First Church Notes: 06.09.2019



A First Church team of teens, adults, and families will join a cleanup adventure led by Allegheny Cleanways This Saturday June 8 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. We will meet at James Sharp Landing (1301 Main Street Pittsburgh, PA 15215) at 3:00 pm. This will also be the pickup site at 6:00 pm. Gloves and other needed items will be provided. Participants should being sunscreen and a hat. RSVP to 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.   

Pride March:

  • We are listed as number 84 in the march line up. The official parade lineup has been released and you may view the details by visiting:
  • Our meet up space is between Wood Street and Market Street along Blvd. of the Allies.
  • Participants in the march should arrive by 12:00pm at the very latest. The parade steps off at 12:30pm.
  • If you have a congregational t-shirt, you are encouraged to wear it, but any pride t-shirt is fine too! If you have flags, signs, etc. you may bring those as well!

Pridefest Tabling:

  • We are located at booth #91 which is on the Northside portion of the Andy Warhol Bridge.
  • If your congregation would like to have information at the table,  you may drop materials off Saturday or Sunday
  • We have copies of the RMN handouts and a listing of inclusive congregations.
  • Susie is still searching for volunteers. Please email her at Below are the shifts:
  • Saturday June 8th
    • Set Up from 11:00?-noon
    • Shift 1 from 12:00-2:30
    • Shift 2 from 2:30-5:00
  • Sunday June 9th
    • Shift 1 from 12:00-2:30
    • Shift 2 from 2:30-5:00
    • Clean Up from 5:00-6:00

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Happy Pride!


The Eco-Ministry Team will not be meeting over the summer, although we will continue to work on on-going projects such as REC-CO and the Climate and Plastics bulletin board.

Instead of our regular meeting, anyone interested is encouraged to join the 7-week book study Joe is leading on Sallie McFague’s The Body of God: An Ecological Theology – from 5:30-7:00 every other Wednesday, beginning June 12th.


Join us this summer for a discussion of The Body of God: An Ecological Theology.

Award-winning theologian Sallie McFague here develops a striking and novel vision of the universe, one that takes seriously and radically both contemporary science and the incarnational commitments of the Christian tradition.

The group will meet every other Wednesday, beginning June 12th, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Gathering Space. You can pick up a copy of the book here:; or, if you would like the church to purchase the book for you, contact Joe at or 304-731-8717.  


The Poverty Team will meet Thursday evening, June 20 at 7 pm to continue planning for the Family Promise program.  Anyone who would like to join us for that meeting is quite welcome.


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


June is First Church’s month to volunteer at First Food & Friends, our weekly – every Saturday – meal ministry to anyone in need. (First Church has made a commitment to staff a volunteer team the last Saturday of every other month).     

Please consider volunteering to be part of this ministry on Saturday, June 29th.  Come to Fellowship Hall at 9:00am.  Clean-up is done by 1:00pm.  

 Please email Karen Merrick at, by June 15th, if you are able to be there.  Any questions, please talk with Karen, Dave Keller or Fred Watts.

Thanks for considering being a part of this very important outreach ministry of First Church!


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. 


To volunteer as an overnight host does NOT mean hosting people in your own homes.  It means you are willing to stay overnight at the church with the families.  A bed will be provided for you.  Everyone will be housed in the Wesley Quad.

A Lunch and Learn for Family Promise will be held following church on Sunday June 30.  This is a time for you to ask any questions you have and to make a commitment to volunteer.  Laura Vincenti, Executive Director of Family Promise will be with us.


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:


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, June 9 

Pittsburgh Pride 

10:00am    Worship

6:00pm      Sunday Night Yoga

Monday, June 10

5:00pm Messy Church

6:15pm Phoenix Institute

Tuesday, June 11

7:45am      Yoga

10:00am    Parent & Child Play Group

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

2:00pm     Strengthen & Stretch

6:00pm     Edgewood Symphony Rehearsal

7:00pm     Safety Team

7:30pm      NA

Wednesday, June 12

9:30am      Shake Hands & Share

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

7:00pm      Mystics in Motion

7:30pm      Bigger on the Inside

Thursday, June 13

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

2:00pm      Strengthen & Stretch

5:00pm      Kitchen Cleaning

7:00pm      Interplay

Friday June 14

12:00pm    AA

11:00am    East End Song Studio

5:30pm      AA Women’s Group

7:00pm       Ecstatic Dance

Saturday, June 15

9:00am      First Food & Friends

2:00pm      Mystics in Motions Event

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