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)

610-838-0731

610-838-8573

newjerelc@gmail.com

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Ministries for January 1-31, 2019 and Upcoming Events

December 29, 2018

 

 

 

. . .  in January

 

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Church Office CLOSED

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Free

 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Worship ~ Epiphany of Our Lord

6:45 p.m.—Epiphany Tree Burning (see Mark your Calendar below)

 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

   9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Epiphany of Our Lord

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Monday, January 7, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Scouts

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

 9:00 a.m.—Quilters

 7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

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

 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Free

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Baptism of Our Lord

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship/Soup Sale

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

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

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

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

   7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Monday, January 14, 2019

9:00 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Scouts

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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

  6:00 p.m.—Church Chat

7:00 p.m.—Endowment Committee Meeting

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Women's Retreat Weekend

 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Women's Retreat Weekend

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

 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Women's Retreat Weekend

  9:00 a.m.—NO Worship ~ Second Sunday after Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—NO Fellowship/NO Soup Sale

10:30 a.m.—NO Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA  

 

Monday, January 21, 2019

 

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO Preschool (3 Year Old Class)

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Scouts

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Free

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

8:45 a.m.—Food Bank

 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Third Sunday after Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—Special Congregational Meeting for Members  ~ We will be meeting to vote on the Agreement of  Sale that New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church Council has reached with the Saucon Community Bible Fellowship Church regarding the Christ Lutheran property on Easton Road, Hellertown, PA.  The Agreement of Sale is similar to what we have discussed in prior Congregational Meetings and we will have copies available for pick-up no later than Sunday, January 20, 2019.

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship/Soup Sale

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA  

 

Monday, January 28, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Scouts

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

9:00 a.m.–Quilters

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting

 

 

JANUARY  2019 UPDATES

 

New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Canned vegetables and soup.  

Thank you for your contributions!

 

Food Bank Delivery:  Friday, January 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  Saturday, January 19th and 26th from 8:45–10:45 a.m.

 

During the month of November, 84 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Expenses were $870.84 and income was $120.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.  Food donations from local area churches and organizations for November are:  Bethlehem Chapter of DAR, Christ Lutheran Church - Hellertown, Giant Food Stores, Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce, First UCC, GFWC Saucon Valley, SV Lion’s Club, Boys & Girls Scouts, Lower UCC, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and St. Luke's (Old Williams) Evangelical Lutheran Church.

 

Volunteer Information:  If you or your group or organization (ages 12 or older) are interested in volunteering at the food bank, please see or contact Tammy Welch at donniesmom180@yahoo.com.  

 

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! 

 

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Apple's Preschool News

 

Monday, January 21, 2019

 

 

 

NO Preschool (3 Year Old Class)

Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

Our annual Christmas Program had over 200 people in attendance. It was a wonderful evening. We look forward to a new year in 2019 filled with many learning experiences.

 

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

 

 

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 www.facebook.com/ApplesChurchPreschool.

 

 

 

Miss Shani, Miss Katrina, and Miss Denise

 

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During the month of November, 84 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank. Expenses were $870.84 and income was $120. There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food. Food donations from local area churches and organizations for November are: Bethlehem Chapter of DAR, Christ Lutheran Church - Hellertown, Giant Food Stores, Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce, First UCC, GFWC Saucon Valley, SV Lion’s Club, Boys & Girls Scouts, Lower UCC, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and St. Luke's Old William Church.

 

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

 

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Thank you!  The youth and their families would like to express our sincere gratitude to the family and friends of our congregation and its members that support the youth in their endeavors.  We had a successful Bingo on Saturday, December 8th.  We are awaiting final expenses but I believe we can safely say that we raised $1,400 to put into our Youth fund.  These monies raised will be held in account for larger projects including the 2021 National Youth Gathering.  We have many youth that will be eligible to participate in that and we look forward to helping them get there. We anticipate having another bingo in October 2019.  We are currently offering the beef jerky and soup mix.  Please watch for details on future youth fundraisers.

 

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Message from the Reiss Family ~ Please read the letter we received from our child, David, from Child Fund International.  It is posted on the bulletin board near the kitchen.  Also, please pray for him and his family regularly, especially at this wonderful time of the year.  David very much enjoys cards from us and a pack of stickers is fun too!

 

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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.

 

 

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​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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 kathyfenstermacher@gmail.com.  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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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​​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 cameron35@rcn.com.  Tina Young will be assisting when Tina McCardle is not available.

 

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2019

 

 

2019 Offering Envelopes are now available in the Narthex.  Please take yours, a family member, or neighbor's with you to help defray the costs of mailing the envelopes. 

 

Please be aware that the envelope numbers have changed for 2019. Please be sure to put your new number on your check or contribution. Effective January 1, 2019, please discard your 2018 envelopes in order to help with the accounting process.  Thank you.

