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 December 1-31, 2018 and Upcoming Events

December 28, 2018


. . .  in December



Saturday, December 1, 2018

6:00 p.m.—Worship


Sunday, December 2, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ First Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Prayer Shawl Meeting

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  6:00 p.m.—Confirmation

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 3, 2018

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 6, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, December 7, 2018



Saturday, December 8, 2018

11:00 a.m.—Church Cleaning

  3:00 p.m.—Youth Holiday Gift Bingo (Doors Open at 2:00 p.m.) (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, December 9, 2018

   9:00 a.m.—Worship & Congregational Meeting ~ Second Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

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

  6:00 p.m.—Confirmation

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 10, 2018

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

  7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 13, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, December 14, 201811:00 a.m.—Church Cleaning

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


Saturday, December 15, 2018

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

11:00 a.m.—Church Cleaning (if needed)


Sunday, December 16, 2018

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Third Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

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

11:45 a.m.—Caroling at Westin Nursing Home

   5:00 p.m.—Spaghetti Dinner prior to Christmas Program

   6:00 p.m.—Christmas Program

   6:00 p.m.—Confirmation

   7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 17, 2018

9:00 p.m.—Choir Practice

9:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club Meeting

7:00 p.m.—Scouts


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 20, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Church Chat

7:00 p.m.—Preschool Christmas Program 



Friday, December 21, 2018



Saturday, December 22, 2018

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


Sunday, December 23, 2018

 9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—NO Cross Training

10:45 a.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting

   6:00 p.m.—Confirmation

  7:00 p.m.—AA  


Monday, December 24, 2018 ~ Nativity of our Lord

5:00 p.m.—Family Christmas Service

7:00 p.m.—Special Music

7:30 p.m.—Traditional Christmas Service


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Church Office Closed


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 27, 2018

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, December 28, 2018



Saturday, December 29, 2018



Sunday, December 30, 2018

   9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ First Sunday of Christmas

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

NO 10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  1:00 p.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting 

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 31, 2018






New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Canned vegetables and soup.  

Thank you for your contributions!


Food Bank Delivery:  Friday, December 14th at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  Saturday, December 15th and 22nd from 8:45–10:45 a.m.


During the month of October, 84 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.  Food donations from local area churches and organizations for October are:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, Giant Food Stores, Boys & Girls Scouts, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, St. George’s Episcopal, and St. Luke's Old William Church.


Santa is coming to the Food Bank on December 15th and December 22nd.


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


Turkeys, Pilgrims, and the Mayflower, oh my!  The children of the preschool colored, painted, stamped, sang, danced, and ate their way through November to prepare for Thanksgiving.  We made "magic oil" turkeys, built and sailed on a new Mayflower, made applesauce, and wore hats, bonnets, and headdresses for our Feast.  Thank you, Art Weaver, for donating apples again this year for our applesauce days.


Thank you to everyone who purchased T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, or Hoodies for our fall fundraiser.  We appreciate your support of Apple's Preschool.


We welcome everyone to join us for our annual Christmas Program on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


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



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


 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Miss Shani, Miss Katrina, and Miss Denise




During the month of October, 84 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.  Food donations from local area churches and organizations for October are: Christ Lutheran Church - Hellertown, Giant Food Stores, Boys & Girls Scouts, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, St. George’s Episcopal, and St. Luke's Old Williams Church.


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


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Congratulations to Tina McCardle!  Tina is the winner of the Quilt Raffle.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this raffle, $193.00 was raised for the Roof Fund!


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Thank You ~ A BIG thank you to everyone who donated to Socktober and the Veterans.  We collected a total of 678 socks for Street Medicine Team and a bunch of non-perishable food and hygiene items for Diocese of Allentown.  This could not have happened without everyone's help.  Thank you.  Warm Feet, Happy Hearts








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.


The Quilters group generously gave a donation to New Jerusalem in memory of Mary

Raudenbush, who recently passed.  Mary quilted with the quilting group for many years at Christ Lutheran Church-Lower Saucon and will be missed.


