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Pastor Lisa Borrell's Message for January 2024, Church Council Connection, and Music News



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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!


NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A HAPPY, SAFE, AND A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!


 

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

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


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Pastor Lisa 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


 










OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW. . .I know some of you are like me, still keeping an “old fashioned” paper calendar to mark important dates, appointments, anniversaries, birthdays, and other significant celebrations.

Every December, I set my hand to the task of unwrapping my brand new hanging calendar and transcribing all relevant dates into its empty square boxes. It usually takes me a good hour to do so, but in my opinion, it’s worth it as I can readily see at a glance what will be happening in any given month. It also gives me the opportunity to look back at all the events and activities of the old year and reflect upon everything that took place.


Inevitably, there are some sorrowful events like the death of a beloved family member, pet, or parishioner which always leads me to some wistful contemplation on how their life impacted mine and how my heart is grateful for the chance to have known and loved them.


Additionally, there are joyful celebrations like children’s or grandchildren’s birthdays, baptisms, weddings, vacations, weekend adventures and outings, dinner dates, and concerts. And for those moments, I, too, am filled with appreciation that I can make connections with others, listen to some of my favorite music, enjoy conversations, laughter, and good meals!


Then, of course, there are the many work related responsibilities also noted on the monthly pages. While some days it’s difficult to catch my breath and figure out which direction I’m headed in next, I remain thankful that I have meaningful ministry to carry out in partnership with two wonderful congregations and their respective gifted staff members.


Also marked on my diary-like calendar are the events of certain health crises that arose during the year. While they were and continue to be challenging to deal with, I feel fortunate to have good doctors and physician’s assistants who show compassion and skill in their medical care. I guess what I’m saying is that in ALL of the circumstances that life has thrown at me in any given period of time, I try to see God’s work and the blessings in all things. May we enter into 2024 with grateful hearts. Yours in Christ, Pastor Lisa Borrell




 

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 (NO Sunday School on December 17, 24 & 31)

8:45–9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Chat (NO Bible Chat on December 24 & 31)


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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.


May the blessings of our Savior bring hope and peace.

Pastor Lisa Borrell


Hope to see you there!

Peace be with you.



 

The church continues to have expenses throughout the year

and we encourage you to mail in your offering or

Thank you and God bless

 

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12


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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, January 9, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.


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The Council officers for 2024 are:

  • President: Bill Young (484-544-1294)

  • Vice President: Jesse Hart (484-695-3825)

  • Secretary: Sarah Parente

  • Treasurer: Terry Ravier

  • Council Members: Sharon Bender, Ben Fogel, Angela Fulmer, Pat Leith, and Joanne Robbins.


A special note of thanks to Robin Rooth-Fogel and Caroline Skuba for your ministry and for serving on New Jerusalem's Church Council, God bless!


As always, please keep the council members and

all those in leadership positions for this congregation in prayer.


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CHURCH COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS


Hello from your New Jerusalem “Apples” Church council. In an effort to improve communication across the channels of our congregation, we have decided to provide a brief summary of what is happening at our Council monthly meetings. Some of you might not be aware that all are invited to attend Church Council meetings, which are held every second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Any questions or concerns should be brought to the meeting or placed in the question box located in the Narthex. Of course, you can always catch up to a current council member and ask them for help as well. As your Council President, I am available by email at btyoung9396@gmail.com or phone 610-554-1294.



NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER SUMMARY


Church Council continues to work hard making decisions in the best interest of our congregation and our place of worship. Communication continues to be our biggest challenge across committees and council.


Like I mentioned at our Congregational meeting, we are all in this together and we need to work together. Sometimes we must agree to disagree and that is ok.


The Suggestion Box (located on the shelf in the Narthex) recently received a few notes from congregational members asking why the Veterans Day Sunday service looked different this year. Council members discussed in great length why we gather in the Sanctuary every Sunday. To be concise, our main focus in the Sanctuary is to worship our God. In doing so, we have the opportunity to learn more about our faith which undergirds our beliefs, values, and way of life. The service acknowledged our members who have served in the various branches of the military and offered a prayer of thanks for their service.


With that said, the Council agrees that the Church Sanctuary is a sacred space and care necessarily must be taken so that our focus on the Lord is paramount. We are so blessed to have many congregational members who are passionate about their ministries and want to share them with us. Council wants to encourage people to continue these ministries at the church but to utilize the Upper Room or other church spaces to celebrate and help us maintain a boundary of Church and State in the sanctuary.


During this holiday season, let us all remember the blessings we receive and how we can share the love of God with others.


Peace be with you,

Bill Young, Council President


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Something to keep in mind as throughout the year…The expenses of the church (heating/cooling, fuel, electricity, salaries, upkeep, cleaning, etc.) continue even when you are on vacation, not in attendance, or when no one is in the building. All confirmed members are encouraged to give on a regular basis so that the important ministries of the church will not be disrupted. We encourage you to mail in your offering or use www.newjerlc.org/online-giving.


Thank you and God bless


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Council Question Box (As a reminder, there is a wooden box located on the shelf in the Narthex. Congregation members are encouraged to write a question/

concern/comment for the council. You can also speak with a council member. These questions/concerns/comments will be read at the council meeting and discussed. The response will be placed in the next Angelus or, if signed, will be relayed to the individual.)


 

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 & Finance Committee News!

2023 Fall Endowment Grant applications will be available in the church office, Endowment mailbox in August. Deadline for fall applications is October 8, 2023.


MISSION & MINISTRY ENDOWMENT FUND ~ 2023 grant amount is $2,750.


The Endowment Committee anticipates there will be a distribution of income available this fall from the Mission & Ministry Endowment Fund. The anticipated amount is $600.


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

There will be no distribution of income available from the Property Endowment Fund.


The spring distribution was $20,000.


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. The anticipated amount is $1,400.


The spring distribution was $600.


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 & Finance Committee member if you have questions.


Tim Frey, Chairperson

Russ Pacala Jr., Vice Chairperson

Tina McCardle

Terry Ravier


 

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 ______________ 2024 from the rolls. Removed or Inactive

  4. I/we would like our information in the 2024 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.


 

You can also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/njelc3233/.

 

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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.


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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