Pastor’s Message: Oct. 18, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Possibility, abundance, and gratitude When I was in the process of preparing for ordination, I had to take a whole battery of tests and inventories to both evaluate my mental and emotional health and help with the discernment of the kind of ministry to...

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Blessing of the Animals

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...

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Pastor’s Message: Oct. 11, 2019

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...

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A Great Event: B.I.G. Faith Crawl

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...

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Pastor’s Message: Aug. 23, 2019

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....

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August Reading Group

NEW! AUGUST READING GROUP DATES ANNOUNCED The August reading group will meet on two Wednesdays – August 14 and 21 – from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Parlor. All are welcome! They will be discussing: Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates,...

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Lemonade on the Lawn

FPCB”s Hospitality Committee is pleased to bring back last summer’s popular “Lemonade on the Lawn” – our fellowship time from 10-10:30 a.m. held on the back lawn. This ministry is part of our “Welcoming to All” core value. If you come to the Contemporary service at 9:00 a.m. – stay...

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Pastor’s Message: 6-14-19

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR J.C. AUSTIN: #AnActiveFaith We are now halfway through our sermon series about the Core Values Statement of First Presbyterian Church. Our first two weeks were on the values of us being a “Christ-centered” church, and being a church that is “Welcoming to All.” This Sunday, we...

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