First Church Notes: 03.31.2018



EASTER FLOWERS 

THE DEADLINE FOR YOUR EASTER FLOWER ORDERS IS APRIL 8. YOU CAN CHOOSE EASTER LILIES OR TULIPS AT $8.00 EACH.  IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, IF YOU CHOOSE, YOU MAY MAKE A DONATION TO FUMC IN MEMORY OR IN HONOR OF A LOVED ONE(S).  PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE CHURCH OFFICE WITH THE NAME(S) TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BULLETIN.


HOLY   WEEK    AT   FUMC

There are several opportunities to celebrate Holy Week here in our church. Please watch for this list to increase in the days to come.

Sunday, April 14         Palm Sunday 125th Anniversary Worship Concert 3pm

Wednesday, April 17  Mystics in Motion 7pm

Thursday, April 18      Maundy Thursday Worship in the Sanctuary 7:30pm

Friday, April 19            Good Friday Prayer Sanctuary noon-3pm

Sunday, April 21         Easter Sunday! 9:30-12:00 Celebrations and Worship


SEEKERS CLASS

March 31 Kristi Woolsey will lead in a final session discussing the book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other, and How to Heal by Ben Sasse.

April 7 Renee Petersen will share with us her experience in Selma this winter.  She will be talking about her trip to Alabama with Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). The trip was a pilgrimage to retrace the steps of the hundreds of people who sacrificed their lives to fight for their civil rights. Traveling to the Civil Rights Memorial Center, the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and attending mass meetings she connected back to her roots to learn where and how the war against injustice truly started. She will be sharing pictures, her thoughts, and her ideas on how our community can further join and support the fight for civil rights.


125th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONCERT

In 1893 the cornerstones for FUMC and Calvary UMC were laid. After 2 glorious buildings of worship were constructed services began again for Methodists in Pittsburgh. We are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the start of worship for us and our sister church, Calvary UMC. On Sunday, April 14th at 3:00pm we will host a Worship Concert combining both choirs from the congregations. A new choral work, “Awake” was commissioned by a known composer and was written specifically for our 2 congregations. Please plan to come and celebrate with us through fellowship and exciting new original music as we remember our history and step into the future together!


NEW BIBLE STUDY! 

You’re invited to a small group, in-depth exploration of the Epistle to the Ephesians, Sunday’s at 9:45 am, beginning April 28th, Facilitated by Ruth and Walt Gates. We’d like to get a headcount of those interested in the study in order to know what room to hold it in. If you are interested, please contact Joe Smith, Director of Spiritual Formation @ 304-731-8717 or joe@fumcpittsburgh.org


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.


GUN SAFETY

FUMC is joining with Rodef Shalom in their Gun Safety Campaign. The mission of the Gun Safety campaign is to lobby legislators to enact legislation to protect citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Persons (18 or older) who are in agreement with this campaign are asked to sign postcards with name, date and zip code, that will be forwarded to legislators encouraging them to create reasonable gun safety laws.  The requested enactments include:

  • Universal background check and waiting period to purchase firearms
  • Required training of owners and registration of firearms
  • Restrict ammunition purchase
  • Require reporting of lost or stolen firearms
  • Ban assault weapons

Postcards will be available this Sunday and next Sunday at the doors and in the Gathering Space during Fellowship Time.  Signed cards can be returned to the office or given to Jeff Miller.


ECO-MINISTRY

The Eco-Ministry Team’s New Stewardship Project: Our church’s use of natural gas creates substantial carbon emissions. The electricity we use comes from non-renewable sources. We want to show our stewardship of the planet through two projects: Carbon Offset (CO) and RECs (Renewable Energy Credits). These projects are complementary to our on-going efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

CO is a way to support carbon-reducing activities such as planting trees, capturing methane from landfills, or supporting new wind farms. RECs support the market for renewable energy generation. The Eco-Ministry Team is going to launch an initiative (RECCO).  Our goal is to raise $3,500 for both purposes this year. After church today, Stefan will be available in the Gathering Space with additional material, so please stop by.

 And…Don’t forget to check out the Lenten Plastic Challenge, now available on our web site. This Lenten calendar from the Church of England offers imaginative daily choices for refraining from plastics.  Our next meeting is April 3rd.


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 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. 


ABOLITIONIST TOUR

Learn more about the antislavery effort of women and men in Western Pennsylvania prior to the Civil War. Trip will include information on how the Underground Railroad operated in the area. Bus tour will be led by local historian and storyteller John Burt. Trip is Saturday, May 4 from 9 Am to 4PM, cost $30. Prior registration is required. Registration forms can be found at the three sanctuary entrances and hallway bulletin board. Event is sponsored by the Wrestling with Racism team which includes FUMC, Warren, St Andrews Lutheran, Friends Meeting House, Pgh Mennonite and Unitarian Church. For more information or questions email: AbolitionistTourPgh@gmail.com.


CHANGE THE WORLD-FAITH AND POLITICS CONFERENCE

This three-day event is being sponsored by United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania and is intended to provide information and inspiration for Christians who believe that the Church has a role in society, including influence on public policy. This event will be May 18-20, and coincides with our denominational initiative, Change the World Weekend. For more information, or to register, go to: https://www.susumc.org/change-the-world/.


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: For mystic explorers, cosmic thinkers, and lovers of creation.  Wednesdays 7-8:30pm

If you are a spiritually inquisitive, active, social, and creative person who wants to explore the connection between your soul and the sacredness of all creation, we invite you to join our Wednesday evening community, Mystics in Motion. We are cosmic thinkers and lovers of creation who want to grow in spiritual wisdom through conversations of consequence, meditation, movement, and the creative arts so that we might serve the common good and restore a healthy relationship to our planet.

We have been inspired by Matthew Fox and his two young co-authors in Order of the Sacred Earth to consider taking a vow “to be the best lover and defender of mother earth that we can be,” a vow we hope to make on retreat this September. Conversations about taking vows for The Order of the Sacred Earth happen mostly on the first Wednesday of the month. You are welcome to join us.

We have changed our name from Worship Jam to Mystics in Motion to better reflect the active, mystical community we have become. 


THIS WEEK


Sunday, March 31                                                   

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      


Monday, April 1

9:30am     IWAP English Class
10:00am   Book Club

6:00pm     Wrestling with Racism

6:15pm     Phoenix Institute


Tuesday, April 2

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

7:30pm      NA


Wednesday, April 3

9:30am      Shake Hands & Share

7:00pm      Mystics in Motion

7:30pm      Bigger on the Inside

7:30pm      Eco-Ministry


Thursday, April 4

9:30am      IWAP 

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

2:00pm      Strengthen & Stretch

7:00pm      Interplay

7:30pm      Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Friday, April 5

12:00pm    AA

5:30pm      AA Women’s Group


Saturday, April 6

9:00am     First Food & Friends

10:00am    NA Meeting


Staff


Pastor
Tracy Cox
pastortracy@fumcpittsburgh.org
Director of Music and CommunityTim Coles
timcoles@fumcpittsburgh.org
Director of Spiritual FormationJoe Smith
joe@fumcpittsburgh.org
Administrative SecretaryGwendolyn Payne
gwen@fumcpittsburgh.org
Officeoffice@fumcpittsburgh.org
Building Maintenance ManagerCurtis Mitchell
CustodiansLamont Hunter
Tacoma Woods
Offering StewardSherry Kaiser
HospitalityNick Solic
nicsolic3@fumcpittsburgh.org
Music InternMichael Dodin
Family & Community
Ministry Intern
Megan Miles
memiles@pts.edu