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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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November 18, 2018 26th Sunday after Pentecost

Greeters:  Janvier and Anya Lamont
We are grateful to the Worship Team for adorning our altar this morning with symbols of God’s gift to us.
Many thanks to Pat Deleonibus for preparing today’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

Don’t forget our Thanksgiving Dinner today at 12:15pm.  The Ministry Council decided to push the dinner back an hour so my family and I could join you when I’m finished at Mifflin Ave.  We’ve also invited the folks at Mifflin Ave to join us, if they are able.  Sharon is planning on having everyone help her put UMCOR kits together before we eat.


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 – November 18, 2018
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
12:15 pm Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday – November 19, 2018
5:00 pm Bethlehem Haven

Tuesday – November 20, 2018

Wednesday – November 21, 2018

Thursday – November 22, 2018


Friday – November 23, 2018

Saturday – November 24, 2018

Sunday – November 25, 2018
9:00 am Hospitality Breakfast
10:00 Worship
10:00 Sunday School


Attendance Last Week
November 11, 2018
Worship – 39
Sunday School – 10




There will be a brief meeting of the Ministry Council after church today to vote on the budget.  We will meet in the Wesley Room right after the service.  Thank you.



A memorial gift was given to the South Avenue United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in memory of Melvin Brown by Norma Schroeder.



Each angel has the name of the child, sex, size, race (for dolls) and suggested gifts.  You may use suggestions or shop on your own.  Unwrapped gifts must be in the church office by Sunday, December 2rd so they can be picked up on Monday, December 3rd.  

May God bless you early for participating in this Christmas miracle.



The SAUMC team raised $2,045!  Portions of the money will go to Wilkinsburg Community Ministry and East End Cooperative Ministry.  Thanks to all who participated and contributed!

Glenn Matteson



 On November 25, you will have the opportunity to donate to the United Methodist Student Day.  There will be a special envelope in the church bulletin.  Funds collected will go toward college scholarships for United Methodist students to help support them in their studies and their work of service.



Want to see what you may have missed? They put together a video compilation of the Sacred Spaces Tour held last month.  Take a few minutes and see what it was all about.



Wendell August Forge ornaments will again be available this year. Place an order by signing the sheet at the action table or calling the church office.  Aluminum ornaments are $12; bronze are $15. Deadline for ordering is November 20. The ornaments will be here in early December.



Enjoy Books are going fast! Get yours before they are gone. Makes a great Christmas gift.  Check out the sample in the office and the flyers for more information.  The price is the same as before – $30.00. Proceeds go toward Women’s Ministries mission outreach. 


POINSETTIAS will adorn the altar beginning Sunday, December 16th for our Worship Services.  If you would like to place a poinsettia on the altar, please complete the form located at the Action Table and return it to the Church Office by Sunday, December 9.  The cost is $8.00 per plant. 


DECK THE HALLS:  Please join us on Friday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 to help decorate our sanctuary for the Christmas season. Our faithful team of decorators knows the job so well we can be done quickly with your help. Christmas music, refreshments and having fun together will put us in the Christmas spirit.


Saturday, December 8, 2018
Lunch: 12:00 noon
Program: 1:00 pm
Bring a covered dish



Thursday, December 13, 2018 – 1:00 PM



At 11:15, after Worship on December 16th, we will enjoy a Christmas meal together. Pat Deleonibus will cook the meal but we need many helping hands for kitchen duties and set-up. Please call the Church Office if you can volunteer. 



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