First Church Notes for June 12, 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.

Prayer Flag Picnic

Kids and people of all ages are invited to the prayer flag picnic on Sunday, June 26th, 11:15 am in the courtyard. Have a light lunch, learn about prayer flags in Buddhist and Christian traditions, and create a beautiful set of prayer flags to hang around your home. 

Prayer Vigil for Social Justice

Rev. Don Blinn, Jr. will lead this Second Sunday’s Prayer Vigil for Social Justice. The topic will focus on the Junteenth Celebration: Not Just a Holiday for Black Americans. Please join us at noon on the corner of Centre and South Aiken Avenues.

July’s Prayer Vigil on July 10th will be led by our District Superintendent Deborah Ackley-Killian.

Lift Every Voice

Join Warren UMC for a celebration from African song to Afro-American jazz on June 12th at 4:00 PM. Warren is at 2606 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Juneteenth Event at Bethel AME

Several First Church members attended the Bethel AME Reparations Table Talk held at our church in April. First Church is currently represented at regular meetings with Bethel AME to support their reparations effort.

Contact the church office for registration information.

Juneteenth, Reparations and People of Faith

Sunday, June 19 11:00 – 5:30

Bethel AME

Join people of faith from across Pittsburgh to worship together, learn about the theological basis for Reparations and stand with Bethel AME.

Our day will start at 11:00am with worship – Bishop Errenous McCloud preaching

A Box Lunch will be provided, with an opportunity to connect with others

The afternoon will include a keynote address and panel discussion from faith leaders.

We will end with a driving procession down to the site of Old Bethel to lift up our prayers and voices.

Please contact the church office for registration 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

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

Queering Wesley, Queering the Church

Wednesdays June 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 6:30-8:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall

Join us for a study of Queering Wesley, Queering the Church by Keegan Osinski and for a discussion of how the Wesleyan tradition can foster and expansive openness to the love and grace of God. Please RSVP to to get a copy of the book. Facilitated by Anais Hussian, RoBear Wilson, and Joe Smith.

A Prayerful Quote

Note from Gwendolen: As we wait for word from the Supreme Court on the fate of women, girls, and pregnant people, we will draw here from Wilda Gafney’s Womanist Midrash for the next several weeks.

“Our sacred texts do not proclaim or even envision a world without slavery and the subordination of women, but they lay a foundation for us to transcend them and their limitations—the limitations of those who claimed to hear God enshrining human bondage of all sorts: ‘Remember that you were slaves in Egypt.’ ‘Do to others what you would have them do to you.’ ‘What is hateful to you, do not do to another.’ ‘In the Messiah there is no longer slave or free, male or female.’”

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