South Ave News


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


March 17, 2019 Second Sunday in Lent
Greeter: Mary Lou Whitezell
The Altar Flowers are presented by Glenn and Mabel Matteson in loving memory of
Dorothy W. Facer, Mother of Mabel


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, March 17, 2019
10:00 am Worship/Sunday School

Monday, March 18, 2019
1:00 pm Women’s Ministry Meeting-Library

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wednesday March 20, 2019
7:00 pm Church Council Meeting-112

Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:30 pm Longwood Circle @ Longwood
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 22, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00 pm Ham Loaves Preparation-Kitchen

Sunday, March 24, 2019
9:00 am Hospitality Breakfast
10:00 am Worship/Sunday School
3:00 pm Concert-112



Attendance Last Week
March 10, 2019
Worship – 28




We are in need of a volunteer to cook our Hospitality Brunch on March 31st.  We also need volunteers for April 28th, May 26th, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27, November 24 and possibly December 29.  A sign-up sheet is located on the board near the Action Table.  Please contact Mary Lou Whitezell at 724-939-7589, 412-708-6911 or 412-824-1905 if you can volunteer for the brunch on March 31st.  Thank you!







The deadline for the April United will be Monday, March 18. Leave articles in the church office or email them to Helen McAfoos at




This offering is taken on the fourth Sunday in Lent (March 31) and provides major support for immediate assistance in the wake of natural and human-caused disasters and helps support ongoing ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.  UMCOR Sunday (formerly called One Great Hour of Sharing) giving allows 100% of designated gifts to be used for the specified disaster response or other ministry. 



Sunday, March 24, at 3:00

The Renaissance City Winds have been a professional woodwind ensemble in the Pittsburgh area for many years. The group is based at Carlow University, but perform at various venues in the city. This time, they will be performing at South Avenue, in Room 110. This concert will present music of African-American composers and will feature singers Demareus Cooper, soprano, and Eugene Perry, baritone. There is a charge for tickets, $15.00. This is an excellent ensemble; I hope you will be here to hear them!

Janet Stivanson




Easter flowers, which will decorate the altar on Easter Sunday, April 21, may be ordered now. The cost this year will be $9.00 for either an Easter lily or tulip.  Orders must be in by April 7th.  Please specify which flower you are ordering and whether you will be taking it home or sending it to one of our homebound members.  Forms are available at the Action Table or you may call the Church Office to place your order.



Church Bulletin Bloopers From Around the World

Let us join David and Lisa in the celebration of their wedding and bring their happiness to a conclusion. 



The Staff of South Avenue Church is eager to serve you.
Reverend Kelly J. Smith, Pastor
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