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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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September 16, 2018 17th Sunday After Pentecost

Greeters – Pat Hamilton/Mary Lou Whitezell

The centerpiece on the altar was given by Glenn and Mabel Matteson in honor of the birthdays of Bruce and Janet Matteson, son and daughter-in-law.

Thank you Jeff and Katie Hoener for preparing 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 16, 2018
9:00 am Hospitality Breakfast
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
12:30 am Living Waters Service

Monday – September 17, 2018

Tuesday – September 18, 2018
12:30 pm Sarah Circle-Room 112

Wednesday – September 19, 2018
7:00 pm Ministry Council-Room 110

Thursday – September 20, 2018
2:30 pm Finance Committee-Room 112
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal 

Friday – September 21 – Office Closed
All Day NETFLIX Filming Outdoors

Saturday – September 22, 2018
All Day NETFLIX Filming Outdoors
8:30 am Women’s Ministry-Human Trafficking-Rooms 110/112

Sunday – September 23, 2018
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
12:30 pm Living Waters Service


Attendance Last Week
September 9, 2018
Worship – 35
Sunday School – 7




Please keep those affected by Hurricane Florence in your prayers.




The updated 2018 Church Directory has been distributed via email and hard copies are available at the Church Office. Please contact the Church Office if you would like to have a copy mailed to you.




There are two remaining dates to order altar flowers: September 23 & October 21.

Please fill out the form at the Action Table or contact Debbi in the Church Office.  412.371.7421




The McLaughlin Memorial Fund provides the opportunity for you to have the UPPER ROOM DEVOTTIONAL booklet.  You may obtain a copy of the September issue in the Narthex or at the literature rack by the Action Table.




The annual Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk (10K) will be held this year on Sunday afternoon October 14.  If you would like to walk this year, please sign up on line at or at the Action Table after the 10:00 Service. If you would like to sponsor someone who is walking, it can be done on line or at the Action Table. Proceeds from the walk are used to help hungry people here in Wilkinsburg through the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry and around the world in over 70 countries.  For assistance or more information you may contact Glenn Matteson. 




In July, we received a notice from the conference about a desperate need for cleaning buckets.  Flooding in our area had devastated many families and Methodists were called upon to respond to the need for help.   South Avenue put together a dozen buckets as quickly as we could and sent them off to the Mission Barn to be distributed.

School Kits are next in line to be assembled soon.  Supplies have been purchased at the back-to-school sales and we will put these kits together in September.  Shopping for these school supplies is an especially fun job for this retired teacher–I do it with a big smile on my face!

Anyone who is inclined to support these projects is encouraged to donate in cash or checks made out to the church with UMCOR KITS in the memo line. I thank you for your involvement in this vital hands-on outreach of United Methodists around the world.  We can be part of something wonderful!

Help with Needed Medications

If you or someone you know is having trouble affording needed medications, please be aware of a place called Lost and Found Pharmacy on Frankstown Road.  This store is a 501c3 charitable organization that makes medicine available at greatly reduced prices for those with or without insurance.  I am aware of two people who saved hundreds of dollars by going to this pharmacy.  Seniors who have gotten in the Medicare “donut hole” could benefit by knowing this place exists.  It is run by two board-certified pharmacists who work hard to help others.

We are still collecting empty pill bottles to be donated for mission trips.  Please leave these in the office with my name on them.   Also, we are still collecting cancelled stamps that help provide bibles around the world.  The container is on the table in the front hall.

Thank you!

Sharon Beattie



SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Presented by
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)

Shyla Sojourner, MSW, Lead Case Manager
Farrah Felton, Case Manager

Hosted by
Women’s Ministry

Registration 9:00 am / Program 9:30 am
Lunch 12:00 pm
Wrap up and Questions 12:45 to 2:00 pm

Workshop participants will:

  • Develop the language and understanding in order to communicate about trafficking
  • Identify grooming techniques utilized by traffickers
  • Recognize the demand
  • Develop skills to identify & engage victims of trafficking
  • Learn how to connect victims to services

*Advanced registration will be appreciated.  Please sign up at the Action Table.  Both men and women welcome.




Between Pennwood & Penn Avenue FRIDAY & SATURDAY
ALL DAY September 21st & 22nd
Street will be closed to through traffic with no on-street parking.




  • September 11th – 12:00-3pm – Movie Day 110/112September 13 – Longwood Circle
  • September 15thPittsburgh District United Methodist Women Fall meeting will be held from 8:00 am to noon in Rooms 110/112.
  • September 15th – The installation service for Rev. Dawn Hand, Pittsburgh District Superintendent, will be held at 1:00 pm at St. Paul’s UMC (1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park).  This event is open to clergy and laity.
  • September 16thWe plan to return to the Sanctuary for worship.
  • September 16th –The Hospitality Breakfast will be hosted by Jeff Hoener and family.  Thank you all!
  • September 18th – Sarah Circle will meet in the Fanny Crosby Room at 12:30 pm.  Program will be a planning session – come with ideas!  Bring bag lunch.  Beverage and dessert will be provided.
  • September 18th – Ministry Council meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in Room 110.
  • September 20th Finance Committee Meeting begins at 2:30 pm in Room 112.
  • September 22nd   Women’s Ministries’ will present a Workshop on Human Trafficking. See insert for details.  Please sign the register at the Action Table if you are planning to attend – deadline September 17th.
  • September 30th – 11:15 am – Hospitality Brunch
  • October 2nd – Movie Day
  • October 3rd  – Staff Meeting
  • October 7thWorld Communion Sunday
  • October 10th – Charge Conference at 7:00 pm in Room 110
  • October 10th – Women’s Ministry Meeting-Room 112
  • October 13th – 2:00pm/4:30pm, SAUMC Sacred Spaces Tour.
  • October 14th – Pastor Kelly’s daughter, Mica, will be baptized at Garden City UM Church at 6:00 pm.  All are invited to attend.
  • October 18th – Finance Committee Meeting-Room 112
  • October 20th – Wilkinsburg Community Ministry is planning their 50th Anniversary Celebration. 
  • October 27th – Western Pennsylvania UMW annual meeting will be held at the Oakland UMC in Dempseytown, PA.
  • October 28th – Concert begins at 3:00 pm in Room 110.  More details to follow.



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
Alvin Peoples, Jr., Assistant Youth Coordinator