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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Hi Neighbors Informational Programs

CANCELLED THROUGH MARCH 31 – check back for updates ‘Hi Neighbors’ is a social-sounding name for a popular learning opportunity here at First Pres! On Monday mornings through mid-May you will find adults from all over the Lehigh Valley gathering in Fellowship Hall. A coffee time begins at 9:15 a.m.,...

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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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