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Ministries for September 1–30, 2021 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Sep 30, 2021



. . . in September



NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2021!


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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 MEMORY OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001


Star Spangled Banner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXbbEA26Ec4


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God Bless America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syOEI9y7miM


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God Bless the USA-Lee Greenwood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4X0uH9s1xg


 

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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FELLOWSHIP HOUR—INDOORS

on the 1st (September 5) and 3rd (September 19) Sunday of each month!

Remember to social distance.


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AN EMAIL FROM NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH DATED JULY 21, 2021

REGARDNG INDOOR WORSHIP


New Jerusalem Evangelical Church Council on July 13, 2021 voted to open the church further and return to seating with no social distancing required. Every pew can now be used and worshippers may sit without concern for 6 foot distancing.


Those who are not comfortable doing this will be able to worship and continue to social distance using the right side of the sanctuary (when looking at the altar) as well as the right balcony area.

Please be respectful of personal choices and refrain from sitting in the designated area if you are not observing social distancing protocols.


We continue to ask adults who are not vaccinated, to continue to wear masks, as well as children over the age of 2.


Thank you for your patience as we moved forward with caution.


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Dear members of NJ ~ At its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the Congregational Council of New Jerusalem made the following decisions:

1) Beginning on Sunday, June 13th, wearing masks during the worship service will no longer be required by those who have received the COVID vaccinations. We trust that, out of Christian concern for others, those who have not received the vaccine (including children and youth) will continue utilizing masks until the time that it is deemed unnecessary by the CDC. Social distancing measures will remain in place so that participants are separated by at least one pew. As always, if one is experiencing symptoms like dry cough, shortness of breath, fever/chills, sore throat, nausea, or muscle/body aches, they are encouraged to stay home and seek medical attention. If for some reason we should experience an outbreak of COVID, we will close to in person worship for a period of two weeks, but continue to live stream our services so that all may have the opportunity to attend online.

2) Also beginning Sunday, June 13th, we will resume congregational singing of the hymns. I know that many, like myself, find deep meaning in the music of our church heritage and look forward to being able to “make a joyful noise” once more! Again, if someone is feeling ill, please exercise good judgment and refrain from singing until symptoms have dissipated.

I would additionally like to add that beginning on July 7th, I will be holding office hours at the church on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Please give me a call ahead of time if possible so that we can arrange for a time to meet and speak.


To note … Hershey kisses are always available on my desk if you, like I, have a need for chocolate! I can also be reached via text messages to my cell phone (610-762-2139), Facebook Messenger, or email (MizLKB@aol.com). Please understand if sometimes I cannot answer a call promptly. Kindly leave me a voice message and I will contact you as soon as I am able.


We are definitely seeing light at the end of this long COVID tunnel! Discussions are taking place regarding Confirmation classes and Sunday School as well as the

2022 National Youth Gathering and coffee hours. It buoys the spirits to know that we are on our way to resuming many of the activities we so enjoy together as a church family. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this past year and a half. Though the “style” of our ministry has had to change, our purpose as Christ’s Church has not.

God’s blessings be with you all, Pastor Lisa Borrell

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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.


 

'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.

 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

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

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—POSTPONED 2022 National Youth Gathering Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 2, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, September 3, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, September 4, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, September 5, 2021

10:00 a.m.—Indoor Worship Service with Congregational Meeting following ~ Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

10:45 a.m.—Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA

Monday, September 6, 2021





6:00–10:00 a.m.—CLOSED Church Office Hours


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—2022 National Youth Gathering Meeting


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

6:00 p.m.—Food for Friends—Quakertown

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 9, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, September 10, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Saturday, September 11, 2021

CLOSED Church Office


Sunday, September 12, 2021

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

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 13, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8 :30 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 16, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Congregational Care & Outreach (CCO)Committee Meeting


Friday, September 17, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing


Saturday, September 18, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, September 19, 2021

10:00 a.m.—Indoor Worship Service ~ Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE (Youtube livestream link <--)

10:45 a.m.—Coffee Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 20, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

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


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

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

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at Grida's (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 23, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, September 24, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

4:00 p.m.—(UR) Food Packing


Saturday, September 25, 2021

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, September 26, 2021

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ Fourteen Sunday of Pentecost ONLINE Worship (Youtube livestream link <--)

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 27, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 a.m.—October Angelus Deadline


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 30, 2021

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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

CANCELLED 1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Confirmation Meeting (6th grade and above

with their parents/guardians)


 

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.


