First Church Notes for July 17, 2022

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

Welcome to First Notes!

If you have items for our notes, we ask that they be submitted to the office by email no later than Wednesdays at 9:00 AM.

Fundraising for Sound and Media Project

As some of you already may have heard, at the beginning of the month Leadership Council approved our Sanctuary Sound and Media Upgrades Project. We are extremely thankful for the support that the board of the Preacher’s Aid Society is giving this project by underwriting 50% of the cost. Another thanks goes to Tim and Michael, who worked so diligently to define the exact needs and the scope of this project for our vendor.

Now it is on us as the congregation to fund the other 50% ($45,000) of this project, which will significantly change the experience for both those who worship in-person as well as those who participate through our online streaming.

A steering committee is being formed for the purpose of successfully executing a fundraising campaign. We hope to have this in place by the end of the month so that work on the campaign can begin in August and will be completed by the end of the year. If you think that you can make a contribution with your creativity and organizing skills for this fundraising effort, we would like you to prayerfully consider participating or even leading this committee.  Please contact the church office if you are willing to consider helping with your time and talent, so that we can make this campaign a success.

Oh, and in case you already want to donate to this cause…Please mark your gift “Sound and Media”.

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

Sunday School classes do not meet during Sumer schedule. They will resume in September.

A Prayerful Quote

Don’t allow sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely.

–Padre Pio

Church Staff

Tracy Cox
DeaconAnais Hussian
Director of Music and Community Tim Coles
Director of Spiritual Formation Joe Smith
Office Administrator Gwendolen Jackson
Office Assistant Sherrie Kaiser
Building Maintenance Manager Nelson Viola
Custodians Tacoma Woods
Freddie Griffin
Digital Tech Engagement SpecialistMichael Dodin
Youth & Community InternRudeene Jackson