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Ministries for March 1–31, 2021 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Mar 25



. . . in March






MARCH 14, 2021











NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL

LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2021!


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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'INVITED' by Rev. Sarah Are

Reader Kris Thomas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Va5ukmf1M

You are invited, this invitation is for you!


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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/


Monday, March 1, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—ONLINE Mid-week Lenten Service Devotions & Reflections: "Again and Again" to join us on our Youtube livestream link <-- click here

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, March 4, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

Friday, March 5, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, March 6, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, March 7, 2021

10:00 a.m.—ONLINE ONLY Worship Service ~ Third Sunday of Lent

(Visit NJELCs worship service ONLINE at our Youtube livestream link <--)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, March 8, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—ONLINE Mid-week Lenten Service Devotions & Reflections: "Again and Again" to join us on our Youtube livestream link <-- click here

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, March 11, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

Friday, March 12, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, March 13, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

5:00-7:00 p.m.—Virtual Cooking Show (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, March 14, 2021




10:00 a.m.—ONLINE ONLY Worship Service ~ Fourth Sunday of Lent

(Visit NJELCs worship service ONLINE at our Youtube livestream link <--)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, March 15, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

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

Wednesday, March 17, 2021







CLOSED Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—ONLINE Mid-week Lenten Service Devotions & Reflections: "Again and Again" to join us on our Youtube livestream link <-- click here

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, March 18, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, March 19, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing


Saturday, March 20, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, March 21, 2021

10:00 a.m.—ONLINE ONLY Worship Service ~ Fifth Sunday of Lent

(Visit NJELCs worship service ONLINE at our Youtube livestream link <--)

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, March 22, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters

9:00 a.m.—April Angelus Deadline


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—ONLINE Mid-week Lenten Service Devotions & Reflections: "Again and Again" to join us on our Youtube livestream link <-- click here

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, March 25, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, March 26, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing

4:30-6:00 p.m.—Matey's American Co. Pizza Pick-up in the church parking lot

+ Palms will be available for pick up this Friday, March 26th from 4:30 - 6:00 at the office entrance. If you can not make that time frame, they will be outside the doors for your convenience, along with communion cups and Portal of Prayers booklets.

+ Stop by the church and pick up your Resurrection Egg. The Easter eggs will be hanging from the church tree (office walkway to the right). Inside each egg will tell the story of Easter (they are all the same except egg color). Feel free to take one for your neighbor as well.


Saturday, March 27, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, March 28, 2021



10:00 a.m.—ONLINE ONLY Worship Service ~

Palm Sunday (Visit NJELCs worship service ONLINE at our Youtube livestream link <-- click here)


+ Resurrection Egg Pick Up—Easter eggs will be hanging from the tree by the office

CANCELLED 11:00 a.m.—Fellowship

CANCELLED 7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, March 29, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

+ Resurrection Egg Pick Up—Easter eggs will be hanging from the tree by the office

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

+ Resurrection Egg Pick Up—Easter eggs will be hanging from the tree by the office

CANCELLED 8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

+ Resurrection Egg Pick Up—Easter eggs will be hanging from the tree by the office

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

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: Pasta & Sauce—Thank you for your contributions!

Food Bank Delivery:

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.


(UR) Food Packing:

Friday, March 19 and 26, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.


Distribution Days: DRIVE THROUGH FOOD BANK PICK-UPS from 8:30–10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 and Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Approximately 70 families were served in the month of January. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during these challenging times. The Food Bank received $170 from Giant customer donations through the Ham Certificate Program. 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 ~ Approximately 70 families were served in the month of February. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during this challenging time. The Food Bank received $170 from Giant customer donations through the Ham Certificate Program. 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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From Pat Leith. . .I would like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, texts, and phone calls during my recent hospitalization and recovery. I am doing well. You have all blessed me immensely with your compassion, caring and love.  Looking forward to seeing everyone when it is safe. Peace be with you all. Pat Leith


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ZOOM Virtual Cooking Show hosted by NJELC on March 13, 2021 ~ Thank you to everyone who participated and enjoyed a fun evening of cooking and dining!

We made chicken bruschetta, potato filling, glazed carrots, and apple crisp. Compliments to the chef(s)!


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Thank you to all our Frontline and Essential Workers!






FOR 2021—2022 UPCOMING EVENTS



A Bigger Purpose Kitten Rescue ~ As we approach Easter and observe Lent, we will be collecting items for "A Bigger Purpose Kitten Rescue" from Wednesday, February 17 to Sunday, April 4, 2021. At the age of 12, Riley Craig, one of our church members, opened this kitten rescue to save orphaned kittens and those kittens in need.


There will be a tote on the front porch of the church (under overhang) for you to drop off your donations.


Here is a list of items that are needed:

Iams dry cat and kitten food

Friskies canned cat food

Clumping cat litter (high priority)

Whole earth farms canned kitten food (high priority)

Yesterday's news non-clumping litter

New cat toys and wand toys

New/gently used hard sided cat carriers

New/gently used baby blankets

Clorox wipes

Paper towels

Unscented baby wipes

Tissues with lotion

New/gently used cat beds

Puppy pads

New plastic litter scoops

New litter boxes

Cardboard trays from canned food

Paper plates

Plastic spoons


They are also accepting cash donations, gift cards to Chewy, PetSmart, Petco, Amazon and Visa. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cindy Hart at 484-548-3937.

The CCO Committee is inviting you to a Lenten Challenge for 2021:

It's called The 40 Days, 40 Items Challenge.


Here’s how it works:

Instead of giving up something for Lent – the 40 days and 40 items challenge is a way of giving back. Each day of Lent, remove one item from your home, which you don’t use or wear anymore and place it in a bag. At the end of Lent, donate these items to a shelter or charity. They’ll be shared with those who really need them!

Thanks, Tina Young


EASTER FLOWERS ~ Anyone interested in Easter lilies, please return the completed form via email (newjerlc@gmail.com) or regular mail to the church office.


Payment can be sent to the church office at

3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Thank you.

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2021 EASTER FLOWER FORM Please return form to the church office by Palm Sunday, Sunday, March 28, 2021. Please be sure to pick up your flowers after Easter Sunday Service on April 4, 2021. Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Envelope #: ___________________ Amount: $___________________ Dedication: ______________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________


Thank you for your sponsorship and have a blessed Easter!


FREEZER PLEEZER FUNDRAISER!

New Jerusalem Lutheran Church is selling

Matey’s American Pizza Co. Gourmet Frozen Pizzas

to raise funds for parking lot repairs.

We are proud to sell Matey’s pizzas because of their quality and reputation.  

Matey’s pizza comes with a 3-month shelf life in your freezer, so please stock up! 

Thank you for supporting our organization!

All orders must be prepaid!

Checks payable to NJELC must be received by March 15, 2021.

Your pizzas will be available for pick-up on March 26, 2021 from 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

$7.00 each or 3 for $20.00

ORIGINAL GOURMET (Mozzarella & Provolone)

TRIPLE CHEESE (Mozzarella, Provolone & Cheddar)

THICK CRUST TRIPLE CHEESE

SMOKED PROVOLONE & MOZZARELLA CHEESE

GLUTEN FREE TRIPLE CHEESE $8.50 each

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ORDER FORM

Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________________________


Quantity:


_______ Original  _______ Triple  _______ Thick  _______ Smoked


_______ Gluten Free ($8.50 each) TOTAL PRICE $____________________

Any questions, contact Terry Ravier at tsravier3@gmail.com or 610-838-9230 before 9:00 p.m.