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 August 1-31, 2019 and Upcoming Events

July 30, 2019




. . .  in August



Thursday, August 1, 2019 

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, August 2, 2019



Saturday, August 3, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Worship ~ Eighth Sunday of Pentecost


Sunday, August 4, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Eighth Sunday of Pentecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, August 5, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at Inside Scoop in Coopersburg (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

6:30 p.m.—Christian Education Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—AA 


Thursday, August 8, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, August 9, 2019

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


Saturday, August 10, 2019



Sunday, August 11, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Clean Out Your Closet Deadline

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, August 12, 2019

Church Office CLOSED

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Church Office CLOSED

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Church Office CLOSED

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Church Office CLOSED

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, August 16, 2019

Church Office CLOSED

6:00 p.m.—Family Fun Night (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Saturday, August 17, 2019

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

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Mountainview Moravian Clothing Ministry (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, August 18, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

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

12:00 noon—POSTPONED Picnic at Lake Nockamixon (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Monday, August 19, 2019

9:00 a.m. to noon—Preschool Open House (see Apple's Preschool News below)

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike (see Mark Your Calendar below)

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


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Deadline for the Angelus

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

12:00 noon—Prime Timers (see Mark Your Calendar below)

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


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Deadline for Church Announcements

7:00 p.m.—AA  


Thursday, August 22, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Ice Cream Social at McDonald's in Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Friday, August 23, 2019



Saturday, August 24, 2019

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

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Mountainview Moravian Clothing Ministry (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, August 25, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—2021 Youth Gathering Meeting (see Mark Your Calendar below)

12:00 noon—Picnic at Lake Nockamixon (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, August 26, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Hike & Bike (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA  


Thursday, August 29, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, August 30, 2019



Saturday, August 31, 2019

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Free Community Luncheon (see Mark Your Calendar below)




. . .that if you have not picked up your Offering envelopes, you can pick them up on the window in the Narthex. 



Please make your Offering Checks out to New Jerusalem Church or NJELC.  

Thank you for the offerings you have made and are making to New Jerusalem Church. 

Your offerings of your time, your God-given talents, and your money help support all that we do.  Together, we are the Body of Christ.  



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We have partnered with Vanco Payment Solutions to allow church members to contribute their offerings electronically from their personal checking or saving accounts directly to the church at no cost to them.  Click this link Vanco Website to create your free online profile and set up your giving preferences.  Giving will now be easier and hassle free.  


Below is a brief description about 'Giving Electronically'.


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,

NJELC Finance Committee







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.






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.







What is Mutual Ministry at New Jerusalem?  Did you know that there is a Mutual Ministry Committee here at New Jerusalem?


Mutual Ministry is loosely defined as the interaction between the pastor, professional staff, Church Council, and the congregation to foster communication and support between these three groups.  Typical tasks of the Mutual Ministry Committee include providing a listening ear to each group and a means to interact in a confidential way to resolve issues that may arise between, and within, each group.  The committee also assists Church Council in conducting an annual performance review of the Church’s professional staff, as well as providing input into creating and revising employee job descriptions. 


Currently, this committee is comprised of three members (Tina Miller, Tina Young, and Tim Fulmer) who are appointed to serve a three-year term as approved by the Pastor and Church Council President.  The committee is currently seeking additional members, so any interested members of the congregation are invited to contact Pastor Lauren; Church Council President, Marianne Zellner; or any current Mutual Ministry Committee member for more information. 


Any member of the congregation that desires to seek assistance from the Mutual Ministry Committee may do so by contacting a member of the committee to arrange a meeting with the committee to discuss issues dealing with interactions with pastor/professional staff, Church Council, and/or other members of the congregation.  All contact with the Mutual Ministry Committee is kept confidential between the parties involved in the issue; and the hopeful outcome of this process is to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of all parties.







Have you ever taken a photo* at a New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church (NJELC) event? 


We would LOVE to share your photos on the NJELC website and/or Facebook!


Send them to:


+  Facebook:  Kathy Fenstermacher at;

                       Caroline Skuba at; or

                       Pastor Lauren at


+  NJELC website:  Linda Weaver at


*PLEASE NOTE:  If you share photos, you are giving NJELC permission to post the photo publicly of all persons in the photograph(s). 





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.


Meeting on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. for practice-draft of new music.


Choir practice will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in September.  

All are welcome!


If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Phil at voicemage5486@hotmailcom.















Please provide your email address to both the church office at and to Caroline Skuba at so the electronic volunteer sign-up sheet link can be sent to you.







