Rev Ed March 15, 2020

A Message from Rev. Ed Gray

May 30, 2020

Hello Friends,

Thank you for being a part of the mission and ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville. We appreciate your patience as we have adapted to new ways of engaging our congregation and community in the service of Jesus Christ. We are grateful for movement of the Holy Spirit during this difficult time and pray that you and your family have remained safe and healthy throughout the past several months.

Our Session has been carefully monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19  and the possible return to in-person worship and other activities. As the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has announced  that Westmoreland County will move to the “Green Phase” effective June 5, we are pleased to share our plans to begin in-person worship services.

We will return to having two regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship services on Sunday June 14, 2020.

First Service will return at 8:30 am in Laird Hall. In order to promote the safety of those present, the following guidelines will be observed:

  • Exteriors doors will be open at all times during worship to maximize air circulation
  • No food, beverages or “goodies” will be available before, during, or after worship
  • Social distancing will be observed with no more than two individuals per table or one complete family unit
  • No table cloths, Bibles or Hymnals will be at the tables
  • Offering baskets will not be passed and will only be placed at a designated location
  • Bulletins will be provided for pickup only at a designated location
  • There will be no passing of the peace or hand holding
  • Face masks will be available if desired. People are encouraged to use them while indoors in the entrance ways, and once seated, to use them at their discretion
  • Socializing/greeting before and following worship may be held outside with social distancing observed
  • Limited music with extensive social distancing
  • No communion or child care will be offered at this time
  • Restroom will be open on the main floor only. We ask that only one person be in the restroom at any time.

Second Service will return at 11:00 am in the main sanctuary observing the following guidelines:

  • Exteriors doors will be open at all times during worship to maximize air circulation
  • There will be no ushers. Hymnals, pew pads and note cards are removed.
  • Extreme social distancing will be observed in pews. Areas will be designated. Complete family units will be able to sit together.
  • Offering plates will not be passed and will only be placed at a designated location
  • Bulletins will be provided for pickup only at a designated location
  • There will be no passing of the peace.
  • Face masks will be available if desired. People are encouraged to use them as they enter and exit the building and once seated, to use them at their discretion
  • No gathering in the Narthex. Socializing/greeting before and following worship outside the building with social distancing observed
  • Limited music with extensive social distancing. The Chancel Choir as well as the Joy Ringers handbell choir will be distanced throughout the Chancel Area.
  • No communion or child care will be offered at this time
  • Restroom will be open on the main floor only. We ask that only one person be in the restroom at any time.

Online Worship will continue via Youtube.

We do not livestream, but provide edited content. In order to insure quality production, online worship will available the Monday following live worship.

We welcome you to worship with us by choosing the option that best fits your current comfort level.

Blessings,

Rev. Ed

 

A Message from Rev. Ed Gray

For we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which will be revealed in us. For all things work together for good to this that love God and for those who are called according to God's purpose.  Romans 8: 18;28

 

These are challenging times for us all. Our daily routines have been interrupted. Freedoms that we have taken for granted are being stifled. Even casual conversations are now removed from our day-to-day lives. Fear and anxiety have overtaken us all. We are left to contemplate what is going on, and what it all means. No one seems to have an answer and the search to acquire one is exhausting. May we return to the eternal Word of God and its truth. Be reminded, my friends of the exhortation of the Apostle Paul, who proclaimed that, "these present sufferings" will pass. God's glory will be revealed in us. And the promise that "all things work together for good". Remember that. Trust in the Lord.

 

Blessings,

Rev. Ed

 

There is a place for you here.

Cast your worries and anxiety on the Lord, because God cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Have you ever wondered where you belong? Longed for a place to be welcomed for who you are? Searched for comfort and peace away from the storms of life? Desired to be lifted from the challenges of this world to experience the joy of life to its fullest?

We invite you experience the love of our Lord Jesus Christ in the vibrant worship and ministry here at First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville. Join in the renewal of God’s Holy Spirit as we build on established relationships in our community, develop exciting new partnerships, and create new opportunities to share the love and grace of our Lord.

Explore our website, visit our campus, and meet our people.

This is a place to grow. This is a place to feel loved. This is a place to know the Grace of God.

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Rev. Edward Gray

PASTOR

Reverend Ed Gray came to First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville in October of 2017. He is a Pittsburgh native and attended Duquesne University before graduating from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1986 with a Masters of Divinity, subsequently serving congregations in both western Pennsylvania and Florida. In addition to solo pastoral, primary preaching and leadership responsibilities at First Presby, he is an active member of the church choir and frequent soloist in its expansive music ministry. Ed has also been an active participant through the years in the governance of the Presbyterian Church USA, serving in roles with local Presbytery, Synod and the General Assembly.

Ed and his wife of 31 years Karen have two sons, Eddie, a law enforcement professional in Pittsburgh and Aaron, a student at Waynesburg University. Among his many active community roles is sports officiation for a variety of school and local athletic organization programs.

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Ruth Poscich

MUSIC DIRECTOR & ORGANIST

Ruth Poscich, a member of First Presbyterian Church, has been Director of Music and Organist since September 2001.  She plays organ and piano for the Sunday morning services, directs the Chancel Choir, the Joy Ringers handbell Choir, and leads the children in music on special occasions. She also coordinates and directs various groups  of instrumentalists who play for worship services on a regular basis. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and has been a lifelong church musician.  She is retired from a 30-plus-year career as an official court reporter. Most recently, Ruth conceptualized, and directs the Murrysville Cantata Choir, a community choir that offers Lenten and Patriotic Thanksgiving concerts during the year.

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Lori Livingston

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Lori has been the Administrative Assistant since August 2013. She offers assistance to the Pastor, as well as the various Church committees. She plays handbells in two Church choirs, and values her daily interaction with members of the church, as well as members of the community.

Lori is a native of Southern California, and moved to Pennsylvania 20 years ago. She resides in Murrysville with her husband and two daughters. She is active in the community as a volunteer at her church and the Franklin Regional School District.

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Carol Ludovici

NURSERY STAFF

Carol Ludovici is the childcare provider for both Sunday Services at First Presbyterian Church. For over 10 years she taught children gymnastics on Tumble Bus, a gymnastics bus going to different daycares. During the week she is employed at Rainbow Connection.

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Tom Johnson

CHURCH SEXTON

Tom Johnson was born in Wilkinsburg, grew up in Penn Hills, and served in the Army in the Viet Nam era.  He lives in North Apollo with his lovely wife, Sherry.  He has three children (all of whom were baptized here at First Presbyterian Church), and eight grandchildren.  Tom is a firearms enthusiast, and loves to bake cheesecakes for his friends (rarely keeping any for himself).  In addition to being the Church Sexton, Tom also volunteers at many of the Church's events and functions.