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Ministries for August 1–31, 2023 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Aug 24, 2023



. . . in August & Beyond



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 MizLKB@aol.com.


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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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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

Wednesday, August 2, 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

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, August 3, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.— NO 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, August 4, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, August 5, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

4:30 9.m.—Worship Service ~ 10th Sunday of Pentecost


Sunday, August 6, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, August 7, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, August 8, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, August 9, 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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, August 10, 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)

5:30 p.m.—Vacation Bible School (VBS) (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Friday, August 11, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, August 12, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—Pizza & Calzone Demo with Jim (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, August 13, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 11th Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE

11:00 a.m.—NO Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at Grida's (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, August 14, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, August 15, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

6:30 p.m.—Mutual Ministry Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—Endowment Committee Meeting


Wednesday,August 16, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

10:00—12 p.m.—Preschool Open House

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, August 17, 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, August 18, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, August 19, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, August 20, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 12th Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:00 a.m.—Altar Guild Committee Meeting

6:00 p.m.—Youth Kickoff Picnic

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, August 21, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, August 22, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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


Wednesday, August 23, 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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, August 24, 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, August 25, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, August 26, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, August 27, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

10:00 a.m.—Outdoor Worship Service & Picnic at the Spring Valley Sportsmen Club ~ 13th Sunday of Pentecost

NO ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—NO Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, August 28, 2023

7:00 a.m.—September Angelus Deadline

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Church Office Hours


Tuesday, August 29, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—September Angelus Deadline

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


Wednesday, August 30, 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


Thursday, August 31, 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


 




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).


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

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


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

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.


 

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 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. 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!


 

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 Reiss_phyllis@yahoo.com 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: btyoung9396@gmail.com or

call 610-797-8440.


 




ATTENTION ALL WEEKLY COFFEE HOUR GOERS: It's that time of year where we let the volunteers who host our weekly coffee hour get a well-deserved vacation.


For the months of July and August, Tina Young is looking for church committees, family members, or a group of friends to host one of the eight weekly coffee hours that are available this summer. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board next to the kitchen. Please prayerfully consider hosting a week. Any questions, please see Tina Young.


 

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.



 

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.


 

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.


 

NJELC Food Bank ~ Many families were served in the month of July. 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 to the Property Committee for the new carpeting in the church office!


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Thank you from ELCA: We are grateful for special gifts in support of ELCA World Hunger Ministry and Lutheran Disaster Response (Eastern Europe Crisis Response). 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. You are also helping people rebuild their lives and livelihoods now and far into the future.


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Thank you to everyone 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 Essential Workers!

 






FOR 2023 UPCOMING EVENTS




VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) 2023 ~ VBS sessions will be held on June 29, July 20 and UPCOMING August 10, 2023 from 5:30–8:00 p.m.


Each session will include light dinner, Bible stories, songs, games, science experiments, crafts, games, and snack.


Children in Pre-K through 6th grade are eligible to participate and teens and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help at one, two, or all three sessions.


The themes explored include: Bats—Jesus Restores Sight (June 29); Oysters—The Parable of the Pearl (July 20); and Salt—Salt and Light (August 10).


To register or volunteer, click here NJELC VBS Summer 2023 for the flyer and

then on the form, click Sign Up Here at the bottom center of the flyer for the registration form; email Marianne Zellner at beachbummez@ptd.net; or

call 610-216-1016.


Registration due no later than one week prior to each session. Early registration appreciated.


 


New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs: Peanut butter, any canned vegetable, and canned soup.


Thank you for your contributions and

to all of our faithful volunteers!

Food Bank Delivery: Friday, August 11, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.


Distribution Days: Saturday, August 19th from 8:30–10:45 a.m. AND

Saturday, August 26th from 8:30–10:45 a.m.


Many families were served in the month of June. 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!


 



FOOD DEMONSTRATION CLASS ~ Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. hosted by our very own Jim Ungiran!

Learn how he makes pizza and calzones.


Please sign up by August 5, 2023 or contact Terry at Tsravier3@gmail.com or 610-838-9230.


Free will offering ~ all monetary donations will help support New Jerusalem's "Foster Care Love Ministry".


 

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.


· 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).


 


PrimeTimers will meet on

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at noon.


Kay Schweyer (aka Dr. Gigglefritz), a clown at St. Luke’s Hospital, will entertain us.


This event will also be Hawaiian themed!

Please wear your favorite Hawaiian wear and bring a Hawaiian dish.


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.


 

MEET MISS SHANI & MISS EILEEN, 2023–2024 PRESCHOOL TEACHERS


PRESCHOOL BEGINS AT 9:00 A.M.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 (Three Year Olds)

AND

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 (Pre-K)


 


Youth Group Kick Off Picnic ~ Calling all Young People in 6th through 12th grades! Come on out for our Kickoff Picnic on August 20, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


*** Games, Food, Slip-N-Slide, Fun ***

Feel free to bring a friend! Please sign up in the Narthex.


Please contact Caroline Skuba at carifrogs@gmail.com; Sarah Paente at siparente@gmail.com; or Robin Rooth-Fogel at rrfogel@ptd.net to see how your Middle or High Schooler can get involved.



SAVE THE DATES! Youth Group will meet the third Sunday of each month from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. All young people from 6th through12th grade are welcome! Bring friends, too!


 

Gift from the Heart Blood Drive ~ Join us in memory of Ben Knauss to donate blood and give the gift of the heart, your blood.


August 21 through August 26, 2023 at two locations:

1465 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA

3765 Nicholas Street, Suite B, Easton, PA


Please see flyer in the church's Narthex. Thank you


 

WELCOME ALL READERS ~ Book Club will meet on Tuesday,

August 22, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Hope to see the familiar faces as well as newcomers.


The book that will be discussed is "Remarkably Bright Creatures"

by Shelby Van Pelt.


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 p_j_leith@hotmail.com or call /text at 610-838-0427.


 


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

NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH SERVICE AND PICNIC

AT SPRING VALLEY SPORTSMAN CLUB


NO live streaming today, please join us in person in the beautiful outdoors.


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.


We are looking for "small prizes" for our Annual Church Picnic Bingo games. Please place donations in the basket in the Narthex.


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.


 



MAKING, SHAPING, BAKING ~ Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.. God knows what he is doing (for all of us). He is the Potter and we are His clay.


A creative exploration of our impact on God's world!


Hosted by Sharon Bender and Terry Ravier. Lunch and dessert will be provided. Please use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to register or contact tsravier3@gmail.com or call 610-838-9230. Register by September 1, 2023.