 

Offering Checks ~Offering checks should be made out to New Jerusalem Church or NJELC.  

 

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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HELP US GROW AT NEW JERUSALEM

 

Our Giving Program is  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

 

2019 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.

 

 

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.

WE WELCOME YOU TO NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH MR. PHIL

 

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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.

 

 

Epiphany Tree Burning ~ Come celebrate Epiphany 2019 with us on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at approximately 6:45 p.m. after the Saturday evening worship service.  We will be burning “live” cut trees at that time. 

 

Please bring your trees and deposit them behind the church (the spot will be staked) no later than Friday, January 4th.  We will then have a brief ceremony of remembrance outside followed by the warmth of hot chocolate and cookies (donations are gladly accepted). 

 

All are welcome! 

 

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The Adoration of the Magi by Giotto [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas on January 6th and is the time when Christians remember the Wise Men who visited Jesus.  Epiphany is also when some Churches remember when Jesus was baptized, when he was about 30, and started to teach people about God.  Epiphany means 'revelation' and both the visit of the Wise Men and his Baptism are important times when Jesus was 'revealed' to be very important.

 

 

 

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,

 djdrake@epix.net, or text 610-737-4674.

 

 

Time for Soup ~ Yes, that time of the year is here again!  We will be selling homemade soup every Sunday in the Upper Room at Coffee Hour starting

January 13 through ??, 2018PLEASE NOTE:  NO Soup Sale on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

 

This year’s proceeds will go into our fund for replacing the roof

 

Please see Phyllis Reiss or call her at 610-653-8655 or email her at Reiss_phyllis@yahoo.com to volunteer to make your favorite soup.

 

 

 

 Worship/Music Committee Meeting 

 

Sunday, January 13, 2018 at ~10:45 a.m.

 

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

 

 

 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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at 12:00 noon

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHURCH CHAT will start again on January 15, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The first session title will be  called "Unstuffing".  It will be a four-week session about decluttering your heart mind and soul and have a positive outlook for 2019.  We will meet in the sofa room.

 

 

 

 

 

January 18-20, 2019

St. Francis Renewal Center

 

Theme:   "Games of Life"

 

 

 

 

Learning Ministries Day on January 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. The keynote speaker is Elsayed “Steve” Elmarzouky, spokesperson for the Reading Muslin Community.  He speaks about his personal journey of faith as a practicing Muslim in Egypt and the U.S. and how his understanding of Islam reflects principles familiar to all people of faith. 

 

Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon.  Participants can choose to learn about new resources, learn a skill, or choose a workshop for their own personal growth.

 

For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2019. For the schedule:  http://nepasynod.org/documents/LMD-2019-schedule.pdf.

For workshop descriptions:  http://nepasynod.org/documents/LMD-2019-workshops.pdf.

 

Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Participants can choose to learn about new resources, learn a skill, or choose a workshop for their own personal growth.  LM Day is a wonderful

time to meet other Lutherans in our synod – youth and adults alike – and to do some networking and glean ideas from one another.  A lunch is provided for participants.

 

Through December 31st , the cost for the event per person is $30.  After that date, the cost will be $45 (New Jerusalem will pay $15 pp).  Please contact Kathy Fenstermacher (cell 610/984-3489 or home 610/838-6059, if you are interested in attending.  Thank you.

 

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New Jerusalem Congregation is invited to join Lower UCC on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7 p.m. for THRIVE!  A Spiritual Exploration of Scripture Through Contemporary Christian Music.  This month is Christmas themed to celebrate the glorious birth of Jesus.  Please join us and bring a friend.

 

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The Adoration of the Magi by Giotto [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas on January 6th and is the time when Christians remember the Wise Men who visited Jesus.  Epiphany is also when some Churches remember when Jesus was baptized, when he was about 30, and started to teach people about God.  Epiphany means 'revelation' and both the visit of the Wise Men and his Baptism are important times when Jesus was 'revealed' to be very important.

 

 

 

 

Men's Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

 

 

 

                          AND

 

 

 

​Women's "I Didn't Know That Workshop"

 

 

  

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1:00–6:00 p.m. at New Jerusalem Church

All are welcome!

 

 

Men will be learning the joy of cooking with a Dutch oven.  At least 10 main course entrees and desserts will be created.  No Dutch oven, no problem.  We have extras.  

 

Women will be sharing interesting things/facts about themselves and

their church family as we get to know each other.

 

And everyone will enjoy a delicious dinner after the workshops!

 

Email Bill Young at btyoung@rcn.com or sign up in the Narthex by Sunday, February 3, 2019.  Please call Bill Young at 610-554-1294 with any questions.

 

 

This is a Thrivent Action Team Educational Event!

 

 

 

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