May 12-May 19 – How does our relationship to God relate to our ethical lives? Do we need God to be good? Does God command what is right; or is something right because God commands it? How do we make sense of biblical commands that seem irrational or immoral? We will take up these and other questions in a series titled God and the Good, facilitated by our new Director of Spiritual Formation, Joe Smith.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, May 5th, there will be no worship service at First Church due to the Pittsburgh Marathon going right by our building (Baum Blvd). But we want to have a welcoming presence and open doors at the church on that Sunday. And as is our tradition, we will be handing out oranges to the runners and cheering them on! We are also looking for a few volunteers to help the relay teams hand off the batons to the next runner. Please contact the church office and/or come early on Sunday, May 5th to help cut up oranges and be around to show First Church hospitality to any marathon participant or spectator!
WRESTLING WITH RACISM
May 6th at 7 pm – Group will attend the seminar Racism and the Church at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. All are welcome! For more information, …https://www.pts.edu/DanielHill-2019
ECO – MINISTRY NEW
Join us on Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM to watch the National Geographic documentary Paris to Pittsburgh. Then stay for conversation about our personal challenges in responding to climate change –AND for the chance to participate in a free raffle for a great earth-friendly gift.
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/.
YOUTH PIZZA PARTY!
Students 6th -12th grade are invited to join us for pizza, ping pong, and dreaming about new opportunities for our youth group onSunday May 19th, right after worship. Please RSVP to Joe Smith, Director of Spiritual Formation @ 304-731-8717 or email@example.com so we’ll know how much pizza to get.
All Church Dinner/90th Birthday Celebration – Sunday, May 19th
The All Church Dinner in May will be a “covered dish” dinner and a celebration of Millie Platt’s 90th birthday! Meat and rolls will be provided by the Hospitality Team. We are asking the congregation to contribute a dish to share for this dinner. Meal will be served at 12:30pm. No cost, just bring your favorite “covered dish”!
If you are able and willing to bring a dish, we are suggesting a:
· Vegetable or starch (potato/rice) item if your last name begins with N through Z
· Salad or fruit if your last name begins with A through M
And of course, dessert will be Birthday Cake!
Also please email Karen Merrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to help with set up or clean up as we will need volunteers for the usual tasks. Clean up should be done by 1:45pm.
Come and join us for good food and good fellowship! And to wish Millie a Happy 90th Birthday!
TASKFORCE FOR LGBTQIA+ EQUALITY AND JUSTICE IN THE UMC
Please plan to join us for either a Round Table Discussion on Wednesday, May 29th at 5:30 pm, or a Brunch and Learn on Sunday, June 2nd at 9:00 am to learn about what happened at the Special Session of the General Conference in February and the meeting of the Judicial Council in April, have your questions answered, and add your voice to the discussion as FUMC discerns its ongoing response to these events.
Sat. June 1st at 9 AM. I hope people will come out to help plant the flowers and get a little dirty as we brighten up our corner! Hope to see you there!!
PITTSBURGH PRIDE FEST 2019!!!
Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 9th – FUMC, along with a number of other Reconciling United Methodists congregations in our Annual Conference, will March in Pittsburgh PrideFest.
INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH?
If you are thinking you might like to become a member of First Church, join us for an “exploration/orientation” luncheon on Sunday, June 23rd immediately after worship. This will be a time to get information and ask questions about our church from Pastor Tracy and other members of our different Ministry Teams.
Please let Pastor Tracy know of your interest by emailing her at email@example.com or by calling the church office at 412-450-8532.
New members will join the church on Sunday, June 30th.
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)
• 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.
SPRC will meet on May 15. This will be the last meeting until fall.
Sunday, May 5
1:30pm What’s Up
6:00pm Sunday Night Yoga
Monday, May 6
9:30am IWAP English Class
10:00am Book Club
6:15pm Phoenix Institute
7:00pm Wrestling with Racism @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Tuesday May 7
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
7:00pm Eco-Ministry Movie Night
Wednesday, May 8
9:30am Shake Hands & Share
7:00pm Mystics in Motion
7:30pm Bigger on the Inside
Thursday, May 9
1:00pm East End Song Studio
2:00pm Strengthen & Stretch
7:30pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Friday May 10
5:30pm AA Women’s Group
7:00pm Ecstatic Dance
Saturday, May 11
9:00am First Food & Friends
|Director of Music and Community||Tim Coles|
|Director of Spiritual Formation||Joe Smith|
|Administrative Secretary||Gwendolyn Payne|
|Building Maintenance Manager||Curtis Mitchell|
|Offering Steward||Sherry Kaiser|
|Music Intern||Michael Dodin|
|Family & Community|