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

October 1, 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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Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,


It was one year ago that I wrote to you in our newsletter that we were nearing the final stage of our merge, and how we had found a home for the altar and baptismal font that came from Christ Lutheran as part of our merge.  In the past year we have continued to live and grow together, gotten to know one another’s personalities and stories a bit more, and look forward to more shared experiences in the years to come.


One of the other relationships that has been growing during this same time is our relationship with Pastor Tracy Robinson and his congregation, Iglesia Esperanza for Bethlehem Moravian Church.  The congregation was founded 10 years ago and met in his home for a long while.  Now, they are in the process of renovating a former Lutheran Church on East 4th Street, Bethlehem to which they can call their own!  This monumental move meant that it was now time for them to find the furniture and pieces to help make their sanctuary feel more like a place of worship.


Before long, Pastor Tracey reached out to me and asked us to consider helping them in their need of a font and altar table.  After thorough discussion between the Altar Guild members, it was decided that we would offer to Pastor Tracy and Iglesia Esperanza for Bethlehem the font and altar that came from Christ Lutheran.  As powerful of a reminder they were as we enter the church building that we are doing God’s work as we sing, learn, teach, and meet, we feel that God’s glory can be proclaimed most fully by these pieces being used for their original intent; to baptize and to share in Christ’s meal.



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.



September 2019 Summary


 The September meeting was mainly focused on committee reports and discussions surrounding work to be done in the next few months.  We continued our conversations about the work and role of the Mutual Ministry Committee, safety issues and council member terms.  Some of that work will wait until the budget preparation and employee evaluations are completed.  We still plan to create a safety committee to look at all aspects of church safety and security and are looking for volunteers to serve on this committee.  Also discussed was the parking lot project proposal which was approved at the special congregation meeting on 9/22/19.


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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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. 






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