NEXT YOUTH GROUP EVENT: CHEER BASKET PREP ON DECEMBER 16! Youth group members, please join us at 6:30 PM on Friday, December 16 for our final youth group event of the year to prepare Cheer Baskets for our homebound members! Dinner will be provided. Please also consider signing up in the Parish House to deliver a few Cheer Baskets with your family–your help would be greatly appreciated! RSVP below for planning purposes!
Adults are invited to participate in a small group and we will begin with a study of Ephesians, with a Lutheran resource that is new for us. Small groups have usually met twice each month at a mutually convenient time and each group’s members choose whether to meet in person or by Zoom. To express interest and be matched with a group that fits your availability and preferred format, sign up using the form, below:
For those who were unable to view Vicar Halle’s ordination live, the archived footage is now available on McFarland Lutheran’s YouTube channel. Click the image above to be directed to the video, and click below to download a copy of the bulletin!
First Church laid to rest parishioner Bill Luft on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM. For those who were unable to make it, the service was livestreamed, and has now been archived on our YouTube channel. Use the link below to download a copy of the bulletin, and click on the thumbnail access the video footage.
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord – and let light perpetual shine upon him.
For those in need of emergency resources, the PDF document below details many that are available in the communities in Allegheny County.
First Church is pleased to announce the installation of our new sound system! Many of you probably noticed the improved clarity of the audio this past Sunday. We are also pleased to announce that we are now able to offer assisted listening devices to our members and guests who are hearing impaired. We have easy-to-use receivers that may be used with our headphones or neckloops (we have antiseptic wipes to clean them before use, if desired), or you may bring your own headphones. Hearing aid users who have telecoil-equipped hearing aids can take advantage of our new induction loop by simply switching their device to its T-Coil setting. A feed from the audio system will automatically be picked up by their hearing aid with no additional equipment required!
A happy side-effect of our new sound system is the ability to generate broadcast-quality recordings of our services that you may listen to at will from our website or by visiting our Soundcloud page. Feel free to share these recordings with your familes and friends!
On January 31, 2016, the congregation of First Lutheran Church began the important work of preserving our nearly 130-year-old church building through the five-year, $1.5 million capital campaign, Reverence My Sanctuary. Together in love, we embark on this journey to tend to the physical needs of our sanctuary.
Our 180-year history as a congregation reflects a welcoming community of faith that proclaims the Good News of Jesus in word and deed. We look forward to the preservation of this holy house, and the creation of new and innovative spaces within it, that will enable us to expand our ministry to the city for many years to come.
Please take a few minutes to review our plans and consider how you can help. And check back often for project updates.
May God give us glad and generous hearts that we may pledge to this work the gifts he has given to each of us.
Check out our progress below: