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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

August 18, 2017

About two years ago, I was at a conference and had my first encounter with people from First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. I had no idea that God would begin to work in the hearts of both me and Mark to bring us to serve you as pastors and serve alongside you as fellow followers of Jesus. 

There were so many human reasons not to leave Atlanta last June—a senior in high school, a church that needed us through their own transition, living in the same place as our extended family. But we couldn’t ignore what God was doing. We began to hear your stories and you began to steal our pastoral hearts. We have already been through some wonderful and some difficult times together. Sometimes, it’s a mystery how God works.

This weekend, I am thrilled that we will be all together at one Celebration Worship Service.  Worship begins Sunday, at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Musicians from both the Kirk Center and the Sanctuary will lead us. After the service, we will immediately go into a congregational meeting. The Session called the meeting to move Mark and me from our status as “designated” pastors to “called” pastors. It was always the intention to wait for a period of time to have the congregation vote—and now we are at that time. 

We couldn’t be more honored to be serving as your pastors. It is a privilege before the Lord.  With great anticipation, we look forward to this vote to formalize the call from you and the commitment from us to be your called and installed pastors. If you vote in the affirmative on Sunday, Mark and I will be installed on October 8th. 

Sometimes it’s a mystery how God works. And on Sunday, we will continue in our series Summer Stories, to hear from Jesus. I’ll be preaching on His parable of the power of a seed.  We sow. And God grows. It is a mystery that we have seen over the long and blessed history of our church. It is a mystery that God works in our life when we obediently sow the seeds of our faith. God’s work is the hope for Charlottesville and Barcelona and our own Bethlehem and neighbors.


With anticipation to all God will continue to do in and through us,

 

 

Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor




PREVIOUS NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

IN RESPONSE TO THE VOTE AND SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES CHANGE  JUNE 29, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR JULY 8, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR JULY 17, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR JULY 22, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR JULY 29, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR AUGUST 5, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR AUGUST 12, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR AUGUST 19, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR AUGUST 26, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR OCTOBER 7, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR OCTOBER 14, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR OCTOBER 21, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR OCTOBER 28, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR NOVEMBER 4, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR NOVEMBER 11, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR NOVEMBER 18, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR NOVEMBER 23, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DECEMBER 2, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DECEMBER 9, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DECEMBER 16, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DECEMBER 23, 2016
A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR JANUARY 6, 2017
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A NOTE FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR JANUARY 27, 2017
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