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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In case of inclement weather, please watch Channel 69 WFMZ, or call the church office to listen to the message.

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Ministries for June 1-30, 2018 and Upcoming Events

June 12, 2018


. . .  in June



Friday, June 1, 2018



Saturday, June 2, 2018


NO Saturday Evening Worship


Sunday, June 3, 2018

   9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Second Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 noon—Annual Church Picnic at Spring Valley Sportsmen;s Club

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, June 4, 2018

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, June 6, 2018 

6:30 p.m.—VBS Meeting

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, June 7, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00—Preschool Closing Ceremony

7:00 p.m.—Crafters


Friday, June 8, 2018

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


Saturday, June 9, 2018


NO Saturday Evening Worship


Sunday, June 10, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Third Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Congregational Care & Outreach Committee Meeting

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, June 11, 2018

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at Vassi's Drive Inn, 1666 Main Street, Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, June 14, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards



Friday, June 15, 2018



Saturday, June 16, 2018

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


Sunday, June 17, 2018



  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

  7:00 p.m.—AA





Monday, June 18, 2018

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

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike

7:00 p.m.—Lions Club Meeting

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

12:00 p.m.—Prime Timers (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, June 21, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, June 22, 2018



Saturday, June 23, 2018

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


Sunday, June 24, 2018

   9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

  7:00 p.m.—AA

  7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at Grida's, 36 N.Main Street, Richlandtown (see Mark Your Calendar below) 


Monday, June 25, 2018

Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Iron Pigs Game (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Friday, June 29, 2018

Youth Gathering in Houston, TX


Saturday, June 30, 2018





New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Canned soup, dry pasta, and cereal.  Thank you for your contributions!


Food Bank Delivery:  June 8th at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days: June 16th and 23rd 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


Have you seen the article about Apple’s Preschool featured in the Saucon Source at, Learning is Fun at Apple’s Preschool by JOSH POPICHAK | May 18, 2018.  Remember when learning was fun?  If you’ve forgotten when that was, a visit to Apple’s Preschool in Lower Saucon Township might remind you.  The small non-denominational preschool at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Apples Church Road prides itself on educating children ages 3 to 5—including pre-kindergartners—in a setting that excites young minds and encourages their curiosity.  To read more, please go to  Registration is still open for the fall, please contact Shani for more information.


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









Thank you from Prime Timers ~ Thank you to everyone who donated items last month for bingo. This is what Prime Timers is all about, helping others. …Loretta Duch













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.


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In the upcoming months we will be launching a “New” giving program called Vanco Payment Solutions.


Here is a brief description about 'Give Electronically'.


Members have asked about it, so we are willing to give it a try for them.


Electronic gifts are fast and secure, and they reduce administrative costs, allowing more of every dollar to fund the important work we are called to do.


* Give anytime, anywhere to your favorite funds

* Schedule and manage recurring donations even when you are on vacation.

* Make one-time donations to special appeals

* Pay for events, programs, and other activities

* Don’t have to cash or a checkbook


More information about this program will be published when the Stewardship/Finance Committee sends out your six (6) months Giving Statements in July for 2018.


Peace be with you,

Terry Ravier

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)



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! 












JAELAH BRIELLE EVAN ~ Graduated from Lehigh Valley School for Performing Arts.  She will be attending Arcadia University in the Study Abroad Program.


TIANNA ROSE LAMB ~ Graduated from Arcadia University with a BA in Business Art.


PAUL REILY ~ Graduated from Saucon Valley High School. He will be attending Penn State Lehigh Valley for Wildlife & Fishery Science.


BILL YOUNG ~ Graduated from Temple University with a BS in Education. He taught Small Engine Technology at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute and is currently teaching at Upper Bucks County Technical School.



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.





VBS Organizational Meeting ~  Anyone interested in helping with Vacation Bible School (VBS) is welcome to attend the meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the Upper Room.






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.





Come enjoy some ice cream and fellowship this summer!


If able, please wear a New Jerusalem, Thrivent, or VBS-related shirt.



