First Church Notes: 07.07.2019


Make a difference! Literacy Pittsburgh is offering a free volunteer training at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. No teaching experience is necessary. Join us on July 22 and 23 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. (Must attend both sessions.) Pre-registration required. Call 412-393-7645 or email For more details about tutoring students in reading and writing or English as a Second Language, visit


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! 


Kids, teens, and families are invited to join us for s’mores, hotdogs, fun, and fellowship. Sunday August 25, 6:00-9:00 pm in the church courtyard. Please RSVP to Joe @ 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


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, July 7

10:00am      Worship in Fellowship Hall

Monday, July 8

6:15pm         Phoenix Institute

Tuesday, July 9

7:45am        Yoga

10:00am      Parent & Child Play Group

1:00pm         East End Song Studio

2:00pm         Strengthen & Stretch

7:00pm         Safety Team 

7:30pm         NA 

Wednesday, July 10

9:30am        Shake Hands & Share

1:00pm         East End Song Studio

7:00pm         Mystics in Motion

7:30pm         Bigger on the Inside

Thursday, July 11

1:00pm        East End Song Studio

2:00pm        Strengthen & Stretch

5:00pm         Kitchen Cleaning

7:00pm        Interplay

Friday July 12

12:00pm       AA

11:00am       East End Song Studio

5:30pm         AA Women’s Group

7:00pm         Ecstatic Dance

Saturday, July 13

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