• Oct2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY What unites us is greater than what divides us The first Sunday in October is celebrated by many different Christian denominations as World Communion Sunday. We observe World Communion Sunday as a way of lifting up Christian unity and the commonality...

  • Sep2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Recap of Congregational Meeting and Town Hall As you know, we held a Congregational Meeting last Sunday in which the congregation elected Polly Beste to an unexpired term on the Session and Sally Ross to an open term on the Congregational Nominating Committee. Please...

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: An Inquiring Faith One of the four Core Values we have identified for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem is having “an inquiring faith.” In one sense, that shouldn’t be a surprising value for Christians to have. As I mentioned in the sermon series I...

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Special Schedule on Sunday, September 22 The Session has called a special meeting of the congregation and corporation of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem for next Sunday, September 22, at 10 a.m. for three reasons. The first is to act on a report from...

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Worshiping Around the Meal Table I’ve never been good about choosing favorites: a favorite movie, book, food, musician, etc. So much depends on my mood, season of life, and other factors. For me, it’s more like having a short list of things that are...

  • Aug2019

    On Monday mornings from September to November, and March to May, our Fellowship Hall is alive with many adults.  They come from all over the Lehigh Valley to learn something new, be entertained, and make new friends. Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments starts at 9:15 a.m.  There are two...

  • Many thanks to those who participated in the first-ever “B.I.G.” (Bethlehem Interfaith Group) Faith Crawl on Sunday, September 15. Between the two buses and the cars that traveled along, over 140 people participated in the tour. They heard informative and inspiring presentations at: St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church Central Moravian...

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Enjoying the waning days of summer Even though students are back in school in Bethlehem, and people mostly wear white whenever they feel like it these days, it really doesn’t feel like the end of summer to me until Labor Day weekend. It’s like...

  • A SPECIAL MESSAGE ABOUT THE LOG COLLEGE PROJECT PROCESS From Rev. J.C. Austin: Earlier this summer, Julia Pedroso and Sophia Pedroso, two of our youth, attended the Design Lab for the Log College Project at Princeton Seminary, which is helping us to design a new model for doing youth ministry....

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. Sue Bennetch: Stephen Ministry Returns to FPCB  “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12 For many years...

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. STEVE SIMMONS: A Remarkable American Experiment This past Tuesday marked the 145th birthday of a remarkable American experiment in “out of school vacation learning,” the Chautauqua Institution, which was founded by two Methodist laymen, Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent in 1884. Originally created for the...

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Summer renewal The beginning of August is always a little strange for me. Generally, when it comes around I am either on vacation or about to depart, as I am this year; I’ll be taking about two weeks of vacation starting on Monday, August...

  • Apr2019

    NEW LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: “How to Support LGBT Spirituality” Wednesday, May 8 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall NOTE: You are welcome to come to the May 8 session even if you did not attend the one on May 1. Join in two lively and engaging presentations on supporting the...

  • Mar2019

    Community Lenten Suppers

    March 6, 2019

    As we did last year, we will be offering a Community Lenten Supper series, beginning Wednesday, March 13 through Wednesday, April 10. All are welcome. We’ll gather at 6 p.m. for a simple meal. This will be followed by a brief reflection, led by one of the pastors in our church, focusing...

  • Nov2018

    Jim and Minnie McKnight were Presbyterian missionaries who served for 15 years prior to World War II in the Sudan region of Africa. Their family and friends established an endowed fund at First Presbyterian to honor the McKnights and to encourage individuals to participate in the life-changing experience of visiting...

  • Aug2018

    Hearts and Minds

    August 31, 2018

    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...

  • Jul2018

    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...

  • Oct2019

    Blessing of the Animals

    October 14, 2019

    SECOND ANNUAL: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Sunday, October 27* 4 p.m. Front Lawn Bring your favorite friend to receive a blessing (crated or leashed, please). Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a member of First Pres. Enjoy a short service and music; we’re also asking participants...

  • A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: BUILDING OUR CAPACITY Last week I spent three days at the “Stewardship Kaleidoscope” conference of the Presbyterian Church (USA). I’ve taught and/or spoken at the conference since it was created about a decade ago, and it is still one of my favorite dimensions of...