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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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March 18, 2018
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Greeters – Pat Hamilton and Mary Lou Whitezell
The centerpiece on the altar is given by L. Glenn Matteson in loving memory of Dorothy W. Facer, mother of Mabel.


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.

March 25, 2018
Palm/Passion Sunday
10:00 am – Worship
The Message is in the Mess
Cantata: The Lenten Sketches
Reverend Rita Platt



Sunday – March 18, 2018
9:00 am Hospitality Breakfast
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
3:30 pm Concert – Room 110

Monday – March 19, 2018
3:30 -6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project

Tuesday – March 20, 2018
United Articles Deadline
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project

Wednesday – March 21, 2018
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project

Thursday – March 22, 2018
11:00 am Bible Study
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday – March 23, 2018 – Office Closed
3:30-6:30 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project

Saturday – March 24, 2018
12:00 pm Wilkinsburg Youth Project
Mac & Cheese Cookoff Fundraiser-Dining Room

Sunday –March 25, 2018
10:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday School
11:15 am Hospitality Brunch


Attendance Last Week
March 11, 2018
Worship – 38
Sunday School – 3


Annual Day of Giving for the Legacy Fund Endowment of United Methodist Women

You are invited to join our local United Methodist Women in donating to the Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign this month or any time through April.  Our Women’s Ministries is making its annual donation on March 23, the annual day of giving to this fund since March 23, 1869 marks the beginning of today’s UMW with eight women in Boston, Massachusetts.

This fund “is a forward-looking permanently invested endowment, the earnings of which will strengthen our organization, so that future giving can be even more directly linked to our projects and partners, addressing injustice and alleviating suffering.  Your contribution to the Legacy Fund will underwrite endeavors to strengthen our internal capacity (in lieu of core expenses) to further invest in life-changing programs and services, that create a promising tomorrow for future generations of United Methodist women members in answering god’s call to serve.”  Quote is from the national United Methodist Women headquartered in New York City.  The goal is $60 million with about a third of that raised to date.

Consult the Women’s Ministries bulletin board for stories from United Methodist Women’s nearly 150-year history.  If you would like to participate through our local United Methodist Women (Women’s Ministries), please contact Mabel Matteson, treasurer, at 412-826-5831.  Thank you


Thank You!

Thank you Jeff  Hoener and family for preparing today’s Hospitality Breakfast.


United Deadline

Articles for the April edition of the United are due on March 19, 2018.  Please send your articles to Helen McAfoos or drop them off at the Church Office.


Movies Come to Wilkinsburg
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12:00 Lunch/1:00 Movie Presentation
War Room (2015/dcolor/120 minutes)

Tony and Elizabeth Jordan is a couple who seemingly has it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter and their dream home.  But appearances can be deceiving.  Actually, their marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage.  Then, with guidance from Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them.  The power of prayer and Elizabeth’s newly energized faith transform her life.  But will Tony join the fight and become the man he knows he needs to be?  Stars are T. C. Stallings, Priscilla Sharer and Karen Abercrombie.

Soft drinks and popcorn will be served, and a short discussion will be held after the film for those interested.  Donations of $1 are accepted. Some folks like to bring a bag lunch and eat together at noon in the Church movie room.  You are invited to join them.



Palm/Passion Sunday
March 25
The Choir will present a Cantata during the morning worship.

Holy Tuesday
March 27
11:00 am
Women’s Ministry will have their annual Lenten service. All women are invited to attend.  Communion will be offered.  A llight lunch will be served.

Maundy Thursday
March 29
6:00 pm
Pastor Platt will preside over the Maundy Thursday Communion and Tenebrae Service.

Good Friday Services
March 30
10:00 am
On Good Friday, March 30, 2018 Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi and the St. James Parish Social Justice & Peace Committee, invites the public to join in a public procession of prayer, song and silence to commemorate the passion and death of Jesus as it is lived out in our world today, and especially in Wilkinsburg.

Participants will meet at St. James, 718 Franklin Ave, 15221, at 10:00 am where Fr. Taylor will offer an opening prayer, and proceed along a route of approximately 1.5 miles, ending at South Avenue and Mulberry Street.  The procession will stop at various stations, ending by 11:30 am, so that participants can attend traditional Good Friday services if they wish.  At various stops along the way, prayers will be offered for an end to suffering caused by war, gun violence, lack of opportunity, lack of local mental and physical health care, immigration and trafficking issues, poverty and other social justice issues. Participants are encouraged to bring a cross.   A collection will be taken for The Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project, a faith-based community effort  in Wilkinsburg to end youth violence and restore hope to our neighborhoods.  Please join us 10 AM -11:30 on Good Friday for prayer, silence and song in Wilkinsburg.

Easter Sunday
April 1
On Easter Sunday, April 1, you are invited to share in fellowship and an Easter Brunch immediately following the worship service. This is a great opportunity for everyone to greet and fellowship with one another as we gather to celebrate our risen Christ.




The Staff of South Avenue Church is eager to serve you:

Rita S. Platt 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