On Who We Are, and What We Believe

December 8th, 2016|

  aboutfpcb-pcusavideo2 Pastor Bill Hess describes the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem PCUSA congregation--who we are and what we believe, in this December 2016 video.

On Stewardship, and the Significance of Tithing

November 29th, 2016|

Pastor Bill Hess discusses the importance of the 2017 Stewardship Campaign.

The Morning Call newspaper reports results of straw vote

June 9th, 2016|

BETHLEHEM — The Lehigh Presbytery has determined that there is not sufficient support within the congregation of the largest Presbyterian church in the Lehigh Valley to justify its break from the most visible national branch of the denomination. Read story on Mcall.com

Let’s remember that God is love

April 19th, 2016|

“God is Love and He made us in His image. He makes no mistakes. His greatest commandment is to love one another as we love ourselves.

So to judge and exclude those who are homosexual is downright sinful. God made them just as he made all of us. We need to take into account the […]

PET Event with Dr. Charles Wiley III sheds light on PC-USA controversies

January 31st, 2016|

One of the most disappointing aspects of the video testimonies of Ruling Elders on the church’s website is the consistent but vague criticisms about the PC-USA denomination.

Not one of the elders’ claims points to any specific evidence in support of the criticisms. Instead of providing a valuable advancement of the conversation, the testimonies simply […]

Why Not ECO?

January 5th, 2016|

Change is good, right? So, why can’t the Presbyterians For Unity group just go along with Session’s plan and allow our wonderful, imperfect church to be moved from PC (USA) to ECO? What difference would it really make? Here are our concerns:

The quality of our church depends on us staying together

December 30th, 2015|

This video was created by Ron Rankin, who has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem for more than 45 years.

Our Challenging Way

November 20th, 2015|

By Chip Hardwick Yesterday I had the chance to preach and teach at Southminster Presbyterian Church in my hometown of Dayton, OH. I was glad to spend some time with family between events at the church. I preached about stewardship on Thank Offering Sunday, which supports ministry partners of the national Presbyterian Women organization. What I want to write about today, though, is the presentation I gave in the afternoon to a group who have been spending six weeks covering issues of sexual integrity, in particular in respect to the LGBT community. They invited me to talk about gay marriage and ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). It gave me a chance to revisit an important paper that two of my colleagues from the Office of Theology and Worship (Charles Wiley and Barry Ensign-George) wrote after the denomination changed its standards on marriage from “a man and a woman” to “a couple, traditionally a man and a woman.”

A Cause for Thanksgiving!

November 11th, 2015|

The following letter was recently sent on the behalf of the members of Presbyterians for Unity: November 11, 2015 Dear Ann Terres, Dave Duquette, and members of Session, What a cause for Thanksgiving! We, the members of Presbyterians for Unity, want to express our sincere gratitude for the tone and content of the most recent communication to the FPCB community. Hearing that “It is the hope of both Session and the PET that we can work together as a positive witness to Christ's love for us and set an example for how Presbyterians resolve their differences” responds to the most important goal for our group – that whatever the outcome of this process, we can remain in faithful and loving fellowship with each other, even more important than our common goal of ensuring “that a fair and complete dissemination of information about ECO and PC(USA) is given to the FPC Bethlehem congregation to properly discern God's will for the future denomination of this great church.” We are equally gladdened “that worship will remain a safe and sacred space at FPCB.”

The “Center” on Center

November 10th, 2015|

Last Wed I had conversations with two very different groups of people from our church who echoed the same sentiments: WE WANT OUR CHURCH BACK!

None of those people are interested in FPCB becoming a narrow exclusive private club for people who all think alike but a place where they can worship, serve the community, […]