First Church Notes: 11.10.2019


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


VIEWING THE MOVIE “HARRIET” ABOUT HARRIET TUBMAN

Please consider joining the Wrestling with Racism Team as we meet to view and discuss the recently released movie Harriet on Sunday, November 10th.

Movie: Waterworks Cinema, 923 Freeport Road

Sunday afternoon – please check the time with the theater – we think they have changed the show time to either 3:30 pm or 4:10pm, NOT 4:30 pm as originally published. Participants will need to purchase their own tickets

Discussion: Spice Affair Cuisine, 8 Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall www.spiceaffairpittsburgh.com/menu/

            7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  dinner and discussion

If you are planning to join us for dinner and discussion, notify Tracy Merrick at tracyrm@aol.com.


WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP WITH WARREN UMC THIS SUNDAY AND NEXT!

Please plan to join the following activities which have been planned with Warren UMC between November 10th and 17th!

 Two shared worship services:


Sunday, November 10th – 10:45 AM – First Church worshiping AT Warren UMC, 2604 Centre Ave.

  • Van transportation – A van will transport First Church folks to and from Warren UMC. The van will leave FUMC at 10:00 AM and 10:25 AM;
  • Take home meals – Since Warren UMC is working on its facilities, they will offer take home dinners after worship. There will be a choice of meals: Vegetable Lasagna or Chicken Marsala. If you have not reserved a take home meal and would like one, please email Karen Merrick (crimmerr@aol.com) by 9AM on November 9th.

Sunday, November 17th-11 AM–worship & All Church Thanksgiving Dinner at First UMC


 During the week:

  • Monday, November 11th – 7 PM at Warren UMC a public reading of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech followed by discussion
  • Tuesday, November 12th thru Thursday, November 14th gatherings for light meals and conversation:
  • Tues,  Nov. 12th – 3:00  PM   Pastor Tracy at FUMC in the parlor  (Afternoon tea)
  • Tues.   Nov. 12th – 6:00 PM   Fran Blakley at 6424 Centre Ave, Apartment 201 (Light dinner)
  • Wed.    Nov. 13th –  1:00PM     Rev. Angel De La Cruz at Warren UMC, 2604 Centre (Light lunch)
  • Wed,   Nov. 13th – 6:00 PM    Claudia & John Detwiler at 5723 Solway St. (Light dinner)
  • Thur,   Nov 14th  – 10:00 AM  Betsy & Lee Shaw at 704 Delafield St.(Brunch)

Please sign up for these in-home gatherings using the bulletin insert on Sunday morning or by e-mailing Tracy Merrick (tracyrm@aol.com) by 9AM on November 9th.


ALL CHURCH THANKSGIVING DINNER – NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Our annual All Church Thanksgiving dinner will take place on Sunday, November 17th, immediately after worship.  Once again, the Warren UMC community of faith will be worshipping with us that day and will also be our guests at the dinner. For First Church, the cost of the dinner is $6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children under 12, not to exceed $20.00 per family.  First time Guests and college students, no charge.

We do need helpers for preparing/serving the meal and clean up.  Please consider signing up to help at the dinner.  A sign-up sheet with a listing of jobs/help needed will be on the Clip Board table by the nursery.  You can also email Karen Merrick at crimmerr@aol.com.

Come and join us for good food and good fellowship! 


THOMAS MERTON CENTER AWARD

Join others who are committed to racial justice as KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR receives the THOMAS MERTON AWARD on Friday, November 22 at the August Wilson African-American Cultural Center – the acclaimed art galleries at the center will be available at 5:00p along with hors d’oeuvres from Arnold’s Tea and a cash bar in the main lobby. Programming starts at 7:30p

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a scholar, activist and author who teaches in the African American Studies department at Princeton University.  She is the author of three books; the most recent titled: RACE FOR PROFIT: HOW BANKS AND THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY UNDERMINE BLACK HOMEOWNERSHIP.

Tickets for this Thomas Merton Center Fundraiser:

Members of the Thomas Merton Center are $55.00 and for non-members $65.00

Tickets may be purchased at EVENTBRITE or on the Thomas Merton website.

For more information you may contact the Thomas Merton Center or Pastor RoBear (Bob) Wilson:  a49always@gmail.com  He is a member of the Board of Directors


SHORT-TERM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OFFERING

Inspired, Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, by Rachel Held Evans, will guide our conversation as we gather to discuss the stories, events, people and history of the Bible.  This class will be led by Pastor Tracy and all questions and comments are welcome.  Reading the book Inspired, ahead of the class may be helpful for you, but not required to participate in conversation. The class will meet in the parlor where we will be joined by the Seekers Class.


ECO- MINISTRY  NEWS: HELP WANTED! …. TO DEVELOP NEW LEGISLATION LETTER WRITING PROJECT. 

We are partnering with the Environmental Team of East Liberty Presbyterian Church on a joint earth care legislation letter writing project. ELPC’s team already prepares researched educational materials and model letters for their congregation on legislation requiring action. This terrific resource will be available to our legislation project.

We propose to create a small Eco-Legislation Team as a special project of the Eco-Ministry Team. Recognizing people’s time constraints, people working on legislation letter writing can choose whether or not to also participate in monthly Eco-Ministry Team meetings. In either case, the Eco-Ministry Team will support the legislative work and coordinate with ELPC.  If you would like more information, or want to help design the letter writing project, contact Claudia at cdetwiler4@icloud.com.


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!


FELLOWSHIP HOSTS 

Hosts are needed after worship on:

  •             November 24
  •             December 8, 22, and 29

If you are able to help in this way, please e-mail Karen Jacobs ballroombuddies@verizon.net or call 412.828.3854   


FAMILIES OF COLLEGE STUDENTS

Please provide us with a current college address for your son or daughter.  Please send to: office@fumcpittsburgh.org.    


THIS WEEK AT FUMC

Sunday, November 10

10:45am          Worship at Warren United Methodist Church

  6:00pm          Sunday Night Yoga


Monday, November 11

 6:15pm           Phoenix Institute


Tuesday, November 12

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

  7:00pm          Edgewood Symphony

  7:30pm          NA Reading Group


Wednesday, November 13

9:30am            Shake Hands & Share

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

7:00pm            Meditative Scripture Reading Group

7:00pm            Mystics in Motion

7:30pm            NA


Thursday, November 14

9:30am            IWAP

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

2:00pm            Strengthen & Stretch

5:00pm            Kitchen Cleaning

6:30pm            Kevin May Event

7:00pm            Interplay

7:00pm            Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Friday, November 15

12:00pm          AA – Cookies & Kisses

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

5:30pm            Women’s AA

7:00pm            Conscious Evolution


Saturday, November 16

  9:00am          First Food & Friends


FUMC 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