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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In case of inclement weather, please watch Channel 69 WFMZ, or call the church office to listen to the message.

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

February 28, 2019

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, 


During the season of Lent, when we gather together for worship, we will be reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer; its meaning, purpose, and intent.  As a way to prepare for this time, I invite you to consider how and when you came to know the Lord’s Prayer.  Who taught it to you?  Which form or version is most familiar to you?  If you are able to recite the Lord’s prayer by heart, what comes to mind as you pray it?  Do you find the prayer to be adequate?  If there were an opportunity to add to the prayer, what would you add or change?


As you ponder these questions, I encourage you to talk about these questions and your responses with your friends and family.


I look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!  Have a blessed Lent.


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 Church Council President, I am available by email to or call 610-216-1016.


The Church Council officers for 2019 are: 

  • President:  Marianne Zellner 

  • Vice President:  Pat Leith

  • Recording Secretary:  Barbara Young (Non-Council Member)

  • 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.



February 2019 Summary


 Due to inclement weather on council meeting night, the meeting was postponed until Tuesday, February 19, 2019.  I will include updates for both the February and March meeting in next month’s newsletter.  Although we authorized the work on the organ to begin, some issues have come to light which will be discussed on February 19.  The agreement of sale for the Christ, Lower Saucon property has not yet been hammered out and also will be discussed on the 19th.  We plan to hold the congregational meeting as soon as we have all the details to present.  It is possible that everything will have been taken care of and voted on by the time you receive this newsletter.  We will make every effort to keep everyone updated.I ask for your continued prayers for all the council members and all those in leadership positions for this congregation.


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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Join Mr. Phil and The Northampton Area High School Theatre Company for their production of Mary Poppins!


March 21, 22, and 23, 2019 performances are at 7:00 p.m.  March 24, 2019 performance is at 2:00 p.m.  All performances are in the Northampton Area High School Auditorium.


Tickets can be purchased at


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