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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Ministries for May 1-31, 2018 and Upcoming Events

April 28, 2018


. . .  in May



Tuesday, May 1, 2018 

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting


7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 3, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Crafters


They welcomed Marcus Brandt Applegate to their family on May 3, 2018.


Friday, May 4, 2018



Saturday, May 5, 201

NO Saturday Evening Worship



Sunday, May 6, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

10:30 a.m.—Prayer Shawl Group

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, May 7, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

TBD—Christian Education Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 10, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards



Friday, May 11, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Food Bank Delivery (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Saturday, May 12, 2018



Sunday, May 13, 2018




  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—NO Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA





Monday, May 14, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

12:00 noon—Prime Timers (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 17, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, May 18, 2018



Saturday, May 19, 2018

8:45 a.m.—Food Bank (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, May 20, 2018

   9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Day of Penecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training Celebration (Last Cross Training Session—See you in the Fall!)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, May 21, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Scouts

7:00 p.m.—Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

6:30 p.m.—Pre-school Committee Meeting


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 24, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, May 25, 2018



Saturday, May 26, 2018

8:45  a.m.—Food Bank (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, May 27, 2018

   9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Holy Trinity

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—NO Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, May 28, 2018





Church Office CLOSED

NO Pre-school





Tuesday, May 29, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Deadline for the June Angelus

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, May 31, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards



New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables (no string beans or lima beans needed at this time), juice, and cereal.  Thank you for your contributions!


Food Bank Delivery:  May 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  May 19th and 26th from 8:45–10:45 a.m. 


Volunteer Information:  If you or your group or organization (ages 12 or older) are interested in volunteering at the food bank, please email  


Garden Plans: We know some of you are already thinking about your spring garden.  Consider putting in a few extra plants or a row for the Food Bank.  If you wind up with more starts than you have room for, bring those in too!


Thank you to First United Church of Christ for all the Easter bags for the children at the Food Bank.  Thank you also to Christ Lutheran-Hellertown and Saucon Community Bible Fellowship Church for their monetary donations and support.


For more information about our Food Bank, please click here.


Thank you to all of the volunteers who make the food bank possible and to our most generous community! 

Thank you all for making this community stronger! 





Apple's Preschool News


We are all very busy this spring with exciting events and activities.  Our caterpillars are now in their chrysalides, transforming into beautiful butterflies that we will set free. 


This year's Reading Awareness Program is a great success.  The children have read over 1,700 books so far!  And we've had 25 Mystery Readers come in and read to us.  Miss Andrea from the Hellertown Library will be visiting our Pre-K classes in a few weeks to share a story and craft.


Letters Q and U, best friends forever, will be united in a wedding ceremony to be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome to join this celebration with a "reception" to follow with refreshments, music, and a photo booth.


Our Closing Program will be on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


We look forward to a year filled with many new learning experiences.  For more information, click here to see our church website's Preschool tab introducing you to our teachers, school days and times, and our philosophy. 


You can also find us on Facebook at


Miss Shani, Miss Katrina, and Miss Denise









Thanks from the ELCA for the continued donations to the ELCA World Hunger Fund.  Thanks to these donations, the ELCA can respond quickly to families experiencing disaster, hunger, poverty, displacement, and health-related challenges.












You are invited to sign up to participate in "Greet the Pastor!" 

Invite Pastor Lauren into your home so that she can get to know you and your family.  Please sign up for a time that is most convenient for you, and when most people who live in your household are available.  Contact Pastor directly to schedule a time.












Prayer Shawls

There is a basket of beautiful handmade prayer shawls in the Narthex.  If you know of someone who is having hard times (illness, sadness, troubles), please take one for them.  These shawls are meant to show a tangible message of God's love and the care and concern of friends from New Jerusalem.






​​Giant Gift Card Rewards Program has been restarted and will be available in the Upper Room during coffee hour each Sunday.  You can purchase your gift cards with cash or a check made out to NJELC.  Denominations are $100, $50, $25, and $20 cards.  The profits will be directed towards the new roof fund for the church building. 


Please see Tina McCardle in the Upper Room to help support our efforts in the church.  Call her with questions or future special orders at 610-838-6784 or email her at  Tina Young will be assisting when Tina McCardle is not available.





2018 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Narthex.  If you have not received yours, please contact the church office at 610-838-0731.


