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Ministries for July 1-31, 2024 and Upcoming Events



. . . July & 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.


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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,  July 1, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social at The Cup


Tuesday,  July 2, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m. — Finance

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, July 4, 2024 - Independence Day

CLOSED Church Office


Friday, July 5, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

9:00 a.m. — Food Pantry Delivery


Saturday,  July 6, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

1:00-7:00 p.m.— Upper Room Reserved


Sunday,  July 7, 2024

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 7th Sunday of Pentecost

                       ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)   

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday,  July 8, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday,  July 9, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Church Council


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, July 11, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m. —Card Club


Friday, July 12, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

9:00 a.m.—Food Pantry Delivery

5:45 p.m.—Potluck Dinner & Magic Show


Saturday, July 13, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

8:30 a.m.—Food Pantry

4:30 p.m.—Worship Service


Sunday, July 14, 2024

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 8th Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, July 15, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

12:00 p.m. —Prime Timers

7:00 p.m.—Endowment Meeting


Wednesday, July 17, 2024

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at Vassi’s

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, July 18, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club


Friday, July 19, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

9:00-11:00 a.m.—Food Pantry Donations


Saturday, July 20, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, July 21, 2024

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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, July 22, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, July 23, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—Book Club

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee


Wednesday,  July 24, 2024

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:00 p.m.—Food for Friends

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  July 25, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club


Friday,  July 26, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday,  July 27, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday,  July 28, 202

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 8th Sunday of Pentecost

                       ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)   

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

  7:00 p.m.—AA  


Monday,  July 29, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

5:30 p.m.—VBS Dinner

6:00 p.m.—VBS


Tuesday,  July 30, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

5:30 p.m.—VBS Dinner

6:00 p.m.—VBS


Wednesday,  July 31, 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

5:30 p.m.—VBS Dinner

6:00 p.m.—VBS

7:00 p.m.—AA


 


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

  • NOTE: Currently on summer break. Will resume in Fall 2024.

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

  • NOTE: Currently on summer break. Will resume September 8th.

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

1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. NOTE: For July, the Saturday worship is on the 2nd Saturday, July 13th.


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.


Next Meeting: TBA, September 2024


Respectfully submitted~ Music & Worship committee


 

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Thank you from Scout Troop 311: To the congregation of NJELC, thank you for your support of our mulch fundraiser this spring. We greatly appreciate your help to make the fundraiser happen.


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Thank you from ELCA: We are grateful of your special gift in support of ELCA World Hunger ministries. You are creating new beginnings. Thank you for sharing the hope of new life and the fullness of Christ’s joy!


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NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 85 families were served during the month of June. We thank everyone for the continued food item and monetary donations which have been received. We are so very grateful for the generosity of our congregation members and 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 our Essential Workers!

 





FOR 2024

UPCOMING EVENTS




*** Deadline for the July Angelus is Monday, July 22nd at 7am. ***


As you are well aware, the cost of everything – including postage stamps – is increasing exponentially these days. To help the church cut back on costs (stamps, paper, ink, etc.), please provide the office with your email address so that the Angelus newsletter may be emailed to you directly. (Paper copies will still be mailed to those who request it.) THANK YOU!


 

Take Note!


Even though you may go on vacation this summer, the church does not. Our financial commitments, like any household’s, continues (salaries, electricity, building maintenance, supplies, insurance, etc.). -- Please remember New Jerusalem with your regular offerings during these slower summer months. Thank you so much!


 

Just a friendly reminder ...

that, in order to maintain active status on the church rolls (as per our congregational constitution), all confirmed members must receive Holy Communion and give a contribution of record in a designated offering envelope or another envelope marked with one’s name, at least once a year.


If you have not done so yet in 2024, please complete a Communion record slip (available in the pews) the next time you receive the sacrament and place it in the offering plate.


*The address directory and birthday list reflect those members who are on the active rolls.


 

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.


 

Join NJELC in the Adventures of Flat Jesus this summer!


What in the world is Flat Jesus? 

“Flat Jesus” is based on the children’s book called Flat Stanley, (written by Jeff Brown). In the book, a boy named Stanley becomes flattened and is able to be mailed to different places, having all kinds of exciting adventures. 


