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Pastor Lisa Borrell's Message for September 2023, 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, HEALTHY 2023!


 

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

 









It always seems like the summer flies by so quickly! I do hope that you’ve had some time for some relaxation and recreation these past 3 months. It’s always a good thing for our minds, bodies, and souls to have opportunities which recharge our batteries.


As fall approaches, more activities are being planned and put into place. It is the hope that you’ll find an event or ministry in which you’d like to participate. Here are a couple of highlights…


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(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.


 

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Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 10:30 a.m.–noon

outside on the parking lot

(in case of rain = under the porch)

All beloved companions are welcome!



Looking forward to seeing you at church! ~ Pastor Lisa Borrell


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A friendly reminder…

As per our congregational constitution, members who wish to remain on the active roles of New Jerusalem, must receive the sacrament of Holy Communion and give a contribution of record (offerings given in a designated envelope or another envelope with your name clearly indicated on front) at least once a year. Worshippers are encouraged to complete a Communion Record slip (found in the pew racks in the church sanctuary) twice a year when in attendance and place the slip in the offering plate.


The office is compiling a new address, email, and telephone directory for active members which will be published later in the summer; thus, we are seeking the most current information as possible. If any of your personal info has changed, please let the church office know by calling 610-838-0731 or by emailing Jeanette at newjerelc@gmail.com. Thank you for your help!


Also, if anyone would like to receive Communion, but cannot physically attend church, please reach out to Pastor Lisa Borrell at the office. She would be most happy to make a visit and share the sacrament in your home.


Blessings to one and all during this summer season.


In Christ's service, 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 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.


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, September 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.


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The Council officers for 2023 are:

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

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

  • Secretary: Sarah Parente

  • Treasurer: Terry Ravier

  • Council Members: Angela Fulmer, Jesse Hart, Pat Leith, Joanne Robbins, and Robin Rooth-Fogel

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.


AUGUST SUMMARY

NJELC Church Council members are working hard to improve communication across committees to allow better transparency of all the great work committees are doing.


We just finished up the summer with a wonderful outdoor worship and church picnic today. It was a full house and plenty of food, fellowship and fun was enjoyed. During the infomercial after worship, everyone took a trip down memory lane hearing familiar TV sitcom theme songs, but the real message was all the great things happening at NJELC thanks to many hands at work.


The parking lot project has given us a great foundation for the future with line painting coming soon. The Fall season is around the corner, giving us more opportunities to share our ministries with our community.


We certainly have many blessings to be thankful for. Praise the Lord!!


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 ______________ 2023 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.


 

You can also visit us 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.


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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