South Ave News

South Avenue United Methodist Church
733 South Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA   15221
412-371-7421 – Fax # 412-371-2675
Rev. Kelly J Smith, Pastor

January 19, 2019 2nd Sunday After Epiphany
Greeter:  Nancy Richard
The Altar Flowers are presented by South Avenue United Methodist Church
In memory ofHelen Wise and Patricia Hamilton

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, January 19, 2020 – Human Relations Day
9:00 am Hospitality Breakfast
10:00 am Worship/Sunday School

Monday, January 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Church Office Closed
5:00 pm Bethlehem Haven

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7:00 pm Conversations About Race – 110

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:30 pm Sarah Circle Meeting-112

Thursday, January 23, 2020
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 24, 2020 Office Closed

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020
10:00 am Worship/Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality Brunch

Attendance Last Week
January 12, 2020
Worship – 38 / Sunday School – 6


It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that we inform you that Patricia Hamilton, a longtime member, passed away January 12, 2020.

“Blessed are those who die in the Lord. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed for they will rest from their labors for their deeds will follow them.  Rev. 14:13


Many thanks to our friendly, welcoming, reliable and faithful teams of ushers and greeters who served so faithfully during 2019.  Your willingness to serve in this ministry of hospitality has been important to the life of our church and is greatly appreciated.  Thank you to Bruce Egli, David Lamont, Mary Anne Pischke, Walt Pischke, Mary Lou Whitezell, Bud Wise, Nancy Richard, Sharon Beattie, Anya Lamont and Janvier Lamont.

Our sanctuary looked especially beautiful this past Christmas season thanks mostly to Bud Wicks, our building manager, who always goes above and beyond to be helpful.  Thanks to all who helped decorate and to Mary Anne and Walt Pischke, Carole Mapel, Mabel Matteson, Helen McAfoos and Betsy and Dick Monheim who helped take down the decorations.


The SAUMC Memorial Fund has received memorial contributions in memory of Helen Wise from John Byrnes, Ken & Florence Pizzica, John Immel, Jean & Daniel Bottorf, Herbert Holder, Walt & MaryAnne Pischke and Norma Schroeder.

Sarah Circle will meet on January 22.
Time- 12:30, Fanny Crosby Room
Bring bag lunch.  Dessert and beverage provided.
Program: Our annual sharing of books read during year


Rev. Dr. B. De Neice Welch will bring the message on Sunday, January 19 at 3 pm at Garden City UMC, 500 Laurel Drive, Monroeville PA 15146. The service is jointly sponsored by the Greensburg and Pittsburgh Districts. The offering will support the MLK Scholarship Fund.


Welcome Lucas Daniel Trimble, son of Zachary and Annie Trimble, grandson of Dan and Sandy Trimble, brother of Gabriel, and great nephew of Sharon and Bob Beattie.


This special collection of the United Methodist Church supports local programs that try to strengthen communities and empower at-risk youth. Please give generously.


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-sided centerpiece is $25.00.

For those who have picked a date, please be sure to fill out the Altar Flower Request form located at the Action Table so that a notice can be inserted into the Church News Bulletin for that date.