First Church Notes: 06.23.2019


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.  

Do you have questions about FAMILY PROMISE?  Are you thinking of volunteering?  Just want to know more?  We have lots of exciting plans for this ministry.

On Sunday, June 30, following the worship service we will have a Lunch and Learn with the Executive Director of Family Promise of South Western PA, Laura Vincenti.  She will be here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  At that time we hope that many of you will be ready to make a commitment to participate in this ministry.  Please email or text Glenna Wilson that you plan to attend: or 412.519.5062

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 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’re looking for people to join our children’s and youth ministry teams. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, from teaching a Sunday School class to chaperoning social gatherings, providing meals, or just hanging out and getting to know some really cool kids. No experience or special skills required, just a love for kids. If you’d like to learn more, please talk to Joe. If you don’t catch him in the hallways, you can contact him at 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. 


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) & (T-Shirts XL, XXL)


• 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 23   

10:00am    Worship in Fellowship Hall

11:30am    New Member Luncheon

6:00pm      Sunday Night Yoga

Monday, June 24

6:15pm      Phoenix Institute

Tuesday, June 25

7:45am      Yoga

10:00am    Parent & Child Play Group

10:15pm    Unity in Motion

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

2:00pm      Strengthen & Stretch

7:30pm      NA 

Wednesday, June 26

9:30am      Shake Hands & Share

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

7:00pm      Mystics in Motion

7:30pm      Bigger on the Inside

Thursday, June 27

1:00pm      East End Song Studio

2:00pm      Strengthen & Stretch

6:00pm       Companions in Christ

7:00pm      Interplay

Friday June 28

12:00pm    AA

11:00am    East End Song Studio

5:30pm      AA Women’s Group

7:00pm      Ecstatic Dance

Saturday, June 29

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