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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Ministries for April 1-30, 2019 and Upcoming Events

March 29, 2019




. . .  in April



Monday, April 1, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

 9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Lenten Soup Supper at Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—Lenten Worship Service at Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 4, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Christian Education Meeting/VBS Meeting


Friday, April 5, 2019



Saturday, April 6, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Worship ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent


Sunday, April 7, 2019

   9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m.—Prayer Shawl Meeting

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

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

  6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 8, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

9:00 a.m.—NO Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

12:30 p.m.—Mid-Week Lenten Brown Bag Lunch at New Jerusalem Church (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  6:00 p.m.—Lenten Soup Supper at First UCC Church-Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—Lenten Worship Service at First UCC Church-Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, April 11, 2019 

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, April 12, 2019

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


Saturday, April 13, 2019

8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon—Church Work Party (see Mark Your Calendar below)

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

9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon—CANCELLED Feed the Children Box Brigade (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, April 14, 2019


 9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Palm Sunday

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

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

  6:00 p.m.—Confirmation Class (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 15, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts

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


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

7:00 p.m.—Christian Education Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA  


Thursday, April 18, 2019


1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Maundy Thursday Service at New Jerusalem Church

(see Mark Your Calendar below)



Friday, April 19, 2019



7:00 p.m.—Good Friday Service at New Jerusalem Church 

(see Mark Your Calendar below)





Saturday, April 20, 2019

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

1:30 a.m.—Easter Egg Hunt (see Mark Your Calendar below)



​6:00 p.m.—East Vigil Service (see Mark Your Calendar below)




Sunday, April 21, 2019


  8:00–9:45 a.m.—Easter Breakfast (see Mark Your Calendar below)

10:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Easter Sunday

10:30 a.m.—NO Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA




Monday, April 22, 2019

Church Office CLOSED

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA  


Thursday, April 25, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, April 26, 2019



Saturday, April 27, 2019



Sunday, April 28, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Second Sunday of Easter

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

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

12:00 noon—Summertime Extravaganza Bingo (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, April 29, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Choir Practice

7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Book Club (see Mark Your Calendar below)





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.






New Jerusalem Community Food Bank

Current Needs:  Canned tomato sauce, canned peas, toiletries (soap, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, deodorants).  Thank you for your contributions!


Food Bank Delivery:  Friday, April 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  Saturday, April 13th and 20th from 8:45–10:45 a.m.


During the month of March, 89 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Expenses were $968.00.  Income was $115.00.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food. 


Food donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for March were:  Christ Lutheran Church–Hellertown, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, St. Luke's Old Williams Church, and PrimeTimers.


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  


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! 








Apple's Preschool News



The children of Apple's Preschool have begun their Reading Awareness Program.  Every time they read ten books at home with a family member, they get a colorful circle hung on their spaceship from the ceiling. 


We have had Mystery Readers come in to surprise the kids with a fun story or two.  Thank you so much, Rita Frey, for sharing your talents with us.  We all enjoyed meeting you and would love to have you come back again soon. 


The Red Robin mascot came to read to our PM Pre-K Class too with his friend, Buddy, who did the reading while the Robin tweeted.


A good time was had by all at our St. Patrick's Day parties.  Lucky the Leprechaun didn't disappoint us this year he again made a mess in our classroom, danced on our tables, and used our bathroom.  And, we found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!


Following our Space theme this year, each week we choose two little "humans" to be our special helpers.  They get special jobs, help the teachers, and get to take home a cute alien book that they read with their family and sign their name in the cover with an "official astronaut pen".  They also get to help decorate a spaceship shaped poster that tells us all about what makes them special.


We have 32 children enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year already!!!  There are still openings; help spread the word!  


If anyone would like to be a Mystery Reader, please contact Miss Shani at


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

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


Miss Shani, Miss Katrina, and Miss Denise





A special note of thanks for food donations to the New Jerusalem Community Food Bank from local area churches, organizations, and families for the month of March were:  Christ Lutheran Church–Hellertown, Saucon Bible Fellowship Church, PrimeTimers, and 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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Thank you to all who donated to the Autism Speaks Walk.  We have exceeded our $600 fundraising goal!  We are still accepting prayers for sunshine for the day of the walk!  Thank you all for your generosity & prayers. ~Jeanette Peterson





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.






​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.









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  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! 















Volunteers Needed for the Fellowship Committee ~ 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 see or 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.






