Pastor’s Message 9-21-18

Last Sunday, we announced some very exciting news for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem! We have been selected as one of only 12 churches nationwide to be part of the Community of Practice of the Log College Project, an initiative of Princeton Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry. As you may...

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Pastor’s Message 9.14.18

“Hey, I’ve got an idea….” “You know, what we need is….” “Why aren’t we doing…?” Have you started a sentence like that recently? If so, then you might be ready to help run a ministry experiment here at FPCB! One of the themes I’ve been stressing since last January is...

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Pastor’s Message 9.7.18

Churches use different names for the first Sunday of their program year, usually around the first of September. Some call it “Homecoming Sunday,” for example, drawing on the practice of schools to have a big celebration that brings back people who have left. But that makes it sound like people...

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Pastor’s Message 8.31.18

This past Monday and Tuesday, I was with an ecumenical group of pastors who serve as Mentors for Macedonian Ministry clergy groups. As some of you know, Macedonian Ministry was founded by The Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell, one-time associate pastor here at FPCB, who played a pivotal role in connecting...

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Pastor’s Message 8.24.18

A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH Winston Churchill once said, “Kites fly higher when they are against the wind.” I remember so well flying a kite with my dad. Always the adventurer, he would add extra string, make a strong tail, and reinforce the frame so when the kite caught...

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Pastor’s Message 8-17-18

A Message from the Rev. Dr. Steve Simmons Clichés die hard, and one of the most insidious things about them is that they can seep into our thinking without our even being aware of them (as with the tongue-in-cheek advice to aspiring writers to “avoid clichés like the plague”). That...

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Pastor’s Message 8-10-18

For the past 10 years I have been a fan of American Ninja Warrior (ANW). Hundreds of competitors, both men and women, try out over 15 weeks to become one of the 30 contestants who attempt to complete demanding obstacle courses that always increase in difficulty.  Their goal is to make it...

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Pastor’s Message 8.3.18

For many churches, summer is a time when the energy and activity levels “power down,” programs and committees go on hiatus, and things get very quiet around the church office. But not this one! In many ways we continue to be “powering up” around here. Worship attendance at both 9...

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Pastor’s Message 7.27.18

When I was in high school, the movie Top Gun came out. If you’ve seen the film, you know it’s a flashy and adrenaline-fueled depiction of U.S. Navy fighter pilots training to be the “best of the best” at an elite flight school. Not only was it spectacularly successful in terms...

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Pastor’s Message 7.13.18

“What’s the Deal With … the Prayer of Confession?” (part of an occasional series on aspects of being Presbyterian) Every now and then, someone asks about the Prayer of Confession. You have the Call to Worship, you have what’s usually a pretty energetic opening hymn, everyone is feeling fired up,...

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