Pastor’s Message – Jan. 21, 2022

Friends, the Annual Meeting of both the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem is coming up: not this week, but on Sunday, January 30. We will have a combined worship service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary that day, with elements of both...

Pastor’s Message: Jan. 14, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: WATCHING FOR THE MORNING             Earlier this week I saw an article online that bore the rather startling headline, “Every Parent I Know Wants to Walk Into the Sea Right Now.” That’s obviously an emotional rather than a factual...

Pastor’s Message – Jan. 7, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN:IMPORTANT CHANGES IN PROTOCOLS Friends, I had hoped to spend this article talking all about celebrating Epiphany this Sunday and our first experiment with “Star Words,” which is an increasingly popular practice in many churches of...

Pastor’s Message: Dec. 22, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS EVE As you’re reading this, it is almost Christmas Eve, one of the biggest days of the year in the worship life of this and pretty much any other church! As you have heard already, we are once again...

Pastor’s Message: Dec. 17, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS EVE I am so grateful that we will have the option of being back together in person for worship on Christmas Eve this year! It’s been two years since we’ve been able to do that, and there are a few new...

Pastor’s Message: Dec. 10, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: A WELCOMING CHURCH Our theme for this Advent has been “Close to Home,” and this Sunday we will be considering what exactly it means to have a “full house,” a church where there is both enough room and enough welcome for any and all...