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Pastor Lisa Borrell's Message for December 2021, Church Council Connection, and Music News

Updated: Dec 3, 2021



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NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2022!





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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!

 

In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell

at 610-838-0731 or or email MizLKB@aol.com.


Beginning on July 7, 2021, 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, 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. ~ Pastor Lisa

 



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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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!


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Have you ever been the recipient of unexpected good news?


For some reason, I was recently thinking of something that happened to me when I was about 13 years old. It was spring time and I had entered a contest at my parents’ bank to win a big stuffed bunny that stood about 3 feet tall. I wrote my name and my contact information on the entry slip, put it in the contest box wishing for the best, and soon forgot about it. That is, until I got a telephone call two weeks later informing me that I was the winner! Woo hoo! The big question now was “how am I going to get this home?” (Remember, this was in the days when kids played outside, walked to parks, went swimming, and rode their bikes around neighboring streets without the watchful eyes of parents.) So off I went on my 10 speed bike to go to the bank and claim my treasured prize. (What a sight I must have been riding home with that huge fuzzy rabbit tucked under my one arm while navigating the handlebars with my free hand.) I was so excited because that telephone call was so unexpected, and the news made me very happy. I wonder what it was like on that first Christmas when the angel of the Lord visited those unsuspecting shepherds in that darkened field illuminated only by the twinkling stars and boldly announced to them that what their hearts had longed for was now made manifest in a Savior who had been born in the city of David. Our Gospel writer, Luke, states that they were “terrified” for this certainly was not something they were expecting to see or hear on that lonely night. We are told that any fear which might have initially filled their hearts was quickly replaced with a sense of urgency and hope for they hurried off in search of the new mother and the child who was lying in a manger. I hope that we still can capture that same sense of excitement and fulfillment as those shepherds. In a world where we deal with sickness, an ongoing pandemic, war, separation, anxiety, and more, may we allow ourselves to be filled with the joy that our Savior has come to us, too. Glory to God in the highest!


A peaceful nd joyful holiday to you all ~ Pastor Lisa Borrell


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Instructions to watch services online:


1. Go to: https://www.newjerlc.org/

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "YouTube livestream link". (You might need to download the program to your computer so you have access to YouTube. If so, download and go to the next step.)

3. About the middle of the page, you will find tabs. Click on the "videos" tab.

4. Below the tabs, you will see "uploads" and "play all". Click on "uploads".

5. Click "upcoming videos" if watching live or "past live streams" if watching later in the day.

6. At this point, it will list all worship services by date. Simply click on the date you wish to view!

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

610/838-0731 newjerelc@gmail.com


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The church continues to have expenses throughout the year

and we encourage you to mail in your offering or

use www.newjerlc.org/online-giving.

Thank you and God bless

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

 

Connection


Greetings from your New Jerusalem “Apples” Church Council

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The next Church Council Meeting will be held on

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.


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Dear Members of New Jerusalem,


The Congregational Council agreed that it is time to return to worshipping inside the sanctuary as of May 23, 2021. Although we are moving indoors, we will continue to stream and record our services for those who do not yet feel comfortable coming inside. Additionally, we will continue to offer coffee hour outside on the first and third Sunday following worship.


We will institute the same safety protocols as we had last fall with the exception of the contact tracing and cleaning the pews after worship. Please take a moment to review these protocols and expectations. We will enforce them and ask that you follow them. (Please note … these may be revised as we continue to see less/more restrictions are needed.)

  • 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 and will be provided upon entry into the building.

  • 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 into 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. Please do not congregate anywhere inside the building.

  • 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.

A revised Signup Genius will be sent out for volunteers to help with our indoor worship services. Please direct questions to any council member or Pastor Lisa. We will be happy to help.


Marianne Zellner

Council President


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The Council officers for 2021 are:

  • President: Marianne Zellner (610-838-9545)

  • Vice President: Sharon Bender (610-597-8764)

  • Treasurer: Terry Ravier

  • Secretary: Robin Rooth-Fogel

  • Council Members: Kathy Fenstermacher, Cindy Hart, Tina McCardle, Jere Reiss, Barbara Young, Marianne Zellner, and Cindy Ziegler

For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD,” plans to prosper you and

not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Peace be with you, Church Council

As always, we pray for all the council members and

all those in leadership positions for this congregation.


You have to find a way to respect these new boundaries related to coronavirus,

but still live the version of life you're used to. That's what life is, regardless of circumstances. If I could offer advice to any person today, it would be

to stick by your faith. Know that your God is with you and will

take care of you all the way through. We will get through this.

Council Question Box

N/A

 

UPDATE(S) FOR THE CHURCH DIRECTORY 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 as of ______________ 2021 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.


 

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.

 

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.

All are welcome ~ Please join us for choir practice on

Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.


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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.

 

Endowment Committee News!

2021 Fall Endowment Grant applications will be available in the church office, endowment mailbox in August. Electronic copies of the application are also available by emailing the church office and should be returned to the church office via email (newjerelc@gmail.com). Deadline for applications is October 10, 2021.


The Endowment Committee anticipates there will be a distribution of income available this spring from the Mission & Ministry Endowment Fund. Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following ministry areas:

  • Mission: Local, regional and world projects

  • Education: Higher education and continuing education expenses

  • Youth: Support for youth of all ages

  • Worship and Music: Support for the worship of the church

  • Capital Projects: Major renovations and building of new facilities for the church

Also there will be a distribution of income available from the Property Endowment Fund. Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following property areas:

  • Maintenance; General Upkeep

  • Restoration

  • Repairs

  • Capital Project

  • Equipment Purchases

  • Property Acquisition

The Endowment Committee will also have a distribution from the Christian Education Endowment Fund. Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following property areas:

  • Sunday Church School

  • Vacation Bible School

  • Christian Youth Activities

  • Adult Christian Education

  • Teacher's Education

Endowment—The gift that keeps on giving!


See any Endowment Committee member if you have questions.


Tim Frey, Chairperson

Russ Pacala Jr, Vice Chairperson

Tina McCardle

Drake Brintzenhoff

 

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

www.facebook.com/njelc3233/

 

​​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.


THINK SPRING!


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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