Letter to the congregation

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 […]

December 12th, 2017|

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Press release in response to Judge’s ruling


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 […]

December 12th, 2017|

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

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.

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December 12th, 2017|

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Christmas Joy Offering

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 […]

December 10th, 2017|

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Memorial Service for Barbara Hubbard

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., […]

December 7th, 2017|

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Memorial Service for Kirk Flemming

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 […]

December 4th, 2017|

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Lehigh Presbytery Helping Hands Mission to Summerton, South Carolina

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 […]

November 29th, 2017|

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Read the Morning Call article about our new Pastor J.C. Austin….

J.C., Tammy and Liam were warmly welcomed with an enthusiastic show of support from our congregation on Sunday morning. We are looking forward to this new chapter in our faith journey together.

Read reporter Sarah M. Wojcik’s carefully researched and well-written article about our wonderful news […]

November 26th, 2017|

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New Pastor Called

We are very pleased to announce that The Rev. J.C. Austin has been called to serve as the new pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem PC(USA). The past several months have been a journey of spiritual discernment and listening closely to the will of God for this […]

November 16th, 2017|

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Presbyterian Giving Catalog

Small gifts. BIG impact. Looking for alternative gift-giving for the holiday season? When asked what you would like for Christmas, consider asking that a critically needed item be purchased in your name from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.

The […]

November 13th, 2017|

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