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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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October 14, 2018 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Greeter – Nancy Richard

The altar flowers are given by Sharon Beattie in loving memory of her parents, Malcom and Mary Trimble.

Thank you Mary Lou Whitezell & Deborah Webb for preparing the Hospitality Brunch last Sunday.


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, October 14, 2018
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
12:30 am Living Waters Service
2:00 pm Crop Walk
6:00 pm Micah Smith Baptism @ Garden City UMC

Monday, October 15, 2018
2:00 pm Investment Meeting (Downtown)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
1:00 pm Finance Committee-112
7:00 pm Ministry Council Special Meeting-110/112

Thursday, October 18, 2018
2:30 pm Longwood Circle @ Longwood
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 19, 2018 Office Closed

Saturday, October 20, 2018
4:00 pm WCM 50th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:00 am Hospitality Breakfast
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
12:30 pm Living Waters Service


Attendance Last Week
October 7, 2018
Worship – 38
Sunday School – 7




 As members of the Women’s Ministries Board, we are putting on our aprons and honing our chopping skills to start preparation for homemade vegetable soup. On Sunday, October 28, we will sell pints ($3 each) and quarts ($6 each) of soup following the 10am Church service. Please sign up at the Action Table to help us prepare the right amount.

 All profits from proceeds of the soup sale go to Mission work in Wilkinsburg, in our Conference and around the World. We thank everyone who supports our work for mission. Deadline to order: Monday, October 22. You can also place your order by phone to the Church Office 412-371-7421. Think about a nice hot steamy bowl of soup . . . . 




The McLaughlin Memorial Fund provides the opportunity for you to have the UPPER ROOM DEVOTTIONAL booklet.  Please look for the November Issue in the Narthex or the literature rack by the Action Table next week.




The annual Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk (10K) will be held this year on Sunday afternoon, October 14th.

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 at 412-826-5831.




Investment Committee members will meet at the Church Office between 1:15 and 1:30 pm on Monday, October 15th and carpool to the Investment meeting downtown scheduled for 2:00 pm.




Ministry Council members will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm in Rooms 110/112 to discuss the Church Assessment.




The Longwood Circle will meet Thursday, October 18th at Longwood.  After lunch together at 12:30, the program will be a conversation with Pastor Kelly Smith.  Any women and friends of South Avenue or Longwood are invited to enjoy this meeting.




At 3:00, Sunday, October 28, the first concert of “Music at South Avenue” will happen in room 110. Featured performers will be David Bomstein, clarinet, Judith Dorian, piano, Margaret Kenney, English horn, and Rosemary Pavlovsky, soprano. Janet Stivanson will also participate. Share this opportunity to enjoy a free concert of great music in Wilkinsburg with friends. These concerts are always free.




Enjoy books are now available in the church office or call Mabel Matteson at 412-826-5831.  These books are full of coupons which can be a big savings for you.  Check out the many offerings in the flyers that are on the action table.  The cost is $30 and Women’s Ministries makes a small profit on each one sold.  You can start using it immediately and it will be good until November 1, 2019.  These books make a great gift for many occasions.  Checks should be made out to South Avenue United Methodist Women. 




    • October 15th – Investment Meeting-Downtown
    • October 17th – Finance Committee Meeting
    • October 18th – Longwood Circle @ Longwood
    • October 20th – Wilkinsburg Community Ministry’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
    • October 23 – Sarah Circle trip to Phipps Conservatory.
    • October 27th – Western Pennsylvania UMW annual meeting, Oakland UMC in Oil City
    • October 28th – Concert – More details to follow
    • October 28th – Laity Sunday
    • October 28th – Women’s Ministry Soup Sale



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