125th Anniversary Celebration & Concert


Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM


Please Join us for an afternoon of celebration as sister churches First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh and Calvary United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh celebrate their 125th anniversary with a concert and historical celebration. One time Christ Methodist Episcopal Church downtown was tragically destroyed by a fire on May 5, 1891. On May 18th, 1893 cornerstones were laid for two new church buildings and construction began! Shortly after, worship services were held and a new story was written for the expanding congregations.

125 years later the two churches find themselves with prophetic voices yet again as the two congregations proclaim full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons and connect with the Reconciling Ministries Network in the midst of a time of brokenness and political turmoil for the wider denomination.

Choirs from both churches will present a short musical program including a commissioned new work written specifically for both choirs titled “Awake!” by composer Michael Bussewitz-Quarm. Michael has become one of America’s most recent emerging composers, specializing in choral works commissioned by consortiums around social and environmental issues. Michael connects with our two church’s prophetic mission by being active in advocating for the transgender community. He states, “It is my fervent wish to spread knowledge and understanding of the transgender community through guest speaking and by simply being present in the lives of the talented musicians and artists surrounding me.”

Come, hear the choirs sing together on Palm Sunday afternoon in the beautiful sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Shadyside in the East End. You will have the opportunity to sing legacy hymns with the choirs and join in a fabulous reception immediately following. This is a family-friendly event although childcare is available for the youngest of concertgoers.

This Worship Celebration and Anniversary Concert is free, but any donation or offering will help support the music ministry of the churches as well as LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups in our local communities.