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 March 3 & 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018

March 23, 2018


 May God fill you with his New goodness everyday in 2018

and may the love of Jesus overflow

from you to others throughout the year!


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​​Servants for Sunday, March 4, 2018

Acolyte:  Cindy Ziegler

Altar Guild:  Trisha Corcoran, Loretta Duch

Assistant to the Pastor:  Greg Frederick

Assisting Minister:  David Moser

Chalister:  Joyce Leith

Coffee Hour:  Nancy Frederick, Ron & Carol Miller, Caroline

Lector:  Denise Hoffert

Ushers:  Glen Campbell, Greg & Cindy Frederick



Saturday, March 3, 2018 (Worship Service at 6:00 p.m.) 
AND Sunday, March 4, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history:  the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery.  The ten commandments are one of the chief parts of Luther’s catechism, a core piece of baptismal instruction.  They begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives.  When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods. 


 Saturday evening/Sunday morning ~ Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead!

Servants for Sunday, March 11, 2018

Acolyte:  Gabrielle Miller

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to the Pastor:  Bill Young

Assisting Minister:  David Moser

Chalister:  Betsy Gaughan

Coffee Hour:  Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta

Lector:  Denise Hoffert

Ushers:  Larry Brown, Alyssa & Tina Milan, Tammy Welch



Sunday, March 11, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses:  those who look on the bronze serpent will live.  In today's gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live.  When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith, for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.

​​​​Acolyte:  Kenneth Young

Altar Guild:  Tina Milan, Alice Wallace

Assistant to the Pastor:  Ron Miller

Assisting Minister:  Pauli Connelly

Chalister:  Denise Hoffert

Coffee Hour:  Larry Brown, Tammy Welch

Lector:  Tammy Welch

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



Sunday, March 18, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future:  a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross.  Our baptismal covenant draws us to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s light and truth into our hearts.  We see God’s heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe.

Servants for Sunday, March 25, 2018

Acolyte:  Zoey Bokan

Altar Guild:  Barbara Young

Assistant to the Pastor:  Marianne Zellner

Assisting Minister:  Cindy Ziegler

Chalister:  Linda Weaver

Coffee Hour:  Gina Grekula, Cindy Hart, Chris Hess

Lector:  Quinette Brucker

Ushers:  Amanda & Zoey Bokan, Glenn Campbell, Kathy Shermetta



Sunday, March 25, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~  Sixth Sunday in Lent ~ The first and second readings and psalm are the same this Sunday every year: Christ emptying himself of divine power and protection, willingly becoming vulnerable to those who struck him and put him to death.  With Christ we lament his suffering and all human suffering, but expect God’s final vindication.  Mark’s passion story begins with an unnamed woman anointing his head, perhaps to proclaim him Messiah, and Jesus saying she has anointed him beforehand for burial.  Mark’s Easter story will begin with women going to anoint Jesus for burial, only to find that he has been raised, God’s living Anointed One.


Wednesday, March 7 CANCELLED, 14, and 21, 2018





The theme for this Lenten season is "A Story Worth Sharing". Everyone is invited to join us for our Mid-week Lenten Soup Suppers and Worship at New Jerusalem Church.  We will gather in the Upper Room for soup and fellowship at 6:00 p.m., followed by a worship experience at 7:00 p.m. focused on hearing God’s story from generations past, while giving thought and reflection to how our story is part of God’s larger story! 


If you feel so moved to help provide soup or bread for our meals, please contact Terry Ravier (







With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another.  As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved.  At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world. 


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GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE  ~ MARCH 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 

At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross.  The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life.  In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.  Today’s liturgy culminates in the Easter Vigil tomorrow evening. 



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You are invited to join us for

Easter Breakfast from 8:00–9:30 a.m. 

Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.



 New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wishes you a blessed Easter

and we pray that Christ's message of eternal life fills you with hope and love!




There will be NO Saturday Evening Worship Services on April 7, May 5, or June 2, 2018.



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