Quilt Raffle…As the weather is getting cooler, a new quilt may be nice to have! The Quilters’ Group will be raffling off a beautiful quilt.  Raffle tickets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.  Please see Sarah Acker after worship on Sundays to purchase your tickets.  The quilt drawing will be held during BINGO on Sunday, November 11th.





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 participate in this EASY program to support New Jerusalem 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.


Altar Guild Christmas Decorating:  The Altar Guild will be decorating the church for the Christmas season on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  Anyone interested in helping, please contact Barbara Young.  Thank you


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

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


Join the chorus for Christmas!  With Christmas right around the corner, we would love to have additional voices to join us!  We will be starting rehearsals for Christmas on Monday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m.  We will be rehearsing weekly until our Christmas Eve services on Monday, December 24th.  Please note that we may schedule an additional rehearsal or two, if needed.  Please talk to Mr. Phil if you have any questions.


Performers needed for Christmas Eve!  We are looking for performers to share their musical gifts at our 7:00 p.m. music service.  Vocalists, instrumentalists, and ensembles of all kinds are welcome to perform.  If you have performed in the past or are interested in being a part of this special service, please talk to Mr. Phil.




From October 1 to October 31, 2018, New Jerusalem collected 678 pairs of NEW socks of all sizes, colors, patterns, and varieties.  These socks will be donated to those in need by the Street Medicine Team. 


 Warm Feet, Happy Hearts



Donations for Veterans ~ A shopping cart was filled with 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 were blessed at our Veteran's Service on November 11th.  Any questions contact Cindy Hart (484-548-3937 or









New Jerusalem Food Bank Christmas Gifts


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 Christmas 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.


The following institutions will benefit from our efforts:  New Bethany Ministries, Bethlehem; Safe Harbor Shelter, Easton; Third Street Alliance, Easton; Community Services (Headstart), Bethlehem; Lehigh Valley Children's Services; Turning Point, Bethlehem; Victory House, Bethlehem; ProJeCt, Easton; and Hellertown Area Food Bank.




Poinsettia Form


Please use the form below if you wish to sponsor a poinsettia plant to beautify our sanctuary for Christmas Eve and then will be distributed to the homebound members of our congregation.


Please return the form to an Altar Guild member, place it in the offering plate at worship, or mail to the church office by Sunday, December 16, 2018.


Make checks payable to New Jerusalem Lutheran Church and mark the envelope or memo to “Poinsettia”.


Name __________________________________________________________________________


Envelope #________________Amount $_________________








​Groups and Families are invited to sign-up for the Advent lighting during the Sunday worship services.  Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex.


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Volunteers are needed for both Christmas services.  Acolytes, Assisting Ministers, Chalisters, Lectors, and Ushers are needed for both the 5:00 p.m. service and the 7:30 p.m. service on Monday, December 24th.​​
















New Confirmation Block will begin on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. 


Join us weekly on Sundays for the season of Advent (December 2 through December 23) to pray together, learn together, and build relationships that will help us hold onto the hope of Advent as we await the fulfillment of God's promises!




WHERE:  New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

                 3233 Apples Church Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18015

WHEN:    Saturday, December 8, 2018

TIME:      Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and Bingo starts at 3:00 p.m.


COST:     Advanced tickets are available now for $20 or $25 at the door. 



We will have Gift Cards and Popular Gift Wish items as prizes.  Bonus games will offer higher value gift prizes.  A 50/50 drawing, food sales, and a few raffle items will also be available.


Our Holiday Gifts Bingo will benefit our Youth Group Activities. 


Please talk to a youth family about tickets.  All money raised goes in to the fund for youth events for middle and high school age students.  If there are any Thrivent Members that still have an Action Team available, please see Kathy Fenstermacher.


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EMPTY BASKETS OR TOTE BAGS NEEDED. . .The Youth Group is looking for empty baskets or tote bags to use with their raffle items.  Please see Kathy Fenstermacher, Kendra Young, or Sarah Acker.


