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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Servant Schedules and Sermon Topics for December 1 & 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2018

November 30, 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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SATURDAY SERVICES will be held on the following dates in 2018-2019

12/01/2018; 01/05/2019; 02/02/2019; 03/02/2019;

04/06/2019; 04/20/2019 (Easter); 05/11/2019; and 06/01/2019


Saturday Services have a smaller, more intimate feel, and are typically held on

the first Saturday of the month, with some variations to capture important dates

in the church year, like Easter.  You are invited to join us for these communion services.


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​​Servants for Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. &

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Acolyte:  Gabi Miller

Altar Guild:  Janis Hadley, Sarah Parente, Barbara Young

Assistant to the Pastor:  Pat Leith

Assisting Minister:  Cindy Ziegler

Chalister:  Sharon Bender

Coffee Hour:  Larry Brown & Tammy Welch

Lector:  Tammy Welch

Ushers:  Glenn Campbell, Greg & Cindy Frederick, Barbara Young



Saturday, December 1, 2018  (Worship Service at 6:00 p.m.) and

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ First Sunday of Advent ~ Advent is about the “coming days.”  God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks.  The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.”  The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.”  Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.”  With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of our Lord in word and supper.

Servants for Sunday, December 9, 2018

Acolyte:  Ben Fogel

Altar Guild:  Trisha Corcoran, Loretta Duch, Tina McCardle

Assistant to the Pastor:  Tina McCardle

Assisting Minister:  Tim Fulmer

Chalister:  Kathy Fenstermacher

Coffee Hour:  Ron & Carol Miller

Lector:  Jaymen Mingora

Ushers:  Glenn Cressman, Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kenneth Young



​​Sunday, December 9, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Second Sunday of Advent ~ Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God.  While John the baptizer’s voice in the wilderness may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi’s prophecy could as easily herald the coming Lord Jesus as forerunner of the Lord of hosts.  Finally all the baptized are called to participate in the sharing of the gospel.  In so doing we prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and assist all flesh in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.”

Servants for Sunday, December 16, 2018

Acolyte:  Zach Fogel

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker, Sharon Bender, Cindy Hart, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to the Pastor:  Pat Leith

Assisting Minister:  David Moser

Chalister:  Joyce Leith

Coffee Hour:  Robin Rooth-Fogel, Barbara Young

Lector:  Frank Petak, Jr.

Ushers:  Cindy Hart, Ron & Carol Miller, Kathy Shermetta



Sunday, December 16, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Third Sunday of Advent ~ The presence of the Lord  "in your midst" in the wonder of the Holy Supper is cause for singing.  The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing.  The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved.  Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.

Servants for Sunday, December 23, 2018

Acolyte:  Kenneth Young

Altar Guild:  Terry Ravier, Alice Wallace, Barbara Young

Assistant to the Pastor:  Barbara Young

Assisting Minister:  Pauli Connelly

Chalister:  Denise Hoffert

Coffee Hour:  Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta

Lector:  Chris Hess

Ushers:  Larry Brown, Alyssa & Tina Milan, Tammy Welch



Sunday, December 23, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the fourth Sunday of Advent.  Between a lovely tribute to the little town of Bethlehem and the blessed virgin Mary’s magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no uncertain terms that Christ’s advent is for “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  It is the kind of tension in which the church always lives as when in the holy communion—with high delight—“we proclaim the Lord's death."

Servants for Monday, December 24, 2018

Family Service at 5:00 p.m.

Acolyte:  TBD

Altar Guild:  All Members

Assistant to the Pastor:  TBD

Assisting Minister:  TBD

Chalister:  TBD

Coffee Hour:  TBD

Lector:  TBD

Ushers:  TBD


Servants for Monday, December 24, 2018

Traditional Service at 7:30 p.m.

Acolyte:  TBD

Altar Guild:  All Members

Assistant to the Pastor:  TBD

Assisting Minister:  TBD

Chalister:  TBD

Coffee Hour:  TBD

Lector:  TBD

Ushers:  TBD




Monday, December 24, 2018 (Traditional Christmas Service at 7:30 p.m.) ~ Nativity of Our Lord ~ On this Christmas morning the people of God gather to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Christ our Lord.  Luke recounts the familiar story of shepherds and angels; John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth.  The meaning of Christmas is made clear: the light shines in the darkness.  It is in the liturgy that we encounter the Word made flesh—in the people of God gathered together as the body of Christ, and in the meal around the holy table.  We go forth to be bearers of light as we proclaim this good news to all the ends of the earth.


New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wishes you and your family

a joyous Christmas filled with love, hope, and peace!


Servants for Sunday, December 30, 2018

Acolyte:  Alyssa Milan

Altar Guild:  Janis Hadley, Sarah Parente, Barbara Young

Assistant to the Pastor:  Marianne Zellner

Assisting Minister:  Tina Milan

Chalister:  Linda Weaver

Coffee Hour:  TBD

Lector:  Rebecca Wildrick

Ushers:  Ariana Klein, Katie Fogel, Greg & Cindy Frederick



Sunday, December 30, 2018 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ First Sunday of Christmas ~ On the first Sunday of Christmas we find the boy Samuel and the boy Jesus, both in the temple, both growing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and humankind.  We too have returned to the house of God “to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God,” who has gifted us with a savior.  As the festival continues, “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”  It is Christmas, still.

​​ 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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