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, or just because), 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





NJELC Ride Share ~ Consider adding your name to the NJELC Ride Share list, which will be distributed to our members who require home visitation, to be used in the event that they need a ride to a doctor's appointment, worship, or community event.  


Sign up on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or by contacting the church office at 610-838-0731.








Weston Nursing Home Visits in Hellertown ~ Participants may visit residents, play games, share stories, read to residents, etc.  


Dates and times are listed on a form in the Narthex, please sign up.  Contact Robin Rooth-Fogel for more information or the church office at 610-838-0731.






​​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






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.





New Jerusalem Community Food Bank


Current Needs:  Pancake syrup and canned vegetables

Thank you for your contributions!


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

Distribution Days:  Saturday, August 17 and 23, 2019 from 8:45–10:45 a.m.


During the month of July, 78 families were served at the New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Income was $700, expenses were $300.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.  Also, during the Bags 4 My Cause promotion at Giant, $107 was raised!  Additionally, $175 was raised from the 2018 Bethlehem Area CROP Hunger Walk. 


Food donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for July were:  Bethlehem  CROP Hunger Walk, Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, Susan Fiscko, GFWC PA Saucon Valley, Lower Saucon UCC, Mountainview Moravian Church, Saucon Community Bible Fellowship Church, Saucon Valley Lion’s Club, 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  


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 Pre-K Classes are finishing the alphabet and assessments have been completed for:  letter and number recognition, shapes, colors, name writing, scissor and puzzle skills, opposites, patterning, sequencing, sizes, rhyming, and spatial positioning.  The Letters Q and U have been married, on their special day, with a fun-filled reception that followed the ceremony.  Miss Katrina and her fiancé, Mitch have also joined together in matrimony on May 19, 2019.


We are offering a summer program during the week of July 15th through 19th in which our new and returning students can enjoy mornings filled with learning activities and crafts, snacks, and music.


We currently have 40 children enrolled for the 2019–2020 school year, with plenty of openings still to be filled.


All are welcome to join us for our Closing Program to be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., with a Make-Your-Own-Sundae Party to follow.



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





  Our teachers are looking forward to a year filled with

many new learning experiences in 2019–2020. 


Apple's Preschool is looking for substitute teachers for our 2019–2020 school year. 

If you know of anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher,

please contact Shani Fassbender at  Thank you.


We currently have openings in all our classes. 
Apples' Preschool's first day of class will begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  


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







Thank you for the grant from Second Harvest that is used for food. 

 Also, during the Bags 4 My Cause promotion at Giant, $107 was raised!  Additionally, $175 was raised from the 2018 Bethlehem Area CROP Hunger Walk.  Food donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for July were:  Bethlehem  CROP Hunger Walk, Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, Susan Fiscko, GFWC PA Saucon Valley, Lower Saucon UCC, Mountainview Moravian Church, Saucon Community Bible Fellowship Church, Saucon Valley Lion’s Club, St. Luke’s Old Williams Church.  And thank you to all our volunteers that ensure the New Jerusalem Food Bank runs smoothly.










NJELC Spotify Playlist!  Spotify, a music streaming app, provides us the opportunity to have a shared playlist of songs that get us moving, keep us wondering, and keep us connected.  We will be making a community playlist over the next few weeks during and after worship.  It is our hope to incorporate this community playlist into the life of our community!





Where:    Upper Saucon Park (meet near the bathrooms)

Time:       Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. starting June 3, 2019 through TBD

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


All are welcome!


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






Keep Your Donation Dollars Local 


 Once again, for the 18th year, COB is fundraising to help our neighbors in need in the Southern Lehigh and surrounding communities. 


Please go to for information on our recipients this year:  Pam Wallace of Coopersburg, Stacie Herceg of Center Valley, Dana and Maddy Kershner, Jim Hardy and David Tankelewicz of Quakertown.  David is a US Marine Veteran.


To date, COB has helped neighbors needing financial support due to serious medical issues.  We have been blessed to help 56 individuals/families by raising over $892,000. 


Though we no longer have our beloved block party, we still fundraiser by solicitations, raffle, restaurant fundraisers, our COBCares Golf Invitational on July 24, 2019 at Wedgewood and our COBScares 5K, 2.5 walk and Kids Fun Run at DeSales on October 19, 2019.  Registrations and more info on these events is available through our website. 


