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 October 1-31, 2018 and Upcoming Events

October 1, 2018


. . .  in October




Monday, October 1, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, October 4, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, October 5, 2018



Saturday, October 6, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Worship


Sunday, October 7, 2018

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

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Altar Guild Meeting

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, October 8, 2018

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, October 11, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Craft Group


Friday, October 12, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Food Bank Delivery


Saturday, October 13, 2018

CANCELLEDCongregational Care & Outreach Workshop Day


Sunday, October 14, 2018



  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

 1:00 p.m.—Bingo (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA






Monday, October 15, 2018

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—Scouts

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

10:00 a.m.—Prime Timers at Moser's Dahlia Farm (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—Endowment Meeting


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, October 18, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Church Chat


Friday, October 19, 2018



Saturday, October 20, 2018

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


Sunday, October 21, 2018




  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost and Harvest Home

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—NO Cross Training

  2:00 p.m.—Hellertown/Saucon Valley Halloween—Spirit Parade (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA






Monday, October 22, 2018

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

11:30 a.m.—Prime Timers at Martin Guitar (see Mark Your Calendar below)

5:00-7:00 p.m.—Hoagie Pick up

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Bulletin Announcement Deadline

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, October 25, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, October 26, 2018



Saturday, October 27, 2018

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

12:00–2:00 p.m—Pet Blessing (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  6:00 p.m.—Worship


Sunday, October 28, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Worship

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA 


Monday, October 29, 2018

6:30 p.m.—Choir

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 a.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Wednesday, October 31, 2018





Happy Halloween!








October 2018 UPDATES


New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Canned vegetables and soup.  

Thank you for your contributions!


Food Bank Delivery:  Friday, October 12th at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  Saturday, October 20th and 27th from 8:45–10:45 a.m.


During the month of August, 84 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  The expenses for August were $ 449.42. Income was $350.35.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.  Food donations from local area churches and organizations for August are:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, SV Lion’s Club, St. George’s Episcopal, Lower Saucon UCC, and St. Lukes Old William Church.


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


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


Thank you to all of the volunteers that ensure the New Jerusalem Food Bank runs smoothly

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.


Apple's Preschool is off to a great start this new school year.  We have 38 children enrolled and everyone is busy learning classroom rules and how to share and care with our new friends.  Our Pre-K classes have reviewed their colors and shapes and we continue to practice our pencil control.  October will be a very busy month for us with Photo Days, Fire Safety visits from firefighter Randy Yardumian, and field trips to Trauger's Farm Market, along with our every day learning activities.


Check out the fun things we did at Preschool in September!



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 philosphy.


You can also find us on Facebook at


Miss Shani, Miss Katrina, and Miss Denise






Thank you from ELCA for New Jerusalem’s $135.27 matching gift on August 7, 2018 to ELCA World Hunger.  Thanks to donors like you, 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.












Cross Training Teachers (Coaches) are needed 

Each week we need two adults to lead the activities.  Teen volunteers are welcome as additional helpers.  Lesson plans are provided.  Please contact Marianne Zellner at 610-216-1016, if you are interested.






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.








Would you like to learn to Quilt?

If you would like to learn or already know how, please join our quilters on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.










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 Bernice Sandy.  Thank you being part of this ministry! 















​​Giant Gift Card Rewards Program ~ GIANT SHOPPERS!  We have been selling Giant Gift Coupons for the past year and about 10 families that support the program.  To-date we have earned $820.00 of FREE MONEY from Giant to support New Jerusalem!  


We would invite you to start to participate in the EASY program to earn more for the church!  


Giant gift coupons are available in the Upper Room during coffee hour each Sunday.  You can purchase your gift coupons with cash or a check made out to NJELC.  Denominations are $100, $50, $25, and $20 cards are available immediately.  If you wish to place a larger order, over $300.00, please contact or see Tina McCardle and she will see that your order can be filled properly. 


We could be selling more of these coupons if you would only give it a try and get in the habit of making the gift coupon purchase prior to your food shopping trip!


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


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.


Sing praises! The awaited day is coming with our New Music Director!  


The task force that was charged with finding, interviewing, and recommending their selection for our new Music Director to the Council has prayerfully and faithfully completed its task!  With Council’s approval, we have offered the position of Music Director of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church to Phil Diaz!


Phil has many musical gifts, including the ability to lead others in song in a fun and relate-able way.  We feel that he will be able to help us use our gifts so that we may praise God together.  Mr. Diaz will start with us on Monday, September 24.  Both he and we are looking forward to the adventures that await us all! 


