New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

Saturday Worship: 6:00 PM

(1st Saturday of the Month)

Sunday Church School: 10:30 AM (Sept-May)

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Mon-Fri)



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Church Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

April 4, 2017

 Church Council Connection


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 to or call 610-797-8440. 


March 2017 Summary 


The new Council officers for 2017 are: 

  • President:  Bill Young

  • Vice President:  Jesse Hart

  • Secretary:  Barbara Young 

  • Treasurer:  Nicole Reily and Terry Ravier 

  • Members:  Pauli Connelly, Kathy Fenstermacher, Greg Frederick, Pat Leith, Ron Miller, Tamara Welch, and Cindy Ziegler

NOTE:  Sorry for any confusion with incorrect names in the boxes below.  I was corrected by a few people and updated the list below.  It’s all subject to change.   Each Council member is asked to be a Liaison for a church committee.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to approach the committee Chairperson or Liaison for help.  


Committee                                                          Chairperson                                  Liaison 

Altar Guild                                                           Tamara Welch                              Barbara Young 

Christian Ed                                                        Kathy Fenstermacher                    Kathy Fenstermacher 

Communications                                                 Pat Leith                                        Pat Leith 

Congregational Care and Outreach                    Terry Ravier                                  Terry Ravier 

Fellowship                                                           Lee Ann Malesky                          Ron Miller 

Finance                                                               Betsy Gaughan                             Jesse Hart 

Food Bank                                                          Colleen Roan                                Tamara Welch 

Mutual Ministry                                                    Larry Brown                                  Pauli Connelly 

Preschool                                                            Amanda Bokan                             Nicole Reily 

Property                                                              Jere Reiss                                     Greg Frederick 

Worship and Music                                             Denise Hoffert                               Cindy Ziegler 



Council Connection Question:  Why do we have Assisting Minister position?   


Answer:  The idea of adding this position is to allow congregational members to share gifts of leadership and faith with the congregation.  The service in the hymnal calls for congregational member involvement. 


Pauli Connelly, Assisting Minister, writes:  I feel that one of my gifts is my ability to use my voice.  As many of you know I am not shy to speak up to give an opinion or share ideas.   When I heard about the Assisting Minister role, I was immediately interested.  I looked at it as an opportunity to be more involved at church. 


Having no expectations other than helping out, it has become an experience I truly trheasure.  In church on a Sunday I feel so connected with myself and my faith.  I also feel more connected with the people in the pews around me.  When acting as the Assistant Minister, I feel connected to the entire congregation in a way that fills my heart with love.  Love for the Lord and love for my church family.  


I also enjoy the extra time it gives me to share and connect with Pastor Lauren.  A few extra minutes of one-on-one time together has grown into what I consider a special relationship.  In leading and working together a trust is built based on respect and friendship. 


Cindy Ziegler, Assisting Minister, writes:  I participate as an Assisting Minister because it is a position It allows the lay person access to the ceremony of worship first hand.  It hopefully aides the pastor, not taking away from her position as our worship leader, BUT letting her concentrate on sending the Gospel Message to her Congregation.  I feel we can complement each other.  After all the more idea’s, equals more information and more insight for us all.   Change is sometimes thought of as a personal attack on everything we hold dear. It should be a challenge to the unknown in our lives. 


Peace be with you, 

Bill Young,  Council President 

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