First Church Notes: 07.24.2020


News regarding the life and ministry of our wonderfully diverse and energized faith community


WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER—6 PM AT FUMC

We will gather at 6PM by the flowers at the corner of Centre and Aiken on Wednesday evenings. Each person who joins will be signed in, and there will be a continued, strict adherence to all public health guidelines for physical distancing and mask wearing. If you do not have a mask, FUMC will provide one. 


AN UPDATE ON THE FAMILY PROMISE PROGRAM

COVID-19 has taken its toll on the Family Promise Program. At the present time they are not housing any families. However, the expenses of operating, continuing to support the families who have found housing, and managing through the transition of leadership means there is still great need to support them. Two ways that we can be of support during this time are:

Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.


CALL TO ADVOCACY

As we continue our advocacy focus of “Medicare for All as a response to economic and racial injustice,” we are encouraged to take action in the following ways:

  • Gather Up Some Neighbors: Invite a presenter for a social distancing, backyard or front porch, Medicare for All conversation.
  • Ask your Representative to support HR 1384 -The Medicare for All Act of 2019.     See a draft letter that can be adapted and mailed or sent by link at

https://pnhp.salsalabs.org/housebilllegislatoroutreach201920/index.html.

  • Prepare yourself to advocate effectively:

• Single-Payer Health Reform: A Step Toward Reducing Structural Racism in Health Care http://harvardpublichealthreview.org/single-payer-health-reform-a-step-toward-reducing-structural-racism-in-health-care/

• Stop fearmongering about ‘Medicare for All’  https://pnhp.org/news/stop-fearmongering-about-medicare-for-all-most-families-would-pay-less-for-better-care/  

•  Medicare for All: How Do We Pay For It? 

                         https://vimeo.com/314654894  (12 minute video)

Contact Claudia Detwiler (cdetwiler4@icloud.com) for additional information.


FUMC SUNDAY CAST FOR CONGREGATION AND THE WORLD

Most of you by now have seen or heard of our weekly worship experiences we are posting on YouTube. We hope they have been meaningful to all of you. We invite you to share the experience with friends and family far and wide. If you search for “fumcpitt” on YouTube it will take you to our church page where you can find all past videos and also the live SundayCast. 

An email will still be sent out to the FUMC email list each week by early Sunday morning with a link for each “live” experience. We are grateful to be able to connect in this way.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Our commitment to appropriate social distancing doesn’t mean that we can’t connect. Many of our regular Sunday School classes continue to meet each Sunday at 10:00 am by Zoom. 

Due to the increasing concerns about strangers logging into Zoom calls to cause trouble, we are not publishing invitations to Zoom meetings publicly. So to receive a weekly invitation to a Sunday School gathering, please email the convener:  

Seekers –  Kristi Woolsey Woolsey.Kristi@bcgplatinion.com

Spirit of Justice – Sam Procter sam.procter@gmail.com

Coffee and Chat – Michele Jury mcjury@gmail.com

High School – Alyssa Stadelman alyssastadelman@gmail.com

Middle School – Joe Smith joe@fumcpittsburgh.org    

And Godly Play is now offering a virtual story time each Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Watch your email for the link. 

And you can check out previous sessions here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk6VxCsmhEQnpgkFlbiVddDryAUTaqJA3

Haven’t been part of a Sunday School class before? This may be a better time than any! 

At a time when children are spending more time at home than ever, families are beginning once again to take a more active role in children’s spiritual formation. We offer the FAITH5 as a simple yet profound model for families to engage in conversation and meditation together: https://faithink.com/about-faith5

Join Joe Smith for a virtual study of the book of Genesis: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk6VxCsmhEQnrTKA3I1SW-m02Fs-EVMnY

New videos are available every Tuesday at 8:00 am. Subscribe to the FUMC YouTube channel or just watch your email.


A PRAYERFUL THOUGHT FOR YOU

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”  –Thich Nhat Hanh


STAFF

Pastor
Tracy Cox
pastortracy@fumcpittsburgh.org
DeaconAnais Hussian
anais@fumcpittsburgh.org
Director of Music and Community Tim Coles
timcoles@fumcpittsburgh.org
Director of Spiritual Formation Joe Smith
joe@fumcpittsburgh.org
Administrative AssistantShelby Vane
shelby@fumcpittsburgh.org
Office office@fumcpittsburgh.org
Office Assistant Sherry Kaiser
Building Maintenance Manager Curtis Mitchell
Custodians Lamont Hunter
Tacoma Woods
Hospitality Nick Solic
nicsolic3@fumcpittsburgh.org
Music Intern Michael Dodin