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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Pastor Lauren's January 2019 Inspiration, Church Council Connection, and Mr. Phil Diaz' Music Corner

December 29, 2018



May God fill you will his New goodness everyday in 2019 and may the love of Jesus overflow from you to others throughout the year!




​​Siblings in Christ, 


Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.

How do you measure, measure a year?


Each new year, I am reminded of one of my favorite musicals, 'Rent', which follows a group of friends who are struggling to live in New York City during the early 90’s at the height of the HIV/AIDs epidemic.  Each of the characters is facing their own struggles over the course of the two years portrayed in two acts; illness, fear of the unknown, uncertainty of what will come next, questions around purpose, and the legacy that will remain after death.

The song, 'Seasons of Love,' serves as the song that allows the audience to reenter the story sometime later than when they left off at the start of intermission.


In daylights?  In sunsets?  In mid-nights?  In cups of coffee?

In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife?

In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.

How do you measure a year in a life?


This song also serves as a wonderful tool to help us reflect on the year we have just completed, in hopes of being intentional about the year ahead.  How did you spend the past 525,600 minutes?  How many moments did you spend in awe of God’s Creation?  How many of these minutes were spent grabbing coffee or a meal with a friend or beloved?  How many moments were filled with laughter and joy?  How many of them were spent worrying about what is to come?  What did you spend the most time on?  What did you spend the least time on?  What do you want to spend more time on in this upcoming year?  What would you like to spend less time on?


It is my hope, that as we continue to live our lives, trusting in God’s goodness and mercy, that we may be intentional about spending this next year sharing the love that God has first given us, with our neighbors near and far.  May we treat this next year as five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred opportunities to experience and share God’s love with the world.


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 2019 are: 

  • President:  Marianne Zellner 

  • Vice President:  TBA

  • Recording Secretary:  Barbara Young

  • Treasurer:  Terry Ravier

  • Council Members:  Sharon Bender, Glen Campbell, Kathy Fenstermacher, Cindy Hart, Pat Leith, Tina McCardle,Terry Ravier, Jere Reiss, Marianne Zellner, Cindy Ziegler


To each of you, may God direct your paths as you serve your term(s) on the Church Council and as a liaison to the various committees of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church.


A special note of thanks to the following individuals who have completed their term(s) serving

on the Church Council and have given their time and talents to the glory of God:

Greg Frederick, Jesse Hart, Ron Miller, Bill Young, and Tammy Welch




December 2018 Summary


At December’s meeting we welcomed 3 of our 4 new council members who were newly elected at the December Congregational Meeting.  Our new members beginning in January are Cindy Hart, Kathy Fenstermacher, Sharon Bender, and Jere Reiss.  We enjoyed some holiday fellowship and then conducted our business.  We approved the organ contract to move the organ from Christ Lower Saucon to New Jerusalem.  We spent a little time discussing the future for our website and a building request.  It was reported that corrections to the agreement of sale were sent to our lawyer so we can move forward with the sale of the Christ, Lower Saucon property.  So, we end 2018 with a lot of work accomplished and look forward to the work to be done in 2019.


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!










All are welcome!  Choir practice will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.  Please talk to Mr. Phil if you have any questions or contact him at



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