Be sure to join us on September 30 for worship to welcome him to our community!  We are thankful to all who took the time to be part of this process, from the task force members to the applicants, and hope that God continues to see us through the remainder of this transition.  Check back next month for a bit more about Phil!


Choir practice will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome!

If you have any questions, please contact Phil Diaz at voicemage5486@hotmailcom.






From October 1 to October 31, 2018, we will be collecting NEW socks of all sizes, colors, patterns, and varieties.  “Johnnie” will be collecting the socks in the Narthex.


These socks will be donated to those in need by the Street Medicine Team.  


       Warm Feet, Happy Hearts



New Jerusalem Food Bank Christmas Gifts


Every Sunday in October, Sarah Acker will be signing up volunteers to provide gifts for the children at the New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Please see Sarah after worship to sign-up. 


Thank you for your support and bringing joy to their Christmas season!



 ​​2018 In-Gathering


This year New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church has been asked to give any brand of shaving cream and/or disposable razors


Also toys, games, caps, mittens, gloves, towels, bedding, and blankets—new or in good used condition, cleaning supplies, adult socks, and sweatshirts.






Join us at New Jerusalem Church on October 13, 2018 for the afternoon or for just one session.


We will hosting guest speakers and demonstrations throughout the afternoon.


Doors open at 1:45 p.m.


2:00 p.m. ~ Quilting and Knitting (all afternoon)

2:00 p.m. ~ Sammy Kelly—Churches reaching out with Social Media in 2018 (if you have a laptop feel free to bring it)

3:00 p.m. ~ Angie Fulmer—Mindfulness and Chair Yoga

3:45 p.m. ~ Bill Young—Small Engine Repair

5:00 p.m. ~ Dinner


Please invite friends along, no cost to attend.

We just ask that everyone signs the Sign-up Sheet so we have a head count for dinner.









Orders and money are due by Sunday, October 14, 2018.  


Hoagie pick up is Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 5:00–6:00 p.m


If you have any question, please see Tina Young or call her at 610-797-8440.


Profits will be going toward the ROOF PROJECT!


 UPPER ROOM BINGO ~ Come and join us on the 2nd Sunday of each month!


New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015

in the Upper Room at 1:00 p.m.

Doors open at noon. 

Lunch is available for purchase.


Invite a friend to come along for an afternoon of fun on

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday February 10, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Cash Bingo:  $20 for 20 games


For questions, call the church office at 610-838-0731.




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


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. (Rescheduled from September)

Join us for a “Dahlia Farm Adventure”

                                     at Shirlene Moser’s Farm (3826 Mockingbird Hill Road, Bethlehem, PA)


The event is as follows:

10:00-10:15 a.m. ~ Dahlia Talk & History

10:15-11:30 a.m. ~ Garden Tour

11:30-12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch*

12:30-1:00 p.m. ~ Dahlia Arranging Demonstration by Shirlene

  1:00-2:00 p.m. ~ Cut & Create your own arrangement to take home

  2:00 p.m. ~ Cleanup, go home & take a nap!


*Shirlene will supply: Beef barbecue & tossed salad, hot & cold drinks, paper plates, napkins, cutlery and cups.

*Please bring a covered dish or dessert to enhance the menu, like previous meetings.


All are welcome.  For questions or directions, contact Shirlene at 610-838-9975.


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Prime Timers will also be visiting Martin Guitar on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.  The group will be leaving from the church at 11:30 a.m. T


The sign-up sheets will be located in the Narthex.  For questions, contact Loretta at 610-838-7428.


 All are welcome.  Hope to see you there. . .Loretta Duch




Fundraising for the Community Outreach Benefit (COB) ~ This year will consist of personal/bs donations; grant writing; restaurant fundraisers (Wednesday, July 18th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 25th from 4:00-9:00 p.m. at Ecco Domani); the $10,000 raffle; and a 5K Walk/Run at DeSales on October 20th.


Want to help the Community Outreach Benefit (COB)?  Attend Frieden's Church Peach Festival, 2451 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 2:00–6:00 p.m. 

 Proceeds generously given to COB!


PLEASE NOTE:  The RAFFLE drawing will take place this year 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 516-971-3381OR Amy Crowe at 585-861-1670 or  


The Community Outreach Benefit/ is in need of golf participants and volunteers for our 

1st Annual Golf Classic to be held on July 25th at 8:00 a.m. at Wedgewood Golf Course

Scramble format with shotgun start.  Continental breakfast, catered picnic lunch,

prizes, 50/50, basket/gift card raffle.  


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The following restaurants generously donate a portion of the dining checks directly to COB!  Please support them and COB by enjoying a night out of the kitchen and a yummy meal!