JULY COB RESTAURANT FUNDRAISERS!  Enjoy some wonderful lunch or dinner and yummy treats and help your neighbors in need via the Community Outreach Benefit/COBCares!  Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at the Inside Scoop for some yummy treats!  Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from  11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. at Ecco Domani for a delicious lunch or dinner! Thank you to these fine eateries for their support of COB!


Raffle tickets are now available for our $5,000 raffle. Tickets will be sold at Link Beverage on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends, available by contacting Mike Loew 610-248-7056 or or at Coopersburg Community Day on September 21, 2019 where the raffle drawing will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Stage.


Please come out in support of our 2019 recipients and the upcoming COB events!



Confirmation Crew Assemble ~ Interested in learning and engaging your faith with us through Confirmation Blocks?



You are welcome to join in on the fun of serving, learning, and growing together.  Our blocks for 2019–2020 are Serving God and Neighbor at Weston, Liturgy: the Work of the People to Bring Glory to God, and Many Faiths, one God.


Blocks will begin in October 2019.  If you are new to the Confirmation Program, please contact Pastor Lauren at to be sure that she has your appropriate contact information. 





Please join us for our Saturday Worship Services for the summer will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome!








Ice Cream Socials ~ Come enjoy some ice cream and fellowship this summer; if able wear a New Jerusalem, Thrivent, or VBS related shirt.  Bring a friend!



Meet at 7:00 p.m. on:

  • Monday, August 5, 2019—Inside Scoop, 301 N. Third St., Coopersburg, PA 18036

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019—McDonalds, 14 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055


If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Fenstermacher at 610-838-6059 or email  




Workshop for Church Musicians, Pastors, and Others ~ The Synod Worship Team and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) are co-sponsoring a workshop for church musicians, pastors, and others on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA.


The event is titled "Doing Common Things Uncommonly Well:  Assembly Song."  It is one of a series of events that ALCM is doing this year under the name "Hearts.Hands.Voices."  For more information, including workshop leaders and specific topics, and to register, go to




Food Bank School Supply Drive ~ Help our Confirmation Crew "Serve God and Neighbor" by collecting School Supplies for local students!


Drop off school supplies at NJELC by Sunday, August 11, 2019.  The list of items needed:  Pencils, pens, washable white school glue, large glue sticks, kid's scissors, rubber erasers, 9 count washable markers, 24 count crayons, colored pencils, 4 count dry erase markers, highlighters, composition journal, 2 pocket folders, spiral notebook, loose-leaf paper, Post-It notes, book covers, backpacks.  Thank you! 







Family Fun Night ~ Friday, August 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.


Gathering your family and friends

Join use for a picnic and outdoor movie… Penguins of Madagascar



We will be cooking burgers on the grill and roasting hot dogs over a bonfire.

Bring along a side or desert to share.

Don’t forget a lawn chair or blanket.

If it would rain, we will move inside.


Also, we will be collecting boxes of cereal for our Food Bank.

Sign-up sheets are in the Upper Room.




Mountainview Moravian Clothing Ministry located at 331 Constitution Ave, Hellertown will be distributing clothing for those in need on Saturday,

August 17 and Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.






School Bag Blessing ~ During our 9:00 a.m. Worship Service on Sunday, August 18, 2019, we will have a blessing of backpacks and school bags for students and teachers! 


Bring your backpack, lunch box, or briefcase that you will use for school this year, and we will bless you and it in preparation for the year ahead!









Join us at New Jerusalem Church on

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 12:00 noon. 


We will be playing


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




The meeting date and title for August's Book Club is:


August 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.  The novel focuses on 29 year old Eleanor Oliphant, a social misfit, who becomes enamored of a singer she sees performing named Johnnie Lomond, who she believes she is destined to be with. 


Come one and all, whether or not you've finished the book,

there is always something to talk about!


Happy reading!

Hope to see you there!






The Mission District Gathering is holding a Covered Dish Picnic and Hymn Sing and are inviting all to attend on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Arndt's Lutheran Church, Arndt Pavilion.  The church is located at 18151 Arndt Road, Easton, PA 18040.  Supper will be at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for the hymn sing will start at 7:00 p.m.


Arndt's is providing hot dogs, beverages, and paper products. 

Please bring a favorite covered dish or dessert to share.




Youth Gathering Introduction Meeting ~ 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota!


Calling all high school students interested in being part of this once in a lifetime experience, join us on Sunday, August 25, 2019 around 10:30 a.m. to hear all about it!  Please bring a parent or adult family member with you.





