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Mark and I just mailed our Father’s Day cards. Like many of you, we will have to settle for a phone call rather than a hug from our dads. Have you made Father’s Day plans yet? I know dads can sometimes feel like “their day” is a distant second to Mother’s Day. 

A Time article recently re-enforced this idea. Did you know that it took 58 years after Mother’s Day was officially recognized before Father’s Day received national holiday status in 1972? Maybe you are not surprised that in 2018, consumers are expected to spend $7.8 billion dollars less on Father’s Day versus Mother’s Day.  The article was quick to note that most fathers are probably glad of less spending.  At the end of the article it noted that the federal government spends $100 billion dollars annually on programs to support father-absent homes.

So, what’s the worth of fathers?  As one advertisement says, the impact of fathers is “priceless”. Fathers make so much more than an economic impact on families.  Recent studies show the power of fathers on the emotional health of families.  And, powerfully, when fathers show their commitment to Jesus Christ, children are more likely to grow in their own faith.

On Sunday, we’ll continue in our “This Is Us” series focusing on fathers. We’ll celebrate dads in all the services. One of my two favorite dads and Grace Church’s pastor/dad, Mark Crumpler will preach.

Last call for Vacation Bible School on June 25-29. You don’t want to miss it. Live music, pastors speaking everyday and tons of volunteers investing in the next generation. It’s also a great way for your neighbors and their kids to check out Grace Church!  You can sign up here or share the link.

Also, our Holy Land information meeting will be right after each service this Sunday.  Head to the back of the auditorium for the brief meeting.  Don’t miss this chance to join me and Mark for this lifechanging adventure this October. Deadline to sign up is July 1.

I can’t wait for Sunday. And dads, you don’t have to wear your new tie. 

Your friend and pastor, 

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor

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Do you remember your first date?  If you are married, do you remember your first date with your spouse?  This weekend, we continue in our series, THIS IS US.  Mark Crumpler will be preaching “For this reason” exploring what Jesus had to say about marriage and some practical implications for those who are single, those who are dating and those who are married.

N T Wright calls marriage a “signpost”.  Here’s what he writes…

That is why, I believe, the ­biblical picture of man and woman together in marriage is not something about which we can say, “Oh well, they had some funny ideas back then. We know better now.” The biblical view of marriage is part of the larger whole of new creation, and it symbolizes and points to that divine plan. Every time I, as a priest, celebrate the marriage of a couple, I remind myself, and I frequently remind the couple, that what we are doing is setting up a signpost. We live in a world of many storms and many winds; those signposts can easily get battered and broken. But they are pointing somewhere – and the reality to which they are pointing is the fulfillment of God’s good purposes for creation.

Marriage is a sign of all things in heaven and on earth coming together in Christ. That’s why it is a tough calling. But that is why, also, it is central and non-negotiable. That, for me, is what it’s all about.

I’ll be away this weekend, doing a wedding but will tune in online.  IF you don’t know it already, we livestream our worship services each week.  Watching online is a great way to stay connected if you are on vacation or sick at home.  You can go to our website www.gracecb.org and click sermons to find our livestream services.  Of course, It’s never a substitute for being together.  I will miss being with you this weekend and look forward to being back next week. 

A couple other things for our church family as we get ready for summertime and vacation mode.

Vacation Bible School is almost here (June 25-29). If you haven’t signed up all ready, you can  CLICK HERE.

This is the best week of the year for us to double-down on our commitment to the next generation.  The staff and the children’s leadership team have been working on an amazing week.  It’s exciting to be in our new mid-week campus for the week.  Sign your kids and grand kids up.  And sign yourself up too to volunteer.  I can’t wait. 

Holy Land Trip – Mark and I will host an information meeting on June 17th – immediately following both services in the back of the sanctuary (right side as you are leaving).  If you are on the fence, now is the time to sign up.  We are excited about the trip this Fall. It’s a great opportunity to grow in your faith.  Deadline is July 1st and space is limited. Click here for more information.

And last…. Please GIVE BEFORE YOU GO.  Your giving and generosity are vital to the mission and ministry at Grace Church.  In the summertime, our expenses and our programs don’t slow down, they increase.  I am so grateful for your faithfulness in this strategic season.   So, before you head out on vacation, please consider giving before you go.

It is a privilege to be…

Your pastor and friend,

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor

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I have been away this week working on all the sermon series for the next year (August 2018-May 2019). On these weeks, I bury myself in a library to think and pray. As I pray, I see your faces and think about your stories. I pray about God's faithfulness and our church's story and where God is leading us. I pray as I read the Bible and begin to choose the texts and topics we will explore together. Please pray for me as I spend the next month planning our coming year.

On Sunday, I will be continuing our This Is US series--preaching on a topic that is near and dear to my heart. CS Lewis said that, "Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly, to me it is the chief happiness of life."

The older I get the more I know C. S. Lewis is correct. Friendship is a gift that can't be bought. It often comes in surprising ways. Friendship has to be nurtured and developed over time. Friends cry with you, celebrate with you, challenge you, and in all of it, love you. Many people think that Paul, the church planter, leader and strategist in the New Testament, was a lone ranger Christian. But, if you read his letters you see a different story. On Sunday, we will sit at Paul's feet and see his heart and his friends, and we will be reminded again how important community and friendship is for our lives. At both services, we will take communion and celebrate Grace Church's graduating seniors. 

I can't wait to see you Sunday!   

Your pastor and friend,

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor

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Last weekend, we started a series called “THIS IS US.”  Over the next few weeks, we will have a look at the “real” life of families.  In family life, we experience our deepest source of satisfaction and meaning, as well as the source of our greatest worries and pain. Last week, we started with mothers.  And by the way, it was fun to see you all enjoying the photo booth.  If you would like a digital copy of your photo booth photos, you can email that request to: communications@gracecb.org.

This weekend, we will turn our attention to our faith family.  We will look at the relationship between Paul and Timothy.  Timothy had a godly grandmother and mother who taught him the faith.  But, Timothy also had Paul, who was a spiritual father. Paul poured his life into Timothy.  Paul encouraged and taught and prayed for and invested in his spiritual son.  To get ready for Sunday, think about the people in your own life who have been a part of your faith story.  My guess is that many of you will have biological family but also faith family who have shaped you as a follower of Jesus.

