• Adult Learning Opportunities

    FPCB’s Discipleship Committee’s learning opportunities are always open to anyone interested in participating. ** On January 6 we presented “Creating Your Spiritual Family Tree”; if you missed it you can watch it here. You can also download the document here to print it. NOTE: The video begins with a short...

  • Children’s Sunday School

    Many thanks to our Sunday School teachers and friends for bringing our Sunday School experience to us at home! Please share this with a friend who may like it too. In addition to these prerecorded videos, we offer an “in person” Sunday School experience via Zoom, each Sunday between 10:15-10:45...

  • Pastor’s Message: Jan. 29, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Preparing for Ash Wednesday Friends, it may be hard to believe, but we’re only a few weeks away from the start of Lent! Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is Wednesday, February 17. We are going to observe Ash Wednesday this year digitally,...

  • Pastor’s Message: Jan. 22, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: CALLING OUR LEADERSHIP Friends, the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem is coming up on Sunday, January 31, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. At this meeting, we will hear reports from the Session, the Board of Trustees,...

  • Pastor’s Message: Jan. 15, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: The universal call As you probably know, Presbyterians talk a LOT about the idea of “call,” of vocation; of being gifted and commissioned by God to particular kinds of ministry, and even particular place and contexts to which one is called. In two weeks,...

  • Pastor’s Message: Jan. 8, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) This comes from the Apostle Paul towards the end of his letter to the Romans, in a section in which he is giving a whole series of instructions to them about how...

  • Pastor’s Message: Dec. 30, 2020

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: The Spirit of Giving Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Col. 3:15 Dear friends, I would like to thank you for your generosity, creativity and support...

  • Pastor’s Message: Dec. 23, 2020

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Waiting and Preparing Three years ago, I began serving as your pastor at the beginning of Advent. As I’ve said before, there is a certain…burden…that comes with using the initials “J.C.” as a pastor, since many people immediately make the connection with those being...

  • Pastor’s Message: Dec. 18, 2020

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Grieving Our Losses For the second year in a row, a snowstorm has disrupted our “Longest Night” Service, this year postponing it to the actual “longest night:” the winter solstice on Monday, December 21. As I’ve said previously, this is an important service in...

  • Pastor’s Message: Dec. 11, 2020

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: Looking ahead to our Longest Night Service The year 2020 is going to be an unforgettable one. We as a church will remember how we met on Facebook each Sunday morning for services. How we quickly adapted to physical distancing, mask-wearing and hand sanitizer....