Keith Brown becomes Pastor Emeritus

Click to hear Rev. Keith Brown honored as FPCB’s first Pastor Emeritus, in a special ceremony during the June 24, 2018 worship service. Speakers include Pastor J.C. Austin, Session member Gail Watts, and Keith. Pastor J.C. Austin quoted from the Letter to the Ephesians to point out that Keith had...

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Pastor’s Message 6.22.18

Visiting ‘Thin Places’ In Celtic Christianity, there is a notion of “thin places.” A thin place is somewhere that the barrier between heaven and earth is thin, where one can see through to the other side and experience something of its wonder, hope, and peace. Many Christians, particularly Presbyterians, talk...

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Alice’s Poetry

ALICE ‘S POETRY Many FPCB members are aware of the loving marriage of Alice and Ed McCarroll and that, following Alice’s death, Ed discovered a shoe box filled with poetry and short stories Alice had written in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Determined to share her words with others,...

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In Memoriam

The First Presbyterian Church family offers our love and sympathy to the families of: Parke W. Musselman, 91, June 9, 2018 Attorney Robert (Bob) H. Littner, 86, June 10, 2018 Evelyn E. Hole, 99, June 15, 2018.            

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Skateboarding saves!

Spotlight on Presbyterian Mission Agency Through its Presbyterian Mission Agency, the PC(USA) works with partner churches and organizations in more than 100 countries, including the US, to support all sorts of programs on both large and small scales. One such program that receives help from a Mission Project Grant from...

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Pastor’s Message 6.15.18

“What’s the Deal With…the Benediction?” (part of an occasional series on aspects of being Presbyterian) A number of you have asked where I got the benediction with which I end every service. The simple answer is that it’s the one my pastor used when I was growing up. It goes...

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Bringing Our Loss to a National Light

The tragic losses of celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, brings to mind a recent tragic loss in our own family, and the sensitive and insightful message that Rev. J.C. Austin delivered at the memorial service for our own Samuel Kenneth Plank. Those struggling with...

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Pastor’s Message 6.8.18

I’m frequently asked, “So how do you decide what to preach on?” There are a couple of good answers to that question, and at least two bad ones. The bad ones, of course, I make a point of avoiding: pick favorite Scripture passages to preach on over and over; or...

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Food Bank Donations Needed this Sunday

We all know support for food programs has been cut back, and STAR, the food bank associated with our partner UCC church in Bethlehem, is in dire need of food supplies for its clients. For the next two Sundays, June 10 and 17, please consider bringing a food donation of...

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