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


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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: Peanut Butter & Jelly

Thank you for your contributions!

Food Bank Delivery: Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.


(UR) Food Packing: Friday, September 17 and 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.


Distribution Days: Saturday, September 18 and 25, 2021 from 8:30–10:45 a.m.


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 August. We thank everyone for the continued food and monetary donations during these challenging times. 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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Thank you from the ELCA: We are grateful for special gifts 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 all our Frontline and Essential Workers!

 






FOR 2021—2022 UPCOMING EVENTS


The new 2021 Church Directory is available and a copy can be picked up in the Narthex. If you are unable to pick one up in person, please contact the church office at 610-838-0731.


 




PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

National Youth Gathering Meeting

at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church.


Calling all high school youth to join us in Minneapolis!


THE THEME IS. . .


 

Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

330 Ferry Street

Easton, Pennsylvania 18042

610-258-6119

pastor@stjohnseaston.org

www: stjohnseaston.org

A reconciling in Christ congregation.


The Reverend Susan D. Ruggles


Dear brothers and sisters, friends in the Easton area,


I can’t believe that in September many of us will remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when we heard of attacks in New York City, outside of Washington DC and Shanksville, PA within two hours of each other.


The walk is a project of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in which individuals will walk from the Pentagon to Shanksville, PA and on to the World Trade Center in New York.


On September 4, 2021, the walk will pass through Easton’s center square. There are many activities of healing and remembrance to mark the day. (See the Easton webpage https://www.easton-pa.com).


I am suggesting that people of all faiths gather in prayer. We will hold an interfaith prayer service at 9:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church on September 4th. You are invited to participate as a prayer warrior or someone who simply participates in this service. It is my hope that we remember to lift up in prayer the many who lost their lives, the many who acted to help with the recovery, the many who relieved tired people who were working, all the families affected by the tragedy and others. Of course, your ideas of prayer are welcomed. I will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 17 at 7:00 PM at St. John’s for those interested to hear more ideas and try to make a schedule of prayer. If you plan on participating please indicate by attending or send a representative to this meeting. This will be the only meeting. Sorry for early schedule but things are getting printed!


Please contact me if you plan to attend or if you have any questions.


Thank you, Pastor Sue Ruggles

610-258-6119

pastor@stjohnseaston.org

https://www.easton-pa.com


 



January 2022: Annual Ladies Retreat


PLEASE NOTE: Return the form below to Terry Ravier or email tsravier3@gmail.com by September 19, 2021.

St. Francis Renewal Center will host small retreats with COVID guidelines.

The two major things are everyone must be fully vaccinated and you must stay the complete weekend. Everything is subject to change as winter approaches.

For now, this form is just a letter of interest not a payment commitment.

The weekend is January 21–23, 2022. The cost TDB later will be close to previous years $175.00 per person.


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ANNUAL LADIES RETREAT—St. Francis Renewal Center—January 2022


I (your name) _______________________________________ would like to have correspondence for the Women's Retreat.


Phone Number: ____________________________


Choice of Room (circle one): Single or Roommate. Roommate is cheaper.


 


Prime Timers will meet on

CANCELLED Tuesday, September 22, 2021

Tuesday, October __, 2021 at 12:00 noon.


We will be playing BINGO!

Please bring a lunch and enjoy the afternoon—all are welcome.


