As a way of re-connecting with members of our congregation, we are reinstituting the Parish Life Committee. At our last session meeting, Judy Mysels volunteered to head the committee with help from Rhonda Apessos, Nancy Ernst and also Mary Ross. Anyone else interested? These are some of our initial ideas:
Per Capita connects our church to the greater Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). The funds are used to support the activities of the local Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. Each church is assessed by the number of members, and each year, FPCE pays the entire Per Capita to PCUSA upfront. In other words, our church pays forward the amount for each member. For 2020, the Per Capita is $35 for each member. Please consider submitting your Per Capita to FPCE.
Paul Ohori, Stewardship
Not one of us can predict the future; yet all of us make plans for it. On December 31, 2019, I watched my sister pull out the 2020 planning calendar and begin circling certain dates and writing reminders on others. Many of us have done the same thing.
We do the same here at the church. Every year the leadership sits down with the church planning calendar and sets dates; religious dates like Ash Wednesday or Easter; dates for session and deacon meetings; dates for Presbyterian Women events, and dates for the FROGS after school program. Most often, each year’s planning calendar is strikingly similar to the previous year’s. But the year 2020 is going to be different.
We do not have a plan in place as to how we will move forward. That will be on the top of the agenda at our January session meeting. Three decisions have been made.
There are many challenging decisions to be made. Will we share a pastor with another congregation? Will we hire someone part-time? Will we decide to merge with another congregation? Will we lease the building out to other organizations? Will we invite a developer to give us other avenues to take with regard to the facility? This is unnerving. FPCE has never done this before. Yet – this is an exciting time for the life of our congregation. What we do know is this: God will not leave us or forsake us. God will include us in his plan for this community. God has our back. May faith, hope and love abide with us as we plan for a very different 2020.
The Annual Congregational Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020 immediately following worship in the sanctuary. Ministry and organizational reports will be received, the budget will be reviewed, and the pastor's terms of call will be voted upon. Any representative of a ministry team or organization who normally submits a report should send them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Monday, January 20.
Please stick around after our Epiphany communion worship service on Sunday, January 5 to help take down the Advent and Christmas decorations in the sanctuary. "Many hands make light work."
“The Power of Emmanuel”
Our Christmas Eve service will begin at 8:00 p.m. As darkness settles around us, the story of Jesus’ birth, the flickering candles, and the celebration of Holy Communion will bring a warm our hears, enlighten our eyes, and lift our spirits. Please join us. Bring the entire family –and your friends.
December 7, 2019 7:30pm
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF EDGEWOOD
Jazz up your holidays with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s dazzling adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Join us on a pilgrimage to discover the open-hearted mysticism of St. Francis of Assisi as found in his poem ‘Canticle Brother Sun’ through the radiant and awe-inspiring music of Eli Tamar. Experience Taylor’s playful Christmas Overture, the sublime Ave Maria by Mascagni, and Anderson’s exuberant Sleigh Ride. The grand finale of the Holiday concert will put you in the spirit of the season as we perform our traditional Sing Along. Soloists: Tom Roberts, Charlene Canty, Molly May
First Presbyterian Church Of Edgewood
120 E Swissvale Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Tickets are available online or at the door (cash or credit cards accepted).
On Oct. 13, the Pittsburgh East community will celebrate its 42nd year of walking to end hunger one step at a time. The oldest walk in the country is sponsored by Church World Service (www.churchworldservice.org). 25% of what we raise is returned as grants to East End Common Ministries and Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. Youth and adults from this congregation will gather at the South Avenue United Methodist Church at 1:00 to gather in prepara-tion for the 10K loop through Squirrel Hill and back. The walk distance is 6.2 miles. Walking time is approximately 2.5 hours.
You can participate by either walking or sponsoring a walker. You can also go to their website: http://www.crophungerwalk.org/pittsburgheastpa to electronically send money or sponsor a walker. Watch for upcoming bulletin inserts, emails, and/or announcements.
Wilkinsburg Community Ministry is preparing backpacks
for Wilkinsburg students grades K-6. You can help with a donation of any amount. Online, visit: www.wcm15221.org. On the right sidebar of the homepage, you will see a box labeled “Support WCM – Donate Now Through Network for Good.” Click on the Network for Good logo and follow the prompts to make your contribution. In the optional designation section, please indicate “BackPack Project”