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South Avenue United Methodist Church
733 South Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
412-371-7421 – Fax # 412-371-2675
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April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter
Greeter – Nancy Richard
The centerpiece on the altar is given by Glen and Mabel Matteson
in loving memory of Pearl Matteson, mother of Glenn.


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.


April 22,  2018
10:00 am – Worship
Wool and Mutton
John 10:11-18
Reverend Rita Platt



Sunday – April 15, 2018
Native American Ministries Sunday
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School

Monday – April 16, 2018
2:00 pm Investment Mtg-Downtown
3:30 -6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project

Tuesday – April 17, 2018
9:30 am Staff meeting
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project

Wednesday – April 18, 2018
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project
7:00 pm Ministry Council Meeting-110

Thursday – April 19, 2018
11:00 Bible Study
1:00 pm Finance Meeting-112
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday – April 20, 2018 – Office Closed
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project

Saturday – April 21, 2018
11:00 am Memorial Service-S. Keffer (Debbi Cataldo’ sister)

Sunday – April 22, 2018
9:00 am Hospitality Breakfast
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
4:00 pm District Conference

Attendance Last Week
April 8, 2018
Worship – 33
Sunday School -3




Our thanks are extended to Deborah Webb for being our guest speaker for our worship service on April 8, 2018.


Beyond the Veil

You are cordially invited to an interactive event by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Pittsburgh for a Women’s Only afternoon.

Al Nur Mosque

747 South Avenue, Pittsburgh

Saturday, May 5, 2018

3 pm to 5 pm

#: 412.204.7197



April 27 – 28 and May 3 – 5, 2018
Box Office Opens March 6th!

*New Box Office Phone Number* 412.256.3335

Woodland Hills High School Performing Arts Department presents “A Drowsy Chaperone” on April 27,28 and May 3,4,5 at the high school on 2550 Greensburg Pike.  Evening shows start at 8pm and there is also a matinee at 1pm on Saturday April 28 and Saturday May 5.  All tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the box office at the high school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-8pm and on Wednesday afternoon from 2:30pm-4:30pm.   Due to increased security measures, the school doors are locked at all times so you need to ring the bell at the entrance and security will let you into the building.  

On a side note, Katie Hoener will be performing in every show, as she’s in both casts, and Jeff Hoener will work the ticket booth on Thursday evenings, so if anyone stops by on Thursday, he will be there to assist.


Dementia Seminar

This is a free educational workshop of envisioning how Monroeville can become a community that resists cultural sterotypes about aging and dementia.  The seminar will focus on the role of physicians, nurses and clergy in creating dementia-friendly communities and will offer concrete sugestions on how to do this. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018
9:30 – 3:30 pm
Forbes Hospital-Learing Centers 3 & 4
2570 Haymaker Road
Monroeville, PA 15146

Complimentary lunch will be provided.

The Forbes Hospital Clergy Advisory Board and Forbes Hospital are sponsoring this event.  Those interested in atttending or have questions, please leave message (412.858.7447).



Do you know of anyone in your family who will be graduating from high school, trade school or college this spring or summer? We would like to be able to celebrate these milestones with you. Please contact the church office with the name and details of any graduates you know. We would like the information by April 17. Thank you.


April 15, 2018

Through Native American Ministries Sunday, we’re able to equip and empower Native American pastors, congregations and seminary students to do what only they can do: authentically worship and serve Jesus. Please give generously.



The Investment Committee will meet on Monday, April 16th at 2:00 pm at the Cookson offices, downtown Pittsburgh.



The next Ministry Council Meeting is scheduled for April 18th at 7:00 pm in Room 110.



The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm in Room 112.


Tour of Vanka Murals
St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church
April 28, 2018
Time:  11:00 am

Croatian artist Maxo Vanka painted a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the interior walls of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA. The 25 murals—created in two intense periods in 1937 and 1941—are unique, evocative and larger-than-life representations of faith and family; the immigrant experience in America; social justice and injustice and the horrors of war.


“Eleven Years that Changed My Life”

Tina Whitehead will share thoughts and experiences of being a volunteer in Jerusalem and Bethlehem on April 29 during the regular service.  She will also address the celebration of the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women.


Please mark your calendar for the 2018 District Conference, which will be held Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 pm at St. Paul’s UMC (1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101).



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

Rita S. Platt 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
Alvin Peoples, Jr. Assistant Youth Coordinator