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 January 1-31, 2020 and Upcoming Events

December 31, 2019





. . .  in January



Our Sunday, January 19, 2020 Church Service at 9:00 a.m. is


due to the inclement weather.


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Listen to Pastor Lauren's 'Sermon To Go' on Facebook at


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Wednesday, January 1, 2020










Church Office AND Preschool CLOSED

7:00 p.m.—AA





Thursday, January 2, 2020

Preschool CLOSED

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Bible Study


Friday, January 3, 2020

Preschool CLOSED


Saturday, January 4, 2020

6:00 p.m.—Worship ~ Epiphany of Our Lord


Sunday, January 5, 2020

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Epiphany of Our Lord

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

10:45 a.m.—Congregational Care & Outreach (CCO) Committee Meeting

  7:00 p.m.—AA 


Monday, January 6, 2020

9:00 a.m.—Preschool Reopens

TBA—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

9:00 a.m.—Quilters


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

7:00 p.m.—AA  


Thursday, January 9, 2020

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Bible Study


Friday, January 10, 2020

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


Saturday, January 11, 2020

9:00 a.m.—Altar Guild will be taking down the Christmas decorations—all help is appreciated

7:00 p.m.—Phantoms Game (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, January 12, 2020

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Baptism of Our Lord

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

10:30 a.m.—Congregational Care & Outreach (CCO) Committee Meeting

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

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

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, January 13, 2020

TBD—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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

  7:00 p.m.—Church Council Meeting


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, January 16, 2020

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Bible Study


Friday, January 17, 2020

p.m.—Women's Retreat (see Mark Your Calendar below)​


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Women's Retreat (see Mark Your Calendar below)​

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


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Women's Retreat (see Mark Your Calendar below)​

  9:00 a.m.—CANCELLED Worship ~ Second Sunday after Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, January 20, 2020









Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Church Office CLOSED

Preschool CLOSED

TBD—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)

7:00 p.m.—Endowment Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.—SV Lions Club


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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

  9:00 a.m.—Quilters

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


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

 7:00 p.m.—AA


Thursday, January 23, 2020

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Bible Study

7:00 p.m.—Property Committee Meeting


Friday, January 24, 2020



Saturday, January 25, 2020

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

9:00 a.m.—Learning Ministries Day @ Union Church–Schnecksville (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Sunday, January 26, 2020

  9:00 a.m.—Worship ~ Third Sunday after Epiphany

10:00 a.m.—Fellowship/Endowment Presentation

10:30 a.m.—Cross Training

  7:00 p.m.—AA


Monday, January 27, 2020

TBD—Choir (see Mark Your Calendar below)


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

9:00 a.m.—Quilters

7:00 p.m.—Book Club


Wednesday, January 29, 2020



Thursday, January 30, 2020

1:00 p.m.—Cards

6:30 p.m.—Bible Study

6:30 p.m.—Christian Ed Committee Meeting


Friday, January 31, 2020





. . .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.






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). 








The Director of Music search has concluded.    More information is forthcoming.


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Choir rehearsals will be held on TBD.


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 TBA.





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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 February.  The church office makes every effort to accommodate requests.  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.  


The Giant Card program had a profit of $725 for 2019. 

We can increase this amount by simply buying more Giant cards from Tina McCardle when you see her a church or by calling her at 610 838-6784 to order cards.  She usually has gift cards with her and cash or checks made out to NJELC are acceptable. This is an easy fundraiser for all who shop at Giant!  Happy New Year!


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:  Peanut Butter and Jelly

Thank you for your contributions!


Food Bank Delivery:  Friday, January 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Distribution Days:  Saturday, January 18 at 8:45–10:45 a.m. and January 25 at 8:30–10:00 a.m.


During the month of December, 75 families were served at New Jerusalem Food Bank.  Income was $460, expenses were $1,100.  There is a grant from Second Harvest that is used for food. 


November Bags 4 My Cause funds raised $176. . .thank you to all who participated!


Donations from local area churches, organizations, and families for November were:  Apple’s Preschool families, Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, Christ Lutheran Christian Learning Center, GFWC PA SV, Lions Club, Hellertown Boro, Lower Saucon Police, Lower Saucon UCC, SBFC, St. Luke’s Old Williams Lutheran Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church.


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 preschool reopens on January 6, 2020!