​​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.  


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  Tina Young will be assisting when Tina McCardle is not available.





Clothing (see styles, sizes, and price list below) with the new logo 'New Jerusalem founded as Apples Church' is now available in your choice of the small left chest decal or a full center decal.  Let's get our name out there.  This is not a fundraiser.


The first price listed is for sizes Youth and Adult Small thru XL - next price is size 2XL - next price is size 3XL.  Youth sizes available just let me know the item and I will check if it is available in youth size.  Not all items may be available in all sizes and colors.  These are complete prices with the decal.  Prices are based on Jerzees, Gildan, or Port and Company brands of apparel.


Tee Shirt - $9 - $10 - $11; Women's V-neck Tee - $11 - $12 - $13; Men's V-neck Tee - $11 - $12 - $13; Long Sleeved Tee - $14.50 - $16.50 - $18.50; Polo or Golf Shirt - $16 - $18 - $20; Crew Neck Sweatshirt - $16- $18 - $20; Cardigan Fleece - sizes S/M or L/XL (meaning 2 size options only) - $23; Hoodie Sweatshirts - $23 - $25 - $27; Zip-up Hoodie Sweatshirt - $29 - $31 - $33.  Prices vary by size.  Prices are a group rate.


For those that may not be interested in clothing but want to support the church's new logo consider a tote bag.  


Colors available on your preference based on item's manufacture availability.  If you'd like to see any actual item in person you may stop by Saucon Valley Sporting Goods, 37 West Water Street, Hellertown, PA 18055 (610-838-7296) to try on similar clothing for sizes and see color options.  Their information will be listed below.


COLORS:  Negotiable ~ The goal is to get the name of New Jerusalem out in the community.  The main design is outlined in white so it will show up nicely on a variety of colors.  The larger design may be used on the tee shirt, long sleeved tee shirt, crew neck or hooded sweatshirts. They will go on the front unless you specify the back.


Any questions may be directed to Kathy Fenstermacher at 610-984-3489 or













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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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.


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.





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 from 6:00–7:45 p.m.  Locations to be determined.




​​Mid-Lenten Brown Bag Lunch ~ This year we will have a weekly gathering for  the season of Lent on Wednesday afternoon at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church from 12:30–1:30 p.m. to share in a time of prayer and caring conversation about the power of God's love.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the fellowship!  We will start on March 13 through April 10, 2019.


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Ways you can recognize Lent with New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church and beyond. . .


Sunday Worship:  Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  We will be focusing on The Lord’s Prayer during worship.  Where’d it come from?  What's it good for?  What does it mean?  Join us in reflecting on this prayer that Jesus gifted to us. 


Care to take it a step further?  Pray the Lord’s Prayer at least once a day for the season of Lent; consider using it to start your day, to finish your day, to mark a time of peace during a typically stressful time of your day, or any combination of these options.  Stay consistent.  What do you notice?


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Lenten Daily Intentions:  Join us and people around the world in spending time reflecting on the Psalms of Lent through Daily Intentions.  Included in the Daily Intentions are a simple liturgy that you (and your family) can use (or customize), a psalm to read, and a daily word to reflect on and share.  Sign up online to receive them directly via email from LEAD ( or request a paper copy to be printed for you by putting your name on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex, or tell Pastor Lauren via email, call, or text!


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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




The Altar Guild will be making and teaching how to make crosses for Palm Sunday.  The session will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 during coffee hour.  We would appreciate your assistance.





The Altar Guild is currently accepting donations for Easter flowers which will beautify our sanctuary during Easter, then be given to our shut-in members.  If you would like to make a donation for Easter flowers, please complete the form below and return it to any member of the Altar Guild by Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday)


If you place your donation in the offering plate or send it by mail, please make the check payable to and mark the outside envelope Altar Guild Memorial Fund.



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Name:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________



Envelope #:  __________________                                                            Amount:  $__________________



Dedication:  _______________________________________________________________________________________
















 Property Work Party ~ Please join us as we do some spring cleaning around the church on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 noon.





CANCELLED—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 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:


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 or (302) 399-9555.  Thank you. 







Roast Beef Dinner ~  Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2451 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA 18034 from 4:00–6:30 p.m. 


Buffet Style Dinner with Homemade Desserts

Adults:  $12.00

12 & Under:  $9.00

3 & Under:  Free


No waiting to be seated.


