THANK YOU to all who donated cookies and monetary gifts to Tri-City Meals on Wheels.  They were very appreciative.  Our next date to collect cookies is JUNE 21.    … Diane Meyers
First Baptist Church, Thank you so much for the boxes of goodies and the letters over this school year!  I really appreciate the thought especially because I am so far away.  Your kind words / bible verses really help on the bad days but also the good.  Thank you for thinking of me. 
 … love, Abbey Smith
Dear Quilting Ladies – Carol Clayton
Amazed. Grateful. Inspired.  That’s how your donation has made us feel.  Thank you SO MUCH for your generous gift of cloth masks!  UPMC Senior Communities gratefully acknowledges this wonderful contribution that came in a time of great need.
Your thoughtfulness during this global challenge has helped to sustain the health and well-being of many.  Because of your help we continue to provide quality compassionate care to those we serve.  It is a blessing to have the support of wonderful friends and neighbors like you. 
Once again, a heartfelt thank you from the leadership and staff of UPMC Senior Communities.
… with gratitude, Nanci L. Case, Senior Vice President Business Development, UPMC Senior Services, UPMC Western Behavioral Health


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Thanks to everyone for your kind and caring wishes on my birthday. 

The cards, phone calls, and messages were so appreciated.  You touched my heart. 

I hope you know how much I deeply care about all of you at First Baptist.  

…May God richly bless you, Rev. Bramwell Kjellgren


First Baptist, thank you so much for giving to Camp Carmel.  We know this summer will look a little different for camp, but we value your continued support of this ministry.  Please continue to keep camp and the board in your prayers.

…In His Service, Chris Carson


I would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have had a part in the online presentations of our Sunday morning Worship Services.  It has been heartwarming and comforting to see and hear members and friends that make up our Church Family each Sunday during this period of isolation and uncertainty.

The messages you bring, Rev. Bram, have kept me grounded in the Word. 

Mary Ellen, the music has lifted my heart each Sunday morning.  Just beautiful. 

I enjoyed singing the prerecorded praise songs along with the Praise Team. Thank you for those familiar choruses.

Jim Gongaware, in his gifted way, to the children, presents a down to earth message to all of us.  I know that someone puts this all together with a special technological skill.

That would be Alan McBride, thank you.  I would also like to thank Dana Loucks for all she does behind the scenes to keep us all informed and up to date with all that is happening with our Church Family.

Thank you all for the gifts you have been given and so willingly share during these unusual circumstances. May God bless you all and keep you safe.

Most Sincerely, Carol Clayton

Food Bank Needs Help

Due to Coronavirus pandemic, the Westmoreland County Food Bank is in dire need of funds! The Mission Board is taking donations to help. This can be sent to the church with your regular offering. Mark your donation on your offering envelope, or if sending a check only, mark the memo.  Thank you. 

…The Mission Board


Some good news, finally.  Westmoreland Cleanways Recycling Center will re-open to the public on Monday, May 11. Hours of operation and procedures will remain basically the same as before, but with some important changes:

The Recycling Center will operate under recommended CDC guidelines. 

–    Visitors must wear masks and maintain social distancing

–    Visitors will unload their own vehicles, unless directed otherwise by staff

–    Material must be sorted by type as follows: 

·   Paper by 4 types:  cardboard; mixed magazines, junk mail, odds & ends; newsprint; clean white office paper (including shredded white paper)

·   Clear, green and brown glass; no metal lids or corks (metal lids can be recycled with scrap metal)

–    Signage and Staff will direct visitors to unloading areas for various materials

–    Visitors must take back boxes, bags, or containers unless they are to be recycled when empty

Assistance for elderly/disabled visitors will be available upon request, while following staff instructions.

The new address is:  355 Pleasant Unity Mutual Road, Greensburg PA  15601; tan metal buildings with blue metal roofs. 

·         From Route 30/Greensburg:  Pleasant Unity Exit/Route 130 East:  travel toward Pleasant Unity 5 miles to T intersection; turn right toward Fairgrounds and then right into recycling center parking lot

·         From Route 30/Latrobe:  South on Route 981 past Airport; bear right toward Pleasant Unity; travel one mile past traffic light in Pleasant Unity; ½ mile past Naser’s Market; recycling center is on the right

·         From Westmoreland Fairgrounds:  From Mt. Pleasant Road, bear right at Fairgrounds entrance onto Pleasant Unity Mutual Road toward Latrobe; travel 2 miles to recycling center on left


The Ladies Tea and the Trash and Treasure are cancelled for May.  The Trash and Treasure Sale will be moved to August of this year – date to be determined.   

Young at Heart

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we once again are cancelling May’s Young-at-Heart.  In the 18 years that First Baptist has been hosting Young-at-Heart, this is the first time that we have had to cancel three months in a row.  During these strange times, our primary concern is, of course, everyone’s health – both all you who attend as well as the committee members that serve.  Hopefully, by fall, we will all be able to get together again.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 17th.  We look forward to seeing you all then.  In the meantime, may you all stay safe and healthy this summer!
The Young-at-Heart Committee

Westmoreland County Food Bank

Due to Coronavirus pandemic, the Westmoreland County Food Bank is in dire need of funds! The Mission Board is taking donations to help. This can be sent to the church with your regular offering. Mark your donation on your offering envelope, or if sending a check only, mark the memo.   …The Mission Board