Speaking of our faith family - on Sunday, at both services, we will receive the 2018 Confirmation Class.  It was a real joy for the Session to meet with them this past Tuesday night.  We heard their faith statements and their contagious enthusiasm for the faith and for our church.  I can’t wait for you to see them profess their faith. Friends, our future is in good hands with these young, gifted believers. 

GRACE CHURCH UPDATE

Moving forward, I am going to share a monthly update about our church life.  I continue to be amazed at how God is at work.  One of my favorite prayers of Paul in the New Testament is in Ephesians.  Paul prays,

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  (Ephesians 3:20)

This past Tuesday, at our all-staff meeting, I read this verse and asked the team to share ways that we are seeing God do “immeasurably more” at our church.  And we came up with a long list. I know you could add a host of ways to our list.

God’s faithfulness is evident in this strategic season in the life of our church.  It is clear that the theological clarity and unity that came from our move to our new and growing ECO denomination as well as the leap of faith we took together in January has been catalytic. Each Sunday, there is so much energy and palpable joy. Each week there are new faces who are coming to see what is going on in our church. We have enjoyed having some special guests, including Mayor Robert Donchez and Police Chief, Mike Diluzio who have shared with us the needs of our city. Since January, we have had 2 new member classes and our confirmation class resulting in 38 new members joining so far in 2018. The next new member class is June 24.

BECA Updates

1)    BECA has been a wonderful host and partner in ministry.  It is such a gift from God that we have this temporary worship space and it was available just when we needed it.

2)    Having both the classic and the modern services in the same space, and sharing a common coffee hour, has been a spark for making new friendships.

3)    Each week our choir and the modern worship band face different space scenarios (since BECA utilizes the space in different ways each week).  I am grateful for the flexibility of both groups. Please join me in thanking them.

4)    Portable Church Industries trained our team this past weekend.  This company specialize in helping churches who “set up” each week sustain and simplify the weekly process.  The equipment we purchased should reduce our set up hours and allow us to engage more people in volunteer teams. We have an amazing staff and volunteers who make worship happen every week.  Our volunteers are real heroes – we are seeing now more than ever that it takes ALL of our congregation to help us live into the vision to which God is leading us.  I hope you will consider joining a team if you are not already on a team. You can do that right now by emailing volunteer@gracecb.org.  Someone will get right back to you.    

LOCUST Street Campus Updates

1)    It is truly a miracle that in 4 months from our move out of Center Street, the staff is moved into the Locust Street Building. It took generous gifts and loans from our congregation as well as countless hours and expertise from volunteers to get us in to the building.

2)    Renovations continue and will be in progress through the month of June.

3)    We are quickly filling up the building with many bible studies, student ministry events, meetings, and activities of our congregation. We anticipate a particularly full house for Vacation Bible School in June.

4)    We already have 4 weddings scheduled for the new Sanctuary and are beginning to plan concerts and other events.  We hope to purchase a concert piano for the Locust Street sanctuary that will allow Tom Goeman to play both organ and piano for concerts and events as well as at choir practices.

Other Updates

1)    On Easter Sunday, we adopted our new name, Grace Church Bethlehem…An ECO Presbyterian Community.  At the beginning of May, the name was approved for our corporate entity.  All checks must now be made out to GRACE CHURCH BETHLEHEM.  Mail should be sent to our Locust Street mid-week campus at 521 E. Locust Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. This is especially important. Checks written out to any other name will not be accepted by our banking institution.  Be sure that all checks, bank checks, IRA distributions, and all other charitable contributions be made payable to GRACE CHURCH BETHLEHEM

2)    If you have named our church in your will or charitable trust, please note that you will need to work with your attorney to amend your will or trust to clearly state your intentions of giving to GRACE CHURCH BETHLEHEM.  Charitable contributions written out to any other named entity will not be directed to our church.  For more information about this or for help, please contact our Planned Giving Officer, Andy Roman at aroman@gracecb.org .

3)    Watch the bulletin for dates for congregational updates, an Open House at the Locust Street Campus in July, and a dedication of the Locust Street building in September. 

JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR OUR CHURCH

1)    Please pray with me that God will continue to do “immeasurably” more in and through our church. 

2)    Please continue to pray for our transition conversations with the PCUSA congregation.  It has taken significant work to settle out expenses and resources between our two congregations.  Please pray for the smooth and God-honoring conclusion of that important work all to the end that both congregations can thrive and move fully into their own ministries.

3)    Please pray for our Session as they approve a master planning process.  This process will result in a strategic long-term vision for Grace Church Bethlehem’s future growth, ministry and mission. There will be many opportunities for all groups in the congregation to be a part of this exciting process.  More details will be coming soon.

God is at work in us and in you! --- Can’t wait to see you on Sunday.

Your pastor and friend,

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor

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A few years ago, an ad agency created a fake job description and started doing real interviews. The interviewer described the job to candidates as “Director of Operations.”

“It’s not just a job. It’s probably the most important job.  The responsibilities and requirements are quite extensive.  Constant mobility.  No breaks. Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills.  A degree in medicine, finance and the culinary arts.  The ability to work in a chaotic environment.  Over the holidays, the workload goes up. The associates will need constant attention. But, the meaningful connections that you make and the feelings you get when you help your associates are immeasurable.  And the salary… nothing.”

The candidates are incredulous.  Finally, the interviewer shares the punchline… there is someone who has this job. In fact, billions have this job all around the globe.  Moms.

This weekend, we begin a new series called, “This Is Us”.  We will take a look at the real life of families.  The series will go from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day and will look at the one thing we all have in common – we have family.  Your family may not be perfect. It is dysfunctional (because all families are). But, family shapes you. Survey after survey affirms that family ties are our deepest source of satisfaction and meaning, as well as the source of our greatest worries and pain.

The Bible tells the real-story of lots of imperfect families. Their stories wouldn’t be good, perfect, Facebook posts, or good Christmas card letters.  But, they can help us look in the mirror at our own families.  This week, in my message, we will look at Sarah and Abraham, and the way they laughed their way all the way to God’s faithfulness.

