First Church Notes: 03.10.2019




DURING MARCH THE CHANCEL AND HANDBELL CHOIRS WILL HOST FELLOWSHIP HOUR

The Chancel Choir is made up of energetic volunteers who come together to sing a wide variety of musical styles from September through May.  Weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings allow flexibility for people with busy lifestyles to offer their musical gifts.  Opportunities for singers as well as instrumentalists are available.  In particular, a pianist to accompany the choir on select Sunday mornings would be most welcome!  The Handbell Choir rehearses on Sunday morning and aims to perform quarterly and for special events.  The music ministry at FUMC seeks to provide for deep worship moments and experiences.  Please see Tim Coles, Director of Music, for more information.

In addition to participating in Sunday morning worship services, the choirs present a Christmas Candlelight Concert and a Lenten Worship Concert.  This year, our sister church, Calvary UMC, will join us for a spring concert to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of our churches on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at 3 p.m.  Please mark your calendar for this special event!


SEEKERS CLASS

March 10, 17, and 24 Kristi Woolsey will lead us in discussing the book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other, and How to Heal by Ben Sasse


24TH ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS

Sunday, March 10 1pm – 3:30pm & 4pm – 6pm at Rodef Shalom 4905 5th Avenue in Oakland.  Delicious soups, live entertainment, children’s activities and a silent auction.  Tickets $20 in advance & $10 kids.  This fund raiser benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.


FREEDOM ON THE HIGH SEAS

St. Patrick’s Day March 17th 2pm Jett Downey in Concert.  A musical endorsement of the Irish ban on single use of plastics.  Admission $15.


ST. PATRICK’S DAY BAKE SALE

Searching for that pot of gold?  The rainbow may not end here but you can still find a treasure!  The Chancel Choir will host a bake sale full of tasty treats (sorry, no green beer!) during Fellowship Hour on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th.  Proceeds will help fill a choir “pot” which will help offset music expenses throughout the year. We hope we get lucky and see you there! Thank you for your support!


WRESTLING WITH RACISM

When They Call You a Terrorist – The Wrestling with Racism Team would like to encourage anyone who is interested in discussing the amazing book When They Call You a Terroristto join us for energetic conversation-filled sessions. The authors, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, are two of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. This four session study has been scheduled for 6 pm on March 11th and March 25th, April 8th and April 29th at Warren United Methodist Church. Please order your own copy of the book. If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact Sam Procter or Tracy Merrick. 


GENERAL COFERENCE DEBRIEFING SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH – 2:00PM

  All are invited to attend this debriefing session, to engage with our Bishop, delegates, and your District Superintendent.  We continue our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

  The Western Pennsylvania A Way Forward Task Force, General Conference Delegation, Cabinet, and Bishop will conduct debriefing sessions in each of our ten districts.  The locations and times of those sessions are published on the Conference website. Persons may attend any of these sessions at any district if location and time are more convenient.

  The purpose of the sessions will be for lay and clergy members of the United Methodist Church in Western Pennsylvania to hear accurate information about the decisions made at the Special Called Session of General Conference and the process we, as an annual conference, will undertake in order to implement the legislation that is passed.  Those who attend the debriefing sessions will have an opportunity to ask questions and respond to the decisions made.  

  The Pittsburgh District Debriefing will be Sunday, March 24 at 2 pm at Salem UMC (350 Manor Rd, Wexford, PA 15090).  There is ample parking in the lot behind the church.  Beginning at 1:30 pm, light refreshments will be available.  


SPRC meets the 2nd Wed of each month. 


POVERTY TEAM

The Poverty Team has compiled a list of ongoing needs for First Food and Friends and the Caring Cupboard. Please consider supporting these ministries by bringing in any of the following items:

FIRST FOOD & FRIENDS:

• New Women’s Bras, Panties (Larger sizes)

• New Men’s Boxers (Med, LG, XL)

CARING CUPBOARD:

• Sweatshirts, all sizes

As always new socks are greatly appreciated.


MYSTICS IN MOTION: LET EVERYTHING YOU ARE PRAISE GOD!

WEDNESDAYS 7pm

Worship Jam has changed its name! To align more deeply with our experiences on Wednesday evenings, we are now called “Mystics in Motion.” Our experience involves your whole self in worship. Each week, we take a verse or two from the lectionary readings of the week and explore it through interactive, multi-sensory, and playful ways. Mystics in Motion is a community that seeks and celebrates the spiritual essence of life through earth-based traditions, Christian mysticism, and scientific revelation. Please join us any Wednesday at 7pm in the chapel.


 HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Sunday, March 10                                                     

9:00am      Handbell Choir Rehearsal                       

9:30am      Chancel Choir Rehearsal                         

9:30am      Music Ministry                                           

9:45am      Education for All Ages                                  

11:00am    Worship in the Sanctuary                      

6:00pm      Sunday Night Yoga   

Monday, March 11

9:30am     IWAP English Class

5:00pm     Messy Church

6;00pm     Wrestling with Racism

6:15pm     Phoenix Institute

Tuesday, March 12

7:45am      Yoga

10:00am    Parent & Child Play Group

10:15am    Unity in Motion

10:30am    Staff Meeting

2:00pm      Strengthen & Stretch

3:15pm      After School Program @ Warren Church

6:00pm      Companions in Christ

7:00pm      Safety Team Meeting

7:30pm      NA

Wednesday, March 13

9:30am      Shake Hands & Share

7:00pm      Mystics in Motion

7:00pm      SPRC

7:30pm      Bigger on the Inside

Thursday, March 14

9:30am      IWAP

10:00am   Wrestling with Racism

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

2:00pm      Strengthen & Stretch

5:00pm      Kitchen Cleaning

7:00pm      Interplay

7:30pm      Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 15

12:00pm    AA

5:30pm      AA Women’s Group                                

Saturday, March 16

9:00pm     First Food & Friends

STAFF

Pastor:   Tracy Cox   pastortracy@fumcpittsburgh.org 

Director of Music and Community :  Tim Coles timcoles@fumcpittsburgh.org 

Administrative Secretary:   Gwendolyn Payne gwen@fumcpittsburgh.org 

Office:   office@fumcpittsburgh.org

Building Maintenance Manager:   Curtis Mitchell

Custodians:  Lamont Hunter and Tacoma Woods

Offering Steward:   Sherry Kaiser

Hospitality:  Nick Solic nicsolic3@fumcpittsburgh.org 

Music Intern:   Michael Dodin

Family & Community Ministry Intern:  Megan Miles   memiles@pts.edu 

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