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 January 2020 Inspiration, Church Council Connection, Endowment Committee News, and Music Corner

December 31, 2019

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

due to the inclement weather.



May God fill you will his New goodness everyday and

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



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Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,


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 2020 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.


A special note of thanks to Marianne Zellner and Pat Leith

for their years of service to God,

New Jerusalem Church, and Christ Lutheran Church–Lower Saucon.



December 2019 Summary


As the calendar year comes to an end, the Congregational Council enjoyed some fellowship and delicious food before the December meeting.  The majority of the meeting was spent on reviewing a proposed Employee h\Handbook and Mutual Ministry Committee Guidelines.  We also took time to go through and report on each committee and to learn a little about our newest council member, Robin Rooth-Fogel.  The new Executive Committee will be voted in at the beginning of the January 2020 meeting.


Work on the proposed Safety Committee will be a focus for the new year.  We are still looking for volunteers to serve on this committee.


Upcoming projects of note from Property is lighting for the parking lot and drainage around the church, among others.


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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Music Corner 


Our Director of Music search has been completed.  More information forthcoming.


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All are welcome ~ Please join us for choir practice on TBD.

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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 Endowment Committee News


At their November meeting, the Congregation Council approved the recommendations of the Endowment Committee for the 2019 Fall Grant Applications.  Congratulations to the following ministries areas.


Mission & Ministry Fund

Drug Awareness Program:  $500

Retreats:  $1,400


Property Fund

Property Committee Parking Lot:  $12,600


This was an exciting year for the Endowment Committee.  To have so many viable grant applications speaks to the work this congregation is doing.


2020 Spring Endowment Grant Applications will be available in the church office, Endowment mail box in March 2020.  Deadline for applications is April 12, 2020.


Endowment—the gift that keeps on giving!


See any Endowment Committee member, if you have questions.


Tim Frey, Chairperson

Russ Pacala Jr, Vice Chairperson

Tina McCardle

Drake Britzenhoff




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