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 February 2020 Inspirational Message, Church Council Connection, Music Corner, and Endowment Committee News

January 29, 2020

May God fill you will his New goodness everyday and

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


Happy Valentine's Day!




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Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,


We give thanks to God for the learning and growth of the last four and a half years.  We look back with sadness for what is coming to an end, and forward with much hope for how God will use what we have gifted one another in this time to continue welcoming others into relationship with God, as made known to us in Christ Jesus, by the movement of the Holy Spirit.


Peace to you always,

Pastor Lauren Applegate



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



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In January 2020, Pastor Lauren shared with us that she has given her resignation.  February 2020 will be Pastor Lauren's last 'Inspirational Message' in the Angelus and Sunday, February 2, 2020 will be her last sermon at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church.  


We celebrate the time God sent Pastor Lauren into the life of New Jerusalem Church and for her ministry here.  It is with thanksgiving that we had the opportunity to watch her grow in her faith and walk with God.  The congregation wishes you all the best as you have been moved by the Holy Spirit and rejoice that others will be blessed with your preaching and ministry in the future.


As our time together comes to an end, we wish you all the best Pastor Lauren where ever God leads you throughout your life and the congregation of New Jerusalem Church also looks forward with hope tor a new chapter in our lives.  We will remember your message, "God will be there and loves you NO MATTER WHAT!"


It could not be a more fitting time to share this Bible verse that our new Church Council President, Cindy Hart, quoted in the February Angelus for Pastor Lauren and New Jerusalem Church:


For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, ”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11


Godspeed to you, Pastor Lauren, and your family.  We were blessed to have had you in our lives over the last four and a half years.  



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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 from 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 Council President (Cindy Hart), I am available by email at or phone 484-548-3937.



January 2020 Summary


At January’s Church Council meeting, elections were held and the results are listed below.  I am very excited and honored to be the next Council President.  Members from the Synod were present to conduct Pastor Lauren’s exit interview and to give us some brief information of what lies ahead.  Reverend Jean Huber will be attending the next council meeting to give us further instructions on how the process works.


The Council officers for 2020 are:

  • President:  Cindy Hart

  • Vice President:  Sharon Bender

  • Treasurer:  Terry Ravier

  • Secretary:  Kathy Fenstermacher

  • Council Members:  Glenn Campbell, Tina McCardle, Jere Reiss, Robin Rooth-Fogel, Marianne Zellner, and Cindy Ziegler


For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD,” plans to prosper you and

not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11


Peace be with you,

Cindy Hart, Council President


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.

As always, we pray for all the council members and

all those in leadership positions for this congregation.


A special note of thanks to Marianne Zellner and Pat Leith

for their years of service to God at 

New Jerusalem Church and Christ Lutheran Church–Lower Saucon.




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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Welcome to our new Music Director, Edward L. Walakovits.  He will begin as our Music Director on Saturday, February 1, 2020.  Ed is a skilled Organist and Choir Director with more than 30 years of experience.  He is experienced in playing the pipe organ and piano.  Ed has a working knowledge of liturgy and choral styles.  He is an effective leader with an eye for developing and motivating choir members.  Ed graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance with a minor in Music.  Please be sure to welcome Ed to New Jerusalem Church!





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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 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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