Pastor’s Message 9-21-18

Last Sunday, we announced some very exciting news for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem! We have been selected as one of only 12 churches nationwide to be part of the Community of Practice of the Log College Project, an initiative of Princeton Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry. As you may...

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‘Digging Deeper’ Adult Sunday School Class

Each week the Digging Deeper Adult Sunday School class takes a closer look at the previous week’s worship service lectionary (Scripture) texts. The class uses on-line resources such as Greek and Hebrew interlinearies, concordances, commentaries, and search tools. We’ll ask about the authors, the intended audience, and the issues of...

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Pastor’s Message 9.7.18

Churches use different names for the first Sunday of their program year, usually around the first of September. Some call it “Homecoming Sunday,” for example, drawing on the practice of schools to have a big celebration that brings back people who have left. But that makes it sound like people...

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Hearts and Minds

HEARTS AND MINDS will start this year in room 400 with an examination of Quaker author Philip Gulley’s provocative and engaging classic, “If the Church were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus.”  As Gulley notes, “It is apparent, after several millennia of experimentation, that the Ten Commandments we Christians all know and...

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Fall Education begins with Mark

On WEDNESDAY EVENINGS through October 24 from 7 – 8:30 PM in Room 178, the Rev. Dr. Steve Simmons will lead us through a study of Mark: The First Gospel (no meeting on Sept. 26). Although the gospel of Matthew appears first in the New Testament, scholars are in agreement that Mark, which dates...

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Mission Notes: La Entrata, Honduras

By Leslie Pohl FPCB Elder Imagine for a moment that you have to walk two hours just to get to a doctor’s appointment.  Imagine for a moment that your children can’t go to school because you can’t afford their uniforms, books, or lunch.  Imagine for a moment that your cataracts are so...

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Pastor’s Message 9.14.18

“Hey, I’ve got an idea….” “You know, what we need is….” “Why aren’t we doing…?” Have you started a sentence like that recently? If so, then you might be ready to help run a ministry experiment here at FPCB! One of the themes I’ve been stressing since last January is...

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Pastor’s Message 8.31.18

This past Monday and Tuesday, I was with an ecumenical group of pastors who serve as Mentors for Macedonian Ministry clergy groups. As some of you know, Macedonian Ministry was founded by The Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell, one-time associate pastor here at FPCB, who played a pivotal role in connecting...

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Pastor’s Message 8.24.18

A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH Winston Churchill once said, “Kites fly higher when they are against the wind.” I remember so well flying a kite with my dad. Always the adventurer, he would add extra string, make a strong tail, and reinforce the frame so when the kite caught...

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Join Us for Breakfast on September 9

On September 9, as we return from summer and start our new year of Sunday school, what better way to begin than to break bread together? Join your church family for a cooked breakfast, prepared by the loving hands of your neighbors, starting at 9:15 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. If you...

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