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Ministries for March 1–31, 2024 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Mar 7



. . . March & 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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Friday, March 1, 2024

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, March 2, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

4:30 p.m.—Worship Service


Sunday, March 3, 2024

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

  8:45 a.m.— Adult Bible Chat

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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:00 a.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting

6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, March 4, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

3:30 p.m.—Bunco Group (Upper Room)


Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:00 p.m.—Soup Supper at Christ Lutheran Church (Hellertown)

7:00 p.m.—Mid-Week Lenten Service at Christ Lutheran Church

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, March 7, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club (Conference Room)


Friday, March 8, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, March 9, 2024

CLOSED Church Office







Sunday, March 10, 2024

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:00 a.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting

12:00 p.m.—Doors Open for Bingo

  1:00 p.m.—Bingo

6:15 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, March 11, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, March 13, 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

6:00 p.m.—Lenten Soup Supper at Lower Saucon UCC Church in Hellertown

7:00 p.m.—Lenten Service at Lower Saucon UCC Church

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, March 14, 2024

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)

6:00 p.m.—CCL Committee Meeting


Friday, March 15, 2024

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, March 16, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, March 17, 2024





8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 5th Sunday in Lent

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

6:00 p.m.—NJELC Youth Group

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, March 18, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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


Wednesday,  March 20, 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

6:00 p.m.—Soup Supper at Friedens Lutheran Church in Center Valley

7:00 p.m.—Mid-Week Lenten Service at Friedens Lutheran Church

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  March 21, 2024

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,  March 22, 2024

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday,  March 23, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday,  March 24, 2024

  8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

  8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ Palm Sunday

                       ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)   

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:30 a.m.—Fosters Love Committee Meeting

6:15 p.m.—Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday,  March 25, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—Angelus deadline for April


Tuesday,  March 26, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Wednesday,  March 27, 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

6:00 p.m.—Food for Friends

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  March 28, 2024

 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)

7:00 p.m.—Maundy Thursday Worship Service at Friedens Lutheran Church (Center Valley)


Friday,  March 29, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

7:00 p.m.—Good Friday Worship Service at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church


Saturday,  March 30, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

11:00 a.m.—Easter Egg Hunt


Sunday,  March 31, 2024


 

Easter Blessings from New Jerusalem Lutheran Church



  8:45 a.m.—NO Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—NO Adult Bible Chat

8:47 a.m.—Pre-Church Coffee Hour (PCH) (see Mark Your Calendar below)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ Easter Sunday

                       ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)   

11:00 a.m.—NO Coffee/Fellowship Hour

  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

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO Sunday School on March 31st.


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

PLEASE NOTE:  There is NO Bible Chat on March 31st.

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

1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. 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.


Respectfully submitted~ Music & Worship committee


 

NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 71 families were served in the month of February. 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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The McCardle Family would like to thank the members of New Jerusalem Church for all the many wonderful baked goods provided for the repast after Neil's funeral on Saturday, February 10th, 2024. We are grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and kindness you have shown our family during Neil's long decline and final resting place in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. ~ Sincerely, Tina


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Dear NJ family ~ We send our thanks to all who have reached out through cards, texts and calls during the extended illness and subsequent loss of Bill's dad. We thank you for keeping all of us and Bill's mom, Ellen, in your prayers. We know Dad led a wonderful and long life at 95, and we appreciate all of your support. We feel the love! ~Sharon & Bill Bender



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Thank you from ELCA … We are grateful of your special gift in support of ELCA World Hunger ministries. Through your generosity, you are joining hands with many others to equip households and communities to break the cycle of poverty and hunger, build up leaders for our church and for our future, and spread the good news of God’s love.


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Thank you to our members and our community for the outpouring of support for our first Fill a Bag event. We had so many incredible donations that we were able to create a foster care closet which means we can be on call to provide a bag to workers as needed.

Thank you! NJ Fosters Love Committee


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Thank you to all our Essential Workers!

 





FOR 2024

UPCOMING EVENTS




Please join us for our Adult Bible Chat on Sunday mornings.


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. NO Bible Study on March 31, 2024.

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.


 


 



New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  White rice (small bags), penne and elbow noodles


Thank you for your contributions and

to all of our faithful volunteers!

