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Pastoral Call Update June 2020, Inspirational Message, Church Council Connection, Music Corner, Etc.

Updated: Jun 7


May God fill you will his New goodness everyday and

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

COV-19 UPDATE


We are all anxious to get back to our normal day to day activities. Due to the recent closings and cancellations, schedules of meetings and gatherings are tentative and are reliant on the status of social distancing requirements. Please continue to pray for those on the front line, putting themselves at risk every day, as well as those who have been affected by health issues. Continue to be safe, taking precautions seriously to prevent contracting and spreading the virus.


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GOOD NEWS ~ JOIN US ON SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020 FOR OUTSIDE WORSHIP!


Outside worship services will begin on Sunday, June 14 at 9 a.m. That’s right, we are going to use our parking lot as our sanctuary. Council is trying to make this transition as seamless, safe and successful as possible! If you do not feel comfortable attending, feel free to continue to watch Pastor Lisa’s sermons on line.


For those that are ready this will fill your needs; and those that might still be uncomfortable being around others, this might be a way of getting your feet wet before jumping into the pool.


We have made some slight changes, but it will not affect the impact of worship. These changes are to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19. These changes are: remain in car, no choir, less songs, no sharing of peace, offering at end of service, and communion will be done by prepackaged containers. There will be NO access to restrooms before, during or after service.

(See more information in the 'Church Council Connection' section below)

In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell at 610-762-2139.

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)

'Let There Be Peace On Earth' Sung by The Young People's Chorus of New York City

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'My Wish For You' Sung by Rascal Flatts

We shout for a wide variety of reasons. We shout to be heard when we are excited, angry, or feel we are being ignored. We shout because we want someone to hear us.

When was the last time you shouted with joy to the Lord? How long has it been since you last were so overpowered by the goodness of God that you shouted out your praise and thanksgiving? Have you ever done it?

We have so much to be excited about and grateful for in the Lord! Think about it. Isn’t salvation something to shout about? The Lord saves us from certain self-destruction. He saves us from an eternity in hell. He saves us from the compulsion to sin. He saves us from a life of sinful misery which has no hope.

Isn’t the future something to shout about? The Lord has guaranteed our acceptance into the eternal kingdom of God. He has prepared a place for us that defies human understanding. It is a place that is so pure and holy that no trace of sin or its consequences will ever be found . It is a place where the glory of Christ will always shine and never dim. It is a place where we will never fear and experience pain or sorrow again. It is a place where we will be surrounded forever by all the saints who have ever lived and who have been perfected by God, a people who will always treat you fairly, lovingly, and joyfully.

Aren’t the resources God has provided for us something to shout about? Think about it. God has made available to us all the resources we need to live holy lives before Him. It is not beyond our reach to live in victory. We have God’s Word, His Spirit, the church, and a great cloud of witnesses always around us to spur us on and help us.

Indeed, “Shout with joy to the LORD, O earth!” Let your voice be heard loud and clear! The Lord is God, and He is your God! The Lord is faithful, true, and good all the time! Let your heart rejoice and shout the Good News so all will hear.

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'Shout To The Lord'

PA GOVERNOR TOM WOLF EXTENDS THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER UNTIL JUNE 4, 2020.

CANCELLED Worship Services, Apples's Preschool,

and all activities at New Jerusalem Church until further notice.

We are asking everyone to refrain from entering the building unless absolutely necessary (secretary, church maintenance,

cleaning staff, etc.) as the building has been sanitized.

Cancelling these services will affect us financially—so we encourage you to mail in your offering or use www.newjerlc.org/online-giving. The church continues to have expenses even when we are not worshiping under one roof. God bless

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Our Sunday services in the church have been put on hold for the time being, as our country is dealing with COVID-19. Since we have been asked and directed to practice physical distancing, below are alternate worship experiences for New Jerusalem to take part in.

ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The good news is we can still worship together on Sunday mornings!

Even though we are not physically worshiping together, we are together in spirit.

New Jerusalem members are invited to worship on Sunday morning for online services with:

Pastor Lisa Borrell–Friedens Lutheran Church in Center Valley, PA welcomes you at 9:00 a.m. https://friedenscentervalley.com/online-church-services. Previous online services are also available to view.

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Pastor Daniel Eisenberg–St. John's Lutheran Church in Mayfair, PA welcomes you at 10:00 a.m. at facebook.com/stjohns-mayfair or www.stjohnsmayfair.org (click on the light blue bar in the middle of the page). Daily Morning Prayers are also available. You may remember Pastor Dan from his youth group days at NJ.

