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

March 15, 2020 Third Sunday in Lent
Greeter:  Nancy Richard
The Altar Flowers are presented by Janet Stivanson in loving memory of her husband, Jay Stivanson.

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, March 15, 2020 
10:00 am Worship/Sunday School

Monday, March 16 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
11:00 am Bible Study @ Mifflin UMC

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
12:30 pm Sarah Circle-112

Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 20, 2020 Office Closed

Saturday, March 21, 2020 Office Closed

Sunday, March 22, 2020
10:00 am Worship/Sunday School

Attendance Last Week
March 1, 2020
Worship – 29 / Sunday School – 4

Every Tuesday, beginning March 3rd
Held @ Mifflin Avenue Church
This is a ground breaking curriculum on the bible and human sexuality.

Lessons and discussions will:

  • Explore biblical authority and biblical interpretation.
  • Examine biblical references to same-sex conduct in light of the broader biblical message which affirms that we are children or heirs of the Promise.
  • Discuss “gracious hospitality,” “gift-ed sexuality” and “supportive spirituality.”
  • Tackle hard questions of “right relationship,” lust / love, and sexual responsibility.
  • Call all Christians to live out God’s Promises as reconciling disciples.


Easter flowers, which will decorate the altar on Easter Sunday, April 12 may be ordered now. Options this year for flowers include:  Hyacinth ($8); Tulip ($8); Daffodil ($8) and Lily ($9).  

Forms are available at the Action Table or you may call the Church Office to place your order.  Please specify which flower you are ordering and whether you will be taking it home or sending it to one of our homebound members.  Please note that orders must be received no later than March 31st.


Ham loaves for Easter celebrating – what could be better? Women’s Ministries will be taking orders starting March 15 with deadline of March 29. Sign-up at the Action Table or call the Church Office with your order. They will be ready for pickup on Sunday, April 5, following the 10 am worship service. The price stays the same — $3.50 each and no charge for additional sauce. All proceeds go to mission work in our local community, in our country and around the world.  We appreciate your support of this fundraising activity. 

Join us on Sunday, March 29th, for the choir’s annual Easter Cantata.

This worship service will be our combined service with Mifflin Avenue Church held at 10:30am. Immediately following worship, we invite everyone downstairs for PIZZA WITH THE PASTOR where we will fellowship together and put together UMCOR Health kits.


Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm

The Staff of South Avenue Church is eager to serve you:
Kelly 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/Youth Ministry Coordinator
Alvin Peoples, Children/Youth Ministry Assistant