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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From the staff and members of
New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church
Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I write to you this month with a grateful heart; the cards, flowers, calls, texts, cake, lunch, and emails that I received during Pastor Appreciation Month are greatly appreciated and truly cherished. Thank you all for your generosity and gestures of gratitude.
Receiving your messages and acts of gratitude moved me to reflect on the aspects of our relationship as pastor and congregation for which I am most thankful.
I am thankful that when a need is lifted up by members of our congregation, whether the need be a repair to the building, or a family that needs assistance, or food that needs to be prepared or distributed, those things that are needed, show up.
I am thankful for how when someone within the congregation is inspired to take action in a new way, others support the vision and help to make a bigger impact.
I am thankful for the ways that you accompany and care for one another as a community of faith.
I am thankful for your commitment to taking each day as it comes, trusting in God's goodness through all of it. You are truly a resilient and gifted congregation and I thank you for continuing to share yourselves with one another and with me, as we journey together.
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 email@example.com 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.
November 2019 Summary
No Church Council report for October.
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.
Pop-Up Choir ~ Once or twice a month, the choir invites members and guests to join them to sing the Anthem and praises to our God! The response has been very positive and uplifting for all!