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)



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

June 29, 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!


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The Staff and Members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

wish you and your family a safe and


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​​Dear friends, God is good.  So I beg you to offer your bodies to [God] as a living sacrifice… .  Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think.  Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to [God].


I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are.  Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.  A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use.  That’s how it is with us.  There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another.  Romans 12:1-5 CEV



Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,


The above selection of Paul’s letter to the Romans is one of my favorites.  Paul is writing to a small group of Christians living within the larger elite Roman society.  Within the letter we hear of Paul’s growing relationship with God, as well as a call to remain aware of how our tightly held perceptions, opinions, and beliefs close us off from engaging and welcoming other people.  Paul was once a persecutor of the church, but his mind was reformed when he experienced God in the resurrected Christ.  Paul highlights that we are many members, that come together in one body.  Each member possesses their own purpose in the larger system, and we all rely on God to shape us and reform us so that we can better relate to and work with one another.


As we celebrate the 243rd Anniversary of USA’s Independence, I am reminded of the preamble to the Constitution.


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


The writers’ intentions were to set the foundation for a country that would be poised to continue the work in striving for a better, more just, more peaceful life for all people. This intention, much like the one offered by Paul to the Romans, was to remind the people that they, and their community are a work in progress.

What are the areas of our community and society that you think need to be worked on in order for us to have a more perfect union? What areas of our perceptions, opinions, and beliefs need to be held less tightly so that we can more graciously welcome our neighbors? Consider these questions and take the opportunity to share your responses with me, friends, and neighbors.


Peace to you 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.



June 2019 Summary


 June’s council meeting agenda included the approval of the preschool annual budget for school year 2019–2020.  It was reported that the organ console is now in place in the balcony, though some things still need to be connected.  There are plans for the organ to be played sometime over the summer.  The roofing project is scheduled for July.  In addition, we were informed that we have some water system concerns and we have received a bid to upgrade the system, but the work is not urgently needed to be completed at this time. 


There are quite a few social events set up over the summer.  I hope everyone gets a chance to participate in a few.  Enjoy the warm weather and any getaways of which you may be able to take advantage!


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


 At their May meeting, the Congregation Council approved the recommendations of the Endowment Committee for the 2019 Spring Grant Applications. 


Congratulations to the following ministries areas:


Mission & Ministry Fund

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering:  $2,000

Youth Trip to Bear Creek Camp:   $500


Christian Education Fund

Youth Fest 2019:  $180

Confirmation Retreat:  $500

Vacation Bible School and Sunday School Curriculum:  $1,250


This was an exciting year for the Endowment Committee.  To have so many viable grant applications speaks to the work this congregation is doing.



2019 Fall Endowment Grant Applications will be available in the church office, Endowment mail box in September.  Deadline for applications is October 6, 2019.


Mission & Ministry Endowment Fund 2019 fall grant amount is $1,401.


Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following ministry areas:  

+  Mission:  Local, regional and world projects

+  Education:  Higher education and continuing education expenses

+  Youth:  Support for youth of all

+  Worship and Music:  Support for the worship of the church

+  Capital Projects:  Major renovations and building of new facilities for the church



Property Endowment Fund 2019 Fall Grant amount is $12,600.


Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following property areas:

+  Maintenance; General Upkeep

+  Restoration

+  Repairs

+  Capital Project

+  Equipment Purchases

+  Property Acquisition


Christian Education Endowment Fund 2019 Fall Grant amount is $510.


Remember that per policy, the use of these funds must fall into one of the following property areas:·

+  Sunday Church School

+  Vacation Bible School

+  Christian Youth Activities

+  Adult Christian Education

+  Teacher's Education



Fund balances as of December 31, 2018


Mission & Ministry Fund:  $96,164.00

Property Fund:  $240,589.12

Christian Education Fund:  $ 47,442.96

TOTAL:  $384,196.08


Endowment—The gift that keeps on giving.


See any Endowment Committee member, if you have questions.

Tim Frey, Chairperson; Russ Pacala Jr, Vice Chairperson; Tina McCardle; and Drake Britzenhoff.


The Endowment Committee is looking for an additional committee member.  We meet on a quarterly basis to review investments, address grant application, and report to council those results.  Next meet is July 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Please contact Tim Frey at 610-762-7291, if you are interested or have questions.


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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 ~ Please join us for choir practice

on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. which will resume in the Fall.






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