At both services (9 am – Classic & 10:30 – Modern), we will celebrate moms and those who are like moms to us. Children’s choirs will sing at both services. Also, before or after service, there will be a photo booth for you to grab a picture with your family (or with some of your GRACE family). Keep spreading GRACE!

Your pastor and friend,

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor

PS. Serve Day was such a beautiful picture of our church being the church – loving Bethlehem in Jesus’ name.  Click here to see some photos of the day.  Thanks to the over 250 of you who were a part!

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The business of the church is to tell and embody a story.

That's what Lesslie Newbigin said in his book, Foolishness to the Greeks.

He's not talking about a building or an institution. He's talking about you. You are the church. You tell and embody the true story of the resurrected Jesus. You do that when you gather for worship at BECAHI each week. You do that when you study the bible in your small group. You do that when you care for each other. And you also tell the story when you leave worship and go home to your neighborhood. You do it when you go to the gym. And to your work or school. And to the IronPigs games. Every day, you (and all of us together) live the good news of Jesus.

Serve Day is in 2 days! That will be a real tangible way that we tell and embody the Jesus story. On Saturday morning, we will gather at our Locust Street campus and scatter throughout Bethlehem to love our city in Jesus' name. Well over 200 of us are already signed up--but we do have a few spots remaining. Don't miss it. Click here to find your spot.

On Sunday after serving Bethlehem, we will wrap up our Serve Bethlehem series. I'll be preaching on Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount--"You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world." The people who heard Jesus speak those words the first time went out and lived them. And they changed the world. On Sunday, we will look at all the ways Jesus changed the world--through his followers. His words are a great ending challenge for this series and for us, GRACE CHURCH BETHLEHEM.

Also on Sunday morning, in both services, it will be a privilege to welcome our Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez. I am looking forward to hearing from Mayor Donchez and praying for him and our city. We will also take communion together, remembering who we are and whose we are.

It's another not to miss Sunday.

One more thing... I am happy to announce that our name change is finalized. You can now begin to direct all of your giving to GRACE CHURCH BETHLEHEM. Let me say again how important your giving is to the vibrant mission and ministry of our church.

I can't wait for Sunday.

Your pastor and friend,

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor

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Last night, the anticipated and hyped Marvel Superhero movie, Avengers-Infinity War, opened.  Twenty-two superheroes together in a 150 minute movie for good. Mark and I follow superhero movies because our son does. He and his fraternity brothers were at the theatre last night to see the movie debut.

Everybody wants a hero. Movie heroes have special supernatural gifts to do good.  Most of us don't have supernatural gifts. But, God has made us for good. Paul reminded the Christians in Ephesus who they were.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Because of the grace God has shown us in Jesus Christ, our perfect leader and hero, we get to extend grace in His name to our family, our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues and more. 

We get to do that together next Saturday, May 6, on Serve Day.  Already, 178 (as of 9 am) of us are signed up. I am praying that over 300 of us will scatter across our city showing our love for our city.  You can sign up here.

We serve to show that we love the city that God loves.  We serve to point people to God's love for them. 

On Sunday, we will continue in our Serve Bethlehem series.  Mark will preach on the last part of Micah's words from God showing us how to live-- "Walk Humbly with our God." Our own Dr. Matt McCambridge will be our Bethlehem interview sharing as a leader in our medical community.  These interviews have been really helpful for me to learn more about our city.  Also on Sunday, we will receive 12 new members.  

It's going to be a great, not to miss, Sunday.  Aren't they all!

Your pastor and friend,

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor
 

PS. Also, after the 10:30 service, Mark and I will hold an informational meeting for the Holy Land Pilgrimage in October. You can click here for more information on line.

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He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

What a wonderful celebration we had on Sunday. We declared the truth that generations have declared before us. We declared the truth that shapes every part of who we are as a community of believers.

There are so many pictures in my mind as I thank God for all that happened in our midst.

Families gathering around the flower cross together for pictures and fellowship--the second year of this new tradition for our church!

The choir surrounding the congregation singing the truth of the resurrection and then ending the service with the Hallelujah Chorus with Tom Goeman playing and leading our guest musicians playing brass and timpani.


The countless numbers of volunteers in the parking lot and inside welcoming our guests. 


Coming to BECA via satellite parking allowing more parking for our guests. Thanks to all who rode the shuttle.

Announcing our new name GRACE CHURCH BETHLEHEM...An ECO Presbyterian Community (click here to see the announcement) and seeing you joyfully celebrate. 

An intergenerational band and singers in our modern service leading a new song "Family of Grace" 

1,612 worshippers in our two services and lots of kids in our children's program. With no official advertising campaign, you invited friends and family to be a part of Easter worship. You may know that statistics show that most people come to church for the first time by a personal invitation.


It was such a great Easter celebration!

Sunday, we celebrated THE truth of our faith: Jesus was crucified, dead and buried and then on the third day he came out of the grave. And this weekend, we get to declare it all over again. This weekend, we begin a new series, Serve Bethlehem. How do we apply the truth of the resurrection in our own city? How do we live it out in our everyday life? How do we serve our city as followers of Jesus? As a part of the series, we will welcome one of our city leaders and invite them to share about the needs of our city. The series will lead us to our Serve Day on May 5th. You can sign up now (click here) to serve in places literally all over our city. I am praying that over 300 of us will join together to make a difference in our city that day.


Also on Sunday at the 9 am service, we will ordain and install the 2021 class of officers. All ordained officers will be invited to come forward to lay hands on our officers for the installation prayer. Be in prayer for your church leaders as they begin their service.
 

I can't wait to be with you this weekend, Grace Church Bethlehem! 

Your pastor and friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
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Palm Sunday. Donkeys. Palms. Even a few snow flurries. What a wonderful day of worship. We had over 900 adults in worship and over 100 kids in our children's program. That was the mood in Jerusalem when Jesus rode in on a donkey that first Palm Sunday. Lots of people. All celebrating Jesus coming into the city. 

But today is Maundy Thursday. I hope that you will join us tonight at BECA at 7 pm. We will journey with Jesus through the last supper and then experience a Tenebrae Service all this evening. Our choir, led by Tom Goeman, and the AVIVA string quartet will lead us through a powerful service. Childcare will be provided (up to age 5). It is important to linger at the cross knowing that Jesus gave his life so that we might live.

