Pastor’s Message: Jan. 8, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) This comes from the Apostle Paul towards the end of his letter to the Romans, in a section in which he is giving a whole series of instructions to them about how...

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Pastor’s Message: Dec. 30, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: The Spirit of Giving Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Col. 3:15 Dear friends, I would like to thank you for your generosity, creativity and support...

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Pastor’s Message: Dec. 23, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Waiting and Preparing Three years ago, I began serving as your pastor at the beginning of Advent. As I’ve said before, there is a certain…burden…that comes with using the initials “J.C.” as a pastor, since many people immediately make the connection with those being...

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Pastor’s Message: Dec. 18, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Grieving Our Losses For the second year in a row, a snowstorm has disrupted our “Longest Night” Service, this year postponing it to the actual “longest night:” the winter solstice on Monday, December 21. As I’ve said previously, this is an important service in...

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Pastor’s Message: Dec. 11, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: Looking ahead to our Longest Night Service The year 2020 is going to be an unforgettable one. We as a church will remember how we met on Facebook each Sunday morning for services. How we quickly adapted to physical distancing, mask-wearing and hand sanitizer....

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Pastor’s Message: Dec. 4, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: STEWARDSHIP DEDICATION SUNDAY PLANS Presbyterians have not historically done “testimonials” as a common element of our worship tradition. I think that’s partly because we’ve tended to equate them with a sort of spirituality that can tend towards a one-upmanship about who has the most...

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Pastor’s Message: Nov. 25, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: WAITING AND WATCHING Happy New Year! This Sunday marks the beginning of a new year on the Christian calendar, with the first Sunday of Advent. I’m bringing this up for two reasons. First, I figured any excuse to put this most recent year behind...

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Pastor’s Message – Nov. 20, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: with both supplication and thanksgiving In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he says, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” There’s actually quite a bit of theological significance in...

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Discipleship Classes & Racial Justice Ministry

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BETHLEHEM’S DISCIPLESHIP CLASSES & RACIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY Rev. J.C. Austin’s special message of June 6: Opposing Racial Injustice Spotlight Newsletter Article: “More Than Good Intentions” Links to videos of previous Discipleship classes are at the bottom of this page. We are undertaking an active response to...

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Pastor’s Message: Nov. 13, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: A BIT DIFFERENTLY It is hard to believe it, but Thanksgiving is two weeks from today, and Advent begins the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend! As we head into what will obviously be a very different kind of holiday season,  I want to talk about...

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