First Church Notes: 03.01.2020

News regarding the life and ministry of our wonderfully diverse and energized faith community


Each Tuesday for light office support and/or to make the weekly deposit. Please call the church office for more details or email Shelby at


Housing and funds may be available for First Church members interested in attending the 2020 General Conference as either an observer or an advocate. If you are interested, please contact Shelby at


Messy Church is a worldwide, all-ages, fun experience of church. It is open to all members of the community, especially those who may not normally attend church on Sunday morning. Many people who do not feel comfortable in a traditional church setting, including persons with disabilities and children who learn differently, have become regular participants in Messy Churches around the world.

Our time together begins with crafts and activities where kids and adults play together in a way that we build new relationships and friendships. Then, we celebrate the joy, play, and mess of God through interactive worship and prayer. And we end with a family-style lunch where the fun and mess continue! There is no cost to attend. All are welcome, all the time, just as you are. 

We look forward to a time filled with great crafts and activities, great celebration, great food and YOU on Sunday, March 1st, 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall


On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the FUMC/Warren Wrestling with Racism will have an all-day visit to the NMAAHC via chartered bus. 

NAMATH has 36,000+ and artifacts and is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American Life, History and Culture. The museum presents the journeys of African Americans within USA and around the globe. Every aspect of the African American experience be it slavery, freedom, race, politics, economics, sports, music and so much more, comes to life thru collections and exhibits.

The trip includes timed admission at museum – opening thru closing and round-trip bus. The cost is $145/person but various scholarships are available if requested. All meals are at the user’s obligation but there will be a stop on the return to Pittsburgh at a buffet restaurant in Berkley Springs. See hall bulletin board for more details and/or contact Lee Shaw, 412-782-0288.


The story at the heart of lent and Easter is one of an angry God sentencing his son to die a cruel and gruesome death to somehow appease his wrath against all humanity. Or at least that’s how it’s often been told. How can we come to grips with a God like that? How could a God of justice and love abandon his child to such a fate? During lent the Seekers class will explore the broad array of ways that Christians throughout the centuries have understood the meaning of Jesus’ death, in order to develop an understanding of the cross that coheres with our sense of justice and nourishes our spirituality. Sunday mornings, March 1st – April 5th, 9:45 am, in the Parlor. Facilitated by Joe Smith.


A hard copy of the Lenten devotional is now available at the church as of last Sunday.  They can be picked up and used as a daily devotion during Lent.  If you prefer there are two other ways to access the devotional as well.  You can access an electronic version either directly from the church web site or on the church F acebook page which will list the daily scripture and link you directly to the writing for the day. There is also an audio version being put together as well if you prefer this media.  You can listen to the scripture and writings read by the writer or guest reader.  This form will soon be accessible on the church website.  For this first week you can contact Hannah Morris ( and I will send you the files directly.


During Lent the LGBTQIA+ Ministry Team will facilitate a study of the Reconciling Ministries Network resource, Claiming the Promise: An Ecumenical Welcoming Bible Study Resource on Homosexuality. The four session study will meet Sundays March 15th – April 5th, 12:30-3:30 pm in the Parlor. Lunch is provided, and childcare is available. If you plan to attend please RSVP to, so that we know how much food to prepare.


 Friday, March 27th, 7:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. If you plan to attend, please let Joe know


March  8th is Eco Letter-Writing Sunday. We will be asking you to tell your Congressional representative that you want safety measures for trains carrying liquid natural gas through our neighborhoods. This coming week you will receive more information about this issue. After church next Sunday we will be at a table with letters to send to our members of Congress.


We will have our first of the year All Church dinner on Sunday, March 8th, immediately after worship.  Even though we missed Chinese New Year, Chinese food will be on the menu! The cost of the dinner is $6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children under 12, not to exceed $20.00 per family.  First time Guests and college students, no charge.

Please consider signing up to help at the dinner.  A sign-up sheet with a listing of jobs/help needed will be on the Clip Board table in the Sanctuary.  You can also email Karen Merrick at and join us for good food and good fellowship! 


If you have a new or gently used set of hats and/or gloves, we are seeking to replenish our Caring Cupboard as the weather can turn dangerously cold and affect those who have little to no shelter. You may drop them off at the church at any time.


Sunday, March 1

9:00am            Handbell Choir Rehearsal

9:35am            Chancel Choir Rehearsal

9:45am            Education for All Ages

11:00am          Worship in the Sanctuary

12:30pm          Messy Church

Monday, March 2

9:30am            IWAP English Class

10:00am          Book Club

6:00pm            Wrestling with Racism

6:15pm            Phoenix Institute

Tuesday, March 3 (Super Tuesday)

7:45am            Susan Rupani Yoga

10:00am          Play Group

10:30am          Staff Meeting

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

2:00pm            Strengthen & Stretch

7:00pm            Edgewood Symphony

7:30pm            Eco-Minstry Team

7:30pm            NA Reading Group

Wednesday, March 4

9:30am            AA

1:00pm            East End Song

7:00pm            Mystics in Motion

7:30pm            NA Bigger on the Inside

Thursday, March 5

9:30am            IWAP

1:00pm            East End Song

2:00pm            Strengthen & Stretch

7:00pm            Interplay

7:30pm            Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 6

12:00pm          AA

1:00pm            East End Song

5:30pm            Women’s AA

7:00pm            Ecstatic Dance

Saturday, March 7

9:00am            First Food & Friends

10:00am          NA East End Area  


Tracy Cox
DeaconAnais Hussian
Director of Music and Community Tim Coles
Director of Spiritual Formation Joe Smith
Administrative AssistantShelby Vane
Office Assistant Sherry Kaiser
Building Maintenance Manager Curtis Mitchell
Custodians Lamont Hunter
Tacoma Woods
Hospitality Nick Solic
Music Intern Michael Dodin