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Online Presentations: Learning Opportunities

The Discipleship Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem continues its learning opportunities, with an interesting variety of presentations.

Each session is free, open to the public, and will be offered via Zoom videoconferencing; see the log-in information below for each session. Registration is requested but not required.

Our Choice of Words: A continuation of our series on Constructive Conversations

Wednesday, June 3: 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Led by Jim and Janet Stahl

To join the Zoom Meeting: / Meeting ID: 811 8248 7372
Via phone (audio only): call 929-205-6099. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID, followed by the # key. You will be asked for the participant ID – simply press the # key again.

Some of us may be feeling like the guidelines for social distancing and the entreaty for us to stay at home are like being incarcerated, though we choose to live with the restrictions for the good of our society.  Paul was incarcerated for the ‘cause of Jesus Christ’.  In his message to Philemon, Paul implored his friend to ‘do the right thing’ to welcome his runaway slave, Onesimus, back as a Christian brother. But ‘the right thing’ according to whom? And what would the consequences potentially be?

Paul was a gifted rhetorician.  Join us on a Zoom call to experience the telling of Paul’s message in a similar vein as did the church that met in Philemon’s house (though through digital media in our case).  After the telling, we will lead a discussion about Paul’s choice of words and how he made his appeal to Philemon and the impact we experienced.  Then we will explore how we might use our communication skills as opportunities to address controversial issues of today in love.

Our Presenters

Jim and Janet Stahl are long-term members of Wycliffe Bible translators and worked for 15 years in Vanuatu, prior to joining the Seed Company and starting their Bible storytelling ministry. In their current role, they train people to tell Bible stories in their own languages, especially for languages with no current Bible available. This ministry promotes community ownership and builds capacity within the community to use Bible storytelling in their ministries, and more specifically to spark interest within the language group to do a Bible translation for their language.

They have successfully been carrying out this type of training through the Seed Company (part of Wycliffe Bible Translators) since 2008 in places like Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and in South Africa. They have also consulted and helped other organizations to carry out similar Bible storytelling ministries including a variety of national and local churches and organizations.

Janet grew up in the FPCB.  She and Jim have been supported by the congregation as missionaries with Wycliffe since 1989.



May 27: The Social Gospel in Hymns (Rev. Dr. Steve Simmons)

May 20: Slave Quilts and Their Symbols (Rev. Dr. Steve Simmons)   Handouts

May 12: FPCB Book Club – “Devotions” by Mary Oliver (Anne Taylor)      List of poems

May 6: Listening for God (Jan Bickford)

April 13: “Why Are People So Complicated?” (Bob Costello)

Three part session on “Constructive Conversations in Difficult Situations” by Mary Lou Hatcher:


April 15: “Leaning In and Listening: The Foundation for Dialogue”

April 22: “Trusting and Growing our Own Capacity for Staying Present to the Other”

April 29: “Staying in the Game in Difficult Circumstances”

Listening for God


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