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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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December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent
Greeter –Mary Lou Whitezell
The centerpiece on the altar is given by daughters Lydia Worthington and Susan Wright in loving memory of their father, John Wright.


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.


December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday of Advent
The First Carols of Christmas
Zechariah’s Song of Celebration
Luke 1:67-79
Reverend Rita Platt



Sunday – December 10, 2017
10:00 Worship
10:00 Sunday School

Monday – December 11, 2017

Tuesday – December 12, 2017
9:30 am Staff Meeting
4:30-6:00 PM Youth Homework Night-Dining Room

Wednesday – December 13, 2017

Thursday – December 14, 2017
11:00 am Bible Study
1:00 – 3:00 pm Women’s Ministries Christmas Tea 110/112
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday – December 15, 2017 –  OFFICE CLOSED

Saturday – December 16, 2017

Sunday – December 17, 2017
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Christmas Hospitality Brunch



Attendance Last Week

December 3, 2017
Worship – 45
Sunday School – 9




The Care Ministry Team invites you to reserve a Sunday for altar flowers for 2018. Forms are available at the Action Table for your requests in honor and/or memory of a loved one or in recognition of a special event in the life of your family.  During the week, you may also call the Church Office to make your requests. The flowers are ordered from James Floral in Wilkinsburg. A one-sided centerpiece is $16.00; the full-side centerpiece is $25.00.



A big thank you to all those who have returned their Estimate of Giving cards for 2018. If you have not turn in an Estimate of Giving card, and would like to, it is not too late. If you need a card, they are available on table by the church office door. Completed cards may be left in the church office.



Women’s  Ministries’ year-end fund raising offers a CD of Christmas music for piano as a gift for you in return for each $10.00 contribution to Women’s Ministries’ mission gifts to many places in the world.  Forty minutes of arrangements of Christmas music are played by Janet Stivanson.  Checks should be made to “South Avenue Church Women’s Ministries,” with “CD” notated on the memo line.


Christmas Eve Candlelight
Sunday, December 24, 2018
7:00 PM
A Manger for Our World



We would like to update/refresh our Prayer List for the coming New Year. Many individuals have been listed for over a year.  If you have provided names, please take a moment to review the list, and advise the Church Office of those which can be removed.  Thank you!



Memorial gifts were given to the South Avenue United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in memory of Paul Schroeder by Anne and Ed Vogeding and Ernest and Louis Lawrence.



Our sanctuary looks beautiful thanks to our faithful team of decorators.  Like busy elves, they went straight to work and finished the job in no time flat.  Many thanks to Bob and Helen McAfoos, Walt and Mary Anne Pischke, Bud and Barb Wise, Janet Stivanson, Fran Hardic, Deb Webb and Dick Monheim.  A special thanks goes out to Bud Wicks who makes our job so much easier by having everything set up and ready for us.  What would we do without him!!

Thank you Walt and Mary Anne Pischke for lighting the Advent candles last Sunday and thank you David, Janvier and Anya Lamont for lighting the Advent candles today.


December 14, 2017
1:00 PM
Fanny Crosby Room
Program by Cathy Newport-Poff
“Celebrating Our ‘Ansisters’ – Christmas Joy”
Please think ahead of a story you might tell about a woman in your life who made Christmas special.



WCM invites you to help fill bags for the people of the community at Christmas. South Avenue United Methodist Church has been asked to donate turkey- or chicken-boxed stuffing.  WCM plans to give away 150 bags. We currently have approximately 64 boxes.  Please bring your donations no later than December 17.   If you are unable to shop, you may donate a monetary gift and someone will do the shopping for you.  (Checks payable to SAUMC-WCM food). Thank you for giving to those in need during this Thanksgiving Holiday.


POINSETTIAS will adorn the altar beginning Sunday, December 17th for our Worship Services.  Today is the deadline for poinsettia orders!  Please complete the form located at the Action Table and return it to the Church Office today.  The cost is $8.00 per plant.



You may distribute your Christmas Cards to your church family using the “Mailbox” located near the Action Table.  You may also bring in one card for your Church Family and Friends signed by you.  You may place it on the paper Christmas Tree that will be across from the Action Table on the bulletin board.  You are encouraged to contribute a monetary gift representing the amount of postage money you saved in the collection box of the “mailbox.”  The proceeds are used for the SAUMC Food Pantry.



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