Take out meals are available.


Call 610-865-4144 for more information.


Proceeds to benefit Meals on Wheels of Northampton County.





 Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:00 a.m.—Worship at 9:00 a.m.


All are welcome—Please join us!




 UPPER ROOM BINGO ~ Come and join us for our last Bingo event of the season!


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, April 14, 2019


Cash Bingo:  $20 for 20 games


For questions, call the church office at 610-838-0731.


We hope to see you again in the fall!




Bear Creek Lutheran Camp offers year-round opportunities for environmental education programs, nature day camp, residential youth camps, and weekend retreats for all age groups.


We have been in conversation with Bear Creek Camp in Wilkes Barre, PA.  New Jerusalem will participate in an Adult Service Project the weekend of October 4–6, 2019.  Anyone 18 and older that would consider joining us for the event, please reply to by April 15, 2019.  They don't know what the service projects will be at this time.


We will be preparing our own means.  Cabins house 10 people with bunk beds and heat.  There will be free time for activities. 


Check out their website at




Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12:00 noon at New Jerusalem Church


Join us for "Easter Dinner"

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






Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Please join us for our Maundy Thursday Service at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Churchall are welcome.





Friday, April 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Please join us for our Good Friday Service at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church—all are welcome.






Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 1:30–3:00 p.m.

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church's Upper Room

     and Outside (weather permitting)

Ages 0 through 6th grade



Join us for an afternoon of crafts, egg hunting and snacks.  Donations of hard boiled, dyed eggs, snacks and drinks are needed.  Please mark and leave them in the kitchen.


Volunteers to set-up, hide eggs and clean-up are needed.  Please see Marianne Zellner or email at




Saturday, April 20, 2019 at ​6:00 p.m. ~ Please join us for our Easter Vigil Service at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church—all are welcome.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

8:00–9:45 a.m. ~ Easter Breakfast—Pancakes, sausage, and assorted breakfast casseroles.  Sign up by April 17, 2019.  Bring a breakfast dessert along to share!


10:00 a.m. ~ Please join us for our Easter Worship Service at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church—all are welcome.



Summertime Extravaganza


PLEASE NOTE:   The pictures below represent the type of Bingo prizes offered, but may not be the actual item.



New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Doors open at 12:00 noon

Bingo starts at 1:00 p.m.


20 Games ~ $25.00 in advance/double board ($30.00 at the door)

Basket Raffle, 50/50, Door Prize, and Specials!


For Tickets Call:  Cindy at 610-838-5838


Join us for an afternoon of fun and invite a friend!





Our next book is titled Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg.  God is a foodie who wants to transform your supper into sacrament.  One of America's most beloved teachers and writers, Margaret Feinberg, goes on a remarkable journey to unearth God's perspective on food.  She writes that since the opening of creation, God, the Master Chef, seeds the world with pomegranates and passionfruit, beans and greens and tangerines.  When the Israelites wander in the desert for forty years, God, the Pastry Chef, delivers the sweet bread of heaven.  After arriving in the Promised Land, God reveals himself as Barbecue Master, delighting in meat sacrifices.  Like his Foodie Father, Jesus throws the disciples an unforgettable two-course farewell supper to be repeated until his return.  This groundbreaking book provides a culinary exploration of Scripture.  You'll descend 400 feet below ground into the frosty white caverns of a salt mine, fish on the Sea of Galilee, bake fresh matzo at Yale University, ferry to a remote island in Croatia to harvest olives, spend time with a Texas butcher known as "the meat apostle," and wander a California farm with one of the worlds premier fig farmers.  With each visit, Margaret asks, "How do you read these Scriptures, not as theologians, but in light of what you do every day?"  Their answers will forever change the way you read the Bible—and approach every meal.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sacristy.  Look for the signs.


Happy reading!



InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship ~ Two $5,000 Scholarships

The InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship was established in 2013 to benefit students who are members of churches that have an active church endowment fund at InFaith Community Foundation.


Applicants must be high school graduating seniors seeking a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.  Through this scholarship award, we hope to provide educational opportunities to an individual who demonstrates financial need, high academic achievement, and a commitment to sharing their blessings with the world.  This scholarship program is made possible through an InFaith Field of Interest Fund, a collaborative fund made possible by InFaith donors to serve our shared community.



