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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Pastor Lauren's November 2018 Inspiration, the Church Council Connection, and Music Director Search Has Concluded

October 31, 2018

Siblings in Christ, 


This morning, as I was thinking of what to write in my letter to you this month, I pulled up the letter I wrote last year.  In it I shared of my pregnancy with my second child and reflected on how, just as we were expecting to add a new child to our family, our communities were awaiting the legal process to formalize our new union.  We were just beginning to intermingle our physical possessions and welcome new leaders and practices within our reforming community.  One year later, I am proud to say, we are legally one community of faith! We are New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church!


We give thanks to God for all of the good works and lives that were transformed by God through the works of Christ Lutheran of Lower Saucon!  We are thankful for the hard work of many generations that made their mark on the world and one another through the life of their congregation.  We give thanks to God for the legacy that we have been able to receive and continue to live out here as New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church.


In the next few months, you can expect to see a new directory produced to make communicating with other members easier and more effective.  There will be more information made available regarding the sale of the Easton Road properties, and an opportunity to worship and give thanks with the congregation who will be purchasing the property as it becomes available.


As we continue to move forward, keep an eye and ear out for needs in the wider community.  What are needs that you see your neighbors struggling to meet?  What powers in our world have left our neighbors (and maybe ourselves) feeling hopeless?  How can we, as New Jerusalem, continue to follow God’s call to bring hope to the hopeless, and assistance to the struggling?  Together.


Peace in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Lauren Applegate


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Greetings from your New Jerusalem “Apples” Church council.  Congregation members are invited to attend Church Council meetings as spectators.  Our meetings run 7:00–9:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.  If you have a question or concern that you want addressed at a council meeting, please notify me by Sunday of that week or place it in the question box located in the Narthex.  Of course, you can always share your thoughts and concerns with any current council member and ask them for help as well.  As your Council President, I am available by email to or call 610-216-1016.


The Council officers for 2018 are: 

  • President:  Marianne Zellner 

  • Vice President:  Bill Young

  • Secretary:  Barbara Young

  • Treasurer:  Jesse Hart

  • Council Members:  Glen Campbell, Greg Frederick, Pat Leith, Tina McCardle, Ron Miller, Terry Ravier, Tami Welch, Cindy Ziegler


October 2018 Summary


October was full of activity in the church community.  The main objective for the October Council meeting was to review the budget and discuss some financial issues.  However, sickness prevailed, and a special council meeting was scheduled to discuss those items.  We can report more on that meeting in next month’s newsletter.  In the meantime, we received the new copier for the office.  We also received word that the final merger paperwork has been sent to the Attorney General for approval and that Saucon Community Church has sold their office building.  This will allow for the sale of the church to proceed as planned.  A few highlights from the committee reports include: We are happy to report that the Altar Guild has 6 new members!  The choir is in need of some additional alto voices.  The septic tank has been cleaned, the light at the ramp door is ready, the doors to the storage room are being replaced and bat houses have been made.  We are looking forward to our first Pet Blessing and Raise the Woof (Roof) fundraiser.


I ask for your continued prayers for all the council members and all those in leadership positions for this congregation.


Peace be with you, 

Marianne Zellner, Council President 



Council Question Box

No questions this month.


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Mr. Phil Diaz' Music Corner 


Music has always played a pivotal role in Phil's life. Success at the PMEA District, Region and State Chorus festivals motivated Phil to pursue vocal studies at the collegiate level.  Studies at The University of The Arts, The Boston Conservatory, and East Stroudsburg University have only strengthened his musical foundation.  He has performed with the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera, Amici Opera, Boston Conservatory Opera Studio, Philly Pops, and at Northampton Community College.  Phil has extensive conducting and music directing experience having directed ensembles at The University of the Arts, Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, and Northampton Area High School.  Many of his vocal students have successfully auditioned into music programs at DeSales, Muhlenberg, Ithaca, Northwestern, The New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music.  Phil is a proud member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, and The Nazareth Bath Regional Chamber of Commerce.  In his spare time, Phil enjoys reading, working out, and traveling.  Phil is very excited to be a part of New Jerusalem community and looks forward to a great year!




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