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Ministries for September 1–30, 2023 and Upcoming Events

Updated: Sep 24, 2023



. . . September & Beyond



May God fill you will his goodness every day and

may the love of Jesus overflow from you to others throughout the year!


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, September 1, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, September 2, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

4:30 p.m.—Worship Service ~ 14th Sunday of Pentecost


Sunday, September 3, 2023

NO Sunday School (see you September 10th)

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 14th Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 4, 2023



7:00–11:00 a.m.—CLOSED Church Office Hours




Tuesday, September 5, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

9:00 a.m.—Apple's Preschool (3 Year Old Class begins)

6:30 p.m.—Mutual Ministry Committee Meeting


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

6:00–10:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

8:30 a.m.—Quilters

9:00 a.m.—Apple's Preschool (Pre-K Class begins)

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

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 7, 2023

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, September 8, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at the Inside Scoop (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Saturday, September 9, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.—Making, Shaping, Baking Workshop

(see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, September 10, 2023

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School Rally Day

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 15th Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

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

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 11, 2023






7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours


Tuesday, September 12, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 14, 2023

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, September 15, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, September 16, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, September 17, 2023

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 16th Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

6:00 p.m.—Youth Group Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 18, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

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


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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.—NO Choir Practice

6:30 p.m.—Confirmation Orientation

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 21, 2023

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, September 22, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, September 23, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

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


Sunday, September 24, 2023

8:45 a.m.—Sunday School

8:45 a.m.—Adult Bible Chat

10:00 a.m.—Worship Service ~ 17th Sunday of Pentecost

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (Youtube livestream link)

11:00 a.m.—Coffee/Fellowship Hour

11:00 a.m.—Bell Choir Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 25, 2023

7:00 a.m.—October Angelus Deadline

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Church Office Hours


Tuesday, September 26, 2023

7:00–11:00 a.m.—Church Office Hours

6:00 p.m.—Book Club (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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 Practice

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 28, 2023

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, September 29, 2023

CLOSED Church Office


Saturday, September 30, 2023

CLOSED Church Office

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Pet Blessing (see Mark Your Calendar below)


 


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 beginning September 10, 2023 include:

8:45–9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School

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


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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.

 


2023–2024 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.

2023 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.


 

Chalisters are needed … When we go back to offering altar Communion, we will need chalisters to help serve. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex if interested. The primary responsibility would only be to pour the grape juice chalice as we will no longer be offering the sacrament by common cup.


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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!


 

We will be selling “Monthly Madness Cards” for

Dan Schantz Greenhouse. This $25 card entitles you to get one FREE item every month of the year. $100 value for $25 and New Jerusalem makes a profit on every card.

The best part -- it NEVER expires! You redeem the card 12 different months and receive 12 very nice plants, flowers, pumpkins, etc. Can’t get to Lehigh Street in January? No problem -- next January the card is still good. Great gift idea! See posters around the church or Phyllis Reiss for more details at Reiss_phyllis@yahoo.com or 610-653-8655.


 

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.





 

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) training to support our Fostering Love Ministry. TBRI is an evidence-based intervention for children from hard places of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma and their caregivers. It is a philosophy that can be used in all areas of life and with all people. Light refreshments will be served.


Please join us on Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Please contact Robin Rooth-Fogel for more information.


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“New Jerusalem Fosters Love” Needs You!


Seeking members to create a committee to explore and serve this new ministry.


Look for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

Please contact Robin for more information: 610-349-2585 or rrfogel@ptd.net


 


 

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.


 

NJELC Food Bank ~ Approximately 78 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 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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A BIG thank you to Jim Ungiran for hosting the food demonstration on Saturday, August 12, 2023. Everyone had a great time in fellowship by learning about "Dough"! Speaking about dough, we now have a starting fund of $444.00 for our new Ministry at New Jerusalem the "Foster Family".


Thank you for your "Doughnations"!


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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 all our Essential Workers!

 






FOR 2023 UPCOMING EVENTS



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.


Miss Shani–Director & Head Teacher,

Miss Eileen & Miss Kolleen–Teacher Assistants, and our Classroom


Miss Shani and the Apple's Preschool welcomes

Miss Eileen, Teacher Assistants to our 2023–2024 staff!

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PRESCHOOL BEGINS AT 9:00 A.M.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 (Three Year Olds)

AND

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 (Pre-K)


For more information about Apple's Preschool click here.

You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ApplesChurchPreschool.


 


All social events begin at 7:00 p.m.

All dates are weather pending and if it's questionable use your judgment.

If conflicts arise, they will be communicated

when they present themselves.


· Friday, September 8th ~ The Inside Scoop ~ 301 N. 3rd St., Coopersburg, PA 18036


If you're available, please join other members and bring your friends along too. Enjoy a sweet treat and relax with one another in fellowship.

Have a great time!


If you have one, wear a New Jerusalem, Vacation Bible School, or a Thrivent shirt.

Decals are available at Saucon Valley Sporting Goods

in the Water Street Plaza in Hellertown.

(Monday through Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-3).


 


New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs: Peanut butter, canned vegetable, and

canned soup.


Thank you for your contributions and

to all of our faithful volunteers!

Food Bank Delivery: Friday, September 8, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.


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

Saturday, September 17th from 8:30–10:45 a.m.


Many families were served in the month of June. 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!


 



MAKING, SHAPING, BAKING ~ Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. God knows what he is doing (for all of us). He is the Potter and we are His clay.


A creative exploration of our impact on God's world!


Hosted by Sharon Bender and Terry Ravier. Lunch and dessert will be provided. Please use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to register or contact tsravier3@gmail.com or call 610-838-9230. Register by September 1, 2023.


 

Please join us for something new ~ An Adult Bible Chat which will be held on Sunday mornings before Worship beginning September 10, 2023.


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.


 


PrimeTimers will meet on

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at noon.


We will watch the video, "90 Minutes in Heaven".


A Sign-up Sheet will be posted in the Narthex.

All are welcome ~ hope to see you there!


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


 


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




SAVE THE DATES! Youth Group will meet the third Sunday of each month (September 17, 2023) from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

All are welcome! Bring friends, too!


 

+ CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION +

(for youth entering 6th grade and above)


Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

(in the church sanctuary where we worship)


At this half hour meeting, we’ll share the class schedule for the upcoming school year, provide registration forms, and answer any questions you may have regarding our two year program.


 



Can you count … 1, 2, 3, 4… ? Then you have all the qualifications to become a member of New Jerusalem Bell Choir!


We’ll have a short gathering on Sunday, September 24, 2023 right after worship.


Grab a goodie, coffee or other beverage, and come chat with us! You’ll see some music, heft a bell or two and see how together we can make a joyful noise!


No weekly commitment necessary as we are aiming to offer special music throughout the year.


Come see what it’s all about! QUESTIONS? See Sharon Bender at church or call/text at 610-597-8764.