But, thank God Easter Sunday is coming. On Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! NT Wright reminds us that no one expected the resurrection... 

The resurrection of Jesus took everybody by surprise. The disciples weren't expecting it. They knew perfectly well, that if you followed someone who you thought was the Messiah, and he got killed, then that was it. We know at least a dozen other Messianic or prophetic movements, within a hundred years on either side of Jesus, they routinely ended with the death of the founder. And if the movement wanted to continue, they didn't say, oh he's been raised from the dead. They said, let's find his brother or cousin who can carry on this movement. You can see how those Jewish groups did that. 

This one did it differently. They had James the brother of Jesus, as this great leader of the early church, but nobody said, James is the Messiah. They said, Jesus is the Messiah. Why? He's dead. They got him, didn't you realize they crucified... No. He was raised from the dead. 

The only way you can explain, why Christianity began, and why it took the very precise shape it was, is let's say it cautiously, first-they really did believe He was bodily raised from the dead. And then if you take the second question, why would they believe that? You can go through all the theories-that they found themselves forgiven. They had a fresh sense of the presence of God. That this was cognitive dissonance, etc. Then you bring all those theories to the actual facts that we know on the ground in the first century. . . they just don't fit. 

The only way you can explain the rise of the early Christian belief that Jesus was raised, is that there really was an empty tomb. They really did meet Jesus again, in a transformed body. And the thing makes sense. Of course, when I wrote a big book on this, my philosopher tutor from Oxford who was an atheist read it and he said, great book. You really make the argument. I simply choose to believe that there must be some other explanation even though I don't know what it was. I said, fine. That's as far as I can take you. I can't bully you into saying, therefore you must believe. Because to do that requires a change of world view. But, once you change the world view, and say, maybe there really is a creator God. Maybe this creator God, really is sorting out this sad old world at last. Then, everything else makes sense in a way that it doesn't with any other possibility." N T Wright

On Sunday, we will be looking at the resurrection through the eyes of Doubting Thomas. He had to see it to believe it. He said, "Unless I put my hands in the nail prints", I won't believe. He missed Jesus the first time... but Jesus came back extending the most amazing grace to Thomas. 

Our Easter services at BECA will be at the same weekly times: 9 am classic with choir and brass, and 10:30 am modern with our worship band. There will be a special gift for each person attending and we will be announcing our new church name! We will be expecting big crowds and need your help welcoming them. I can't wait for people to experience you--such a warm and inviting congregation-in our new worship space. See the P.S. for more details to make your Sunday the best possible experience.

Please invite your friends and come expectantly-for all that God will do as we celebrate the resurrection of His Son and our Savior, Jesus!

With Easter Expectations,

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Marnie Crumpler
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3 years ago I had never heard of The Lehigh Valley. Yes, I had heard things about our church.  I had heard about Lehigh and even Bethlehem Steel, but that was it. I came across a talk that Don Cunningham, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC), gave at their annual meeting this week. In his talk, he talked about the "economic renaissance" of the Lehigh Valley. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the Lehigh Valley's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is at an historic high. The Lehigh Valley Economy ranks 65th in the United States.  If the Lehigh Valley was a country, it would be the 87th largest in the world ranked by economic output.

My son as an economics/biology major in college would read the report more skillfully but, even I can conclude that this is good news for the Lehigh Valley and good news for us.

As I read the article, I couldn't help but think about a different kind of renaissance and report for our city and the Lehigh Valley.  What I long for and pray for is a "spiritual renaissance".  I pray for the 665,441 people in the Valley.  I pray for a report that would say that all our children have food to eat and are receiving a solid education.  I pray that all would have the opportunity to find meaningful work with a living wage.  I pray that our city would thrive in every way.  As the prophet Jeremiah spoke--We should "seek the welfare of our city." But, even more than that, I pray that people will find the life that Jesus Christ offers.  

A "spiritual renaissance" has to start in us.  As we live into our new season as a community of followers of Jesus... As we recommit ourselves as disciples...  As we get a new church name... As we move into our mid-week Locust Street campus...As we discern our mission and vision moving forward including potential new locations and new ministries...  All of that to live our lives as an invitation for people to find and follow Jesus.

Every day, I pray for you that your walk with Jesus would grow deeper.  Every day, I pray for you as you live your faith in your homes, jobs, and neighborhoods.  Every day, I pray for our community, that they would see in us the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Would you join with me in praying not only for the economic renaissance of the Valley, but also for its spiritual renaissance!

I can't wait for Sunday worship. I will continue in our series, Seven Days: Journey to the Cross. It's Thursday and we will see a different kind of Jesus. In the garden of Gethsemane that night, we don't see the baby at Bethlehem. Or the smart boy in the temple teaching the teachers. We don't see the brilliant teacher or the man who miraculously fed thousands, or healed lepers or even raised the dead. We see a man struggling. We see a man overwhelmed and at the end of his rope. He laid it out to his intimate circle of disciples--I am anxious, I am overwhelmed... I don't know what to do... Stay with me and support me and pray. On Sunday, we will look at Jesus who was overwhelmed and alone as he faced the most difficult moment of his earthly life. 

Walking with you,
Your pastor and friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
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I am relieved the Lehigh Valley dodged another snowmageddon incident this week. One of the reasons I'm so relieved is that I was dreading writing to you from Sunny Florida while you had a foot of snow on the ground there.
 

We have spent this week with our college kids, John and Anna, in Orlando hanging out with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The lines are not only bearable, they have been enjoyable as moments to catch up with the kids and their college life. And as we wait, I have so much more sympathy for the double stroller pushing parents. Disney with young adult kids really is magical.

Disney does so many things right. And I can't help thinking that Disney has a lot to teach us, especially in our new season of being the church.

First, Disney understands environments matter. From the moment you hit the parks, Disney is creating an experience. You get on the parking tram and on the monorail and the magic begins. You hit Main Street and you feel the energy. Happy music is playing. You can smell the popcorn. You enter tomorrow land and even the trashcans talk. You head over to Animal Kingdom and you feel ready to go on safari. Mickey Mouse is everywhere you turn. 