Offering Checks ~ Effective January 1, 2018 all offering checks should be made out to New Jerusalem Church or NJELC.  Members of Christ Lutheran will no longer have envelopes from Christ Lutheran and all offering will be going into New Jerusalem accounts.  You will be given credit for your offerings, as always.  Thank you for your attention to this matter as we go forward with our merger.  Tina McCardle


If you are not receiving the Angelus (Church Newsletter) either electronically or via the mail, please contact the church office at 610-838-0731 and provide your name, email, and address to correct to error.

2018 Altar Flower Sign-up Sheet is located in the Narthex. 


Altar flowers are a great way to honor or remember someone dear. 
The cost is $35.00 or 2 people/families may share a week for $17.50/each.


The Altar Guild is in need of 46 oz. cans to put the Sunday flowers in to take them to our shut-ins.

Music Director Search ~ New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church seeks

qualified candidates to fill the vacant position of Director of Music.  Candidates must exhibit proficiency in playing the piano, and be willing to learn and play the organ, if not already proficient. 


The successful candidate will exhibit passion, energy, and enthusiasm in performing assigned tasks.  Responsibilities include providing musical accompaniment during worship services; rehearsing, leading, and teaching large groups with varying abilities, including choirs and musical ensembles; and collaborating with the Pastor, other worship leaders and committees to complete administrative tasks and develop an appropriate and meaningful worship experience.  Weekly 9:00 a.m. Sunday Service, Monthly 6:00 p.m. Saturday Service, 100 AWA, 1 Choir.  Continuing Education money available. 



Submit letter of interest, resume, and salary expectations to the church office at:  

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015; 610-838-0731 (phone)

A Message from Phyllis & Jere Reiss  ~ Our child, Fernando, who New Jerusalem Church sponsored lives in Honduras and has moved out of their service area. 


We have chosen another child, Ronald David Perez Gonzales.  He is called David by his family.  He lives with his grandparents,  brother, and uncle in the agricultural part of Honduras.  David will be 6 years old on August 17, 2018.  His grandfather is a farmer earning $60.00 a month.  


Our monthly sponsorship has been transferred to David.  Please see the bulletin board in the Upper Room for more information, a picture of David, and his mailing address.



Do you like to pray?  Do you like to pray for others?  Please join our Prayer Team if this sounds like you.  If you prefer notices by email contact Kathy Fenstermacher at  If you would to receive a phone call please write your name and phone number on paper and submit to the church office.  If you want to include your name and number and place in the offering plate we will be sure to get it to Anne Schaffer.  Thank you being part of this ministry! 









Are you a Class of 2018 Graduate? ~ This would include high school, college, or any other schooling.  If you have or will be graduating in 2018, please send your name, a photo, graduating school, future plans, etc. to Cindy Hart at or call 610-838-5838.  Deadline for submitting your information will be Sunday, May 27, 2018.  


Prime Timers ~  Prime Timers will continue to meet the third Tuesday of the month at noon.   Join us on Tuesday, May 15th, we will be doing board Bingo!  


Sign~up sheet will be in the Narthex.  All are welcome.  For questions contact Loretta at 610-838-7428.  Hope to see you there!….Loretta Duch 



Medical Health Field Individuals ~ Do you or a family member work in the Medical Health Field (Doctor, Nurse, EMT, Therapist, etc.), we would like to recognize you.  


Please provide a photo of the individual with their name and degree/study to Cindy Hart at 610-838-5838 or email


Deadline for submitting your photo with information will be Sunday, April 22, 2018.  




The 5th Annual World




-A-Thon is coming!  Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 


Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Picnic Pavilion

Bob Rodale Fitness and Cycling Park

Mosser Road, Breinigsville, PA

Parking is provided on site.


 Monies  collected will also benefit the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.  


Come, join the fun!  Walkers are welcome!


For more information and sign-up sheets, please visit the synod website at





Lehigh Valley Diaper Drive will be held on 


Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Wescosville Recreation Center

5047 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103


Donations will be collected as part of a new LV Diaper Bank and will be distributed monthly to local homeless shelters.  Please email, visit, or call 484-268-2100.





Geranium Sponsorship ~ The Altar Guild is accepting donations for Geranium plants which will beautify our Sanctuary.  If you would like to make a donation for Geraniums, please complete the form below and return it to any member of the Altar Guild by Thursday, May 17, 2018.  If you place it in the offering plate or send it by mail, please mark it Altar Guild Memorial Fund.



