First Church Notes: 01.14.2018


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CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY, JANUARY 15

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the church office will be closed.



HOLY COMMUNION

FUMC Pittsburgh celebrates Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month.

OFFERING ENVELOPES

Your offering envelopes are available for pickup.  If you did not request envelopes but would like to have them, please contact the office.

EDUCATION FOR ALL AGES

The adult Sunday school class that started out reading “The Hate U Give” will continue in the new year, but will be moving to the NURSERY to meet. The Seekers will continue to meet in the parlor.

 

FUNDRAISING FOR CHOIR TRIP TO NYC

The FUMC Chancel Choir has been invited to participate in performing Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall in May.  In order to help reduce the cost for choir participants, various fund-raising events are being planned.  Currently, photo cards featuring images of FUMC are being sold during Fellowship Hour each Sunday.  Other upcoming events and opportunities are being planned.  If you would like to make a monetary contribution to help sponsor a choir member, please contact Tim Coles.  If you have a fundraising idea or would like to offer your talent or help, please contact Keith Gibson or Millie Arnett.


MLK Celebration Service at Garden City UMC in Monroeville Sunday, January 14

You are invited to participate in a worship service sponsored by the Pittsburgh and Greensburg districts of the United Methodist Church today at 4:00pm at the Garden City United Methodist Church in Monroeville. There will be music, prayer, and celebration and singers from our own FUMC Choir as well.

 

VOLUNTEER LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING

The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council will be holding a free literacy tutor training workshop in the parlor over two Saturdays, January 13 and 20th, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Help adult learners improve their reading and writing skills. No experience is necessary; tutors are matched with a student in their neighborhood and materials and support are provided. To register or for more information, contact Roberta Hatcher, rhatcher@gplc.org, or call 412-393-7645. Join us in changing lives!

 

INTERFAITH POWER & LIGHT MEETING

The new Pittsburgh chapter of Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) is meeting Tuesday, Jan.16th, 10 AM at First United Methodist. IPL is a national organization “mobilizing a religious response to global warming.”  The Pgh. chapter is a project of the Eco-Justice Group of the Thomas Merton Center.

 

20th SUMMIT AGAINST RACISM

Connect with others about racial justice on January 20th at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for “The Struggle Continues: Healing, Trauma, Building Community, Inspiring Action”. This day will have more than 40 presentations and workshops.  Last year’s Summit against Racism drew over 700 folks representing all racial, age, demographic and gender groups. For more information or registration:

Google: PITTSBURGH SUMMIT ON RACISM 2018

website: summitagainstracism.org

Twitter: @justicepgh

Facebook: @summitpgh

 

WHY ARE WE HERE TOGETHER?  AN INTERGENERATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT CHURCH

At First Church, we have been talking a lot about belonging….period.  To continue and expand that conversation, we are inviting anyone and everyone to come to a luncheon after worship on Sunday, January 28th.  Our intent is to be open to fresh and new perspectives that will help us grow and thrive in 2018 and beyond! This may lead to some focused time listening to experiences of those of us who are younger as younger voices have not been historically included in a substantial way in this particular conversation.  We will be trying to answer the question, “Why we are here at First Church and what can we do to help instill a sense of belonging within, around, and among our community?”  Please join us and add to the conversation!

 



CARING CUPBOARD

First church, in order to better care for one another as a community, we are asking for your donations to help fill up the Caring Cupboard.  Each week we will be asking for a different item.

 

 

THE WEDNESDAY THING

The church is open every Wednesday with an environment of welcome. You are invited to just “be” with us. Several worship, study, and meditation opportunities are all happening at once in our spiritual marketplace. A snack and food table will be open in the Gathering Space at 6:30 for you to eat and, if moved, bring food to share too! Childcare is provided.

 

WORSHIP JAM:

Worship Jam is a community that seeks and celebrates the spiritual essence of life through earth-based traditions, Christian mysticism, and scientific revelation. Please join us any Wednesday at 7pm in the chapel.

 

DISASTER RESPONSE

Early Response Team Training is available through WPA.UMC.org

ERT training prepares you to respond to those in need in the aftermath of a natural disaster.  We need “listeners” as well as workers and those who support teams with prayer & financial support.  Volunteers trained & not trained are needed now to assist in local cleanup.  Sign up on the conference website or contact Fred Watts.

 

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