Second, Disney practices hospitality. Parking attendants wave you into your spot. The entrance to every ride or show is staffed with a smiling guest in a matching costume. Every bathroom is clean. Maps are easy to find--the paper kind and the app kind. Signage is easy to follow. And welcoming characters and tempting treats are everywhere.

And last, Disney knows how to tell a story. Each ride and each show not only look good, they tell a story. You wait in line for over an hour for the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. It's long but you don't mind because you have so much to do while you wait. You half expect Snow White to walk down the paths it looks so real--from the lamps and the trail to the landscaping. There were interactive games and animatronics, and anything else they can think of to help you live the story from the line to the ride. Disney is a master story-teller.

Now how does all that apply to us? We have the best story ever told to share with Bethlehem and the world. We tell it together each week in worship and you tell it every day by your life. We practice hospitality each week as we host services and invite guests to be a part of our church community. And we create environments that kids and all ages want to be in and want to grow in. This week, when you get to services at BECA, put your Disney frame on what we do....Every one of us is a part of the environment and the hospitality and telling the story. As we continue to be the church to the Valley, we are praying that men and women and boys and girls find and follow Jesus.
 

On Sunday, don't forget to move your clocks forward an hour. Mark will be preaching in our series, Seven Days, Journey to the Cross. This week we get to Wednesday, with the story of woman holding nothing back to honor Jesus. Also at 10 am, we will have our Congregational Meeting and Meeting of the Corporation. We will elect new officers and you will receive the 2018 budget. The faithfulness of God and his sovereign hand over our congregation continues to be so obvious and so powerful. 

He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. (Philippians 1:6)

See you at BECA,

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Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor

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Back in the Fall, I introduced 5 strategic initiatives to help us live into our mission. That seems like a long time ago. Since then, we have moved into our new worship space, we are working to move into our new Locust Street campus in the next weeks, and we are in the process of getting a new church name.  

There is so much excitement in this new season. But all of those things haven't changed who we are. In fact, this season gives us a chance to lean in to who we are. To play offense rather than defense. We are a community of people who have placed our trust in Jesus Christ who gave his life for us. Our mission is to love the Valley in Jesus' name and invite others to find and follow the Jesus who changed our lives for good! For over 140 years, this community of people have been about the same thing.  
 

The 5 initiatives keep us focused on our mission and are more important than ever in our new "start-up" season. I invite you to pray for each of these initiatives. Note the specific prayer request for each. 
 

Investing in the Next Generation:
We are committed to passing the faith on to the next generation. We work to create environments where children want to come to church and age-specific programs that guide our children to know and follow Jesus. We want to equip parents to be the primary faith-shapers of their children.  And, we love seeing the next generation make their own faith commitments and grow into leaders who are ready to live their faith as they go off to college.
 

PRAY FOR OUR 15 STUDENTS GOING THROUGH CONFIRMATION.

Reviving Our Group Life
Small groups are a part of the DNA of our church. For many years, we have been committed to small groups because we know that people grow in circles, not just in rows. We have groups that meet year-round. And twice a year, we do short-term small groups based on the sermon series. Small groups are also a place where life-long friends are made and people do life together. We hope most all who are a part of our community will commit to a group.
 

PRAY FOR OUR YOUNG ADULTS WHO ARE WORKING TO RELAUNCH A NEW SET OF SMALL GROUPS.
 

Practicing Radical Hospitality:
We want people to experience the warmth of our community from the moment they show up on campus. As a multi-generational church, we want all ages of people from all backgrounds to experience authentic community. Each weekend, we serve homemade baked goods after each service--one small sign of our commitment to a warmth that might be a surprise to many who assume a large church is impersonal. Though our greeters and welcome team are the advance team of our hospitality, every person plays a part in showing the love of Jesus. Of course, hospitality does not stop at the end of our campus--we carry the love of Jesus Christ into our neighborhoods and throughout the Lehigh Valley.  
 

PRAY FOR OUR AMAZING HOSPITALITY TEAM AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE BEING REKINDLED ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.
 

Encouraging Each Member's Mission
God has given every person unique gifts and passions. We want to equip and encourage people to use their time, talent and treasure to do what God is calling them to do. We want to stir people's missional imagination and share their stories so that more and more people will meet Jesus and know the full-life that is possible following Him. We will work to make strategic connections with ministry partners and your passions as we love the world in Jesus' name. 
 

PRAY THAT GOD WILL SHOW EACH PERSON IN OUR COMMUNITY THEIR UNIQUE CALLING. 
 

Get the Word Out
We want everyone in the Lehigh Valley to know about our church and ultimately, about the Jesus we follow. We will use social media and technology as well as old-fashioned word of mouth to let people know how God is at work in our church, and to invite people to join us.
 

PRAY PRAYERS OF THANKS FOR OUR STREAMING TEAM THAT GIVES MANY IN THE VALLEY THE CHANCE TO SEE OUR SERVICES AND LEARN ABOUT OUR CHURCH. 
 

This Sunday, we will continue in our series, Seven Days. From Palm Sunday all the way to Good Friday and then to Easter Sunday, we walk with Jesus. Each day shows the heart of God and the sacrificial love that God showed the world. This week, we get to Monday where Jesus goes into the Temple and overturns the tables.  Why did Jesus do that? Were the merchants selling doves and lambs price gouging? What was he so mad about? Come on Sunday to see how Jesus was telling the good news through his righteous anger.  
 

I can't wait to see you at 9 am (Classic) or 10:30 am (Modern) as we walk with Jesus together. See you at BECA!

Your  Pastor and Friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor

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Every morning, I check the weather app on my phone. And every day, I am confused. Today 50 degrees. Tomorrow snow. And repeat. I hope the weather channel is correct about the weather this Sunday-no rain or snow!  While weather is not predictable, what happens each week at BECA IS so predictable--the warmth of the community and the power of meeting God in worship. It is great to hear the buzz about how much you love being at BECA. You love running into people you used to miss because they were in the service on the other side of campus. You love seeing new faces each week. It is so clear that God's sovereign hand is at work in our church!

