On Who We Are, and What We Believe

  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.

December 8th, 2016|

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The Morning Call newspaper reports results of straw vote

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

June 9th, 2016|

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

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 […]

January 31st, 2016|

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Why Not ECO?

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:

January 5th, 2016|

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A Cause for Thanksgiving!

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.”

November 11th, 2015|

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