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 September 1-30, 2019 and Upcoming Events

August 30, 2019




. . .  in September




Sunday, September 1, 2019

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

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:00 a.m.—Prayer Shawl Meeting

  7:00 p.m.—Movie Night at Shankweiler's Drive-In (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 2, 2019





Church Office CLOSED





Tuesday, September 3, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

Apples's Preschool Begins


Wednesday,September 4, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Announcement Deadline

6:00 p.m.—Martha Meeting  (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—Finance Committee Meeting 

7:00 p.m.—AA 


Thursday, September 5, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:00 p.m.—Congregational Care & Outreach (CCO) Committee Meeting

6:00–9:00 p.m.—Vision Walk:  Inside Scoop in Coopersburg (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Friday, September 6, 2019



Saturday, September 7, 2019

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


Sunday, September 8, 2019

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

10:45 a.m.—Worship & Music Committee Meeting

10:45 a.m.—Synod:  God's Work—Our Hands (see Mark Your Calendar below)

TBD a.m.—Martha Meeting  (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 9, 2019

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


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, September 11, 2019















5:00 p.m.—Food for Friends

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 12, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards


Friday, September 13, 2019

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

6:00 p.m.—Christian CoffeeHouse (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Saturday, September 14, 2019



Sunday, September 15, 2019

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

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

  4:00–9:00 p.m.—Synod's End of Summer Ice Cream Tour (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA 


Monday, September 16, 2019

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

6:30 p.m.—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)

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


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  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, September 18, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA  


Thursday, September 19, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

5:00–8:00 p.m.—Vision Walk:  Ritas in Hellertown (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Friday, September 20, 2019



Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.—Coopersburg Community Day (4:00 p.m. COB Raffle Drawing) (see Mark Your Calendar below)

Youth Fest 2019 (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  6:15 p.m.—Spurs N Burrs 4-H Horses Club Cake Auction (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, September 22, 2019

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

Following Worship—Congregational Meeting, i.e., new driveway                

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 23, 2019

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

6:30 p.m.—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Deadline for the Angelus

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, September 26, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, September 27, 2019



Saturday, September 28, 2019

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

11:00 a.m.–1:000 p.m.—Loaves & Fishes Free Community Luncheon Meal (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  3:00 p.m.—Pennsylvania Dutch Day (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, September 29, 2019

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

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, September 30, 2019

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

6:30 p.m.—Choir (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.



Choir rehearsals begin on Monday, September 16, 2019 from 6:30–7:30 p.m.


Feel free to join the choir as we'll start preparing songs

for the upcoming season. 


All voices and skill levels are welcome!  See you in the choir room!


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














Acolytes, Assistant Ministers, Chalisters, Lectors, Pastor Assistants (Council only for Pastor Assistant), please see the sign-up sheets in the Narthex for volunteer opportunities in October, November, and December.  Thank you.



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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.








New Endeavor ~ New Jerusalem will be expanding our efforts to support Veterans.  We reached out to the Hellertown American Legion, Battle Borne, and Valor Clinic Foundation.  These organizations help our local veterans in various ways. 


We will hold periodic fundraising events and create an account so when one of these organizations has a veteran in need (home project, necessities, or monetary), we can offer support.  The congregation will be kept informed of the veterans we are helping.  Any questions, contact Cindy Hart.





​​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:  Snack food (chips, cookies, pretzels)

Thank you for your contributions!


Food Bank Delivery:  Friday, September 13, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  Saturday, September 21 and 28, 2019 at 8:45–10:45 a.m.


During the month of August, 60 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Income was $1000, expenses were $400.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.


Donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for August were:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, St. Luke’s Old Williams Lutheran Church, Saucon Valley Lion's Club, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.


Thank you to all our volunteers that ensure the New Jerusalem Food Bank runs smoothly.


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



Welcome to Apple's Preschool at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church! 


Our program consists of four classes designed to fit the needs of every student and their family.  Through many learning activities, crafts, songs, books, and much more, children are engaged to learn their letters, numbers, colors, shapes, patterns, opposites, rhyming, sequencing, size, etc., along with writing skills. With a soft Christian environment children are guided through their days to share and care, while using their imaginations and energy to fill our spacious classroom with joy.


Apple’s Preschool is collecting CAPS. . .plastic caps from water and juice bottles, laundry soap, etc. They will be given to the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Easton. The goal is to use this plastic waste and turn it into usable furniture.


Below see your teachers and get a sneak peek of your classroom!

Coming—Check out the fun things we did at Preschool in September!


  Our teachers are looking forward to a year filled with

many new learning experiences in 2019–2020. 


Apples' Preschool first day begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.


We currently have openings in all our classes.


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.


For more, click here to see our church website's Preschool tab introducing you to

our teachers, school days and times, our philosophy, and upcoming events.


You can also find us on Facebook at


Miss Shani, Miss Katrina, and Miss Denise







Thank you for the donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for August were:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, St. Luke’s Old Williams Lutheran Church, Saucon Valley Lion's Club, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Thank you also to all our volunteers that ensure the New Jerusalem Food Bank runs smoothly.


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WOW!  What an amazing church family I have.  During my recent surgery and recovery, I have received tons of prayers, cards, texts, emails, visits, hugs, and delicious meals.  THANK YOU to everyone for all your love and encouragement.  I would also like to thank GOD for keeping me in a place of peace while blessing my medical staff and all my friends who were praying and providing for my care.  Thank you so much…you are the best!  – Pat Leith


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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the “Back to School” supply collection for New Jerusalem Lutheran Church's Food Bank. 









