy Hart (484-548-3937 or Hartfam403@gmail.com) for a letter of support.


Monies raised at this fundraiser will go towards the topcoat of the parking lot expenses.


 


2024 New Jerusalem Church Directories are available in the Narthex.


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.

2024 Giving Envelopes are available ~ 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

 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 ~ 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.


 

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 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.

    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.

 

In an effort to keep email mass communication efficient, the Church 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.


 

Property Committee Update ~ Our building fund project for the new handicap ramp and steps to the entrance of the Nave has been completed, as well as, the repaving of the lower and upper parking lot. Line painting is coming soon.

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.


 

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!



 


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.


 


 What is a Meal Train?  There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, "What can I do to help out after an illness or home from a surgery?" The answer might be prepare a meal or drive to a doctor’s appointment. We are looking for a few more volunteers to add to our list.


If this is something you would like to be part of, please contact coordinator Sharon Bender at (610) 597-8764 or sharoncbender63@gmail.com.


 

 

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. Come and join us!



 

Connection Club — There is a small box in the Narthex on the main shelf for collecting ideas for the Connection Club. This is a monthly inter-generational meet up in our community and beyond for members.



 



Entered into Eternal Life

Marlene Brader ~ February 28, 2024

Donald "Bucky" Ziegler ~ March 1, 2024


 

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.



 

2024 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:

+ NJELC Facebook: Kathy Fenstermacher at kathyfenstermacher@gmail.com or

Caroline Skuba at carifrogs@gmail.com


+ NJELC Website: Sarah Parente at sjparente@gmail.com

*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.