First Church Notes: 06.30.2019

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.

Today, 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


United Methodists of the Pittsburgh District are sponsoring a table at Open Streets Pittsburgh Sunday 7/28, 9am-1pm –

We will be providing a positive public presence by inviting Open Streets participants to pack Blessing Bags and take one to share with someone in need. We have signed up to collect 500 chap sticks for these blessing bags. These should be collected by

Sunday, July 14th

Visit our Tent (location TBA), pack a Blessing Bag, and share with someone in need! Blessing bags contain items frequently needed by someone who is unhoused, along with information about community resources. Keep one in your car to be a blessing to someone in need!


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. 

                                                THIS WEEK

Sunday, June 30 

10:00am      Worship in Fellowship Hall

11:30am Family Promise Lunch & Learn

11:30am       New Member Reception

  6:00pm      Sunday Night Yoga

Monday, July 1

6:15pm         Phoenix Institute

Tuesday, July 2

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, July 3

9:30am        Shake Hands & Share

10:00am       Staff Meeting

1:00pm         East End Song Studio

7:00pm         Mystics in Motion

7:30pm         Bigger on the Inside

Thursday, July 4

Office Closed

Friday July 5

12:00pm       AA

11:00am       East End Song Studio

5:30pm         AA Women’s Group

Saturday, July 6

9:00am         First Food & Friends

10:00am       NA Meeting

FUMC Staff

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