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 February 1-28, 2019 and Upcoming Events

February 6, 2019

 

 

 

. . .  in February

 

 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Free 

 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Worship ~ Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Soup Sale (see Mark Your Calendar below)

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

10:30 a.m.—Prayer Shawl Meeting

  7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Monday, February 4, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

 9:00 a.m.—Quilters

 6:30 a.m.—Church Chat

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Craft Group

 

Friday, February 8, 2019

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

 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

1:00–5:00 p.m.—Women's Workshop  (see Mark Your Calendar below)

1:00–6:00 p.m.—Dutch Oven Workshop (see Mark Your Calendar below)

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship (TBD)

10:00 a.m.—Soup Sale (TBD)

10:30 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, February 2, 2019.

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training (TBD)

10:30 a.m.—Congregational Care & Outreach Committee (CCO) Meeting (TBD)

  6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class

  7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Monday, February 11, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 p.m.—Cards

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

 Free

 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Soup Sale

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  1:00–3:00 p.m.—Weston Rehabilitation & Nursing Center 

  6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class  

  7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Church Office CLOSED 

NO Preschool (3 Year Old Class)

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts

7:00 p.m.—Saucon Valley Lion's Club Meeting

 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

7:00 p.m.—Christian Education Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA  

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Free

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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

5:00–8:00 p.m.—Boy Scout Event (Upper Room has been reserved)

 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Soup Sale

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

10:30 a.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting

  6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class  

  7:00 p.m.—AA

 

Monday, February 25, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA  

 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting

 

 

FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATES

 

Christ Lutheran Church-Lower Saucon (CLCLS) KEY RETURN ~ We are getting close to selling our property on Easton Road and all keys issued for Christ Lutheran of LS need to be returned to the church office or Tina McCardle as soon as possible.  Please place them inside an envelope with your name on it, so we know who has returned them.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

 

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New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Canned vegetables and soup.  

Thank you for your contributions!

 

Food Bank Delivery:  Friday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  Saturday, February 16th and 23rd from 8:45–10:45 a.m.

 

During the month of December, 101 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Expenses were $870.84.  Income was $822.42.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.  Food donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for December were: Christ Lutheran Church - Hellertown, First UCC, the Fulmer Family, SV Lion’s Club, GFWC, Girls Scouts, Lower Saucon UCC, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, Schoch Family, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, St. Luke's Old Williams 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 for making this community stronger! 

 

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Apple's Preschool News

 

 

 Monday, February 8, 2019 ~ NO Preschool (3 Year Old Class) 

 

 

Apple's Preschool is excited to announce that we already have 27 children enrolled for our 2019-2020 school year.  We will be busy getting ready for our Valentine's Day celebrations along with having Happy Hat Day for Letter H.  The Pre-K classes will be learning about the Five Senses and Emotions.  We teach them that it is okay to experience all emotions and how to handle it when we are jealous, angry, nervous, etc.  All classes will learn about Dental Health and how to take care of our teeth.

 

 

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

 

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 December, 101 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Expenses were $870.84.  Income was $822.42.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.  Food donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for December were: Christ Lutheran Church - Hellertown, First UCC, the Fulmer Family, SV Lion’s Club, GFWC, Girls Scouts, Lower Saucon UCC, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, Schoch Family, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 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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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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Fellowship Committee Volunteers Needed…The Fellowship Committee provides tasty treats for your enjoyment after worship every Sunday and is in need of additional volunteers to provide items.  Currently the number of congregational members is at a minimum and could use some help.  If you have any interest in providing an occasional snack for coffee hour, please get in touch with LeeAnn Malesky.  If you would like to team up with another family or a couple of people, we can work with you on doing that.  If you would like to offer your assistance on setup and or clean up, that is welcome also.  We thank all of those that have provided for us in any way with this ministry.  With thanks, Fellowship Committee.

 

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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.

 

Time for Soup!  Yes, that time of the year is here again!  We will continue to sell homemade soup every Sunday in the Upper Room at Coffee Hour from January 13 through ??, 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.

