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

August 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!


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 The staff and the members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

wish you and your family a happy and safe Labor Day Holiday!


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Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,


In mid-August, voting members from across the country, representing each synod, came together to attend to the business of the widest expression of our denomination at the ELCA Church-wide Assembly.  The theme for their time was “We Are Church”, and the focus of the week’s conversations were how we live out our shared identity as Church, in hopes of encouraging individual congregations and synods to practice radical hospitality in a way that makes sense for their context.


For some congregations, they are equipped with the resources to house refugees or host a soup kitchen.  Other congregations are equipped to provide grants and help to prepare legacy gifts to fund worthwhile projects and causes.  Other communities are shaped for the purpose of advocating for the needs of those who are unable to speak for themselves, for providing basic care for those experiencing a mental health crisis, or for taking a public stand to change the status quo to better help and serve the poor.


No matter what the gifts and needs of the communities surrounding each individual congregation within the ELCA, we trust that God will provide us with authentic opportunities to practice God’s radical hospitality for the sake of our neighbor.  The conversations that were held as part of this assembly will help us in our process of discernment at our Martha Meetings, where we will talk and wonder how God is preparing us to work with our neighbors in need in new ways.





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


Sunday, September 8, 2019 following the "God's Work, Our Hands" service project


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.



August 2019 Summary


 It was business as usual for the August meeting.  In addition to the regular committee reports, our conversations centered on the work and role of the Mutual Ministry Committee, topics from the Church Wide Assembly, safety issues, and council member terms. 


Moving forward, there will be more conversation regarding Mutual Ministry and the development of personnel policies for church staff.  We would also like to create a safety committee to look at all aspects of church safety and security.  If you have an interest or special expertise in safety and would like to serve on this committee, please let me know.  Likewise, if you have been thinking about serving on the church council in 2020, please let me know.  All of the current members whose terms end in 2019 are eligible to serve a second term.  However, even if they all agree to serve that second term, there are still two open positions that can be filled.


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


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



Mission & Ministry Endowment Fund 2019 fall grant amount is $1,901.


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 July 15, 2019


Mission & Ministry Fund:    $108,316.73

Property Fund:                     $269,774.29

Christian Education Fund:  $ 51,742.04

TOTAL:                                  $429,833.06


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.


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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.


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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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