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Ministries for May 1-31, 2024 and Upcoming Events

Updated: May 16



. . . May & 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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Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m. — Finance

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 2, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m. — Card Club


Friday, May 3, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

3:30 p.m. — Parking Lot for Boy Scouts Mulch


Saturday, May 4, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.—Parking Lot for Boy Scouts Mulch

9:00 a.m. —Upper Room BINGO Set-Up

4:30 p.m. — Saturday Worship


Sunday, May 5, 2024

8:45 a.m.— Sunday School (LAST Day before summer break)

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 6th Sunday of Easter

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:00 a.m.—Worship & Music Meeting

12:00 p.m.—Doors Open for Summer Themed BINGO

1:00 p.m.—Summer Themed BINGO Begins

6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Year-End Party

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, May 6, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:30 p.m.—Christian Ed Meeting


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:30 p.m.Choir

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 9, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club

6:30 p.m.—CCL Committee Meeting


Friday, May 10, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—Youth Group Families @ LV Iron Pigs Game


Saturday, May 11, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

5:15 p.m.—Turkey/Greece Potluck Dinner & Presentation


Sunday, May 12, 2024 - Mother's Day

NO Adult Bible Chat

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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, May 13, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Wednesday,  May 15, 2024

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  May 16, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

1:00 p.m.—Card Club

6:30 p.m.—Preschool Meeting


Friday,  May 17, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday,  May 18, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday,  May 19, 2024

  8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat (LAST Day before summer break)

10:00 a.m.—Confirmation & Worship Service ~ Day of Pentecost (wear red)

                       ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)   

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:00 a.m.—Altar Guild Meeting

11:30 a.m.—NJ Fosters Love: Speaker

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday,  May 20, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday,  May 21, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

12:00 p.m.—Prime Timers

6:00 p.m.—Book Club


Wednesday,  May 22, 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

5:00 p.m.—Food for Friends

6:30 p.m.—Choir

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  May 23, 2024

DEADLINE for June Angelus

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


Friday,  May 24, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday,  May 25, 2024

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday,  May 26, 2024

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,  May 27, 2024 - Memorial Day

CLOSED Church Office


Tuesday,  May 28, 2024

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—Book Club

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee


Wednesday,  May 29, 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

  6:30 p.m.—Choir

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday,  May 30, 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


Friday,  May 31, 2024

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).


Additional Sunday ministries include:

8:45–9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School

  • NOTE: Last day of 2023-24 year: May 5th. Will resume in Fall 2024.

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

  • NOTE: Last day of 2023-24 year: May 19th. 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.


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: May 5th, after worship service.


Respectfully submitted~ Music & Worship committee


 

NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 80 families were served in the month of April. 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 from The Fogel family … a sincere thanks for all of the cards and well wishes during our mother’s passing. We truly appreciate your kindness! Mardi, Robin, Zac, Katie, and Ben.


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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 who help with the services and preparations for Holy Week, Easter, and throughout the year. A big thank you to all who did the “Spring Cleaning” in the church, narthex, and grounds. It is much appreciated.


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Thank you to dear members of NJ … for the beautiful altar flowers, primrose arrangement, and your well wishes on my retirement from the church's website. And a special note of thanks to Terry Ravier, Jeanette Peterson, the Technology Committee, Shani Fassbender, and everyone who sent pictures of special events over the years. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the website from the very beginning creating the blogs and working on the Home page. I enjoyed almost every minute, lol, there were times the various software's seemed to have a mind of its own and was not very user friendly. In hindsight, with patience and the help of others (thank you!), things inevitably worked out in the end and I met my deadline of publishing the website on the 1st of the month! I always prayed that the website would be an instrument used to God's glory enabling New Jerusalem to reach out and welcome people from all over through our church services, ministries, special events, and Apple's Preschool as well as a tool to keep our members informed. Thank you for the opportunity to have served God in this way! Blessings, Linda Weaver


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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.

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:  Assorted Juices


Food Pantry Delivery: Friday, May 10th

Distribution Days for May: 18th and 25th 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!


In MAY, youth group families will enjoy Star Wars Night at the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on May 10th.


 




PrimeTimers will meet on

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 12:00pm.


We will be watching the movie "Heaven is for Real".


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


All are welcome ~ hope to see you there!



 



New Jerusalem Fosters Love Update ~ In honor of K.I.N.D.(Kids in need of Diapers) Day May 4th, NJ Fosters Love will be collecting all sizes of diapers to be donated to Northampton and Lehigh County Children and Youth Offices. This will run for the entire month of April. Please look for our collection bin in the Narthex. Thank you for your continued support!


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.


 



WELCOME ALL READERS ~ Book Club will meet on Tuesday,

May 28, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room across from the church office.  


The book that will be discussed is "The Frozen River" by Ariel Lawhorn.


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.


 

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. Almost sold out!


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.


Confirmation Class of 2024 ~ On Sunday, May 19th, we welcome Cole Miller as an adult member of New Jerusalem as he receives the rite of Confirmation.

God bless you, Cole!


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.



 

Crockpot Supper Saturday, May 11th

Turkey & Greece presentation by Pastor Lisa


5:15pm gather in the Upper Room

5:30pm meal, with presentation immediately following


Please bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert to share while learning more about Pastor Lisa’s recent trip following in the footsteps of St. Paul. All are welcome!


 


 

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).


 

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: __________________________________________________________________________________


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Email Address(s): ______________________________________, ______________________________________


List Family Members:


Name(s) Birthday(s)

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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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