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 December 1-31, 2019 and Upcoming Events

November 30, 2019





. . .  in December



Sunday, December 1, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ First Sunday of Advent
10:00 a.m.—Fellowship & Christmas Card Making

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

10:30 a.m.—Prayer Shawl Meeting

12:00 noon—Christmas Caroling for Homebound

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 2, 2019

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


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 5, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Church Chat ~ Advent


Friday, December 6, 2019



Saturday, December 7, 2019

6:00 p.m.—Worship


Sunday, December 8, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Second Sunday of Advent / Congregational Meeting

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

  1:00 p.m.—Upper Room Bingo (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  4:00–6:30 p.m.—Spaghetti Dinner with Santa at SeWyCo Fire Company Social Hall  (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA 


Monday, December 9, 2019

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


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA  


Thursday, December 12, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Church Chat ~ Advent


Friday, December 13, 2019

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


Saturday, December 14, 2019

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

11:00 a.m.—Wreaths Across America (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  3:00 p.m.—UR rsvd


Sunday, December 15, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Third Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

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

  1:00 p.m.—Christmas Caroling at Weston (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  2:00 p.m.—Lions Club Holiday Dinner for Seniors at St. George's (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  3:00 p.m.—Christmas Party (see Mark Your Calendar below)

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 16, 2019

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

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


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Deadline for the January Angelus

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, December 19, 2019

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Church Chat ~ Advent

7:00 p.m.—Preschool Christmas Program


Friday, December 20, 2019


Preschool CLOSED


Saturday, December 21, 2019

8:30 a.m—Food Bank (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, December 22, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 23, 2019

Preschool CLOSED

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


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

Preschool CLOSED

5:00 p.m.—Christmas Eve Worship (Early)

7:30 p.m.—Christmas Eve Worship (Late)


Wednesday, December 25, 2019








Merry Christmas from the staff and members of

New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church


CLOSED Church Office

Preschool CLOSED


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Preschool CLOSED

1:00 p.m.—Cards

7:00 p.m.—Property Meeting


Friday, December, 27, 2019

Preschool CLOSED



Saturday, December 28, 2019



Sunday, December 29, 2019

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ First Sunday of Christmas

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, December 30, 2019

Preschool CLOSED

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


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Preschool CLOSED

9:00 a.m.—Quilters








Wednesday, January 1, 2020 






Church Office AND Preschool CLOSED





. . .that if you have not picked up your 2020 Offering envelopes, you can pick them up on the window in the Narthex.  Please discard all 2019 envelopes after December 31, 2019.  New numbers will be assigned starting January 1, 2020.



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 / 2020 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.


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We give thanks for the year of service that Mr. Phil Diaz shared with us here at NJELC as our music director.  Godspeed to you, Mr. Phil, on your next endeavors.





Choir rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30–7:30 p.m.


Feel free to join the choir—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.



















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!







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. 


The Fellowship Committee is looking for one or two more groups to add to the rotation for providing coffee hour.  Individuals or groups interested should contact LeeAnn Malesky at church or call her at 610-841-1109.  She would like those commitments by December 1, 2019 to set up for January through June 2020.


Additionally, after many years of coordinating the fellowship coffee hour, LeeAnn & Cliff Malesky will be stepping down.  We thank LeeAnn & Cliff for their many years of service to this ministry.  We will need new coordinators for this ministry by the end of the year, please contact LeeAnn or Pastor Lauren for more information.


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:  Pancake Mix and Syrup

Thank you for your contributions!


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

Distribution Days:  Saturday, December 14 at 8:45–10:45 a.m. and December 21 at 8:30–10:00 a.m.


During the month of November, 73 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Income was $100, expenses were $705.25.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food.


Donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for November were:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, GFWC PA SV, Lions Club, Lower Saucon UCC, SBFC, Saucon Valley Girls on the Run-Mike Gerstenberg Memorial, St. Luke’s Old Williams Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Boy Scouts-Scout for Hunger Drive, Girl Scouts-Birthday Bags, Hellertown Sportsmen Association, Judith Slocum, Barbara Kelly, and the Preschool Families.


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 and Girl’s Club of Easton. The goal is to use this plastic waste and turn it into usable furniture.


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The children and teachers of Apple's Preschool would like to thank everyone who supported our fall fundraiser.  In addition to the profit from the products Joe Corbis, we also had cash donations, all totaling $1,025.00.  The preschool will make good use of these funds when the need arises for anything needed for the classroom and/or curriculum supplies.


We also want to thank everyone who attended our Preschool Sunday service.  Nineteen of our preschool families joined us for worship and fellowship.  The children performed their songs wonderfully.


We welcome all to our annual Christmas Program to be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  All of the children will be a part of our "Journey to Bethlehem", with songs that they will practice all month.


Please visit our classroom during the month of December to see the life-sized gingerbread house, "fireplace", and our Christmas tree.


 We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!


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


Our teachers are looking forward to a year filled with  

many new learning experiences in 2019–2020. 


