South Ave News

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

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August 19, 2018 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Greeter – June Wilson

The centerpiece on the altar was given by Glenn & Mabel Matteson
in celebration of their wedding anniversary.

Thank you Dean and Nancy Patterson for sharing their musical talent with us 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 – August 19, 2018
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School

Monday – August 20, 2018
7:00 pm Historical Society-112

Tuesday – August 21, 2018

Wednesday – August 22, 2018 

Thursday – August 23, 2018 

Friday – August 24, 2018 – Office Closed

Saturday – August 25, 2018 

Sunday – August 26, 2018
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality Brunch


Attendance Last Week
August 12, 2018
Worship – 39
Sunday School – 8




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




  • Women’s Ministry Meeting – August 29 at 1:00 pm.
  • Discussions are being held to allow Neflix Productions to film portions of their Original Series “Mindhunter” here at SAUMC.  Tentative dates for filming are September 14th, 21st and 22nd.
  • The next Charge Conference will be held here on October 10th.
  • Wilkinsburg Community Ministry is planning their 50th Anniversary Celebration here on October 20th.




AUGUST 27, 2018



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.



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