The Peace Light
Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna, Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City. To learn more visit peacelight.org
The Light shines brightly in our Sanctuary. We joyfully received, and share,
this light as a sign of our willingness to be channels of peace, by our words and actions.
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.
Rev. Edward Gray
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.
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.
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.
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.