Meet at 7:00 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, June 3, 2018 ~ Vassi's Drive Inn at 1666 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 ~ Grida's at 36 N. Main St., Richlandtown, PA 18955

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 ~ Bethlehem Dairy Store at 1430 Linden St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
    (This may change to support a fundraiser with the Seeing Eye Dogs

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 ~ Rita's at 1130 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018 ~ Inside Scoop at 301 N. Third St., Coopersburg, PA 18036

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 ~ McDonald's at 14 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055


If we learn that COB or another organization has a fundraiser, we'll modify as possible.


If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Fenstermacher at 610-838-6059 or email


Bring a friend!


Prime Timers ~  Prime Timers will continue to meet the third Tuesday of the month at noon.   


Join us on Tuesday, June 19th!  

This month our guest speaker will be Joann from The Body Bank.


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 


Bring a friend!



​​Bonfire Bible Study at New Jerusalem 

Date and Time:  Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Theme:  Being a Christian Woman in Today's World

Instructor:  Angie Fulmer  

 Come join the fun!



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




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



 Family Camp at Bear Creek ~ Come and join us July 1-6, 2018 for a time of fellowship and family!  During this fun-filled week, families will be able to experience the many amazing things that Bear Creek Camp has to offer. 


Mornings will start off with chapel and worship.  Afterward, kids will be split up by age groups for Bible Study and games while the adults have the opportunity to participate in a daily themed discussion with our Chaplain for the week. 


Afternoons bring all sorts of fun Free Time activities for the whole family.  Enjoy your time swimming, playing games, zip lining, doing crafts, hiking and LOTS more!


The evenings offer a variety of family-oriented activities which will be fun for all ages; including an optional “overnight” experience where your family can experience a classic camp-out in the woods.  Plus we will celebrate the 4th of July in style with games and fireworks!


The week will end on Friday after lunch.  All of the above, plus three meals a day prepared by our chef, and private accommodations, will make this an affordable and relaxing family vacation.


More information can be found at




Movie and Bonfire ~ Join us on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at New Jerusalem Church.  


The movie will be 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!'



More information forth coming.





Bethlehem-Easton Mission District at Coca Cola Park ~ Buffalo Bisons at Iron Pigs on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:05 p.m.; cost is $11.00 per ticket, each ticket is loaded with $2.00 for food or use in the Majestic Store.


There are 100 tickets available.  Ticket reservations must be to Pastor Dan Brettell no later than Sunday, July 1st .  Please contact Pastor Dan at or contact the church at 610-866-0135.



St. Luke’s Hospice 2nd Annual Memorial

Butterfly Release


Sunday, July 15, 2018 (rain date July 22)



The butterfly is a symbol of life and transformation.  Butterflies are often

used to honor the journey that hospice patients take when leaving this world.



11:30 a.m.  Welcome & Children’s Activity

12:00 p.m.  Opening Remarks

12:15 p.m.  Group Butterfly Release

12:30 p.m.  Picnic Lunch provided by St. Luke's Hospice


Location:  Dinkey Memorial Lutheran Church, 1742 Dinkey Road, Ashfield, PA 18212; 610-377-4242

Registration: Please call 484-526-2499  (This event is free of charge, but registration is required.)




Current Confirmation Parents & Families


You are invited to a Confirmation Visioning Session!




Message from Pastor Lauren:  Over the past two years, and especially this year, due to situations in the life of the church requiring the attention of myself and many other leaders, the expectations for Confirmation have been forced to change.  I am thankful that despite these changes, God is still at work in each of the youth, and I am thankful that I can see the fruits of that work.  I can see it when the youth that are currently preparing for their Confirmation are attending and participating in the leadership of worship.  I can see it in the pictures of those who attended the Synod youth Confirmation Day to learn about how the church we are a part of is connected to God’s work around the world.  I can see it when the youth ask the sometimes complex and typically meaningful questions about the church and who God is.  I can see it when I ask them to consider how God is at work in their own lives.  I can see it when the youth gather and spend time with one another.  God is good, and even though the programming of Confirmation has changed, is changing, and will probably continue to change, God still shows up.  You are invited to participate in a visioning session for the future of the Confirmation Program. Your child(ren) is(are) also invited to be in attendance, for their input and participation is of the utmost importance.  It is my hope that we can decide what is expected for the youth who will be Confirmed on October 28, 2018--Reformation Sunday, as well as those who will be confirmed in May of 2019 (or October, if we decide to continue on with this year’s pattern change) and beyond.