You won't want to miss this Sunday. At the 9 am service, we will welcome The Easton Area High School Chamber Strings,directed by Ms. Carol A. Lutte. I can't wait to hear this group of 25 auditioned young men and women lead us.

In all of our services, we will celebrate communion. A special thanks to our communion teams who have had to figure out a new way to both prepare and serve us. For those of us not used to passing trays, this will be a new experience! I am so grateful for the ways God is using each new experience in our new season to joyfully trust Him more. 

Sunday, I will continue our series, Seven Days with Tuesday: Rising Tensions. As Jesus kept walking through the week toward the cross, tensions were rising between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders. They didn't like what Jesus said and did. They didn't believe Jesus had the authority to do any of it. His popularity was threatening. Jesus didn't resolve the tensions but resolved to walk the path to his death and our life. Many of the questions about who Jesus is and his authority are still being asked. We'll live into those tensions as we walk with Jesus in the week that changed the world. 

I hope you have marked your calendars for our Holy Week Schedule. It will all start with our Easter egg hunt, Saturday March 24th, on Lafayette field, near our new mid-week campus on Locust Street. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and a great opportunity for us to have a fun event in our new neighborhood. On Palm Sunday, March 25th, we will have our palm processionals at both services. Maundy Thursday service will be at BECA at 7 pm. And then Easter Sunday, 9 am classic (traditional) with brass and choirs and 10:30 am (modern)! Please invite your friends! That day we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and also announce our new name.

God is on the move. See you at BECA!

Your pastor and friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor

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Back in the Fall, I introduced 5 strategic initiatives to help us live into our mission. That seems like a long time ago. Since then, we have moved into our new worship space, we are working to move into our new Locust Street campus in the next weeks, and we are in the process of getting a new church name.  

There is so much excitement in this new season. But all of those things haven't changed who we are. In fact, this season gives us a chance to lean in to who we are. To play offense rather than defense. We are a community of people who have placed our trust in Jesus Christ who gave his life for us. Our mission is to love the Valley in Jesus' name and invite others to find and follow the Jesus who changed our lives for good! For over 140 years, this community of people have been about the same thing.  
 

The 5 initiatives keep us focused on our mission and are more important than ever in our new "start-up" season. I invite you to pray for each of these initiatives. Note the specific prayer request for each. 
 

Investing in the Next Generation:
We are committed to passing the faith on to the next generation. We work to create environments where children want to come to church and age-specific programs that guide our children to know and follow Jesus. We want to equip parents to be the primary faith-shapers of their children.  And, we love seeing the next generation make their own faith commitments and grow into leaders who are ready to live their faith as they go off to college.
 

PRAY FOR OUR 15 STUDENTS GOING THROUGH CONFIRMATION.

Reviving Our Group Life
Small groups are a part of the DNA of our church. For many years, we have been committed to small groups because we know that people grow in circles, not just in rows. We have groups that meet year-round. And twice a year, we do short-term small groups based on the sermon series. Small groups are also a place where life-long friends are made and people do life together. We hope most all who are a part of our community will commit to a group.
 

PRAY FOR OUR YOUNG ADULTS WHO ARE WORKING TO RELAUNCH A NEW SET OF SMALL GROUPS.
 

Practicing Radical Hospitality:
We want people to experience the warmth of our community from the moment they show up on campus. As a multi-generational church, we want all ages of people from all backgrounds to experience authentic community. Each weekend, we serve homemade baked goods after each service--one small sign of our commitment to a warmth that might be a surprise to many who assume a large church is impersonal. Though our greeters and welcome team are the advance team of our hospitality, every person plays a part in showing the love of Jesus. Of course, hospitality does not stop at the end of our campus--we carry the love of Jesus Christ into our neighborhoods and throughout the Lehigh Valley.  
 

PRAY FOR OUR AMAZING HOSPITALITY TEAM AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE BEING REKINDLED ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.
 

Encouraging Each Member's Mission
God has given every person unique gifts and passions. We want to equip and encourage people to use their time, talent and treasure to do what God is calling them to do. We want to stir people's missional imagination and share their stories so that more and more people will meet Jesus and know the full-life that is possible following Him. We will work to make strategic connections with ministry partners and your passions as we love the world in Jesus' name. 
 

PRAY THAT GOD WILL SHOW EACH PERSON IN OUR COMMUNITY THEIR UNIQUE CALLING. 
 

Get the Word Out
We want everyone in the Lehigh Valley to know about our church and ultimately, about the Jesus we follow. We will use social media and technology as well as old-fashioned word of mouth to let people know how God is at work in our church, and to invite people to join us.
 

PRAY PRAYERS OF THANKS FOR OUR STREAMING TEAM THAT GIVES MANY IN THE VALLEY THE CHANCE TO SEE OUR SERVICES AND LEARN ABOUT OUR CHURCH. 
 

This Sunday, we will continue in our series, Seven Days. From Palm Sunday all the way to Good Friday and then to Easter Sunday, we walk with Jesus. Each day shows the heart of God and the sacrificial love that God showed the world. This week, we get to Monday where Jesus goes into the Temple and overturns the tables.  Why did Jesus do that? Were the merchants selling doves and lambs price gouging? What was he so mad about? Come on Sunday to see how Jesus was telling the good news through his righteous anger.  
 

I can't wait to see you at 9 am (Classic) or 10:30 am (Modern) as we walk with Jesus together. See you at BECA!

Your  Pastor and Friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor

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Dear friends,

This past Wednesday, we started our walk towards Easter. It was so good to be in our new space, to make the cross of ashes on your foreheads and to share Communion together. 


In just 40 days Easter will be here. Some of you are giving up something for Lent. Some of you might be taking something on for Lent. All the giving up or taking on is meant to focus you on Jesus and his amazing love for you shown so powerfully on the cross. 


This weekend, to help us focus on Jesus, we're starting a new sermon series called Seven Days. On the Sundays up until Easter, we will literally walk with Jesus through the days of what we call "Holy Week". It is easy to think of this as just a story. It Is easy to jump from Palm Sunday to Easter and miss so much of the passion and purpose of our Lord. This is the week that changed the world forever. This is the seven calendar days when Jesus walked into Jerusalem and gave his life so that we could find our life!  On Sunday, Mark Crumpler will start the series with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem--the day we call Palm Sunday. And each Sunday after, we will see the week unfold, day by day. 

