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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Servant Schedules and Sermon Topics for July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2017

July 23, 2017

Servants for Sunday, July 2, 2017

​​​​Acolyte:  Emma Rudolph   

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to Pastor:  Kathy Fenstermacher  

Assisting Minister:  CIndy Ziegler

Chalister:  Zachary Fogel

Coffee Hour:  Barbara Young

Lector:  Gabrielle Miller  

Ushers:  Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta, Kenneth Young




Sermon Topic for Sunday, July 2, 2017

4th Sunday after Pentecost ~ The welcome of baptism is for all God’s children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In today’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God’s merciful welcome.



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Servants for Sunday, July 9, 2017

​​​​Acolyte: Kenneth Young

Altar Guild:  Janet Gruver, Alice Wallace 

Assistant to Pastor:  Pauli Connelly              

Assisting Minister:  Pauli Connelly  

Chalister:  Doris Snyder

Coffee Hour:  Council

Lector:  Larry Brown  

Ushers:  Cindy & Greg Frederick, Cindy Hart, Pat Leith         




Sermon Topic for Sunday, July 9, 2017

5th Sunday after Pentecost ~ The mystery of God’s ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Jesus associates with the lowly and outcast. Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. We gather to be refreshed by Christ’s invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary.” Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.



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Servants for Sunday, July 16, 2017


​​Acolyte:   Angelina Young

Altar Guild:  Gloria Quintans, Doris Snyder, Barbara Young

Assistant to Pastor:  Pat Leith              

Assisting Minister:  Tina Milan

Chalister:  Katie Fogel

Coffee Hour:  Needed

Lector:  Angie Fulmer 

Ushers:  Katie Fogel, Alyssa Milan, Tina Milan, Barbara Young



Sermon Topic for Sunday, July 16, 2017

6th Sunday after Pentecost ~ God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world. 


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Servants for Sunday, July 23, 2017

​​Acolyte:   Gabrielle Miller

Altar Guild:  Debbie Bergen, Loretta Duch, Tammy Welch

Assistant to Pastor:  Jesse Hart       

Assisting Minister:  Barbara Young

Chalister:  Denise Hoffert

Coffee Hour:  Debbie Bergen

Lector:  Rebecca Wildrick

Ushers:  Larry Brown, Wendy Pepkowski, Tammy Welch, Tina Young




Sermon Topic for Sunday, July 23, 2017

7th Sunday after Pentecost ~ It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.



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Servants for Sunday, July 30, 2017

​​Acolyte:   Alyssa Milan

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to Pastor:  Cindy Ziegler

Assisting Minister:  Dave Moser

Chalister:  Tina Milan

Coffee Hour:  Needed

Lector:  Sharon Bender

Ushers:  Glenn Cressman, Ron & Carol Miller, Kathy Shermetta



Sermon Topic for Sunday, July 30, 2017

8th Sunday after Pentecost ~ As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first! 



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