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 ($4,000 was raised to help our recipients), 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!  September 10-11, 2019 from 4:00–9:00 p.m. ~ Come on out to Alcamo, 546 Richlandtown Pike, Richlandtown, PA to have some of Vinnie’s yummy Italian dishes and pizza and support the Community Outreach Benefit too!  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.  Raffle Tickets are $10; top prize is $5,000! Also, a $500 prize and two $250 prizes!  We will have a booth next to main stage at the Coopersburg Community Day for ticket sales and also a raffle for a lottery ticket basket with $100 worth of lottery cards on it!  Drawing at Large Flowerhead break at 4:00 p.m.   You can also contact Mike Loew at 610-248-7056.


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





Movie Night ~ The New Jerusalem youth has invited everyone to join them on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre located at 4540 Shankweiler Road, Orefield, PA 18069 for a movie night. 


The cost is $10 /adult; $6 per child 3-12 years old; children under 2 are free for two movies.  The movies are "Lion King" (starts at 8:10 p.m.) and "Toy Story 4" (starts at 10:20 p.m.).  You can listen to the movie on your car radio or bring a quality portable FM radio.  For more details contact Robin Rooth-Fogel at








Martha Meetings ~ Please join us on

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


Sunday, September 8, 2019 following our service project.





Here's my next set of event information for our Vision Warriors Team for the 2019 Vision Walk.


We're having a Vision Walk fundraiser at the Inside Scoop on Route 309 in Coopersburg on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 6:00–9:00 p.m., if you are able to attend or share with anyone.


 All sales count.


We're also having one at Rita's in Hellertown on Thursday, September 19th from 5:00–8:00 p.m. 


Please help spread the word.  We Are Team Vision Warriors Inside Scoop  Rita's


Our Saucon Valley Lion's Club will be having a fundraiser at McDonald's in Hellertown on Tuesday, October 8th at 4:00–8:00 p.m.  I'll send a reminder on that later.  


Thank you for all your prayers and support.  Have a great day!


Kathy and Team Vision Warriors





Please join us for our Saturday Worship Service which will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome!






Be a part of the Synod's 'God's Work, Our Hand's Day' on Sunday, September 8, 2019


We will be preparing comfort bags after worship in the Upper Room. These items will be delivered to St. Luke’s Hospice House on Black River Road.​





Martha Meetings ~ Please join us on Sunday, September 8, 2019 following our service project.









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








Join us at New Jerusalem Church on

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12:00 noon. 


We will be playing board games.


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



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.






Spurs N Burrs 4-H Horse Club presents:  Our Second Annual. . .




When:    Saturday, September 21, 2019

Where:   Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2170 PA Route 212, Coopersburg, PA 18036

Time:    6:15 p.m.  Doors open for preview and bidding registration

              7:00 p.m.  Auction featuring delicious cakes and baked goods on the auction block


All items are from local restaurants, bakeries, and handmade by our members. 

Cash and checks accepted as payment.


All proceeds benefit Spurs N Burrs 4-H Club, a non-profit organization that empowers young people to learn leadership skills through hands on learning and education for use in the Club’s educational and program opportunities.


Auctioneering provided by Randy Rooth, Auctioneer ID#5310.




Cross Training is set to start on Sunday, September 22, 2019 following worship and coffee hour at 10:45 a.m.  Please register your youth using this online form at


Needed... Empty Pringle’s cans for Cross Training.  Please provide to Marianne Zellner.



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!






"Loaves & Fishes" Free Community Luncheon Meal  




Date:  Saturday, September 28, 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)

Meal:  Brunch Casseroles







The PA German Culture Event will be held on

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 3:00–7:00 p.m. at NJELC in the Upper Room


  • Come celebrate the PA German heritage by learning and helping to make fastnacht donuts.

  • Church will be making Pork and Sauerkraut, Hot Dogs, and Beverages

  • Bring along your favorite PA German dish to share in our Potluck Supper, an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to share.

  • Hear guest speakers share stories in the dialect and learn about the culture which many of us are part of.

  • Learn to sing popular songs in the dialect while participating in our sing along. 


Please see the flyers in the Narthex and in the lower entrance  by Wednesday, September 25, 2019 for more information and to sign-up so we have an approximate headcount.  Please contact Bill and Tina Young at 610-797-8440 or email at for any questions.





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 on October 6, 2019.  If you are new to the Confirmation Program, please contact Pastor Lauren at to be sure that she has your appropriate contact information. 





Honor Our Country Dinner ~ Come enjoy a fun patriotic event on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 5:00–7:00 p.m.  Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, desserts, and drinks. There will be a basket raffle as well as patriotic trivia.





Save the date for Upper Room BINGO on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. 

Cash Bingo, $20 for 20 games.  Doors open at noon.






Save the Date for ProJeCt Fundraiser ~ 10th Annual Simply Savory Event on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Easton, 3723 Easton-Nazareth Highway, Easton, PA 18045.  Reservations $75 per person.  Contact PROJECTEASTON.ORG for more information.





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 p.m.




Youth Gathering ~ 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 TBD to hear all about it!  Please bring a parent or adult family member with you.



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