First Church Notes: 11.12.2017



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



To begin our week with Warren UMC we will hold our traditional Thanksgiving All-Church Dinner on Sunday, November 12th right after church. As always we could use helpers to make the dinner happen and also are in need of people to help clean up after. Please note the sign-up sheet on the clipboard table if you are willing to help.



The planning for the week of November 12th -19th with Warren United Methodist Church has been underway for many weeks! Please plan to worship at Warren UMC on November 19th and stay for the fellowship dinner afterwards! The church will provide shuttle service to Warren Church on that Sunday. If possible, please confirm your attendance to help with planning by calling 412- 621-2253. This is a unique event intended to strengthen our ties to our siblings in the Hill District and to share our experience of God together.



A Leadership Training Workshop provided by The Southwest PA Healing Communities Collaborative is being held on Nov. 18th for formerly incarcerated individuals. If you know someone who might like to participate in this event, contact Scilla: (

Also on Nov 18th, from 6-8 PM, a panel will be discussing Embracing the Returning Citizen at Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, 6111 Rodman Street 15206.

If you would like to learn more or participate in the Healing Communities work at First Church, see Anais or send her an email:



We will be hanging the greens on November 28 @10am, November 30 @10am & 1pm & December 3 @12:30pm.  Please sign up on the clipboard table located in the sanctuary.



Mark your calendars! Our annual Christmas Season music-fest will happen on Saturday, December 9th at 7:00pm. This is a family friendly music event that features the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and many other musical offerings. This year the choir will be presenting John Rutter’s “Gloria” with a full brass orchestra. Come and hear the vibrant and exciting music of our season and stay for a wonderful reception afterwards.




Nov. 12 John Detwiler: “Society and Climate Change” Part II


Nov. 19 Worship at Warren UMC


Nov. 26 David Keller will lead us in a discussion about hate groups in America.  Resources will be from the Southern Poverty Law Center.




A new adult Sunday school class on race has formed and meets at 9:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Discussion will be focused on race; we’re going to be reading: “We Were Eight Years in Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coffee and bagels too!  Class will be led by Sam Procter.



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 item of the week: Sleeping Bags and/or Mats.


MESSY CHURCH Nov 13th @ 5pm Join us on the second Monday of each month to celebrate the joy, play, and mess of God with art, games, story, and food!



Clear plastic gallon size bottles are needed by the Hospitality Committee to make luminaries for the Dec. 9 choir concert. Bottles must be thoroughly rinsed out and their labels removed (use a hair dryer for quick removal).    Bring your donations on Sunday morning and place them on the stage area in the gathering space any time until November 26.




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 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.



Early Response Team Training is available through

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.






Sunday, November 12

Warren UMC Congregation Here

9:00am        Handbell Choir Rehearsal

9:30am        Education for All Ages

9:35am        Chancel Choir Rehearsal

11:00am        Worship in the Sanctuary

12:30 pm        All Church Dinner

2:00 pm        Trans Group

6:00 pm        Sunday Yoga


Monday, November 13

9:30am        IWAP English

5:00 pm       Messy Church

6:15pm        Phoenix Institute

7:00 pm       First Food & Friends Board Meeting


Tuesday, November 14

10:00am        Parent & Child Play Group

10:30am        Staff Meeting

2:00pm        Strengthen & Stretch

3:00pm        Greater Pgh Literacy Tutoring

6:30pm        Trans Group

7:00pm        Site Nite

7:15pm        Unity in Motion

7:30pm        NA Reading Group



Wednesday, November 15

9:30am        Shake Hands & Share

7:00pm        Bible Study

7:00pm        Worship Jam

7:00pm        Peaceburgh Unity

7:30pm        Bigger on the Inside


Thursday, November 16

9:30am        IWAP

10:15am        Unity in Motion

1:00pm        East End Song Studio

2:00pm        Strengthen & Stretch

3:00pm        Greater Pgh Literacy Tutoring

5:00pm         Kitchen Cleaning

7:30pm         Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Friday, November 17

12:00pm        AA Cookies & Kisses

7:00pm          Ecstatic Dance


Saturday, November 18

9:00am        First Food & Friends

4:00pm        Jetts Online Music Store Opening


Sunday, November 19

Worship at Warren Church

2:00pm          Recorders Society

6:00pm          Sunday Night Yoga