BARBERSHOP CONCERT TODAY!
Over the years, many of you have enjoyed listening to the Barbershop chorus I sing with- Vocal Confluence (formerly Steel City Harmonizers). We have expanded our repertoire and styles of songs, and we now rehearse in Shadyside at Rodef Shalom.
Our first performance for this fall is Today from 3pm-4:30pm. It’s at Rodef Shalom, located at the corner of Fifth Ave and Morewood Ave. Tickets at the door will be $18. I have a set of tickets, and if you are interested in coming or have questions about our group, please send me (David Krackhardt) an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give me a call at 412-726-8151. I hope to see you there!
BACK TO SCHOOL BONFIRE TODAY
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 email@example.com.
You are invited to attend the Eco-ministry Team meeting on Tuesday, Sept.3, 7:30 pm. We will look at what plastic has to do with our climate crisis and how we can make change happen. This is a no-guilt-trip conversation. Check out our bulletin board outside the Fellowship Hall for a preview. Read what our colorfully clothed little board people have to say. For even a bigger preview, contact Claudia (firstname.lastname@example.org) for some pre-September reading.
MARCH TO UNITE
The Pan Methodist Council of Western Pennsylvania has noticed a great thirst for unity in our various communities. With hopes of quenching that thirst, we’ve joined with several faith-based organizations and social groups to organize Western Pennsylvania’s first annual “March to Unite” scheduled for Saturday, September 7th, 2019. It is our goal through this event to unite Western Pennsylvanians from various social, religious and economic backgrounds for a prayer rally and march for peace and reconciliation.
The Pan Methodist Council includes leaders from the UMC (majority white) and AME, AMEZ, and CME (black Methodist denominations). This event to be a public demonstration of unity across racial divisions in a time of heightened racism and vocal white-supremacy. Setting aside time to pray together, symbolically march “across bridges” and to hear speakers and be led in prayer will hopefully form relationships that lead to deeper cooperation and action.
SEEKER’S CLASS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
For our first class this fall a special guest will share with us how he, as a Jewish boy and teenager, lived in hiding from the Nazi soldiers in his home country of Bulgaria. He is a special friend of mine who I met at the Squirrel Hill JCC. We will be honored by his willingness to tell his account about how he survived with the help of courageous people in his community.
WORSHIP “TRAINING DAY” TODAY AFTER WORSHIP!
Microphones and Sound System: Anyone who wants to know the ins and outs of speaking into a microphone in the sanctuary and how to make sure your voice is heard! (Announcements, Liturgists, Singers, and more!) Also, in addition, any who would like to know a little more about the system itself and possibly learn how to operate it on Sunday mornings!
Acolytes: The depth, meaning, and procedures involved for bringing the great gift of light into our worship space on Sunday mornings!
Ushers and Greeters: The strong team of people who use hospitality and devotion to guide the community into worship.
Liturgists: Weaving voices together to bring scripture, prayer, and liturgy alive in our Sunday mornings.
We will have some light snacks available and a heart full of hope and anticipation for our upcoming program year at the church! We look forward to spending some time with you for this offering!
CO-CREATE A LENTEN DEVOTIONAL!
First Church is producing a Lenten Devotional and we want your voice to be included! If you would like to be a part of co-creating this resource, please join us for a brief planning session Sunday, September 8th at 12:15 in the office conference room. If you are unable to make it to the meeting but would like to write for the devotional, please let Joe know. email@example.com
People of all ages are invited to participate in the First Church Ping-Pong Tournament on Wednesday, September 18th 5:30-7:00 pm in the youth room. Join us for some friendly, competitive fun!
MEDITATIVE SCRIPTURE READING GROUP
Would you like to re-engage with the scriptures? Join Companions in Christ for five sessions of practicing meditative readings of scripture, guided by the lectionary text. The groups will meet 5:30 – 7:00 pm on select Wednesday evenings through the fall: September 11th, October 9th, October 23rd, November 13th, and December 11th. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be biblically literate, have any experience with “meditative reading,” or even know what that means! We’ll all learn a new practice together! A light dinner will be provided. For more information, please talk to Joe. If you don’t catch him in the hallways, you can contact him at 304-731-8717 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE!!
As we gear up our ministry with FAMILY PROMISE, we need to collect a number of supplies. We will hold a “TENT WARMING PARTY” on Friday evening, Sept. 27 from 7 – 9 pm. We hope that many church members will attend and bring gifts for this ministry. A list of needed items will be published in the near future. You do not have to be a volunteer for the ministry to attend and provide your donations.
Please mark your calendars for a fun Friday evening.
SHARING MUSIC AT FUMC
You are invited to share your musical gifts to be woven into the life of FUMC. There are many opportunities to do this including our fantastic Chancel Choir that rehearses Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings in the Fall, Handbell Choir on Sunday mornings, instrumental and vocal solos in worship, drumming for Mystics in Motion on Wednesdays, and many other ways! Please see Tim Coles to share your interest. email@example.com
DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR WORKING WITH KIDS OR TEENAGERS?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 changed our name from Worship Jam to Mystics in Motion to better reflect the active, mystical community we have become
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:
FIRST FOOD & FRIENDS:
• 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.
Sunday, August 25
10:00am Worship in Fellowship Hall
6:00pm Back to School Bonfire
Monday, August 26
6:15pm Phoenix Institute
Tuesday, August 27
1:00pm East End Song Studio
2:00pm Strengthen & Stretch
7:00pm Edgewood Orchestra
7:00pm Safety Team
Wednesday, August 28
9:30am Shake Hands & Share
1:00pm East End Song Studio
7:00pm Mystics in Motion
7:30pm Bigger on the Inside
Thursday, August 29
1:00pm East End Song Studio
2:00pm Strengthen & Stretch
Friday August 30
11:00am East End Song Studio
5:30pm AA Women’s Group
Saturday, August 31
9:00am First Food & Friends
|Director of Music and Community||Tim Coles|
|Director of Spiritual Formation||Joe Smith|
|Administrative Secretary||Gwendolyn Payne|
|Building Maintenance Manager||Curtis Mitchell|
|Offering Steward||Sherry Kaiser|
|Music Intern||Michael Dodin|