Pastor’s Message 7.6.18

I send you a special thank you for your continued prayers for our members who are in the hospital, rehab, skilled nursing facilities, or home bound. Whenever I tell someone I am visiting that their church family is praying for them, they are so grateful! Some say, “Tell them to keep praying” or...

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Pastor’s Message 6.29.18

Log College Project Update About a month ago, I wrote to you that we had been chosen as one of 53 congregations to participate in the “Log College Project” of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. I am pleased to give you a brief update and invite...

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Pastor’s Message 6.22.18

Visiting ‘Thin Places’ In Celtic Christianity, there is a notion of “thin places.” A thin place is somewhere that the barrier between heaven and earth is thin, where one can see through to the other side and experience something of its wonder, hope, and peace. Many Christians, particularly Presbyterians, talk...

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Pastor’s Message 6.15.18

“What’s the Deal With…the Benediction?” (part of an occasional series on aspects of being Presbyterian) A number of you have asked where I got the benediction with which I end every service. The simple answer is that it’s the one my pastor used when I was growing up. It goes...

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Pastor’s Message 6.8.18

I’m frequently asked, “So how do you decide what to preach on?” There are a couple of good answers to that question, and at least two bad ones. The bad ones, of course, I make a point of avoiding: pick favorite Scripture passages to preach on over and over; or...

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Pastor’s Message 6.1.18

Summer!!! I know school isn’t out yet, and the summer solstice (the official first day of summer) is even further away, but I’ve always viewed Memorial Day weekend as the “real” start of summer. So even though it was on the gray and cool side last weekend, my family and...

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Pastor’s Message 5.24.18

I am pleased to announce that the Session recently voted to recognize the Rev. Keith Brown’s extraordinary service as pastor to this congregation for decades by naming him  Pastor Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Keith’s gracious spirit, strong leadership, and deep faith are renowned, not simply in the life...

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Pastor’s Message 5.18.18

I have some exciting news about our youth ministries that I would like to share with all of you. This week, we received word that First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem (FPCB) was selected to be one of 53 congregations across the country participating in an exciting program through Princeton Theological Seminary called the “Log College...

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Pastor’s Message 5.11.18

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. For many people, it’s a beloved day in which we celebrate the mothers in our lives, especially our own. We give thanks for their dedication, their love, their strength and tenacity and sacrifice, and their grace in raising us. As part of that celebration,...

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