First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem Privacy Policy

As a faith community, we place paramount importance on our reputation for fair, ethical, and moral behavior. Because trust is essential to our work, we want you to know how we collect, use and protect information about our online users. This Privacy Policy details how First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem (FPCB) manages information on individuals, communicates with individuals, and regards the rights of individuals with respect to such information and communications.

Information You Provide

We receive and may store any information you enter on our website or give to our website in any other manner. For example, we collect information you provide when you send us an email, submit a prayer request, enroll your child in Sunday School, etc. This information may include, but may not be limited to:

• Your name
• Your mailing address
• Your email address
• Your phone numbers (home, mobile, work)

Your Consent

When you submit your personally identifiable information on this website, you are giving your consent to the collection, retention, and limited use and disclosure of your personal information as set forth in this Privacy Policy. If you would prefer that we not collect any personally identifiable information from you, please do not provide us with this information.


We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with our website. “Cookies” are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies can identify your previous visits to this website. We use cookies as many other websites do. Through cookies we obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses our website. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to receive notification when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether. However, since cookies allow you to take full advantage of some of our website’s best features, we recommend that you leave them turned on.

Please note that the FPCB website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Sharing Your Information with Service Providers

Our website may share information with companies that provide support services to us (such as a printer, mailing house or web host). These companies may need information about you to perform their functions. These companies are not authorized to use the information we share with them for any other purpose, but we ultimately cannot control their use of the shared information.

Please note that while FPCB is primarily responsible for the content of our website, information provided for membership record updates, e-newsletter subscriptions and monetary donations to the church is handled by third-party companies, including: Network Solutions, LLC, A Company; MailChimp; and PayPal.

Network Solutions’ privacy policy is available here:

MailChimp’s Privacy Policy is available here:

PayPal’s privacy policy can be found at

Additional Disclosure of Your Information

In addition to sharing information with our service providers, we may disclose other information, including personally identifiable information, we deem necessary, in our sole discretion, to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.

Links to Other Websites

Our website from time to time may offer links to or from other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. Other sites may have their own policies regarding privacy, which we encourage you to review.


If you provide our website with your email address, you may receive email from us, however we never sell, trade, lease or otherwise share email addresses unless compelled by law to do so.


We employ a variety of tools and processes to protect the security of your personal information, however, owing to the Internet’s constantly changing technologies, we cannot guarantee absolute security. We can only pledge diligent monitoring and prompt and transparent handling of of any issues arising over information and data collected by FPCB.


You may at any time choose to opt-out of receiving postal, email and/or telephone communications from FPCB, or from third parties with whom FPCB has shared your name, address, telephone number and/or email address. Opting-out is the means by which you give us, or decline to give us, your consent to use this personal information or to share it with third parties. If you wish to opt-out, you may contact us by email at, by telephone at (610) 867-5865, or by postal mail at: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem PA 18017. If you elect to contact us by email or postal mail, please include information in your email or letter that will help us identify you so that we can expeditiously handle your request.

Please note that it may take us some time to fully implement your opt-out choices. This is because our systems require time to update, and postal, email and telephone communications using information shared by you before your opt-out may already be in process. Thus, you might continue to receive postal, email or telephone communications from us or a third party based upon the personal information you have provided under this Privacy Policy for a short time after your opt-out. For similar reasons, your personal information might continue to be shared with third parties for a short time after your opt-out.

To access and update your name, postal address email address or any other information that would directly enable us to contact you, please contact us by e-mail at, by telephone at (610) 867-5865, or by postal mail at: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem PA 18017. If you elect to contact us by email or postal mail, please include information in your email or letter that will help us identify you so that we can expeditiously handle your request.

We may also provide you an opportunity to update your information and/or modify your opt-out choices by sending you an email, writing you a letter or telephoning you and inviting your response.

Additional Information for California Residents

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us by at email at, by telephone at (610) 867-5865, or by postal mail at: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem PA 18017. If you elect to contact us by email or postal mail, please include information in your email or letter that will help us identify you so that we can expeditiously handle your request.

Updates to This Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post the revised policy here. While we will do our best to provide you with advance notice of changes to this Privacy Policy, it may not always be possible to do so, so we suggest that you periodically consult this Privacy Policy to determine whether changes have been made. Please note that our rights to use your personally identifiable information will be based on the privacy policy in effect at the time the information is used.

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you (this does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes). You may exercise these rights by contacting us by e-mail at, by telephone at (610) 867-5865, or by postal mail at: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18017.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam-detection service.

How we protect your data

Encryption process are used throughout our website. We also employ a variety of other security safeguards.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event of a data breech, Email, postal mail, and/or telephone notification will be made to any party potentially affected by the breech as soon as possible.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Our contact processes all require at least two opt-in actions. We do not employ automated processes that assume opt-in actions.