Our popular speakers program, Hi Neighbors, will be back starting on Monday, September 18!

Hi Neighbors brings an interesting assortment of local speakers who share their interest and passion for topics like music, history, travel, and wellness.

Each session will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall with a hospitality time. The presentations will begin at 10 a.m. All are welcome – there is no fee and no pre-registration.

We have scheduled ten programs, running through Monday, November 20.

On Monday, October 9 we have scheduled a field trip to Meals on Wheels for a tour of their facility. (If you would like to ride the bus from First Pres to their Allentown location, please RSVP to info@fpc-bethlehem.org or

Social time at 9:30 a.m.
Program from 10 – 11 a.m.
Fellowship Hall (use entrance on east side of the building)

September 18: Tom Repasch presents “Banned in Berlin: The Story of the Last Great Performers in Nazi Germany”. The Comedian Harmonists was one of the most successful musical groups in Europe before World War II – an all-male German close-harmony ensemble that performed from 1928-34. Fun fact: In November a new musical comes to Broadway about this group and its fate in Nazi Germany, with music by Barry Manilow.

September 25: Larry Oberly shares the interesting history of cement production at the Atlas Portland Cement Co., from its humble beginnings into the largest Portland Cement company in the world.

October 2: Let’s take a visit back to the turbulent ‘60’s with Peter Newman – the music, the people, and the many important events during that decade.

October 9: As a follow-up to their presentation last spring, the folks at Meals on Wheels will provide a tour of their east Allentown facility. You can meet us there or make a reservation to ride our bus (limited seating; RSVP to info@fpc-bethlehem.org). 

October 16: Many of our ancestors came to the U.S. through Ellis Island, and Dr. Brian Alnutt provides a history of this facility and its role in our country’s growth.

October 23: We all do it daily, but how much do you really know about it? Dr. Micah Sadigh shares insights into “Sleep and Dreams.”

October 30: Deb Mellish from the Catasauqua Preservation Assoc. presents the story of “The Ironmen of Catasauqua.”

November 6: David Macbeth, First Pres’ Director of Music Ministries, takes us on an armchair trip with stories and images from his family’s summer trip to Germany.

November 13: Let’s take a trip through each room in our home (and outside) with AARP’s Jennifer Maloney, who will provide tips and strategies to make those spaces safer, for folks of all ages – AARP’s Home Fit program.

November 20: David Macbeth returns with his vocal students from Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, to make a special musical presentation.

Any questions? Contact us at info@fpc-bethlehem.org.