Classic service is at 9 am. Modern at 10:30 am. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee and some home-baked food between the services. You will also find opportunities to grow in your faith and to serve the world at tables in the fellowship area. 


It looks like we may have some snow this weekend. We will communicate any changes to the Sunday schedule via the website, Facebook and our one-call system. 

See you at BECA!

Your pastor and friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor

 

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Dear friends,
It may be cold outside, but it sure is warm inside. That's true because you and I, by God's grace, have a place to lay our heads each evening. We have heaters that work most of the time and food on our tables. But that is not true for everyone in the Lehigh Valley. Yesterday, I had the privilege of touring the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter facility and the joy of delivering your generous gift of $29,000. Remember, you gave that money on Christmas Eve to pay for new bunk beds for the shelter. Now, up to 75 people each night of our cold season are able to spend the night warm inside. Our prayer is that they will know the love of Jesus through the warmth of that place. Already, our church has been host--making meals and staying overnight to welcome people to the shelter. Thank you for playing such a vital role in loving Bethlehem in Jesus' name through this gift. I hope you will consider serving with our team when we host again. Click here for more information.

Cold on the outside and warm on the inside is also true at BECA each Sunday we have worshiped there. Snow... No big deal. Rain... So what. Cold... No problem. I continue to hear from you that you love both services (9 am classic/traditional and 10:30 am modern/contemporary) in the same space, you love running into old friends and making new ones. You even love those comfy chairs. Hundreds of you are volunteering to make this new season a warm and inviting one. Maybe your picture is in the photo collage above! Last week, we got over a hundred new people signed up to serve on a team. Don't miss out. Working together is a great way to go deeper in your relationships. I have never felt it more than now--we are a team on mission--inviting people to find and follow Jesus. 
Click here if you want to find a team.

I reported last week about the ECO National Gathering in Houston. To give you a flavor of the excitement, you can check out the speakers. Our team of pastors and elders learned a lot as we listened to Ed Stetzer and Condeleeza Rice and the others. Click here to see and learn.

I can hardly wait for this Sunday. I'll be wrapping up our ONE ANOTHER series, with "Forgive One Another." You won't want to miss our musicians leading worship. You won't want to miss the introductions of 14 new members to our church family. And you won't want to miss three families presenting their children for baptism. It is so good to see us grow not only deeper in our faith, but also in numbers and across the generations.

It is such a privilege to be your pastor.

See you at BECA!

Your pastor and friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor

 

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This weekend, we will experience one of the biggest divisions in our country-do you watch the Super Bowl for the game or for the commercials?  I confess that many years, I am in the second category-but this year, I will definitely be cheering for my adopted home team-FLY EAGLES FLY!  

All over the country, whether it is for the commercials or the game, one thing that seems to be true for at least 50% of all Americans, is that they watch the game-and 90% of those that watch it, attend a SuperBowl party, where we consume on average 2400 calories.

Every Sunday, we throw a different kind of party.  It's called worship.  We gather together with people we love who have a common love for Jesus Christ.  Imperfect, yet forgiven people.  But, we also have a new guest list each week.  We are hoping that new people-new to our Lehigh Valley community and new to knowing Jesus-will join our party, meet our Jesus and become a part of our faith family.  

This week, we continue in our "One Another" Series, with the message, "Every week. A party."  1 Peter says, "Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 

How do we offer hospitality at our weekly worship party?  And how can you jump in and help us throw our party each week?  It's going to be a great party on Sunday.  I can't wait to see you there.  See you at BECA.

Your pastor and friend,

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Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor

P.S. I am so grateful for your generosity over the last few weeks.  Your giving is making an incredible difference in our exciting new season.  A few things as a reminder:

1) Please designate your giving to "FPCB-ECO".  Please make your checks out with that designation and also please make sure your on-line "bill-pay" accounts have the correct designation and the correct address:    FPCB-ECO, P.O. Box 1008, Bethlehem, PA 18016.

2) Your membership letter.  Several weeks ago, we invited you to fill out a letter to clarify your membership status.  After meeting with the PCUSA leadership, they agreed that this letter is the only way that the PCUSA will eliminate your personal records including giving records from our former church database, which is now theirs by court order.  Please click here to download a copy of the letter.  You can turn that in on Sundays at BECA or mail to us.  We are keeping complete records of these letters, and will forward them to the PCUSA.

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Dear friends,
I am still in awe of the ways God worked last weekend at our BECA launch.  How powerful it was for us to be all together!  One of my many favorite moments was introducing a couple that worships in the contemporary service to a couple that worships in the traditional service. They had never met.  I was so happy to introduce two wonderful couples. 

The morning exceeded even my very optimistic outlook... It was an "only God" morning. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Thanks to each and every volunteer team - from prayer... to set up... to parking... to music... and hospitality... and children... and students... and pack up...  I am so proud of the ways you came together to serve in this amazing next step of our journey - how good it is to see God's faithful and sovereign hand guiding us. I can't wait to be together again on Sunday.  I hope you will join me in inviting people to experience all God is doing in our midst.

The next 3 weeks, in worship, we will turn our attention to God's vision for the church.  We will be looking at the "one another" phrases in the Bible.  "One another" is two words in English but only one in Greek -- ἀλλήλων(ah-LAY-loan).  It's used over 100 times in the New Testament.  47 times it gives instructions for the community - for Christians to know how to live together.  And 60% of those instructions come from Paul. Mark will start this week with:  "Encourage One Another."  What a great series to jump in as God works in our community moving us forward together.

These are exciting times. One of the next steps in our journey together is to name our church.  As you know, the judge ruled that the real and personal property of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem were held in trust for the benefit of the PCUSA, which includes the name.  So, now we have the privilege of claiming our new name! We have engaged a brand specialist to assist us.  Our goal is to reveal our new name on Easter weekend.  We invite you to fill out a survey with your thoughts - click here.

One last thing...

