• Pastor’s Message – Nov. 22, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the Christian year; “New Year’s Day” on the Christian calendar is the first Sunday of Advent, which is December 1 this year. But it is not simply the last Sunday of the...

  • Thanksgiving Eve Service

    Wednesday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 p.m. On Thanksgiving Eve, we gather together in worship to celebrate the many ways God has blessed us to be a blessing. This is a joyous service of music and praise, with heartfelt testimonials from members sharing stories of thankfulness.

  • Pastor’s Message: Nov. 15, 2019

    This Sunday (Nov. 17) First Pres is hosting an event by the Bethlehem Interfaith Group from 2:30 – 5 p.m. The event is focused on the theme of stories of immigration, and will include several people from different faith traditions sharing their own immigration story, an opportunity to reflect on...

  • Pastor’s Message: Nov. 8, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: PLEDGE DEDICATION SUNDAY For the last few weeks in worship, we’ve been exploring the mission priorities that the Session has identified for First Pres over the next couple of years: engaging new people and nurturing their faith and discipleship; ministry with children, youth, and...

  • Pastor’s Message: Nov. 1, 2019

    As you know, this year our annual stewardship campaign is focused on the mission priorities the Session has identified for our congregation over the next few years, and on an ambitious and exciting plan to help us answer God’s call to us through those priorities. If you haven’t already received...

  • Pastor’s Message: Oct. 25, 2019

    Focusing on our mission priorities This Sunday is the second week of a four-part sermon series focused on the mission priorities that the Session has established for First Pres over the next few years. We’re doing this series during this year’s stewardship season because the Session is also calling the...

  • Pastor’s Message: Oct. 18, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Possibility, abundance, and gratitude When I was in the process of preparing for ordination, I had to take a whole battery of tests and inventories to both evaluate my mental and emotional health and help with the discernment of the kind of ministry to...

  • Blessing of the Animals

    Thank you to everyone who attended our event! After a long, hard rain the skies cleared and we enjoyed beautiful sunshine and fellowship. SECOND ANNUAL: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Sunday, October 27* 4 p.m. Front Lawn Bring your favorite friend to receive a blessing (crated or leashed, please). Everyone is...

  • Pastor’s Message: Oct. 11, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: BUILDING OUR CAPACITY Last week I spent three days at the “Stewardship Kaleidoscope” conference of the Presbyterian Church (USA). I’ve taught and/or spoken at the conference since it was created about a decade ago, and it is still one of my favorite dimensions of...

  • Pastor’s Message – Oct. 4, 2019

    A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY What unites us is greater than what divides us The first Sunday in October is celebrated by many different Christian denominations as World Communion Sunday. We observe World Communion Sunday as a way of lifting up Christian unity and the commonality...