At New Jerusalem, we see Flat Jesus as a way to keep our church family connected during the Summer months. Take him with you wherever you go, take a picture of him doing different things: vacations, putt putt, baseball games, the beach or mountains, a walk, hanging out with friends, going outside, the Farmer’s Market, visiting another church on vacation, or whatever you are doing! It will be an amazing adventure! 


You can choose to color your own Flat Jesus printable online OR grab a ready-made Flat Jesus in the Upper Room. Questions? Email flatjesusnjelc@gmail.com We want to see your adventures with Flat Jesus and share them on social media! Send your photos and/ or short videos to us throughout the summer at flatjesusnjelc@gmail.com.  


Remember, as the Youth Group shared with us last fall- Jesus is everywhere. We cannot wait to see where Jesus will be this summer with you and your family.  


HOW TO GET STARTED

1. Grab a copy of Flat Jesus in the Upper Room.

2. Cut out and color your Flat Jesus.

3. Attach to a craft or popsicle stick

4. Take Flat Jesus with you on your travels this summer.

5. Take, save, and print photos from various locations and document Flat Jesus’ adventures.

6. Write short stories to share.

7. Email flatjesusnjelc@gmail.com your stories and/ or pictures to NJELC before September 1st so we can add them to our slideshow to be shown in September.


 

Vacation Bible School 2024


VBS will be held on July 29th, July 30th and July 31st 2024 from 5:30-8pm.

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

  • Children in Pre-K through 6th grade are eligible to participate.

  • Teens and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help at one, two, or all three sessions.


To register or volunteer, 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 is appreciated. Come join the fun!


 

Ice Cream Socials


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. 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 anytime they are open.)


All dates are weather pending and if it's questionable, use your judgment. Have a great time! If conflicts arise, they will be communicated when they present themselves. If you have any questions, please see or speak with Kathy Fenstermacher.


All social events begin at 7:00 p.m.

  • Monday, July 1st ~ The Bethlehem Dairy Store, also known as The Cup ~ 1430 Linden St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

  • Wednesday, July 17th ~ Vassi's Drive Inn ~ 1666 Main St., Hellertown, PA

  • Thursday, August 15th ~ Rita's ~ 1130 Main St., Hellertown

  • Wednesday, August 28th ~ The Inside Scoop ~ 301 N. 3rd St., Coopersburg, PA 18036

  • Thursday, September 5th ~ Rita's Coopersburg ~ 7001 N. Route 309, Coopersburg, PA 18036


 

Potluck Dinner and Magic Show

~ Friday, July 12th ~


Starting at 5:45pm in the Upper Room at New Jerusalem


Come & enjoy the comedy magic of Joseph Keppel featuring classic sleight-of-hand Entertainment

for the whole family!


 

Please join us for our Adult Bible Chat on Sunday mornings. NOTE: We're on summer break. Adult

Bible Chat sill resume in September.


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.


 



The Community Food Pantry at New Jerusalem

Current Needs:  Soup & Crackers


The need for individual, microwaveable pasta (like ravioli, beefaroni, spaghetti, etc.) is especially high during the summer months when children and youth are home from school.Thanks for your consideration when donating!


Food Pantry Delivery: Friday, July 12th

Distribution Days for July: 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 Community Food Pantry is 267-375-9696 if you have any questions!


For more information about the Community Food Pantry, 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 usually meet the third Sunday of each month unless  a special event or trip is planned. All are welcome! Bring friends, too!


The youth group is currently on break for the summer and will resume meeting in August.


 




PrimeTimers will meet on

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 12:00pm.


We will listen to a speaker from the Lions' Club. All are welcome to attend.


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


All are welcome ~ hope to see you there!



 



New Jerusalem Fosters Love Update ~ Stay tuned for future events and opportunities, supporting foster families!


 



WELCOME ALL READERS ~ Book Club will meet on Tuesday,

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


The book that will be discussed is “Year of YES” by Shonda Rhimes.


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, May 23, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower conference room. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Fenstermacher or Gina Grekula.


 

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.



 

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).


Current Request! Angie Fulmer is looking for good pictures of the church building throughout the different seasons of the year. If you have any to share, please contact Angie at: fulmerfive@rcn.com


 

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.