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Thank you Pastor Lisa and Pastor Dan for inviting us to join your worship services.

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FREE FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL

Are you looking for ways to support faith formation at home? Sparkhouse is excited to announce Family Sunday School, a free 8-week lesson series for families! Each week Sunday School curriculum developer (and former summer camp Arts and Crafts director) Dr. Dawn Rundman and her family will host Family Sunday School. Each episode presents a lesson based on Lectionary readings that families can watch together. The Bible story, illustrations, and other content are based on Spark: Activate Faith Lectionary Sunday School lessons.

You are welcome to distribute, post, and reproduce the lesson materials for your church families in whatever way works for you. We’ll post a new lesson every Tuesday for the following Sunday. Lessons will be posted through Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020. The first lesson, Doubting Thomas, is available now at https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/promos/family-sunday-school/?utm_campaign=SHC%20Children&utm_

A message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on COVID-19:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Nd_T4R_EY

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

www.facebook.com/njelc3233/

A Pastoral Search Update

The Church Council is continuing the Pastoral Search process for a new pastor throughout this time. The call committee has been formed and we have done the paperwork to begin the process. The COVID-19 quarantine has not slowed us down as we continue to have council and synod meetings via zoom conferencing.

I am happy to report that a pastor candidate’s name has been given to our call committee. We will share more details as this process moves forward.

Stay well and God bless, Cindy Hart—Church Council President

A message from Pastor Lisa Borrell, Visitation Pastor for New Jerusalem Church:

Dear members of New Jerusalem,

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


To say that we are now living in trying times would be a complete understatement. As I’m sure everyone is aware, employees at grocery stores are doing everything they can to keep the shelves restocked; truck drivers are traveling non-stop to deliver goods to the stores and warehouses; hospital and other medical personnel are working exhaustingly long hours to offer care during this pandemic; schools and colleges are shut down and teaching by remote access; businesses deemed “non-essential” have also been shut down for the foreseeable future; and the government has declared a national emergency the likes of which we have rarely, if ever, seen in our lifetimes.

Please use your best judgment and practice good safety measures during this time, particularly those who have been identified with a higher health risk. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Strictly limit your exposure to other people unless you have to go out for necessary medical appointments or to purchase items at the store. These are some of the best ways to help “flatten the curve” of infection. And though we must distance ourselves physically for a time, that doesn’t mean that we can’t stay connected. Make an overdue phone call (especially to those who are elderly) … write an old-fashioned handwritten note … send a text … airdrop a family photo. Your efforts will definitely be appreciated!

Also crucial during this time of crisis is the continuance of giving your financial offerings to the church. These may be mailed to the office at the address noted above. Please consider using tape or water to seal your envelopes to lessen the transmission of germs. The congregation certainly understands if this imposed isolation has caused hardship due to unexpected unemployment at this time.

Additionally, I’d like you to invite all those who use social media to “like” Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page or website (www.friedenscentervalley.com) in order to watch recordings of remote worship. A brief worship service was added this past Sunday and another will be coming later this week. While it’s certainly not the same as being together in person, it is a way we can share in our devotions together. Please know that we are only as far away from each other as our thoughts, hearts, and prayers. If anyone should need to reach me, my telephone number is 610-762-2139. Be well.

God’s peace be with you all,

The Rev. Lisa K. Borrell–Visitation Pastor

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

610/838-0731 newjerelc@gmail.com


Connection

Greetings from your New Jerusalem “Apples” Church Council

Outside Sunday Worship Services Beginning June 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (Rain or Shine—More information below)

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Meetings and Activities are CANCELLED until further notice.


MAY 2020 SUMMARY

Zoom—Church Council Members in Action

Please remember that even though we are not worshiping together,

we are together in spirit.

Can you believe it has been 12 weeks since we have worshiped together under one roof? Some of you might be saying “how times flies,” others might say “it seems like only yesterday we were together,” or “when will we be able to return?” Council plans on taking baby steps to get us together again.

With the governor’s approval to move us into the “yellow” phase beginning June 5, 2020 the church will be following the guidelines set by our governor and SYNOD, that will require some adjustments to our service and practices. We will be expecting our members to follow these guidelines as well, or we will have to close up again.

BUILDING/ACTIVITIES

  • Appropriate wearing of masks and gloves while in the building at ALL times.

  • No entry into the building prior to 10:00 a.m.

  • No entry into the office, except secretary and treasurer.

  • Offering envelopes should continue to be mailed or use the online Vanco portal, please refrain from dropping off at church.

  • Encourage continuation of zoom meetings (however, meetings of less than 25 attendees with appropriate 6’ distancing and masks is allowed).