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 Food Bank donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for November were:  Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, GFWC PA SV, Lions Club, Lower Saucon UCC, SBFC, Saucon Valley Girls on the Run-Mike Gerstenberg Memorial, St. Luke’s Old Williams Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Boy Scouts-Scout for Hunger Drive, Girl Scouts-Birthday Bags, Hellertown Sportsmen Association, Judith Slocum, Barbara Kelly, and the Preschool Families.  Thank you also to all our volunteers that ensure the New Jerusalem Food Bank runs smoothly.


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Thank you…We would like to thank everyone for the support and financial contribution.  We have paid the new roof on the church.  Our next major project will be the parking lot and lights.  Again, we thank you for the support!


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Thank you to all who contributed to the Stockings for Soldiers project in November.  This was a first time event for me, along with the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home in Bethlehem.  It was the 16th Annual Drive by a larger non-profit organization located in Wilmington, DE founded to improve the morale and welfare of members of the U.S. Armed Forces deployed in harm's way stationed around the world.  Check out the heartwarming pictures and thank you notes from previous years at


"We are trying to send a 'touch of home' as well as personal messages of support to remind our troops that we appreciate all they do for us and to let them know that they have not been forgotten over the holidays".  Our group of 96 soldiers was the Security Forces Squadron stationed in Kuwait.  Any larger or extra items are sent to the units for sharing. 


We only had a three week time frame (because that was when I first heard of this local community drive and organization) to gather our collections so the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home could pack and ship the donations to be received by the holidays.  I delivered three loads of donations to the funeral home.  We were overwhelmed'by your generosity, enthusiasm and willingness to help with this project!  Thanks, Rita Frey


A special note of thanks to Cantelmi Long Funeral Home for sponsoring this project.  The passion of all the people who took part in 'Stockings for Soldiers' made it a success as thoughts of our service men and women being remembered and given a Christmas stocking filled with presents and sent with our love, hope, and prayers!


As New Jerusalem strives to reach out to the community and the world, below are pictures of some of the items donated to the '2019 Stocking for Soldiers' project. 



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We give thanks for the year of service that Mr. Phil Diaz shared with us here at NJELC as our music director.  God Speed to you, Mr. Phil, on your next endeavors.


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After many years of coordinating the Fellowship Coffee Hour, LeeAnn & Cliff Malesky will be stepping down.  We thank LeeAnn & Cliff for their many years of service to this ministry. 


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On October 18, 2019 the last financial transaction from Christ, Lower Saucon, was completed.  All financial monies are now in the trusted hands of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church.  It has been a long road from when the first talks started about a future merger of the two congregations to this last, final step.  It has been almost three years of starts and stops and up and downs as we navigated uncharted territory in this process. 


I wanted to thank all my partners during this time, Pastor Lauren, Terry Ravier, the merger task force, and the Congregational Council. We all worked together to make this happen as smoothly and painlessly as possible.  After serving as the Financial Secretary at Christ, Lower Saucon, for the past 36 years it has been a privilege to have the trust and respect from members of both congregations.  Having the financial responsibilities of our church has been an awesome blessing to me.  I have learned much, made many friends, and learned to trust in God to lead and strengthen me on this long journey.  Now I can retire knowing we have made good decisions and are moving forward to a better community in Christ our Lord.  Thanks be to God!  Tina McCardle


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THANK YOU to all that donated socks and new underwear to our service men and women.  We collected 221 pairs of socks and 191 underwear.  I am sure the recipients will be so grateful for these items.


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Thank you. . .We would like to thank everyone for the support and financial contribution.  We have paid for the new roof on the church.  Our next major project will be the parking lot and lights.  Again, we thank you for the support!


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The youth would like to thank all those that supported our Bingo and raffles on November 8, 2019.  We received lots of baked good donations that we in turn were able to share with Fellowship for the next day and we appreciate all those donations.  We hope everyone had a great time!  We should clear about $3,000.  These funds will be put into the youth account to be used for the 2021 Gathering.  The youth have Country Meats beef sticks to sell at $1 each and they make great stocking stuffers, so please contact us if you are interested in any.









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!



Do you like to shovel snow?  Then here is a ministry for you!


For more information about this ministry and to sign up, click on the link below for snow shoveling at New Jerusalem Church at

You can also speak with Bill Young at church.  Peace, Bill Young





Are you crafty or enjoy Christmas?  If so, please come help make Christmas cards on Sunday, December 1, 2019 during Coffee Hour.  These cards will be prepared for veterans that are in the Coatesville VA Hospital.  The Hellertown American Legion will be delivering these to veterans.  All supplies and samples will be provided.  We just need willing hands to help add that special touch of assembly.  Any questions, see Cindy Hart.










Christmas Caroling ~ Our Christmas Carolers packed their lunches and set out on the road to visit our members on  


+  Sunday, December 1, 2019, we'll visit our homebound members.

