We welcome the Rev. Kellie Weekley-Mills to our pulpit for this 5th Sunday after Pentecost. She preaches a sermon based on Jonah 3:1-10 titled "All In!"
Born in Huntington, WV, Kellie graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia with a M.Div. and Presbyterian School of Christian Education with a MA in Christian Ed. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she has served churches in Purseglove, WV and Mobile, AL (internships), Ashe County NC, and Pittsburgh PA (solo pastorates). She was pastor of Riverview United Presbyterian in Observatory Hill for 13 years, and currently serves as Minister at Large in Pittsburgh Presbytery as a supply preacher. She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Repurposed Store with Living in Liberty, a non-profit working with women to bring them out of trafficking and provide services to assist them in moving forward. Proud mother of Penn State student, Rachel. Spoiler of family dog, Primrose.
Also, if you weren't aware, Comcast/Xfinity or Verizon Fios customers with the voice remote have the ability to watch YouTube on their TVs. Just press the voice button and say "First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood on YouTube" and our channel should show up, allowing you to select this week's video.
Finally, as you consider your donations, we ask you to remember both FPCE (you can mail a check to the church at 120 East Swissvale Avenue or donate online at http://www.fpcedgewood.org/donate.html) and the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. In their most recent newsletter emailed out the other day, WCM director Ruth Kittner says that items that are always in need include: tooth paste, individually packaged bars of soap, laundry soap, cleaning supplies (cleanser, disinfectant) and toiletries (including disposable razors), hearty canned soups, dried beans, rice, tea bags, instant coffee, ground coffee. Dog and cat food for animals of all ages. Please drop items off at 702/704 Wood Street Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm, or call at 412-241-8072. You can donate to them online as well at http://wcm15221.org/donate/
Stay cool and safe in the hot weather this week!
Our online worship for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost includes the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper as requested by Pastor Michael for his last Sunday service with us. You are encouraged to have the bread and cup ready to partake when invited to do so. The Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister at Pittsburgh Presbytery, joins our service to share in the Recognition of Honorable Retirement from the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. Continue watching after Sunny's postlude to see a video compilation of well-wisher and farewell messages from members of the congregation to Pastor Michael as we were not able to come together for a formal, in-person celebration in this time of social distancing.
On this third Sunday after Pentecost, Pastor Michael preaches a sermon titled "Tough Times, Tough Choices," on some difficult words that Jesus said in Matthew 10. As this is Father's Day, spend some time honoring the important men in our lives. Join in the responses, hymns, and prayers as they appear on your screen.
For this week's worship, we focus on justice and peace in word and song. Pastor Michael preaches on the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. We share in a responsive spoken and sung psalm as well as several familiar hymn tunes. As usual, video, audio, and PDF versions of the service are posted.
We celebrate God in three persons on Trinity Sunday. You are invited to join in the responses and familiar hymns as we gather around, proclaim, respond to, and send into the world God's Word during this week's online worship. The service is available in video, audio, and pdf bulletin formats.
Happy Birthday to the church! The unofficial beginning of the Christian church begins when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles with a rush of wind and flames on the day we call Pentecost. We celebrate with a worship service full of music typically done in our Emerging Worship format (without the full ensemble!) as well as the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
It wouldn't be the weekend without another technical glitch, right? So this week's misadventure begins with an attempt to make Pastor Michael's voice more clear on our recordings. We tested out a wireless microphone that would connect directly with my phone camera. All three of us (Michael, John, and I) checked it with the ear piece. Perfectly clear, best it's ever sounded. What did we discover after we finished recording? The phone didn't recognize the external microphone and used the default built-in microphone. Apparently we needed a special cable that allows the phone to recognize the mic. So, during the spoken parts of the service, you may hear the air conditioning coming on in the background, you might occasionally hear John breathing into his mask from behind the camera, and at times Michael's voice might be a little "echo-y." I did the best to filter it with the EQ settings in the video editor to amplify his voice and got it to a fairly decent place I think. The music part was recorded on another device closer to the piano, so it is clearer and has no background noise. I'm gonna get this right - it's driving me crazy!
As we've invited you to do in the past, if you would like to participate in communion, we ask that you prepare the elements of bread and cup before you watch so that you may partake when instructed to do so. And, these songs are some of our favorites that are well known to the congregation - so join us in the celebration by singing at home!
With all of the chaos and turmoil happening in the world around us, take some time to be with the Holy Spirit today.
PDF bulletin, SoundCloud audio, and YouTube video links below:
Our service for the seventh Sunday in the season of Easter is now available. The theme Pastor Michael has chosen is healing and wholeness, and it includes very familiar hymns that you are invited to join in singing along to from your homes.
Today is also the day when we would lead a community Memorial Day service along with the members of Boy Scout Troop 23. You will find a link below to a separate video compiled for a virtual service that contains the presentation of colors, pledge of allegiance, and wreath ceremony by the scouts, remarks by Russ Raisig, the reading of names and a poem by Wayne Dean, and a prayer by Pastor Michael. Thank you to the participants for taking the time to record their portions so that we could provide this connection to the Edgewood community that has been part of our tradition for so many years.
The service for the 6th Sunday of Easter is now available for viewing and listening. Apologies for the delay in posting - while playing with settings to have better audio, the first export of the video had no sound and had to be processed a second time! We tried something different when recording this week and did not use the sound system in the sanctuary, which should remove the echo that was being picked up by the camera in previous weeks. Hopefully, it will sound clearer to everyone.
As we have done, the service is available as a video on YouTube, audio only on SoundCloud, and a pdf of the bulletin for those who may want to read and follow along.
Happy Mother's Day!
Our May 10, 2020 online worship celebrates the strength of the women in our lives on this 5th Sunday of Easter. Pastor Michael preaches from 2 scriptures focusing on strong women and mothers of faith, and our hymns and responses echo the theme. Please join in by reading and singing the words on the screen, or following along with the pdf bulletin.
Each year, the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood, in collaboration with Boy Scout Troop #23, holds a community Memorial Day ceremony following Sunday morning worship at Memorial Park, across the street from the church on East Swissvale Avenue, on the day before Memorial Day.
Since we are unable to meet physically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to compile a video presentation as a virtual way to observe this important day, remembering those who gave their life in service to our country.
To make this more personal to the Edgewood community, we invite residents to submit a photo of a loved one who formerly lived in Edgewood that lost their life while in military service. At the end of the video, we will create a tribute to those men and women, honoring their sacrifice.
Please complete the form below and upload your photo by Monday, May 18, 2020. This will allow time for the editing process, so that we can have the video uploaded and shared with the community by Memorial Day.
Form link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-P0vVbQkNKXYi8P9UGC8Xl7QWYcwiPU3eANnaEEUVLRXtPw/viewform?usp=sf_link