Food Bank Delivery: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.


Distribution Days: Saturday, March 16th from 8:30–10:45 a.m. AND

Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30–10:45 a.m.


Approximately 71 families were served in the month of February. 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!


 



 


Help is needed to get the Nave, Narthex, and balcony cleaned before Palm Sunday and Easter!


The Property and Altar Guild are planning a work party on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Everyone is welcome to give us a hand with wiping down the pews, altar, steps, and window sills. 


Thank you in advance.  Many hands make light work! 


 


Just a reminder….. if you are a Thrivent member and you receive Thrivent Choice Dollars, you have until March 29, 2024 to direct any remaining 2023 dollars to a church/non-profit listed in the Thrivent Choice Directory. Typically, it is by the 31st of March, but the 31st is Easter. Therefore, it would be best to have completed by the 29th, prior to the weekend. If you do not direct the dollars to your organization of choice, Thrivent will have the opportunity to direct those dollars to organizations of their choosing.


You can call Thrivent Customer Service at 800-847-4836, go to Thrivent’s website thrivent.com or reach out to your Financial Advisor to complete. Whether by phone or on-line, you will need the name of the organization AND the address.


Thank you for living generously!


 

PEEPS DIORAMA CONTEST


Some examples:



  • Create a unique diorama using Peeps marshmallow candies as the main characters. Take cues from history, current events, pop culture, trends, art and more!

  • Make your diorama using a shoebox or something of comparable size. Dioramas may not be larger than 18x18x18 and must be freestanding.

  • All characters in your scene should be made using Peeps. Dioramas can use any type of Peep.

  • At least one Peep must be used in your scene.

  • Entries must be family friendly.

  • Entries must be in by March 24, 2024. People can vote for their favorite diorama with coins/cash. Dioramas will be left out for voting until April 14th .

  • The winner will choose the charity where the money gets donated!


 


Calling all Young People in 6th through 12th grades!  




SAVE THE DATES!  Youth Group will meet the third Sunday of each month (March 17, 2024) at 12:00 noon.  

All are welcome! Bring friends, too!



 



PrimeTimers will meet on

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at noon.


We will be listening to Eric Shrive from Miracle Ear of Hellertown.


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


All are welcome ~ hope to see you there!



 



NJ Fosters Love meeting is March 24, 2025 after coffee hour. We will be discussing our commitment to be a Care Community for a foster family.


The next event is Foster Care and Child Abuse Awareness Month in May.

On May 19, 2024 at 11:30 a.m., we will host a speaker’s panel featuring stories from Foster Parents. Light refreshments will be served.


 





Please join us for an egg hunt on Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Upper Room. Activities include crafts, puzzles, coloring and a guessing game.


Children (ages 0–6th grade) will be divided by age groups to hunt eggs.


We will hunt outside as long as the weather permits. Prizes will be awarded.


Donations of snacks, drinks and dyed, hard-boiled eggs would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be dropped off during Holy Week and placed in the kitchen. Please place eggs in the refrigerator and mark food and drink donations for the Egg Hunt. Eggs must be at the church no later than 10:00 a.m. on March 30 so they may be hidden in time for the egg hunt.


Volunteers (6th grade or older) are needed to help hide eggs and assist with the activities and snacks. Please contact Marianne Zellner at 610-216-1016 or beachbummez@ptd.net with questions or to volunteer. Thanks!


 

PRE-CHURCH COFFEE HOUR (PCCH) ~ Doors open at 8:47 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2024. Please bring your favorite coffee hour item or breakfast item and enjoy some fellowship before our Easter Church service. The CCL Committee will supply coffee and drinks.


 



WELCOME ALL READERS ~ Book Club will meet on Tuesday,

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


The book that will be discussed is "TBA".


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 (no March date due to Holy Week). Whether it is crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, coloring or something else, please join us on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Fenstermacher or Gina Grekula.


 

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Themed Bingo will occur on Sunday, May 5, 2024.


We are looking for donations/sponsorships of prizes.


If you know a business or are interested in helping, please contact Cindy Hart (484-548-3937 or Hartfam403@gmail.com) for a letter of support.


Monies raised at this fundraiser will go towards the topcoat of the parking lot expenses.


 


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 ~ 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.


 

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!