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


 




Join us on …


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Grida's located at

36 North Main Street, Richlandtown, PA, 18955.


If possible, please wear a New Jerusalem, Thrivent Give Generously, or Vacation Bible School shirt. Any questions may be directed to Kathy Fenstermacher at kathyfenstermacher@gmail.com or 610-984-3489 (cell).


 

CONFIRMATION MEETING—For all interested youth (6th grade and above) and their parents/guardians will be held Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.


Schedules and requirements will be reviewed and a registration form will need to be completed.


 


PET BLESSING—Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10:00–11:30 a.m. in the church parking lot (weather permitting).




 




and Vendors...St. Paul’s Third Lutheran Church located at 2561 Newburg Road, Easton, PA 18045, is hosting a Craft and Vendor Show on October 2, 2021 and would love to have you to join them. If you know someone who is crafty and would like to sell their talent, here’s their chance. Spread the word. $25 per space. Please see the registration form to find out how at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Lutheran-Church/St-Pauls-Third-Lutheran-Church-107338192735200/ or call 610-258-0875.

 

Mark Your Calendar ~ Please join us for our 1st Annual Apple Festival at New Jerusalem "Apples" Church on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Food, games, and music.

More information to follow.


Wish List for the Apple Festival: Glassware ~ any kind (drop of at the church), baked goods (for that day) ~ please let Angie know if you are interested. Any questions please see Angie Fulmer at church or email fulmera87@gmail.com.



 

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday School News


Sunday School will resume weekly classes beginning Sunday, October 10, 2021 and classes will meet from 8:45–9:30 a.m.


Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to participate. Interested families are asked to complete a registration form for each child. (Forms are also available in the Narthex.) Teachers and helpers are needed as well. Please let Marianne Zellner know if you are willing to help (beachbummez@ptd.net or

610-216-1016).


A children’s choir will also be offered from 9:30–9:50 a.m. following Sunday School for any children interested. The kids will learn songs to share during worship periodically throughout the year and for fun and may even prepare a Christmas program if there is interest.


Children will need to be picked up from Sunday School promptly at 9:30 a.m. unless participating in the Children’s Choir. In that case, parents should be ready to take charge of their children by 9:50 a.m. in preparation for worship.


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PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

2022National Youth Gathering Meeting

at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church.


After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to

postpone this summer’s 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022

due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


To learn more about the postponement and the 2022 Gathering, please visit: elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19.


The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022.


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Calling all high school youth to join us in Minneapolis!


THE THEME IS. . .

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

More information forthcoming.

 







2021 Altar Flower Sign-up Sheet is located in the Narthex or call the church office at 610-838-0731.

Altar flowers are a great way to honor or remember someone dear. The cost is $35.00 or 2 people/families may share a week for $17.50/each.

The Altar Guild is in need of 46 oz. cans to put the Sunday flowers in to take them to our shut-ins.

 

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: __________________________________________________________________________________


Cell Phone(s): ________________________________________, ________________________________________


Email Address(s): ______________________________________, ______________________________________


List Family Members:


Name(s) Birthday(s)

(MM/DD/YY)


1. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________

2. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


3. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


4. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


5. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


6. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________


7. _____________________________________________________________ ___________________




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.


 

GREAT NEWS!


Tina McCardle has VALLEY FARM GIFT CARDS available for purchase. They will come in either $25 or $50 amounts.




We are also continuing to offer GIANT GIFT CARDS too!

They come in $25, $50, or $100 amounts.


If you would like to purchase any gift cards either cash or a check made out to New Jerusalem are welcome. Please call or see Tina and she will arrange for mailing, pickup, or delivery.


This is great way to support our church family with a 5% discount that comes directly to the church. Tina may be reached at 610-838-6784 or email cameron35@rcn.com. They make great stocking stuffers too!


 

What is Mutual Ministry at New Jerusalem? Did you know that there is a Mutual Ministry Committee here at New Jerusalem?