  • Pick up of supplies or cleaning are allowed with two people at a time in one area.

  • Food Bank will continue with curbside pickup. ALL WORKERS MUST WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES.

  • NO EATING OR DRINKING INSIDE BUILDING. (That requires one to remove their masks…a no-no.)

OUTSIDE WORSHIP INFORMATION

Outside worship services will begin on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. That’s right, we are going to use our parking lot as our sanctuary. Council is trying to make this transition as seamless, safe, and successful as possible! If you do not feel comfortable attending, feel free to continue to watch Pastor Lisa’s sermons online at https://friedenscentervalley.com/online-church-services.

For those that are ready this will fill your needs; and those that might still be uncomfortable being around others, this might be a way of getting your feet wet before jumping into the pool.

We have made some slight changes, but it will not affect the impact of worship. These changes are to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19. These changes are: remain in car, no choir, less songs, no sharing of peace, offering at end of service, and communion will be done by prepackaged containers. There will be NO access to restrooms before, during, or after service.

You are probably wondering how this is going to work:

  1. An individual will greet you in the driveway and will hand you a bulletin and communion containers. The bulletins will be printed with everything you need. Please let the individual know how many communion containers will be needed for your passengers. The communion containers are ordered prepackaged and, unfortunately, they do not offer gluten free wafers or wine. There is only one option for communion (wafer and grape juice). Feel free to bring your own “bread” to be used during communion. At the appropriate time you will tear off the first layer which will have your wafer. Then the second layer will have grape juice.

  2. After receiving these items, follow the direction of the parking attendants, and park your vehicle. We will be adhering to the 6’ distance and wearing of masks/gloves. You will remain in your vehicle and tune in to 106.5 FM on your vehicle radio. Please be patient with our volunteers. A plan for entering and exiting the parking lot has been established to maintain safety for all, as this is new to everyone. It will be just like attending a drive-in movie, but different.

  3. After worship is done, please be patient exiting the parking lot. Again there will be parking attendants to guide us in the process. You will notice upon your exit of the parking lot, an individual will be collecting your offering.

GUIDELINES/RULES FOR OUTSIDE SERVICE

  • Everyone MUST remain in their vehicles at all times.

  • No entry into church building. This means no use of restrooms.

  • Take all trash/recycling home with you after worship service.

  • Masks and gloves are encouraged even in your vehicle.

  • Be patient—what else do you have to do??

  • No children’s coloring packs will be available. Bring your own form of entertainment for your children. Service activity booklets will be available online for YOU to print and bring along!

  • Services will be held rain or shine.

We hope you will consider attending our outside worship service. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cindy Hart at 484-548-3937 or Sharon Bender at 610-597-8764.


Thank you to those that have been sending offerings in the mail or have been using the online Vanco portal. We are making sure all systems will be operating, our building is clean, and we are ready for worship when we get the green light! We are busy ordering supplies that will be necessary for us to commune together, as well as sanitizing supplies to keep us all safe. Our church congregation sticks together when the going gets tough. Please continue to support the ongoing work of New Jerusalem by sending in your offerings.

I am also happy to report that a pastor candidate’s name has been given to our call committee. We will share more details as this process moves forward.

The Council officers for 2020 are:

  • President: Cindy Hart

  • Vice President: Sharon Bender

  • Treasurer: Terry Ravier

  • Secretary: Kathy Fenstermacher

  • Council Members: Glenn Campbell, Tina McCardle, Jere Reiss, Robin Rooth-Fogel, 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,

Cindy Hart, Council President

As always, we pray for all the council members and

all those in leadership positions for this congregation.

Council Question Box

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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 Lauren; 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.

Welcome to our new Music Director, Edward L. Walakovits. Ed 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. Please be sure to welcome Ed to New Jerusalem Church!



All are welcome ~ Please join us for choir practice on

CANCELLED Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Choir ~ Once or twice a month, the choir invites members and guests to join them to sing the Anthem and praises to our God! The response has been very positive and uplifting for all!


New Jerusalem welcomes our new Director of Music, Ed Walakovits!

Endowment Committee News!

TBA


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New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Sunday Worship:  10:00 AM

Saturday Worship: TBD Worship

                                  (1st Saturday of the Month)

Sunday Church School: TBD AM (Sept-May)

Office Hours: 7:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Mon-Thurs)

610-838-0731

610-838-8573

newjerelc@gmail.com

Handicapped Accessible

In case of inclement weather, please watch Channel 69 WFMZ, www.wfmz.com or call the church office to listen to the message.

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