When:   Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Where:  The Upper Room


Pizza, salad and drinks will be provided. 


Please communicate your intention to attend to the office, or Pastor Lauren by Sunday, July 15, 2018.



 You won't want to miss it! ~ Sunday, July 22, 2018!


Come to 9:00 a.m. worship and coffee hour,

then hear about all the ministries happening at New Jerusalem Church.


Learn about each committee and who is part of them.

What ministries can you join or what can we start together to help the community?



 Come and join the fun!



Calling All Golfers ~ Community Outreach Benefit (COB) is holding a Golf Classic on July 25, 2018 at Wedgewood Golf Course; 4875 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg, PA 18036.


Be a part of this NEW fundraising effort to help our neighbors in need. 


Shotgun start 8:00 a.m., $75.00 per person, four person scramble format.

Entries due July 11, 2018.


More info and registration on website at or contact Amy Crowe at 585-861-1670 or  In need of volunteers and sponsors as well.





Fundraising for the Community Outreach Benefit (COB) ~ This year will consist of personal/bs donations; grant writing; restaurant fundraisers; a golf classic at Wedgewood on July 25th; the $10,000 raffle; and a 5K Walk/Run at DeSales on Oct 20th.


PLEASE NOTE:  The raffle drawing this year will take place on September 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Coopersburg Community Day Main Stage.


Please go to for more info and registrations for events. 


This year we are proud to be helping:

+  Melody Clayton—A Navy Veteran who suffers daily from a myriad of issues.

+  Melissa Day—A young mom and breast cancer patient.

+  Melissa Rizutto—A young mom paralyzed after spinal surgery.


We hope that as past supporters of COB you will continue to help us to help them.


Questions:  Contact Nancy Carr at or 484-201-3405 or through the website at


Volunteers are needed to sell raffle tickets at Links on 4th of July weekend and Labor Day weekend.  Contact Ed Hepner at or 610-730-4449.   


Volunteers and participants are needed for the golf classic at Wedgewood on July 25th....registration form on website or contact Joan Keenan at or 516-971-3381.





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


More information forthcoming!






FC Steeel Soccer Tickets ~  Call or text Drake Brintzenhoff for details 610-282-2148 or email at if you are interested in a group trip to see the FC Steel Soccer Team play on Saturday, July 27, 2018 





If anyone is interested in seeing the Steelhawks Indoor Football Team at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, please contact Drake Brintzenhoff 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).







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A Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend can help you enrich your marriage and add some pizzazz to your journey.  Sign up TODAY to be sure to get the Weekend of your choice. Weekends scheduled this fall in Northeast US are:


* September 14-16, 2018 at Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis, PA.  A lovely hotel-style retreat center with many acres of woodlands in the heart of the Poconos, an hour north of Allentown, PA.


* October 19-21, 2018 at Olmsted Retreat Center.  A stunning, hotel-style retreat center adjacent to the Olmsted Mansion in the Allegheny National Forest, 2 hours north of Pittsburgh, PA.


* November 9-11, 2018 at Hampton Inn Berkshires in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Situated on the edge of a nature preserve in the heart of the Berkshires, an hour northwest of Springfield, MA.


Two nights lodging, 5 meals for each of you, and all supplies are included with your registration fee, plus toward the end of the weekend you will be given an opportunity to make a confidential contribution of whatever amount you wish toward the continuation of the program.


For further information or to sign up, go to: and pay the $100 registration fee with your credit card, or mark the option to mail a check.


For questions, or if you would like a brochure, contact Northeast US Directors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred & Julie Schamber at 724-325-3166 or




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