Name:   ______________________________________________________________________


Envelope #:   __________________  Amount:  $___________________________________


Dedication:   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________







Cross Training 2017–2018


For the past nine moths, we have embarked on a new Christian Education venture called Cross Training.  We began this adventure in hopes that it would open us up to new ways of engaging stories from scripture through creative experiences, as well as building relationships across age groups.


On Sunday, May 20, 2018 the celebration of Pentecost and the final Sunday of Cross Training for this academic year, we remember and give thanks for the ways that the Holy Spirit has worked to shape and mold us through these experiences and ask God's continued guidance as we shape and form our plan for next year.


Highlights From Our Cross Training Field Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018 Forthcoming





New Jerusalem Annual Church Picnic will be held on

 Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Spring Valley Sportsmen Club.


The Fellowship Committee will provide pulled pork sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, and hot dogs.

Beverages and paper products will be provided.

Bring along a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be games for all ages!


Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex and the Upper Room.  Please sign up by May 28th

For questions contact Terry Ravier at


All are welcome!  Hope to see you there!




Hike & Bike Mondays Starting Monday, June 4, 2018

All our welcome ~ Please join us! 


Where:   Upper Saucon Park (meet near the bathrooms)

Time:  Start 6:00 p.m.

Activity:  Bike/Hike Rails to Trail (ride as a group)


Contact Drake Britzenhoff at 610-737-4674 for more information.




Salon Mia is hosting a bus trip to see "Jesus" ​​live on stage at the


               Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA 

                               June 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


Tickets are $110.00 for adults and $79.00 for kids
(Price includes the show and bus only.)

The bus will depart from Hellertown at 2:30 p.m. and arrive home around 11:30 p.m.


We will be stopping at the Cracker Barrel for food which is not included in the price.


"Jesus" is the musical stage adventure about the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.  Check the Sight and Sound website for a preview of the show at


Contact Maria Makkas for tickets at or 610-838-5656.

“Houston, TX We Have a Gathering” ~ June 27 through July 1, 2018

Watch for details on ways to support our youth to attend in 2018!



Houston Youth Gathering Update ~ Thank you for your support of the Fundraising for the Houston Gathering.  We are very blessed to have you help us reach our goals. 


Our group will be joining with St. Luke's Old Williams Church, ​St. John’s Lutheran Church, and St. Paul’s Lutheran  Church-Easton.  Please keep everyone in your prayers.  ​


There will be a joint youth project coming up.  We'll be selling Soup Kits from Cooke Tavern Soups.  The cost will be $8.00 each or 4 for $30.00.   Their gourmet recipes are easy to prepare and offer only the finest freeze-dried and all natural ingredients. ​ 


Their product​s offers: 

  • No salt, preservatives, or MSG

  • All vegetarian mixes 

  • Many mixes are gluten free to accommodate for dietary challenges 

​We still have some Country Meats beef sticks available, still $1.00.  


Check with us during Fellowship or contact one of the youth.  


NJELC at Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs ~ Join us on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to see the Pigs play the Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders


Deadline to order is May 28, 2018.  Price is $11.00 per person and includes $2.00 of ballpark credit.  Must be paid for in advance and parking is extra. 


Call or text Drake for details 610-737-4674 or djdrake@epix.netLaugh, Cheer, Oink!



Shipwrecked for Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2018 ~ Save the date for Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 2018


More information forthcoming!



If anyone is interested in seeing the Steelhawks Indoor Football Team at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, please contact Drake at, call 610-282-2148, or text 610-737-4674.  If there is at least 20 people interested, Drake will contact the organization for more information.  



Couples Retreat/Fellowship Weekend ~ Mark your calendars for Friday night, September 14th through Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2018


There will be a Couples Retreat/Fellowship Weekend hosted at the


Luther Inn

2810 E. Magnolia Avenue

Wildwood, NJ 10826


The cost for the weekend is $175 per couple.

Registration forms and $50 deposit are due by April 15, 2018

The Lutheran Inn can only accommodate 13 couples.

Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. 


The weekend will have time for relaxation, reflection, and fun at the beach. 


Any questions, please contact Terry Ravier at or 610-838-9230.  More information can also be found at  (please check the website and read before you commit).







Names:  ________________________________________________



Email Address:  ________________________________________



Phone #:  ______________________________________________



Deposit:  $______________________________________________   


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