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Ministries for May 1–31, 2021 and Upcoming Events

Updated: May 23



. . . in May




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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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Wishing you a happy, safe Mother's Day and Memorial Day holiday!


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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.


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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 SERVICES IN PERSON, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US ONLINE AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL CLICK HERE.


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NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (NJELC) WILL OPEN ITS DOORS FOR 10:00 A.M. WORSHIP INSIDE THE CHURCH ON SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2021

ALL ARE WELCOME!


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INDOOR WORSHIP PROCEDURES


What follows are the procedures 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.

· We will be hosting coffee hours on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, but will not hold 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.





Hope to see you there!

Peace be with you.


BUILDING/ACTIVITIES

  • Appropriate wearing of masks and gloves while in the building at ALL times.

  • No entry into the building prior to 10:00 a.m.

  • Church open for Sunday morning worship services at 10:00 a.m. (see the list of procedures at above).

  • No one in the office, except the pastor, secretary, and treasurer.

  • Offering envelopes should continue to be mailed or use the online Vanco portal, please refrain from dropping off at church.

  • Encourage continuation of zoom meetings (however, meetings of less than 25 attendees with appropriate 6’ distancing and masks is allowed).

  • Pick up of supplies or cleaning are allowed with two people at a time in one area.

  • Food bank will continue with curbside pickup. ALL WORKERS MUST WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES.

  • NO EATING OR DRINKING INSIDE BUILDING (that requires one to remove their masks…a no-no).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cindy Hart 484-548-3937 or Sharon Bender 610-597-8764.


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COFFEE HOUR RETURNS – OUTDOORS

on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month!


  • Will only be offering coffee/juice/water (no food at this time)

  • For the safety of all, please read the guidelines below:

1. Please stay in your car until those who are leaving drive out of parking area.

2. Be aware of cars exiting throughout this time.

3. Please wear your mask.

4. Coffee will be dispensed for you outside the lower entrance.

5. Condiments will be located at the end of the sidewalk.

6. Please bring your own chair and congregate in the lower parking lot area.

7. Remember to social distance when you are talking/drinking.

'INVITED' by Rev. Sarah Are

Reader Kris Thomas

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

You are invited, this invitation is for you!

You can also visit New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/njelc3233/


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.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, May 2, 2021

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service Parking Lot ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

10:45 a.m.—Parking Lot Coffee Hour/Fellowship

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, May 3, 2021

Church Office

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Church Office

8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—AA

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

Friday, May 7, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, May 8, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, May 9, 2021








10:00 a.m.—Worship Service Parking Lot ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, May 10, 2021

Church Office

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Church Office

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Church Office

6:30 p.m.—(UR) LS Cemetery Association Meeting

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 13, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, May 14, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing


Saturday, May 15, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, May 16, 2021

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service Parking Lot ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

10:45 a.m.—Parking Lot Coffee Hour/Fellowship

6:30 p.m.—Ice Cream Social and Outdoor Movie (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, May 17, 2021

Church Office


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Church Office

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

12:00 noon—Prime Timers (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:00 p.m.—Congregational Care & Outreach Meeting (Parking Lot)


Friday, May 21, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing


Saturday, May 22, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, May 23, 2021





10:00 a.m.—Worship Service Indoors ~ Day of Pentecost

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, May 24, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

7:00 a.m.—June Angelus Deadline

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Church Office

p.m.—Food for Friends

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Church Office

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, May 28, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, May 29, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, May 30, 2021

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

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, May 31, 2021







CLOSED Church Office


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: Assorted Juices—Thank you for your contributions!

Food Bank Delivery:

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.


(UR) Food Packing:

Friday, May 14 and 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.


Distribution Days: DRIVE THROUGH FOOD BANK PICK-UPS from 8:30–10:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 15 and Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Approximately 75 families were served in the month of April. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during these challenging times. Thank you to First UCC for providing Easter baskets to the children of the Food Bank. 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 75 families were served in the month of April. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during these challenging times. Thank you to First UCC for providing Easter baskets to the children of the Food Bank. 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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5 STARS ~ Food Bank for those in need, I am the wheels for one that goes there

as some just don't have transportation.


