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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Servant Schedules and Sermon Topics for December 1, 7 & 8, 15, 22, 24 (Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), and 29, 2019

November 30, 2019



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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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SATURDAY SERVICES will be held on the following dates on:

December 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.


Saturday Services have a smaller, more intimate feel, and are typically held on

the first Saturday of the month, with some variations to capture important dates

in the church year, like Easter.  You are invited to join us for these communion services.


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Servants for Sunday, December 1, 2019

Acolyte:  Brady Skuba

Altar Guild:  Janis Hadley, Sarah Parente, Barbara Young

Assisting Minister:  Barbara Young

Chalister:  Kathy Fenstermacher

Coffee Hour:  Larry Brown & Tammy Welch

Lector:  Cindy Ziegler

Pastor's Assistant:  Jere Reiss

Ushers:  Ron & Carol Miller, Forrest & Jen Swett




Sunday, December 1, 2019 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ First Sunday of Advent ~ The new church year begins with a wake-up call:  Christ is coming soon!  In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming.  Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering.  Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have:  Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God.




Servants for Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 2019

Acolyte:  Abby Miller

Altar Guild:  Loretta Duch, Tina McCardle

Assisting Minister:  Tim Fulmer

Chalister:  Denise Hoffert

Coffee Hour:  Leeann Malesky, Doris Snyder, JoAnn Young, Alice Wallace

Lector:  Frank Petak, Jr.

Pastor's Assistant:  Sharon Bender

Ushers:  Glenn Cressman, Greg & Cindy Frederick, Kenneth Young




Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Worship Service at 6:00 p.m.) & 

Sunday, December 8, 2019 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Second Sunday of Advent ~ At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning.  As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ.  For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth.  We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction.  From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.



Servants for Sunday, December 15, 2019

Acolyte:  PJ Miller

Altar Guild:  Sharon Bender, Cindy Hart

Assisting Minister:  Cindy Ziegler

Chalister:  Jesse Hart

Coffee Hour:  Amanda Bokan, Angela Fulmer, Denise Hoffert, Brenda Leister, Jayne Schrantz

Lector:  Quinette Brucker

Pastor's Assistant:  Pat Leith

Ushers:  Glenn Campbell, Jaymen Mingora, Jere & Phyllis Reiss



Sunday, December 15, 2019 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Third Sunday of Advent ~ A note of joyful expectation marks today’s worship.  Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom, and Jesus points to the unexpected and transforming signs of God’s reign.  We wait with patience for the coming of the Lord, even as we rejoice at his presence among us this day:  in word and holy supper, in church and in our homes, in silent reflection and in works of justice and love.  We pray that God would open our eyes and ears to the wonders of Christ’s advent among us.




Servants for Sunday, December 22, 2019

Acolyte:   Brianna Arrington

Altar Guild:  Terry Ravier, Alice Wallace

Assisting Minister:  Dave Moser

Chalister:  Kathy Shermetta

Coffee Hour:  Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta

Lector:  Cindy Ziegler

Pastor's Assistant:  Glenn Campbell

Ushers: Larry Brown & Tammy Welch, Katie Fogel, Ariana Klein



Sunday, December 22, 2019 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel.  The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us.  During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on the O Antiphons, ancient prayers appointed for the seven days preceding Christmas.  On this final Sunday of Advent we prepare to celebrate the birth of the one born to save us from the power of sin and death.




Servants for Tuesday, December 24, 2019—Early Service at 5:00 p.m.

Acolyte:  Alyssa Milan

Altar Guild:  All

Assisting Minister:  Tina Milan

Chalister:  Denise Hoffert

Coffee Hour:  N/A

Lector:  TBA

Pastor's Assistant:  TBA

Ushers:  TBA


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Servants for Tuesday Evening, December 24, 2019—Late Service at 7:30 p.m.

Acolyte:  Zoey Bokan

Altar Guild:  All

Assisting Minister:  Tim Fulmer

Chalister:  Linda Weaver

Coffee Hour:  N/A

Lector:  TBA

Pastor's Assistant:  Terry Ravier

Ushers:  TBA



Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Worship Service at 5:00 & 7:30 p.m.) ~ Christmas Eve ~ In winter’s deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child.  Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice.  Paul reminds us that the grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people.  The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds.  Filled with the light that shines in our lives, we go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world.






 The Staff and Members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church Wish You and Your Family a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!








Servants for Sunday, December 29, 2019

Acolyte:  Ben Fogel

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assisting Minister:  Cindy Ziegler

Chalister:  Kathy Fenstermacher

Coffee Hour:  Robin Rooth-Fogel, Barbara Young

Lector:  Cris Hess

Pastor's Assistant:  Tina McCardle

Ushers:  Greg  & Cindy Frederick, Barbara Young, Tina Young




Sunday, December 29, 2019 (Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.) ~ First Sunday of Christmas ~ As we celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas, our gospel today confronts us with the death of innocent children at the hands of Herod.  The birth of Christ does not remove the power of evil from our world, but its light gives us hope as we walk with all the “holy innocents” of past generations and today who have suffered unjustly.  In our gathering around word and meal, God continues to redeem us, lift us up, and carry us as in days of old.



​​ New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wishes you a blessed day

and we pray that Christ's message of eternal life fills you with hope and love!


 Think Spring!





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