New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

Saturday Worship: NO Worship TBD

(1st Saturday of the Month)

Sunday Church School: 10:30 AM (Sept-May)

Office Hours: 7:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Mon-Thurs)



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Servant Schedules and Sermon Topics for October 6 & 7, 14, 22, and 28, 2018

October 1, 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, October 6 & 7, 2018

Acolyte:  Zac Fogel

Altar Guild:  Barbara Young

Assistant to the Pastor:  Tammy Welch

Assisting Minister:  Tim Fulmer

Chalister:  Linda Weaver

Coffee Hour:  Ron & Carol Miller

Lector:  Angie Fulmer

Ushers:  Amanda & Joey Bokan, Glenn Campbell




​​Saturday, October 6, 2018 (Worship Service at 6:00 p.m.) AND

Sunday, October 7, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting.  Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law.  Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well.  What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?

Servants for Sunday, October 14, 2018

Acolyte:  Ben Fogel

Altar Guild:  Trisha Corcoran, Loretta Duch

Assistant to the Pastor:  Terry Ravier

Assisting Minister:  Barbara Young

Chalister:  Sharon Bender

Coffee Hour:  Robin Rooth-Fogel, Barbara Young

Lector:  Cris Hess

Ushers:  Alyssa & Tina Milan, Tina Young




​​Sunday, October 14, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost/Pastor Appreciation Sunday ~ The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking.  Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him.  Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor.  Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming.  Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

Servants for Sunday, October 21, 2018

Acolyte:  Gabrielle Miller

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to the Pastor:  Bill Young

Assisting Minister:  Cindy Ziegler

Chalister:  Kathy Fenstermacher

Coffee Hour:  Larry Brown, Tammy Welch

Lector:  Denise Hoffert

Ushers:  Glenn Cressman, Ron & Carol Miller, Kathy Shermetta




​​Sunday, October 21, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost/Harvest Home~ Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who’s number one, which leads Jesus to say something about God's take on importance and power.  Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great.  When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression.  We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.

Servants for Sunday, October 28, 2018

Acolyte:  Zoey Bokan

Altar Guild:  Alice Wallace, Barbara Young

Assistant to the Pastor:  Barbara Young

Assisting Minister:  David Moser

Chalister:  Terry Ravier

Coffee Hour:  Lee Ann Malesky, Doris Smith, Alice Wallace

Lector:  Quinette Brucker

Ushers:  Larry Brown, Glenn Campbell, Cindy Hart, Tammy Welch




Sunday, October 28, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Reformation Sunday ~ Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays?  People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king.  Could our prayers ever be heard as a threat to unjust powers-that-be?  Bartimaeus won’t give up or go away quietly, but repeats his call for help more loudly.   Do we ask so boldly?  And are our prayers an honest answer to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?"


​​ New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wishes you a blessed day

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





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