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Good morning friends and family!


How was your weekend?

This week at first, we are heading into the second week of August. Can you believe it? As this mouse gets older, I feel that time goes faster and faster!

We have no events happening at the church today, but it has been filled with activity. We have had the fortunate opportunity to help several people this morning, by providing food from our food pantry. Please continue to donate non-perishable items to our food pantry, as this is a vibrant and necessary ministry. We are currently in need of protein items, such as canned tuna and chicken, and peanut butter. The folks that we serve truly appreciate your donations!

Tuesday, August 6th, there will be a Congregational Council meeting at 6:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Wednesday, August 7th, we will open our doors from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM to serve a free lunch to the community. This is our Food from the Heart ministry, which is open to the public every Wednesday. We invite everyone to come join us for good food and good fellowship!  Later Wednesday evening, there will be a Fellowship Committee Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

On Thursday, August 8th, Ruth Circle will be meeting at 7:00 PM. For more information on the location, please contact the church office at (724)-834-1457. There will also be an introductory Confirmation Meeting held on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM, which will include Acolyte training for our new confirmation members. All those who plan to affirm their baptism through confirmation should attend this meeting.

Sunday, our worship times will be 8:15 AM and 10:00 PM. There is no Sunday School during the summer months. Sunday School will resume on September 15th at 9:30 AM.


Just to recap the past month…

VBS was a huge success, hosting over 50 children ages 3 – 10. THANK YOU to Rachel Krunszyinsky for being our director and doing such as wonderful job! Thank you also to all our amazing teachers and helpers that dedicated their time and talents to VBS!

We had two baptisms in July: J. Duncan, and A. Bayles. Welcome to the First family!

Pastor Jerry presided over the Ulishney/Sias wedding and it was absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

The Park has seen many beautiful improvements over the past few months, including planting. The latest addition will be 4 park benches!

Our Directory Pictures had such a wonderful response that we had to open up two days in September (13 & 14) to allow for more pictures to be taken!

We received several NEW members!


Coming up…

There are EXCITING THINGS happening at first!

Coming up on August 23-24, the Congregational Council will be sponsoring an overnight family camping trip to Cedar Creek County Park. There will be biking, hiking, fishing and boating available. children under 16 can attend for free, and adults are asked to contribute $5 to cover the cost of food. Bring your tent and join the fun! I am going to hitch a ride in Rick Druschel’s backpack! I hope they save me a s’more!

The fall is quickly approaching, and that means Rally ReCreation day is upon us!!! This year, the Christian Education Committee has BIG, make that “BIG TOP” plans for RR DAY! Welcome to the First Family Carnival, where there is room for everyone under God’s Big Tent! There will be a duck pond, games, food, prizes, face painting and more! join us for outdoor worship (weather permitting) under the “Big Top” in our Park to kick off the new Sunday School Year!

Sunday School will begin on September 15th, and we will return to our 10:45 AM second service schedule.

There have been all kinds of exciting things floating through the church concerning the High School Sunday School class. They will have a teacher this year: Ginger Shultz! There are big things planned for the class and the entire congregation will be filled in at a later date. I will say this though…I walked through the FLY room the other day and its looking SPECTAULAR!

The annual WELCA Women’s Retreat to Lutherlyn will be held September 20-22.  the theme this year will be “Count Your Blessings”. There will be small groups, large groups, workshops, seminars, prayer, and worship.  The registration deadline is August 11, so please stop by the office if you are interested! We have several women from our church attending!

The women of our church are contributing cookies to the Churchwide ELCA Assembly in Pittsburgh from August 12-17th! All these baked goods around here are making me hungry!


As you can see, the church has been very busy this summer! I hope everyone has a great week, and starts to get excited about the many amazing things happening at First!


God’s Grace & “Squeaks”

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May 20-26…2013

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Good Monday morning to everyone!

We had a lovely reception yesterday following our 10:45 AM worship service to honor our newest confirmed members: Laura Miller, Brett Schugt and Sawyer Rehak. Congratulations!!!

We also held our last Java Table until September.

Our Monday evening Bible Studies are on summer break and will return in September with a brand new study topic!

Tomorrow, Tuesday May 21st, Rebekah Circle will be meeting at 10:30 AM in the Conference Room.  There will also be a Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 PM and a Christian Education meeting at 7:00 PM.

Our weekly free lunch, Food from the Heart, will be served on Wednesday from noon- 1:00 PM. This lunch is open to the community and all are welcome to join us! This week’s menu will be: Pizza Burger

My little mouse whiskers are twitching with excitement for our Preschool class, which will be graduating this Thursday with flying colors! We have 17 wonderful graduates moving on to Kindergarten! Hip-Hip-Hurray! Please come join us to celebrate with our “little graduates” and their families at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary!

This Sunday, May 26th, we will honor the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our worship services will be at 8:15 and 10:45 AM. At 9:30 AM, we will hold the LAST Sunday School meeting until September! We will be closing our Sunday School doors for summer break and will end the year with a bang by having an intergenerational event…in our PARK! This will also be the LAST Sunday before beginning our summer worship hours, so all you 10:45’ers, relish that extra 45 minutes of sleep Sunday morning!

As a general announcement, there are still 9 seats left for the Pirates baseball game and fireworks night on June 29th! If you are interested in going, please contact the office!