Speaking of encouragement, I bring you greetings back from the ECO National Gathering.  Your pastors and some of our elders went as voting commissioners to the meeting in Houston, Texas. I had the privilege of preaching and telling our story at one of the sessions. When I shared about Sunday at BECA, there was thunderous applause.  People are encouraged by your conviction and your bold step.  And they are praying for us as we continue our 140 year old mission of inviting people to find and follow Jesus.  I met later that night with all the large church pastors and we prayed together and shared how God is at work in our congregations.  I am so glad to be in a denomination that has its focus on growing flourishing congregations.  All of us who went were encouraged, made new friends and exchanged best practices with others we met.  There are now 400 churches in our growing ECO denomination.  


So glad to be on the adventure with you.  Here we go!


Your pastor and friend,

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Last weekend was historic for our congregation.  With God's faithfulness as our net, we now take a leap of faith and launch into a new and exciting season in the life of our church.  I have never seen a group of people more excited.  What a powerful moment it was to have 13 of the 14 surviving members who were a part of our church in the original North Street building lead the covenant moment of raising our Ebenezer stones.  We carry the legacy of this congregation and its commitment to Jesus Christ as we move ahead.  

All week, we have been literally a "church on the move".  We've had our staff meetings and choir practice at our house.  The worship band practice at Paul Ney's house.  Bible Studies are meeting in homes.  Area churches are opening up their doors for many other meetings.  

God is showing His faithfulness in small details and in our big dreams.  It is just like God...

He is faithful.

This Sunday, we will have our first worship services at Bethlehem Catholic High School. Click here for all the details, including parking.  Our classic (traditional) service will be at 9 am and our modern (contemporary) service will be at 10:30 am. 

What can you do to help us on this exciting first Sunday?

  • Be there... And invite a friend.  So many people are watching our story unfold.  It's a great time to invite people to hear and experience the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Park smart... If you can carpool, please do.  And if you are able, use street parking. There is only one entrance to the BECA campus (on Madison Avenue).  The limited mobility lot is LOT 1 - and the first lot you will come to as you arrive on campus.  Keep driving and there will be another lot -LOT 2 on the other side of the campus.
  • Be patient... this is our first week and we will continue to grow into our new space. We are working to customize our spaces in the best way for our congregation - our hospitality spaces and our children and student spaces.  And there are some exciting upgrades coming.
  • PRAY... I believe that God has led us out into our community so more people can know and follow Jesus.  
  • Don't forget to bring one of your Ebenezer stones to worship this week to build our monument marking this significant moment in the life of our church.  We will have some extra rocks if you missed last week. 

Here we Go!  

Your pastor and friend,

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Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor

P.S.  Last weekend, hundreds of you signed a letter informing the PCUSA group that you have been a part of our congregation and will continue to be.  This letter, requested by the PCUSA, will insure that your personal record will be removed from their rolls and their communications.  The letter is attached.  You may fill it out and bring it on Sunday or mail it in to the address on the letter.  We will present all the letters to the Session of the PCUSA group.  

Click here to download FPCB-ECO Membership letter.

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Here we go!

This weekend is a historic moment in the life of our church.  You won't want to miss our last worship on our current campus.  Our service times are slightly altered.

Saturday night
6 pm Kirk Center - Modern

Sunday
8:30 am Sanctuary *** New Time
9 am Kirk Center - Modern
11 am Kirk Center - Modern
 

In the Sanctuary, at 8:30 am, we will have members from our church who were a part of our first campus on Center and North Street lead the way for a special covenant ceremony.  Part 1 of the covenant will be this week at Center but next week, Part 2 of our covenant will be at BECA high school.  


You don't want to miss either week.  I continue to be amazed at your unity and commitment to leap into our future together.  Our meeting this past Tuesday was electric.  The entire Sanctuary was packed full with people ready to be a part of what God is doing in our midst. At the meeting you heard the news about BECA high school as well as the plan to lease purchase a Bethlehem church as our week-day ministry base.  Located on East Locust Street, St. Matthews will be our place for weddings and funerals, special services, choir and worship band rehearsals, next generation programming and office space. As a Presbyterian congregation, the purchase of property is a decision that must be made by the congregation.  


On Sunday, at 10 am in the Kirk Center, we will have a congregational meeting for the purpose of approving the lease-purchase of the St. Matthews property and for the purpose of adopting bylaws for FPCB-ECO.  
 

Beginning next Sunday, January 21, we will launch to our new home next door at Bethlehem Catholic High School.  Our services times will be:
 

9 am--  Classic / Traditional 

10:30 am-- Modern / Contemporary
 

There will be kids programs at both service times.  Head to the Family Check-In in the lobby.  Elementary children will check-in at the Family Check-In and then experience Worship with their parents until leaving for their own Large Group experience. More details coming in the family newsletter.
 

Top 3 things to know about next weekend

1) Parking --- there is handicapped and limited mobility parking on the auditorium side of the high school.  Look for signs.  Beyond the other parking lots at BECA, there is significant parking on the adjacent streets.   Please carpool if you can, especially for this first week at worship.

2) Patience -- thanks for your patience as we settle into BECA.  Countless people are working to make next week a success as God leads us to make this bold move into our new place. 

3) People -- next week Tom Goeman and the choir will be leading the 9 amservice and the Worship Band will be leading at the 10:30 am service.  Marnie will be preaching and Mark and Manuela leading worship.  Join your friends in worship and also in volunteering.  If you want to jump in to serve or if you have a question, email info@fpcbeco.org

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS

Our new web address:  FPCBECO. ORG (will be live tomorrow)

Our new phone number: 610-333-5508

Continue to make your financial gifts to FPCB-ECO. You can mail those gifts to FPCB-ECO, P.O. Box 1008 Bethlehem, PA 18016

Here we go!  For over 140 years, we have been a community with Jesus-centered and biblically-based ministry, strong leadership and compassionate outreach.  We are an all-generations church, deep-rooted in our community and committed to loving the Valley and the world in Jesus' name.

See you next week - same community, different address.

So blessed to be your pastor and leaping with you!

In all of our worship services, we will raise our "Ebenezer" and celebrate God's faithfulness to us in the past and his faithfulness to us as we worship at 2344 Center Street for the final time. 

Your pastor and your friend,
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Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor