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 Topic for October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2017

September 3, 2017


Servants for Sunday, October 1, 2017

Acolyte:  Alyssa Milan

Altar Guild:  Janet Gruver, Alice Wallace

Assistant to the Pastor:  Marianne Zellner

Assisting Minister:  Dave Moser

Chalister:  Doris Snyder

Coffee Hour:  Robin Rooth Fogel, LeeAnn Malesky

Lector:  Sharon Bender

Ushers:  Larry Brown, Glen Campbell, Doris Snyder, Tammy Welch


Sermon Topic for Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. 

17th Sunday after Pentecost ~ Jesus’ parable about two sons who don’t do what they say reveals surprises in the reign of God, such as prostitutes and tax collectors going before others into God’s kingdom. In the reading from Ezekiel the people question whether the ways of the Lord are unfair; instead they are to repent and turn to the Lord. Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, looking to the interests of others above our own. Nourished by the broken bread and shared cup, we offer our lives for the sake of our needy world.


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​​Servants for Sunday, October 8, 2017

Acolyte:  Emma Rudolph

Altar Guild:  Saturday, October 7, 2017--All (set up for Harvest Home 9:00 a.m.)
                    Sunday, October 8, 2017--Gloria Quintans, Doris Snyder, Barbara Young

Assistant to the Pastor:  Tammy Welch

Assisting Minister:  Tina Milan

Chalister:  Katie Fogel

Coffee Hour:  Gina Grekula, Cindy Hart, Chris Hess

Lector:  Brenda Leister

Ushers:  Glenn Cressman, Ron & Carol Miller, Barbara Young



Sermon Topic for Saturday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. and
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Harvest Home ~ Celebrate the goodness of God’s creation that feeds our bodies and the goodness of God’s Son that nourishes our souls.



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Servants for Sunday, October 15, 2017

Acolyte:  Angeline Young

Altar Guild: Debbie Bergen, Loretta Duch, Tammy Welch

Assistant to the Pastor:  Kathy Fenstermacher

Assisting Minister:  Cindy Ziegler

Chalister:  Kathy Shermetta

Coffee Hour:  Amanda Bokan, Angela Fulmer, Denise Hoffert, Brenda Leister

Lector:  Larry Brown

Ushers:   Amanda & Zoey Bokan, Glen Campbell, Doris Snyder



Sermon Topic for Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. 

19th Sunday after Pentecost ~ In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others. In our liturgy God spreads a table before us. Even amid anxiety and hardship we rejoice in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. With great joy we feast at the table of the Lord, and we go forth to share the wonderful invitation with others hungering and thirsting for the abundant life of God. 



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Servants for Sunday, October 22, 2017

Acolyte:  Katie Fogel

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to the Pastor:  Paul Connelly

Assisting Minister:  Pauli Connelly

Chalister:  Denise Hoffert

Coffee Hour:  NO Coffee Hour

Lector:  Ben Fogel

Ushers:  Katie Fogel, Greg & Cindy Frederick, Kathy Shermetta



Sermon Topic for Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. 

20th Sunday after Pentecost ~ In today’s first reading God uses the Gentile ruler Cyrus to accomplish divine purposes. When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.



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Servants for Sunday, October 29, 2017

Acolyte:  Zoey Bokan

Altar Guild:  Janet Gruver, Alice Wallace

Assistant to the Pastor:  Jesse Hart

Assisting Minister:  Barbara Young

Chalister:  Tina Milan

Coffee Hour:  TBA

Lector:  Rebecca Wildrick

Ushers:  Alyssa & Tina Milan, Jere & Phyllis Reiss



Sermon Topic for Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. 

Reformation Sunday ~ Jesus’ summary of the law in today’s gospel echoes our first reading from Leviticus. We are called not only to love God with heart, soul, and mind, but also to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is out of such deep care that Paul shares the gospel with the Thessalonian community. In the confession of sins, we acknowledge that we have not loved God, neighbor, and self; yet we gather to hear the word of forgiveness and to be strengthened by word and meal to be signs of God’s love and mercy in the world.



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