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Pastor Lisa Borrell's Message for June 2022, Church Council Connection, and Music News



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Happy Father's Day!


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, HEALTHY 2022!

 

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

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


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

 





YAY, a return to some "normalcy"!

(But what is normal anymore?)


Hello congregation,


At their monthly meetings for the past 2+ years, the Council has discussed the pandemic, resulting protocols which needed to be put into place, best church practices, health trends and numbers, the order of the worship service, becoming an online presence through technology, etc., etc. It has been a long, arduous journey on all fronts filled with frustrations and adaptations and learning how to be flexible. We are appreciative of the many ways you have worked with us during these times.


At our May meeting, we decided to move forward in relation to worshippers having the opportunity to come before the altar to receive Holy Communion. With that said, please allow me to explain how that will happen. (While we still are facing the challenge of identifying volunteers to help with the “behind the scenes” responsibilities to make worship flow smoothly, we’ve necessarily had to adapt our practices according to the number of helpers that we currently have on board.)


Starting on Sunday, June 12, 2022, we will be offering the sacrament by method of intinction. That means that worshippers will receive both elements (wafer and grape juice) at the same time. At the instruction of the usher, you may come forward before the altar to receive the elements. Using a gloved hand for health precautions, I will take the host (wafer), dip it into a cup of grape juice, and then hand it to you so that you may place it in your own mouth. This will be accompanied by the words, “The body and blood of Christ given for you.” If you choose, you may then have a moment to kneel for prayer or quiet reflection before the altar before returning to your seat. All this will happen in a continuous fashion; that is, worshippers will not be gathering as a group, but will be part of an ongoing “flow” from pew to altar and back to pew. For those who do not wish to receive the sacrament in this way, pre-sealed Communion elements will still be available to you so that you may commune as you remain seated.


There may be a few blips till we get in the practice of coming forward, but we continue to thank you for your kind understanding as we learn and adapt to these new (yet old) practices.


Come to the table of the Lord!

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 SERVICES IN PERSON, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US ONLINE AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL CLICK HERE.


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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.


 

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

 

'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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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, June 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.


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Dear Members of New Jerusalem,


A new year brings new changes to Church Council. We had several members rotating off of council and we were pleased to welcome a couple new faces.


The Council Officers for 2022 are:

President: Cindy Hart

Vice President: Caroline Scuba

Secretary: Sarah Parente

Treasurer: Terry Ravier


There are numerous committees that you can be part of at church. These committees include: Altar Guild, Food Bank, Mutual Ministry, Technology, Preschool, Christian Education, Property, and Worship & Music.


Some committees have combined forces. They are: Finance and Endowment Committee becoming "Finance/Endowment" and Congregational Care and Outreach (CCO) and Fellowship becoming "Church Community Life (CCL)".


As always, congregation members are invited to attend Church Council meetings as spectators. Our meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.


If you have a question or concern that you want addressed at a council meeting, please notify me by Sunday of that week or place it in the question box located in the Narthex. Of course, you can always share your thoughts and concerns with any current council member and ask them for help as well. As your Council President, I am available by email at cmh505@lehigh.edu or phone 484-548-3937.


Peace be with you,

Cindy Hart—Council President


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The Council officers for 2021–2022 are:

  • President: Cindy Hart (484-548-3937)

  • Vice President: Caroline Skuba (610-597-8764)

  • Secretary: Sarah Parente

  • Treasurer: Terry Ravier

  • Council Members: Sharon Bender, Kathy Fenstermacher, Angela Fulmer, Robin Rooth-Fogel, Jere Reiss, and Barbara Young


MEET THE NJELCs COUNCIL MEMBERS

FRONT ROW: Angela Fulmer, Sarah Parente, Pastor Lisa Borrell, Barbara Young

BACK ROW: Caroline Skuba, Cindy Hart, Terry Ravier, Sharon Bender, Jere Reiss,

Kathy Fenstermacher, Robin Rooth-Fogel


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.


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Something to keep in mind as we soon enter the summer months… 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. Your ongoing support and partnership are most appreciated! ~ The Church Council ~


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.

PLEASE NOTE: Choir practice during LENT will be held on Sundays at 11:30 a.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!

2022 Spring Endowment Grant applications will be available in the church office, Endowment mailbox in March. 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 spring applications is

April 10, 2022.


The Endowment Committee anticipates there will be a distribution of income available 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 & Finance Committee member if you have questions.


Tim Frey, Chairperson

Russ Pacala Jr, Vice Chairperson

Tina McCardle

 

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.


 

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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.


SPRING IS HERE!


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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