Letter to the congregation

December 12th, 2017|

December 12, 2017

FROM:               Session of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem PCUSA

TO:                     Our members and friends

RE:                     Ruling by Northampton County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Stephen Baratta on Property Ownership


Earlier today, Judge Baratta ruled on the question of exactly who controls the church property at 2344 Center Street. The Judge upheld […]

Press release in response to Judge’s ruling

December 12th, 2017|


BETHLEHEM, PA—Northampton County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Stephen G. Baratta today ruled that Lehigh Presbytery, acting for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem PCUSA, is the recognized trustee of the property at 2344 Center Street along with all […]

Court rules in favor of PC (USA) congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem

December 12th, 2017|

Northampton County President Judge Stephen Baratta on Tuesday ruled in favor of the congregants of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem who’ve remained loyal to the national denomination in a property dispute over who keeps the sprawling church property on Center Street.

Read story on The Morning Call website


Christmas Joy Offering

December 10th, 2017|

The Christmas Joy offering is one of four special offerings of the PCUSA. Although the Joy offering has been around for many years, it is rooted in the 300-year-old tradition of assistance embodied in the connectional church at its best. It is not supported by […]

Gifts of Stock

December 10th, 2017|

Did you know that First Presbyterian Church PCUSA can receive gifts of transferred securities? You may have long-ago inherited stock or held on to shares that have appreciated to the point that the individual capital gains make selling the stock unattractive. You can directly transfer/deliver such shares of common stock to the church through […]

Using your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to make direct gifts

December 10th, 2017|

If you are 70 ½ years old, you can authorize direct transfers from your IRA to our church to fulfill your pledge or gift. A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) automatically applies to your IRA required minimum distribution (RMD) for the tax year in which you make the gift. […]

Year End Gifts

December 10th, 2017|

This year ends on a weekend so please take that into consideration if you plan to mail in any contributions.

Maximum tax benefits depend on timing. The last date to complete many gifts is Friday December 29, 2017. To count as a current year donation, the […]

Memorial Service for Barbara Hubbard

December 7th, 2017|

We extend our condolences to the family of Barbara Fri Hubbard, 91, of Bethlehem, who died peacefully Monday, December 4, 2017, in Kirkland Village. She was the wife of William H. Hubbard, II for 65 years. She is survived by husband, William; son, William H., […]

Memorial Service for Kirk Flemming

December 4th, 2017|

Our heart-felt sympathy is extended to the family of Kirk Flemming, the son of Nancy Flemming of Bethlehem, and the late Ronald Flemming. Kirk is survived by his mother and beloved son Tal-Reese Flemming of Bethlehem. A Memorial Service to celebrate Kirk’s life will be at […]

Lehigh Presbytery Helping Hands Mission to Summerton, South Carolina

November 29th, 2017|

Helping Hands came about as a response to Hurricane Katrina. The first five years were dedicated to helping the people of Mississippi recover from the storm. People with stable finances and insurance can repair and replace their dwellings in less than five years, but those […]