Rev. Dr. William Hess

God has truly blessed us. We have cause for rejoicing. The call of a new pastor means that a new exciting chapter in our lives will begin. Such a time calls all of us to deeper levels of commitment to our Lord.

As we remember the faithfulness of the pilgrims, let us consider what the Lord may be asking us to do. God has a plan for us, and each day more and more of that plan is being revealed.

The lectionary passage for this week is the parable of the talents. Be thinking now of what gifts the Lord has given to you and whether you have truly offered those gifts to the glory of God. We hope to see you on Sunday!

Pastor Bill Hess

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Rev. J.C. Austin

We are so 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 PCUSA.

For nearly 20 years, J.C. has served the Presbyterian Church USA as a pastor, an educator, and a leader at every level of the denomination. A lifelong Presbyterian, he is married to Tammy Haston Austin, and is a devoted father to Liam Austin, their 12 year-old son.

J.C.’s ministry will begin officially on November 27, though he will be in and out of the office earlier as he transitions to Bethlehem. His first Sunday in the pulpit will be December 3, the first Sunday of Advent. Click here to see the complete article on Rev. Austin’s call to Bethlehem.

“Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Ps. 106:1)