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 May 2019 Inspiration, Church Council Connection, and Mr. Phil Diaz' Music Corner

April 30, 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!



The Staff and Members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

Wish You and Your Family a Happy, Safe Memorial Day Holiday!

Remember our fallen soldiers, remember our missing in action,

remember our prisoners of war, remember our wounded warriors!





​​Siblings in Christ, 


Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!


Easter is here!  We remember and celebrate that God’s love has the power to overcome all things.  We celebrate that in the face of any and all hardship and adversity we experience in our lives, God continues to love us, forgive us, welcome us into God’s self, and promises that this love will last forever; beyond death and the grave.


As we celebrate Easter together and in the community in the next 50 days, may we be quick to share this same love, forgiveness, and welcome to all.  What does that look like?  For some it may look like sharing with others our thanksgiving for their help and support.  For others it may look like finally going to the doctor and accepting help with issues that burden us.  For some it may look like volunteering at a local nursing home, park, library, or Food Bank.  For others it may look like making visits to old friends that you haven’t seen in a long while.  God uses human hearts and minds to share God’s love in the world.  May we find the humility needed in order to allow God’s love to flow through us, so that all may know that whatever hardship or adversity they face, God is with them through it all, too.


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.



April 2019 Summary


 As you may know, April was a busy month with all of the Holy Week and Easter preparations.  I would like to thank the staff for all of their hard work to make the worship experiences meaningful and inspirational.  I would also like to thank all the volunteers who prepared the worship space, beautified the church grounds, practiced music, cooked breakfast and served as readers, ushers and communion servers.  It takes many hands and hearts to keep a congregation running and boy do we have great volunteers!


The council meeting in April was focused on committee reports and revising the building use procedure and forms.  The closing for the Christ Lutheran building sale was held on April 11, 2019 but as you may have heard, there was a glitch regarding the dates for the future mortgage payments.  There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, April 28, 2019 after worship to ratify the change made to the payment dates which are the original dates that had been agreed upon from the beginning. 


As always, 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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Endowment Committee News

The next Endowment Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.


Endowment—The gift that keeps on giving!


See any Endowment Committee member if you have questions.


Tim Frey, Chairperson; Russ Pacala Jr, Vice Chairperson; Drake Brintzenhoff; Mike Gerstenberg; Tina McCardle


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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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