News regarding the life and ministry of our wonderfully diverse and energized faith community
Welcome to our “reboot” of First Notes! We are intending to provide this source of First Church news once per week on Fridays once again in the midst of the ongoing crisis. We hope this will be a way to better stay connected with everyone and share good information with you all.
If you have articles for our notes we ask that they be submitted to the office by email no later than Wednesdays at 9:00AM.
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:
- Online donations at https://familypromiseswpa.org/donate-now/
- Volunteer to do a food pick up at distribution sites and deliver to a family. Contact Glenna Wilson if you wish to do this. firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.519.5062
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 (email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee and Chat – Michele Jury email@example.com
High School – Alyssa Stadelman firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School – Joe Smith email@example.com
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
The Journey by Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.
|Director of Music and Community||Tim Coles|
|Director of Spiritual Formation||Joe Smith|
|Administrative Assistant||Shelby Vane|
|Office Assistant||Sherry Kaiser|
|Building Maintenance Manager||Curtis Mitchell|
|Custodians|| Lamont Hunter|
|Music Intern||Michael Dodin|