First Church Notes: 01.12.2020


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


FIRST FOOD & FRIENDS

On December 28th, First Food and Friends shared meals with 64 friends and 12 FUMC volunteers.


CHRISTMAS CLEAN-UP!

Please join us immediately after worship on Sunday, December 12th to help “un-hang” the greens! Many hands make light work!


SEEKING DECORATIONS

As you un-decorate from your Christmas celebrations in January, please consider if you may have a decoration or two to donate to First Church. We are seeking pre-lit Christmas trees (white lights) of any size, blue, silver, or gold decorations of any kind. You may bring them into the church office any time during the month of January.


IT’S GETTING COLD OUT THERE

If you have a new or gently used set of hats and/or gloves, we are seeking to replenish our Caring Cupboard as the weather can turn dangerously cold and affect those who have little to no shelter. You may drop them off at the church at any time.


ECO-MINISTRY NEWS

Please join us on Tuesday January 14th at 7 pm for our first meeting of 2020. We will look at new projects getting underway -a  Letter Writing Project and a reading group on agriculture and agrarian themes. Our ministry is grounded in the oneness of our relationship with all of creation and the Creator. Come help us think of additional ways to explore how to live into this.


PROPERTY COMMITTEE

Due to rescheduling of Leadership council meeting, the property committee will NOT meet on Monday, January 13th. The next property committee meeting is Monday, February 10th, at 7:00 pm.


CONFIRMATION MEETING

There will be a brief informational meeting about this year’s confirmation class for all students 6th grade and above who have not been confirmed and would like to be and their parents (but students have to attend the meeting too). Next Sunday, January 19th, immediately after worship, in the parlor.


“FAT SATURDAY BIRTHDAY BASH” – UPDATE

Hopefully,  Saturday, February 22, 2020at 7:00 pm is on your calendar for First Church’s “Fat Saturday Birthday Bash”!

This is a night of eating cake (or some kind of decadent dessert!) with some folks that share your birthday month and enjoying live entertainment provided by some very talented First Church people!

We need volunteers for hosting the birthday tables – which means making and decorating a delicious theme birthday cake and decorating the table in that theme (buying a cake or dessert would be fine too!). Remember – it doesn’t have to be your birthday month. We have openings for: March, April, June, September, November and December. Please consider volunteering to host a table for one of these months by contacting Karen Merrick at crimmerr@aol.com.   

AND… we need volunteers to be part of the entertainment! Please consider sharing your talent either solo or with friends and contribute to the evening’s program. Register by contacting Tim Coles (timcoles@fumcpittsburgh.org) and Dave Keller (revdfkeller@aol.com).


DAY TRIP TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN D.C.


On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the FUMC/Warren Wrestling with Racism will have an all-day visit to the NMAAHC via chartered bus.

NAMATH has 36,000+ artifacts and is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American Life, History and Culture. The museum present the journeys of African Americans within USA and around the globe. Every aspect of the African American experience be it slavery, freedom, race, politics, economics, sports, music and so much more, comes to life thru collections and exhibits.

The trip includes timed adminisstion at museum – opening thru closing and round-trip bus. The cost is $145/person but various scholarships are available if requested. All meals are at the user’s obligation but there will be a stop on the return to Pittsburgh at a buffet restaurant in Berkley Springs.

See hall bulletin board for more details and/or contact Lee Shaw, 412-782-0288.


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.


A NOTE FROM PASTOR TRACY

I attended Duke University over 20 years ago, and my oh my has the world changed—my oh my have I changed! Events and circumstances of life have challenged and called me to expand my theological knowledge as a pastor at First United Methodist Church. In June of 2019, I began an incredible journey working towards the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Over the course of three years, I will be attending classes for two weeks each June, and each January in the Parish Risk Focus of the D.Min. study. This will be an intense time of theological study, writing and conversation. Prayerfully, new approaches, understandings, and methods for reaching and ministering to the community will be shared and lived through my studies. I will be out of the office January 6th-January 17th. I am able to be reached by email.


FELLOWSHIP HOSTS NEEDED

Fellowship hosts for upcoming Sundays in January and February are needed.    Please contact Karen Jacobs 412-828-3854 or ballroombuddies@verizon.net with any questions and if you can provide snacks and a cold drink for any upcoming Sunday morning following worship.    Thank You.


2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES

For those who requested 2020 offering envelopes, they are available for pick-up in the front pew of the sanctuary near the pulpit.


GOSPEL CONCERT

The International Women’s Association of Pittsburgh (IWAP) invites FUMC members to attend a concert featuring gospel music singer Damarra Chanel on Thursday, February 6th, 10:30-11:30 am, in the fellowship hall. Admission is free, but please RSVP to office@fumcpittsburgh.org.


THIS WEEK AT FUMC


Sunday, January 12

9:00am            Handbell Choir Rehearsal

9:35am            Chancel Choir Rehearsal

9:45am            Education for All Ages

11:00am          Worship in the Sanctuary

12:30pm          Christmas Clean-up

6:00pm            Sunday Night Yoga


Monday, January 13

9:30am          IWAP English Class

6:15PM           Phoenix Institute


Tuesday, January 14

  7:45am          Susan Rupani Yoga

10:00am          Play Group

10:30am          Staff Meeting

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

7:00pm            Edgewood Symphony

7:00pm             Eco-Ministry Team

7:30pm            NA Reading Group


Wednesday, January 15

9:30am            AA

1:00pm            East End Song

7:00pm            Mystics in Motion

7:30pm            NA Bigger on the Inside


Thursday, January 16

9:30am            IWAP

1:00pm            East End Song

5:00pm            Kitchen Cleaning

 7:00pm           Interplay

7:30pm            Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Friday, January 17

12:00pm          AA – Cookies & Kisses

1:00pm            East End Song Studio

5:30pm            Women’s AA


Saturday, January 18

9:00am            First Food & Friends   


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