639 Main Street, Hellertown, PA 18055

September 18, 19, and/or 20, 2018

11:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m.



546 Richlandtown Pike, Richlandtown, PA

October 3 and/or 4, 2018

11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.


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REGISTER NOW FOR THE COBScares 5K Run, 2.5K Walk, or Kids Fun Run!

The event takes place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at DeSales University!  Go to for information and registration.  Register by Friday, October 5, 2018 for $25.00 and to insure a long sleeved T-shirt.  After October 5th, the registration fee will be $30.00.  Costume optional, but a fun touch!




HARVEST HOME ~ We will be observing Harvest Home on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Please bring non-perishable items to the church by Friday, October 19th so the Altar Guild can prepare the display.  All food items will be donated to the Food Bank.  Thank you!







Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.


Our float theme is "A Live Nativity".


We need actors/actresses to portray Mary, Joseph, Angels, Wise Men, and Shepherds. 

Costumes will be provided.

Come join the group from New Jerusalem Church as we walk in the parade.


Please come Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. during craft group or

Sunday, October 7, 2018 after church to sign up and get your costumes.


If you  have any questions, please see Tina Young or call her at 610-797-8440.







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 U.S. 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 U.S. Directors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred & Julie Schamber at 724-325-3166 or





VeteransIf you or a family member are an active, reserve, guard, retired or deceased military, we would like to honor you for your service.  Please provide a photo of individual (preferred in military uniform) to Cindy Hart (484-548-3937 or email with person’s name, branch, rank, time of service, and current mailing address.  Deadline for submitting your photo with information will be Sunday, October 28th.


Donations for Veterans ~ A shopping cart will be located in the Narthex beginning October 21st to collect non-perishable food and hygiene products for homeless Veterans of Diocese of Allentown.  Examples of these items are: easy to open can goods, soups, shampoo, soap, etc.  These items will be blessed at our Veteran's Service on November 11th.  Any questions contact Cindy Hart (484-548-3937 or


Do you like to color? ~ We will have a coloring contest for all ages.  Pick up a color sheet in the Narthex and return in basket in Narthex by October 28th.  The selected photo will be the bulletin’s cover for Veteran’s Day Service.  Good Luck to all!!!







Pet Blessings will be held at New Jerusalem Church on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 12:00–2:00 p.m.


Please join us for a Pet Blessing Event.  Dogs, cats and other pets—small and large, furry and non-furry—all are welcome, as well as their human friends.  We can't wait to meet the special members of your family.  Dogs and cats will receive a treat.  There will be food to purchase for lunch and free children's activities.  We especially hope our Cross Training participants will attend whether or not they have a pet.


Come out and help us 'Raise the Woof'!!


When:  October 27, 2018 from 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Where:  New Jerusalem parking lot/sidewalk

Why:  Raise money for the Roof Fund

What:  Hot dogs, baked goods, and drinks for sale


We are looking for donations of baked goods, water, and soda to sell.  Please contact Sharon at  Thanks for your help!



A message from Pastor Rick Brown of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Hellertown.  Here is our inspiration and basis for the project:  for years, Hellertown had a "Senior Lunch" around Thanksgiving hosted at Dewey Fire Company.  The meal was enjoyed by many but unfortunately, like so many things, it couldn't last forever.  We, however, wish to pick up the mantle of this meal and resurrect it.  While we will be keeping some key elements that made this program meaningful we will be making some slight changes, such as opening it to folks other than seniors, as we know that "need" plays no favorites.  Furthermore, as we seek to bring together church congregations and community organizations, let us rally around the common purpose of this project: "to feed people and create community."  While the motivating force behind our involvement may differ, I am confident that we all wish our community members to be fed and in the company of people who care for them.


We happily invite you and other interested to join us for a planning meeting on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Hellertown, PA 18055.  Please park in the our lot behind the building and enter via the back door . If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself and Mrs. Miller.  My information is listed below and Debby's email is


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Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road

Bethlehem, PA 18015


Registration required by Saturday, November 10, 2018

Please call 610-9695086



Hosted by Hellertown Churches & Organizations



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.  





SAVE THE DATE:  January 18-20, 2019


Annual Women’s Retreat at St. Francis Renewal Center


Theme:  "Games of Life"


Cost:  Single occupancy $175.00

           Double occupancy $165.00  

                  Roommate's Name ____________________________________

            Saturday commuter $65.00


Please give the Registration Form and payment to Terry Ravier before December 16, 2018.


Name:  ________________________________________________________________________________________


Phone Number:  ______________________________           Email: ________________________________________


Payment in Full:  Check Amount:  $__________________      Cash:  $_________________




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