+  Sunday, December 15, 2019,  we'll visit our neighbors at Weston Nursing and Rehabilitation facility.


Thank you Kathy Fenstermacher and Frank Petak, Jr. for arranging the caroling visits.


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Below are our 2019 NJ Christmas Carolers and some of the people they brought Christmas cheer!







The Annual In-gathering will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Hope Lutheran Church, 240 S. Eighth Street, Tatamy.  We are asked to bring size 2 & 3 diapers.  Also wanted are toys, puzzles, games, caps, mittens, gloves, towels, bedding, blankets (new or in good used condition), cleaning supplies, adult socks and sweatshirts.  Bring any items you wish to donate by Sunday, November 24, 2019.  Please let Barbara Young know if you are able to help on December 4th at Tatamy.





Church Chat ~ Advent ~ Come join us and learn about Advent and the true meaning of Christmas.  Starting Thursday, December 5, 12, and 19, 2019 at 6:30–8:00 p.m.   Each week will have a different subject and leader.







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






The Saucon Valley Lions Club will hold their first 'Spaghetti Dinner with Santa' on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the SeWyCo Fire Company Social Hall from 4:00–6:30 p.m.  No need to miss out if you don't have little ones because all are welcome.  If you are interested in raffle tickets but unable to come to the  event please let me know and we'll try to some arrangements for you to be able to get tickets.  Proceeds will be going to Pediatric Cancer


All you care to eat spaghetti and salad. Gluten-free pasta will be available. Tickets in advance are $8 for adults or $10 at the door. Children prices are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.


See more information about this event as well as a list of Raffle Items at


Raffle Tickets Available:   One sheet of 10 tickets is $10 and 3 sheets or 30 tickets for $25.


If you have any questions see Kathy Fenstermacher.  Thank you for your support!








Save the date for UPPER ROOM BINGO on

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. 


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






Wreaths across America on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.




Poinsettia Form ~ Please use the form below if you wish to sponsor a poinsettia plant to beautify our sanctuary for Christmas Eve and then will be distributed to the homebound.


Please return form to an Altar Guild member, place it in the offering plate at worship, or mail to the church office by Sunday, December 15, 2019.


Make checks payable to New Jerusalem Lutheran Church and mark the envelope or memo to “Poinsettia”.



Name:   _____________________________________________________________________________



Env #:  ________________       Amount:  $_________________



Dedication:  _________________________________________________________________________


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The Hellertown Lions Club will be hosting a Holiday Dinner for Seniors in the Saucon Valley area at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 735 Delaware Ave, Hellertown, PA 18055.  A sign-up sheet can be found in the Narthex.  The meal will be on Sunday, December 15, 2019 and the doors will open at 2:00 p.m.






 Christmas Party

Come join the family fun

Sunday, December 15, 2019

At New Jerusalem Church

Starting at 3:00 p.m.

Goose Chase at 3:15 p.m.

There will be Christmas Trivia, Karaoke,

Christmas Minutes to Win It,

and Charades Games,

Card Signing for Homebound Members,

and, of course, Being Lutherans

Ending with a Pot Luck Dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Ham, Chicken Fingers, and Fresh Tossed Salad

Will Be Supplied.

Bring along your favorite side dish or Christmas dessert.

Please use the sign-up sheet by the kitchen.









Join us at New Jerusalem Church on

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 12:00 noon


We will have a Christmas Party, ham will be provided.

More information to follow in the bulletin.


Sign-up  sheets are located in the Narthex.  

For questions, contact Loretta at 610-838-7428.   

All are welcome.  Hope to see you there. . .Loretta Duch






Save the date for NJELC Night—Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Laval  Rockets game on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the PPL Center (Section 102).  Seats are $24 per person.  Parking is extra.


Tickets must be ordered and paid by December 15, 2020.  Please contact Drake for more information at 610-282-2148,, or text 610-737-4674.


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THEME:  Your Day in Court

DATE:  January 17–19, 2020

TIME:  Starting Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and ending Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  St. Francis Renewal Center, 395 Bridle Path Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017

COST:  $175 for Double occupancy / $185 for Single occupancy

MEALS:  5 Meals included


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Please submit your registration form and payment to Terry Ravier before December 15, 2019.


Name: ____________________________________


Phone Number: ___________________________


Email: ____________________________________


  • Double Room $175.00 Roommate’s Name __________________________

  • Single Room $185.00


Payment in full:

Check #____________      Amount $______________ or Cash $_____________





Book Club News ~ If you're a planner, we are skipping December and meeting again in January!


The meeting date and title for January's Book Club is:  Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. ~ The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith. 


After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne Huist Smith had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children—especially with the holiday season approaching.  But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their "True Friends."


Hope to see some new faces as well as...ones that have come before!  :)




Confirmation Blocks ~  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. 

Any questions?  Contact Pastor Lauren.


Liturgy:  To Be Determined


Many Faiths, One Creation:  Time and Dates:  TBD

                                                 (4 Sessions will be starting in early February / late April 2020)




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!



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