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Ministries for June 1–30, 2023 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Jun 14, 2023



. . . in June



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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Thursday, June 1, 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)

6:30 p.m.—CCL Committee Meeting

Friday, June 2, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, June 3, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

4:30–5:00 p.m.—(POSTPONED TO JUNE 10) Worship Service


Sunday, June 4, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ Holy Trinity Sunday

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, June 5, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, June 6, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

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

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

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

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, June 8, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Church Office Hours

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

1:00 p.m.—Card Club (Conference Room)

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

7:00 p.m.—Apple's Preschool Closing Ceremony


Friday, June 9, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, June 10, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

4:30–5:00 p.m.—Worship Service


Sunday, June 11, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour/Foster Ministry Presentation Workshop

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, June 12, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, June 14, 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, June 15, 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, June 16, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

7:05 p.m.—Iron Pigs Game


Saturday, June 17, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, June 18, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 3rd Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA



Monday, June 19, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—July Angelus Deadline

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social @ Rita's–Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Wednesday, June 21, 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, June 22, 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, June 23, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, June 24, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, June 25, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you in September)

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, June 26, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—NO Church Office Hours


Tuesday, June 27, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Wednesday, June 28, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—NO 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, June 29, 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)

5:30–8:00 p.m.—Vacation Bible School—Bats: Jesus Restores Sight (Upper Room)


Friday, June 30, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


 




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. PLEASE NOTE: Our June Saturday worship service will be held on Saturday, June 10th. 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.


 

NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 74 families were served in the month of May. 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 all our Essential Workers!

 






FOR 2023 UPCOMING EVENTS

In an effort to keep email mass communication efficient, 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.


 

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.


 


Property Committee Update ~ Our building fund project for the new handicap ramp and steps to the entrance of the Nave has been completed. 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.


 

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.



 


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.


 




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.


 


New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs: Pasta


Thank you for your contributions and

to all of our faithful volunteers!

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


Distribution Days: Saturday, June 17th from 8:30–10:45 a.m. AND

Saturday, June 24th from 8:30–10:45 a.m.


Approximately 74 families were served in the month of May. 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!


 

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.


· Thursday, May 25th ~ Vassi's Drive Inn ~ 1666 Main St. ,Hellertown, PA 18055

· Tuesday, June 20th ~ Rita's ~ 1130 Main St., Hellertown, PA18055

· 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).


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2023 GRADUATES!



Josias Anthony Evans will be graduating from

Lehigh Valley Academy on June 6, 2023.


 

In honor of National Foster Care Awareness month, NJELC will be launching a new ministry called,

'New Jerusalem Fosters Love'.


Our goal is to be a foster-friendly congregation where families know they will receive love and support, increase awareness of the needs of orphans in our community, and prayerfully fulfill God’s plan for his children.


We will be hosting a Speaker’s Panel on June 11, 2023 after Coffee Hour to learn about the Foster Care System and the needs of our community. Hope to see you there!

“Everyone Can Do Something”


 

IRON PIGS GAME ~ Friday, June 16, 2023 at 7:05 p.m. Please join New Jerusalem and friends to see the Pigs play the Toledo Mud Hens. Fireworks after the game.


This is “Faith Night” at Coca-Cola Park so many churches are taking part. Tickets are limited. Tickets are $12 (including $2 food credit). Speak with Phyllis Reiss (610-653-8655 or reiss_phyllis@yahoo.com) ASAP!


 



Prime Timers will meet on

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at noon.


We will be playing ”BINGO".


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.


 

Welcome all readers ~ Book Club will meet on Tuesday,

June 27, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Hope to see the familiar faces as well as newcomers.


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.


 


Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2023 ~ VBS will be held on June 29, July 20, and

August 10, 2023 from 5:30–8:00 p.m.


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 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; Salt – Salt and Light; and Oysters – The Parable of the Pearl.


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.


 







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.



 

2023 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:

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

Caroline Skuba at carifrogs@gmail.com


+ NJ Website: Linda Weaver at weavers_1969@hotmail.com

*PLEASE NOTE: If you share photos, you are giving NJELC permission to post the photo publicly of all persons in the photograph(s).


 

Our Music Director, Edward L. Walakovits, is a skilled Organist and Choir Director with more than 30 years of experience. He is experienced in playing the pipe organ and piano. Ed has a working knowledge of liturgy and choral styles. He is an effective leader with an eye for developing and motivating choir members. Ed graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance with a minor in Music.

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