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

November 30, 2019

May God fill you will his New goodness everyday in 2019–2020 and

may the love of Jesus overflow from you to others throughout the year!


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  The staff and members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe New Year!





Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,



During November’s Council meeting, Council and I had an opportunity to talk about the Pastoral goals and areas of focus for the coming year of our life together as Pastor and Congregation.  It was a life-giving conversation for which I am grateful.  Within this conversation it became clear it would be helpful to communicate how to best get in contact with me.


In our weekly worship bulletin, my personal cell phone number is listed, as is my email address and office number.  I offer this information to you so freely because I want you to use it as you need.  While I am not always available, I am always accessible.  I will, more often than not, respond to a call or text immediately, especially if it's an emergency.  Please, reach out if you need to talk, pray, or arrange a meeting, visit, or communion.  As a pastor and a mother, my work is sometimes done “on the go” as my schedule allows; this flexibility is one of the aspects of my call that helps balance out the possibility of being needed at any time.  So reach out when you need, and we can either line up a time and place to meet ASAP or within a few days, or we can talk over the phone; whichever is best for the situation.


The flow of a typical week is this: Monday and Tuesday I am in the office and/or making visits throughout the day; I am otherwise available by phone.  Wednesdays I am out and about, working from office and/or home, again available by phone. Thursdays I get deeply involved in sermon preparations during the day, typically at home, all the while accessible by phone.  Thursdays are also my most flexible evening hours.  Fridays are my day off or day to catch up, depending on the workflow and productivity of the week.  Saturdays are my day to be with family or to participate in church activities, depending on our family’s need.  Sundays are the good, busy, holy day to worship God, tend to the community, and work together.  Friday-Sunday it may take me longer to return calls and emails regarding non-emergency requests.


"As we begin the new year, may you find confidence to face your fears, through the love of God in Christ Jesus!  Merry Christmas, Blessed Epiphany, and Happy New Year!"



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.



November 2019 Summary


The focus of the November meeting was time spent to discuss areas of concentration and goals for Pastor’s work in the coming year.  We also approved the Endowment Committee’s recommendations for fall disbursements of grants.  With the Annual Meeting coming up on December 8, 2019, a reminder was made that committee reports are due to the church office no later than December 1, 2019.  Lastly, we discussed the progress of the Music Director search.


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!


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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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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!







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