First Church Notes: 10.13.2019


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


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:  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 joe@fumcpittsburgh.org


THE CARING MINISTRY NEEDS YOU

If you would occasionally be available throughout the daytime hours to provide transportation to someone in our church family who needs to get to a Dr.’s appointment or run errands, the caring ministry needs you.     Recently several of our volunteers in this area have become unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. Please give this opportunity to serve your prayerful consideration and let Karen Jacobs know if you are willing at ballroombuddies@verizon.net or 412-828-3854.    Thank you.


YOUTH EVENT – FRIGHT NIGHT AT KENNYWOOD

Let’s get spooky! Youth (6th-12th grade) are going to Fright Night at Kennywood next Sunday October 20th. We’ll meet at the church at 6:00 pm and head over to the park together, and will be back to the church for pickup at 9:00 pm. Tickets will be covered, but kids should bring spending money for food or souvenirs. If you want to attend, you must RSVP to Joe by Friday, October 18th, so we can get tickets!   


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FAMILY PROMISE


November 3-10 we will be hosting our first families! We need volunteers to make dinner, spend the night as a Host and van drivers (must attend a tailgate safety session on October 22 at 7:30 pm). Sign up on clipboards or call/email Nancy Ross (859)556-3723 NJ4ster.Ross@gmail.com.


15-PASSENGER VAN DRIVING TAILGATE SAFETY SESSION

Nancy Ross will be leading this session on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm. Please plan to attend if you want to volunteer as a Family Promise van driver. We want to ensure we are transporting our special cargo safely! Contact Nancy at NJ4ster.Ross@gmail.com or (859)556-3723 for more information and to rsvp.


FALL WORK DAY!

Our annual fall work day will be Saturday, October 26th. This is also our Sunday for First Food and Friends (3F), so please come help feed our neighbors and stay to do several much needed projects. We need to clean out a basement storage area for Family Promise. We need to clean out our worship closet behind the chapel to be in compliance with our insurance policy. And we would like to plant low shrubbery around our front porch areas. If you’re not volunteering at 3F, come at 1:00 pm for the Work Day.


FIRST CHURCH VOLUNTEER TEAM FOR FIRST FOOD & FRIENDS

October is First Church’s month to volunteer at First Food & Friends, our weekly – every Saturday – meal ministry to anyone in need. (First Church has made a commitment to staff a volunteer team the last Saturday of every other month).    

Please consider volunteering to be part of this ministry on Saturday, October 26th. Come to Fellowship Hall at 9:00am.  Clean-up is done by 1:00pm. 

 Please email Karen Merrick at crimmerr@aol.com, by October 21st, if you are able to be there.  Any questions, please talk with Karen, Dave Keller or Fred Watts.

Thanks for considering being a part of this important outreach ministry of First Church!


GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE BIBLE CLASS

Thursday evenings 5:30-7:00pm, in the Parlor.

Oct 17 – Sodom and Gomorrah: Hospitality, Angels, or Homosexuality?

Oct 24 – Homosexuality and the “Clobber Passages”


WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP WITH WARREN UMC IN NOVEMBER!

A group of folks from Warren UMC and FUMC has begun to plan opportunities to share worship and fellowship opportunities in November.

The current plan includes two shared worship services:

    Sunday, November 10th – 11 AM – at Warren UMC followed by a fellowship dinner

    Sunday, November 17th – 11 AM – at First UMC followed by the annual All Church Thanksgiving Dinner

In addition, the group is planning:

    Monday, November 11th – 7 PM – at Warren a public reading of Martin Luther King’s  “Beyond Vietnam” speech followed by discussion.

    Tuesday, November 12th thru Thursday, November 14th – afternoon or evening – two in-home gatherings each day, one in a Warren UMC home and one in an FUMC home.

PLEASE: If you are willing to host a gathering at your home on November 12th, 13th, or 14th, notify Tracy Merrick (tracyrm@aol.com) by October 14th.

Opportunities to sign up to make reservations for dinners and to participate in home visits will occur after October 15th.


FUMC GREETERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

First Church is known for its warm hospitality – the mantra being, “All are Welcome and Belong here”.  Our Greeters on Sunday mornings are an important way we demonstrate our welcome statement and this hospitality to all.

We are in need of several more Greeters to offer friendly greetings and welcome to members/guests and hand out bulletins at the Sunday morning worship service.  We especially need greeters for the teams that greet the second and fourth Sunday of the month.

If you would like to be a Greeter for one Sunday a month or possibly a substitute Greeter (when a regular team member is absent on a Sunday), please see Karen Merrick or email her at crimmerr@aol.com for more details.  We encourage you to consider becoming a part of this meaningful ministry at First Church!


SEMINAR ON MYSTICISM AND PRAYER

Christianity contains a rich tradition of prayer practices that help a person participate in the life of God in the silence of their heart and in community with others. The Christian mystical path, broadly speaking, treats a life with God as a journey, with perceivable signposts along the way. This seminar invites students to learn about the mystical path through the life and works of mystics who have gone before us, including the author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, and others. Friday, Nov 1, 6:00-8:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, in the Chapel. Please register by emailing joe@fumcpittsburgh.org 


THIS WEEK AT FUMC


Monday, October 14

  6:15pm          Phoenix Institute


Tuesday, October 15

7:45am            Susan Rupani Yoga

10:00am          Play Group

10:15am          Unity in Motion

10:30am          Staff Meeting

  1:00pm          East End Song Studio

  2:00pm          Strengthen & Stretch

  6:00pm          B.C.I.

  7:00pm          Edgewood Symphony

  7:30pm          NA Reading Group


Wednesday, October 16

9:30am            Shake Hands & Share

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

7:00pm            Mystics in Motion

7:00PM           SPRC

7:30pm            NA


Thursday, October 17

9:30am            IWAP

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

2:00pm            Strengthen & Stretch

5:00pm            Kitchen Cleaning

5:30pm            Class on Gender and Sexuality in the Bible

7:00pm            Interplay

7:30pm            Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Friday, October 18

12:00pm          AA – Cookies & Kisses

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

5:30pm            Women’s AA


Saturday, October 19

9:00am            First Food & Friends

2:00pm            Tom Mendito Event


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 Secretary TBA
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