 

Calling all volunteers … we are in great need of volunteers (ushers, greeters, lectors, and general helpers) for our 10:00 a.m. worship services. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex area for those who would like to serve. Thank you!


 

Please provide your email address to both the church office at newjerelc@gmail.com and to Caroline Skuba at carifrogs@gmail.com so the electronic volunteer sign-up sheet link can be sent to you.



 



Coffee Hour Sign-Up ~ If you are interested, please use the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board by the kitchen in the Upper Room. Any questions, please see Tina Young.


 

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

  • Sarah Parente: 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

 

Prayer Shawls ~ There is a basket of beautiful handmade prayer shawls in the Narthex. If you know of someone who is having hard times (illness, sadness, troubles, or just because), please take one for them.


These shawls are meant to show a tangible message of God's love and the care and concern of friends from New Jerusalem.

 

​Would you like to learn to Quilt?

If you would like to learn or already know how, please join our quilters on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

 


Do you like to pray? Do you like to pray for others?

New Jerusalem has had a devoted prayer group to minister to people of our congregation, our extended families and neighbors, and outside concerns for many years. Many people were not aware of this ongoing ministry of the church. If you or someone you know needs prayers from this group or wishes to be a part of the group to pray, please do not hesitate to email Kathy Fenstermacher at kathyfenstermacher@gmail.com. She in turn will notify others in the group to add your request to the list for daily prayers on your behalf. Prayers can be made for an illness, surgery, death, or other reasons. The reason does not need to be stated or the type of illness or surgery. After the crisis has passed that name may be added to the church prayer list that is provided every Sunday in the bulletin. If someone just wants a name added to the church prayer list in the bulletin, please call and leave a message with the church office at 610-838-0731. Please indicate if you would like a phone call, home, or hospital visit from Pastor Lisa.


Any church member who is in need of meals during a time of illness, injury,

death, birth, or some other disability is welcome to contact Sharon Bender at

610-597-8764 or email her at sharoncbender63@gmail.com. She will arrange meals to be delivered to the family or person in need.


Thank you for being part of this ministry!

 

Volunteers Needed for our Fellowship Committee ~ The Fellowship Committee provides tasty treats for your enjoyment after worship every Sunday and is in need of additional volunteers to provide items. If you have any interest in providing an occasional snack for coffee hour, please see or get in touch with Tina Young. If you would like to team up with another family or a couple of people, we can work with you on doing that. If you would like to offer your assistance on setup and or clean up, that is welcome also.

I would first like to thank everyone who has ever led or helped with a coffee hour. Without your help, this time of fellowship would not be possible. As we move forward, I have updated and attached the current coffee hour duty list to reduce confusion and apprehension. We need more people to sign up for weekly coffee hour as leaders (who would organize a small group) and bakers (who would support current leaders). Please consider this important ministry that builds community in our church. Contact Tina Young at btyoung9396@gmail.com or

call 610-533-4977.

 

New Jerusalem Church will hold periodic fundraising events for our veterans. Participants may visit residents, play games, share stories, read to them, or we can offer support. The congregation will be kept informed of the veterans we are helping. Any questions, contact Cindy Hart.


 


Please contact the church office at 610-838-0731 if any of your personal information needs to be changed, updated, or removed in our system starting 2023.



 

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)


1. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________

2. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


3. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


4. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


5. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


6. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


7. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________




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.


 

Welcome to Apple's Preschool at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church!

Our program consists of four classes designed to fit the needs of every student and their family. Through many learning activities, crafts, songs, books, and much more, children are engaged to learn their letters, numbers, colors, shapes, patterns, opposites, rhyming, sequencing, size, etc., along with writing skills. With a soft Christian environment children are guided through their days to share and care, while using their imaginations and energy to fill our spacious classroom with joy.


OUR 2023-2024 APPLE'S PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM AND TEACHERS



For more information about Apple's Preschool, Our May Newsletter,

and April Memories click link below


You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ApplesChurchPreschool.


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May the beauty of God be reflected in your eyes, the love of God be

reflected in your hands, the wisdom of God be reflected in your words,

and the knowledge of God flow from your heart,

that all might see, and seeing, believe.

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Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present,

nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

God, the creator, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,

bless you and keep you in eternal love.


The members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wish you a blessed day and we pray that your day is filled with hope, love, peace, and good health!

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