I also have to say a big thank you to our custodian, Dennis Hall, for installing the air conditioner in the office. It jumped from winter to summer pretty quick around here and the humidity in that room made me want to cut all my fur off! Now I can go and visit my office friends without melting like a block of Velveeta cheese! (Hmmmm….now I’m hungry!)

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

God’s Grace and “Squeaks”,

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May 13-17

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Good afternoon friends!

I hope that you were able to join us for worship yesterday, May 12th, Mother’s Day Sunday! We celebrated all the mother’s in the congregation by giving our lovely pink carnations! Also, we welcomed yet another child into the family of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Welcome to the Body of Christ, Maria Catherine Gacek!

This has already been a busy Monday here at First! Our Mary-Martha Women’s Circle met this morning at 10:00 AM for sewing projects and lunch. They are making some beautiful quilts! Tonight at 7:00 PM, Pastor Marleen will be ending the Bible Study topic discussion on the Devil and all his empty promises. Tonight will be the final Monday Evening Bible Study until September.

On Wednesday, we will continue our weekly lunch ministry, Food from the Heart, from noon – 1:00 PM. It is free and everyone is welcome so come join us in the fellowship hall for food and friendship. This week’s menu will be baked ham, baked potatoes, and peach crisp….YUMMY! Wednesday is also the newsletter deadline, so make sure you have your articles to Joanie by 3:00 PM!

Thursday is Westmoreland County Food Bank distribution day. If you receive food from our food pantry, please arrive between 9:30-10:30 AM. For more information about our connection to Westmoreland country Food Bank and Food bank distribution, click here!

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and we have several important things happening! First, we would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to our confirmands on their confirmation:

Laura Miller

Brett Schugt

Sawyer Rehak

We will be hosting a dinner in their honor following the 10:45 Am service. The congregation is invited to celebrate with them! We will also be remembering our baptisms. The baptismal font will be open and the congregation is invited to touch the baptismal waters when they come up for communion, in remembrance of their own baptisms. Sunday will also be the last Java Table until September, so if you would like to purchase any products from Fair Trade, please be sure to stop by the java Table in between worship services. Finally, this Sunday will be the last time Sunday School Classes will meet in te classrooms until September.

Have a wonderful week and prepare for the beautiful weather that is supposed to meet up with us this week!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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April 29 – May 3

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Hello Friends!

First, I want to send my apologies…I was busier than a bee this Monday and as I was writing this week’s blog, I feel asleep!

Second, let me just say that Sundays service was lovely! Pastor Jerry, three young ladies in the congregation (Rachel Krunszyinsky, Ginger Shultz & Elise Etelamaki), and our very own Teresa Graziotto presented a musical sermon entitled “No Folly in Zarephath”, highlighting the story of the Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. It went beautifully and had everyone swaying in their seats, as they learned about God’s greatness.

We had a lovely Bible Study last night!

This evening, Tuesday April 30, there will be a Christian Education Committee meeting at 7:00 PM.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 1, we will be hosting our weekly luncheon, Food from the Heart, from 12:00-1:00 PM. This is a free lunch that is open to all! There will also be an Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 Pm and a Fellowship Committee Meeting at 7:00 PM.

Choirs will meet on Thursday: Bell Choir at 6:15 PM and Adult Choir at 7:00 PM. Also, Thursday May 2, 2013 is the National Day of Prayer! Take some extra time to pray today, to thank God for all his blessings!

Saturday will be the annual Social Ministry Roadway Clean-up! Everyone will be meeting at 9:00 AM in the parking lot of Lynch field, across from the Dairy Queen on Route 119. Help us to keep our community beautiful!

Sunday, we will have Worship at 8:15 and 10:45 Am, and Sunday school for all ages will be at 9:30 AM.


Just a quick overview of all the exciting things

 that are going to be happening this During the month of May!


  • Stewardship is planning a “Plan of Thankfulness” stewardship drive, focusing on Giving Thankfully and Living Thankfully. As part of the series, Pastor Blair Morgan, as well as members of the Stewardship Committee, will be speaking on various Sundays throughout May. The Plan of Thankfulness series will end on May 26, when the “pledge” envelopes will be burnt, unopened, in the Park as an offering of thanks.
  • Mother’s Day is may 12th! This year, we are hosting a blanket “sale”. For a $10.00 Donation, you may “purchase” a Disaster Relief Blanket in honor of or in memory of your mother or a special woman in your life. Each $10.00 donation will go toward providing Disaster Relief Blankets for those affected by disaster events around the world.
  • Confimation will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 19th. Our Confirmands this year are:

Laura Miller

Sawyer Rehak

Brett Schugt

We will be hosting a dinner in their honor following the 10:45 service on May 19th and invite the congregation to celebrate with the Confirmands and their families. We will also honor the reaffirmation of baptisms on this day.

  • Sunday School will come to a close for the year on May 26th. We will have an intergeneration park day (weather permitting) for the last class.
  • Preschool graduation will be held on May 23rd at 6:30 PM. The class will present “God Made the World”. There will be 9 three year old students being promoted into the four year old class, and there will be 17 graduates! There will be a reception with cake and punch following the ceremony.
  • Mary-Martha Circle is having there meeting on May 13th. Ruth Circle will meet on May 9th. Rebekah Circle will meet on May 21st.
  • The last Fair Trade sale for the year will be held at the Java Table on May 19th in between church services.
  • We will be honoring high school graduates on May 26th.


My! That update was a workout, (especially considering I have to hop from key to key)!

I guess I can have that extra piece of cheese at dinner tonight!


I hope that you all have a wonderful week!


God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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