Wishing everyone a 



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


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:  Apple’s Preschool families, Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown, Christ Lutheran Christian Learning Center, GFWC PA SV, Lions Club, Hellertown Boro, Lower Saucon Police, Lower Saucon UCC, SBFC, St. Luke’s Old Williams Lutheran Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church.  Thank you to all our volunteers that ensure the New Jerusalem Food Bank runs smoothly and to our most generous community.


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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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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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Christmas Caroling ~ Our NJ Christmas Carolers packed their lunches and set out on the road to visit our homebound members and our neighbors at the Weston Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in December 2019.  



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!











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







Thrivent Financial Members - REMINDER ~ Check your Direct Choice Dollars for 2019.  Please allocate them by March 1, 2020.  If you have any questions about them, you can contact or see Pat Leith.





Take the. . .


Bethlehem-Easton Mission District First Annual

NFL Playoffs Canned Food Challenge!


What’s the challenge?  Each Congregation in the Mission District is challenged to donate at least one canned good for every point scored in this year’s NFL playoff games.  Last year there were 470+ points scored.


Where is the food going?  You as a congregation decide where the cans of food you collect are donated.


How does the competition work?  Each congregation keeps track of the number of cans of food it collects.  At the end of the competition, each congregation donates the food to

their food bank of choice and reports the total to the Mission District Dean (Pr. Dan Brettell—


How long does the challenge run?  It starts on January 1, 2020 and ends on Super Bowl Sunday.


What’s the prize?  That’s a surprise!


Let’s get competitive and see how many total cans of food we can collect as a Mission District!






Bible Study focusing on Women in the Bible will begin on Thursday, January 2 through February 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower rooms of the churchEveryone is welcome!  Please see Pastor Lauren for more information.






Please join us for our Saturday Worship Service which will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome!








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.



Save the date for UPPER ROOM BINGO on

the 2nd Sunday of each month  at 1:00 p.m.:

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday, May 10, 2020


Cash Bingo, $20 for 20 games. 

Doors open at noon.  Lunch available for purchase.


Invite a friend for an afternoon of fun!


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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.








Join us at New Jerusalem Church on

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:00 noon


We will be watching a video!


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





 Learning Ministries Day ~ “Vision 2020”


Union Lutheran Church in Schnecksville, PA will sponsor Learning Ministries Day ~ Vision 2020 on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  The keynote speaker is The Rev. Dr. Brenda Smith, ELCA Program Director:  Faith Practices and Book of Faith.  The Registration Form is available on the Synod website at  New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church will help with half of the cost.  Deadline is January 15, 2020.





Book Club News ~ 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)




NJELC 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 29, 2020

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., meal at 5:00 p.m., and judging at 5:45 p.m.


Who will win the trophy?  There can be only one! 







Everyone is invited for a night of fellowship and great food. 

Please bring a dessert or side dish to share.  Vote for the best chili!


For more information, please contact Drake at ,

call 610-282-2148, or text 610-737-4674.





2020 Lutheran Marriage Encounter ~ Weekends Announced


Your marriage relationship is something that provides the greatest potential for happiness.  Is yours living up to this potential?  Please make 2020 the year you resolve to attend a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend to learn how to maximize the joy and intimacy that God, intends for your marriage!


The following Northeast US Weekends have been scheduled:

* April 24-26, 2020 at Country Inn & Suites, Ithaca, NY.  A hotel with lots of country charm in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York.

* May 1-3, 2020 at Heritage Hotel in Lancaster, PA.  A recently-renovated hotel, home of the unique, treehouse-inspired restaurant, "Loxley's."

* October 2-4, 2020 at Comfort Inn Latham-Albany North--just 10 miles north of Interstate 90 near Albany, the vibrant capital of NY.

* October 16-18, 2020 at Olmsted Retreat.  A stunning, hotel-style retreat Center in the Allegheny National Forest, 2 hours north of Pittsburgh.


Please go to the national website: to see the very reasonable group rate for each Weekend.  You may make your payment for the cost for your lodging and 5 meals for each of you plus the registration fee with your credit card, or you may mark the option to send a check. Scholarships are available for those in need who request them at the website.


Registrations are limited by the size of the conference rooms, so to be sure to get  the Weekend of your choice, sign up at your earliest convenience at  For questions please contact Northeast US Directors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred & Julie Schamber at or 724-325-3166.




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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