WomenLead Scholarship ~ Two $3,000 Scholarships

WomenLead recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits and civic organizations, and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of women to lead change using their talents to educate, advocate, and activate.  The WomenLead Scholarship was established in 2017.  Two educational scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to women of Christian faith seeking a Masters or Doctoral level degree that will prepare them to serve in public service, non-profit leadership and/or in Christian ministry.  Women of diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, age, faith) eager to lead through bold action, innovative vision and faith-inspired passion are encouraged to apply. 


Applications are due on April 30, 2019.  If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application process please contact Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at (800) 365-4172, or


NOTE FOR APPLYING STUDENTS:  In the pre-qualifying questions section of our application, students should select YES in the last question, that they are a member of a congregation that holds an endowment with InFaith.



Cooke Tavern Soup Sale Benefiting the Youth Group Activities ~ The group will be selling soup for $8.00 each or 2 for $15.00.  They will make great gifts. 


Funds will stay in the account for future youth activities. 


The gourmet recipes are easy to prepare and offer only the finest freeze-dried and all-natural ingredients.  The product offers:

* No salt, preservatives, or MSG

* All vegetarian mixes

* Many mixes are gluten free to accommodate for dietary challenges


Soups include:

  • Barn Raising Country Vegetable

  • Blacksmith's Black Bean Chili

  • Candlelight Corn Chowder

  • Colonel Maxwell's Minestrone

  • Colonial Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

  • Farmer Al’s Homegrown Tomato Basil Bisque

  • Henna Marie's Potato Cheese Soup

  • Mi Madre Maria's Chicken Tortilla

  • Pioneer Split Pea

We do have the beef sticks to sell also.  Assorted flavors are available.  They are $1.00 each.  If you don't see them set out, please contact a youth or adult associated with our Youth.


Please see Kathy Fenstermacher or any member of the Youth Group for more information. Thank you.




Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2019

Doors Open:   5:30 p.m.

Dinner Served:  6:00 p.m.

Meal:  Delicious rotisserie chicken, sides, salad, and dessert

Cost:  $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for children (3-8 years old), under 3 free!


Entertainment will be a murder mystery which the audience has to solve!


Tickets will be available during Coffee Hour and from Robin at 610-349-2586.

Sponsored by the New Jerusalem Youth to attend the next Youth Gathering. 


Please join us for a fun night for all ages!


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Actors are needed, no experience necessary!  Looking for 2–3 adults who would like to work with our youth to have a part in the Murder Mystery on May 4th.  Guaranteed laughs and fun!  Please call Robin at 610-349-2586, if interested.







The Church Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Spring Valley Sportsmen's Club.  More information will follow.






Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019! 

Save the date June 17 - 21, 2019. 


We're going To Mars and Beyond.  


"Glory to God who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power

at work within us!"  Ephesians 3:20 



Please consider how you can be a part of this exciting Children's Ministry.  Team Leader, Decorations Leader, Storyteller Leader, Dinner Leader, Snack Leader, Games Leader, Volunteer in Music, Crew, Science, Crafts, Skit, Clean Up, etc.


 Many things will be worked out as we move forward.  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  There will be two training sessions prior to the week of VBS.  Watch for those dates later. 



May Play Day at Bear Creek Camp ~  Join others from around the Synod for the Annual May Play Day!


Games for all ages.  Adventures:  Rock-climbing wall, boating, hiking, high ropes course, and more.


Dinner and singing.  Explore the camp—rain or shine—and enjoy a fun day outdoors.


For senior high youth and their advisors/parents, an information meeting on the 2018 Youth Gathering and the Synod's Lutheran Youth Fellowship Organization.


Location:  Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Date:   Sunday, May 5, 2019

Time:  2:00–7:00 p.m.

Price:  $4.00 for children 12 years of age and younger and $8.00 for everyone else. 


Registration due by April 22, 2019.  For more information click:







Name:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________



Email:  _________________________________________________         Phone:  _____________________________



Who else is coming with you?

Name                                                                                                       adult/under 12/12–18?














Make checks out to "Bear Creek Camp" and mail registration form and check to:


Debbie Frey

c/o Northeastern PA Synod

2354 Grove Rd.

Allentown, PA 18109





Where:    Upper Saucon Park (meet near the bathrooms)

Time:       6:00 p.m.  Start date will begin after Memorial Day

Activity:  Bike/Hike Rails to Trail—ride as a group


All Are welcome!


Contact Drake Brintzenhoff for more information at 610-737-4674.





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