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CALLING ALL PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THE YOUTH OF NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH FOR THEIR  GIFT CARD SPECIALTY BINGO on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  We are looking for people and businesses to sponsor each round of BINGO.  We welcome your donation of any value to be used in the purchasing of our Bingo prizes which could be a single donor or a group of people.  We will also accept valid gift cards you may have laying around your house. 


For donating, we will provide advertising of your business/group/name in our literature and on social media.  On the day of the event, we will have your information posted and announced by the BINGO Caller.  This is also a tax deduction as we are a non-profit.  It's Win-Win!  Please consider this great opportunity to sponsor a round of BINGO.


Funds raised will be used for youth events such as the Senior Retreat and the National Youth Gathering.  Any questions, please contact Robin Rooth-Fogel at 610-349-2586.


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Cooke Tavern Soup Sale benefiting Youth Group Activities.  The group will be selling soup for $8 each or 2 for $15.  They will make great gifts!  Funds will stay in the account for future youth activities.  The gourmet recipes are easy to prepare and offer only the finest freeze-dried and all-natural ingredients.


The product offers:

* No salt, preservatives, or MSG

* All vegetarian mixes

* Many mixes are gluten free to accommodate for dietary challenges


Soups include:

Barn Raising Country Vegetable

Blacksmith's Black Bean Chili

Candlelight Corn Chowder

Colonel Maxwell's Minestrone

Colonial Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

Farmer Al’s Homegrown Tomato Basil Bisque

Henna Marie's Potato Cheese Soup

Mi Madre Maria's Chicken Tortilla

Pioneer Split Pea


Please see Kathy Fenstermacher or any member of the Youth Group for more information. Thank you.


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"Beef Sticks for Youth" ~ This project is intended to provide money for families with limited funds to have their young people participate in Youth events and trips.  Please see Phyllis or Jere Reiss about this project or visit the project page at




Help is needed to clean the church for Christmas.  The pews need to be washed and polished for Christmas.  The dates for the cleaning are Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and Saturday, December 15, 2018 (if needed) at 11:00 a.m.


Please call Mike at 610-533-6190 for more information.



 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


The winner of the Quilt Raffle on Sunday, November 11th was Tina McCardle--Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this raffle.  $193.00 was raised for the Roof Fund!


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.





"ANGEL" Ornaments" ~  We will be selling "Angel" ornaments to raise funds for the 'Roof Project'.  Samples will be available during coffee hour.  Deadline for orders will be November 25, 2018.  Ornaments will be distributed on Sunday, December 9th during coffee hour.




New Jerusalem members are you interested in caroling at the Westin Nursing Home in Hellertown on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.?  The residents love when we sing!  For more information or any questions, please call Robin at 610-349-2586.​​








Spaghetti Dinner and Christmas Program ~ Join us on Sunday, December 16, 2018.  Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m.  The Christmas Program will begin at 6:00 p.m.


Come and join the Merry celebration!






 The Hellertown Lions will be hosting a Holiday Dinner for Seniors.


Please see the flyer in the Narthex for more details about the dinner at

St. George's Episcopal Church in Hellertown 

on Sunday, December 16, 2018.   


A sign-up sheet is also included.





Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 12:00 noon


Join us for a movie!


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




 Worship/Music Committee Meeting 


Sunday, December 30, 2018 at ~10:45 a.m.


All are welcome, no experience needed, just a love of worshiping the Lord through the beauty of song.  Will train!!!  Advent is upon us.  Picking hymns among other duties.  Your VOICE matters.  Hope to see you there!





Drake Brintzenhoff has booked the Phantoms Hockey Night for the church.  It will be Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs the Binghamtom Devils


Tickets are $19 pp & we are in Section 202.  Ticket deadline is December 30, 2018. 

Please contact Drake for more information at 610-282-2148,, or text 610-737-4674.



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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