THUMBS UP ~ 'Stop the Hunger Campaign'—Hellertown Giant, the community, Second Harvest and volunteers need a big shout out for the support we have been receiving, especially for the last year when COVID-19 hit. Thank you for the generous support that everyone has shown for the Hellertown Area Community Food Bank housed at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church. Our church ha been closed for worship and other ministries, but felt it was important to support this cause even if it was done with drive-thru pick up for the safety of all.


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Community Outreach ~ NJELC participated in “Food for Friends” on Wednesday, March 24th, in Quakertown. The volunteers provided 140 meals to the less fortunate in the Quakertown area. The food was purchased using a Thrivent Action team. The meal consisted of fried chicken, carrots and hummus, and a bag of cookies. The next Food for Friends will be Wednesday, May 26th. If you are interested in supporting this ministry, please contact Bill Young at 610-797-8440.


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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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Thank you to all who directed their Thrivent Choice Dollars® to New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Your generosity is most appreciated.


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Thank you to all that donated cat items to 'A Bigger Purpose Kitten Rescue'.

We collected: 1--Cat carrier, 1--Cat bed, 290--Paper plates, 6 boxes--Tissues,

3 pks--Baby wipes, 1--Litter scoop, 3--Cat bowls, 4--Baby blankets, 4 pks--Toy mice, 100--Doggie pads, 104 lbs. of Kitty Litter, 72 cans--Cat food, 8--Paper towel rolls,

9 pks--Clorox wipes, 168--plastic spoons, and an Amazon gift card. Riley was very thrilled with our contributions!


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Thank you ~ I would like to thank each and every one for the cards, thoughts, and prayers, while I was hospitalized, and for my ongoing healing. Special thanks to Pastor Lisa for her visits and prayers of encouragement. In Christian Love, Glenn Cressman


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Thank you to all our Frontline and Essential Workers!






FOR 2021—2022 UPCOMING EVENTS



Geranium Sponsorship


The Altar Guild is accepting donations for geranium plants for Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021. If you would like to make a donation for geraniums, please complete the form below and return it to the church office by Sunday, May 16th.


Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________


Envelope #____________________________ Amount $______________________________


Dedication: _____________________________________________________________________________________


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MARK YOU CALENDAR ~ Sunday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. (Social Distance)



Ice Cream Social and Outdoor Movie Night!

Bring lawn chair/blanket, bug spray and jacket.

Will be watching it in the back yard behind the

preschool room, not in the parking lot.



Prime Timers will meet on

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 12:00 noon.


We will be playing BINGO.

Please bring your mask, lunch, and a drink.

All are welcome.


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

Loretta Duch



Attention Families of Graduates of 2021:

We would like to share warm wishes and congratulations to your upcoming graduate(s) in the June Angelus.


Please send a short message regarding your grad by Sunday, May 23, 2021 to newjerelc@gmail.com. Information should include: name, school, and future plans. Thanks!

'Food for Friends' ~ Volunteers are needed to provide meals for the less fortunate in the Quakertown area at Richland Quakers on Mill Road & S. Main Street, Quakertown, PA 18951 on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.


If you are interested in supporting this ministry, please contact Bill Young at

610-797-8440.

Ingathering information from Barbara Young ~ Due to the Corona virus, we had to postpone the December Christmas Ingathering. We're hoping to hold it this July (date to be determined). New Jerusalem is asked to donate bars of soap and washcloths. From money I had from an Action Team,

I purchased 90 washcloths, but we still need 85 more as well as 175 bars of soap. There will be a basket in the Narthex marked for 'Ingathering' into which these items may be placed. Thank you!


IN-PERSON

St. Stephen's E.L.C. Vacation Bible School

67 W Washington Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18018


One Week Only!

July 19 to July 23, 2021

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


free for kids age 4–12



North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King's valiant Knights must go on a quest in search of the King's Armor. But the armor isn't what they think it is! Knights of North Castle: Quest for the Kings Armor invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God's power by exploring how we put on the armor of God. They'll explore Old & New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God.


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