Pastor’s Message: March 26, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: AN UPDATE ON CONGREGATIONAL SINGING I’ve been asked by several people recently about when we might be considering a return to indoor, in-person worship. The Session’s Building Reopening Task Force has been hard at work on that very question for months, which of course...

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Pastor’s Message: March 19, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Looking ahead to Holy Week Next Sunday, March 28, is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week, the most important time of the year on the Christian calendar. I want to talk a little bit this week about what Holy Week will look like this...

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Pastor’s Message: March 12, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: RESILIENCE – SUPPORT – FAITHFULNESS – LOVE As you all know, this Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of our congregational response to the pandemic. On March 15, 2020, we went to “digital-only” worship for the first time. I remember how conflicted I was about...

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Pastor’s Message: March 5, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Fulfilling an important role that has been anticipated and prepared As I write these words on Thursday, March 4, it is the three-year anniversary of my “installation” as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), there are two types...

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