• Hi Neighbors: Program for Monday, Nov. 25

    Our last program of the Fall 2019 semester will be held on Monday, Nov. 25. All are welcome!  There is no cost or registration required. NOTE: If the church building is closed due to weather, Hi Neighbors is cancelled. Check our website or call the office for an announcement, before...

  • A Great Event: B.I.G. Faith Crawl

    Many thanks to those who participated in the first-ever “B.I.G.” (Bethlehem Interfaith Group) Faith Crawl on Sunday, September 15. Between the two buses and the cars that traveled along, over 140 people participated in the tour. They heard informative and inspiring presentations at: St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church Central Moravian...

  • Pastor’s Message: Aug. 30, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Enjoying the waning days of summer Even though students are back in school in Bethlehem, and people mostly wear white whenever they feel like it these days, it really doesn’t feel like the end of summer to me until Labor Day weekend. It’s like...

  • Pastor’s Message: Aug. 23, 2019

    A SPECIAL MESSAGE ABOUT THE LOG COLLEGE PROJECT PROCESS From Rev. J.C. Austin: Earlier this summer, Julia Pedroso and Sophia Pedroso, two of our youth, attended the Design Lab for the Log College Project at Princeton Seminary, which is helping us to design a new model for doing youth ministry....

  • Pastor’s Message: Aug. 16, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. Sue Bennetch: Stephen Ministry Returns to FPCB  “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12 For many years...

  • Pastor’s Message: Aug. 9, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. STEVE SIMMONS: A Remarkable American Experiment This past Tuesday marked the 145th birthday of a remarkable American experiment in “out of school vacation learning,” the Chautauqua Institution, which was founded by two Methodist laymen, Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent in 1884. Originally created for the...

  • Pastor’s Message: Aug. 2, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Summer renewal The beginning of August is always a little strange for me. Generally, when it comes around I am either on vacation or about to depart, as I am this year; I’ll be taking about two weeks of vacation starting on Monday, August...

  • Pastor’s Message: July 26, 2019

    This Sunday afternoon, a group from First Pres will be seeing a production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar at Northampton Community College. I’m pleased to have been invited to lead a discussion about the show after the performance, which is at 2 pm on Sunday. If you don’t...

  • August Reading Group

    NEW! AUGUST READING GROUP DATES ANNOUNCED The August reading group will meet on two Wednesdays – August 14 and 21 – from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Parlor. All are welcome! They will be discussing: Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates,...

  • Pastor’s Message: July 19, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: Safe and Grateful FPCB’s Bereavement Support Group met last Sunday at our new location – The Eagle Room at Kirkland Village Marketplace. We enjoyed a nice lunch and the company of compassionate friends who shared their feelings, new insights, surprises and experiences as a...