First Church Notes: 05.19.2019


Volunteers are needed during the summer months.    If you can host any Sunday beginning May 26, please let Karen Jacobs know at    Thank you.


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 so we’ll know how much pizza to get.  

All Church Dinner/90th Birthday Celebration –May 19

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 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!


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!!


A First Church team of teens, adults, and families will join a cleanup adventure led by Allegheny Cleanways Saturday June 8 from 3-6 PM clearing the Allegheny River shore near Sharpsburg. We will load the Cleanway’s boat with the tires and trash we remove from the shore. We then will all celebrate with pizza and drink at the end. 
Talk to or contact Joe Smith or David Keller  


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.  


Youth Mission U is a mission camp for youth in grades 6-12. Youth will participate in a variety of hands-on mission projects, including building ramps to make homes accessible and helping with summer feeding programs for children. They’ll learn together: the study focus for Youth Mission U this year is What About Our Money? They’ll experience innovative intergenerational worship. And they’ll and have fun! High school juniors and seniors will also have the option to assist with the Children’s Mission U school or do childcare. Both camps are held at California University of Pennsylvania, July 16th – 21st.Register at For more information, or to enquire about scholarships, contact Joe Smith, Director of Spiritual Formation @ 304-731-8717 or  


We are seeking to know about those of us in our FUMC community who have graduated from high school, college, or technical school of some sort. We are planning to celebrate graduates in worship and to present them with a gift from the church. Please contact the church office at 412-450-8532 or to let us know.


Suport Alexa as she travels to Arusha, Tanzania on a short term medical mission trip. Alexa is asking for our prayer support and financial support.

“I will be volunteering at various hospitals and clinics in Arusha, Tanzania this summer through the company IVHQ. 

They decide my placement of which hospitals and clinics I will work at based on the community needs, and my skills as nursing student. 

Any monies raised will help pay for my flights, the program fees, and permits I will need to obtain to stay in the country.”

— Alexa

You can donate through the below link — or get in touch with Alexa, proud Grandfather, Dick Miller, or Pastor Tracy to donate.  

Here are links to fundraising pages that also has some information on the trip.


At a recent Leadership Council meeting The Poverty Team of FUMC was approved to begin the process of becoming a host church for FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.

This program connects homeless children and their families with a network of local congregations and the community, all focused on providing them with shelter, meals, hospitality, and support until they are able to return to sustainable independent lives in their own homes.

This would only involve hosting families overnight one week at a time for 3-4 times per year. We would host 3-4 families. It does involve a significant number of volunteers during that week.  However, we will also be seeking volunteers and partners from other congregations and organizations in our surrounding community.  We would be the first host church in the Eastern side of the county.

See the bulletin insert for the kinds of tasks volunteers would provide.  Please review this, pray about it, and check off if you are interested in participating.  This is not a definite commitment, but a gauge for us to see if we have enough congregational support to do this project.

For more information you can check their website:


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 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:


• 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. 


Sunday, May 19                                                   

9:00am      Handbell Choir Rehearsal

9:30am      Chancel Choir Rehearsal

9:30am      Music Ministry

9:45am      Education for All Ages

11:00am    Worship

12:30pm    Celebration for Millie Platt 90th

12:30pm    Eco-Ministry Lunch & Learn

2:00pm      Recorders Society

6:00pm      Sunday Night Yoga

Monday, May 20

9:30am      IWAP English Class

6:00pm      Hospitality Team

6:15pm      Phoenix Institute

7:30pm      Leadership Council

Tuesday, May 21

Election Day

7:45am      Yoga

10:00am    Parent & Child Play Group

10:15am    Unity in Motion

10:30am    Staff Meeting

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

3:15pm      After School Program @ Warren Church

7:30pm      NA

Wednesday, May 22

9:30am      Shake Hands & Share

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

7:00pm      Mystics in Motion

7:30pm      Bigger on the Inside

Thursday, May 23

9:30am     IWAP

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

7:00pm      Interplay

Friday May 24

12:00pm    AA

11:00am    East End Song Studio

5:30pm      AA Women’s Group

7:00pm      Ecstatic Dance

Saturday, May 25

9:00am      First Food & Friends


Tracy Cox
Director of Music and CommunityTim Coles
Director of Spiritual FormationJoe Smith
Administrative SecretaryGwendolyn Payne
Building Maintenance ManagerCurtis Mitchell
CustodiansLamont Hunter
Tacoma Woods
Offering StewardSherry Kaiser
HospitalityNick Solic
Music InternMichael Dodin
Family & Community
Ministry Intern
Megan Miles