  Pack Your Own Picnic ~ POSTPONED:  Sunday, August 18, 2019

                                            RESCHEDULED:  Sunday, August 25, 2019                                                                                  


Come at noon or whatever time you can and enjoy the sunshine, fellowship, and bring along your kayak if you have one. 


The charcoal grill will be hot at noon, if you choose to bring something along to cook over an open flame or just pack a lunch and enjoy the afternoon by the lake. 


Bring chairs and whatever else you would like to have fun or just relax for a few hours.


Weather permitting, use your own judgment. 

  • Haycock boat ramp site:  Route 563

  • The last entrance if you are traveling from Route 313 approx. 5 miles

  • First entrance if coming off Route 412 approx. 4.1 miles

  • Call Terry Ravier at 610-360-0956, if you have questions or help with directions.







"Loaves & Fishes" Free Community Luncheon Meal  




Date:  Saturday, August 31, 2019 

Time:  Cookout from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Place:  St. Paul's United Methodist Church 

             645 Main Street, Hellertown, PA 18055 (610-869-5086)

Meat:  Hamburgers and Hot Dogs




Martha Meetings ~ Please join us on

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, September 8, 2019 following our service project.






Sunday, September 8, 2019 ~ God's Work, Our Hands

More information will be coming.









The Congregational Care & Outreach (CCO) Committee is hosting a

Christian Coffeehouse Music Event on Friday, September 13, 2019 from  

6:30–8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) in the Upper RoomFree will offering.


Come out and enjoy the music of 'Waterfront Blue' and end the evening with coffee and dessert and a basket raffle.  Proceeds to benefit the parking lot renovations.


Please join us!





The Synod (End of) Summer Ice Cream Tour!  We are the church TOGETHER, and in such an important year as this, with Bishop election in June 2020, we must start conversations early to allow time for participation and meaningful, personal discussion and feedback around who we are and where we are headed.  The MISSION involves everyone, and I am on a quest to engage as many as possible, says Synod VP Kristen Edelman-Weiner.


Mark your calendars for our stop on the tour:  SUNDAY, September 15, 2019.

Time and Place:  4:00–6:00 p.m. at Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery, 410 Klein Road, Easton, PA

Time and Place:  7:00–9:00 p.m. at Crystal Spring Farm, 3550 Bellview Road, Schnecksville, PA



Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training ~ Training will be held on

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at

Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, 69 Main Street, Hellertown, PA.


Eucharistic Visitors are members of the congregation who under the supervision of their pastor, are trained to bring the communion meal from worship to ill and homebound members of their congregation who are unable to attend service.  


LCSs training ministry engages learners in the Biblical and theological background of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and teaches potential Eucharistic Visitors about visitation and administration of the sacrament.  The cost is $25.00 per person and registration is required. 


Please contact Julia Menzo, at



Youth Fest 2019 "Not Ashamed:  Living Out and Standing Up for the Gospel of Faith!" ~ Come join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Union Lutheran Church in Schnecksville, PA from at 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m. for a day of faith, food, and fun. 


The day will include faith building sessions, yummy food, music, art, cooking workshops, and sports activities.  Sponsored by the Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team and sports activities.  The registration form and flyer are posted in the Narthex.  Registration is $20.  Please give Kathy Fenstermacher your completed registration form.



The meeting date and title for September's Book Club is:


September 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. ~ 355:  The Women of Washington's Spy Ring.  This book chronicles the lives of three remarkable women who use daring, skill, and, yes, a bit of flirtation to help liberate America. 


We're planning a campfire for this meeting, so bring a chair and  your favorite s'Mores stick!  Come one and all, whether or not you've finished the book, there is always something to talk about!


Happy reading!

Hope to see you there!





SAVE THE DATE ~  Saturday, November 9, 2019

 Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Bingo starts at 6:00 p.m.



We are currently looking for sponsors for prizes.

Please contact Kathy Fenstermacher at 610-838-6059 or

email for more information.




A Community Bus Trip will be hosted by New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church (NJELC) on Saturday, November 16, 2019 to the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA to see "Joy to the World" (


Cost for adults $75, children (4-12) $60. 

Seats are orchestra right rows, M, N, & P. 

Seating limited to 50 tickets. 

All purchases are non-refundable.


We will depart from NJELCs parking lot at 10:45 a.m. sharp. 

Lunch provided by Miller’s Smorgasbord Restaurant.

The “Joy to the World” show begins at 3:00 p.m.

Return to the church parking lot at approximately 7:00 p.m


Please contact Terry Ravier to reserve your seat(s) at or call

610-838-9230 before 8:00 pm.





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