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God continues to show up and show off.  As a church we have experienced so MUCH MORE!  He has been faithful to His promise and has continued to open doors! We are excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement of sale to purchase St. John Capistrano church in Bethlehem. St. John’s will become the permanent HOME for our Bethlehem location and be an outpost of hope for the city of Bethlehem.

History

OF ST. JOHN CAPISTRANO

St. John Capistrano Parish was established in 1903 when Archbishop Patrick Ryan of Philadelphia appointed Father Alexander Varlaky to organize the first Hungarian parish of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Early services were held in the stone basement church. In 1909 a school and convent were added to complete the building. Sisters of the Mission Workers of the Sacred Heart were placed in charge of the school. In 1918 Father Joseph Reseterics was appointed as pastor. The cornerstone of the new church was blessed on August 20, 1922. Formal dedication of the completed church took place on September 3, 1923.

The Polish sisters were replaced by the Hungarian nuns Sisters of Divine Charity in 1920. A major remodeling of the school and church began in 1969. Four frescoes were painted in the sanctuary and changes were made to the pulpit and the main altar. Founders Hall was built in the church basement in 1978. In June 1981 St John Capistrano School was closed followed by the convent in 1985. After city inspectors condemned the school building the structure was demolished in the fall of 1986. Father Edward Bolez THF served as the last pastor of St. John Capistrano Parish. [source]

GET INVOLVED

We encourage you all to pray along with us as we embark on this new and exciting acquisition. If you would like to partner with us by sharing your time and talents, you can click the "serve" button below. If you would like to invest in this room of our House, you can use the “give” button below. Stay connected to learn about more ways to get involved in the future.

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Founded by Pastors Randy and Maribel Landis in 1990, Life Church, based in Allentown, PA, is guided by a mission to love God, love people and do something. Selling its main campus in 2014 in an effort to be present in the local communities and for the people who call them home, Life Church now has five locations throughout the Lehigh Valley, a non-profit café, Café Vida, which supports community partners, as well as a non-profit foundation called City Hope. 

Life Church 

P.O. Box 1996

Allentown, PA 18105-1996

 

Central Office: 610-434-3117

 

Sunday Services

 
Allentown (Main Campus)

Sundays at 9AM and 11AM

38 S 8th St, Allentown, PA 18101

(610) 434-3117

 

Bethlehem

Sundays at 10AM and 12PM (Español) 

114 W. Morton Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 434-3117

Easton

Sundays at 11AM

1221 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042

(610) 434-3117

Macungie

Sundays at 9AM , 11AM, 6PM

1609 Trexlertown Rd, Macungie, PA 18062

(610) 351-3873

Nazareth

Sundays at 9AM , 11AM, 6PM

4609 Newburg Rd, Nazareth, PA 18064

(484) 281-3284

 

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