Pastor’s Message 3-29-19

Over the past year, the Session and its committees have been working on a mind-boggling range of things to strengthen, focus, and guide our congregation into a new era of ministry together. This has meant everything from new worship experiences, to a new staffing design, to new initiatives for children’s...

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Community Lenten Suppers

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...

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Pastor’s Message – 3-1-19

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR J.C. AUSTIN: Taking a ‘Do-Over’ As a child, I used to play a lot of wiffle ball in the backyard with neighborhood friends. If you don’t know it, wiffle ball is essentially baseball with special plastic balls and bats that allows you to play baseball in...

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Hi Neighbors: Spring Programs

On Monday mornings from March 4 – May 13, join other adults who come from all over the Lehigh Valley to learn something new and make new friends. SEE THE COMPLETE LISTING BELOW. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments. Please plan to arrive by...

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Community Workshop: “Restorative Practices”

Restorative Practices Workshop offered at First Presbyterian Church Local author Robert Costello presented an informational workshop, “Restorative Practices: Changing Our Response to Wrongdoing” on Saturday, Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. The workshop attracted about 50 adults from the congregation and larger community. Costello defined restorative justice and...

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Funds Available through McKnight Scholarship

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...

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Adult Education continues with Interfaith Study Series

Lifting Up Our Hearts: Spiritual Practices Across Faith Traditions Wednesdays: November 7, 14, and 28, and December 5 (no meeting on November 21) 7:00 -8:30 p.m. in the Parlor Often when we hear the words “interfaith dialogue,” we think of discussions about what our various traditions believe, and about areas...

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Blessing of the Animals

We had a great turnout of pets and their people at our “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, Oct. 21. About 25 dogs, one cat, and one guinea pig received the blessing. Many thanks to the volunteers and musicians who made it such a special occasion! See more photos on our Facebook...

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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 the Parlor, the Rev. Dr. Steve Simmons will lead us through a study of Mark: The First Gospel. Although the gospel of Matthew appears first in the New Testament, scholars are in agreement that Mark, which dates from around 70...

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