Giving Tree

The second annual Giving Tree will be in place starting Sunday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, Dec. 24 in Fellowship Hall.  As last year, you can purchase everything from a family of chickens to water systems for people around the world, where they are needed – this is a great way...

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Christmas Eve Services

We invite you to join us! #WelcomingToAll Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve services: 5 p.m.: Intergenerational Service (designed for all ages with elements of both traditional and contemporary music, including music by the Children’s Christmas Choir and Chancel Ringers Handbell Choir); child care available 7:30 p.m.: Traditional Candlelight Service (featuring music by the...

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Sunday, Dec. 1 – Special Schedule

FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1: THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT We will offer a Combined Worship Service at 10 a.m. in our Sanctuary, featuring elements of both our Contemporary and Traditional services. It is Communion Sunday, and all who would like to partake are welcome. The Children’s Christmas Choir will sing during this service....

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Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 p.m. On Thanksgiving Eve, we gather together in worship to celebrate the many ways God has blessed us to be a blessing. This is a joyous service of music and praise, with heartfelt testimonials from members sharing stories of thankfulness.

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Pastor’s Message: Nov. 15, 2019

This Sunday (Nov. 17) First Pres is hosting an event by the Bethlehem Interfaith Group from 2:30 – 5 p.m. The event is focused on the theme of stories of immigration, and will include several people from different faith traditions sharing their own immigration story, an opportunity to reflect on...

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Pastor’s Message: Nov. 1, 2019

As you know, this year our annual stewardship campaign is focused on the mission priorities the Session has identified for our congregation over the next few years, and on an ambitious and exciting plan to help us answer God’s call to us through those priorities. If you haven’t already received...

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Pastor’s Message: Oct. 25, 2019

Focusing on our mission priorities This Sunday is the second week of a four-part sermon series focused on the mission priorities that the Session has established for First Pres over the next few years. We’re doing this series during this year’s stewardship season because the Session is also calling the...

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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

Thank you to everyone who attended our event! After a long, hard rain the skies cleared and we enjoyed beautiful sunshine and fellowship. 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...

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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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