South Ave News


South Avenue United Methodist Church
733 South Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
412-371-7421 – Fax # 412-371-2675


September 22, 2019 15th Sunday After Pentecost
Greeter: Mary Lou Whitezell
The Altar Flowers are presented by Sharon Beattie and family in loving memory of our parents Mary and Mel Trimble
Thank you Jeff Hoener and family for hosting the Hospitality Breakfast today!


Our Vision:
Our vision is to be a loving Christian community, gratefully amazed and empowered by the gift of God’s grace.
We seek to be an oasis of God’s grace and Christ-like hospitality, open to all.
We seek to be bold and humble agents of God’s love.

Our Mission:
Our mission is to praise and serve God, to grow together in faithfulness as disciples of Jesus,
and to serve as partners with God in ministry to our Wilkinsburg community and the world.



Sunday, September 22, 2019
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 27, 2019 Office Closed

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019
10:00 am Worship/Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality Brunch


Attendance Last Week
September 15, 2019
Worship – 36 / School – 3



UMCOR Health Kits will be assembled after church today.  We are glad to be able to respond to the urgent request for these kits in light of the humanitarian crisis in the Bahamas.  Hurricane season will surely bring even more need for these kits.  Our UMCOR fund here at South Avenue is running low so if you are led to support this mission your help will be greatly appreciated.  We are blessed to be a blessing!



 The deadline for the October United will be Monday, September 23.  Leave articles in the church office or email them to Helen McAfoos at




This year’s UMW Pittsburgh District Annual Meeting is Saturday, September 28, 2019 at First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, 5401 Centre Avenue.  Registration begins at 8:15 with continental breakfast.  The program begins at 9:00 a.m.  There is no lunch this year.

Meet our new Mission Ambassadors: Lynn Sibley and Sandy McKee.  They traveled far (Ireland) and wide (Ruth M. Smith Center) to share the work of United Methodist Women.  This is a great opportunity to meet other women in our district.

We will also celebrate Pittsburgh District UMW History from the past 150 years.

Reservations are due by September 23.  Please contact Carole Mapel at 412-826-5863. 



Enjoy Books will be arriving in the church office about the middle of September and will be available for purchase. The cost is the same as last year – $30.00 each. Women’s Ministries is once again selling these useful books to earn extra money for missions. This book is full of coupons which can be a big savings for you; check out the many offerings in the flyers that will be available in the Church office.

You may buy your new book before the old one expires on November 1 and begin using it immediately! It makes a great Birthday, Thank-you, Anniversary and/or Christmas present. How about as a hostess gift? Books will be available in the church office or call Mabel Matteson at 412-826-5831.

Carole Mapel and Mabel Matteson



The first concert of the 2019-2020 “Music at South Avenue” season will be Sunday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m.  This free concert series presents musicians from the Pittsburgh area in chamber music compositions.  The musicians who perform here have found that room 110 – our Wesley Room – has friendly acoustics and friendly audiences. 

The October concert will present Patricia Deleonibus – flute, Margaret Kenney – English horn, Stephanie Swoveland – violin, Jon  Wong- piano, Janet Stivanson, piano.  This will be an hour of beautiful music, and …….. the Steelers don’t play that day!


The Staff of South Avenue Church is eager to serve you:

Reverend Kelly J. Smith

Debra Cataldo
Administrative Assistant

Janet Lillich Stivanson
Organist/Choir Director

Bud Wicks
Building Manager

Deborah Webb
Building Host

Glenn Matteson
Web Master

John Walter
PC Support

Ashley Stuart
Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator

Alvin Peoples, Jr.
Assistant Youth Coordinator