 

 

Lower Saucon UCC 'THRIVE' is held the first Wednesday of every month starting February 5, 2019.  It will begin around 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Lower Saucon UCC, 1375 Third Avenue, Hellertown, PA (610-838-8821).  Our spiritual leaders for 'THRIVE' are Josh Sanders and Rev. Rebekah Thomas.  The hour is spent singing along to Contemporary Christian Music, like you hear on WordFM, as well as prayer and scripture readings.  We are really excited to bring this to our community and hope you will join us to experience how THRIVE can lift you up and rejuvenate you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Dutch Oven Cooking 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.  

 

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.

 

 

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

 

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. 

at New Jerusalem Church

                                        All are welcome!

 

Women will share an afternoon of fellowship, learning, relaxation,

and dinner prepared by the men.

 

 

Contact Terry Ravier at tsravier3@gmail.com or sign up in the Narthex by Sunday, February 3, 2019.  

 

 

This is a Thrivent Action Team Educational Event!

 

 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, 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.

 

 

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Serving God and Neighbor Confirmation Block 3:   During this block we will learn about the needs of our neighbors, and partner with organizations that are presently trying to meet those needs.  We give thanks for the ways that God is at work feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, and meeting the needs of our neighbors through these organizations, and hope that God may use us to help meet these needs, too.  We will be meeting on Sunday evenings February 10 through March 17, 2019 from 6:00–7:45 p.m. (some sessions time subject to change).

 

Introduction to the Bible Confirmation Block 4:  How was the Bible put together?  Who wrote it? How do we use it?  What is its purpose?  These are some of the questions we will be tackling in our time together on March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, and May 5, 2019!  Join us 6:00–7:45 p.m. Locations to be determined.

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Weston Rehabilitation & Nursing Home

1896 Leithsville Road, Hellertown, PA 18055

 

 

 

Participants may visit residents, play games, share stories, read to residents, etc.

 

The sign-up sheets will be located in the Narthex. 

For questions, see Robin Rooth-Fogel for more information.   

 

All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2018 at 12:00 noon

at New Jerusalem Church

 

 

This month will be a guest speaker, Mienke Isurieta, who will speak about

how to take better care of our heart health!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday Church Service ~ Wednesday March 5, 2019:  TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​​Mid-week Lenten Brown Bag ~ This year we will have a weekly gathering for the season of Lent on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church.  You are invited to bring your lunch with you and we will share in a reading of scripture followed by a time of prayer and reflection.  We will start on March 13 through April 10, 2019.

 

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HAM Mid-week Lenten Soup Suppers will be held at Christ Lutheran-Hellertown, First United Church of Christ, and New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church.  We will share in a light soup supper at 6:30 p.m., followed by a time of worship and reflection at 7:30 p.m.  If you are interested in helping to bring soup or bread for the week that we are hosting, keep an eye out for sign-ups.

 

March 13, 2019:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, 69 Main St., Hellertown, 18055; 610-838-0400

 

March 20, 2019:  New Jerusalem Evangelical Luth. Church, 3233 Apples Church Rd., Bethlehem, 18015;                              610-838-0731

 

March 27, 2019:  First United Church of Christ, 501 Northampton St., Hellertown, 18055; 610-838-8811

 

April 3, 2019:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, 69 Main St., Hellertown, 18055; 610-838-0400

 

April 10, 2019:  First United Church of Christ, 501 Northampton St., Hellertown, 18055; 610-838-8811 

 

 

You have an opportunity to assist the Feed the Children non-profit organization in their Box Brigade along with your fellow church-goers.

 

Per the website, “Building Boxes of Food and Essentials:  “…build boxes filled with food and essentials that will be delivered to families in need across the United States.  Volunteers make our food-distribution programs possible by sorting and screening products, and helping assemble boxes loaded with much needed food and essentials.”  Please visit the website for Feed the Children at http://www.feedthechildren.org/ to learn more. 

 

We will be putting together boxes for distribution in the surrounding areas that this local Feed the Children assists.  Our scheduled time is Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon 

 

The Feed the Children Distribution Center is located at 47 S. Commerce Way in Bethlehem (along Brodhead Road).  Participants must be at least 12 years of age and can sign up through the New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church (NJELC) registration link below:

https://feedthechildren.volunteerhub.com/lp/PANJ/

 

We have a maximum of 50 participants, so please feel free to ask friends and family to join as well.  If you are unable to sign up online, there will be a sign up form in the Upper Room by the kitchen.  Please contact Caroline Skuba with questions at carifrogs@gmail.com or (302) 399-9555.  Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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