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Ministries for January 1–31, 2021 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Jan 23



. . . in January



NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!


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 AT 10:00 A.M. FOR OUR

ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES FROM

NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH LOCATED AT 3233 APPLES CHURCH ROAD, BETHLEHEM, PA 18015 AT

Youtube livestream link (<-- please click the link).


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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/


Friday, January 1, 2021






CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, January 2, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

Sunday, January 3, 2021

10:00 a.m.—ONLINE Worship Service ~ Epiphany of Our Lord

(Visit NJELC worship service ONLINE at Youtube livestream link)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, January 4, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, January 7, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

Friday, January 8, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, January 9, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, January 10, 2021

ONLINE ONLY 10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ Baptism of Our Lord

(Visit NJELC worship service ONLINE at Youtube livestream link)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, January 11, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, January 14, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

Friday, January 15, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—FM Packing


Saturday, January 16, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, January 17, 2021

ONLINE ONLY 10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

(Visit NJELC worship service ONLINE at Youtube livestream link)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, January 18, 2021






CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—Lions Club


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

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

7:00 p.m.—Endowment Committee Meeting


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, January 21, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, January 22, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m. (UR) Food Packing


Saturday, January 23, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

8:30 a.m. Food Bank


Sunday, January 24, 2021

ONLINE ONLY 10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

(Visit NJELC worship service ONLINE at Youtube livestream link)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, January 25, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

9:00 a.m.—December Angelus Deadline


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, January 28, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting (UR)


Friday, January 29, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, January 30, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, January 31, 2021

ONLINE ONLY 10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 4th Sunday After Epiphany

(Visit NJELC worship service ONLINE at Youtube livestream link)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


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: Paper Products—Thank you for your contributions!

Food Bank Delivery:

Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.


(UR) Food Packing:

Friday, January 15 and 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.


Distribution Days: DRIVE THROUGH FOOD BANK PICK-UPS from 8:30–10:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 16 and Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Many families were served in the month of December. 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!


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 ~ Many families were served in the month of December. 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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Thank you to all that donate to our Veteran's project. The residents of Coatesville VA are so grateful!


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NJELC—2020 the Year of COVID-19, a Pastoral Search, and a New Beginning ~ At our Annual Congregational Meeting on December 13, 2020, the proposed budget for 2021 was accepted; we acknowledged the end of Terry Ravier's Church Council term—thank you for your time and talents throughout the years; and we welcomed Wendy Ernst and Barbara Young as our newest Church Council members—thank you for your ministry on which you are about to embark as you serve this congregation and our Lord.


A special note of thanks to the Call Committee as they searched for a new pastor; to Pastor Rick Brown and Pastor Lisa Borrell for leading our Outdoor Worship Services; to Pastor Lisa Borrell as she became the new pastor at NJELC; and to all the Church Council members and the other people working behind the scenes for holding on and walking us through this crazy year of COVID-19 with your creativeness, persistence, and your love and trust in God.


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Thank you to all our Frontline and Essential Workers!






FOR 2021 UPCOMING EVENTS




Annual Women's Retreat

We will be hosting the retreat virtually this year.


Date: Friday, January 15 and 16, 2021

Theme: Ecclesiastes 3 (A Time for Everything)


It will have the same schedule on a smaller scale with skits, bible lesson, worship, and even the wine and cheese PJ party at night.


The only thing you will need is a computer and download zoom. Then join the sisterhood weekend and a lot of interactive activities.


JANUARY 2021~ WOMEN'S RETREAT PARTICPANTS




Prime Timers will meet on

CANCELLED Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 noon

in the Upper Room.


We will listen to a presentation about "Hands on Therapy" with June Ravier!

All are welcome.


Don't forget. . .no food in church, so please eat before you come in.


For questions, please contact Loretta at 610-838-7428. Hope to see you there!

Loretta Duch

Youth Gathering ~ 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

www.elca.org/youthgathering

Calling all high school youth to join us in Minneapolis!

Theme: “Boundless: God Beyond Measure”

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.








2021 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. The cost is $35.00 or 2 people/families may share a week for $17.50/each.

The Altar Guild is in need of 46 oz. cans to put the Sunday flowers in to take them to our shut-ins.


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: _____________________


Home Phone: __________________________________________________________________________________


Cell Phone(s): ________________________________________, ________________________________________


Email Address(s): ______________________________________, ______________________________________


List Family Members:


Name(s) Birthday(s)

(MM/DD/YY)


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2. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


3. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


4. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


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Our bylaws B8.02.b: A confirmed member who does not attend church service, who does not partake in holy communion, and who has made no contribution of record to this congregation shall be classified as an inactive member without the right to vote.


GREAT NEWS!

Beginning on Sunday, December 6, 2020, Tina McCardle will now have VALLEY FARM GIFT CARDS available for purchase. They will come in either $50 or $25 amounts.



We are also continuing to offer GIANT GIFT CARDS too!

They come in $100, $50, or $25 amounts.


If you would like to purchase any gift cards either cash or a check made out to New Jerusalem are welcome. Please call or see Tina and she will arrange for mailing, pickup, or delivery.


This is great way to support our church family with a 5% discount that comes directly to the church. Tina may be reached at 610-838-6784 or email cameron35@rcn.com. They make great stocking stuffers too!


What is Mutual Ministry at New Jerusalem? Did you know that there is a Mutual Ministry Committee here at New Jerusalem?

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