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Ministries for December 1–31, 2021 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Dec 26, 2021





. . . in December



NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY, HEALTHY 2022!


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SILENT NIGHT by Kelly Clarkson

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPlVLIKa_10&list=RDuPlVLIKa_10&start_radio=1&rv=uPlVLIKa_10&t=39


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.


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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.


DECEMBER 24, 2021:

4:00 P.M. CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY WORSHIP SERVICE

7:30 P.M. BRASS PRELUDE

8:00 P.M. CHIRSTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICE


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


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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.





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.

 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:00: a.m.—Ingathering

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

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

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 2, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—CLOSED Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, December 3, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

9:00 a.m.—NO Food Bank Delivery (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Saturday, December 4, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, December 5, 2021

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—Children's Choir

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

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 6, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8 :30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 9, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, December 10, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, December 11, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, December 12, 2021

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—Children's Choir

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 3rd Sunday of Advent ~ Congregational Meeting

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

11:00 a.m.—NO Coffee/Fellowship Hour

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 13, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 16, 2021

6:00–10:00 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.—Congregational Care & Outreach Committee Meeting


Friday, December 17, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, December 18, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

5:00–10:00 p.m.—Goose Chase (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, December 19, 2021

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—Children's Choir

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 4th Sunday of Advent ~

Youth Christmas Program/Crockpot Christmas Luncheon ONLINE Worship (Youtube livestream link <--)

11:00 a.m.—NO Coffee/Fellowship Hour

6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 20, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—January Angelus Deadline

7:00 p.m.—Lion's Club Meeting


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

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


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 23, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, December 24, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—Family Christmas Eve Service

7:30 p.m.—Brass Preludes

8:00 p.m.—Christmas Eve Service



Saturday, December 25, 2021



CLOSED Church Office




Sunday, December 26, 2021

8:45 a.m.—NO Sunday School

9:30 a.m.—NO Children's Choir

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 1st Sunday of Advent

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

11:00 a.m.—NO Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 27, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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.—Food for Friends

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 30, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, December 31, 2021



CLOSED Church Office


 

2022 Giving Envelopes ~ Starting Sunday, October 17, 2021, 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


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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: Peanut Butter & Jelly


Thank you for your contributions!

Food Bank Delivery: NO Delivery in December

Friday, January TBA,, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.


(UR) Food Packing: NO Food Packing in December

Friday, January TBA and TBA, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.


Distribution Days: Saturday, December 11 and 18, 2021 from 8:30–10:45 a.m.


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 86 families were served in the month of November. 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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From BATTLE BORNE … Thank you for your donation of $200 to Battle Borne on

August 19th, 2021. We are so very grateful for your support of our efforts in the Lehigh Valley. As you may know, Battle Borne was founded to help veterans find their path to recovery by connecting them with the resources available in their community. Thank you so much for your generous contribution. We are grateful for your support of our mission, and our veterans here in the Lehigh Valley.


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Many thanks to all those who donated to the 18th annual Stockings for Soldiers collection. Rita Frey delivered the items to the Unangst Tree Farm. Some may have donated items from the wish list through Amazon and others may have sent a financial contribution to help with postage. We had a successful drive for a very worthwhile cause, even with short notice.


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On behalf of the Tricky Tray Committee, we would like to thank everyone who helped or contributed in any way. We also want to thank all those who attended and supported the event, which was a great success.

We raised a profit of $2,705.25, which will be donated to the fund for the church Painting Project. The work will begin in early spring 2022. This was recently approved by the Church Council.

The best part was we also welcomed many visitors from the community. We got to meet some new people and everyone seemed to have a good time.


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Thank you to all our Frontline and Essential Workers!

 






FOR 2021—2022 UPCOMING EVENTS


The new 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.


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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.


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.



 



ADVENT SEASON ~ Are you interested in doing a family Advent reading and lighting of the Advent candle this year? Please see the sign-up sheet on the Narthex bulletin board.



 



Would you like to spread some Christmas cheer? Please consider sending a Christmas card to the residents of our local senior living facilities to brighten their holidays. This would be a great activity for youth to hand make cards. Please address your cards to:


Any Resident

Weston Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

1896 Leithsville Road

Hellertown, PA 18055


Any Resident

Saucon Valley Manor

1050 Main Street

Hellertown, PA 18055

 

The Worship & Music Committee is collecting HALF GALLON MILK CONTAINERS to be used for luminaries on Christmas Eve.

(Please rinse out any residue.) Questions may be relayed to Cindy Ziegler or any person on the committee.


We are in need of people to put out the luminaries at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 24th before the end of the 1st service. We also need volunteers to retrieve the luminaries after the 2nd service at approximately 9:15 p.m.


Please contact Cindy Ziegler at 484-894-7564 or zieglec@gmail.com or any member of the Worship and Music Committee. Thank you very much, Cindy Ziegler


"Let our lights shine!"

 

Poinsettia Sponsors ~ The Altar Guild is now accepting donations for poinsettias which will beautify our sanctuary on Christmas Eve. If you would like to place a dedication, please fill out the form below. Please put the completed form (along with payment) in the offering plate or send it in to the church office by mail. Please write “Poinsettia” in the memo portion of your check. Orders are due by December 12th.


Those who sponsor a poinsettia may take it home after the second service on Christmas Eve. If you attend the first service, the poinsettia may be taken home on the first Sunday following Christmas. Thank you!


Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________


Env. # ______________ Amount $ __________________


Dedication ___________________________________________________________________________________


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ZACHARY FOGEL ~ Dear Sir/Madam:


Hello. My name is Zachary Fogel from Boy Scout Troop 334. I have been a member of New Jerusalem Church since birth. I was wondering if you would be interested in helping to support my Eagle Scout Project. I am in need of a donation of materials and a Thrivent Action Team to complete my project.


My project is to clean out the basement of our Church, to get rid of everything that we don’t want, and convert it to a usable storage area. My plans are to paint the basement walls and build/reinforce the existing shelving. The supplies that I’m in need of are paint, lumber, wood screws, and anchor bolts.


I will recognize your donation at the Dedication Ceremony at the church when the project is completed, in the church bulletin, the church newsletter, and at my Eagle Scout ceremony. Thank you for your consideration.


Yours in Scouting,

Zachary Fogel


You can contact Zachary at rrfogel@ptd.net or call 610-349-2586 with your support of his Eagle Scout project.

 

The Annual Congregation Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 immediately after the worship service. Please make every effort to attend.